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The world premiere of a new play based on the life and letters of Loring M. Bailey, Jr ’63 Join Pomfret actors, musicians, artists, writers, and historians as we look inward to Our own history and discover this tale of life and love in the midst of the 1960s and the Vietnam War. Written and directed by Chip Lamb, Pomfret’s fine arts chair and director of theater.

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Editor’s Notes

Following Fred’s letter, Head of School Tim Richards and Jeff Abke of Pomfret’s Advancement Off ice, had the chance to visit with him in Houston on his 97th birthday! They scheduled an afternoon visit, as Fred was out golf ing in the morning. They also had the opportunity to meet Belen, Fred’s wife of 72 years.

Letter from Fred Schall ’33


recently received the Spring (2012) edition of the Pomfret Magazine and it brought back a lot of fond memories. Particularly the picture of the campus on pages 12 and 13.

The School has grown tremendously. In 1933, the year of my graduation, there were 26 of us and the total school enrollment I believe was 146 students. After graduation I went to Princeton and then to Cambridge University, England. I am a geologist and spent my business years in exploring for oil, gas, and minerals – quite successfully. Although I don’t get to Pomfret as much as I would like, I did remember the 100th anniversary, which was fun. Is the Ben Grosvenor Inn still in existence? Sincerely, Fred M. Schall, Jr. Class of 1933

Answer to Fred’s question: There are two buildings on campus that represent the Ben Grosvenor Inn – Orchard and Olive Cottages, which house faculty and students.

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Where do you think these pictures were taken? Send your answers to:

Photos by Fall 2012 Student Media Team

Student Media Team Reveals the Spirit of Pomfret


his issue of the Pomfret Magazine is special in many ways. The juxtaposed images on the cover and on page 8 reveal a theme of reflection as Head of School Tim Richards shares his thoughts on utilizing Pomfret’s historical strengths to define the future. It also exposes the talent of Pomfret’s Fall 2012 Student Media Team, who captured many of the photos for this issue. In particular, Johnny Richmond ’13 gains credit for the 2012 photo used in the juxtaposed images mentioned above, as well as the terrific spread image on pages 46-47. Starting in the fall of 2011 and coached by Robin Cook, associate director of electronic communications and website design teacher, the Student Media team option is offered each term to provide students with the real world experience of having their work published. In addition to the magazine, students have contributed to numerous marketing and communications projects, revealing the wonderful spirit of Pomfret.

Student Media Teams Fall 2012

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Annie Clay ’14 Rob Cleary ’14 Ambra Fisser ’14 Chloe Gillespie ’14 Will Hurley ’14 Carsten Lohan ’13 Georgia Morrison ’14 Kevin Pimentel ’14 Alla Reist ’14 Johnny Richmond ’13

Dana Diaz ‘14 Shandy Chen ‘13 Cecile Lu ‘12 Alyson Chase ‘13 Ambra Fisser ‘14 Georgia Morrison ‘14 Elizabeth Rathjen ‘14 Declan Brennan ‘12 An Hoang ‘15

Esther Ahn ‘12 Nicky Park ‘12 Johnny Richmond ‘14 Olivia-Jean Hamilton ‘12

Fall 2011 Charlie Kimball ‘13 Erin Brady ‘13 Carsten Lohan ‘13 Will Hurley ‘14 Violet Zhou ‘12

Correction: The winners of the 2012 Senior Award for Digital Arts were omitted in error from the Spring 2012 issue of the Pomfret Magazine. Congratulations on a terrific achievement to the following members of the Class of 2012: Cole Spivak, Tucker MacDonald and Zachary Bellerose.

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2013 Schwartz Visiting Fellow Ray Suarez Washington-based Senior Correspondent for PBS NewsHour

Public Presentation Sunday, January 27, 2013, 8:00 PM Pomfret’s Hard Auditorium Reception to Follow Suarez has more than thirty years of varied experience in the news business. He came to The NewsHour from National Public Radio where he had been host of the nationwide call-in news program “Talk of the Nation” since 1993. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering local, national, and international stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

For more information on Ray Suarez:

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STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF POMFRET’S GIANTS Commitment to Distinctive Leadership in Educational Reform Heightens Work of Pomfret Pioneers — By Head of School Tim Richards

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GIVE AFRICA A CHANCE Alumna Peace Corps Volunteer’s Perspective on Global Development — By Cay Townsend ’03


GENEROSITY IN ACTION 23 Board of Trustees Update from President Charlie Wilmerding P ’11, ’14 26 Overcoming Failure

Ken Read P ’15 shares experience of racing through world waters in the 20112012 Volvo Ocean Race

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AAEC and Advancement Team Update: Careers, Connections, and Events From Pomfret to College to Career

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FALL 2012 Volume 40, Issue 1

Pomfret School


ACADEMICS 32 Convocation 2012

398 Pomfret Street • PO Box 128 Pomfret, CT 06258-0128 Tel: 860-963-6100


Transforming the Classroom



Teaching and Learning


The Flipped Classroom Comes to Pomfret Chemistry

Change of date, venue, and a suggestion to “fail” highlight annual event Digital revolution, globalization, evolving workplace, and educational neuroscience key factors in examining how and what we teach Pomfret welcomes back Chinese Delegation of Educators Grade and Comments

Sharon Gaudreau P ’09, ’12

Contributing Writers Bobby Fisher Patrick Andren Sharon Geyer

Class Notes & Gatherings Editor


Debby Thurston


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Fall Theater: The Rimers of Eldritch Fall Dance Performance: 4 Pieces

Staff Photographer Lindsay Lehmann

Contributing Photographers

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ATHLETICS 42 Fall Varsity Sports 44 Alumni Athletes in Action

COMMUNITY 46 Jump Right In

Opening Chapel 2012



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Pomfret Welcomes new Faculty to Campus Chris Atwood “…makes haste to be kind”


Fall Service Helps Hunger and Cancer Awareness Initiatives

Longtime faculty member crafts meaningful woodcarvings for Pomfret

CLASS NOTES 54 Class Notes 68 Faculty / Staff News 70 Obituaries

Jeff Abke Robin Cook Sharon Geyer Shannon Mott Melissa Perkins Debby Thurston * Photography by members of Pomfret’s Student Media Team are credited by photo

Design ITEM Strategies Pomfret Magazine is published by Pomfret’s Marketing and Communications Office © 2012 We welcome letters from readers on subjects related to the School. We also welcome letters to the editor and suggestions for future articles. Submissions may be edited or shortened for publication. Email submissions to: Pomfret School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, handicap, gender, sexual orientation, age, or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, or other programs administered by the School.

GATHERINGS 72 Pomfret Connects with Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Asia 74 More Gatherings

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— Inscription on the entrance stone of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., penned by abolitionist Wendell Phillips approximately 150 years ago

Standing on the Shoulders of Pomfret Giants Commitment to Distinctive Leadership in Educational Reform Heightens Work of Pomfret Pioneers — By Head of School Tim Richards


hree snapshots from this fall create a fitting backdrop to the words that follow. First, on a trip to Houston in October, I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Fred Schall, Pomfret class of 1933. Mr. Schall had to schedule our meeting for the afternoon because, on his 97th birthday, he had committed to his regular golf outing in the morning. When we met, we spoke about life as a Pomfret student 80 years ago. He told me stories of his classmates, teachers, sports, and the activities he enjoyed while he was a student here. Central to his memories were the quality of the education he received, the excellence of his teachers, and the great relationships he developed while he was on the Hilltop. Listening to his recollections about Pomfret, I sensed very clearly that what had defined the Pomfret experience for likely our oldest living alumnus remains very true to what our students are experiencing eight decades later. The second incident occurred on a trip to Washington, D.C. a few weeks after my visit with Mr. Schall. My wife Anne and I were walking to the Mall, and our conversation had just turned to the Pomfret Magazine. I was explaining to her my preliminary thinking about the theme of the article that you are now reading – the link between Pomfret’s past and present. Not three minutes later, as we walked past the National Archives, I paused to read one of the inscriptions chiseled in stone at the entrance. It reads “The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future.” These words, penned by abolitionist Wendell Phillips approximately 150 years ago, serve as a great reminder that our present and future are inextricably linked to our past.


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our planning for the future of the School, it is clear that our willingness to embrace change, innovation, and evolution is grounded in an ethos that our founder embraced when he left Southborough, MA to come to Connecticut to start his own school. I am heartened by the fact that Mr. Peck’s departure from his previous school was precipitated – at least in part – because his progressive views of education were met with disapproval by this school’s Board. Our foundation was built on innovation, and as a result of Mr. Peck’s forward-thinking ways, Pomfret was seen as a leader in what was at the time “modern education.” According to Brad Pearson, author of The Spirit that is Pomfret (TSTIP), “William E. Peck left to the young school he had founded a legacy of quietly charismatic leadership and progressive education, which would continue to characterize Pomfret and set her apart from other preparatory schools for the next century.” That desire to be a progressive institution persists today.

William E. Peck, founder of Pomfret School, 1894

Everywhere I look on this spectacular campus I see the past reflected in the present. Names affiliated with many of our buildings pay tribute to the past while supporting the students and programs of the present: the Clark Chapel; the Strong Field House; the du Pont Library; the Monell Science Building, the Lewis Gymnasium. Each of these edifices speaks to the history of our school, yet they remain vital components of our programs today. We have a distinctively strong faculty advisor program in 2012, which this year celebrates its 77th anniversary. Last spring we embarked on an ambitious, $8.2 million sustainability project designed to save the School money (and be “green”) by replacing oil with natural gas. Back in 1950, the School spent $12,000 installing a new oil burner that would save the School $3,000 annually. It was not particularly green, and the $3,000 savings pale in comparison to our most recent effort, but the spirit was similar to the one we embraced when we decided to proceed with the natural gas project.

“Everywhere I look on this spectacular

campus I see the past reflected in the present. Names affiliated with many of our buildings pay tribute to the past while supporting the students and programs of the present…”

Finally, a spontaneous visit to my office by Senior Master Marshall Eaton ’70 in the middle of November featured a discussion of an old aerial photograph of campus that hangs on my wall. Marshall and I discussed the obvious enduring landmarks: the Sundial, the Bricks, the Main House, the gym, etc. What was more interesting, however, were the images he pointed out of some vestiges of the past: the great bass fishing pond by the rink, the ski slope on the southeastern edge of campus, and the race track that went around the Rectory pond. All of these exist in memory and old photos only; while the core of the institution lives on, father time is irrepressible. Since moving to the “Quiet Corner of Connecticut” 18 months ago, I have espoused the value of change and its importance in the growth of both individuals and organizations. I have learned that innovation and the pioneering spirit are in the DNA of Pomfret School. The tradition of being a progressive institution has helped define Pomfret since October 3, 1894, the day that Mr. William E. Peck opened shop with 42 boys and six teachers. As we continue 10

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“All that has made Pomfret “Pomfret” is still here, and it is our responsibility to ensure that continuity even as we embrace change.”

Schedule reform has been a major subject of discussion and debate since I arrived a year and a half ago, but the same issue dominated headlines back in 1940 when the faculty “approved a radically different class schedule for the following school year” (TSTIP p. 131). Our diversity and global initiatives – both essential components of any future iteration of Pomfret – are hardly original undertakings here on the Hilltop; we have hosted international students for about 90 years, we have sent students abroad since 1936, and we were amongst the early schools to embrace racial integration. While we have new bells and whistles, fancier fields and new and renovated buildings, access to technology and information that was inconceivable 100 years ago, the fundamental values and ethos of the School remain strikingly similar to what they were when it was founded. All that has made Pomfret “Pomfret” is still here, and it is our responsibility to ensure that continuity even as we embrace change. Today we are in the midst of a process that will guide the School into the future. During the course of what at this point has been a very healthy and engaging eight month process of creating a new strategic vision and plan for Pomfret, I have been reminded at every turn that we must be ever mindful

Jay Milnor, Pomfret’s sixth headmaster, 1962-1979


we are in the midst of a process that will guide the school into the future.”

of the School’s vibrant history as we plan for its future. As I consider the direction for Pomfret that is beginning to emerge, I am struck by a wonderful symmetry between past and present. I see great traditions of the past that live on today. The keen minds of today’s students, for example, carry forth the tradition of pranks, which remain as vibrant today as they were in 1896, when some boys attached a skunk carcass to the underside of a prefect’s bed. Last spring the seniors kidnapped our dog Morgan and demanded for ransom a school-wide ice cream party. It worked. I would argue that 2012’s animal-inspired prank was better conceived and certainly more good natured than the mischief with the skunk, but that is somewhat beside the point. The tradition lives on.

David Twitchell, Pomfret’s fifth headmaster, 1951-1961

Other more meaningful practices that shape who we are today and what we aim to be also have deep roots in our past. We are currently focusing on what it means to create the most effective learning environment possible for our students, and we are incorporating new pedagogical approaches in our classrooms. But this is not new to Pomfret either. Clearly Mr. Peck was a progressive educator, but so too were several who followed in his shoes. In 1940, Headmaster Halleck Lefferts, commenting on changes in education, wrote the following to the alumni “. . .the most valuable quality in a teacher is. . . imagination. He must have command of his subject, he must have great


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New Campus Central Heating System Stack Installation, 2012

Clark Chapel Bell Installation, 1908

“We are committed to being a leader in the field of education, a task made much easier by the fact that we are standing on the shoulders of some Pomfret giants who were pioneers in the area of educational reform. We will maintain the enduring values and essential traditions that have defined the Pomfret experience for 119 years while forging a familiar but distinctive future.”

energy, but, even more important, he must have endless ideas in presenting his material. . . I mention this because it shows how greatly our whole teaching job has changed. You simply cannot go about it in the old way if you regard education as something that happens inside a boy rather than something to be drummed into him. It is one thing to fill him with information, another to stir him to think” (TSTIP p. 133-4). These words are as relevant today as they were seventy-two years ago. Twenty years after Lefferts’ letter, Headmaster David Twichell presented to the Board of Trustees “The Five Ultimatums,” one of which was a call for the Board to “pioneer educationally” (TSTIP p. 215). He believed the future of good education would look considerably different from its present iteration. Alas, the Board did not agree with Twichell’s revolutionary thinking, and he resigned shortly thereafter. Finally, in 1970, Headmaster Jay Milnor made the bold and very forward-thinking statement “If Pomfret is to prepare students properly for their future, it must become a school organized for learning rather than for teaching” (TSTIP p. 252). These men and their ideas were all ahead of their time. The tradition of bold and ambitious educational thinking at Pomfret is indeed strong. Alas, some traditions do fall by the wayside. Third formers are no longer called “weenies.” Salaries are no longer determined by multiplying one’s age times 100. Our exchange student from England this year is known by his actual name, Tam; he is not the most recent “Gus.” The Pomfret student body reflects greater diversity in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and religion than at any time in our history. Natural gas has replaced oil. My title is “Head of School,” not “Headmaster.” And what we know of the world today compels us to pursue a new educational program for Pomfret in much the same way Messieurs Peck, Lefferts, Twichell, and generations of Pomfret faculty and administrators did before us. 12

More than forty years ago, one of these illustrious predecessors, the aforementioned Jay Milnor, poignantly wrote in the Bulletin “. . . to shift the focus to learning and the learner will require an effort and commitment on the part of both students and teachers far beyond anything as yet required of both. A curriculum whose focus is on learning will be open-ended and flexible, stressing education as a process rather than a product. It will require both students and faculty to recognize that technological, cultural, and social change will continue to occur at a rapid rate, and, therefore, they must develop skills and aptitude for life-long learning. Finally, it will require students to take an active role in planning, executing, and evaluating their educational experience” (TSTIP p. 252). How prescient he was. His words are reflected very closely in the modern day “learning principles” the faculty and trustees have established that are informing our conversations in the ongoing strategic planning process. The faculty approved Milnor’s progressive approach to education, but gave up on it, in part because Harvard believed that these methods “were not the way” (TSTIP p. 252). Today Harvard’s tune has changed, and in fact we are fortunate to be working closely with Mr. Charles Fadel, a visiting scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as we examine curriculum reform and novel pedagogies. And so we will evolve as a school, in ways both creative and innovative. We are committed to being a leader in the field of education, a task made much easier by the fact we are standing on the shoulders of some Pomfret giants who were pioneers in the area of educational reform. We will maintain the enduring values and essential traditions that have defined the Pomfret experience for 119 years while forging a familiar but distinctive future. Mr. Peck, Mr. Schall, and generations of Pomfret students and faculty who have gone before would, I believe, be pleased.


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Merging Cultures Highlights Pomfret’s Enrollment Strategy


By Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Carson Roy


ntering my second year at Pomfret, it’s easy to see why so many families are drawn to this wonderful and vibrant community. This past year alone, we received a record number 849 applications for 120 spots. With a dynamic and engaging Admissions team in place, we are poised to have another strong enrollment year on the Hilltop.


Continuing to maintain a strong enrollment at Pomfret, as well as other independent schools, is not without its challenges. An unsettled housing market, rising costs of college, the emergence of charter schools, and a decline in the median household income over the past few years are just a few of the reasons why families are thinking twice about sending their children to an independent school and the financial commitment that comes along with attending a school like Pomfret. Shrinking demographics in our own backyard continue to be a hurdle as research shows a lower number of projected high school graduates in New England and Mid-Atlantic regions over the next five years and beyond. These regional population shifts show that we must reach out to other parts of the country and the world to find qualified and mission-appropriate students who will add to our community. More than ever, admissions offices across the country must be more proactive and creative in their methods of enrolling new students.


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Pomfret’s Admissions Team: 1st row (l-r): Becky Zavisza, Rhonda Fargnoli, Porter Hayes; 2nd row (l-r): Art Horst, Eileen Diaz, Shanique Garcia, Chris Fogg; 3rd row (l-r): Carson Roy, Rebecca Brooks, Judy Smith

“...over 90% of prospective students who

came to interview and tour our campus last year ended up applying.” So, what is Pomfret’s strategy? The Strategic Planning process will certainly help us discover new opportunities to engage prospective families. However, simply put, they receive a great experience when they visit our campus. As a matter of fact, over 90% of prospective students who came to interview and tour our campus last year ended up applying. This has a lot to do with our friendly and proud Key Society of student tour guides, as well as an engaged and welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff. Yet, getting families to campus at times can be challenging. Therefore, we have increased the number and type of on-campus recruitment events and continue to collaborate with other schools by being part of a spring multischool tour for secondary school placement reps and education consultants. We are also increasing our exposure off campus. Current families are hosting receptions in close to ten different cities in the fall and winter and the Admissions Team is traveling to over 20 different states and 12 different countries. With the majority of our incoming students enrolling in grades 9 and 10 each year, we are visiting more feeder schools that end in the 8th or 9th grade to speak with students and placement directors about Pomfret.

A growing trend among our peer schools and Pomfret is the emergence of more international applications. Chinese applications increased 38% over the past year at Pomfret. With international applications topping 300 last year, making sure we maintain a balance in our international community in terms of numbers and make up of countries is an ongoing challenge. We need to be sure we continue to have an internationally diverse student body that represents countries from around the world (16% of our current student body is international, representing five continents and 18 countries). However, we also need to be sure our international students are able to thrive both in and out of the classroom. It’s important that international students be part of an environment that is conducive to improving their English skills and consequently, helps them gain admissions to selective colleges and universities throughout the United States. From learning how to read transcripts from Kazakhstan to Skyping with applicants in Brazil, evaluating applicants’ candidacy can be challenging. In order to ensure the right fit for prospective international students, we have continued to expand our outreach and meet with more prospective students in their home countries than ever before. Reflecting on my own experience as a boarding school student, I vividly remember the first time in my life I met and lived with classmates who not only represented other states, but other continents. I loved that my friends came from varying backgrounds, bringing with them different experiences and cultural perspectives. It’s rewarding to see similar relationships occurring at Pomfret.

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Pomfret Students Hail From… 18 COUNTRIES: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

Bermuda Brazil Canada China Colombia England Germany Japan Korea Mexico Nigeria Russia Spain Thailand Turkey Venezuela Vietnam United States

21 STATES: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.

Alaska Arizona California Connecticut Florida Illinois Indiana Massachusetts Maryland Montana North Carolina New Hampshire New Jersey New York Ohio Pennsylvania Rhode Island Texas Virginia Vermont Washington

Photo by Johnny Richmond ’13

Pomfret’s 2012-2013 Key Society leaders (all members of the Class of 2013) share a comical moment while posing for the annual Admissions holiday card. Each Key Head wrote over 100 personal notes on the cards to prospective students, encouraging them to come to Pomfret. First row (l-r): Lexi Gulino, Jordan Ginsberg, Kokou Alasse, Lindsay Barber Second row (l-r): Josh Roemer-Ingles, Will Mackie, Alison Horst Third row (l-r): Peter Reimer, John Cunningham, Naja Lewis


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Give Africa a Chance Alumna and Peace Corps Volunteer’s Perspective on Global Development — By Cay Townsend ’03


am sitting on a woven plastic mat under a tree. I’ve been waiting two hours for attendants to assemble for a meeting. In front of me is a rough, dry grass soccer field strewn with rocks. To my right is a run-down rectangular concrete building with a tin roof and open-air windows. Behind me are four thin wooden tree trunks with a thatch roof and dried millet stalks leaned up against it as walls. Rows of large rocks act as seats. I am at a primary school in Ldaoutsaf, a small rural village in northern Cameroon, a country in west Central Africa. The school director invited me here with hopes of improving the school and village, knowing that all I might be able to offer is my kindness and intelligence. Once the meeting starts, I ask the villagers what is important to them in their lives. They start listing things that they want but do not have, such as a health center or electricity. They ask me when I am going to build it for them. Based on their past experiences of outsiders coming to their village, they make certain assumptions about why I am there. However, a grand development project is not my goal, nor in my interest, nor in the mission of the Peace Corps. I put my hands in my pockets and pull them inside-out. I explain to the group that I don’t have any money for them; however, I am confident resources already exist in the community that I can help them utilize. Starting over, to rephrase my question of what is important, I start them off with an example. “Is family important to you?” After a pause for

the translation, they all start cheering and clapping. I’m guessing family is important. Now, they better understand my question and we make a list; food, water, education, religion, health, houses, livestock, the grinding mill, trees, agriculture, and, among other things, the weekly market. The meeting continues by me asking if each of these things is hard or easy to obtain. If it is easy, like family, I cross it off the list. Now with a list of all the hard-to-obtain things I ask for possible solutions. I offer none. They come up with them on their own. With the list of solutions I ask if each one is complex or simple, if it can be done with resources inside the community or requires outside resources, and if it is a short or long term project. In the end we came up with a list of five locally- and technologically-appropriate village improvement projects to be carried out by the villagers and myself. Sounds easy, right? This meeting is just the beginning and I can only guess how motivation will dwindle. After the meeting, the president of the Parent-Teacher Association gave me a chicken. I thank them and take the bird, held upside-down by its legs, and mount the school director’s motorcycle for the hour-long journey home. By the time I get there it’s dark and I need to consider what to do with a mad squawking chicken. I cut its throat, pluck it, clean it, and put it in a pot. Feeling particularly accomplished for the day, I enjoy a cup of fresh chicken soup under the brilliantly star-lit African night sky.


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“I hope to break the stereotypes of Africa, to change the negative image that news networks show of a poverty-stricken, disease-ridden Africa. At times, yes, it is these things, but when people working in Africa consistently characterize the place as such, it becomes difficult to see beyond a land of troubles to this amazing land of possibility.”

What comes to mind when you hear the word Africa? I cannot begin to list the different stereotypes and assumptions which exist about this place. Often, people who refer to Africa throw the whole diverse continent in one basket. Africa’s people and landscapes are so varied one cannot possibly, and should not, group them into one category. I hope to break the stereotypes of Africa, to change the negative image that news networks show of a poverty-stricken, disease-ridden Africa. At times, yes, it is these things, but when people working in Africa consistently characterize the place as such, it becomes difficult to see beyond a land of troubles to this amazing land of possibility. Africa’s history is complicated. It is hard to determine which challenges are inherently African and which are influenced by the setting up of colonies, nation states, and now globalization. Challenges mingle with possible solutions from all sides of the spectrum. Nothing is clear-cut and agreement between stakeholders is often wanting. Since the end of colonialism, when African nations got their independence, Western countries have come in with their ideas to fix Africa. Most of these fixes involve large amounts of money or aid, and have merely covered up problems or created new ones. Traveling throughout Africa, I have seen, scattered across the countryside, rusting signs from development NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) next to huts still made of mud, run-down UN World Food Program storage facilities, machinery with grass growing through the tires, and deep-water well pumps that have stopped working. These aid projects that simply threw money at the problems did not always pan out (for more information read: Dead Aid by Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo). Some aid


projects do work. My drinking water comes from one of these deepwater wells. However, many smaller communities do not have the money or technical know-how to fix the pumps if they break and are left getting water from open wells that are susceptible to disease and dry up in the hot season. Money can help, but in the form of trade or investment in African businesses and infrastructure (for more information read: Social Business by Bangladeshi economist Mohammed Yunus). Instead of building a deep-water well, teach an educated villager how. A proverb on a plaque hanging in the library when I was at Pomfret said, “Give a man a fish he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish he’ll eat for a lifetime.” This philosophy also aligns with Goal One of the Peace Corps - to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. One plentiful asset in Africa is its people. This development philosophy strengthens human capital. During my meeting, I tried to explain this to the people. I was facilitating a needs assessment and the realization of the resources they already have, aiming to develop new ones within the community, and encouraging them to elevate their own circumstance. Change must come from within. Westerners giving hand-outs and doing all the work has not only created a culture of dependency and expectation on the part of Africans but is slowly making the situation worse. Westerners then get frustrated at why their solutions are not working. The situation seems beyond the scope of reason. Africans are passionate people. They do what feels right, not what seems to make sense. They love traditions and practice them widely. They even continue to practice ones that go against human rights, but an ancestral and socially-ingrained tradition will not die easy. Westerners imposing their ways, ideals, and mindsets are not a lasting solution. One must first understand, with an open mind, these traditions and why Africans practice them in order to know how to induce change from an African perspective, or if it even needs to be changed at all. As it took generations to develop these practices, it may take as long to modify them, but with patience, persistence, and optimism for future generations it can be achieved. African leaders already exist and have existed throughout the continent – from Nelson Mandela, to Wangari Maathai, to the revolutionaries of the Arab Spring who are helping groups move toward their futures. They are leading the way because they have realized how to combat the challenges in their own way. Change begins with them and those interested can assist them, alongside them.


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A travel show I recently watched said that coming to Africa is like stepping back in time five hundred years. How Africans live may seem different, but it is still the present day here. Africans have evolved in the last five hundred years, adopted new technologies, and are prepared to continue this development. Each nation, each tribal group will do it their own way, on their own time. “Little by little� is a very popular phrase in Cameroon. Households in my village with a TV outnumber those with running water. I might have suggested running water first, but this is their life and their way, not mine. Many volunteers get too frustrated to resolve their differences with Cameroonians and end up doing the work themselves. They leave their two-year service feeling accomplished but 10 years later villagers will remember the American that used to live there but may not be using the knowledge or things they have left behind. Even if I am bored or frustrated because I have to wait two hours for a meeting to start and only a quarter of the people show up, I refuse to do all the work myself because who will take care of the project and benefit from it once I am gone? It would not be sustainable. Instead, to regain my motivation, I reconcile our differences and our similarities come to light. We are all people who work to obtain food and clean water. We want the best for our families. We help our neighbors, and stop to chat with a friend. We value our health, happiness, and free will. High school kids loiter and play sports. Older village men bring their mats out in front of their house to sit and watch the street, as my grandparents once did with their lawn chairs. Africans are capable of achieving success just as we are. In Cameroon, by making friends, having conversations, or throwing a pizza party, I am (hopefully) accomplishing Goal Two of the Peace Corps, which is to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the people served. By reading this article, I hope I have accomplished the third and final goal of the Peace Corps, which is to help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans. A Pomfret brochure highlights characteristics that the School instills in its students: possibility, passion, leadership, and preparation. In hope of a better understanding on behalf of the Pomfret community, I have highlighted the presence of these characteristics in Africans. Africans are people like you and me, they are not so different. Africans will overcome their own challenges with a little ingenuity, shared knowledge, investment, and when the rest of the world has enough faith to give Africa a chance.

Cay Townsend ’03 earned her B.A. in Environmental History from Montana State University in 2006 and her M.S. in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh in 2008


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Generosity In Action



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Board of Trustees Update from President Charlie Wilmerding P ’11, ’14 Dear Alumni, Parents, and Friends of Pomfret School, Since starting my new position as president of Pomfret’s Board of Trustees on July 1st, I have an even deeper appreciation for the knowledgeable, talented, and caring people that make up the Pomfret community. The students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, and trustees all take part in cultivating what to me is a lifelong bond. As we pursue a new and invigorating direction for Pomfret through the strategic planning process, I’m grateful and inspired to be surrounded by people who are truly vested in the foundation and future of a school that has benefited students and faculty for 119 years. The Board of Trustees, in particular, has the right mix of people to provide forward thinking and energy to the process. You can find details on all members at Adding to this devoted team are three newly installed members: Mark W. Blodgett ’75, P ’04, ’06, a Pomfret trustee from 1987-2010 who was influential in the Priorities for Pomfret capital campaign, Mary “Burch” Ford, an experienced leader in independent boarding school education for over 35 years, and Yun Sik Chung P’15, an investment management specialist from Korea. Additionally, a top-notch Faculty Strategic Planning Committee has been researching and formulating proposals for many months, which will be incorporated into the overall strategic vision and planning for the School. Moving forward, we will also seek input from alumni and parents. To that end, you will receive an online survey in January that I highly encourage you complete. We appreciate all opinions and look forward to gaining your contributions. It is our goal to have a new vision and plan for Pomfret announced this summer – an exciting time in the history of the School. Until then, I wish you a prosperous and happy 2013. Charlie Wilmerding President, Pomfret School Board of Trustees

Pomfret School Board of Trustees 2012-2013: Charlie Wilmerding P ’11, ’14, President, Villanova, PA Lisa Noble Kaneb ’86, Vice President, Cambridge, MA John D. Gillespie P ’09, ’13, ’14, Treasurer, Guilford, CT William Wiggins ’89, Secretary, Arlington, VA Term Trustees: Thomas J. Campbell P ’09, ’10, New Canaan, CT Virginia Cargill P ’08, Southport, CT Malik Ducard ’91, Los Angeles, CA Donald R. Finley P ’13, ’15, ’15, Locust Valley, NY Claudia Fleming P ’13, New York, NY Michael Gary ’82, Exeter, NH E. Clayton Gengras ’89, West Hartford, CT Justin Klein ’65, Philadelphia, PA

Neil D. McDonough ’75, P ’09, Worcester, MA Robert K. Mullarkey ’79, P ’10, Rolling Hills, CA Robert M. Olmsted ’59, P ’89, New York, NY Sung Woo Park P ’11, Seoul, Korea Judson P. Reis ’60, P ’98, New York, NY James E. Rothman ’67, New York, NY David R. Salomon ’86, Greenwich, CT Alison Shoemaker ’85 P ’13, Wyndmoor, PA Kevin M. Tubridy P ’04, Pomfret, CT Frederick W. Williams P ’11, Pomfret, CT David Woodrow ’64, Atlanta, Georgia Robert J. Yudell ’65, Santa Monica, CA


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Welcome new Trustees

Yun Sik Chung Yun Sik Chung P ’15 is the CIO and head of equity at ING Investment Management Korea and is responsible for domestic equity, global equity, and alternative investment. The firm oversees $21.6B in assets. He joined the company in October 2007 after serving as Equity CIO, head of domestic equity strategy, domestic equity fund manager, and head of global equity for UBS Hana Asset Management Korea. He was the portfolio manager of the Korea Equity Fund for three years in the mid 1990’s at Daehan Investment Trust Company’s New York Office, where he helped manage $750M in equities. Yun Sik has a BS in Public Administration from Yonsei University. His wife, Young Ju Hwang, has a BS from Seoul Women’s University. Young Ju and their 12-year old daughter Jiwon lived in Greenwich, CT, where Jiwon attended Julian Curtis Elementary School. They returned to Korea in June 2012 and Jiwon goes to Seoul International School. Their son, Danny, is a Pomfret student, Class of 2015.

Yun Sik was pleased when his son Daniel became a member of Pomfret School, as he defines – “a renowned private preparatory school in the US.” Yun Sik states, “My son Daniel, I assess, passed his first year at Pomfret very successfully and it’s his best bet in all aspects. He is really enjoying his life at the School and does not hesitate to accept any challenges. I know it demands hard work, endurance and at times loneliness as a foreigner in a still-unfamiliar community. I’m very proud of Daniel and would like to give my big applause to him. I know his successful first year is thanks to the Pomfret community – its kind teachers, friendly peers and the overall atmosphere there. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all at Pomfret. Of course, it is a great pleasure and an honor for me to be a family member who can make a contribution to the School, along with my son.” Since 1989, Yun Sik has served in the financial industry, particularly in the territory of investment management. Athough he defers comment on his specific goals as a Pomfret trustee, he is ready and willing to do whatever he can, utilizing his expertise and knowledge, to help Pomfret School.

Mary “Burch” Ford Mary “Burch” Ford has spent 35 years in boarding schools. She retired as Head of School at Miss Porter’s School in 2008, after a stellar 15-year tenure. She was also a faculty member at Milton Academy (five years), Groton School (10 years), and Concord Academy (five years). Burch recently stepped down as President of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, though she continues to remain a trustee of the organization. She is also an Associate of Wingspan Partnerships, an advocacy group designed to narrow the education gap by developing and supporting partnerships between public and private schools. Burch currently serves on the board of King’s Academy (Jordan), Maranyundo Girls’ School (Rwanda), CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), the


Petit Family Foundation, and NEASC’s CAISA (Commission on American and International Schools Abroad). Previous board appointments include TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools), Middlesex School, Avon Old Farms National Council, and NAPSG (the National Association of Principals for Schools for Girls). Her work has also included school consultation and leadership of numerous workshops on residential life, governance, and adolescent development. Burch graduated from Boston University and subsequently earned an MSW (Simmons College School of Social Work) and an Ed. M (Harvard University), but claims her two years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, were the most formative part of her education.


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Familiar with Pomfret through her husband’s (Brian Ford, English faculty) work at the School during the last year, Burch was influenced to be a member of the Board on multiple counts. “I am impressed by Tim Richards’ leadership style and vision for Pomfret’s future strength and position in the independent boarding school world; the energy and engagement I’ve observed in the classroom; the warmth and welcoming tone among the faculty, complemented by the students’ receptive and respectful tenor in various venues on campus; and most powerful, the spirit of the chapel talks from students and faculty – open and honest, insightful and articulate, trusting and courageous, all embodying a sense of a community more important than the individual, a sense that each individual is part of, grateful for, and committed to something larger than oneself.

Burch hopes her experience and exposure within and beyond schools will constructively add to the discussions and decisions of the Board in its dedication to the realization of the utopian promise of Pomfret School and Pomfret’s obligations to the future. “I think Pomfret, like all schools today, must grapple with the challenge of protecting the enduring integrity of its mission, along with wisely and thoughtfully incorporating into its character the shifting imperatives of cultural change. Some of these imperatives include the creative possibilities that technology has introduced, including the infinite possibilities of connection to and collaboration with the world far beyond our borders to which we have a great deal to contribute and from which we have a great deal to learn.”

Thank you to a Returning Trustee

Mark W. Blodgett Mark W. Blodgett ’75, P ’04, ’06 is Chairman, President and CEO of ProPhotonix Limited in Salem, NH. ProPhotonix designs and manufactures LED illumination solutions and laser systems for the industrial, medical and defense markets. The company has manufacturing facilities in Ireland and the United Kingdom where Mark lives. Part of a Pomfret legacy family, Mark was active in tennis and cross country as a student. He was also an active volunteer for the Priorities for Pomfret Campaign where he was instrumental in building the new boathouse and the new tennis facilities, which bear his family’s name. Mark is a member of the World Presidents Organization. He served as a Pomfret trustee from 1987 to 2010, and was Vice President of the Executive Committee and a member of the Board Governance Committee. Mark was recently re-elected to another four year term as trustee beginning October 2012 and will serve on the Audit and Development Committees. Mark is the father of five children, two of whom are Pomfret graduates, Oliver ’04 and Natasha ’06. Mark attended Vassar and earned an MA with honors in Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1979.

According to Mark, he agreed to re-join Pomfret’s Board of Trustees because, “Pomfret has always held a special place in my heart and I have enjoyed contributing over the last twenty-five years to the growth and development of the School, and look forward to helping our school reach new heights over the next four years.” Mark brings with him experience and a broad outlook. “Having been affiliated with Pomfret for many years as both a trustee and parent, but meanwhile being somewhat distant from the school living in London, I hope to bring a slightly different perspective to the Board, as Pomfret maps out a new strategic plan to move us forward.” Mark also has a grasp on the issues that boarding schools face in the future. “Private education is becoming increasingly unaffordable, while the demographics are moving against secondary school boarding education. Pomfret in the years ahead will need to look for new avenues to make what we offer more compelling versus our peer schools and other educational alternatives. Ultimately, Pomfret needs to strive to offer the most compelling value proposition available in private secondary education, which means the Board and other members of the Pomfret community will need to reevaluate everything we do.”


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Starting with the In-Port Race on October 29, 2012, the route proceeds from Alicante, Spain to Galway (

Overcoming Failure Ken Read P ’15 shares with the Pomfret Community his experience of racing through world waters in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race

“The average wind was 42 miles an hour with 60 foot waves in freezing cold water.” — Ken Read P ’15


ollowing months of preparation and challenging a racing vessel through all types of scenarios, the sailors and the boat are ready. And in one quick moment, none of it matters. Ken Read P ’15, skipper of Puma Ocean Racing, shares with the Pomfret School community the value of experience, adversity, and teamwork that he and his crew learned during the the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race. “It’s the sound you never want to hear – a loud snapping of the mast,” explains Ken. “The broken rig hangs in the water, its sails at risk of being torn, the boat in danger of being irreparably harmed.” The journey that leads Ken and his team to a remarkable third place finish in the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race begins here. Adrift in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles from the nearest shore, the race is over before it begins, or so it seems. Disaster looks imminent. The loss of their rig during the first of nine legs of the race, forces the crew to rebuild their boat, and themselves, in order to compete. Three years of work is down the drain in one fell swoop. However, the crew



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Photos by Johnny Richmond ’13

Ken Read P ’15 shares his experiences as a sailor AND as a parent to Tory Read ’15 with Pomfret students and faculty

still has to find a way to get to land and be saved. Failure is not an option as the alternative is grim, so teamwork kicks into high gear. A “pan pan” distress call sends a Soviet tanker 150 miles off their path to the Puma. Diesel is delivered so they can power themselves and head towards safety. It’s four long days later when they see their first view of land in the distance. What seems like the most remote inhabited island on earth, Tristan de Cunha, is their home for the next few days while they await a rescue boat to take them to Cape Town, South Africa. Ken shares video from portions of the race, including moments in their journey from Tristan de Cunha to Cape Town. They spend all daylight hours repairing their vessel, working against the clock the entire time. With only five days to join the next leg of the race, there is no room for error. Their spare mast is flown to South Africa from Bristol, RI, and it arrives on time. The crew manages to accomplish all of their tasks with one day to spare. This is a remarkable achievement under such adverse conditions. Rejoining the race, there is plenty of ground to make up. Success is not easy, and it isn’t until the fifth leg that the Puma earns an incredible win by a huge margin of 12 minutes in the windiest and roughest leg in the history of the race. “The average wind was 42 miles an hour with 60 foot waves in freezing cold water,” states Ken. “Three crew-members were injured, but we had to deal with this adversity and keep going.” Navigating around a huge rock at the stormiest place on Earth, Cape Horn, in the midst of high seas and bitter cold, crews celebrate mere survival. After 153 days on the water, the Puma takes home third place. While they did not take first, as they were favored to do, the crew wins their battle and learns a lot about what success truly means. “Tough times will always lead to great times as long as you deal with the problems,” confirms Ken. “And even though technology is great, at the end of the day it’s the people who are the most important part of an organization.”


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Over 25 alumni and guests met at the off ices of W. P. Carey Inc. to network and hear from recruiters Julia Knowlton ’91 of Sheff ield Haworth, Inc. and Beth Greenberg from Amazon. This event is part of the ongoing effort of Pomfret’s Alumni Association Executive Council (AAEC) and the School to provide career networking opportunities to its alumni and current students.

AAEC and Advancement Team Update: Careers, Connections, and Events Dear Pomfret Alumni: Over the past year, 30 members of the Alumni Association Executive Council (AAEC) and members of Pomfret’s Advancement Office have been working together to create and enhance ways for Pomfret alumni to connect with the School and fellow alumni.

this concept in the near future. Work is also underway to enhance and provide easier access to the Pomfret alumni database, which is currently available via the Pomfret Alumni Connect App (available in the App Store) and the Pomfret website (


If you are interested in getting involved with any of these activities and/or have other ideas, please contact the AAEC Career Committee Co-Chairs:

Careers and employment are on everyone’s mind today, which is one of many good reasons for Pomfret alumni to connect and support each other. Through the Pomfret Alumni Career Exploration Series (PACES) program, alumni are exposing students and each other to a world of career options. Be sure to read about several alumni who returned to campus this fall to share their college and career journeys with students in “From Pomfret to College to Career.” Additionally, based on the success of last year’s Career Expo, this year’s will be on campus on February 15, 2013. To help alumni foster their careers, a Career Networking Event was held in New York City on November 14, 2012. We plan to expand upon


Mac Bayly ’99, New York City, George Santiago ’75, Fairfield, CT, Tammie LaBonte P’05, Advancement liaison, Connections We hope you have noticed the recent enhancements to this magazine, one of many opportunities to learn about and connect to Pomfret. Specifically, this issue includes an expanded “Class Notes” section, as more alumni are sharing their own activities and those of fellow classmates. Be sure to submit your Class Notes to Advancement Database Administrator Deb Thurston at


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The AAEC met on campus during Fall Family Weekend, gaining the opportunity to meet with parent volunteers. Front Row (l-r): David Cutler P ’15, Krystal Miarecki P ’15, Yvonne O’Neal P ’15, Carol Cutler P ’15, Paul Fowler ’64, Alan Gerew P ’14; Back Row (l-r): Steve Cook ’64, Stuart Bracken ’49, Mike Krents ’02, Jim Seymour ’65, Chris Golden ’07, Dan Thompson ’97, Lindsay Paul P ’13, Dena O’Hara P ’13, ’15, ’16, Amy Hare ’83, P ’14, ’16

Pomfret social media capabilities are available to all on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn by searching for Pomfret Alumni. And for instant mobile access to Pomfret’s alumni directory download the Pomfret Alumni App to your iPhone or Android device. If you are interested in getting involved in these activities and/or have other ideas, please contact the Connections Committee Co-Chairs: Toby Metcalf ’89, Natick, MA, Peyton Ladt ’03, New York City, Jeff Abke, Advancement liaison,

If you are in a Pomfret graduating class that ends with a three or eight, you should mark your calendar to attend Alumni Reunion Weekend May 11-12, 2013 — especially the members of the great class of 1963 who will be celebrating their 50th Reunion. Look for online registration soon at If you are interested in these activities and/or have other ideas, please contact the Events Committee Co-Chairs: Laura Keeler ’03, Jamaica Plain, MA, Laura Dunn ’05, New York City, Rachel Schoppe Rogers ’02, Advancement liaison,

Events Nearly 300 members of the Pomfret family gathered at the beginning of December for the annual holiday Receptions in New York City and Boston. The traditional New Year campus events are also scheduled: Young Alumni Reception on January 9th, Alumni Basketball Game on January 13th, and the Woodruff Winter Benefit on January 19th. We hope to see you there. A very active RED (Regional Event Directors) Team has been formed in Boston with events taking place each month. A “RED TEAM” is also starting up in New York, Chicago, Fairfield County, CT and other metropolitan areas.

Come join the fun and to get involved. Contact us or anyone listed above. Paul D. Fowler ’64 President, Pomfret School Alumni Association 203-722-1430 Jeff Abke Assistant Director of Advancement 860-963-6167


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Photo by Kevin Pimentel ’14




1. George Santiago ’75 reveals a wide variety of career opportunities at

3. In addition to performing for the entire Pomfret School community, Toyin

From Pomfret to College to Career

importance of keeping an open mind through the entire college process in order to find the right fit, paying attention to how you look online, and most importantly being a distinctive college candidate. to Pomfret students 2. From the Class of 2009, Julian Malakorn, a senior at Skidmore College, and Sam St. Lawrence, a junior at Brown University, share their different paths from Pomfret to college

Pomfret’s Lifelong Community “Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


very fall, younger students arrive on the Pomfret campus to begin their navigation of fresh opportunities, while older students explore options beyond Pomfret. Regardless of the destination, each individual embarks upon a new journey. With impending college deadlines looming for seniors, the College Counseling team and faculty work hard to guide and monitor the application process for each student. Special attention is given to writing about each student’s journey through personalized recommendation letters – a distinctive characteristic of Pomfret among college admissions offices. “This reputation does not come easy,” says Director of College Counseling Bruce Wolanin. “Building relationships with college representatives and getting to know our students are essential steps. Telling our students’ stories and having them heard is the reward.” Awareness of college matriculation is heightened for all students as over 100 representatives from various colleges and universities visit campus, and more pointedly as everyone gathers in Hard Auditorium to learn from Pomfret’s third W.P. Carey Lecturer – Richard Nesbitt, director of admissions at Williams College. Mr. Nesbitt speaks to the


Moses ’98 (second row, fourth from left) and writer Colin Cox visited theater classes and enjoyed lunch with members of the School’s VOICE club

Rod Eaton, associate director of college counseling, believes the trick to finding the right match is to seek options where students will be stretched but not snapped. “I try to help students find schools that provide outlets for their known talents but also where they may find new talents.” Upon spending several years working in admissions at Washington University in St. Louis, Julia Kobus, also an associate director of college counseling, agrees with Rod. “Students still feel the pressure of finding the prestigious name, but social media has helped them do their homework. They seem to be more realistic about the right options for themselves.” Finding the right fit college also includes thinking about life beyond the college years. Although it’s often difficult for young people to target career and lifestyle aspirations, at Pomfret students are given the opportunity to learn from those who have walked the Pomfret halls before them. Through the Pomfret Alumni Career Exploration Series (PACES) program, devoted alumni took time out of their busy schedules during the fall to share their knowledge and experiences with Pomfret students: •

George Santiago ’75 returned to campus to host a session on, where he is an account executive.


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Sara Herklots ’98


5 4. Pomfret’s third W.P. Carey Lecturer Richard Nesbitt, director of admissions

at Williams College (second from left), with Bruce Wolanin, director of college counseling, and Rod Eaton and Julia Kobus, both associate directors of college counseling

Unbeknownst to many students, Amazon employs people in a wide variety of fields, including law, technology and advertising, opening numerous doors of opportunity. •

Sarah Herklots ’98, an accomplished poet, returned to campus to share her creative work. She also talked about the steps she’s taken to become successful – including the impact of her time at Pomfret.

As the star of Talkin’ ’Bout My Generation, Toyin Moses ’98 brought to Pomfret her national one-woman act performance, which focuses on the diversity issues today’s students have said are important to them. Produced by Will & Company, a Los Angeles based theatrical company, the performance requires Toyin to play six characters who share snippets of their lives and experiences in today’s world. The program is designed to encourage contemplation and discussion.

Two members of the Class of 2009 who are still in college – Julian Malakorn, a senior at Skidmore College, and Sam St. Lawrence, a junior at Brown University – shared their very different paths from Pomfret to college. Sam spoke about her gap year and Julian emphasized the importance of balancing college sports and studies.

Associate Director of College Resources Ellen McGloine acknowledges that “the satisfaction of the work we do with students is somewhat delayed, based on their success in college and life. Therefore, it’s a pleasure to hear from alumni and certainly welcome them back to campus to learn about their continuous journeys.”

Photo by Ambra Fisser ’14

5. Poet Sarah Herklots ’98 with Head of School Tim Richards following her reading in Parsons Lodge

As students move quickly into the winter term at Pomfret, they may continue the journey they began in the fall or choose a new path. Regardless of the destination, they move forward with more knowledge, a wider viewpoint, and hopefully an appreciation for Pomfret’s generous and devoted faculty and alumni.

Director of Admissions at Williams College Richard Nesbitt suggests to students his top recommendations to being distinctive in the college process: 1. Read! Students who read a lot tend to write well. They have high scores because they read. 2. Pursue your passions. Find what you love to do. 3. Give your teachers something to write about in their recommendations. 4. Challenge yourself. 5. Be active in the community. Don’t just collect activities to pad your résumé. 6. Have a depth of engagement in what you do. 7. Do something constructive in the summer. Work, attend a unique program, take a course. 8. Let your colleges of choice know you are interested in them.


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4 1. An Hoang ’14 receives the Precalculus and Chemistry awards, and is honored as the Top Scholar in the Class of 2014 2. Erin Brady ’13 receives the Painting and Drawing award 3. Harrison Schroeder ’13 receives the College of the Holy Cross prize and is honored as the Top Scholar in the Class of 2013 4. All award winners gather in pride with Head of School Tim Richards and Assistant Head for Academics Kate Caspar



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Convocation 2012 Change of date, venue, and a suggestion to “fail” highlight annual event


t’s the first day of classes on the Pomfret Hilltop and all classrooms are empty. What? Why? Because all students and faculty are gathered in Chauncey Courtyard to share in celebration! Surrounded by the du Pont Library and Pomfret’s four academic buildings,it’s the perfect setting for Convocation 2012, celebrating achievements and inspiring success in all students in all students and faculty as they begin the 119th school year. “In honoring these students and all that they’ve accomplished, may we be inspired and challenged to new levels of thought, creativity and discovery in the days and months ahead,” expressed School Chaplain Bobby Fisher in the opening prayer. Kate Caspar, assistant head of school for academics, begins by addressing the change of date and venue for the event, which has traditionally been held on the second Saturday of each new school year in the gymnasium. “After many thoughtful conversations, Mr. Richards and I decided that convocation

– which is, in essence, a celebration of learning – ought to be the first official kick-off before classes. I want us to take this moment to reflect on the year ahead as we honor those students who, in one way or another, distinguished themselves in the classroom last year.” Head of School Tim Richards helps students and faculty think about the year ahead and allows them to explore the notion of failure and its place in our lives. “Great success is often linked to failure,” states Tim. “I worry that too often we choose to do things we are good at in order to minimize the prospect of failure. This approach deters us from trying new things that might challenge, push, or stretch us in uncomfortable ways.” Speaking about his own personal disappointments, Tim admits, “Failure is inevitable, and like many people, I had to learn not to be defeatist in the face of failure. I had to be resilient. After all, as Truman Capote once said, ‘Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor’.”


Over 40 students earn awards for their 2011-2012 academic accomplishments MATHEMATICS


Geometry: Jeffrey Austin ’15 Algebra: Molly Mead ’14 Precalculus: An Thien Hoang ’14 Calculus: Jae Yeon “Alexis” Kim ’14 Statistics: Shengkun “James” Liu ’13

English I: Connor Shea ’15 English II: Madeleine Hutchins ’14 English III: Alexis Gulino ’13


Physics: William Wong ’14 Chemistry: An Thien Hoang ’14 Biology: Alexandra Rose Adams ’13 Science Elective Prize: Jeremy Patrick Hatfield ’13 Ben Morgan: Tyler Russel Phipps ’15 Rensselaer: Sha “Sheryl” Huang ’13

World History Award: Alexa Luborsky ’14 US History Award: Robert Motley ’13 WORLD LANGUAGES Latin 1: Lankoo Zhang ’15 Latin 2: Shengkun “James” Liu ’13 Latin 3: Harrison Chase ’13 Chinese 1: Christopher Rackey ’15 Chinese 2: Nhu Nguyen ’13 Chinese 3: Quynh Anh Vu ’13 French 1: Madeleine Hutchins ’14 French 2: Jeffrey Austin ’15 French 3: Isaac Amick ’13 French 4: Alexis Gulino ’13 Spanish 1: Nicole Derosier ’15 Spanish 2: Kailey Cox ’15 Spanish 3: Molly Mead ’14 Spanish 4: Alexa Luborsky ’14

SPONSOR AWARDS Brown University: Daniel Kellaway ’13 Harvard-Radcliffe Prize: Harrison Chase ’13 College of the Holy Cross Prize: Harrison Schroder ’13 Smith College Prize: Alexis Gulino ’13 Trinity Club of Hartford Prize: Alison Horst ’13



Class of 2015

1st in class: Quinlan Taylor 2nd in class: Tyler Phipps

Class of 2014

1st in class: An Hoang 2nd in class: Madeleine Hutchins

Theatre: Madeleine Hutchins ’14 Music: Jing “Scott” Guo ’14 Painting and Drawing: Erin Brady ’13 Sculpture: Timothy Offei-Addo ’15 Ceramics: Rachel Godfrey ’15 Digital Arts: Oliver Finley ’13 CUM LAUDE INDUCTEES: Class


Class of 2013

1st in class: Harrison Chase 2nd in class: Shengkun “James” Liu

Of 2013

Harrison Joseph Schroder Daniel Devonshire Kellaway Sha “Sheryl” Huang Shengkun “James” Liu


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Transforming the Classroom

Digital revolution, globalization, evolving workplace, and educational neuroscience key factors in examining how and what we teach By Dean of Teaching and Learning Patrick Andren


s in every other field, education has been forced to confront both the promise and pitfalls of the ever-changing world. While it has almost become cliché to talk about how quickly the world has changed in the last decade — never mind the last century — there are new forces which are challenging the traditional curriculum and pedagogies that have existed for over 100 years. Four particular drivers: the digital revolution, globalization, the evolving workplace, and the emerging field of educational neuroscience are forcing educators to reevaluate many of their practices and ask new questions about what should be taught, what manner of pedagogy best suits today’s students, and how schools can holistically meet these new demands. At Pomfret, we are in the middle of reexamining our curriculum and pedagogy, working on developing a balanced approach, which will continue to enhance our already strong tradition of challenging and student-centered education while also meeting the new demands that these new drivers have placed upon education and society. What we have already found is that many of our existing practices are already in line with meeting the new exigencies.

Digital Revolution Despite being saturated with reminders, it is sometimes easy to forget how ubiquitous technology has become in our lives as well as its transformative effects on almost all areas of life. We now live in a world of continually evolving connectivity, portability, and efficiency almost unimaginable a generation ago. While the potential benefits in almost all areas of society are stunning, there are also new challenges that have emerged as well. In the face of hardware and software that can increasingly take the place of humans, today’s students must learn skills that will help them remain relevant.


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As with technology, students must understand the mechanisms and the implications of globalization. They must also be exposed to other cultures and learn how to navigate inter-cultural dynamics. Pomfret’s curriculum continues to evolve to meet these new educational challenges. In the History and English departments, there has been increased emphasis on injecting greater diversity on the societal and global level into their respective curriculum. We continue to require students to take a world language and are working to create the optimal immersive experience. Finally, we are exploring opportunities for developing programs and offerings beyond Pomfret’s campus.

The New Workplace As a result of the demands created by technology and globalization, today’s students will face a consistently shifting workplace that will value different skills and aptitudes than in the past. Keeping in mind the technological and global changes, many companies have already begun to re-examine work and models of productivity. As a result, employers are increasingly valuing abilities such as complex communication (the ability to communicate with a variety of people in a variety of ways), problem-solving, innovation, and the ability to work collaboratively. Also of increasing importance is the ability to learn new skills quickly to meet the needs of the workplace.

Dean of Teaching and Learning Patrick Andren

To meet evolution, Pomfret continues to examine the best and most relevant methods to structure pedagogy and curriculum. The English Department has moved to a more student-centered approach that places the onus on the students to lead the discussion and develop stronger communication and reasoning skills. Some teachers in the history and mathematics departments have begun work in problem- and project-based learning with the goal of creating a more comprehensive and relevant experience. The science department has modified its curriculum to an inquiry-based model that more accurately reflects problem solving as it is done in the scientific community.

Educational Neuroscience It is important that our students understand the power, promise, and limits of technology as part of their education. Many educators have not yet harnessed the potential benefits of technology. The majority of teachers still only use digital technology as a method for dispensing information. Others have provided students with an array of technology in the classroom, but with little pedagogical meaning. At Pomfret, our teachers are taking a balanced approach, exposing students to a variety of technological platforms that allow students to do more powerful and relevant work. In math and science students are using hardware and software that allow them to explore these disciplines in much greater depth. We continue to require students to take a digital arts class to give them the experience of working in a totally online environment. Document sharing, wikis, social media and other Web 2.0 tools have also emerged as new ways of engaging students in a way that has become more prevalent and relevant. All of this with the goal of developing students who are comfortable engaging with technology and adapting with it.

Globalization As with the Digital Revolution, the increasing scale and pace of globalization has created new realities all over the world. While the most obvious signs of this process come in the form of shifting patterns of goods, labor, and capital, there are also other important shifts that educators must be aware of. Media and migration have accelerated intercultural contact and are changing the composition of society. As a result, individuals must be prepared to look for opportunities in other parts of the world, be comfortable engaging with different cultures, and learn to understand and balance the demands placed upon them at the local, societal, and global levels.


Alongside, but not unrelated to all of these developments has been an explosion of scientific research in an emerging field known as educational neuroscience. Examining aspects of culture, educational theory, biology and genetics, and neuroscience, this field of research has helped developed new understandings of cognition and learning. Part of this emerging research suggests that educators must understand how the learning process is impacted by so many strands, ranging from culture and emotional state to neurology. In order to maximize student success, educators have to understand these strands and construct classrooms which maximize potential learning. In light of these new developments, Pomfret feels already well-positioned to serve the needs to its students. We will continue our strong emphasis on building a strong community as well as building strong individual relationships with students. To ensure that we continue to understand the most current ideas of educational neuroscience, we have committed additional resources to developing an understanding of the issues which affect learning. Many teachers have already introduced such strategies as goal-oriented teaching and comprehensive assessment, which help students understand better how they learn as well as accelerate their potential. Although there are significant challenges and shifts that await both the student and teacher in the coming years, at Pomfret we are energized by the commitment to evaluate and conquer challenges and, most importantly, enhance the lives of our students and their future.


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Teaching and Learning

Pomfret welcomes back Chinese Delegation of Educators


he Brown University-Shenzhen Institute for Headmasters looks to form a platform for communication between international educators to strengthen international trust, exchange and collaboration, support the pipeline of teachers and school leaders, and use research to improve policy and practice. For the second year in a row, Pomfret School was selected to host the group on campus in November. Associate Head of School Pam Mulcahy proudly comments, “The educators who visited us last year found their time at Pomfret to be the most informative and thoughtful part of their tour.” Twenty-four high school principals met with students and faculty, enjoyed a tour of campus with Pomfret’s Chinese teacher Yajuan “Sunny” Min and her AP students, attended classes, and listened to presentations by students and administrators on pedagogical choices and Pomfret’s strategic planning process.


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2 Scenes from the Flipped Classroom

“The most important feature of the Flipped Classroom at Pomfret is that all indicators see a significant shift toward a more student-centered learning environment, which is pushing students to be engaged learners in the science classroom.”

— Pomfret Science Teacher Sharon Geyer


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The Flipped Classroom Comes to Pomfret Chemistry Grades and Comments By Science Teacher Sharon Geyer The Concept


he basic idea of the Flipped Classroom method is to reverse the traditional in-class activities and homework assignments. What does this mean exactly? The typical in-class learning, such as listening to a lecture and taking class notes, is done outside the classroom in an individual learning space, while the typical homework activities, such as problemsolving and application-type exercises, are done in class as group-learning events. In the teaching of science, the Flipped concept is a good fit because we already do so many group-learning activities in the lab. Instead of assigning work from the book for homework, my students use homework time to watch instructional videos and take notes. In class, we participate in group activities, white board practice, and labs to apply the information.

The Grade At the end of the term, as I write my grades and comments for students, I must also assess the Flipped Classroom model for my three chemistry classes. I grade the concept an A, and offer extremely positive comments.

Teacher Comments The Flipped Classroom allows for self-paced acquisition of content. The nature of the instructional videos allows students to learn the content at their own pace. For a typical five-minute video, most students will take 10 or more minutes to watch it, pausing to take notes and work through embedded practice problems. Additionally, not only are the students watching the video the night it is due, they can access these resources throughout the year. Approximately half the students will watch a video two times through and the majority of the kids are using the content videos to review for quizzes. The concept also allows for increased class time and individualized instruction. In the introductory unit of the course, the extra class time gained from using the instructional videos is applied to an in depth exploration of experimental design. In the nomenclature unit, the students use class time to practice writing chemical formulas and naming compounds using a variety of card games and group activities.


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Student Comments Just as teachers are given the opportunity to assess their students at the end of each term, students are given the opportunity to assess their classes and teachers. I believe the majority of students who experienced the Flipped Classroom would agree with the “A” grade. They notice in particular the additional class time dedicated to labs and group work and the value of the instructional videos.

Here are a few comments from students:

“I feel like we get to have more lab days and less sitting in a class listening to a lecture.” “The flipped classroom allows me to stop the videos and go at my own pace when learning new material. I also like watching the videos better than reading from a textbook because it keeps me more focused.” “I can watch the video over and over again, especially preparing before a test or quiz.”

The most important feature of the Flipped Classroom at Pomfret is that all indicators see a significant shift toward a more student-centered learning environment, which is pushing students to be engaged learners in the science classroom.


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Fall Arts

Fall Theater: The Rimers of Eldritch

Fall Theater: The Rimers of Eldritch Pomfret thespians performed Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch. Set in the decaying Bible Belt town of Eldritch, Missouri, which was once a thriving coal-mining locale, the residents who remain are driven by gossip. The play centers on various relationships and focuses on the murder of a local hermit by a woman who mistakenly thinks he is committing a rape when he is actually trying to prevent one.

Cast Anna Bagley ’13 Doug Braff ’16 Zeynep Davudoglu ’14 Alex Foley ’16 Nick Fulchino ’15 Katie Gordon ’15 Sophie Hatch ’13 Maddy Hutchins ’14 Alex Koo ’16 Isabella McCarthy ’15


Lily Nason ’13 Chiamaka Oham ’14 Matt Ouellet ’15 Chris Rackey ’15 Danielle Rodriguez ’14 Anna Shoemaker ’13 Summer Staff ’15 Anh Tran ’13 Lankoo Zhang ’15


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Fall Dance Performance: 4 Pieces

Fall Dance Performance: 4 Pieces Thirteen dancers strong, Introduction to Movement students joined the afternoon dance troupe to perform 4 Pieces. According to Director of Dance Tony Guglietti, the show relates to how students watch things nowadays. It seems no one watches entire video clip on YouTube, or listens to an entire song before changing it to show their friends another similar one. They made four dances that consist of three sections each. The show is seen in a jumbled order, so we see the first section of each dance, then the second section of each dance and finally the last section of each dance.

The following students brought the stage to life: Carla Molina Arranz ’15 Camila Villegas Caballero ’14 Shandy Chen ’13 Sophia Clarke ’15 Jay Farrell ’13 Isaiah Henderson ’14 Jeffrey Iyalekhue ’14

Izzy Regine ’13 Mike Revelakis ’14 Molly Schroder ’15 Joshua Smiley ’14 Geoff Short ’13 Liana Therrien ’13


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Fall Varsity Sports

Boys Soccer Head Coach: Patrick Burke Assistant Coach: Wallace Rowe Season Record: 12 - 2 - 1 Captains: Harrison Chase ’13, Charlie Gruner ’13, and Tim Haggerty ’13 NEPSAC Senior Bowl Participants: Harrison Chase ’13 and Jay Farrell ’13 NEPSAC Junior Bowl Participant: Mark Kozlowski ’14 WNEPSSA All-Select Team: Charlie Gruner ’13 and Tim Haggerty ’13 WNEPSSA All -Select Team Honorable Mention: Harrison Chase ’13 All Norwich Bulletin Team: Tim Haggerty ’13 Connecticut All-State: Charlie Gruner ’13 and Tim Haggerty ’13 NSCAA All New England: Charlie Gruner ’13 Giblin-Mettler Award: Nick Mazzarella ’16 Wood Boy’s Soccer Bowl: Awarded to the Seniors (Class of 2013); 12 seniors who have changed the program Ray Brown Cup: For finishing second in Class B WNEPSSA (Western New England Prep School Soccer Association) Additional Team Honors: # 1 Seed in NEPSAC Class B Playoffs, Semi-Finalists in NEPSAC Class B Playoffs After a great 2011 season, the varsity soccer team was determined to take care of some “unfinished business” and return to its winning ways in 2012. From day one the team bought into our goal of making it back to the New England Class B semifinals, and throughout the season the players developed the belief that they were one of the best teams in New England. Led by twelve dedicated and talented seniors, some of their best performances came versus stiff competition from St. Mark’s, Suffield Academy, and Wilbraham & Monson. In a close loss to Worcester Academy, they proved they had the ability to play with the best and demonstrated they had become the best team “in town” with resounding wins over Hyde and Marianapolis. One of the season’s best moments came on Senior Day, when all the seniors enjoyed a fun, exciting, and dream-fulfilling victory over Tabor Academy. 42

With an 11-1-1 regular season record, the Griffins went into the New England Class B playoffs with a # 1 seed, a great accomplishment that was well deserved. In the first round of the tournament the team won a hard-earned 2-1 victory over the # 8 seeded Williston-Northampton School, but fell in the semi-finals to eventual New England Co-Champion Roxbury Latin School. It was a great season, and these coaches thank the boys for their fantastic work this fall, both on and off the field.

Girls Soccer Head Coach: Erin Fisher Assistant Coaches: Lauren Goethals and Bruce Paro Season Record: 11 - 3 - 3 Captain: Andi Nicholson ’13 Elizabeth Joy Dommers Soccer Award: Alison Horst ’13, Dylan O’Hara ’13 Captain’s Award: Carly Scott ’13 Coach’s Award: Alyson Chase ’13 All-WWNEPSSA: Andi Nicholson ’13, Roxy Barbera ’13 CT All-State: Andi Nicholson ‘13, Roxy Barbera ’13 Norwich Bulletin All-Area Team: Andi Nicholson ’13 Boston Globe All-Star: Andi Nicholson ’13
 CGSCA/XARA Coach’s Award and CGSA Adversity Award: L’or Iman Puymartin ’13 CT Senior Bowl: Andi Nicholson ’13, Roxy Barbera ’13 (top 88 Connecticut senior girls) It was a successful fall season for the girls’ varsity soccer team, finishing the season with an overall record of 11-3-3, 2nd in WWNEPSSA Class B, and quarter-finalists in the NEPSAC Class B tournament. While it was not the way the team imagined their season ending, losing in penalty kicks to Tabor in the quarterfinals, the team played one of their best games of the season in their final match, and we were extremely proud of their efforts. They left it all out on the field, which is all we could ask of them. Unfortunately, they learned first hand that the “beautiful game” is not always kind and sometimes, it requires a bit of luck. We are grateful for our senior leadership this year and want to thank our twelve seniors for their dedication and commitment to our program.

Volleyball Head Coach: Javier Alvarez Assistant Coach: Lauren Vargas Season Record: 17 - 2 Captain: Alex Adams ’13 Coaches’ Award: Juliet Lawless ’15 and C.C. Cunningham ’13 The Rosenberg Family Volleyball Award: Alex Adams ’13 The 2012 varsity volleyball team showed once again that we are one of the top teams in the prepschool league with a 17-2 record. This group of athletes worked very hard to continue the high expectations set by the teams from the previous five seasons, advancing to playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. Unfortunately, we fell to a very good Convent of the Sacred Heart team in the semi-finals. Still, I’m very proud of their work and commitment to represent Pomfret School as best as they could on and off the court, day in and day out. One thing I will remember about this team is how, besides some setbacks throughout the season, we continued performing at the highest level. The six seniors on the team contributed in many ways and their absence will be felt next year. I want to thank you for everything you did, and I want to wish you the best next year. For the players returning next year, we still have work to do and hopefully next year we’ll bring the championship to Pomfret.

Field Hockey Head Coach: Louisa Jones Assistant Coach: Erin Lanzo Season Record: 10 - 5 - 2 Captains: Lindsay Barber ’13 and Karoline Lozier ’13 Additional Team Honors: 7-2-2 in WNEPSFHA; sixth seed in the New England tournament—their first appearance since 2006. The Lisa Noble Field Hockey Award: Jordan Ginsberg ’13, Lexi Gulino ’13, Karoline Lozier ’13 NEPSAC All-Tournament Team: Lindsay Barber ’13 Norwich Bulletin All-Area Team: Jordan Ginsberg ’13 and Lexi Gulino ’13


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WNEPSFHA All-Star Team: Jordan Ginsberg ’13 and Lexi Gulino ’13 Coaches Award: Lexi Dorman ’13 Coaches Award: Amanda Kewer ’15 The Pomfret varsity field hockey team had one of their most successful seasons in recent history. The second year on the turf made the players more proficient with a greater understanding of the strategy involved to play on this surface. The players worked extremely hard, beginning in late August pre-season. The leadership of our co-captains complemented by our strong four-year players took the team to new heights. The additional senior leadership of pushed the younger players every day to their fullest potential. Our record was 10-5-2 overall and 7-2-2 in WNEPSFHA, and the team was rewarded with the sixth seed in the New England tournament—their first appearance since 2006. Congratulations to these students who were recognized at the end of the season.

Girls Cross Country Coach: Rachel Frenkil Assistant Coach: Jillian Forgue Captains: Kyra McMahon ’13 and Abby Horst ’15. The Marnie K. Keator Cross Country Award: Abby Horst ’15 MVP: Abby Horst ’15 MIP: Alex Finley ’15 Individual post-season accomplishments: Fourth place in NEPSTA New England Division III championships; two runners made it to New England All-Stars Under new head coach Rachel Frenkil and returning assistant coach Jillian Forgue, girls cross country had a very successful season. Our team was significantly bigger and faster than in previous years, which made a big difference in our competitions. From the start of season, we were competitive with many teams with much more established running programs. We had exciting wins at Marianapolis Prep and Wilbraham & Monson, and very close races at Tabor, Kingswood Oxford, Suffield and at home. Our biggest victory was at the NEPSTA New

England Division III championship race, where our top two runners came in 10th and 12th, qualifying for the all-star race, and we finished in 4th place, winning a plaque and beating every team present that we had already raced against. This race showed how much progress the girls had made in terms of physical fitness, mental preparation and team bonding. Our two all-stars competed in the New England All-Star race and came in 18th and 30th in a very competitive field. Only graduating one runner this year, the girls’ cross country team is already excited about what lies ahead next fall. Our team achieved so much this season with almost all first time runners and we can hardly imagine what is possible with summer training. We plan to continue to win races and build a name throughout the region for the girls’ cross country team at Pomfret.

Boys Cross Country Head Coach: David Ring Assistant Coach: Scott Deslongchamps Captains: Oliver Finley ’13 and Daniel Kellaway ’13 Christopher Lufkin Cross Country Award: Oliver Finley ’13 The 2012 Pomfret boys cross country season was marked by individual achievements and some surprise performances. Going into the season, we knew we’d lost our top runner from the year before. This meant there were opportunities for our returning veterans as well as for newcomers to the team. At the outset it was clear that while we had speed at the top of our roster, it would be our depth that would make us competitive. The team started strong and ended strong; and we ran well on our home course; towards the end of the season we came in second to Gunnery while beating Cheshire Academy and Hyde School. The following weekend at home we bested Hyde and Rectory before narrowly losing to season rival Wilbraham and Monson in Wilbraham. At that event we just missed beating Worcester Academy but did manage to beat a usually competitive Cushing Academy, with several season and personal bests. The season’s finale, the Division III New England Championships, was

held at Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. In an extremely competitive field of 19 schools, the varsity team finished 12th. In the junior varsity event, Pomfret was 8th out of 12 schools.

Football Head Coach: Henry Large Assistant Coaches: Brian Geyer and Steve Davis Season Record: 1 - 6 - 1 Captains: Keith Ducharme ’13, Taylor Sulik ’13, Julian O’Neill ’13, and Josh Smiley ’14 Burke Award: Kevin LeBlanc ’13 Richardson Award: Taylor Sulik ’13 Coaches Award: Keith Ducharme ’13

The 2012 football season was a solid improvement on our success last fall. While our record, 1-6-1, was not what we were hoping for, we have become a very competitive team in the league. Three of our losses were by a total of 14 points and we played two overtime games. Certainly, this year’s team has put Pomfret football on the right track and we are certainly in position to have a very good team next fall. We now turn our attention to the 2013 season; we have much to do! First, we need to work hard at contributing to our winter commitments. Also, we need to work hard in the weight room; while there will be some new players joining us next fall, both from recruiting and an undefeated JV team, it will be up to us to ensure our success next fall. Last year, our message was to believe in yourself. This year, we now commit to expectations. We will commit ourselves to fulfilling the expectations we have set for ourselves. Don’t look to others, look to yourself; you can do it, we will do it, the 2013 season begins now.


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Alumni Athletes in Action

Sean Fitzpatrick ’12

Sean Fitzpatrick ’12 competed in the US Lacrosse All-American Showcase in July at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida. The three-day event hosted by US Lacrosse and Champion featured four games with 100 of the top lacrosse players in the country from the Class of 2012. Sean’s Team Liberty finished in third place as he tallied four goals and three assists through the tournament. He took his lacrosse talents to Colby College this year. Jamie Samociuk ’11 was one of six members of the Sewanee women’s soccer team honored with Southern Athletic Association (SAA) postseason awards. She was named to the honorable-mention team.

Kirsten Therrien ’10

Kirsten Therrien ’10, a junior coxswain on Mt. Holyoke’s varsity eight crew team, competed at the historic Head of the Charles Regatta in the Collegiate Eights race on October 21, 2012. Kirsten helped lead the team to a 19th place finish (out of 26 teams) with a time of 19:13.19, which earned Lyon of the Week Award honors for the team. Laura Dunn ’05 also competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta, as a coxswain on the University of Michigan Alumnae Women’s Eight team. The team secured first place in the race, finishing in a time of 16:24.13.



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Corey Gingras ’09 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Pick

Corey Gingras ’09

Posted on the Bates College Athletic Website in November, Corey Gingras ’09, captain of the Men’s Golf team at Bates, was selected as one of eight Bates College students named to the 2012 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Fall All-Sportsmanship Team. The team is comprised of one student athlete from each institution for each sport, and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.

Pomfret Alumni Playing College Athletics during Fall 2012 Diego Briones ’12 – soccer at St. Anselm College Ellie Carver ’12 – field hockey at Centre College Drew Cobin ’12 – soccer at Central CT State University Ian Crouse ’12 – crew at University of Virginia Mackenzie Dunphy ’12 – soccer at Nazareth College Kevin Hutchinson ’12 – football at Wesleyan University Jacques Janvier ’12 – football at Springfield College Ryan Korth ’12 – football at Gettysburg College Caroline Kozlowski ’12 – soccer at Assumption College Moira MacArthur ’12 – field hockey at St. Francis Xavier University Sam Zuckerman ’12 – crew at Hobart College Tony Campione ’11 – football at St. Anselm College TJ Deary ’11 – cross country at Lake Forest College Lilah Fones ’11 – field hockey at Wesleyan University Zach Kennedy ’11 – golf at Gettysburg College Kyle Lasewicz ’11 – soccer at Bentley University Danny Metzgar ’11 – football at St. Lawrence University Jamie Samociuk ’11 – soccer at Sewanee, University of the South

Laura Alves ’10 – crew at College of the Holy Cross Leo Driscoll ’10 – football at Union College Maura Hall ’10 – soccer at College of Wooster Liam O’Neil ’10 – football at Bates College Kirsten Therrien ’10 – crew at Mt. Holyoke College Devin Cela ’09 – crew at MIT Corey Gingras ’09 – golf at Bates College Pat Loughlin ’09 – football at Denison University Editor’s Note: Following are alumni athletes who were omitted from previous seasons of Alumni Athletes in Action:

Brian Lawler ’11 – lacrosse at Babson College Ben Coulthard ’09 – ice hockey at Trinity College. As a starter goalie,

Ben achieved Student Athlete of the Week recognition and has been featured on the NESCAC website for his performance.


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“Jump Right In” Opening Chapel 2012

By School Chaplain Bobby Fisher



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y summer’s end, the mantra around my house came down to three simple letters: JRI.

I am drawn to all kinds of music, but especially contemporary music, as a creative way to explore important aspects of life and “I believe” the sacred. For me, music is a spiritual expression of human experience. It has a power to reach me unlike anything else. Some great new music came along right on time to set the stage for summer adventures; on July 3rd, my southern soul mates, the Zac Brown Band, released their brand new CD entitled, Uncaged. I jumped on it and began listening right away; instant pleasure. I am a fan of Zac Brown. He’s a southern boy from Dahlonega, Georgia, who arrived at success the hard-working, honest way. And while his music is classified as country, it is evolving and fresh, influenced by folk, jazz, reggae and rock. It’s funky and fun, thoughtful, and surprisingly hard to define or pin down. Zac Brown is an artist who seems to truly love what he does – he’s grounded in his work and guided by his music. This is clearly reflected in the line of his song On the Day That I Die, when he sings, “I believe that I was born with a song inside of me.” This song speaks to me because I share his belief; I hope this is true for each of us, whether we are singers or not! You have a song inside of you and just maybe your life is about the singing of it. This belief is the inspiration behind Zac Brown’s work to create a foundation called Southern Ground, which has established a camp for children with special needs. I recommend this entire album, but it was hard for me to get past the first song. I was hooked on it immediately and had to fight my tendency to want to listen to it on repeat and wear it out. Three simple words give life to one big idea – Jump Right In. We loaded up our family ride and headed on our summer vacation south, first to the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of South Carolina, and then to the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. During that two-week trip together, this song, and the spirit of what it suggests, took hold of us – or, at least me! It became our challenge each day. I confess that I used a Sharpie and gave my family members beach tattoos with the letters: JRI – reminders that beyond the fear of sharks and jellyfish and everything that lurks beneath the surface of the water, the simple


act of jumping right into the ocean can be pure joy! I wouldn’t call us a camping family, but the song motivated us to organize a night of camping some 4,000 feet up on Little Pisgah Mountain in North Carolina, miles and miles removed from any other people and the regular sounds of the world, just pitch black darkness around our small campfire. We felt tiny and insignificant, while also feeling alive in a big way and excited to be doing something challenging and so different. We also jumped into the freezing water of sliding rock falls in the Pisgah National Forest one morning and did a lazy tube float down a four-mile stretch of the French Broad River that afternoon. By the end of our vacation, JRI had caught on with us like wildfire – so much so that any time I hesitated to do anything, our eight-year old daughter, Tatum, would fire it right at me, “C’mon, dad — Jump Right In!” I had moved on to other songs by then, but the message remained and was becoming something much more than just a fun song to sing. While visiting Ms. Brooks (Admissions) and Mr. Clinton (Dean of Students) on Capitol Island, Maine one weekend in early August, my oldest daughter Sydney and I decided to jump the 15 feet from the old, single-lane, wooden bridge over to the Island. The tide was in, the water was up, and we were told that people did it all the time. No big deal for her; kind of a big deal for me! The late-great psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, once suggested, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” I know that jumping off a small island bridge isn’t much of a jump at all in life’s grandest scheme; but while I was standing on the railing in my bathing suit looking down at the cold Maine water that waited to receive me, it actually occurred to me that this jump was more. Jump Right In, I told myself, and I did it. Somewhere deep within, I believe Zac Brown wrote his song for moments just like this one, and, for once, I had obeyed my heart’s desire and jumped, and I was overjoyed that I did it. What is it that pushes us to those jump-off points? What is it that holds us back? As you grow up – as WE grow up – how do we develop the discernment to know when to jump and when not to jump? What bridges, speaking metaphorically, are safe to jump from and which bridges are too dangerous? How do we learn to let go and trust the water, or the circumstances, to catch us and hold us? I laugh now, thinking how once I tried to explain to my youngest daughters that it was completely fine to swim in the ocean; they did not need to worry

about sharks! Meanwhile, it was shark week on the Discovery Channel and they had actually witnessed people fishing in the surf at dusk and pulling small sand sharks up on the beach from the shallow ocean nearby. Who was I trying to fool? The water can be dangerous; it is mostly unknown, and there are absolutely no guarantees. But when you allow yourself to jump right in, you are open and alive to it all! I don’t do well with bee stings. I swell up and itch in the worst kind of way. But I also don’t live in fear of bees, at least, not often. Just a few weeks ago, I took a half-day sea-kayaking excursion with Chip Lamb (Fine Arts Chair). On a lovely morning, we drove with boats on top of his car and put them into the water an hour or so away near Groton Long Point, CT.

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After paddling for a while, we came to a tiny island that we could trek across on foot to get to a beautiful stretch of Long Island Sound. We bushwhacked our way to where I could see the Sound just in front of me, beyond some big rocks, when I felt like I had stepped in thorns. When I looked down, I realized that I had stepped on a large ground nest of bees, and they were all over me. I dropped every bit of stuff I was carrying, and, on instinct, sprinted over the rocks to the water where I had no choice but to jump right in. Without over-exaggerating, I think that jumping into the cold salt water of the Sound may have saved me. A few days later, once I could see my ankles again, I counted close to 20 stings. I shudder to think what I would have done had I not been able to jump right in. These three words have served me well, so I’m sharing them with you at the start of this school year in the hope that you and I will practice the art of jumping right in to the life that is before us. All of you students were given the privilege of coming to school here in the great hope of your parents and guardians and families that you will, in a very real sense, live the words of the song and Jump Right In. So, I ask the question today – what will that look like for you? It’s obvious and easy to say that you should jump right in to your classes and all the learning opportunities that await you. It seems so obvious to say that you should try to jump right in to your teams, whichever one that may be this fall. Jump right in to clubs and organizations; jump right in to school life and traditions. Of course! We hope and expect that for each one of you. I also know that there are deeper, quiet, quick moments where you will


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be faced with this moment to jump and these are seldom obvious and almost never easy. So, put yourself on an imaginary railing or ledge or perch in your mind, and let’s consider the courage it may take you to jump right in to whatever you are faced with, or, in some cases, the wisdom you will need to refrain from jumping. You may be a returning student or faculty, comfortable and confident in your place around the dining hall tables of friends and you witness someone new who is all alone at a table – will you jump right in to that? You may be a new student, feeling too nervous to go and sit at a table with some of your classmates – will you summon the courage to take the leap? Will you take the good risk to allow people to get to know who you are, even if

it means facing the fear of rejection? Your friend may have to face an unexpected curveball through loss or illness or making a mistake – will you be willing to let go of your own fears and jump in to be a friend who cares and helps? Maybe it’s you who gets the curveball thrown at you – will you choose to avoid it, or will you face it with courage, humility, and heart? Will you jump into the moral moment when it comes your way and take a stand and say no? Will you resist jumping into the easy waters of immaturity, insensitivity, and selfishness and keep from speaking the unkind word or calling the mean name? Will you stand at the ledge of your own peer group and risk jumping into new waters by inviting and allowing others in? Will you take full

advantage of the chances to know you are really alive by jumping into things that will be hard and challenging? Will you risk asking for help, even if it reveals your fears or your weaknesses? These are questions worth asking now because the invitation to jump right in is always right in front of us. The American poet, Alberto Rios, delivered his inaugural poem for former Governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano on the occasion of her second inauguration in 2007; excerpts from the poem, “A Sustainable Courage,” are perfect words for us to hear and struggle with today.

Is it good, the ripple that happens in our wake? … We know that yesterday has made us and tomorrow will receive us, No matter what. But have we earned our way? When we give water to each other, will we replace it, too? When we breathe the air, will we keep it clean? Every day, What we do extends us, me to you, you to me, neighbor to neighbor, All of us in action. All of us affected. We have learned – And learning is everything – that even the smallest act matters. We are all students opening the book of our past and reading The possibility of our future: …

And, I want to add, this is the real challenge for you and me: Can we look back after we have jumped or not jumped and ask the words; is it good, the ripple that happens in our wake? I hope the ripples that our jumps will cause in each of our lives and in this community will be good

ones. I wish for each of you the courage to jump when your heart says go; I wish you the will to follow your head when you think you know what that good thing is: Jump! And know that when you do – when you take that risk and find that the outcome is not just what you had hoped for or expected, then trust that not only will you survive it, but also you may actually see the jump as worthwhile.

If you don’t jump at all, you’ll never know.


Jump Right In! Amen.


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Pomfret Welcomes new Faculty to Campus New members of the Pomfret community share their first impressions (l-r) : Steve Davis

Director of Diversity and Community Relations Pennsylvania State University – B.S. American International College – M.A

course, my favorite moment so far is the girls’ Cross Country team’s surprise fourth place finish (out of 22 teams) at the NEPSTA Division III championship.” Erin Lanzo

English University of Virginia – B.A., M.A.

Focus Group sessions has been awesome!”

“One of my favorite moments was while coaching this fall: After the varsity field hockey team played a tough game against Berkshire, we told them they’d made the New England playoffs for the first time in several years. Watching their reactions – the excitement and celebration – was awesome.”

Becky Zavisza

Sossan Al-Darraji

.“Reading the student responses from the Community

Assistant Director of Admissions & Girls Varsity Hockey Head Coach Boston College – B.A.

Assistant Athletic Trainer Keene State – B.S.

“I love when families come back to the Admissions office after their tours and comment on our great community. The compliments about our school make me grateful for having the opportunity to work at such a great place.”

“During the home playoff events, the students rallied together to black out both the gymnasium and the turf field in support of their fellow classmates. What was most impressive was their spirit and cheer was thoughtful and respectful.”

Lauren (Merry) Goethals ’04

Lauren Vargas

History Colby College – B.A. Lesley University – M.Ed

“I enjoy re-experiencing Pomfret traditions as a faculty member. I clearly remember senior chapel and the sundial ceremony as a student, but being able to experience them again several years later and knowing what students have ahead of them is a really wonderful experience.”

History Harvard University – B.A. Yale University – M.A.

“Watching the girls volleyball team make it to the semi-finals was amazing. We had such a great season and to have it end in the playoff games was really exciting.” Chris Fogg

Rachel Frenkil

Assistant Director of Admissions Connecticut College – B. A.

. “I love being at Pomfret. The faculty is so supportive and the

“My favorite moment at Pomfret this fall was having the boys in my dorm over for nacho night. My least favorite moment was cleaning up after nacho night.”

Spanish, Girls Cross Country Head Coach Colby College – B.A

students keep me energized. I enjoy the weekly Spanish table where Spanish students of all levels get together to speak casual Spanish. Of



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Chris Atwood “…makes haste to be kind” Longtime faculty member crafts meaningful woodcarvings for Pomfret

“Dear Friends, We know that life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. So be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” — Henri Frederic Amiel, 1821-1881


o you recognize these words? For those who have attended a Pomfret Chapel service during the past 10 years, it is likely this verse is engrained in your memory, as School Chaplain Bobby Fisher closes each service with the influential benediction. Thanks to longtime faculty member and woodcarver Chris Atwood, the meticulously carved words now serve as visual inspiration inside Clark Memorial Chapel.

As digital arts chair and director of academic technology, Chris has a clear passion for his multiple roles at Pomfret – educating both students and adults. In between strategic planning research and enhancing technology in Pomfret’s classrooms during the summer, he headed north to his shop in Vermont to craft a beautiful woodcarving of the blessing. A quiet gentleman who avoids recognition, this is actually one of many pieces Chris has carved for Pomfret. (Ironically, one of his carvings is referenced by alumna Cay Townsend in “Give Africa a Chance” on page 20.) Chris was looking for a project to keep his skills and hands alive and because Bobby’s benediction has become part of the fabric of Pomfret, he thought, “why not preserve it?” Working with Bobby to trim the quote, choose the size of the board and lettering, and choose the best placement inside Clark Chapel, the project was underway. However, when Chris was within 18 letters of completing the 152-character piece, he realized a slight error. He carved a lower case letter when it should have been upper case, which meant hours of extra work. “You see, in order to prevent oily hands from staining the wood while carving, I have to cover the board’s face and carve through a hole in a mat,” confirms Chris. “So I don’t often remove the mat to see the entire board, only what I need – thus relying on my layout for accuracy. Once I found this flaw, I flipped the board over and started again. You can’t erase or press the delete key. There can be no mistakes. That size letter, in Trajan, in that wood, takes about 15 minutes to carve per letter on average. If you were to see the back of the panel in the chapel, you’ll find the original carving.”

Chris has been developing his skill since 1987 when he watched Pomfret woodworker Dave Cristina (husband of Jean Cristina, math teacher from 1988-90) carve letters into a new school podium. “Although I had never picked up a chisel for carving text, I immediately fell in love with this craft,” reflects Chris. “It was one of those quietly transformative moments. I knew that I could teach myself and really hone the skills for a lifetime.” Chris admits that his earliest pieces “were pretty awful” compared to what he is able to carve today, “but I never lost my confidence in the process. I knew it would take years to improve and I was ready for the commitment.” In addition to the pieces Chris has created for Pomfret, he has had the pleasure of carving family credos. He remembers one in particular for a family in Michigan that he never met: “To love another person is to see the face of God,” from Les Misérables. Evidently, the mother of the family was involved with Hallmark and complimented Chris on his control inside each letter, staying true to the letterform. Chris recalls, “That encouraged me to keep refining my skills in various letter sizes and woods,” which include: purple heart, rock maple, quilted maple, walnut, cherry, mahogany, basswood, satinwood, wenge, cedar, and butternut. “On this school schedule, I cannot actively pursue professional songwriters for an opportunity to carve their lyrics,” confirms Chris. “Maybe that day will come. I also feel there will always be opportunities to create panels for corporations and schools like Pomfret. Someday, this will be all I do. My dream project is to carve a very large panel, say 14 feet tall and nine feet wide in three-four inch thick mahogany with some significant text.” The next time you enter Clark Memorial Chapel, shift your eyes toward the stairway that leads to the balcony and you will see the wonderful work of a passionate member of Pomfret’s faculty, who “makes haste to be kind.”

Pomfret Woodcarvings by Chris Atwood 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Six quotation boards Admissions welcome sign A number of captains boards Diplomacy board Headmaster Brad Hastings’ farewell gift Vietnam memorial plaque in the Clark Chapel 62 mahogany single word boards

To see more of Chris’ work, visit his website:


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Fall Service Helps Hunger and Cancer Awareness Initiatives Pomfret Students Receive Regional Service Award The Access Agency in Danielson, CT, recently honored Pomfret students for their support of the organization. The community service team raised money through Pomfret concession stand sales and the Holiday Gift Giving program. This is a regional award given by the Access Agency, which is a federal and state designated Community Action Agency serving eastern Connecticut (about 25% of the state). Congratulations to Kokou Alasse ’13, Darren Estrada ’15, Chloe Gillespie ’14, Kari Kolderup ’14, Kevin Pimentel ’14 and Griff Richards ’13.


Sophomore Community Service Team Provides Thanksgiving Dinner to Many Local Families Congratulations to members of the Class of 2015 – Molly Schroder, Cassie Hayward, Tim Offei-Addo, Gena LaBeef, Lucy Richards, and Mauritz von Wedemeyer – for their hard work in making the Holiday Food drive a success. Collecting close to $1000 through a “dress down” fundraiser, they spent an afternoon at a local grocery store purchasing food and coordinating delivery to area food kitchens. According to Pomfret’s Service Director Anne Richards, the contributions by students and faculty provided full Thanksgiving dinners for many families through the Access Agency and the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG).


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Field Hockey Team Goes Pink in 11th Year of Supporting of Breast Cancer Awareness A worthy initiative that began during the fall 2000 field hockey season is now an annual tradition at Pomfret. During the first week of October, the varsity field hockey team, led by Head Coach Louisa Jones, spearheads a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Selling pink ribbons, which entitle its bearer to a dress down day, the field hockey program has raised over $14,500 in 11 years. “We began this effort because National Denim Day really started to gain a lot of powerful press,” explains Louisa. “Our determination grew when one of my former assistant coaches was diagnosed with the disease in 2005. We have had numerous players with relatives who have been afflicted with this terrible illness, so it has really grown into a passion for my team each fall, and our community responds with open arms each year.”

Griffin Gallop Raises Funds for Pomfret’s Relay for Life Campaign More than 90 members of the Pomfret School community gathered on Sunday, November 4th, to walk, amble, jog, and race around the 5K Griffin Gallop race course. Now in its eighth year, the Griffin Gallop, a charity event created in 2005 by Pomfret’s Class of 2007, raises funds for the School’s Relay for Life campaign. Marketed as “The Race to Fund a Cure,” the Griffin Gallop has raised more than $13,000 over the years in support of the good work of the American Cancer Society. English faculty member Greg Rossolimo, an avid runner and perennial champion of the Griffin Gallop, won the running race in a time just beyond 18 minutes, and sophomore Carl Ellerkamp was the top student finisher. Though a short and relatively flat course, the Griffin Gallop serves as a reminder of the marathon battle of cancer patients and survivors, and it is a healthy way to demonstrate the community’s commitment to service beyond self.


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Class Notes


lass Notes featured in this issue were received prior to October 15, 2012. Notes received after this date will be published in the Winter 2012-13 issue. Class notes are encouraged and appreciated. Please submit via your Class Agent, the Pomfret School website, or by e-mail to: Debby Thurston, Class Notes Editor, at We welcome appropriate news items and photographs from all alumni and friends. Please note that not all submissions are guaranteed to appear based upon subject matter, photo reproduction quality, and space availability. Also, we reserve the right to edit for consistency and style but we will give every consideration to each author’s individual writing style.



No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.



No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.

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70th Reunion


Seth B. French, Jr.


75th Reunion

(Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENT:

Wyatt Garfield


(Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12)

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Henry W. Mellen,

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William P. Rowland,

1940 No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.


Robert A. Brunker,



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Class Agent: Solicits financial support for the School, gathers news for Class Notes Class Secretary: Makes social contacts, gathers news for Class Notes


Stu Bracken, Winslow Cady, Tony LaPalme, 207-967-4582

Six members of the Class of 1949 celebrated birthdays in August: Dick Feldon, Bindy Banker, Tony LaPalme, Roger Chappelka, John Flender, and both Arthur Hall and Tom Richards celebrated his birthday on September 15th, George Blagden on October 6th, and Win Carrick on October 16th. Best wishes to all of you! Tom greatly enjoyed flying fighters off of carriers while he was in the Navy. Stu Bracken was selected for river security for the Head of the Charles in Boston in October 2012 and as a marshall for the US Open in Philadelphia next year.


William O. Sumner,

Bert Welling wrote, “My wife and I keep quite active. In January and early February 2012 we visited the Sea of Cortez with Lindblad on their small 60 person boat to see whales and hike the dunes of the Baja. Lots of whales – grey, humpback and blue – “spy hopping,” breaching, etc. We petted some young grey whales as they came close to our zodiac. Amazing trip. Then in late April/early May we visited our younger son in Ponte Vedra Beach and went to the TPC Sawgrass tournament. We also spent a week on Hilton Head Island. Lots


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of golf this past summer. I’m still thinking about where we will go for a trip next year, certainly to California to see our older son, and Florida to see our younger son, along with their wives and our grandkids.”


No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.


Charles V. Henry III,

Donald Nelson wrote, “I am the President of the Temple Symphony Orchestra, a regional orchestra that mounts six concerts in Temple and four in Georgetown, TX as well as doing tours for retired doctors, dentists and other medical workers. I am also involved with the Temple Chamber of Commerce on a project to renew downtown Temple. The city is a major Texas/national/international medical center providing medical services to a huge area of Central Texas; it operates hospitals, clinics and a health plan. I was Director of Public Affairs there for 20 years. I love to volunteer to pay back the many good things that have happened to me in my life.”


60th Reunion (Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENTS:

Frederick K. Gaston III, Edward K. McCagg,


Chester K. Lasell, William H. O’Brien III,

Sylvia and David Seymour moved into a new retirement home, called The Long Presbyterian Community, at the end of January 2012. The home is on the outskirts of Lancaster City, PA. They love living there because they are close to the excellent cultural life of the city, no longer have the upkeep of a big house, and they are enjoying many new friendships. John Paine wrote, “I continue to work as a consultant for the business lobbying organization, London First; top of our agenda currently is London’s shortage of airport capacity. I’m also doing some voluntary work for Opera Rara (the opera recording business) and for a trust aiming to find studios at affordable rents for young artists. My wife Jackie and I spend time every spring in the Seychelles, and went to Cape Verde and West Africa on a cruise in October 2012.”

Ben Harris reported, “Albeit a hard thing for a lawyer to do, I am now fully retired. Funny thing, that makes golf all the more important, but the game just deteriorates month to month! Children and grandchildren (now four) produce distraction and joy. Rhode Island in the summer and South Carolina in the winter provide my version of diversity.” Pete Tower wrote, “Although it is sad to see that we have recently lost several classmates, including Jipper, Vic, and Jay, we still have energetic survivors who can be counted upon to attend five-year reunions. Our class can be proud of Ben Harris, Chet Lasell, and Brad Straus, who have served the School magnificently as trustees. Bill O’Brien is another enthusiastic supporter. I’m sure we’ll all be there for our 60th (!) in 2014.” Brad Straus wrote, “After eight winters in the desert, Diane and I are leaving Scottsdale, AZ and moving to Fort Myers, FL. Summer will still be spent in Boston and Ogunquit, ME. Our lives seem to be consumed with keeping up with our real estate – this has to be the last move.”


John J. Huss, William A.W. Stewart III, CLASS SECRETARY:

E. Brooks Robbins,

John Huss reported, “I am thoroughly enjoying the good company of my first grandchild, Xavier Schuyler Huss, born March 2012 to my son Rob Huss ’96. Rob, his wife Carroll, and Xavier live in Essex MA, just a ten minute drive from our home in Manchester-by-the-Sea. I can’t believe how much fun a five month old can be, plus he knows that sooner or later someone will come and take him home! While at the New England Senior Slams Grass Court Tennis Championship in September at my club, the Essex County Club, I spotted a player with the Pomfret emblem on his shorts. It turned out to be Pomfret’s boys varsity tennis coach Tad Chase, who was competing in doubles. It was fun to see Tad and catch up on all the good news coming from the campus. It’s quite obvious the school is flourishing under the leadership of new head Tim Richards.”


No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.


Horace H. Work,


55th Reunion (Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENT:

Galen N. Griffin,

Patty and Galen Griffin visited Botswana and South Africa in September 2012. This was their fourth (and final) trip to various parts of Africa to see the incredible birds and animals of that under-appreciated continent. It is an experience they would highly recommend to any and all. Their favorite areas (for different reasons) would be the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana for game viewing, and the “winelands” of South Africa around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl which have to be the most beautiful setting for vineyards in the entire world.


Jeb N. Embree,

Bob Olmsted reports that he has five grandchildren at the Park School in Brookline, MA; his daughter, Kate Olmsted ’89, is on the board of trustees at the school.


Benjamin A. Fairbank, Jr.,


George M. Walker,


I. Howell Mallory, David J. Watkins,


50th Reunion (Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENTS:

Charles W. Fleischmann, Anthony C. Lame, CLASS SECRETARY:

Charles W. Fleischmann

Carlie Fleischmann reported, “We are working on plans for our 50th reunion this coming May 10-12 with thanks in large part to the organiza55

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1963 — (l-r): Jad Dix ’96, Jake Hodges, David Hodges ’63, and John Dix ’64 at a father-son tennis match in Ashland, OR

tional skills of Dick Fates. Already we have a good number of classmates who have indicated their intention to be on campus. So far, likely attendees are Ned Goodhue, Milo Hamilton, Jon Russell, Götz Schreiber (maybe), Ted Swenson, Tony Lame, Dick Fates, John Griswold, Owen Williams, Deke Simon, Chip Makowsky, Drew Otocka, Walt Rowson, Marc Appleton, Larry Reed, Chris Klose, Allen Gilbert, Seth French, Blake Brown, and myself. More information will be forthcoming and we hope as many of our class as are able will be able to make it back to Pomfret.” Dan Poor reported, “We have moved in to our new house and out of the one we rented during construction. This took about six weeks as we moved in before the contractors were through. Now it is up to us to finish painting the second coat outside and touch up inside paint, get doors and windows trimmed and floors down in three rooms, and figure out where everything is going to live for the rest of our stay at this address. A long haul and more expensive than we’d wanted, but we are pleased with the result. It was fun having a former student as foreman of the construction crew and a parent of an elementary school classmate of our daughter’s on the crew as well. Deke Simon wrote, “I recommend career changes – they’re invigorating and challenging. I’ve got about 700 hours remaining on the 3000 I need to take the California Marriage/Family Therapist exam and qualify for licensure. Meanwhile I’m working with individuals, couples, and teens, and I love it (most days). Looking forward to seeing classmates in May of 2013.”


1964 — (l-r): 1964 alumni Flash Fuller, John Dix, Matt Hobbs, Paul Fowler, and Paul Steege at a reception at Matt’s condo in support of his appearance at the San Francisco Symphony


sign work for her former employer, Western Connecticut State University.”


Peter W. Clement, John A. Dix, Charles W. Findlay, Paul D. Fowler,


John Dix wrote, “My son, Jad Dix ’96, and David Hodges ’63 were playing doubles tennis in Ashland, OR for several months on a regular basis before it became known that each had gone to Pomfret, and that David and I played on the tennis team together at some point, and his tennis partner was my son. How cool and what a coincidence!!”



William A. Hastings,


No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.


Members of the class of 1964 held a design charrette in San Francisco, hosted by Flash Fuller, to plan for the 50th reunion project. While in the area they were able to take in Matt Hobb’s concert at the San Francisco Symphony and enjoy some time reconnecting. Frank Paine wrote, “The major event of my life has been retirement, followed by my wife’s retirement (44 years), and our subsequent move to Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. We bought a house (no mortgage! hooray!) in the historical district of this small but picturesque town, and moved in on May 8, 2012. We would welcome contact from other Pomfret folks at any time they happen to come this way. Retirement does not mean idleness. As some of my classmates know, I’ve been an active singer for about twenty years, and I’m busy looking for gigs up here. I also had a small role (Panthino) in a production of Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, on the strength of which I have been invited onto the board of the sponsoring company, Advice to the Players. So I’ve been staying busy and having fun, and my wife also has been busy with some freelance de-

Michael S. Petty,

In September 2012 John Charnay was appointed Director of Advancement and Marketing at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills, CA. John was previously CEO of Charnay & Associates, a fundraising, marketing, public relations and business development firm in Los Angeles.


45th Reunion (Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENTS:

Gregory W. Melville, Robert R. Rich,


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Richard G. Levin,

Charles Hinckley was pleased to announce his first grandchild, John David Kinn, was born on November 9, 2011; it was his mother’s birthday present!


Richard A. Bensen, Gilbert H. Judson,


Jacques P. Bailhe,

Bob McChesney has a new book coming out in 2013 entitled Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy (New Press).


James M. Bergantz, Milton L. Butts,

George Santiago reported, “I just wanted let everyone know that I would love to connect with any Pomfret alumni who work in New York City or live in Fairfield County, CT. I’ve been at Amazon for four years in digital advertising sales and really enjoy it. I also enjoy staying connected with Pomfret by serving on the Alumni Association Executive Committee and encourage any likeminded alumni to participate as well. On a personal note, my son is graduating high school and my daughter is graduating college (go Tar Heels!) this year …where did the time go?”


Richard S. Cody, Michael R. Nelson,

Mary Paganelli wrote, “Greetings to all my classmates! I’m still here in sunny Tucson, Arizona. My new book, Food Lovers’ Guide to Tucson, will be published by Globe Pequot Press in October 2012 – it was great fun to write. I made it back east this summer to visit my sister, Carla Paganelli Solomon ’78; she is a psychologist in private practice in Westchester, NY and mom to twin girls and a boy. I am still working for the non-profit organization Tohono O’odham Community Action and will be developing and editing a new magazine, Native Foodways Magazine, slated to debut in 2013.”

Thomas Benton was cast in two off-Broadway shows at TBG Theatre in New York City this past fall: Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance (October 2-28) and Frank Wedekind’s Spring’s Awakening (October 8-November 4).


Robert K. Mullarkey,


Linnea Corwin Elrington, Monique Lowery Foster, CLASS SECRETARY:

Martha K. Murphy,

David Hall wrote, “After spending three years in Seoul, Korea as the Commander of US Army Garrison Yongsan and spending the past twelve months as Chief of Basing & Facilities in Kabul, Afghanistan, I am back in the Pentagon concluding a thirty-year career in the Army. It’s been wonderful, but it’s time to move on. Next milestone: attending both Pomfret and West Point reunions!”




40th Reunion


Eric L. Foster,

John B. Leeming, Elwood E. Leonard,


(Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENTS:

David A. Rosen,

Lori Ann Heidelberger wrote, “Hi all! I just wanted to drop a line to everyone. I have been trying to find my classmates so we can all get together for our 40th class reunion. You can pick me up off the floor now and resuscitate me ... better still, put me in a time machine and make me young again! Anyway, how about we all make it a point to return to our ‘old stomping grounds’ for some fun? I will continue to try to contact as many of my classmates as I can; if anyone wants to help, feel free. Take care and see you in May 2013!”


David D. Dixon,


Andre B. Burgess, Timothy S. Matthews,

Aarne Laine wrote, “Since one year ago, I have been living in Shanghai, China. I work as regional manager for North East Asia, responsible for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia, South Korea and Japan. My main purpose is to build up middle management training for the region. I’m working for a truck company called Scania; we build the world’s most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly trucks. Of course we are also the world’s most expensive trucks, and have a market in every part of the world except for the USA. Why not? How important is fuel efficiency and environmental issues for an American truck driver?”


35th Reunion CLASS AGENT:

Mark S. Breen,

From Mark Breen: It’s been 35 years since we started our years at Pomfret. It’s time to think about the reunion weekend next May, and meanwhile, share some notes and stories.


Sarah Armstrong Scheide,


Ronald A. Levene, Johanna M. Moffitt,


30th Reunion (Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENT:

Wendy Reeder Enelow, Timothy T. Robinson,

Sarah and Tim Eustis and their two boys have returned from Paris after three years. Both of them will be working in western Massachusetts at family hotels, and will be working hard not to lose their French. Tim officially regrets dropping third year French after his sophomore year and thanks Mr. Oudin for all that he taught him. “En fait, it came in handy. Merci.”


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1983 — Wendy and Jim Enelow ’83 (left) in Hollywood with Ned Hallowell ’83

1983 — (l-r): Wendy Enelow ’83, Henry Enelow, George Enelow, Kohler Wood, Lisa Wood ’83, Pierson Wood, Ben Enelow and Jim Enelow ’83 in Sun Valley, ID

1983 — (l-r): Fred, Henry, Sarah, and Tim Eustis ’83 at La Cote 2000, a ski resort near Megeve, France

Wendy Reeder Enelow wrote, “Our family had their annual visit with Lisa Wood and her boys in Sun Valley, ID this past summer. It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to our 30th reunion. We also spent a great weekend in Los Angeles with Ned Hallowell. He showed us all of the sights and we even met some stars! We hope to see him and Sarah, his girlfriend, again soon.”


Christian B. Brown, Jeffrey P. Curran,

Will Russell wrote, “Since returning from Prague at the end of 2000, where I was the curator of the Lobkowicz Collections for four years, I have been working for the auction house Christie’s, running the Sculpture Department. Outside of work, I try


1987 — Lisa Walsh McGee ’87 launched her new magazine in September 2012

to escape New York City by spending as much time as possible in both Tuxedo Park and a farm in Bohemia.”


Heather Julian,


Jeffrey H. Connor, David R. Salomon,

1988 — The children of Simon & Adair Byers Scott ’88: Schyler, Annabelle, and their new baby brother Jack


Katharine B. Cowperthwait, Jonathan L. Hart,

Lisa Walsh McGee wrote, “I’m very proud to announce my brand new venture – ISLE Magazine ( – which was launched on September 19, 2012. It’s all about Ireland – travel, arts and crafts, food and drink producers, chefs, entrepreneurs and much more. We are on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest … do take a look!”

Elisabeth Harrington wrote, “I love my new position as Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Evergreen School District, Vancouver, WA. I still live in Portland, OR with my daughters Emily and Sophie.”


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Ginny and Marshall Eaton ’70 traveled to Silver Springs, MD on August 19, 2012 to have dinner with some Pomfret School alumni. They have been meeting regularly since 2003. (l-r): Jeffrey Dennis ’82, Brooke Toni ’86, Michelle Roberts ’87, Elena Irick ’12, Marshall Eaton ’70, LaKecia Footman-Miller ’82, John Irick ’65, and Dacque Tirado ’92. Missing from photo: Scott Baker ’87


25th Reunion (Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENT:

Elizabeth Tilt Weiner,

Adair Byers Scott announced, “On February 19, 2012 we welcomed John Brady ‘Jack’ Scott into the world. Life continues to be super busy but so much fun! I hope that everyone is well and looking forward to our 25th reunion.” Simon and Alexis Howard Buckley joyfully announce the birth of their baby girl, Theodora Elizabeth Buckley, who was born on July 22, 2012.


Nathaniel M. Peirce, K. Kelsey Hubbard Rollinson, Catherine Moriarty Whittier,

Toby Metcalf wrote, “Nate Burnes and I played hockey for Pomfret; Nate was captain our senior year. Our families live in Natick, MA and I am proud to write that hockey is still a large part of our lives. Nate and I coach multiple teams for the

Natick Comets Hockey Club and my daughter Madeline and Nate’s daughter Molly are linemates on the U12 team.” Sam Keator wrote, “I am enjoying my third year teaching in the history department at Northfield Mount Hermon. I reside on campus with my wife Jennifer and our three daughters, Rebekah (12), Marina (10), and Sarah (5). I am looking forward to returning to Pomfret this winter with the NMH girls’ varsity hockey team. Best wishes to all at Pomfret!!”


Marcus W. Acheson, Rachel Baime, Laura Cowperthwait Funkhouser, Jonathan G. Gengras,

Hardin Gray has released a rock single entitled “Losing Ourselves” and it is available on iTunes, Amazon, and GooglePlay.

1990 — The latest music single from Hardin Gray ’90

David Gulden, environmentalist and wildlife photographer, has compiled a book of photos entitled The Centre Cannot Hold, which was released in October 2012. He has spent the past twenty years in Africa studying alongside Peter Beard ’56 and this book captures the incredible animals and declining landscape of that continent. 59

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1991 — Lorenzo Borghese ’91 was a contestant on the reality TV show ‘Celebrity Big Brother UK’


Laurence N. Hale, Abigail Gardiner Silk, CLASS SECRETARY:

Caroline E. Waterlow,

Bruce Adams reported, “I returned to law practice in September 2012 when I started in a new position as Deputy Legal Counsel for Connecticut Governor Malloy. Couldn’t be happier.” Lorenzo Borghese wrote, “I just finished being on my third reality show, Celebrity Big Brother, in the UK. Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and I represented the USA. It was a rough three weeks as I was stripped away from my cell phone, computer, iPod, watch, and had no access to the outside world. I also had to do very unnatural things such as ballet (I can’t dance) and stand in a gstring with 20 plungers attached to me. Besides these ‘fun’ tasks, I had the opportunity to converse with twelve strangers for 22 days in confined quarters which I called the nut house. It was a rewarding experience but one I will most likely never do again. Funny thing is, although I didn’t get along with all my housemates, I was glad I got to meet them and learn about their lives. The experience made me appreciate my job, technology, and my family and friends more than ever. That said, I remind you all to realize how fortunate you all are.”


Diana Heide Fredericks, Samuel L. Goldworm Kate Green Ripple, David Wyatt Wartels,


1994 — Donna McCord ’94 (right) and Megan Costello celebrated their marriage last year


20th Reunion

(Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENTS:

Michael G. Farina, Sarah M. Flournoy,

1994 — Edward Wartels ’94 and Jessica Schoenholtz ’95 bumped into each other during a recent tour of the World Trade Center construction in New York City

Congratulations to Dirk and Erika Wiquist Fillpot, who welcomed their daughter, Riley Ann, into their family on August 14, 2012. Erika reports Riley is healthy and doing great – “big brother Cole loves to snuggle his baby sister and give her kisses!”


Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose left Lakeshore Entertainment in August 2012 for her new role as President of International Sales at Voltage Pictures. Founded in 2005, Voltage Pictures is an international sales, finance and production operation created by veteran sales agent and Academy Award winner Nicolas Chartier and producer Dean Devlin. Devlin wrote and produced such notable blockbusters as Independence Day, Godzilla, Stargate and The Patriot. In March 2010, Voltage produced and financed the Academy Award-winning movie The Hurt Locker, directed by Kathryn Bigelow.


Grant DeNapoli wrote, “I’m still living in Chicago and working as a soybean options trader. I’m working on a new record that will be out early 2013. If anyone who would like a copy of the new album, please contact me.”

Donna McCord announced, “I am very happy to announce my marriage to Megan Costello on September 24, 2011. Meredith Kearns ’95 and Indrani deSilva ’93 were both in attendance for the celebration.”

Karrie M. Amsler, David Levin, Edward W. Wartels, Timothy L. Whipple,

Congratulations to Steve DeFalco, whose company, Tradition Homes LLC, was named Washington Business Journal’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Washington, DC area for 2012.


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Miriam Jamron Baskies, Lindsay Larsen, Joanna Kontoudakis, Hadley Weiss Rosen, CLASS SECRETARIES:

Wheeler Simmons Griffith, Maurice P. Kane, Kyle V. Ritchie

Congratulations to Evan Jahn, who was married to Julie Smith on June 2, 2012 in Chicago, IL. Dave Murray was also in attendance at the wedding.


15th Reunion

1995 — Brooks Halliday Mettler, son of Barrett & Nick Mettler ’95, was born February 15, 2012

(Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENTS:

John E. Evans III, Christopher F. Hale, Stacy Durbin Nieuwoudt, Livia Skelly-Dorn Roustan, Sarah L. Welch,


Carson T. Baker, Whitney A. Cook, Nicholas D. Mettler, Allison Glassman Reiner, Robert E. Thebault, Daniel J. Thompson,

Jessica Schoenholtz is engaged to be married to Mark Murphy. They are planning a wedding in 2013. Congratulations to Barrett, Spence and Nick Mettler, who welcomed a baby boy, Brooks Halliday Mettler, to the family on February 15, 2012.

1997 — Julie & Evan Jahn ’97 were married June 2, 2012


M. Anderson Bottomy, Hillary H. Lewis, Michael A. Newton, Rebecca Holt Squires,

Stacy Durbin Nieuwoudt wrote, “Hard to believe it has been nearly 15 years since leaving the hilltop! I am still enjoying my work at Surveyor Capital (Citadel, LLC) as a senior energy analyst. We love living in San Francisco and can be found almost every weekend sailing on the Bay.” Congratulations to JD Rogers and Rachel Schoppe ’02, who were married on September 15, 2012 in Gloucester, MA. Many Pomfret alumni and their parents were in attendance, including Alexis Schoppe Cronk ’96, Marc Petz ’97, Justin Willis ’97, Trevor Rees, Kip Hale, Conor O’Malley, Sarah Welch, Amanda Schoppe ’99, Jordan Willis ’00, Juliet Ross ’02, Stacey Rogers ’02, Lauren Jerr ’02, Chelsea Weiss Baum ’03, and faculty member Jim Rees and his wife Diane.

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Rene Patnode wrote, “I just began my sixth year as a PhD student in sociology at UC San Diego. I’m spending the year living in the city of Nanjing, China, doing research fieldwork for my dissertation on political education in Chinese universities. I envy the current students at Pomfret who are able to begin studying Chinese in high school although I definitely enjoyed my time in the French classes of Mr. Rees and Mr. Oudin.” Congratulations to Anne and Matthew Atwood, who welcomed their second child and son, William Thomas Atwood, on September 12, 2012.


Hilary M. Gerson, Susannah Miragliuolo,

Amy Takazaki wrote, “On September 2, 2012 I married my best friend and soul mate, James Sinclair, in Los Angeles, CA. We then honeymooned in San Francisco and Monterey, CA. Currently we live in Pasadena, CA. I am working as an orthopaedic specialist in physical therapy for Kaiser Permanente, a large health maintenance organization, and James is a researcher in the department of university advancement at USC.”

1999 — Piper Mair Romaniello and big sister Brooklynn Anne, children of Jerry & Tiffany Hayes Romaniello ’99

Andy Butler is the coach for the girls’ soccer team at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, MA, and for the women’s club team at Northeastern University in Boston. He and his wife are expecting their first baby in April 2013. 2000 — Amy Takazaki ’00 and James Sinclair were married September 2, 2012

Anders Vercelli is a student at New York University in the graduate music education program.

1999 — Theodore Alphonso Jones IV, son of Michaela Brown ’99, was born on September 12, 2012


Lindsey Boardman Duerr, Timothy A. Patrick, Jr., Alysa Hill Paul, Katrin Urban, Kelly L. Wentworth,


Joe Horton wrote, “I recently graduated from Boston College Law School in May 2012 and am currently awaiting my Bar results from NY and MA. Once I pass I will be re-entering the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant in the JAG Corps sometime in January 2013. In the meantime, I am working in Dedham, MA as Norfolk County’s Veterans’ Services Advocate aiding veterans in the greater Boston area.” Tiffany Hayes Romaniello announced, “Piper Mair Romaniello was born on September 9, 2012 at 10 lbs. 4 oz. and 22 1/2 inches long! Our oldest, Brooklynn Anne Romaniello, is 21 months and a very proud big sister. Everyone is very much in love and enjoying another new adventure in our lives!” Congratulations to Michaela Brown, who is enjoying her new little bundle of joy, Theodore Alphonzo Jones IV. He was born on September 12, 2012.


Alexandra T. Arguimbau, Andrew C. Brown, Caitlin E. Rogers, Wendell Smith Scarisbrick,


Samuel A. Appleton, Christina Galanti Dickson, Jo Anna Galanti Fellon, Michael J. Krents, John P. Lindsey, William E. Walker II, Christopher J. Watkins, William R. Wentworth,

Taryn Mroczkowski reported, “I’m moving to VEGAS!!! I accepted a job as a Mechanical Engineer to design fitness equipment for a brand new company called BILT by Agassi & Reyes.” Heidi Ruggeri is pleased to announce that she and


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2002 — Mia Wiessner ’02 and her new husband Warwick Olney

2004 — (l-r): Class of 2004 alumni Nick Gaube, Dan McGloine, Chris Syrek, and Xander Jones with Pomfret faculty member and their form dean Lindsay Lehmann (center)


Sung Min Choo, Christian T. Ford, Julie A. Gorham, Alexander W. Jones, Robert M. Saunders, Etienne J. Vasquez,

her fiancé Brian Umansky are expecting their first child in late March 2013. Congratulations to Mia Wiessner, who was married to Warwick Olney on August 4, 2012 in Aspen, CO. Pomfret alumnae in attendance were Tory Grauer, Nari Gill ’01, and Anne Kiely. Mia and Warwick currently reside in Denver, CO.

Lars Vercelli was awarded a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in May 2012.

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10 Reunion

(Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENTS:

Mary J. Babcock, Chelsea Weiss Baum, Stacy A. Collins, Laura E. Keeler, Edward D. Kunhardt, Peyton A. Ladt, Christopher G. Pike, MacLean K. Pilsbury, Kendra Seaward Sumner,

Erin Hathway Shore reported, “Three years ago I moved from south Florida to Austin, Texas where I married my long-time beau on a Texas ranch in October of 2011. Yeeha! Nick, myself and our two puggles have settled in to Austin quite nicely. I am

1999 — Anders Vercelli ’99 (left) and Lars Vercelli ’04 at Columbia University graduation in May 2012. pursuing my career as a graphic artist and we recently built our first home in the Texas hill country. Shortly after signing the contract and watching our home develop, we discovered that we are expecting our first child on St. Patrick’s Day 2013! I hope you are all well and life is taking you to wonderful and unexpected places. If you’re ever in the Austin area, please don’t hesitate to track me down!”

Breanna Dobbe wrote, “Since leaving upstate New York from my undergrad, I moved to San Francisco with my boyfriend to attend the Academy of Art for my Master’s in Advertising. I finished up there in December 2011 and since then I have been doing contract and freelance work for various places including the Consulate of Mexico in San Francisco. I’m currently doing marketing and advertising with Greenopedia, a Berkeleybased start-up. I’m looking to launch a small business-website of my own geared towards advertising and design students in the next couple months.”


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2006 — Hillary Ross ’06 and Alec Charalambous were married at the United States Naval Academy chapel in Annapolis, MD on August 25, 2012. Photo by Trevor Reid Photography


Davinia G. Buckley, Timothy J. Deary, Laura F. Dunn, Alysia L. LaBonte, Joshua W. Rich, Sarah E. Sweet, Hyun-Yi Yoo,


Hillary Ross Charalambous, Michelle Gilmore, Caroline McLoughlin Davis, Olivia T. Gray, Young Hoon Hahn, Maryam A. Hayatu-Deen, Gregory E. Jones, Caitlin M. Neiduski, Kathryn S. Nelson, James E. Pinkham, Katherine A. Winogradow, Erin A. Wolchesky,


2006 — Lizzie Brubaker ’06 and Trevor Reid ’06 at the wedding of Hillary Ross ’06. Photo by Trevor Reid Photography


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2006 — Sarah Kern ’06 and Andy Black celebrated their commitment with Sarah’s mothers Mary Roickle (left) and Martha Carter

Amy Smith and Carlos Hernandez Gamboa celebrated their marriage on June 23, 2012 in Pomfret School’s Clark Memorial Chapel followed by a reception in the dining hall and common room. This weekend-long event followed their legal marriage on November 23, 2011 in the Philadelphia International Airport Arrivals Terminal where they were reunited many times during their international courtship. Amy’s aunt and uncle officiated at the ceremony which was attended by family from around the world including Carlos’ family from Seville, Spain. Pomfret family and friends in attendance included Becky Smith ’09, Emily Humes Durst, staff members Eric Fogg and Charles Guertin, and faculty members Brad and Deb Davis, Joshua and Elizabeth Lake, Mitch and Junko Pinkowski, and Kathi Yokum. Amy and Carlos share an apartment with their cat, Aslan, in a Philadelphia suburb where Amy is a social worker and Carlos works with computers. Lizzie Brubaker wrote, “This past August 25th, I was able to bear witness to the marriage of Hillary Ross and her new husband Alec Charalambous.

2006 — (l-r): Pomfret faculty Brad Davis, Michelle Weisman ’06, Michelle Gilmore ’06, Caroline McLoughlin Davis ’06, Hollis McLoughlin ’14, Rebecca Arnold ’06, and faculty Deb Davis

Trevor Reid, Allie Rosenberg, and [faculty] Louisa and Jeremiah Jones were all able to be there to celebrate. After the wedding I traveled into the storm of Hurricane Isaac to Tampa, FL to work for Piers Morgan Tonight at the Republican National Convention. The week was a lot of hard work and fun but helped prepare me for more work at the Democratic National Convention. I’m grateful to be working for CNN and in the job I have.”

Sarah Kern and Charles “Andy” Black had a commitment ceremony on September 8, 2012 in Rhode Island, surrounded by family and friends. Andy has been appointed as the brewer of MacLeod Ale Brewing Co, in Los Angeles, and as a result, Sarah and Andy have relocated to the Los Angeles area. Sarah is excited about the move cross country and is looking forward to exploring new opportunities within LA’s nonprofit sector.

Olivia Gray accepted the position of Assistant Director of Annual and Reunion Giving at Lake Forest College, where she also attended college.

Caroline McLoughlin married Peter Davis on September 15, 2012 in Hyannis Port, MA. The two met while attending Bucknell University. Michelle Gilmore was the maid of honor and Hollis McLoughlin ’14 was a groomsman. Other Pomfret people in attendance were Rebecca Arnold, Michelle Weisman, and faculty members Brad and Deb Davis. The couple honeymooned in Belize, and now reside and work in the Washington, DC area.

Tamara Ferreira Marcella wrote, “In September 2012 I joined the Advancement Office at Pomfret as the assistant director of the Pomfret Fund. Feel free to stop by the office or email me! ( I am enjoying being a part of the Pomfret community again and looking forward to reconnecting with fellow alumni. In addition to the new job, my husband Matt and I are very excited to be expecting our first child in March 2013!”


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2008 — Meredith Colwell ’08 with her parents Ted & Eileen at ODS graduation in Newport, RI.


Emily H. Detmer, Julia D. Field, Meredith E. Gagnon, Christopher P. Golden, Holly A. Lorms, Shawn P. McCloud, Nathaniel H. Proctor, Else S. Ross, Darren A. Small,

Roz Dunn graduated from Occidental College in May 2012 with a B.A. in Media Arts and Culture and Spanish Literary Studies.


5th Reunion (Alumni Reunion 2013 - May 10-12) CLASS AGENTS:

Elizabeth G. Army, Alexandra D’Agostino, Joanna A. Gaube, Steven A. Harkey, Georgina L. Heasman, Emily F. Johnson, Nicole A. Shirley, Charles H. Sullivan, Sophia G. Wetlaufer

After completing her degree in biochemistry at Muhlenberg College, Meredith Colwell has ac66

2010 — Nuttida Rungratsameetaweemana ’10 (left) and Yolanda Cao ’11 after a conference at Smith College

cepted a position in the University of Maryland School of Dentistry Class of 2016. She was also awarded a position in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) by the United States Navy and completed her first round of officer training in Newport, RI in June 2012. She will go on to serve as a Navy dentist upon completion of her DDS in four years.


Thomas M. Atwood, Molly K. Downey, Zachary J. Golden, Kathryn Kramer, Haley A. Mitchell, Edward T. Ross, Rebecca M. Smith, Samantha L. St. Lawrence,


Gabriella W. Bucci, Mackenzie C. Deary, Maura J. Hall, Ryan C. Johnson, Kathryn G. Sheehan, Samantha A. Slotnick, Ryan C. Wainwright,

Tristyn Drake, a junior at the College of the Holy Cross, will be traveling to Nicaragua in January 2013 as part of the 10-day Arrupe Immersion Program. The program offers students the chance to learn about the third world through the eyes of the poor. During her time there, Tristyn will spend her days involved with many community projects in the region, including those dedicated to rural health care, remedial education for young adults, and developing sustainable economic opportunities for women.

Dan Feller reported, “I’m currently on the fiveyear plan at Haverford College; I’ll be forgoing classes this year to study fine woodworking and boatbuilding at the Rochester Folk Art Guild in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Corey Gingras’s prophetic statements about me moving to a commune have come true. I’ll return to Haverford in fall 2013 to finish up studying philosophy and pre-med. Anyone at Hobart should contact me, the guild is a mere 15 minutes away!”


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2012 – (l-r): Nelson Hull ’12, faculty member Pat Boyd, Jack Nicholson ’12, and Will Dana ’12 were all camp counselors at the June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, CT in the summer of 2012. Pat Boyd was the camp director.





Muhammed-Jamil R. Ahmed, Matthew D. Bourdeau, Lilah T. Fones, Czarina N. Hutchins, Hannah P. Leo, Aidan P. McGloine, Hamilton G. Morley, Daniel R. Palumbo, Margaret H. Thompson, Raymond R. Zeek III,

Elizabeth A. Bohan, Ian J. Crouse, Helen E. Day, Sean P. Fitzpatrick, Caroline N. Hayssen, Margaret Juna Kim, Moira M. MacArthur, Jack W. Nicholson, Georgia W. Paige, Sagar A. Patel, Sorrel M. Perka, Biying Zhang,

Ian Crouse wrote, “Everything at the University of Virginia is going well. Nelson Hull and I are having a fantastic time here during the first few weeks. I made the crew team and am currently one of the three strongest first years on the ergs.”

Yolanda Cao, a sophomore at Smith College, was excited to reunite with Nuttida Rungratsameetaweemana ’10, who spoke at Smith’s annual Women in Mathematics in New England (WIMIN12) conference in September 2012. Congratulations to Tory Byrnes, a sophomore at Skidmore College, who was selected for membership in the Periclean Honors Forum in the spring of 2012. The forum works to strengthen intellectual life at Skidmore and encourage the academic aspirations of highly motivated and talented students. Membership into the group is based on academic accomplishment.

2012 — (l-r): Class of 2012 grads Olivia Hoden, Katrina Goddard, Max Bond, and Sam Zuckerman begin their f irst year at Hobart & William Smith Colleges


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Marriages Faculty / Staff News

Megan Costello & Donna McCord ’94 September 24, 2011 Julie & Evan Jahn ’97 June 2, 2012 JD Rogers ’98 & Rachel Schoppe ’02 September 15, 2012

Congratulations to Mark and Abby Barker Schindler [Spanish, 2004 – 2009] on the birth of their daughter. Elizabeth “Liddy” Maeve Schindler was born on August 4, 2012 and weighed 8 pounds 3 oz.

James Sinclair & Amy Takazaki ’00 September 2, 2012 Warwick Olney & Mia Wiessner ’02 August 4, 2012 Carlos Hernandez Gamboa & Amy Smith ’06 June 23, 2012

Alec Charalambous & Hillary Ross ’06 August 25, 2012 Andy Black & Sarah Kern ’06 September 8, 2012 Peter Davis & Caroline McLoughlin ’06 September 15, 2012 Staff member Jillian Goode & faculty Carson Roy July 14, 2012 Karl Baer & former staff member Anne Margaret Meyers September 8, 2012 Ralph Bellanceau & staff member Melissa Perkins October 6, 2012

Michelle Brown [English, 2007-2012] is thrilled to announce the release of her first book of poems, Double Agent, winner of the Kore Press First Book Award. It is available for purchase on Michelle’s website, or through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’s been an exciting season at the Advancement Office, when three of our staff members celebrated nuptials! Director of the Pomfret Fund Jillian Goode and Director of Admissions Carson Roy were married on July 14, 2012 in Stonington, CT; former Director of Major Gifts Anne Margaret Meyers was married to Karl Baer on September 8, 2012 in Braselton, GA; and Director of Leadership Gifts Melissa Perkins was married to Ralph Bellanceau on October 6, 2012 at the Pomfret School chapel. The Advancement Office is also pleased to welcome two alumnae to the staff. Tamara Ferreira Marcella ’06 joined the office on September 4th as Assistant Director of the Pomfret Fund, and Rachel Schoppe Rogers ’02 joined the office on October 9th as Advancement Associate.


Births Simon & Alexis Howard Buckley ’88 Theodora Elizabeth Buckley, July 22, 2012

Anne and Matthew Atwood ’99 William Thomas Atwood, September 12, 2012

Simon & Adair Byers Scott ’88 John Brady Scott, February 19, 2012

Michaela Brown ’99 Theodore Alphonzo Jones IV, September 12, 2012

Dirk & Erika Wiquist Fillpot ’93 Riley Ann Fillpot, August 14, 2012

Jerry & Tiffany Hayes Romaniello ’99 Piper Mair Romaniello, September 9, 2012

Barrett & Nick Mettler ’95 Brooks Halliday Mettler, February 15, 2012

Former faculty Mark & Abby Barker Schindler Elizabeth Maeve Schindler, August 4, 2012


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Griffy made a special appearance at the wedding of Carson Roy and Jillian Goode on July 14, 2012 Director of Leadership Gifts Melissa Perkins and her new husband Ralph Bellanceau

Former Advancement staff member Anne Margaret Myers was married on September 15, 2012

Rachel Schoppe Rogers ’02 (left) and Tamara Ferreira Marcella ’06 are recent additions to Pomfret’s Off ice of Advancement


Liddy Maeve Schindler, daughter of Mark and former faculty member Abby Barker Schindler

A new book by former faculty Michelle Brown


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Visit our website at for detailed tributes.

Obituaries Remembering those members of the Pomfret community who have passed

To request a printed copy, call the Advancement Office at 860-963-6129.

George H. Pendergast ’40 June 27, 2012

George H. Hyde ’41 October 6, 2012

McKean Thompson ’44 September 30, 2012

Richard R. Reynolds ’47 October 20, 2012

Cheston Simmons, Jr. ’47 August 30, 2012

Seth Harvey ’51 September 5, 2012


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Jonathan Breslav ’53 July 29, 2012

Nicholas Welchman June 28, 2012

Winslow Lewis ’54 September 21, 2012

Jim McCullough July 19, 2012

Michael I. Gulden ’57 October 25, 2012

Robert Bussey August 19, 2012

Former faculty: We were saddened to learn three former faculty members passed away this past summer.

the science department. He also built the telescope for students studying astronomy.

Nicholas Welchman died on June 28, 2012. He taught Latin from 1962-1972 and was father to Jennifer Welchman ’77 and Geoff Welchman ’82.

Robert Bussey died on August 19, 2012 after a courageous battle with A.L.S. He taught history from 1968-1971 and coached varsity football and baseball.

Jim McCullough died on July 19, 2012. He taught mathematics from 1959-1964 and was the chair of


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Pomfret Connects with Alumni, Parents and Friends of Asia In June 2012, Head of School Tim Richards and Anne Richards, along with Director of Advancement Joe Kremer, traveled to China, Korea, and Thailand to visit with Pomfret parents and alumni. Families from Asia also gathered during Fall Family Weekend.

1. Families from Asia have dinner during Fall Family Weekend -- Pomfret, CT -- October 18, 2012 Back row, (l-r): David Li ’14, Jeongseok “Jay” Yu, Michelle Kim ’16, Ray Liu ’13, Head of School Tim Richards, faculty Anne Richards P ’15 Front row, (l-r): Lulin Lu P ’14, Miyoung Han P ’13, Soyun Lee ’13, Wenxin Zhong P ’13, Lijuan Li, Scott Guo ’14, Changying Zhu P ’14, Kent Guo P ’14

2. Beijing, China – June 28, 2012 (l-r): Ming Gui P ’12, David Li ’14, Lulin Lu P ’14, Tim Richards P ’15, Anne Richards P ’15, Hannah Leo ’11, Biying Zhang ’12, Annie Dickson ’05, Jiong Zhang ’12, Joe Kremer P ’14, Tony Fan P ’12, Greg Root, Kat Persichetti ’05


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3. Shanghai, China — June 23, 2012 Back row, (l-r): Lixing Zhang P ’15, Chen Kan P ’15, Huaikan Wu P ’16, Caroline Murphy ’06, Joe Kremer P ’14, Sonia Totten-Mayer ’94, Rand Mayer, Tim Richards P ’15, Chris Watkins ’02, Carrie Zhou Middle row, (l-r): Tangzhi Liu P ’13, Kent Guo P ’14, Changying

Zhu P ’14, Wenxin Zhong P ’13, Yang Bai P ’16, Molly Murphy ’09, Ashley Wong, Coco Wei, Kyle Borner ’04, Anne Richards P ’15, Eunjung Lee, Hans Chay ’98 Front row kneeling, (l-r): Scott Guo ’14, Ray Liu ’13, Coco Zhang ’15, Jack Wu ’16


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More Gatherings:

4. Casual Dinner, New York City – June 27, 2012 (l-r): Sarah Ortiz-Elejalde Vazquez ’03, faculty Louisa Jones, Etienne Vazquez ’04, Lars Vercelli ’04 5. Theater, New York City – July 26, 2012 (l-r): Andrew McGloine ’05, Bill Army ’03, Ellen McGloine P ’04, ’05, ’11, Cynthia Samberg P ’16



6. Multi-Cultural Networking Evening, New York City – July 28, 2012 Clockwise from lower left: Darren Small ’07, Cheryn Amo-Adjei ’09, Director of Diversity and Community Relations Steve Davis, Greg Jones ’06, Kelsanah Wade ’09, and faculty Louisa Jones P ’04 (center)


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7. Reception – Jamestown, RI – August 14, 2012 Clockwise from lower left: Sharon Seymour, faculty Anne Richards P ’15, Jim Seymour ’65, Nancy Ameen P ’12 8. Boston Art Institute Reception – Boston, MA – September 13, 2012 (l-r): Will Keyser ’00, Tamara Ferreira Marcella ’06, Angela Malerba ’04, Laura Keeler ’03, Chelsea Weiss Baum ’03, Jack Keeler ’08, Bill Saunders ’65

9. Atlanta Reception – Atlanta, GA – October 1, 2012 Back row, (l-r): TJ Patrick ’99, faculty Anne Richards P ’15, Assistant Director of Advancement Jeff Abke, Dave Woodrow ’64, Marc Harrigan ’87 Front row, (l-r): Faculty Steve Davis, Head of School Tim Richards, Hanifa McGaffie-Wharry ’92, Telena Bolding ’87


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save the dates

Pomfret’s Lifelong Community: Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

PASS ~ Pomfret Alumni Sharing Science

Pomfret alumni Career Exploration Series

For alumni interested in sharing their professional expertise and experience to educate Pomfret students on future careers

For young alumni involved in science and interested in “passing” their knowledge and experience to students in Pomfret’s science classrooms and labs. January 9, 2013

Alumni Career Expo 2013 February 15, 2013 For more information or to volunteer to participate, please contact Alumni Association Career Networking Chair Mac Bayly ’99, George Santiago ’75 -, or Tammie LaBonte -

If interested, contact: Louisa Jones Associate Director of the Pomfret Fund 860.963.5295

Join us for Pomfret’s New Year Events Young Alumni Winter Reception, Parsons Lodge at Pomfret School January 9, 2013 Alumni Basketball Games January 13, 2013

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Pomfret Blog: www.pomfretschool.wordpress

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Photo Galleries: www.pomfretschool.smugmug

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s Woodruff Winter Benefit Continue the tradition!

Join us on the Pomfret School campus 13th Annual Doug Woodruff ’77 Memorial Hockey Game and Winter Benefit, including morning squash games on Saturday, January 19, 2013, Jahn Rink & Corzine Athletic Center Play hockey and squash Watch Pomfret’s athletes compete Enjoy a casual luncheon with friends in Parsons Lodge Have fun! $25.00 per person to support Pomfret’s athletic teams through the Pomfret Fund There’s limited player participation so register early! We encourage family and friends to attend and cheer on the players.

Alumni Reunion Weekend

May 10-12, 2013 Look for registration online soon. More details are also available at To volunteer or for information call

The Office of Advancement at 860.963.6127

If interested, please call: Rachel Schoppe Rogers ’02 Advancement Associate 860.963.6130 or


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Pomfret Magazine Fall 2012  

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