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Navy Destroyers, From the Inside Wendy Mansfield Donovan ’86 When Wendy Donovan was growing up in Bath, Maine, there were two schools of thought. She says, “It was either, ‘I can’t wait to go work in the yard’ or ‘I’m never, ever going to work in the yard.’” The “yard” was the Bath Iron Works (BIW) corporation, which builds and repairs ships for the U.S. Navy and is the fourth-largest employer in Maine. Donovan was in the second camp — no way was she going to work at BIW. That changed last fall. After 24 years designing custom kitchens for the Kennebec Company (some of which have been featured on the TV program “This Old House”), she now works at BIW’s “planning yard,” designing upgrades and maintenance projects for DDG 51s — guided missile destroyers — in the Navy’s existing fleet. “That means that if the Navy comes in and says the USS Mason is getting a cool new guidance system and it needs new wiring and new cabinets, I go in and figure out how to install and retrofit everything,” Donovan says. “I draw stuff,” she explains. “It’s a little like doing kitchens. I go into an existing space and figure out how to reorganize it.” Her new “existing spaces,” however, are steel vessels the length of two football fields with a “rabbit warren of passages and rooms and compartments” inside. Donovan says, “After so many years working on kitchens, I didn’t feel there was a lot left to learn. So engaging my brain in new ways is fun.”
ing from Isabella. After much dedicated time as an NMH parent volunteer, Amelia has changed her pace a bit during a period of transitions — something many of us seem to be doing as our children go off to college, graduate from college, have children of their own (we’re grandparents?), or as care of our parents exerts its own need for flexibility and appreciation of mortality. • Josh Novick continues to enjoy teaching and living in Arizona. • Ben Sternlieb lives and works in New York City; his company is developing a portable sonogram device that could play a significant role for health care in developing countries. • After living in Colorado for the past few years, Roxanne Wahler Scott ’81 called NMH to inform of an address change, and we had a lengthy catch-up. Life has kept her busy as she’s traveled between California and Colorado and other points in between. Roxanne has a daughter (24) and a son (27), who’s living in Berlin. Caryn Sachs ’81 made a surprise visit to campus in October and provided poignant reminiscences and updates. She stays connected with NMH pals and classmates! Caryn lives in California but has family in New England, which brings her back to the East Coast. • Please drop a note and stay in touch!
Northfield Mount Hermon Martha Holbrow Sandler firstname.lastname@example.org • Michael Rickard email@example.com From Martha: Davis Clayson reported, “I’ve been in the investment business since graduating Brown University, located primarily in Boston, but paid my dues in New York City. Most recently spent 10 years with Bain Capital and, prior to that, 10 years at Boston Partners Asset Management. After Bain, I took time off, and just as I was getting used to early retirement, I was told to get out of the house … and I returned to Boston Partners. No longer traveling the world, but am traveling the U.S., so life is a little easier. New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago are the most frequent stops, so let me know if you’re there. Older daughter is working in New York City after graduating from College of Charleston; son is a junior at the University of Richmond; and younger daughter is at Elon. Everyone went south! I occasionally speak to Jeff Hotch, but it’s been a while. Walter and Capt Matt, where are
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Gene “Yona” Triestman ’82 (left) with his family; Yona’s oldest son is in the Israeli Defense Force.
you?” • Annie Phelps Meneakis said, “Having a daughter in high school has made me all the more grateful for the privilege of having gone to NMH. I remain ever grateful for the gift of getting to learn from teachers [such as] Fred Taylor, Louise Swingle, Sally Curtis, Jim Cerillo, Jim Hillenbrand, and Sheila Heffernon … I still carry fond memories of happy times on campus with Carrie Worthington, Beatrice Ward, Alex Robarts, Jim Runyon ’81, Lucy Unsworth, Claudia Volkel, the Odman family, and kind dorm-mates in Hibbard. I continue to live outside of Portland, Ore., in a little cottage with English roses on one side and fir trees on the other. I live with my sweet husband of 20 years and our amazing, rock-climbing, social-justice-advocating 15-year-old daughter, and [an] effervescent yellow Lab. We travel annually throughout the West for hiking, climbing, and photography adventures. Speaking of photography, I saw Brooks Kraft’s work a few years ago. Bravo to him! After over 30 years of working as a mental health therapist with an emphasis on trauma and couples therapy, I still love what I do. Hope all is well for everyone!” • Courtney Lowe sent his news with an invitation! “I have been in Woodstock, Vt., for nine years with my wife and [have] graduated my two daughters from college. I welcome our classmates to come to our resort, the Woodstock Inn & Resort. We are only one hour and 15 minutes from NMH. (A special NMH friends’ rate is available.) I would like to send a shoutout to some of my Hayden mates, such as Bob Eveleth ’83, Scott Sherwood, Jeb Beaudin, Gary Wetzel, and
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