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A Champion of Bees


Bill Bliss ‘48 visits AP Environmental Science each year to share his bee expertise. p. 42 See story, page 32.

Margot Shorey ‘04 and the Fight Against Terrorism

PHOTO OF THE DAY May 31, 2017 Nick Nickerson took his calculus class, including Ian Harris ’17, to the ropes course on campus today. This yearly tradition serves as a metaphor for graduating seniors making the leap to college. PHOTO BY BEN HEIDER

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Letter From the Head

3 Reflections What Nobles folks are saying on campus and online 4

The Bulletin News and notes

18 Development On the campaign trail 20 By the Numbers Quantifying Carol 21 Sports Play it again, Bulldawgs 24 Off the Shelf All about the books we read and write 26 Perspective A legacy of growing 42 Graduate News Hellos and goodbyes 68 Archive History in four parts

FEATURES 28 Countering Terrorism Margot Shorey ’04 plots for safety

32 Hive Minds Plan Bee

Cover Photograph by Marisa GuzmĂĄn-Aloia

36 Drone Zone Taking racing to new heights


letter from the head

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What Makes Nobles ‘Nobles’? IN A CONVERSATION WITH A CLASS I STUDENT this past spring,

I asked her what she believes makes Nobles “Nobles.” She quickly smiled as she told me succinctly, “I end each day feeling more joyful than when I started.” She went on to describe how hard Nobles students work, and how students push themselves and one another to do their best work each and every day. Amidst this challenging, aspirational climate, she reflected how Nobles students are constantly buoyed by the support of peers, the dedicated investment of teachers, coaches and advisors, and the infectious energy that sits in every corner of the school. As she spoke, the students around her nodded in agreement, chiming in rapidly with stories and comments about the joyfulness that is Nobles. I felt this joy the first time I stepped onto campus, and could feel it in my earliest conversations with students, faculty, parents and graduates. There is a palpable passion for teaching and learning, and a loyalty and affection for Nobles, everywhere you look. Our students are uniquely talented and remarkably successful in all that they do, and their ability to lead and shine is evident everywhere you look at Nobles. The list of student accomplishments is simply remarkable and, while I am very proud of all that our students accomplish while they are at Nobles and in the years that follow, it is the way our students lead their lives that resonates most strongly for me and that most clearly differentiates our students and our community in deep and meaningful ways. The unique relationships our students have with faculty, coaches, advisors and peers knit together a core shared purpose in leading lives marked by character, resilience, kindness and a willingness to take risks. Our mission of inspiring leadership for the public good speaks directly to this shared purpose, to our focus on educating our students today to impact the world around them for a lifetime. Students and faculty are deeply motivated to be their best selves every day, which leads to work that is challenging, complex, rewarding…and joyful. As I enter my first year as Nobles’ head of school, I am eager to witness firsthand the many sources of joy and inspiration that lift up students and faculty each day in our classrooms, across our fields, on our stages and throughout our diverse campus. As I watch our incredibly talented students and faculty create, build, solve, debate, try, fail and accomplish, I will be looking to learn and understand what the magic is that creates such a remarkable place. I hope to spend time with many of you this year. I want to hear your stories and understand the experiences that have shaped what makes Nobles “Nobles” for you. I want to learn why you chose Nobles for yourself or your children, why you stay connected to this special community, and what your hopes and dreams are for Nobles’ future. I hope you are able to visit campus soon so you too can see the joyfulness that is Nobles.


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If you look at me, you may think, ‘He’ll never run a marathon; he doesn’t look athletic.’ Well, you’re right. —MICHAEL POLEBAUM ’08, ANNOUNCING MARATHON MONDAY EVENTS TO THE ASSEMBLY CROWD

As [Nobles] transitions to having a sole mission of preserving squirrel life, the first step…is the recent change of the school motto, from Spes Sibi Quisque to Salvum Sciuri, meaning ‘Save the Squirrels.’ —KIMMY SCHUSTER ’17, ON “SQUIRRELS SCARED OF SYRA [MEHDI ’17],” IN THE APRIL FOOLS’ DAY ISSUE OF THE NOBLEMAN

While I could read about what we have seen, there is nothing that can replace experiencing it—and really learning about the overwhelming challenges people face. —BEN SNYDER, QUOTING A NOBLES STUDENT ON A SERVICE TRIP TO RWANDA, ON “IN THE CLUTCH OF CIRCUMSTANCE,” APRIL 2017 NOBLES PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER


VIA FACEBOOK: Bob Pinderhughes ’67, the school’s first graduate of color, spoke to assembly at the beginning of his 50th Reunion weekend. Photo by Ben Heider

When you all return in a few years as graduates, there will be new buildings, there will be changes to dress code. But the one thing that will never change is this, right here. We will always take the time to gather and start every day as one Nobles. — BOB HENDERSON ’76, BEGINNING MONDAY MORNING ASSEMBLY ON APRIL 10

Throughout my childhood, I saw streets like that [with crowded concrete houses] portrayed as places where only bad things happened to you, and streets like the ones in my suburban Connecticut hometown as places where only good things happened. —DEAN OF DIVERSITY INITIATIVES ERICA PERNELL, EXPLAINING IMPLICIT BIAS IN ASSEMBLY

I’m extremely proud of what I’ve done here. I never made varsity…and I’ve never been the smartest person in the room, but I found myself over the past few years. I love this place. The moral of my story is that it doesn’t matter how you get to the finish line, just that you get there.

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Picturing Identity AFTER FOSTER GALLERY opened in 2006 as

part of the recently named Henderson Arts Center, art teacher Betsy VanOot remembers how it transformed the way Nobles showcased student art. She calls the annual spring AP Studio Show of student work “the anchor of senior events that starts the final wave of celebration.” In her eyes, the show is the year’s most important because it ignites younger students: “There’s always someone in 7th or 8th or 9th grade who comes and says, ‘I want that,’ and starts to envision themselves as an artist. And young artists

assembly highlights The Travel Ban Members of Students United for Racial Justice & Equity (SURJE)

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read community responses to their recent survey on President Trump’s travel ban.

who have never created something for a professional gallery get to write artists’ statements and stand next to their work. They all come off the experience so incredibly jazzed.” The AP Studio Show features advanced student work in photography, ceramics and drawing as the culmination of a thoughtful process of developing a concentration, creating and reworking pieces of art, incorporating a faculty critique, and creating final pieces and an artist’s statement. For the mid-year critique, students

submit work for college-level constructive criticism by three faculty members. “They start to mature as artists. It’s a discipline in which the level of analysis and visual problem-solving is really sophisticated,” VanOot says. The works are always personal, but this year, more than ever, pieces projected vibrant themes of identity and introspection. “You can’t plan that,” says VanOot. “These artists have validated those explorations and public statements about who they are outside a narrow window of identity.” Their

Oliver Halperin ’17 concluded, “We have an amazing diversity of thought on campus, and we think that’s a really great thing.”

to resist “senioritis” and the distractions of better weather, saying, “Finishing well is the measure of who you are.”

The Final Countdown Bob Henderson ’76 welcomed students and faculty back from spring break and reminded everyone

Miles for Moola Michael Polebaum ’08, assistant director of graduate affairs, announced the annual Marathon Monday


Works by (l. to r.) Sophia Millay ’17, Kayla Getter ’17, Amaya Finklea ’17, Lindsey Qian ’19 and Oliver Halperin ’17. Faculty member David Strasburger talks to artist Sophia Millay ’17.

statements convey the catalysts for the work, but also details of the process and obstacles overcome. The show thrives on the community’s connection with and curiosity about its artists. “As work has become more personal it’s become a place of discovery, learning about somebody they didn’t know or something different about someone they did know,” says Visual Arts Chair John Hirsch. “Art is a language, a visual way of thinking and expressing ideas the same way students do in many of their other courses. It’s a way for them

to share stories about who they are and where they grew up, and to put them out there in a brave and honest way.” Amaya Finklea ’17’s body of work, “My Black is Beautiful,” celebrates the beauty of black women in response to negative stereotypes, especially on social media. “Black women are criticized for their style, how they carry themselves, although other races copy everything about them and claim it as their own…. When I look at my friends, I see the beauty inside and out, and by drawing and painting these powerful, beautiful and

intelligent young women, I can express our true worth,” writes Finklea. Stoneware vases crafted by Gigi Gabeau ’17 blend elements of her own Haitian culture with that of Korean culture, which she admires. Gabeau writes, “I want my art to set an example of what I want to see more of in the future: more learning, accepting and combining of cultures. The combination of Haitian and Korean art is not something often seen. But who’s to say that two very different cultures can’t be merged together into one piece?” (continued on next page)

competition on campus, when athletes from all sports run, jump, erg and throw their way to miles that will translate

they will be erging multiple marathons.”

son said the message rings true. “We should always, even when it is least expected, take the time to help somebody.”

to dollars from anonymous generous donors. Polebaum added, “The crew team just loves punishing themselves, so

The Definition of a Gentleman Bob Henderson ’76

explained Eliot Putnam’s favorite adage, “a tall gentleman helping somebody.” Although the language is outdated, Hender-

Sapporo Day Visiting students Sasha Alvarez and Akihiro Yamashita, from Nobles’ Japanese sister school, Sap-

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Clockwise from top left, works by Class I students Allie Schlager, Amaya Finklea and Gigi Gabeau

(Picturing Identity, continued) Hirsch sees studio classes as the embodiment of Nobles’ mission of leadership for the public good. “These artists are exploring who they are, how they fit into a community and larger world, and having intense conversations about

empathy. It’s the bedrock of everything we do here. Students who go through this process are finding a creative solution to something that has no right or wrong answer.” He and his colleagues seek to facilitate conversations that say “this is

poro Intercultural and Technological High School (SIT), announced Sapporo Day in the Morrison Forum, a celebra-

The Henderson Arts Center Beth Reilly ’87, president of the board of trustees, announced the dedication of

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tion of traditional Japanese games, art and food, including the fishing ball game, origami and pocky.

the Henderson Arts Center. After praising Henderson’s commitment to the arts, Reilly quipped that he can now “enjoy

good, but how far can we push it before it breaks? Where does tension exist within the bounds of being safe?” —KIM NEAL Learn more at

directing people to his own building.” In turn, Henderson joked, “It occurs to me now that that building will be known as the ‘HAC.’”

Data and DNA Kevin Chen ’20 explained the benefits of using DNA to store data. Chen explained that DNA has more

CREATIVE TEENS ON CAMPUS The following Nobles students earned recognition from the 2017 Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the local outlet of the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

KEVIN CHEN ’20 ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

A Silver Key for his photograph “Waiting” (pictured) An honorable mention for his photograph “Forward!” A Gold Key for his personal essay “A Piece of Porcelain,” which later won a Silver Medal in the national competition An honorable mention for his personal essay “On Stickiness”


An honorable mention for her poem “The Other Land”


An honorable mention for her drawing “Indigo Girl”

ROHAN SHARMA ’20 ■■ ■■

A Silver Key for his poem “Our Country” A Silver Key for his personal essay “Escaping Home”

Students Win National Geographic Grant Siblings Isabella “Bella” Riehl ’18 and Myles Riehl ’19 won a grant from National Geographic for their capstone project developed at an MIT technology and innovation workshop during the summer of 2016. The grant will help them implement their plan to distribute toy solar kits to patients at Boston Children’s Hospital. “We saw the workshop as a way to learn more about STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics],” Bella said. “The only thing Bella and I know for sure is that we will both make service and giving back to our communities a core part of how we live our lives,” Myles told National Geographic.

Their older sister had volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital; Bella and Myles sought therapy for the young patients that might also be fun and educational in a different way. Inspired by the solar panels they saw on roofs in their neighborhood and the wind turbines on the Cape, they focused on renewable energy for their project. “Myles came up with the idea for a solar toy kit to share with the kids,” said Bella, who added that Myles worked on the logistics side of the project while she pursued research. Ultimately they want to help

potential for storage and encryption than current digital data-storage methods. Although the switch is currently cost-

The Pattersons Using two guitars and a cajón, siblings Amelia Patterson ’17, Jamie Patterson ’18 and Henry Patterson ’21

prohibitive, Chen anticipates that DNA will be the data storage of the future.

wowed the crowd with their version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” Who Is the Who Admission officer

address the gap in learning that comes with hospitalization. The solar toy kits for each child include a motor, wood pieces and a solar panel to be assembled, and they also allow for customization, which can include painting or other personalization. “The best part [of implementing the project] will be seeing the kids’ reactions,” Bella said. They put their idea to the test in summer 2017.

Cassie Velázquez announced the being ñ trailer with memories of her transition from Puerto Rico in the seventh grade. She

remembered learning that “a small horse on a shirt could mean so much” and her confusion when her friends were going to see a

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Edgar De Leon ’04 discusses themes from The Visitor with Race and Identity students.

Reframing Race ENGLISH TEACHER ALDEN MAUCK is the first to admit that he doesn’t have to think about race. The man who has been co-teaching Race and Identity in America for the past decade knows his whiteness means he can “walk down the hall, teach what I want to teach, and not have to think about [race] ever.” His awareness of his privilege is why he will only teach the course with a colleague of color; past partners have included Eric Osorio, Ambrose Faturoti ’99 and Steven Tejada, all of whom have advanced diversity at Nobles.

Mauck’s partner is his former student and Upward Bound (UB) director, Edgar De Leon ’04. De Leon, who is first-generation Dominican-American, entered Nobles as a UB student; he has also served as co-dean of diversity initiatives (with Erica Pernell) and Class III dean. The mutual respect and understanding between Mauck and De Leon is palpable—and a driving force behind the course’s success. De Leon remembers his high school English classes, knowing that the authors

he was reading “never went through what I went through, and I was never represented.” As his teacher, Mauck would suggest books. De Leon says, “I still have Invisible Man from when I was 16 years old.” In 1995, Mauck remembers, the English department sought to move beyond “the canon of dead white guys, especially because our department is and has been almost exclusively white—which is a problem.” Thus began the Race and Identity class. Mauck raises the problems inherent

nameless band: “Who knew there was a band called ‘The Who’?”

The contest applies familiar mathematical concepts in creative ways. Nickerson explained, “Creative problem solving is

Halperin and his son Oliver ’17 described the three reasons they are vegetarian: 1) compassion, 2) the planet, 3) their love for good

The Purple Comet Wearing a purple

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sweater and waving a purple scarf, math faculty member Nick Nickerson announced the annual Purple Comet Math Contest.

one of the top skills employers look for.” Strong as a Bull Performing arts faculty member Dan

food. They argued for the health benefits of a vegetarian diet saying, “Picture a big, strong bull. All it eats is grass, and

in someone white teaching authors like Toni Morrison and Derek Walcott. “One of the best things about this class is Junot Díaz being taught by someone who actually speaks Spanish,” he says. It’s not easy to engage second-semester seniors, but this group comes eager to talk about the racial tumult in America and the role they can play in effecting change. Some want to understand how to talk about race; others come to hear others’ stories. De Leon and Mauck set the tone for discussions early on, providing terminology, ideas and shared language using Bev Tatum’s Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Self-exploration is square one, and Mauck says the success of the class can depend on the white kids who participate. “It’s better if they’re willing to engage in the conversation as having a race; if they want to resist and see themselves just as ‘American’ or ‘normal,’ it’s a lot harder.” During tough conversations, De Leon explains, students learn that “you own what you say and acknowledge it may bother others. If it does, understand why and have that person tell you—let the experience be a lesson, not a barrier.” Frannie Adams ’17, who took the course this spring, says, “Together, Mr. Mauck and Mr. De Leon are honestly a powerhouse. Their positive and familial chemistry in class is contagious. They pushed us to be open and honest about our experiences and opinions. I started recommending their class my second week in because I feel that their approach to the material forced us to see beyond our own biases and to learn about other races

that’s not strange!” I Am a Man-Made Katie Giordano ’17 announced the upcoming publication of

her second book, I Am a Man-Made. After seeing the film 1408, Giordano began wondering about the nature of reality, then she thought,

and ethnicities without judgment.” In addition to Tatum and Díaz, students read Cornel West, Philip Roth, Sherman Alexie and Julie Otsuka. They discuss racial commentary by comedians like Louis C.K. and Dave Chappelle. They analyze films like Get Out and The Visitor. Projects include a census, interviews with adults of color at Nobles and a family history. The class culminates in a Nobles “field trip,” where students explore cam-

pus, question Nobles’ history and traditions and contemplate the future. Knowing that each student emerges from the class with something different, Mauck hopes that “they see an almost 60-year-old white man willing to engage in a conversation about race and acknowledging he has a ton to learn.” De Leon’s wish for students is that “when something happens, they have an understanding of how to move forward.” —KN

Commitment to Service On May 30, Nobles’ community service coordinator, Linda Hurley, was honored as a Dedham High School Outstanding Alumna for her lifelong contributions to the Dedham community. The award is particularly meaningful to Hurley, who grew up in the Dedham schools. Tagging along with her father, Hurley says she was “doing service before I even knew I was doing service.” Her father, a World War II veteran, was “very service-oriented,” and she remembers thinking, “Wow, I can’t wait to be old enough to be like him.” He succumbed to lung cancer when she was a junior at Dedham High School. If he knew how his daughter chose to live her life, she says, “he would be very proud.” Hurley started at Nobles as a snack bar attendant in 1992. During the 1999–2000 school year, then-Head of School Dick Baker asked Hurley to temporarily lead the community service program. A year later, the school recognized the growing emphasis on community service and permanently recommitted her to the role. Now Hurley is part of the Experiential & Community Engaged Learning (EXCEL) team, which officially formed in 2013. “I remember years ago being on the committee when we were talking about EXCEL-ish stuff,” Hurley says. “Now, to see it alive and to see it happening is really exciting. We all have a vision, and we’re all moving toward it.” Of the many service opportunities Hurley organizes, she is most proud of the Golden Dawgs program, an initiative that connects local senior citizens with the school. Caroline Collins-Pisano ’18 started the program and has since won a scholarship from MIT to continue her work. Hurley reflects on the program: “It’s been fun to do that with the kids, to empower them and to help them run it. That’s how they learn to be leaders for the public good, right?”

“‘I should write a book about that.’ So I did!” The 800-page dystopian novel, the first in a series, will be available for

purchase this summer. World Peace by Pepsi The Multicultural Student Association screened Kendall

Jenner’s controversial Pepsi commercial to introduce a discussion on “what it says about U.S. protests and movements

around the world.” Shira Hornstein ’17 joked, “There will be doughnuts; there will not be Pepsi.”

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Innovation Station WHAT DOES IT TAKE to be an entrepreneur?

“Most entrepreneurs didn’t set out to become entrepreneurs,” said Jodi Goldstein P’17 ’19, director of the Harvard Innovation Lab, at long assembly on April 6. “They just saw a problem that needed to be solved.” In Lawrence Auditorium, Goldstein introduced the Nobles community to three innovators whose ideas were cultivated at the Harvard Innovation Lab: Beth Altringer, of Piaggio Fast Forward (PFF); Michael Schrader, of Vaxess Technologies; and Will Ahmed, of Whoop. Altringer’s start-up is owned by Piaggio, the Italian company best known for the Vespa scooter. She is chief of design research, and their most-intriguing

Perfect Thirteen members of Nobles’ all-female a cappella group, Greensleeves, sang Pink’s “Perfect,”

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which includes the lyrics “Pretty, pretty please/ Don’t you ever, ever feel/ Like you’re less than/ Less than perfect.”

product in development is Gita, a cargorobot that follows its owner (and can retrace its path once learned). Potential users include city dwellers, the elderly, college students and others. In addition to Altringer’s work with PFF, she is a faculty member at both Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Graduate School of Design. She earned a doctorate in organizational behavior in part, she said, because she thinks it’s important for scientists, engineers and idea people to be able to navigate the politics of major decisions that impact society. Altringer said that PFF envisions a world where drones own the skies, self-driving cars own the roads

The Game SLC co-presidents Kayla Getter and Harry Sherman, both ’17, announced the conclusion of “The Game,”

an annual upper school-wide game of tag. “This year brought unprecedented paranoia and excitement,” Sherman said

and robots like Gita share the sidewalks with humans. In 2012, Vaxess Technologies was named Harvard President’s Challenge First Prize Winner. In March 2017, the company, led by Schrader and his cofounders, earned a $6 million grant from the Gates Foundation. The company aims to develop the next generation of vaccines and immunotherapies that are more easily distributed around the world. Schrader explained to the Nobles community: “We are working on new and novel ways to ship vaccines.…We want to get better vaccines to more people.” The biggest challenge, he explained, has been transporting vaccines while maintaining a steady temperature of 8 degrees Celsius. Schrader, who grew up in Indiana and attended Purdue, started his career as a mechanical engineer. While earning an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Schrader met his co-founders, all of whom had become fascinated by the key structural component of silk, a protein called fibroin. This component allows them to stabilize vaccines that would otherwise require refrigeration and vigilant monitoring. When the product comes to market in several years, its worldwide public health impact could be profound. The morning’s final presenter, Ahmed, developed Whoop from a personal obsession with understanding athletic performance. “Athletes are very focused on what happens during perfor-

before announcing the winner, Noah Janfaza ’20, with 11 tags. Yom HaShoah The Jewish Culture

Club announced Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) with Martin Niemöller’s poem “First They Came,” the

mances,” he said, explaining that it’s just as important to understand recovery and its physiological relationship to attaining peak performance. Whoop has sought to understand the relationship between strain and recovery; its wearable devices collect a broad range of data that elite athletes and their coaches

can use to inform training programs and other strategic competitive decisions. Ahmed played squash at Harvard and said he often overtrained in an effort to optimize his performance. Whoop is a tool for elite athletes (and now consumers) to find balance and, according to its website, “unlock human performance.”

The assembly talks and subsequent discussion in Lawrence were part of the Innovation Series at Nobles, a collaboration between Goldstein and Steve Ginsberg, chief financial and operating officer, and faculty member Scott Wilson, who teach an entrepreneurship class at Nobles and introduced the series in 2014.

SETHS IN THE NEWS A recent trend indicates that Nobles graduates named Seth make headlines. In fact, both Seth Goldman ’83 and Seth Priebatsch ’07 are regularly in the news. Their recent accomplishments show why. Seth Goldman rose to national prominence with Honest Tea, a bottled organic iced tea company that he co-founded in 1998. More recently, Goldman—an activist and entrepreneur—has introduced Beyond Meat, a plant-based burger alternative that has received coverage in Forbes, O (The Oprah Magazine), the Daily Mail, the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. Of all the coverage, the May 17, 2017, WSJ story might win for its crisp lead: “Is the boutique burger scene ready for vegan patties that bleed like meat?” With animal and environmental welfare as key priorities, Beyond Meat is not just another veggie burger. With pea protein as a lead ingredient, it “looks, cooks and tastes” like a traditional burger, according to Burgers from Beyond Meat can now be found in the meat section of more than 650 stores nationwide, including 25 Whole Foods locations in Massachusetts. Other products include Feisty Crumble, which mimics traditional taco filling, and Grilled Strips, which stands in for chicken in many recipes.

Seth Priebatsch is the creator of SCVNGR, a social gaming site, and LevelUp, which is a five-yearold mobile payments start-up that has raised $50 million from JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Boston Capital and CentroCredit Bank. Forbes, CNBC and other media outlets reported this spring that LevelUp is partnering with Chase on the Chase pay app, which will allow customers to order food ahead of their arrival and transform the way people pay at restaurants. The app will also offer customer analytics and incentive offers for customers. Current investors include Google Ventures, Highland Capital and Balderton Capital, according to CNBC. “Partners can use its technology on a white-labeled basis to offer new loyalty, customer engagement, transaction and other functionality to their end users,” according to the article. “LevelUp has grown rapidly over the last several years, and this funding sets us up to accelerate our growth this year and next,” Priebatsch told CNBC. On his blog,, Priebatsch wrote, “LevelUp is building the next-generation mobile payment network, connecting consumers and merchants with a seamless experience that blends payments, analytics and rewards.”

World Jewish Congress’ “We Remember” video and their individual commitments to remember, including “We remember

acknowledging one’s privilege, and using that privilege to fight for justice. She used her talk to criticize the school for the

that this is not a thing of the past,” referencing the Chechnyan anti-gay pogrom.

Being Woke In a NED Talk, Medhanit Felleke ’17 defined “being woke” as being socially and politically conscious,

“missed opportunities” during the election to facilitate discussion among supporters of different candidates.

A Really Old Trophy Faculty member Christine Pasterczyk announced this year’s Nobles chess club South Shore

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Gratitude and Goodbyes “I JUST CAN’T IMAGINE anything as fulfilling

Herring got the job and began teaching economics and, eventually, U.S. History. After living on campus for the past two decades, his professional and personal histories have wound together in many ways. “Our kids grew up here,” Herring says. “It started when they were babies, dining in the Castle. Then, at Nobles Day Camp, learning how to swim. Those are the things you can’t put a price tag on—the nurturing elements of this place.” Herring and his son Jonathan ’17 “graduated” from Nobles together in June. “It’s been so cool to see Nobles through his eyes,” he says. Herring’s Nobles experience will continue to resonate with him through

Interscholastic Chess League win, saying, “I have this really old trophy. The first engraving on it is 1964. That makes it older

trophy to Henderson.

as teaching and coaching,” Michael Herring reflects, as he concludes his 22-year career at Nobles. Herring is moving to Virginia, where he will teach English literature and serve as head coach of varsity lacrosse at the Blue Ridge School. Herring’s first impression of Nobles students came when he and his wife were initially touring the campus. A young lacrosse player stopped them to ask if they needed help finding their way. “We were a little shocked that a young person would go out of her way to welcome us. I remember saying to Deb, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to get the job here, but this would be a pretty good place to land.’”

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than me—not older than Mr. Henderson.” The team’s youngest members, Sam Millay and Rohan Meier, both ’22, presented the

American Music Paul Lieberman and his band’s annual performance again

had the audience dancing in the aisles with hits throughout the decades, including “September,” “The Way You Move” and “Cake

the meaningful relationships he forged with his students and colleagues. Cam Marchant ’02 is both the namesake and godfather of Herring’s youngest child, Cameron. Herring remembers Marchant on the lacrosse team, “embodying everything that you would want out of a player.” Marchant recently began working at Nobles as a Spanish teacher and admission officer. Herring has enjoyed visiting Marchant’s office and sharing meals with him. “He is as much a part of my family now as anyone else,” Herring says. As Herring concludes his Nobles career, he feels the most gratitude to his wife, Deborah. “She’s had a great teaching career in Greater Boston, but because of my all-encompassing role here, she’s always had to work around Nobles and my career,” he says. “I couldn’t be more grateful for her as a spouse and as a best friend.” He looks forward to working alongside her at the Blue Ridge School, where she will teach math. The family’s move to Virginia will bring them all closer geographically. Herring looks forward to seeing his oldest son, Michael, play lacrosse at the University of Virginia, and seeing Jonathan’s theatrical performances at Sewanee. Cameron will attend St. Anne’s-Belfield, a school that Herring praises as similar to Nobles in its philosophy. Herring is excited to have a new experience at a very different school—smaller, all boys—but he is curious to see “what of Nobles has sunk in so deeply that it won’t wear out.”

by the Ocean.” They introduced their set list, saying, “This year we’re going to zoom out from covering great popular black

artists to include some music from white artists. The message is this: It’s all American music.”

A FRESH SLATE remaining open and sensitive to cultural differences.” That At this year’s Class V Step Up ceremony, middle school history planted the seed for the ’Round the World project, now a cornerand social science teacher Fred Hollister was the faculty speaker. stone of the Nobles middle school experience, which he developed Before he launched into his speech, he made a characteristic with Jenny Carlson. Other legacies include the Class V Supreme Hollister move: He picked up the podium facing the audience of Court paper and the Middle School Mentor program. Hollister proud parents and swiveled it toward his students. “I’m here for also hopes that his students’ opinions and perspectives will you,” he said. For 23 years, Hollister has been there for his stunot become fixed, that each of them remains willing to add new dents, reminding them that every day brings a fresh slate. Now, information to the calculus as they encounter it. At his assembly as he retires, he is starting with one of his own. farewell, colleague Dan Matlack told students, “Mr. Hollister left After business school, Hollister was working for IBM when he IBM in search of more satisfying work, and you have been it.” took a yearlong leave to care for his mother, who had brain canCamp Timanous had led him to explore teaching. Serendipicer, and learned that “one never knows how much time one has.” tously, he’s retiring just as the camp’s directors of 35-plus years In his soul-searching, he recalled that his best times were spent are stepping down—so now Hollister is joining others to develop at Camp Timanous in Maine, where, as a young man, he had been it as a nonprofit. “The timing is perfect,” he says. He also hopes to a camper, a counselor and a trip leader. He decided to switch cawork with organizations like Make-a-Wish, Dana-Farber and Chilreer tracks to work with young people and joined the Pike School dren’s Hospital to support families like his, who have been affectfaculty from 1989–1994. At a conference after his first year, he ed by cancer. He’s excited to spend more time met former Nobles English teacher Tim with his wife, Carol, son Sam ’18 and daughter Carey; four years later, Carey hired him. Lucy, who is beginning her second year at Carey praises Hollister’s “passion “When you’re feeling a Macalester College. Fortunately for Nobles, for his students, his endless curiosity, little unseen, an adult Hollister will continue to coach skiing for one his ability to mentor so many and his asking ‘How was the more year before he “graduates” with Sam. sense of humor. Watching Hollister game?’, ‘Are you OK?’, play with, teach, cajole and laugh with his Sixies in his final class made me ‘How is the homework understand why Nobles will be a slightly going?’—there’s lesser place with his departure.” profound value in that.” Hollister calls Carey a role model and tries to emulate the way “Tim asks —FRED HOLLISTER question upon question of kids. When you’re feeling a little unseen, an adult asking ‘How was the game?’, ‘Are you OK?’, ‘How is the homework going?’—there’s profound value in that.” It impressed students like trustee Mariel Novas ’06, who says, “I was lucky to have Mr. Hollister as a teacher and mentor during those crucial and sometimes tumultuous middle school years. He was my No. 1 advocate, and I am forever thankful.” Hollister says, “I want students to become more knowledgeable about the world and more curious about exploring it, while

To Help Somebody The Peer Help Program (PHP) showed a video compiling firsthand stories of small acts of kindness on

campus. Harry Sherman ’17 announced PHP sign-ups and urged, “When you are presented with an opportunity to do

a small thing to help somebody, we encourage you to take it.” Who You Decide to Be Director of Counsel-

ing Jen Hamilton explained the science behind Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote “The only person you are destined to become

is the person you decide to be.” Hamilton explained that “we can rewire our neural circuitry by behaving in different ways.”

Visible Again Robert Pinderhughes ’67 spoke about his experience as the first African-American student to attend

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the bulletin

WHEN JEFFREY “DOC” CHANONHOUSE was chatting with an audience member after a gig at the House of Blues in the mid’90s, little did he know that conversation would change his life. Chanonhouse, who is retiring from the music faculty after 21 years, was telling the woman in the audience about how he felt compelled to pass along his knowledge of music to young people. That woman turned out to be Claudia Keller, thendirector of instrumental music at Nobles. “Two weeks later, she called me up and asked me if I wanted to direct the Jazz and the Blues Bands,” Chanonhouse recalls. As a trumpet player, Chanonhouse has performed with world-renowned bands and continues to perform in Boston and beyond. In 1996, the Boston Blues Society

named Doc the “Best Horn Player in Boston.” As director of the Blues Band, Jazz Band and Wind Ensembles, and director of applied study in music, Doc has taught hundreds of aspiring musicians. Chanonhouse credits his own early teachers with showing him the principles of musicality and other basic skills that are often neglected. “Three of the most important things that I stress when a band is putting finishing touches on a piece are articulation (how you attack notes), dynamics (fine gradations of volume), and phrasing, where a wind musician breathes to make a passage coherent and coordinated,” Chanonhouse says. “We start rehearsing by learning to play the correct notes at the right time, but

we polish the piece by paying attention to those three musical elements. They make music interesting and meaningful to the player and to the listener.” Chanonhouse loves so many kinds of music, he says, and has played them all. But he had never performed one of his favorite pieces. “I had always wanted to perform ‘Bolero,’ by Ravel,” he says. “It was the first classical piece that transported me to another dimension. So I got the chance to conduct the ensemble version at our last concert.” “When you’re a dedicated musician and teacher like Doc, the joy and love of the work never stop,” says Michael Turner, director of choral music. “If you’ve spent any time in the back of the [Henderson] Arts Center, you’ve surely heard how Doc spends his free periods: He practices the trumpet—still improving and refining his craft.” “I’ve worked with an incredible department—colleagues and friends who are thoroughly creative and thoroughly dedicated to passing the creativity on and demonstrating their particular art to the students,” says Doc. “Doc has taught us so much more than music for its own sake,” says Turner. “Music is the vehicle through which he teaches history, humanitarianism, multiculturalism, aesthetics and social justice.” Chanonhouse will take a modified sabbatical as he begins his transition into retirement. During that period, he will continue to direct the Bulldawg Blues and Soul Revue. “I will still teach [in semi-retirement] because I have this urge to pass on what I know,” Chanonhouse said.

Nobles. Although he tried to remain invisible while a student here and throughout his life, he vowed, “This moment will

of fleeing her home in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Although her family could not return to their house for six

The Start to Service Carrying a “Certificate of Achievement” signed by Vice Admiral Ted Carter, Captain William Mal-

Goodbye to a Blues Man

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act as my moment of re-engagement.” Fleeing the Storm Gracie Doyle ’17 shared her experience

months, her parents always told her that “as long as we are together, everything will be okay.”

loy welcomed Ryan Duffey ’17 to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Ever After Nobles Theatre Collective closed the Bob Henderson era with the same play it opened it with 17 years ago: Christopher Durang’s The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Durang’s dark comedy tackles difficult and sometimes mature themes in 33 (mostly) short scenes. Peter Scharer and Isabelle Walkey, both ’17, starred in the production, which was directed by faculty member Todd Morton.

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the bulletin

Congratulations, Class of 2017! ON JUNE 2, Noble and Greenough School graduated 129 members of the Class of 2017. The final morning assembly for the Class of 2017 included Mac Porter’s performance of “Castle on the Hill,” by Ed Sheeran: “I think this song is pretty fitting,” said Porter of the lyrics: “And I miss the way you make me feel, and it’s real/We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill.” Other acts included Coldplay’s “Paradise,” sung by Syra Mehdi, Grace Scott-Hiser, Sabrina Li Shen and Harry Sherman, as well as a reprise of Adele’s “Hometown Glory”—a song first memorably performed by Jonathan Herring as a Class IV student. The morning celebrations continued with awards and the granting of

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diplomas to a class marked by the loss of beloved classmate Casey Dunne in 2015 and other challenges that saddened and strengthened them profoundly. School Life Council co-presidents Harry Sherman and Kayla Getter were among the first to address the audience. Sherman shared his shattered expectations about playing pro hockey. The NHL hopeful often ended up on the Nobles bench, and that allowed him to try just about everything else. “Do not restrict yourself to a predetermined label,” he said. “…Explore Nobles and embrace each other.” Getter cataloged the usually endearing habits of classmates who populated her Nobles day. “But in the end, it doesn’t matter if your day was anything like my day…This place impacts everyone,” she said.

In addressing the Class of 2017, Head of School Bob Henderson, who retired in July after 17 years, told the audience that he is often asked why he wanted to become a school head. He recounted his early days at struggling schools and the serendipitous call to consider returning to Nobles. “It has been the greatest gift of my life, after my wife, Ross, and three boys, Paul, Patrick and David, to be back in this village.” Henderson then bestowed the Vernon Greene Award for excellence in teaching to Karen Gallagher, math faculty member and director of the boarding program. “[Karen] has emerged as a master teacher, combining great pedagogy and knowledge with relentless effort, wisdom, pragmatism and deep care for her students and colleagues,” Henderson said.


Maura Sullivan, dean of faculty and math faculty member, then spoke, saying that math teachers often get the unfair question of whether their subject is relevant to real life. She said that most academic questions aren’t ones we deliver solutions to every day. “But if that is your measure of your education, then you are selling this place—and yourself—short. What Nobles has given all of you are tools that will help you navigate through life, even if those aren’t necessarily obvious to you in the moment.” Classmates selected Peter Scharer and Rachel Kennedy to speak on the dais. Scharer urged classmates to both practice what they hope to become good at—for him, at one point, football— while also dropping themselves into unexpected places, as he did on his


year abroad in Italy. Kennedy told classmates about her family’s penchant for communicating through handwritten notes and how she often used notes to let her father know what she wanted or needed—but she rarely wrote to express her gratitude. Kennedy said she wanted to channel her late mother by celebrating the man her mother loved: Kennedy’s dad. “There are two traits of yours that I believe have gotten me to the finish line…to be vulnerable and to forgive,” she said. “When you say that Mommy is proud of me, know that she is even prouder of you.” Henderson announced the awards that students had accepted the previous evening. He also recognized seniors who earned distinction, high distinction and

highest distinction. Nobles Board of Trustees President Beth Reilly ’87 honored Henderson for his lasting contributions to their mutual alma mater. She also announced the establishment of the Robert P. Henderson Jr. ’76 Head of School Chair. The ceremony included additional awards such as the Head of School Prize, Miller Medal and Gleason Award, which went to new graduates Spoorthi Balu, Jack Roberts and Victor Li, respectively. Other awards given on graduation day were the Trustee Prize, to Julia Shanno; the Bond Prize, to Kiara Curet; and the Stearns Award, to Medhanit Felleke, Philip Barnett and Frannie Adams. Mary and Matthew Dunne, parents of the late Casey Dunne ’17, accepted the Class of ’98 Award on her behalf.

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Campaign Update NOBLES HAS RAISED more than $7.6 million of its $15 million goal in support of current capital projects, the Academic Inquiry Center and the renovation of the Baker Science Building. The progress toward the overall goal of $137 million stands at over $115 million committed. Two anonymous donors have offered to match gifts to areas of priority: financial aid endowment and EXCEL endowment, for a total potential match of $1.25 million. (Contact Director of Major Gifts Katie Coggeshall ’88 at for more information on the match.) A major milestone in the campaign’s progress is the announcement of the Robert P. Henderson Jr. ’76 Head of School Chair. More than $10.5 million has been raised to fund the chair, with 250 donors supporting the effort before it became public at graduation 2017. All 129 members of the Class of 2017 made a gift to the school prior to graduation and put their senior class gift toward the chair in Henderson’s name. President of the Nobles board of trustees, Beth Reilly ’87, honored Henderson and announced the chair at graduation on June 2. What follows is an excerpt from her remarks:


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Mr. Henderson has been adamant that today’s ceremony be all about the graduating class, the members of the Class of 2017, and not focused on his impending retirement. For the most part, we can all abide by his wishes. But I have one additional honor to bestow upon him. The board of trustees and members of the extended Nobles community believe this honor marries two of Mr. Henderson’s most valued principles. First, I am not sure any head of school has ever had more profound respect for his or her position than Mr. Henderson had when he became Nobles’ head of school 17 years ago. Mr. Henderson, a historian, studied the headships of five extraordinary leaders who preceded him. Better than anyone else in the world, he understood and appreciated their impact on this institution. He felt the acute responsibility of living up to their high standards. As head of Noble and Greenough School, Mr. Henderson has only enhanced the proud tradition of our outstanding heads of school, each masterfully leading the institution through changing times and leaving it far better than he found it. Second, of Mr. Henderson’s many accomplishments, his most

enduring legacy may be his emphasis on the importance of the endowment in securing the long-term well-being of the school and its necessity as a key lever in funding programs and personnel that differentiate Nobles from its peers. These combined imperatives led key supporters of the school, members of the corporation, graduates, parents, parents of graduates, faculty and staff, and even this year’s senior class in the form of their senior gift, to endow the position of head of school hereafter as the Robert P. Henderson ’76 Head of School Chair. To endow the position of head of school, more than 250 key contributors have already raised $10.5 million to fully fund the chair. [This support reflects] the confidence so many of us have held in Mr. Henderson’s vision for the school and the importance of its mission. As I remarked back in November on Nobles Night, there is no question that Mr. Henderson has earned his place on the Mount Rushmore of Nobles’ great leaders. With this endowed chair, his name will forever be attached to the position he was so honored to hold and which he so meaningfully discharged. Thank you, Bob.

Former Achieve students who now attend Nobles celebrate news of the grant with Achieve leaders. Pictured from left to right are Associate Director of Development Cat Kershaw, Gevaniah Gabeau ’17, Dayyana Poux ’20, Giana De La Cruz ’20, Angelina Gomes ’19, Assistant Director of Achieve Janim Sayles and Executive Director of Achieve Nora Dowley-Liebowitz.

Achieve Program Awarded $100,000 Grant From Cummings Foundation Achieve is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 through the Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. Achieve was selected from among 549 applicants during a competitive review process. The “$100K for 100” program supports nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. This year, the program benefits 35 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Achieve is housed at Nobles and aims to motivate and support middle school students from under-resourced Boston neighborhoods. The program, founded in 2007, offers transformative academic and enrichment experiences rooted in strong mentoring relationships. “We are incredibly humbled to be awarded this grant,” says Achieve Executive Director Nora Dowley-Liebowitz. “This recognition of our work is a milestone, and the funding will have immediate impact on our operational budget, while it also supports the evolution of our program. The generosity of the Cummings Foundation will translate to Achieve’s ability to transform more lives through education.” Representing Achieve, Dowley-Liebowitz and Associate Director of Development Cat Kershaw joined approximately 300 other guests at a June 8 reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, the Cummings Foundation has

awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits. The Cummings Foundation aims to give back in areas where its affiliate Cummings Properties owns commercial real estate. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburnbased firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which benefits the foundation. The foundation’s assets exceed $1.4 billion. “Nonprofit organizations like Achieve are vital to the local communities where our colleagues live and work,” said Joel Swets, executive director of the Cummings Foundation. “We are delighted to invest in their efforts.” This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention and food insecurity. The Achieve grant will be paid over four years. “Achieve set out to help close the opportunity gap associated with too few resources,” said Dowley-Liebowitz. “Achieve—and the families we serve—appreciates the Cummings Foundation’s belief in our mission and its impact.” For the full list of grant winners, go to or to learn more about Achieve, go to

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by the numbers



Carol Derderian, Nobles’ longtime front desk receptionist, retired this summer. She will be remembered as the first person many of us met as we joined the Nobles community.

students have blamed their lateness on Bridge Street construction



prospective families greeted on their way into Nobles for interviews and tours. Carol often gave families their first impression of the school.


most absurd reasons for being late:

cards in her office

1. “My mom forgot to wake me up.” 2. “It’s my sister’s fault.” 3. “I got pulled over.”

thousands of jackets lost


years at Nobles

2,853 times she has taken attendance

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The Girls Win Again All four girls’ varsity winter teams have won the Independent School League championships for the past five years. Girls varsity squash has won for five consecutive years, skiing for seven consecutive years, basketball for 14 years and hockey for 18 years. Friendship among the basketball and hockey players is a clear advantage in cultivating team chemistry and communication on the court and in the rink. Basketball team captain Amaya Finklea ’17 explains, “We always have each other’s back. That’s what has helped us win so many games over the years.” The game of hockey has evolved so that, as team captain Becca Gilmore ’17 describes, “you have to rely on every person doing her job and competing every shift.” Even skiing and squash, the sports that center on the success of individual players, benefit from the closeness of teammates. Squash captain Gracie

Doyle ’17, explains, “At the end of the day, we’re all cheering for each other.” The captains also describe the teams being at their best when facing adversity. Finklea remembers, “Whenever we lose a game, that next game we come back even stronger. That’s the greatest feeling to me.” Gilmore described the final game of her senior season, which ended in a loss, as one of the highlights of her hockey career. “I saw my teammates show resiliency and passion and absolute love for each other [when we lost]. That’s what makes it so hard to leave a program like Nobles’.” Although they face adversity and loss with even greater strength, these teams are all in the habit of winning. For the winter 2017 season, squash finished with a record of 12–2, skiing finished 31–3, basketball was 23–3 and hockey was 24–5–1.

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On the Playing Fields VARSITY BASEBALL Overall Record: 12–9 ISL Record: 7–7 All-ISL: Jason Medeiros ’18 Honorable Mention: Ryan Flynn ’18

and Cole Koeppel ’19 Awards: John Eliot Cooke Award (for significant improvement, devotion to the team and a genuine love for the game): Zachary Janfaza ’17 and Ryan Flynn ’18. The Lovett Medal (for excellence in baseball): Ryan Duffey ’17 2018 Captains: James Welch, Ryan Flynn and Ben Rice, all ’18 BOYS VARSITY CREW New England Championship Results:

1st Crew: 2nd Place, 2nd Crew: 2nd Place US Rowing Youth Nationals: 1st Crew: 4th Place Awards: The Taylor Shield Award (for sportsmanship in rowing): Iain Sheerin ’17. The Watson Medal (for proficiency in rowing): Geoff Skelly ’17

2018 Captains: Lachlan MacKenzie, Emma Majernik and Jamie Patterson, all ’18


Morgan Hartranft ’18

New England Championship Results:

1st Crew: 3rd Place, 2nd Crew: 1st Place, 3rd Crew: 4th Place, 4th Crew: 2nd Place National Schools’ Championship Regatta:

1st Place Awards: The Janice L. Mabley Award (to the oarswoman whose spirit and dedication exemplify the ideals of Nobles rowing): Helena Jensen ’17. AC “Clint” Allen Bowl (for competitive, tough spirit in rowing): Hillary Umphrey ’17. Jill Walsh Trophy (for exemplary leadership and mentorship): Hannah McNeill ’17 2018 Captains: Ellie Jester, Stephanie Nomicos and Caroline Patterson, all ’18 VARSITY GOLF Overall Record: 9–6 ISL Record: 9–6

Kingman Championship Tournament:

3rd Place All-ISL: Jack Roberts ’17 League MVP: Jack Roberts ’17 Award: Dewey Golf Award (for overall contribution to golf ): Jack Roberts ’17 2018 Captain: Ryan Santoro ’18 BOYS VARSITY LACROSSE Overall Record: 15–4 ISL Record: 12–3 All-ISL: Hayden Cheek ’18, Jett Dziama ’18,

Nick Loring ’18 and McCrae Williams ’17 Honorable Mention: Jake Calnan ’18, Andrew Johnson ’19, Sam Montgomery ’18 and Will Zink ’19 Awards: Arnold Lacrosse Prize (to the player whose skill, dedication and enthusiasm most reflect a love of the sport):

End-of-Year Awards ■■




The Greg Monack Passing of the Shield Tradition (recognizes the long-standing importance of athletic camaraderie, competition and sportsmanship in the overall life of the school): Maya Keenan-Gallagher and Danny Monaghan, both ’18 The George Washington Copp Noble Cup (to athletes in Classes V and VI, for sportsmanship in athletics): Joe Bianchi ’21, Antonia Gomez ’21, Rohan Meier ’22 and Caitlin Murray ’22 The John Paine Award (to a junior varsity or third-level participant for sportsmanship and consistent work in athletics): John Picken ’17 and Michaela Sylvia ’19 The Davis Cup (to a member of Class I for sportsmanship and consistent work in athletics): Reg Anderson and Addy Mitchell, both ’17

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The Robert J. Agostini Award (presented with the support of coaches and captains of Nobles teams for the greatest contribution to the school’s athletics program other than as a competitor): Kevin O’Neill ISL Excellence Award (for exhibiting integrity, sportsmanship, fair play and good citizenship while participating as a multisport athlete): Ryan Duffey and Amaya Finklea, both ’17 The Nobles Shield (to the most respected athletes whose skill, sportsmanship and competitive spirit have personified excellence and the ideals of Nobles athletics): Becca Gilmore and Franklin Holgate, both ’17 Miller Medal (for excellence in scholarship and athletics): Jack Roberts ’17

Rithik Alluri ’19

Julia Herzfelder ’17

McCrae Williams ’17. Samuel P. Dawson Award (for significant improvement, sportsmanship and a genuine love for the game): Colin Mahoney ’17 2018 Captains: Hayden Cheek and Nick Loring, both ’18 GIRLS VARSITY LACROSSE Overall Record: 14–4 ISL Record: 8–4 All-ISL: Gabby McCarthy, Addy Mitchell

and Julia Herzfelder, all ’17 Honorable Mention: Sophia Millay ’17, Olivia Gomez ’17 and Maya KeenanGallagher ’18 Award: Girls Lacrosse Bowl (for significant contribution in spirit and performance): Gabby McCarthy ’17 2018 Captains: Maya Keenan-Gallagher, Adrie Luster and Bridget Mussafer, all ’18 VARSITY SAILING Fleet Racing Results: Third-place team

overall in Mass Bay League C-Division Awards: The Sailing Award (for overall contribution to sailing): Sonia LingosUtley ’17. Corinthian Award for Sportsmanship (awarded to entire Nobles team by Mass Bay League C-Division) 2018 Captains: Camden Filoon, Catherine Kasparyan and Patrick Stevenson, all ’18 VARSITY SOFTBALL Overall Record: 9–5 ISL Record: 6–3 Big East: Tournament champions

Jack Roberts ’17 and Ryan Santoro ’18

All-ISL: Courtney Collins-Pisano ’18 and Addy Sewack ’20 Honorable Mention: Morgan Hartranft ’18 and Caitlin Murray ’22 Big East All-Tournament: Courtney Collins-Pisano ’18, Morgan Hartranft ’18 and Addy Sewack ’20 Big East Tournament MVP: Morgan Hartranft ’18 Award: The Bird Bowl (for the greatest contribution to the softball team): Courtney Collins-Pisano and Morgan Hartranft, both ’18 2018 Captains: Courtney Collins-Pisano, Morgan Hartranft and Jill Radley, all ’18

BOYS VARSITY TENNIS Overall Record: 13–3

ISL-Record: 7–3 All-ISL: Rithik Alluri ’19 Honorable Mention: Jack Maroni and

James Mortimer, both ’17

Award: The Rice Cup (for enthusiasm,

skill and sportsmanship): Jack Maroni ’17 2018 Captains: Rithik Alluri ’19 and Gustave Ducrest ’18 GIRLS VARSITY TENNIS Overall Record: 14–1 ISL Record: 12–1 ISL Honorable Mention:

Nicole Weinsten ’19 Award: C.F. Olney Prize (for enthusiasm, skill and sportsmanship): Allie Schlager ’17 2018 Captains: TBD FALL 2017 Nobles 24

off the shelf

WHERE ONE BEGINS Sarah Dickenson Snyder has, according to her bio on her book covers, been “writing poetry since she knew there was a form with conscious line breaks.” For many years, she shared her talent with language as a Nobles middle school English and English Via Latin teacher. Beyond being featured in multiple publications, she was selected to be part of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and was recently a 30/30 Poet for Tupelo Press. The following compilations were both released in spring 2017. Memories of her parents mingle with the memories she creates with her children. As her daughter leaves for school, Snyder reminds herself that “Everything tender/must be released.” She concludes with a reminder of “What I Would Do Were I in an Avalanche,” how she would distinguish up from down, how she would right herself.


(Aldrich Press)

“I need to right myself,” writes former faculty member Sarah Dickenson Snyder in the opening poem of her collection The Human Contract. The collection reflects on the small moments that make up her life, from her own childhood to raising her children, and back again. Family features prominently in the poems—the family she was born into and the family she creates. She describes losing her parents, then returns to her childhood memories as a way to somehow regain them. 25 Nobles FALL 2017


(Finishing Line Press)

Snyder’s chapbook, Notes From a Nomad, begins with a shape poem showing “The Steep Decline” into a book of travels and broken boundaries. The borders break in small moments; shared fruit can “ignite a wrangled crowd of us” like “zebras with skin

art not for camouflage/but illusion; who knows where one begins/and another ends—the herd/in a huddle as one.” In Rwanda, a home shares the “same dirt floor as the path/outside. The doorway frames/the light let in.” Everything unravels in Snyder’s explorations of self and surroundings. She feels herself “invisibly trussed to a sun/in the ripples of fabric.” She continues traveling, and while “Learning Meditation in Mussoorie, India,” she is “a crimson sari/meandering, raveling/away from me.” As Snyder traverses the world, she takes in the moments that inform her experience. At the end of the collection, she breaks another border, taking a child’s outstretched hand and walking into her school. The Human Contract, from Aldrich Press, is available for purchase on Notes From a Nomad is available online at For this year’s middle and upper school summer reading lists, visit


Cycling i. Unsteady wheels rounding the church parking lot— Dad growing smaller. ii. Feet clipped into pedals, moving me through air as if I will lift in morning mist with Bernoulli’s Principle— along the White River, a company of cars washing past. I follow the white line—a guide on curves of hard tar, a painting unfolding. iii. A line for words to spill—raw and real, unreel a life, unwind, transcribe a thread to follow.

my books...



As our society continues to become more diverse, the stories we read must also become more diverse. In the Internet age, it is easier than ever to access perspectives that both mirror your own and provide windows into those radically different from your own. In order to create a more open, successful and equitable society, we must take advantage of this increased access to diverse experiences and perspectives. As societies change, there is a need for an updated canon. My five books express universal themes but also explore the unique nature of individual experiences and identities. While media alone cannot rectify the deep divides in society, each of these books represents an important step toward recognizing, accepting and celebrating our differences. THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE, STACEYANN CHIN Staceyann Chin’s powerful memoir details her experiences growing up as a multiracial queer woman in Jamaica and immigrating to the United States as a teenager. This book is littered with hilarious anecdotes and wrought with heartbreaking struggles. Chin is best known for her spoken-word poetry, and her prose flows. This story of empowerment and resilience raises critical questions for all young people. How do they find internal acceptance when the world around them provides substantial rejection and trauma? THE ALCHEMIST, PAULO COELHO The Alchemist follows a shepherd named Santiago as he leads a comfortable, simple life but is bothered by a recurring dream. The dream inspires him to leave his life as a shepherd behind as he tries to ascertain his purpose and destiny by traveling to the pyramids in Egypt. This trip is no small feat, as the novel is set before the existence of planes and automobiles. Santiago’s travels remind us of the importance of searching for authentic purpose and that our journey is not always obvious. Temptations and challenges exist at every turn, but pursuing our purpose will always guide us. The Alchemist is the most translated book by a living author, underscoring the universal nature of the message. MARCH, JOHN LEWIS March is a series of three graphic novels that explore the Civil Rights Movement from a critical vantage point: through the eyes of nowCongressman John Lewis. A chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and one of the original Freedom Riders, Lewis reminds us that social movements create change by employing many different forms of peaceful protest. Powerful illustrations and prose bring to light a long, embattled history of protest and resistance that is often falsely portrayed as a short, smooth evolution


in American thought. These books could be considered a blueprint for addressing some of the current struggles our society is facing.

JUST MERCY, BRYAN STEVENSON This memoir by MacArthur genius Bryan Stevenson exposes many of the problems with our modern justice system through the eyes of a young Harvard Law graduate. After a transformative visit with a person incarcerated on death row in Georgia, Stevenson dedicates his life to ensuring that all people have high-quality legal assistance. Stevenson writes about his battle to remove the barriers to justice created by racism and poverty while focusing on the case of Walter McMillian, a working-class black man from rural Georgia who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to the death penalty. At times bleak and painfully honest, this book is a call to action. Stevenson points out that the United States locks up more people per capita than any other nation and urges us to get involved in efforts to make our justice system more equitable and effective. SALT, NAYYIRAH WAHEED This book of poetry redefines the genre. While utilizing creative punctuation, placing titles at the ends of her poems, and leaving out a table of contents, Nayyirah Waheed writes about race, the diaspora, love, self-discovery and gender. Despite her status as Instagram’s most famous poet, she was forced to self-publish this book due to lack of interest from publishers. She has since self-published a second volume of poetry and has taken on other authors in an effort to change the dynamics of who decides which books get published. Her deviation from literary standards and her independent method of production have changed the game. Waheed’s poetry is stark and powerful, and evokes profound emotion. There is a wit and intelligence to the way she weaves words together. Salt is a gift to all of us.

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Meg Jacobs has taught Spanish at Nobles since 2003. For several years, she has also led Nobles students on a summer farm trip in New Hampshire. She organizes faculty and staff members to plant, cultivate and harvest the bounty of Nobles’ organic garden, established by former Dean of Students Erika Guy. Jacobs also works with groups such as Achieve, an academic and enrichment program for under-resourced Boston Public School students, to support an appreciation for food, its production and its ability to nourish the spirit.


ucumbers tossed with tomato, both picked from the garden minutes before and mixed with Ken’s Italian—that was my favorite summer salad and one of my first vivid memories of food from my father’s garden. He worked a small patch dug up from our backyard. In it, he grew rhubarb, which I learned to bake into pies, plus a few other herbs and veggies that found a place at our table. My father had a desk job that kept him indoors, but on the weekends and the light summer evenings, he tended the garden. There were farmers in his family, and he came by this passion honestly.

Many years later, in his retirement, my father built a bigger garden. Tomatoes, onions and green peppers went into his homemade salsa. His garlic was the envy of the township. Potatoes, peas and squash leapt out of the fertile Susquehanna County soil under his careful eye. Late in his life, our phone conversations revolved around the weather and what was happening in the garden. On my summer visits to my parents’ home, a walk through the beds was often the first thing I did after stepping out of the car.

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Combine ingredients in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes. Pour into sterilized Mason jars, leaving about 1/4 inch head space. Adjust caps and process for 30 minutes in boiling water bath. Yield: about 6 half pints

When time and space permitted, I started growing my own vegetables. Once, when he and my mother came to visit me in Massachusetts, my father loaded the pickup truck with compost that he had brought all the way from Pennsylvania. He brought me rhubarb plants and garlic cloves too, sharing what he had and what he knew about growing them. The connection to the land lives strongly in my father. “Did you know we share a lot of the same DNA as trees?” he would remark to us with delight. We would watch him from the kitchen window as he walked the yard and the field, seeing what was happening in the young apple orchard or checking on a transplanted sapling. My parents created a home inseparable from the land, bright with flower gardens planted by my talented mother, ripe with life. Now, four years after my father’s passing, the garden continues to connect me to him. In my own garden, and at the Nobles garden on campus, my father’s work lives on in the garlic and rhubarb plants that he brought me years ago. Kneeling over a freshly dug patch of earth, setting in the new plants and seeds, I think of my father often. The Nobles’ organic garden sits

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between the Busseys’ brick house and the dorm. Faculty and staff, along with a few students, have been the garden stewards after the retirement of Erika Guy, the garden’s founder. On a hot midsummer day, you might see a gang of Achieve students there, doing a scavenger hunt of what plants are growing, or digging up potatoes, or even taking a small bite out of a jalapeño pepper. Just as my father did

for me, sparking an interest in the minds of these young people is a joy. Helping connect them to something basic and fundamental feels like good work. It is late summer, about six or seven years ago. My father and I are sitting in the barn, south and north doors wide open to let in the breeze, a basketful of pulled and dried garlic stalks by our side. He cuts off the dried roots

and the stalk at the base of the bulb and hands the bulb to me. Then I take the small wooden-handled knife and scrape away the dirt and peel off the browned outer layer to reveal the white and purple garlic bulb beneath. It gets tossed into the bucket, and we start again. We sit in companionable silence, filling up the bucket, until the light has faded and we head into the kitchen. FALL 2017 Nobles 27

Countering Terrorism BY A LE XIS SU L L I VA N

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“The people struggling with this emboldened terrorist threat half a world away are, as Shorey says, ‘just like you and me. They’re trying to live their lives and make the best for their families and really trying to influence their countries in a positive direction.’”


A week after Margot Shorey ’04 returned from her first trip to Africa, the 2009 Boko Haram uprising tossed Nigeria into unprecedented turmoil. She had just been in Nigeria, speaking to government officials and civil society organizations about the need for better roads, better hospitals and better schools—the basic needs that, when left unsatisfied for too long, can inspire a turn to dangerous ideology and, eventually, terrorism.

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The people she met during that trip inspired Shorey to dedicate her master’s thesis to an analysis of and response to the rise of Boko Haram. At the time, research and international attention on Boko Haram was limited, but, as she explains, “Being there and seeing it unfold added a personal note to this conflict.” The people struggling with this emboldened terrorist threat half a world away are, as Shorey says, “just like you and me. They’re trying to live their lives and make the best for their families and really trying to influence their countries in a positive direction.” Eventually, Shorey was detailed from the Africa Center for Strategic Studies to work for the Department of State on a response to Boko Haram. She worked alongside the Department’s Senior Coordinator on Boko Haram, Dan Mozena. “We became this team of two, working with colleagues throughout the government to revise the U.S. strategy to counter Boko Haram,” Shorey explains. “Our plan is a comprehensive, whole of government strategy, so it took a long time, but now is in its place and shared with Congress and our partners in the fight against Boko Haram.”

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“That’s the goal. You don’t come and work for the government or public service to get rich. You work because you want to make a difference.”

Her career involves implementing counterterrorism policies that she theorized while in graduate school. Her most recent work focuses on the Central African Republic and so-called Islamic State, the jihadist movement linked to the history and rise of Boko Haram. Shorey creates policies to reform security sectors so that they best serve their corresponding populations, striving to overcome the unique challenges of each region. She hopes to address the drivers behind extremist thinking—simple complaints like poor education and lack of health care—that, over generations, can trigger violence. Importantly, Shorey’s efforts also account for Boko Haram as a regional issue. “This is a conflict that has really spiraled,” Shorey says. “It’s not just Nigeria now.” Boko Haram has spread its reign of terror to the entire Lake Chad Basin region. Of the countries impacted, Shorey takes particular interest in Chad. Her time there working for a State Department program on civic engagement taught her the importance of relationships, which bolsters her work. The program she was working on involved Chadian students creating

their own radio programs to inspire a culture of civic engagement, and then voting on the best among them to simulate free-and-fair elections. They also learned how to photograph civic participation and aspects of their society needing reform. The program was implemented in a complex nation with a president who has maintained power since 1990. Shorey’s lesson on relationships came when she was with a group of burgeoning Chadian photographers, hosting a shoot at a school. All permissions were asked and received; all permits were on hand, but, at one point, a participant decided he no longer wanted his photo taken. His anger escalated into a skirmish, and Shorey, the lone foreigner, became the center of the fight. “It was scary,” Shorey remembers. “I was surrounded by people who were angry.” Her Chadian colleagues helped her escape and quickly played the role of her bodyguards, a role they refused to relinquish for the rest of her time there. “This one driver, Issaka, wouldn’t leave my side,” Shorey laughs. “I’d say, ‘Issaka, I want to go get lunch.’ And he’d be there, ‘No, no, no, I’ll go get lunch.’ He was there all the time,” Shorey says. “It was really nice.” Loyalty among colleagues offers an important bright spot in Shorey’s often grim work. Every day, she works with struggling infrastructures, researches extremist acts, and plans responses to seemingly insurmountable issues. “It can be overwhelming,” she admits.

“Sometimes I have to step back and not focus on work for a little bit.” Given the influence of the policies she helps create, much of her work depends on having faith in herself and her colleagues. “There are questions we grapple with every day,” she says. “Are we always able to foresee how our policies and our programs are going to play out in real life? No, but we work really hard to make the best decisions we can. “You just have to be confident in the process,” she says. “For me, it’s been seeing people who are so dedicated and who are really focused and who want to make the United States safer and to make other countries safer. That’s the goal. You don’t come and work for the government or public service to get rich. You work because you want to make a difference.” When progress is delayed and her work becomes discouraging, Shorey remembers “these colleagues and these friends that I’ve made around the world. And I try to remember that’s why I’m doing this, and that’s why they’re doing the work they’re doing. I just focus on the fact that the majority of people are like them. “The world is so small in so many ways,” she says. “Being able to look across the world and have those relationships has been so important to me.” Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are either those of the writer or of Margot Shorey herself and should in no way be interpreted to represent the U.S. government or the U.S. Department of State. N FALL 2017 Nobles 31




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Hive Minds How the Nobles Community Is Fighting to Save the Bees

“What they need is a messenger of love—a bee.”



Since about 2006, bees have been under siege. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)— which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines as “the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear and leave behind a queen, plenty of food and a few nurse bees to care for the remaining immature bees and the queen”—has been on the rise. And it is likely caused by a combination of factors, including infestation by Varroa mites, the use of certain pesticides, stress due to pollination services, and inadequate habitat and food sources. The plight of the bees—honeybees, in particular—has become so dire, potentially apocalyptic, that experts are searching for a solution on many fronts. Entomologists, horticulturists and other experts are looking at why 44 percent of all U.S. hives were lost in 2015–2016, as reported by the website, and what might be done. The Nobles community has a history of interest in honeybees that predates the current crisis. Bill Bliss ’48 has been keeping hives for more than three decades and has helped many community members also set up hives. Science faculty mem-

ber Deb Harrison teaches AP Environmental Science and incorporates a class with Bliss as part of her instruction on environmental indicators; mentored by Bliss, she also keeps hives and cultivates a wildflower garden to help feed the bees and other pollinator species. Joy Marzolf ’86, an education coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, teaches community members about the importance of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. John Gifford ’86, assistant head of school and head of the middle school, has also kept bees and notes a sharp decline in his family’s ability to maintain thriving hives. Bees are considered a keystone species. In fact, bee pollination supports about one-third of all crops, including apples, blueberries and almonds. Honeybees are about more than honey; they are about food and money too. Their natural pollination services are valued at more than $15 billion of the total $24 billion that all pollinators contribute. According to a March 9 CNN article, the estimated value of food produced with the help of pollinators is between $235 billion and $577 billion a year. FALL 2017 Nobles 33


The Nobles connection to beekeeping goes way back. Bliss learned about beekeeping from the late Dedham resident Bill MacAusland. “It’s a funny sport,” says the master beekeeper. “You look at the way they build things, and it’s really kind of amazing.” Bliss has taught Harrison’s AP students about bees, their fascinating communities that rely on each bee—queen, drone, worker, nurse—to do a job. He explains how the bees form a “bee ball” in the winter, surrounding the queen to keep her warm and safe at 70 degrees or higher. He tells them about the magical royal jelly that is fed to bees to create a queen. He tells them how the drones in the hive get just one glorious chance to mate before dying. “The AP course begins with a lens of environmental indicators,” says Harrison. “We talk about what [those] are: loss of biodiversity and climate change, for example. And now we have the sudden decline of honeybees— beekeepers were the ones who set off the alarm.” Despite the challenges of CCD, Bliss continues to keep hives that produce abundant honey, which he

bottles and shares with family and friends. He marvels at the elegance and efficiency of the bees and says that engineers, including those at the Air Force, look to the combs’ hexagonal structure to inform wing design. Bliss currently keeps eight hives, and he drinks honey in his tea every morning.


Marzolf advocates for approaching the challenge from all sides. “What we’ve tried to encourage people to do in our butterfly programs—but it equally applies to bee programs—is to plant native plants in their yard, including native wildflowers.”

What You Can Do

Marzolf also notes that farmers, frustrated by the expense of trucking in bees, are seeking guidance from local agricultural schools and planting hedgerows on their farms that include native plants and natural habitats for bees and butterflies. “Without the wildflowers, without the food, you don’t have the pollinators,” she says. “To have a balanced ecosystem is one of the most important things. You can’t just take one group of animals out and have nature be properly balanced. All the animals have a job,” says Marzolf. That job becomes harder when pollinators meet too many challenges. “The two biggest things that we’re running into are habitat loss and an overuse of chemicals, including the chemicals that are being used in people’s yards,” she says. “Those chemicals can substantially affect the development or even the hardiness of these insects.”

WHAT IF THE BEES FALTER? Plant wildflowers. “If you plant them, they will come,” says Joy Marzolf. Visit as a resource.

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Limit use of pesticides. Go to your local nature center and learn more:, for example.

Start a hive. One local company near campus that can help? Best Bees at

Check out the American Beekeeping Federation ( and

The renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson, writing in his 1992 book The Diversity of Life, envisioned an apocalyptic scenario in which humans would face doom in mere months should we neglect the smaller species: So important are insects and other land-dwelling arthropods that if all were to disappear, humanity probably could not last more than a few months.

Bee Trivia* Almost all of the pollination for all fruit for human consumption is accomplished by bees. Queens lay up to 2,000 eggs a day; the queen resides in a private cell.

Most of the amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals would crash to extinction about the same time. Next would go the bulk of the flowering plants... and other terrestrial habitats of the world.

What, one might ask, is so important about those insects that are often cloaked in Charlie Brown stripes and, when provoked, leave us stinging? Why are sharp minds thinking about how to replicate some of the work of these fantastical beasts? One tactic has been to take the bees to the crops. “It’s unreal what they do in terms of loading up 18-wheelers full of bees and doing this rotation, starting in Maine and the blueberry areas and going around the United States to the almond groves,” explains Gifford. While traveling bees have some benefits, Marzolf explains that the practice isn’t so great for the bees. “Those bees are going through a lot of stress with transport…because they’re feeding on monocultures. So this week is blueberries, next week is almonds. It’s not a varied enough diet, and they’re in fields that are getting heavy pesticide use. So they’re eating toxins, then bringing toxins back to the hive, and they just can’t handle it on top of everything else.” Already, in Asia, many news sources report that humans are attempting to pollinate plants. “There are places in RIGHT: JOY MARZOLF

China where women go out with these Swiffer-like things, and they hand pollinate trees,” says Marzolf. Mechanical drones are another strategy in helping to save the crops, if not the pollinators. A March 3, 2017, NPR story, “Rise of the Robot Bees: Tiny Drones Turned Into Artificial Pollinators” points to just how serious the lack of natural pollinators is becoming. Consider this from Crystal Ponti’s NPR story: A world without bees may seem farfetched, but experts are looking for ways to help plants survive without them. Eijiro Miyako, a researcher at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, has designed what he believes could one day be a partial solution: an insect-sized drone capable of artificial pollination... These pint-sized robots can collect and transfer pollen from one plant to another.

However the story of the bees is resolved, their impact on the planet is profound. The white noise of their influence often goes overlooked—but not always, as Harrison points out. “Companies look to the beehive as a model for a functional organization,” says Harrison. “You know, bees work on behalf of the greater good. It’s not just about one bee. There are lessons to be learned from honeybees.” N

Bees can remember route details up to six miles over several days. They can conceptualize a map, determine the shortest distance between two points, and take a different route for their outbound and inbound journeys. They can even navigate in the dark. ( How-Smart-are-Honey-Bees) They can identify and remember colors and landmarks. They can distinguish among different landscapes, types of flowers, shapes and patterns. There are 50,000 bees per robust hive—and everyone has a job. A bee visits 2 million flowers to make a pint of honey. Merriam-Webster defines “queen bee” as the fertile, fully developed female of a social bee (such as the honeybee); the second definition is “a woman who dominates or leads a group.” The earliest fossil evidence of bees is from about 130 million years ago. *This information is excerpted from or inspired by Bill Bliss’ outline for the annual class he teaches with Deb Harrison’s AP environmental course. Bliss cited Nova’s “Bees: Tales From the Hive” and the Norfolk County Beekeepers Association as among his sources. Other sources are the BBC and Scientific American. FALL 2017 Nobles 35


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Over the past two years, brief transformations have been happening in a series of disconnected places: an abandoned mall in Los Angeles, a football stadium in Miami, an old car factory in Detroit. Towers of neon light are erected to mark paths through the void. LED light streaks and the Doppler whine of electric motors weave through the obstacles. These are the levels of the Drone Racing League (DRL).

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Nicholas Horbaczewski ’99 founded DRL in 2015 after leaving his job as the senior vice president for revenue and business development at the extreme endurance event series Tough Mudder. Having started a couple of businesses before, he had the urge to set off again and create something new. When he saw a drone race organized by enthusiasts on a makeshift course in New York, he started pitching his idea to investors for the world’s premiere professional drone racing league. Drone racing has been growing in popularity in recent years, mainly from pilots’ custom-building their own radio-controlled quadcopters and racing them in local events. Racing drones are fully manual purposebuilt machines designed for agility, speed and durability. These differ from the more popular filmmaking drones, which come standard with gimbaled cameras, landing gear, autonomous flight systems and positioning sensors to ensure smooth video capture. According to Horbaczewski, “Drone racing is a painful sport to learn. You’re controlling the individual thrust to all four motors, which is different than a camera drone, which has all sorts of autopilot features built in that really do the flying for you. When I was first starting with racing drones, it was a while before I could even get the thing off the ground.” Horbaczewski’s vision was to develop a professional racing circuit where the world’s top pilots competed for the title of world champion. The goal isn’t to see which pilot can build the fastest drone, but to see who is the best pilot. After securing funding and building his team, Horbaczewski set out to build the systems to make this possible. The pilots fly in first-person view by wearing goggles showing a live video feed from a camera on the front of the drone. Horbaczewski says, “It’s like sit-

ting in the cockpit of the drone.” Since DRL races take place on indoor courses, down hallways and through tunnels, traditional radio communication wouldn’t work because of the physical interference. So DRL had to custom-engineer its own proprietary radio control systems. Horbaczewski says, “Since this is so new, we really had to figure out how to do everything from scratch. We’re really a technology company.” Since the drones are raced through these confined spaces at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour, there are lots of crashes. According to one of DRL’s promo videos, “If you never crash, you are not racing hard enough.” And to ensure that every pilot is flying the same equipment, that means building a lot of drones. With 16 pilots on the tour, multiple heats per race, plus a few days of getting used to each course, the DRL team builds 500 identical drones per race. The drones are about the size of a physics textbook, but they can go from 0

to 80 miles per hour in one second, and they have 16 pounds of thrust—enough to lift a bowling ball. DRL completed its first season in the fall of 2016. Each race in the championship series is designed with a custom theme like a real-life video game. The races are referred to as “levels” and are styled around the location. The Miami Dolphins NFL stadium became Miami Lights, an abandoned mall in Los Angeles became L.A. Pocalypse, the old Bell Labs building in New Jersey became Project Manhattan. Horbaczewski says, “It’s fun to create and design our own elaborate levels from scratch. This is the only truly 3-D racing system, so we had to entirely figure out how to race in that 3-D space.” Flying indoors creates a sense of proximity that adds an extra level of excitement for the viewers, and building an audience is crucial when marketing a new sport. In September 2016, DRL announced a multiyear distribution deal

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with ESPN, Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and 7 Sports in Germany. More than 30 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2016 season in more than 75 countries. Horbaczewski emphasizes, however, that the sport didn’t grow overnight: “We were putting on races and filming them for a while before ESPN came on board. We basically had to build our own production company.” DRL still does all of its own content creation in-house. They had to acquire and build professional camera systems 40 Nobles FALL 2017

to be able to film six drones at a time— drones whipping around blind corners. There are 209 colored LED lights on the drones, which identify the individual pilots and give the cameras something to track. Since the success of any sport comes down to its entertainment value, each episode features more than just race action. There are segments profiling the pilots, showing how the drones operate, revealing previews of the course, and tracking behind-the-scenes reactions to build the drama.

Post-producing the season of four qualifying levels culminating in the world championship allowed DRL to air the entire season’s worth of content in a more compressed schedule. But with a few months of downtime while gearing up for their second season, DRL’s digital content has been strong to keep fans engaged. They even built a video-game simulator, where they re-created all the levels from their first season. Horbaczewski says, “We built a highly realistic physics engine” so potential pilots can hook up their remote controllers to

actually learn how to fly the courses. It’s very similar to flying in real life. “We had over 10,000 downloads of the game in the first three months,” says Horbaczewski, and they hosted an online tournament where the winner, a pilot from Indiana who goes by “Jawz,” actually won a $75,000 contract and pilot’s seat on the season two tour. Season two, which saw races in Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans and Boston, with playoffs in Munich and the world championship in front of a live audience at London’s Alexandra Palace,

wrapped up production in the spring, and the episodes aired from June to August. Horbaczewski got to reminisce a bit during production of Level 4: The Boston Foundry, which they actually shot at an old paper mill in Fitchburg. The crew of roughly 400 who were on site for five days to build the course and shoot the race served as a positive impact to the local economy. Horbaczewski says it was great being back in New England, where he had grown up, and of his time at Nobles he recalls, “I was on the Nobleman staff

my senior year, and that was an amazing experience for me. While we had a lot of fun, and I wrote some interesting articles, it was the experience of working as a team that really stood out. It’s almost a simulation of being in a small business, and I think the Nobleman gave me some of the entrepreneurial spark.” Who knows, beyond the rugged aesthetic of an industrial playground, maybe there was a subliminal connection leading Horbaczewski to a paper mill in Massachusetts after working for the student newspaper half a lifetime ago. N FALL 2017 Nobles 41

graduate news 1940 CLASS CORRESPONDENT

Percy Nelson



Putty McDowell


traveling less due to concerns about whether he can “find his way home.” If anyone in our class doesn’t have that problem, they are the exception, not the rule. I had to cancel a trip to Ireland in early May for a memorial dedication to the Lusitania due to the invasion of some C-cells but believe to now have them on the run. Beezer Almy and Stew Clifford are silent this time, but hopefully they are well.





Gregg Bemis

Bill Bliss



News from our class is good but sparse. Dick Lucas has finally unloaded his Pennsylvania house and will make Marion, Massachusetts, his principal residence, nevertheless escaping to his snowbird retreat, the location of which he is keeping secret. Phil Baker claims to be


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Galt Grant



Winston “Hooley” Perry The Class of ’52’s 65th spring reunion in Dedham, as it turned out, was a bit of a misnomer. Yes, it was held in Dedham, and yes, it was the Class of ’52’s 65th reunion, but spring it wasn’t. Where I live, spring is usually sunny, 85-degree weather, but for this momentous occasion and celebration, it was overcast, 50 degrees, with dark, dreary and rainy skies, where the bushes and trees were doing their valiant best to leaf out with beautiful spring blossoms. But even this didn’t dampen the spirits of the Class of ’52 & ’53 attendees, which included Bob Cumings, Terry and David Horton, Carol and Peter Willauer, Jean and John Childs, Susan and Bob Hoffman, and yours truly, plus our one and only best friend Fred Clifford ’54. As always, Friday night’s delightful epicurean dinner and drinks in the Castle was the perfect start to this year’s reunion, which brought back many happy memories of years past. Friday night’s dinner also celebrated Bob Henderson’s many years of outstanding leadership and service to the school as he prepares to step down as headmaster and hand the reins over

to Dr. Catherine Hall. During his years of tenure, Bob has done an amazing job of bringing the school into the 21st century, with both an enormous leadership presence, many physical plant improvements, and too-many-to-mention additional buildings. I, and many of my classmates visiting the school, marvel at the size and extent of the physical plant as compared to the days when we were students so many years ago. Absolutely amazing. As you all know, our love for Eliot Putnam knows no bounds and never will, but I have to give credit where credit is due, and therefore I have to profoundly thank Bob Henderson for all that he has done and accomplished for the betterment of Nobles. He will be a very hard act to follow, and I wish him well in his retirement. The perfect ending to the perfect 65th Reunion weekend was held at Bob and Susan Hoffman’s beautiful home in South Natick, where the hard-core reunion partiers— Horton, Childs, Cumings and myself—sat by a crackling fire and then sat down to a beautiful and formally set delicious dinner to talk about those of you who did not attend this most auspicious reunion. “Hoffie” also showed us his latest “Hot Wheels” in the form of an off-white 1972 mid-engine Porsche 914 that had this writer drooling. Hoffie, as an owner of many Porsches over the years, I would love to have a leisurely ride in this beautiful Porsche the next time I come to town. One of the more noteworthy bits of the Class of 1952’s history is that our very own Peter Willauer ’52


played on two undefeated teams while he was at Nobles (football and crew). Now, that’s a hard act to follow. Also, Peter and Carol spent much of their winter in Nevis so as to escape the many Portland, Maine, snowstorms, where they didn’t want to use their Monk 36-foot Trawler to dodge snow squalls. Peter is again very much involved with his Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, which he started many years ago, so now he has returned to doing what he loves and does so well, which is teaching survival, science and leadership skills to people of all ages. As Peter so states to his ’52 classmates, monetary scholarship contributions are gratefully accepted. Also, one of the Dedham locals who couldn’t make the dinner was David “Tib” Thibodeau ’53, who traveled to Hobart College to witness his granddaughter’s graduation. Also, the speaker at the commencement was going to be none other than “Slick Willy” Bill Clinton (accompanied by, I’m sure, his “It’s everybody else’s fault” wife). My gosh, I would have gone to witness that spectacle if I didn’t have another conflicting not-to-bemissed reunion to attend. As in the past, I had the distinct pleasure of staying at the world-renowned Cumings Country Club overlooking beautiful Winter Pond in Winchester, where Shadow, their trusty guard dog, lives and controls the comings and goings of family, guests, friends and strangers. Since Sunday of that weekend happened to be Mother’s

Day, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting both Gregory and Butch Cumings, two of Bob and Carolyn’s handsome offspring, who came to bring flowers and strawberries dipped in chocolate to their pampered mother. With many of our classmates’ offspring living in so many faraway places, it’s fortunate that Bob and Carolyn have theirs living within an easy hour’s drive and who visit quite often. Also, I’m happy to note that Bob now has a new intelligent (and electronic) personal assistant called Alexa to talk to and help him with his many questions about life, the time and weather, plus any other necessary or unnecessary questionable bits of information that cross Bob’s mind. This certainly allows Carolyn to enjoy reading books or watching television without being interrupted with meaningless, unnecessary questions. Now, quietness and peace can be found and reigns at the Cumings household. Fortunately, I had the nicest newsy email from John Blanchard ’52, which read, “I’ve been counting the days until I could see all the other old fogies since the first of this year, but I got some bad news that will prevent my joining you. My wife’s sister-inlaw passed away two weeks ago, and the celebration of her life was scheduled for the May 13 weekend. Unfortunately, I must attend. In case any of my biographical data is requested, here are some: Of my generation’s original family of seven people, four are gone, and one more is having cognitive and other issues (Alzheimer’s strikes again). I remain in creaky but

Pictured is the Class of 1885. Gardner Perry, grandfather of Hooley Perry ’53, is seated second from the right.

reasonably good shape. Milly and I are still together and having a wonderful time. My three children (two male, one female, with one grandchild) are well employed— how can a young lad like me have children who are in their fifties? We downsized after 20 years to a two-bedroom house. I volunteer in an organization that provides activities and services for people as they age. So, give everyone my best, and I’ll see you in five years— and you better be there!” As you well know, I am a bit of a pack rat of Noble and Greenough pictures, books and school memorabilia. This penchant also extends to the Perry family. A few months ago, I was sorting through some miscellaneous boxes of family stuff, and lo and behold, I found something that I never knew, which was that my grandfather Gardner Perry had attended the Nobles Classical School back in 1885, which was located on the second and third floor of 174 Tremont Street for five years, which is across the street from the Boston Common.

This original reunion announcement reads “Vacuous Variety Versus...Unwillingly Listened the Class of 1885, Nobles School, on November 21st, 1895 at its Fourth Annual Reunion Dinner at the Hotel Victoria in Boston, organized by Charles Warren.” It also lists 18 members of the Nobles Class of 1885, who probably all attended Harvard together, and then four years later, in 1895 (after graduating from Harvard) got together for their Fourth Annual Class of ’85 Nobles reunion dinner. A review of their names includes many of Boston’s early and recognizable leaders, movers and shakers, who I’m sure can be found in the early editions of the Boston Social Register. In the 1885 Nobles class picture, my grandfather Gardner Perry is the second seated individual in from the right. Interestingly enough, both my grandfather Gardner Perry and Charles Warren (organizer of the event) attended Harvard Law School together (along with others from that ’85 Nobles Class),

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and they then formed the law firm of Warren & Perry, located in downtown Boston. Of more interest, Charles Warren, Prescott F. Hall and Robert DeCourcy Ward (all from the class) in 1894 founded the “Immigration Restriction League” in Boston, 123 years before the immigration problems that Washington is facing now (now that is early forward planning). Charles Warren later became the assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, and Gardner Perry moved to Dedham, living at the corner of Common & Bridge Street (just up the street from where N&G is today), and became the judge at the Dedham District Courthouse. Now, this is where things get a little crazy. Unbeknownst to me, my grandfather, while at Harvard, was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, before Harvard later switched to “clubs.” Then, many years later, when I attended Trinity College, I also joined the DKE fraternity, so now, besides the fact that we are grandfather and grandson, we are also fraternity “brothers.” How about that? So enough about the age-old Nobles/Perry family historical lineage. Accordingly, to his lovely wife, Joan, Sam Bartlett ’53 has made a miraculous recovery after a few months living in a local rehab facility, and he is now back in his beautiful beachfront home overlooking Plymouth Harbor, and according to David Thibodeau and John Childs, who visited him at home, Sam’s zest for life has returned, and he is as “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” as ever, as only Sam can be. I quite regularly trade a bit of political commentary with Ben

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Taylor ’52, who now lives in a very upscale assisted-living facility called Spring Lake Village when he is not traveling the world thrashing waterways with feathered flyfishing gear, which he does quite regularly. Ben is so well regarded at his craft that the Orvis Company gives him a special discount to use and showcase its fishing gear. Now, that’s smart fishing, if there is such a thing. While at the reunion, I ran into Charlie Soule ’53’s brother Ben Soule ’62. I haven’t heard from Charlie in a dog’s age, and Ben said that Charlie is doing just great and is still a confirmed “Down Mainer.” Ben also gave me Charlie’s email address, which is, so let’s all email Charlie and tell him to come out of his hiding place, and to get back in touch with his old classmates and “Round Room” buddies. Charlie, you can run, but you cannot hide. So my good, best, better friends and classmates, I’ve just about run out of joyous and informational words. The reunion was just great, and we missed y’all who didn’t make it, and rest assured, we talked about most all of you, along with quite a few laughs about the good old days. So, all of you stay well, think positive and uplifting thoughts, pay attention to what your doctor tells you to do or take, and don’t be strangers, because that’s what iPhones and the website are made for. Love y’all.


Peter Partridge


John Thomas writes, “I have been living in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, for three years to be near my younger daughter Hannah’s family. Since coming here, I have joined the Sellersville Volunteer Fire Department as a fire policeman. I am an officer of the law sworn in by the borough, have all police powers, but cannot shoot or arrest anyone. My job is to protect the firefighters, scenes of fires and scenes of accidents. I am the crazy man closing the highway or standing in the middle of the road with cars passing by at 70 mph. In 2016, I responded to over 140 calls and was named the 2016 Firefighter of the Year.”


Bob Chellis

781-237-9436 Every May, the Noblest Dinner is the way to connect with seldomseen friends from the upper and lower classes from school days. And it’s a fine dinner. Only three of us made it this year: Tyler and Larry Flood, Gerry and Sam Gray, Sandy Adams and me. Next year I’ll beat the bushes earlier. Susie and Wally Stimpson were on campus, but grandson Alex Stimpson ’19—so good last year as Arthur in Jesse Putnam’s play Betsy & Arthur—was in a play, so there was a time conflict. There is a thespian streak in that family. John Harrison called about severe shingles, head to toe, despite the preventive shot, and could not come. Pressed for news, he noted that three granddaughters are doing well: Page graduated from

Hamilton last spring; Hillary is enjoying a junior year semester in Greece; and Sabrina is at BC. Years ago, Dick Finlay escaped our eastern orbit, but we keep in touch. So after some arm twisting, here is a bit of biography. In the 1950s, Dick’s godfather, nicknamed “Baldy,” wanted a driver in Europe as he escaped summer allergies. Was this a fairy godmother, not a godfather? Anyway, at age 15, Dick got an international driver’s license, identified and negotiated a rental car, and they crisscrossed Europe. In WWII, Baldy was assigned to POW camps for Germans in Texas and Arkansas. The POWs all claimed to be privates. Baldy spoke six languages and was tasked with identifying ranking officers. Many of these men were interesting. A professor was one of only three survivors of a U-boat group attempting to penetrate the St. Lawrence River. Friendships were formed and pursued later during these postwar trips. So Dick enjoyed five years of summer travel—and interesting people— throughout Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy. One year he took German classes at the University of Freiburg. No wonder he led the Deutsche Verein at Nobles! And the dollar in those days was strong enough to feed his growing enthusiasm for fine food from all cultures, and fine wines. After college, Dick ’53 and Larry Flood, facing the draft, opted for a “choice not chance” option of the Army and joined a Military Intelligence Company together as privates. While Dick took pride in a starched uniform, Larry famously reveled in a rumpled, crumpled look. After boot camp, Larry and Dick tested first and second in

their group, earning assignments near Boston at Ft. Devens and special privileges. In the early ’60s, Dick Finlay entered the executive training program at the State Street Bank, as did I. Later, even though he was No. 2 in the credit department, Dick was encouraged to head west to Texas because of the moderate pay scale. On this he provides fewer details, but he did creative things in RE and trains, and enjoyed competitive sailing. After he found a wonderful girl, some of us went west for lavish entertainment in Ft. Worth leading up to his grand wedding to Charlotte. And then they really got into wines. He joined the Chevallier de Tastevin— the worldwide Burgundy group—at the urging of Stanley Marcus. He and Charlotte both liked the wine-related travel. In 2004, after (drinking?) his way up the Burgundy ladder, he was elected Grand Pilier General of the U.S., which involved 40 Sous-Commanderies and 2,300 members. Wow, who knew the scope of that network! He enjoyed five years of crisscrossing the country for grand dinner events but is now relaxing, labeled an “Old Vine.” Despite some short visits to Baylor Hospital, he is still active. His recent trips have taken him to Japan, Costa Rica, Lima and around the Straits of Magellan to Buenos Aires—and soon he’ll head to the Baltic states. That must put him in the enviable über-traveler category with Flood, David Fisher, Gray, Stimpson and a few others. As a corollary to the Floods’ Army buddy experience, two other classmates—Bob Taylor and Pi Newell—also took advantage of “choice not chance” and joined the

Military Police. I think they trained together and got attractive assignments in Europe. But when I visited Bob, on duty in Ansbach, Bavaria— on the Romantic Road— Pi was at a different post. Celebration ideas for an 80th birthday? Now is our year—an unwelcome challenge, but like it or not, you will be pushed to party! We all face this challenge. Dick Finlay, staying in character, shared a 1966 double magnum of Château Margaux with some friends. With a different aesthetic, Fox Hill lined up four dozen martini glasses for me, sparkling on the bar, complete with lemon twists. Then my favorite drink was batch mixed, icy cold and quick to pour, as a roomful of friends poured in. A Cambridge friend displayed his favorite books and prints at his club, as a feature of his party, and discussed his favorite things. Another rented a tourist boat on the Charles River, with cocktails and dinner cruising past Harvard at twilight. And the great fallback is a relaxed and cheerful party—drinks and dinner at home or a club. Whichever way you go—cheers!


Gren “Rocky” Whitman

410-639-7551 From John Fritts: “We did not make it to St. Pete Beach in Florida this year for our annual visit to the Tradewinds. My wife and I were recuperating from hip replacement surgery (her) and a herniated disk (me). As our doctor classmates know, medicine has seen remarkable changes. I went into surgery

at 8:00 p.m. and was home by midnight. We made successful recoveries, using canes for a few weeks. People are great about holding doors, so we’ve become a little spoiled in our old age. “Our lives seem to revolve around our grandchildren, still young and active. One girl, age 3, is in San Francisco, so we try to make that trip once a year. We have another girl, age 11, and two boys, 13 and 2, close by, with another girl due in September. They visit us often in Centerville on Cape Cod, swim in the pool, go to Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, and eat continuously. And grow up way too fast. “We are thinking about selling our house in Wellesley and moving to Cape Cod. We’ve received offers that seem ridiculous and haven’t even put the house on the market. “I drove through the Nobles campus a few weeks ago and am amazed at the changes and growth. Our Class of ’56 path is still there, bringing back fond memories of our great construction abilities, without the aid of computers or an MIT education. My best wishes to all and hope that all classmates are in good health.” From George Waterman: “In June, Susan Firestone and I traveled to four major art shows in Europe. Once every 10 years, Muenster, in Germany, organizes a very big show of contemporary sculptors from around the world, and every five years, documenta is organized in Kassel, Germany. This year, they coincided. documenta exhibits work by painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists and conceptual artists. This year, documenta also had a section in Athens, which we visited as well, and finally, the Venice Biennale.”


John Valentine

413-256-6676 David Woods writes, “I am usually very resistant to being impressed, but I have to admit that I was impressed by our old school, which in our time was totally male, totally WASP, but intellectually inspiring in the rudiments of languages, literature, math and science, and RIP Mr. Eaton, Oral English (‘Oh, young Lochinvar is come out of the west’). I didn’t recognize the campus except for the mighty Castle and the remnants of our classroom building. The plant is extensive and functional and provides new, fresh inspiration to boys, girls and young people from around the world, imparted by a diverse faculty. Bob Henderson sat with ’57 for two meals, and I learned that his replacement will be a woman. I am impressed.” Lance Grandone writes, “First, I’m so sorry I couldn’t make the big 60th Reunion. Appears that other classmates had some similar issues to ours. I can hardly wait to see the photos of those who attended. “Karin and I have decided on a change in lifestyle compatible with our age and mobility, so we are going to embark on some travel. I still love driving, so we will take some car trips and some cruises. By the way, New England and Boston are on the list, so when plans are firmed up, I’ll let the class know, and maybe we can have a minireunion at a location of your choice. “I’m still in the process of updating our house, as we have decided to stay in it until one of us has to go into elder care. Next item

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Bob Henderson ’76 (third from left) with Class of 1957 classmates (left to right) David Wood, Eliot Putnam, John Valentine, Loring Conant, Bill Gallagher, Bob Macleod and Bob McElwain

on the list is a complete upgrade to the swimming pool, pumps and heater. I’m funding this entire project and the travel through the sale of my stamp collection of 70plus years. As part of the update, we have been getting rid of ‘stuff’ such as books, furniture, CDs, appliances, etc., and donating them to worthy groups. This is a great exercise, and I recommend it to all. “My sincere best wishes to all classmates and their families. Karin and I look forward to seeing some of you in the not-too-distant future.” Robert Macleod writes, “Nothing like a deadline. I have been thinking all weekend while peddling and shoveling—no great inspiration. However, the pictures taken Saturday following our 60th Reunion lunch worked. I was struck by our time with Bob Henderson, which really demonstrated how life has changed in 60 years. I think we’re fortunate having witnessed and enjoyed a very different world, and perhaps that Nobles in the ’50s gave us the outlook to adapt and prosper. As usual, the Friday Noblest Dinner was a great op-

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portunity to reconnect with others at Nobles during our era: Cumings, Perry, Horton, Childs, Willauer and Clifford. “Living nearby, it’s been easier for me to see the changes at our school. I hope you and other classmates get a sense of how different but current Nobles is today and that all of you get a chance to revisit sometime soon.” William Gallagher reports, “Had a great time at the May Nobles reunion weekend on Friday evening and at day events on Saturday. Having Bob Henderson join our class for both Friday dinner and Saturday lunch was particularly special given what must have been great demands on his schedule during this, his last reunion weekend as head of school. Eliot Putnam and Tonya Kalmes from the Nobles staff should take deep bows for pulling it all together as our class attendance fluctuated constantly due to illnesses and unavoidable conflicts. A cheery turnout nonetheless. “I am sorry to report that my brother Richard ’58 passed away this past April after a long struggle

with bad health. He was devoted to Nobles and his classmates and loved the reunions. I thank those who cheered him up during the long months with calls and visits. He is and will be missed.” (See Memoriam section on page 58 and 1958 classmates’ remembrances on page 47.) David Clapp shared, “I have retired finally this past December and am learning the new opportunities and skills of retirement. This includes traveling. We recently returned from a trip to Germany and France. Resettling. We now live in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and will soon be volunteering. My contact numbers remain the same, so please call if you’re in the area.” Tom Edwards says, “I continue to teach. I can honestly say that my years at Nobles and the teachers I encountered there were the inspiration behind my long and varied career in public education. I am still at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, where I impart education leadership. One of my favorite activities over the past 25 years has been being active in hockey in Portland for the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. Portland is a multicultural hub for immigration, so the young skaters come from around the world. I also enjoy seeing various classmates who come to Maine in the summer. It’s my regret that my schedule prevented me from joining them and others during the 60th Reunion weekend. I’m aiming for the 65th at this very moment.” John Valentine writes, “For a number of years now, I have marveled that I am still alive. Men living past 72 were a bit of a rarity in the preceding generation. As my class approached its Nobles 60th

Reunion, more than 70 percent were not only alive but still active, a fact occasionally attested to by their notes in this very magazine. “In the past, most educational institutions treated the 50th Reunion as the final individual class celebration. It seemed to me that current longevity countered that assumption. With the help of classmates Gallagher, Putnam and MacLeod (all veterans from our 50th shindig) we launched a campaign for the 60th Reunion to receive its own recognition. “As you can see from the class notes preceding this one, the event took place. Classmates able to return were both impressed and pleased to have their own reunion luncheon with the headmaster as our guest on Saturday afternoon. “Over 50 percent of our class had accepted enthusiastically. Unfortunately, not all made it. Some were needed to take care of ailing partners, others were detained by last-minute work assignments, but everyone who came was glad to be there and honored by the welcome extended to our class. The 60th is a special time to reconnect to our school and its leaders. I hope future classes continue to pursue this tradition.”


Chris Morss Henry Batchelder reports that in January he attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the departure of the U.S. Sixth Fleet from the French town of Villefranchesur-Mer, where he served aboard the last flagship homeported there.

“Having been responsible for the design and manufacture of USS Springfield’s commemorative plaque before we left in 1967,” Batch writes, “I was appointed to spearhead the committee responsible for a new plaque commissioned by the town in remembrance of the officers and men of the Sixth Fleet who had been stationed there.” Villefranche’s relationship with U.S. sailors began shortly after American independence, when the Continental Navy was active in the Mediterranean to suppress the Barbary pirates. Richard Whiteley reports, “In addition to doing my regular business with Forum, over the past 23 years I have studied with indigenous people called shamans. These amazing individuals offer healing, problem solving and enlightenment through teaching. Archaeological records indicate they have been practicing and refining their gifts for over 40,000 years. I have a small practice in a studio apartment on Boston’s waterfront. Last July, I did a podcast entitled ‘Shamanism and Modern Business,’ a 37-minute interview that describes how ancient wisdoms can be effectively applied to contemporary problems. The podcast can be found at: www.formodernmystics. com/podcast, episode 3.” Peter Wadsworth recently published on Amazon “Finding the Best Healthcare You Can Afford,” an Internet guide for young adults, newcomers and other residents of Massachusetts seeking a new doctor or health plan, which was inspired by his return to Massachusetts last spring. Peter is also enjoying reconnecting with former classmates and other Nobles grads. Peter Horton writes, “Up here in Maine, it’s been a crazy spring,

hot and cold. On our little patch we’re surrounded by trees, all of them slowly unfurling now into something precious. Helen has been planting our garden, and I’ll be trying to keep up with the weeds. There are three cords of wood to stack. I’ve been gimping around on one good knee, now bone-on-bone, and am looking forward to having a doctor look at it soon. Meanwhile, the nonsense debauching out of Washington leaves me feeling like a stranger in a strange land. In the car, rather than the radio, I listen to CDs, presently Mozart piano sonatas. In the pastures of my memories is a whole field of Nobles moments—the latest, sitting in the study hall, head down on some assignment, hearing firm footsteps coming down the hallway and trying to identify which teacher they belonged to. Those were such special times.” On a driving trip to Florida in March, Chris Morss enjoyed having lunch with George Foss in Fernandina Beach. George and Sara will be in Bridgton, Maine, for part of the summer. Chris spent several nights with Jan and Bill Russell at their South Carolina home overlooking Goose Creek at Yeamans Hall, a few miles from Charleston. They will return to Northeast Harbor for the summer. Several of our classmates had kind words about our classmate Dick Gallagher, who passed away on April 15, 2017. Dick faced his end with extraordinary grace, courage and humor. From Bob Stewart: “Dick called me three days ago to say goodbye and revive old memories of the great times we had. I also visited him at his home about six weeks ago at his request. He has faced

the inevitability of his impending death with his typical humor. Dick is a wonderful human being who has lived every minute of life with a smile and a good word. His time on this earth has been a dite lively, to put it mildly, but seldom have I heard an unkind word from or about him. We should all feel better off for having shared part of our lives with him.” Larry Daloz writes, “Dick has been much with me lately as I have been writing up the tale of our series of June hiking trips the last three years of Nobles. Dick was very much a part of the first, adding, as was his wont, unfailing color. Fortunately, he was able to see one of the drafts and added several memorable details. We had a chance to talk on the phone about it six weeks or so ago. And he was, as Bob (Stewart) confirmed more recently, cheerful and good-spirited. He and I disagreed in recent years, of course, on a number of things political, but he was unfailingly gracious and utterly respectful. May the road ever rise up to meet him!” Henry Batchelder says, “Sad news about Dicky. Sounds as if he handled his situation with ease and dignity.”

Bill Russell writes, “This good friend, for over 60 years, was always reliable for his decency and good will and fun, and, of course, his hearty laughter.” From Bill Danielson: “I count myself lucky to have had two extended times on ‘teams’ with Dick—for three winters on the basketball court, and during those hiking days in the White Mountains. In both situations, we learned a lot about each other’s character (as well as our own), and Dick always came out shining. Kind, generous, funny—I’m grateful for his friendship, and, of course, I mourn his passing.”


Whit Bond Buzz Gagnebin John Gibson Please visit the Class of 1959 site at for photos and updates! Login ID = nobles59 Password = ETP

1959 classmates, from left to right: Rob Ladd, Whit Bond, Renny Damon, John Gibson, Steve Lister and Quigs Quigley

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Buzz Gagnebin writes, “For June 22 John Gibson kindly organized a mini reunion at Lindsay’s Family Restaurant in East Wareham, Mass. near the Cape Cod Canal. Those attending were Steve Lister, Rob Ladd (with spouse Beth), John Gibson (with spouse Irina), Tom Quigley (with spouse Janice), Renny Damon and Whit Bond and spouse Faith. We had a very enjoyable afternoon/evening including dinner. Plans are underway for our 60th reunion to be held at Nobles in May 2019. We hope that you will be able to join us. Steve Grant and I will be in touch to persuade you and your spouse to return for this historic get-together of the Class of 1959. In the meantime, take care of yourself!”


Albert Vandam


Left: Bruce Lockhart ’62, his husband, Gus, and a friend at the start of a 5K Rugged Maniac Race. Right: Helene and Bill Miles ’64 with their son Matthew, who is studying in Rome

sional and personal trips. Jim caught up with Bert Dane and Sam Mandell and wives over a jolly dinner. Both are doing well (haven’t changed a bit, in fact!). These days, Sam spends most of his time on Martha’s Vineyard. Mark your calendars: The next reunion gathering for ’61 is tentatively planned for the weekend of September 8, 2018, at the Newells’ in Newark, Vermont. In the meantime, to keep informed about what’s going on in Washington, here is suggested reading: On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder, and Dark Money, by Jane Mayer.

D.A. Mittell writes, “For my 74th birthday, classmates Mike Burbank and Paul Pilcher treated me to a sumptuous meal in Wellfleet, not far from the site of our unforgettable 1962 class party. Fifty-five years on, I’m guessing we are going to remain friends.”






Jim Newell

802-467-3555 I saw Boynton Glidden, along with his son Sam ’92 and his family, at Graduates’ Day in May. Boynton is doing well and keeping active on his property in Dover. D.A. Mittell ’62 and Ken Reiber ’62 also attended (they were celebrating their 55th with the Class of ’62). D.A. will soon be off again to the Ukraine, where he has visited at least 25 times, both on profes-

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Bruce Lockhart reports, “Fifty-five years after an undistinguished athletic record at Nobles, my husband, Gus, and I (the oldest competitor) and a friend ran the Rugged Maniac, a 5K obstacle course finishing in the middle of the pack. Living up to Putnam’s assessment of a late bloomer. Looking forward to seeing Nobles 55 years later in May.”


Jim Lehan


1964 Ned Bigelow

The amount of correspondence among classmates in recent months seems to have increased quite a bit and will hopefully continue. Sandy and I are well and have happily welcomed grandchildren Nos. 8 and 9: Hannah and her older brother, Teddy, daughter and son of Ned ’92 and Christie. Being a grandparent is one of life’s great

joys and honors. These little ones, and some not so little, have the ability to recenter your universe— we are blessed. (Photos, page 60.) David Brooks is still practicing (he pointed out that that always sounds a little suspicious, as it infers that you haven’t gotten it right yet), and he and Deborah have 10 grandchildren. Frank Cobb is in the midst of relocating to Frisco, Texas (a north Dallas suburb), and by the time you read this, he will probably be there. Frank has been in Tampa for more than 40 years and likens the Lone Star State to a foreign country. He is looking forward to “great food, great culture and great history.” In addition to local exploration and some road trips, he’s “hoping to find some new friends to socialize with among the senior retirees.” Why Frisco? His older son and 11-year-old granddaughter live there. We all wish Frank well in this transition. Janet and Ned Lawson welcomed their first grandson, Edward Benson Lawson. “Benny” (son of Ted ’99) joined six granddaughters, ensuring that the Lawson line will continue. Shortly

thereafter, Ted’s sister, Jenny Bates ’00, delivered Ned and Janet’s granddaughter No. 7, Suzana. (See photo on page 60.) Bill Miles reported, “Other than keeping track of nine nieces, nephews and grandchildren spread among the Hanover/Norwich schools, coaching high school JV hockey, and sitting on various school committees, I don’t do much!” (Yeah, right). Bill’s wife, Helene, continues to run the Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures at Dartmouth (http:// Bill’s son Matthew and his girlfriend are studying at John Cabot University in Rome. They take weekend trips to Florence, Paris, Athens, Edinburgh and Sitges, Spain—and, as Bill said, “it makes Bowdoin sound parochial.” To those who contacted me, many thanks, and to those who didn’t, there will be a next time. And please don’t feel you have to wait for the next “notes” solicitation; your news, thoughts and pictures are always welcome. To all: Be well and stay in touch.


Jim Summers


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Peter Pach

860-267-9701 Leigh Seddon has been busy relocating, as he wrote from Vermont: “After 40 years of living in a wonderful old Victorian house in the heart of downtown Montpelier, Ann and I recently moved into our new, all solar, net-zero house. “After decades of working with clients to design energyefficient solar houses, I knew my own lifestyle of splitting, hauling and burning several tons of wood every winter was a bit out of sync with the progress of technology and my status as a Medicare eligible ‘senior.’ Also, being an instigator of Montpelier Net Zero (an official goal to make our capital city carbon-neutral by 2030), I realized that I had better start walking the talk. After a year of design and drawing, I put on my general contractor boots and convinced a host of talented (but skeptical) local subcontractors to work with me. Having now lived in the new house through our first winter, I can report that we are indeed netzero, have a nice solar credit on our utility bill, and have had the most enjoyable, relaxing New England winter of our lives—a small bit of progress for the planet and a lifechanging experience for me.”

Moving is also on the mind of Brad Wilkinson, who checked in from Durham, Connecticut, about plans to move to Needham, Massachusetts. “The most significant event in my life over the past year was putting our beloved home on the market. While we are energized about moving back to Massachusetts, the bittersweetness of moving on from this lovely old Connecticut house is tangible. It gracefully hosted our family for nearly 40 of its 300 years and was the setting for everything we hold closest.” Hearing from Leigh and Brad makes me wonder if this is a trend as we reach the age of shifting gears and priorities. I’m still hauling plenty of firewood into my 297-year-old house in Middle Haddam and going on a room-toroom renovation project patching plaster, painting ceilings and walls, and polishing the wideboard floors. There are days when a zero-energy house sounds good.



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Kevin McCarthy



This spring I have been able to share the experience of 50 years of diversity at Nobles with brothers Bob Pinderhughes ’67 and Rick ’73, as well as Lewis Bryant ’73 and Stacy Scott ’77. I was glad that Chip Goode ’72 invited me to join his class at their 45th Reunion pre-party, where I enjoyed being with old friends like Craig Sanger ’73 and Greg Garrett ’71. I have enjoyed being a part of Nobles celebrations of 150 years and 50 years of students of color. I also ran into classmate Paul Ayoub at the 2017 Heading Home Inc. Housewarming.





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he is in his sixth year teaching science at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York, and lo and behold, he ran into Eva Freeman ’92, who is an English teacher at the same school. Eva’s father, Bob Freeman, was artist-in-residence at Nobles for many years. Sad to report we lost classmate Andy Goodband last year.


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Tom Bartlett

1975 Top: 1975 classmates Joel Flaherty, Tee O’Shea, Jim Fitzgerald and Bobby Richards caught a total of 16 fish on their “celebrating 60” trip to Andros Island. Left: Eva Freeman ’92 and Peter Rice ’75 met as teachers in the same Brooklyn school.

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Alexandra out from Portland, Oregon, to Simsbury for a few weeks this summer. Can’t wait.” Jim Fitzgerald, Joel Flaherty, Bobby Richards and Tee O’Shea recently went to the Bahamas to learn how to fly-fish and catch bonefish at the Andros Island Bonefish Club. “The picture (above) will tell you how many each of us caught. Just an amazing trip. A lot of memories and laughs shared over the five days we were together. The trip was to commemorate our turning 60 this year. An absolute blast! Looking forward to catching up with everyone soon and sharing lots about our trip.” Peter Rice reports from the small world of New York City that


Nancy Sarkis Corcoran Rob Piana

Andrea Pape Truitt writes, “Having cajoled others for perhaps being too boring now that we are turning old, I can happily report that I am taking scuba training and expect to be certified in July. Based on the reports we have coming in, it seems there is very little moss growing on anyone’s feet.” Ted Almy reports that he hit and blew through several milestones since his last report: “Turned 60, became a grandparent (Alexandra), and celebrated 35 years of marriage with Maura. Have my health. Played close to 200 sets of paddle over the winter. Looking forward to summer golf and tennis, and to having our daughter Gillian, husband Oved and



Christopher Reynolds

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Rob Capone

781-326-7142 Hello, Class of ’83! Thank you for sending your news. I’m so happy to hear everyone is doing well and thriving. You are the best class! Thank you for keeping in touch and making my job so easy. Our 35th Reunion is right around the corner. I hope I’ll see many of you back on campus to celebrate. Here’s the latest news. Until next time, love to all of my class of ’83ers! Steve and I (and Steve’s brother, Dan ’79, and his wife, Ann) attended Nobles Night last November to celebrate Nobles’ 150th birthday. Such a fun night. We ran into many grads, including Haley Clifford Adams, Amy McCulloch Brown, Jane Fogg, Lindsey Plexico Ford, Betsy Morris Rosen, Jeff Schwartz, John Montgomery, Fred Ewald, Tom Welch ’82, Steve Owen ’66 and Peter Waldinger ’63. Steve also caught up with Davis Fulkerson, Chris McCusker and Todd Chisholm for dinner and a Bruins game this winter. Davis is managing director at Century

Equity Partners, and his oldest daughter is heading to college this fall. Chris is still running McCusker Communications and lives in Westwood with his wife and two daughters. Todd is great and still working for Ferraro, USA. Our son, Holden, spent part of last spring break in New Orleans with a Nobles service group. They helped build homes for people still reeling from Hurricane Katrina. They also had time to see the sights and explore the city. Our Nobles classmate Stephanie Grace, who is a political columnist for the New Orleans Advocate, was kind enough to spend a few hours with the Nobles kids. She shared her memories of being a writer on the Nobleman and gave the kids a feel for what it’s like to work at a “real” newspaper. Thanks, Stephanie! Kristen Forsberg Diebus wrote to say that her daughter, Allison, is a senior at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Kristen and her husband, Mark, were lucky enough to visit Allison last year when she spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. Son Andrew is now a freshman at Bryant as well. Kristen is in her third year as an educational assistant in Sherborn schools, working with fourth graders. She loves the job and the hours. From Seth Goldman: “I still spend half my time supporting Honest Tea’s growth, mission and innovations, including our latest, Honest Sport, an organic sports drink. (See story on page 11.) I’m spending the other half of my time as executive chairman of Beyond Meat, a California company that has launched the first plant-based protein products to be carried in

the meat section at major grocery chains. Along with this new role, my wife, Julie, and I bought a place in Manhattan Beach, where we are able to enjoy the weather, the West Coast lifestyle and an occasional escape from the D.C. vibe, which is a bit of a downer these days. Our three sons are all out of the house now. Our oldest son, Jonah (25), is working on an organic farm in Israel. Elie (23) is working with Teach for America in Chicago, and Isaac (20) is a junior at Emory.” I don’t think I’ve heard from Don Fox since graduation, so I was thrilled when I received an email from him last spring. He is still running Fox Construction in Lexington, Massachusetts. He and his wife have recently moved and downsized as their two kids are in college. Son Donald III (21), is a junior at BC, and Brianna (19) is a freshman at Merrimack College. Steve was reminiscing about being on the freshman hockey team with Don for about five minutes before Don was called up to varsity! Meg King McFarland shared some big news: “I am climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro this July to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I am pretty excited about this adventure!” She promised she’d send me an update (and hopefully a picture as well), which I will send in for the next issue. Hopefully she made it to the top and raised a lot of money. Congratulations to Kelly Keyes Carey. Her daughter, Katie, got married last year. Kelly’s holiday card was a beautiful wedding photo of Kelly and her husband, Tom, new bride Katie and husband Antoine, and Kelly and Tom’s four other kids, Reilly, Tommy, Danny and Liam. I think that makes two classmates with married kids. As

you may recall, Jacquie LawhorneHolder’s daughter was married in 2015. Anyone else?


Christine Todd Tom T-bo Lyons is working downtown in Boston and has invited us all out for drinks. Tom’s daughter, Courtney, is a senior at Westwood High and will be heading to Boston College in the fall. Son Tommy (T-bo Jr.) is a sophomore at St. Sebastian’s, and they enjoy seeing Lauren Petrini Hentschel at the Seb’s events all year long. Lauren’s son, Will, is in Tommy’s class. T-bo and Andy Janfaza spend much time in the rinks around town, especially when Sebs plays Nobles; Zachary Janfaza ’17 was a standout senior on the Nobles team. Trevor Keohane still relishes his time in carpool lines 35 years later, happy to see Christine Todd and Rod Walkey minding the rules as well.

Jen Scott Fonstad, in town visiting her daughter at Brown, made time to catch up with Sarah Weiss Auerbach, Katherine White MacPhail, (Dr.!) Heather Alker, Whitney Connaughton and Christine Hegenbart Todd. The crew was joined remotely from the West Coast by the ageless Pam Mansfield Colbert. Big night in Cambridge!



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781-934-6321 Eliza Kelly Beaulac


Jen Scott Fonstad ’84 caught up with classmates Sarah Weiss Auerbach, Katherine White MacPhail, (Dr.!) Heather Alker, Whitney Connaughton and Christine Hegenbart Todd.

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Top: Murphy and Kelly Baird, children of Chrissy Baird ’87, enjoy their first visit to the Castle. Bottom: From Reunion 2017. Back row: Don Thomas, Peter Ross and Kyle Hublitz. Front row: Elise Plunkett Gustafson, Liz Von Wagner, Kristin Leary, Marco Buchbinder, Scott Dwyer and Chris Keyes.

Craig Perry sends greetings to the Class of ’86, adding, “Lots of activity in our household this year, so we’re very much looking forward to the break. This summer holds trips to St. Louis, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore and Park City, and ends with Conner taking

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sailing lessons in Annapolis. Sadly, I will miss most of the adventures, as I will be shooting a movie in Los Angeles from June through August. But thanks to frequentflier miles and red-eye flights, I will be able to cross paths with them at several points in the journey. I hope

everyone has a healthy, happy and spectacularly fun summer!” Another busy classmate, Joy Densler Marzolf, wrote to say, “Life has been crazy busy for me, working and renovating my new house (complete with animal room). I added solar panels last spring and only had one tiny electric bill in the last 12 months, even with all my heat lights and heating pads for the animals. I am still at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick and teaching programs including photography for adults, custom birthdays and family programs. I have also been busy training a friend’s two horses in Hopkinton this spring to take care of my horse addiction. Will have more to report after the summer as I am helping to run two international snake conferences this summer with extra time in New Mexico to photograph rattlesnakes and hummingbirds. Here are some of the images I shot last summer there and hope to have more this year.” (See photos on pages 35 and 53.) Andrew Partridge is so busy that all he had time to say is that No. 3 is due in October. Hopefully we’ll get pictures for the next issue! I had a little trip down memory lane reading Jeannine Swift Jefferies’ update: “We seem to be focused on little else than running our kids from one activity to another. The hockey season finally ended. Sue Powers Petro and her family joined us in April in Waltham for our son’s Squirt B2, level 4, semifinal Massachusetts State Championship game (say that four times fast!). It is always great to see the Petros, and my son, Peter, thinks her youngest son, John (who is off to college this

fall), is awesome, so it was a treat for him too. Falmouth got crushed, but the kids had fun, which is all that mattered to us. We enjoyed a trip to St. Lucia for April vacation. It was lovely and a nice break from a cold and gray Cape Cod spring. I just celebrated my 25th year working at the National Archives—hard to believe! I am working with the Presidential Libraries now, so the work is a bit different, which is fun.” Jim Boyle and family are enjoying a middle- and elementary school–dominated life in Concord, Massachusetts. Jim and original investors acquired their venture capitalist’s position in Sustainability Roundtable Inc. in 2016, and he became chairman and CEO. SR Inc. continues to grow, assisting clients like Anthem, Bloomberg, Cisco, Mckesson, Salesforce and scores more smaller companies with corporate sustainability program management as a service. “I’m impolitely energized by the renewable-energy procurement services we added in 2016, which help diverse enterprises procure onsite and off-site renewable energy. Every time we are given that ball, we can get a first down or more.” Proud dad A.J. Janower shared: “My 16-year-old daughter, Samantha ’19, and I recently spoke at the PMC Heavy Hitter dinner, an event for 600 of the top fundraisers for the PanMass Challenge. We talked about her experience as a pediatric brain tumor patient and now survivor. A video of the talk can be found here ( video/2017-pmc-heavy-hitter-3-andrew-and-samantha-janower) and we would welcome any classmates to donate to support her ride by looking up her name under the donate button on the PMC website.”

Tim Kirk (also known as dad to Laura ’10 and Helen ’13) wrote in to say, “Helen graduates from Skidmore in May with a degree in English. Raphaelle and I will miss visiting her in Saratoga Springs. Elder sister Laura is the youngest registered lobbyist in San Francisco and will be married in Rhode Island on Labor Day. It is great fun seeing Nobles people by chance and on purpose in Boston and San Francisco in the software world.” Charlie Brooks and his family are happy in Milford, Mass. “I took on the role of president of Milford Youth Lacrosse this year, so the winter into spring has been busier than usual. Trevor got accepted to and will attend St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury next fall. We’re excited for his upcoming journey as a Pioneer. Both boys tried out for and were selected to represent team New England in their respective age groups (Trevor 2021, Eric 2023) at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic this July in Virginia. This will be their first national/international-level competition, so we’re looking forward to an extended season of summer lacrosse. I had lunch with Todd Robinson and John Ryder recently, when John was in town visiting his mom. It was great to spend a couple of hours reconnecting in person. ’86 still rocks!” I (Eliza Kelly Beaulac) am really looking forward to having my kids home for the summer, and after a lovely lunch with Pip Wood today, I’ll have to say that I’m with Charlie. How heartwarming and grounding (and somewhat surreal) to spend time reminiscing and catching up with an old friend you haven’t seen in decades. My best to you all.


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781-721-4444 Elise Gustafson After 30 years removed from the Boston area, Liz Rosenbaum Von Wagner is back in the states and has relocated to Brookline. She has lived in Paris, Bonn, Tbilisi, Budapest, Berlin, Kuwait and New York. She is now settled in with her four children (ages 18, 16, 13 and 11) and very happy with her new job as cultural and press affairs officer at the German Consulate in Boston. Chrissy Kelly Baird’s twin daughters, Murphy and Kelly (aged 3 1/2), visited Nobles for the first time this past weekend at our 30th (yikes!) Reunion. Besides his contribution to local hockey, Kyle Hublitz has been teaching Zumba class at a local gym in his native Fairfield, Conn. He has attained legendary status, and his classes are fully committed on a daily basis. He attributes his success to his natural penchant for dance and legendary rhythm. Look for his signature purple tights! He has also been recognized for his popular crafting and scrapbook blog, “Scrappin’ with Kyle.” He boasts more than 1,000 avid viewers, and his work can be seen on Pinterest. Martha Stewart, beware! Mary Riley is living in Boston and working in HR. She’s loving her nieces and nephews and is so excited for summer. She would love to reconnect with old classmates— please reach out via Facebook.

New Mexico nature photography by Joy Densler Marzolf ’86





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Annie Stephenson Murphy

415-377-4466 This has been a busy spring for our classmates. Babies were born, businesses were launched, and books were debuted (some reaching bestseller status on Amazon!). The class of ’94 has some exciting news to share. Hunter Wooley writes, “Mr. President Matt Glassman got married in Ashfield, Massachusetts, to Jeremy Eaton on September 6, 2016. Great wedding on the farm, and so great to catch up withsome old Nobles friends.” (photo on page 60.)

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I am proud to say that I am the first African-American female to hold an executive branch position in the city [of Brockton]. I’m truly blessed and want to thank all the strong, empowering and intelligent female (and male) teachers/leaders I had at Nobles. They continue to inspire and motivate me.”


Susie Hoffmann had a little boy, Azore Isaac Cuelho, born in October. This brings her brood to four children, three horses and one dog. She is hoping to buy a small farm (in Livingston, Montana) this summer and will add chickens and maybe a donkey to the mix. Her design firm is in its 11th year and extraordinarily busy with the rapid growth of the Bozeman area. All good under the Big Sky. Katie (Helwig) Panarella shared: “My son Michael Anthony Panarella, aka Mack, was born on February 7, 2017, at 5:20 p.m., weighing in at 8 lbs., 8 oz. in Davis, California. All are healthy and well. And my 3-year-old son, Hudson, when he’s not channeling his inner threenager, is an awesome big brother.” (photo on page 61.) Bobby Glazer is proud to announce that his first book, Performance Partnerships ( debuted in May and almost immediately hit bestseller status on Amazon. Sara-Mai Conway closed her cycling and yoga business in Austin, Texas, late last year and will officially launch baja-

54 Nobles FALL 2017 in mid-May 2017. She will now be splitting her time between Texas and Mexico. Personally, I cannot wait to join her on a retreat. Who’s with me?


Brian Cullinan writes, “I am still living in Wellesley with my wife, Ellie, and our boys. Jack is 7 and finishing up first grade. Conor is 5, and I took him to his kindergarten screening yesterday, and he will start in the fall. I am still working for Anaplan. The company is growing like crazy, and it is looking like an IPO is in the near future.” Mel Peters-Chu writes, “I’m happy to announce that I was recently appointed as the city auditor for the City of Brockton, the sixth-largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I am proud to say that I am the first African-American female to hold an executive branch position in the city. I’m truly blessed and want to thank all the strong, empowering and intelligent female (and male) teachers/leaders I had at Nobles. They continue to inspire and motivate me.”

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David Gellis wrote, “Shanthini and I are moving back to Boston after four years in New York. Looking forward to reconnecting with folks!” Joanna (Aven) Howarth reports, “Justin Sylas Howarth was born on February 21, 2017. Big brother Isaac has embraced his new role with big toddler enthusiasm.” (photo on page 61.)


Lauren Kenney Murphy Lucy (Gutman) Branca writes, “Alex and I welcomed Theodore Charles Branca (Theo) on Valentine’s Day of this year.” (photo on page 61.)


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617-893-1040 Rev. Edwin Johnson ’00 of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester performed the baptism for Leighton Alexander Marin, son of Derek Marin ’01 and Christina Marin, on April 30. (photo on page 60.) On April 29, Heather SummeAleksinas and her husband, Matthew Aleksinas, welcomed their first child, Louisa Harper Aleksinas. Heather and Louisa are doing great! (photo on page 61.) On May 13, Kristin Blundo and William Douglass III were married at Coral Beach and Tennis Club in Bermuda. Classmates Billy Duffey and Samantha Strauss Hanman were in attendance. (photo on page 60.) Last fall, Kellen Benjamin joined Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment in New York City as vice president, global partnerships. Prior to this role, Kellen worked as director, national sales at WME/IMG—IMG College. Kellen continues to love his life in New York City and lives in midtown Manhattan.



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781-801-3742 Congratulations are in order to Sarah Banco, who married Mark Dutmers on September 9, 2016, in Falmouth! In other happy news, Elizabeth (MacLeod) Horvitz and her husband, Matt, welcomed their daughter, Judith Marin Horvitz, on November 20, 2016 (photo on page 61).


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those shining faces! That fur hat! Excellent selfie work, gang! About the event, Caroline writes: “Scott proposed grabbing dinner after we all saw each other at an alumni reception and Shanny happened to be in town. We went to Mel’s Burger on the Upper West Side. Erin Greene couldn’t make it because of a work thing.” Really, Greene? A work thing? Lame. Also, while Mel’s does have delicious burgers, I feel like going to the Times Square Chili’s would have been a more appropriate move for an ’06 gathering. (See previous installment of the ’06 class notes.) Speaking of Scott Runyon, he wrote to me with some big news. Mr. Runyon, more like Dr. Runyon, just matched in orthopedics at Washington University in St. Louis. Scott says to “give a holler” if you’re passing through Missouri. Scott added that he, his wife, Emily, and “future baby girl Runyon” will be out there for a few years as he completes his residency. Um, hold on, Scott, you can’t just nonchalantly drop in “future baby girl Runyon” like it’s whatever.

Congratulations! Let’s hope she arrives happy and healthy and that I can fill up the next edition of the ’06 class notes with a collage of her pictures. And speaking of babies, another big congratulations to our very own Noelle Cooper. Noelle and her husband, David, welcomed Leo Vaughn Hannah on March 24, 2017. Check out page 61 for an adorable photo of the little dude. Congrats also to Thanae. Being a grandmother suits her. Every time I run into her in the Castle or the admissions lobby, she is beaming. Mariel Novas writes, “I finally have something of substance to share!” (Okay, sure, Mariel, because you’ve just been sitting around doing nothing for years.) She continues, “I’ll be starting a doctoral program in education leadership at Harvard in the fall. If anyone else plans to be in Cambridge, holla at your girl.” Well, Mariel, I live in Cambridge, so I look forward to hanging out with you any moment that you aren’t in class. We can get ice cream at my new favorite place:

Honeycomb Creamery on Mass Ave. Their cold brew coffee chip ice cream is 10/10. Hannah Mauck can confirm this. Jay Romano can also get in on the Cambridge ice cream party since he is making his triumphant return to Massachusetts. Jay completed his MBA at Vanderbilt this spring and writes that “Vanderbilt was an incredible experience. It really opened up a lot of opportunities that I had not previously expected. Now that my time in Nashville is done, I will be returning to Boston to work for Infosys Consulting as a senior consultant. I am also working on a side venture called Magnetic Games (https:// and I’m hoping to have a game released later this summer for iOS and Android devices. I hope to connect with more Bulldogs when I get back home.” Welcome home, Jay! Come have ice cream with me and Mariel. For a photo of Jay looking like the master of business that he is, see below. Lots of ’06 peeps are moving these days, it seems. Brett Simon


E.B. Bartels So many ’06-ers doing great things! Such exciting news! What a time to be alive! It may not be our reunion year, but members of our class can’t seem to get enough of one another and are having their own mini-reunions all the time. Please direct your attention to the photo at right featuring Allie Dodek, Mike Shanahan, Scott Runyon and Caroline Harrison, who had dinner together in New York City this winter. What a team! Look at


Left: Jay Romano ’06. Right: 2006 classmates Allie Dodek, Mike Shanahan, Scott Runyon and Caroline Harrison in New York City this winter.

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wrote to say that he is ditching the East Coast life for California. He says, “I’m moving to L.A., specifically Marina Del Rey, to be a beach bum, in, like, I guess that’s news?” It certainly is, Brett. It certainly is. Can I come chill on the beach with you? I’ll bet they have good ice cream in Los Angeles. We’ve also got another member of our class heading west in June. Mr. Nobles himself, Greg Croak, will be leaving our alma mater after seven (yes, seven) years of employment. You may know Greg best as director of graduate affairs, aka That Guy Who Calls the ’06 Grads Asking for Money, but in his time at Nobles, Greg has done everything from working as a teaching fellow, to coaching football and lacrosse, to driving the bus for the golf team, to driving a golf cart for elderly alums around campus, to teaching personal development (yes, Greg once had to show a bunch of high school boys how to put a condom on a wooden penis), to running the Nobleonians for a year, to playing bass for student bands in assembly (before Oliver Halperin ’17 took over) and for the pit band in at least one musical. Greg also lived on campus in the Castle for a spell. Basically, if there was an award for Most Noble & Greenough Spirit, Greg would win. He will be sorely missed at the school, but I’m excited for him. Greg writes that he is “moving to Seattle with the missus (what’s up Doug Kirschner?) for a new adventure.” Greg’s last day is (well, was, by the time you’re reading this) June 16, and then he departs on a cross-country road trip with his wife, Libby, and his old dog, Emmet. By the time this magazine comes out, hopefully

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Greg will have settled into his new role as SLC President of the Pacific Northwest. Actually, the Nobles campus is about to become an ’06 desert. With Greg off in Seattle and Mariel stepping down from the board to focus on school, I just couldn’t bear the idea of being the only ’06 grad working at Nobles. Instead of returning for another year of ninth grade English, this fall I will be teaching part-time at GrubStreet (a creative writing center in Boston), tutoring some kiddos, and writing as much as I can. That means that as of the time of putting together this update, I am in 100 percent full-on senior spring mode. Just the other day, Janna Herman and Erin Bruynell met me for ice cream at Ron’s in Dedham Center in the middle of a school day, because why not? It’s like May 2006 all over again. (Also, side note, Erin Bruynell is a lawyer now. Oh, casual. She couldn’t even bother to submit a class note about it. Thanks a lot, Bruynell.) But don’t worry: Despite no longer being officially on the Nobles staff, I will remain your loyal class correspondent. You will have to pry this position out of my cold dead hands.


Kat Sargent Hello, dear readers, Kat Sargent, class correspondent here. The class of 2007 recently celebrated our 10-year reunion back on a rainy 10 Campus Drive. It was so great to see so many friendly faces back together in the arts

2009 classmates Casey Griffin, Liz Rappaport, Alexandra Conigliaro, Claire Hickey and Lauren Martin celebrate Alexandra Conigliaro’s upcoming wedding at her bridal shower.

building lobby. Here are a few updates from our class. Kerin Kehoe lives in NYC and works in ad operations at LinkedIn. Kerin has loved hanging out with yours truly and one of the newest NYC transplants Anne Sholley. We have been trying new cuisines and painting pottery among other Brooklyn-y activities. Anne lives with her fiancé, Peter Erhartic, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She works for a small firm that designs and finances solar, green roof and battery storage systems for multifamily affordable housing portfolios in New York City. Matt Karis is working as a history teacher and dorm head at the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts. He is coaching varsity baseball and is the assistant varsity hockey coach. Matt got married this past summer on the Cape to fiancée Jess Burnham. Kat Tuckett recently got engaged to Pat McGuire and moved to Nashville earlier this spring. After a year and a half of

covering the 2016 campaign on the road, Kylie Atwood is now the CBS News State Department reporter and covers Secretary Tillerson from Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C., and is able to travel with him internationally. This is a “dream come true: I was an international studies major at Middlebury and have always dreamed of a job that included travel overseas.” Julia Hickey graduated from McGill Faculty of Medicine in 2016. She has since started a combined pediatrics and anesthesiology residency at Harvard Medical School. She also recently got engaged to William Patrick, whom she met at Duke. Courtney Frazee is still working in Panama for an off-the-grid sustainable town called Kalu Yala. The project is featured in “Jungletown” on Viceland (check it out!). Courtney is also receiving her business degree from Villanova. For five years after graduating from Bowdoin, Abby Snyder worked as a teacher and administrator in New Orleans:

first, for two years as a TFA corps member, and then for another three years at a KIPP Charter School in the inner city. Last summer, Abby moved back to Boston, where she taught at the Nobles Achieve Program, applied to grad school, and started working as the deputy finance director for Congressman Seth Moulton (Mass. 6th District) this winter. This fall she will head to Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy for graduate school to study social and education policy. Kate Zabinsky is finishing her MBA at Duke this year. Simultaneously she is producing television in Los Angeles. P.S.: Everyone should be watching new episodes of Angie Tribeca on TBS, Monday nights at 10:30 ET, and seasons 1 and 2 on Hulu. Max Mankin is still living in Seattle and running his own energy startup, Modern Electron. In addition to rethinking the power grid, Max was recently named one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 for 2017. Miriam Rodriguez and husband Ryan moved to Austin, Texas, last year. He is pursuing his DPT (doctor of physical therapy) degree at the University of St. Augustine. Miriam is currently working as the community programs director for the YMCA of Austin, focusing on healthy lifestyles and preparing children for school. Both programs are offered for free and provide tools for caregivers and their children. Andy Lewis has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina, since graduation, working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He earned his CFA charter last year and moved to New York City earlier this spring.

Alex O’Reilly recently got engaged to Cassidy Mellin, an aspiring pediatrician. They’ll be moving to Berkeley, California, where Alex will pursue his MBA at the University of California. Andy Macalaster is living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which he enjoys for its friendly neighborhood atmosphere and charming local coffee shops. Andy is proficient with MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint and Google+, and in his free time he enjoys running, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and long walks in the park at sunset. Max Krasilovsky-Revell graduated from NYU Stern’s MBA program in May and now lives with girlfriend Katie in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Max spent the summer in Middlebury, Vermont, learning German and now is back in NYC, working at Deloitte Consulting. As for me, I live in Brooklyn and work for a public relations firm. Last fall I married a fellow Hamiltonian, James Hogan, at my family’s farm in Norwich, Vermont. And I will leave you dear ’07 friends with an update from our friendly farmer, the one and only Jack Frechette: “Our farm in Hinckley, Minnesota, continues to grow faster than expected. We have begun breeding rare heritage pigs and are overrun with the cutest piglets in the world. We are still raising and breeding our Texas Longhorns, as well as pygmy goats and an unwieldy number of chickens and turkeys. My girlfriend, Julie Kraft, and I got engaged on Christmas Eve and hope to have the wedding on the farm next year if we can keep all the animals away from the hors d’oeuvres and table linens.”





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Sophie Atwood writes, “I am currently an AmeriCorps member of City Year and work as a teacher’s assistant at a school in Harlem. I graduate from the program in June. Next fall, I will be attending NYU Steinhardt for my M.A. in wellness and mental health counseling. I am very excited about this career path and to begin this next chapter!”


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in memoriam Daniel Clark Bennett ’49 of Leverett,

Richard Sears Gallagher ’58 of Mid-

cer ’91; his daughter, Phoebe; and his

Massachusetts, passed away

dleton, Massachusetts, passed away

brothers, William ’57 and Christopher.

December 8, 2016, at age 86. At

April 15, 2017, at age 76. At Nobles,

Nobles, he participated in football,

he was on the basketball, soccer and

Patrick Grant ’41 passed away

and Rosamond; and his brother,

crew and hockey, and was praised

tennis teams and was a member of

March 13 at his home in Westwood,


in the Nobleman for his “patented

the glee club, choir, the Nobleonians

Massachusetts, at age 93. At Nobles,

grin and daring spirit’’ that grew

and the quartets. He also enjoyed

he was manager of the baseball

Christopher Mallett Hayden ’56

to become a class institution. “His

mountain hiking and connecting with

team. He was a member of the dra-

passed away March 14, 2017, at his

infectious sense of humor, coupled

several of his Nobles classmates,

matic club, the Nobleman, the Cercle

home in Newcastle, Maine, at age 78.

with his frank friendliness and

who remember his generous heart

Français and Deutscher Verein.

At Nobles, “Kit’’ was a three-sport

quick wit, should carry him far,’’ the

and sense of humor.

Nobleman stated.

Grant is survived by his children, Patrick Jr. ’66, Edward ’68, Catherine

As stated in his yearbook profile,

athlete and basketball captain, a

“Pat defiantly upholds the Demo-

classbook committee and Nobleman

Massachusetts, and was a member

cratic Party, of which he is the most

member, and a participant in the

and Duxbury, Massachusetts, gradu-

of the Class of 1962 at Trinity Col-

loyal and ardent sustainer.” Grant

dramatic and debate clubs, glee club

ated from Harvard University in 1953.

lege. Like his father, Gallagher served

cherished the memory of being the

and choir. He was recipient of the

He earned a doctorate in philosophy

in the U.S. Marine Corps before

only Nobles student to vote for FDR

Trustees’ Prize for Scholarship.

at Stanford University and was a Ful-

returning to Trinity to embark on a

in the mock elections of 1936.

bright Scholar at Oxford University.

career in the travel and hospitality

Bennett, who grew up in Melrose

He taught philosophy at several

Gallagher grew up in Weston,

life caring for those in need.

Born in New York City, Hayden graduated Harvard College in 1960

Roosevelt’s first cousin, “and I re-

with a degree in engineering phys-

colleges, including Swarthmore,

Gallagher enjoyed childhood

member him [FDR] as being incred-

ics and was an Army veteran who

where he set up a printing press

summers on Cape Cod. Since 1980,

ibly friendly to me,’’ Grant wrote in an

served in Bavaria as a cryptographer.

in his garage and published the

he spent leisure time in the village

unpublished memoir.

He subsequently earned master’s

works of leftist groups during the

of West Point in Phippsburg on the

Vietnam War.

Maine coast, where he loved spending

setts, Grant served during WWII in

at the University of Michigan and

time near and on the water. He was a

Patton’s 3rd Army. On VE-Day, he

was a research scientist with the

den and inclination to kick up dirt

gracious host to family and friends at

was transferred to Military Govern-

National Oceanic and Atmospheric

with the establishment,’’ his family

picnics and lobster cookouts.

ment, working on the transition from


“His sympathy for the downtrod-

stated, “made him a hero to his stu-


His mother was Franklin Delano

Born in New Bedford, Massachu-

and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology

His long and notable career

wartime to peacetime. Very briefly,

Hayden was an actor since

dents and an irritant to the academic

included representing Fairmont

he acted as the mayor of Friedberg,

his youth; his first Shakespearean


Hotels, Loews, InterContinental

a town in Bavaria. Once he returned,

performance was commended by his

Hotels, Woodside Travel and Ameri-

Grant graduated Harvard College as

headmaster, a memory that always

can Express.

part of the Class of 1945.

brought tears to his eyes. Hayden

Bennett, who resided in Leverett since the 1970s, was active in community affairs, founding the Leverett

For the last 16 years of his life,

A certified public accoun-

often performed onstage in Lincoln

Co-op with his wife, Julia, and serving

he worked in sales for Experient, a

tant, Grant, after retiring as

County, Maine, in roles as diverse as

with the Leverett Historical Society,

global marketing company and in-

chief financial officer from the

Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair

including helping to restore the

dustry leader in business conference

investment firm Endowment,

Lady and Harold in The Full Monty. He

Moore’s Corner School House. He

planning, where he was respected for

Management and Research,

was also a board member of the St.

also led tours and lectured on the

his outstanding professional abilities,

formed his own consulting firm.

Cecilia Chamber Choir and the Great

history of the area.

keen wit and strong intellect.

Bennett and his wife taught

A Nobles classmate called Gal-

Grant was a supporter of many nonprofit organizations and a politi-

Salt Bay Sanitary District. He was cohost of “Wuzzup,”

English at three universities in China

lagher “a wonderful human being

cal and civic leader in Dedham and

a local news and human inter-

in the 1990s, in Beijing, Xi’an and

who has lived every minute of life

the Boston area. He was also senior

est show on LCTV in Newcastle,


with a smile and a good word.’’ (See

warden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

and he also offered his offbeat

Class of 1958 notes on page 46 for

in Dedham, where he was honored in

and often contrarian commentary


2001 for his dedication. His friends

to the Lincoln County Weekly.

In addition to Julia, he is survived by their daughter, Sophia; her children, Jacob and Evan; and his other children, Elizabeth and Jonathan.

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He is survived by his wife, Elaine; her children, Heather, Sam and Spen-

and family will remember him as a man born into privilege who spent his

Hayden, who combined an intellectual and spiritual approach to life,

traveled extensively in retirement,

was a skier and tennis player. He also

enjoying any mode of transportation

coached Little League baseball.

He is survived by his daughter,

(nicknamed Pooka), and their

Lisa; his brother, Borden; and his

children, James, Ann ’77, Charles

sister, Julie.

and Caroline.

Nancy, Katie and Cilla; and his

James L. Truslow IV ’50 passed

Ian Guy Walker ’66 of Atlanta

brother, Stephen.

away March 4, 2017, at his home in

passed away April 28, 2017, at age

Little Compton, Rhode Island, at age

69. At Nobles he played on the soc-

William Bradlee Snow Jr. ’56 of

85. Born in Boston, he attended the

cer, baseball and basketball teams,

Curtis Warren Smalzel ’66 passed

Natick, Massachusetts, passed away

Institut Le Rosey in Switzerland be-

and was a member of the glee club.

away March 1, 2017, at age 68.

April 13, 2017, at age 78. At Nobles

fore enrolling at Nobles for his senior

At Nobles, “Zel’’ was a football

he was captain of the baseball team

year. At Nobles, he was a popular

he graduated in 1970 from the Uni-

captain and also played varsity

and was on the wrestling and football

classmate and soccer teammate. The

versity of Bridgeport, where he played

baseball. A photo in the Noble-

teams. He was also on the classbook

Nobleman, in its profile of Truslow,

varsity soccer. He quipped in an

man shows Smalzel dressed in a

committee and was a member of the

noted his “cheerful spirit, wit and

unpublished memoir that “I majored

business suit while posing as a run-

dramatic club, glee club and Cercle

friendliness,” adding, “we are grateful

in the former [soccer] and minored in

ning back shaking off tacklers.

Français. He also participated in the

for a year of laughs and stories that

graphics and the other social distrac-

science fair.

we would never have had if he didn’t

tions prevalent at the time.’’

without a motor—sailboat, bicycle, canoe or on foot. He is survived by his children, Warren, Ian and Alison; and his

He is survived by his children, Colby and Fletcher; his sisters,

sisters, Lorna and Clare.

He did just that in October 1965, catching two touchdown passes from

Snow, who resided in Westwood

come to Nobles.’’

Born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England,

Walker returned to England and

quarterback Dan Goldberg to spark

at the time he attended Nobles,

a 19–6 victory at Belmont Hill. The

graduated Harvard College in 1960

Carolina State University in 1954

of London in 1973. He resided on

Boston Globe described one of his

and received a master’s degree from

with a bachelor’s degree in textile

Boston’s Beacon Hill before moving

scores: “In the flat, he wheeled

Harvard Business School in 1965.

engineering. At UNC he was a first

to Chicago, where he worked with

team All-Atlantic Coast Conference

a British brokerage firm and helped

soccer player and team captain.

start a syndicate on the Illinois Insur-

around, burst by one tackler and

Snow was a commercial/indus-

spun away from the other.” It was a

trial real estate broker in eastern

bittersweet afternoon for Smalzel,

Massachusetts and also did consult-

who suffered a broken leg on the first

ing, planning and market analysis.

play of the second half. Smalzel, who lived most of his

An avid Harvard hockey fan

Truslow graduated from North

An Air Force veteran, he worked for the Monsanto Corporation in New

earned an MBA at the University

ance Exchange. A near-fatal automobile accident

York City and then as an executive

in 1988 ended his days as a competi-

and golfer, Snow was described

with the Esso and Exxon corporations

tive sailor. He moved to West Virginia,

life in Cohasset, Massachusetts,

by a Nobles classmate as “one of

in Barcelona, Brussels, Houston and

where he regained his ability to walk.

graduated from Babson College. An

the smartest members of our class

Mexico City, the latter as president of

He produced and starred in his own

entrepreneur, he was in the lobster,

and one of the friendliest. He

Esso Mexicana.

televised cooking show, “Dinner at

hospitality, real estate and automo-

was a fun guy to be around and

bile businesses. His company, Aerial

had a great sense of humor.’’

man of the Little Compton Planning

tition of sailing for the thrill of driving

Lobsters, operated a retail outlet

That was reflected in several of

Commission, vice-chair of the Little

his Indian Chief motorcycle and Aston

at Boston’s Logan Airport and also

his answers to a 50th anniversary

Compton Harbor Commission and

Martin DB9 automobile.

shipped lobsters nationwide.

Nobles class survey.

a director on the Little Compton

His family described Smalzel

In response to a particular ques-

After retirement, he was chair-

Heron Lodge,’’ and traded the compe-

Walker was a raconteur, consum-

Agricultural Trust. He maintained

mate host, chef, jazz musician, artist,

as a positive force to those close to

tion about an individual who had the

a lifelong passion for skiing, sailing,

fly fisherman, solver of cryptic puzzles

him, who enjoyed making people

most lasting influence on his life,

tennis and soccer.

and a devoted husband and father. He

laugh through a joke or a story.

Snow wrote: “An older family friend

He was also a supporter of the

who told me ‘Do something that you

member of the Union League Club

with friends and had just hit a perfect

Wounded Warrior Project and a

like. You’ll have fun, and money will

of New York, the Club Industriales of

drive off the 16th tee at his favorite

member of the Cohasset Lions Club.

follow.’ He was half right.’’ Snow was

Mexico, the Sakonnet Golf Club, the

course when he drew his last breath.

also one of the first members of his

Sakonnet Point Club and the Sakon-

at Cohasset Golf Club and a New Eng-

Nobles class to recognize the poten-

net Yacht Club, where he served as

Kathleen; her children, Laura and

land Patriots and Red Sox fan. Before

tial of the Internet, and he worked for

general manager for 14 years.

Mark; and his sisters, Jacky, Jill

knee problems slowed him down, he

a time in that field.

Smalzel was a longtime member

Truslow was also a longtime

He is survived by his wife, Pauline

cherished his time on the golf course

Walker is survived by his wife,

and Carolyn.

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graduate news






1. Ned Bigelow ’02 with son Teddy. (Photo submitted by Ned ’64.) 2. Hannah Bigelow, daughter of Ned Bigelow ’02 and granddaughter of Ned Bigelow ’64. 3. Mack and Hudson Panarella, sons of Katie (Helwig) Panarella ’94 and husband Alex. 4. Matt Glassman celebrates his wedding to wife Jeremy alongside 1994 classmates (left to right) Sandy Weymouth, Justin Alfond, Hunter Woolley, Sarah (Fairchild) Sorvalis and Joe Cooney. 5. (From Sam Bigelow:) Friends from the Class of ’95 attended Justin Levy’s wedding in Los Angeles. From left to right: Kaveh Mojtabai ’95, Kailyn McCracken, Doug McCracken ’95, Jessica Levy, Justin Levy ’95, Evan Ouellette ’95, Sam Bigelow ’95, Sam Forman ’95, Ben Walsh ’95.

announcements Engagements Kat Tuckett ’07 is engaged to Pat McGuire; Julia Hickey ’07 is engaged to William Patrick; Alex O’Reilly ’07 is engaged to Cassidy Mellin; Anne Sholley ’07 is engaged to Peter Erhartic; Jack Frechette ’07 got engaged to Julie Kraft on Christmas Eve 2016 and hopes to have the

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wedding on their farm; Laura Kirk ’10 will marry Jonathan Hilgart in Rhode Island on Labor Day.

Marriages Matt Glassman ’94 married Jeremy Eaton in Ashfield, Massachusetts, on September 6, 2016; Justin Levy ’05 wed Jessica Abraham on March

4, 2017, in Los Angeles; Kristin Blundo ’02 and William Douglass III were married May 13, 2017, at Coral Beach and Tennis Club in Bermuda; Sarah Banco ’04 wed Mark Dutmers on September 9, 2016, in Falmouth, Massachusetts; Matt Karis ’07 got married last summer on the Cape to Jess Burnham; Kat Sargent ’07 married James Hogan last fall at her family’s farm in Norwich, Vermont.









6. Ben Lawson, son of Amie and Ted Lawson ’99 (left), and Suzana Bates, daughter of Brian and Jenny Lawson Bates ’00 (right) (Submitted by grandpa Ned Lawson ’64). 7. Justin Sylas Howarth, son of Joanna (Aven) Howarth ’00, with big brother Isaac (left). 8. Theodore Charles Branca (Theo), son of Lucy Branca ’01. 9. Rev. Edwin Johnson ’00 performed the baptism for Leighton Alexander Marin, son of Derek Marin ’01 and Christina Marin, in April. 10. Heather Summe-Aleksinas ’02 welcomed daughter Louisa on April 29. 11. Kristin Blundo ’02 and William Douglass III were married in Bermuda. 12. Judith Marin Horvitz, daughter of Elizabeth (MacLeod) Horvitz ’04. 13. Leo Vaughn Hannah, son of Noelle Cooper ’06 and her husband, David.

New Arrivals Susie Hoffmann ’94 had a little boy, Azore Isaac Cuelho, born in October; Katie Panarella ’94 and husband Alex had a son, Michael Anthony Panarella, aka Mack, on February 7, 2017, at 5:20 p.m., weighing in at 8 lbs., 8 oz. in Davis, California; Ted Lawson ’99 and wife Amie

welcomed son Ben; Jenny Lawson Bates ’00 and husband Brian welcomed daughter Suzana; Joanna (Aven) Howarth ’00 and husband Dean had a son, Justin Sylas Howarth, on February 21, 2017; Lucy Branca ’01 and husband Alex welcomed Theodore Charles Branca (Theo) on Valentine’s Day 2017; Derek Marin ’01 and Christina Marin ’02 had a son, Leighton

Alexander Marin; Heather Summe-Aleksinas ’02 and husband Matthew Aleksinas welcomed their first child, Louisa Harper Aleksinas, on April 29, 2017; Elizabeth (MacLeod) Horvitz ’04 and husband Matt had a daughter, Judith Marin Horvitz, on November 20, 2016; Noelle Cooper and her husband, David, welcomed Leo Vaughn Hannah on March 24, 2017.

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Reunion Welcomes Grads REUNION WEEKEND May 12–13 welcomed

more than 600 graduates and guests back to campus for two days of reminiscing and fun. The weekend began on Friday with a full day of activities for the 50th Reunion class that included a speech by Robert Pinderhughes ’67, the first graduate of color, in morning assembly. Pinderhughes was welcomed with two standing ovations from students during his assembly talk. The day closed with the Noblest Dinner in the Castle for graduates who have already celebrated their 50th Reunion. All guests braved the unseasonal weather on Saturday to celebrate the headship of Bob Henderson ’76, who received the Distinguished Graduate Award at the graduates assembly. Henderson also awarded the Young Graduate Award to Nick DiCarlo ’03, while Michele Abrecht ’84, vice president of the Graduates Council, presented Scott Freeman ’81 with the Lawson Service Award. Members of the class of 1992 awarded the Coggeshall Award to Kitty White, a former Spanish faculty member who was beloved by members of the class. Following rousing alumni games of lacrosse and soccer, and a cookout lunch for all graduates, Bob Bland ’58, Leanna Coskren ’07, Rob Owen ’07 and faculty emeritus Tim Carey were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame before the evening closed with class dinners.

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Clockwise starting from top left: Graduates break it down before the Carey Classic soccer game. (L to R): Peter Ross ’87, Chris Keyes ’87 and Elise Gustafson ’87. Bob Pinderhughes ’67 addresses the community during assembly. Co-Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Erica Pernell addresses the crowd at the mid-afternoon reception hosted by the Graduates of Color Committee. (L to R): Grace Aranow ’12, Alli Parent ‘12 and Gigi Anderson ‘12. Senam Kumahia ’02 hosts a tribute to Sam Dawson ’83 and Greg Monack ’02 before the graduate lacrosse game. Director of Athletics Alex Gallagher ’90 addresses the crowd at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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19XX 1967

Back Row (L to R): Bezo Cutler, Drew Sullivan, Dick Byrd, Sheldon Hines. 4th Row (L to R): Steve Wellington, Doug Lempereur, George Shepard, Ted Petersen, Phelps Brown. 3rd Row (L to R): Eric Pape, Sam Lawson, Bill Braasch. 2nd Row (L to R): Mark Rivinus, Sam Van Dam, Brad Eaton, Daniel Goldberg, Tim Lee, David Malcom. Front Row (L to R): Geoff Wilson, Bob Pinderhughes, George Wadleigh

1972 45TH REUNION Back Row (L to R): Peter Mansfield, Rob Ryder, Chip Goode, Fritz Spang, Tony Brock-Fisher, Art Depoian. Front Row (L to R): Rob Johnson, Ed Shapiro, George Colt, David Eaton


1972 19XX

Back Row (L to R): Brad Wallace, George Schuller, Emmett Thomas, Don Taylor, Adam Sholley, George Sanderson. 2nd Row (L to R): Janet Lavin Rapelye, Allene Russell Pierson, Ann Wallace, Larry Childs, David Kozol, Stacy Scott, Bill Rockwood. Front Row (L to R): Gail Denman, Carol Gray, Laura Almy Kaplan, Nancy Burnside, Hutch Hutchinson, Beth Riley, Bill Warren, Sarah Gleason Ross, Sam Norton


1977 64 Nobles FALL 2017

Back Row (L to R): Haruo Iguchi, Peter Henderson, Don MacKay, Peter Howe, Tom Welch, John Cullinane, Luke Olivieri, Mark DeAngelis, Claudio de Chiara, Fred Clifford, Ray Mestre, Ted Pell, Sam MacAusland. Front Row (L to R):

Susan Carlson Kirk, Ginny Childs, Cathy Findlen Gajewski, Genie Simmons Thorndike, Carolyn Butterworth, Meg Paige, Mary Bartlett Petrini, Jeff King, Holly Malkasian Staudinger, Penny Murphy Ashford, Martha Dowd Kanter



1987 19XX

Back Row (L to R): Peter Ross, Nicole Stata, Sue Cullinane Jeppson, Chrissy Cadigan Ducharme. 3rd Row (L to R): Sue Udell, Rebecca Bromark, Emily Gallagher Byrne, Ren Whiting, Chrissy Kelly Baird, Diane DerMarderosian. 2nd Row (L to R): Beth Reilly, Joia Scully Kirby, Kristin Leary, Liz Rosenbaum von Wagner, Lucy Rogan, Bernadette Bague, Ingrid Boonisar Fitzsimmons, Elise Plunkett Gustafson, Don Thomas. Front Row (L to R): Beth Reilly, Rashid Ashraf, Scott Dwyer, Chris Keyes, Kyle Hublitz, Marco Buchbinder

1992 25TH REUNION Back Row (L to R): Martin Bridge, Sam Glidden, Carl Bridge, Rob Arena, George O’Connor, Woody Meyer. Front Row (L to R): Ali Epker, Meaghan O’Malley, Cortney Thompson Rowan, Kathy Bland Conroy, Geary MacQuiddy, Alyssa DaFonseca, Katy Howe Binder



Back Row (L to R): Navid Karimeddiny, Regis Ahern, Jessie Sandell Achterhof, Katie Lee Fishbone, Martins Lans, Steve Owen, John Glynn, Bobbi Oldfield Wegner, Mark Wegner, Bob Naumes. Front Row (L to R): Andrew DanbergFicarelli, Scott Van Broekhoven, Kai Lopes, Sandra Seru, Liz Clark Cook,

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Kim Ching Blois, Katie Costello, Todd Flaman, Tim Mah, Liz Sarles Dias, Scott Lee



Back Row (L to R): Nick Chu, Jordan Smith, Senam Kumahia, Scott Johnson, Kellen Benjamin. 3rd Row (L to R): Bobby Steinkrauss, Drew Dulberg, Christine Kistner Bowe, Franklin Ross, Christina Long Marin, Devon Geilich, Thomas Gradel. 2nd Row (L to R): Eric Williams, Joe Gannon, Margaret Gormley Donahue, Susannah Phillips Fogarty, April N. Watson, Anjala Manuelpillai, Tara Mead England, Yasmin Cruz, Stephanie Nieto Debler, Courtney, Weinblatt Fasciano. Front Row (L to R): Ry Lam, Josh Starr, Rachel Shorey, Brett Wood, Cameron Marchant, Robin McNamara Lidington, Stephan Vitvitsky, Warren Boinay




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Back Row (L to R): Dan Robinson, Liz Barry, Noah Atlas-Corbett, Ben DiCamillo, Andy Macalaster. 4th Row (L to R): Jen McLaughlin, Paul Barbosa, Josh Franklin, Kat Tuckett, Kat Sargent, Allie Palmer, Brianna Cormos, Kat Lawrence, Max Revell. 3rd Row (L to R): Chris Golding, Collin McFarlane, Maddie Pong or, Alex Tober, Alex Hayes, Joanna Clark, Kylie Atwood, Will Bardeen, Caroline Kistner, Kaius Garber, Abby Snyder, DJ Hatch. 2nd Row (L to R): Lawrence Gomez, John Muse, Alex O’Reilly, Chris Dwight, Gina Chen, Sasha Geffen, Paula Smith, Elena Laird, Kerin Kehoe, Jackie Codair. Front Row (L to R): Molly Kringdon, Matt Stansky, Kate Zabinsky, Julia Hickey, Charlotte Allen, Anne Sholley, Lexi D’Angelo, Rob Owen

Save the Date! Reunion 2018 will be on May 11–12

2007 19XX


2012 5TH REUNION Back Row (L to R): Felix Liang, Harrison Liftman, Nelson DeMoraes, Stephanie Aliquo, Devin Mara, Anson Notman, Samer Abouhamad, Victor Ordóñez, Rowan Krishnan, Jeff Romano, Rahul Matta, Marcelo Domeniconi, Jerry Lherisson. 4th Row (L to R): Conor McLaughlin, Matt King, Ben Kent, Braden Tierney, Zack Soule, Sam Freeman, Brent Luster, Karly Finison, Sophia Geanacopoulos, Liz Neylan, Lily Ham, Curt Petrini. 3rd Row (L to R): Jake Oh, Nick Simmons, Michael Reiner, Hope Hanley, Tucker Hopkins, Julia Brosseau, Hannah Matlack, Kat Doherty, Jackie Garrahan. 2nd Row (L to R): Alli Parent, Max Franklin, Gigi Anderson, MK Cruise, Kathleen Crowley, Andrew Doane, Sophie Atwood, Grace Aranow, Eliza Loring, Coco Woeltz, Taylor McKee, Mary Parker, Kenisha McFadden, Julia Diaz. Front Row (L to R): Ashley Wang, Caroline Welch, Chris CollinsPisano, Ben Mehta, Zoey Carey, Meghan Hickey, Marco Castro, Connor Hickey

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SWEET HARMONY A photo found in the Archives, dated October 19, 1939, is of the Hampton Quartet, a singing group from the historically black Hampton Institute (now Hampton University). We can document that the quartet visited Nobles annually from at least 1924–1941. Their recitals included favorites of the time such as “Juba,” “Swanee River,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “Go Down Moses.” The “School Notes” from the 1924 Nobleman, containing the first recorded mention of the group, reported, “The Hampton quartet made their annual visit to the school, and we were all glad to hear them sing again.”

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