Andover, the magazine Winter 2016

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a place for creation

Introducing PA’s New MAKERSPACE

A Historic Meeting Alumni gathered at the Old South Meeting House in Boston October 14 to hear a robust discussion about the differing political viewpoints of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Led by Head of School John Palfrey, legendary emeriti history instructors Vic Henningsen ’69 and Tony Rotundo discussed the competing political visions, with lively audience participation.

Photos by Steve Porter

See page 49 for historical photos of Abbot and Andover debate teams over the years.






18 Excellence Acknowledged

Four outstanding alumni are recognized with the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction. 22 Hairspray


Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this fabulous fall production, from set construction to dress rehearsal.

3 Letters to the Editor 6 From the Head of School 7 Dateline Andover

26 Running the City

Meet three young alums helping to bring positive change to Boston through their work in Mayor Walsh’s administration.

15 The World Comes to Andover 16 Sports Talk 36 From the Archives

28 PA’s New Makerspace

The Nest is providing innovative opportunities for students and faculty alike to make ideas possible.

39 Philanthropy Highlights 42 Connection 46 Andover Bookshelf

34 A Woman of Vision and Compassion

48 The Buzz

The Academy mourns the death of Donna Brace Ogilvie ’30, whose commitment to Abbot Academy and PA touched generations of alumni.

49 Class Notes 106 In Memoriam 108 Tales Out of School Close-Ups 82 Bing Broderick ’81

The accidental altruist

91 Shani Evans ’92 High-end fashion at your fingertips





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FROM THE EDITOR WINTER 2016 Volume 109 Number 2 PUBLISHER Tracy M. Sweet Director of Academy Communications EDITOR Allyson Irish Director of Editorial & Creative Services DESIGNER Ken Puleo Art Director MANAGING EDITOR & CLASS NOTES EDITOR Jane Dornbusch CLASS NOTES DESIGNER Sally Abugov CLASS NOTES COORDINATOR Laura MacHugh CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jill Clerkin, Grace Curley ’81, Audrey Doyle, Victoria Harnish, Joseph P. Kahn ’67, Alex May ’85, Amy J.M. Morris ’92, Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, Adam Roberts, Tracy Sweet PHOTOGRAPHERS Yoon S. Byun, City of Boston, Jill Clerkin, Neil Evans, Amanda Herzberger, John Hurley, Emma Kaufmann-LaDuc ’17, Gregory Keith, John Moreland ’18, John Palfrey, Stephen Porter, Ranjani Prasad, Tyler Rynne ’18, Tony Soares, Gil Talbot, Dave White © 2016 Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Andover, the magazine of Phillips Academy, is published four times a year—fall, winter, spring, and summer—by the Office of Communication at Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street, Andover MA 01810-4161. Main PA phone: 978-749-4000 Changes of address and death notices: 978-749-4269 Phillips Academy website: Andover magazine phone: 978-749-4677 E-mail: Periodicals postage paid at Andover MA and additional mailing offices. Postmasters: Send address changes to Phillips Academy 180 Main Street Andover MA 01810-4161 ISSN-0735-5718

When alumni receive this magazine, I will have been at Andover just shy of six months. Leaving a marketing communications job after 16 years at a private liberal arts college and starting as a “junior” here at PA has been both challenging and exhilarating. I am learning the differences (and the many similarities) between a secondary school and a college community. I’m learning about the unique traditions at Andover as well as the nuances of boarding school life. And I am learning about the long and distinguished history of the Academy, much of it shared in the pages of Andover magazine. What I have found most educational during my first few months have been my interactions with people here. I had a lovely breakfast meeting in Paresky Commons with Art Instructor Therese Zemlin, who told me not only about the breathtaking work her students have done in Art 500 (see page 12), but also about her own artwork and experiences as an instructor here. Abbot Academy Association President Susie Goodwillie Stedman ’59 has graciously spoken with me several times, offering up bits of Abbot history and describing the tremendous impact of the Abbot Academy Association Grants, which have funded some remarkable and transformational programs (see page 45). And of course, the students. Their openness, their kindness, and their zeal for learning amazes me. It’s not often that you have the opportunity to discuss the particulars of making a drone—from scratch—with anyone, let alone a teenager. That was the case when I visited The Nest (see page 28) this winter and met Alex Reichenbach ’18, along with other students equally excited about opportunities to explore their ideas in the new makerspace. So my learning at Andover continues. It seems that nearly every building, every bench, every tree, every person here has a story. I look forward to telling these wonderful stories in future issues of the magazine, both in its traditional print format as well as in some exciting new online platforms. Best,

Allyson Irish Editor Seeking Alumni Stories—Brace Center 20th Anniversary We are looking for alumni who were involved with the Brace Center for Gender Studies as students and who have recollections they would be willing to share in the Andover magazine or other Andover communications. Please send suggestions on this topic (and/or any other story suggestions!) to or Follow Andover on Twitter: @AndoverMagazine


Cover photo by Gil Talbot

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Dear Editor, I write in protest of the ignorant opinions expressed in recent letters from alumni [fall 2015 issue]. I have coauthored five books on sexual diversity, am a licensed therapist, and identify as queer. The writers of these letters protest the inclusion of people like myself in Andover’s appreciation of diversity. They are doing something that no one who values knowledge should ever do: suggesting that it would be right to censor and suppress information about populations about which they obviously know nothing. I suggest they study this subject before stating opinions; is that not an Andover academic value?

I wish to thank the Academy for including me and members of other diverse communities in the discourse at Andover, and in particular for publication of the “Diversity Glossary [spring 2015 issue].” We can learn a lot about a culture by studying the language that it has developed to speak its truth. Thank you, dear Andover, for taking a stand against pathologizing difference.

—Dossie Easton ’61 Lagunitas, Calif. Dear Editor,

While I’m sure there are many prominent alumni and alumnae who vehemently disagree with the path the Academy is taking, I would argue that it is holding true to its Finis Origine Pendet motto. During a person’s most formative years is absolutely when one should be having conversations about race, gender, sexuality, religion, and diversity. You can’t “go a bit too far” in having these discussions. Part of one’s development is learning to do so in an open-minded and educational way—creating a “safe space,” as

—Natalie P. Ho ’05 Washington, D.C.

Macro Mystery Can you identify the campus location of the item below?

Dear Editor, I was very interested to read the “Stressed Out in America” section of “Andover’s New Standard of Care for Lifelong Health and Wellness” [fall 2015 issue]. In that section, Carol Israel, director of counseling at the Sykes Wellness Center, notes that the number of students seeking counseling has doubled over the past few years. The educational and awareness programs offered never mention as a stress source the serotonindepleting action of synthetically fragranced detergents, dryer sheets, fabric softeners, and air fresheners—strong and toxic endocrine disrupters that create a constant state of epinephrine overload. One of the protocols to help reduce stress and remain well should be to inform students that avoiding fragranced laundry products and air fresheners can improve their health profile and reduce chronic disease. Another option would be to create No Fragrance Zones at the school, as many hospitals, municipal offices, and other facilities are doing. The next time a student walks in for stress-related counseling, hand him or her a jug of detergent labeled “Free and Clear,” along with a small bottle of an essential oil of his or her choice. This will promote the normal, relaxed, in-control feeling that optimal serotonin levels bring, and you will see positive results in your students.

If you think you know, send your answer to: andovermagazine@

Congratulations to the winner of the fall 2015 Macro Mystery Yasmine Allen, assistant dean of faculty (first correct answer)

Jill Clerkin

I recently returned to campus for Alumni Council Weekend, where many of the discussions revolved around the topic of equity and inclusion. I applaud the Academy’s efforts on this pillar of the strategic plan. If only we had had these conversations while I attended Andover, it wouldn’t have taken me 10 years to realize that diversity is not synonymous with equity and inclusion.

Thank you to the Academy for your “campaign”— not to impose new expressions or silence any voices but to broaden the horizons of many young minds in an effort to build a more equitable and inclusive future.

Jill Clerkin

One writer suggests that information about sexual diversity should not be available to high school students. What about students who see themselves as diverse in gender and sexual orientation? Should they be raised to think something is wrong with them?

Linda Carter Griffith, assistant head of school for equity and inclusion, recently said.

—David Rockwell ’66 Miami, Fla. Letters to the Editor Policy Andover magazine welcomes letters of 200 words or fewer from members of the Andover community addressing topics that have been discussed in the magazine. Letters will be edited for clarity, length, and civility. Opinions expressed in the Letters to the Editor section do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of the editorial staff or of Phillips Academy.

Long before the advent of P. Diddy and J. Lo, there was M-Angelo. Or was there? Odds are the architects of Abbot Hall’s 1906 addition were simply unable to fit all 12 characters of “Michelangelo” into the same amount of space allotted to Holbein, Giotto, Dürer, Titian, Pheidias, Raphael, Velásquez, Da Vinci, and Rembrandt.

ERRATA Fall 2015 The fall 2015 Andover magazine included an error in the gift planning profile of Mae Bradshaw ’62. Ms. Bradshaw was the class agent for her 50th Reunion and led the fundraising effort for the class. Lynne Moriarty Langlois ’62 was her class’s 50th Reunion chair; she has served as chair for eight of 10 previous reunions of Abbot ’62. Also, a news item on page 14 about Andover's incoming class contained an error. Richard J. Phelps's year of graduation is 1946. We apologize for any confusion.

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A Colorful Salute

Tyler Rynne ’18/Phillipian

Andover celebrated Veterans Day 2015 in multiple ways, including with a surprise visual tribute to veterans. Community members carried a 30- by 50-foot American flag across campus to Elson Courtyard, where the flag was “waved” at those attending an Andover and the Military Committee meeting nearby. Read more about Veterans Day events on page 10.


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John Hurley

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Dave White

From the Head of School

IDEAS OF ALL SIZES WELCOME HERE It’s not often that the best part of my day centers on a 3-inch-tall plastic animal, but I was ecstatic to receive a miniature blue Gunga this past fall. It was given to me by students as the first creation produced in The Nest, Andover’s new makerspace. Born from our students’ imagination and MakerBot, a 3-D printer, this tiny mascot (pictured above) carries tremendous significance. Each day it reminds me that Andover has embarked on a new pathway for project-based, hands-on learning.

Mazen ’02, CEO of Nimblebot and co-owner of danger!awesome, and Jessica Livingston ’89, founding partner of Y Combinator, who joined via Skype from Palo Alto. We are tremendously grateful for their willingness to share their time and expertise. On Martin Luther King Day, a workshop that focused on socioeconomic disparities made ample use of The Nest’s whiteboard walls and engaged 30 students with facilitator Kelicia Hollis ’08. Interactions like these, plus resources like Legos, sewing machines, and clay, signal that The Nest is more than simply a haven for techies.

The creation of The Nest itself reflects its mission to invoke design thinking and collaboration. Consider that four Andover generaNile Blunt, instructor in history and social science and coordinations have contributed to its early success, including the family of tor of the Art and Antiques Collection, plans to scan objects from the late Walter Alexander ’53, which pledged start-up funds, and the collection and then re-create them as 3-D models. He hopes to the faculty, staff, and students who proposed and created the space. prompt students and teachers to think not just about the historical Its location in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, home of 90,000 significance of the objects but also about the creative processes volumes and exponentially more sources online, and within steps behind their design and use. of the Tang Institute, also makes perfect sense. Mike Barker, direcThe Nest is one of many outlets for our imagination. It is a tor of Academy research, information, and library services, refers welcome new neighbor to other campus spaces that expand to The Nest as the “front porch” of Tang, which opened in October learning beyond the traditional classroom—the Addison Gallery 2014 as our lab for innovation in teaching and learning. and Peabody Museum, the Tang Institute, Steinbach Theatre and Graves Hall, the Gelb Observatory and the Brace Center for It’s been only six months since The Nest opened its doors, but Gender Studies, to name just a few. already it seems Andover’s appetite for “making” is insatiable. Students flock to The Nest—even on Friday nights—for group The Nest will continue to evolve, encourage teamwork, and work, pizza, and club activities. Faculty across disciplines use the welcome ideas of all sizes. And I will continue to find oversized modular space and equipment for pedagogical innovation. Reem inspiration in the blue gorilla that fits in the palm of my hand. Hussein is one such teacher; she’s working with fellow biology instructors to have students design 3-D models of proteins and connect them to science concepts. Some of the most popular guest speakers have been alumni who use design principles in their work. Examples include Nadeem 6

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John Palfrey


TRUSTEE WEEKEND Trustee Weekend, November 5–7, brought some 250 alumni leaders— including members of the Alumni Council and Andover Development Board—to campus. Among the highlights were tours of the new Sykes Wellness Center led by Medical Director Amy Patel, MD, and Carol Israel, PhD, director of counseling. Alumni guests were delighted to explore the bright and welcoming facility, which opened in December. Following the tours, Trustees Tom Israel ’62 and Chien Lee ’71 were recognized for leading the $12.5 million fundraising effort. Chef extraordinaire and PA parent Ming Tsai ’82 presented a special dinner. Four instructors were recognized for their inspired teaching and devotion to Andover: Elizabeth Aureden, instructor in music—Donna Brace Ogilvie II Teaching Foundation; Nikki Cleare, instructor in mathematics, statistics, and computer science—Harkness Instructorship; Jerry Hagler, instructor in biology—Class of 1946 Teaching Foundation; and Tom Kane, instructor in English—Harris Family Instructorship.

Above left: Chef Ming Tsai ’82 prepares a dinner for the trustees, with assistance from Executive Chef David Rossetto. Above: Sykes Wellness Center Director of Counseling Carol Israel, PhD, thanks Trustees Tom Israel ’62 and Chien Lee ’71 (not pictured) for leading the fundraising effort, as Robert Campbell ’66, Peter Currie ’74, Betsy Parker Powell ’56, Head of School John Palfrey, and Peter Hetzler ’72 look on. Left: Instructors Tom Kane, Elizabeth Aureden, Jerry Hagler, and Nikki Cleare were recognized for their inspired teaching. Below: Student athletes express their appreciation to Board President Peter Currie ’74 for contributing to the refurbishment of the Rosenau Fitness Center.

Special Tribute

Photos by John Hurley

The Academy recognized retiring Charter Trustee Dan Cunningham ’67 with a tribute from Board President Peter Currie ’74. Over the course of 19 years, Cunningham served Andover as a charter trustee (since 2000), alumni trustee, and Alumni Council president. He was dedicated to numerous causes, including the Academy’s outreach programs and financial aid. Cunningham made it a personal crusade to establish a needblind admission policy at Andover; his advocacy resulted in a historic trustee vote of approval in 2007. Andover | Winter 2016



Spring at the Addison Laurie Simmons: In and Around the House February 6–April 17 This exhibition celebrates the Addison’s recent acquisition of a complete set of Laurie Simmons’s seminal series, In and Around the House, 1976–78. Depicting female dolls in dollhouse interiors performing the stereotypical chores of 1950s housewives, these images are paradoxically sentimental and critical. Created by the artist at the threshold of her career, these poignant and melancholy black-and-white photographs reflect concerns and themes— artifice and fiction, gender and identity, memory and nostalgia—that continue to inform her work today. With this pioneering series of photographs, Simmons became one of the first of a generation of artists to push the boundaries of photography into the realm of conceptual art.

Laurie Simmons, Untitled (Woman Standing on Head), 1976, gelatin silver print, 5 1/4 in. x 8 in., Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, museum purchase and partial gift of the artist

One Thing Leads to Another…Selections from the Collection January 30–March 20 As individual objects, works of art offer a multitude of meanings and references. The rich information embedded in a single work is amplified when considered in relation to other art objects. In this exhibition, works are juxtaposed to provoke conversation and heightened understanding of particular themes. The theme represented in one gallery leads into the next, creating a path of sequential inquiry. The progression starts with images of play-acting and masquerade, with works by Cindy Sherman and others, then leads to Nick Cave’s video animation of object through movement, followed by a selection of images that capture the body in movement by such artists as Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton. It ends with images of the female body by a range of artists, including Abbott Thayer and Ida Applebroog.

Walls and Beams, Rooms and Dreams: Images of Home January 23–July 31


The words “house” and “home” carry powerful associations. While “house” refers to a physical structure meant for habitation and shelter, the meaning of “home” is infinitely varied, complex, and evocative. As containers for living, the forms that the house and the home take are as varied as the human desires they hold. The historic and contemporary paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings from the Addison’s collection presented in this exhibition give evidence of the multiple types of dwellings that humans have constructed for themselves, the many ways in which those spaces are inhabited, and the wide range of emotions and associations attached to them.


Abbott Handerson Thayer, Monadnock Angel, 1920–1921, oil on canvas, 91 1/8 in. x 60 in., gift of anonymous donor

Kerry James Marshall, Souvenir II, 1997, acrylic, collage, and glitter on unstretched canvas banner, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, purchased as the gift of the Addison Advisory Council in honor of John “Jock” M. Reynolds’s directorship of the Addison Gallery of American Art, 1989–1998

Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television This exhibition will examine the way avant-garde art shaped the look and content of American television in its formative years, from the 1940s through the mid-1970s.

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Point of Pride This year’s Gay Pride Weekend, October 9–10, featured a slate of activities, including the annual Gay Pride Parade, a screening of the documentary The State of Marriage, and a forum on the use of preferred gender pronouns (PGPs). The weekend was sponsored by the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance), now celebrating its 27th year supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students, and allies.

Biology instructor Jerry Hagler meets with parents. Below, students perform at Grasshopper Night.


Photos by John Hurley and Gil Talbot

Photos by Jill Clerkin and John Moreland ’18

The campus was abuzz October 23–25 as students welcomed parents and family members for Family Weekend. Visitors attended classes, concerts, athletic contests, performances, and other special programs. A highlight of the weekend was Grasshopper Night, when students strutted their stuff in a time–travel–themed talent show. Singers, dancers, musicians, and more took to the stage in four performances, wowing enthusiastic audiences.

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Photos by John Hurley and Kenny Weiner ’96

On November 11, alumni veterans were treated to a variety of special events on campus. A luncheon in Paresky Commons welcomed Adm. Charles S. “Steve” Abbot ’62, USN (Ret.). Later in the afternoon, the admiral squeezed in a few friendly games of squash with Head of School John Palfrey. Active duty alumni could be seen around campus, with students and faculty stopping to thank them for their service. Later, more than 100 guests attended the sixth annual Veterans Day dinner, which included remarks from Andover and the Military Executive Committee Chair Lt. Col. Charles Dean ’79, USA (Ret.), and Capt. James Donnelly ’82, USN. Students from the Adopt-A-Platoon community engagement program pinned veterans with a keepsake Andover Veteran lapel pin, and Lt. Cmdr. Laurie Coffey ’95, USN, introduced Abbot, who reflected on his time at Andover and service in the Navy and discussed his current work running a nonprofit for the care of veterans. Artist Chas Fagan ’84 attended the dinner and unveiled his portrait of Capt. Thomas “Lou” Hudner ’43, USN (Ret.), a Medal of Honor recipient for his service in the Korean War. The portrait will be hung aboard the USS Thomas Hudner. Hudner earned the Medal of Honor for his attempt to save the life of Ensign Jesse Brown in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. Brown’s daughter and two children traveled from Mississippi to attend the event. Dinner guests received a signed copy of Devotion, a new book by best-selling author Adam Makos, also in attendance, that tells the story of Hudner’s heroism as well as his time at Andover.

Clockwise from top left: Adm. Charles S. Abbot ’62, USN (Ret.) Capt. Thomas Hudner ’43, USN (Ret.) signs a book for U.S. Army Capt. Jennifer Vanecek Bales ’04. Hudner views the unveiling of his portrait by artist Chas Fagan ’84, alongside Head of School John Palfrey and Hudner’s son, Thomas. Left: Alumni on campus for Veterans Day included Lt. Col. Kenny Weiner ’96, USA; Lt. j.g. Jake Bean ’08, USN; Capt. Grancis Santana ’99, USA; 1st Lt. Michelle Kalas ’97, USA; and Lt. Cmdr. Laurie Coffey ’95, USN.

9 hrs. 8.4 hrs. 8.3 hrs. SLEEP NUMBERS

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“Can you get more sleep than I do during the month of October?� That was the challenge issued by Head of School John Palfrey to students as a way to introduce new wellness habits. As a result, 115 students, along with Palfrey, logged their nightly shuteye, paying a little extra attention to their sleep habits for 31 days.

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Offering a bit of unexpected charm and delight to Cochran Sanctuary this past fall, the annual Art 500 installation was both an impressive and challenging project for uppers and seniors. Instructor Therese Zemlin said that students prepared for the project by first researching installation art and then considering what it means to create a piece that not only is “immersive, but also that impacts a space and subverts an expectation or notion.” The students had two weeks to prepare for the two-day installation. The artwork was reinstalled in the Gelb Gallery in November and December. “Untitled” by Kelsey Norris ’16 Emma Kaufmann-LaDuc '17


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New Opportunities in Connected Learning such as an online component or a flipped classroom environment, where students do homework ahead of time and spend class time in discussion or on a project. For the Seeing in Patterns class, Rea is integrating a two-week on-campus session with a three-week off-campus session during which students will collaborate with peers and instructors online to complete the program at home. Exploring and integrating online and hybrid practices is especially important to PA, says Rea. “In the spirit of non sibi, these classes can bring Andover to more people.” Rea also is looking for ways to involve alumni by providing both content expertise and inspiration. His plan is to have alumni create short video clips introducing themselves to students, explaining what they do, and challenging students to use the skills

Yoon S. Byun

Twelve middle-schoolers will have the chance to experience a new hybrid course this summer that combines seemingly discrete disciplines and requires students to look at problems from unique angles. Taught by Tang Institute Visiting Scholar in Connected Learning David Rea as part of PA’s Summer Session, Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code will combine elements of art, biology, music, history, and even cooking to help students solve problems and use elementary programming as a tool for inquiry and expression. This pilot class will help to develop further expertise and teaching for online learning at PA, with potential new courses for Summer Session and beyond. Rea says the term “hybrid” is used loosely to mean pedagogy that involves traditional in-class learning along with other types of learning

learned in class to think creatively about a specific problem. To learn more about Seeing in Patterns, Thinking in Code and other

connected learning initiatives supported by the Tang Institute, visit


John Hurley

Faculty emeriti Kathleen Dalton and E. Anthony Rotundo were recognized November 13 with the Brace Center for Gender Studies McKeen Award. Known for their steadfast activism on behalf of gender equity at Andover, the husband-and-wife team served multiple terms as directors and codirectors of the Brace Center. Among those who attended the event were former PA Headmaster Don McNemar, former Brace Center Director Diane Moore, and current Brace Center Codirectors Flavia Vidal and Tasha Hawthorne, both instructors in English. The McKeen Award is named for Philena McKeen, principal of Abbot Academy from 1859 to 1892. During her 33-year tenure, McKeen devoted herself to the well-being of the school and the young women who studied there. The McKeen Award was created in 1998 by the Brace Center to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to shaping coeducation at Phillips Academy.

Donald McNemar, 13th head of school; Nancy Sizer, widow of Ted Sizer, 12th head of school; Kathy Dalton, Tony Rotundo, and Britta McNemar Andover | Winter 2016



A Copper Top for Abbot Hall • Built in 1829, Abbot Hall was Abbot Academy’s first structure. • The rotating observatory was added in 1875. • The original steel dome was painted green to look like oxidized copper. • The new 1,600-pound dome is sheathed in 500 pounds of copper.

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Anatomy of a GEEK Pocket Protector Suspenders SAT Prep Book

Neil Evans


PA’s annual Geek Day is part of the run-up to Andover-Exeter Weekend. Students don red and poke good-natured fun at their neighbors to the north.


Photos by Jill Clerkin and Neil Evans

Those traveling past the Abbot Academy campus this fall may have noticed something missing. In late October, the 1,100-pound wood and galvanized steel observatory dome atop Abbot Hall was removed due to water leakage. Following roof repairs, a gleaming new dome was lifted into place December 3. According to Gary Mignault, Office of Physical Plant capital project manager, the new dome will take on a full patina over the next three to 10 years.



Juan Vallejo Filmmaker and Teacher On October 16, as part of PA’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin Arts Weekend, director Juan Vallejo screened Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica, a portrait of life and work in Bolivia’s Altiplano (High Plane). More than 10,000 miners excavate the slopes and tunnels of the Cerro Rico silver field. The film strongly denounces the hardships the miners endure and underscores how global demands for silver have had an impact upon their lives. Vallejo’s collaboration with cinematographer Robert Alan Rackham on Cerro Rico, Tierra Rica is being extended into The Elements Series, a four-part series about resources in Latin America. Following the screening, Vallejo held a Q&A session with the audience. The Office of Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD) and Alianza Latina sponsored Vallejo’s visit.

Ron Lieber New York Times Financial Columnist

Alexandra Chan Archaeologist

Many parents have difficulty discussing money with their children and teaching them the difference between wants and needs. On October 28, Ron Lieber addressed these issues and offered strategies for raising fiscally responsible kids. The “Your Money” columnist for the New York Times, Lieber is the author of The Opposite of Spoiled, a guide to teaching kids about money and values. The Office of the Head of School and the PSPA (Parents of Students of Phillips Academy) sponsored Lieber’s visit.

Alexandra Chan, PhD, discussed her research on the archaeology of race and racialization on September 15. Chan was a lead archaeologist on a dig at the Royall House, home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts in the 18th century. Her lecture focused on artifacts unearthed in the dig and explored the premises that material objects and landscapes “speak” to you if you know how to listen, and that race and racialization are more important than ethnicity in understanding the material culture of early African Americans in New England.

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra Diversity in music was the theme of A Far Cry’s September 25 performance. Titled “TransAmericana,” the program featured pieces by composers from the Americas—a fitting representation of PA’s diverse student body. The Boston-based, Grammy-nominated ensemble is a “self-conducted orchestra”; for each piece, the members elect five musicians to guide the rehearsals and shape the interpretation, which adds musical variety to their concerts. Sebastian Smee Boston Globe Arts Critic In conjunction with the exhibition Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt and the theme of artists’ friendships and collaborations, the Addison Gallery hosted a lecture on December 6 by Sebastian Smee, the Pulitzer Prize–winning arts critic for the Boston Globe. Smee, who is currently working on a publication about artists’ friendships, discussed the relationship between artists Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas.

Jeff Kaufman & Marcia Ross Filmmakers Among the events celebrating PA’s Gay Pride Weekend October 9–10 was a screening of The State of Marriage, a 2015 documentary by Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross highlighting the grassroots campaign for marriage equality in the United States. Following the screening, Peter Harrigan and Stannard Baker, one of the couples who sued the state of Vermont for the right to marry and were among those featured in the film, joined the filmmakers for a Q&A. The Office of Community and Multicultural Development (CAMD) and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) sponsored the event. —Audrey Doyle

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It was the handshake heard round the world—or round the two rival campuses, at any rate. When PA Head of School John Palfrey (PEA ’90) met PEA Principal Lisa MacFarlane ’75 for a halftime midfield handshake during the Andover-Exeter football game at Exeter on November 14, it was a strong visual reminder of the schools’ historic connections. But traditionalists need not fear: The competition between Andover and Exeter remains strong. For the second straight year, Andover limited Exeter to just one win out of the five contests played during the fall. Here’s a recap: • Field Hockey, W 1–0 • Boys’ Soccer, W 3–2 • Football, W 29–14 • Girls’ Soccer, T 2–2 • Girls’ Volleyball, L 1–3

Clockwise from top left: Emily Batchelor ’19 Mustafa Masud, Thomas Choi, Noah Halloran, Roberto Rabines, and Max Kim, all Class of 2016 Tori Laurencin ’18 and Solby Lim ’18 Payton Jancsy ’16 Robert Jones ’16 and Scot Gladstone ’16

Photos by John Hurley

Deyana Marsh ’17


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See “From the Archives,” page 36, on the troubled years of the Andover-Exeter rivalry

Head of School John Palfrey, Phillips Exeter Academy Principal Lisa MacFarlane ’75, and school mascots



Brandon Girard ’16



A Clockwise from left: Janneke Evans ’18




Girls’ Cross-Country: Won New England Championship with just 34 points after completing their second straight undefeated regular season. Carmen Bango ’16, Peyton McGovern ’16, and Michaela Jones ’18 finished first, second, and third, respectively, and, along with Marina Hunt ’17 and Sharon Zhang ’16, earned All-New England status. Field Hockey: Won NEPSAC tournament. During the 19-game season, only 10 goals were scored against the team. Goalkeeper Olivia Golini ’16 was designated NEPSAC tournament MVP. Kelly McCarthy ’16, Hannah Cregg ’16, and Jacquie Diffley ’16 earned All-Tournament Team honors. Golini, Cregg, and Beth Krikorian ’17 were named to the NFHCA Massachusetts All-Region Team. Football: Ben Anthony ’16 earned All-New England honors. Boys’ Soccer: Peder Bakken ’16 and Brandon Girard ’16 were named WNEPSSA All-Stars. Girls’ Soccer: Won NEPSAC Class A crown, their third New England title in the past nine years. Antonia Tammaro ’17 earned the Boston Globe/NEPSAC tournament MVP award and was named NSCAA AllNew England. Jeanine Moreau ’16 was recognized with NSCAA All-State honors. Girls’ Volleyball: Finished 15–3 on the season and made it to the NEPSAC Class A semifinals. Boys’ Water Polo: Nick Faulkner ’16 named to the New England Water Polo All-League Team.

ALUMNI HEADLINES Brooke Van Valkenburg ’12 won All-Ivy honors in field hockey at Dartmouth. Hannah Beinecke ’12, now playing field hockey at Bates, was named to the NESCAC All-Academic and AllSportsmanship teams. Taylor Chin ’14, playing soccer for Wesleyan, was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team.

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2015 Alumni Awards of Distinction Acknowledged by Jane Dornbusch and Allyson Irish

An acclaimed novelist working for social justice. A groundbreaking documentary filmmaker. A cognitive scientist recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on artificial intelligence. A Pulitzer Prize– winning literary journalist. These were the recipients of the 2015 Andover Alumni Award of Distinction (AAAD), which recognizes alumni who have achieved excellence in their fields of endeavor. Past recipients have included such distinguished alumni as former president George H.W. Bush ’42, artist Frank Stella ’54, and human rights advocate Hafsat Abiola ’92. Three of the four awardees—journalist Tracy Kidder ’63, filmmaker Maro Chermayeff ’80, and scientist Marvin Minsky ’45—visited campus November 3 and 4 to attend a special dinner in their honor, speak at All-School Meeting, and, in the case of Chermayeff and Kidder, meet with current PA students in the classroom. The fourth AAAD honoree, novelist Julia Alvarez ’67, visited campus two weeks earlier and spoke at All-School Meeting about her Abbot years. That evening, she presented a public talk on storytelling and activism.


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Julia Alvarez

Photos by Yoon S. Byun and Gil Talbot

The Power of Stories When Julia Alvarez ’67 came to the United States from the Dominican Republic at the age of 10, she and her family found their new home strange and unwelcoming. “We arrived in New York City having lost our homeland, our economic structure, our language,” she said during AllSchool Meeting October 21, before receiving an Andover Alumni Award of Distinction. “We became ‘spics’ with no money or prospects.” The awardwinning novelist, poet, and activist—author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies, among other acclaimed works—described the pressure to assimilate, balancing it against a desire to hold on to her roots. Alvarez held the audience spellbound as she told of her family’s flight from their island home and her eventual journey to Abbot Academy. Abbot was a different place then. “Diversity, multiculturalism—the vocabulary, much less the practice, had yet to be invented.” Nonetheless, she said, “[At Abbot], I was able to connect with my calling.” “Mami sent me to Abbot,” she recited from one of her poems, “where they tamed wild girls—or so she’d heard.” Instead, said Alvarez, Abbot was the place where she became a reader and a writer—the place, she said, “where we began making our souls.” That evening, Alvarez’s talk wove together storytelling, activism, and personal history. In addition to her writing and teaching (she is currently writer in residence at Middlebury College), Alvarez works for social justice and human rights in the Dominican Republic and throughout the world. But even her activism has its roots in storytelling. In a tradition that goes back to Scheherazade, the heroine queen of One Thousand and One Nights, and beyond, she told the audience, “Stories have power. They can transform us and save us.”

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Kindness Matters Speaking to a small class of students November 4, Pulitzer Prize– winning author Tracy Kidder ’63 discussed the idea of objectivity in journalism (“You acknowledge that this is the way you see it. It’s not truth with a capital T”); two of his favorite authors (John McPhee and George Orwell); and the reality of a writer’s life: “It’s unrealistic to imagine that every day of writing is fun.” The highly acclaimed literary journalist earned a BA degree from Harvard, served in the Vietnam War as a lieutenant, and earned an MFA degree from the University of Iowa. He has worked as a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. But he is perhaps best known for his sharp nonfiction accounts that have delved into a variety of topics, including the drama experienced by an engineering team designing a next-generation computer (The Soul of a New Machine), a fifth-grade classroom (Among Schoolchildren), and the life of a physician working in Haiti to fight tuberculosis and AIDS (Mountains Beyond Mountains). Kidder admitted that he often struggles to organize the accumulation of notes he captures on topics and shared some of the trials of being a nonfiction writer. “You are a guest in someone else’s life; that can be a strain.” Later, during All-School Meeting, Kidder spoke candidly about some difficult memories of PA. He told the story of a Chinese classmate who was ostracized and bullied and who eventually left Andover. Kidder later found out that the former classmate had committed suicide. “Cruelty has consequences,” he told the audience, revealing that even now, 56 years after the incident, he still thinks about the classmate and wishes he had been kinder to him. Kidder urged students to consider how to be more compassionate in their daily lives and to think about the words of French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau: “What wisdom can you find greater than kindness?”


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Marvin MINSKY A Blend of Skill & Luck If Dr. Marvin Minsky ’45 were a student at PA today, he would likely be head of the Robotics Club and deeply involved in PA’s new makerspace. An internationally recognized expert in the field of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, computational linguistics, and robotics, Minsky noted that his career is a testament to serendipity, as well as to his intellect and skill. “My advice to the young people is ‘Be lucky!’” said Minsky during All-School Meeting. Minsky’s career spanned more than 50 years and includes a list of state-of-the-art inventions, such as the SNARC (Stochastic Neural Analog Reinforcement Calculator); the first neural network simulator; the first confocal scanning microscope; and some of the first mechanical hands with tactile sensors. After graduating from Andover, Minsky joined the U.S. Navy and then went on to earn a BA degree from Harvard and a PhD degree from Princeton. He joined the department of electrical engineering and computer science faculty at MIT in 1958, and the following year he cofounded the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (now called the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory). He also authored several books on artificial intelligence, including Perceptrons, The Society of Mind, and The Emotion Machine.

Finding Her Passion Maro Chermayeff ’80 wants the students in Art 319 to know that making documentaries isn’t just doom and gloom. True, the production company she leads and cofounded, Show of Force, has made films that tackle a range of serious topics. But, as she told students the morning of November 4, she also pursues projects that are “incredibly fun”—including her newest, a history of recorded music that involved immersing herself in the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who. Speaking to students and faculty later that day during All-School Meeting, Chermayeff said that receiving the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction was an honor that she “could never have imagined” as a PA student who spent her time on campus “carrying a Super 8 and a Bolex.” Pursuing that early passion for film has taken her all over the world, in ways she didn’t anticipate. Chermayeff spoke of her inspiring partnership with New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, producing two films about the oppression of women in the developing world. Chermayeff has traveled through Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the United States, telling stories of despair—and of hope.

For his groundbreaking work, he received numerous awards, including the ACM Turing Award, MIT Killian Award, Japan Prize, Robert Wood Prize for Optoelectronics, and Benjamin Franklin Medal. Despite the numerous accolades, Minsky remained humble. He spent time during the annual AAAD dinner November 3 answering questions from the collective group of students, instructors, and staff and reminded them of the importance of curiosity and lifelong learning. “Somehow in my career, I was dropped in the right place at the right time,” Minsky said. Andover is lucky to have been one of those places. 

As this issue of Andover magazine was going to press, the Academy learned that Marvin Minsky died on January 24, 2016.

Chermayeff urged students to follow their passions: What’s important, she said, isn’t necessarily following a prescribed path or attending a prestigious college, but “figuring out how you’re going to live your life, and how, when you’re interested in something, you’re going to take it to the next level. “It isn’t about being perfect. It’s about what’s right for you in this moment now,” she said. “Seize the things you want to do with your life.” For this groundbreaking, globe-trotting filmmaker, it’s all about the journey.

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Photos by Yoon S. Byun, Neil Evans, and Gil Talbot

by Jane Dornbusch t takes a village—one populated with singers, dancers, actors, musicians, tech-crew members, a director, and others—to mount a big, complex musical like Hairspray, which was presented in Tang Theatre by the Department of Theatre and Dance in December. It also takes months of planning: Technical Director Jake Josef started coming up with ideas for the set last April, and casting began in the spring. In a way, the groundwork goes back even further. The play’s director, Theatre and Dance Instructor Erin Strong, says she’s wanted to do Hairspray for years; this year, finally, the time seemed right for staging the ambitious musical, which addresses the serious themes of integration and racism, albeit in a lighthearted manner. Hairspray tells the story of Tracy Turnblad, a teen in 1960s Baltimore. Tracy wants to join the cast of a popular TV dance show, but she runs up against prejudice, classism, and bodyshaming. Says Strong, “It’s a fun show, 22

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but there are so many other layers. That’s why it’s a good musical to do in an educational setting.” To provide context for the performance, students were asked to research the attitudes and mores of the show’s period setting; their findings were displayed in Steinbach Lobby for theatregoers to peruse. “The unique

thing about doing a musical at PA,” Strong says, “is that it’s not just about the final product—it’s about the creative process.” In that spirit, Andover magazine “pulls back the curtain” to take you behind the scenes of Hairspray, following the show all the way from set construction to final dress rehearsal.



esigning this set, Josef explains, began “a little earlier than normal” because the multilevel, multispace construction had to be approved by a structural engineer from the town of Andover, a lengthy process. Hairspray takes place in, among other locations, a home, a TV studio, a prison, a record store, and a school gym, all of which had to be conveyed in one set. “It stretches you,” says Josef. “You’ve got to think about how to transition the scenes and make it coherent. And you don’t want the set to upstage the actors.” A number of students worked on building the set throughout the fall as part of their Theatre Basics class.

orking for the first time with a new digital soundboard, Josef was challenged to balance 16 wireless microphones and an orchestra pit that, due to the unusual design of the set, was in the middle of the theatre. “In the end, everything worked out, and I learned an incredible amount about sound design,” he says. For Billy Murray, instructor of design in costuming and lighting, one major lighting challenge lay in creating a look for a ’60s TV studio, where much of the show’s action takes place. A faithful re-creation, he says, was “too flat,” so he and Strong put their heads together to design a period look that would work for modern audiences.


ndover musicals always have a live band,” says Music Director Abbey Siegfried. “How could you do a musical without one?” For Hairspray, violinist Janice Cheon ’16 and cellist Nathaniel Cruz Walma ’18 joined professional musicians in the orchestra pit. “I started rehearsing with [Cheon and Cruz Walma] when I started with the professional players in the band—approximately a month before the show went up,” says Siegfried. “Those two kids are really amazing!” Andover | Winter 2016



he wigs—oh my lord, the wigs were a major issue,” says Murray, who oversaw costuming. For one thing, there were a lot of wigs (33, to be exact), and teaching the students how to wear them involved a bit of a learning curve. But Murray’s not complaining: “This is all education theatre, and this is what I love about it.” Costumes, too, involved some education. “You never do a show without doing extensive research,” says Murray. “The political, social, and historical aspects of the period have to be looked at.” Although costumes are sometimes “build, purchase, or pull” for PA productions, for a show of this size (nearly 90 costumes were required), renting was the best option. By comparison, makeup was a simple matter. “We can’t do makeup,” says Murray flatly. What he means is that, as a nonprofessional theatre, PA isn’t set up to deal with the sanitation and crosscontamination issues associated with the professional application of stage makeup. As a result, he says, “The students get their own makeup and help each other.” In the comparatively small space of Tang Theatre, street makeup works best, he says. “Stage makeup would look too fake. And they’re young, so their skin is already beautiful.” Moreover, says Murray, “It’s empowering for the kids to do it themselves. They really enjoy it.”


ehearsals proceeded on a strict schedule mapped out by Strong and Siegfried, with the cast coming together five and sometimes six days a week. By late October, the cast had learned Act 1 and was starting to work on Act 2. On a Monday night in November, a few weeks before opening night, students—dressed in jeans, sweats, and sneakers—ran through the show-stopping number “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” accompanied by Siegfried on piano. Strong reminded students that rehearsal is a “cell-phone-free zone,” exhorting them, for the few hours, “to live in the moment.” When the song ended, they practiced some of the dialogue, and Strong shared notes with the cast: “Don’t forget the ‘scene in between,’ ” she said. “Those who are not speaking are just as important as those who are. You need to stay in character.” And she proffered one more piece of direction: “Make it as fast as you can, as big as you can, and as loud as you can.” 24

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n December 3, with just 24 hours to go before the first performance, the cast assembled for a final run-through. Energy and spirits were high, in spite of a seeming setback: The student cast in the pivotal role of Corny Collins, Emma Kelley ’16, was stranded in India with the Niswarth Hoops group (see story, page 108). But, of course, the show would go on, with Strong stepping in to play the part for the duration of the run. After the final number, “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” the cast erupted in cheers and laughter, releasing the pent-up tension behind all the weeks and months of preparations. Cast, crew, musicians, and the rest of this temporary but tight-knit village were ready for their sold-out opening night. 

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U NI G IT the R N N C Y When Martin J. Walsh was elected mayor of Boston in 2013, he vowed to make youth and diversity hallmarks of his administration. Two years later, that promise is being fulfilled in large measure by a group of Andover alumni serving in key City Hall positions. by Joseph P. Kahn ’67

Having grown up in the area—his family lives in Andover—Koh says he considered the opportunity to help shape Boston’s future “tough to turn down.”

notes. “Right after Shaun walked out, he said, ‘Give him the job.’ ”

job in October 2014.

Along with other senior staff and cabinet members, the As with Koh, eyebrows were two play key roles in shapraised around Boston over ing the Walsh administraBlugh’s youth and outsider tion’s agenda. Under their Fast-forward to mid-2014, status. In the end, though, guidance, Boston is rapidly when Walsh decided to neither of those factors adopting a more data-driven create the city’s first-ever outweighed his capacity to and inclusive approach to Office of Diversity. He do the job. Says Koh, “It was municipal management. In a asked Koh to recommend less important to the mayor city government boasting a someone to run it. Koh in that this person be someone workforce of nearly 18,000 turn reached out to his good from Boston than [that it be] and a $2.8 billion operating friend Shaun Blugh ’03, then someone who has a business budget, every policy change working for a New York mind-set—someone who and data point counts private equity firm that pro- knew how to recruit and enormously. motes diversity hiring and to build a strategy around During an interview in Koh’s social impact investing. diversity. Dealing with varioffice, Koh and Blugh traced ous interest groups that have Koh and Blugh batted around their journeys from Andover their own priorities takes names and ideas. Dozens of to City Hall. They were “The mayor was very interpatience and intelligence, joined by another PA alum, ested in taking Boston in new potential candidates were and Shaun has that rare Emma Goldstein ’09, who directions, seeing it as a hub evaluated until, Koh says, combination of skills.” “The light bulb went off in works in the mayor’s schedfor young people and innovamy head that Shaun might be Blugh did not take much uling office. Goldstein was tion,” recalls Koh, who was the perfect fit for us.” convincing to join Walsh’s hired in January 2015 on the working for the Huffington team. “I knew this was an recommendation of—who Post in New York when Walsh Walsh and Koh brought in opportunity to change else?—Koh. hired him. “His mentality is Blugh for an interview. “The people’s perceptions and to find young people who are mayor is a relationship guy Goldstein studied public help move Boston forward,” talented and energetic and first and foremost,” Koh health at Tufts University, he says. He began his new not jaded with politics.” Daniel Arrigg Koh ’03, Mayor Walsh’s chief of staff, was relatively unknown in Boston political circles when the mayor-elect brought him aboard. Despite having interned for Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy and worked for former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Koh was considered a surprising choice for such a high-profile job. Koh and Walsh hit it off immediately, however, and have worked together closely ever since. If anyone could be called the mayor’s right-hand man, it’s Koh.


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spent time working for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and discovered a passion for public service while working on Edward Markey’s 2013 U.S. Senate campaign. At Andover, she worked on The Phillipian under the guidance of faculty advisor Nina

instructors Seth Bardo and Jean St. Pierre. After Andover, Koh earned a pair of Harvard degrees from the college and business school. At the HuffPo, he served as Arianna Huffington’s top aide and later as general manager of the company’s video network. In 2014,

helps minority- and womenowned businesses secure city contracts.

Blugh, who heads a threeperson office, divides his days among office duties, meetings, research, and offsite visits. His main task? “Getting people engaged in ways they have not before.”

In an e-mail, Walsh said he feels fortunate to have three Andover alums on staff who “continually demonstrate their skills and leadership in Recently dubbed “the most serving the people of Boston powerful 30-year-old in Boston” by, Koh and working to make our

Photos courtesy of City of Boston

“Andover, and the value of non sibi, was the driving reason why I have pursued mission-based work.”

Daniel Koh ’03

Shaun Blugh ’03

Scott. “To this day, I still use lessons in journalism ethics that I learned back then,” Goldstein says.

Forbes magazine named him one of “30 under 30” rising talents in the media company landscape.

Koh comes from a family of high achievers. His father, Howard Koh, is a surgeon and former U.S. Department of Health official now teaching at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Koh’s mother, Claudia Arrigg Koh ’67, is an ophthalmologist. One uncle, Harold Koh, is a legal scholar who served as an advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Koh’s paternal grandfather was the South Korean ambassador to the United States.

Blugh was born in Trinidad and Tobago and was raised mostly in Brooklyn. His path to PA began with New York’s Prep for Prep program, which prepares promising young students of color for placement in independent schools throughout the Northeast.

As a day student at PA, Koh was a Blue Key head, played JV baseball, and counted among his mentors English

At Andover, Blugh played cluster sports and did community service in Lawrence. He went on to Georgetown, where he studied classics and economics, and then worked as a paralegal for the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Before moving to Boston, Blugh was director of due diligence for IMB Development Corp., which

Emma Goldstein ’09

city better. It is clear that Phillips Academy is creating a pipeline of leaders who are well equipped with the skills and experience needed not only to be successful in their careers, but also to make a positive impact in the world.” As a scheduler, Goldstein helps sift through requests for the mayor’s presence and makes recommendations to Walsh and his senior staff. “The job is an inherent challenge,” says Goldstein. “There are so many great things going on in the City of Boston and so many interesting and invested people. Unfortunately, there are just so many hours in the day … and we have to turn things down. Saying no to great people and great events is always tough.”

is the first to admit that not every decision or initiative he’s been involved with has been universally popular. So, has the ride been rougher than anticipated? “There are always people who will say I’m too young for the role, or that I’m only there for certain reasons,” replies Koh. “There’s not much I can do about that other than keep doing my job. I feel confident we’re doing good work.” And plenty of it.  Joseph P. Kahn ’67 was a Boston Globe staff writer from 1988 to 2014. Now semiretired, he works as a senior advisor at The BASE, an inner-city baseball and academic prep program based in Roxbury, Mass.

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Making Ideas

ssible New Makerspace Encourages Creativity and Collaboration by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe

ike Barker is prepared for the inevitable question: “A what space?”

The Nest is a recent example of Creativity & Innovation, as outlined in Andover’s Strategic Plan. As with other innovations, The Nest helps to distinguish our imaginative pedagogy and maintain academic rigor.

“A makerspace,” says Barker, director of Academy research, information, and library services, “is a place for connected learning, where people make things, nurture ideas, work on projects, share resources and knowledge, learn skills, fail, succeed, and try again.” Clearly, Andover needed to have one. In the next few pages, we offer a stepby-step description of how the PA makerspace was made. Photos by Yoon S. Byun and Gil Talbot


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The Nest makerspace will both support learning that our students are interested in, such as robotics, as well as activities that they don’t yet know are of interest. This space will help Andover accomplish what libraries are best at when it comes to supporting the learning of young people: creating wonder. —John Palfrey, Head of School

Step 1 An Idea Is Hatched At Andover, good ideas can move fast. And that is exactly what happened with the makerspace. In less than six months, the makerspace went from an idea presented in a white paper written by Barker and other faculty colleagues as part of the strategic planning process, to a fully utilized space in the basement of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library ready for students this past September. Many people across campus were involved, including several girls in the global Technovation program and Roberto Rabines ’16, who created a 20-slide presentation in support of a makerspace. Colleagues from the OWHL, Tang Institute, Office of Information Technology, and Office of Physical Plant were instrumental, as were those in the Office of Academy Resources, who helped to secure funding from the family and brothers of the late Walter Alexander ’53.

Step 2

Create the Space

Going for “speed and simplicity,” members of the community came together in summer 2015 to clear out a section of the OWHL basement so the makerspace would be ready for the start of the academic year. A whopping 25,000 books were shifted throughout the OWHL in the month of July to make room. On August 1, construction began, implementing a basic design that Barker had come up with by collaborating with students and colleagues. Shortly after, IT was able to network the room.

Students Ben Bolduc ’16 and Natalie Yeh ’17 attend a computer science class in The Nest taught by David Rea, visiting scholar in connected learning at the Tang Institute.

Step 3 Order the First Machines Barker and his team started with the basics: a couple of 3-D printers, a laser cutting machine, and the necessary software. In keeping with the ethos of a makerspace, students unpacked and set up most of the equipment themselves. This is, after all, a “doing” space, where connected learning opportunities are everywhere. Andover | Winter 2016


Bring in the Students The Nest is a space where students can embrace and implement ideas and beliefs around the importance, value, and normative nature of making mistakes. —Noah Rachlin, Instructor in History and Social Science & Tang Institute Fellow

Not long ago, Claudia Wessner was the OWHL’s acquisitions librarian. But her background in illustration, graphic design, and art history, along with her experience as a librarian, made her perfectly suited to become the new makerspace coordinator and library experience designer. One of Wessner’s primary tasks in her new role is to encourage students to come in and explore the space. In some ways, she says, this is fairly easy, since students are drawn to such a vibrant, exciting, and creative environment. The makerspace, she says, is “like a magnet” for kids.

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Launch and Name the Space

Once students had settled into the academic year, Barker and his team hosted a launch party. In addition to students and faculty, guests included such oncampus innovators as Erin McCloskey, associate director of educational initiatives; Caroline Nolan, Currie Family Director of the Tang Institute; and Eric Roland, the Tang Institute’s Precourt Director for Partnerships. After celebrating with pizza and cookies, attendees engaged in a lively challenge that resulted in a worthy name for a makerspace located in the OWHL: The Nest.

Claudia Wessner, makerspace coordinator, works with students Benjamin Meyer ’18 and Somya Mohindra ’18 to prepare a file for 3-D printing.


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To create a logo that conveyed a sense of collaboration, movement, and innovation, Wessner brainstormed with a few members of the Blueprint Club (Alex Klionsky ’17, Moe Sunami ’17, and Serena Ren ’18). Once they established a basic idea, Wessner digitally sketched a handful of possible designs and shared them with Barker and the entire OWHL team, who chose the final logo. “My favorite part of the design is how the negative space inside the circles forms an egg shape. It visually shows how this idea hatched from The Nest,” says Wessner.

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Create a Logo

Step 7 Start Making As soon as the machines were set up and whiteboard walls installed, students started making. They come during their free time with all kinds of ideas: some related to classes, some related to hobbies, art, or notions that pop into their heads. With inspirational words and phrases on the walls that encourage the concepts of design thinking (see sidebar, page 32) and an open layout for maximum creativity and collaboration, The Nest is becoming a hot spot for new ideas. One cold December afternoon shortly before the holiday break, students flooded into The Nest to make holiday buttons, work on school projects, and generally putter around. Among them were three “mega users”: John Koobatian, Henry Desai, and Alex Davenport. The boys—all uppers— previously had their own informal makerspace club, but without a dedicated space, academic advisor, or funding, it was challenging to maintain projects and get other kids interested. With the launch of The Nest, everything has changed. “I’m so excited we have this space,” says Desai. “The school gives us a lot of freedom to create. The coolest thing is that anything we want to do, we can do it here. That is the most powerful aspect to me.”

Driving Principles EMPATHY IDEAS A “DOING” MIND-SET Alex Reichenbach ’18 works on his drone design.

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Step 8

Bring in Experts

Soon after the makerspace launched, Barker and his team created the NestED speaker series, which invites makers, educators, artists, and innovators from outside the PA community to share their experiences, demo their projects, and offer inspiration. A mix of students, faculty, and staff have attended each event, many of which have been standing-room-only. Speakers and topics have included Derek Cascio, cofounder of Design Museum Boston; a 3-D modeling workshop using the open source animation software Blender; and Lisa Stump, a software developer and game designer who works at MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program. At a January NestED session, speaker Nadeem Mazen ’02—a Cambridge city councilor and founder of the Cambridge makerspace danger!awesome—told an attentive crowd that makerspaces are important tools for social and cultural transformation. “Makerspaces,” he said, “can whet our appetites for a large-scale manufacturing shift, where we can make what we need.”

Nate Redding ’16 and Isabella Oliva ’16 make holiday buttons with the button machine.

Design Thinking PA’s makerspace encourages people to use “design thinking” to solve problems. Though various definitions exist, the primary focus of design thinking is to encourage a “human-centered approach” to problem solving by thinking of the needs of the end user, gathering information from various people and sources, and then designing and refining until a solution is achieved.

Design Thinking Is A human-centered approach to innovation A process that prioritizes empathy and iteration A verb not a noun


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Step 9 Partner with Faculty Though open for less than a year, The Nest already has faculty excited about working across disciplines in highly creative ways. For example, Biology Instructor Reem Hussein is working with Barker and the science department to have students use the MakerBot 3-D printer to print out models of proteins and use them as tools to communicate and connect science concepts. Hussein has seen evidence of students making leaps in their science understanding by using some of the tools and machines in The Nest. Currently, Hussein is honing the learning objectives for the project and plans to test the idea in a class next year.

Alex Davenport ’17 sets up material on the laser cutter.

Step 10 Continue to Dream Big Back when The Nest was just an idea, Barker knew the space would eventually become a valuable resource for PA and help spur innovation. “It’s about nurturing creativity and education,” he says, adding that this is something PA needs to do in increasingly more diverse ways. While The Nest already has triggered many new ideas—from kids and adults alike—Barker says this is only the beginning of what he sees as a broader transformation of the OWHL and the purpose it serves on campus. The makerspace is an example of how libraries are changing. Just a decade ago, libraries were places where information and knowledge were stored and preserved. But now, Barker says, “Libraries are more interested in accessing and creating information and knowledge. This shift fits in perfectly with The Nest and with future library innovations that will help students and faculty.” 

Making Robots Parallax, PA’s first competitive robotics club, is led by Eric Lee ’16 and Jocelyn Shen ’18 (pictured at right). Because of the amount and size of their equipment, Parallax is actually housed on the third floor of the library (they simply would not fit in the actual Nest location). However, its focus and creative function is completely in line with all the work being done in the makerspace. Parallax’s recent win at the VEX Robotics Competition in Manchester, N.H., has inspired Shen and Lee to expand the team. The space provided in the library, along with a recent $7,000 Abbot Academy Association grant, will give them the opportunity to do so.

Kristin Bair O'Keeffe, former editor of Andover magazine, is a freelance writer, teacher, and novelist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @kbairokeeffe.

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‘A woman of vision and compassion’

Academy Honors Passing of Philanthropist Donna Brace Ogilvie ’30 by Stephen Porter One of Abbot Academy’s best-known alumnae and a woman of compassion, courage, and commitment, Donna Brace Ogilvie ’30 passed away October 4, 2015, at the age of 105. She leaves behind a rich legacy of philanthropy and volunteerism that has inspired colleagues and benefited generations of Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy students. Describing Ogilvie as a kind and generous woman with a strong will and mighty spirit, Head of School John Palfrey said she was “a tenacious advocate for girls on this campus and across the country. “The legacy of Donna Brace Ogilvie is embodied in our Brace Center for Gender Studies and all the work we will continue to do as a school to advance those issues of equity and inclusion, to which she devoted her life.” Kathleen Dalton, faculty emerita and former director of the Brace Center, 34

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said, “Donna always remained interested and involved in the Brace Center. I recall lunches when she talked about her work with Girls Inc. Donna was eager for girls to consider politics as a career, to try new adventures, to dare to enter traditionally male fields. I enjoyed working with her and was grateful that she urged us to do more and encouraged us always. She helped keep the Abbot spirit alive inside the Brace Center. She encouraged us to plan the Women and Politics series, whose speakers sparked the important Girls’ Leadership Project. What a great person and a loyal alum.” Instuctor in English Flavia Vidal, current codirector of the Brace Center, echoed those sentiments, saying, “In locating the center on the Abbot Academy campus, she honored her Abbot peers’ legacy and reaffirmed the importance of the female experience for Andover. Her passing is a

tremendous loss, but her spirit lives on in the current initiatives of the Brace Center and in the students who benefited from her vision and generosity to carve their own paths toward empowerment and equality.” In addition to donating the funds in 1996 to establish the Brace Center for Gender Studies (which was named to honor her father, publisher Donald Brace, founder of Harcourt, Brace & Company), Ogilvie served the Andover community in a variety of capacities over the decades. In the late 1960s and early ’70s she served as an Abbot alumna trustee, during which time she lent an important voice to the discussions that led to the merger of Phillips and Abbot academies in 1973. She also served as a class endowment agent, chair of her 55th Reunion, a member of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library Development Committee, and an executive

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Donna Brace Ogilvie and former board president David Underwood at the launch of The Campaign for Andover in 2009

committee member of the Andover Development Board. Her philanthropy to Andover helped fund the Gelb Science Center, renovations to the Abbot campus, the reconstruction of the Memorial Bell Tower, and various scholarships and teaching foundations. In 1997, Phillips Academy presented Ogilvie with its highest honor, the Claude M. Fuess Award. In the words of the late Trustee Emeritus David Underwood ’54, Ogilvie was “a woman of vision and compassion whose lifetime of volunteer service stands as an example to generations of Andover students.” Most recently, as honorary cochair of The Campaign for Andover, Ogilvie pledged $5 million to establish an endowed financial aid scholarship, a reflection of her strong belief in Andover’s commitment to need-blind admission.

Ogilvie’s passion for service to others extended well beyond the confines of Andover. A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Ogilvie was a longtime supporter of Girls Inc. (formerly Girls Club of America) and gave generously of her time and resources to the Stamford Girls Club and Stamford Hospital. In sharing the news about Ogilvie with colleagues, Palfrey noted that her passing, coming a month after the death of Underwood, “has reminded me again of the giants’ shoulders on which we all stand. It is a privilege to carry on their work.” Ogilvie was predeceased in 1999 by her husband, Dr. John Black Ogilvie, and is survived by two children, four stepchildren, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

“The death of Donna Brace Ogilvie, coming a month after the death of Trustee Emeritus David Underwood, has reminded me again of the giants’ shoulders on which we all stand. It is a privilege to carry on their work.” —John Palfrey, Head of School

“I’ve never known another person like Donna and never again will. Savvy beyond brilliance, honest beyond candor, and literate beyond words, she could read people and reality like no one else.” —Don Abbott, Faculty Emeritus Andover | Winter 2016



Pride, Professionals, Pooch AND A MAN NAMED

The story behind the lost years of the Andover-Exeter rivalry by Amy J.M. Morris ’92


he hooligans who applied a fresh coat of red paint to the main hall of Exeter’s academic building didn’t miss a spot. Everything, including the floor, gleamed crimson. The 1893 caper came in the wake of Exeter’s 26–10 gridiron victory over Andover, a victory made sweeter by four years of mounting vitriol between the archrivals. The Boston Globe reported that Exeter believed outsiders were to blame for the red paint and also noted the befuddlement of one student in particular, the school’s star halfback, who “looked somewhat pleased as he everywhere saw ‘Donny’ written in crimson.” William F. “Donny” Donovan (pictured above) had delivered Exeter’s November 11 victory before a crowd of 5,000 fans. His performance that day was so superb that even The Phillipian praised him. Donovan, it reported, “played by far the best game for Exeter,” doing “most of her running, and every time he started he made a gain.” The reporter ruminated that Exeter’s star halfback “must have had wonderful training before he went there.” Little did The Phillipian reporter know that the same halfback would soon be at the center of a controversy that would lead to a formal three-year break in the A-E rivalry and spark a national conversation about the use of professional athletes in school sports. The turn of events came when, days later, the Boston Herald revealed that Donovan and two other teammates had enrolled in Exeter late that fall and that all three had left


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campus for good soon after the game. Exeter, it seemed, had brought in professional athletes—or ringers. Donovan, also known as “Pooch,” was a well-known athlete who had performed in man-versus-horse shows for the Barnum & Bailey Circus and competed locally in hook-andladder competitions. Just prior to his stint at Exeter, Pooch was coaching track at Worcester Academy. The Worcester Daily Spy reported that Pooch’s friends thought it “a little peculiar, to say the least, that a man of his age should enter [a] preparatory [school].” He was 27.


AY-FOR-PLAY EXPOSÉ Charges that ringers had participated in A-E games were nothing new. In 1889, Andover’s talented player, Jim White, defected to Exeter and then pitched the Red to a 3–2 win over Blue. After the game, while Andover waited on the platform of the Exeter train station, Exeter’s team paraded by with White hoisted on their shoulders. A near riot ensued, leaving one person unconscious and delivering a head injury to another: Andover’s acting principal, Edward Coy. Upon his return to Andover, Coy wrote to Exeter Principal Walter Scott, decrying White’s hasty admission to the school and to its baseball team, and insinuating that White had been paid by someone at Exeter and therefore was ineligible to play. Coy then noted that “the exhibition of rowdyism and violence to which we were all exposed last Saturday has brought matters to a crisis” and decreed that “athletic contests between Phillips Academy and the Phillips Exeter Academy are at an end.”

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1889, MAY Andover’s acting principal accuses Exeter of paying its pitcher and, following excessive post-game “rowdyism,” decrees an end to A-E athletic contests. 1890, MAY Andover and Exeter negotiate the “Rules for the Government of Athletic Contests,” which forbid the use of professional athletes by either school. 1893, NOVEMBER Exeter bests Andover 26–10 in their annual football matchup. Days later, Exeter’s star halfback is identified as a 27-year-old professional athlete. The Andover student body unanimously votes to suspend all future competitions with Exeter. 1894, FEBRUARY Andover alumni gather at the Hotel Vendome in Boston for the annual alumni dinner. The evening becomes a protest rally against professional athletes in school sports. 1894–1895 Lawrenceville (in faraway New Jersey) emerges as Andover’s chief rival. Both the Harvard Crimson and Yale Daily News call for an end to the A-E standoff. 1896, NOVEMBER The Andover Athletic Advisory Committee passes a resolution to renew the athletic rivalry. A week later, Andover and Exeter resume play on the Andover gridiron before a crowd of thousands. Andover wins, 28–0.

On the matter of paying its athletes—or at least Jim White—Andover’s hands may not have been entirely clean. In The Story of Phillips Exeter, author Myron R. Williams relayed a story from a member of Exeter’s Class of 1892: Andover, it seems, had a player named Jim White, who was paid a salary of $200. Two Exeter brothers succeeded in inducing him to transfer to Exeter for a $100 raise. As a result of the 1889 baseball incident, the archrivals canceled their November football game. In May 1890, the two schools negotiated the “Rules for the Government of Athletic Contests,” which forbade the use of professional athletes by either school. But because both of Exeter’s pitchers had been paid, the A-E baseball game that spring also was canceled.


RIVALRY SHATTERED The final break between Andover and Exeter occurred three years later with the revelations about Pooch Donovan. The Andover student body unanimously voted to suspend all future competitions with Exeter. The front page of the Boston Journal on November 27, 1893, screamed “A BOMBSHELL! Phillips Andover and Phillips Exeter in Conflict.” Exeter students responded to Andover’s decision in the next day’s Boston Globe. Beneath the headline “Exeter is Amused,” the Globe reported that the consensus in New Hampshire was that “cry baby” Andover had known all along about Pooch. On February 28, 1894, some 180 Andover alumni gathered at the Hotel Vendome in Boston for the annual alumni dinner. The evening became a protest rally against the use of professional athletes in school sports, with the event’s keynotes—Massachusetts Governor Frederic Greenhalge, Harvard President Charles Eliot, and Andover Principal Cecil Bancroft—all inveighing against it. After a speaker called Andover and Exeter “twin roses on one stem,” Greenhalge declared, “Let the rivalry between the ‘roses’ be carried on in high, chivalric plane!” Greenhalge then called upon PA students to conduct future contests with “chivalry and manliness and gentleness.… In that way, you will be exercising a salutary influence on the whole body of people.” The charge was met with loud applause. Bancroft spoke next, reassuring all present that all members of the Andover 11 were fully enrolled—“or were when I left this morning.” The quip stirred raucous laughter. Andover | Winter 2016




EPAIRING THE RELATIONSHIP Andover and Exeter would not meet on the playing field again until 1896. During that time, Lawrenceville improbably became Andover’s chief rival. The contests became drudgery, with teams having to travel between Massachusetts and New Jersey, with few fans accompanying them. Enthusiasm for athletics at both “Phillipses” nosedived, prompting the Ivies to take notice: Their most important athletic feeders risked running dry. The Yale Daily News wrote in November 1894 that the “failure of Andover and Exeter to meet in football this year may mean the end of a custom which has proven extremely beneficial to the athletic interests of both Yale and Harvard.” A year later, the Crimson joined the call for reconciliation. The Andover-Exeter games were “rivaled in interest only by the corresponding events between Harvard and Yale,” it reported. By 1896, Andover had softened its position. Exeter’s new principal, Harlan Amen, wrote Bancroft in June to say that the school was determined “to have clean athletics.” Bancroft replied that he’d be willing to help resolve the matter as long as no alumni or other outside parties were involved. In October, the two agreed to announce the reconciliation in separate all-school chapel meetings. On November 7, the Andover Athletic Advisory Committee passed a resolution to renew the contests. The Phillipian praised the move, saying “the athletic welfare of both schools demanded it. Natural rivals could not afford such an unnatural condition.” A week later, Andover and Exeter resumed play, meeting on the Andover gridiron before a crowd of thousands. Andover won 28–0. As for Pooch Donovan, he went on to play for other schools and joined Harvard as an athletic trainer in 1906, where he remained for 20 years. Upon his death in 1928, the New York Times noted how his work with five college generations at Harvard “led him to international recognition as a coach and trainer of athletes.” The story also mentioned his brief time at Exeter, explaining, “Pooch was also a football player of considerable ability. Eligibility rules were not as strict in those days as now, and Pooch once had the unusual experience of playing for a preparatory school one Saturday and a college the following week. He played for Exeter, scoring 25 points against Andover, and the following Saturday he starred with Georgetown.”


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Fitts Memorial Garden Honors Beloved Instructor

The Fitts Memorial Garden serves as a quiet spot for rest and contemplation. Gil Talbot

Visitors to the recently opened Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center will find a special outdoor sanctuary located on the building’s east side. Filled with a wide variety of evergreen trees, rhododendron, flowering shrubs, and perennials, the Fitts Memorial Garden serves as a healing, meditative oasis for students and others. “This garden will provide students with the space to relax, heal, learn, Dudley Fitts and thrive,” says Andover’s medical director, Amy Patel, MD. Support for construction of the garden was generously provided by noted television producer Dick Wolf ’64 in honor of the late Dudley Fitts. A beloved English instructor, Fitts was an important mentor to Wolf and countless other students during his 27-year tenure at Andover.

“Mr. Fitts was the best teacher I ever had,” says Wolf, “and it’s a privilege to be able to honor him in this way.” Fitts taught English at Andover from 1941 until his death in 1968. Known by students and faculty alike as a poet, critic, and translator, he also was a highly regarded author, best known for rendering ancient Greek verse into compelling modern English. In keeping with the sustainable design of the building, which received gold LEED certification, the garden features a variety of repurposed and reconstructed materials including granite from the foundation of Merrill House (razed to make room for the center) and boulders from the Abbot Campus woods. Benches in the garden were fashioned by Strother Purdy ’85 with wood from black locust trees removed from the site. “We are grateful to Mr. Wolf for his generosity and fitting dedication,” says Director of Counseling Carol Israel, PhD. —Adam Roberts

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Coaches, Players Benefit from Endowed Benches “It changed everything,” says Athletic Director and Varsity Football Coach Leon Modeste, referring to one of four endowments that generously support Andover’s athletic teams. These endowments, called “benches” (modeled after the tradition of naming academic faculty positions “chairs”), have been designated by donors to support varsity football, boys’ lacrosse, golf, and Outdoor Pursuits. Established in 2001 by Trustee Scott Mead ’73 in honor of his father, the James M. Mead ’47 Football Bench acts as a discretionary fund for Modeste, allowing him to supplement his budget. For example, the football bench funds have allowed Modeste to hire a videographer for every game. This provides his players with customizable, play-by-play film to analyze their own games and those of opposing teams. “It’s been invaluable to have this resource,” says Modeste, who maintains close ties with Mead.

Mark Cutler, Spanish instructor and director of Outdoor Pursuits (previously known as Search & Rescue), puts it even more bluntly: “This funding saved the program.” Prior to the establishment of the Ireland Search and Rescue Fund in 1978 and an increase in funding in 1999, the program had limited funds and an uncertain future. “Former Trustee George Ireland ’74 credits the program with putting him on a more productive path in life,” says Cutler. “It meant a lot to him and his friends when they were at Andover. He wanted to make sure it was there for future generations.” Thanks to the endowment, Outdoor Pursuits now has a professionally maintained climbing wall and a stock of up-to-date winter and water gear. Opportunities to support benches are available for all athletic programs. For more information, contact Nicole Cherubini at 978-749-4288 or —Adam Roberts

Athletic Director and Varsity Football Coach Leon Modeste and Mark Cutler, Spanish instructor and director of Outdoor Pursuits

Photos by Neil Evans

Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association The annual meeting of the Andover-Abbot Alumni Association will be held during Reunion Weekend on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 11 a.m. in Cochran Chapel at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. All alumni of Phillips Academy and Abbot Academy are cordially invited to attend.


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Summer Session Scholarships Gain More Visibility

To commemorate the winner of the 2015 Andover-Exeter Young Alumni Challenge, the Andover flag was hoisted up the flagpole at Exeter.

Beginning this year, the Andover and the Military Executive Committee and Summer Session will join forces to create a brochure for military high schools and middle schools that highlights the the LCDR Erik Kristensen Scholarship. Now in its third year, the scholarship is available to children of those who are currently serving, or have previously served in the military. The scholarship is funded by the Maintaining the Military Legacy on Campus Endowment and was named in honor of Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen ’91, USN, SEAL, who was killed in action in Afghanistan while commanding a mission to rescue four fellow SEALs. “The support we receive from Summer Session to expand the number of students who attend the program is just another example of the amazing generosity of Andover’s faculty and staff,” said Lt. Col. Charles Dean ’79, USA (Ret.), chair of the Andover and the Military Executive Committee. “I’ve learned that this level of institutional support is standard operating procedure for Andover.”

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Andover and the Military WANTS YOU! Alums who have served or who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to join PA’s Andover and the Military affinity group. There are no dues or commitments! You’ll receive the Blue Guidon newsletter, connect with fellow veterans, learn about upcoming affinity group events, and help Andover and the Military familiarize students, alumni, and faculty with Andover’s rich military history and traditions. To join, please contact 1st Lt. Karl Novick ‘07, USMC, Andover and the Military’s Membership SubCommittee leader, at, or complete a simple form at AndoverMilitary/contactinfo.aspx.

Andover Defeats Exeter in Young Alumni Challenge For the third fall in a row, the annual Andover-Exeter athletic contests brought with them another competition: the Andover-Exeter Young Alumni Challenge. Focused on philanthropy among the youngest 15 classes, the challenge offers a chance for young alumni to make an incredible difference in participating in Andover’s mission, vision, and commitment to providing a world-class education. After two years of heartbreaking losses (by fewer than 30 gifts!), Andover trounced Exeter by more than 300 gifts this past November. —Adam Roberts

45%: Increase in number of gifts from last year

2005: Class with highest participation rate

186: # of new donors

2008: Class with largest increase in gifts

307: margin of victory 1,801: # of gifts

$58,609: total dollars raised

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Select Alumni & Parent Events, March–June 2016 National & International Events Boston

March 11

Hong Kong

With Head of School John Palfrey

March 12


With Head of School John Palfrey

April 23

San Francisco, Calif.

Non Sibi Project at St. Anthony’s

April 23

Boston, Mass.

Non Sibi Project at Thompson Island

Campus Events April 22–23 Non Sibi Weekend San Francisco

May 5–7

Trustee Weekend

May 6

Rebecca M. Sykes Wellness Center Dedication

May 6–7

Alumni Council Weekend

May 14

Grandparents’ Day

May 28

Andover-Exeter Spring Athletic Contests

June 5


June 10–12 Reunion Weekend: All classes ending in 1 and 6

San Francisco

For the most up-to-date listings, visit the Office of Alumni Engagement event calendar at

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We Are All Interconnected by Alex May ’85 Have you ever had to remove the remnants of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich smashed down into the bottom of a small drinking glass? Well, I did, the first time I had to work Commons duty. I did my best to compress my hand, which appeared oversized compared to the tiny mouth of the glass, and attempted to remove the gooey contents that had adhered themselves inside.

Alumni Out of the Blue features true Abbot- or Andover-related stories about issues of class, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, geographic origin, and/or (dis)ability. Please e-mail your 350-word story, a brief bio, and a high-res photo of yourself to

A native Texan, I will never forget seeing snow for the first time at age 15 and hearing Mr. Bailey, Abbot Cluster dean, ring his handbell as he walked the cluster grounds, waking us up to come out and shovel at 5 a.m. When I was at PA, we had to do lots of manual work duty. Over the years, I cleaned bathrooms, shoveled walkways, and, of course, worked in the kitchen, clearing very messy trays, throwing away wasted food, and loading the massive, steaming dishwasher. While at Andover, I learned to clean up not only after myself but also after my classmates. I quickly realized how grateful I was for the kitchen staff, and I started to turn in my tray just a little bit tidier after each meal. No longer would I be one of those kids who intentionally made a mess for “fun” or just unconsciously did so. Every action I took, including how I returned my tray, resulted in some sort of consequence. I learned great values from my work duty, whether I was in the kitchen, cleaning bathrooms, or shoveling snow. I liked that this sort of duty served as an equalizer among the student body. Rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty, whatever your background, served a purpose. I learned that we were all part of one community and that each of our actions impacted one another. You may be thinking that these are trivial memories from a place like Andover, which provides such

extraordinary opportunities. But what I valued most from my experience at Andover were the little things, such as work duty, that had an enormous impact on the person I have become. I learned the importance of respecting my environment, showing gratitude for those who work hard to make my life easier, and acknowledging how each action I take directly impacts someone else’s life. After Andover, Alex May attended Brown University, where she studied biomedical ethics. She worked in Brussels and Florence as a bioethicist before returning to the United States, where she earned an MBA degree at NYU and began a career in management consulting at Deloitte. She currently lives in Detroit, where her husband, Salvador Salort Pons, is the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts. She dedicates her time to their two children— Tucker ’17 and eighth-grader Piper—and the museum.

MLK Day at PA Just weeks after finishing her Fulbright experience in Tianjin, China, Kelicia Hollis ’08 returned to campus to connect with faculty and coach students during the 2016 MLK Day celebration. A writer and aspiring motivational speaker, Hollis (pictured second from right) worked with members of the Out of the Blue editorial board as they prepared to lead a workshop titled “Class is in Session” with fellow students exploring issues of socioeconomic class and social identity.


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Abbot Grants Support Innovation, Creativity at PA The latest round of Abbot Academy Association (AAA) grants showcases once again the breadth of innovation and creativity in the Andover community.

STEM-related proposals this past fall, such as a STEMbased ideas magazine, an integrated aquaponics system, and a cybersecurity competition.

Voted on in November by the AAA Board of Directors, a total of $148,000 was allocated for 28 grant proposals that cover a wide range of opportunities and learning experiences, including an adventure film festival, an OWHL pop-up café, food bags for Lawrence public schools, and custom-made archival boxes for the Peabody Museum of Archaeology.

While the ultimate goal is funding for projects, Stedman says the process itself is also important. Helping to guide students is Abbey Siegfried, instructor in music and AAA community liaison.

Whether large or small, led by a student, instructor, or staff member, each proposal must take into account guiding principles, including benefits and relevance to the Andover community. AAA Board President Susan Goodwillie Stedman ’59 says the board looks for “ripple-effect projects” that will have a larger impact on the PA community and beyond. For example, the association had previously provided funding for Parallax, PA’s robotics club.This past fall, it allotted additional funds for the VEX competitive robotics program, essentially allowing more students to participate. The AAA also looks for imaginative proposals that show a responsible use of funds. Stedman says the board was impressed by several

Siegfried says it is fulfilling to work with students on grant proposals. The students learn everything from “how to clearly articulate an idea and support it in writing, to presenting their idea in a quick two-minute pitch and then answering questions in real time. “I also enjoy getting to know the incredible alums who serve on the Abbot Academy Association board and witnessing how this living legacy permeates truly every aspect of life at PA.” Since 1974, the AAA has provided members of the PA community with more than $2.5 million in funding for projects that embody the spirit of Abbot Academy’s bold, innovative education, as well as projects that have a lasting impact and hold the potential to expand grantees’ experiences in meaningful ways. Visit for more information

Many Thanks to Retiring Alumnus Dick Howe ’64, associate director of Alumni Engagement, retired in early January after nearly 15 years with the Academy. During a farewell gathering held in McKeen Hall, staff recalled Howe’s career at his alma mater, which began in the Office of Academy Resources in 2000 when he served as a major gift officer during the final stretch of Campaign Andover. His position transitioned to Alumni Affairs (now the Office of Alumni Engagement), where he initially worked with regional clubs around the world. Howe was then promoted to associate director of Alumni Affairs, with responsibilities for reunion management and the Alumni Council. "We are so grateful to Dick for his hard work on behalf of alumni," said Jenny Savino, director of Alumni Engagement. "He has willingly and effectively worn many hats for Andover, and his knowledge of Andover people, places, and history is irreplaceable."

Dick Howe '64, surrounded by members of the Alumni Engagement team

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Being Nixon by Evan Thomas ’69 Random House To call Richard Nixon complicated is to understate the case by a wide margin: The notorious schemer who engineered the Watergate scandal was also a savvy politician who helped desegregate Southern schools, create the EPA, and open China. He was an angry, paranoid bully and a painfully shy sentimentalist who struggled to be a decent man. Author Evan Thomas’s even-handed, thorough character study captures the former president in all his strange complexity. Villa America by Liza Klaussmann ’94 Little, Brown Liza Klaussmann sets herself a daunting task: writing a novel whose main characters are actual historical figures. Gerald and Sara Murphy, said to be the models for Dick and Nicole Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night, fashion a glamorous world on the French Riviera in the 1920s. Even the most casual student of the era knows this will end badly; in Klaussmann’s vivid retelling, as in life, brilliant aspirations are undone by all-too-human foibles. Dream House by Catherine Armsden ’73 Bonhomie Press Petty by Warren Zanes ’83 Henry Holt Rock-star bios aren’t often written by credentialed academics, and that’s just the first thing that sets Petty, a life-and-times story of rocker Tom Petty, apart from more run-of-the-mill books about musicians. Author Warren Zanes holds a PhD degree in visual and cultural studies and has taught at several universities. His new book is informed by a thoughtful style that’s a good cut above the genre’s usual hagiography or exposé. Perhaps more crucial, Zanes has musical cred as a member of ’80s garage band the Del Fuegos; he became a Petty fan in preadolescence and ended up meeting and befriending the legendary rocker (not to mention opening for him on a 1987 tour). The result is a book that stands on its merits, of interest even to those who may not consider themselves Petty fans. The story of the musician’s rise to fame from modest Florida origins—he grew up in a two-bedroom ranch with a volatile, abusive father—are almost archetypal: “His story,” writes Zanes, “has a whiff of Horatio Alger and at least a little Elvis to it.” The book’s big revelation—Petty’s 1990s heroin habit, since overcome—is handled sensitively, as part of a full portrait rather than a sensational low point. With nearly unfettered access to the man behind such durable rock anthems as “American Girl” and “Free Fallin’,” Zanes brings the famously elusive Petty fully to life in this definitive account.


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After her parents’ death, San Francisco architect Gina Gilbert travels to Maine, where she finds her childhood home alive with disturbing memories. But by training her professional eye on the old house, Gina also makes peace with the past. It’s only natural that a house would be at the center of this debut novel; an architect herself, the author understands houses are not merely shelter but repositories of meaning, history, and secrets. Media Moms & Digital Dads by Yalda Uhls ’82 Bibliomotion That the online world represents a kind of digital Wild West is no news to those raising children. But parents and caregivers will find a fresh take on addressing digital-age challenges in this nonjudgmental, commonsense guide that emphasizes facts over fears. Yalda Uhls, a Hollywood executive turned academic, offers plenty of concrete takeaways for parents grappling with modern phenomena ranging from Facebook to FOMO, Snapchat to YikYak.

Climate Change: A Wicked Problem by Frank P. Incropera ’57 Cambridge University Press The author, a professor of engineering at Notre Dame, has made a thorough study of nearly every aspect of the climatechange debate, looking at it through the lenses of science, politics, policy, economics, ethics, and behavior. A careful reader will come away well informed and better able, as Frank Incropera writes in his preface, to “rise above the acrimony and to keep an open mind.” Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers by N. Harry Rothschild ’86 Columbia University Press Never underestimate the power of a woman—especially one surrounded by female deities. Wu Zhao, the only woman to have ruled China, harnessed the cultural, political, and historical influence of female gods and demi-gods to gain and consolidate power during her controversial reign from 690 to 705. Rothschild paints a fascinating picture of a shrewd politician who converted her anomalous gender from a liability into an asset.

INADDITION Bluebeard: Brave Warrior, Brutal Psychopath by Valerie Ogden ’57 History Publishing Co. This Is Where I Live by Wendy Ewald ’69 MACK Fraught with Hazard by Paul H. Altrocchi ’48 and Julia Cooley Altrocchi iUniverse

—Jane Dornbusch Been published recently? Please send your book to Jane Dornbusch, Office of Communication, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover MA, 01810-4161. After your book is announced, it will be donated to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library. Autographed copies appreciated! Regrettably, due to the high volume of books written by alumni, not all books will be featured in the Andover Bookshelf. Selection is at the discretion of the class notes editor.

The Witches by Stacy Schiff ’78 Little, Brown Historical events can sometimes appear as if viewed through the wrong end of a telescope: small, far away, and insignificant, rendering the past quaintly irrelevant. But the best historians are able to, in the common phrase, bring history to life, not only making it real but also making it relatable. The Salem witch trials have been so widely examined— by playwrights, novelists, poets, and painters as well as historians—that the events have taken on, to some extent, the sheen of fiction. The acts were so inexplicable, and the society that inspired them so unlike our own, that it’s tempting to stow the whole incident in a box marked “other.” Pulitzer Prize–winning author Stacy Schiff is surely one of the best historians, and her new book rescues the events of 1692 in Salem from the status of artifact. In her telling, the familiar principal players are flesh-and-blood people like ourselves, humanly flawed and recognizably complex. As Schiff makes clear, the trials unfolded in the context of a society wracked with hardship and anxiety, at a time when women’s voices went largely unheard. She also explores the inordinate pressures placed on adolescent girls in such a society. Schiff has said she hopes readers will recognize that “these were not a strange, benighted people but people with our fears and grudges and itch for resolution.” Puritan Salem may seem a distant mirror, but, argues Schiff, it’s one in which we can still see ourselves reflected.

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In recognition of his 70th birthday, University of Maine research professor Edward Grew ’62 was featured in The Canadian Mineralogist, a prominent science journal. The March 2015 issue was dedicated to Grew’s extensive career in mineralogy and petrology. Additionally, in July 2015 at a ceremony in Edinburgh, Scotland, Grew received the Collins Medal from the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Caitlin Owen Hunter ’71, founder of Appleton Creamery in Maine, was awarded a blue ribbon at the annual American Cheese Society Judging & Competition for her chèvre marinated in olive oil. The same cheese won a silver medal at the Big E New England Regional Cheese Competition. Chris Kane ’99 coached the Milton Academy boys’ soccer team to a historic 22–0 season this past fall, winning the NEPSAC Class A Soccer Championship. The final game was a tough match with fierce rival Northfield Mount Hermon, which Coach Kane called “an entertaining and thrilling contest between two teams with a great deal of mutual respect.”

Mike “Biggie” Moore ’56 and his wife, Ann, received the “Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer” honor, as part of the 2015 Governor’s Service awards from Serve Colorado. The Moores were recognized for their lifelong commitment in service of others in “a wide variety of causes, including the arts, the environment, global issues, health, and education.” Kyle O’Brien ’98 has been named director of player personnel for the Detroit Lions. O’Brien, who captained football and lacrosse at PA and lettered in lacrosse at Harvard, served as director of college scouting for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the past three seasons. Earlier, he spent a decade with the New England Patriots in various scouting roles.

John King Jr. ’92 became one of the youngest Cabinet members in U.S. history when President Obama appointed him acting U.S. secretary of education this past fall. He previously served as deputy education secretary and was the education commissioner in New York. John MacWilliams ’74 was recently appointed associate deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. He also serves as the department’s first-ever chief risk officer.

Alex MacCallum ’99 was named assistant editor and senior vice president of video for the New York Times, assuming the role in January. The Times described her as “a strong leader who has a deep appreciation for the mission of the Times.” The largest exhibition floor of the new Whitney Museum of American Art was taken over by a Frank Stella ’54 exhibition from October through February. This was the first large Stella show in a New York museum in nearly 30 years—and the city’s first to showcase his entire career.

Betsy Fauver Stueber ’73 was recently named chair of the board of directors of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Stueber has served on the board of this nationally recognized Cleveland-based nonprofit since 2005. The institute works to advance older adults’ health, independence, and dignity. Sarah Wendell ’04 recently was named president of San Francisco’s John Berggruen Gallery, which specializes in 20th-century American and European paintings, drawings, sculpture, and limitededition prints. Wendell previously was vice president and business manager for postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s.

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1935 ABBOT

Doris Schwartz Lewis 250 Hammond Pond Pkwy., Apt. 515S Chestnut Hill MA 02467 617-244-7302



There’s no debating it. 1928

[Editor’s note: The Academy was saddened to learn that class secretary John Foskett passed away on January 29, 2016. We are grateful for his long service to PA.]


Both Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy have had a long history of fielding debate teams—in PA’s case, stretching back nearly to the era of Jefferson and Hamilton (see inside front cover).


Dana Lynch ’68 P.O. Box 370539 Montara CA 94037-0539 650-728-8238

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Nadene Nichols Lane 125 Coolidge Ave., No. 610 Watertown MA 02472 617-924-1981



Blake Flint 1762 Bay St., No. 401 Sarasota FL 34236-7751 941-955-9396

Jack Klein and his wife, Nancy, are both doing well. They have been living in a retirement community near Jacksonville, Fla., for more than 20 years and attribute their good health to great doctors, plus the Florida sunshine. While not as active as they once were, they still attend plays and concerts and take an occasional trip to St. Augustine, where they know of a special beach where one can drive right out on the sand. Their son is a police officer in Georgia; their daughter has her own acupuncture clinic in Portland, Ore. I had a wonderful telephone conversation with Jim Caulkins. As with many of us, his Andover friends are no longer with us. Jim is in good health—uses a cane—and gets around very well. Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... He is strongly considering taking a Lindblad Expeditions tour next winter to South America. Jim told me several years ago that he sees no reason he will not live to 100, and he reaffirmed that target. We reminisced about many of our classmates and our Andover experiences. Nort Wheeler and I shared a lengthy visit on the telephone. Nort and his wife are both doing very well. Nort was raised in the town of Mystic, Conn., and he has lived there all his life. Nort retired from the family business years ago but continued to consult one day a week for 20 years. He discontinued this abbreviated schedule three years ago. Side note: Nort’s wife, Mary, is from Hinsdale, Ill., the town where I grew up. Dick Hale died May 17, 2015. Dick had a postgraduate year at Andover before studying forestry at the University of Maine. Like all of us, his education was interrupted by Army service. He was a lieutenant, armor, and served in the European theater. After his discharge, he returned to the University of Maine to complete a degree and then went on to Yale School of Forestry for a master’s degree in forestry. He had his own logging and sawmill business for many years, then turned to consulting, and then became an assistant professor in the School of Forest Resources at UMaine Orono. After retiring in 1990, Dick continued his consulting career and became interested in Maine forest history. He served on the board of the Maine Forest & Logging Museum. R.I.P.


[Editor’s note: The Academy has received word that Donald Marshman Jr. passed away on Sept. 17, 2015. Please see the In Memoriam section for his obituary.]

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Ann Taylor Debevoise Pinnacle Farm 222 Daniel Cox Road Woodstock VT 05091-9723 802-457-1186

PHILLIPS Robert K. Reynolds 185 Southern Blvd. Danbury CT 06810 203-743-0174

Once again I find myself writing winter class notes in September with my porch thermometer


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registering 90 degrees. It has been a very hot summer, which probably accounts for the lack of news from classmates, despite the many letters I’ve written to them. Who wants to write letters when it’s hard to breathe and you’re sweating bullets? Fortunately, Bill Flint does. He writes that after spending 45 years running the family ladder business, he and his wife, Carol, who have been married for 68 years, retired to Vero Beach, Fla. He is concerned about the direction our country is heading: Drugs, alcohol, ISIS, entitlements, and the growing deficit are problems that require strong leadership to solve. With the 2016 presidential election fast approaching, it’s time for us to consider where the country is heading and who should be our leader. As I write these notes, neither of the two leading presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, impresses me. Hillary is a professional politician with few accomplishments. Trump has a solid background in management but is a schoolyard bully. My first exposure to politics was in October 1936, when as a 12-yearold seventh-grader, I was allowed, along with my classmates, to watch FDR’s re-election motorcade drive through Norwalk, Conn. Standing in the front row, I caught a glimpse of the president as his car passed. The crowd surged forward, me with it, for a better glimpse, whereupon a policeman started swinging his club, which hit me in the head. No injury, but I’ve been a Republican ever since. Now in my 92nd year, I have been enjoying good health. My driver’s license is good until 2020. My FAA commercial pilot’s license is still valid, and although I haven’t flown in more than 50 years, I’m still planning to take to the air again. To keep busy, I’ve been managing a small pre–Revolutionary War cemetery in Ridgefield, Conn. When it was established, in 1734, George Washington was only 2 years old. Forty-three years later, in 1777, he spent the night in a nearby tavern run by one of my relatives. No details.


Richard L. Ordeman 619 Oakwood Ave. Dayton OH 45419 937-299-9652

We are again planning a Naples, Fla., luncheon gettogether in late February for 1943 classmates. Our thanks to Sue and Phil Drake, who will host the 2016 event. I’ll be notifying those who have come in the past, and I hope others will join us. If you need the date or more information, please contact me at the address shown at the beginning of this column. Bard Smith phoned to tell me he plans to be at the luncheon and went on to relate that he and his wife, Charlotte, made a summer trip to

Western Massachusetts that included a reunion with two of Charlotte’s sisters. When I called Phil Drake to confirm the luncheon plan, he and wife Sue had just returned 15 minutes earlier from their summer vacation home. He told me they had driven in heavy rain all the way and Sue wasn’t feeling well, and when he finally arrived home, someone had taken their parking place! Welcome back! In early September, I caught up with Bill Eastham, one of our younger classmates, who turns 90 in January 2016. He had overslept that morning and missed the monthly meeting of the Harvard Business School Club. He was wide awake, however, when I called and said this is the fourth year in a row he’s driven coast to coast. He’d played golf on the West Coast and skied at Vail, where he won a gold MIX Racing Medal—an age-related award, he confided. Pretty amazing, as Bill had two knees replaced only two years ago. This fall he planned to be back in Boston for the Harvard-Princeton game, a trip that was scheduled to include a visit to his daughter in Lexington and an annual tradition of his, a meal at the Andover Inn. As I said at the outset, he is younger than most of us. More power to you, Bill—keep it up! Wendy and Jim Munro spent the summer in New Brunswick, Canada, at their home on Grand Manan Island in Fundy Bay, where the tidal change is about 30 feet. Like many of us, Jim reports his knees are giving him trouble, making it difficult to do the carpentry work he loves. As of midSeptember, he and Wendy hadn’t decided whether or not to take another extended cruise early next year. Lou Hudner tells me he isn’t traveling much anymore, and his son Tom planned to represent him at the Medal of Honor Convention in Boston in September. On a personal note, I successfully survived an appendicitis operation at the end of June, a big surprise one Friday night. More than offering sympathy, most friends exclaimed, “I never heard of anyone 90 years old having appendicitis!” Now I’m back actively working to sort out and clean up 52 years of accumulation that has developed since we moved here in 1963. As Perry Schwarzer once noted, referring to his own downsizing, “The trouble is, I have all this good stuff!” I’m sorry to report Jack Fallon, who was 90, died suddenly on April 10, 2015. Immediately after graduation from PA, Jack enrolled in the Army Air Corps cadet training program. Two weeks before receiving his wings, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1947 with the class of 1948. He served aboard the carrier U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the cruiser U.S.S. Baltimore and at the Naval Officers’ Training School in Newport, R.I., where he was an instructor in engineering. Jack earned a master’s degree in American literature from Boston University, which, together with the bachelor’s degree in engineering he completed at Annapolis, led him to fashion a career in the business of technical publications. For 15 years, he was guest lecturer at MIT’s summer seminar in technical publications. In retirement, Jack traveled extensively (visiting Ireland 22 times!), researching and writing two books and countless articles about outdoor activities, particularly fishing. He also served as president of New England Outdoor Writers Association. Jack always had a smile and positive attitude, but he was a ferocious competitor, as evidenced in his early days at Andover: While playing on the freshman football team, his hard-charging ways earned him the name “Iron Head.” His greatest athletic success, however, came when he served as captain of the swim team our senior year, beating Exeter in a closely contested meet. Jack was one of the best! Jack is survived by his wife, Peg, three sons, three daughters, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. We extend our deepest sympathy to Peg and Jack’s family. [Editor’s note: Please see John W. Fallon’s obituary in the In Memoriam section.]

1944 ABBOT

Emily McMurray Mead P.O. Box 292 Etna NH 03750 603-643-3741

PHILLIPS Angus Deming 975 Park Ave., Apt. 2A New York NY 10028-0323 212-794-1206

The well was running dry as the deadline loomed for submitting these class notes, so I appealed for help from the usual suspects. They responded to the call with wit and wisdom, as always. There was good news and some not-so-good news in their reports, but the common denominator was—and remains—fortitude. “Yes, I still live on!” came the emphatic (and reassuring) cry from Stan Dickey. A longtime Long Islander, he conceded that life in Massapequa, N.Y., is pretty low-key these days— or would be, if it weren’t for all those doctors. “I continue to enrich a swarm of doctors,” Stan insisted. “However, they are keeping me alive.” He plays very little golf now, he said; only four times in the past year. He makes up for it with “a lot of walking.” Stan’s charming wife, Gloria, was not so lucky last year: She suffered a broken hip and wrist in a nasty fall in their garage, resulting in five days in the hospital followed by two months of rehabilitation. Thankfully, she’s OK now and on the road to recovery. From Oregon, Peter Baker reported that he and Alison, his wife of 64 years, had moved

into an assisted-living facility in Portland. When I pressed him for more details, he responded, “What’s to report at our age? I never expected to be this old. If you’d asked me, I’d have said mid-80s, and here I am halfway through my 90th year. I’m not complaining, though. I’m still on my feet and have most of my marbles.” Then, in a thoughtful moment of reflection, Peter had this to say: “I’ve been thinking about grace notes in my life— music, baseball, people, places. Andover certainly comes high on the list. My time at PA was very important in so many ways—mainly, I think, in forming my value system. I learned how to be a responsible human being and, in combination with my religious beliefs, to be engaged with the world and other people. I hope I’ve been able to make a small difference for some people and institutions. God bless Andover and all those who have served her so well.” Back in autumn 2014, Woody Stockwell and wife Mimi took a Black Sea cruise that they found less than totally satisfying—all due, according to Woody, to Russia’s President Putin and his annexation of Crimea (see spring 2015 class notes). So last summer they decided to take a much different route—up the Atlantic coast from Boston to Montreal. “We’re going back to our roots,” said Woody. “And with simple air flights and only one passport check.” Details to come in future class notes. Woody’s most recent book—apart from a somewhat cranky memoir of his Black Sea misadventure—was a tale of Old West rascality set around Denver. The scene of his new book (plot not disclosed) is Sacramento. There has been more than one hard-luck story among our classmates. This one is from Leo McMahon. A resident of Camp Hill, Pa., Leo had a very bad fall in November 2014, in which he broke his right hip and hand. A long and tedious six months of recovery ensued but, fortunately, that time is mostly a bad memory. “I am now in good shape, walking without a walker or cane,” he reported. Last June, Leo attended the U.S. Army’s 240th birthday celebration at the Army Heritage & Education Center, located at the Army War College in nearby Carlisle, Pa. In a time-honored tradition, the birthday cake was cut by the youngest soldier present (a second lieutenant, in this case), side-by-side with the oldest soldier present—who of course happened to be Leo. A retired colonel of an improbable 90½ years of age, Leo was immaculately dressed for the occasion in white dinner jacked adorned with the many medals he earned during his years as a career Army officer. And despite his recent injuries, Leo looked spry and distinguished—and at least 20 years younger than his official age. Meanwhile, Dick Abrons recently posted a truly eye-catching photo of himself and glamorous wife Iris, arm-in-arm and facing the camera together. Dick looks very much the seductive lion in winter, and his Facebook photo was like catnip for many viewers. “What a hunk!” one female admirer exclaimed. You can click

on to follow posts on Dick’s blog. And now the last word, from Mort Dunn, our class poet and famous baseball fan. During a recent medical exam, Mort’s doctor placed a stethoscope on Mort’s chest to listen to his heart. “I was a lifelong fan of the old Brooklyn Dodgers,” Mort told the doctor. “They broke my heart over and over again. But I’m still here, so the heart must be OK.” Sadly, I must note the death of Jim Hudner, on Aug. 5, 2015, at his home in Westport, Mass. Jim was an outstanding member of our class, as an athlete and in many other ways. At Andover he was captain of the varsity football team his senior year (there’s a picture of him straight-arming a couple of Exeter tacklers on page 104 of our yearbook) as well as cocaptain of track. He was vice president of the senior class, president of the upper class, vice president of the lower class, secretary of the Student Council, and an assistant housemaster, among other leadership positions. After graduating from Princeton, he went on to a successful career as an investment advisor. Jim was one of three Hudner brothers who attended PA simultaneously during our time: Tom Hudner ’43 (a retired naval officer and recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War), Jim himself, and his younger brother Richard Hudner ’46. (A fourth brother, Phil, graduated in 1954.) Known and admired for his integrity, dignity, and good humor, Jim never tooted his own horn. In the 1944 Pot Pourri poll, he was voted “Most Respected.” Fittingly, he was also voted “Most Modest.” We send our heartfelt condolences to his extended and loving family.


William M. Barnum 681 River Road Westport MA 02790 508-636-6025

1946 70th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016


Sarah Allen Waugh 441 Pequot Ave. Southport CT 06890 203-259-7640

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stay connected... PHILLIPS Cliff Crosby 45 Hedgerose Lane Bethlehem NH 03574 603-869-2582 603-991-4919 (cell)

For many years, Richard R. Hudner, great athlete, wise businessman, and our friend, has manned this post. We thank Rick for his dedication, perseverance, and good humor, as he steps down. Give him a call, e-mail, or text and tell him so yourself (978-462-0103, Our leader, Dick Phelps, also passed a milestone: twenty-five years of supporting Phelps Scholars. There is no more important work we all can do than helping the next generation receive a great education. Dick got a break that changed his life, and now he’s paying back. Give him a call, e-mail, or text, too (781-224-9666, Danny Anderson has assumed the post of class agent. While you’re communicating, give him a call, e-mail, or text and join Dick in this great work (781-400-5650, Martin Begien (617-739-3454, martbege@ and John Macomber (202-338-3677, serve on our hard-working executive committee, and I know they would enjoy your call, too. Your new class secretary, Cliff Crosby, has his own milestone: twenty-five years of running If I can steal away from the diamond, our leader has asked that I recruit at least 25 of our classmates for our 70th Reunion this coming June. While you’re phoning, e-mailing, or texting, let me know if you can make it, and give me the name of one classmate you have cajoled into joining us.

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Gene Young 30 Park Ave., Apt. 12C New York NY 10016 212-679-8931

I am sad to report the death, from a stroke, of Rosemary “Momo” Jones on June 20, 2015. During her senior year, Momo was the editor of and a contributor to Abbot’s literary magazine, the Abbot Courant. Her interest in writing continued through her life, and she was, at different times, an editor, a journalist, a writing teacher, and a memoirist. Rosemary had a great appetite for adventure and traveled to many parts of the world, particularly the Middle East. She had a gift for staying connected with her friends, and as a result,


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many of her friends stayed connected to one another, too. A graduate of Barnard and a longtime resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., she is survived by her son, Jeremy; Jeremy’s wife, Amy; and their son, Gabriel. Rosemary was interested in the Abbot Archives Project, devoted to collecting and preserving Abbot history. You may send gifts to the archives in her memory to Connie Pawelczak, Associate Director of Gift Planning, Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street, Andover MA 01810.

PHILLIPS Robert Segal 118 Sutton Hill Road North Andover MA 01845 978-682-9317

You may recall in the last issue of Andover magazine a short piece about Dick Coulson. After it was submitted, an editorial question was raised, which I could not answer, but I turned to Dick, and he resolved the matter. I thanked him for his help and asked whether he might have a few words for the class. In reply he referred me to his book, A Corkscrew Life: Adventures of a Traveling Financier, published by iUniverse and available from Amazon. My wife treated me to a copy, and it was soon installed on her Kindle, where it proved to be a delightful read. I quote from the preface: “ ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ Aristotle’s famous epigram set me to the task of examining, and that meant writing. How to begin? Photos helped. A glance at a photo can summon up a whole slab of memories, just as when Marcel Proust in Swann’s Way tasted the famous tea-soaked madeleine cake and was transported to the village scenes of his childhood. Two photos have been my madeleine, re-creating long strands of my life and serving as its bookends. “One of the photos was taken at a lunch in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 1996, and stored in my computer. The other is a snapshot taken in 1971 near a Bahamas beach that I recently discovered in my late wife’s family scrapbook. Only after looking at them time and again was I inspired to write this memoir, the high points of a passage from birth in Nassau to New York to London and back to Nassau, with frequent detours to Mexico—what I have chosen to call a “corkscrew life” led by myself as a lawyer, banker, and plain observer. “The tales of myself and others may suggest a few lessons, but that’s not their purpose. Relax: They are for enjoyment, not instruction.” Maybe it adds to the reader’s enjoyment to have graduated from Andover and Yale, as the author did, but I think the content stands on its own merit. A reader can enjoy Dick’s insights into life, people, history, finance, and sailing, and be the observant fly among his cast, consisting of some notables of our times. A list of the chapter headings may offer

an idea of the path traveled: “Nassau Youth with Abby; Roots into Branches; Military Aberration; Towards a Career; Mexico? A Command Performance; Making Friends in Mexico; My Self-Taught Mexican History; Business Deals, the Mexican Way; Lunch at Sierra Nevada; ‘Bill’: William F. Buckley, Jr., 1924-2008; The Fall of a Super-Star: Norbert A. Schlei, 1930-2003; Renaissance of a Russian Prince: Nikita Lobanov; Sailing: Love and Obsession; Transitions: Change in New York; Transitions: Across the Pond to London; Transitions: Return to Nassau; Personalities of Tropic Life; Bahamas Finale; and Appendix: Sailing with Bill.” That’s a few words from Dick Coulson. It’s worth a few ducats to get the actual words. You can find it on Amazon at An e-mail from Charlie Treuhold informed me that he had mislaid his favorite Andover tote bag, the smaller one with a zipper on top, and asked if we could help. Unfortunately, we were driven from our home by the New England winter last year, with a burst pipe, and are still unable to dig through the havoc that was wrought. A subsequent follow-up from Charlie said, “Last night, son Bob ’74 and I attended a PA function at Yankee Stadium: cocktails and dinner at the Audi Club and excellent field-level seats for the Red Sox game. (Spoiler alert: Yankees won, 2-1.) Neither Bob nor I recognized anyone from our respective classes. Clearly, there was no one there older than I and few older than Bob. Someone mentioned that the list of attendees is on the website, but I haven’t found it. Back to Maui Sunday.” A picture postcard from Terry Buchanan shows an erupting Kilauea volcano on Hawaii, and it still is active, but Terry and wife Fran had the good sense to visit Maui and Kona on the western shore of Hawaii. They snorkeled, swam with the dolphins, and took helicopter rides around the island by day and enjoyed candlelight dinners in the evening. After 12 days they returned to California, with more travel planned for September. A note from Roger McLean tells of a less Homeric voyage. Roger and wife Latie drove a few hours north from Falmouth, Maine, to visit Anne and Dick Kimball, who summered again on the Maine coast at Owls Head, just south of Rockland. Roger says that everyone looked good and enclosed a photo of the foursome. The Boston Group met during the summer months. We may need a little help getting about, but we’re moving. Phil Aronson, Bob Brace, Mike Hurwitz, Sandy Saunders, Bob Segal, and Al West have been counted. We lunched with Head of School John Palfrey in October. 1949 PHILLIPS

James P. McLane 28 County St. Ipswich MA 01938 978-356-4149

It’s a love story. It’s the extraordinary telling of a woman’s courage facing a slow, predictable tragedy. You can get it on Amazon, and it is called Around the House. It’s by David Swenson’s wife, Harriet K. Swenson. From the outside, they appeared to have the enviable life and marriage we all want. They rattled around their picturesque New England colonial home filled with the memories and traces of a well-raised family. She was the chic, wise, intellectual wife, he the Andover–Yale–Harvard Business School guy with the Great Stone Face that resembled the one at Franconia Notch. It wasn’t completely without warning when the diagnosis struck. He had had some shortness of breath and troublesome coughing. He was, after all, a smoker and a stonecutter surrounded with granite dust for years. They sat in the doctor’s treatment room anxiously awaiting the results of the latest round of tests. The news was dreadful: obstructive pulmonary disease accompanied by small-cell carcinoma in the lung, thus beginning, in Harriet’s words, “a six-year regimen of different inhalers, a gradual shift from nighttime to full-time oxygen, many medications and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, and a total change in how we would live and what was left of our daily survival in Camelot.” The real, many-layered story is about how she managed to make a life for herself and for her husband under the most catastrophic circumstances. Among their other difficulties, they had no health insurance. David’s good friend Turk Smith told me about the book, which I read with wonder and admiration for this couple, especially for Harriet. Ben Potter gave the eulogy at David’s funeral. Resquiescat in pace. The touching book Around the House is highly recommended.

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Nora Johnson 1619 Third Ave., Apt. 13G New York NY 10128 212-289-2097

This is too little, too late—but have been in and out of hospitals and rehabs for months. Will certainly make it for next time. Love to all. —Nora

PHILLIPS Eric B. Wentworth 2126 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Apt. 32 Washington DC 20008 202-328-0453

Charlie Flather had to leave our 65th Reunion last June a day early. While many of us stayed to the end, lingering through the Sunday brunch, Charlie was off on an adventure. His itinerary would take him to Murmansk, above the Arctic Circle, in time to board a Russian ship bound for the North Pole by way of Franz Joseph Land. Charlie was one of 120 passengers from 16 countries who sailed on the 50 Years of Victory— the name, translated, of Russia’s largest nuclearpowered icebreaker, chartered by Quark Expeditions. “On the third day,” Charlie reported, “the ship entered pack ice, then about 10 inches thick, which became heavier as we progressed, until it measured 10 feet at the Pole. The ship occasionally had to back up to gain greater momentum going forward in order to break through, particularly when it encountered pressure ridges. For six days the sun never set. We did see whales, walruses, and polar bears. The bears, which have no predators, were not afraid of the ship, and in some cases their curiosity brought them to within 30 yards of us. “At the Pole (where the temperature was 28 degrees Fahrenheit), we were able to disembark onto the ice. A British telephone booth was placed on it, and each of us was allowed to make a two-minute satellite call. There were also hot-air balloon rides. Santa Claus was not right there, but I think I may have seen him in the distance ministering to his reindeer. One of the best parts of the trip was the lecturers: naturalist, geographer, environmentalist, and perhaps the world’s preeminent Arctic historian.” With classic Yankee understatement, Charlie remarked, “It was a worthwhile experience.” What inspired him to sign up? “I try to take perhaps two major trips per year, and two of my good friends did the North Pole in 2014 and came back with glowing reports,” Charlie replied. John Ottenheimer, who lives on Whidbey Island in distant Puget Sound, Wash., was among the classmates who did not make it to our 65th— much less keep going to the North Pole afterward. “Maybe I’ll make it to the 100th!” John said. John left Andover halfway through our upper year and enrolled in the University of Chicago Great Books program. He then served five years as an apprentice to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and followed this with 11 years with Taliesin Associated Architects, a group dedicated to maintaining Wright’s legacy. After that, he established his own practice in the Pacific Northwest. John reported this past summer that he was dealing with an “overload of projects,” after

completing a three-week assignment for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation the year before to produce a report about present conditions and future directions at Taliesin, Wright’s home and studio, in Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Arizona. “I have been doing quite a bit of writing as well as designing over the years and am just about to the point of needing to look for a publisher,” John wrote. “It’s taken so much time because in my life the design work has always had to take precedence over the writing.” Invited to list some of his current projects, John responded that he was working on details for the reconstruction and restoration of Wright’s Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee; doing lots of R&D work on architectural designs and construction details relating to energy conservation; designing a tennis facility for 24/7/365 play; designing “convertible yoga-type studio/minitheatre/cabaret/chapel buildings in a wooded setting”; and completing his manuscript of firsthand accounts of Wright and his works. “What he was like as a person—that’s what everyone asks me, and for once this will give a true picture of what a marvelous human being, as well as architect, he was,” John wrote. Also on his list, he added, were other architectural books and monographs and a few novels. “I just hope I live long enough to get them off my to-do list,” he concluded. In July, Bill Drake and his wife, JoAnn, headed down to Mexico with friends for a convivial visit with Spencer MacCallum and his wife, Emi, who were living in Casas Grandes and (like John) did not make it to our 65th. Bill and JoAnn were intrigued with Spencer’s life there and his discovery and sponsorship of a remarkable Mexican potter, which had spurred the revival of an ancient pottery technique by other local potters. In late August, in a new Chicago gallery, Bill displayed photos he had taken on trips to Cuba, including those he had included in our reunion exhibit. “After the reunion,” Andy Hall reported, “our one artistically talented grandson, who had just graduated from the Hill School, joined us on a Queen Mary 2 crossing to Southampton, England, following which he and I attended a five-day intensive sculpture course in Lavenham, Suffolk. Although we went down different paths—he with plaster, resulting in a beautiful eagle, I with a clay bust of the model provided—we both finished with ‘keepers,’ his to be cast in bronze and mine in resin.” Skip Schaum alerted us that his autobiography, New Horizons, is now available as an e-book on Kindle and can be found through an Amazon search by author’s name (Rounsevelle Schaum) or by title. I’d already read Skip’s book in the print version he gave me at the reunion. It’s quite a saga, packed with anecdotes, tracing Skip’s eventful personal life and his impressive professional career as a project manager, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur. Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... Another author, prolific columnist John Havelock, up in Alaska, is continuing to turn out thoughtful pieces on public policy issues ranging from nuclear weapons control to state taxes. Meanwhile, our class agent Tom Keefe shared the good news in mid-August that our class had surpassed its reunion-year gift goal with a “splendid total” of $135,717 from 85 donors—a remarkable 71 percent participation rate.

1951 65th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016


Connie Hall DeNault 37 Green St. Marblehead MA 01945 781-631-9233

[Editor’s note: Connie Hall DeNault will be stepping down as class secretary for the Abbot Class of 1951. The Academy thanks her for her service. If any member of the class is interested in taking over as class secretary, please contact Laura MacHugh at 978-749-4289 or]

PHILLIPS George S.K. Rider 22 Curiosity Lane Essex CT 06426 860-581-8199

What a summer! It doesn’t seem right that we’re compiling winter 2016 notes, but here goes. By the time you read these notes in the winter edition of Andover magazine, plans will already be well under way for our 65th Reunion, June 10–12, 2016. Please mark your calendars and make plans to return to the Hill. We will again endeavor to have memorable events but limit the number of scheduled events to allow our classmates as much time as possible to renew old friendships and enjoy the campus and one another’s company. Last reunion, Gordon Douglas and Tony Quainton chaired topical panels well attended by enthusiastic alumni from all classes. Gordo’s topic was the future of health-care reform. Tony tackled current foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. Ed Nef’s film on Vietnam reconciliation was viewed by a standing-room-only crowd, which included a number of Vietnam vets from other classes. The panels and film were originally just for us, but the universal appeal of the topics and caliber of the leaders led to opening the sessions to all others. Ozzie Ayscue capped our special events


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with a stirring memorial service, a wonderful tribute to our departed friends. Recently, we lost three valued classmates, Win Adkins, Gerald Houlihan, and John Plews. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Eric Wentworth ’50 forwarded an article about the Ed Nef Foundation, marking the first birthday of the foundation. It reads, in part, “It is our belief that in this era of globalization and war, any effort to promote peace and equality, to rescue dying folk culture and arts, is to be supported.” Admiral Charles “Steve” Stevenson Abbot ’62 was the featured speaker at Andover’s annual Veteran’s Day dinner. We have more than 900 PA veterans in the database. If you have not signed up and would like to, please inquire. Our twiceyearly newsetter is timely and chock-full of great Andover military stories. Newly promoted to captain, Rob Patrick ’88, member of the Andover and the Military executive committee, recently suggested a book that military buffs and all avid readers would enjoy: The Bravest Man by William Tuohy. Summary from Amazon: “The Bravest Man follows Richard O’Kane [’30], who won the Medal of Honor and was one of the most successful submariners in history. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services. Amid internal threats and scandals, O’Kane participated in the most dramatic war patrols of the Pacific war and rescued the largest number of carrier aviators from under the guns of the Japanese. At the end of the fifth successful patrol, his ship was sunk by its own torpedo. Tuohy’s portrait provides an insider’s view of the successes and fractures that accompany wartime stresses.” Fred Pratt wrote in response to Billy Lee’s writings on friendship: “Billy, you are a good friend and a great advocate of friendship. Hard to imagine that I can add much to your considerations! Here are a couple of thoughts: “In giving, there is receiving! This works wonders for individuals. For my wife, Chris, and myself, philanthropy has brought us so very, very much—most importantly a new sense of purpose in life following the crushing loss of our daughter, Theresa, in 1981. The scholarships we have endowed in her name at Tufts have been as much a blessing for us as they have been for the recipients. How you can get nations to appreciate that there is receiving in giving is the challenge! “Small is Beautiful is a book written by E.F. Schumacher about the beauty of small-scale economic aide projects, the very antithesis of huge, expensive projects on a grand scale. “One of the charitable organizations we support is the Center for International Policy. It has been around for a long time and continually offers constructive alternatives to our military ‘solutions’ to all manner of problems. “Keep that everlasting good humor. You may

encounter some intransigence along the way.” Fred warmed up for our 65th by attending his 65th from Middlesex last May. Billy Lee alerted me in late June to news that the New York Islanders had drafted the first Chineseborn player in the NHL. Andong Song ’16 was drafted in the sixth round (number 172). Andong was born in Beijing. A TV crew from Chinese station CCTV has followed him for the past three years. On Saturday, June 27, an estimated 2 million Chinese fans tuned in to receive the news. Andong is a 6-foot, 161-pound defenseman who graduated last June from Lawrenceville and is spending a postgraduate year at Andover. Go, Blue! Bill Duffy and Bryan Hitchcock were happy to hear about Andong—as was the coaching staff, I’m sure! [Wife] Dorothy and I have been busy with book events. I’ve had several great reviews, and I’m a good way along on a second book. The grandchildren continue to thrive. Graham Jr. is coining money working at Abby’s Place, a great restaurant in Essex, Conn. He washes dishes and is a busboy. He’s on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout and recently climbed a 14,000-foot mountain in Colorado. Can’t believe he’s a junior in high school. He’s also manager of the football team. Bradley has a lucrative dog-walking business. He, Tory, and Duncan are all accomplished lacrosse players and spent time at lacrosse camps last summer. They also honed their sailing skills, and Graham is allowed to solo in their 18-foot Whaler. I’m due for a spin. Stay well!

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Mary “Molly” Edson Whiteford 149 Pine Valley Road Lake Oswego OR 97034 503-636-0980

A nice chat was had over the phone with Anisia Allen Gifford this past summer. Anisia, who lives in Medford, Mass., is interested in getting together with fellow Boston-area classmates for lunch. Do let me know if you are interested, and I’ll put you in touch with Anisia. This sounds like fun, so I hope it will work out. Anisia told me that her great joy is growing plants and especially orchids. She keeps them outside in the summer and brings them in during the winter months. Being one who loves to garden, I think growing orchids, let alone in New England, sounds amazing. I hope we hear more about this. Anisia’s other news was a trip to Prague and Budapest that she planned to take over Christmas with her son and his family. We armchair travelers will be looking forward to hearing about her trip on their return. That’s all the news for now. Please send me yours. —Molly PHILLIPS Mike Bromberg P.O. Box 1997 Morristown NJ 07962 973-889-4225

Harris Faigel had another summer of sailing, which provided a chance to catch up with Gene Fachon on Cape Cod. Dean Gitter reports that his Belleayre Resort project, in the Catskills, has finally been granted its permits after 16 years! It will have two hotels, 250 townhouses, and a Davis Love III golf course. The plan has weathered the opposition of New York City (it lies in the city’s watershed), New York State (it is within the Catskills State Park), and a host of environmental groups that have now been convinced that the project is a good idea. Dean looks forward to building the project. Charlie Greene tells me that he and his wife, Barbara, are enjoying Santa Barbara, Calif., and that Barbara is recovering very well from her total shoulder replacement surgery. Paul Jameson and his wife, JoAnna, are enjoying his 6-month-old “charmer” of a grandchild. His younger son has just become a doctor of psychology and will be treating veterans at the VA hospital near Roanoke, Va. Paul has been active politically. He is also studying the mathematics of general relativity. Larry McCarthy and his wife, Cindy, enjoyed an Alaskan cruise during which they saw much wildlife and found the seafood delicious. Larry and Cindy live on Bainbridge Island, in Washington. Bob Milburn advises that the Mamaroneck Review announced that James Fenimore Cooper’s house is being sold to a developer. He wonders whether Henry Spotswood Fenimore Cooper can be roused to help save the home. Dick Sagebiel promises to get together with me at one of my sons’ Blue Ribbon restaurants in LA or NY. My wife, Lisa, and I look forward to seeing Dick and wife Daisy. Lisa and I spent a lovely week in Southampton, Bermuda, during July. We visited our Sea Ranch, Calif., home in September and plan to travel to Hawaii to join youngest son Bruce and his family at their home in Hawaii for Thanksgiving.

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Patricia Eveleth Buchanan 9 The Valley Road Concord MA 01742 978-369-6838

PHILLIPS Bill Joseph 225 W. 83rd St., Apt. 5Q New York NY 10024 347-907-4647 (cell)

In June Nort Wright reported that he, wife Susan, and Gerry Snyder had returned from a three-week trip to Iran, where they had, among other activities, engaged in toe-to-toe debates with locals. Nort attached a “guerilla video made by a Yank girl.” Anyone wanting to view it should get in touch with Nort. Bob Bradley is mostly retired from his architecture practice in New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts and now divides his time between Boston and Cape Cod. Tom Brown is retired, enjoying his five children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and plays golf! Bob Clark has retired and sends regards to Ray Lamontagne and Dick Matson, whom he knew in elementary school in Cleveland and who ended up rooming with Bill Kaufmann and me for four years in college. Speaking of Ray L., we recently exchanged a number of e-mails about life, etc. And we plan to lunch à trois with Bill Kaufmann in the near future. (Bill and I lunch at Fairway Café about once a month.) Dave Kaplan passed through town, and we had a delightful lunch at which many of you were remembered. Randy Motland wrote in August that he had written a review of The Quebec Affair, a new novel by Charlie Brodhead, published under his nom de plume, Robert Penbrooke. Those wanting to read the review should contact Randy, Charlie, or me. In memoriam: Neal McCorvie died on July 25, 2015. Tom Shoop wrote, “Neal was an engaged classmate and alum. ...[He and wife] Barbie were regular reunion attendees [and] regularly supported the class and Andover Fund.” Ray Lamontagne wrote, “Sad news. Neal was a joyous fellow who always seemed happy to see you and was an incredibly good swimmer. I hope that he had a good life. He deserved it.” Bill Kaufmann wrote the following: “Neal McCorvie, who died on July 25, was someone you could count on. If you were a reunion chairman (I was), you could trust Neal (and Barbie) to show up. If you were between wives (I was), Neal and

Barbie were there to look after you. If your car broke down in the night on the way to Connecticut (it did), who better to call than Neal to pick you up, give you dinner, let you drink beer from his home beer tap, entertain your son with the latest Apple computer, and make sure you slept well before giving you breakfast the next day? Give a croquet tournament on your bumpy Connecticut lawn (we did), and Neal, a croquet expert, would be there in his large white wide-brimmed hat instructing the players, never mentioning that the course was short or crooked or, well, ridiculous. “The last time I saw Neal, he called to say he was in New York for a formal dinner, had forgotten his tuxedo pants, wondered if I had an extra pair. Good—I got to do something for him. “In the extraordinary account of his life that Neal wrote for our 50th Reunion book, he mentions his days at Princeton and Harvard Business School, and as a marketing consultant. Find the piece if you can. Read it. It ends with these words: ‘If I never see you again, remember that I love you. If I see you again, I may or may not tell you, but you can count on it.’ I think of Neal now and I miss his enthusiasm. He was smart. He was quick. He was fun. We should have spent more time together. We should have. “To Barbie and Neal’s wonderful family, we send our love and grieve for their and our loss.” Hank Riggs died on June 10, 2015. We are advised that he died at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., after a brief illness. He served for many years as chairman of the industrial engineering department and in the university development office (and as vice president of development) at Stanford. He also served as president of Harvey Mudd College for nine years and founded the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, both in Claremont, Calif. He published books and articles on accounting, management, and finance, and at 70 took up sailing. At 75 he solo-captained his boat to Alaska and back. Bill Kaufmann wrote, “This is very sad. I sat next to Hank at our last Reunion. Being president of Harvey Mudd is a big deal, and he was very modest about his accomplishments.” Bill Wiegand wrote, “I remember him well at Andover, as he and I served as comanagers of the swim team. He was one of the fairest and most considerate guys in our class. He will be missed by all who knew him.” Ray Lamontagne wrote, “Sad news. He was a wonderful man.” We send our condolences and sympathies to Hank’s family and friends.

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Nancy Donnelly Bliss 31 Cluf Bay Road Brunswick ME 04011-9349 207-725-0951

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Roger ’48 and Latie McLean, left, visited Dick ’48 and Anne Kimball over the summer in Owls Head, Maine.

lives in France, had not seen Maris since student days. During the visit, they were also able to see Panna’s son and family. Betsy Hilgenberg Heminway spent a good part of last year abroad visiting family and friends. Betsy celebrated her 80th birthday in Italy with her daughter and family. Many classmates are also approaching their 80th birthdays, and we have begun to think of a way to celebrate together. Edie Williamson Kean keeps in touch and hopes to attend our next gathering. Edie’s adult children were on the move this past year. Daughter Rachel [Bacon] ’84 moved to London; daughter Charlotte and family moved to Hanover, N.H.; and son Nick graduated from law school in Arizona. Lucy Lippard is well and living in New Mexico and Maine, where she spends time with her family and is able to pursue her passion for sailing. Lucy continues to write and to be an advocate for the arts as well as the environment. Peggy Moore Roll is active volunteering as well as spending time with family, who were all together this past summer to celebrate husband Jack’s 80th birthday. Peggy and Jack have a grandson who began classes at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy last fall. Many classmates who live in the Boston area planned to attend a luncheon hosted by Peggy on Oct. 16, 2015. Molly Young Sauereisen sent me an interesting review of a book called Young Eliot by Robert Crawford. The review mentions T.S. Eliot’s relationship with Emily Hale, who was the speech and drama teacher at Abbot when we were there. I remember when T.S. Eliot came to visit at Abbot. Molly also wrote, “All is great—busy with church, singing, and family.” Molly and husband Ferd were planning a biking trip in Croatia this past September. I wrote in my last notes that we had sent birthday greetings to Louise Coffin [Downs], biology teacher, for her 100th birthday. Sadly,


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Charlie Flather ’50 traveled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker last June, just after his 65th Reunion.

we heard that Miss Coffin died this past August. [Editor’s note: Please see her obituary in the fall 2015 issue.] I was touched by the poignant and positive comments from classmates when they heard of Miss Coffin’s passing. She had been a respected friend and teacher for many in our class. I continue to be involved with the steering committee of the Abbot Academy Engagement Initiative. There is a core of Abbot women working with the Office of Alumni Engagement to strengthen the relationship between Abbot alums and the school. There is also an effort to encourage Abbot alums to contribute their memorabilia from their Abbot days to the archives. I particularly enjoyed having Jane Christie ’58 come to my house in Georgetown, Maine, for lunch and brainstorming about the notes from our April meeting before another meeting held in late July. I have enjoyed being involved, spending time on campus and in communication with the folks in the alumni office, who are most supportive. Until next time, may all be well and continue to pursue their passions. —Nancy

PHILLIPS W. Parker Seeley Jr., Esq. W. Parker Seeley, Jr., & Associates, PC 855 Main St., 5th Floor Bridgeport CT 06604 203-366-3939 ext. 483

There has been a paucity of information from our classmates passing over my transom, probably because there are so many diversions: the St. Paul’s affair; the U.S. Tennis Open; end-of-the-summer women’s and men’s golf tournaments; excitement of the MLB season wind-down; WNBA championships; the Rugby World Cup; MLS, EPL, and Champions League soccer; and of course,

the start of the NFL season—not to mention the World Senior Games event in San Diego, where a 100-year-old man set five world records and rested in a lawn chair between events. We mark a very sad event with the passing of David Underwood. We lost one of the most dedicated of Andover sons a month before this column was written. In all of his truly extraordinary service to so many institutions, he gave Andover so much, incuding 10 years at the head of our board of trustees. Tom Cushing, a very dear friend of Dave’s, writes, “Dave’s wife, Lynda, thanked our class for the beautiful white roses and lilies, noting that David loved his association with Andover, the board of trustees, and his friends, our class.” We are sure proud that we knew you, Dave, and that you were one of us. [Editor’s note: Please see our tribute to David Underwood in the fall 2015 issue.] Dave Knight, Bob Feldman, George Shapiro, and Park Weaver, working with Michael Blake at the OWHL and the helpful Andover staff, have completed the design of the bookplates that will go into books bought from the Skip Elsas Fund to be placed in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library. Nancy Elsas, Skip’s widow, reviewed and approved everything that the committee has done. A copy of the design was circulated to all of our classmates who are on the Andover 1954 VCR maintained by Ken MacWilliams. If you are not on it, consider contacting Ken at Kent Mckamy continues to pursue his prisoner rehabilitation initiative at the Brick Church in Manhattan, and as part of it, he is teaching a seminar at Sing Sing maximum security prison in Ossining, N.Y. We had a lovely lunch together at the Brooklawn Country Club with my wife, Liz, and my son Tom ’90, class secretary for his PA class, at which Kent told us many stories about his experiences teaching inmates convicted of murder and who are facing very long prison terms. Steve Wilson writes on the class VCR that he

Last June, Kit Jones Prager, left, and Carol Barker Guilford, both Class of ’64, caught up when Carol visited the San Francisco Bay Area.

asked Natalya and Ken MacWilliams, who are spending time in Munich, to send him a report on the migrant situation there, which they did in great detail. It appears in Steve’s blog, LetsFix. If you have not accessed Steve’s blog, it is well worth a visit. You can find it at Your secretary’s news is that fraternal twins were born to our middle son, Carter, and his life partner, Jesse, in August. Thought Liz and I were done as grandparents. Twins Devon and Meredith would be PA 2033. I would be 96. I wonder how many classmates have twins as children or grandchildren. Write me and tell me.

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Nancy Eastham Iacobucci 17 Wilgar Road Etobicoke ON M8X 1J3 Canada 416-231-1670

First, I want to thank Peg Holbrook Birch for the excellent 60th Reunion report she wrote in May, which brought back lovely memories of a super weekend! But can we hope for a larger group in 2020? Thanks also to Christine Maynard for always providing me with news for columns that are written in January. But otherwise, the only person who sends regular news is Dee Fleming King, and she has once again saved me. Incidentally, I have recently gone through old alumni/ae publications and was reminded that Dee was our columnist for years; more classmates evidently sent news then than now! Since the last column was about the reunion, I have several of Dee’s e-mails to cover. Her life

continues to be very busy, especially with travel. The last I reported was on her Christmas trip on the Danube in December 2013. But she has added that one reason she did that trip was to land in Vienna to hear the Vienna Boys’ Choir on Christmas Eve. She loved everything about Vienna, including waltzing in a car-free square in the middle of the city! Her next trip was to Hawaii for spring break 2014 with her son Brad and family; they did some sightseeing (including Pearl Harbor) but spent most of the time on Kauai, where Dee had not been in 30 years. She was delighted that the island had not been spoiled and said she did “crazy” things, like “mud-bugging” with her grandsons. In June 2014 she went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where her daughter, Carolyn, and Carolyn’s husband, Bob, were racing their A-Cat sailboat (coming in sixth out of an international group of 50—impressive!). Carolyn continues to love the law, and as the presiding judge of the court in Seabrook, Texas, she has been pleased to make some long-overdue changes there. In July 2014, the whole family (including Dee’s son JC and his wife) went to Utah, where they enjoyed the art festival in Park City and also hiked to 10,000 feet and did a lot of swimming and horseback riding. In August 2014, Dee spent a week in Washington, D.C., where she said she renewed her sense of patriotism. She attended free concerts, visited military installations (with ceremonies and demonstrations by the armed forces), and even found a carousel in a park, which she rode in the rain! In addition, she took a short side trip to Annapolis, which she also found inspiring. A May 2015 e-mail mentioned that she had planned a trip on the Volga River but was glad that it had been canceled, since, had she gone, she would have missed end-of-school-year festivities for her grandsons. A highlight was a band concert in which she was proud to see her two grandsons

Mark Carnevale ’65, cochair of his 50th Reunion last June, is shown posing for the class picture in front of the Addison Gallery. Classmates were saddened to learn of his passing, in August.

playing: Wes, 11, was a first-time trombone player, and Case, 13, was a more seasoned trumpet player (the ages will be wrong by the time you see this— but close is better than nothing!). She mentioned that her home (“Ocean House”) is always full of visiting family, and she also runs back and forth to Houston (three hours away), where family members live. Ocean House is now starting to require repairs, and Brad has been busy building other houses; Dee also sold her old house. This real estate activity kept Dee away from her usual travel schedule for a while. But as of Sept. 1, she was about to leave for Denver, Seattle, and Alaska, and then the family was to go to New Orleans for Thanksgiving, where they planned to visit the World War II Museum. For 2016, the family is planning a trip to Normandy, and in April, Dee will be returning to Cuba with her friend Rick, with whom she will also be floating down the Amazon in August! Unfortunately, Dee also sent the sad news that Gerry, the wife of her older son, JC, had died. Gerry had been dealing with health issues for some time and had not been able to recover from a final attack. Dee reported that JC seemed to be doing “about as well as one could expect” but obviously needed support. The sympathy of the class goes out to JC and also to Dee. I do not want to end with sad news, so one final item is that in September, Kathy Lloyd again visited Sue Appleton Jowett in Maine, where they traditionally watch the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The women’s final was an all-Italian match (one unseeded, one seeded 26th)—how amazing is that? As I end this report, I am wondering whether anyone reads this column. If you do, please send me a quick e-mail saying that you do. If I don’t hear from anyone, I shall assume nobody reads the column, and I shall stop writing! Andover | Winter 2016


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Tony Hilton passed away Dec. 29, 2014, after a long battle with brain cancer. After Andover, Tony enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Discharged three years later as a petty officer third class, he entered Brown University, where he earned a BA degree, followed by advanced studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Jim Liles shared recollections of Tony at PA: “Tony and I shared similar interests at Andover (boxing, skiing and other outdoor stuff). You might say he was a ‘curiosity’ to me, those early days at PA, with his nonconformist apparel (green felt fedora, checked wool shirt, and moccasin-shoes) and his pronounced Maine accent. I thought his regional northwoods dialect was maybe even more ‘different’ than my own southern Appalachian drawl. It must have been amusing to all you ‘polished’ speakers to overhear any conversation between Tony and me!” Tony retired after 28 years as a professor of psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, where his wife, Homa Hoodfar, is still on the faculty. His thoughts on social diversity and human migration expressed in the 50th Reunion book have particular resonance now, in light of current upheaval in the Middle East and Europe. Besides Homa, Tony leaves two grown children and several grandchildren. Jim Schulz died Feb. 9, 2015, in Victor, Idaho. The cause was cancer. Jim was born in July 1937 in Chicago, the second of six children. He spent his childhood in Evanston, Ill. After Andover, Jim attended Princeton University, where he was a member of Cottage Club, played football, and majored in engineering. Upon graduation, Jim received a commission in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant and was stationed in Korea. When he returned to the United States, he served with the 101st Airborne Division, giving him countless Screaming Eagles tales to share later with his sons and grandchildren. Upon leaving the army, he joined the family business, American Automatic Typewriter Company, first in New York and then Chicago. In 1966, Jim married “his brat little sister’s brat friend,” Philbin de Got. They lived in Evanston, where they had grown up next door to each other. There, they started a family, eventually having four sons. In 1977, the family moved to Milwaukee. By 2000, their sons had moved across the country, two to the East Coast and two west to the Tetons. In 2003, Jim—then semiretired—and Philbin packed up their Milwaukee home and moved to Teton Valley, Idaho, to be near their oldest son, Jim Jr., and his wife, Chris.


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Jim soon became an active member of the community, serving as a Teton Valley Hospital chaplain, delivering meals on wheels, sitting on the board of Seniors West of the Tetons, tutoring at Victor Elementary School, and helping with the Alta, Wyo., branch of the Boy Scouts. His membership at St. Francis of the Tetons in Alta gave him a place of worship, where he served as a vestry member, acted as senior warden, and sang in the choir. Jim is survived by Philbin; sons James Jr., Philip, David, and Stephen; and nine grandchildren. David Sherrill died on March 27, 2015, in Grand Junction, Colo., where he was a public accountant. Entering Andover as an upper middler, he boxed and was in the marching band. After two years at Carnegie Institute of Technology, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he met his future wife while stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver. He and Sharon were married in 1962, a year after his retirement from the military. David worked for the Dow Chemical Company in Rocky Flats, Colo., from 1963 until 1973 while attending Metro State University in Denver and receiving a BS degree in accounting. He was employed by the IRS in Grand Junction until 1978, when he went into private practice, which he pursued for the next 32 years. Retirement in 2010 allowed David to indulge his passion, knifemaking. A dedicated outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and riding his Harley. Richard Bergmann died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif., on Feb. 6, 2015. At Andover, he managed the varsity tennis team and was a member of the glee club. Dick was born in Manila, Philippines. In the summer of 1939, having taken the Trans-Siberian Railway from Europe to Vladivostok with his parents, the family—reacting to dangerous conditions in south Asia—decided to relocate to Japan, where they spent the war years at Gora, a coastal community south of Tokyo for foreign nationals. During the postwar occupation, Dick played with Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s son, Arthur, and rode trains with American G.I.s. As his parents sought to relocate to the U.S., Dick again crossed two continents with his younger brother, Peter, in tow—this time by seaplane through India and Egypt. He and Peter attended boarding school in England before Dick resumed his caretaker duties on a transatlantic voyage and a transcontinental trek from the UK to Mill Valley, Calif., where the family was reunited and where Dick lived in the shadow of Mount Tamalpais the rest of his life. After Andover, he attended Stanford University, and upon graduation, he was a real estate appraiser for the San Francisco Savings and Loan and was on the editorial board of Contact magazine. He soon started he own company, Security Mortgage Group, later called Cal Bay Mortgage, which he helmed for more than 35 years. In addition to Peter, he leaves his sister, Bettina, wife Denise, four children, and two grandchildren. I remember how proud I felt at 15 to have taken

the train alone from Kansas City to New York so my grandmother and I might catch our collective breath at the Copley Plaza in Boston before she installed me at Andover. I’m very glad I didn’t try to tell Dick Bergmann what a well-traveled man of the world I was…Y.

1956 60th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016


Anne Woolverton Oswald 7862 East Greythorn Drive Superstition Mountain AZ 85118 480-374-4281 317-502-0339 (cell)

Hello, ’56ers! A bit slim, but here is the latest from our class. In September, Louise Day Cook wrote, “Where did summer go? I apologize for not answering any e-mails, but weeks seem to fly by, with little to report for my time (I haven’t even made it to Jackson to see Ellen Welles Linn). Wyoming has been cool and very green, a welcome change from southern Arizona. I’ve played limited golf (altitude) and some bridge. “Have I announced the two latest additions to the Cook clan? Colton George Cook, born in April in Louisville, Ky., an addition to son Scott’s family; and Tessa Marie Manney, born in June in Bremerton, Wash., into son Brad’s household. [Husband Leon and I] made a quick trip to Marble Falls, Texas, by way of San Antonio for the Memorial Day weekend to see Leon’s sister and dodged daily deluges as the River Walk was under water the day after our visit.” Elizabeth Parker Powell writes, “My news: August 1–8 I enjoyed a Tauck Bridges tour of rainforest and jungles in Costa Rica (the northern part) with grandson Everett Stickley. We zip-lined, bounced on hanging bridges and rubber boats, and marveled at the amazing colors of flowers and the variety of birds, iguanas, and turtles (saw a turtle deliver 100-plus eggs into the hole/nest she dug at 11 p.m., cover it to disguise it, and then waddle back across the black sand to the ocean). “This September will have the thrill of a lifetime: seeing granddaughter Madeline Stickley ’19 enter Andover in ninth grade (junior). I know Mollie Lupe Lasater has a granddaughter in her upper year at PA. Do any other ’56ers have a relative at Andover now? “And a pitch for returning for the 60th Reunion, June 10–12. Please send ideas for the reunion or offers of help to Mollie Lupe Lasater ( and/or to Betsy (” And someone I can always count on to send news, Jane Tatman Walker, writes, “Last year we took all the family on a Baltic Sea cruise to celebrate our 35th anniversary. This year we stayed homebased for the summer at Lake Wawasee in northern Indiana, where the children joined us for crossover weekends. The threat to close my college alma mater, Sweet Briar, took a lot of attention since March. Early on, I noted the alumnae who started a saving campaign and was optimistic for their talent and success. Happily, Sweet Briar opened this fall, and I look forward to its continuing. It is an example of the power of women, determination, belief, and persistence and of finding good people to lead. Abbot Academy also gave us that history. I hope to see many classmates at our 60th Reunion in June. Let’s make this an especially great time for all of us.” Judy Warren McCormack writes, “We spent the summer doing things with grandchildren. Had a three-day sleepover here and took one group to Cape Cod for a few days of beaching and the older ones (with their parents) to Washington, D.C., to see the workings of government and Arlington, Va. Rode the carousel on the Mall, which was much easier than the elephant ride last summer. Felt a little like running a summer camp. Loved it, but I’m happy to be an old lady again. “There is an Andover/Abbot reunion page, and you can access it directly at https:// Particularly amusing is the a cappella harmony song on the home page, on the right side. Click on ‘Wouldn’t You Rather Be at Andover.’ ” And from your faithful scribe, Anne Woolverton Oswald: [Husband] Bob and I had a Colorado summer. In July, we fished the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Gunnison, followed by a long weekend in Estes Park with daughter Jane and her family, after which we fished some more from a friend’s cottage in a fishing club property at Leadville, where we braved the altitude of 10,000plus feet. Made for interesting sleeping until we adjusted. August found us back in that great state, where we rented a house for three weeks in Durango and had two sets of friends visit us there. And echoing the other pleas, please start making your plans for our 60th Reunion June 10.

PHILLIPS Phil Bowers 322 W. 57th St., Apt. 30F New York NY 10019 212-581-0538 Philip R. Hirsh Jr. 106 Body’s Neck Road Chester MD 21619

Rally round! Save the date! June 10–12, 2016: It’s “60 for the 60th.” Yes, we’ve set a goal of bringing a record-breaking 60 alumnae/alumni from the Class of ’56, plus spouses, to the Hill for our 60th Reunion—our diamond jubilee, if you will. You’ve received a few announcements already. For the reunion website, key in

reunion. There, you can see information such as class pages, schedules, lodging, transportation, parking, a campus map, and frequently asked questions. By mid-March, you will be able to sign up. Some events are limited in size. Earlier registrants are served first. The reunion website lists more than a dozen classroom lecture events, as well as numerous tours and open houses, including the Addison Gallery, the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, the Observatory, and the William H. Brown Boathouse. There are eight culinary/cocktail events; sporting events and arts performances; a handful of state-of-the-Academy presentations, gatherings, and panel discussions; and a songfest of old-time tunes around the piano. Forty events in all—in 2½ days! And while we are at it, volunteering as a phone caller to contact fellow classmates is still in order. Join us. In getting ready, try a shameless touch of nostalgia. Click on the reunion link noted above. Then click on “Wouldn’t You Rather Be at Andover.” It’s a hoot ’n’ a howl. We’ll see you there! And now, back to our story. Sterling “Doc” Bennett wrote from Madrid, on a side trip from a two-month stay in Paris to attend Cercle International de l’ARC, a group, he says, that “invites foreign students to attend conversation sessions with retired French people, for conversation practice.” Want a description of the experience? Go to Doc’s blog at SterlingBennett. com. From Paris, our peripatetic classmate hit home in Guanajuato, Mexico, then Missouri and New Hampshire, and last, Sayulita, Mexico, to…surf! Artist Robert Berlind reveals that his paintings have found their way to the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockport, Maine. Furthermore, he informs us of three awards he received in NYC: The Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Award, sponsored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the National Academy Award for Excellence in Painting; and an art writers’ grant, mainly for his contributions to the Brooklyn Rail, a journal of arts, culture, and politics. Robert is also an “academician” at the National Academy. Ed Perlberg reports that “all is well.” In addition, he, Guy “Robo” Robinson, and Ed Parker “chat” on the Internet on a daily basis. In a long e-mail, Joel Murphy notes that, at 55 years out of Rutgers and with four grandkids in college, it is “amazing who is still standing.” Listen in for a few random quotes: “I’m still working every day, some matrimonial and divorces and family a retired municipal court judge. I still do some criminal work, as I speak the municipal/police language, and have been an officer of the Housing Partnership of Morris County [N.J.] for 18-plus years. Habitat for Humanity is a client of ours, and we clear their clients for them pre-mortgage.

“My son, Jeff, has the architectural contract to do all the renovations for St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in NYC. The Pope is checking out the work this summer. I’m really proud of Jeff. … He worked with I.M. Pei before he went on his own. “I play golf each week. …Also have a boat on Lake Hopatcong, which keeps me on some water in the summer. We did the Long Island Sound and around the island and NYC last year. Our home is for sale, as we would like to move to northeast Pennsylvania, up along the upper Delaware, and keep the boat on Lake Wallenpaupack. “My life in a nutshell. Work hard, play hard, always on some board giving back. Never have a bad day. Happily with the same woman for 26 years, married for 11; got married in Kirkpatrick Chapel at Rutgers in 2004. Go to all the Rutgers football games: home, away, and bowl games.” Mike “Biggie” Moore and his wife, Ann, won a 2015 Governor’s Service Award from Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service. Mike is a board member of WorldDenver, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to advancing a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures. Ann and Biggie have spent two lifetimes together as active volunteers within their community, for which this award is but an understated summation. They were feted at a ceremony at the Colorado State Capital last August in Denver. Congratulations, Mike and Ann. You have given our class…a lot of class. Alleged retiree Fred Burnham weighed in with, “[Wife] Regan and I moved to Asheville, N.C., three years ago because we had fallen in love with this wonderful, kooky little city filled with artists, musicians, and craft breweries, surrounded by mountains. I am volunteering in the homeless community, at the poorest public school in town, and with a prison ministry. And I am loving the challenge of every new encounter.” And finally, Orrin Hein is alive and well in Big Sur with occasional jaunts to Paris, where he links up on occasion with Robo Robinson. —The Other Phil (Bowers)

1957 ABBOT

Anne Boswell 5 Choate Road Hanover NH 03755-1701 603-643-5043 Lucinda “Lulu” Cutler 267 Legend Hill Road Madison CT 06443-1881 203-779-5859

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stay connected... PHILLIPS Stephen C. Trivers 151 South Rose St., Suite 611 Kalamazoo MI 49007 269-385-2757 Gregory Wierzynski 4426 Klingle St., NW Washington DC 20016 202-686-9104 Class website:

It is often said that vigorous activity slows the aging process. Look no further for proof. By day, Karl Milde toils as a patent and trademark attorney, and in his off hours he lets his imagination fly as an inventor and author. Over the years he’s received dozen of patents, and he’s still at it. His latest ideas aim to make guns safer using smartphones. One device would keep a gun locked unless it was in the hands of the owner; another gizmo would stream an image of the target at which the gun was pointed, providing evidence to either convict or exonerate a police officer in the event of a shooting. Karl has also written five children’s books and three adult thrillers. Check him out on Amazon. From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Austen Zecha writes, “I’ve been working like a dog to get my new three-year-old marketing communications agency for Southeast Asia going, for my last hurrah.” Two important clients left last year, but he’s managed to replace them with a cluster of smaller ones, plus a major tourism outfit, a regional airline, and Malaysia’s dominant rental car account. “Even better,” he writes, “I got remarried, to my fiancée of four years.” Dan Adams is an avid fly fisher, but he wasn’t able to wet a line all summer. That’s because he was running his third-term re-election campaign. A stalwart of the Evansville, Ind., City Council, he adds, “It’s an exhausting job. Today, I have five stops to make; I’m working on getting 250 signs out, putting out four YouTube videos, and walking door-to-door tomorrow afternoon.” Why does he do it? “In 1998, when I was close to death two times, I made a deal with God that if I could get out of the medical hole I was in, I would find some way to still help people, other than through heart surgery. I know it sounds BS hokey. But that’s the deal.” Our class agricultural expert, Elon Gilbert, continues to careen around the globe. He writes, “I can’t remember when summer actually started, but I think I was in Jamaica doing a short volunteer assignment on the reform of the agricultural extension services. At the moment, I am doing another volunteer assignment, this time in Tanzania, in the shadow of the Kilimanjaro.” As I was writing this in September, Marnie and Grabo Keator were preparing to decamp from Vermont to the verdant hills and azure skies


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of Hawaii—the town of Kamuela on the Big Island. The move is something of a homecoming for them: They started teaching careers 50 years ago in Honolulu. Marnie intends to continue work in the Episcopal Church, and Grabo will cover PA’s West Coast alums. The transcontinental change prompted Alan Blanchard to ask, “How can you possibly have the energy at our age for such a bold adventure? An awful lot of people are going to miss you more than you know.” In August, Leo Ullman went to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington to talk about his book, 796 Days, a chronicle of his childhood in Holland and his coming to America. The title refers to the time he and his family spent in hiding from Nazi occupiers during World War II. So compelling was his presentation that the museum ran out of copies long before the event was over. Phil Olsson and I caught up with Leo for drinks afterward and reminisced about good old PA days. For what he calls his “opera party,” the indefatigable John Austin has chosen Oberon, the 1826 musical masterpiece by Carl Maria von Weber. The chorus includes Seth Rice, Jim Stewart, Lee and Tom Terry, Brian Pendleton, and Mimi Reeder ’57; Jim Cook on the trombone and John on the double bass are in the orchestra. The production, his 12th, was set for early November in New York. “Always a good ’57 mini reunion, these occasions!” says John. After what he describes as a “happy round of good-bye celebrations,” Bob Darnton retired from his posts as Harvard librarian and university professor this summer. He says, “As all my retired friends assured me, the change is not great. I keep chasing deadlines—and also planes, because now I am saying yes to more invitations. [Wife] Susan and I will be traveling throughout most of the next academic year, visiting children and grandchildren as well as universities and libraries.” In the spring, Bill Bayfield hosted the Yale golf team at the Landings Club in Savannah, Ga., where he lives. This fall, he planned a return visit to New Haven, to officiate at the Yale Fall Invitational. From there, he and Penny, his childhood sweetheart and now bride of one year, were to motor to Kennebunkport, Maine, for a visit with Mary and Nick Trane. Nelda and Dick Keith spent the summer cruising along the Maine coast in their Ranger 27 tug. “Cool nights and bright days, save three days of heavy fog,” Dick reports. “Beats the summer heat of Florida.” As usual, you’ll find Bill Sterling’s class letter on the class website. Bill inveighs against such newfangled refinements as plastic hotel keys, TV remote controls, and GPSs. And on a melancholy note, he prepares himself to become a caregiver to his wife, Yvonne, who is beset by a cognitive disorder. —G

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Parry Ellice Adam 33 Pleasant Run Road Flemington NJ 08822-7109 908-782-3754

We received news from England and Val Matthews Andrews, who has been busy with her “allotment” garden—originating from the WWII era, as a means of growing fruits and vegetables for families. She has one of 60 allotments in a local park, which also has many social benefits. She continues to teach ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Her husband died three years ago of multiple system atrophy (MSA)—for which cause she raises money and awareness. Her son lives in London and her daughter in Warrington; she has three grandchildren, the youngest being 7. Last year she made a quick visit to the States: to Connecticut, where sister Wendy ’74 lives, to New Hampshire for a very snowy Thanksgiving, and to Maine. Jane Christie sent the following note: “Sandy Bensen Calhoun and I spent a week at a cottage on Cousins Island on the Maine coast that has been in my family for more than a century. Shirley Slater Crosman drove from Cambridge through fog and rain to have lunch with us and spent the night, thanks to the same fog. Great to get together. On another evening Harriet Gray and I had a lovely dinner in Yarmouth; so much to catch up on. “On another note, I met Nancy Bliss, from the Class of 1954, at her summer home in Georgetown, Maine. We are both involved in an Abbot Academy Engagement Initiative to help AA/PA capture as much Abbot history and culture and context of our lives there as possible, while we still remember those days—now more than 40 years since the merger. We would love to have you all participate in the effort and will be in touch soon on how you might join us. In the meantime, please search your closets, basements, and attics for AA documents and artifacts you might have that you would be willing to give to the archives or share with the school.” As I am sure many of you are aware, my alma mater, Sweet Briar College, went through a bit of a bump on March 3 with a shocking (to everyone) announcement of closure. Enter the troops of determined women who, through the courts, proved the closure was totally unwarranted. On Aug. 26, the college opened under the sound guidance of a new president and a whole new board of directors, stronger than ever. If any of you know a prospective female student who would appreciate receiving a strong academic foundation, living on a gorgeous rural Virginia campus, and being a part of a winning team, check it out! [Husband] Sandy and I decided to attend the Sweet Briar reunion, even though it wasn’t my year, just to get firsthand information. And who was there, celebrating her 55th, but Jane Tatman Walker ’56? Jane was my big sister at Abbot! Talk about old home week.

PHILLIPS Dermod O. Sullivan Carlton House, Apt. 3-L 35 North Chatsworth Ave. Larchmont NY 10538 315-750-0385 or 914-834-6816

In September 2014, Dave Stare received an award for his lifetime contribution to the Sonoma County wine industry from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Andover reunion attendees are blessed to have experienced Dave’s Dry Creek Vineyard wines, which he generously donates to our affairs. I, for one, police up partial cases at the end of our reunions. Over the intervening years until the next reunion, I enjoy the wines with classmate friends. Jack Clymer can attest that they get better over time. Bear in mind that my class secretary duties are strictly pro bono, and the leftover reunion wine is an enforced cash and carry! Credit also goes to Phil Woodward, who has donated to numerous past reunions cases of Edna Valley Wine from the Chalone Vineyards winery. I doubt another Andover class has such celebrity connections in the wine valleys of California. The description of Dave’s award states that “few people have had as significant an impact on the quality and variety of the wines produced in Sonoma County. And few have been as vocal and persistent in spreading the word about the wines being made in the county, putting the region on the global map for world-class wines.” “I was the first who started beating the bushes,” says Dave, “talking about how great Sonoma County wines are and raising awareness of our wines throughout the States and in Europe.” In many ways, Dave is a pioneer. He graduated from MIT and worked for the B&O Railroad for several years. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley in France, Dave’s original plan was to move to France to build his own French château. However, after reading about the burgeoning wine industry in California, he knew that coming West to start his winery was the right move to make. “It was 1971, and I was studying winemaking at UC Davis during the week and searching for vineyard property on the weekends. It was on one of those visits that I discovered the Dry Creek area and immediately fell in love,” he says. “In Sonoma County in the 1950s and ’60s, a lot of people were producing old-fashioned country reds and whites. It wasn’t until the 1970s that we realized we could grow high-quality grapes and produce world-class wines.” Because Dave’s inspiration was the Loire Valley, sauvignon blanc figured to be a prominent wine in

his initial Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, after consulting with several famed vineyard managers, he was advised against planting it. “They told me sauvignon blanc would never grow in the Dry Creek Valley. I appreciated their advice, but I knew I had to stick to what I knew was right. I was going to plant this varietal come hell or high water.” It turned out to be one of his best decisions and one of many notable firsts. Established by Dave in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard—the region’s first new winery since Prohibition—is Dry Creek Valley’s flagship winery, located in the heart of Sonoma County, Calif. Dave paved the way for a viticultural rebirth in this vibrant wine-growing appellation. Among other industry benchmarks, Dry Creek Vineyard is recognized as the first winery to plant sauvignon blanc in the Dry Creek Valley. A pioneer of Bordeaux-style blending, the winery was also the first to use the term “meritage,” with the 1985 vintage, as well as the term “old vine” to describe pre-Prohibition-era zinfandel vineyards. This family-owned winery is celebrating more than 40 years of winemaking and is led by the second generation. Dave’s daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, serves as president, overseeing a successful family winemaking and grape-growing business that includes 185 acres of sustainably farmed vineyard. The memories of Einar Westerlund in the most recent Andover magazine about the Andover-Kent races our upper and senior years elicited the following from Monty Bissell: “My recall of the 1957 and 1958 Kent races is similar to Einar’s. As regards equipment, at some point we did acquire a shiny new shell, which—it was projected—would be the difference between winning and losing to Kent. Unfortunately, it was not to be in 1958, but maybe the new boat did contribute to the win in 1959.” Monty continues, “These days, PA crews have a clean Merrimack and a lovely boathouse. But they can’t be having any more fun than we had. My two younger brothers went to PA (John ’60 and Richard ’64), and both did crew. John spent a year in England after Andover as an exchange student, where he crewed for Shrewsbury (west of Birmingham). The school had a great rowing tradition, and they went to Henley in 1961, winning the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup. My brother’s prize possession is his oar from that race, which he received as a memento and which now hangs in his house. It is decorated with the names of the crew members, with whom he stays in touch. Last year they had a reunion at Henley during the regatta, with some rowing on the side. By his account (and his wife’s) it was a fabulous occasion, hats and all.” Marshall Cloyd weighs in, to further the Andover-Kent connection: “Tom Dunlap stroked the Kent ’58 boat. We both then rowed together at Cal and studied engineering. Cal has three gold medals and Washington has two. Many on the East Coast are unaware of this historical ‘battle’

between the two strongest West Coast crews.” I regret to announce that James Francis Keaney died on June 2, 2015. Jim began Andover as a junior day student and later graduated from Northeastern. We have had little contact with Jim since graduation, but his family reported that he served in the military in “areas of conflict.” He worked for the IRS and was a trustee of the Pembroke (Mass.) Public Library for many years. A devoted family man, he was predeceased by his wife, the former Kathryn L. O’Connor.

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Nathalie Taft Andrews 2407 Ransdell Ave. Louisville KY 40204 502-459-5715

“Nothing new to report,” says Frances “Eve” Hooper Dalmolen, who spent the past summer volunteering at the Chatham [Mass.] Marconi Maritime Center, Godfrey Windmill, and Pleasant Bay Community Boating, attending board meetings, and kayaking with the Nauset Newcomers. And, Eve had lots of company over the summer, including three grandchildren, ages 2, 5, and 7. “No change here in any major way,” reports Sue Calnan Bates, who has a new grandbaby on the way. Sue had a great summer in Chatham, Mass., and Westerly, R.I. Now she is back home taking care of minor household headaches. Alice Iams Kittredge reports more of the same: “No change here. Still trying to cash out in Panama, while still loving it. Panama has become a megatropolis. We even have a Trump Tower! I liked the old Panama better: low buildings, red-tiled roofs, tree-lined streets. But the old Panama couldn’t come close to accommodating the demographic burst we’ve had. As it is, all the new highways and tunnels and overpasses are clogged at rush hour. Imagine if we didn’t have them. On the other hand, we have lots of towering apartment buildings with nobody home. Glad I live out here in the ’burbs with trees and breezes and rain-on-grass smells and wildlife and country sounds at night.” David and Tina Treadwell had a great trip to Sicily in May. Tina is also a new grandmother, as her older son, Ed Barker, and his wife, Sarah Kurz, are the proud parents of Phoebe Emerson Barker, born in May 2015 in Boston! She is a beauty, and thriving with her parents in Belmont, Mass. Susie Goodwillie Stedman sends greetings from Bethlehem, writing “I’m on an amazing ‘dual narrative’ tour of Israel and the West Bank with dear friends who lived and worked in East Jerusalem for many years. Our local guides are an amazing Israeli Jew, Yuval, and his buddy Farraj, a Palestinian Christian, who live the dream we all hope for. After nine days of intellectual, emotional, Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... spiritual, and physical challenge (we walk at least five miles each day up hill and down, through souks and casbahs, climbing endless sandstone steps at holy sites), hearing stories from all sides, we are dizzy. I am especially blessed to have three Palestinian friends (of a friend in Maine) to meet. Each has treated me like royalty and shown me so much. Now I must run to meet one more.” Happily, Elsie Kellogg Morse writes, “I guess I could start out just like Alice with a ‘no change here’ opener, though, having joined the happy ranks of cancer survivors, maybe it isn’t quite the same. Mine was neatly contained and removed in one swift lumpectomy, with all the expected follow-up treatments. My brother Charlie ’58 isn’t so lucky, with a much angrier sarcoma surrounding nerves and the spine in his neck. Needless to say, these times speak to treasuring every moment that we are given. This year such happy moments will include going to Cincinnati to represent the Rhode Island School of Design Museum at the National Docent Symposium as well as a major splurge trip over the Christmas holidays to the Galápagos. In between times around and about Providence, R.I., or Damariscotta, Maine, continue to be fulfilling and delightful, as I hope you all are finding your in-between times.” Cathy Watson Rapp says, “At this point in our lives, no news is good news! [Husband] Bill and I are finishing up summer at the beach in Avalon, N.J. Back to Pennsylvania soon, where we’ll settle in for the winter. (I have a husband who loves the snow!)” Cathy also asked me, “What happened to that imminent retirement? Sounds like you’re busier than ever!” Well, let’s see. I am planning to retire and slowly working toward that day, but I landed a couple of great grants for the museum [the Portland Museum, in Louisville, Ky.], one from the National Endowment for the Arts and one from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, so that’s keeping me too busy to leave. We are also in the middle of a campaign to strengthen the museum and complete some great and greatly needed projects, so I want to finish those initiatives. And, finally, I spoke with a colleague who retired a few years ago and nearly had a breakdown, lost his wife to divorce, and is now back volunteering at his old institution. So that sounds like a cautionary tale! In the meantime, Elsie’s lovely compliment means a great deal to me: “Certainly, Nathalie, you are our gold-star winner for fulfillment in every waking moment of your days. I love picturing you racing to meet your exhibition deadlines and then charming all in the hosting of those celebratory openings. We certainly all appreciate your continuing to take on the cheerleading for getting out our news.”


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PHILLIPS David Othmer 4220 Spruce St. Philadelphia PA 19104 215-387-7824

We are, no surprise, an extremely literate and prolific group! John Briley has been writing children’s books for some time now, and the first book of his Green Flash series, an illustrated middle-grade fantasy chapter book called Dragon Central, should be out by now. Jim Hayman’s fourth book, The Girl in the Glass, is available in paper and e-book formats, and he is, he writes, “currently trying to wrestle my way through the opening scenes of McCabe and Savage number five. I habitually seem to make each story more complicated than the last. Just a glutton for punishment, I guess.” Jim also reports that Ted McCarthy has been competing in Ironman triathalons. Chris Costanzo writes, “I am finishing my translation from Italian to English of the monumental History of the Kingdom of Naples by Angelo di Costanzo, published in 1581—the standard sourcebook for southern Italian history from 1250 to 1500, and for warfare as it was carried out then.” Pub date for Chris’s translation: early 2016. Last year, his translation of Joseph of Copertino, written by Paolo Agelli in 1753, was published. Chris writes, “Joseph was a barely literate Italian monk and mystic who, it is said, could levitate and fly, and who did so in front of the pope, kings, princes, great noblemen, and scholars. He is the patron saint of the mentally challenged and of aviators.” Dan Reiff has revised and expanded Architecture in Fredonia, New York, 1811–1997, and in 2000, his Houses from Books: The Influence of Treatises, Pattern Books, and Catalogs in American Architecture, 1738–1950 was published. If you know about the Sears mail-order houses, you get a sense of the richness of material in Dan’s book. Dave Harris played the Old Man in The Man in the Mirror by Thomas Heine last summer. Bill Anderson went to Cuba in November 2015, saw Lea Pendleton while Lea was cruising in Penobscot Bay, and sees Will Taylor regularly at the bridge table. Will, a sailor, was in last year’s Bermuda Race—they lost the rudder (and thus the race) but no further harm done. Jesse Young writes, “I came out of retirement this past spring to raise money for a powerful veterans program, Saratoga WarHorse. The DVD, Out of the Darkness, is an hour of my songs, both old and new, along with interviews with the musicians and several of the folks who make WarHorse happen, including founder Bob Nevins, who was a medevac chopper pilot in Vietnam and inspired me to play again after a long and often dark struggle with Lyme disease. It was a great evening!”

As he cut back on his child psychiatry practice, Quinn Rosefsky learned to paint watercolors— you saw many of them at our 50th Reunion exhibition—and in 2006 started working with the Passamaquoddy Tribe in northern Maine. Between 2006 and 2012, he went to the reservation for three-week stints six times a year. Here are some of his reflections: “I felt terribly conflicted, guilty really, about leaving the reservation in northern Maine, where I worked for five and a half years as a psychiatrist. My job was to help people cope. But it was more than that. My patients were poor, often unemployed, struggling to exist, often doing things that were not good for them or their families (drugs, alcohol, suicide attempts). ‘Why are you leaving?’ so many of my patients asked me. Over the year that I spent saying good-bye, I gave a variety of responses, including, sometimes, ‘I don’t know why.’ It was hard, lonely work; I was in physical pain; and I was worn out. But were these good enough reasons to leave? As if my own guilt while awake weren’t enough, I had dreams about the reservation for more than a year afterwards. In those dreams, I was still a doctor, still trying to listen to impossible problems. “Although I had no intention of returning to the reservation (or to work as a psychiatrist), my next step was not an unexpected response to the dreams. Over the course of six months, I created a course on Native Americans (history, culture, legal issues, economics, health, etc.). I was driven by a sense of need to understand and explain to a group of adults our age: ‘What was God thinking when he created white people?’ It’s hard to sort out historical facts and be objective, but our training at Andover gave me a clue: look at Supreme Court cases. (Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, United States v. Sandoval, Oliphant v. Suquamish.) That was not all I did, but I give you the examples because the method is so familiar to us. I gave the course twice to very motivated students, age 65 to 85. “Last fall, I took a writing course. When it ended, I told my instructor I was going to write a short story about my work on the reservation. I began work in November, writing about a fictional Native American woman who was an addict. Friends and relatives liked the story, felt it was very sad. Of course, it needed work. Why wouldn’t it? I’m a doctor, not a writer. David Othmer gave his input. So did Bob Myers. Later, when I had a collection of six stories, with more characters, Jim Hayman gave his. And now, it’s a novel that has a plot (dealing with corruption), 14 chapters, and a prologue, and has reached 65,000 words, and Alan Albright is having a go at it. “My work on the reservation, my Native American course, and my novel have taught me a number of things. To summarize: It is possible to dig your way out of a deep hole if you want to, if you don’t get killed in the process (although you might) and if you aren’t doing it for yourself alone. It’s possible to get to the heart of the matter if you really connect with someone. Whether or not anything can be done is another matter. Non sibi helps.” 1960



55th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016

Virginia P. Agar 41 Dix Point Road Bernard ME 04612 207-266-1705

PHILLIPS Mike Burlingame 111 North Sixth St., Apt. 301 Springfield IL 62701 217-206-7364 (work) 217-299-9306 (cell)

Ni Rong, wife of Dorsey Gardner, took many splendid photos at our 55th Reunion and has kindly made them available online at http:// Among the most frequently photographed are Tom Campion, Nick Kip, Wally Winter, Allen Ward, Nick Danforth, Jeremy Wood, and your faithful class secretary. Charlie Kendrick has generously agreed to be our class agent. John “Tex” Daniel, perhaps the most prolific author in our class, is updating his blog, The Joy of Story, which he invites you to visit (http:// In September he announced, “Here’s what I expect to include monthly: A review of a book I’ve recently read or I’m in the middle of; a guest post by a fellow writer, allowing that writer to plug a book, new or old; a brief, entertaining, and opinionated essay on the craft of writing stories; and a 99-word story by me; a writing prompt, inviting other writers (you!) to send me 99-word stories, which will be included in the following month’s post, if they follow the rules. Other occasional features: humorous poems by my father, who died when I was 2 years old; short essays reprinted from Black Lamb, a literary mag I contribute to monthly; and reviews of books recently published by my publishing company, Daniel & Daniel.” Be sure to check it out. Speaking of authors in our class, Gerry Shea, who resides outside Paris, forwarded a recent interview with the magazine France Dimanche. Here’s a link, which provides an opportunity to dust off your French: Another PA author whom you may have known back in the day, Matthew Warren Hall ’63, has written a first-rate book, Dividing the Union: Jesse Burgess Thomas and the Making of the Missouri Compromise, which I read with pleasure in manuscript and commend to your attention. Matt has been an independent scholar-writer since retiring from the practice of law in 2002. Please keep me posted on your doings ( —Mike Burlingame


Carolyn “Cally” Butler Dow 44 Spruce St. Portland ME 04102 207-899-4178

Kudos to you, dear classmates! You answered the call for news—in spades! Marlene Cohen Bourke writes, “This past summer, I took my two sons and their families to Barcelona, Spain, and then to Italy and France. In between trips I had my kitchen renovated, and I love it. I am about to leave for a twoweek tour of southern France. Ah, what a life!” Jane Paffard Nichols is sleepless in Seattle! She says, “I am directing Comedy of Errors for the Seattle Shakespeare Co. Brilliant cast. Hysterically funny, as well as rich and poignant. Molly Upton is planning to be out here soon and will hopefully see it! Will direct a wonderful dark comedy in January for Seattle University called Our Lady of 125th St. I’m also in dialogue with Spymonkey, the fabulous UK physical comedy troupe, for a new project. And I’m working with a former student to research the medical benefits of ‘play.’ ” Another Seattle resident, Libby Holloway Fiene, reports that she did a 19-day hiking trip in Austria with her hiking group. She welcomed her first grandchild in March. Lee Keegan Pakstis is the administrator for a residential care facility for retired nuns in Ipswich, Mass. She writes, “Of all my jobs, this is the most rewarding and challenging. My greatest contentment is my family. John, a psychologist, and I just celebrated our 46th anniversary. My son, Josh, and his wife, Alice, have two children. Josh is an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts. My daughter, Sarah ’96, works as a senior product manager, developing software for an education publisher in Boston, and is married to Bryan Murphy ’97. My kids are terrific: bright, funny, thoughtful, and challenging. I still live in Andover, in the house I lived in when I was at Abbot.” Susie Fox Reepmeyer has discovered a new passion. She says, “I discovered biking, a new adventure for me. It started on Nantucket, where, in an effort to see as much of the island as possible, I rented a bike and easily rode 36 miles on the first day. Who knew I could do that? Then I joined Vermont Bike Tours on a six-day trip to Acadia National Park in Maine, averaging about 25 miles a day, exploring the amazing carriage trails and views from the Park Loop Road. Then I took a tour through California wine country and a tour of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown, Va. The most amusing part of the story? I don’t own a bike!” Sherry Lowe writes, “I live in Glastonbury, Conn., but still spend time on Nantucket, where

I grew up. I have five grandchildren: four boys and a girl, ages 2 months to 7 years. I hope to go to California to travel up the coast into Oregon in April. Crafts are still very important to me, mostly rug hooking and quilting.” Ann Fahnestock Cody writes, “In fall 2014, we stopped by Ann Tevepaugh Mitchell’s place in Kiawah, S.C., where her fantastic, naturally lit art studio overlooks the ever-changing Southern marshes. Her artwork in all genres is also fantastic. Then in June, we visited with Molly Bidwell in Bristol, Vt. Her old farmhouse is gorgeous, and her gardens are superb. Molly’s still teaching music and playing with various ensembles. We reminisced over our pitcher-catcher softball practices in the hall on the third floor of Abbey.” Muff Marshall writes, “I’m chair of the Madeline Island Music Camp, on the largest of the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin. I’m also president of an association of Brule River, Wis., summer residents. I’m the first female to hold the position in what’s been an old boys’ club. I am also involved with Chamber Music America. My daughter, Elizabeth, a Navy Nurse Corps commander stationed on the Annapolis campus, got remarried in late June. She now has five sons, ages 5 to 20. The two youngest are hers from her first marriage.” Sybil Smith writes, “We have had a wonderful summer, spending time both in Vermont and in Maine with our kids and granddaughter. [Husband] Don has recovered very well from quadruple bypass surgery in April, so we are feeling twice blessed!” And I, Cally Dow, have been volunteering and taking classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). I’m most excited about a course on Shakespeare. I am also at the end of the leash of a yellow Lab, still very much a puppy— need I say more? Many thanks again to all who so generously sent news. We are together on paper— and next June, I hope we will be together for our 55th Reunion. (It’s just a number!)

PHILLIPS Paul Kalkstein 42 Doubling Point Road Arrowsic ME 04530 207-443-5675

The class seems to have some interest in old teachers (see below). Now I am one of them. A bit more college reunion news. Duncan Bremer writes, “I just got back from the Yale 50th. It was good to catch up with men I had not seen for half a century and to meet some in person that I had never met. I am still working pretty much full time in my solo law practice (real estate transactions, estate planning, etc.). Not making much money, but paying the bills. No need to retire and move away, because my wife and I love it here, and at least for now we have five out of our seven grandchildren nearby. I get to mountain bike most days, garden, play with animals, and look out Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... on mountains, the creek that runs through our pasture, and our sheep and horses grazing under a blue sky. God is good all the time.” Ted Cox reports seeing a number of classmates at Yale, including Landon Carter: “Just saw Bunky at our 50th Yale reunion. He is a revelation, with his continuing championship-level endeavours!” Bunky offered a free copy of his book, The Awakened Relationship, to classmates. If you would like one, e-mail me. Ted says he was “delighted to see a picture of my cross-country coach John Kimball ’49 in last winter’s Andover magazine. I had been unaware that any of the coaches or faculty from my time at PA were still alive. Contacted him and enjoyed a wonderful catch-up visit with him and [wife] Margaret.” According to Wells Walker, who was there, Pierre LaTour and Tom Brayton joined me in not attending the Princeton 50th. Another request from Tom Pollock: “I’d like a tale about sneaking through the steam tunnels. I never got in on that, but my kids say it was still going on when they were there, from 1981 to 1988.” Geez, I never heard anything about that. Answer from Dan Mahoney: “I never plumbed the steam tunnels but am interested in the generation of instructors we studied under while at Andover. Has anyone documented the careers of the men who did their best to educate and civilize us back in the day? I am thinking of Scotty Royce, Bob Hulburd, Bill Brown ’34, and others of their generation. They were WWII vets, ‘hard’ men, who chose to devote their careers to teaching, coaching, and advising us as best they could. I think, in retrospect, they were an extraordinary group of men with a unique and interesting set of talents and backgrounds. I suspect they changed Andover in ways that are not fully appreciated. I think their stories and contributions deserve to be told.” Hmmm. Bob Hulburd became my assistant lacrosse coach! We were close until he died, in 1994. Bill Brown lived very near us in Maine, and we saw a lot of him. His son built our house, and I teach in his shadow at the Midcoast Senior College here in Maine. For years, [wife] Marnie and I took Bill up to Camden to have lunch with Hal Owen ’43. Ah, Scotty—must tell that one in person. Randy Graves has resumed rallycross auto racing. He sent a picture to prove it. Me, I get slower every year. Not Randy. A farce! Arriving a minute apart at our marinaside Maine restaurant for lunch, Tony Accetta went one way and Marnie and I went the other, totally missing each other. We all toyed with our drinks for almost half an hour until we finally wised up and got together. The truly wise one was Tony’s wife, Nancy, who had gone sailing. The peripatetic Jim Sprague sent me a photo of David Jenks outside his studio/gallery in Mendocino, Calif. That sent me to David’s website. I really admire his work. As a bonus, David had a show this fall at a gallery in Portland, Maine. At the


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opening we bumped right into Denny Gallaudet, another Mainer. Denny has an interesting hobby in election years: checking out the candidates as they appear at small meetings in neighboring New Hampshire. David reminded us of the stern entrance requirements that faced many of us in the late ’50s. David had to prove his worth in summer school. My own memories of being tutored in math before I could matriculate are not for savoring. Be sure to step inside David’s gallery when you tour northern California. From Mike Manheim comes this terse e-mail: “I have decided to retire. My projected retirement date is Oct. 31.” I know that many classmates are still working, but the roses smell sweet. Andover has come back into my own life lately. Our oldest grandchild became a ninth-grader at PA this fall. And I noted in the spring that the varsity lacrosse team, coached to a 14-1 record by one of my former players, included four players whose parents I coached. Whoa. In June, our 55th Reunion rolls around. I recently received a postcard from our class poobah. He will be there. Will you?

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Kathrin Krakauer 240 Columbia Drive Bomoseen VT 05732 802-273-2548

Susan Mallory Dunn, development director for Island City Opera in Alameda, Calif., has been busy producing a performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto. In addition, Sue’s husband has written a musical comedy about the celebrity goings-on at Hearst Castle in 1938. It’s a song-and-dance show featuring a number of stars. They are both busy working on getting this show produced. Sue’s seven grandchildren, who all live in the San Francisco Bay Area near her, also keep her busy; the oldest has completed his first year in college, and her three granddaughters are now 6 years old and growing too fast. Frederica Muller Aalto wrote that fundraising for her cause, reproductive healthcare for the women of Afghanistan, has been quite successful but is always ongoing. The Rotary Clubs have been especially generous with their donations. This fundraising involves Frederica traveling to give presentations on the project, so please let her know ( if you are interested in having her present to a potential donor group. Their initial work is ongoing in Herat Province and they will now continue the project in Balkh Province in north central Afghanistan. Anne MacDougall wrote, “After the death of my husband and partner in business, Gil Einstein, three years ago, I decided to keep the

business going. I am a private dealer in postwar and contemporary American art and vintage photography. It is mostly a pleasure, and the museum clients are great to work with. I still love living in New York and am close to both my son and his family and my stepdaughter and her family, which makes me a grandmother of four lovely children. I have a new partner, Milton Adams. We travel quite a bit, enjoy the jazz and theatre offerings in the city, and pray for an end to the ongoing racial divide in this country.” My (Kathrin Krakauer) news is that Vermont is an idyllic place for retirement. I finally have time to read for pleasure and can highly recommend All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. When I have my head out of a book, I see a wonderful assortment of birds from my deck, including loons, bald eagles, goldfinches, and hummingbirds, among others. The fall colors replace the lush green hills in October, although in early September there are already a few spots of red and orange; after that, the white stuff comes! My son, Benjamin White, is now working for the nonprofit Institute for Behavior Change, which is based in Exton, Pa. The institute provides one-onone behavior therapy in the home and school to children with behavior disorders. The therapy is funded by Medicaid, which means it is available to all children with a diagnosis. The institute currently operates in Pennsylvania but is working on being able to provide therapists in as many states as possible via Medicaid. The clinical data compiled from the institute’s many years of experience with behavior therapy has demonstrated that this approach is successful in helping the children achieve a meaningful improvement.

PHILLIPS Vic Obninsky 1101 Navarro St. Santa Rosa CA 95401 707-230-2271 707-843-5784 (fax)

Our 53rd reunion ended as a great source of joy for the 33 attendees. It took longer to plan than the 52nd reunion, but everyone seemed to agree that the location in the Adirondacks, just west of Lake George, N.Y., was a perfect setting for us to enjoy ourselves. The only disappointment was that more local classmates and ladies did not attend. This was a loss to all of us, particularly those who could not show up. Those who braved the long drive from wherever they lived into the boondocks described in The Last of the Mohicans were Kim and Dan Jenkins, Barbara and Tom Israel, Noel and Jack Fabiano, Annie and Doug Wales, Becky and Lee Gilbert, Rayna and Sam Caldwell, Mike Moonves and Baba Davenport, Sis and Bill Mann, Laura and Claus Emmer, Pinky and Jorge Gonzalez, Artemis and Mike Davey, Charlotte and Jerry Bramwell, Jay Westcott, David Bonnett, George Andrews, Jonathan Sox, Peter Richardson, Woody Boynton, Brent Mohr, Jim Mettler and Manana, and Vic Obninsky filling out the group. As for Tony King, Bill Schubach, and Nick Knueppel last year, it was the first postgraduation Andover experience for Woody Boynton and Jim Mettler. The amazing thing is that the span of time over half a century makes absolutely no difference, and all classmates immediately connect and relate with one another. Our location was pretty much monopolized by our class, and the breakfast was delicious. It must be said that lunch and dinner were more appropriate for Baldy Leete’s Commons of our day. Perhaps the ghost of Mr. Leete smiled as he saw our evening meals. I take that back; Mr. Leete never smiled. Brent Mohr won the Better House golf trophy over two days of golf matches at the Sagamore on Lake George. Baba carried Moon to victory over Jay Wescott and George Andrews in tennis. In fairness, it must be noted that George had had his second hip replacement a month earlier. Sam Caldwell and Fabs went some distance on a fishing outing. Sam also led about eight people on an electric boat ride on the lake adjoining our site. Several couples went horseback riding and Fabs, Jon Sox, and Brent Mohr commiserated with Mike Davey, Jerry Bramwell, and me over the Yankees’ loss. On the closing Monday morning, George Andrews led a memorial service for our class. He slowly said the name of each departed classmate, and Jon Sox followed up with the reading of two psalms. The service was concluded with a common recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and singing “Let’s Go, the Team is on the Way.” There certainly is a difference between enforced Chapel attendance and voluntary expressions of faith. We are all members of the 1962 class of Phillips Academy, but we frequently differ in our memories of Andover Hill. This has absolutely no effect upon how we relate to one another. Now it is very obvious that our adolescent days spent together in a boys’ boarding school contributed so much to our development that we must be grateful to the institution, whether an individual liked it or not. The other remaining obvious fact is that we boys have retained a growing love of one another, which immediately comes to light at our reunions. I believe that we are the only class to hold annual reunions, and I would recommend it to the others. Everyone was taking photos of one another with their telephones. Being a technology cripple, I didn’t even bring my cell phone with me. Jerry Bramwell had an authentic 35mm camera and took wonderful pictures of all the events, but his two group pictures were absolutely stellar. Thanks, Jerry. I appreciate having been allowed to file class notes late so that you can read about the reunion. Word has also come that John Garver is alive,

well, and enjoying himself in Bangkok. This is a long way from his start in NYC, and I guess it goes to show that if one can prevail at Andover, one can make a good life for oneself anywhere. The hardest part of writing these notes is to report the passing of a classmate. January was particularly difficult for us with two losses, but just before the reunion, I received three e-mails about Al Gordon’s death from cancer. Carl Corey, Jim Pfaff, and Dan Jenkins wrote movingly about their relationships with Al. At PA, Tom Gilmore wrote a column for The Phillipian, “On the Sidelines.” On March 7, 1962, he wrote, “Yet not only winners should be mentioned in this list of surprising performances. For the choice few who could get up to Exeter for the wrestling meet, Al Gordon exhibited such endurance, courage, and guts as I have never seen in four years at Andover. Alone, on a red mat, before a mob of howling Exies, he robbed Sneed of his fall by fantastic bridging. Because of such performances as these, Andover was able to stay in the meet.” Dan added, “Al continued wrestling at Yale. He wrestled for the Yale freshmen and the varsity. I saw him a couple of times at the Plebe tournament at West Point and at the Easterns. It was always nice to talk to him. One time he joked about knowing the exact number of lights on the ceiling of the Exeter gymnasium. He was a good friend and a fine gentleman.” Mike Beard also wrote in from North Dakota, recalling how close he was to Al and mourning his loss. One of the questions asked at the reunion is what made our class so special. I vaguely remember some mathematical axiom that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We as individuals form a shrinking hole, but we who remain carry the memories of our own days at Andover and our times with those who have passed on. I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas season and that we can get together again in 2016.

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Cynthia F. Kimball 7 Thoreau Road Lexington MA 02420 781-862-6424

Greetings to all! I just heard via e-mail from Barbara Rugen, who is in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer with her husband, Steve. There was a write-up of her work in the fall issue of Andover magazine. Writing before that story appeared, Barbara said, “I understand there will be a profile on me as a Peace Corps volunteer in the upcoming magazine, so I don’t want to take up space in the news section. But if you have extra space: Our kids are visiting us late September. We’re going on a safari and to Cape Town. Steve

and I just participated in a wild-game count in northern Namibia. The best part was in our own camp, where hippos lulled us to sleep with their nasal mating calls every night and monkeys came begging for food, which we were only too happy to share with them.” Barbara also wrote about another classmate, Carolyn Holcombe Damp, as follows: “I understand that Carolyn is back safe and sound. Thank heavens! A mini reunion in Maine [occurring in September 2015, organized by Iris Vardavoulis Beckwith] sounds heavenly, especially this time of year. I bet you’ll have good attendance. I’ll be with you in spirit.” Carolyn went to Nepal with her sister as part of a group they called the “Tin Tin Gang” to aid victims of the terrible April 25 Gorkha earthquake, which was followed by the strong aftershock on May 12. I hope to have an update from Carolyn with more details of her admirable work to present in a future column. We are so impressed by your efforts, Carolyn, and are grateful for your safe return. Mid-August brought a visit to the Eastern States Exposition grounds in Springfield, Mass., to watch Karla Haartz Cortelyou ride her Morgan horse, Seven, followed by a picnic lunch and some kite flying. A lovely swimming party at the home of Bina Hayes Thompson ’65 in Lincoln, Mass., was held on Aug. 27, in celebration of the 70th birthday of sister Hilary Hayes Geyer and also the birthdays of Margaret Kimball, Margaret Brown Coakley, and your class secretary. We were all born five days apart and have known one another since the ages of 3 and 4 as we grew up in Andover. Hilary told me she had had news of Donna Youngblood through a conversation with Emory Wood Disney. I called Donna and had a lovely chat after all these years, sharing memories of random Abbot events. I reminded Donna of how, during our studies in the library at Abbot, I marveled at her ability to write the definitions of French vocabulary words in such small handwriting that she could fit three handwritten lines in one lined space on the page. Donna is currently living in Vermont, caring for her pets. She obtained a master’s degree in urban education from Simmons College and then embarked on some richly varied employment opportunities. This work experience included many years at the Jamaica Plain (Boston) Division of Employment Security and Head Start, and work at the Harvard Medical School on a triple-blind study connected with L-DOPA. She has also been involved with a nonprofit performing arts center. I wish you all good health and happiness, with hope also that you will continue to update me on your news.

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stay connected... PHILLIPS John C. Kane Jr. 28 Puritan Park Swampscott MA 01907 781-592-4967

Matt Hall writes that he has completed his book on the Missouri Compromise, titled Dividing the Union, and that it will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in November 2015. It will be available through the press or on Amazon. Anyone wishing to read a summary of Matt’s book can consult the publisher’s website (www.siupress. com) and click on the fall/winter catalogue. In May I attended the wedding of Catherine Kimel and Hayden Brown, the son of Tish Upton Brown ’63 and Jim Brown. They are a wonderful young couple who are applying the non sibi values on both sides—Hayden as a public defender in Marin County and Catherine as a legal aid lawyer in Alameda County. Thom Flory wrote in March that he and Lyn were off on another of their travel adventures, this one involving 10 nights on a Seine River cruise and 10 nights on a Rhone River cruise. And as the intrepid traveler, Thom had comments on Roger Ritvo’s time in Riga, Latvia, and Jan Askman’s trip to Bhutan (previously reported here). Fifty-six Septembers ago, Johnny Bilheimer left Little Rock, Ark., as a direct result of the turmoil and school closings growing out of Governor Faubus’s response to court-mandated integration. Four Septembers later, Henry Jones came from Little Rock to Yale as one of 12 African Americans in our class, a landmark number up to that time. Over the years, Johnny and Henry graduated from law school, clerked for the same federal judge, became part of the only integrated law firm in Arkansas, and became friends. I have twice been privileged to “emcee” public conversations between them, primarily focused on their experiences as teenagers in Little Rock during those tumultuous years, and their unique perspectives, but also on their lives as adults in a theoretically integrated Southern city. The first, at KIPP Academy Lynn (Mass.) and KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School, where I volunteer extensively, involved presentations to classes of seventh-, eighth-, ninth-, and 11th-grade students; it garnered glowing front page coverage in the local newspaper. The second, to a diversity gathering of lawyers and staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where Johnny still practices law, received very favorable reviews (including from my wife’s college classmate, who is assistant attorney general for the antitrust division). The dynamic between these two guys is wonderful, as is their story. We are hoping to find other forums in which to present this, including Andover. And, as my affidavits used to end when I was still employed, “more your affiant sayeth not”— because more your affiant haveth not. If I have


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overlooked anything sent to me over the past 24 months, my apologies to the overlookee, but to the best of my knowledge I haven’t. Absent fresh input, we will be back to the unfocused wanderings of a very old man. Spare us all! Cards and letters, please.

1964 ABBOT Allis Brooks Hanley 206 Sioux Place Loudon TN 37774 865-458-8872

I’ve enjoyed seeing news from several classmates who haven’t contributed before. Keep up the good work! Over the summer, Gwyneth Walker spent a week in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia, with her opera Evangeline, an Acadian story. She relates that it was a wonderful experience, and she hopes to return to Nova Scotia in the future. The newest Walker work is an orchestral suite celebrating the cliff dwellers of Mesa Verde National Park. Musicians from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., premiered the work in December. Gwyneth’s last trip to Fort Lewis College included a visit with classmate Susie Localio. Andover was well represented on the tennis courts at Mead Park in New Canaan, Conn., this past summer when Gwyneth and Kam Cheung ’82 played their twice-weekly singles games. These jovial matches featured plenty of laughter, congratulating the opponent on good shots, and even some running! Gwyneth and Kam send their greetings to classmates. In mid-June, Kristina “Kit” Jones Prager was able to catch up with Carol Barker Guilford, who was in the San Francisco Bay Area visiting her mother while sister Janet Barker ’65 attended her 50th Abbot/Andover reunion. Kit writes, “We chatted nonstop for hours, yet there is still so much we did not get caught up on. It’d been about 15 years since we last saw each other.” Virginia “Ginny” Clemens Bryant is still working full time. She loves her job, but says she “needs to retire and tend to more things at home, as opposed to helping young pregnant or teenage moms stay clean and sober—a challenge. We were so sheltered at Abbot.” Her son, Sam, is squadron commander of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Three Zero (VRC-30) out of San Diego. He flies a COD aircraft (the largest plane to land and take off from a carrier). Ginny has four grandchildren and a great daughter-in-law. Linda Pattberg Meixner lives on Capitol Hill in DC and is working at Woodley House, a nonprofit with housing and services for the mentally ill. She has four grandchildren ages 8 years to 6 months (as of June 2015). Dale Thomson Milne was in South Carolina

for two weeks in June awaiting the birth of grandchild number six. She expected to see Katherine Abler Harvey ’65 in Andover following her 50th Reunion. Dale and Kathy spent time together in Antibes in April with Dale’s daughterin-law and 10-year-old granddaughter. Then Dale spent a week in Italy. Her triplet grandchildren are a year old and growing fast. My husband, Dan, and I spent too short a time at our house in Connecticut in June. In July, we visited Dan’s brother in South Bend, Ind., and then went to my nephew’s wedding in Sandusky, Ohio. Two of our sons were able to join us for that event. In August, Dan had both his knees replaced. His goal was to be completely mobile by midDecember, when we expected to go to Anchorage, Alaska, for our grandson’s fourth birthday and for Christmas.

PHILLIPS Ken Gass 2107 Evening Star Lane Bellingham WA 98229 360-393-2612 (cell)

Our 50th Reunion still shines brightly for our class. Here’s a reunion-related NYC museum exhibition alert from John Axelrod, a generous art patron. John was instrumental in securing Chris “Daze” Ellis, Loisada (Lower East Side) NYC graffiti artist, as both artist in residence at Andover in 2014 and as our reunion muralist; he created our class mural and helped us “tag” it. Daze will have a one-man show of his work at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) through April 2016. The MCNY was founded in 1923 to preserve and present the history of New York City and its people. The directors of the MCNY were convinced to mount the exhibition after viewing Daze’s show at the Addison! For his part, Daze was equally impressed with our class’s playful and lively engagement at the tagging event under the dinner tent. What did he expect after 68-year-olds were provided with free booze? The Addison’s new director, Judith Dolkart, was so impressed with our reunion attendees’ use of the galleries that she told John every reunion should have an artist. Our class also enjoyed the playful sculpture art of classmate Bryce Muir. One more round for our 50th, where everyone in attendance enjoyed the fresh, insightful observations on the Supreme Court presented by NPR’s Nina Totenberg, thanks to the good fortune of H. David Reines’s marrying well. Last August, his wife, Nina, reported on a most amazing personal story ( Reines wrote, “It was a glorious day when the three Totenberg sisters, including my wife, stood at a packed press conference at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and reclaimed the Stradivarius violin stolen from their father 35 years ago. You can read the longer version, but please click and listen, so you can hear the magnificent instrument and the magnificent violinist, my father-in-law, Roman Totenberg, as well as my magnificent wife, Nina.” Speaking of classmates who married well, a topic Randy Hobler has suggested warrants an entire edition of these class notes, Jeff Garten has provided sound evidence that he has accomplished more than cameo appearances on his wife’s Food Network cooking show, Barefoot Contessa. He reports, “I have a new book [his fifth on the global economy] coming out on March 1 from HarperCollins. It’s titled From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives. Each chapter revolves around someone who did something spectacular to make the world smaller and more interconnected and describes who they were, what they did, how they did it, and how the historical circumstances of their times made a difference. It took me eight years to do it, during which time I have been teaching full time at the Yale School of Management, having previously been dean for a decade. I’ve also been serving on several corporate boards and doing some consulting work.” Tom Seligson has also offered a future class notes feature, a Vietnam travelogue. Freshly jet-lagged from his return flight in July, Tom said, “Vietnam is a beautiful country with great, inexpensive food and friendly people.” He is eager to provide tips on trip planning to classmates. What follows is a potpourri of classmates’ myriad ways to stay busy for fun, profit, or family enjoyment. Jim Moody’s year in review included the arrival of and visit to grandchild number five in New Orleans, complete with a bleeding ulcer (his), followed by recuperative hikes in upstate N.Y. and a planned river cruise through vineyards of France in October, all with Ann, his partner of seven years. Bruce Edwards is semiretired, teaching one semester a year at the University of Florida. He keeps busy the other eight months developing math videos with The Great Courses (The Teaching Company). Our PA math teacher Santa Banta must be proud. As Jeff Wright transitioned out of his law practice over two years, he began piano lessons and learned to row an eight-oared shell, his son’s forte. Jeff and his wife, Betty, who retired as an OB-GYN nurse, have been spending more time singing and traveling. Last summer they participated in a three-week concert tour of Central Europe with their local community chorus, including performances in Vienna, Prague, and Krakow. Bob Cheek is teaching meditation and mindfulness on a volunteer basis at a jail and a drug rehab facility to surprisingly receptive and grateful students. He is on the boards of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, cochairing both. As someone used to living in hot climates— Vietnam, Alabama, etc.—Doug Everett has turned to aerobic cryotherapy to finally stay retired, after three failed attempts to leave full-time medical practice in the Air Force, the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and the VA. Part-time

doctoring in the outback of Nome, Alaska, and in Alabama ERs has allowed him to cross-country ski with the musk ox and sled dogs in Alaska, ski the Haute Route from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn in Switzerland, and participate in an international long-course cross-triathlon under cold conditions in Motala, Sweden. Nationally ranked in his age group on the Olympic-distance triathlon, Doug doesn’t mind growing older, just growing up. Mary and Rich Reynolds have more time to pursue their interests and enjoy all the outdoor activities available to them in Boulder, Colo., now that he has emeritus status with the U.S. Geological Survey and a part-time research consultant position with the University of Minnesota. Ever the geologist, Rich is fascinated by the natural world. As he summed up, “Mainly, I’m interested in the planet (nano- to global scale) and never get bored. Every landscape is interesting, the place and its living matter (or without life, as in much of Antarctica).” At this writing, Peter Schandorff was walking with a cane 10 months after complications from spinal surgery, with the goal of celebrating Steve Spare’s 70th in Tucson on Dec. 12, along with L.E. Sawyer, others from Peter’s China adventure, and anyone else from our class.

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Fiftieth Reunion, Part Two: During the reunion, some classmates displayed art in the reunion headquarters. Margrit Krakauer Schneeweiss, although unable to attend, sent some of her lovely jewelry to be displayed, and Janet Barker brought various pieces of her work as well. Janet updated us on her current projects, which include writing and illustrating a series of books for children, as well as her paintings, drawings, and photography. Langdon Learned Holloway spoke of her work as a social worker and the opportunity it provided to engage with many different cultures. She enjoyed being a bridge between different communities. Barbara Suhr White, a California resident, had been back in Andover only twice since graduating. She had a great time visiting with Kathryn Platz Zox at the reunion. They have kept in touch over the years while living on opposite sides of the country. Kathryn is a successful radio show host in New York State. She interviews guests, discusses current issues (especially focusing on health), and facilitates book reviews. Becky Reynolds Zielinski attended reunion with her husband, Gene. Becky has loved singing her whole life. She led the congregation in singing the “Good Night” round from Abbot during the

memorial service Friday afternoon. Becky and Gene enjoy traveling, especially when it includes friends and family. They recently completed a Road Scholar trip to Italy. Kathy Stover Holian made the trip from Omaha, Neb. One of her sons lives in Massachusetts, making it convenient for her to attend. It was fun to see someone taking a picture of Susan Voorhees, Katherine Abler Harvey, and Kathy Stover Holian together at the Abbot Tea. They were roommates for a year at Abbot. Susan Voorhees continues to work in the field of child psychology. She spoke of the gratification and challenges of working with troubled children and adolescents. She is also currently serving as board of directors chair for the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center in Topeka. Sarah Watson DeCew helped out as a contributor and facilitator in the presentations during reunion. Sarah recently and very happily married Charlie Blanchard. They live in Nevada, but both have New England ties, so they spend time there as well. Sarah is helping her daughter launch her online clothing business, Lily of the Valley Isle, and spending as much time as possible with her two grandsons. Ellen Huntington Slade was not only the Abbot chair of the 50th Reunion book. She also led the Abbot ’65 talking circle that was held Friday evening and a class-facilitated discussion Friday morning, where she read her paper, “Reflections on Life at an All-Girls’ School.” She captured the essence of the Abbot experience in a way that provided information, passion, and humor. She shared her experience and invited us to reflect on ours. This discussion provided an ongoing conversation in conjunction with the Andover experience. It was so well received that Don Shepard ’65 and Sarah Massengale Gregg helped her record it later for YouTube. Barbara Sykes was hesitant to attend the reunion at first, but she enjoyed her time reconnecting with classmates. On Sunday morning, a few of us, including Barbie, walked to the bird blind near campus that was established by the Abbot Academy Association. Luckily, Liz Eder McCulloch remembered to bring along some bug repellant, as the hot and sticky June weather was bringing out the mosquitoes. Barbara Dow White is still living on Cape Cod, but in Falmouth, to be closer to her daughter and grandson. Joan Brazer Walker was at the Friday evening dinner in Davis Hall with her husband, Thomas, but I did not have a chance to talk to her. Anne Rahilly Crawford arrived for the parade Saturday morning and stayed until Sunday morning. Everyone was glad to see her, as she does not often attend reunions. I had a few snafus related to attending reunion on the PA campus, where I didn’t go to school. For example, I almost missed the class picture because I was hunting for the location. Thankfully, a few events were planned on the Abbot campus, including a dinner Thursday and one Friday Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... in Davis Hall in McKeen Hall, plus the talking circle and the Abbot Tea, which were held on the third floor of Abbot Hall (where we used to have chapel). There, they have one of the old benches we used to sit on, as well as a picture of Abbot girls attending chapel. There were two films shown that were thoughtprovoking. On Thursday afternoon we viewed Regular Guys, a film about the Andover experience, directed by Kevin Rafferty ’65. On Saturday afternoon The Girls of Abbot: A Memoir, a film by Charlie Stuart ’62, was screened. Along with the class-facilitated discussions, these provided many talking points during the entire weekend.

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A few months ago, in the book of essays published in conjunction with our 50th Reunion, Mark Carnevale wrote that he reluctantly had begun attending these events 40 years earlier, at the insistence of wife Penny. “Working with classmates (many of whom I hardly knew at PA) has proved interesting and fun, and even educational,” he observed, also noting, “No grandkids (we’re still too young).” A reunion cochair and catalyst for the success of our mid-June gathering (you can see the pleased look on his face in the photo shot by Tom Hafkenschiel), Mark unexpectedly and shockingly died two months later. He was indeed too young. Many of us shared the e-mail chain initiated by close friend Don Shepard and Penny and Mark’s daughter Cassie; we were able to follow the tragic progress of what initially had been assessed as an infection to the eventual diagnosis of cancer of his brain stem and Mark’s passing on Aug. 24. Online tributes quickly followed from Mac McCabe, Doug Pirnie, Jud Brown, Ben Jerman, Joe Magruder, and Nick Marble, among others. Particularly eloquent was Ralph Swanson, who commented following news of the diagnosis: “Mark is one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated members of our class whom I’ve been privileged to know. He made coming to reunions—or even joining the planning committee—something I actually looked forward to. He certainly did not disappoint in displaying these qualities this time around. He has the sense of humor and earnest interest in what he was doing that one must have to organize people successfully and get them to do, willingly and enthusiastically, what they might otherwise have just as well skipped. That is a talent I wish I had... . He is just a really good man.” I was one of those who, as he wrote in our reunion book, Mark did not know well at Andover. Nor have we had much contact since. So I asked


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Penny if she could share her thoughts on Mark’s connection to our class and our school, and its importance to him. “Mark always treasured the time he was able to spend with friends old and new at the PA reunions,” Penny responded. “His goal in working on the reunions was to make each one a terrific experience for his classmates. He was delighted each time someone who was at their first reunion would tell him that they wouldn’t miss another one! It was the highest compliment they could give him. “He and his friends on the reunion committee would spend hours with each other on the phone and via e-mail as they planned out all the details,” she added. “There was a lot of fun and laughter as they prepared for the reunions. One of his most cherished possessions was his book of the committee’s compiled ‘Andoverlys’—the many different phrases that they created (to replace ‘sincerely’) before their signatures: ‘Andoverly, Mark.’ The 50th Reunion was very important to him, and he didn’t want to miss a single minute of it. He was so glad to be with everyone and to enjoy the activities that the committee and all the volunteers put so much effort into. He reported back that, with the exception of Tunket [Spaulding]’s wrist injury, the 50th Reunion was a complete success!” Ave atque vale, Mark Carnevale. Now, and again at our 55th, you will be missed and remembered. There is no easy transition from the above, but the story of Hope and Mike Hudner’s renewal of their marriage vows last summer brings—forgive the pun—hope. Hope is waging a courageous fight against a brain cancer first discovered last winter. Her radiation therapy has taken a toll that, several months later, she’s begun recovering from. Hope and Mike had been planning for some time to renew their vows, and—with daughter Bay’s assistance—set the date for July 11, with a reception to follow, themed around Hope’s favorite song from their courtship era, “Midnight at the Oasis.” “We set up a big tent,” Mike told me, “that could have been something you’d have seen on the Silk Road—cushions, lots of color, and of course, a band. A friend mentioned she knew Maria Muldaur, who made the song a hit, and that perhaps she could come and perform. Amazingly, it turned out she’d be in the Northeast and would do that. So, without telling Hope, we arranged for the bandleader, when he announced the song, to explain that their singer wasn’t available and to ask if anyone in the audience could perform it. Everyone went silent with embarrassment, knowing how important the moment was. Then Maria rose from the crowd and said, ‘I can.’ Hope’s jaw dropped two feet.” Muldaur sang three songs, fireworks ended the evening (which was attended by, among many others, Greg Richards and Geoffrey Davis ’66, who had introduced the couple in the early ’70s), and now Hope’s health is returning. Some other quick notes: Charlie Sheldon reports that he’s “taken up scribbling tales while at sea or between trips ashore,” and that his first effort—which was briefly available on amazon.

com—is being revised. “It’s now part of a full novel that is, in turn, part of three full novels, and I’m still working on them,” Charlie updated us. “Will be probably until I am dead. It’s a good way to spend time.” Peter Constantineau celebrated his latest birthday with an eight-mile trip up and down New Hampshire’s Mount Moosilauke, by— show-off—bike. Ed Samp has final fundraising totals for our reunion-year efforts: 120 donors (58 percent participation) giving $813,461. Very well done. And speaking of fundraising, Konnie “Yank” Yankopolus completed his cross-country bike ride to raise $200,000 (and awareness) for stem cell research (read all about it at www.cycleforstemcells. com). Kit Meade joined Yank on the 106-mile leg from Indiana to Ohio. Finally, another sad note: Scott Keller passed away on July 7 in Cocoa, Fla. An avid skier and outdoorsman, Scott lived in Aspen, Colo., most of his adult life. In its obit, the Aspen Times noted, “A true animal lover, Scott was happiest with four dogs in the yard or on the porch overlooking Snowmass Creek.” A nice image to be remembered by.

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Writing on a crisp September day for the winter 2016 issue, with planning under way for our 50th Reunion, thanks to you all for contributions to ensure a customized AA ’66 experience. That also entails a committee of intrepid classmates who offered to undertake programming responsibilities. As of September, it consisted of Blake Hazzard Allen, Lizzie Compton, Karen Fuller, Marcia Watson Goldberg, Peigi Donaghy Huseby, Beth Humstone, Bethe Moulton, Pinky Rock Noll, Lucy Thomson, Barbara Corwin Timken, and Ruth Sisson Weiner. However, the group remains fluid and open. Please feel free to join and participate at any time, including the reunion dates, June 9–12. As we work with Andover partner Judy Davis and PA ’66 counterparts, Ruth Weiner’s tagline of “Abbot@Andover” encapsulates class feedback. With student interest as a catalyst, partially spurred by the vitality of girls’ leadership dialogues, the development of the Abbot Academy Engagement Initiative (AAEI) serves as a similar all-Abbot locus. AAEI provides a fresh perspective on dual historic roots, the long-term impact of the 1973 merger, and the multifaceted institutional continuity of the rich Abbot legacy. As AAEI enters its implementation phase, please consider engagement outside of class parameters. In alignment with Abbot@Andover, check out the Brace Center, fittingly housed in Abbot Hall adjacent to the Abbot Circle: http:// As described on the website, “The Brace Center for Gender Studies at Phillips Academy was opened in 1996 with a generous gift from Abbot Academy alumna Donna Brace Ogilvie ’30, contributions from others, and a start-up grant from the Abbot Academy Association. Its aim is to provide resources to enhance and strengthen Phillips Academy as a coeducational and multicultural institution by examining the complex issues related to gender, including sexuality, race, and ethnicity.” During a conference call with Judy Davis and PA ’66’s Topper Lynn and Warren Baker, discussion centered on the balance between Abbot@Andover and the merged school in regard to reunion planning. Although we enter the 50th at the same collective age, diverse life experiences enrich the process. Warren also brought up, with its emphasis on “second acts for the greater good,” as a potential intriguing spur. With that theme part of a perennial (and universal) babyboomer dialogue, what does a meaningful second act entail? With suitcases stacked for a peripatetic fall, thanks again to Abbot ’66 as we prepare to “March On” to more June days spent around the Abbot Circle (after a seemingly improbable 50-year span of time).

PHILLIPS Ray Healey 740 West End Ave., Apt. 111 New York NY 10025 212-866-8507

Gentlemen, As we race toward the date of our 50th Reunion, June 9–12, 2016, the stories of our lives have poured into our reunion yearbook, and here’s a preview. Ben Gardner writes, “I retired from Choate this summer after 16 years as medical director; retirement lasted four weeks. I have just returned to work as co-medical director of Phillips Exeter Academy, where my boss is the new head of school, Lisa MacFarlane ’75, also an Andover grad!” Alex Belida writes, “I was in Africa reporting from 1993 to 2000, based first in Nairobi and later in Johannesburg. It was the highlight of my professional life. It wasn’t always amusing. I was shot, shelled, and threatened. But with a neverending supply of human dramas, it gave me a chance to be a real ‘voice for the voiceless’—like the 25 Mozambican flood victims I rode with in a helicopter with a posted capacity of eight. Or the Angolan boys I discovered crawling out of the sewers where they lived. And the dead man I

stumbled upon in the streets of Brazzaville who seemed to be calling to me. I saw many corpses like his—victims of war, genocide, famine, and sickness. A symbolic path of the dead is now etched in my mind—a personal collection reflecting the path their corpses left across much of Africa: from arid Somalia in the northeast, across Sudan and into northern Uganda, down through steamy Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo in the center of the continent. On another note, I’ve also finished writing a novel tentatively titled Killing His Goat and Other Tales of the African News Network, which involves a journalist broadcasting to Africa and a fictional U.S. invasion of Zimbabwe.” Rick Allen writes, “At the University of North Carolina, from my perch in the journalism school, I watched Ralph McGill doing the Lord’s work down in Atlanta, helping guide his city through the shoals of the Civil Rights era. In 1972, I joined the Atlanta Constitution and eventually became its political columnist. From there, I went to CNN as lead political analyst (for the 1988 presidential race) and network commentator. In 1982, my wife, Linda, and I took a year off and traveled around the world. In Chile, I saw how a country that had enjoyed more than a century of democracy watched it evaporate overnight in a coup—and I thought how utterly fragile that system is and how quickly it could be gone. After 20 years in journalism I realized I hated news—never enough time to get it all and get it right before deadline— so I began writing books. First Secret Formula, a history of Coca-Cola, then a history of Atlanta, and finally, as we began spending more time in Montana, a book about the famous Montana Vigilantes, gold-camp enforcers who took the law into their own hands. Linda and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary a week after our reunion, and she has been the love and lodestar of my life.” Peter Franchot writes, “After Andover, I spent two years at Amherst, dropped out to work on Gene McCarthy’s presidential campaign, lost my student deferral, and promptly got drafted into the U.S. Army. Post-military, I finished my Amherst degree, worked for several years for public-interest groups in Vermont, then got a law degree from Northeastern in Boston. I headed for Washington, D.C., to work for the Union of Concerned Scientists and then as staff director for thenCongressman (now Senator) Ed Markey. In 1986 I ran for the part-time Maryland state legislature and spent 20 years on the appropriations committee and in business development in the private sector. In 2006, I was elected to the Maryland statewide office of comptroller of the treasury and am now serving my third four-year term. I am a fiscal moderate who believes in government but wants that government to be fiscally responsible and full of common sense. Any political popularity I enjoy allows me to help thousands of Marylanders, the little guys, who are beaten down by the bad economy and need a hand largely because they do not have the resources

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to ride through the rough times. Thirty-five years ago I married Anne Maher, a fellow law student at Northeastern, who is now a partner with a DC law firm. We have two children, Abbe, 34, and Nick ’03, 31.” In September Al Basile released his 12th solo CD, B’s Expression, on Sweetspot, and spread the word on Facebook. As he notes on his website, “B’s Expression is produced by Duke Robillard and uses the Duke Robillard Band to back up Al on this newest collection of his songs. Al’s been nominated for a Blues Music Award four times in the last five years, and his discs routinely place in the top 15 on the Living Blues charts. Often referred to as the ‘Bard of the Blues,’ Al writes some of the best songs in the genre; his singing and cornet playing stand out with world class backup and production from Duke and his band.” Please visit for more information and to buy a copy of this or any of Al’s CDs. Al notes, “This is my most fully realized project so far. I wrote the arrangements when I first wrote the songs—they’re an intrinsic part of the concept in each case. The bass lines, horn parts, and vocal phrasing are designed to work together in specific ways. We went in with an unusually clear blueprint, and these great players found ways to follow my vision and still enrich and grow the parts in personal ways. The result is highly organic and true to my concepts.” Al’s website bio states, “Al’s poetry and fiction have begun to be published in recent years. He taught full time at the Providence Country Day School in East Providence, R.I., from 1980 to 2005 and since then has concentrated on his writing, performing, and recording.” Adios, amigos. Keep writing, e-mailing, and texting. Andover | Winter 2016


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Notes compiled while bracing for another epic Northeast winter... Fletcher Chamberlin writes, “I retired in November ’14, 49-plus years after my first job on a chicken farm during a PA summer and 48 years after Deke got me a summer job in Deeth, Nev., the first time I went west of the Hudson (with Doug Freeman—where are you?). I was lucky that for the last 11 years I had the best job of my career at FEI Company, doing work I enjoyed for people I liked and respected in a growing, successful company that does good things for the world.” Fletcher and spouse Linda Johnson, who recently completed a two-year Peace Corps stint in South Africa, live in Bend, Ore. “I’ve felt overcommitted at times,” he adds, “with volunteer work for a local Rotary Club and a charity that works to prevent neural tube defects in Ethiopia, plus board membership on the Oregon affiliate of Planned Parenthood (yes, my politics have moved left since [my] days as a boy banker in NY in the ’70s).” Besides visiting their six kids and six grandchildren, Fletcher continues, “We are now also building a new, one-level house and have gotten hooked on pickleball. Still able to make time for skiing and golf, though not enough of either. Bend is not on the way to anywhere, but it’s God’s country, and I’d love to hear from PA classmates who manage to find their way to this little bit of paradise (among other charms, more breweries per capita than anyplace except a tiny town in Vermont).” Neuroscientist John Kubie continues to work at Brooklyn’s SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in the departments of cell biology and physiology/ pharmacology, dividing his duties among research, teaching, and “avoiding committees,” as he puts it. “In the past few years I’ve been reading and


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writing more broadly on consciousness, morality, decision making, and a few other brain/behavior topics,” he notes. Blogging on a pair of websites— and—John has addressed such topics as brain mechanics of skill learning (in which he recalls learning how to juggle oranges while at PA) and the widespread misuse of the term “hard wired” (“a false, simplistic model that leads to wrong-thinking”). Other interests, according to John’s bio page, include “people, movies, philosophy, travel, computers, and family.” Reached via Facebook message, John said his biggest life change has been “watching my daughter grow and mature. Also, walking three dogs, my exercise.” A long-overdue phone chat with Farlow Blakeslee brought news of his recent remarriage—to Esther Sharp, a tennis player, artist, and former venture capitalist—and retirement from full-time work as a counselor at Father Martin’s Ashley, a Maryland drug and alcohol rehab facility where he worked for nine years. He and his bride will divide their time between coastal South Carolina and Maryland. However, Farlow intends to keep working part time with patients and counselors. Trained as a Somatic Experiencing practitioner, he will focus specifically on trauma victims and professionals who treat them. Farlow’s work over the past 15 years is directly linked to his own youthful struggles with alcoholism and substance abuse, he acknowledges (he’s now 40 years sober). “I do a lot of public speaking, I’ve had four wonderful wives, and I’ve won multiple club championships” in tennis, he told me—no surprise to anyone who saw him wield a racquet at PA. “Now, can I brag about my two grown sons?” Yes, he may. Guy Blakeslee is a California-based singer-songwriter who fronts the neo-psychedelic group the Entrance Band and has recorded a couple of blues-influenced solo albums. Coleman “Troutman” Blakeslee is a world-class alpinist and free climber, based in Colorado. “Both kids are kind of off the beaten track,” their proud dad said. Hope your path stays clear of ice and snow, at least.

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In response to “Wanted: Summer vacation tales,” so many of you wrote! Julie Crane started by describing a lively family gathering on Cape Cod, including granddaughters running and biking around and playing on the beach. Nan Roberts wrote about being with her son (Navy intel) in SoCal, cruising bookstores and sampling great beer, a noble passion in my book. Barb Linville shared the passing of her mother at age 90

(sending our deep sympathy), clearing the house of memories, and upcoming travel to visit her children. She continues her involvement with Colonial Dames of America. Daisy Schnepel had a summer of endurance, including a shoulder injury, losing the family dogs, and the endless remodel of their 1801 home. Lee Sullivan spent the summer at a variety of family events, including engagement parties and weddings. Her favorite was time with the under-10 set playing Auntie Mame, which I totally encourage. Jakie McGinty spent time with Betty Briggs Robinson in Bald Head Island, N.C., after our mini reunion and time in Maine in August enjoying the coast and mountains. Jody Frost Golino shared a darling photo of herself with her granddaughter, summing up summer with her young one’s smile. Betsy Handy McCormack wrote about being laid up with back problems and then losing her mom at age 96 (sending our deep sympathy). She sounds spunky as ever, though. Toby Dondis Farman celebrated her dad’s 90th in Falmouth, Mass., with great Cape Cod weather for sailing, swimming, fishing, and ice cream. Ahhh, New England in the summer. I was in Maine for a week in August celebrating my dad’s 89th, visiting family, and riding my spare bike to all the special haunts of my adolescence, powered by ice cream. Kathy Wies Dietz celebrated her son’s wedding on a mountaintop in New York state. Her family continues a long tradition of summer gathering at Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. Sharon Hughes Fiyalka and husband sampled Europe by way of Florence, Venice, and Rome. Susan Barton shared an amusing tale about boating to a local Jamaicathemed hot spot and experiencing engine failure on the way back. Having met her husband, Roy, at our reunion, I can imagine their discussion on the return trip, using a paddle and a boat hook to get back to port. About Lynn Trenbath Key showing up at our mini reunion, what can I say? She is an inspiration in her calling of love and service to her husband, who has MS. From her home in Italy, Cher Lewis described a summer of visitors from all over, plus her own travel in Europe to Paris, Florence, and the Alta Badia region of her country. Diane Russell continues to amaze us with her joy in her work for USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity. This organization, she says, is “one of the largest global donors to biodiversity conservation. We integrate poverty reduction and human rights into our approaches.” This summer, she traveled to Kinshasa, Congo, and Accra, Ghana, where she supports two large projects on conservation and climate change mitigation. Anne Moses Bennett lost her mom this year at age 96 (sending our deep sympathy). She and husband Bill returned to their home in Athens, Greece, to find chaos in the country; fortunately, they have an escape on the island of Paros nearby to wait for the crises to settle down. We heard from Ann Doty, who has retired and has seven grandchildren, leading to a big family gathering in Durango, Colo. She lives in Laguna Beach, Calif., but her heart is on the shores of Lake Michigan and with the baseball teams there. Debbie Webster and husband made trips to Oregon and Washington for camping and hiking. They also visited Arches and Canyonlands national parks in Utah. After a Backroads bicycle tour of Nova Scotia, Debbie was injured during some rock scrambling. She must be recovering, because she attended a family wedding in Vail, Colo., recently. This summer, husband Mark and I rode the tour Sierra to the Sea, which started in Bear Valley and ended in San Francisco, passing through the Sacramento River delta and wine country— huge fun. Betty Briggs Robinson appears to have fun constantly, at least since her retirement eight years ago. She lives on a trawler and plies the Atlantic Coast for adventures. She wrote that she is building a house on Bald Head Island, N.C., wanting a bit of firm footing. Nearing the deadline, we heard from Judith Dillingham Harrold, who visited her mom in Hawaii, went on a road trip in Oregon to visit more family, and is very active in her garden club. She also is part of a quilting group whose efforts go to Oakland Children’s Hospital. To quote Judy, “Wow, what an impressive, interesting, and diverse class of talented women!”

PHILLIPS Gordon Baird 27 Fort Hill Ave. Gloucester MA 01930 978-283-0390

A new name appears this installment. Breaking the still waters of PA Lake Alumnus is the remarkable Jay Panetta, who broke his radio silence this year and called into class notes central. Jay has had a long career chairing the music department at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. His wife, Eunice, an extremely successful investment manager, is also president of the trustees at Phillips Exeter Academy (remember them?), so Jay can keep an eye on both camps and warn us if they’re up to any tricks. But his eyes these days are cast over the decks of his amazing 40-foot-plus yawl, Owl, an all-wood gem of a cruising boat that Jay sails singlehandedly every single day from May through November out of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. His daily sails are five to six hours long and require ample sail changes, reefs, flakes, shake-outs, and gear shifts. Jay is one of the last stalwarts who sails on and off the mooring by himself, without using his engine. It requires exquisite timing to sail up and stop right on the mooring so he can rush forward and make his craft fast. There are no brakes on a sailboat. He can be seen sailing his historic Ray Hunt–designed craft in and out of several towns’ harbors, including my own, where he appears in the misty distance as the galloping greyhound that Owl is, scopes out the scene, and is suddenly gone. And speaking of sailing fools, Dick Stevenson

and his wife, Ginger, have been sailing the decades away on a marathon, continuous voyage to many, many parts of the world. One can keep track of Dick and his fantastic photos sent earthward through Gary Meller to the class site on Yahoo. They spent last spring circling through the British Isles, Scotland, etc., and crossed back to Scandinavia this summer. This missive exemplifies their slow and ever-learning approach to their odyssey: “This southern bit brought us an extremely rich involvement with the country through the hospitality of Norway’s people. One can never predict when these encounters will occur, but when they do, we try very hard to enrich our experience with the emerging possibilities. Please consider, wherever you may live, if you ever have a chance to reach out to a foreign visitor/ stranger, your doing so may be a highlight of their visit and all concerned will likely be enriched. “Our encounters have enabled us to do inland and boat tours to places we would not have found otherwise; discover new hiking trails; enjoy greater involvement in their Constitution Day; buy Norwegian sweaters where Norwegians do their shopping; and eat traditional foods wonderfully prepared (yes, whale steaks are very tasty). We have also heard firsthand stories of a Cold War double-agent spy (yes, really) who dined regularly with Putin (early in his KGB career) and broke a spy ring in Norway; sailing around the world in a beautifully home-finished sailboat; and ancestors who were (1) the ice navigator aboard Gjoa, the first boat to do the Northwest Passage, in 1903–06, led by Roald Amundsen, and (2) the captain of Amundsen’s Fram, which took Amundsen to Antarctica, where he was the first to the South Pole in 1911—and the list could go on. “Every encounter brought an inner smile. However, none of this comes close to taking precedence over our announcing the birth of Clyde Thorne Whitmore, our daughter Megan’s son, in July. Parents and baby are well and thriving.” That troublemaker John Buchanan takes his alumni magazines up to his vacation house and doesn’t get to them until months after the fact. He shared this Princeton Alumni Weekly article about the Rod McNealy/Jack Czarnecki dynasty, adding, “Kids these days. Pretty amazing.” Here’s the text: “Mary McNealy Czarnecki [Rod’s daughter] grew up in a New Jersey suburb and describes herself as ‘an East Coast girl,’ but for the last seven years, she has been living in Newberg, Ore., population 22,000. In a small town, ‘you really end up knowing everyone,’ from the mayor to the mailman, she says. This is especially the case for Czarnecki, who helps her husband, Chris [’96, Jack’s son], run the restaurant that his greatgrandparents started. As executive chef, he works 12-hour days at the 50-seat Joel Palmer House and at the second, more casual restaurant the couple recently opened nearby. Czarnecki has her hands full at home. The mother of two boys, a 3-yearold and an 8-month-old, she consults on strategy for WebMD from her dining-room table while

the kids play with the babysitter. ‘We have French doors, so I wave but make the motion “Mommy’s on the phone,” ’ she says. She travels to NYC once every couple of months to visit clients. On the side she runs her own website, White Table Crafts, which sells baby products such as blankets and changing pads that she sews by hand. Friends are amazed at her output, but she thrives on the chaos. ‘I’ll sew like crazy for 12 hours one weekend a month,’ she says. ‘You always think you’re superbusy, and then later you think, “Wow, I had so much free time!” ’ “Living near family—her in-laws are down the street—helps her manage it all. And small-town life, she says, makes parenting a bit easier: ‘When my kids are teenagers, everyone will be looking out for them.’ ” Speaking of kids, this missive from Murph Yule summarizes what we all feel about Jay Drake’s son Oliver’s pitching debut for the Orioles: “Oliver Drake: three scoreless innings in his Major League debut in May versus the Marlins. Just wonderful news for a wonderful family. Glad Jay could make it to Miami to see Oliver pitch in the Bigs. And from the sound of things, Jay, [wife] Celeste and family, and many of us will have the opportunity to see Oliver pitch for Baltimore this year and many more! Go, Oliver, and all the best!” We agree: Go, Oliver!

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Sheila Donald Millington 5271 West Boniwood Turn Clinton MD 20735 301-868-1631

I am happy to report news from our class. Looking forward to hearing from many of you in the future. Katrina Moulton Wollenberg reports, “Fall begins with the usual heat wave here in Dallas, so my early mornings require that I do most gardening and outside activities before 11 a.m., with the exception of my women’s golf league. I continue with swim aerobics and my attempt at bridge. Wow, that is a tough learn, and each week I am thrown something new. I look around at the large number of people playing and think, ‘I should be able to get this one day!’ I have one vacation to look forward to in October to St. Lucia, where we will celebrate a friend’s birthday on the beach. I did enjoy a family celebration of four out of eight birthdays in Colorado in August. I am in the middle of waiting to hear final reports on the health of one of my cocker spaniels, who may have a tough road ahead. All in all, life is well, and I send warm wishes to my classmates around the country.” Lindsay Whitcomb wrote, “My big news came this past April when I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Suffice it to say, the word ‘shock’ doesn’t even approach the emotion in Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... spread. All our awesome baby products seen at are manufactured right here in Maine! It’s been a delightful, mostly relaxing summer. I enjoyed a scenic trip to Virginia to attend a family wedding, which involved cruising the rims of the Smoky Mountains. This summer brought many beautiful beach days to Maine with the incredible bonus of warm (swimmable!) water. And in the garden arena, this is the first year I have actually seen a harvest on my blueberry bushes, and the berries were delicious! My best to all!” Thanks for your submissions!

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which my husband and I suddenly found ourselves swimming, flailing. But I’m thrilled to report that surgery, radiation, and chemo have kept me cancer-free since April, and I’m planning on staying that way. In case you’re all super busy and you’ve forgotten, life is beautiful. It may sound trite, but it is a good idea to stop and smell the roses once in a while. On a happier note, this health adventure brought my children and grandchildren home, and it was simply fabulous to snuggle with them all. Be well, and tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.” Jennifer Cecere wrote, “Wendy Ewald and I had our annual beach reunion last week. Great visit! My project for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority opened on Aug. 11, 2015, a culmination of two years’ work. Little Italy–University Circle Station is the first new Red Line station in 46 years. Honored!” Madelon Curtis Harper reports, “I am busy teaching ballet and Pilates and pursuing my acting career as opportunities arise. [Husband] Stephen ’69 and I are going to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai, Calif., for a week in early September for some R&R. Lots of nice massages, body treatments, and pampering before my new year of teaching begins. Still anticipating the January 2016 release of my film Caged No More. I play the evil Greek madam of a brothel where I


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sell sex-trafficked girls. Starring Loretta Devine, Kevin Sorbo, and Cassidy Gifford, the film has gotten a lot of good feedback at its screenings, so I hope everyone can make it a point to see it and support the cause.” Susan Gurganus Drackett wrote, “My husband, Kim, and I are beginning to dip our toes in the ‘semiretired’ pool. We have followed one of our sons and his family (which includes our two young granddaughters, ages 8 months and 3 years) to the Pacific Northwest and have bought a home in Skagit County (one hour north of Seattle), where beautiful farmland is flanked by both the San Juan Islands and Cascade Mountains. We plan to begin spending summers and winters here and springs and falls on our Indiana corn/soybean/ hog/honeybee farm. Thanks to technology and the help of his full-time crop and livestock managers, Kim continues to actively oversee the farm. Our other son and his new wife are in Chicago; we get up there to see them as often as possible. With all the changes and moving around this past year, we are now striving to gain a sense of equilibrium. We would love to host anyone who might be passing through or want to come experience either of those areas. Don’t hesitate to call. Looking forward to June 2019!” Mary Schiavoni wrote, “Word about our new Chewy Q Baby Teether Collection continues to

Hugh Kelleher 12 Atwood St. Newburyport MA 01950 617-448-8073

Start and finish with music. Those of us at the 45th Reunion were treated to the classic rock sounds of Sundance—with lead guitarist Steve Madsen and bassist Dan Dickson. Well, lucky we got tickets that 2014 night, because in 2015 they were performing at Carnegie Hall. You can catch their performance of “Satisfaction” on YouTube. While you are googling around the Internet, check out the art columns that Charlie Patton is doing in Jacksonville, for the Florida Times-Union. Charlie, an attorney, is a man of wonderfully broad interests, and somehow just seeing his Facebook photos shows him to be a man with a life well lived. Up here in Massachusetts, we got to talk football even before the first post-Deflategate season began. Unlike the trivial preoccupations of the national press, we focused on the PA ’69 linemen. Within a matter of weeks, Phil Santucci (center), Larry Uhl (guard), and Pete Olney (tackle) all made it here to this shoreside town and got to enjoy some of the fine summer weather we had this year. It’s inspiring that, in their 60s, these guys still look like they could play a semiserious game of football (well, maybe for a few plays). Larry continues to work as an investment advisor in LA and not long ago traded in his Smart Car for a Mini Cooper. Peter retired after years working for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Like Larry, he is not inclined to stay home and read the newspapers. Known nationally for his understanding of what it takes to make a union effective (you may have seen him on the PBS NewsHour), Peter has been hired as a training consultant for an East Coast railroad union. There are rumors of a job offer of a deanship in the large LA community-college system. Whatever it is, you can be sure Peter will put his mind and heart into it. Phil Santucci, now of Switzerland and a longtime opera singer (he met his wife, Lisa, when they were both performing at Wagner’s Bayreuth), finished up a long-planned trip to the States with his lovely son and daughter. We all made a visit to Andover and had lunch at the inn. You show a couple of intelligent kids PA on a fine August day (including a tour of the truly inspiring Gelb Science Center), and you have a couple of likely future PA applicants. Check out Google for the latest on Jeff Kilbreth and the waves he is making in Richmond, Calif., where he’s a founding member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA). Jeff serves on the city’s planning board and has taken on Chevron, whose Richmond refinery reportedly produces 10 percent of the company’s global sales. Chevron is spending millions to elect a sympathetic slate of city leaders. Meanwhile, Jeff, the RPA, and the city’s mayor are pushing the company to invest in environmental upgrades. After a career in high tech, Jeff is returning to his community-organizing roots; 40 years ago he was a founder of a New Haven food co-op. And there’s more news from California, this time from John Hansen of Ukiah, in Mendocino County. Sounds like a great place, John, and I hope to get to visit there sometime. John was on the East Coast last summer and visited with his pal Fred Adair. John read Hubert Crouch’s latest novel, The Word, and really enjoyed it, finding it much in the tradition of John Grisham. I exchanged a couple of e-mails with Hubert, who reports that our cross-country star Tom Swain now has a daughter at PA. Not that all the news in the world comes out of California, but this just in: Evan Thomas was speaking at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. Evan’s latest, Being Nixon, has been reviewed as a far-reaching study of the complex man who was both a psychologically tortured criminal and a person whose ambitions nevertheless benefited the country in certain ways (EPA; Title IX; the War on Cancer). I had a chance to see the Nixon Library a year ago, and it is indeed worth a visit—if only to stand in the doorway of the helicopter where the resigning Nixon and his wife, Pat, waved goodbye to the nation on that strange summer day in 1974. Another presidential item: Rick Stewart read a couple of biographies of Calvin Coolidge—one by PA headmaster Claude M. Fuess. Rick writes, “There are a number of PA references in the book, including the speech by Coolidge at the 1928 commencement /150th anniversary celebration.” There is fascinating silent footage online of Coolidge addressing a huge crowd from the steps of Sam Phil ( Joe McGhee sent me some good advice on how to plan a future trip to Rome, where he spent nine of his 25 years with the foreign service. He’s retired again—this time from working with the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. If I may: a non sequitur, but important. My mom used to say to me, “Hughie, it’s not about the money. That helps. But in the end it’s about the quality of life.” I think of that often, especially these recent months, when I have had to deal with some difficulties. Sue Keller, a dearest friend to whom I had been married for nearly 20 years, died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm this past summer. I am not

alone in losing someone beloved. Fred Strebeigh’s wife, Yale English professor Linda Peterson, died in July of cancer. These are terribly difficult events to confront, as others among our class already know. In the case of my own loss, it was deeply comforting to have friends such as Jim Shannon, Fred Adair, Dave Tibbetts, and Howie Murphy there at Sue’s memorial. Not long thereafter, Fred, Howie, and I were at Newburyport’s Grog for a Sunday night blues performance. It was good to hear music. It is good to have friends.

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Adelle Nicholson Hallandale Beach FL 33009 954-456-4312 (home)

Greetings to all of my Abbot classmates. I am delighted to be your new class secretary, and I look forward to connecting with each of you sometime in the near future. First of all, I would like to thank Sandy Urie and Penny Snelling Sullivan for keeping us abreast of all of our news over the past years. Largely due to their outreach efforts, all who attended the wonderful 60th birthday party in NYC had a great time together. In more than one instance, classmates who did not necessarily share a close friendship during our Abbot days connected for the first time. Sandy and Penny have brought us together over the years, and I hope that I will be able to continue their good work, as our class approaches its 50th Reunion in 2020. I’ll tell you a little of my news first. I am very happy to be mixing work and pleasure in sunny South Florida. When I’m not preparing bar/bat mitzvah students for their ceremonies, I am scuba diving in the deep blue sea. I also am a cantor in Bend, Ore., for the Jewish holidays in the fall, and I enjoy hiking wherever I can. I visit Boston often and have seen Sandy and her husband, Frank Herron ’70, with some frequency in the past few years. Sandy wrote that she and Frank got together with Virginia Knapp Cargill on Nantucket Island in August. Virginia spent three weeks there, during which time both of her sons visited her. She continues to live in Southport, Conn., but has downsized and moved into the town, within walking distance to the key necessities. She looks great, is relaxed, and enjoys traveling. She has been especially focused on getting back into tennis. Sandy also spoke with Gay Luster Sawabini, who still lives in Fairfield County, Conn., and is in the real estate business. Gay’s son James ’08 just started at Harvard Business School, and her son Alex is in the investment business, a financial analyst pursuing a CFA credential. Her 23-yearold daughter, Polly, has been traveling all over

the world on her own since March 2015; among the places she has visited are Vietnam and the Philippines. Sounds like quite an experience. I recently spoke with Tobi Solomon Gold, and one of the first things she said to me, after getting over the initial shock that it was I on the other end of the line, was, “We are young, and we have many years ahead of us.” Indeed! Tobi shared with me that she holds three yoga certifications: hatha yoga, yoga for trauma, and restorative yoga. She is establishing a yoga teaching practice in Cape Coral, Fla., where she moved a year ago. She also is an avid swimmer and East Coast Swing dancer. Her son Ben lives a short jog across the state and is an auto mechanic. By the time this news goes to print, I hope to be able to report on a reunion of four Abbot ’70 classmates who presently live in Florida: Tobi, Janet Cohen Miller, Stephanie Dantos, and me! Speaking of reunions, for several years Tobi has joined Pam Mallen Carlson, Lisa Contarino, and Debbie Naman Meyer at Debbie’s beach house in New Hampshire—good friends enjoying good food and conversation together in a beautiful beach setting. Pam lives in Canton, Mass. One daughter lives in Lake Tahoe, Calif., and is a special education teacher, and the other daughter is a biomedical engineer in the Boston area. Pam has done a lot of volunteering, especially for the American Association of University Women and, for the past 32 years, for FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity. Pam and her husband, Clair, have spent many years enjoying skiing near their winter home in Maine. And, just this past summer, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Congratulations, Pam and Clair! Until next time, I wish you all good health, joy, and blessings. Respectfully submitted, Adelle Nicholson

PHILLIPS Peter Williams 3070 Shamrock North Tallahassee FL 32309 850-893-3342 Frank Herron 38 Prospect St. Winchester MA 01890 617-852-0126

It’s time to hit that “pause” button. Again. The occasion? News of the death of Marc Poirier on Aug. 2, 2015. Marc bravely battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma for 10 years. Many recall catching up with him at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine, where we celebrated our collective 60th birthday party, in fall 2012. It was great to see him then; very sad to hear this news now. Marc majored in literature at Yale. Then he went Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... to Paris, where he worked for a French oil-pipeline engineering company. From there he entered Harvard Law School, from which he graduated cum laude in 1978. After Harvard he practiced law in Washington, D.C., specializing in energy regulations and the licensing of hydroelectric projects. Eventually, he became a law professor at Seton Hall University. The list of topics of his teaching and writing is long: property theory, environmental and natural resources management, cultural property and law, gender and sexuality. One of his many noteworthy classes was one he taught in New Orleans on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One of his articles, “The Cultural Property Claim within the Same-Sex Marriage Controversy,” was, according to Seton Hall, a top-10 download in the family-law field for more than a year and won a national award in 2003. He served for six years on the planning board in South Orange, N.J. One of his more memorable articles was called “One L in a Different Voice: Becoming a Gay Male Feminist at Harvard Law School.” This is worth reading. (It’s online at In connection with his Seton Hall teaching, he was a longtime and treasured board member of the Society of American Law Teachers, an organization devoted to justice, diversity, and academic excellence. Marc was, for a very, very long time, passionate and articulate about all three areas. A memorial on the organization’s website included this summary, which captured Marc beautifully: “Marc’s commitment to marginalized people and his determination to improve the world were relayed through his scholarship, service, meditation sessions, and big hugs.” Loved that. Especially the last two words: “big hugs.” Marc truly glowed with warmth, even way-back-when at Andover. In an online posting honoring Marc, Fred Peters recalled those days: “Marc was both a brilliant pianist and an innovative composer. When he and I first met as students at Andover in 1966, I was hugely impressed and influenced by his subtle use of harmony, which, like his intellectual gifts, was both protean and uncompromising. Marc’s mind and heart are too soon lost to the world.” (Hmm. While Marc was enjoying, for instance, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, others were content with mastering the lyrics of a song that reached No. 2 in Billboard’s Hot 100 list in August 1966: “Li’l Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.) It was comforting to hear that Mel Brown had a chance to visit with Marc a few days before his death. Here are some of Mel’s reflections about Marc: “Marc was known, as far back as at Andover, as someone with a great intellect. I certainly found in later years that I could talk to him about almost anything. He also had a playful, wacky sense of humor. He was a fine pianist (he studied at the New England Conservatory while at PA and continued to play and accompany as an adult), a professor and productive scholar in several


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fields of law, and a good friend. “But I most admired Marc for his courage in the face of a disease that ultimately turned out to be fatal. He battled it for over 10 years, and after all treatments failed to eliminate the cancer, he underwent a clinical trial of a new drug. The drug initially seemed to be turning things around, but then his health went downhill very suddenly. In his letters and his few conversations with me, he was philosophical about his chances. He kept as busy as ever, and I’m told he leaves an important body of work behind him. I hope I can face my end as bravely as he faced his.” Vijay Sikand (who thoughtfully forwarded a notice about Marc from Yale) weighed in: “How sad and untimely to lose Marc at an age when he was contributing so much in a unique sphere and had even more to offer with his genius.” In closing, congratulations go to Jim Stover. He has taught for years at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. More specifically, he began in 1976—after Harvard and graduate school at Stanford. The school honored him in 2014 by recognizing him with the Glenn Ireland II Chair for Distinguished Teaching. He just finished the first year of the three-year stint as Ireland Chair. Jim has stood out at the school in many ways—as a classroom teacher (English), coach, and administrator, among other roles. He has brought plenty of creativity to his teaching at the coed college prep school. An example? He took his class out to a river bank to do some fly-fishing in connection with the reading of A River Runs Through It. Jim is on the cusp of celebrating his 40th (gasp!) year at Baylor. He acknowledges, “I hope to retire in a couple of years.” He adds, “If all goes well, I’ll probably attend our 50th.” We’re interpreting “probably” as “definitely”— although that might violate Jim’s longstanding efforts to promote the integrity of the written word.

1971 45th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016


Sara Ingram 500A E. 87th St., Apt. 12D New York NY 10128 212-879-4665 Abby Johnson 1983 Maison Way Carson City NV 89703 775-885-0612

By now, Ruth Raser Timbrell is a first-time grandmother—of twins, no less—by Ruth’s oldest, Margaret, and Margaret’s husband, Aaron. They live in San Francisco, where Ruth also resides.

Ruth says her four adult children are all now self-sufficient. Judy Fletcher Woodbury and husband Doug went to Scotland in August to sample Scotch, explore the Highlands, and perhaps meet up with Judy’s brother Max and his wife, who were sailing from Norway to Scotland. In May, Abby Johnson and partner Mark answered a distress call from Dory Streett’s husband, Dave Mention, who was hiking the Sierra Nevada portion of the Pacific Crest Trail in shredded shoes with 700-plus miles of wear. Even duct tape has its limits, apparently. A trip to REI for new hiking shoes, a guest bed, and Mexican food and drink helped restore Dave for more high-country hiking. Dave also needed to save his strength for his son Andy’s wedding to Gabby Voeller near Fort Collins, Colo. Abby and Mark attended the wedding, along with Abbie Owen Read ’73 and husband Bart. Dory continued to work in St. Catharines, Ontario, for the balance of 2015. She and Dave planned to return to their home in Bowdoinham, Maine, before Christmas 2015. For how long? Only time (and your scribes) will tell. Linda Hynson’s fractured wrist has now healed. She has returned to her lathe, fashioning pens and styluses which she markets through her Dancing Spiral Woodturning website and at craft shows, often side by side with husband Ray Jones, an award-winning maker of resplendent wooden boxes for jewelry and fine collectibles. Caitlin Owen Hunter writes from Maine, “My chèvre in olive oil won a blue ribbon in the marinated cheese division at the American Cheese Society’s annual competition, this year held in Providence, R.I., in late July. A delegation of eight cheesemakers from the Maine Cheese Guild attended and cheered as Maine took home 11 ribbons! This year there were more than 1,800 entries in over 20 divisions. Whew! Then in August, the same cheese won a silver medal at the Big E New England Regional Cheese Competition. And I didn’t even take chemistry in high school. Oh, well! Making cheese is magic, anyway.” Heide Kropp Riess is indeed a hostess extraordinaire. So reports Sara Ingram, who visited Heide and her husband, Pete, over this past summer in New Hampshire. Picture a beautiful, quintessentially New England setting with flowers, fresh streams, a carefully tended vegetable garden, and a lovely home, and you are halfway there. Add to that some fabulous homemade meals and lots of laughs and one errant bear that ate the offerings in a bird feeder next to the house. The best part? Sandy Rollins Upton came up for the day and the three of them dined alfresco at the historic home and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. The story would not be complete without mentioning that a concert of classical music was playing in the background and that the weather was superb. Sara was heard questioning her decision to live in NYC. This is the year of Abbot ’71’s 45th Reunion. Those who attended our 40th will remember that the Abbot ladies celebrating their 45th had it going on. In turn, the younger classes will remember us as the “right-on chicks” we were and still are, especially if everyone shows up to our 45th Reunion next year. We do want you to show up and have fun, but to be honest, our motives in urging your attendance are not entirely pure. Your faithful class secretaries have enjoyed wrangling news from you, but we are ready to turn over the privilege to another classmate(s) at the reunion. Please think about volunteering; our tip is that it’s easier and lots more fun if you have a partner in crime.

PHILLIPS Frank duPont 8 Nichols Drive Hastings-on-Hudson NY 10706 914-478-7818

With the second of the Republican debates just about to start, I sent out this e-mail to 50 classmates: “Are you watching the debate? Send me news?” Jeb Bush, along with 10 others vying for the nomination, appeared on the screen. Politics can be loaded territory for a group discussion, but a lively and friendly online conversation broke out. Class camaraderie trumped political disputes. Thank you, Jeb, and thanks to Linc Chafee, who was running in the Democratic presidential contest at this writing, for putting yourselves out there. The responses started flowing. From Sam Walker: “No big changes from Georgia. I am disgusted with Trump and his following. I hope Jeb and some of the other boys stand up and call Trump out.” From Pete Sachs: “I’m watching in a state of disbelief. Fact checking needs a place in these debates.” From Rick Prelinger: “My attentions are elsewhere right now, so I’m sorry to miss the performance. But I hope to make my first-ever PA reunion next year and catch up with as many of you as I can.” From Sam Coleman: “My first year at PA I was in Pemberton Cottage with both Linc and Jeb. Linc’s sister was killed in a riding accident that fall. He completely won all our sympathy and respect. Jeb spent much more time trying to convert guys to Republicanism than he did trying to be BMOC. I don’t enjoy this early primary stuff. I’m sure it’s why most sane people don’t want to run. I hope Jeb wins.” From Len Nuttal: “I am always aggravated by the lack of any serious policy discussion at these things—just a lot of bread and circuses, but without the bread.” Scott Page quoted Hunter S. Thompson: “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Stan Livingston said, “It’s fun to think about classmates I have not thought about for years. It has been a while. I did watch the debate. I did not want to miss it. The main concern I had at the

end was how dangerous our world is. The hardline approach that some participants espoused seems to me to increase the danger.” We had a fun exchange between two former antagonists. Pierce Rafferty wrote, “I felt the NYT’s opinionpage piece written by the editorial board summed up the event quite nicely. It’s pasted below.” The Times piece was titled “Crazy Talk at the Republican Debate.” Doug Buxton responded, “I thought time would have tempered your opinions, Pierce! LOL.” To which Rafferty replied, “I thought I was being pretty moderate by not sending along my own less thoughtful opinions.” And so it went for several days. Feeling remiss, I added another 50 classmates to the e-mail chain (still not reaching 100 percent of the functional e-mails, which still only adds up to around half of the class). After three or four days, around 40 classmates had weighed in. The subjects ranged from thoughts about the debate to personal news, reminiscences, photos, and discussions of public policy and global warming. In the midst of the ebb and flow we learned that Bill Cahill and Evan Livada were both celebrating their daughters’ weddings. Charlie Perkins sent in a picture of Bill at the wedding embracing his daughter. Congratulations to both Bill and Evan! Earlier this year, Bill navigated through treatment for esophageal cancer. And as of mid-summer his full-body scan was “clear” and he was feeling good and “incredibly thankful for the prayers and support of so many people.” David Lipsey, who works as an independent consultant and advisor in digital asset management for major corporations and nonprofits and lives with his wife, Dianne, outside of Washington, D.C., joined in the digital conversation, writing, “I’ve been thinking about PA since David Underwood ’54’s recent passing; he was my connection to Andover. My family had moved to Houston from Iowa, and I found myself in a vast pedagogical wasteland where the high school band, as I remember it, wore Confederate Army uniforms. Somehow I was granted the opportunity to be interviewed by David Underwood,” and the rest is history. Jim Bakker joined the fray: “I did manage to catch the last hour of the debate and thought Jeb did pretty well against the Donald! I’m still out in Provincetown, Mass., back in the auction business and now in the third season with my gallery.” Jim said he “reconnected with Peter Halley on Facebook after his fabulous exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum” in Old Lyme, Conn. Mike Propper sent in a picture from the 1971 Andover Bulletin, which included a group of four classmates nonchalantly posed outside of Bartlet Hall, and a flurry of e-mails was exchanged trying to ID the quartet. Luis Buhler, Fred Johnson, Mike Carlisle, Doug Post, Don Jackson, Andy Bridges, Jeff Thermond, and Ken Lacey all weighed in. It was Luis Buhler, Tim Black, and Dick Lawrence, and, yes,

that last guy is Ken Lacey. Near the end of the “conversation,” Seth Walworth wrapped it up: “Thanks, everybody, for a great discussion, and a special, grateful shout-out to Sam Walker and family for being part of the 1 percent who serve and have served in our armed forces. At a minimum, we need to do a much better job of taking care of our veterans.” Sam was typically gracious in response. For the record, he had sent this note earlier: “My father, retired U.S. Army General Sam S. Walker, passed away on Aug. 8, 2015, just days after he turned 90. The secretary of the Army and the chief of staff of the Army have declared all federal flags be at half-staff on Oct. 12. A memorial service will be held at West Point, the place of my Father’s birth, on that date. My Father was not an Andover grad. But during his career, he commanded many former Andover students.” I think we’ve discovered a new forum for conversation, or maybe this is just a warm-up for getting together next June.

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Julia Gibert 300 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7ED England + 44 0 7766 022832

This brief update on a few of our classmates will no doubt drop on your doormats, or come stuffed in your mailboxes, on some deep, short, midwinter day, but I am writing in a glorious, British Indian summer—a rare gift here of frosty nights, foggy mornings, and unwonted sunny afternoons—so you will have to forgive any unreasonable exuberance, enthusiasm, or hyperbole. Because I know the cold and dark are charging in fast, I am even more nostalgic for old friends and New England weekends. Once again the AA and PA Class of ’72 was invited to Jon Atwood ’72’s house on the Cape. Maud Lavin almost came, with her partner, Bruce, but when she cancelled we had to make do with copies of her latest article, “Patti Smith: Aging, Fandom, and Libido,” published in Transformative Works and Cultures, instead. I won’t say it was a poor substitute, because it is a great read, but we keep hoping for the fan herself. Maybe next year. We also almost expected Liz Padjen with her husband, Tad Gillespie ’73. Liz cried off last year, apparently because she and Tad were buying a boat (sailing being their shared passion). This year we imagined a watery arrival, but it didn’t quite happen, because they both had urgent project deadlines. (Maybe more news later?) Brett Cook couldn’t join us because she was off to the West to celebrate the 60th birthday of her Stanford roommate. Brett will probably be Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... on the PA campus more often for a little while, because her lovely daughter, Julia Howard, has joined the faculty as a fellow in community engagement, mentoring student leaders. Among Julia’s other activities, she is training for a marathon to raise money for juvenile diabetes. Linda Calvin didn’t make it to the Cape, but she was recently in Florida at a reunion for those who lived in the U.S. Steel towns in Venezuela, where she grew up (in the days when a company town was a company town). Linda is a scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., and is often in touch with Alice Sweeney Miller. Helen Coxe, long lost but now found by super sleuth Elly Mish, demurred, on the grounds she would like to see us all one by one. Just for a start, she and Liz Hall had lunch together recently, and I hope to have more news soon. We’ve missed her! A classmate we had not seen since graduation who did come for the Cape party was Sue Machie Talin. Sue is a marine biologist and had her own shellfish farm on Cape Cod for many years. She has sold her interest in the farm but continues to work as a scientist there. I don’t think she recognized me (maybe it was my punk pink hair?) but she was unmistakably herself, still tall and willowy. Sadly, Missy Baird had to beg off, because husband John’s hip replacement has not gone as well as expected and he is still on crutches. Those of us who did make it—Nancy Pinks Bennett, Amy Broaddus MacNelly, Liz Hall, Elly Mish, and me (along with several rabbits from ’73: Amanda Cobb, Judith Webster, and Betsy Coward Miller)—had a great time kayaking, swimming, and eating (especial honorable mention on the eating front to the steamed lobsters for Saturday’s dinner). Liz is enjoying retirement and taking up new hobbies, notably birding and earth dogging, the latter a new (to me) activity involving sending a dog down a hole to sniff a rat in a cage (Liz was careful to tell me the rat was safe). Apparently Liz’s puppy is enjoying the earth, and the treats, but is happy to give the rat a miss. I’m voting with him. Elly is working part time, heavily involved in local historical societies, and still looking after her elderly mother. Amy continues her work as a midwife in Pennsylvania, and Nancy is dividing her time between Boston and Maine. There is talk of a third party on the Cape in September 2016, so pencil it in now.

PHILLIPS Tom Rawson P.O. Box 1361 Eastsound WA 98245 206-632-8248

I received word from the PA alumni office that George Cooper passed away unexpectedly on June 14, 2015. George lived in Knoxville, Tenn., and ran a business consulting firm with his wife,


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Andria Yates. George was an active supporter of several community organizations, including the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, where he appeared in a production with one of his daughters. Our condolences to Andria and daughters Leigh and Reed. Mace Yampolsky is a criminal defense lawyer in Las Vegas. If you’re in trouble, contact him at He’ll probably help you beat the rap. If you’re not in trouble, go to his website anyway and check out his blog. Mace writes on legal subjects from search-and-seizure to Deflategate. Very entertaining. Mace’s instructors in Bulfinch Hall would be proud. You can also see videos of Mace in action. Better than watching Perry Mason reruns. F. Lee Bailey could learn a thing or two. If your seventh decade has you worried about advanced age and your kids packing you off to the old folks’ home, worry no more. Louis Tenenbaum has made a career out of designing individual houses to accommodate the challenges of aging and reduced mobility. Go to to learn more about “aging in place, the idea that our homes are the most desirable and economical place for housing and care.” Louis’s work extends to businesses and communities, providing a vision for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for the geriatric set. A noble calling. At press time, yet another gathering of the tribe was about to take place chez Jon Atwood, Sandwich, Mass. Full report next issue. Stay tuned…

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Jane Cashin Demers 43 Morton St. Andover MA 01810 978-470-1684 (home) 978-502-8733 (cell) Noreen Markley 783 Wooddale Road Bloomfield Village MI 48301-2468 248-645-0536 Marcia B. McCabe 160 W. 62nd St., Apt. 10B New York NY 10023 917-796-1594

Abbot ’73 classmates sure know how to celebrate their 60th birthdays! In July, Edie Wilson Fleming and Connee Petty Young hosted a lovely California weekend birthday celebration attended by Lori Goodman Seegers, Marcia McCabe,

Kate Winthrop, Loraine Washburn, Lissy Abraham ’74, Sue Wheelwright, Cathy Armsden, and me. After lounging by Edie’s pool on Saturday afternoon, we had a wonderful dinner under the stars at her spectacular home in Healdsburg. Connee’s lovely home and backyard patio in Petaluma was the setting for a delicious brunch on Sunday. On Sunday afternoon Connee took Loraine, Lissy, and me on a beautiful drive out to the coast, where Loraine conducted a botany lesson, expounded on California architecture, named every cow she saw, and gave us a lesson on plate tectonics. It was one of the most enjoyable and informative afternoons I have ever spent! Betsy Fauver Stueber attended her Dartmouth ’77 60th birthday gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Betsy was named chair of the Benjamin Rose Institute of Aging on her actual birthday in February and celebrated with a cocktail party attended by 150 women from all aspects of her 33 years in Cleveland. Twenty-seven family members gathered for another birthday celebration in Florida. Cathy von Klemperer Utzschneider celebrated her 60th in August with a dozen girlfriends at a wonderful alfresco dinner at her home. Cathy is very busy writing for Runner’s World and National Masters News, coaching (both Elizabeth Coward Miller and I are among her clients), teaching, and building a sports leadership master’s degree program at Boston College. Her two children both started college this past fall. Elizabeth Rollins Mauran helped Lori Goodman Seegers celebrate her birthday on Martha’s Vineyard in July and then met me for a lovely birthday lunch in York Harbor, Maine, in August. I spent my birthday, in August (a date I share with Amanda Cobb), with my husband, having a quick burger and a glass of wine before attending Kinky Boots in Boston. That weekend, my family threw a fabulous party for me at our home with 40 friends and family members. Botanist Loraine Washburn spent her 60th with colleagues examining desert plants and ancient pupfish in isolated pools in the 125-degree heat of Death Valley, Calif., with the Funeral Mountains looming in the distance. A thirsty, malnourished coyote emerged from underneath the boardwalk she was on, eyed her briefly, and wandered off. At the end of the day, her colleagues toasted her birthday with a date shake at a date farm oasis. Beat that for symbolism! Ellen Hoitsma says she “kicked off an exhilarating summer with an expedition-of-alifetime to Arctic Svalbard, an archipelago midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. National Geographic/Lindblad did an amazing job of steering us safely near the animals in that wilderness: polar bears, walruses, whales, reindeer, and a wonderful variety of Arctic birds. Beautiful hikes, bright midnight sun, and a polar plunge have me feeling very much alive.” Charlotte Hamlin teaches full time at UMass Dartmouth in artisanry/textile design and fiber arts and is the coordinator for graduate studies and research. She also teaches two semesters of textile history at RISD. She co-owns ConText Inc., a textile conservation business, and runs a little business called Lottie-da, where she designs, screenprints, and makes pillows, table runners, and so forth. Her partner is Greg Morton, chef and music cogniscente, and they live in her family’s old house on the river in South Dartmouth, Mass. Liz Miller is a full-time assistant professor of computer information technology at Bunker Hill Community College. She teaches and develops courses in mobile app programming and computer science. At this writing, she and Amanda Cobb planned to attend the upcoming AA/PA ’72 mini reunion at Jon Atwood ’72’s in Sandwich, Mass. Liz and Judith Webster enjoyed seeing one of artist Theo Janson’s strandbeests in Dewey Square, Boston, in August. Catherine Armsden’s novel, Dream House, was released in early November. You can read about the book on her website, Elizabeth “Bets” Kent did not let her hip replacement last winter slow her down for long, as she rode in her 22nd Pan-Mass Challenge and planned to compete in the Head of the Charles in October. Bets and I are part of a newly formed women’s-rowing task force to encourage more women to support rowing on the national level. Barbara Contarino Tomkins and her husband have renovated an old house in Kittery Point, Maine. With her last child in college, Barbara transformed her love of creating things from found objects into a business called Foraged. Most of her creations are home décor, which she sells at craft fairs and on Etsy. The next class celebration, at this writing, was scheduled for NYC in October! Noreen Markley planned to attend and take good notes.

PHILLIPS Pete Morin 41 Border St. Scituate MA 02066

Well, here I go, having to make stuff up. Public service announcement: Facebook is for grown-ups now—so many grown-ups that the kids have fled for other venues. We and all the cat lovers of the world have it to ourselves. Look for Andover/Abbot Class of 1973 and join the group! Henry Mueller reports that he and his wife had a superb trip to Turkey last spring (a 60th birthday present, Henry?) and recently hosted Tom Sommerfield and his son for dinner on Nantucket. Tom threatened to attend my House of Blues birthday jam, but something came up. Dave Harsch has been devoted

to his breeding of beautiful Samoyeds on Cape Cod. Bobby Wheeler reports that he and John McDonald spectated the Tucker School of Business graduation—presumably because their offspring were receiving diplomas, but he left it a secret. Casey Sheahan has been posting pictures of a wild fishing expedition on the Snake River: rainbows two feet long, a lot of grinning. I traveled up to Egg Island, Ontario, in August, to the residence of one Mark Russell. It is a stunning, rustic encampment of cottages among the Thousand Islands. Mark and his siblings throw a party for everyone in the area. They come in boats from all directions. There was a boathouse with a big party room and wraparound porch, a band, and more food than necessary. I met a lot of Ontarians. It was a splendid road trip. Dave Swanson, Liz Miller ’73, Judith Webster ’73, Dave Harsch, and I proudly represented the class at another ’72 bash at Jon Atwood ’72’s Cape Cod home. They had a crew of about 25, and boy, do they know how to have a good time. Jeff Howard was supposed to show up, but he went to France instead. I received a telephone call from Majjid Ahmed, calling from Dubai. I’m not quite sure what it was all about, but it was a fun conversation, as always. Swanson and I have been playing golf. Badly. Please feel free to use my e-mail address above and send me some news.

1974 Jack Gray 80 Central Park West, Apt. 20F New York NY 10023-5215 212-496-1594

In mid-August I received this e-mail drafted by John Ham and forwarded by Karl Harig: “A long time has passed since I have seen/talked to you, and I’m sorry to have to share some bad news. I don’t know if you have heard the sad news of Mark List’s death, on Aug. 8, 2015. I got a call tonight from one of his daughters. Apparently, he died of a heart attack on Saturday at the camp in Maine where he and [wife] Bonny work in the summer. She said the good news is he was having fun with the campers at the time, and all his and Bonny’s kids were able to get there to join Bonny in a very short time. It sounds like they are having a gathering for him this coming Sunday in Georgia.” Jonathan Drake, Karl, John, Marcia Nelson McCartin (who worked with Mark at the Maine camp where he died), and John Croll all made it to the memorial. Jonathan wrote, “There was an impressive turnout of several hundred people to the ‘pool party’ that was held in Mark’s honor at the Ringgold, Ga., City Pool last Sunday, Aug. 16. Mark clearly had a way to encourage and inspire

swimmers of all levels. One girl noted, ‘He helped me get to the end of the pool.’ I can relate.” John Croll continued the narrative with this: “There were several hundred people there on a sunny Sunday afternoon celebrating Mark—a huge outpouring of love and affection for our friend, teammate, and roommate. Bonny, Mark’s wife, asked ahead of time that we focus on the best of times, and that we did. Mark’s son, Luke, said at the memorial gathering, ‘Dad would have loved this.’ Bonny, Mark’s children, and Mark’s siblings all talked about how important Andover was to Mark. Through his faith, his love, and his friendship, Mark inspired so many people. He changed lives. He will be sorely missed.” Jonathan Drake again: “Karl, John, and I got a chance to reminisce before and after the ceremony. John and I, along with Steve Gleason, roomed with Mark our senior year down at Flagg House on the former Abbot campus. Marcia, whom Karl, John, and I didn’t actually know (or remember), pegged us in the crowd (Croll’s Andover swimming cap was a dead giveaway) and nicely came up to say hello and chat following the ceremony. ... Several of us, including Mark, had been starting to put together plans for a mini reunion of the six of us who had migrated to Flagg House, plus some other close friends. No one would have predicted that Mark, who remained in top shape until the day he died, would not be able to join us.” Karl added a coda, written in the terse, constricted voice of a man choked with emotion: “A wonderful ceremony in all respects. ... Mark and Bonny raised three great kids. ... The outpouring of love and admiration from the multitude of folks who attended was amazing. As no surprise, ‘Moke’ made an indelible impression on everyone he met.” An obituary for Mark appears in the In Memoriam section of this issue of Andover. As if that sobering news is not enough to prompt us all to carpe diem, then the fact we’re all proximate to a big birthday with a zero should emphasize the point. I sent a blast e-mail to everyone in our class for whom PA had an address seeking ideas for a group party. This prompted an excellent harvest of news that will follow, but some housekeeping first: If you did not get an e-mail from me just after Labor Day, PA does not have your e-mail. That may be just the way you like it, but if not, operators (at PA’s Office of Academy Resources) are standing by. [Editor’s note: See box, page 72.] On to a 1974 birthday party. Dana Delaney loved the idea, citing “safety in numbers.” Jim Troup suggested Las Vegas (no comment necessary). Chuck Smith suggested someplace warm, noting that “Upstate New York winters drag on—even for a native Minnesotan!” By the time you read this, plans will be gelled, and if we can reach you, you’ll be invited! Priscilla Martel is occupied with what she calls the “same old, same old—working on the sixth edition of my textbook On Cooking. ... Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... [I’m doing] lots of bread baking as [husband] Charlie and I work on a new bread-baking book.” Buck Tilley informs us, “I’m stuck in Kinshasa for a while, anyway. At least for the next couple of years, I’ll rotate between the Congo and Tanzania.” Jeff McAnallen reports from his home in Colorado, “I’m always happy to take anyone visiting Denver on a pot-shop and micro-brewery tour—we’ve now got one of each on every street corner (I embellish—but just a little).” Keith Kloza and his wife, Mary, are happy to report that with the graduation next spring of her youngest (with a job offer already in hand), all three children will be employed next year! They are considering taking advantage of their emptynest status and moving to Boston next year, as they both work there now. One of our classmates just assumed a big job in Washington. Here’s an excerpt from a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Energy: “We are pleased to announce that John MacWilliams has been appointed to be the Department of Energy’s Associate Deputy Secretary (ADS). As part of this role, we are also naming John as the Department’s first-ever Chief Risk Officer (CRO). As Chief Risk Officer, he will be responsible for advancing an analytical approach to systematically identifying, assessing, and managing strategic, project, financial, and reputational risks across the Department. ... In the private sector, the role of Chief Risk Officer is becoming increasingly important, and we are looking forward to working with John and the CFO in introducing and defining this role in a government context.” Cool. I’ll close with the observation that, for all the gnashing of teeth over those flying calendar pages and the heartbreaking grief when a vital and vibrant soul leaves the stage too soon, there is good stuff for us to do, in work and in life. Mark List certainly lived that way. Andy Peterson captured this idea with the “big news” that he and wife Kirsten are now grandparents; their first granddaughter was born to their oldest daughter and her husband in June 2014. Andy reports, “She is particularly cute and engaged at now a year and two months... and the best part of being a new granddad is that nobody expects me to be good at it!”


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1975 Mari Wellin King 1884 Beans Bight Road N.E. Bainbridge Island WA 98110 206-842-1885 Roger L. Strong Jr. 6 Ridgeview Circle Armonk NY 10504 914-273-6710 Peter Wyman 963 Ponus Ridge Road New Canaan CT 06840 203-966-1074

By the time all of you read this, memories of our 40th Reunion and the summer of 2015 will have faded. But it is September as I write this, and the reunion is still fresh in many folks’ minds. Stephanie Curtis Harman wrote postreunion, “I had not been back since the 10th Reunion, and I am so glad I returned for the 40th. I even joined our Facebook group! I was able to convince Kim Miller Casazza to come, too, and we had a blast. She hadn’t been to any reunions. Kim is definitely going to the next one. It was so fun catching up with old friends and getting reacquainted with people I didn’t know as well. One of the highlights was laughing with Kim and Brian Burke until the wee hours of the morning (4 a.m.). As we were leaving the tent we saw Mari’s son, Mac King ’05, and his classmates. Proof we are not as old as our reunion implies!” Daniel Dilorati reports on the match of the summer. “It was great seeing everyone at the reunion. A lot of fun and lots of laughs. Brian [Burke] and Phil Welch, after they had a few drinks on Saturday night, challenged John Florence and myself to a golf match at Phil’s club down in Woods Hole, Mass. I think Phil termed it the ‘Scrape at the Cape.’ The match was played on July 31, 2015, a beautiful day. Brian and Phil were huge favorites. To show how big the event was, we had hole-by-hole commentary from Rick Cotten, who, by the way, was in Austin, Texas, as the match was being played! Power of technology! Since I was taught modesty and humility (among other things) at Andover, I won’t divulge the score. Let’s just say Phil, Flo, Brian, and I had a great time. Rematch in the works at Flo’s club.” In July 2015, Dan Cooper, Pete Wyman, John Kingery, and their lovely wives traveled to Lake Tahoe and were the first guests to enjoy a long weekend at Brad Geier and wife Cathy’s beautiful new house on the west shore. Pete writes, “Lots of great old PA stories told again, much to the chagrin of our wives, amidst a fabulous few days of hiking, swimming, boating, biking, and enjoying

fine food and beverage lakeside under cloudless or star-filled skies. No doubt a wonderful mini reunion, with only occasional moments when we acted like teenagers again! There’s nothing quite like good solid old friends you’ve known since you were 15 (and got to know on the Hill)!” Arthur Kell welcomes everyone to the new bar that he opened in Brooklyn, Bar LunÀtico. It has music six nights a week. Classmates were planning a reunion there in November 2015. Not only has Phil Hueber started the new, illustrious role of class president of the great Class of 1975, he also started a new job in January 2015. He writes, “I joined the Granite State Children’s Alliance as director of development in January. Best job ever! We operate Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) in every county of New Hampshire. The CACs coordinate the investigation of child abuse victims. In short, we help lock up the most despicable creatures in our communities. Even more important, we help abused children and their families heal. These kids are brave and resilient. And [wife] Judy and I still own Chesterfield Inn, our 28th year!” Susan Vernon writes from Delhi, India, “I am in my third year teaching at the American Embassy School (AES). From nearly 30 years of living in a town of 5,000 (Taos, N.M.) to a metropolis in an uber-populated country, I am living in a dream. There is adventure and challenge at every corner. I spent the summer in the U.S. doing what I love— practicing, training and competing in taekwondo. I earned my third black belt and returned to a growing number of taekwondo converts at AES. I have about 80 students, ages 6 through mid40s. My daughter, Natalie Rios, graduates from high school in December. She will join me for a gap semester in Delhi, teaching taekwondo and volunteering for an educational NGO. All in all, life is good. Still waiting on Anthony Edwin Nahas to make good on his promise to visit.” News from Lewis Butler: “I did want to report on one fun development on our end out here on the West Coast. My wife, Catherine Armsden ’73, who was in the last Abbot class (and is also an architect), will have her first novel, Dream House, published this fall. The book describes the relationship of an architect to the house that she grew up in, and how it influences the memories of her childhood and her life as an adult. There are even fun scenes from a boarding school, the true identity of which will remain unnamed. I promise to make it to the next reunion. I’ve been hearing great reports and am actually quite sad that I missed it.” It is sad to say but it looks like our own Lisa MacFarlane will be wearing a whole lot more red than blue as Exeter’s new principal— only the second female to lead the school in its 234 years. During the summer, the Exeter Bulletin had an extensive article about Lisa: http:// Needless to say, Exeter is a very fortunate school, and Exeter parents, alumni, and administrators seem to recognize how lucky they are. Congratulations, Lisa, from the Class of 1975! On Sept. 5, Dick King and I celebrated the marriage of our son, Mac ’05, to his wonderful bride, Katherine Carey King. Andover had quite a crowd there: Jane and Gordie Nelson, Alice and Peter Wyman, our daughters, Abby ’07 and Claire ’10, and lots of folks from Mac’s Class of 2005 came to celebrate with us on the shores of Damariscotta Lake in Maine. Hoping 2016 brings us more opportunities for 1975 reunions large and small, east and west. Be well! All the best. —Mari

1976 40th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016 Ruben Alvero 137 Sessions St. Providence RI 02906 303-358-8739 Lisa Barlow 530 9th St. Brooklyn NY 11215-4206

Hello and best wishes from Ruben Alvero (it’s my turn). It’s a breezy Monday afternoon, Labor Day, and I am putting the finishing touches on this iteration of the class notes. [Wife] Karen and I are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel after multiple cross-country car rides, all part of our daughter’s college graduation, her move to Chicago, and moving to our new home in Providence, R.I. We loved living in Colorado but now, with an empty nest, felt that living near the ocean seemed like a nice change of venue. For the record, I do not recommend moving at this age. The theme for this set of class notes appears to be “arts and entertainment,” and I am astounded at our classmates’ accomplishments. Carina Kjellström Elgin reports that while on a trip back to the “old country” of Sweden this summer, she conga-ed and hustled her family to the new ABBA Museum. While doing her best to mortify her children with her disco boogie, enthusiastic singing, and general “Dancing Queen” moves, Carina screeched to a halt when she saw a photo of Andover alum Peter Sellars ’75 on a huge display of prestigious Polar Music Prize winners. According to “The Polar Music Prize 2014 is awarded to Peter Sellars from Pittsburgh, USA. The director Peter Sellars is a living definition of what the Polar Music Prize is all about: highlighting the music and presenting it in a new context.” Peter joins a very illustrious group of music industry innovators, including fellow 2014 winner Chuck Berry. Carina adds that knowing someone so successful possibly balanced out her pathetic disco gyrations.

Bob Merrill wrote such an excellent note that I decided to copy it verbatim. Maybe Bob can take over as class agent when Lisa Barlow and I hang up our keyboards. Bob wrote, “In late August, I took my oldest son, Christopher, to Charlottesville to start at UVa. He’s a great guy, but he broke my heart by getting into PA but choosing Deerfield Academy instead! My other boys—Alex, 17, Chas, 14, and Jamie, 11—attend Friends Academy here in Locust Valley, and show no desire to go away to boarding school. Chris is an excellent bass player, and is already in a band at UVa. Alex plays drums, Chas blows a mean alto sax, and Jamie plays some piano, but the younger three are more obsessed with squash, and Christina and I schlep them to tournaments all over the country. “On Labor Day, my new album, Cheerin’ Up the Universe, was released on Accurate Records. I am very proud of this latest creative effort, but I don’t know who in their right mind would bother to purchase it when it can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music at virtually no charge. Such is the state of the screwed-up music business. “I wrote and performed a song for Dan Algrant’s recent film, Greetings from Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley. The movie is superb; check it out. I’ve been in touch with Phil DiPietro, who astonishes me with his excellent taste in the finest of jazz music. I saw Jason Fish out at the Bohemian Grove in July, and while there also ran into Tim Draper, whose Draper University venture is very cool. His reality show on ABC Family Network was highly entertaining. And Jack Shoemaker has been up to NYC a bunch. He caught my Carnegie Hall debut last year as a member of the Long Island Harmonizers, a men’s chorus that is a part of the national Barbershop Harmony Society. Can’t believe we will soon be celebrating our 40th Reunion. I heard Draper was funding it, so it should be a blowout!” Shipley Munson writes, “Just finished an East Coast tour as Tenor 13 (of 90 tenors) in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Had already learned five of the concert pieces at PA— same arrangements from 40 years ago with Mr. Schneider, Ms. Johnston, and Mr. Thomas. Iconic locations, signature music, much Americana—July 4 open-air concert at West Point with the oldest band in the Armed Services; July 3 national anthem at Yankee Stadium (Yankees won); Carnegie Hall in NYC, venues from Washington, D.C., to Boston. At Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center, Groton School chaplain Danielle Tumminio was a ‘guest singer’ with us during rehearsal. As St. Augustine says, when you sing, you pray twice. That afternoon, something glorious emerged.” Anyone who also wants to test out St. Augustine and be a “guest singer” during regular choir rehearsal in the Mormon Tabernacle itself, in Salt Lake City, tell Shipley a couple of weeks in advance and keep your Thursday night free from 7:30 to 9 p.m. He’ll make it happen for you!

Lisa and I heard from Sandy Stevens Pate, who lives in Baton Rouge, La. Sandy writes, “From law school to international fashion model to prime-time television programming executive in Hollywood to pastor’s wife in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been my journey. If you happen to come my way, I’ll make sure you get some good gumbo, crawfish étouffée, or jambalaya. The different cuisine is indicative of the many changes I’ve experienced and adapted to in the past 16 years of marriage to Bishop Dwight Pate.” Sandy also writes that for the past 20 years she has served as a PA admission alumni representative, a labor of love in partial repayment for the serendipitous introduction to PA that she experienced when she was 16. She plans to come to the reunion next year and hopes all her friends will be there. Now that I am back on the East Coast, I look forward to getting together with Al Cantor, who continues to thrive running his own consulting business. “I love my commute—from our thirdfloor bedroom to my second-floor office—and the dress code is decidedly casual. Along with working with my clients—nonprofits needing help with development and governance issues—I’m writing a lot about philanthropy and giving keynote addresses at conferences around the country. Our kids are getting older—Becky’s now 30 (!) and Max is 27— but they’re still the center of our lives. Becky’s a manager at the UC San Francisco AIDS Research Center, and Max is a filmmaker whose freelance work has included a long-running gig as a videographer for the New York Times travel section—and we’ve enjoyed traveling vicariously through him to some 40 cities or so around the world in the past year.” It’s not too soon to start thinking about the upcoming reunion and looking forward to catching up my socios from four decades ago! ¡No vemos pronto!

1977 Buck Burnaman 222 Nod Hill Road Wilton CT 06897 203-834-9776

Welcome to election season. If you, like me, are numbed by the vapid daily updates regarding Jeb, Hillary, Bernie, and the Donald, here’s an election-related tidbit you might have missed. Notwithstanding the urging of many fellow Mainers, Ed Suslovic announced in August that he’d decided not to enter this November’s mayoral election in Portland. I’d sent Ed my support in a few e-mail exchanges—run, Eddie, run!—harking back to his days as the leader of Andover’s cross-country and track squads. I’m hopeful Ed’s political career will continue, so I can help with “thought leadership” and my kids can intern on his campaign. Actually, we’ll recruit Andover | Winter 2016


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At Boston’s Battle of the Burger in August, Asia Bradlee ’12 and mom Tiffany Cobb Bradlee ’83 posed with event host Ming Tsai ’82. Members of the Abbot Academy Class of ’73 enjoyed a mini reunion in California in July. From left are Catherine Armsden, Connee Petty Young, Jane Cashin Demers, Edith Wilson Fleming, Marcia McCabe, Lori Goodman Seegers, Loraine Washburn, Sue Wheelwright, and Lissy Abraham ’74. Kate Winthrop is seated in front.

Gerry Harrington to run Ed’s campaign. I had breakfast with Gerry in DC, where he moves through the halls of power and mingles easily with officials from both sides of the aisle. Dunja Vehrenkamp wrote from Germany, “My husband and I still live (and work) in Hanover with our dog, Loki. I love my work as a teacher, and I am planning to work as a staff council in my school next year. Our daughter Svenja ’09 is studying in Hanover and has recently helped organize a parkour festival. Classmates visiting Hanover are welcome to contact me.” John Briggs sent an update from New Mexico, writing, “I’m alive and kicking outside of Magdalena, where my wife, Elizabeth, and I have animals and a small observatory. Back in 2005–2006, I served as a visiting astronomer at Phillips Academy to help activate the new observatory at Gelb [Science Center]. It was quite a trip being back on campus for a year with my family, where my wife and I had met as students. Just last month, I returned again for a week of volunteer lectures with the classes of observatory director Caroline Odden, who is leading great student research right from the campus observatory—student astronomy that’s getting published in professionally reviewed astronomy journals. It’s been a great joy to me in recent years to maintain collaboration with Caroline and her students.” David Paradis checked in from Colorado, where he teaches history at CU, saying, “I had Lars Waldner’s son Leif take one of my classes, and that was kind of fun. He is a really great guy; I am sure Lars is a proud papa. My wife and I are enjoying the empty nest, watching our kids become adults. Our son just bought a house in north Denver, where he is building a recording studio. My daughter is working for


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Sam Worthington ’76 in DC. Apparently Sam is a lot more mature than I am (big surprise), because she can’t believe he is only one year older.” Alex Magoun, who updates me via Facebook occasionally, sent a note. He wrote, “The IEEE History Center moved to Stevens Institute of Technology in hipster central—Hoboken, N.J.—where the hat my wife gave me fits right in while covering my increasingly exposed scalp. I recently finished teaching version 1.0 of a course on the rise of the great powers, from Watt to Jobs, which revealed the improvements in online translation essential to learning more about German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese engineers. It also entailed more all-nighters than I anticipated. Does anyone else still find these necessary? I’ve found that trail mix and the wisdom of age help make them largely more productive than they were in Draper Hall. Beyond fulfilling various article obligations and completing a history-center rap to the rhythm of ‘Jam Master Jay,’ I am currently developing an oral history of RCA Labs.” Paige Sutherland wrote from NYC with an update: “The short version is all is good. I recently joined the YMCA to have a convenient place to work out. It is housed in a wonderful old landmark building built in 1930. The room we use for exercise classes has a very high ceiling with exposed pipes, dangling ceiling fans, and walls of aged brick. Every time I go I am immediately brought right back to some old PA exercise class. I can’t say for sure which PA building I get transported to, but it’s a serious case of déjà vu!” That would be the Cage, I think, Paige. Cha Cha Gesten shared, “News from here is that [husband] Shoobie and I became empty nesters as of September, with son Coby going off to Colgate University. Not for long, though, as

darling daughter Eliza, going into her senior year at Colby College, has promised to move home and never leave after she graduates!” Steve Schwartz wrote, “Update on my children from suburban Chicago: Alex ’07 is now a copywriter at Johannes Leonardo, an ad agency in NYC. Samantha is getting an MSW at USC, and Annie is following both parents at the hotel school at Cornell. I’m an active photography collector and am chair of the George Eastman House (GEH) Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y. Through GEH, I had a chance to catch up with Bill Cohan at our gala in NYC last year honoring Alexander Payne and Mary Ellen Mark.” Your loyal scribe’s sleuthing resulted in a phone call with Pete Pezzelli—teammate, classmate, and published author! Pete sounds remarkably unchanged. He says he dabbled on the side with a writing career until later in his 20s, when his girlfriend (and future wife) bought him an electric typewriter for his birthday. Not long after, while laid up recovering from knee surgery necessitated by a series of unfortunate rugby injuries, he decided to pass the time using it to write short stories. He later enrolled in some creative writing workshops at Brown University and attended the Wesleyan Writers Conference. His first novel was Home to Italy (2004), which earned acclaim as a Book Sense “Pick” and as a “First Novel of Distinction.” Peter is now the author of six published novels, all set primarily in Rhode Island or Italy. His most recent book, The Glassblower’s Apprentice, was published in October 2013.” I had the pleasure of attending Bill Yun’s wedding in July and got a photo op with Caroline Cunningham Young and Bill. I ran into Ellen Carley Frechette and Ed Frechette on the same trip, in a serendipitous moment. Toby Ewing sent a cryptic note from Iowa,

A group of alumni gathered in Vail, Colo., in July to celebrate the 80th birthday of Shirley Young ’55. From left are Oscar Tang ’56, Gene Young ’48, Abbie Penfield ’51, Andy Darrell ’81, Shirley Young, Paula Palmer ’55, David Hsieh ’80, Ed Yim ’85, Kay Gayner ’82, and Ian Tan ’16.

to wit: “I am officially retired from Iowa State, though not actually retired.” And the following classmates acknowledged they were tuned in and had fond memories from PA ’77; Kirk Luetkehans, Wendy Sonnabend Erickson, Steve Finnegan, Jon Wonnell, Pete Ventre, Andy McCarthy, Jorge Virgili, Lisa McGovern, and Jean Kennedy—all of whom are expected to provide proof of life by appearing at PA in June 2017. —Buck

1978 Jeff Strong Jamie Clauss Wolf 514 Ribaut Road Beaufort SC 29902 843-694-7443

Oops! No news to report! That’s not much fun, is it? Since we’re solution-oriented and not problemfocused, we know the solution, and we invite you to be a part of it. Get in touch with Jeff Strong or me [Jamie Wolf] any time you have news! We will hang on to it and then, in the next issue, will be sure to share. You can reach us through e-mail, by phone, through Facebook, on LinkedIn, and even by old-fashioned snail mail. We are accessible, and we are here for you! Don’t think you have anything exciting or newsworthy? You do! You took a trip, you published something, you began a project, you completed a project, you volunteered, you read an awesome book that we should all read, your kids did something amazing, your dog did

something amazing, you’d like to pay tribute to an alum or former mentor. Get the idea? Share your experiences or thoughts and keep our community going. We appreciate you!

1979 Amy Appleton 2201 Hall Place N.W. Washington DC 20007-2217 202-338-3807 Rick Moseley Philadelphia PA 19118 215-275-5107 Doug Segal 1556 North Orange Grove Ave. Los Angeles CA 90046 323-969-0708

1980 Jane Shattuck Mayer 781-710-7532 Amy Davidsen 451 West End Ave., Apt. 14E New York NY 10024 917-545-9617

As we write, another glorious summer has passed and it is time to settle back into the rhythm of autumn. At this stage in our lives, we juggle caring

for aging relatives, raising and fledging children, our careers, and thoughts of what’s next, so a special thanks to all who shared their news. By the time you read this, our talented Tod Randolph will have had a successful run with the Portland [Maine] Stage Company as Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa and Lisa Posey Krakowsky will have been ordained into the Sacred Order of Priests at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC. Our congratulations to both, and, if anyone attended those September/October events, please drop us a line for the next class notes! I (Jane Shattuck Mayer) saw Dan Hajjar in Andover in early August. We strolled around campus and reminisced as I showed him some of the more recent improvements. In July, Posey Krakowsky, Liz Roth LaFarge, Rich Chapell, Scott Drescher ’79, and I had the chance to reconnect with our School Year Abroad France 1979 classmates in Boston as part of the larger organization’s anniversary celebration. We had a great turnout, but several of our PA classmates were sorely missed. We hope Jay Glynn, Amy Jedlicka, Allyn Burrows, Sally Doyle Boulet-Gercourt, and Susan Getgood will join us next time. In September, Chris Witt’s son Tyler ’19 entered ninth grade at PA, and Rich Goldberg’s son Alex ’18 started 10th grade. I caught up with Rich last spring and hope to connect with both Rich and Chris this school year. Aimee Thorpe MacFarlane and Duncan MacFarlane accompanied their daughter, Dorothy ’15, to her first year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland—a great reason to “have” to visit Scotland for the next four years. Grace Curley and her daughter celebrated summer by touring New England ice cream parlors. What a fun and yummy way to enjoy the season! Andover | Winter 2016


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Bing Broderick ’81 The Accidental Altruist


aley House, based in Boston’s South End, began as a soup kitchen in the 1960s. But little by little, it has become much more: a social-service organization offering affordable housing to the homeless; a farm; a transitional employment program; a cooking program for underserved youth; a bakery café that serves as an arts and cultural hub for its Roxbury neighborhood; and, as of October, an artisanal pizza shop dedicated to economic inclusion.

None of these changes were by design, and in that way Haley House mirrors the career path of Bing Broderick ’81, its executive director since 2013. When he says that Haley House has evolved through “recognizing opportunities and needs and addressing them,” Broderick could just as well be describing his own path. In his telling, Broderick ended up at Haley House by being in the right place at the right time. After earning a BA degree in English from Haverford College, he landed a marketing job at Rounder Records in Cambridge, Mass. “It was an amazing place to work, and music had always been my passion,” says Broderick. Nevertheless, he says, “It was clear the music industry didn’t have a great future,” and after 13 years, he moved into a marketing position at WGBH. But before long, in the throes of what he calls a “midlife crisis,” he took a threemonth leave of absence in Ireland at the renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School. After returning to the States, Broderick began to volunteer for various food organizations. “Food justice and food access were really important to me,” he says. So when word spread that Haley House was opening a bakery café and needed a manager, the fit seemed perfect. That was in 2005. Under Broderick’s stewardship, Haley House Bakery Café—like the larger organization of which it is part—evolved into something well beyond a restaurant offering revolving art shows, a performance series, and regular poetry slams. “We unintentionally became a really vital community space,” says Broderick. Take Back the Kitchen, a Haley House program offering cooking classes for teens, now serves 400 urban youth each year. And the café provides job training for men and women transitioning back into the community after incarceration. In 2011, Broderick became the business manager for Haley House, and when the founding director stepped down in 2013, he was her natural successor.

Lee Vodra and I have been talking to each other through unexpected life changes and realizing that we are stronger and more competent, creative, and flexible than we had thought. We both look forward to an exciting year. Kelly McPhail Mendez ’81 has moved into her newly built home in Roanoke, Texas, and has posted lovely pictures on FB. Josh Greenfield is branching into children’s writing. Please let us know when your first title comes out, Josh! Neither Bill Seed nor Stephen Ackroyd let a little surgery get them down. Both seem to have recovered nicely and were able to get back to their regularly scheduled activities in record time. Chiming in from the Pacific Northwest, Guy Letourneau wrote, “Still working in mechanical engineering (contract for now), but last December I passed the patent bar, and I am trying to build a second business as a U.S. patent agent. Might make a decent retirement job. As for gardening and warming weather trends, last year I was successful growing tobacco here in northwestern Oregon, and this year I will try again but also add cotton as an additional test.” Guy noted that he is “call sign AF7FD, if anyone else is into amateur radio, and still trying to get decent at Morse code.” As for school ties, Guy’s niece graduated from PA last June, and he corresponds regularly with Mark Anderson ’81. Beth Bishop is the director of admissions and financial aid at the Menlo School, an independent school in Menlo Park, Calif. Beth is enjoying being in the heart of Silicon Valley. She writes, “This area is so incredibly diverse. I love it.” Greg Alker and his wife, Susan, along with their eighth-grade twins, Natalie and Brandon, are San Francisco transplants. He writes, “We called LA home for the prior 21 years. I joined the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office’s consumer protection division and quickly transferred to the environmental division, clearly out of choice and not some bureaucratic governmental chess play. I actually enjoy environmental cases and

Still, the circuitous, fortuitous journey to Haley House was not what he’d foreseen. Broderick’s summary of his experience at Ballymaloe could serve as a motto for the entire trajectory: “Once it happened, it became exactly the right thing to do at that time.”


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—Jane Dornbusch

Tony Soares

Some of the seeds for his work at Haley House were sown at PA. Describing himself as a “not particularly athletic teen,” Broderick welcomed the option to do volunteer work in lieu of a sport for one term each year. “It opened my eyes to community engagement,” he says. And the arts courses he took at Andover helped lay the groundwork for turning the café into a community cultural center. will share the lovely fruitions of some of our investigations when they can come to the public light. My wife continues as a partner at Winston & Strawn, where she manages her growing practice. I recently had lunch with Steve Ackroyd at Tap 415 and found myself apprehended with laughter. I keep in touch with Craig Lewis on FB; we joust over kids, weight, [whether] we still got it, and other typical over-50 issues. I had lunch with Lee Vodra in Pasadena and, as Steve put it, ‘She still is an amazing pole star of intelligence.’ ” Greg is connecting with classmates on FB and looks forward to seeing some local ones soon. Be sure to keep us apprised, Greg! Amy Davidsen reported two separate summer visits at her home near the Berkshires: one with Dianne Hurley and the other with Kate Thomes. Amy wrote that Dianne and Kate “were roommates junior year, so it was a shame their visits did not coincide. Dianne joined us for dinner one evening and we caught up on family, friends, work, and mountain biking. Dianne truly looks the same—and has retained her never-waning energy level. I like to think it is buoyed by her gorgeous little daughter! “During Kate’s visit, she kept me laughing all weekend with stories of her various adventures— such as taking a white stretch limo with her young niece to see Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium. From the photos, I am not sure who was having more fun! Later in the summer, Kate sent a postcard from the Kalahari Desert, Botswana, before heading off to meet Cassie Doykos in Greece.” Amy hoped for a joint Dianne-and-Kate visit this past fall. That’s it for now. Hope you enjoyed your fall festivities with friends and family—but don’t forget to write and tell us all about them! Cheers. —Jane and Amy

and and PA 1981 (private)—for event news, photos, and entertaining banter. Your Houston correspondent spent the majority of the summer packing, moving, and unpacking with the assistance of Jasmine, his trusty Jack Russell/Chihuahua (we think), and other associates from the local ice house. In case anyone is thinking of moving to or from Houston in August, it is definitely not recommended. Purging lots of old stuff was cathartic and badly needed, and by Labor Day everything was more or less in place at the new apartment. George Carlin sure nailed it when he observed, “A house is just a place to put your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.” On the flip side, one of the many positives was finding lots of old photos and correspondence in the attic and garage of my old house, where I resided for 15 years. Hopefully, my next move will be to a retirement community, and not any time soon. Post-move, my focus turns to the college and NFL football seasons and to Premier League soccer. Peter Hill ’80 and I frequently get together to watch both sports. Saints vs. Pats in February? Man City top of the Premiership table? —W&S


Parker L. Quillen 170 E. 87th St., Apt. PH1B New York NY 10128 917-923-7400

35th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016 Warren Jones Houston Texas 281-450-6457 Stefanie Scheer Young New York NY 917-287-6111

Greetings, classmates. Preparations for our 35th Reunion (can you believe it?) are well under way! Be sure to save the dates, June 10–12, and we look forward to seeing everyone on campus. Sarah Horowitz, Katie Leede, and Stefanie Scheer Young will be organizing the festivities, with Bill Kummel throwing in his two cents. Please follow our class Facebook pages— Phillips Academy Andover Class of 1981 (public)

1982 Graham Anthony 2502 Waterville Drive Champaign IL 61822 434-989-5800 John Barton 480 Hulls Highway Southport CT 06890 203-254-7751 (home) 212-230-3235 (work)

Last summer, Andover asked us to reach out and verify our class’s e-mail addresses and contact info. Never ones to miss an opportunity to unearth info on our classmates, we also asked for updates—and we got ’em. Thank you! Here are the updates in (more or less) reverse alphabetical order: Matthew Weatherley-White is, alas, not raising a pet moose. He travels from his home in Boise, Idaho, to speak globally on impact investing. He recently skied with Colorado residents Trina Peterson and husband Jess. The Petersons’ daughter Tessa graduated from Andover this past spring along with David Duquette and Patti Doykos’s son, Culver, and Chandri Navarro’s daughter Bianca. After a visit to the White House, Yalda Tehranian-Uhls dined with Chandri and Jennifer Scheer Lieberman in DC. Yalda recently

wrote a book, titled Media Moms & Digital Dads, on managing children’s digital life. In counterpoint, Paula Lee is writing a kids’ adventure book showing that “tech-free” outdoor fun and adventure is compelling. After having daughter Faith, Tracey Philpot traded a career in financial accounting for teaching math to eighth-graders in Connecticut. She and her attorney husband recently rescued a pitbull mix (insert your own attorney joke here). Scotti Parrish and husband Bruce live in Ann Arbor, Mich., with their three children. She is a professor of English—for which she cites Lou Bernieri as the catalyst. Rick Kimball continues his life in the world of the Big Time: after years running the health-care practice at Goldman Sachs, Rick is a fellow at the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford. He’s starting a health-care company, too. Phil Harrison has spent 22 years in Atlanta as an architect and celebrates 25 years of marriage to wife Susan. Their daughter is a senior at Dickinson, and their son is in his first year at Harvard. Peter Crabtree is a psychologist in Portland, Ore. Peter’s son, Owen, started at Whitman College in the fall, and daughter Ella is in 10th grade. Jane Simoni is a psychology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Paul Gormley is a professor of criminal justice at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., having recently moved there from Marblehead, Mass., where he defended mentally ill criminals—the subject of his PhD dissertation in law and policy at Northeastern. Rev. Nick Porter, his wife, Dorothy, and their three daughters spent 18 years in Europe and the Middle East prior to returning to the US in 2005. After a stint in Connecticut, where Nick saw Parker Quillen, Stu Kensinger, John Barton, and Ming Tsai fairly regularly, in 2013 Nick and family moved to a farm in Vermont, where they are working on civilian peace-building between Israeli and Palestinian families. Mike Sabina and wife Jenny have run their Palo Alto restaurant, St. Michael’s Alley, for 22 years now, helped occasionally by 10-year-old son Milo and daughter Maggie. Recently, Mary-Ann Somers left CocaCola and Atlanta for central Pennsylvania to manage Hershey’s U.S. chocolate business. Marie Oddo and her husband, a law professor, have two sons and live in Aix-en-Provence, France, where she runs an insurance business. She recently saw Jane Pollard in London and can confirm that Jane remains as beautiful and fun as ever. Landi Fannin lives in Portsmouth, N.H., with partner Dave and daughter Paige, now in college. Landi writes, “I work in IT—enough said!” Living in NYC, Ken Seiff runs Beanstalk Ventures, an early-stage VC fund focused on retail technology. He writes, “Still running, just a bit more slowly.” When not competing in ultra-endurance mountain bike races, John Sagebiel is guiding the environmental program at the University of Nevada in Reno. Harold Kim has been living Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... in Hong Kong for the past 20 years with his wife, Julia, and six kids, two of whom are at Andover: Max ’16 and Freddie ’19. Harold writes, “We have several classmates here, including Calvin Hsu, John Kim, Albert Rim, Stephanie Yoo Han, and Yichen Zhang, as well as a host of ’83ers, including Stephen King, Henry Cho, X.D. Yang, and Jin Park. The Andover folks get together fairly regularly.” Hadley Soutter Arnold and her husband, Peter, live in LA and run an institute devoted to climate adaption in drylands. Her daughter, Josie ’19, is now in her first year at Andover. Hadley writes, “We enjoy occasional collisions with beloved classmates Elise Balboni, Christina Fink, Phil Harrison, Katrina Sorenson Peterson, and Catherine Monteiro de Barros and their delightful progeny.” Eric Ren lives with his wife, Rosemary, in Marlborough, Mass., and is the principal engineer at the material science laboratory at EMC. Their daughter Alexandra ’17 is an upper at Andover, joined by her cousin, the daughter of Eric’s sister, Caroline Ren Jackson ’84. Dorothy Bisbee is living in West Concord, Mass., with her husband, Mike, and their 10-year-old daughter, Sophie, plus “a Jack Russell terrier that would benefit from Valium and two middle-aged guinea pigs that would benefit from amphetamines.” Derrick Harris’s Atlanta-based firm is enjoying its third inclusion in the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies. Growing equally quickly is his 16-year-old daughter, Chloe. Derrick notes he is better equipped to handle the growth of the former than the latter. As if he weren’t busy enough, he is opening a new restaurant in Atlanta named Savoy. David Fairman travels internationally in his public policy conflictresolution consulting practice. He lives in Lexington, Mass., with his wife, Juliette, sons Josh and Isaac, and dog Keenan. David writes, “Enjoying an occasional beer with the help of PA classmates.” Dan Besse, who’s been with Fidelity for 29 years, is back in Boston after a stint in Dallas. He writes, “Chip Campbell is doing what he loves—teaching English—at St. Paul’s.” Cybele Raver recently married Clancy Blair at the Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. Congrats, Cybele! Cybele serves as a vice provost of NYU and runs a federally funded program on children’s learning in the context of poverty and income inequality. Betsy Minno is living in Palo Alto and consulting to startups in Silicon Valley. In nearby San Francisco, Chris Dean is CEO of Swrve, a mobile marketing firm with 50 employees in Dublin and London and 20 in San Francisco. He and his wife, Lisi, have been married for 19 years and have three children, Eliza, Diana, and Nick. Art Small is a visiting fellow at Cornell, working on the intersection of ethics and climate change. He lives with wife Dawn and daughter Zoe in State College, Pa. Amy Hobby lives in NYC, where she founded Tangerine Entertainment, a production company focused on films directed by women. Thank you all for the news! —Graham


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1983 Andrew L. Bab 170 East 83rd St., Apt 6F New York NY 10028 212-909-6323

Welcome back, Class of 1983! I hope each of you had a fabulous summer. Send me your news, news of your classmates, news of other Andover alums! Send me your essay about how you spent your summer vacation. And since this won’t get printed until winter, send me your essay about your autumn adventures. Hope to hear from you all.

1984 Alexandra Gillespie 52 Amelia St. Toronto ON M4E 1X1 Canada William P. Seeley Department of Philosophy 73/75 Campus Ave. Bates College Lewiston ME 04240 Adam Simha 84 Rice St. Cambridge MA 02140-1819 617-967-3869

Dear classmates, this edition begins on a sad note with news of the passing of W. Kendall Coor on July 20, 2015, following an 18-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. With him at the end was his wife, Lynne. Born in St. Louis, Mo., in December 1964, Kendall moved at age 11 to Vermont, where he completed his elementary and middle school years. He was active in the Boy Scouts and the Burlington Tree Committee, and was a competitive skier as a member of the Smuggler’s Notch Ski Team. Kendall Coor came to Andover as an 11th-grader and successfully requested to be reclassified to do a second upper middle year. During his time at PA, Kendall excelled in architecture and the arts. Among his major accomplishments were winning the Winfield M. Sides Prize in mathematics in May 1983, receiving an invitation to mount a one-man show in the Gelb Gallery, and having his 20-foothigh sculpture, Proteus, placed on the steps of the Addison Gallery at our graduation in 1984, when he received senior honors in art. He was a Blue Key, held the G. Grenville Benedict Fellowship, was awarded the Morse Art Prize, and pursued an independent project his senior year (spring 1984) on Joseph Conrad’s views of human nature.

Kendall studied architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, participating in major workshops in Spain and Italy and attending the Sorbonne in Paris for a year. Missing Kendall, Jenny Van West ’86 remembers an extended visit to Paris during that time as “two wonderful months of writing, drawing, cracking jokes, smoking cigarettes, drinking espresso, perusing bookshops, walking all over Paris, and traveling all over Normandy and Brittany. ”Kendall earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARCH), working in the studio of Frank Gehry as he did so. He was working with Chanen Construction Company of Phoenix, Ariz., when MS caused his early retirement. Kendall is survived by his wife, Lynne; mother Ina Fitzhenry; and father and stepmother Lattie and Elva Coor. Online condolences may be made at In other news, a number of folks it seems have succeeded in egging on the next generation; Claudia Kraut Rimerman, Ben Schlosser, Jennifer Tessier Antonucci, Caroline Ren Jackson, Duncan Robinson, Sarah Jane Cohen Grossbard, and Nick Bienstock all have children beginning or continuing their PA journeys this fall. Murchelle Brumfield is teaching and living in Singapore with her family. Carlos De La Rosa is currently working as CIO at Howard University. Courtney Keppelman reports settling nicely into her new Laguna Beach, Calif., home—surfing and horseback riding as well as visiting with Beth Serlin (along with Beth’s husband, Craig, and daughter, Perrin) and joining Serra Reid for brunch in San Diego. Yours truly [Adam Simha] came ever so close but failed miserably to get together with both John Henry Fullen and Auny Abegglen this past spring and summer. Hans Wydler reports feeling much, much better, finally, after having been involved in a train derailment in May. Whew! My fellow scribes, Bill Seeley and Alexandra Gillespie, enjoyed summer in Maine, Bill camping and Alex working hard on her novel. Alex reports that she did, however, find time to have a very nice, though brief, visit with John Caulkins, who is producing movies in Prague and music in LA. Or maybe it’s vice versa? She also enjoyed time with Brooke Williams, whose family has really grown into spending summers on a small island in Maine: boating, bonfires with the natives, and foraging for plants like kale and beets. Finally, Rachel Mercy Simpson writes that after a successful run of raising backyard turkeys, she is now considering dabbling in alpaca. Always something new and interesting— such an inspiration! 1985 Pamela Paresky P.O. Box 8878 Aspen CO 81612

Alison Smith Lord and Dorothea Herrey did an incredible job organizing our 30th. In the months since June, several classmates have told me they are still basking in the glow of that reunion. Ben Schwall, who missed our 15th, 20th, and 25th, said he especially enjoyed this one. “Unlike the first two,” he writes, “I was not with my ‘usual crowd,’ and it gave me the chance to get to know a group of classmates I never really knew before. Such a wonderful time, I am seriously thinking of crashing the ’86 reunion!” He continues, “Strother Purdy was kind enough to host us at his house and furniture workshop. Fantastic day, and my daughter, who was required to write a report over the summer about a factory, scored! Photos of Strother now hang on the walls of a school in Taipei.” (Correction from our last class notes: Strother did not bring a daughter named Priscilla to reunion. He did bring Priscilla, but Priscilla is his Harley-Davidson.) After having so much fun at the pre-reunion dinner in New York, I attempted to convene another one—which resulted in Craig Kaufman, Sean Wood, and me having a great dinner together with my boyfriend, a writer friend, and Amy Morris ’92, Andover’s senior communications officer and sister of Mike Morris ’86. Kim Hekimian Arzoumanian and Alyson Yashar, who live near each other in New Jersey, came to the June dinner, but each had last-minute conflicts this time, and Ed Yim was busy with the New York Philharmonic. Our other New York–area classmates who saw the Facebook post inviting them had other commitments (but I’ll keep trying). Tajlei Levis, an accomplished playwright, made it to both the pre-reunion dinner in New York and reunion. She spent much of the summer in Vermont at the historic Wilburton Inn, which has been her family’s business for almost 30 years and which she and her siblings run. The inn partners with Earth Sky Time Farm, an organic farm and bakery, and is a beautiful place for events, retreats, and other gatherings. Gigi Cooper writes that Sarah Heard entertained her over dinner in Brooklyn with photos and tales of her 10-day camping trip in Tanzania, “from a cheetah catching and eating an impala a few feet away to changes since she lived there 15 years ago.” Chris McCarthy seems to have been traveling, too, these days. Let’s hope he makes it to our 35th. Chris Smith keeps missing reunions because of his daughter’s dance recitals, but now that she’s in college, he won’t have any excuse for missing our 30th. I’m not sure why Charles “Rahi” Chun

missed this one. Maybe he was filming. He’s been a successful actor for many years, recently playing General Jong in the controversial film The Interview alongside James Franco and Seth Rogen. Tony Optican was planning to come to reunion and was MIA, as was Amy Zegart, who is a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of political science at Stanford, and codirector of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. She was even featured by the National Journal as one of the 10 most influential experts in intelligence reform. (Okay, maybe she’s been busy.) In July, through the magic of Facebook, Megan Carroll convened Rebecca Derderian Daniels, Liz DeLucia, Ted McEnroe, Peter Stark, and Hal Gillam at the Andover Inn for a mini reunion, and she continues to create opportunities for our classmates to reunite. (Check our Facebook page for the next one!) Also through Facebook, Liz Ozimek Crowley realized that her daughter and mine were at the same overnight camp this summer, and I learned that both Adam Burke and Katrina Smith Korfmacher spent time in my neck of the woods. Adam reminded me that we sang together, once upon a time. (If I recall, he was unbelievably cool and had a band I joined.) “I have been suddenly filled with a desire to reconnect with PA friends,” he says. So please find him on Facebook and connect. Also on Facebook, Alice Stubbs posted a video that her son Davis, 13, made in an attempt to win a spot on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In it, he demonstrates the smart watch that he and his brother, Buzzy ’18, invented! Liz Somers Urdang, whose daughters, Ellie and Kitt, attend a ski-racing academy, visited Andover and had dinner with Liz DeLucia. “Liz is such a special person,” Liz Urdang writes, “and years of not seeing each other vanished within minutes. It feels like Liz is a sister—my husband and kids think of her as family, too!” Many of us feel that way about Liz DeLucia, who not only is an “aunt” to classmates’ children at PA and provides hospitality, support, and friendship to all of us whose children at Andover are far from us and near to her, but has also managed to stay connected with so many of us—including the elusive Chris Patrick, whom she saw in London. Liz reports that Buffy Katz is engaged to “a really nice guy named Tommy,” and she met Caroline Cannon ’87 and Whit Spaulding’s twin boys, Craig and Knox, at a four-hour lunch with Seth Brooks and his wife, Kelly Kieffer, at the Norwich Inn in Vermont. “We were sampling brews from the pub and passing the babies around for cuddles,” Liz writes. She also reports that Nancy Colbert Puff is the town manager for Kittery, Maine, and Lisa Johnson is working for Darigold and can bike to work. Whitney Stewart, who was lost to us for years until PA corrected her contact information, is a chef and food stylist. She writes that she saw

Bill Parsons at her Yale 25th reunion: “He married my squash teammate Carrie Clayton. It was awesome to sit and talk to him!” Many of us felt the same way about Bill at our own reunion. Bill, who is chief of staff for Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, writes, “I’m up to my eyeballs in work right now. I loved seeing everyone at reunion. Made me remember in the most wonderful way how lucky I am to have been able to go to Andover, and how grateful I am all these years later to have Andover and all of my incredible classmates as part of my life.” Bill was always able to articulate what so many of us felt. It was great to have our class president back for reunion. Special thanks to those of you who responded to my request for updates. Please join our class Facebook page and send news!

1986 30th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016 Kathleen Campbell DiPaolo 2516 Vista Drive Newport Beach CA 92663 949-689-3314 (cell) 949-209-2043 (fax) Caroline Langston Jarboe 3124 63rd Ave. Cheverly MD 20785 301-322-4241 (home) 301-379-6572 (cell)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word—at least sometimes—was with Ted Carleton. In the first bewildering weeks after our graduation in 1986, I sat in my mother’s house, feeling as though I were in exile, preparing a scrapbook of my four years at PA. One of the chief features in this scrapbook was Ted’s magnificent final summation, as sports editor of The Phillipian, of the year in cluster sports. It was one of the funniest things I have ever read in my life, and I was heartbroken when my mother’s house was sold and the scrapbook could not be found. We all know from these pages that Ted has been running a local journalism operation, The Sheet, in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and I wanted to note that he has produced an incredible, long-form witness to his family’s survival of the Round Fire last winter. If you have seen only the reference on the Class of ’86 Facebook page, I charge you to go read this incredible testimony of their experience—losing their house but saving the animals (including a pregnant goat!) through Ted’s wife’s heroic efforts: Ted (writing under the pen name “Jack Lunch”) concludes his narrative with the following poignant words: “My takeaway from this event Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... is not in mourning all the relics of my past that have burned up, but in celebrating the present and future of the land and the people whom I love so much.” Although the intervening months have been bittersweet—Ted lost his father; please keep him in your prayers—Ted and his family closed on a new house and are finally resettled. It continues to be a season of blessings in other ways, as well: Brita Strandberg announced that she married Laurel Lea, UVa ’98, in College Park, Md., on Aug. 15. My erstwhile prom date Tad Beck and husband Grant Wahlquist spent the summer in Vinalhaven, Maine, where Tad moved his art studio for the summer, and Grant came up as work allowed. Tad also noted that he “enjoyed an overdue visit from Matthew George and his family, and also had a great dinner with Rob McQuilkin and his partner, Will Russell, at their house.” He also sent the press release for a fascinating shared community space installation, Energy Field, that Liz Collins will mount during the coming year at Skidmore College. Diahan Walker-Sealy sent me the kindest note—her first ever for the class notes since graduating. “I thought this was a good opportunity to share how small the world can be. Early in my almost 10 years at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), I found out through an Andover Bulletin that one of my colleagues was the son-in-law of Oscar Tang ’56. That was a nice coincidence, but then, just last year, I discovered through another issue of the magazine that the chief of staff is an Abbot Academy alumna: Carol Kinzler ’69. She had been at EDF long before I started my time there. She became critical in my rethinking my career path (recommending I read Lean In, among other things) the few months before I resigned from EDF this past May, and I regret that I had not known sooner about our shared history. When I think of all the coffees or lunches we could have had or simply the opportunity to learn more from her about courage in the workplace...” Lisa Lincoln Chioffi reports that she has been “enjoying random appearances by Istvan Szent-Miklosy and an occasional pathcrossing with Newt Davis, who is general counsel for a tech company in Boston and commutes by bike. Cycling is the new golf! Kimberly Doggett Formisano was nice enough to roll up her sleeves and plant kale for Gaining Ground on Non Sibi Day. She is the new head of the lower school at Park School in Brookline.” So, lots of good news on the career front amid the emptying of our nests. Susan Willard Hawes reports that fellow ’86er Peter Anton “can actually play with fire and entertain folks doing it. He’s done some interesting work with fire spinning and breathing, and it’s incredibly cool to watch. I am looking toward becoming an empty nester with both trepidation and a smile. Having two in their early 20s, I feel such a sense of nostalgia for their younger years and am so fond of the nice young adults


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they’ve become at the same time. Congrats to all my classmates with such cool updates; I’ve changed careers and am happily guiding lives in assisted living.” Laura Joseph notes that she was “back at Andover a few weeks ago for my first visit in 15 years. The campus was empty, so I could spend my time reliving scenes from our years there and seeing everyone’s faces as I walked around. It was a very happy afternoon. Now I am back in Paris, where I run a design gallery. My twin girls started first grade and my son is in eighth grade. I feel very grateful for those years at PA and would love to see any of you should you come to Paris!” Terri Kopp shared something truly exciting: “I have news! I just had a TV show I created ordered to series at BET! Am hiring a writing staff now. Will be writing the first 10 episodes over the next 20 weeks, and then I go to South Africa for four months for the shoot. It’s about public defenders. American cast, American show, but shooting in S.A.” Stay tuned, all—and Terri, please tell us when we can see it. Gabriele Hecken Bauman wrote to say that she “caught up with Laura Frost ’87 in London this summer. Had a great time, and we went out to a super restaurant on the Thames!” N. Harry Rothschild is the author of the newly released Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers, published by Columbia University Press. Harry is presently a professor of Asian history at the University of North Florida. Istvan Szent-Miklosy wrote, “My girlfriend and I went down to Philadelphia to exhibit at this year’s ISTE, which is the largest of the annual ed-tech conference/expos. I got to meet up with both Rachel Fuld and Mike Clapper and their families during the four days we were there. Rachel is making wonderful wooden furniture, and Mike is doing us all proud, teaching at an innovative high school ( he cofounded in a tough Philly neighborhood.” And last but maybe not least: Christine Balling is now in DC! More details next issue, but suffice it to say, party time!

1987 David Kopans 2 Princeton Road Arlington MA 02474-8238 781-646-4515 617-947-2454 (cell)

First off, each of you who did not respond to my e-mail request for news should send out a round of big thank-yous to Martin Valasek, Bill Watt, Mary Caulkins, Chris Regan, Jamie Rosenberg, Christina Smith-Gajadhar, Carter Hood, Elizabeth Roth, and Mike Peterson. Without them, dear classmates, I would have almost

nothing to write about, except my newest start-up adventure. While interesting, it’s not 1,100 words interesting. Now once you have properly finished thanking those fine folks, you can pick this magazine back up and read on. Martin wrote that he almost got the band back together again. The band, of course, was Angry Salad. And the get-together was with Bob Whelan during a trip Martin took to Chicago. Martin wrote, “I was visiting Chicago for the first time in early summer, which put me within striking distance of fellow former Angry Salad bandmate and ’87 classmate Bob Whelan. Only a broken air conditioner came between an actual reunion with Bob and the long drive back to Montreal. Bob and I were hoping to meet at a coffee shop somewhere on our way out of the city, but his AC broke down, and he needed to stay home to wait for the repairman, since he was hosting a meeting at home that day. Anyway, reunion thwarted, but not before I had a great chat with him over the phone.” Bill sent in an update to the notes I wrote a year ago and reported that his company (EpiThany) began dosing trial patients in June. Check out a smiling picture of Bill at and, of course, wish him and EpiThany great success in fighting breast cancer. Christina reports that she “continue(s) to tour the world without leaving Virginia as a high school English as a Second Language teacher.” And with students from 57-plus countries in her classes over the years, that is certainly a big tour! Mary sent interesting and exciting news on the film front. First off, she and Karl Kister helped produce a film called Ma, which the chief international film critic of Variety magazine called “one of the year’s most original debuts.” Read more at Mary also reported on a new “gem of a documentary” film by Olympia “Posy” Stone. The film is called Curious Worlds and is about the artist David Beck. The trailer is totally cool. Check it out, plus a lovely picture of Posy: Chris gives a shout-out from Baltimore, where he continues his work on historic redevelopment projects and is preparing to launch a second private-equity fund in support of those efforts. Carter simply says, “I’m about to go fly-fishing with some fellow ’87 bozos and an ’88 goon. If we don’t come back, avenge our deaths!” Since I am one of those “bozos” (along with Travis “T” Metz, Steve “Hoppy” Hopkins, Paul “Mugsy” Marston, and Barry “Magilla” Crume ’88), if the spring notes don’t come out, you’ll know what happened. Tony Gellert will be in charge of the avenging— given, of course, his recent behind-the-scenes role in the movie franchise of the same name. Jamie gave me the updated scoop on ClassWallet, which is beginning to take off. It’s now active in more than 20 school districts and has recently closed a seed round of funding. Elizabeth wrote in with the following: “I caught up with Jenny Lim and her adorable family last summer and spent time with Jonathan Bush this past spring on an athenahealth trip [Elizabeth’s husband, Thomas, works there]. JB knows how to throw an amazing weekend for his employees! I am still writing for magazines (latest piece in May/ June issue of Veranda) and working for Italian jeweler Roberto Coin here in Asheville, N.C., and I recently chaired our school’s auction, where our daughter, Caroline, is in the second grade.” Mike reported that he had just dropped his son Xander ’18 off at PA. Xander is a new lower and, like his Dad, will be living in Bartlet! Mike says that both he and Xander are pretty excited about this turn of events. But the story gets better for all of us: Mike also ran into Alex Min—some 31 years after they both showed up as new lowers and roommates in Fuess. Although Alex’s son was not rooming with Mike’s, a pretty cool coincidence all around. Certainly made me smile when I opened Mike’s e-mail. Ahhh, lower year. Mike also reported on plans to get together with David Older (who just moved to London to join Carmignac) and Justin Smith (who—man, I am behind the times—has been CEO of the Bloomberg Media Group since September 2013, after having performed magic at the Atlantic). Looking forward to a class notes update from that lunch. And that is all the news that folks sent in. But since I have a few words left in our allotted space, here are some other updates. I had a fun e-mail exchange with Tanvir Choudhri, who is codirector of the neurosurgery spine program at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Tanvir’s picture on LinkedIn has him towering over the star of the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi. So I asked, and Tanvir reported that he and Haroon Choudhri ’86 “had the honor of dining at Jiro’s on a brother bonding trip. On a scale of 1 to 10, the meal was a 12! Quick and pricey but completely worth it. If you love sushi, highly recommend it.” While I haven’t been to the restaurant, I can recommend the movie—an enjoyable watch. Speaking of traveling to Japan and eating well, a big thank-you to Hiroshi Okamoto, who provided expert guidance and terrific maps to the Kopans family when we headed over on a family trip this past June. Although I did not run into Tanvir or have sushi at Jiro’s, my family saw great sights, and we ate and loved both shiokara and takoyaki—all thanks to Hiroshi’s help and guidance. Now, to also end with “big thank-yous,” my newest adventure is starting a company whose mission is to help do more of just that. With decades of science behind our efforts—and a few patents, too —I hope that this new company can help make a difference out there in the world. Check it out if you like at As David Beck said in Posy’s movie, “I try to think about everything.” But that’s impossible, so do let me know what you think and how we can make it better.



Terri Stroud 800 4th St. SW, Unit N418 Washington DC 20024 202-486-4189

Laura Bauschard 2918 Octavia St. San Francisco CA 94123 415-806-2412 (cell)

Laura Cox 21 Merced Ave. San Anselmo CA 94960 415-302-7709

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Matt Lavin 2221 46th St. NW Washington DC 20007 202-365-8593 Heather Ross Zuzenak 12 Ginn Road Winchester MA 01890 781-874-1747

Hello, ’88ers! As I write this, Boston is a sweltering 96 degrees, but I am sure that by the time you are reading these notes in winter, many of us will be longing for such warm temperatures. Ti Southwell has a cure for our midwinter blues. She has moved back to Belize, where she is managing a fantastic resort. Reach out to her to book your antidote to the cold and snow. Kristin De Vivo and Elizabeth Burr reconnected in Marin, Calif., this past August after more than 25 years. Head over to our class Facebook page (Phillips Academy Class of 1988) to see the fabulous picture of them. I was expecting a detailed update on Matt Lavin’s beloved Nationals’ chase for the pennant, but instead received great news about his other beloved. Matt married his fiancée, Christie Lavigne, on Sept. 19, 2015, and Rob Patrick and Terri Stroud were in attendance. Matt writes, “I bring my dog, Rosie, into the union, and Christie brings her children—Jack, 9, and Maddie, 7— and her dog, Rocky. We will continue to live in Washington, D.C.” Congratulations to the happy family! Some of us took time to travel this summer. In August, Eric Levinson flew over to Croatia to spend 10 days exploring Dubrovnik, Split, and Hvar and loved it. Roddy Scheer traveled south with his wife, Alex Tibbetts ’89, and family to move from their longtime home in the Pacific Northwest to Mission Dolores, San Francisco, Calif. My family and I traveled a staggering 2.5 miles north as we moved from Medford, Mass., to Winchester, Mass., at the end of June. That’s all other news for now. Terri will be on the lookout for reports on your fall adventures and happenings. —Heather Ross Zuzenak

Gina Hoods 400 Chaney Road, Apt. 1024 Smyrna TN 37167 423-892-7140 404-667-4939

Greetings, ’89ers! We hope you had a productive fall and a fulfilling holiday season. Liz Symchych King had a fun visit catching up with Kristi Bouchard and Allison Picott ’88 in Las Vegas. Henry Gourdeau’s family continues to thrive on the PA campus. Henry’s younger son, Sammy, had his first birthday at the end of the summer, and older son Ollie showed him the ropes with regard to cake-eating. We anticipate that these two boys will be very athletic, judging by their parents’ eye-hand coordination and sports expertise. Sanjiv Desai joined the Andover Bread Loaf (ABL) board. ABL’s important mission involves promoting literacy and educational revitalization in economically disadvantaged school systems and communities. Congratulations, Sanjiv! Jennifer Carr-Smith was appointed CEO of  Peapod Delivers, a leading Internet grocery delivery company headquartered in Chicago. Husband Brian Carr-Smith, Jennifer, and their three children are enjoying training a new family puppy, Dudley. I caught up with Christian Parker in NYC near the High Line Project. He’s been traveling far and wide for theatre-related reasons, visiting places like Sundance. Sasha Gray Rakovshik and her husband now live in Oxford, England, where they are enjoying the mild winter weather (as compared to Moscow!). At their recommendation, I saw a very cool exhibition at University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries. On display were items including Shakespeare’s First Folio, the Magna Carta, a marked-up version of a Jane Austen manuscript, and illustrations by Darwin from his voyages. It was a reminder of many Andover history, literature, and science classes, rolled into one. After attending an informative and enjoyable oneweek sculling clinic in Craftsbury, Vt., last summer, I was reminded of the joy of rowing, the adrenaline rush of racing, and the sheer size of New England mosquitoes in the summer. Since then, I’ve been training with Marin Rowing Association’s masters women’s team, which is based right across the Bay from San Francisco. Take care, and stay in touch! —Laura Bauschard Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... 1990 Regina A. DeMeo 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 250 Washington DC 20009 240-621-0559 Thomas W. Seeley 1572 Heifer Road Skaneateles NY 13152 315-263-0052 (cell) 315-685-3416 (work) Hamlin O’Kelley 104 Mary Ellen Drive Charleston, SC 29403 843-209-2231

[Editor’s note: This edition of class notes was written by Hamlin O’Kelley, at the invitation of class secretary Tom Seeley.] With apologies to Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by the sons and daughters of Andover,” the discontent of our epic reunion being in the distant past where summer was a verb and your fine faces greeted one another smile after smile after smile. Still suffering from the blues these many months? This struggle is real. To combat that malaise, I took pen to paper and composed “The Andover Blues” the Monday after reunion. Copies are available upon request. Thanks to Thomas Reifenheiser for putting my words to music. Let’s be honest, kids. Class notes fill the void for those not following our class page on Facebook. This means you, Erik Moody, Joe Bae, Stacy Metcalf, and about 200 other classmates. Please reconnect. Over the summer, post-reunion, Tom Seeley and Stacy caught up in Skaneateles, N.Y. At the other end of the state, Chris Swihart, Erik Moody, Richard Shin, Michelle Pae, Susan Marcus, and Oliver Schwaner-Albright got together in the city to keep reunion’s momentum going. Not to be outdone, Dan Gilbert, Jared Jackson, and Jen Foss Smyth brought that same spirit to Rye Beach, N.H. Jen Foss Smyth and her family are now living in South Florida, in North Palm Beach. She says people are welcome to come visit. Jen is commuting to the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina for her job with PurThread. Lynne Langlois Hunter reports that she and Giles Bedford also kept the reunion spirit alive with three generations of their families meeting up in July at Lake Winnepesaukee in New Hampshire. Allison Rainville, Erin McCloskey, and Robin Hessman all beat the Andover Blues by being in, well, Andover. The deadline for submission of these notes is right before the Todd Isaac Memorial Basketball Game and tour of the National September 11


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Memorial & Museum by its chief designer, our own Jake Barton. Barton brought us to tears during his talk on the Saturday of reunion. I cannot fathom how moving the actual tour would be. In addition to Barton and Seeley, Laura Vinroot Poole, Andreas Buchanan, Seth Schiesel, Richard Shin, Giles Bedford, Willie Tate, Burke Gibney, Jared Jackson, Sanders Adu, honorary Class of ’90 member Uche Osuji ’91, former faculty member Bobby Edwards, and PA Athletic Director Leon Modeste were also planning to attend. Laura recently launched her men’s store, Tabor, in Charlotte, N.C., with a grand opening weekend in October. I am proud to have been invited. You can shop at Tabor using House Account, Laura’s shopping app designed to replicate her high-touch, customer-service-oriented shopping experience. Amy Zimmerman’s daughter is a junior at PA. How did we get so old? Anne Wolfe Postic has taken her first full-time job in 18 years, as a content developer for Cyberwoven, a digital-services agency. Anne has time for this as her eldest child is at boarding school and her younger two are “rearing themselves,” according to Anne. She is still a freelance writer for food website The Kitchn. At the opposite end of the child-rearing spectrum is Ida Hsu, whose daughter started kindergarten this past fall. She says that is as exciting as it gets these days. Rob Milton tied the knot in New York City this past summer. Chris Swihart attended and promised to send a photo. Mike Zetlan welcomed Sol Cassidy Brodie Zetlan to his family in May, which is why he missed our reunion. Zetlan hopes his son will be PA Class of 2032. Congratulations! Katy Burdett O’Connor moved to South Africa shortly after our reunion. She joins other PA alumni overseas: Giles Bedford in London, Luis Roth in Paris, J.K. Fagan in Munich, Miranda Lutyens in Lima; Phil Lisio in Shanghai. Not to be outdone by our expat classmates were Wanda Mann, who made us green with envy taking her Black Dress Traveler website to Italy; Meredith Persily Lamel, who enjoyed a wedding on Santorini, in Greece; and Carl Smit, who won the SAP 505 World Sailing Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Olivia Morgan and family recently moved to San Francisco. It took Olivia no time to have a mini reunion herself with Gretchen Whittier, Kathy Huibonhoa, Kari McPhail Rodgers, and Heather Anderson at the Andover summer gathering in the Bay Area. In that same spirit, Bo Wilmer and Jen Amis caught up with one another in Omaha, Neb., at the end of August while Wilmer was making his way cross country, just a man and a motorcycle. Jen wants me to remind everyone that we should all winter in Omaha. Terry White also moved to California recently. He is practicing medicine and most likely memorizing the local phone book. Carrie Ann Quinn and her husband, Grayson Powell, spent time in Flat Rock, N.C., where Grayson performed in Crimes of the Heart.

For the last of the mini reunions, I had one with John Berman in Charleston, S.C., in June. Berman was here covering the tragedy of the Emanuel AME Church shootings. In the midst of all that sadness, it was great to drink a cold beer with Berman in a dimly lit bar in my neighborhood. Please come see us in Charleston. My wife, Mary Perrin, and I would love to see you. —Hammy

1991 25th REUNION June 10–12, 2016 Hilary Lerner Gershman 6124 SW 104th St. Miami FL 33156 305-467-6581 Matt Fleming 221 Edgevale Road Baltimore MD 21210 410-375-8302

As I write this installment of our class notes, I can’t help but start looking forward to our 25th Reunion this June. And though I find it hard to believe Mara Raphael and Victoria Farley Hostin when they tell me how much fun and how comfortable it was in the dorm during our 20th Reunion, I may be joining them there this time! My parents have finally sold “Camp Lerner,” our house in New Hampshire and the site of one of our (very, very tame) graduation parties. Whether in the dorm or out, I hope to see many of you on campus in June. In scouting around for talent for our reunion, Vicki found that the best choice was one of our very own: Sasha Alcott and her husband, Chris Viner, otherwise known as When Particles Collide. Vicki and Sasha met up last July in Denver, which was one of the stops on the band’s summer tour. Sasha is a chemistry teacher at Exeter, so the summer (and the occasional long weekend or week-long vacation) is when she can really focus on her music. We hope that Sasha and fellow Exeter teacher Shane Cooper LaPointe will be ready to don some blue in June! Representing our class agents, Uche Osuji wrote that he “can’t wait to see and hug you, so please start making plans to attend reunion.” He also asked that each of us participate in the annual fund, not only as a way to honor our reunion but also “in the spirit of doing better than other classes!” We should all expect a call or e-mail from Uche and hardworking fellow agents Nat Furman, Desmond Butler, Francisco Contreras, Tiffany Chanel Corley, and Kinn Chan de Velarde. Please make sure to respond! Speaking of Kinn, she wrote a fantastic e-mail telling me about her family’s busy summer (thank you, Kinn!). Kinn, her husband, Jose, their 8-yearold son, Bo, and 5-year-old daughter, Ahn, were able to meet up with several Andover friends when they rented a cottage in Gloucester, Mass., in July. The family was in the Boston area to see physicians for Bo, who has microvillus inclusion disease, a genetic disorder, and to visit with several families whose children are also affected by the disease. While in Gloucester, Kinn and family met up with Erin Twomey and her boyfriend, Chris, at the Cape Ann Brewing Company. Kinn reports on what an amazing mentor and teacher Erin is at Quincy High School, using both “her deadpan wit and her earnest faith” in equal measure. Traveling to Andover a few days later, the Chan-de Velarde family met up with Donna Coppola and her husband, who have recently relocated from Los Angeles. Since her move back east, Donna has taken a new job as chef at a literary/arts club at Harvard. For the last stop on Kinn’s trip east, the family stayed in Newton with Alex Techet and her now 2-year-old triplets, Henry, Lydia, and George. As though Alex needed something else to keep her busy, she is also a tenured associate professor of mechanical and ocean engineering at MIT. Kinn was able to spend some time with Fran Contreras back in Michigan, when Fran was visiting Kalamazoo for a corporate budget exercise. The two met up at Kinn’s neighborhood pub and, Kinn wrote, “We compared notes as multicultural students at Andover and now in multinational corporate America.” A few days later in Chicago, Kinn had lunch with Jessica Gonzalez, who is working at BP as an in-house counsel, and tea with Sara Su Jones and her boyfriend, Dennis. Juliet Sorensen, husband Ben Jones, and children Sophia, Hugh, and Thea are also in Chicago, where Juliet is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law. This past summer, the whole family spent a month in Paris, where Juliet taught at Sciences Po on a faculty exchange. Fran Contreras wrote in with news of his recent move from San Jose, Calif., to Raleigh, N.C., after a promotion at work. At this writing, Fran and his wife, Veronica, are expecting their fourth son in November. (Fran, I can tell you from experience: Four boys are the best!) Phil Bellizia, who lives in Vermont with his wife, Bridget, and their kids, gave Fran some recommendations and tips on mountain biking. Fran keeps in touch with Ran Sarkar, who enjoys cycling around his hometown of Somerville, Mass. As a class agent, Fran has been able to catch up with several friends all over the country and beyond: Craig Der Ananian, who is living in Arizona and working for a French company; Josh Russo in Alabama; Erin Eggert Brenner in France; Jason Haas in California; and Mike Day and Amy Ferraro in Massachusetts. James Elkus lives in Connecticut with his family and is a managing partner at Longstone Capital Advisors. Gant Asbury has moved to Sweden with his wife. Fran also spotted Daniel Lee in a Bank of America commercial. Thanks for the update, Fran!

Our ranks of future alums have grown since our last report, with the arrival of some new and adorable babies. Chad Taylor has been busy! He married sweetheart Stephanie in June and the couple happily welcomed daughter Zandaya in September. Andy Frankenberger also had an eventful summer. He got engaged to Martha Fortune in July, and son Leo was born (a few weeks early!) in August in New York. Also in July, Amanda Mettler Goodrich and husband Jonathan welcomed Remington (Remy) Goodrich to the world and to their home in Beverly Hills, Calif. Their first “baby”—their dog, Milo— loves his new playmate and eagerly anticipates the time when Remy can move around more. Elizabeth Hui von der Goltz came to visit the family, traveling from NYC, where she is a senior vice president at Bergdorf Goodman. Last March in Dubai, baby Hamza was born to Uzma and Taimur Hadi, joining big sister Kinza. I hope that all these updates have inspired you all to come to reunion in June. And if you haven’t already made your plans, please do so soon! Until then. —Hilary

1992 Allen Soong 1810 Burnell Drive Los Angeles CA 90065

As I write these notes, it’s back-to-school time again. Those of us who are parents are relieved to have made it through the summer laboring to keep our kids entertained, exercised, edified, and out of trouble. Tip your caps to Kira Nurieli and Julie Suhh Chung, who managed this feat with five little ones each! Lots of other news to report in this edition, as other classmates have been keeping themselves equally busy with new ventures. This summer saw the first season of HBO’s new original show, Ballers. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but the name that caught my eye in the opening credits was that of the casting director, Susan Abramson! For Susan this is merely a follow-up to her work on another little HBO show you may have heard of, Entourage. Hilary Potkewitz now has a regular byline in the Wall Street Journal, writing features in the “Personal Journal” section. In April 2015, she had a front-page story about couples having meltdowns at Ikea (sound familiar to any of you?). The article went viral and spread to dozens of publications around the world. She also writes a regular column called “What’s in Your Bag?” In it, she finds interesting people who travel a lot for work and asks them what they pack. “It’s a neat way to profile a person, through the things they carry,” she says. “So if you have any cool ideas, send ’em my way!” T.K. Baltimore and her husband, Jay Konopka, are still happily living in Jersey City, N.J., with their 1-year-old daughter, Tesla; their

13-year-old, one-eyed dog, Gir; and their 17-yearold corn snake, Jagger. T.K. is director of product technology at Advance Digital, where she has worked for more than 12 years, and the whole family still enjoys spending time on Cape Cod in the summer, as T.K. did when she was a child. A little farther up the New England coast, Holly Parker writes that, in between weekends spent moonlighting as a schooner bum and otherwise “making merry” in Portland, Maine, she became the coordinator of academic innovation at the University of New England in February 2015. She says, “My job is to improve affordability and accessibility of higher education through new models and to help educate a workforce that can drive the regional economy. With Maine turning its eyes toward the Arctic (Portland is hosting the international Arctic Council in 2016), I am off to Iceland in October for the Arctic Circle Assembly with a contingent from Maine. I pledge not to eat anything cute—Icelandic delicacies include lamb, minke whale, and puffin (gasp!)—so I may have to go veggie while I am there.” Holly also reports, by the way, that Justin Lattanzio’s wine (featured in the last notes) is superb; you can claim your own bottle(s) at Fellow Mainer Shannon Christensen, whom Holly visited over the summer, is a part-time bookkeeper at a landmark public library in Bar Harbor. She writes, “I’m a caregiver and mom, and I dabble in writing and other miscellaneous hobbies that involve making something from very little. My life is small and simple and not at all what I thought it would be—and I’m so glad.” Shani Evans has found an unexpected second career freelancing as a fashion manicurist on photo shoots, commercials, and fashion shows, writing, “I’ve worked runway shows for major fashion houses, the Met Gala, and every New York Fashion Week for the past three years. My work is featured regularly in Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. It’s fun as hell, plus the contact fumes can make for some loopy color-theory inspiration.” In August, Alex Lippard celebrated his birthday at Chelsea landmark rooftop bar Gallow Green, with Nur-ul Haq among those in attendance. By the time you read this, Alex will have opened his new massage-therapy practice, Wellness by Alex (book online at his website: www.wellnessbyalex. com), and will, he hopes, have found a producer for his new musical, Queen of Mean, the unknown story of New York’s notorious hotel queen Leona Helmsley. In the meantime, Melissa Davis Balough is relocating from Boston to the Bay Area. Exactly where, though, she is not quite sure as of this writing: “I don’t know where I am living yet—I am trying my hand at being spontaneous. *Deep breaths,*” she writes. Speaking of spontaneous, in early September Barry Bhola was in Washington, D.C., on business from Trinidad and Tobago, and managed to catch up with Darryl Cohen for breakfast on short notice. Earlier in the summer, Barry and his son Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... took a three-week vacation to Florida and NYC, where he met Anthony Aime for lunch near Grand Central Station. Also wandering far afield from home this summer was Allyson Ford, who, after meeting up with Roxane Williams ’91 in early July, led her daughters through Greece and Italy this August. “It was a fun-filled summer!” says Allyson. Taking a break from her equine coiffure experiments, Jenny Elkus ran into Adam Galaburda at the pool and had a nice long chat about reunion 2017. Hard to believe, but by the time this goes to press we’ll be less than a year and a half away from our 25th Reunion! Before you know it, it’ll be time to start preparing your “elevator speeches,” condensing what you’ve been up to over the past several years into less than 30 seconds. In the meantime, get a jump on all the catching up by watching this space—and the class Facebook page! Look up Jenny Elkus, Sherri Shafman, Pristine Johannessen, Darryl Cohen, or Daphne Matalene for an invite.

1993 Susannah Smoot Campbell 301-257-9728 Jen Charat 619-857-6525 Ted Gesing 917-282-4210 Hilary Koob-Sassen +44 7973775369

As these notes are being written, Serena Williams has moved into the semifinals at the U.S. Open in an effort to win a calendar Grand Slam. She played her sister Venus Williams tonight. This scribe’s prediction is that she’s going to achieve her goal. (I know, this is not going too far out on a limb.) What an athlete and competitor! We’ll know at the end of this week, a few days after the deadline for these notes. Johan Aasbo was among the lucky U.S. Open attendees this year. Akash Kapur wrote a thoughtful piece for the New Yorker about Roger Federer, which Nicholas Thompson helped to publicize through his journalist page on Facebook. Check it out. Artist William Darling was featured in a moving profile in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He lives in Chicago with his family. Jamie Wolkenbreit moved to the mountain town of Salida, Colo., in September. He was hired by a hospital there and took full advantage by climbing Mt. Princeton before his 40th birthday. Christine Bergren Orr is starting a new


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chapter as the hemophilia parent advocate for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Children and parents there might not know what a difference Christine has already made in advocating for pediatric hemophilia patients, but they’ll soon see, gratefully, that she’s pretty much unstoppable. It wouldn’t be a Class of ’93 notes without birth announcements, which never, ever feel ordinary. An Andover welcome (envision face-painted, tie-dye-wearing, crazed, screaming Blue Keys) to Zuri, born in June to Oba Davis and his wife, Rae Wynn-Grant; to twins Lacey and Avery, born to Sandy Diodati Slager and her wife, Emily, in April; and to Tabitha, who joined parents Ramona (Gittens) Morgan and her husband, George, and big sister Eve, in July. Susannah Smoot Campbell wrote to tell me about Tabitha’s arrival. She later wrote to say, “I had the surreal experience of opening the Evertrue app on my phone the other week and discovering—no joke—that Mike Kodinsky, his wife, and three kids live in the neighborhood behind my house. We’re going to get our families together in late September.” Susannah also heard from Mike Schulte. He and his girlfriend are living within a five-minute walk of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Finally, Andrew Frishman wrote with news: “My wife, Leigh Anne Needleman (Summer Session ’91), and I and our two children, Lundy, 3, and Jordan, 5 (and about to start kindergarten!), have moved to a spot right between Central Square and Cambridgeport in Cambridge, Mass., where we love it! I recently became the coexecutive director of Big Picture Learning and am excited to be working to transform education ‘one student at a time’ by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized learning environments that work in tandem with the real world of their greater community.” Andrew heard from Lucas Edwards. Lucas and his wife live in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., and are expecting their second child. That’s all I’ve got, classmates. Help us out for the next notes by sending news to any one of us at the above contact info. We’d love to hear from you. —Jen Charat

1994 Moacir P. de Sá Pereira 244 Greene St. New York NY 10003 312-792-8828

Maybe we gloss over the addresses of the class secretaries when hurrying to read the notes. That’s OK. But that buries my own news that, after spending six years in Europe, I have moved back to the U.S. I’ve joined the English department at NYU, and I will be here at least a year. A motivated class

secretary in the center of Manhattan suggests the possibility of NYC-based Class of 1994 meet-ups, so please join the Facebook group or our e-mail list to stay in the loop. One aspect of being back in the U.S. is that I held a sort of “office hours” at a coffee shop the day before these notes were due, and I invited the class to drop by in person, if they felt like it. Only Dimitri Chalvatsiotis showed up, with his young son, Adrian (sporting a brand-new haircut rewarded with two lollipops) in tow. We spoke only briefly, as dinner awaited the young family, but Dimitri has found himself recently reflecting on the challenges posed to his younger self by PA. He was also more interested in my news, which you’ve already read in the previous paragraph! Hannah Sharpless Graff wrote me e-mails during my office hours, and she mentioned that she’d recently read (and enjoyed) Liza Klaussmann’s second novel, Villa America. Liza’s first novel, Tigers in Red Weather, came out in 2012 to great success, and let’s hope Villa America will follow suit. Considering how much I adore F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night, which shares a historical and geographical setting with Liza’s novel, I will surely have to check it out. Merry Rose has also embarked on a career as a writer, creating copy at advertising agency Deutsch LA. She’s, euphemistically, “skeptical” about the possibility of finding a work–life balance, but she still pushes ahead. One more writer, Ryan McGee, also reported in. He does his writing on the side, working as a TV critic for New York Magazine and Rolling Stone. He also recently joined the management track at MFS Investment Management, focusing on institutional client reporting, and he makes an effort to drive up to Andover for a few football games each fall. Ryan lives in Wakefield, Mass., as does Tim Moore, who, when I wrote to him to mention my move to New York, was vacationing with his daughter at Disney World, as a reward for her good attitude while ill for a few days and on antibiotics for two weeks. Katherine Wrobel sent in a big update. First, her own news was the April birth of her son, Matthew. He bounces expertly in his Bjorn seat and has shown advanced abilities in the field of taking off his mother’s glasses. Katy Sumberg Langhorst and family visited Katherine in the hospital, and Katherine reports that Katy’s two children are smart, articulate, athletic, and fun. While Katherine was in labor, John Gruener texted her, and they caught up on his engagement news (during labor?). John lives not far from Katherine in Boston, so more meetings in the future seem to be in the cards. Finally, shortly after Matthew’s birth, Sharyn Lie stopped by for a visit. Sharyn is still in Washington, D.C., and, according to Katherine, frequently vacations in very cool places with her husband. David Callum has begun his 15th year of teaching high school and fourth year of hearing the ocean outside his classroom windows in Hull,

Mass. He spent the summer chasing his 2-year-old around and coaching his track club to a fourthplace finish at their national meet in New York. Jessie Clyde wrote from Kenya, where she is tracking down women’s groups to help them empower young girls. She was also looking for the courage to eat fried tilapia eyeballs harvested from Lake Victoria. Matt Ferraguto was named a partner at his strategic communications agency, Eckel & Vaughan. He was also selected to be a part of the 2015–16 class of Leadership North Carolina. Kristie Pfeifle Medak is still working at Nike and told me about an impending trip to Boulder, Colo., to see Erin Laspa and another trip to see Amy Smith in San Francisco. Speaking of Colorado, Tim Wexler now lives in Fort Collins. He tutors individuals in Italian, German, French, and Spanish, while also volunteering at the local Habitat for Humanity warehouse and thrift shop. He encourages visitors to drop by. Finally, reliable contributor Aaron Flanagan wrote to say nothing interesting is happening in Newburyport, Mass., which, in closing, is as good a reason as any to remind my classmates to sign up for our Facebook group ( pa94fb) to keep up with deadline information and the rest!

1995 Erik Campano DeMartini-Spano via Saccardo 44 20134 Milano Italy +39 338 740 0452 Lon Haber 2645 South Bayshore Drive Miami FL 33133 323-620-1675 Margot van Bers Streeter +44 077 393 77700

The Class of ’95 had the good fortune to spend a beautiful reunion weekend together, and those who were not with us in person were certainly there in spirit. You can find some magnificent photos here on the Andover website, We have some updates on fellow alums. Rick Johanson writes that life is going well in Boston and that he recently participated in the opening ceremony for the Chinatown Films at the Gate Series. His portion of the martial arts demonstration was “a choreographed sequence with my trusty pudao, a type of traditional Chinese halberd.” Lon Haber has relocated to his homeland of South Florida to spend more time with family Shani Evans ’92 High-end fashion at your fingertips


ometimes the right direction in life is staring you in the face. All Shani Evans had to do was look down at her hands.

For the past three years, Evans, who is based in New York City’s East Harlem, has worked as a high-end nail stylist, creating nail looks for fashion magazines and runway models. She essentially paints works of art on very tiny canvases. “For me, to sit down and buff, clean, and paint nails is beautiful,” says Evans. “I get so much joy from it, and to see the joy I bring to others, it makes me happy.”

Nail art, while not new, has become trendier in recent years, making its way from runways and fashion magazines into the mainstream; various wraps, gels, and nail stickers are now widely available. As Evans explains, nail art goes “beyond a basic manicure to create a look or mood to complement the fashion.”

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Although Evans always had an artistic side—she enjoys writing, photography, and painting—it wasn’t until four years ago, recovering at home from surgery, that she had what she calls “a lightning-bolt moment.” Bored and looking to pass the time, Evans picked up an old hobby—painting nails. She found it relaxing and soon began to work on more intricate designs and color combinations. After she recovered, Evans continued to paint nails for herself, her daughter, her wife, and others. Eventually she began to post her work online. It wasn’t long before an NYC friend who works as a makeup artist suggested she could make a living doing nails. Evans’s first paying job as a nail stylist, in 2012, found her smack in the middle of New York Fashion Week. Evans was responsible for creating nail art for two designers. “I was backstage running from model to model. Everything was chaos and so dramatic. I was crawling under tables to get around the room, working around press. I loved it!” she says. Now, as a freelance nail artist, Evans is bringing in regular nail art clients and enjoying the freedom of being her own boss. As a youngster, Evans was an Army brat whose family moved around constantly. Her mother worked in a variety of jobs and settings, including factories, offices, and gas stations. At the suggestion of an aunt, Evans looked into New England boarding schools and entered PA as an upper. Although she struggled at first, Evans soon found her niche at Andover. She remembers painting nails for her dormmates in Stevens House and later at Wellesley College, where she majored in American studies. Evans says she has always admired her mother’s resiliency and adaptability and sees her own life and career evolving in a similar way. Over the years, she has worked as a paralegal, bartender, and Mac technician. She believes her story validates the notion that there are many paths to success. “For a lot of us it takes a long time,” she says. “I want people, especially kids, to be honest with themselves about their wants, needs, and ambitions. Listen to yourself, be true. These things don’t happen overnight.” —Allyson Irish

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stay connected... and in nature, as well as to bolster the Miami office of his company. His LA, Seattle, NYC, and Toronto branches are all running smoothly, he writes, and he is thrilled to have a supportive and enthusiastic team who can do more for the firm while he turns his focus to family, art, healing, and teaching. Lon says that internships and entry-level positions are available, if anyone has great candidates for film/ entertainment/special-event PR and marketing. Lon writes that he was in Venice and Toronto with a “whopping 10 films” and is “completely exhausted, looking forward to hiding out in his subtropical château that appears on no GPS.” He’s in touch with Luca Borghese, who is doing well in NYC; Russel Taylor, restaurateur and actor, making waves in Austin; Shannon Marvin Brown, also in Austin; and Rafi Kalichstein in LA. Lon also says he is always thrilled by the possibility of a visit from the wonderful Anne Knight in sunny South Florida and that anyone in the area should feel free to get in touch. As for me, Erik Campano, I’m starting medical school in Italy and joining the roster of class secretaries for ’95. I should be here for six years total. Please send me updates on what’s going on in your life. It’s marvelous to see Andover ’95 keeping in touch!

1996 20th REUNION June 10–12, 2016 John Swansburg 396 15th St. Brooklyn NY 11215

1997 Jack Quinlan 514 S. Clementine St. Oceanside CA 92054 760-415-9054 Kelly Quinn 2538 NW Thurman St., No. 205 Portland OR 97210 919-949-0736

We’ve been lucky to hear great news from the faithful of  Old ’97. Olga Massov tells us she and her husband had a baby boy, Avi, at the end of January 2015. Her ice cream cookbook written with the Van Leeuwen team came out in June, and her cookbook with Chopped judge and celebrity chef Marc Murphy came out in April. She’s now working full time as a cookbook editor at Phaidon Press. Jonathan Hoffman became a father and is enjoying busy life with Nathaniel (Nate)


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Calvin Hoffman. Molly Seavey Boyle, husband Michael, and big sis Whitney Rae welcomed Michael Robert (Bobby) into their lives. They live in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where Molly works from home as a pathologist. Michelle Kozak was at Natalie Harvey’s baby shower. Felicia Shay had a baby boy last May down in Australia. Felicia enjoyed one of Rebecca Schrage’s terrific bagels while in Hong Kong and was very impressed with Rebecca’s ventures in baking and banking. Meghan Doherty’s May wedding was attended by Rebecca as well as Olivia Mark, Julia Henderson, Annie Im, and Socrates Kakoulides. Jason Billy moved from Manhattan to Washington, D.C., in August for a new position as associate general counsel for Interactive Brokers, and though he misses his old Upper West Side neighborhood, Dupont Circle is great. Asked about developments in the world of public architecture, Jon Paul Bacariza said he is building his own house and realizing he is his own worst client! On the bright side, he learned how to drive a tractor. Shirley Mills is keeping herself busy. Still a stock analyst, she is launching a beta neutral long/short investment strategy at work, helping nonprofit scale financial coaching for low-income families as board chair, and helping www.clearballot. com revolutionize voting systems so we can all benefit from a more robust and transparent voting process. When asked about financial literacy across the class spectrum in America, she said, “The middle and especially higher income levels are overwhelmed with financial advice (admittedly, some is bad). But those on the lower end of the spectrum have similar challenges, with worse outcomes when something goes wrong.” Shirley loves reconnecting and recently visited with Matt Romaine in Tokyo, David Constantine in Boston, Megan McClellan ’96 and Megan’s recently adopted daughter in NYC, and Alexandra “Sasha” London-Thompson ’95 on Martha’s Vineyard. She also loves debating the state of Andover with Jack Quinlan, often taking the side that the school is adapting to current global and educational dynamics and doing a wonderful job! Jack adheres to a more conservative, traditional view of things. Julia Henderson had this to say about how online education was proving to be a viable alternative or supplement to traditional bricksand-mortar institutions: “I’ve been working at MOOC provider edX for a bit over a year now, and even in that short time, online education has made leaps forward. I was part of an initiative with Arizona State University to launch a MOOC with asynchronous proctored exams, full of rigor and ready to scale to thousands of students, which allows students to take the course and turn it into real ASU credit if they pass. ASU was the

first to leap into this MOOC-for-credit ‘pay if you pass’ model, but they’ll be followed by a number of other universities that want to expand their reach to students across the globe who don’t want to or cannot attend courses on campus, due to geographical constraints, cultural constraints, or financial constraints. What thrills me most about the work I do is that we’re studying data around how MOOC students learn. Analyzing this data will help us understand how today’s students learn, what they care about, and how to teach them. With the advent of MOOCs and the proliferation of sources for trustworthy online content, learning is taking place in small bits, on demand, to fill a distinct need for a skill or to satisfy a particular curiosity. How many of you have watched or listened to a TED talk or podcast that made you want to learn more about that subject? Didn’t those talks or podcasts remind you in some ways of your most dynamic Andover teachers and university professors? And how easy was it to find a way to learn more once your curiosity was piqued? Isn’t it amazing that so many people who would never have had a chance to be exposed to the best lecturer on any given subject can now search that topic out and learn it for free or for a small fee, on their tablets or phones! What could this mean for underserved, segregated, or underfunded American high schools if they use free courses to fill in the gaps?” Finally, Rasaan Ogilvie continued a previous discussion by Gerald Mitchell, Faye Golden, and Hannah Brooks Weiner on race relations, justice, and opportunity in contemporary America. Rasaan wrote, “I am an administrator in one of the poorest congressional districts in the nation. What this means is that my students are not supposed to succeed. What it means is that my students deal with conditions that would make an adult wither and wilt. What it means is that my students wake up every day in a world that will attempt to rob them of their humanity, steal their spirit, and tell them that their lives do not matter. When we say that black and brown lives matter, it is not a zero-sum game. Other lives do not matter less or more, but black and brown lives have historically (and officially in the Constitution) been worth less—the slogan strongly implies that black and brown lives matter, too. My students deserve to have access to every resource, every advantage, every bit of compassion and support they can soak up, because their lives have meaning beyond their zip code or family’s median income or percentage of families living below the poverty line. My students and their families deserve respect because their lives matter, too. That my students will err is to be expected; it is expected from all teenagers. But to know that when one of my teenagers makes a minor mistake he risks imprisonment at a disproportionate rate compared to his white counterparts five miles away is galling. Believing that black and brown bodies matter too is akin to believing that we all deserve equal treatment and protection under the law, as our Constitution guarantees. Anything short of that is not to be countenanced, and we all have a responsibility to respond, react, and engage.” We’re already looking forward to bringing you the next installment of developments and perspectives. —Jack & Kelly

1998 Zoe Niarchos Anetakis 658 Massachusetts Ave., No. 2 Boston MA 02118 781-475-9772

Friends, our news is short and sweet this time around. Let’s talk about the sweet. There are a few new additions to report! Emily Porter Morrissey added a little boy to her mix of three. Her son, Oliver Lincoln, was born this past summer, joining big sisters Helen and Maggie. Mike Gutner and wife Becca welcomed a son, Max, in June. Max joins big sister Sadie, who loves her brother “super hard,” says Mike. Well, I can just imagine. You are 2 years old and your baby doll just became a real, live baby! Like magic! Bethany Pappalardo Childs and husband Clancy Childs ’97 welcomed a second son, Archer Lloyd, this summer. Archer joins 3-year-old Beckett. The Childses love living in the UK and somehow have racked up 10 years as London residents. Soon they will make a go for citizenship. As an aside, you may start to notice that we have begun to refer to the timeline of our lives in decades. Hold me. I’m not ready. We still have a few first-time parents in our midst. Ish Harshawat and wife Emma welcomed baby girl Maya Rose this September. Hannah Heath and her husband, Tim, welcomed baby boy David this summer. He has already taken to sailing, making him a proper Aussie already (the family lives in Sydney). Taking the cake, Courtenay Green and her wife, Larrison, welcomed twins Clifford and Louisa (“LouLou”) this past summer. For the uninitiated, I believe the phrase is “one is none, two is 10.” So, if there is any sort of contest in sleep deprivation for new parents, Courtenay and Larrison win. As your families grow, some of you have taken to mini reunions of sorts. Fun! Lindsey Heller Lohwater and her girls had a great summer hanging out with Erin Dougherty O’Connor and her two children, as well as Leah Welsch McNeeley and her two little ones. Farther north, Samar Jamali and her daughter, Noor, got to enjoy the crisp Maine air with Alison Banks Hark and her son, Emmett. As I write, we are in the throes of football season, which hits pretty close to home for Caroline Pollak Marandino, whose husband Roger is the strength and conditioning coach for the Indianapolis Colts. Having grown up in Hilton Head, S.C., gone to college on the West Coast, then gained full New England status for nearly a decade, Caroline

is surprised to find herself a Midwesterner! That said, she is taking advantage of her time in Indiana, finishing up a master’s degree program in educational leadership and administration at Butler University. She works as a project manager for a statewide literacy initiative for the Indiana department of education. Also, her firstborn daughter, Annabella, is 7 years old. Seven! How?! Another classmate with a first-grader (whoa) is Ian Barnard, who lives with his family—wife Ting and 7-year-old daughter Victory—in Providence, R.I. Ian and Ting recently celebrated 10 years of marriage (double whoa). Ian’s career has been cranking; he is working with both MIT and Northwestern on science and tech documentary pieces and has also shot pieces for the Keds brand, Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots, and Boston Ballet. Clearly, Ian is keeping things interesting! Charlotte Latham Kent recently wed and also completed her doctoral studies in comparative literature. She has accepted a visiting faculty position and is the committee chair at the National Arts Club in New York, where she invited Charlie Finch to speak about his most recent novel. Fun! If any of you are working on creative projects—anything from archaeology to fiction to technology—get in touch with Charly! It’s fun for you and it’s fun for me, because I get to write about it. OK, team, that’s it for now. I’m sure you are all saving up your bits and pieces for me, and we will blow it out of the water in the spring. Until then, be well, live well, and write me!

1999 Kirsten Riemer 72 Connecticut Ave. Greenwich CT 06830

Happy New Year, ’99ers! I hope that you all enjoyed the holidays and that 2016 is off to a great start for you all. The second half of last year was very busy for all of us, with professional accomplishments, marriages, new babies, and kids starting school. In the professional realm, many congratulations are in order. Iain Wood was recently named a partner at law firm Akin Gump. Siret Unsal started his new role as the executive director of Turkey investment banking at UBS. Siret made the move back to Turkey after many years in London, though he still gets back to the UK from time to time. Alex Rampell wrote in to say that he sold his company, TrialPay, to Visa in April 2015 and started a new job in October as a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley–based venture capital firm. Alex’s older son, Cameron, recently started first grade at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Palo Alto, Calif. Alex remarked, “It’s hard to believe I was only eight

years older than him when I went to Andover!” Alex’s younger son, Harrison, turned 4 last fall. Carrie English is teaching seventh- and eighth-grade social studies to recent immigrants (mostly refugees) in Fort Worth, Texas, and loving every minute! Last summer, she spent five and a half weeks in Africa (three weeks in Senegal and the rest of the time in Morocco), practicing her French (thanks, Mr. Sturges!), riding camels, eating her weight in mangoes, and just generally having a blast. She also spent two weeks with her parents in Andover, where she made sure to walk around the campus and confirm the geese hadn’t eaten the people. Also in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Grancis Santana was able to watch last year’s Final Four with fellow college basketball fan Liza Darnell. Grancis will be in Boston this summer, attending the Harvard Kennedy School to get an MC/MPA degree and become an Army strategist. Nick Johnson directed a prose piece by Samuel Beckett, a show called No’s Knife with actress Lisa Dwan, at NYC’s Lincoln Center in November as part of the White Light Festival. It was his first big New York credit as a director. Congratulations, Nick! Last May, Simon Thavaseelan brought his two children to the baptism luncheon for Mike Sechrist’s second daughter. The luncheon took place just minutes from Harrison’s Roast Beef in North Andover. Mike’s and Simon’s two older girls are friends from birth, and Simon realized that he’s known Mike for 25 years! Simon has been a happy at-home dad for the past two years and still plays soccer on the weekends; Alan Ginsberg ’00 is on his team. Mike recently moved to Lynnfield, Mass., and Simon and his family have been living in Wayland, Mass., for the past two years. Simon also reports that Charlie Wang lives in Lexington, Mass. Jen Bickford married Duncan Birch in Cape Neddick, Maine. Lauren Phillips came all the way from Seattle to attend! Jen and Duncan honeymooned in the Penobscot Bay region of Maine and are now settling into married life in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y. T.J. Durkin and his wife, Sarah, celebrated their one-year anniversary last summer. While T.J. is a bit late in announcing news of his marriage, there was a good Andover crew at the wedding, with Eugene Cho winning the “longest distance” award, having come all the way from Seoul for the festivities! Other PA alums in attendance included Teddy Dunn, Jamie Durkin ’05, Fletcher Boyle, Matt Kalin, Nathaniel Fowler, and Tiffany Horne Noonan. Bill Lincoln recently took a new job as an assistant professor at Claremont McKenna College and is now living in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Rosanna, and son, Benjamin, who was born in July 2015. Al Moore wins the award this go-round for the most in-depth update. Al reports, “My wife, Kayla, Andover | Winter 2016


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Andover friends celebrated the July wedding of Laurie Choi ’01 in Denver. From left are Erin Winkler ’01, Kate Larson ’00, the bride, Wendy Huang ’01, and Tara Rachakonda ’01.

and I moved up to Burlington, Vt., four years ago, where I work as the marketing director for Dealer. com—a software company serving the automotive industry—and Kayla works as a program manager in the global public health field. We feel fortunate to have found such enjoyable work here in our adopted city. I’m also happy to report that I’m not the only ’99er up here. Amy Teleron Findley also lives in Burlington, and we’ve recently reconnected. She and her husband, Joe, are awesome supporters of my band up here (the Al Moore Blues Band), and we see them from time to time at our shows. They always bring a great energy, and the loud club setting helps prevent Amy and me from boring our spouses with old West Quad North folklore. Meanwhile, I’m still in pretty good touch with a lot of my old PA pals. I see Ethan Brodie from time to time, recently visited with Katie Corwith on her new home turf out in the Los Angeles area, and saw James Horowitz ’98, Zachary Mexico (né Waldman) ’98, Eddie Hale ’00, Dan Scofield, and several other old classmates at Will Glass ’98’s recent wedding.” The most exciting news, though, is that Al and Kayla welcomed their first child, a son, in September. Babies Lincoln and Moore weren’t the only 2015 additions to the Andover Class of 2033 last year. Chris Kane and his wife, Pascale, welcomed a little girl in May. Also in May, Fred Flather and his wife, Kristen, welcomed their fourth child, Charlotte Benson Flather. Charlotte joins older siblings Finn, Sophie, and Kate. Joisan E. Decker DeHaan and her husband, Rob, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Anneke Evelyn DeHaan, in June. In August, Colleen Boylan Cooper and Conor Cooper welcomed a son, Zachary Francis Cooper, who joins older twin sisters Anna and Emma. And in case you missed it (you’d have to live under a giant rock to have missed this one), Connell Cloyd and his wife, Yuki, became


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A sizable Andover contingent turned out for T.J. Durkin ’99’s July 2014 wedding to Sarah Sisk in Danvers, Mass. From left are Eugene Cho ’99, Teddy Dunn ’99, Jamie Durkin ’05, Fletcher Boyle ’99, the groom and bride, Matt Kalin ’99, Nathaniel Fowler ’99, and Tiffany Horne Noonan ’99.

Internet/media sensations shortly thereafter when Yuki “Tootsie Roll”-ed her way through labor pains at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s hospital. What started as a video for family and friends quickly went viral, with the family appearing on local, national, and international news outlets. The result of Yuki’s dancing was a beautiful baby boy, Coji Alexander Cloyd, who joins big sister Yume. Stay warm this winter, ’99! Looking forward to hearing from all of you in the spring.

2000 Jia H. Jung 550 11th St., No. 4R Brooklyn NY 11215 917-589-5423 (cell)

Dear class, Was it my failure to show up to reunion (I told you, Kelly Elworthy and I were becoming ASAcertified sailors!) that caused everyone to be even more tight-lipped about the festivities and their lives than usual? Nevertheless, I see on social media and every other vector of news conveyance that your lives and budding families are positively blooming. Just remember what our parents are reading, though. Do it for them, and write to me about your achievements and adventures, your stumbles and your perseverance. Luckily for us all, Takashi “T.K.” Ikeda decided to be the hero of this issue. In an ultimate act of non sibi in action, he kindly responded to my birthday pleas for news from our dear classmates by writing, “I don’t think I’ve ever updated you on my status (aside from what you can see on Facebook), so here goes on my current life!

“I’ve been toiling away in Tokyo for the past seven years as an associate at Japanese and international law firms, Nishimura & Asahi and Squire Patton Boggs, respectively. In October, I’ll be joining the in-house legal team at Amazon Japan (I know, I know, I read the NYT article on Amazon’s work culture. Amazon Japan’s legal team is supposedly different, LOL). On the weekends, you’ll find me cycling all over Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. “Regarding other Class of 2000 alums in Japan, I’ve had drinks with Kei Kushiro, who is an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo. I’m also aware that Yosuke Hatanaka is a managing director for an IT company in Fukuoka (says LinkedIn). I also had a chance to catch up with Dave Mankoff during his business trip to Google Japan. CrossFit has transformed him into the Incredible Hulk, and he looks nothing like the Mankoff we knew on the cycling team! “Aside from that, the Tokyo alumni get together pretty often, especially when Aya Murata (she says we don’t have to call her ‘Ms. Murata’ anymore!) is in town for the summer and on Non Sibi Day. “Regarding other Class of 2000 alums, Sarah Lindsay Carreira also told me that she plans on visiting Japan in the next few years! If it’s OK to talk about an event a few years back, I also attended Stefano de Stefano’s wedding in Bologna, Italy, back in 2011, where I had a chance to catch up with Jason Kaplan.” Congratulations, T.K. That’s pretty badass. Just keep delivery drones out of our futures, please. T.K. also shared his regrets about missing out on our 15th Reunion but supposes that Facebook is better than nothing at helping keep us all more or less abreast of one another’s lives. At the time of writing, T.K. was heading stateside in November 2015 to visit the Amazon headquarters in Seattle for a meeting of the global

When Karen Friedlander ’01 married Jennifer Miles in Manhattan in June, friends and family joined in the festivities. From left are Evan Stone ’89, Reed Curry ’01, Elliott Friedlander ’99, Jennifer and Karen, Terry Friedlander ’95, Erica Hubbard ’01, Serge Mezhburd, Nicole Friedlander ’94, and Larissa Hubbard.

team. I guess we will all have to wait another six months to see if any others of us were there and ran into him at the event or in the city. And Lauren Sirois, the heroine of this issue, shared that in fall 2014, she moved from New Jersey back to the San Francisco Bay Area as she traded work in small pharma for big biotech. She is still working as a research and development scientist developing new drugs, and she says, “I get to have fun in the lab on top of managing my project.” That’s hot. Having decided that she’d had enough of Silicon Valley during her last stint in California (smart move, I say), Lauren says she’s found an apartment that she loves and “can almost afford” right in San Francisco (tell us your secret!). In SF, she’s been enjoying catching up with other Andover peeps in the area, such as Cassie James Dixon, Raja Jain, Sandra Sanchez, Christine Choi, Liz Bramwell Ashley, and Momo Akade. There’s a lot in that line—I know for a fact that a few of those mentioned were last seen in the NYC/N.J. area. Hope you’re having fun on the Best Coast! Lauren also expressed that a “downside” to her life in California is that she doesn’t get to see her East Coast friends and family nearly as much as she used to. She also missed our 15th Reunion on account of work obligations, which made her wish that she had another event (cough, wedding) coming up like Jimmy Noonan’s DC wedding in fall 2014, where Louisa Morrison, Andy Gossard, Kate Burke-Wallace, James Checrallah, Susie Wager, and Aaron Litvin also reunited. Don’t worry, Lauren, I’m sure the rest of us stragglers will start pairing off (not necessarily with one another) eventually. And by all means, nuptials shouldn’t be the only way to reunite and stay in touch, right?

At Carl Schurz Park in Manhattan, Waden Emery ’71 joined sons Brian ’03, Matt ’08, and Kevin ’00 to celebrate the birth of Brian’s son, Declan (’33?).

2001 15th REUNION June 10 –12, 2016 Misty Muscatel 203-569-9713

The update of the quarter goes to Jordan MacTavish, who is currently working at Toshiko Mori Architect in NYC. He just finished the design of Thread Artist Residency and Cultural Center in Senegal, which won an AIA award and was featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, last year. Check it out at Lots of baby news in this issue. Michael Paa and wife Jessica welcomed their first child, Caroline May, in December ’14. They are still living in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. Also living in the San Francisco area, Marion Read and husband Alex welcomed Malcolm Read Saltman into the world in July 2015. Everyone is happy and healthy—although a bit sleep-deprived! Malcolm has already met Alida Payson, Eli Lazarus ’00, Susie Dickson, and Erin Winkler, and I was lucky enough to meet him this past fall! Just one day prior to Malcolm’s arrival, Amanda Barash Odetalla gave birth to a lovely baby boy. His name is Musa and he is an adorable, tiny dictator who rules Amanda and husband Ahmad’s lives. In other baby news, Melinda Hung Brooks and her husband, Joe, are still in DC and welcomed twins Amelia Jean and Joseph Simon in June. Corbin Butcher and wife Ivona expected a daughter this past fall. Corbin recently moved to Zolfo Cooper, a restructuring and interim

management boutique, and now works across the hall from Eric Newman—a Stearns West reunion daily! Parag Goyal and wife Adriana welcomed Isabella, their second beautiful child, in May. The whole family, including big brother Lucas, 3, is thrilled. Diana Mahler Spalding and husband Cameron welcomed baby number three, son Wilder Mason, this August. Mariel O’Brien is living in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., and working for Lululemon as the director of global merchandising; she is focused on growing the men’s global business. Andover alums, go buy some Lululemon and be converted! Farah Peterson successfully defended her dissertation in American history at Princeton in June. She recently started a clerkship with Justice Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court, where where she ran into Caroline Van Zile ’02. Farah and husband Eugene Sokoloff ’00 have enjoyed catching up with Dan Schwerin ’00 in DC. After a number of years working for large firms in New York, Charlie Alovisetti has moved to Denver to work for law firm Vicente Sederberg, where he represents businesses in the cannabis industry. Liz Edmonds, husband Alan, and daughter Mary have left the Big Apple and moved to Durham, N.C. They already miss NYC but are excited for their new adventure. Raquel Leonard Moreno and husband Orlando celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary this past summer with a lovely renewal of the vows ceremony. Raquel continues to teach classes in the Philadelphia area on the health benefits of eating locally grown fruits and vegetables. Earlier this summer, Ian Cropp had a lovely visit from Mike Paa in NYC, where they met up with Matt Peltz ’02 and reminisced about times at the old hockey rink. Another fascinating update came from Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... Dana Andrienko. She is still living in Moscow and starting her third year of running her own international educational consulting business, matching Russian kids with the right boarding schools, colleges, and summer programs in the U.S. Her inspiration is the experience that we all valued so much at PA. This year, she’s expanding into the UK market and is excited about where else this crazy journey takes her! Joe Maliekel is working at, and he and wife Lindsey had an amazing summer, he reports, watching their boys grow up. Grier Buchanan moved to NYC two years ago and is working in equity research at KeyBanc Capital Markets. Grier hung out with Matt Dougherty and Madeleine Fawcett ’02 in Palm Beach late last year. Thibault Raoult became an assistant editor at the Georgia Review. Meg Blitzer is about to start her sixth year at Choate teaching bio and environmental science and coaching water polo; the girls’ team hopes to defend the New England title they won in May. In nuptial news, Laurie Choi got married recently, surrounded by Big Blue love from Erin Winkler, Wendy Huang, Tara Rachakonda, Winnie Liu ’03, and Kate Larson ’00. Nikki Waldstein got married in May; superstar justice of the peace Jenn Zicherman Kelleher did an amazing job officiating. A lot of ’01 love happened this past spring and summer when Eric Chase, Scott Darci, Nakul Patel, Rob Coleman, Jim Cunningham, Timothy Daniels, and Luke LeSaffre joined Alex Bradley on Nantucket to celebrate Alex’s bachelor party over Memorial Day at the 44th annual Figawi Race Weekend. The gang had a grand old time. At Alex’s wedding, that crew was joined by Sarah Kline, James Kenly, and Isaac Taylor. Best man Nakul left the audience in stitches with his roast of the groom. Mark Kawakami got engaged to Jehan Edriouch, a most charming and wonderful woman; I was fortunate enough to rendezvous with them in Amsterdam while there on business. Mark is finishing a PhD degree program and playing awesome host to visitors who swing through Amsterdam. Mihir Patel closed on an apartment in downtown Miami at the end of last June. Shortly after that, he met with John Kwaak, Ramesh Donthamsetty, Alex Finerman, Andrew Tucker, and Eric Newman for dinner at Boqueria. Later in the summer, he took a trip to the Amalfi coast and got engaged to Rekha Mahale, who is a pediatrician working in Brooklyn and on Staten Island. Over in Singapore, our class Facebook page got some great pics highlighting the several gettogethers of ’01 all-stars Theo Novak, Sydney Freas, Brad Meacham, and Jeannie Kwok. Nickole Rucker Teel finished her anesthesiology residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., in July and moved to Spartanburg, S.C., for her new


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job. To quote Nickole: “Life after residency is amazing!” As for me, by the time you read this, I will be a married lady myself. The wedding will be attended by 17 fellow Andover alums, so we will for sure be doing some Big Blue cheers! The weekend prior to our wedding, I’ll be leading my first Alumni Council meeting as president. Talk about an eventful November! Keep calm and send in your updates, ’01!

2002 Lauren Nickerson P.O. Box 711477 Mountain View HI 96771

Aloha, Class of ’02! As I sit here writing these notes on a beautiful Hawaii day in September, it is hard to imagine that by the time you read them, it will already be 2016. With that in mind, Happy New Year! Last year was a busy but happy time for the Class of 2002, and I wish you all the best for an equally blissful and fulfilling 2016. For many of you, 2016 will be filled with wedding planning and tying the knot. Many classmates wrote to share the thrilling news of their engagements. Kate Planitzer got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Michael Harper. Kate reports that Michael is “not an alum, but is Jenny Savino– approved!” Congratulations, Kate and Michael! Anyone who has Jenny’s stamp of approval must be a great guy. Greg Chang got engaged to longtime girlfriend Diem Nguyen and shared his wonderful news with classmates Kwadwo Acheampong and Gabe Cuthbert during a recent dinner. Niki Roberts and partner Krisa Benskin became engaged on June 26. Niki looks forward to having Ryan Coughlan serve as a “flower man” during their upcoming ceremony. Kezi Barry traveled to South Africa, where she reconnected, after 10 years, with her South African former boyfriend. After reconnecting, Kezi’s original plans to stay in South Africa for one month extended to three months, during which time they went on excursions across South Africa, fell back in love, and became engaged! In February, Bali Kumar passed the California bar exam and moved to LA. Jordan Harris visited Bali to help him settle in, and Bali enjoyed catching up with Abby Lavin during a recent lunch. Luis Marion completed an MS degree in CS (computer science? Luis, do you now speak only in code?) and is now living in Boston. Angela Steele lives in Oakland, Calif., and is beginning her second year of the Berkeley-Haas MBA program. Angela interned at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco this summer and is pursuing a career in real estate development and finance. Kristina Guild Douglass completed a PhD degree in archaeology from Yale University and

will be starting a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, where she will continue her research into the extinction of Madagascar’s elephant birds. Apart from her exciting career advancements, Kristina also has wonderful family news to share. She and her husband, Scott, welcomed their first son, Percy, in January. Diana Dosik and her husband welcomed their son, Henry, in July. April Atiba Swoboda and husband Henry welcomed daughter Violet in August. The most colorful update of the quarter goes to Geoffrey O’Donoghue, who, after years of not relaying any notes, finally had a lot to say. I’ve included a few euphemisms to make the notes “Andover-appropriate.” I hope that my paraphrasing does you justice, O’D! Geoff was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to fund his postdoctoral training in T-cell physical chemistry at UCSF. He regularly sees Jason Park, as Jason worked on a PhD degree in the same lab where Geoff is currently working. One of the highlights of Geoff ’s year was seeing Diane Liu, her husband, Mason, and their “incredibly gorgeous” children, Lena and Beau. Diane and her family were traveling from Pittsburgh to their new home in Hawaii and, on the way, were able to stop over in San Francisco, where they enjoyed a picnic with Geoff and his girlfriend, Tess. Geoff traveled to Austin, Texas, to visit Mike Cashman and James Maffione and their wives. It sounds like the trip to Austin was quite eventful, as the boys indulged in some BBQ and water activities. Geoff also spent time with Dave Paolino, Tony Bitz, and Pablo Durana, who, according to Geoff, is “the absolute coolest guy alive right now.” Pablo returned the superlative by calling Geoff “the smartest guy alive,” noting that he couldn’t understand half the things that Geoff was talking about! Pablo continues to sit upon his Geoff O’Donoghue–appointed throne as a cool guy, as he continues to tour the world on his multiple filming expeditions. At the time of writing, I think Pablo was in Angola, but I can never keep track. As for my news, my husband, Bobby, and I (Lauren Nickerson) hosted “Lauren and Bobby’s Week of Adventure” on the Big Island of Hawaii to celebrate life, love, and marriage. During the week, we swam with manta rays at night off of the Kona coast, trotted around Kilauea volcano, and jumped off a smattering of high platforms into the Pacific Ocean. I’m happy to report that we survived the week with life and limb intact, although I regretted that Stephanie Hackett could not attend. Stephanie is a busy bee in NYC, where she continues to work toward a PhD degree in art history at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and is employed as a researcher at Shepherd W & K Galleries. Thank you to everyone who submitted notes, and I look forward to more updates in 2016! 2003 Will Heidrich

Summer 2015 brought another season of growth and change for the Class of 2003. In May, Katie Regner Cannan wrote from Hong Kong, where she and her husband, Matt, moved in January. Matt has stayed busy building his firm’s Asia investing business arm, while Katie has continued to work at MFS Investment Management. If you travel to HK, let Katie know! Ryan McChristian will be in Japan for another year and also welcomes ’03 visitors. Last summer, Ryan caught up with pals Gavin Kuangparichat and Chris Lanterman when the duo traveled through. Ryan also hoped to see Janis Rice when she and her husband, Brandon, vacationed in Japan. Stateside, Brian Emery and his wife welcomed a baby boy, Declan, in May. Brian said it was an amazing summer; he was happy to host longtime pals Matt London and David Linfield (traveling from Mali), who both visited and met Declan. Dan Koh proposed to his girlfriend, Amy Sennett, on Marathon Monday in Boston. Dan is the chief of staff for Boston mayor Marty Walsh and reports that things are going well. Marianna Kleyman also reported from Boston, where she now works for MIT. She wrote, “It’s nice to be in a city after so long in the mountains, though I do sometimes miss seeing the stars at night.” Tom Oliphant married his longtime girlfriend, Dana LaMendola, this past fall. I celebrated with a number of classmates at the wedding, including Phil Caruso and Kait Caruso, Chris Skipper, and Greysen Carlson. In October, Matt Lindsay married his longtime girlfriend, Abigail Frey, in Maine. A number of classmates joined in the festivities, including Michael “Rudy” Ruderman, Tara Gadgil, Evan McGarvey, and me. Stephen Fee wrote from Brooklyn. Stephen is a producer and on-air reporter for PBS NewsHour Weekend, and worth a follow on Twitter @stephenmfee. Stephen lives near Andy Hattemer and has stayed close with fellow NYC resident Kelly Sinclair. In August, Stephen also caught up with Ali Rosen Gourvitch and Emily O’Brien over dinner. Kelly has also stayed in touch with longtime pal and Sweden resident Boo Littlefield Karlsson via weekly Skype chats. Gardy Gould wrote from LA, where he enjoyed a summer of camping, biking, and swimming. Gardy saw Cathy Rampell and Chimaobi Izeogu at Stephen Zehring’s wedding. If you were worried that Gardy has lost his dance moves, fear not! As he wrote, “We danced so hard we sweated through our suits!” I recently saw a big group of classmates at an alumni event organized by our own Janis Rice in San Francisco. Local residents Margaret Ramsey,

Tara Gadgil, Matt Lindsay, Rudy Ruderman, Phoebe Rockwood, Katie Dlesk, Alex Minasian and Mimi Butler Minasian, and James Chou were among our classmates in attendance, as were a few out-of-town visitors, including Liz Vazquez and Morgan Intrator. A few weeks earlier, Dave Beyer organized a dinner with a bunch of classmates, including Mimi and Alex, Janis, Katie, and Seb Benthall. All in all, we have had a few good gatherings of ’03 in the Bay Area.

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The upper management of the ’04 Phillipian board is off the market! Olivia Oran Beaton celebrated one year of marriage to her husband, Greg, and Jenny Wong Sharp and Clem Wood each tied the knot this summer in Brooklyn. I was able to attend Jenny’s June wedding to Nathan Sharp, where I celebrated the beautiful bride and groom and caught up with Olivia, Clem, Emma Sussex, Ellen Knuti, Jess Chermayeff, J.J. Feigenbaum, Alanna Hughes, Steve Travierso, and Greg Kimball ’01 and Kate Kimball ’01. Jenny is now back in New York after her honeymoon in Italy. Clem also had many Andover friends in attendance for his August wedding to Kate Carcaterra, including Jenny, Tom Barron, Evan McGarvey ’03, Adam Jonas ’00, and Clem’s sister, Emma Wood ’07. In May, Margaret Pyle tied the knot, with Jamie Bologna, Ilana Segall, Amy Yang Chong, and Meg Sullivan in attendance. Margaret and her husband moved to Baltimore so Margaret could begin her residency in pediatrics at the University of Maryland. Uzoma Iheagwara began a medical residency in radiation oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after getting married in April. Derrick Kuan, J.J. Feigenbaum, Bill Beregi, and Anwell Lanfranco were on hand to toast Uzoma and his wife. In possibly the humblest class notes update ever, Mariah Russell went back and forth with me for a few rounds about my favorite show, Bachelor in Paradise, before revealing the exciting news about her own love life: Mariah’s getting married! With Saidi Chen and Emily Guerin as bridesmaids, it’s sure to be a festive affair. Emily Watson is also engaged and plans to wed in April 2016 near Philadelphia. Tyler Simms accepted the position of assistant men’s basketball coach at Brown University. He prepared for the season in style with a trip to Italy. Will Scharf is enjoying St. Louis and working as policy director for Catherine Hanaway’s Missouri gubernatorial campaign. Amy Lippe completed graduate school and moved to Denver.

Kat Conlon began her studies at the Cross Continent MBA program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Kat looked forward to Lexi Dwyer’s wedding this past fall, where she expected to see Kinnon McCall Foley, Abby Weiner, Cory Schneider, and Margaret Moore ’06. Adam Draper is still a happy husband and father and runs Boost VC, an accelerator for startups, particularly in bitcoin and virtual reality. Sharon Shin began a job at SpaceX and will take time off for a two-week trip to Europe with her husband, ending up in Berlin for the League of Legends finals. Still living with his girlfriend, Olga Tomchin, and practicing law, Martin Quinones told me his most important announcement is the adoption of a 2.75-pound teacup Chihuahua named Bisouchka (pronounced bee-ZOOCH-ka). Look for her on Instagram @bisouchka, where I’m sure she already has far more followers than I do. Ashley Whitehead Luskey left her job of eight years with the National Park Service to join her husband in Morgantown, W.Va., after four years of long-distance. Now she teaches in the history department at West Virginia University and recently began working as an independent historical consultant for museums, national parks, and historic sites, including the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Alex Thorn also moved— in his case, from Raleigh, N.C., back to Boston. He is still working for Fidelity. Though he’ll miss sharing beers with Jed Kelly in North Carolina, Alex enjoyed seeing Seth Stulgis and Mike Preston ’05 on Nantucket this past summer. Seth started a new job as senior marketing manager for the Stion Corporation, a U.S. manufacturer of solar panels, and served as Cotton Harrold’s best man at Cotton’s wedding in Jamaica. After a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit Caty Papez, Danny Meller is headed to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, for six months to study health care in Latin America. Just barely beating Danny, Lily Kelting had our biggest relocation; she finished a PhD degree program in San Diego and moved to Berlin, where she is working on a postdoc in food and performance. She also married Kedar Kulkarni, with Adam Holt ’05 and his parents in attendance. Both Lily and Danny would love to see any Andover alums passing through their parts of the world. Perhaps Lolita Munos Taub will take them up on their offers. Her online show, The F Show, is available in more than 60 countries every month and features female entrepreneurs around the world. Having moved back to Michigan with her husband and their son, Milo, Jenny Byer Elgin is expecting another boy and is enduring many terrible babyname suggestions from yours truly, a favorite pastime of mine. Plenty is happening for ’04 grads in and around Boston. Whitney Kelly Wilkinson works for educational technology startup Launch Academy. She and her husband, David Wilkinson ’05, spent Labor Day weekend at the wedding of Mac King ’05. Audrey Deguire Turro and Steve Turro relocated Andover | Winter 2016


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Andover friends and family surrounded Peter Accomando ’05 and Cara Cadigan at their August wedding in Nahant, Mass. From left are Justin Accomando ’99, Chris Magnin ’05, Jack Thorlin ’05, Greg Rees ’05, Jay Geary ’05, the groom and bride, Chris Herlich ’05, Laurel Sticklor ’05, Alex Doty ’05, Aynslie Accomando ’00 and husband Matt Langione (a former PA teaching fellow), Sheila Prout ’68, Ian Accomando ’08, and Mark Margiotta ’05.

to the suburbs. Audrey recently began a job at the law firm Foley & Lardner. After traveling to six countries in the Middle East and Africa this past summer, Alanna Hughes is back in Cambridge for her final year of graduate school at MIT and Harvard. Down in Washington, D.C., Ariel Gold works for Amazon, where she was recently joined by Amanda Green Donaldson. Ariel sang on a twoweek tour of China with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, which she called “very reminiscent of the Cantata Tour of 2002 but a very different China.” Back in the States, Ariel traveled to NYC to celebrate Marjorie Mocco’s birthday. LA continues to treat me well. I spent my time off last summer cooking and making questionable life decisions before heading back to work on season three of Young & Hungry, a television show about cooking and questionable life decisions.

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First and foremost in the news after reunion were the summer weddings. In chronological order: Chris Zegel married Meg Scarborough in June. Sarah Donelan, Natalie Exner Dean, and Matt Brennan attended. Elliot Beck married Monica Wlodarczyk in August. Also in August, Peter Accomando married Cara Cadigan, whom he met at Tufts. Jack Thorlin, Chris Magnin, Chris Herlich, Greg Rees, Alex Doty, Laurel Sticklor, Jay Geary, and Mark Margiotta were all in attendance. Sarah Waldo married Dillon McNabb in Olympic National Park in late August.


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Angela Tenney, Caitriona McGovern, JeanMarie Gossard, Annie Wilkin, Sam Demetriou, Laura Eddy, Lisa Cloonan, and Nicole Amaral made the journey Northwest to celebrate. To all of them, and to anyone who got married and didn’t write in, a very hearty congratulations! Chris Donais moved to Boston to work at Skyhook Wireless. He will be rooming with Wes Howe and Sean Hamilton’06. Dan Adler is moving back in with the undergrads at Harvard to be a tutor while continuing his graduate studies. Sarah Hong has been working as the assistant culinary manager at the East Hampton Grill in East Hampton, N.Y. She has extended a very cordial invitation to anyone from ’05 heading out her way to stop in and say hello. Natalie Ho, Clarissa Deng, and Lauren Seno spent Labor Day weekend together in DC. In Atlanta, Jenn Davis is in her second year of medical school at Emory. Georgia Tech saw at least two arrivals from our year: Kojo DeGraft-Hanson just started an MBA degree program, and I (Ian Schmertzler) began a master’s degree program in industrial engineering. Crossing the country to San Francisco, we have several reports. Andrew Richards, now at Yelp, moved to the city last year to go to App Academy, which he plowed through with Cristian Monterroza and Brent Vale ’04. Carina Serreze returned stateside from a four-year stint in Australia to pursue MBA and MPH degrees at UC Berkeley. Terrance Rubin also moved to San Francisco after concluding his studies in Dubai. Kyle Davies and Su Zhu are continuing to build out Three Arrows Capital from Singapore. Will Riordan, Mary Burris, and Andrew Richards saw one another in Tokyo in May by accident. Tom Lesnick was out in Seoul for less than a week

this September but managed to do a better job documenting the place for his Facebook friends than most travel guides. The clear winner of summer adventuring, however, goes to Geoffrey Miller, who drove 10,000 miles in the Mongol Rally—from London to Mongolia in a 2001 Nissan Micra with two Choate alumni (a fourth member of the team dropped out after reaching Istanbul). Have a wonderful fall and please write in with news!

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Hello, Class of 2006, and happy 2016! This year is a huge year for us, as it is our 10th Reunion! It is hard to believe that a decade has gone by since our graduation from Andover. Many of us are well into our careers and also settling down. Here’s what we’ve been up to the last few months of 2015. We are excited to see you soon, in June 2016! Lisa Donchak worked for the National Park Service in DC over the summer and hung out with James Flynn ’07 and Abby Colella ’08. Mark Efinger ’74 recommended Las Canteras, the DC Peruvian restaurant co-owned by Gary Lee ’74, to Lisa, who now recommends that everyone should visit. In late August, Lisa moved to San Francisco for a new job. Rajeev Saxena moved to Seattle to start his otolaryngology residency. He’s been enjoying the transition to the city and has been hanging out with Julian Jacobson. He also met up with Carrie St. Louis ’08 and saw her amazing performance when Wicked was in town. After spending the summer at a health-care startup in Mumbai over the summer (and eating a lot of Indian food), John Lippe is enjoying dedicated time for learning and reflection provided by business school. He’s exploring general management roles within health-care-services organizations after he finishes school. Andrea Coravos left KKR last spring and spent five months at Dev Bootcamp learning how to code. She was able to catch up with Justin Yi when he stopped by Dev Bootcamp for lunch in July. Andrea is so happy about her career move, having graduated from the program in August. Emily Pollokoff is staying busy editing many theses and books on Tibet, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal, and India, traveling virtually through the books. She also teaches potty-training classes for parents of babies and toddlers. Her girls, Clara and Hazel, are growing rapidly and, she reports, becoming “wild ’n’ crazy gals”! Emily wrapped up the summer canning many of the apples from her neighbor’s yard. Emily and her husband, Elliott, look forward to attending reunion weekend in 2016! Caroline Pires, Gracia Angulo, Stephanie Sit, and Sarah McLean attended their second annual retreat to Onset, Mass., in August. They spent lots of time sunbathing on inflatable swans and T. rexes and eating Gracia’s famous key lime popsicles. Alina Chen was sorely missed. Rachel Isaacs, Eunice Hong, and Eunice’s boyfriend, Daniel Negless, visited Marysia Blackwood in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan for two weeks in August. They hiked down into the AksuZhabagly Nature Reserve in Kazakhstan. Jeff Bakkensen attended Tom Tassinari’s wedding in August, as did Alex Campbell, Aaron Weisz, Sam Woolford, Tobey Duble, Mike Galaburda, Melissa Chiozzi, Owen Remeika, and Justin Yi. Congratulations, Tom and Erica! Laura Ferraro married Matthew Gottbrecht in July on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Kate Connors, Martha Durant, and Alison Occhiuti were by Laura’s side as bridesmaids and made sure to share lots of Andover memories during their toast at the rehearsal dinner. Congratulations, Laura and Matthew! In addition, Martha and Michael Rossi got engaged and will get married in September 2016. Congrats! Emma King had dinner recently with Lindsay Dewhirst, who just moved to DC, and Bree Polk-Bauman, who came down from NYC to

Chris Zegel ’05 and Meg Scarborough ’05, who met on their first day at PA, lower year, were married in June in Buzzard’s Bay, Mass. Sarah Donelan, Matt Brennan, and Natalie Exner Dean, all Class of ’05, joined the happy couple on their big day.

visit. Emma also grabbed drinks with Dan Bacon while he was on Martha’s Vineyard last month. Emma got engaged a few months ago and is busy planning a wedding for winter 2016 with her fiancé, Brett Doyle. Congratulations! Alexandre Wolf graduated this past May from NYU with a master’s degree in food systems, concentrating on sustainable business. He and Jane Henningsen continue to see each other regularly. Jeni Lee submitted her dissertation in September and is finally free to travel and work as she wishes. She spent the summer interning at a biotech-focused hedge fund in San Francisco, where she was able to catch up with Justin Yi while he was in town for business. That’s all for now, but we’re excited to see you all in June 2016! Love, Paul and Jeni

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Amy Fenstermacher got married on Aug. 15, 2015, and honeymooned in New Zealand with her new husband, Sean Greeney. Amy also met up with Thao Nguyen and Mary Grinton in DC for

dinner and drinks while Thao was on a whirlwind visit to the U.S. Thao had extended her trip to the States after participating in Sarah Guo’s wedding as a bridesmaid. Becky Agostino is starting her second year as principal of a high school in Camden, N.J. She now proudly lives in Philadelphia. This past spring, Becky took some students to San Francisco, where Andrea Coravos ’06 got to meet up with the group. Alex Clifford is still working at Consolidated Trading in Chicago and plays soccer Wednesday and Sunday nights. His brother Cameron Williams ’18 is a sophomore at Andover! Alex is excited to have an excuse to return to AndoverExeter soccer games. He is working on his startup, Entourage, with his cofounder, Edgar Friloux. They are a team of six now, and Alex plans to move to NYC shortly to trade equity options at the NYSE and give Entourage East Coast presence. Last and most important, Alex—like most of us—is a huge Game of Thrones fan and reports that Jon Snow is his favorite character. Nate Flagg continues his pursuit of a graduate degree. He ran into Evan Moore during the photo thesis show at Yale back in May. Nate is teaching printmaking, which he finds super fun, and working at the Yale University Art Gallery in the Indo-Pacific collection. If you are ever in New Haven, Nate would be more than happy to give you a tour! It’s really a world-class museum. Komaki Foster moved back to London in July and started an MBA degree program at the London Business School (LBS). Fellow ’07 classmate Devon Zimmerling is in her class at LBS. Before moving back to London, Komaki spent four months in Japan, during which time she visited Eddie Kang in Seoul. Olivia Pei also attended Sarah Guo’s beautiful Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... wedding in Carmel, Calif. Prateek Kumar visited San Francisco this past summer, and he, Charles Francis, Chris Li, and Olivia all got together for lunch. Olivia recently moved to a new apartment (with her boyfriend, who went to Exeter). Peter McCarthy was the first person to visit Olivia in her new place. Peter also recently celebrated his birthday with friends including Katharine Matsumoto, Vic Miller ’05, and some ’06 grads. Also this summer, a couple of people from ’06 came to visit San Francisco, and Olivia took them to Brendon Sullivan’s house. Chris Li and Olivia also went to see Pentatonix in the Bay Area with those same ’06ers. The first week of September, there was an Andover gathering in San Francisco at The Hall. There were a lot of people there, although not that many from ’07. Olivia did bump into both Billy Draper and Charles Francis. Lauren Jackson got married Aug. 1, 2015, to Josiah Smiley and now goes by Lauren Smiley. She is loving life in Arizona, working with the Antioch ministry at Arizona State and Grand Canyon universities. Izzy Cannell is still very much enjoying living by the mountains and the sea out in Seattle. She had a chance to see Becca Waldo when Becca’s cross-country ride with Bike & Build ended in Seattle. Izzy also got to enjoy a fantastic evening at the theatre with Christa Vardaro last summer, seeing Carrie St. Louis ’08 and the amazing cast of Wicked rock it on stage during Carrie’s tour across the country. Maura Mulroy recently moved to Switzerland to continue working for biomedical company Synthes. She is in love with the countryside and is continuing her triathalon training. Ryan Ferguson is still living in Washington, D.C., and is happy to announce he is engaged to Aly Bullock. After his time on the (other) Hill, Ryan is currently working for a news media company. Chris Bramwell recently met up with most of Stowe House at the Todd Isaac Memorial Basketball Game. He was glad to catch up with Curtis Holden, Ikechi Ngwangwa, Brian Louie, Jon Louie, Akosua Oforiwaa-Ayim, and Molly Ozimek-Maier. Alan Wesson got married on June 22 in Berkeley, Calif. His wife is Johanna Suárez Vargas. Unfortunately, no Andover people were in attendance, but it was still a beautiful and memorable day. Colleen Thurman began her campus rotations after completing veterinary school at Tufts this past spring. Sam Gould continues his travels around the world as he works his way up the national squash rankings. He has found his time to be quite enjoyable, as the locals have welcomed him with open arms. When not playing, he is often teaching clinics in the local community or enjoying the scenery. He finished a Southeast Asian swing this past fall and was hoping to be stateside in the winter to help coach at MIT.


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It pains me to think that by the time this goes to print, most of us will be bundled up in wintry garb and wondering why on earth we didn’t follow Hannah Weiss’s lead and move to Australia or pull a Kate Farrell and ship off to South Africa for a teaching gig. (Don’t get too smug, ladies—it snows there, too.) No, we denizens of northerly climes will have to content ourselves with perusing sunny Instagram feeds (#beach) and repeating notquite-believable mantras like “February doesn’t last forever (right??).” However, there is one lucky group for whom the summer sun will still be shining. I’m speaking, of course, about the impressive number of classmates who escaped the Tinder morass, heaved off the yoke of singledom, and said yes to the dress last year (or at least became engaged). Huge congratulations and good-luck wishes are in order to Thomas Lavin and his new bride, Carolyn; Iris Meng Li and her husband, Jie Jin; Farah Dahya and her fiancé, Chander Gupta; Amberly Tenney and her fiancé, Eric Zwiener; Maggie Maffione and her fiancé, Chase Bentley; Lou Tejada and his fiancée, Nadirah Farah Foley; Tessa Pompa and her fiancé, Andrew Schneider; and Emily Cokorinos and her fiancé, Kelley Erb. Beam on, happy couples; the rest of us will warm ourselves in your matrimonial glow—and possibly snag a bite of cake (chocolate, please). Many more ’08ers did not make life-changing commitments last year, but I’m pleased to note their updates here. So let’s begin with someone who at least made a go at getting hitched—sort of. While finishing a master’s degree at Fudan University in Shanghai, Blaine Johnson went on a Chinese matchmaking show to compete for a date with a bachelor. It was exactly as awesome and random as you’re imagining. Naturally, Blaine’s perfect Chinese and bobbing-for-apple skills (really) scored her a “hubby,” whom she spoke with after the show for all of five minutes. The real prize, of course, was the free “honeymoon” trip to the Maldives, where Blaine, after ditching her suitor, spent a happy if unmarried week. Rachel Cohen’s summer trip—a sevencountry tour to visit the au pairs of her childhood—was not bankrolled by a Chinese television studio, but she assured me it was still awesome. In Berlin, she connected with Abby Colella and James Flynn ’07, who were on their own European vacation, which included a trip

to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Abby is finishing up at Harvard Law, where she spends time with Jessica Cole and Evan DelGaudio. Paul Hsiao reports having had “the best summer ever” (take that, married people!). He launched Standard Shirt, a menswear company focusing on, you guessed it, shirts; celebrated Nicholas Koh’s birthday in New York; visited Christina Coravos’s new apartment in San Francisco; and had a lovely time catching up with Siobhan Alexander and Samantha Hantman. And what did you do last summer? Alyssa Warren also got new SF digs when she moved in with Mary Doyle, who’s kicking butt on the Box product management team. The new roomies celebrated over dinner with Sebastian Caliri, Murphy Temple, Hillary Baker, Kristy Spiak, Ben Schley, and Chip Schroeder and his wife, Marcheta. Mary also saw Hillary, Ben, Hugh Edmundson, and Kristy at an Andover happy hour, where presumably she did nothing but pepper them with requests for class notes updates (always thinking ahead, that one). Someone at Tufts Medical School seemed to think it was a good idea to let Lucian Neville teach med students how to conduct physical exams. Just kidding, Beantown, you’re in good hands. Though he’s very busy being a very responsible second-year resident at Lahey Hospital, Lucian did manage to get away for a few days to go fishing on Cape Cod with most of the old Applebee’s gang, Dave Koppel, Conor McKinnon, Jorden Zanazz, and Josh Infantine. A number of ’08ers, including Hector Cintron, Dana Feeny and Nancy Ann Little, returned to campus last June for the graduation of younger siblings. Nan presumably went to kiss her little brother goodbye before charging into the wild unknown. (She says she went to practice her firstaid skills, but all I saw on her Facebook page were photos of axes and saws.) Nan is studying at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and says all ’08ers have an open invitation to come get cut in half with a saw—I mean, go skiing. And we’ll end with a public service announcement: If you live in DC and want to hang out with new Beltway resident Allie Parr, talk to her Facebook message-handler Victoria Glynn, on whose roof Allie is spending all her time while pretending to go to Georgetown Law. I hear there is wine. Until next time. —Lydia 2009 Alexander McHale 101 NE 53rd St., Apt. 2714 Oklahoma City OK 73105 703-786-3330 Deidra Willis 2815 Rohret Road, Apt. 201 Iowa City IA 52246 347-342-7447

Dear Class of 2009, Wow. I [Alex McHale] know I start off a lot of our notes with this, but it truly is breathtaking how quickly time is moving. It’s been more than 10 years since many of us started at Andover as juniors! I truly cannot believe how much we’ve grown since then. I think we are really starting to come into our own after two-plus years out of college—many of us are growing out of our first jobs, traveling around the world, settling into grad school, and even starting our own companies. One incredible trend I’ve noticed is how many of us are getting engaged. Congrats to all of the happy couples! You are all motivating me to find my own true love someday. (Probably on Tinder.) Amanda Lin is living in SF and recently cofounded a company called Spindle with her best friend from Stanford. Their iOS app just launched on the App Store and received some awesome press coverage (you can read their Tech Crunch article here: She’d love to see you on Spindle and hear from you if you’re in the area. Congrats to Amanda, and best of luck to Spindle! Amanda also went to visit Sophia Lee in Hawaii for a long weekend and had an amazing time. Sophia writes, “As for my life out here, I love it and I’m never leaving. If anyone ever needs a place to stay on the island of Oahu, I am more than happy to have an Andover alum stay over!” Moving to the East Coast, Eli Grober and Jack Dickey attended a crafting party at Lawrence Dai’s apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y. Jack writes that they “made modern art. Stranger still, none of [our] girlfriends dumped us afterward.” (Nice!) Vincent Jow, Tony Zou, Moses Kim, Alex Park, and Hunter Schlacks ’11 all enjoyed steak at Del Frisco’s in Manhattan in September. (Vincent would like to note that “Tony and Moses shared a steak, while Alex and I had one each, like real men.”) During this dinner, Alex broke the news that he was going to propose to his girlfriend. He did so a few days later. She said yes! Congrats to the happy couple. Mr. Park is not the only one planning a wedding. Charlie Frentz ’06 and Liz Brown got engaged in April! They are still living in Hong Kong and would love to see anyone stopping through. Another engaged alum, Danica Mitchell,

graduated from Brown/RISD in May and is now living in Encinitas, Calif., with her fiancé, two dogs, and a cat. She is working as a design consultant for a small shoe company. Speaking of cool locations, Zoe Weinberg is moving to Nairobi, Kenya. After working in the DC office of the World Bank for the past year, Zoe decided to switch offices and see more of the world. She encourages any PA alums in the area to look her up. Nathalie Monecke, Mathilde Gracia, and Greta Rossi enjoyed catching up over a delicious dinner at Tibits, one of the best vegetarian restaurants in London. Greta writes, “We only manage to see each other every couple of years, but the connection is still very strong. And every time we meet up, we feel we have come home.” Not to get all sappy, but as a class secretary, I love hearing stories like this. Moving to another cool location (but one familiar to all of us), Stephen Levy, Yiwei Li, Bowen Qiu, and Veronica Faller met up in downtown Andover to catch up. Stephen is in his final year at Georgetown Law. Bowen and Veronica are both third years in medical school, Bowen at UMass and Veronica at Boston University. Yiwei is working in Boston as a software engineer at Wayfair. Patrick Woolsey writes that after working with the Environmental Law Institute in DC for the past two years, he spent this summer backpacking around South America. He is in his first year at Yale Law School. Finally, Taryn Wiens moved to Portland, Ore., where she manages Disjecta, a contemporary art gallery, and works at a letterpress printshop. Taryn writes, “If anyone is in the area, I’d love to get drinks!” She is also beginning a joint curatorial project called “s/plit.” If anyone knows any exceptional emerging artists who want to do a show in Portland, send them her way! As for us, your secretaries, Deidra Willis has recently moved to Iowa City after getting promoted at General Mills. Right after the move, she spent a few weeks living without furniture or Internet access, and she is very thankful for her awesome partner, Alex, with regard to composing class notes. In case any of you missed it in the last notes, I have recently moved to Oklahoma City to pursue the simple life, away from all you overachieving types in New York. I am enjoying my stint as a cattle rancher so far. (I actually work at an oil and gas company.) If anyone is ever in town and wants to catch a Thunder game or have some high-quality drinks, please do drop a line. Would be happy to give you the VIP tour. (No, seriously—I don’t know anyone out here. Save me! Just kidding. Kind of.) Anyway, as always, it’s been a pleasure. Stay good, everyone, and we miss you terribly! —Alex & Deidra

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Vincent D’Andrea has been living in Palo Alto, Calif., and working in a biochemistry research laboratory at Stanford. He’s had the opportunity to cross paths with many Andover graduates who are either attending Stanford or in the area for work. He’s applying to medical school and hopes to begin in September of this year. Juliet Liu is living in LA and recently started a new job at a film production company run by Michael De Luca, who has produced movies such as The Social Network, Moneyball, Captain Phillips, and 50 Shades of Grey. Juliet recently reunited with Sophie Fourteau and Caitlin Aylward in LA and is looking forward to seeing more Andover alums on the West Coast. Sophie is living in London and working in market research at TNS, and Caitlin is based in NYC and doing research for L2 Inc. Mia Rossi moved out to LA in July via a crosscountry road trip and is now living on the Westside. She is working on music, writing, and editing projects and has found a job at School of Rock, an international after-school program that puts kids in bands and teaches them to rock. She is signed on to be the studio manager at a brand-new location that opened in Venice, Calif., in the fall. She has high hopes for the coming year and would love to collaborate on any creative or musical endeavors. She warmly welcomes you to hit her up and come visit if you are ever in the LA area. Stassja Sichko and Mia Pecora had an awesome “new upper” reunion with Scotty Fleming at Scotty’s wedding this past August. Mia is living in San Francisco, and Stassja is based in LA. Scotty lives in Utah with his wife and is working at Brigham Young University, in the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. Scotty returned last year from his two-year Mormon mission to Brazil. Duncan Crystal started playing rugby this fall in Washington to, as he put it, “restore some violence to my life” now that his wrestling career has ended. He recently took a three-week trip to Australia with his family, where he visited Mandi Thran ’11 in Sydney. Kyleigh Keating is starting her second year as a fifth-grade teacher at Edward Brooke Charter School in East Boston. She reports, “I love my kids, and I am pumped to work with teachers and staff who are all trying to close the achievement gap for the students in Boston. I am always inspired by the teachers and students at Andover, whose love of learning and working hard gives me something to strive for—for myself and my students!” Kelsey Lim spent Labor Day weekend at Michael Scognamiglio’s beach house with some Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to drop in and say hello!” Meredith Rahman recently received a master’s degree in health science from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Jenn Schaffer has left NYC to begin her life in England. She is pursuing an MPhil degree in criticism and culture at the University of Cambridge, living in a small white cottage, drinking good cider, and—she hopes—writing a lot. Courtney King spent the summer interning with the Africa programs department of the Hunger Project, a global nonprofit based in NYC. She took two weeks at the end of the summer to backpack in Belize and Guatemala and is back at Columbia University pursuing a degree in sociology. She recently ran into Brenna Liponis on the street in NYC and is happy to report that Brenna is moving her career in biotechnology to NYC.

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Chioma Ngwudo and Aniebiet Abasi, both Class of ’11, visited Sofia, Bulgaria, over the summer.

Penn friends and Celia Lewis. Kelsey is living in Brooklyn and working in graphic design at Huge. B.J. Garry just moved to Cambridge, Mass., and is working in Waltham in marketing and advertising. He reports that he’s “kickin’ it old school with Tom Hamel and Faiyad Ahmad.” He was also trying to get a party bus together for alums in the Boston area for A-E in Exeter this past November. Jasmine Stovall started working at Creative Artists Agency in their NY office. “In the mailroom, of course!” she writes. Jasmine also met up with Chelsea Quezergue, Nicole Okai, Geoff Kwok, and Patrick Wolber ’11 in July in NYC, and, she reports, “We ran into Mike Discenza ‘09!” Jasmine described this as their “last hurrah of sorts” before Chelsea left to serve two years in Nicaragua with the Peace Corps. In June, Laura Moreno Morales graduated from the University of Mannheim in Germany with a bachelor of science degree in economics. She planned to stay in Mannheim to take part in a twoyear master’s degree program in economics. John Turiano is living and studying in Berlin, but before he left the U.S., he enjoyed catching up with Courtney King, Emelyn Chew, Jessica Blake, Julie Xie, and Sam Poliquin. He says, “If


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Last summer was full of travel, new beginnings, and Andover connections for the Class of 2011. Embarking on a fun-filled European adventure, Chioma Ngwudo and Aniebiet Abasi spent a week in Bulgaria! They visited Sofia, Sunny Beach, and Nessebar and met a lot of awesome people along the way. Their favorite part was paragliding over the city on their last day in Sofia; it was truly an awesome experience. Before her trip, Chioma hosted Oriekose “Orie” Idah in New York for a weekend getaway. They had an amazing mini reunion at Tre restaurant’s bottomless brunch with Natasha Vaz, Jasmine Stovall ’10, and Kemi Amurawaiye. The five reminisced and got excited about the 2011 reunion coming up in June. While in NYC, Orie was able to catch up with Alec Abitbol, and they walked around the city talking about political philosophy and sharing stories. She is looking forward to

meeting up with Grace Hoyt as they both begin work in Mountain View, Calif.! Kerry Lanzo ran into Justine Wang ’15 at Harvard University, where Kerry had been teaching Model United Nations. This followed a week of teaching at Columbia University, where presidents of PA MUN ’16 and the Class of  ’19 attended Kerry’s classes. Ben Brodie and Adam Levine were hanging out and making some beats when they got a call from Alec Weiss. Alec invited them to go fishing, and much to their surprise, their buddy and fellow alum Zach Fine joined them! They all went fishing and didn’t catch anything, except hypothermia. But you can’t put a price on fun. They got into a riveting political debate over social issues and talked about Adam’s neck hair. They are all excited to start their new lives as full-grown adult men. Yerin Pak recently moved in with Michelle Ma and two other college friends in the East Village, in NYC. Yerin and Michelle have had lots of  Andover visitors: Caitlin Kingston, Grace Hoyt, Midori Ishizuka, Hana Kim, Julia Zorthian, and Malcolm Rodriguez. They have loved catching up and look forward to seeing more Andover classmates soon. Carolyn Harmeling moved to Charlottesville, Va., to live with Marilyn Hewett. Carolyn is working at a wilderness boarding school for girls with behavioral and emotional problems. Five days a week, she lives at a campsite in the woods with nine teenage girls, helping them work through their problems by performing physical work and facing nature’s challenges. On her time off, she hangs out with Marilyn. Claire Harmange and Christopher Magnani met as freshman at Harvard, as members of their respective rowing teams. They became engaged in August 2015 after surviving four years of physics together. Congratulations, Claire and Christopher!

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Hey, Class of 2012! Believe it or not, many of our fellow 2012ers are gearing up to graduate from college. Our Fifth Reunion will be before you know it! But before we jump too far ahead, we want to send you updates from the past summer. Abigail Burman is way ahead of the game; she graduated from Oxford this past June. She then spent a month traveling, going several thousand miles across Russia by train. She writes, “I’m now back in DC, working on Capitol Hill.” Congrats, Abigail! Ben Manuel finished up at Clemson this fall and started working full time for Southern Current in January. Vita Lampietti was at home for the summer, hanging out with Asia Bradlee (constantly), and spent her fall semester studying abroad in Auckland, New Zealand. Zach Sturman has also spent a lot of time abroad in the past few years. Zach writes, “I interned for the U.S. Department of State in the political section of the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia, last summer. Last spring, I studied abroad in Mexico City, and I studied in Havana the summer before that. Excited for student government this year with our new executive council at the College of Charleston. I encourage anyone from ’12 to visit Charleston sometime!” Remember to let your class secretaries know if you take Zach up on this offer. Tamara Katoni returned from her studyabroad experience in Brazil, where she worked on various policy research projects analyzing national innovation systems in the BRICS countries. Currently, she is working on a mentoring program called Women of Wikipedia Editing Group, which aims to increase female authorship and editing practice in one of our most fundamental knowledge databases. Derrick Choi worked at Apple as a software engineering intern this past summer, which was awesome. He will most likely be returning to Apple after he graduates. Derrick caught up with Colton Dempsey when Colton came down to USC for the USC-Stanford football game. Gabbie Cirelli spent the past summer interning at ABC News in NYC; she lived with Isabel Elson for the summer. The two frequently saw Evan Eads, Kennedy Edmonds, Noah LeGros, and Colton. Katie Hebb spent the summer working in Washington, D.C., at a strategy and communications consulting firm and was able to see some old Andover friends, including Nora Princiotti, Katie McLean, Greer McBeth, Gaelyn Golde ’13, and, adds Katie, “my onetime prom date, Leo Cohen.” She was also lucky enough to have visits from Sammy Marrus and John “Ben” Romero. Back at Harvard, she is working on a senior thesis about American women in World War I and is in the process of applying for postgrad fellowships. That’s all for now. Stay classy, 2012. Until next time.

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Christiana Nguyen transferred to Cornell University, where she reunited with Peter Solazzo, Andrew Xuan, Jake Howell ’14, and Alex Fowler ’14 over lunch. She also ran into Bo Yoon and is planning lunch with her soon. She often sees Ian Sigal ’12 at the boathouse and makes Alex Smith ’12 drive her to crew practice every day. Now that she is back on the East Coast, she is also looking forward to seeing more Andover alums, especially William “Zach” Merchant, who was recently named captain of his crew team at Tufts University. Brendan O’Connell made a short film called Between a Rock and a Hard Place starring Pearson Goodman as scientist Bill Paisley and Jason Nawrocki as priest Marley Ferguson. The release date is to be announced, but we cannot wait to see our alums star. Christian Langalis participated in the Transatlantic Race (traveling from Rhode Island to England) aboard Aphrodite, a Swan 46. He placed third in a Match Racing regatta, where he spent time with Andries Feder at Oakcliff Sailing. Special congratulations to Anna Stacy, who was recently accepted into an early assurance medical program, FlexMed. We look forward to hearing of her success at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in NYC. Nikita Singareddy spent last summer interning in DC, where she worked toward criminal-justice-reform efforts. She reconnected with old friends Gaelyn Golde, Rory Ziomek, and Jordan Johnson. Arianna Chang interned in NYC for an equity research firm in luxury goods. She took a break from her busy schedule to spend one glorious day with Julius Ross, walking at least 150 blocks around the city. She was also able to see Andries Feder and Lydia Kaprelian, who watched as a street performer jumped over her in Washington Square Park. Mark Meyer had an incredible summer in Bangkok developing Getmii, an iPhone app, with his brother and Getmii founder, Max Meyer ’08, Dylan MacDonald, and a lovely group of international coworkers. Mark also traveled to nine nations with SEA Semester. Dylan beat Mark in a half marathon at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, where they also explored the beautiful Railay Beach together. Unfortunately, during island hopping, Mark stepped on a sea urchin and was stung

by a jellyfish. He dropped in on Haonan Li in Singapore and Edward Molé in Tainan, Taiwan. Theodore Agbi spent the summer researching in a laboratory on an innovative chemical engineering project. He also worked as a Yale Summer Session counselor and spent his spare time behind the camera lens for an introduction to digital photography class. He says this allowed him to share his creative perspective and photograph fascinating people. Theo says he entered his junior year with a truer understanding of his race and cultural identity, and he was looking forward to an enthusiastic and meaningful year. Finally, I had the opportunity to volunteer for and conduct a malaria and public health research project in the scenic village of Humjibre, Ghana, with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative. I also joyfully reunited with Theodore Agbi and Sam Koffman during the New York City Pride Parade, which reminded me how strong true friendships can be. I wish you all the same sense of gratitude and inspiration as we begin our next chapters. — Chiamaka Okorie

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Sophia Lloyd-Thomas spent 45 days hiking across the Australian Outback, sporting her “Andover Alumni” baseball cap the whole time! While studying abroad in Paris, Natalie Kim was able to meet and catch up with Jake Marrus, Remington Remmel, and Emmie Avvakumova; later, back in the States, Natalie, Alec Kingston, and Bridget Higgins spent a weekend relaxing on the beach together in Mystic, Conn. Renée LaMarche spent three months living and working at Elk Mountain Ranch in Buena Vista, Colo., where she did a variety of jobs. Zoe Gallagher worked throughout last year and summer as an intern at the PBS show The Open Mind, which is hosted by Alexander Heffner ’08. Katherine Krabek met up with Sophiya Chiang and Mikaela Rabb in Beijing. Armaan Singh traveled to Phoenix with his Northwestern Bollywood fusion dance team. There, he realized how far he was from realizing his Andover | Winter 2016


stay connected... dream of becoming a Bollywood star. Fortunately, a fantastic summer in Evanston, Ill., and a visit from Alex Tamkin and Ben Yi in late August soothed his woes. Misha Hooda met up with Emilia Figliomeni in Bologna, Italy, and with Sam Johnson, Dan Wang, and Ben in New York. After spending last spring break with Emilia in Chicago, Katherine Vega spent the summer working as a house counselor at Andover Summer Session and saw Jordan Boudreau and Rachel Murree, who came one step closer to achieving their “Most Likely to Return as Teaching Fellows” superlative by working on campus this past summer. Janine Ko was also busy on campus, working for the Tang Institute. While in Andover, Katherine, Rachel, Jordan, and Janine spent a few days catching up with Ryan Miller. Jordan met up with Iman Masmoudi at Harvard’s CS50 puzzle day. Alex Sweeting has been keeping busy leading an alternative fall break trip focusing on LGBT youth advocacy, participating in the Atlanta Pride Parade, and working on the staff board of Volunteer Emory. Olivia Cabral, Will Young, Charlie Talcott, James Judelson, and Rem Remmel all got to catch up while studying at the London School of Economics this past summer. Meghana Jayam and Poonam Kamdar had a host-family reunion in Dubai, UAE. Katia Lezine, meanwhile, was studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. Alex Anderlik and Autumn Plumbo shared some candy while catching up in Spokane, Wash. Vanessa Shrestha visited Meera Bhan in Boston. Meera, Molly Magnell, Harry Wright, Dan Wang, and Janine Ko also had a little Boston reunion this summer. Four of them (minus Harry) had an amazing time together at the Museum of Chinese in America in NYC. During the summer, Molly interned at the New England Aquarium, teaching visitors about exhibitions and ocean conservation and creating a series of watercolor illustrations of animals at the aquarium. She also went to visit Janine at Columbia, where she met up with Efua Peterson, Adella Pierre, Stephanie Hendarta, and Ben Yi. Molly, Tess Khan, Steph, and Efua grabbed brunch and ice cream together for a Johnson Hall mini reunion. Meanwhile, Emma Kahn visited Laura Bucklin and Harshita Gaba in Washington, D.C., where Laura was interning and Harshita was taking classes. Laura later went up to NYC and Connecticut to hang out with Madeleine Lippey and spent some quality time in the city with Kate Wincek, who was visiting from Omaha, Neb. Caroline Sambuco and Grant Bitler met up in Florence, Italy. Dan Kim met up with Elaine Chao, Reid Meyer, James Heaney, Sonya Chen, Janani Hariharan, and Vanessa Shrestha in NYC and with Misty Monteville in Paris and Le Havre, France. Madeleine Lippey and Anthony D’Ambrosio have been busy organizing a conference on sexual assault, along with Josy Hicks-Jablons ’13, Corinne Singer ’15, and Jaleel Williams ’15. Melanie Oliva performed


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concerts in Bratislava, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna with the Colgate University Choir this past summer and met up with Sam Johnson in Andover before going back to school. Caroline Chen met up with Jerry Li, Elaine Chao, Mary Catherine Nanda, and Mikaela in Shanghai, China. Brian Kim, David Yoon, Clint Yoo, Jackie Kim, and Caroline Chen all met up in Seoul, Korea. Caroline Chen also met up with Danielle Liu and Djavaneh Bierwirth in San Diego. Djavaneh also met up with Bea Marin Alcala, Jennifer Kim ’16, and Natalie Kim in Madrid where they shared some great tapas at the Mercado de St. Miguel.

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Hey, ’15! This issue we’re celebrating six-plus months as Andover alumni and our first round of class notes, as well as our first semester without one another since 2011. How things have changed! Since graduation, people have kept busy working, traveling, visiting one another, and jumping into new environments at college and beyond. Just after graduation, several members of the Class of 2015 rowed with the boys’ and girls’ crew teams at the Henley Royal Regatta in the UK. Among the girls were Qiqi Ren, Isabella Berkley, Cara Cavanaugh, Olivia “Lane” Unsworth, Charlotte Chazen, and Julia Marcus. Among the boys were Marc Sevastopoulo, John “Jack” Lane, Ben Hawley, Nico Robertson, Rob Irvin, and coxswain Jacob Kozol. The rowers also had a number of Andover fans, including Ali Hill, Juan Pablo Villarreal, Everett “Evie” Elson, and Durham Abric. Back home in Andover, Alex Becker reunited with friends Tom Johst, Nick DiAdamo, Matt Alpert, Emily Graue, Sam Zager, and Tom Feigenbaum, later venturing to NYC to spend time with Nick Swenson and Matteo Bruni. Matteo and Nick joined Dylan Mott and Andrew Zheng to visit Andrew’s family in China. Back in NYC, Calvin Griffin hosted Austin Robichaud, Achindra Krishna, Jordan Swett, and John “Culver” Duquette over

the summer. On the other side of the continent, Maddie Mayhew and Elizabeth Kemp spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness, camping, backpacking, surviving with only one shirt (each) for 30 days, and sampling Alaskan cheeses. Zoe Leibovitch traveled with non-Andover friends to Croatia to do some “deep-water solo climbing,” an activity that we’re sure everyone does in their spare time. Lucius Xuan spent July in Madrid with the INESLE Institute of Spanish program, learning Spanish and staying with a host family. In addition, Devontae Freeland joined the INESLE program staff as an English teacher. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, Evelyn Liu, Ada Li, Matt Osborn, Di Ouyang, James Towne, Felix Liu, Rhaime Kim, Carra Wu ’17, and Jessica Lee ’16 got together for lunch with John Gorton and Rebecca Somer. John and Rebecca set off for a month-long trans-Asia expedition immediately after Commencement last June, skipping the goodbyes and the grad-week festivities. On the itinerary were Bali, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. They also met up with Tas Yusoontorn in Thailand. Thea Rossman worked at an education policy nonprofit in Cambridge, Mass., last summer and later hung out with Tom Burnett, Devontae Freeland, Rachel Gerrard, John Gorton, Kory Stuer, and Jaleel D. Williams on Martha’s Vineyard for a week in August. Isabella “Bella” Flynn worked at a Japanese bakery in Boston; her favorite item on the menu was ラムネ (ramune, a type of Japanese soda). Jared Newman worked at a Web analytics startup called Chartbeat and used his earnings to rent a small studio, where he worked on writing short stories. He is taking the year off to travel and write more, and planned to leave NYC after the holidays to go to Louisiana. Others in our class also took on jobs or internships. Simon Sharp spent last summer interning on Capitol Hill, while Tom Burnett was working and volunteering at home in Boston for local domestic-violence and suicide-prevention programs. Lily Grossbard worked as a counselor at Tanager Lodge, a summer camp in the Adirondacks where she started as a camper long ago. Eden Livingston volunteered at a food bank in her hometown of Houston and visited Ellie Blum in Minnesota to attend Ellie’s brother’s bar mitzvah. Mazel tov! Perhaps most exciting, after winning Iron Chef Andover last April, Hanover Vale interned for Ming Tsai ’82 and was later hired as a cook at his restaurant Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass. She planned to be there until leaving for culinary school this January. In other news, last May we welcomed back Jada Sanchez from Zaragoza, Spain, where she spent a year on SYA. Benny Ogando completed cadet training at West Point, and Brendon Misterman legally changed his name to Emilio Ovalles-Misterman, keeping “Brendon” as a middle name. Alba Disla spent a week taking summer courses in Africana studies at Penn, where she met up with Kai Kornegay ’14 and had some delicious banana bread. Aneesh Ashutosh stayed home this summer, resting his broken leg and “learning to walk at the ripe age of 18” in preparation for his college matriculation. In September, there was a Young Alumni event in New Haven, well attended by members of our class as well as PA grads from other years. Phoebe Gould, Nolan Crawford, Lane Unsworth, Monica Traniello, Will Reid, and Carter Page all attended. This past fall, most of us began our careers at college—freshman year yet again. Some of us are staying close to Andover, attending schools in the greater Boston area. Others are heading abroad for school: Gui Cavalcanti, Rebecca Somer, and Grace Tully are all in the UK. Our class also has more than 23 people taking gap years, including Alex Westfall, Hyung Joon “Jason” Jin, Stanley Ng, Schuyler Hazard, Miles Neumann, Bianca Bowman, Oliver Chernyk, Jack McGovern, Christopher Russo, John Little, Cem Vardar, Olivia Berkey, Danny Shleifer, Gray Mackall, and Henry Curtis. Nurilys Cintron set off for a Semester at Sea in September. Whether school, a new job, a semester abroad, a sports season, or anything else, all of us started endeavors this year that are markedly not Andover. As we write this, the 2016 senior class members are posting photos of the orientation weekend welcome signs, causing us some minor nostalgia. But surely, by the time we’re all reading it in the magazine, most of us will be pretty well settled into our new homes all over the world. Even after we’ve adapted to new surroundings, we hope that you, like us, still hold Andover close and can look back on it fondly. To finish up, the following lists the class alumni positions. Go to these people with news about #connectedandover, or if you’re feeling blue: class president John Gorton; head class agents Miles Neumann and Marc Sevastopoulo; class secretaries (a.k.a. the people writing these class notes) Devontae Freeland, Tessa Peterson, and Kailash Sundaram; and class co-agents Michael Adams, Elijah Aladin, Calvin Carbone, Abby Czito, Ali Hill, Noah Hornik, Eden Livingston, Rob Needham, Katie Santoro, Jack Shumway, Hayley Silva, Kory Stuer, and Isabel Taylor. Stay classy, ’15. —Tessa, Kailash, and Devontae

FACULTY EMERITI Pat and George Edmonds 28 Samuel Way North Andover MA 01845 978-655-4598

We are saddened to report the passing of  Grace Neilson, wife of George Neilson, at the age of 87 on October 13, 2015, in North Andover. A month before her death, George had written such a positive report for this column that we feel

it appropriate to include it: “As we look to our 30th anniversary of leaving the Academy, Grace and I find it very comforting to be residing in North Andover at Edgewood Retirement Community with so many former colleagues. It was interesting to note that Life Care Services was the founding management company here, as they were the same group I worked with when we tried to gain a retirement venture at the Abbot campus. More important is that retirement policies at Phillips made it possible for colleagues to enjoy the benefits here of such a fine facility. After our 23 years in Naples, Fla., our daughters said we were getting too old to be there and needed to come home. They were right. We now live within a short drive of all of our family, including three great-grandchildren. How lucky can you get? Grace joins in saying hello.” From Newmarket, N.H., Yolande Bayard e-mails, “I am still enjoying my life here in a little house nestled in a wild garden of greenery. I have traveled quite often since my retirement in 1997. My daughter Myrtho and I went to Italy, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Canary Islands, and, of course, France. I have been doing tai chi for the past 12 years, and once a week some of my lady friends who live nearby come to take French lessons from me. What is most important, I am still in perfect health.” Missing the earthquake in Nepal last April, Malinda and Harvey Blustain lived for two years in their house in a small village about 60 miles from Kathmandu and only 12 miles from the earthquake epicenter. This particular village is quite near a 1,300-year-old archaeological site called Liglig Kot, an important Nepalese treasure for which the Blustains were working to create a coalition of organizations to develop a balanced plan for Liglig Kot’s preservation and development. They also were teaching English and computer skills to village students and helping with other community projects. In July 2014 they moved to Eugene, Ore., a town Malinda says she values for “its ready-made social network” of many cousins and for “its extensive system of bike paths, the wonderful weather, hiking, horseback riding, and life in general.” Malinda and Harvey volunteer at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, where the staff is giving them interesting projects. Furthermore, they have helped to reactivate the Eugene–Kathmandu Sister City Association and have become its chairman and secretary. Although the extensive earthquake damage will likely put their plans for Liglig Kot on hold for some years, the Blustains will be shuttling back to their Nepal village, says Malinda, “looking for another project there, probably relief oriented, to involve ourselves with.” Given all the news Emilio Mozo provided over the phone, it is hard to tell what is most exciting for him—likely his soon-to-come passport to Cuba and his return visit there this winter. He also reported recent trips to Spain to participate

in a celebration of Cuban poetry at the University of Salamanca and to Washington, D.C., to be with a group of Cuban poets for a recording of their works at the Library of Congress. However, he stated that his main creative interest now is painting—works that he has exhibited and calls “primitive style,” in acrylic or charcoal, along with some drawings that include poems. He and wife Mary enjoy their family trips to Toronto for visits with two of their children and their three grandchildren and to New York to visit their other daughter. In Middlebury, Vt., Emilio and Mary have their historic Victorian house up for sale. Chris Gurry ’66 writes about a busy August week in Maine with “lots of golf, beach, and tennis filling up the days.” And there were plenty of players, with all 12 family children and grandchildren present: Erin and Dani from Vermont with their two boys, Robby and Ollie, 6 and 4; Adam ’94 and Laura from Brookline with their two girls, Lila and Nora, 3 and 8 months; Chas ’05 and Emily; and Jon and Sarah. Sarah Gurry is still working at Brooks, and Chris is looking into opportunities in education and elder care. They hosted former student Uche Osuji ’91, who split a week with them in Wells in mid-July along with PA instructors Bill and Nina Scott; and they traveled for 10 days to Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, for the wedding of former student Sean Austin ’96. Also, they stay in touch with former colleagues in the area: Paul Kalkstein ’61, Ed Quattlebaum ’60, and Vic Henningsen ’69. Lunching here in North Andover with Audrey Bensley, we toasted her for her determination and vital spirit in overcoming a number of medical challenges these past years. On the upswing again, she is planning to resume her work in ceramics and to continue watching and rooting for the New England Patriots. Because so many of us emeriti knew David Underwood ’54, we would like to salute him here not only as an exceptional Andover trustee but also as a friend. He cared about the faculty, knew many of us by name, and was genuinely interested in how we contributed our talents to the school. We remember well his Texas drawl and sense of humor and his upbeat friendliness to faculty and students. We appreciate the way David squarely faced several difficult trustee policy decisions with the hope of meeting the best interests of the faculty. After his graduation, he never really left Andover, generously supporting many worthy campus projects, starting with the Underwood Room. [Editor’s note: The Academy has received word that Marion Finbury passed away on Nov. 21, 2015. Please see the In Memoriam section for her obituary.]

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Marion Finbury North Andover, Mass.; Nov. 21, 2015 Legendary college counselor Marion Kramer Finbury died in her sleep following a brief illness. She was 88. Finbury graduated from Vassar College in 1948 and later married Herbert Finbury, an attorney. Her early career as a writer for Women’s Wear Daily magazine helped hone her writing skills as well as her sense of fashion; she could frequently be seen in her signature oversized glasses and red beret. In 1970, Finbury was appointed Abbot Academy’s director of college counseling. “Mrs. Finbury was smart, humorous, and compassionate and had a big influence on my life,” says Trustee Tamara Elliott Rogers ’70. “She encouraged and lovingly pushed me in every possible way. She was supportive and tough and funny and irreverent and singular, a role model. Every moment that I volunteer at PA is a tribute to her.” Following the 1973 merger, Finbury and Robert “Robin” Crawford became codirectors of college counseling at Phillips Academy. “My mother began her journey at Abbot and became a symbol of sorts for a new Andover,” notes Lanie ’68, Finbury’s daughter. “I suppose I took for granted Marion’s presence on the faculty at that time,” wrote Faculty Emeritus Vic Henningson ’69, who worked closely with Finbury during his first five years at Andover. “The few Abbot faculty who survived had to be tough, resourceful, and smart and much better at their jobs than their male colleagues just to stay on.” A decade after the merger, Finbury was chosen by Headmaster Theodore Sizer to chair the Ten Year Coeducation Committee and author the ensuing report, titled A Portrait of a School: Coeducation at Andover. “Marion helped break a deeply entrenched college admission power structure, process, and attitude,” says Faculty Emerita Alice Purington, former associate director of college counseling. “Her fellow directors at the New England prep schools were all men—as were the deans of admission at the Ivy


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League and most of the highly selective colleges. In the spring of Marion’s first year, Brown’s dean of admission invited her to join a private meeting of these powerful elites. When Marion walked into the room, she first stunned them with her presence and then captivated them with her wise insights and vision as they were coming to terms with welcoming girls into their applicant pools.” “It was Marion more than anyone else who inspired and nurtured my career,” says Faculty Emeritus Carl Bewig, former director of college counseling. “Her impact on our profession transcends the local scene and the thousands of Andover students she shepherded across the schoolto-college line. She was a nationally recognized leader of the college admission–college counseling profession.” Finbury retired from the college counseling department in 1992. She later worked part time at Harvard University as an admissions officer. “Forever, Marion will be the essence of Abbot Academy,” wrote Faculty Emerita Jean St. Pierre in a note to Finbury’s family Finbury received the McKeen Award from the Brace Center for Gender Studies in 2000. She is survived by her children, Lanie, John, and Dan; five grandchildren, including Margo Lindauer ’99; and two great-grandchildren.

ABBOT AND PHILLIPS 1930 Donna Brace Ogilvie Riverside, Conn.; Oct. 4, 2015 (See tribute, page 34.)

1937 Arthur B. Glines Methuen, Mass.; Oct. 7, 2015 1938 Calla Owen Ross Charlotte, N.C.; Aug. 7, 2015 1939 Thomas N. Flournoy New York, N.Y.; Aug. 15, 2015 Francis Daniel Frost III Los Angeles, Calif.; Feb. 25, 2015 Mary Murray Griffin Tiburon, Calif.; May 1, 2015

1941 Donald M. Marshman Darien, Conn.; Sept. 17, 2015 Donald M. Marshman Jr. died at age 92. In his long career as a professional writer, Marshman was an assistant editor at both Life and Time magazines and a screenwriter at Paramount, RKO, and 20th Century Fox. In 1951, Marshman, along with Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, won an Academy Award for best story and screenplay for the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. He then moved into advertising, principally at Young & Rubicam, and helped supervise a major fundraising program for his alma mater, Yale. He retired after 20 years as a writing consultant to such companies as Bristol-Myers Squibb, J.P. Morgan, and Philip Morris. Marshman is survived by his children, David ’69, John ’75, Frances, and George, and five grandchildren.

1942 Carlton M. Badger Sedona, Ariz.; June 25, 2015 1943 John W. Fallon Nashua, N.H.; April 10, 2015 John W. “Jack” Fallon died at the age of 90 in the company of his loving family. A Lawrence, Mass., native, Jack swam varsity at Andover all four years and captained the team as a senior. Immediately after graduation, he enrolled in the Army Air Corps cadet training program. Mere days before receiving his wings, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1947 with the class of 1948. During World War II and the Korean War, he served aboard the USS Vermilion, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, and USS Baltimore and taught engineering at a Naval officer training school in Newport, R.I. Jack fashioned a career in technical publications—managing, consulting, and lecturing for industrial, medical, health-care, and educational institutions. During 25 years of very active retirement, he traveled extensively, writing and researching two books and countless articles about his outdoor adventures. He received many awards for his writing and served as president of the New England Outdoor Writers Association. Jack is survived by Peg, his beloved wife of 63 years; children Jack, Dan, Matthew, Mary Beth, Julie, and Margaret; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. —The Fallon Family

1940 John F. Malo Denver, Colo.; Nov. 8, 2015

1944 John B. Henes Menominee, Mich.; Oct. 30, 2015

B. Thomas McElroy Dallas, Texas; Aug. 16, 2015

James H. Hudner Westport, Mass.; Aug. 5, 2015 Richard S. Morgan Centre Hall, Pa.; Aug. 23, 2015

1945 Richard H. Dewitt Jr. Riverside, Calif.; April 9, 2013

1965 Mark G. Carnevale Swampscott, Mass.; Aug. 24, 2015

Marian McIver Prochnik Fairfax, Va.; July 20, 2015

R. Scott Keller Snowmass, Colo.; July 7, 2015

1946 Scott I. Paradise Newton, Mass.; Sept. 13, 2015 Patricia Keefer Stoeffel Milwaukee, Wis.; Aug. 18, 2015 Frederic C. Thomas Berkeley, Calif.; Sept. 16, 2015 G. Kenneth Vincent Turlock, Calif.; Aug. 14, 2014

1947 Philip G. Christie Andover, Mass.; July 21, 2015 William D. Snare Colorado Springs, Colo.; July 14, 2014

1949 David T. Wells Knoxville, Tenn.; Oct. 30, 2014 1951 Horace W. Sellers III East Woodstock, Conn.; June 22, 2015 1952 Arthur E. Freedlender Richmond, Va.; July 2, 2015 1953 Neal McCorvie Vero Beach, Fla.; July 25, 2015 Richard B. Turner Barrington, R.I.; Sept. 15, 2015

1955 Marcia Cooper Lee North Andover, Mass.; Oct. 3, 2015 1958 James F. Keaney Fiskdale, Mass.; June 2, 2015 Charles W. Kellogg II Manchester, Mass.; Sept. 21, 2015

1959 Erik S. Lunde East Lansing, Mich.; Sept. 17, 2015 1962 Albert R. Gordon Isle Au Haut, Maine; Sept. 20, 2015

Peter Marshall New York, N.Y.; Oct. 13, 2015

1967 Claire Moore Dickerson New Orleans, La.; Sept. 2, 2015 1969 Winlock W. Miller Bellevue, Wash.; Oct. 1, 2015 1970 Marc R. Poirier South Orange, N.J.; Aug. 2, 2015 John J. Russo II Newhall, Calif.; Dec. 4, 2013

1974 Mary-Louise Hunt Clary Mendota Heights, Minn.; Sept. 29, 2015

In Memoriam Protocol Please notify Alumni Records at about an alumna/us death. Andover welcomes obituaries written by family members or classmates. Submissions should be no longer than 150 words and will be edited. Please e-mail questions or submissions to Jill Clerkin at or call 978-749-4295.

Mark R. List Fryeburg, Maine; Aug. 8, 2015 Mark Ryan List died suddenly of a heart attack at the summer camp in Maine where he had coached swimming for several summers. Mark excelled as an All-American backstroker at Andover and the University of North Carolina, captaining teams and setting numerous records. Following college, he continued to swim competitively, often as a highly ranked swimmer in his age group. While at UNC, he met his future wife, Bonny, also an All-American swimmer. They ultimately settled outside Chattanooga, Tenn., raised three children, and together plied their passion and faith as parents, teachers, and competitors. Over the years, Mark coached thousands of youngsters and adults at all levels—from special needs children to master’s programs—at schools and community pools. Mark’s competitive drive in the pool quietly burned behind a modest demeanor, an infectious laugh, and a genuine interest in those around him. He changed lives. Mark is survived by his wife, Bonny, and their children, Luke, Bekah, and Sarah. —Jonathan Drake ’74 & Jack Gray ’74

1981 Christopher C. Arnold New York, N.Y.; Oct. 30, 2015

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Lessons of Gratitude


or the 15 basketball players who participated in the Niswarth Hoops trip to India this past Thanksgiving break, the program themes of gratitude, humility, and teamwork played out in rather unexpected and dramatic ways.

“This was an amazing experience for everyone,” says Raj Mundra, founder of Niswarth Hoops, biology instructor, and assistant dean of students. “I saw an inner transformation and the emergence of new worldviews about people and places in every one of our students.”

During their stay in Chennai, India’s fourth largest city, the students took part in programs and outreach efforts at area schools and organizations, spending much of their time working with the Teach For India program. They led a basketball clinic for elementary school students at the American International School of Chennai, played basketball with children at the St. Louis School for deaf and blind children, and visited Chennai’s HIV hospital. They also maintained a blog and visited historic sites. Reflecting on her experiences, senior Sarah Humes wrote that she learned “more about the culture and way of life in this very different country. The main thing I learned is that no matter how difficult or low the circumstance that you find yourself in, it should never give you the license or reason to treat others with less respect, love, or generosity.” 108

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Led by Mundra; Lani Silversides, girls’ varsity basketball coach and instructor in mathematics; and Terrell Ivory ’00, boys’ varsity basketball coach and assistant director of admission, the purpose of the program was to use basketball as a means to connect with students in a different community and culture. The students also learned lessons of gratitude and teamwork when, on the return trip home, torrential rains created massive flooding. The area was declared a disaster zone and the group was forced— with hundreds of others—to wait out the storm. After a nerve-wracking 52 hours in the Chennai airport, the group was finally able to board a bus to Bangalore and fly back to Boston, arriving December 7. Deeply moved by their experiences, the students created a campaign and donated funds from a special performance of Hairspray to help flood-relief efforts. “Through this trip, our kids developed an expansive view of humanity, and learned how daily practices of gratitude, humility, and teamwork can move them toward the people they want to become,” says Mundra.

Niswarth (which means non sibi in Hindi) is one of 20 Learning in the World programs offered through the Tang Institute. The goal of the Niswarth program is to bring together people and ideas from across the globe by putting students into unfamiliar settings and examining the connections between their external views of the world and their internal reactions to new experiences.

—Allyson Irish

Finis Origine Pendet

Chidozie Ugwumba ’99 and His Andover Legacy


riting a will led me to examine the legacy I would like to leave behind. As the end depends on the beginning, I naturally examined the experiences that have been foundational in my life thus far. I would not be the person I am today without Andover. The school’s rich curriculum—in core subjects, athletics, theatre, and dance— exposed me to much more than would have been available at my local public high school in Long Beach, California. Andover’s generous scholarship support allowed me to fully participate in every aspect of the curriculum. It funded not just tuition, but also athletic equipment and many unique and enriching opportunities. The summer after my senior year, for example, as a cast member of We Bombed in New Haven, I took part in a theatrical tour culminating at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. After my trip, I was comfortable spending my junior year of college studying in France and China. Now I am at ease traveling and interacting in different languages and cultures. My theatre experience also helped me develop presentation skills that have served me well professionally in raising capital from investors and presenting new business ideas to senior executives. I know of few other high schools that support their students as completely as Andover does, or that provide access to such opportunities. In my estate plans, after I have provided for my family, I have included directions to support financial aid at Andover. I feel proud to be able to contribute to ensuring that future generations can enjoy the same opportunities that Andover afforded to me.

Chidozie Ugwumba ’99, an alumni admissions representative, lives in Jersey City, N.J.

To learn more about including the Academy in your estate plans, please contact Grace E. Curley ’81, director of gift planning, at 978-749-4281 or

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he fading sun paired with a blanket of snow on campus caught the eye of many at Andover, including Head of School John Palfrey. Palfrey took this photo with his cell phone in early February while heading from his office in George Washington Hall to gather his racquet to play squash with students.


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