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Spring 2014 Magazine

Small Classes, Big Difference

Meet Our Alumni!


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From the Head of School News and Notes Faculty: Claire Concannon ’85 Faculty: Kari Misulonas ’82 Small Classes, Big Difference Alumni: Al Hoffman ’52 Alumni: Bob Carpenter ’73 Alumni: Mike McClure ’60 Around the Academy Annual Giving Fund & Annual Report Class Notes Lasting Legacy: Robert Spong ’41 Thank You for Helping Us Raise the Roof! Board of Trustees, 2013-2014 James Mitchell ’61, chair Beverly Biggs Dr. Lisa Daniel-Olimene ’89, P’23, ’25 Michael J. Harris P’20, ’23 David Jensen Linda Klawitter Colin McFarland P’20, ’26 Rajeev Rathi ’84, P’15, ’17 Dr. Gene Ranieri P’10, ’13 George Ribet P’12 Dr. Carlos F. Smith P’22, ’27 Marc Sokol ’88 Al Stonitsch P’09, ’11, ’13

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This magazine is published for Morgan Park Academy alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends by the Office of Advancement.

Jim Reedy, Editor Vincent Hermosilla, Editor David Honor ’67, Contributing photographer On the Cover: Second-grade teacher Kathy Keelan with Neko Hooks ’24 and Tess Concannon ’24


FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL When I assumed the role of Interim Head of School last fall, I knew Morgan Park Academy was in good hands — not because of me, but because of the dedicated faculty and staff and devoted parents and alumni who have been the backbone of our school for 140 years.

It was humbling to be asked by the Board of Trustees to serve in this new leadership role, and it has been immensely gratifying to see that MPA, my home away from home for nearly 18 years, hasn’t missed a beat in this time of transition. Our students continue to find great success both inside and outside the classroom, guided by teachers who demonstrate extraordinary commitment and ability.

The spirit of volunteerism and involvement evident among our parents and grandparents remains a source of inspiration. Moreover, as you can see in this issue’s Annual Report, so many of you have made manifest our shared commitment to supporting the mission of Morgan Park Academy and to making a difference

in the lives of the students who fill our classrooms today and those who will enter our doors in the years to come.

The fact that we achieved our goals for total contributed income in 20122013 speaks volumes about our school culture. In particular, I am grateful for your gifts to the Annual Fund, which accounted for nearly five percent of the Academy’s operating budget. I would like to especially thank our dedicated Board of Trustees, led by chair Jim Mitchell ’61, and the loyal volunteers of our Parents Association, led by president Sharon Bryant P’21, ’24. Guided by the MPA mission and supported by a community dedicated to its success, we look forward to a future as bright as our storied past.

As always, thank you for your faithful support.

Mercedes Z. Sheppard Interim Head of School

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N e w s & N O T ES

High Honors Scoring Big on ACT and AP Exams As they head down the home stretch to graduation, the Class of 2014 is proving they are more than ready for the advanced college coursework that awaits them in the fall.

Their composite ACT score was a robust 27 (out of 36), which ranks in the 87th percentile nationally and among the top schools in the Chicagoland area. The average for the top half of the class was a whopping 31, which is in the 97th percentile nationally.

Scores in last year’s Advanced Placement testing season were similarly high: 70 percent of our AP students scored 3 or higher on their exams, an increase of five percent from the previous year.

Sami Shabeeb ’14 (in front) and from left, Alexandria Bratsos ’14, Bethany Naylor ’14, Audrey Putman ’14, Joshua Deanes ’14, Theo Norris ’14, Kunal Berry ’14, Julie Wiegel ’14, and Shadek Alsheik ’14 received high honor roll certificates for the fall semester. Wright with Director of Alumni Relations Julie CuadrosPerry ’93

Meeting MPA’s ‘First Girl’ As a fourth-grader, Vicki Hannemann Wright ’68 was the first of three girls to enroll at MPA for the 1959-60 school year. She returned to campus in November to share with students her experiences in the vanguard of the school’s transition from an all-boys military school to today’s coed environment. She spoke at an Upper and Middle School assembly and visited several classes, answering many questions from students. Wright said she was impressed by “the incredible vitality and intelligence” of the students she met. “The spirit of the students and their wonderful teachers was incredible.” 4 Morgan Park Academy

Fonts of Wisdom Students, faculty, and staff are staying hydrated in a more environmentally friendly way since the installation of five water bottlefilling drinking fountains around campus, funded by parent donations at last fall’s Annual Fund Gala. Our first station has already saved more than 2,500 plastic bottles from being trashed in landfills, according to its automatic counter. That’s a lot of waste, and a lot of expense, Director of Sustainability Sarah Haskins said.

“My mantra this school year has been ‘Bring your water bottle,’” Haskins said. “Plastic water bottles are expensive, energy-intensive, environmentally damaging, and create mountains of non-biodegradable waste. “We look forward to making even more of an impact in the months and years to come.”


Fall Sports Teams Shine Plenty to Celebrate For Volleyball, Golf, Soccer Bumped up to IHSA Class 2A for the first time, the varsity girls’ volleyball team not only won yet another regional championship, but added its first sectional title in eight years. The team was led by ISL Player of the Year Samantha Panozzo ’14 and fellow allconference players Katelyn Healy ’14, Isabelle Panozzo ’15, and Rachel Sorfleet ’14. “These girls are so fun to watch,” coach Tom Daker told the Southtown Star. “I’m lucky to be a part of it.” Golf Jack Costello ’16 concluded a fantastic season at the Class 1A state tournament, where he tied for 13th among freshmen and sophomores with a two-round score of 175 at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington. He became the first MPA golfer in four years to qualify for the state tournament by finishing second at regionals and seventh at sectionals.

Boys’ Soccer The varsity boys’ soccer team won its first regional championship in five years, beating St. Francis de Sales, 5-1, behind a career-high three goals by Sami Shabeeb ’14. Brittney McKnight ’15 and her teammates celebrate the volleyball team’s sectional title.

‘Girl Rising’ Movie Fosters Awareness MPA celebrated the United Nations International Day of the Girl in October by hosting a free screening of “Girl Rising,” a groundbreaking feature film about girls’ education around the world.

Narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, and others, “Girl Rising” is a film that tells the stories of nine incredible girls across the globe. It is also a campaign and a community that believes investing in girls will bring about transformative change for families, communities, and nations. Middle School students watched the

movie during the school day, and families, friends, and neighbors attended a public screening in the evening. Students also participated in post-show discussions and wrote essays reflecting on the movie.

“The injustice being done to women worldwide should never happen to anyone,” wrote Christopher Bibbs ’18. “We can never change the past, but we can strive to change the future. I hope that I can help change lives like the young women in the movie were helped.” Learn more at girlrising.com.

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N E W M A R K E T I N G I N I T I AT I V E S

Putting Our Best Foot Forward Eager to ensure that the story we are telling the world reflects the best aspects of MPA, we worked last year with Crane MetaMarketing Ltd., an Atlanta-area branding firm that has worked with top colleges and universities, independent schools, and non-profit organizations throughout the nation.

Crane’s strategists, writers, and designers didn’t hand us a new identity, but instead, helped us best express who we already are. In discussions with our students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors, they distilled the core factors that we say set our school apart:

• small, discussion-based classes that encourage full-voiced participation and safe intellectual risk-taking; • approachable, relatable teachers who infuse relevance into lessons and connect personally with students; • a spacious, self-contained campus quad that facilitates regular out-of-theclassroom interaction; • and an experiential curriculum, featuring a perspective-widening, global focus that challenges students to step outside their comfort zones and their zip codes and apply fresh insights in unfamiliar contexts.

These concepts formed the foundation for a series of print, radio, and online ads this school year, a redesigned website, new admissions viewbooks and brochures, and of course, a new design for this magazine.

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C H I C A G O B U S I N E S S H A L L O F FA M E

Duchos sois Receives Career Honor Kunal Berry ’14 introduced Duchossois at the Oct. 10 event at the Chicago History Museum.

University in Lexington, Virginia, when he was called to active military service. He served in five European campaigns and was awarded various citations before being released from active service as a Major in 1946.

Adding to a long list of professional honors, Richard L. Duchossois ’40 was recognized anew among our city’s most distinguished business leaders last fall with his induction into the Chicago Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Chicago. Laureates are honored for their leadership in free enterprise, success in business, and community involvement. Past recipients include entrepreneurs, CEOs, and presidents of both public and private companies who have achieved extraordinary successes and continue to shape Chicago as an innovative city in which to conduct business. Laureates are featured in a permanent exhibit site at the

Museum of Science and Industry.

Duchossois’ fellow 2013 laureates were William Goodyear, Executive Chairman of Navigant Consulting, Inc., and Jerry Reinsdorf, Chairman of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox.

Duchossois is the founder and Chairman of The Duchossois Group, a family-owned company headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois, that operates or owns major stakes in a diversified group of businesses involving consumer products, entertainment and venture capital.

After graduating from Morgan Park Military Academy, Duchossois was attending Washington and Lee

From 1952-1980, Duchossois was Chief Executive Officer of Thrall Car Manufacturing Company, one of the nation’s leading rail car manufacturers. In 1980, he purchased Chamberlain Manufacturing Corp. and became its Chairman. In 1983, as Chairman of The Duchossois Group, he purchased Arlington Park Race Track, and led its resurrection after a disastrous fire in 1985. In 2000, Arlington Park merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated, where Duchossois and two of his officers currently sit on the Board of Directors.

He also is the namesake and inaugural recipient of Morgan Park Academy’s highest award for alumni. The Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award is given annually in recognition of his lifetime achievements, outstanding professional success, and service to MPA, his community, and society. Spring 2014 7


Fa c u lt y Q & A

Claire Concannon ’85 strong role in shaping the culture of the school. I think that combination is the heart of the school and what sets it apart from others with a similar quality of education, and that has stayed the same. What do you like best about teaching here?

When she returned to her alma mater, Claire Concannon ’85, P’24 thought she would be here for a year, teaching Upper School English while a colleague was on sabbatical. Twenty-four years later, she can’t imagine spending her life anywhere else. What about MPA has changed, and what has stayed the same, since the 1980s? The classrooms are brighter, the desks are newer, the bookstore is now the tech center, and the student lounge is gone, but for the most part, MPA has the same feel. MPA has always been a place where education was the primary focus, but that education was never presented in a way that sacrificed community or character. Students and teachers together have always had a voice and have played a

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MPA is a very special place. Teachers have traditionally been trusted to do what they do best and that trust and freedom can lead to wonderful classes and innovations in programs. Beyond that, even after all these years the students surprise me—their intelligence and passion makes teaching a joy and their genuine interest in the world around them, desire to make a difference, to ask the hard questions and to help others all lead to many days when I go home feeling like I have become a richer person for my time spent with them. What are the most important life lessons you want students to learn in your class?

I hope they will always find joy in learning— even when it won’t earn them any points. I want them to remember that life isn’t about being the first in their class or winning awards. It isn’t about being happy either. It is about being good, about thinking about others when they make choices. In addition, I always tell my students that if I meet them in Starbucks in 20 years, I don’t expect them to be able to tell me about the Shakespeare play we studied in class, but I do hope we can have a conversation about a book or a movie that shows me they have learned how to think and analyze. What does MPA mean to you? Why have you made it such a key part of your life? MPA is a true community. My life and perspective has been enriched by the many fellow teachers who have been my friends and


Class discussion with Alexandria Bratsos ’14, Julian Northcross ’15, Analiese Sori ’15, and Isabelle Panozzo ’15.

mentors over the years. The buildings are full of amazing young people and they are often accompanied by their parents—people who, over the course of my career, have also become friends and mentors and sharers of wisdom. MPA offers a great education to its students and it is an education that goes beyond books. We truly are in the business of teaching young people who will change our world. You were the first of four Concannon sisters — also Hope ’86, Leah ’97, and Ellen ’99 — to graduate from MPA.

My sisters and I are lucky to have the shared history of MPA even though we graduated over the course of 14 years. We shared the experience of being taught by many MPA greats—Doc Brown, Mark Linnerud, Martin Wolf, John Torrez, Jim Kowalsky, David Hibbs, and Barry Kritzberg, to name a few. And of course, two of my sisters had the unique experience of being in class with me as their teacher. I often think that having them share their clear and candid commentary on my teaching, my assignments, my tests, and my grading made me a better teacher.

What is it like to watch your daughter, Tess ’24, now follow in those footsteps? Watching Tess learn and grow at a place that has been so central to my life and who I am is a true gift. To see the brilliance of my fellow teachers through my daughter’s eyes gives me an even great appreciation for the work we do. From watching her make her way through the halls of MPA, I am reminded even more strongly that what makes MPA great is that the teachers are filling hearts as well as minds.

What do you want your students to take away from having known you? I am a straight arrow. I have led a pretty uneventful life. When students ask for stories of my teenage and college years I have little that is exciting to tell them. I teach at the school I went to and I live in the house I grew up in. And yet, I am happy and feel that what I do has purpose. I have a job I love, I get to spend my day talking about books, writing, and ideas with smart and thoughtful kids. I guess I want them to know that a life filled with happiness and satisfaction is the true success.

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Fa c u lt y Q & A

Kari Misulonas ’82 missed at a larger institution. The diverse group of students exposed me to neighborhoods and cultures that I would have otherwise not known. Many of those classmates became friends for life. Even when years separate our gatherings, it often seems like time hasn’t passed. The community at MPA fosters lifelong bonds among people. How did you come to teach at MPA?

In 25 years, Kari Misulonas ’82, P’10, ’12 has heard her name mangled in a dozen ways by tongue-tied kindergarten students. Mrs. Lonas. Miss Ulonas. Mrs. Missuslonas. Yet by any name, she helps set a foundation that carries students throughout their years at MPA. What was your student experience like at MPA, coming here for high school?

Initially, I wanted to attend high school where my friends were going, but I fell in love with MPA almost immediately and then was afraid my parents were going to make me leave.

The caring faculty and small environment allowed me to take risks and become involved in extracurricular activities that I might have

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I returned to the Beverly area after attending the University of Illinois for my undergrad and graduate education. Quite honestly, I didn’t expect to be back at MPA and teaching here. I was applying for teaching positions all over Chicago, primarily at private schools. I have always valued private school education and thought it was a good place to start my teaching career. At that time, one of the kindergarten teachers was leaving MPA and Winnie Theodore called me to interview for the job. After getting hired and working here, it seemed very natural to be teaching here at MPA. The hardest part was calling the Upper School teachers by their first names. I was so thankful that I didn’t see them on a daily basis, being in the Lower School. I never did refer to Mr. Wolf as Martin or Mrs. LeRose as Claudette! What do you want your students to take away from having known you?

In kindergarten, we lay the foundation for students to become successful in school and to continue as lifelong learners. I want every child to leave kindergarten knowing that they’re good at something and feeling “smart.” Above all else, I hope my students have learned to show kindness, tolerance, and respect for others. When parents tell me how much their children


Playing a word game with Addysen Spencer ’26, Grace Manning ’26, and J.T. Potocsnak ’26.

enjoy school or how they missed being here during a break, I know I am doing my job. The children want to be here!

What is your favorite part of teaching here? The students and parents at MPA value education. For the most part, the parents are very supportive and we work as a team to educate their children. The small class sizes and close community allow us to form strong relationships with our students and their families. This unique community also includes a caring group of teachers. Like the students here at MPA, the teachers also form friendships with each other; many that last a lifetime.

You’re an alumni parent as well; what has it been like to see Joe ’10 and Laura ’12 follow in your footsteps as MPA students?

For 15 of my 25 years teaching here at MPA, I brought my children with me to school every morning. It was so rewarding to hear my kids’ stories at the end of the school day. My daughter would always start out the ride home by saying, “So, do you want to hear about my day?” That was something I treasured when they were here. MPA was great for my children. It provided them with opportunities to shine that they may not have gotten at a different school; playing sports, being on the stage, top-notch academics, and teachers who cared about and talked to them.

My kids went to college with the knowledge that they could find their way, get involved, and be successful no matter what the size of the school. I attribute this positive self-esteem and internal drive to being at MPA since kindergarten. It truly did prepare them for life in college and beyond.

Opposite: With Max Macey ’26, Ella Wallace-McFarland ’26, Maya Johnson ’26, and Demetria Carbone ’26.

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English teacher Derek Smith with Bella Mourgelas ’15, Jeffrey Eichinger ’15, and Stephanie Mullings ’15. 12 Morgan Park Academy


SMALL CLASSES, BIG DIFFERENCE In February, Northwestern University’s Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach published an extensive survey of the major research done on the impact of small classes. After years of discussion, debate, and analysis, do we know definitely that investing in class size pays off? Absolutely we do.

“Class size matters,” Schanzenbach writes in a report published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

“Class size is one of the most-studied education policies, and an extremely rigorous body of research demonstrates the importance of class size in positively influencing student achievement.” MPA students, teachers, and families for years have seen the evidence with their own eyes.

With an average class size of fewer than 15 students, we provide a learning environment that spurs higher achievement through higher levels of student engagement, increased time on task, and the opportunity for high-quality teachers to better tailor their instruction to their students’ individual needs.

“Every student has the opportunity to really participate in class, and not just sit in the background and fade off,” Dean of Middle School Heather Kurut said. “Every student is participating in discussion and participating in the hands-on projects that we’re doing.” “It’s definitely unique having the small classes at our school,” Alexandria Bratsos ’14 said. “I

really like it. We’re never limited to what’s in the textbook. We always go outside of that and think deeper.”

Students feel engaged by the kind of educational activities that often are possible only in smaller groups, from Upper School debates about politics or current events to Lower School math games that help kids learn to love learning. “It’s great, because your voice is heard,” Shaden Alsheik ’14 said. “It fosters a very open environment for discussion, debate, and dialogue.” Students say they feel empowered to ask questions whenever necessary and approach learning as a partnership with their teachers and classmates.

“You get individual attention in all your classes,” Jeffrey Eichinger ’15 said. “It helps me because if you have a question, you’re allowed to ask it, and the teacher can tailor the answer specifically to you.”

“The small class size makes it a bit more informal, so you can get on a more level ground with your teacher,” David Valentine ’18 said. “It’s easier to learn when it’s not as crowded and the teacher can really go one-on-one with you

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Spanish teacher Monica Pickett with Audrey Putman ’14 (left) and Alexandria Bratsos ’14.

and help you if you need anything.”

Jillian Sanford ’19 thought back to fifth grade, and a particularly challenging assignment that science teacher Tom Malcolm was able to make easier.

“I had never done a lab report, so I didn’t really know what it was about, and I was having trouble,” Jillian said. “Mr. Malcolm came over and we spent a couple minutes going over what the assignment was actually about. I really appreciated that, because it really helped me.”

Teachers point out that on a practical level, having fewer students in a class makes possible certain approaches to teaching and learning that wouldn’t otherwise be feasible. Perhaps most important, teachers have time to get to know their students and figure out their personalities and learning styles, and often can tailor instruction for each student.

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“We don’t have to teach to the middle of the room. We can meet the needs of all the kids individually,” Assistant Dean of Lower School Elizabeth Raser said.

If you’ve got five visual learners, three kinesthetic learners, and a few who learn best through hearing new material, different approaches can make all the difference.

Kurut recalled one boy in a recent yoga class who came alive once she was able to connect the learning material with his love of baseball. The personal connection and specific teaching approach made possible by small-group learning soon had him leaping ahead in his knowledge of kinesiology. Moreover, teachers can react to students’ individual levels of achievement.

“Because of the small classes, we can really adapt and individualize what it is we’re


learning,” said Raser, who teaches second grade. “If we’re playing, say, a game with dice, I may give one group of children a six-sided die and another group a 12- or even 20-sided die.

“So they’re all playing, they’re all improving the skill or the concept that we’re working on, but at their own level. We really try to adapt the curriculum to where each child is, so that everybody is learning and everybody is thriving.”

In the Upper School and Middle School, a Humanities or World Languages teacher with 10 students in his class can meet individually with each student over the course of a period. “There’s no way I could do that with 40 kids. There’s no way I could do that with 20 kids,” Spanish teacher and Assistant Dean of Upper School Monica Pickett said. Small classes also make it so much easier for students to learn by doing. Taking freshmen off campus to see a production of Shakespeare or dividing second-graders into work groups of three or four is much easier to do when the class is a manageable size. “You need to have a small group not only to do handson education, but to do it well,” Dean of Lower School Annie Melville said. Kunal Berry ’14 said he noticed the impact of small classes most strongly when he had a Mandarin class with only two or three classmates.

“The small class size, especially in a language class, stimulates discussion. You get a lot more attention on yourself. You can learn in ways that are better for you to learn the material, and the teacher can adapt to that. “You not only learn the material, but you learn it in a way that you’ll remember it and that you like it.”

”They know who you are and how you work best, so they can teach you in ways that are most effective for you.” — Khobi Price ’15

”A lot of classes are debates, where you’re expressing your opinions and learning from your classmates.”

— Amber Payne ’15

”At my old school, my classmates would raise their hands, and only five of them would get answered, and we’d move on. Here, the teachers answer everyone’s questions”

— Deangelo Fletcher ’20

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Alumni interviews

Al Hoffman ’52 Before Al Hoffman ’52 became an Air Force pilot and a real estate mogul and a United States ambassador and a finance chairman for the Republican National Committee, he was a humble day student at Morgan Park Military Academy. Every morning, he caught the street car at 95th and Western, lugging a heavy, leather satchel carrying all his books, and every night, he hauled it all home again. Life at a military academy provided Hoffman with plenty of challenges — and plenty of teachers and classmates whose instruction, example, and camaraderie, helped him learn how to meet challenges head-on. It is a lesson he has carried with him to this day.

What first comes to mind when you think of your time at MPMA from 1948-52? Everyone had to wear uniforms, boots, and puttees – “puts,” we called them. If you were an officer, you got to wear boots and riding pants, boots and stirrups, looking very prestigious. For parades, we would wear those uniforms. At the ROTC barracks, called the armory, they had old M-1 rifles, which were current at the time, used in World War II, Korea, and after that. You would march with those around campus. We never carried ammunition in those; they were nine pounds. I still think back to the day I thought that I was going to get initiated into the fraternity called the Dracos. It was the private, secret fraternity among the boys. Once you were in, you could get invited to Draco events that were off-campus. I thought I was going to get initiated.

I remember Peter Lagen ’51 had a dress jacket, which was part of the uniform. He wasn’t wearing it but he wanted

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”It was always sort of an honor to be hit in the head with an eraser by Captain Gray.” to sell it to me for $60. He said I had to wear that uniform to get into the Dracos. I resisted and got blackballed. Couldn’t get into the Dracos. A lot of the guys became my very good friends, though. Frank Burd ’52 and Hal Boex ’52 became very good friends. They were big men on campus. It didn’t hurt me too much not to be a Draco. Who were some of your favorite teachers?

The most unusual teacher who got to be a favorite was Francis Gray. The famous, illustrious Captain Gray. I got pretty good grades from Gray. He would take out his wrath on the cadets. If a cadet wasn’t paying attention or dozing, with ultimate precision and aim, he could hit them on the forehead with a piece of chalk. If he was really angry, he would hit you with an eraser. If you got one of those, it was really a bomb. It was sort of an honor to be hit in the head with an eraser by Captain Gray.

His favorite expression was when he would look at you, laugh at you, and call you a “damn dummy.” We started a club called the Damned Dummies. If you had achieved success at being hit, you could be in the Damned Dummies. Captain Gray helped Frank Burd and me. Frank Burd in effect got a football scholarship to West Point with help from Gray, and I got my ROTC requirement with his help. He pre-tutored me for the entrance exams.

But my favorite teacher was Major Arthur Gumbrell. He became a commandant after a while. He was the softest, nicest, most gentle guy. He taught English literature. He had us all doing creative writing. I would write my life history, my aspirations and dreams for the future. He would take a favorite book, dissect it, talk about it. I loved

him a lot. He was a great guy. All the boarders at Hansen Hall loved him. They needed someone a little more humanistic!

Do you remember those essays you wrote back then about your aspirations? I always wanted to fly airplanes. I wanted to go into the Air Force and fly planes in the military. I was 10 years old in 1944, when World War II was going on, and we used to make pencil drawings of U.S. fighter airplanes, P-51 Mustangs and P-38s. We would show fake aerial battles between P-51s and Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Focke-Wulfs. We would draw Americans shooting down German planes, German planes shooting at the bombers, a couple of B-17s going down.

If the war was still going on when I was 18, I wanted to join up. Of course, the war ended in ’45, when I was 11, to my good fortune. Even then, I kept drawing those airplanes. How did MPMA prepare you for life in service? The fact that it was a military school had a lot to do with it. They had ROTC [Reserve Officers Training Corps], which really prepped you to go into the military if you so chose. Nevertheless, it was still a liberal arts school.

The best thing about MPMA was the teachers. They were all civilians, though they were commissioned as officers of the National Guard. Their teaching qualified me for college. With Captain Gray, I took algebra, trigonometry, and calculus, and it prepared me so well. When I got to West Point, I breezed through my plebe year. It was easy; I had already gotten those college courses. Sophomore and junior years, it went way beyond me, but the teachers at the Academy really Spring 2014 17


”The best thing about MPMA was the teachers. It was the best little college preparatory school I could have gone to.” prepared me for that first year. It was the best little college preparatory school I could have gone to. Are you still in touch with many classmates?

Frank Burd and I are good friends. We were born three days apart. We went through kindergarten together. We had our birthday parties together. We went through high school together. We went through West Point together. … We went into pilot training together, but he washed out of pilot training. I managed to scrape through. He went into intelligence and I went into jet fighters. Hal Boex was another classmate of mine. Good guy, football player. He was a day student along with Burd and Arnt Quist ’52. We were good friends, but one thing about Hal Boex, his dad gave him a brand-new pink Cadillac convertible as a high school student. He would drive it up and down the street.

I told him when I saw him at the reunion dinner that I couldn’t stand him back then. “You drove around in that fancy Cadillac and stole my girl, Marcia, away from me,” I told him.

Alumni Hall, in the library. Great place to have a sock hop. We’d have our lunch in the mess hall. The food was always good.

They also had a little shack of a building just off the edge of the parade route [near today’s Barker Hall]. It was called the PX [Post Exchange]. You’d go there to buy ice cream and candy. You could buy MPMA T-shirts, or little presents at Christmas time. It was one of my favorite places on campus. Always had to stop and get some candy and a Coke. I remember this frail little old lady named Agnes. She was so nice, selling candy to everybody. I’ll never forget: You could buy a chance for 10 cents to win a new little portable radio. You had to guess the number of beans in the jar. I’d buy some chances from Agnes, and my strategy was to try and count them and multiply. I’d guess 250, and she’d tap the jar so I’d know not enough. So I’d guess 380, and she’d tap it again. I guessed 600, and she’d tap it again. Believe it or not, I won that radio. I had it for years.

Marcia had given me a money clip when we were going steady, and after he stole her away from me, she gave him that money clip. At the reunion, he pulled out a sterling silver money clip. He told me that he had stolen it away from me and carried it with him for many years. He gave it back to me and told me it was time for me to have it, to give it to my son.

Speaking of reunions, you were on campus two years ago to give the Commencement Address and receive the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award. Did the memories come flooding back? I loved the campus! I thought of the sock hops up in 18 Morgan Park Academy

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Alumni interviews

Bob Carpenter ’73 After majoring in political science and history and studying all over Europe, Bob Carpenter ’73 was working on a Master’s in foreign affairs at the University of Virginia when he had what he calls “a little bit of an epiphany.” You couldn’t really understand what was going on in the world, he realized, unless you understood economics.

That led to a second Master’s degree, an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management; a job as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group; and great success as an executive in the information technology and electronics industry at Square D, NCR, AT&T, and Philips.

Carpenter retired in 2006 as CEO of IHS Group, a leading worldwide content, software and services provider of technical and business information solutions. Did your education in global affairs wind up paying off?

Having the international experience was terrific, because every corporate assignment that I had always had an international dimension. It was nice to be able to function internationally and I think that my international colleagues appreciated the fact that I knew a little bit about their country’s history, politics and social issues.

Studying abroad helped me tremendously in my business career, and I am so pleased to see that MPA now has a global scholars program and that the student body is increasingly international in composition. I think that is just wonderful, not only for international students who get to experience firsthand the American culture, but also for our American Spring 2014 19


Carpenter in the 1973 Compendium.

For example, I was horrible at French. I had a wonderful teacher, Ms. [Patti] Dolan. She did her best, but since I had no aptitude, no French linguist was created! I did, however, really enjoyed history, and my teachers ignited a passion that I think was there. You find the things that you love.

I also think that you learn to learn at MPA. You become autodidactic. That’s a big assist whether you go to a small college where there is still more personal attention or you go to a large university. You know what it’s like to be rigorous in your studies. You are able to learn on your own and have the self-discipline to do that. It was a big plus. I was, at best, a mediocre student at MPA, but I graduated Phi Beta Kappa as a Rector Scholar from DePauw with degrees in political science and history and had scholarships at the University of Virginia and Northwestern.

students to have peers and colleagues from different cultures and environments. It’s great to see that happening here at MPA. How did your MPA education lay the groundwork for professional success?

I cannot claim to have been an academic superstar at the Academy. In fact, I’m sure that I graduated in the bottom half of the class; but I don’t think it matters so much here, because of the individual instruction and the individual efforts that teachers provide students. You can find things that you really enjoy and that you are really good at. 20 Morgan Park Academy

Sometimes when parents are looking at a school, they say, “Gosh, will my child graduate in the top 10 percent and will they get into a good university?” That may not be the right question. The right question might be: “Will this school teach them to learn on their own and will it motivate them now and in the future?” I think these are the two critical things for success in the future. Who were some of your favorite teachers?

Mr. [Earle] Irwin, he was really good in U.S. history. Doc Brown, I had him for physics and advanced physics. Here is a case again, where although I had a great interest in the scientific field I did not have the mathematical background to be successful in high school, but he was a


”You learn to learn at MPA. That’s a big assist whether you go to a small college or a large university. You know what it’s like to be rigorous in your studies.” tremendous teacher. And so many of the things that I did later in business had a technological basis and I never felt uncomfortable with learning the technology behind them. A good deal of that I credit to Doc Brown.

was a wonderful coach who kept in touch with and supported his players even after graduation.

How about athletics? You went to DePauw initially on a football scholarship.

What is it like to come back to campus now?

I had Doc Brown in Physics when he was getting his Ph.D. at IIT and he brought in a little handheld thing; I think it was a Bowmar Brain [the first American-made, pocket-sized calculator]. He mesmerized us with the speed of its the four basic functions. It sold for the “very reasonable” price of $150, which would be five or six times that much in today’s currency. My first exposure to electronic computers came from Doc Brown!

Yes, the second dimension that was so influential here at MPA was the athletics. We just had a group of coaches who were wonderful as motivators. I think that the small size of the school really works, because the coaches are actively on the lookout for young people with some, but not overwhelming athletic interests and abilities. At a much bigger school, unless you are a superstar, the coaches don’t have much time for you. It’s a numbers game and you don’t get the time and attention you would at a small school like MPA.

I played football for Coach [Warren] Jones. He was great in a number of ways. He could scare the heck out of you when you first met him. Here was this combat veteran marine from World War II, veteran of the tough Catholic league and artful master of the language of motivation. One of the things I said about him at the Athletic Walk of Fame ceremony last fall was that he was able to take a limited amount of talent on a team and develop it. He was an incredible motivator, strategist and tactician. He

In wrestling, Coach [Chuck] Cleary was an amazing coach and motivator. He could motivate you to lose weight, exercise like crazy and wrestle outside your weight class. He showed us that mental limits were there to be overcome and that you were capable of much more than you thought possible. As a result, when you went into a college situation, you could “stretch”. You’ve been successful. Staying up to do a paper? That’s not as hard as losing 20 pounds. Realizing your ability to go beyond limits goes into your psyche. It helps you in college and beyond. Physically, the layout is very similar. I think they’ve done a marvelous job restoring the gym. Its nice to see how well it’s been restored. It was beat up when I was here. I remember lots of fun in the gym because of the hours spent there. I remember dances in the gym as well.

I remember one time sophomore year with Mr. [Henry] Lee. He was head of the Key Club. There was some snafu with Kiwanis and there was a problem with the peanut supply. He somehow came through and came up with 6,000 pounds of unbagged peanuts. We had to bag those peanuts in Alumni Hall that night and the next day we hit the street corners with those peanuts.

I also really enjoyed the plays. The music and art programs were really good. I may have played a burly extra, a soldier in “Camelot.” Looking back on it, I just marvel, having only 230 upperclassmen, the things that were accomplished socially and artistically. I was in total awe and admiration of what they were able to do. Spring 2014 21


Alumni Profile

Mike McClure ’60

“I realized that the best life is a life served in helping develop the leaders of tomorrow,” McClure said. “Most important for me was showing compassion, and giving generously of my time and good fortune to help other people.”

You might think Mike McClure ’60 would remember most fondly his role in one of the most famous marketing promotions in pro sports, or helping his franchise secure a new home and a state-of-the-art stadium, or the slew of marketing excellence awards he won and attendance records he helped set. Yet when McClure looks back on a career that took him through three major sports leagues, through stints as a top-level executive with the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, and Houston Oilers, he thinks first of the impact he was able to have on other people’s lives.

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After graduating from MPA, McClure earned his bachelor’s degree at DePauw University and started his career in journalism and public relations before moving into sports management in 1970 with the Big Ten Conference. As director of the conference service bureau, he was executive producer of Big Ten basketball on television and organized the inaugural Big Ten Football Kickoff Luncheon, which today is still going strong, four decades later. McClure made the leap to professional sports in 1973 as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Chicago Bulls, and soon had the franchise setting attendance records that wouldn’t be broken until the Michael Jordan era a decade later. In 1979, he became Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for the NFL’s Houston Oilers, joining an organization whose rising fortunes on the field would soon get a boost in marketing buzz. That December, McClure and his colleagues organized an event as successful as any onenight promotion in NFL history. Houston’s Astrodome was turned into a sea of Oilers’ blue


“Most important for me was showing compassion, and giving generously of my time and good fortune to help other people.” when a capacity crowd raised tens of thousands of “Luv Ya’ Blue” cards during a “Monday Night Football” game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The event was the apex of the “Luv Ya’ Blue” craze in a booming oil town full of football fans. Oilers games took on a zealous, “college sports” atmosphere, as fans and players adopted the phrase as a team slogan that would go on to define a key era in franchise history.

McClure with Bull s legend Red Kerr

McClure returned home to Chicago in 1981, leading the White Sox to new season ticket sales records and one of the top attendance marks in franchise history and establishing his place as a leading MLB executive. He helped lay the groundwork for what would become the new Comiskey Park. By that time, though, McClure had been called back to Houston, returning to the Oilers to run all non-football related operations as Executive vice President of Administration. He was charged by franchise owner Bud Adams to secure a new stadium for the team, and when that proved impossible, to negotiate their relocation to Nashville, Tennessee.

After a series of health issues, McClure retired in 1999 following the team’s run to the Super Bowl and moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, where he has been actively involved in managing his family’s Marmac Farm. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Lafayette chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

McClure at Com iskey Park

The young football star

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AROUND THE ACADEMY Recent Events Homecoming and Reunions Sept. 28, 2013

Annual Fund Gala Nov. 9, 2013 Veterans Day Celebration Nov. 11, 2013

Julian Gomez P’18, Phil Manelli ’55, Henry Lang ’55, Orlando Caravette ’58, Frank Fonsino ’59, John Duzansky ’58, Art Gaetano ’59, Bill Counts ’47, Col. Allen Andreasen ’47, Ted Vlahos ’45, Mel Bacon ’44, Dr. George Bryar GP’08, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’15, Michael Walsh, Joe Small

Dr. Diana Zamojski P’18, ’20, ’24, Dr. James Wallace P’20, ’26, Schari Bird P’18, Dr. Vicki Williams P’01, ’18

Sylvester and Interim Head of School Mercedes Sheppard P’21, ’25

Joel Armstrong ’83, Karen Anderson Doornebos ’83, Angela Toscas Gordon ’83, Tim Murnane ’83, Scott Lee ’83, Kim Manson ’83, Dino Regas ’83, Bentley Rutherford ’83

Katie and Miguel Nathwani P’22, ’24 with Madeline McClellan P’23

Former science teachers Dr. Larry Brown P’87, ’92 and Mark Linnerud P’01, ’11

Kindergarten teacher Kari Misulonas ’82, P’10, ’12 with Bonnie & George Ribet P’12

Sonja and Dan Brisard P’20

We welcomed our fourth Athletic Walk of Fame class at Homecoming: Todd Vinson ’96, Brie Yaksic ’02, Coach Warren Jones, Coach Sue Oczkowski, the 1986-87 softball team, the 1993-94 boys’ basketball team, and the 1997-98 softball team. Sara Strasser ’98, Jill Clark Colpitts ’99, Brie Yaksic ’02, Robert Jones ’76, Coach Sue Oczkowski, Rosie Regas ’87, Muffie March ’87, Heather O’Keefe ’88, Cynthia Jones ’88, Jennifer Hammond ’88, Coach Lynda Pariso, Carolyn Hahn ’98, Kris Jones ’95, Todd Vinson ’96, Coach Tom Drahozal.

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Linda and Board of Trustees Chair James Mitchell ’61 with James and Board Member Beverly Biggs Nancy Price ’73, Steve Nelson ’73, Grace Thomson ’73, Jim Coston ’73, Mark Prokop ’73, Bill Grossmann ’73, Bob Slama ’73, Deb Rich ’73, John Gustafson ’73, Don Norton ’73, Betsy Hartmann ’73, Bob Carpenter ’73 (obscured), Jim Maragos ’73, Tim Kliros ’73, Doug Coller ’73 (obscured), Cathy Dunlap ’73, Carter Barker ’73

Carla and Sam Robinson P’23, ’25

Anne Radakovich ’03 and Katie Schwer Benz ’03

Phil Manelli ’55, Art Gaetano ’59, Frank Fonsino ’59, Col. Allen Andreasen ’47

Cheryl Wright P’22, Joelle Paris P’18, ’20, Tonya Coleman GP’22

Michael and Karla Rochelle P’20, ’23

Danielle Cortes DeVito and Marco DeVito P’21

Dr. George Bryar with his daughters and grandchildren, Sharon Eichinger P’12, ’15, second-grade teacher Elizabeth Raser P’08, ’11, ’14, Abby Raser ’14, Jeffrey Eichinger ’15

Dan Brisard P’20 with Sharon and Jesus Bryant P’21, ’24

Steve Nelson ’73, Sally and Bob Carpenter ’73, Don Norton ’73

Tara and James Fifer P’23, ’25

Michele Perez P’19, ’20 and Mark O’Neill

Dr. Bita and Dr. Farhad Fayz P’17

Board Member Michael J. Harris P’20, ’23

Board Member Dr. Carlos F. Smith P’22, ’27

Mary Rosen P’18 with Dr. Diana Zamojski and Dr. Matthew Kamin P’18, ’20, ’24

Cathy Dunlap ’73, Deb Rich ’73, Tom Rieck

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Annual giving fund

Thank you for your support! The Annual Giving Fund is a critical aspect of fundraising at Morgan Park Academy, and at all independent schools. Our sincere thanks go out to parents, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and friends who contribute generously to help sustain the high standard of academic excellence that is a defining element of the MPA tradition. In 2012-13, you responded to appeals for support on the behalf of our students and teachers with donations totaling more than $400,000, providing resources that enriched the learning experience for every student. Your support is not only greatly appreciated, but essential.

As we celebrate the Academy’s 140th year, one needs to look no further than the caliber of our 2013 graduates to appreciate the positive impact that an MPA education makes on the lives of students. Our graduates are consistently accepted into the nation’s leading colleges and universities. From the George Washington University and Duke University to the University of Southern California, the tradition of excellence lives on in our graduates and our community of more than 2,500 fellow alumni.

As we acknowledge the hundreds of donors who last year helped us provide the best in education, we turn to the full MPA community for support in the coming year. We make a concerted effort to reach out to everyone, by letter, by phone, by email and in person, to ask them to contribute to the best of their ability.

If you or your child benefited from an MPA education, please consider helping today’s students so they are provided with the same opportunities. Every gift, no matter the size, really matters! By giving, you enrich the learning environment today and demonstrate to our students the critical impact philanthropy makes at our school and in our society as a whole. Carry on the tradition with your gift today! Sincerely,

Vincent Hermosilla Executive Director of Advancement Special thanks to our Annual Fund Gala commitee! Pictured with Interim Head of School Mercedes Sheppard P’21, ’25 are committee chair Masheba Gailey-Harris P’20, ’23, Michelle Macey P’14, ’21, ’26, Katie Nathwani P’22, ’24, Michele Perez P’19, ’20, and Director of External Programs Betty Callihan P’14, ’16, ’22.

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Maroon and ivy society William Rainey Harper Circle [$1,000,000+] Richard Duchossois ’40 Abells and Jones Circle [$500,000 - $999,999] Linda and James Mitchell ’61

Trustees’ Circle [$250,000 – $499,999] Linda and Kenneth Mortenson ’63 Mary and Thomas Story Head of School’s Circle [$100,000 - $249,999] Imre and Wilfred Boarden Shawn Concannon The Crist Family Warren and Mary Jane Crist Foundation Ginny and John Gersack Mary Lou and William Mastro Lisa and Richard Nichols Helen Witt and Al Stonitsch

Benefactors’ Circle [$75,000 - $99,999] Nancy and J. William Adams The Martha G. Moore Foundation, Inc. Susan and Michael Tadin The Thrall Family Merry Beth and James Seward

Scholars’ Circle [$50,000 - $74,999] Anonymous A. Richard Ayers ’36 Deborah and Michael Bertucci Linda and Kenneth Bielinski The Wray A. Findlay Family Malinda Steele and Jeffrey Gilbert Leslie ’72 and William Hickey ’71 Dawn and Alfred Hoffman ’52 Diana Zamojski and Matthew Kamin Lisa and Jeff Kenny Louis Kole Lori and Edward McGunn

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Wanda and Joel Pelz Carolyn and Bernard Pruim Karen and Cornel Raab TJ and Rajeev Rathi ’84 Dorothy Ann Saly Estate Robert and Marjorie Spong ’41 Sandra and C. Robert Tully ’39 Terri and George Venturella Jeri and Mark Wiegel ’79 Linda L. Wolgamott Sponsors’ Circle [$25,000 - $49,999] Anonymous Shashi and Anil Agarwal Carol Braun and Terrence Bartolini Mary and Harold Boex ’52 Patrice and Frank A. Burd ’52 Sally and Robert Carpenter ’73 Chicago Community Trust Amy and Michael DeLaney Debra and Crane D’Louhy Sharon and Bob Eichinger Sharon and Paul Fuller Carol and Richard Green Hammond Beeby Rupert Ainge, Inc. Maria and David Hibbs Carolyn and Jack Jucewicz Shirley Maides-Keane and John Keane Sunita and Anil Kothari Vicki Williams-Kowalsky and James Kowalsky Padma and Ajit Kumar Jane and Bruce Levy Lorraine and Mark Linnerud Stasia and Minas Litos D. Stephen Menzies Jr. ’73 Sharron and Howard Meyer ’64 Michele and Fred H. Montgomery ’64 Thomas Olivieri Anne and Albert Petkus Karyn and Carl Pettigrew Catherine and Brian Raaflaub Ada Arias and Hareth Raddawi Maureen and Gene M. Ranieri Joyce and Rodd Rasmussen Asta and Antanas Razma Bernard Reichel ’36 Irv Ruder

Lora and Michael Salerno L. Mikael Salovaara ’71 Lisa and James Smith Shana and Jerry Taft Marcia and Stephen Thomas Barbara and John Tubutis Jan and James Tuthill ’71 Leslie and Ignatius Villasenor Colin McFarland and James Wallace Greta Pope-Wimp and Edward Wimp

Contributors’ Circle [$10,000 - $24,999] Aida and Khaled Akkawi Harriet Arnold Bonnie and John Atkinson Sunitha and Surendra Avula Zoe and Stuart Baum Deborah and Louis Bertoletti Kathy and John Biel Carol and Robert Bollacker Linda Janus and James Bray Peggy O’Brien Bremer and James Bremer Lyndean and Myron Brick Julie and Robert Cantrell Benjamin Coglianese The Coller Family Patricia and William Collins John Corrigan ’40 Linda and Hugo Cuadros Jane and Kevin Doherty Marian and Mark Erzen Whitney and Kenneth Finkelstein Elizabeth and Don Fishman Susan Larson and Michael Flannery Sabine and Harry Fleming Fredrick Flott ’39 Nancy and Jerome Frazel Julia and Lloyd Fuller Darlene Mallouk and Morgan Gasior ’81 Joseph X. Grassi ’43 Sara ’71 and Steve Grassi The Gray/Wawro Family Leah and Cheever Griffin Marilyn Hanzal Illinois Tool Works Foundation Claudia and Juan Jimenez Lee and David Jones

Sonia and Antoun Koht Randa and Muhammad Kudaimi Gail ’69 and David Lauryn Ilene and Leonard LeRose ’75 Richard Lewis Rachel Lindsey Kathy and Thomas J. Lynch ’66 Michelle and George Macey Thomas Malcolm Mary Kay and Michael Marmo Betty and H. Irwin Martin ’40 Marlene and George Mesleh Jondelle and David Milliner MPA Mothers’ & Fathers’ Club Eileen and Tim Murphy Katie and Miguel Nathwani Arsenia and Edilberto Nepomuceno Karen and Thomas O’Neill Ostrow, Reisin, Berk & Abrams, Ltd. Fran and John Parise Kathryn Bryan and Kshetij Patwa Sandy and Richard Pellar Sharon and Peter Perrotta Rebecca and David Perry Sigita and Audrius Plioplys Elizabeth and Terence Raser Sapna and Sanjeev Rathi ’83 Bonnie and George Ribet Lois and James Richmond Kathleen and Gerry Ring Samar and M. Nabil Shabeeb Nirupma and Sundarshan Sharma Sylvester and Mercedes Sheppard Kathy and Anthony Sipich Martha and Mark Slaughter Debra and Carlos Smith Michael and Thurman Smith Kathleen and Walter Snodell ’62 William Steinbarth Daniel Stevens ’83 Lynn and Wayne Tillman Susan ’66 and Robert Trefil Renee and Dean Vallas Mary Ann and Phillip Vasquez Wafaa and Samir Wassef Elizabeth White Robert Zaniolo

As of Fall 2013

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2 0 1 2 - 2 0 1 3 F i n a n c i a l S u mmary ($ in thousands)

Revenues Tuition and Fees Annual Giving Fund & Fundraising External Programs Other Income Sources Total Income Expenses Salaries and Benefits General and Administrative Depreciation School Bus Transportation Buildings and Grounds/Utilities Other Non-Personnel Total Expenses Key Balances (1) Endowment Fund Total Assets Long-Term Debt

2013

$6,002 504 298 118 6,922 $5,139 411 262 196 286 604 6,898 $963 7,344 3,132

2012 $5,751 417 303 133 6,604

$4,903 520 211 133 293 562 6,622 $937 7,429 3,177

(1) FY 2012 and FY 2013 balances are reported as of June 30th

Note: While this report provides a snapshot of the Academy’s financial status, it is not intended to substitute audited financial statements.

Revenues Annual  Giving  Fund     and  Other  Contribu$ons   7%  

External  Programs   4%  

Other  Income  Sources   2%  

Expenses Buildings  and     Grounds/U4li4es   School  Bus     4%   Transporta4on  -­‐  3%  

Other  Non-­‐Personnel   Opera4ng  Expenses   9%  

Deprecia4on    4%   General     and  Administra4ve  -­‐  6%  

Tui$on  and  Fees   87%  

Salaries  and  Benefits   74%  

Morgan Park Academy is a not-for-profit educational institution with a regular enrollment of approximately 440 students. Pursuant to State law and the bylaws, MPA is governed by a Board of Trustees which currently numbers 13. Morgan Park Academy is a tax-exempt organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Donor List William Rainey Harper Circle [$100,000 +] Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mortenson ’63 Abells and Jones Circle [$25,000 - $99,999] Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hoffman ’52

Founders’ Circle [$10,000 - 24,999] Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duchossois ’40 The Wray Findlay Family Mr. William Hickey ’71 and Mrs. Leslie Hickey ’72 Dr. Matthew Kamin and Dr. Diana Zamojski Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Levy Mr. David Milliner and Dr. Jondelle Jenkins Milliner Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchell ’61 Mr. Brian and Dr. Catherine Raaflaub Dr. and Mrs. Gene Ranieri Mr. and Mrs. Rajeev Rathi ’84 Mr. Aloysius Stonitsch and Ms. Helen Witt Head of School Circle [$5,000 - $9,999] Ms. Esmeralda Arceo The Crist Family Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Finkelstein Dr. and Mrs. Satwant Kingra The Martha G. Moore Foundation (Dr. Calvin Johnson ’46) Mr. and Mrs. Miguel Nathwani Mr. C. Robert Tully ’39 Dr. James Wallace and Mr. Colin McFarland

Benefactors’ Circle [$2,500 - $4,999] Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brisard Dr. Robert and Dr. Tonya Coats Dr. and Mrs. Hugo Cuadros Mr. and Mrs. Michael DeLaney Hunter Douglas Metals, Inc. Mr. David Jensen Mr. James Kowalsky and Dr. Vicki Williams-Kowalsky Mr. D. Stephen Menzies Jr. ’73 Dr. and Mrs. George Mesleh Mr. and Mrs. George Ribet Ruth O. Secord Perpetual Charitable Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Smith Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Tillman Dr. Luis and Dr. Alicia Ugarte Mr. Robert Zaniolo

Laureate Circle [$1,000 - $2,499] Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Badger ’65 Mr. and Mrs. James Biggs Dr. and Mrs. Wilfred Boarden Mr. Matthew Dillon ’78 Ms. Joni Duncan ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Frazier Mr. Joseph Grassi ’43 Dr. Julia Harris ’85 Mr. Michael Harris and Mrs. Masheba Gailey-Harris Mr. John E Horn ’69 Illinois Press Association Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jucewicz Dr. Akbar Khan and Dr. Samina Chandhry-Khan Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Klawitter M.T. Transit, INC. Dr. Sunil and Dr. Manjari Malkani Mr. and Mrs. J. Manz Marina Cartage, INC. MAT Construction MAT Leasing, INC MAT Waste/Northwest, INC. Mr. and Mrs. Edward McGunn Mr. and Mrs. Fred Montgomery ’64 Ms. Kelly O’Brien Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Paris ’86 PSG Services LLC. DBA Interim Healthcare Dr. and Mrs. Sam Robinson Mr. and Mrs. L. Mikael Salovaara ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Sheppard Mr. and Mrs. Walter Snodell ’62 Mr. Steve Terborg Dr. Samir Wassef and Dr. Wafaa Hanna Mr. Steven Grassi and Mrs. Sara Grassi ’71 Dr. Leon J. Witkowski ’65 Mr. George Yaksic Mr. William Yardley ’45 Academy Partner [$500 - $999] Aaron Brothers Moving Systems Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Acklin Mrs. Harriet Arnold Dr. Adarsh and Dr. Varsha Bhan Mr. Wilfred Boarden Dr. James Boscardin Ms. Denise Boswell Mr. and Mrs. James Branit ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Bratsos Mr. James Bremer and Mrs. Peggy O’Brien-Bremer

Mr. Timothy Brooks and Dr. Tracy L. Gaston-Brooks Ms. Carla Burns Dr. Ernest and Dr. Joycelyn Cabrera Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carpenter ’73 Mr. and Mrs. David Case Chicago Community Trust Mr. John Cummings and Mrs. Maria Ruiz-Cummings Mr. Kareem Daniel ’92 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Danielewicz DeLaney Law Office, Ltd. Mr. Marco DeVito Mr. Jay Dobrutsky and Mrs. Barbara Green Mr. and Mrs. William Doyle ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eichinger Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fleming Dr. Mehmet and Dr. Yesim Gulecyuz Mr. John Hagan Jr. and Dr. Vanessa Hagan Healthy Kids, DC, Dr. Wafaa Hanna ITW Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Krichbaum ’61 Mr. Todd Lafayette and Mrs. Danielle Agee Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Low Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin McClellan Mr. Michael D. McClure ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Pablo Mejia Mr. and Mrs. Niko Mourgelas Mr. James Noonan and Mrs. Dana Levinson Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Northcross Drs. Oganwu Ms. Michele Perez Mr. and Mrs. David Perry Mr. James Perry In honor of Mr. D. Stephen Menzies Jr. PNC Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Larry Roy Mr. and Mrs. Michael Salerno Mr. Robert Scardon ’46 Mr. and Mrs. John Seastrom Dr. and Mrs. Rogelio Silva Dr. Roger Spencer and Dr. Alexis Jones Mr. and Mrs. William Springer ’61 Health Resource Solutions, Glenn Steigbigel Ms. Sara Strasser ’98 Mr. and Mrs. Dean Vallas Mr. Hobart Van Deventer ’39 Mr. Edward Wimp and Mrs. Greta Pope-Wimp Mr. Richard Zimmerman and Mrs. Annemarie (Hennelly) Zimmerman ’88 In honor of Jerry and Evelyn Hennelly

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Century Club [$100 - $499] Mr. and Mrs. Chahe Agopian ’92 Mr. Juan Aguilar and Ms. Evelyn Lara Ms. Addie Allen Mr. Francisco Garcia and Mrs. Ivet Alvarado Dr. and Mrs. Hassan Alzein Mr. Dominic Amadio ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Howard Amberg Mr. and Mrs. Mark Anderson Col. and Mrs. Allen Andreasen ’47 Ms. Barbara Arnold Ms. Demetra Ashley Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Barnes Dr. Garfield Batchelor and Dr. Minakshi Joshi Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bazile Mr. Vincent Beachum and Dr. Robin Beachum-Whatley Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Beals Mr. Stefan Bell and Mrs. Felicia Towns-Bell Berghoff’s Restaurant Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Bergin The Beverly Review Mr. and Mrs. David Bird Ms. Collette Blakely Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bollacker Mr. Brian Bosack Mr. and Mrs. William Braker ’44 Dr. and Mrs. Larry Brown Ms. Latania Broyls ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Bryant Mr. Bob Bulla and Mrs. Christina Trinidad-Bulla Mr. and Mrs. James Callihan Ms. Cristin Carole Mr. and Mrs. Antony Carter Mr. R. Paul Cassabon Dr. and Mrs. Mark Castellanet ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Catlett Dr. Sandeep Chandra and Dr. Madhulika Saxena Mr. and Mrs. Barry Coleman ’49 Ms. Tonya Coleman Mr. Douglas Coller ’73 County Fair Foods Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Cox Dr. Jennifer Coyne Cassata ’90 Mr. David Cuadros ’86 and Dr. Susana Ugarte ’91 Mr. Don Perry and Mrs. Julie Cuadros-Perry ’93 Mr. and Mrs. John Daniels ’75 Mrs. Elaine Delaney Mr. Robert Dolehide ’72 Mr. Thomas Drahozal and Ms. Dianne Durham Dr. Joan Driscoll and Mr. John Kirby ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Dalyn Drown

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Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Drynan, Sr. ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Barack Echols Mr. Michael Ellis Mr. Stephen English Mr. and Mrs. Steven Erickson ’62 Mr. Glenn Esses ’78 Mr. James Fifer Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Fitch Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fonsino, DA ’59 Ms. Claudia Fortuna Mr. Jason Freeman ’00 Mr. Jon Freeman Mr. and Mrs. Eric Fullilove Ms. Jane George ’66 Dr. and Mrs. John Gersack Ms. Erna Gilbert Mr. Jeffrey Gilbert and Ms. Malinda Steele Capt. and Mrs. John Robert Gilbert ’45 Mr. Julian Gomez Mr. Lucas Greene Greenwood Family Dentistry Mr. Martin Grenzebach and Ms. Janelle Walker Mr. John Gunning and Mrs. Mandy Bunte Mr. John Gustafson ’73 Mr. Michael Hall and Mrs. LaVelle Smith-Hall Mr. James Hansen Ms. Elizabeth Hartmann ’73 Dr. and Mrs. Nashib Hashmi Mr. David Guido and Mrs. Sarah Haskins Mr. Vincent Hermosilla Dr. and Mrs. Walter Hofman ’50 Mr. David Honor ’67 Ms. Mary Hunter ’74 Mr. Earle Irwin Mr. Michael Janssen Mr. and Mrs. Al Jaques Mr. Daniel Jarvis ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Ron Jerit ’52 Dr. Terry R Johnson ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Allen Jojorian Mr. JaMichael Allen Jones ’10 Ms. Alice Keane Mrs. and Mrs. Robert Keelan Mr. Auntone Kelly and Mrs. Gloria Reveron-Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Jay Kennedy Ms. Lisa Kimbrough ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Jemal King Dr. John I. Kitch, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Klein ’56 Mr. Maxx Kleiner ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Koberna ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kobilca ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Karsten Kollat Mr. Michael Kozak Mr. Muhamad Krad ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Krengel Mr. and Mrs. George Kumis ’66

Mrs. and Mrs. Ray Kurut Mr. Christopher Kyle Dr. Edward Lee ’84 Ms. Erin Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Mark Linnerud Mrs. Janice Lively Mrs. Jewel Lockhart Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lopez Dr. John Louis ’42 Mr. Jon and Dr. Marla Lunderberg ’78 Mr. and Mrs. George Macey Ms. Natalia Mackevicius ’84 Mr. Thomas Malcolm Mr. Peter Matson ’67 Mr. Richard A McBride ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Michael McGovern Mr. and Mrs. John McMullen Ms. Shaylin McNamara Mr. Kelley Clute and Ms. Anne Melville Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Michalak ’62 Microsoft Foundation Mr. Bob Mikulak Ms. Kari Misulonas ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Marcellus Moore ’90 Mr. Hanif Mosi and Mrs. Taifa Smith Ms. Sheila Moss Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mostert MPA Parents Association Dr. and Mrs. Kermit Muhammad Mr. and Mrs. Tim Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Levon Nazarian ’78 Mrs. Jeni Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Steve Nelson ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Alan Newberg ’64 Mr. Marcus Nichols ’11 Ms. Susan Oczkowski Mr. Alvin Okunami ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Mario Ortiz Mr. and Mrs. Brian Otto Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer ’67 Dr. John Panozzo and Ms. Dawn McHugh Dr. Sunil Patel Mr. Wayne Pearson Ms. Manisha Pedraza Mr. and Mrs. Joel Pelz Petty, Bielik and Burke Orthodontics, DDS Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phillips ’43 Ms. Monica Pickett Dr. Audrius and Dr. Sigita Plioplys Mr. and Mrs. John Pohlers ’44 Ms. Francie Portrey ’72 Mr. Mark Prokop ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Terence Raser Dr. and Mrs. Gerardo Reyes Mr. Edward Robinson, III ’93 Mr. Michael Rogers ’69 and Ms. Karin Nelson-Rogers Mr. Robert Rolfe ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rosi ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rund ’61 Dr. Louis Rutland


and Mrs. Tara Tillman-Rutland Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis Sanford Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Sarabia Mr. and Mrs. C. Gary Schiess ’69 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schmidt Dr. Ericka and Mr. Keith Searles Ms. Lisa Seaton Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shopiro ’70 Ms. Stephanie Shorter ’90 Ms. Verneta Simon ’78 Col. and Mrs. Gene Simonson ’45 Dr. Avanti and Mr. Kanwar Singh Mr. Brian Singleton and Mrs. Rena Battles-Singleton Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Sipich Mr. and Mrs. Jacek Skawiniak Mr. and Mrs. Jovon Smith Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Smith Mr. Marc D. Sokol ’88 Mr. Donald Standford ’62 Mr. William Stuart ’64 Mr. Lee Tew ’48 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Thomas Ms. Joan Timberlake Ms. Michelle Toscas ’85 Ms. Jean Tourville Dr. Robert Trefil and Mrs. Susan Trefil ’66 Ms. Steffanie Triller ’99 Mr. and Mrs. John Tubutis Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo Ugarte ’86 Mr. Mark Valentine and Mrs. Margaret Brett Mr. David VanderWeele ’94 Mr. Jeremy VanderWeele ’92 Mr. Richard Vitkus ’57 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Voss ’54 Mr. Matthew Wagner Mr. Richard Singer and Mrs. Charlotte Welton-Singer ’62 Mr. David Wilkinson ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Benny Williams Mr. Edward Wimp ’08 Ms. Pam Winthrop Dr. and Mrs. Robert Witkowski ’67 Mr. Steven and Dr. Cheryl Wolfe Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Worsham Mr. and Mrs. Del Wright Mr. Yesse Yehudah and Mrs. Donna Newman Mr. and Mrs. Shahan Yacoubian ’93 Ms. Jennifer Zalewa ’92 Academy Friend [Up to $99] Mr. and Mrs. Richard Aitchison ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Aitchison ’57 Mr. John Anhut ’40 Mr. Carl Bibbs and Ms. Cheryl Jewell Ms. Joyce Bonner Mr. and Mrs. Nell Brisard Mrs. Tamara Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Burmeister ’61 Ms. Ann Burns Mr. Daniel Burns Mr. William Cade and Mrs. Lynn Stewart Mr. Marc Calabretta Mr. Nick Carperos ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clark III Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cole Dr. John Costello Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Coty Mr. C. Denny Cresap ’52 Mrs. Margaret Currie Ms. Kate Davis Mr. Scott Denil Mr. and Mrs. Grant DeNormandie ’60 Mr. Keith Derico Mr. David Parta and Ms. Mary Derwinski ’74 Mr. Peter Dilalla Mr. and Mrs. John Drennan ’54 Dr. Michael Dunlap and Dr. Ophelia Carlton Mrs. Pat Egan Mr. Sherwin English and Mrs. Tracey Robinson-English Mr. and Mrs. James Ferguson Mr. Anthony Fields FreeCause Inc. Mr. Kent Fry ’57 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fuhlbrugge ’73 Mr. Robert B. Gamble ’48 Ms. Peggy Gatsinos ’00 Dr. and Mrs. Charles Getz ’42 Ms. Lori Gillis Mr. and Mrs. Richard Glesener ’64 Mr. David Goodfry Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hanna ’49 Mrs. Katie Hartigan Ms. Wendy Heilman ’89 Mr. James Hess ’61 Ms. Debra Horberg ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hubbard Mr. Jeff Hull Mr. Stephen Hunt ’66 Mr. Delmo Hooks, Jr. and Ms. Kai Jackson Ms. Yolanda King Mr. and Mrs. Mark Klein ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Dean Kostantaras Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kraus Mr. and Mrs. Robert Langston Mr. and Mrs. Sean Lawrence Mr. Aaron Lee Mr. and Mrs. Danilo Lenzi ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Levin ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Keith Lewis Mr. and Mrs. Jason Little Mr. Malcolm Lively Mrs. Carolyn Manley Mrs. Kathryn McEachern-Baker ’62 Ms. Connie McGee Mr. and Mrs. Donald McGrath

Mr. and Mrs. Tyrone McKnight Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Marlon McLachlan Mr. and Mrs. Charles Milton ’47 Ms. Rosalind Moore Rev. and Mrs. Otis Moss Mr. and Mrs. Stefan Naklicki Mr. and Mrs. Tim Naylor Dr. Cristina Nelson ’72 Dr. Erik and Dr. Carmen Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nichols Mr. Jason Outlaw ’00 Mr. Leonard Palmer ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Scott Panozzo Mr. George Pappas, Jr. ’55 Ms. Lynda Pariso Ms. Tracey Payne Mr. Peter Poulos ’52 Mr. Jim Reedy Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Riha Mrs. Maria Luque Rosales Mrs. Keisha Rose Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Rosen Mr. Isaac Russ Mr. Miles Russ ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Bentley Rutherford ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Tim Scolan Mr. and Mrs. Frank Secord ’66 Mr. Robert Shetler ’46 Mr. Michael Skerniskis and Ms. Pam Orda Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith ’77 Mr. Derek Smith and Ms. Casey Yunits Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Smith Mr. Kyle Sneed and Mrs. Kimberly Hurley-Sneed Mr. and Mrs. James Sonntag Mr. and Mrs. Steven Sorfleet Staples Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Johnathan Strate-Hootman Mr. Anthony Sutton and Dr. Senora Nelson-Sutton Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Taft Mr. Paul Treskow Mr. Elliott Vallas ’54 Mr. John Walton ’46 Ms. Nichelle Weathers-McDonald Mr. Gregory Gray and Mrs. Sheila Webster-Gray Ms. Bridgett Weilerman Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Weisberg ’65 Mr. Peter Wilk Mr. Bill Williams Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wilson Ms. Susan Withington ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Wladyslaw Wodziak Ms. Beata Wodziak-Muntean ’05 Ms. Vicki Wright ’68 Ms. Brie Yaksic ’02 Ms. Cindy Zhao

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Alumni GiVing 1930s Mr. C. Robert Tully ’39 Mr. Hobart Van Deventer ’39

1940s Mr. John Anhut ’40 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duchossois ’40 Dr. and Mrs. Charles Getz ’42 Dr. John Louis ’42 Mr. Joseph Grassi ’43 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phillips ’43 Mr. and Mrs. William Braker ’44 Mr. and Mrs. John Pohlers ’44 Mr. Nick Carperos ’45 Capt. and Mrs. John Robert Gilbert ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Levin ’45 Col. and Mrs. Gene Simonson ’45 Mr. William Yardley ’45 Dr. Calvin Johnson ’46 and The Martha G. Moore Foundation Mr. Robert Scardon ’46 Mr. Robert Shetler ’46 Mr. John Walton ’46 Col. and Mrs. Allen Andreasen ’47 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Milton ’47 Mr. Robert B. Gamble ’48 Mr. Lee Tew ’48 Mr. and Mrs. Barry Coleman ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Drynan, Sr. ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hanna ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Koberna ’49 1950s Dr. and Mrs. Walter Hofman ’50 Dr. Terry R Johnson ’50 Dr. John I. Kitch, Jr. ’51 Mr. C. Denny Cresap ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hoffman ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Ron Jerit ’52 Mr. Peter Poulos ’52 Mr. Robert Rolfe ’52 Mr. and Mrs. John Drennan ’54 Mr. Elliott Vallas ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Voss ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Jay Kennedy ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Klein ’55 Mr. Leonard Palmer ’55 Mr. George Pappas, Jr. ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Klein ’56

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Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Aitchison ’57 Mr. Kent Fry ’57 Mr. Richard Vitkus ’57 Mr. Dominic Amadio ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fonsino, DA ’59

1960s Mr. and Mrs. Grant DeNormandie ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Danilo Lenzi ’60 Mr. Michael D. McClure ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Aitchison ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Burmeister ’61 Mr. James Hess ’61 Mr. and Mrs. John Krichbaum ’61 Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchell ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rund ’61 Mr. and Mrs. William Springer ’61 Dr. and Mrs. Mark Castellanet ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Steven Erickson ’62 Mrs. Kathryn McEachern-Baker ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Michalak ’62 Mr. Miles Russ ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Walter Snodell ’62 Mr. Donald Standford ’62 Mr. Richard Singer and Mrs. Charlotte Welton-Singer ’62 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mortenson ’63 The Crist Family ’63, ’70, ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Glesener ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Fred Montgomery ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Alan Newberg ’64 Mr. William Stuart ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Badger ’65 Mr. Richard A. McBride ’65 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Weisberg ’65 Dr. Leon J. Witkowski ’65 Ms. Jane George ’66 Mr. Stephen Hunt ’66 Mr. and Mrs. George Kumis ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Secord ’66 Dr. Robert Trefil and Mrs. Susan Trefil ’66 Mr. David Honor ’67 Mr. Peter Matson ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer ’67 Dr. and Mrs. Robert Witkowski ’67 Mr. and Mrs. William Doyle ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rosi ’68 Ms. Susan Withington ’68

Ms. Vicki Wright ’68 Mr. John E. Horn ’69 Mr. Michael Rogers ’69 and Ms. Karin Nelson-Rogers Mr. and Mrs. C. Gary Schiess ’69

1970s The Crist Family ’63, ’70, ’71 Dr. Joan Driscoll and Mr. John Kirby ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shopiro ’70 Mr. William Hickey ’71 and Mrs. Leslie Hickey ’72 Mr. and Mrs. L. Mikael Salovaara ’71 Mr. Steven Grassi and Mrs. Sara Grassi ’71 Mr. Robert Dolehide ’72 Dr. Cristina Nelson ’72 Ms. Francie Portrey ’72 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carpenter ’73 Mr. Douglas Coller ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fuhlbrugge ’73 Mr. John Gustafson ’73 Ms. Elizabeth Hartmann ’73 Mr. D. Stephen Menzies Jr. ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Steve Nelson ’73 Mr. Alvin Okunami ’73 Mr. Mark Prokop ’73 Mr. David Parta and Ms. Mary Derwinski ’74 Ms. Mary Hunter ’74 Mr. and Mrs. John Daniels ’75 Ms. Debra Horberg ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kobilca ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith ’77 Mr. David Wilkinson ’77 Mr. Matthew Dillon ’78 Mr. Glenn Esses ’78 Mr. Jon and Dr. Marla Lunderberg ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Levon Nazarian ’78 Ms. Verneta Simon ’78 Mr. and Mrs. James Branit ’79 Ms. Lisa Kimbrough ’79 1980s Anonymous Ms. Joni Duncan ’81 Ms. Kari Misulonas ’82


Fa c u lt y & S ta ff G i V i n g Mr. and Mrs. Bentley Rutherford ’83 Dr. Edward Lee ’84 Ms. Natalia Mackevicius ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Rajeev Rathi ’84 Dr. Julia Harris ’85 Ms. Michelle Toscas ’85 Mr. David Cuadros ’86 and Dr. Susana Ugarte ’91 Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Paris ’86 Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo Ugarte ’86 Mr. Marc D. Sokol ’88 Ms. Wendy Heilman ’89 1990s Dr. Jennifer Coyne Cassata ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Marcellus Moore ’90 Ms. Stephanie Shorter ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Chahe Agopian ’92 Mr. Kareem Daniel ’92 Mr. Jeremy VanderWeele ’92 Ms. Jennifer Zalewa ’92 Ms. Latania Broyls ’93 Mrs. Julie Cuadros-Perry ’93 Mr. Edward Robinson III ’93 Mr. and Mrs. Shahan Yacoubian ’93 Mr. David VanderWeele ’94 Mr. Daniel Jarvis ’97 Mr. Muhamad Krad ’97 Ms. Sara Strasser ’98 Ms. Steffanie Triller ’99 2000s Mr. Jason Freeman ’00 Ms. Peggy Gatsinos ’00 Mr. Jason Outlaw ’00 Ms. Brie Yaksic ’02 Ms. Beata Wodziak-Muntean ’05 Mr. Edward Wimp ’08

Mrs. Ivet Alvarado Mr. Trevett Allen Mrs. Colleen Amberg Mrs. Harriet Arnold Mrs. Margaret Bergin Ms. Collette Blakely Mrs. Carol Bollacker Mr. Brian Bosack Ms. Denise Boswell Mr. Marc Calabretta Mrs. Betty Callihan Ms. Claire Concannon ’85 Mrs. Julie Cuadros-Perry ’93 Mrs. Karen Danielewicz Ms. Katie Davis Mr. Peter Dilalla Mr. Thomas Drahozal Mrs. Emily Drown Mrs. Pat Egan Mr. Michael Ellis Mr. and Mrs. James Ferguson Mrs. Emily Fitch Mrs. Sara Grassi ’71 Mrs. Sarah Haskins Mr. Vincent Hermosilla Mrs. Kathy Keelan Mrs. Patricia Kostantaras Mr. James Kowalsky Mrs. Debra Kraus Mrs. Heather Kurut Mr. Christopher Kyle

Mr. Aaron Lee Mr. Mark Linnerud Mr. Thomas Malcolm Mrs. Carolyn Manley Ms. Connie McGee Mrs. Rebecca McGovern Ms. Shaylin McNamara Ms. Anne Melville Ms. Kari Misulonas ’82 Mrs. Adriana Mourgelas Mr. Stefan Naklicki Mrs. Karen O’Neill Ms. Susan Oczkowski Mrs. Gloria Ortiz Mrs. Lynne Panozzo Ms. Lynda Pariso Ms. Monica Pickett Dr. Catherine Raaflaub Mrs. Elizabeth Raser Mr. Jim Reedy Mrs. Vicki Sarabia Mrs. Jennifer Schmidt Mrs. Peggy Scolan Mrs. Mercedes Sheppard Mrs. Beata Skawiniak Mr. Michael Skerniskis Mr. Derek Smith Mrs. Heather Sorfleet Mrs. Sheila Webster-Gray Mrs. Wieslawa Wodziak Ms. Cindy Zhao

2010s Mr. JaMichael Allen Jones ’10 Mr. Marcus Nichols ’11 Mr. Maxx Kleiner ’12

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class notes 1940s Bill Getz ’42 writes: “I have reached the age of 89 and am quickly approaching 90! That is some kind of milestone. Still in good health.” Bill’s latest novels, “Out of Nowhere” and “Sarah: A Timeless Tale of Love,” are available in print and electronic formats.

1950s

Bob Hartman ’54 reports that he is retired and living in Corbett, Oregon, during the summer and fall. In the winter, lucky Bob is in Maui, Hawaii. He also enjoys salmon fishing in the Columbia River.

Jim McCauley ’57 writes: “After graduating from MPMA, I attended Northern Illinois University and then spent the next 45 years in sales and sales management in the graphic arts supply business. I retired as vice president of a national supply company. I have been enjoying my retirement by traveling internationally. In between planning trips, I have found time to spoil my three grandchildren. I have three children; two are living close to me near Naperville, IL and I have one son living in Korea.”

1960s

Bruce Burmeister ’61 reports that his wife, Beverly, recently retired from Valparaiso University Law School, where she was the cataloging services librarian. Bruce writes: “We both have lifetime Indiana fishing licenses and a class C motor home that we take to many Indiana state park campgrounds

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where we RV, hike, fish, watch birds, and look for wild flowers.”

Robin Guilford ’61 writes: “Fond memories of academics, athletics, and friendships still linger today. Little did any of us know at the time that our class was to be one of the transition classes that started high school in the heavy wool uniforms of MPMA and ended our four years wearing black blazers and ties of MPA.”

Following graduation, Robin joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was accepted into an Officer Procurement Program and to the University of Colorado. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps and reported to the United States Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida, thus beginning 27 years of active duty and reserve time in the Marines. Robin also had a career as an executive for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He and his wife, Patti, live in Boulder, Colorado, and have five children and four grandchildren living in San Francisco, Boston, and coastal North Carolina.

Robin retired in 2005 and says that retirement has been a wonderful experience. He writes: “At 71, I’m still healthy and enjoy skiing, cycling, flyfishing, golf, and bee-keeping. I have yet to wake up in the morning and wonder what I’ll do today. Nonprofit work with the Boulder County Food Bank, Veterans Helping Veterans, and the I Have A Dream Foundation, as well as acting as President and Chairman

of the Board of the local water board, church related committees and projects, and local party politics all tend to fill the day, and many evenings, throughout the year. We are blessed to be healthy enough to enjoy traveling and have been to Northern Italy, Greece, and Turkey in the past few years. Last year, we cycled through the Southern part of Italy, down and around the ‘boot’ and on to Sicily.”

Robin writes that on his last visit to MPA, he was “so impressed with the faculty, staff and students I had the pleasure of meeting. They have created a first-class academic institution and have maintained the beautiful campus at the same time. Good changes are happening today for the future of the Academy. At the same time, they have held on to and honored the tradition and history of MPMA. “If you haven’t been able to see the campus in the past 10, 20, or 30 years, I encourage you to plan to do so and support your next class reunion. As for the Class of 1961, I look forward to seeing you all at our 55th reunion in 2016 or our 60th in 2021!” Ron Pearce ’61 writes that after attending the University of Wisconsin, he worked for RR Donnelly Lakeside Press as an apprentice in the printing business. From 1966-1983, he owned and managed a garage business for race cars and a lounge, and worked at another printing business. Since 1984, Ron has worked as a real estate agent. He is currently an agent and I.T. Manager of a Century 21 Office in Charlotte Harbor, Florida.

Ed Rund ’61 writes, “Now that we are both retired, Ronnie and I are having a great time! I’m very active in Freemasonry and we have traveled to Winnipeg and Philadelphia for Masonic conferences. We traveled to Syracuse


by train for Ronnie’s annual family reunion, visited Orlando for a Disney wedding of a family member, and went to Hawaii (Maui and Honolulu) for two weeks. Life as a senior can be most enjoyable.” After 49 years in California, Henry Welton ’65 decided to move to Marshall, Missouri, where he is living in an 1876 Victorian home (which occupies his spare time) on the Civil War Battlefield of the Battle of Marshall. Henry is still in banking as his “day job” and is enjoying the Midwest once again.

After MPA, Stephen Hunt ’66 earned a degree in Education at the University of Montana, where he was in ROTC and in 1971 was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After serving four years on active duty at Fort Lewis, Washington, he married his wife of 41 years, Karen. The couple has two sons and two grandchildren.

Stephen writes: “During my years on active duty, one of my assignments was to the Defense Race Relations Institute at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. This changed the direction my life would take. After leaving active duty, I stayed in the Army Reserves for the next 16 years. I worked for the reserves for a few years before I landed a position with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Seattle, where I worked for the next 34 years. My primary role during these years was working with the state and local civil rights agencies, and the Indian tribes in my region. “When I retired from EEOC, I thought I would never again work in civil rights, but two years ago I became chair of the Washington State Human Rights Commission.” Now retired, Stephen and Karen love

Tim Troy ’72 and his brother, Dennis, last summer became the 41st and 42nd Illinois PGA Professionals to be honored as Senior Masters, continuing a South Side golf legacy their father, Zigfield, began when he opened his first driving range in 1934. The brothers are the first siblings in Illinois PGA history to join their father as Senior Masters. They are co-head professionals at the family business, Zigfield Troy Golf Course in Woodridge. “The fact that they recognize us as part of their fraternity is a very nice honor,” Tim said in a PGA news release. “I admire many of these guys so much, to be included as part of their group is humbling.” Tim starred for the MPA golf team before going on to play at the University of South Carolina.

“I was the youngest of five children, so by the time I turned five or six years of age it was just natural for me to migrate to the game,” Tim said. “Dennis was a significant motivator for me. Naturally I to cruise the world, and recently completed a lifelong dream of visiting all seven continents.

Dan M. McKown ’66 passed away on December 18, 2013. His wife, Sharon, writes: “Dan wanted me to share with you that he treasured the memories he had of Morgan Park Academy, his classmates, and the varsity wrestling team of which he was a member. He appreciated the educational programs, the knowledge he absorbed as well

wanted to do everything and play in everything he had. I can remember dad kneeling down in front of me on the range teaching me how to swing the club.”

After earning a business degree at South Carolina, Tim worked briefly in the corporate world before answering his passion for golf. He played minor professional events for two years, waiting tables to pay his entry fees. After their father’s death in 1981, Tim and his siblings came home to run the family business. “Our love for playing and sharing the game with our family is another attribute that was inherited from dad,” Tim said. Join Tim for a free clinic before tee-off at our annual Golf “Fore” Scholarship outing on June 5.

as the extracurricular activities he participated in. Dan will be missed greatly by his children, Stephanie Cavoores and Dan M. McKown Jr., and three grandchildren, who reside in Florida and North Carolina.”

John E. Horn ’69 reports that all these years later, “I owe a lot to MPA.” He writes: “I still practice Social Security Disability law at all levels. Last year my wife (who is also my law partner) and I went to Madrid for Easter and

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to Alaska for Memorial Day. Our elder daughter got married last summer in the chapel of the boarding school where she met her husband. Her younger sister was maid of honor and their younger brother an usher.

I summited Platte Peak (11,941 feet) last September with a pal from college who was an usher at my wedding in 1984. My wife and I also enjoyed a cruise in and out of Miami that visited Mexico, Belize, and Key West.”

1970s

Julie Coffeen Rudawsky ’70 sends greetings to everyone and a special reminder for her classmates: “Start marking your calendars for our 45th reunion next year! Spread the word! It will be here before you know it!” Don Norton ’73 is President and CEO of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation, which provides executive training and education for leaders in the world’s most essential industry. Last year he attended a seminar in Russia, Ukraine, and Poland where he met with agricultural leaders in those countries.

Paul Sacks ’74 finished high school in the suburbs but remembers his time at MPA fondly. He writes: “I have been practicing nephrology in Phoenix for 25 years. I am forever indebted to Doc Brown for his flash card system, which carried me through college and

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medical school. I am also deeply indebted to Neal Dunlap for opening my eyes to jazz music, and to Henry Lee for making science fun!”

Robyne Robinson ’79 accepted the newly created position of Arts and Culture Director for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at the end of October. She writes that she is absolutely thrilled to be leading this new effort, as Minnesota has a strong and diverse arts community: “The MSP Arts and Culture program has a wonderful opportunity to showcase our vibrant community of artists and their work to the world.”

1990s Bradley Kaspar ’98 has been living in the Czech Republic since 2005, working with young people in a Christian organization called Josiah Venture (josiahventure.com).

He writes: “I first got involved with Josiah Venture back in 2000 when I was attending college and studying mechanical engineering. I had gone for the summer to help with English camps and talk with Czech students about Christianity.

1980s

Rudy Tanasijevich ’82 is a senior lawyer in the Atlanta office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He and his wife, Shannon, live in Marietta, Georgia, and have four kids: Hayley, a junior in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan; Morgan, a freshman at Stanford University; Dylan, a freshman in high school; and Celsea, a seventh-grader. All four kids are busy with sports and studies. “Add two 100-plus-pound dogs to the mix,” Rudy writes, “and we have plenty of activities to keep us all busy.”

Wendy Heilman ’89 is scheduled to graduate in May from the Lutheran School of Theology with a Master of Theological Studies degree focusing on Christian/Muslim relations, and she plans to continue working toward her Ph.D. in the fall. She also works fulltime for United Airlines.

“That summer, I was struck by how much I enjoyed being in a different culture, learning the language, and being with the people. After that summer I returned in 2001 and 2003 to help with English camps, and in 2005, I moved there full-time. Since then I’ve continued to lead English camps for students that are connected to local churches and work with various churches’ local youth groups. “On Valentine’s Day 2008, I married Lucie, a wonderful Czech whom I first met after moving here in 2005. We now live in the town of Vsetin, where I lead the youth group in a local church


and am involved with teaching English to teenagers and adults. We have two children, Adam and Becky.”

Ben Kalafut ’99 and his wife, Rae Ana, recently moved to San Jose, California, where he works in the mass spectrometry division at ThermoFisher Scientific.

2000s

Hiba Dia ’02 graduated from the University of Chicago in 2006 and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry in 2012. She works as a dentist in Chicago and has a threeyear old son.

Ryan Volkmann ’04 married Carolyn Tasy of Fairfax, Virginia, last September at Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Ryan and Carolyn are both Georgetown graduates and are moving to Fairfax, Virginia, in the spring. Michael Barry ’04 served as a groomsman. Betsy Seward Duke ’04 graduated in 2008 from the University of Findlay, where she double majored

D-Day veterans: We want to hear about your role at Normandy 70 years ago. Email alumni@morganparkacademy.org or send us a letter with your story. in psychology and equine studies and was active in theater. Last year she completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and was married to David Duke, who also recently earned his doctorate from the same school. They live in Bolingbrook and both work at a non profit organization, Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center in Naperville. Betsy recently developed an Animal Assisted Therapy program at Samaritan with their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Cedar. She also completed an internship where she spent time doing Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy as well as traditional therapy. Betsy also teaches at the Animal Behavior Institute and Narnia Pet Behavior and Training, combining her passion for animals with the art of psychology.

Rohan Vaidya ’06 earned his undergraduate degree in international business from Loyola University Chicago, studied in Tunisia right before the revolution, and now works as an accountant and financial analyst in Chicago while pursuing his MBA in Finance. He has earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and also practices pencak silat, the martial arts of Indonesia.

2010s

Natalie Ingram ’10 is a senior at the University of New England, majoring in marine science with a concentration in marine biology. She works in a fish research lab and is conducting an honors thesis on the effect of climate change on the growth and survivability of model skate species to see how other elasmobranchs (sharks, skates,

and rays) will be affected by rising temperatures. She also served as a United States student representative at the United Nations Conference of Parties 19 Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland, in November. Margaret Kealy ’10 has received her AFSC of Public Affairs Officer as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, commissioning in May.

Ellen Thomas ’10 is scheduled to graduate this spring from Saint Louis University with a degree in Spanish and International Studies. She studied in Madrid, Spain, as a junior and traveled to Ireland last summer to do archaeological survey research on medieval castles near the western coast. In January, she traveled to Mumbai, India, for a class on globalization where she studied the idea of mobility within Indian society.

IN M E M O R I A M ALUMNI Shirley deSwarte ’52 (Loring) Dan M. McKown ’66 Patrick O’Reilly ’02 (8th Grade) Brother of Tom ’01 Howard Weckel ’40 Chad Young ’04 RELATIVES AND FRIENDS Dr. Basil Chronis Father of George ’77, Helen ’79, and Paul ’82 Barbara P. O’Toole Mother of Mary ’81 and Patrick ’83 Dr. Edwin E. Weinfield Father of Debra ’75, Linda ’76, and David ’79

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P L A NN E D G I V IN G

Spong’s Lasting Legacy When Robert Spong ’41 was a Morgan Park Military Academy cadet, “Spong did it!” was the refrain heard whenever his classmates were looking to blame someone for a prank.

Through the rest of his life, those words would be better applied to his many personal and professional accomplishments, from his loving family to his long career in the United States Air Force. Col. Spong, who died in 2009, never forgot the lessons of duty, honor, and country he first learned at the Academy, and we are honored and grateful to receive a $50,000 gift from the estate of him and his late wife, Marjorie. Spong excelled in athletics at MPMA, particularly football, and was educated as a journalist and as an accountant before piloting B-29 bombers for the Air Force. He was commissioned as a colonel in the Office of Special Investigations.

In San Antonio, he met Marjorie, an executive secretary for the Department of Defense at Lockland Air Force Base, and they began 51 years of loving marriage. They were passionate about golf, and for years traveled to resorts all over the country. We are enormously thankful for their generosity.

The 1873 Society An easy way to make an impact is to include Morgan Park Academy in your will or trust. We celebrate such supporters with membership in the 1873 Society, whose members will be listed in the next issue of the magazine. For more information about becoming a member or to let us know that we are in your estate plans, contact Vincent Hermosilla at 773-881-0667 or advancement@morganparkacademy.org.

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Thank You

f O R H E L P IN G U S R A I S E T H E R O O F

A year ago, we confronted the reality that the roofs of our century-old buildings were in serious need of renovation. Water had damaged the roofs of Hansen Hall and Alumni Hall, breaking through to the top floor of classrooms, offices, and the Mancini Library. Our buildings and grounds crew got to work, partnering with professional roofers to repair the roofs, preserve the original stone slates, and restore the damaged areas of these historic buildings last summer and fall.

The MPA community has stepped up to fund this project through a yearlong Raise the Roof campaign that is still ongoing. Thank you to all the alumni, parents, and friends who have contributed so far, and especially to Ken Mortenson ’63 and Richard Duchossois ’40, who each contributed $100,000 to fund this crucial work.

To donate or learn more, contact Vincent Hermosilla at 773-881-0667 or advancement@morganparkacademy.org.

Top to Bottom: Richard L. Duchossois ’40, Ken Mortenson ’63, Alumni Hall flat roofs “before” and “after”

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Spring 2014 Magazine