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Editor Sharon Gaudreau Pomfret Bulletin Winter 2009-2010 Volume 37, Issue 2 Pomfret School 398 Pomfret Street • PO Box 128 Pomfret, CT 06258-0128 Tel: 860-963-6100 Fax: 860-928-1034

Contributing Writers Margaret Ray Cindy Sebrell Class Notes Editor Debby Thurston Staff Photographer Lindsay Lehmann (cover)

Contributing Photographers American Images (aerial) Javier Alvarez Sharon Gaudreau Kurt Rhynhart ’85 Debby Thurston Design ITEM Creative Group, LLC

Pomfret Bulletin is published by the Marketing and Communications Office © 2010 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 sgaudreau@ or address them to: Sharon Gaudreau Director of Marketing and Communications

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Letter from the President of the Board of Trustees


Thought-Provoking Visitors On The Hilltop


Pomfret School Stars in New Adventure Fiction – Ridley Pearson ’71

12 Giving Haiti a Helping Hand – Kurt Rhynhart ’85 14 Inside Pomfret’s Classrooms



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Pomfret Welcomes New Director Of Advancement Winter Performing Arts

19 Accomplished Alumnae Inspire


20 Winter Athletics – Girls’ Basketball 2010 NEPSAC Champions

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Class Notes

36 Obituaries

38 Alumni/ae Events


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A Commitment to Excellence


President of the board of trustees

President of the Board of Trustees Peter Grauer with Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68

We must act boldly when addressing the future.


s many of you know, our Headmaster Brad Hastings will be leaving Pomfret School at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year and a search for his replacement is well underway. As Pomfret begins its transition to a new head of school, the Board of Trustees continues to look ahead and set plans for continuous growth. During our spring meetings, we set priorities in order to build on the momentum Brad and Betsy have cultivated during what will be a remarkable 18-year tenure at Pomfret. The strategy is threefold. Director of College Counseling Bruce Wolanin continues to enhance Pomfret’s College Counseling services through constant assessment of our enrollment and matriculation results. While the best college fit for each Pomfret graduate remains our ultimate goal, it is important to acknowledge that 67% of the Class of 2010 will attend a college or university rated 90 or higher for admissions selectivity by the Princeton Review. In other words, Pomfret students are moving in great directions. In addition, we are working with Director of Marketing and Communications Sharon Gaudreau to launch a new and invigorated marketing and communications plan. This important initiative will build Pomfret’s brand by broadening our advertising presence while at the same time enhancing our direct marketing efforts. Finally, new Director of Advancement Joe Kremer has already revised Pomfret’s philanthropy strategies, refocusing our outreach efforts to develop stronger relationships with alumni, parents, and friends, while ensuring that our volunteers and donors feel appropriately appreciated for all that they do for Pomfret. 2

Allow me to elaborate on this last point. In order to attract and advance the best students, we need to provide all students with the finest educational programs in a superb environment. A strong endowment funding increased financial aid and continuous growth in capital projects will make this possible and provide for continued success at Pomfret. The new Science and Technology Center and a new utility master plan (which will allow us to tap into a local gas pipeline and significantly reduce our operating expenses for energy) are two of the major initiatives that will focus on environmental issues and, in turn, promote a greener campus. Our forward-thinking utility plan will be both self-financing and create a positive “endowment-type” impact. We are in the process of formalizing the case for these priorities and others, as we continue to pursue excellence. As we move ahead, we will, of course, reflect upon and acknowledge Brad and Betsy Hastings and the legacy they have created at our fine school. The Board of Trustees looks forward to the next year of celebrating their many accomplishments while providing momentum for many successes to be realized under the leadership of a new head of school. It is an exciting time for Pomfret! – Peter Grauer President of Pomfret School Board of Trustees

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Letters from readers Dear Ms. Gaudreau, A short note to congratulate you on your recent spectacular edition (of the Bulletin). I fancy myself somewhat of an authority on such publications, having worked in the development office of seven institutions and having been a parent and/or donor of three more. You and your staff should feel very proud of the excellently written and beautifully illustrated contents. The traditions of your school, important current news and future aspirations are all appropriately featured, and I know that doing so is not easy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every word and simply lost myself in the magnificent color photography, especially the cover. The reader cannot help but be caught up in the enthusiasm and value of your institution with its tremendous promise for our country’s future. Keep up your great work!

Dear Bobby (Fisher), I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your piece “Inside Clark Chapel” in the recent Pomfret Bulletin. Clark Chapel is really the jewel in the lotus that is Pomfret School. If those walls could speak, they would sing! There were many reasons Felice (Mueller ’08) chose Pomfret – but the chapel was a major one. What a beautiful vibration in there – and how centered and connected one feels while inside. How deeply nourishing to all those sweet, darling souls – “living prayers, each and every one, as they flutter about campus” that you so eloquently stated in “A New Hymn.” How lucky they are to have you as their shepherd. Blessings, Emily Taylor PP ’08

Admiringly and sincerely yours, Ralph A. Jones GP ’09, ’10, ’13 Hi Brad, I have just finished reading the Pomfret Bulletin and wanted to compliment you and the staff putting it together. Your own letter I thought was terrific – your hedgehog/fox analogy was great…and actually helpful for those of us who need this kind of reminder. I just wanted you to know – as a past parent, a present colleague and a sometimes envious fellow traveler – I thought this document did the school well. All the best, Jay Stroud P ’06 Headmaster Tabor Academy


Campus View

Generosity in Action



RENOWNED anthropologist/EthnobotAnist, yale Dean, and two film makers educate and inspire STUDENTS AND FACULTY By Margaret Ray

20th schwartz Visting Fellow DR. WADE DAVIS


uring Pomfret’s week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations (January 17 through 19), the campus welcomed Dr. Wade Davis, a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnobotanist. Davis’s three-day visit was made possible by the generosity of Eric A. Schwartz ’69 and Michael L. Schwartz ’66. Davis, described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity,” has degrees in anthropology and biology and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in ethnobotany. A plant explorer, he lived for more than three years amongst the indigenous peoples in the Amazon and Andes. His research has also taken him to Haiti, East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Vanatu, and the high Arctic Nunavut and Greenland. He is a true 21st century explorer and adventurer, with many insights on how the world is changing. During his three-day stay on campus, Dr. Davis gave a public presentation, two all-school talks, and met with several small groups of students and faculty. He focused on his experiences abroad and reflected on the essential questions of humanity. “It’s been a gift to live among those who still know the old ways,” he said during one talk. “The culture in which we were born is just one model of reality.” Alternative or tribal cultures, he argued, are not “failed attempts at being modern, but unique answers to the question: what does it mean to be human and alive?” Davis spoke about his time with the Bornean nomads of the rainforest, Aborigines in Australia, Buddhists in Tibet and the Amazonian people of the Anaconda, and explained that genius can 4

Davis has penned many books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), Passage of Darkness (1988), Penan: Voice for the Borneo Rain Forest (1990), Shadows in the Sun (1993), Nomads of the Dawn (1995), One River (1996), The Clouded Leopard (1998), Rainforest (1998), Light at the Edge of the World (2001), The Lost Amazon (2004), Grand Canyon (2008), and Book of Peoples of the World (2008). take many forms. He described the Polynesian sailors who can navigate between unseen landmasses on a vast ocean simply by studying wave patterns and stars, and reminded us that “race is an utter fiction;” we are all quite literally brothers and sisters cut from the same genetic cloth. “Hospitality is the international language,” he said when asked how well he was accepted into other cultures during his travels. “The traits that make someone welcome are very much the same traits that would make you welcome in your own culture. If I came over to your house at Thanksgiving and you had been cooking all day this luscious turkey and the first thing I did was announce that I was a vegan, it would put a damper on the afternoon. I think a lot of it is finding common humanity.” Students and faculty found Davis’ talk enlightening. “Wade Davis’ speeches made me think about the culture that I live in every day through the eyes of a South American native,” said Lilah Fones ’11. “It made me think about how they could see my culture as strange, when it seems so natural and right to me.”


he Schwartz Visiting Fellow Program began in 1988, when brothers Michael L. Schwartz ’66 and Eric A. Schwartz ’69, both former trustees, awarded Pomfret a generous annual grant to begin a visiting fellowship program. The Schwartz brothers’ aim was to design a program to significantly enhance the intellectual and cultural environment of the school community by inviting a distinguished person or persons to lecture, discuss, and work with students and faculty.


The Schwartz Visiting Fellow is a prominent figure from the world of art, literature, science, or politics invited to the Pomfret campus for three days each year to share his or her unique experiences, ideas, and insights with Pomfret students. Designated as the Schwartz Fellow, this guest is selected by a different department each year. CELEBRATING OUR 20 SCHWARTZ VISITING FELLOWS 1989 - Shirley Chisholm Politician, Educator and Author

2001 - Carlos Fuentes Mexican Essayist and Novelist

1990 - Stanislav Levchenko Former Russian KGB Major

2003 - Sergei Nikitich Krushchev Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University

1991 - Edward Albee III Award-winning Playwright 1992 - Leon Max Lederman Nobel Prize-winning Physicist 1993 - Madame Jehan Al Sadat Former First Lady of Egypt 1994 - David McCullough Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Historian 1995 - Joyce Carol Oates Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist 1996, 2002 - Jacques d’Amboise American Ballet Dancer and Choreographer 1998 - Frank McCourt Pulitzer Prize-winning Author 1999 - Robert D. Ballard Noted Oceanographic Archaeologist and Professor ANTHROPOLOGIST AND ETHNOBOTANIST DR. WADE DAVIS DISCUSSES HIS WORK WITH STUDENTS DURING AN ALL-SCHOOL MEETING

2004 - Jean-Michel Cousteau French Explorer, Environmentalist and Educator 2005 - Christine Todd Whitman Noted American Politician 2006 - Brian Greene American Theoretical Physicist, Professor and Author 2007 - Bill Bryson Best-selling American Author 2008 - Carole Simpson Well-known Journalist, News Anchor and Author 2009 - Dana Gioia American Poet and Critic and Former Chair of the NEA 2010 - Wade Davis Noted Canadian Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist, Author and Photographer

2000 - Donald C. Johanson American Paleoanthropologist


association management, working for the National Association of Securities Dealers, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He then embarked on a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, while at the same time founding and developing InterLearn, Inc., an investor-backed venture that used new media and technologies to produce career education and liberal arts programs for adult learners. Jeff returned to Yale in 1997 as the Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), responsible for university alumni relations, event management, education programming and online services. In September of 2005, he was named the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions. In his new capacity, Jeff is responsible for worldwide outreach to talented students, the selection process itself, and the development of university admissions policy and practices. He also holds an appointment as Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Yale and teaches in the Directed Studies program.


W.P. Carey Lecturer DR. JEFFREY B. BRENZEL


ale University Dean of Admissions Jeffrey B. Brenzel, Ph.D., was on campus January 8 as the first annual W.P. Carey ’48 Lecturer to talk with students and faculty about the college application process. A 1975 graduate of Yale, Brenzel has worked as a non-profit executive, a private sector entrepreneur, a scholar and a university administrator. From 1975 to 1989, he established a career in


he W.P. Carey ’48 Lecture Series has been endowed by William Polk Carey ’48, who has previously established two other endowed funds for the school: the William Polk Carey ’48 Chair in Mathematics and the William Polk Carey ’48 Scholarship Fund. Carey matriculated to Princeton University after graduating from Pomfret in 1948. He then transferred to the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of


Noting that essays and SAT scores are not as important as some may think, Brenzel urged students to stop placing stress on their standardized tests and focus more on transcripts and teacher recommendations, while allowing the essay to be a place for honesty rather than originality. “What we look for in the essay is consistency,” he said. “Are we meeting the same student that we met in the rest of the application or is there a mask? We’re looking for a human being.” Brenzel’s advice also included some unconventional wisdom about the college admissions process. “It doesn’t matter where you go. But everything depends on what you do with your time once you get there,” he said. “We’re in the raw potential business. We’re trying to bring a mass of people together with high potential. We look for signs of character and direction.” When asked for his best piece of advice, Brenzel responded, “revisit as many schools that admit you as possible. The school won’t have changed, but you might have.”

Science degree in 1953. Since then, Mr. Carey’s career has focused on investment banking in corporate real estate. He is the founder and chairman of W.P. Carey & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm he founded in 1974. From 1958 to 1963 Mr. Carey served as his class secretary. He served as president of Pomfret’s Alumni/ae Association from 1969 to 1971 and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1982 where he served until 1990. In 2003, he was made an Honorary Life Trustee of Pomfret School.







ocumentary filmmaker Andre Robert Lee screened his film The Prep School Negro during an all-school assembly on February 17. As a teenager, Lee received a full scholarship to attend an elite Philadelphia prep school. It was supposed to be his golden ticket out of the ghetto, but it came at a high personal cost. The documentary is the result of Mr. Lee’s journey back in time to revisit the events of his adolescence while also spending time with current-day prep school students of color and their classmates to see how much has really changed inside the ivory tower. The film was provocative, and prompted the Pomfret community to question how far we have come and what still needs to be done. As he introduced his film, Lee challenged students to ask questions such as, “What does the movie have to do with me?” “It’s often the things we don’t talk about that are the dangerous moments,” he said. “Embrace the tension. Lean into the discomfort.” Later, during a smaller forum, Lee spoke to the difficulty of balancing his two worlds, and offered sage advice to the community. “We all pass judgments,” he said. “Have patience. When you start asking the important questions, answers will begin to come.”

ollywood screenwriter Jeb Stuart was on campus February 28 and March 1 to show his new film Blood Done Sign My Name, in conjuction with Dr. Kate Gillin’s Black History class. The film, which is based on Timothy B. Tyson’s book by the same title, has earned critical acclaim, and a large group of students and faculty turned out to watch the gripping and charged drama in the Centennial Auditorium. Stuart also visited with several Film and History classes and spent time with Writer-in-Residence Michelle Brown and some of Pomfret’s aspiring young writers. The advice he gave to would-be writers was wise: “Write even when the muse isn’t there.” Stuart, who said he has enjoyed turning his attention to a smaller film, has also been involved with many Hollywood blockbusters, including Die Hard and The Fugitive.

Visits to Pomfret by Andre Robert Lee and Jeb Sturart were made possible by the School’s Annual Fund.


Alumni Profile

Pomfret School Stars in New

Adventure Fiction

In his latest book Steel Trapp – The Academy, Ridley Pearson ’71 returns to Pomfret as only he could. by Cindy Sebrell



idley Pearson’s endearing adventure fiction character, Steven “Steel” Trapp, is on the move again. This time, though, he is at a fictional Pomfret School called Wynncliffe. The book, released in

early 2010, is the second in this series and the latest of many other published works for the prolific and wildly successful writer. Although tiny pieces of his experience at Pomfret have made their way into his storytelling, this is the first time that the school and its Ridley-era denizens are featured so extensively.

“I include the whole Pomfret experience,” Ridley explained in a recent interview, “of dining there, of being a head waiter, walking back from a winter sporting event and having your hair freeze... It was so bloody cold!” Although he never kept a journal, Ridley’s memories of Pomfret are still vivid, especially the friendships. Accordingly, Steel befriends Kaileigh, a co-adventurer and like-minded girl. Together they begin to discover that there is a school within a school at Wynncliffe, where students are learning to be future spies and all is not quite what it seems on the surface.



he fictional world that Steel discovers, at least the physical aspects of it, is based on actual experiences at Pomfret School. In his senior year, Ridley discovered a door in an “architectural dead space” under the stairs near his dorm room. He used a credit card to jimmy the door open and discovered an electrical and phone service tunnel system that connected the dorms and other buildings. “I very illegally explored them,” he confessed. “They were about four feet tall and did have lights. You could get all the way from Lower Four all the way to the School House and no one would know. It was pretty funky down there. Smelly!” 9

Odorous perhaps, but great fodder for an adventure story. In the book, Ridley extends the reach of the tunnels to the Clark Chapel and the common area so that Steel can perambulate the entire campus without going outside. Although fictional elements like that do come into play, anyone who attended the school in the late 60s and early 70s will recognize most of the teachers in the book. Among those who make appearances are Walt Hinchman (1964-2002), Ben Morgan (1961-2002), and Per Randolf (1954-1991). “Brad Hastings is in there pretending he was Mr. Milnor,” Ridley said. And, while the campus has changed a great deal since then, students of that era will also recognize many campus locations, including the

former teacher had been killed by a drunk driver on their way home from a fishing trip. “I spent many evenings in the chapel just trying to figure this out as a 15-year-old,” he said. “And I came to really love that building.” Happier memories would come soon. He and his friend, Otis Read ’71, played music there, and, as a member of the choir, he took delight in the mysteries of the massive pipe organ and how it worked. “You could hide up in the balcony of the Chapel and no one would ever know you were up there. It was a wonderful, spooky, different kind of place.”


dining hall, Hard Auditorium, the old gym, the old science building, and the long-gone mail room, which he described as “a scary ancient place.” The one big difference is that the school was then all boys. Now, of course, as well as in the book, the school is co-ed. And, as one might expect, one building that plays a very prominent role in the book is the Clark Chapel. Ridley himself spent many hours there as a student. He recalled finding solace in the Chapel when, just ten days after arriving on campus as a first year student, he learned that his best friend at home and a




ow a writer very much in demand, Ridley’s schedule is unforgiving. He starts writing at 5:30 a.m. and keeps at work until around 4:30 p.m. At this pace, he has been able to produce an average of three books a year, one he co-writes with Dave Barry and the other two he writes solo. Even as Steel Trapp is released, he already has his mind on an adult crime thriller he has written, which is due out in August. In Harm’s Way will be the fourth in a series of novels set in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Ridley has learned that while all of his adventure novel series, including Starcatchers (cowritten with Dave Barry), Kingdom Keepers, Neverland, Science Fair, and Steel Trapp, are popular among younger audiences, adults enjoy them as well. The fast pace, high-action cliffhangers, and the absence of gruesome details and foul language are appealing to a wide audience of adults and kids, he said, which may also explain the wild success of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight phenomenon, and even Ridley’s own works for young adults. It may also be a sign of the times. “There is a post 9/11 feeling that people don’t want their fiction too real. I think that is having a broad effect in fiction in general. People

are reading historical non-fiction and fantasy-based fiction – material that feels real but is just outside enough that people know that it won’t happen.” Given that, it should be no surprise that Ridley decided to combine his real experience at Pomfret with the very fictional adventures of Steel Trapp. “It was natural to move the book to an imitation of Pomfret,” he said. “I have such great memories. I didn’t think I liked it so much when I was first there. But when I was a senior I didn’t want to leave. Now I look back on it as the best years I ever spent. It was an excellent experience.”

“There is a post 9/11 feeling that people don’t want their fiction too real. I think that is having a broad effect in fiction in general. People are reading historical non-fiction and fantasy-based fiction – material that feels real but is just outside enough that people know that it won’t happen.”

2010 Robert G. Pearson Short Fiction Award winners The Robert G. Pearson Short Fiction Award is presented to a senior for the best original short story /work of creative prose. Established in 2006, the prize is judged by brothers Ridley ’71 and Brad ’65 Pearson in honor of their father. The Pearson brothers founded the award because they were inspired by Pomfret’s successful Writers Studio, created by former faculty member Brad Davis and now headed by Writer in Residence Michelle Brown. The brothers personally select the winner of the contest and offer a cash prize.

Pearson Short Fiction Award Winner Dana Halsey-McGuire ’10 for “Kitchen Tiles”

“In ‘Kitchen Tiles,’ the writer introduces the reader to a woman’s prison, where nothing is as it seems,” Ridley Pearson said about the winning entry by Dana Halsey-McGuire ’10. “It is the fiction writer’s job to suspend a reader’s disbelief. No easy task when writing about a place as foreign to most of us as the inside of lock up, or the exercise yard where, ‘the grass was nicer than cold cement and cinderblock walls Pearson Short Fiction Award painted white.’” Dana’s story, as well as that of Runner Up Melissa Papalcure runner-up Melissa Papalcure, will be published ’10, for “The Propeller Spins” in the spring 2010 issue of MANUSCRIPTS, Pomfret’s student literary magazine. 11

Alumni Profile

Kurt Rhynhart ’85 Just Taking Care of People by Cindy Sebrell



he images have been impossible to escape and difficult to watch – and many of us felt helpless as we watched Haiti and its people struggle through a massive earthquake and its aftershocks that hit their country in January 2010. However, Kurt Rhynhart ’85, a trauma surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, has never been one to watch from a distance. Shortly after the quake, he was tapped to be part of a highly skilled medical team traveling to the Hinche province of Haiti to help in the aftermath of the crisis. “I called my wife and asked how she would be if I were on a plane to Haiti tomorrow,” Rhynhart said during a recent interview. “She said it was the right thing to do. I had to go.” In a matter of days, Rhynhart and 19 other doctors were on a donated private jet heading for the Dominican Republic, where they gained assistance by the Clinton Foundation in order to proceed to the Haitian border. The team then embarked on an arduous road journey into the heart of Haiti.

Working with limited staff and equipment and trying to serve hundreds of patients, Rhynhart and his colleagues had to take a different approach to medicine than they were accustomed to in the U.S. Moreover, they had to ensure that Haitian doctors would be able to take over when they left. “The key was to keep it simple, keep it safe, keep it sustainable,” Rhynhart said. “We didn’t want to leave Haitian doctors with something unfamiliar, so that they had trouble when we left.” 12



he call to lend a helping hand in Haiti came from Dartmouth College President Dr. Jim Kim, who is also the co-founder of Partners in Health (PIH), a non-profit organization that provides healthcare to impoverished populations. PIH has long been working in Haiti, but the medical focus has been on HIV/AIDS and other chronic, long-term illnesses. The staff there was not prepared for the sudden influx of serious, traumatic injuries in need of urgent care. Therefore, Dr. Kim started to gather a team of medical doctors, nurses, and surgeons who had the training to meet the need. The result was the Dartmouth Haiti Response, a collaboration between Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and PIH, that would send four teams to the Hinche province, on Haiti’s central plateau, and Port-au-Prince for two weeks.

“I sent an email back right away saying I would be happy to go any time for any period of time,” Ryhnhart said about being contacted to serve. “I would have stayed longer.” That was the call to help, but the calling to medicine came long ago for Rhynhart. After graduating from Pomfret in 1985, Rhynhart went on to study at Tufts University, where he earned a degree in 1989. He then enrolled in medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, where, with the help of the US Army’s tuition program, he earned his MD in 1996. From then until 2003, he completed surgery residencies,

research programs, internships, and fellowships at Walter Reed Army “That road between the two places [Hinche and Port-au-Prince] is unbelievable. Medical Center, in Washington, DC, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital There are no ambulances. It is amazing to me they made the trip with such and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, both in Boston. Rhynhart was injuries. It must have been very painful.” starting a brilliant career in American medicine. He earned his board certification for surgery in 2005, and is now a specialist in general surgery, trauma, Rhynhart and his colleagues had about 300 patients at a time, and worked and acute surgical care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. But the with very little equipment. Because of the lack of electricity, surgeries took Army, which sponsored his education, had yet to have its say. place during the daylight hours. They had a generator, but it often ran out of gas. At night, they often saw patients under a single, battery-powered In 2003, Rhynhart was called to active duty, where he was stationed in lightbulb and rounded up patients waiting outside with miner-style lights Missouri as a general surgeon. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were already strapped to their foreheads. Greeted at first with a little suspicion by their well underway, and he and his colleagues knew they would eventually be Haitian hosts, the team started taking the most serious patients first while deployed. He soon left his wife and three children behind, and in 2004, the rest stayed quiet and observed. That did not last long.

“It was very much a culture shock,” he said. “Port-au-Prince looked like the hand of God came down and smashed it.”

left for a one-year tour of duty in Iraq. There, he worked as a surgeon in an Army hospital, often helping civilians and children caught in the fighting. “As soon as we were there, every day we had a new set of wounds coming in, because violence was happening on a daily basis,” he said. “I think I did more good there in a year than I can do in 30 years here at home.”



hile Rhynhart’s experience in Iraq helped train him for the unexpected, it did not fully prepare him for the challenge he discovered once he arrived in Haiti. The hospital in Iraq was stocked with equipment and materials from home. As far away as it was, he labored under some familiarity. He soon discovered that Haiti presented a very different set of problems to solve.

“It was very much a culture shock,” he said. “Port-au-Prince looked like the hand of God came down and smashed it.” Hinche, where Rhynhart’s team was stationed, is about 90 minutes from Port-au-Prince. The hospital they had was not destroyed, but the facility was very basic. Those injured in Port-au-Prince had to find their own way to the clinic, despite serious trauma wounds, over rough roads, often without the help of an automobile.

“By the second or third day, they would come up and come grab me and drag me over to their bed so I could see their loved one. It was amazing. I couldn’t walk anywhere without them.” Rhynhart was inspired by the determination, patience, and maturity demonstrated by many of the children he helped. One ten-year-old girl whose mother had a fractured leg wanted to ensure that her mother was tended to. She waited outside for two days, and then, when she discovered Rhynhart, followed him everywhere he went for two solid hours. “She would not leave until we went over there and put a cast on her mother’s leg. This little girl was amazing. This girl was not going to take no for an answer. She was incredibly patient.” Often, however, the children were in desperate need of help. Many had serious burns. The surgeons on site would do whatever they could to save crushed hands, arms, and legs. Amputations were done reluctantly, because they knew that prosthesis would be difficult if not impossible to get for the patient. That kind of thoughtful, compassionate care was a priority. “A thousand people would have gone. I was just one of the lucky ones who got chosen. This is medicine in its purest form. I didn’t have to worry about billing or insurance. I was just taking care of people. If I could do that everyday, I would be happy. We were just taking care of people and the only payment we got was a smile and a thank you. And that’s enough. That’s why we went into this.”


Hilltop News

Inside Pomfret’s Classrooms

Inside POMFRET’S CLASSROOMS academic highlights Former Arts Department Chair Bob Sloat (19652006), often described Pomfret’s campus as an “enormous refrigerator.” Not because of frigid winter months, although appropriate, but because many walls in the school’s buildings are covered with impressive student art and academic displays created by proud faculty and the intelligent and creative minds of our students. AP Chemistry displays that demonstrate collaborative teaching by Science and Digital Arts Department Chairs Don Gibbs and Chris Atwood, student-run tutoring centers, and a walk in the dark with AP Literature students dramatizing T. S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” are a few recent examples of the innovative academic experience at Pomfret. Here we present a few of the academic highlights posted to the Pomfret website over the winter term by English Teacher and Staff Writer Maggie Ray.


followers – faculty children – who were curious about this winding red thread and the flashlight-bearing students.) An impossible game of chess against one’s own reflection, a small room lit with fiery red lights, collections of water and rock, and a staircase leading to a box of relics made up only a part of the interactive presentation. The seniors also spoke to their interpretation of the poem as a wasteland of all that came before it. Mr. Pinkowski was impressed with his students’ holistic interpretation and the heights Pomfret students can reach.

POMFRET’S CREATIVE MINDS AT WORK: WINTER INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECTS Upperclassmen have the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest in detail through Pomfret’s Independent Study program. During the winter term, seniors Sam Slotnick, Ash Mayo, and Claire Wagner took ownership of their ideas as they worked with faculty advisers in the creative writing and digital arts departments. For her project, “Facing Controversial Issues Through Graphic Design,” Sam Slotnick designed and created a series of

Seniors Claire Wgner, Ash Mayo, and Sam Slotnick following thier Independent Study presentations posters calling attention to significant world issues. She spoke about her interest in “the interaction of words and images used to call up emotions in the viewer.” Her posters were designed to raise awareness and provoke thought about such issues as global warming, race, and genocide. Ash Mayo and Claire Wagner worked jointly on a project entitled “Muckraking the Media,” which responded to provocative ads and images from the media through poetry and graphic design in a short book of words and images. The presentations showcased what Pomfret’s curious and driven students can do under their own steam.

On the day before Spring Break, English Department Chair Mitch Pinkowski’s AP English students demonstrated their understanding of one of the 20th century’s greatest poems through more than just an essay or a test. At the twilight hour of 7 p.m., Mr. Pinkowski opened the door to Clark Chapel to answer his students’ cryptic invitation. He didn’t know quite what to expect as he prepared to enter the seniors’ vision of T. S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland.” They greeted him in mysterious masks as discordant music played in the background. The class followed a red thread as it wound its way around campus, illuminating the suspended quotes with flashlights. The evening was a tour of sound, words, and imagery from Eliot’s masterpiece. (As they wandered campus, they picked up a group of small young 14

AP English students prepare for thier demonstration of T. S. Elliot’s “The Wasteland.”

Junior Kelsey Hatch displays her and her lab partner Lauren Daly’s “Myth Buster”- A dog’s mouth is NOT cleaner than a human’s.

melting?” “Can an opera singer really shatter glass with her voice?” “Does the five second rule really work?” “Is a dog’s mouth really cleaner than a human’s?” As juniors Kelsey Hatch and Lauren Daly discovered, the answer to that last question is “no!” (Hatch and Daly compared campus swab samples from doggy mouths to those of their owners.) However, sophomores Julia Oswald, Olivia Hoden, and Kristen Richards learned that toast really does land sticky-side-down more often than not when they dropped it; the weight of the tasty spread causes the messy outcome. Sharon Geyer designed the Myth Busters project based on the popular Discovery Channel TV show - what a way to bring the chemistry classroom to life.



Do you ever wonder if your toast really does always land buttered-side-down? Pomfret’s chemists showcased which common myths had been “busted” or “confirmed” using chemistry. Students in Sharon Geyer and Emily Allen’s classes answered many questions. “Does putting clothing on a snowman actually keep it from

PROPORTIONS This term’s Galactic Objects Astronomy class was hosted by Joe Depasquale, a Data Specialist for the Chandra X-Ray Observatory at the Center for Astrophysics at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Depasquale was a

Villanova classmate of Astonomy and Physics Teacher Josh Lake, and today his job is to create the press-quality images distributed to the public, incorporating data from the X-ray telescope, the Hubble Space telescope, and several others into beautiful and scientifically valuable pictures. Josh described the experience: “[Depasquale] led us through the office area where astronomers were at work on their computers, and he pointed out the research posters they hung outside their doors, representing the latest discoveries and data. He took us up into the largest dome, housing the historical Great Refracting Telescope, which was used by many famous astronomers over the last 100 years. We went out onto the roof, then into another dome to see a smaller telescope used during public nights with school groups. Pomfret students were impressed by the log book that had been in use in that dome since the year of some of their births, 1991. We went back into the building to see Joe’s office. He showed us his current work, assembling data into a picture of a galaxy, on two large monitors. The students were amazed to see that much of the work is done in Adobe Photoshop, a program that they used this year to assemble their own mosaics of the Moon. Joe showed them the complex layering on two huge monitors and explained some of the steps involved.” “After the tour, the class headed back to the auditorium for Depasquale’s main talk on how astronomical images are given their color. He answered the most common question asked about astronomical images: ‘Are those colors real?’ He demonstrated how some pictures can be made to match the human eye’s sensitivities to light, resulting in images that match reality closely. He then made a strong case for the technique of mapping different colors onto specific types of images in order to bring out scientifically valuable details and reveal the true

Pomfret’s Galactic Objects Atronomy Class at the Center for Astrophysics at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 15

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Inside Pomfret’s Classrooms

nature of the large clouds of gas and radiant stars. He briefed the class on the basics of color theory and on the decisions that astronomers like him must make when composing a final image. The students were gratified to see some of the techniques that they know being used by the top imaging experts in the scientific field.”

CHINESE CHAT ROOMS and Peer help centers BRING LANGUAGE TO LIFE ON CAMPUS Pomfret faculty member Xiaohong Xu is taking advantage of Pomfret’s international population in a unique way. Each student in her Chinese classes is required to chat with a fluent Chinese speaker in the community for at least ten minutes every week. Students pick the conversation topics and reflect on the conversations in an ongoing journal. Juna Kim ’12, Tina Yu ’11, Yolanda Cao ’11, Cecile Lu ’12, Shandy Chen ’12 and Leon Fan ’12 have been especially helpful, offering their bilingual talents to help peers become better Chinese speakers. Students have been taking the initiative to help each other in other languages as well. Native French speakers William Archambault ’10,

Ashley Newhall ’11 and Tina Yu ’11 participate in Chinese Chat Room.


Brooke Bytalan ’11, and AJ Bourdon ’12 run a French Center where students get help from peers who speak the language as they study for evaluations and work on homework assignments. The Spanish help center is run by Amparo Perez-Arda ’12 and Jorge Eguidazu ’12, both from Madrid. Spanish teacher Pablo Montoro Alonso says, “It is a great opportunity for the rest of the students to speak to native speakers their own age.” The student initiatives extend to ancient languages as well; sophomore Cayman Macdonald started up a Latin help center earlier this year.

Nicky Park ’12 and Chinese Teacher Xiaohong Xu

DIGITAL FILM STUDENTS GAIN REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE Last summer, Digital Arts Chair Chris Atwood and Director of Marketing and Communications Sharon Gaudreau collaborated to enhance Pomfret’s film curriculum and online communications for the School. The outcome? Two terrific films that highlight members of Pomfret’s faculty and plans to feature other people and programs. Pomfret’s film curriculum was revamped by Chris to include an introductory course (Film I) and two high level courses. Film II prepares students to pass a professional film-editing exam. Students entering Film III look forward to a true production course. Tucker MacDonald ’12, a Film III student, produced the two faculty videos, which are available on Pomfret’s website.

ELLEN BROWNE’S CONNECTED MATH CLASS Mathematics teacher Ellen Browne is a leader for integrating technology into the classroom. The latest advances center around Texas Instrument’s Nspire calculator systems. The calculators allow classes to share multiple page interactive documents and connect wirelessly during class. Students can answer practice questions while teachers monitor everyone’s work on a single screen. “It allows me to track what they’re working on,” said Browne. “I know who to go help if I can see them getting off track – I can help them avoid spending time on calculations that go nowhere.” The system helps provide instant feedback and is integrated with a SmartBoard. Teachers can send classes “quick poll” questions, and then check the responses to see who needs help with a particular type of problem. “The really great thing about this technology is that no student can sit back and not participate; everyone has to answer every question in class, but can also work at varying speeds,” says Ellen. The T.I. system is revolutionizing pedagogy in math classrooms, and Pomfret is on the cutting edge as one of the original fifty schools to integrate the wireless capability. Beyond use in her own classroom, Ellen is sharing her expertise with others by leading workshops on how to use the technology. Thus far, she has presented at a conference for the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts and at several New England high schools. She has also attended the T.I. International Conference in Atlanta and is one of only 30 teachers nationwide to be invited by T.I. to attend their leadership training in Texas.

Pomfret Welcomes New Director of Advancement by Sharon Gaudreau


ollowing an extensive search, the Pomfret community welcomed Joe Kremer to campus in early March as the new Director of Advancement. Most recently, Joe served as the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the UCM Foundation at the University of Central Missouri. Before that, he worked in philanthropy for The Hotchkiss School, St. Lawrence University, and SUNY-New Paltz, where he was also the Men’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director. Joe earned his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.S. from Florida State. A casual yet professional demeanor, Joe hesitates to throw around too many trite terms. However, he strongly states that his top priority is to create a “culture of philanthropy at Pomfret,” and engagement and stewardship are at the top of his action list. “We need to be significant in the minds of our donors and celebrate often their contributions,” said Joe. “The strength of any school lies in the breadth and depth of its relationship with alumni and parents. Those who give back to Pomfret, whether by helping steer talented and creative students to the Hilltop, providing internships to students and young alumni, planning or hosting an alumni/parent event, or by making the School an important part of their charitable plans, add more value than we could do on our own. “It is this added value that makes Pomfret so special. The landscape of philanthropy has changed in the last twenty years, and we face great challenges, from market and economic conditions to the increased competition for the philanthropic dollar. For us to continue developing the next generation of leaders, armed with education, empathy, strong communications skills and drive, Pomfret must find and cultivate those opportunities that inspire our alumni and parents to step up and become involved.” As a fundraiser for various types of educational institutions, Joe is excited to be back at an independent

New Director of Advancement Joe Kremer school. “The culture of a smaller independent school environment is more attractive to me. Changing course at a larger institution is like turning around the QE2. Pomfret embraces the past, yet is not so rooted that it cannot move forward quickly. It is the right size, more nimble, which is important in today’s world.” Joe eagerly arrived on the Hilltop in early March to begin navigating his new job and home. His family (wife Julie and their two children Nathaniel and Olivia) will officially arrive in the summer after the children finish school. “Julie and the kids love the campus and look forward to joining me as soon as they finish school in Missouri,” stated Joe. “We are looking forward to living on campus

and becoming Pomfret parents.” (Nathaniel will enter Pomfret as a Third Former in the fall.) As Joe settles into a new job and a new life for himself and his family in Northeastern Connecticut, he realizes the challenges ahead of him. “The transition of school leadership, new turf fields, a new science and technology center, and the Annual Fund are all in the forefront of my mind,” states Joe. “I feel confident that the Pomfret community, on campus and beyond, realizes how deserving we are of their support and will work together to improve Pomfret School. I look forward to working with alumni, fellow parents, and all my new colleagues to reach this goal.”


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Winter Performing Arts

Winter Musical



rom February 26th-28th, Pomfret students (and faculty) put on a production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, a musical set in New York City in 1922. Directed by Arts Chair Chip Lamb, it was a huge success with a stunning set, beautiful costumes, and talented young performers. The show played three days in a row to packed houses and involved many members of the Pomfret community.

Broadway Nights:

A Fundraiser for 2011 Choral Trip to Bolivia


n February 26th and 27th, the Pomfret Chorus, led by Music Director Charlie Houmard, performed in the Jahn Reading Room as a prelude to the winter musical. They were met by enthusiastic crowds of students, faculty and parents. It was a comfortable environment for the students to sing solos and duets; they chose their own songs for the performance. The concerts helped raise funds for the 2011 choral trip to Bolivia.


Accomplished AlumnaE inspire by Sharon Gaudreau

MONIQUE Wolanin ’87 Encourages Cathy Washburn (faculty member 1980-1996), Congratulations to Sarah her varsity lacrosse coach at the time. “I believe that Vaillancourt ’04 on Winning Girls and Women in Sports ccording to the Women’s Sports Foundation, sports provide the best classroom for teaching Another Gold!



epresenting the Canadian National Women’s important life-long lessons of what it means to be Hockey Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in an effective leader and teammate – skills that will help you now and forever, as we are all part of Vancouver, Sarah Vaillancourt ’04 and the team secured a gold medal on Thursday, February 25, when various important teams.” they scored 2-0 over archrival USA. This is the second Monique began her college athletic career at Brown consecutive Olympic gold for Vaillancourt, the third for as a freshman defender on the women’s lacrosse team the Canadian women’s hockey team. Vaillancourt won and continued her success for four years, receiving her first gold medal with Team Canada in 2006 at the Since 1999, Louisa Jones, Pomfret’s associate direc- numerous honors. Marks of distinction include being winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. According to the Globe tor of the annual fund and girls varsity field hockey named to the Brine Women’s Lacrosse All-America and Mail, the team scored both goals in a three-minute and tennis coach, has brought impressive NGWSD Second Team, First Team All-New England and speakers to the Hilltop to address our young women All-Ivy. During her senior year, she was named team and men. Thanks to her efforts, Pomfret celebrated captain, selected to play in the North-South Senior All Star game, and was one of only 150 players to earn a tryout with the U.S. Women’s national team. Upon graduation from Brown in 1991, Monique received the esteemed Brown Distinguished Athlete Award for her athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship. She also earned a Master’s degree from Harvard in 1999. National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) has become the premiere occasion to celebrate the participation, success, and accomplishments of girls and women athletes. What started in 1987 as a single event in Washington, D.C. to honor Olympic volleyball star Flo Hyman has grown into a nationwide celebration across all 50 states.

Monique, who completed her first 26.2-mile marathon at the age of 30 and has been an avid runner ever since, concluded her presentation by encouraging each student to be responsible for one’s self. “Make your team better by holding yourself to span of the first period. The Canadians wiped out five U.S. high standards, not making excuses and not letting power plays, including two five-on-three advantages. In the others make excuses for you,” emphasized Monique. second period, down two players, Vaillancourt blocked two this year’s event with a guest speaker well known “And, recognize those individuals who have made a blasts from U.S. defenseman Angela Ruggiero. “We weren’t afraid of blocking shots,” said Vaillancourt, “and we knew to many members of the Pomfret community. positive impact on you and thank them.” that’s what we had to do on five-on-threes.” Monique Kapitulik Wolanin ’87, alumna, former fac— Monique, on behalf of the Pomfret School ulty member and coach (1992-2004), and spouse community, thank YOU! The Pomfret Girls’ Hockey team enjoyed watching of current Director of College Counseling Bruce the game together on campus in Parsons Lodge. HowWolanin, provided a keen presentation on her athever, some would admit a bittersweet feeling at the letic and professional career. “A recent inductee to end of the game – disappointed for the USA team, the Brown University and Pomfret School Athletic but happy for their Pomfret alum! Halls of Fame, who better to represent the NGWSD coalition than our own Monique Wolanin,” Pomfret National Girls and Women in Sports Day Speakers: stated Louisa. 2010 – Monique Kapitulik Wolanin ’87, Pomfret School and Brown University Athletic Hall of Famer

You could feel Monique’s energy from the minute she stepped onto the familiar Pomfret stage to her conclusion – a “jumping jacks” exercise joined by a group of adventurous students, her husband Bruce, and Headmaster Brad Hastings. During her presentation, Monique reflected upon her first experiences playing organized sports at Pomfret and the encouragement she received from

2009 – Kristine Lilly, USA Women’s Soccer Player 2007 – Robin Wallace, General Manager - Nashua Pride Baseball Team 2006 – Lynn Cinella, Nichols College Women’s Basketball Coach 2005 – Juliet Moore, Squash Busters - Boston 2004 – Juliet Thompson, USA Women’s Crew 1988 2003– Sarah Teuting, USA Women’s Ice Hockey goalie 2002 - Bonnie Rosen, USA Women’s Lacrosse, UCONN Coach 2001 - Tony DiCicco, USA Women’s Soccer Coach 2000 - Pam Hixon, USA Women’s Field Hockey Coach 1996 1999 - Louisa Jones, Pomfret School Varsity Field Hockey and Girls Tennis Coach 19

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Girls Basketball

2010 NEPSAC Champions Undefeated Season (28-0) by Head Coach Reb Brooks


o say the 2009-2010 girls’ basketball season was a special one would be an understatement. Just five years ago, the team posted a 6-14 record, and a 28-0 record and NEPSAC Championship title was the last thing on anyone’s mind. However, the 2006-2007 season saw the addition of two freshmen, Kim Derosier ’10 and Maura Hall ’10, who brought new life to the program. Their impact on the floor was obvious, as the team would go on to finish 12-9 that season, just one win away from qualifying for post-season play. The success of the season attracted new players to the school and the 2007-2008 team improved to a 16-5 record, earning a berth into the Class B New England Tournament. That year, the team lost in the quarterfinals to Rivers School, sparking a rivalry that few could anticipate. The 2008-2009 season was even more successful, as the team finished the regular season 20-4 and cemented the top seed after beating top-ranked Williston-Northampton and Rivers School in the second to last weekend of the regular season. The team battled through the opening rounds of the play-offs but nerves and a well-prepared opponent got the best of them in the Championship game. It was the second year in a row that Rivers would end Pomfret’s Championship run.

The 2009-2010 season began unlike any other. Though we welcomed seven new players to the roster, it did not take long for the team to come together and focus on becoming New England Champions. The team’s undefeated season was simply the icing on the cake, the product of hard work and incredible team chemistry – the kind that makes seasons fly by too quickly. It was about much more than just sheer time spent together on the court, in the toaster buses and in the dining hall. It was an understanding that our four seniors ( Maura, Kim, Tristyn Drake and Zenab Keita) deserved nothing short of the very best. These players had given so much to this program and we, and they, wanted to win the championship, whether it meant playing on a sprained ankle or sacrificing time on weekends. Everyone was on board and it was a remarkable thing to be a part of. Only weeks into the season, Pomfret won the Loomis Chaffee Tournament, beating Class A powerhouses Worcester Academy and Tabor Academy. Coaches, players, parents, and opponents all seemed taken aback. This accomplishment 20

was certainly a highlight of the season, and the celebration on the ride home will not soon be forgotten. The team’s goal seemed attainable. We were put to the test later when we competed against Rivers on our home court. With less than ten seconds remaining in the game, Pomfret was down by one point. A team with less conviction might have crumbled under the pressure, but it brought out the best in the girls. After a key rebound by Maura, the ball made its way into the hands of junior Jamie Samociuk ‘11, who penetrated the paint and selflessly passed the ball to sophomore Megan Gaudreau, positioned behind the three-point line in the corner. With the final second running off the clock, Megan drained “the three.” Fans immediately cleared the stands, fully engulfing Megan and the team. There were moments when it felt as though our fans carried us through. I know that no matter how long my coaching career might span, the rush of the fans onto the court at end of the Championship game, in which we beat arch rival Rivers by one point, will always remain a vivid memory. This celebration was the perfect culmination of the months, and even years, of hard work. Though beating Rivers was certainly sweet, I will never forget the incredible support of the entire School community. This would never have been possible without the support of our many Griffin fans! Washburn Basketball Award: Kim Derosier and Maura Hall Season MVP: Zenab Keita Defensive MVP: Jamie Samociuk ’11 Class A & B All Stars: Zenab Keita and Maura Hall

Congratulations to Coach Mott and the Boys III’s Basketball team for their undefeated season of 16-0. Many members of this team were #1 fans of Pomfret Girls’ Basketball.

Girls Ice Hockey by Head Coach Meghan Gillis


he Girls’ Hockey Team earned an impressive 8th seed in the Division 1 tournament. With a record of 13-6-4, the girls advanced to playoffs for the first time since 2006, leaving their mark on Pomfret girls’ hockey history. Our 3-2 playoff loss to Choate was a strong cap to our season. It ended up a one-goal game after being down 3-0; our group of girls never gave up. We battled right with the best in New England as we had all season. We had 12 games where the goal differential was one or zero, and we won or tied all of those close games. While we started out a little slow with a new coach and many new young players, we came together and created a cohesive unit that lost only two games after December 18th. The dedication of seniors Olivia Arnold, Nelle Herrick, Katie Peverada, Sarah Steinke and co-captains Kelsey O’Sullivan and Sam Slotnick was invaluable. When I watched the girls crowd around one table at dinner as a group of teammates and friends, I realized what a special group they are. The support of parents and families this season was truly remarkable. Our fans often outnumbered fans at visiting rinks and they always made sure the girls were well fed. Finally, the support I received from veteran Coach Rowe this year was a crucial component to our success. His work behind the scenes helped things run smoothly and his passion for the game is rare. Ashmead Hockey Award: Olivia Arnold ’10 and Nelle Herrick ’10

Cassie Catlon ’11

Boys Ice Hockey by Head Coach Bruce Wolanin


he Pomfret Boys’ Hockey Team won 12 games, lost 13, and tied 4 while playing one of the most competitive schedules in New England. Five of the losses were by only a single goal; three of these close games ended in overtime. From the opening practice in training camp to the final shift in the small school prep tournament, this team worked hard, made few if any excuses, and proved their mental and physical toughness. Better still, the team improved steadily throughout the season. After winning the Lawrence/Groton Holiday Tournament, the team sealed a bid in the New England tournament by beating Williston at home in an exciting final game of their regular season. The boys also took care of their schoolwork: Eight members of the team were on the Fall Honor Roll, and four were on the Fall High Honor Roll. This team truly put Pomfret Boys’ Hockey back on the map and had fun while doing so. Best wishes to the 11 members of the Class of 2010 (including manager Ashlyn Cahill); they can be proud of their legacy. Luciano Hockey Award: Danny Palumbo ’11 and Adam Rimmer ’10

Boys Hockey team after winning the Lawrence/Groton Holiday Tournament


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Winter Athletics

Boys Basketball by head Coach Dolph Clinton


fter three straight winning seasons, the 2009-2010 Boys’ Varsity Basketball season was hard-fought but disappointing. We ended the year with a final record of 6-17. With only three returning players and one returning starter, we knew that it would be a rebuilding season. We also made a concerted effort to increase our strength of schedule this year by adding perennially strong teams like St. Andrew’s, Deerfield, BB&N and Taft. We had a nice influx of new talent, but New England Prep School Basketball has improved vastly over the last few years and nearly every team was stronger than they had been the year before. Newcomers Cameron Bell ’10, Andrew Robinson ’11 and Leo Driscoll ’10 provided talent and leadership to what was looking to be a very young team. The team also got a shot in the arm from two other new students, Miller Staten ’13 and Joe Ferro ’11, but just as they were settling into the season, we lost Aziz Dieng ’10, arguably our best player, to a season-ending knee injury. Our task was to try to meld ten new varsity players coming from varied styles of play into a cohesive unit, all while playing some of the best teams in New England. This task proved challenging, but as we came down the stretch we won four of our last eight games. This included impressive wins versus Rivers, Putnam Science, and BB&N and hard fought losses versus Marianapolis, Wilbraham, and Cheshire. Six of the last eight teams we faced (12 of 24 overall) made the New England playoffs. Though we had

a losing record, we beat three of those teams and played several others in close games. The 13 young men who played for us this season grew as basketball players, but more importantly, they grew as a team. We will miss Aziz, Leo, Cameron and Mike Stickles ’10, but we return a solid nucleus next year that we look to build around. Daentl Basketball Award: Cameron Bell ’10

Andrew Robinson ’11

Varsity Wrestling By Head Coach Art Horst


or the fifth consecutive year, Pomfret wrestling achieved over 20 wins in a season with our 2009-2010 dual meet record of 21 wins and five losses. What makes this record even more impressive is that the team had graduated eight seniors from last year’s starting lineup. Highlights of the season included hard-fought dual meet wins over Hotchkiss, TrinityPawling, and Deerfield; our fourth place finishes at both the Doug Parker and WNEISWA Tournaments; and qualifying 12 wrestlers for the New England tournament. In thirteen years of coaching here and over twenty

years of coaching in general, I have never had an athlete say to me, “Make sure to thank the dining hall in your write-up.” Brandon Thuotte ’10 did because he sees the big picture. He is interested in how we practice and work out, offers good opinions about the practices, and he was constantly grilling me about our strategies for dual meets. As a captain, he led with hard work, enthusiasm, and competitiveness. He brought great skill to every match, and he competed smartly and ferociously. He came in third in New England behind two All-Americans, and he missed being an All-American by one point. All of this is why Brandon is the winner of the Louis DiNatale Cup. I want to thank the three other seniors: Kwaku Offei-Addo quietly improved every day, winning key matches through strength and mental toughness. He never, ever wavered in his efforts to get better. Justin Tong is the man you want on the mat when things get tough. As if he didn’t know any better, Justin would go after better wrestlers with only winning in mind. His improvement in his two short years in this sport has been great. Bekim Cela came back to us after a year away, and he showed a lot of heart, as he wrestled in pain for much of the season. He gave us some key wins, and he gave us everything he could with his natural balance and competitive spirit. I want to acknowledge RJ LaBeef for continuing his leadership during his injury. At the league tournament, he was practically another coach. Louis DiNatale Wrestling Award: Brandon Thuotte ’10 Coach’s Award: Tomo Okamoto ’12 and Tony Campione ’11


Girls Squash by Head Coach Greg Rossolimo


he Girls Varsity Squash team had a lot of new players on its roster in what was certainly a rebuilding year. The team started off a tough schedule with some one-sided losses to better teams. However, by January, the team began picking up some wins and narrowing its losses. Seniors Elyse Taylor, Christie Rifaat, and Kayla Sheehan formed an experienced core around which the rest of the team gravitated. They made the team atmosphere fun and competitive. Other seniors Charlotte Kamford and Emily Warne added toughness and depth to the ladder, while newcomers Amanda Pierog ’11, Alyssa Brewer ’11, and Lexi Gulino ’13 were important contributors to the team’s wins. The girls ended the season on a high note, hosting the sixteen-team New England “B” tournament. Adrienne Biggert Squash Award: Christie Rifaat ’10

Elyse Taylor ’10

Boys Squash by Head Coach Tad Chase


he Boys’ Varsity Squash team finished a successful season with a 7-7 record and a 9th place finish at the post-season New England Class B Interscholastic Squash Tournament. Led by senior co-captains Nick Brewer and Chris MacKay, the team set high goals and worked hard to develop their racket skills, conditioning, and strategy as they played with poise, patience, and excellent sportsmanship. With the addition of post-graduate Sujat Barua (one of India’s top talents) to the lineup, the team rose to the challenge of facing stiff competition and improving its skills and technique. Although the bottom of the roster was relatively new to the game of squash, each player worked hard to develop his potential and made considerable improvement and contributions throughout the season. Earning varsity letters were Sujat Barua ’10, Nick Brewer ’10, Chris MacKay ’10, Jack Wheatley ’12, Brian Mullen ’11, Will Castagna ’11, David Im ’12, Tucker MacDonald ’12, Kenri Ferre ’11 and Jamie Wall ’11. Highlights of the season included convincing wins over Wheeler (7-0), Millbrook (7-0), Suffield (6-1), Avon (6-1), Middlesex (6-1), Portsmouth Abbey (4-3), and Brooks (4-3), as well as a well-played but heartbreaking loss against Williston (3-4). In post-season play at the New Englands, Sujat Barua in the number 1 flight was crowned the “best of the best” and dominated the field. Meanwhile Brian Mullen, a newcomer-to-the-game, finished in

an impressive fourth place in the number 5 flight. Leading five returning players next year will be co-captains Brian Mullen and Will Castagna. Feldman Squash Award: Sujat Barua ’10 and Nick Brewer ’10 Most Improved Player Award: Brian Mullen ’11 Most Valuable Player Award: Sujat Barua ’10

Brian Mullen, Coach Chase, Sujat Barua at the New Englands


Class Notes

Class Notes Class notes featured in this issue were received prior to March 10, 2010. Notes received after this date will be published in the Spring 2010 issue. Class notes are appreciated and may be submitted via your Class Agent, the Pomfret School website, or by e-mail to Debby Thurston, Class Notes Editor, at We encourage and 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. Class Agent = solicits financial support for the school, gathers news for class notes Class Secretary = makes social contacts, gathers news for class notes



Class Secretary: Henry W. Mellen,

No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office. Fred Schall wrote that he “still plays golf three times a week (nine holes) and pursues retiree activities.”


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


75th Reunion Class Agent: Benjamin C. Gifford Dick Hawes is still living at home with his wife, Anne, in Massachusetts – they have been married 67 years. He was not able to return for his 75th reunion, but remembers his wonderful years at Pomfret with fondness.


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Class Agent: Seth B. French, Jr.



Class Agent: William P. Rowland


70th Reunion No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office. The Pomfret community shares in the sorrow surrounding the loss of Tom Mitchell, who passed away on February 12, 2010.


Class Agent: G. Stewart Hoagland,


Class Agent: Theodore F. Babbitt,


Class Agent: Wyatt Garfield We were saddened to learn that Doug Warner passed away on March 1, 2010. The Pomfret community shares in the sorrow surrounding the loss of a friend and classmate.


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


Class Agent: Richard R. Reynolds,


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


Class Agents: Winslow M. Cady

The Pomfret community shares in the sorrow surrounding the loss of Peter Roll, who passed away on November 23, 2009.

We were saddened to hear from Sonny Staniford and Bindy Banker that Jack Willet passed away from a heart attack on March 24, 2010. Jack was beloved by his classmates and had been a class agent for many years.



65th Reunion No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office. Sumner Parker reported, “I had hoped to attend at least part of the alumni reunion, but I have a grandson who was getting his Law degree from George Mason University on May 15th – and that took precedence.” We were saddened to learn that David Cluett passed away on November 1, 2009, and John Philbrick passed away on November 28, 2009. The Pomfret community shares in the sorrow surrounding the loss of these friends and classmates.

60th Reunion Class Agent: William O. Sumner, The Pomfret community shares in the sorrow surrounding the loss of Jay Lowery ’50 on February 14, 2010. He was the father of Monique Lowery Foster ’80 and father-inlaw to Eric Foster ’81. Read More about Jay on page 37.


Class Agent: James R. Riker

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Class Agent: Robert A. Brunker,

Class Agent: Charles V. Henry III,


Class Agent: Frederick K. Gaston III,


Class Agent: Chester K. Lasell,


55th Reunion Class Secretary: E. Brooks Robbins, David Dominick wrote, “I continue to ranch and support numerous environmental initiatives and community projects. Brooks Robbins wrote, “Meg and I were in Italy in May 2009 with the Museum of Fine Arts Egyptian Curator looking at things Egyptian there – rather surprising that so much material is found far from Egypt. We were there about two weeks. In January 2010 we were on Sanibel, FL, a place we like a lot, as so much of the island is devoted to wildlife and land preservation; it also has a thriving arts component. Our son lives in Tampa, so we got to see him and his family. Our daughter lives in Rye, NY with her family. We also spend a slug of time in Manchester, VT with various relatives.”


Class Agent: Richard S. Storrs, Nick Storrs was happy to say that he was down in lovely, warm Fort Myers, FL in February. “Highest temps were in the low 80s – ahhhhh, lots better than the cold, icy, raw winds of central Massachusetts. Visited the Everglades and raced around on an airboat, enjoyed a few hours out in the Gulf on a 40’ motorboat – wonderful. The Red Sox were just getting ready for their exhibition season – they’ll be all ready to stamp on those overpaid Yankees.”

Nick also reported that Hank “Pete” Wingate will be the Town Crier for “Old-Timer Days” in Otis, MA in June 2010.


Class Agent: Horace H. Work,


Class Agent: Galen N. Griffin, Bill Woods wrote, “I can’t believe our 50th reunion was almost two years ago! As president of Common Cause/Ohio, I have been like the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, trying to do something to stem the flow of fat-cat dollars into political campaigns.” Dave Sage wrote, “The coffee that Bink and Linda Smith sell out of Steamboat Springs is terrific! I have been drinking it for several months now! Tony Call has promised that on his next trip west, he will allow us to garb him as a “real” westerner... avoiding the DUDE tag. For the fly does a 32” Brown trout weighing 20 lbs sound? Caught (and released) him near Buffalo, NY last October. I have the first hard documentation of results from my storytelling curriculum aimed at developing imagination and creativity in kids: it is amazing! It begins to confirm what I have seen and observed over the past 18 months. Results are posted on” John Blake reported, “Our number two son, Owen (b. 1991), was presented his Shrewsbury Troop 50 Eagle Scout award on March 14, 2010. His older brother Brent (b. 1987) became a suitably Big Bird in 2005. Owen was accepted for early admission to American University outside Washington, DC. We remain vertical … my wife Terry continues to win blue ribbons at state and regional flower shows. My daughter Ashley (b. 1985) functions beautifully as a science editor in biochemistry at a fast-growing, bonus-popping, international firm in the research-orbit outside Princeton.

Her boyfriend has a super position with GE. Odds seem about 100-to1 they’ll get hitched by circa 2012. As empty nesters, we’re considering downsizing present digs, possibly relocating seasonally to Punta del Este, Uruquay, a “Little Switzerland” with requisite tax advantages and world-class medical facilities. Who knows… we’ll have a better perspective after November 2010.” Jeff Hopkins has had two books published since his last “self-promotion”: Tantric Techniques (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, March, 2009) and Becoming Enlightened, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (New York: Atria Books/Simon and Schuster, 2009). He also added, “As a stutterer until around age 16, I must report, with trumpets blaring, a listing among the top 20 in nonfiction in Top Audiobooks of 2009: Becoming Enlightened. ‘The Dalai Lama speaks to the practice of Buddhism in modern everyday life while his longtime interpreter and the translator of this work, Jeffrey Hopkins, narrates in a pleasant and soothing cadence.’” Galen Griffin wrote, “With a little help from suggestions of classmate Gordon Clark, Patty and I toured north central India in November of 2009. It was an enervating and overwhelming experience, but well worth the effort. Varanasi and the ablutions and cremations along the ghats of the holy Ganges were overwhelming as were the incredibly delicate and erotic carvings at Khajurajo which reminded us of dynastic works of the same period at Angkor Wat. We saw the Taj in the rain, alas, and also suffered from the new Indian curse of coughs and respiratory problems caused by the incredible air pollution. Our last few days were in Udaipur under clear blue skies – surely one of the world’s most beautiful spots and a reminder of how the Moghul emperors really lived! We returned exhausted, but extremely glad we went while we were still able.” Dave Allan reported, “We are on our 42’ Grand Banks, having gone south from Beaufort, SC to Lake

Okeechobee – a spot we had to avoid two years ago on our circumnavigation because the water level was low. So we are now back in St. Augustine – always a fun watering hole. Headed north, hoping to see the Gildersleeves while passing by Sea Island, SC on the way to the Chesapeake. Will be home in May, leaving the boat anywhere, then back on it mid-August for a trip through Lake Champlain. All at 7.5 knots and three gallons of diesel per hour.” Ed Otocka wrote, “I taught Freshman Chemistry at a local community college over the summer and fall of 2009. It was an eye opening experience. All college enrollment increases in the US have been in the community colleges, and I must say that many don’t really belong there. I didn’t continue because we were contemplating leaving Florida, and sure enough, we just bought a place in Waxhaw, NC, a suburb of Charlotte. That makes us “half-backs” – a term coined by realtors to describe northerners who moved to Florida and are now going halfway-back to their origins. To treat myself for my 70th birthday, I’m heading to Alaska in the fall of 2010 for a week of (hopefully) unparalleled steelhead fishing. Somehow, Dave Sage couldn’t break away to accept my invitation to make the trip a twosome!”


Class Agent: Jeb N. Embree, Clay Hollister wrote, “After six years as a Selectman for the town of Jaffrey, NH, I am now back in ‘the private sector.’ However, I am now president of our Rotary club, JaffreyRindge. My wife Caroline continues to work very hard on restoring our old theatre, The Park. I still have great memories of our 50th reunion!”


50th Reunion Class Agent: Benjamin A. Fairbank, Jr., 25

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Class Agent: George M. Walker,


Class Secretary: David J. Watkins, Class notes compiled by David Watkins: Dave Hard reported, “For the past 30+ years I’ve been a Professional Procrastinator. I am now retired and doing what I only did part-time since 1963 – playing folk music solo and with two different groups. I’ve been married to Sandra for 27 years and have one daughter, Karen, who graduates from University of Colorado this Spring. I retired from the Regional Transportation District five years ago and jumped right into the music I’ve always loved. Life is good here in The Peoples Republic of Boulder and I hope to make it to Pomfret in 2012.” Wally Buschmann wrote, “Wish I had something to add that my classmates would love to hear. What I would like to hear is that we will all be back to Pomfret in the spring of 2012 for our 50th reunion. Just think, when we were Sixth Formers, the class celebrating its 50th reunion was the Class of 1912. They sure seemed a lot older then we are. I would especially enjoy seeing Dave Truslow and Buzz Hall make appearances.” Peter Lownds wrote, “I’ve been thinking, off and on, about our fiftieth for several years now. Since I live and work in L.A., that means a special trip to a place where I’m sure I’d be besieged by memories. I’m sure you’ll all agree we’re extremely lucky to have gotten to this relatively rarefied chronological altitude! Curiously, I am feeling better and more hopeful than ever about the possibility of contributing a dash of vital force, whenever opportunities for recounting and recollection come my way. Certainly, a fiftieth reunion with men who were my friends and brothers at a particularly vulnerable and challenging time is such an occasion. In my 41st year as an educator, I coach high school kids in English composition in an after-school program at a large inner-city public school here. It’s the 26

antithesis of Pomfret; a school for immigrants and immigrants’ kids, largely Hispanic, Korean and Afro-American. Since my Individualized Instruction Lab falls under the aegis of the currently endangered Adult and Career Division of the LAUSD, I also have older people in my class, people str ug gling toward a General Education Diploma which they hope will enable them to become less marginalized in terms of employment by affording them a chance to hang on to or reclaim their subjectivity, self-worth and dignity. I am researching a radio-play I’d like to write for the Fake Radio Troupe concerning the relationship between Thelonious Monk and Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter. Certa viriliter! – Z”

Peter Lownds ’62 with his granddaughter, Riley Rose Medina

Pat Morss reported, “Anne-Lise and I are still in the same Gloucester house, same number of daughters (two) in ME and VT, but added two sons-in-law and one grandson. I work at the same architecture firm in Boston, doing much more marketing than project work in this horribly competitive economy.”

Anne-Lise, wife of Pat Morss ’62, with their grandson

Mark Acheson wrote, “Irmela and I celebrate our 47th anniversary this year. I have been ‘retired’ since 1998 (graduated more likely). We spend half the year in Barrington, IL near Chicago, half the year in Colorado (Cordillera near Vail), and half the year traveling (Len Hassler always knew I was no good at fractions), mostly to Europe or to homes where our vacation club has facilities. My daughter (43) is an investment banker, married with two great (grand)kids all living in our Old Barrington house. My son Marcus Acheson ’90 (37) is an architect in Philadelphia and on the verge of getting married this spring. I enjoy lots of things: playing piano; reading – including all of Graham Greene (I prefer reading an author’s entire works in Seriatum if possible – Pigger might not approve of my Latin, as usual), anything Civil War, and European history (Rindfleisch too might not approve of my choices); cooking, although my wife and kids are the master chefs; woodworking (cabinetry and lots of wood turning); golf, skiing, snow shoeing, swimming; languages (French, Dutch, German, some English); and gardening – vegetables mostly. To fight any possibility of the onset of Alzheimer’s, Irmela and I race to finish the daily NY Times crossword and we do one master Kakuru in the morning and always play Scrabble ...we have kept 40+ years of thousands of game scores and have played regardless of where we lived (Australia, Holland, Germany) or traveled. We are political junkies and despite our thin-lipped northeastern education (or more likely because of it), follow politics with a strong center-right focus....and like Scott Brown, I too drive a truck. As I am now six years cancer-free (bladder), I plan on Reunion 2012 as well.” Sam Tilton reported, “I am not retired, having just sent in the last tuition payment for our younger son, Peter (we were “old” parents). He is graduating this year from Harvard – hard to believe four years went by so fast, and that was after a year off before starting college. Peter’s summer interests and grants have taken us to Buenos Aires, and to Bogotá and Cartagena in Colombia the last two summers. Now he has found an interesting and paying job in the retail marketing area based near Stamford (not an easy task these days). Our

other son, Alex, graduated in 2006 from Yale, worked for two years as a paralegal at a large NYC firm, and now is in his first year of Law School at Tulane in New Orleans. And New Orleans itself isn’t too bad either – time off in the past two weeks for the Super Bowl parade and Mardi Gras. My wife Mimi (35 years this summer) just finished developing an historic building (with her brother) into offices and high-end loft apartments, and they hope to find another opportunity soon. She fills in the free moments with community volunteer work involving property preservation and management, and planning trips to visit our sons and/ or lure them to come with us. I continue my real estate legal practice. My firm requires a change of status at the end of 2011, and I have already assured my partners that I will not be staying around indefinitely – I have too many things I’d like to do, although I hope to keep my hand in the law somehow. I really enjoyed the “mini-reunion” that David Watkins organized a number of years back in NYC, and look forward to seeing many of my classmates soon. Hard to believe we will be 50 years out in 2012.” Howie Mallory wrote, “After 35 years of banking in Aspen, I retired from the bank that I had started ten years before with some partners. It may have been the best of times or the worst of times. It all remains to be seen. Besides juggling the books, I spend a lot of time on local open space, a.g. conservation and trails issues, and the 10th Mountain Hut Association. I’m involved with our Nordic trails system to keep expanding it, climate permitting. Made contact with Peter Lownds in Los Angeles who was sporting the best looking fedora I have recently seen. See everyone in two years.”


Class Agents: Anthony C. Lame, James D. Makowsky, Drew J. Otocka, Class Secretary: Charles W. Fleischmann,

Carlie Fleischmann wrote, “I am now a published author, having contributed the cover article to The American Fly Fisher, the journal of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, Winter 2010. Sort of an esoteric subject involving a gentleman named Edwin Osgood and the Kosmic fly rod. I enjoyed researching and writing the article over several years while still practicing law, and I am looking forward to my two year-old granddaughter soon learning to cast. Hope all is well with all of you.”


Class Agents: Peter W. Clement, John A. Dix, Congratulations to Mark Simon, whose design of a slapstick table has won a 2009 Good Design Award given out by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architectu r e A r t D es i g n a n d Urban Studies. This table had previously won a silver medal in the 2008 Design Excellence Awards. It is available from Curran of Seattle, WA (, a home-furnishings company owned by Jeff Cur ran ’84. Winnie Villamora wrote, “I’m still doing IT consulting for non-profits with the majority of my work focused on social justice issues through the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Pomfret School planted the seeds of my interest in social justice. I joined the after-school Hartford Tutorial Project for underserved children in the north end of Hartford with Matt Hobbs and Rufus Phillips in 1963. I remember it now like it was yesterday. We often went for pizza in a local parlor afterwards. Regarding family news, my older daughter Genevieve was recently married to Ben de la Cruz, online media director at the Washington Post, on October 3, 2009 in a scenic vineyard in Lovettsville, VA. My wife Grace and I have gained a dutiful and capable son. My younger daughter, Nicole, works for Blackstone Partners in Manhattan.”


45th Reunion Class Agent: William A. Hastings,


Class Agent: James G. Stuart,


Class Agent: Michael S. Petty, Scott Lord wrote, “My son Austin works for Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown, who is running for the U.S. Senate. My daughter Amy continues to work in H.R. at the corporate headquarters of Legal Seafood in Boston. Our granddaughter Kylie (two years old) visited for Thanksgiving and stayed in motion 20 hours a day.” David Feffer is chairman of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation in Bigfork, MT. The Foundation is organizing a Guitar Festival and Workshop at the Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, from August 29 – September 5, 2010, featuring special guest artists. More information can be found at www.


Class Agent: Robert R. Rich, Rob Rich wrote, “For Polly and me, it has been an eventful year. After selling our house in Piedmont, CA three years ago, we are now in contract to buy a house in Danville, CA, a suburb east of the Bay Area. Although we rented in Danville, it was not a destination of our choice but rather convenience. However, we have come to love this town (by the way, it’s the home of Captain Chesley Sullenberger, who landed the US Airways plane in the Hudson River). As I am segueing into semi-retirement, I have found that bicycling has grown from a minor interest to major commitment each week. Danville is very bicycle friendly, as the suburbs of the Bay Area have

dedicated bicycle lanes that can accommodate two bikes side-by-side, which makes for much socializing while riding. Our classmate Brad Hastings was recently in San Francisco along with Melissa Perkins (Associate Director of Pomfret’s Annual Fund). Among our vintage of schoolmates I met were John Bogardus ’70, Eric Schwartz ’69 and Michael Schwartz ’66. John has moved from the City by the Bay to the town of Sonoma where he continues his practice of mental health services. Eric and Michael are still active in their various business activities, but each has moved from San Francisco to greener pastures in the suburbs north of the City.” Peter Pease reported, “Massachusetts politics has taken over much of the last year for me, as I’ve been campaigning for my friend Martha Coakley. Scott Brown’s victory, riding a wave of tea party votes and cash, has me picking the dirt out of the truck tire tracks imprinted on my chest. My therapy has included songwriting and performances. Email me for mp3’s of “Scott Brown Live!” and four-part choral pieces “Tea Party” and “When You’re Angry”… Last year included a very fun weekend golf tournament: the Griffins beating the Westminster Martlets under Captain Brad Hastings’ leadership, and an excruciating loss in the Vineyard Golf Club Championship to a fellow who happens to be a defendant in one of my firm’s securities fraud cases against Bear Stearns. Best of all, Susan and I are greatly enjoying our children’s

interesting paths and company, including granddaughter Ellery, now 17 months old.”


Class Agent: Richard G. Levin,


40th Reunion Class Agent: Gilbert H. Judson, After years scooping ice cream and handing the reigns over to his daughter, Tom Arnold became involved in outdoor education for at-risk youth, only to get downsized out of the non-profit he worked for by the economy. However, as his wife Martha teaches first grade in Ewing, NJ, that’s where you’ll find him. Although Tad Sendzimir travels a lot (France, Germany, India etc.) he finds himself back in Connecticut, running the family business. His wife Alexandra is a doctor, and his son Yuri is 18 years old. Janet Arvonen Kniffin survived about twenty minutes of retirement and then took on a new assignment as coordinator for the umbrella organization which distributes food to food banks of six of Connecticut’s counties... which keeps her busy! And son Jeremy ’88 is now in the sports information department at Hofstra University on Long Island. Helen Pollari Howell and her husband live in Acton, MA. She has worked for Mathworks for a good long time.

Peter Pease ’68 with his granddaughter Ellery


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Her job involves explaining things to those of us who understand software and those who don’t, and vice versa. David Newbold reported, “Not much to report from me. Still living it up in Bend, OR and working at Bend Research, a pharmaceutical R&D company. My 20 year-old daughter attended the Environmental Summit in Copenhagen representing several youth groups and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to address a full plenary session of the UN. Since returning from Copenhagen (which she described as a flop), she has started a national organization called “Show Me Democracy,” to mobilize young people to put pressure on US senators to pass climate sensitive legislation. As a political science major, she is living the dream!” The prize for best class communicator of 1970 over the years has to go to Char Miller. Until recently a professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, Char spent a year sort of on the road as a visiting scholar for the National Park Service, and has since relocated with his wife, Judi Lipsett, to Pomona CA, where he is now the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. Mike Wood is a history teacher and some-time administrator at the high school level, married to Nancy Dewey, and has been in or near Deer Isle, ME for eons. He actually worked a short stint at Pomfret, and then spent time in Ohio, but he “had to get back to Maine” and doesn’t sound like he wants to leave. Alan Schwartzbach is a senior buyer for the Kennedy Space Center, a job he’s been doing for some time now. He and his wife Jenethal have a son, also in high school. Chris Skambis is also in Florida running a small family law firm. He wrote, “My daughter is at Emory University in Atlanta and started out thinking she wanted to be a chemistry major. That changed to Math and now Math and Political Science. However, she recently told me that she actually might want to “just be a teacher” and was sorry that she put me to the expense of Emory. I told her that I could think of no better use of my money and that if she was going to be a teacher she needed to make sure she was the best teacher


she could be. She hopes to do a tour with Teach for America when she graduates. I also have a stepson who graduated from Rice with a Civil Engineering degree, and is now on a full ride to Arizona State in their School of Sustainability for his Master’s degree. My second stepson is a sophomore at Florida in Mechanical Engineering, and my son is a freshman in the honors program at Florida (who knows what he will major in?).” Jeff Baker was a builder in Maine for years, then found his way south and evolved into a building inspector and then supervisor of building inspections for the town. All of that has changed now; his wife is a practitioner of traditional Chinese healing practices and Jeff has finished the training to become one too, so they’ll share a practice. He still has fond memories of Pomfret’s exquisite skaters, including our Head. John Bogardus wrote, “I am up to my usual, which I could describe as working part time if I wanted to garner sympathy, or semi-retired if I wanted to engender envy. In any event I feel very blessed to be living here in wine country (Sonoma, CA) enjoying my family and playing as much golf as I can. I urge classmates to follow a lead I learned from Tom Arnold and donate to Partners in Health ( for the earthquake in Haiti.” Matt Bates reported, “I’m in my fourth year at the University of Maryland and am writing my dissertation: a history of the International Labor Communications Association, a body representing members of the post-World War II labor press, from slick national magazines to tiny shop newsletters. I’ve been teaching for the College of Journalism the past three years, but took a less-demanding administrative job this year so I can get on with my writing and research. I’ve been working in alternative/radical and labor media pretty much nonstop since Pomfret and also spent two years as a daily reporter for an afternoon AP paper in north central Connecticut.” Dan Burnham lives in Wayne, PA. He’s now an instructor at a local college after 23 years with GlaxoSmith-Kline, and he and his wife Nancy have two step-children and

two kids each, and he seems very pleased with the career switch. Raf James wrote from somewhere in the Middle East: “I’m currently working with the Army on a Defense Department contract in Kuwait. I tend to move around a bit, so for now e-mail is the best bet for catching me in timely manner (thank the good Lord for Yahoo!). Still going to places where sane people don’t often vacation (then again, save for marrying Susie, when was I ever guilty of using common sense?) This contract ended in March; haven’t decided yet whether to stay here, return to the States, or try some other garden spot of the universe. As for running – yes, all those years of hiking Army-style and doing other silly things were definitely NOT good for the knees; have since discovered bikes (the stationary ones) and walking, though I keep entertaining these weird fantasies of trying the Ironman in Hawaii. I got word from Bob Sims ’69 a while back that Hack Garrison is no longer with us – he passed in 2000.” Tom Boyd splits time between Essex, CT and the UK and hopes to be back for the reunion. He’s taught at several schools in England, but now teaches mostly electronically (Sheepdog Guides solutions, Tim Smith is currently “between opportunities” – he keeps up with Joe Keiffer, who’s moved from arts management and is a full-time artist now, with solo shows and one book out. He and Jane have one son. Carter Hinckley is down in New York City, with Rim and their two boys, still running The Fieldstone Corporation. They merged with their main rival and must have the city on bended knee, begging for quality service. Also in New York are Steve Kleege, David Jones and Steve Howard. Donald Graham is primarily a freelance residential designer residing in Grafton, MA where he has served as a Commissioner for the Grafton Historic District Commission. He has also volunteered for Preservation Worcester, a not-for-profit founded by John Herron, father of Jock Herron ’69. He received his Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Architecture from The Rhode

Island School of Design (RISD) in the eighties. He has enjoyed collaborating with Peter Borgemeister ’69, also a RISD grad, in recent years. Don enjoys a continuum of telecon chats and correspondence with Joe Keiffer, fine artist living on the West Side of Manhattan, and “telephone tag” with the very active and very accomplished architect Peter Smoluchowski. He had a brief chat with Steve Howard, coCaptain of Crew ’70, who has bailed out of Lehman Brothers and is surviving well as an investment banker with the British firm Barclays Capital in their Manhattan office. Don has recently visited fine musician Otis Read ’71 to enjoy jamming on guitar and a bit of song! Roger Morse is now in Christianstead, US Virgin Islands; go to MySpace and find lots of pictures of his clan. Whatever he does there, the climate looks good. Karen Thibodeau Sweet is in California, and very involved in Christian coaching ( Her website promises a whole new presentation this year. Marshall Eaton just had hip replacement surgery in March. He has managed to stay about as close to Pomfret as one of us can, still teaching and coaching there with his wife Ginny. Barbara Peterson Riley gets an honorable mention for proximity; she’s down the street. Greig Shearer and his wife Evan have been in the Hartford area forever. He’s been principal flutist with the Hartford Symphony since 1993, an Adjunct Faculty at the Hartt School, and has been a chamber artist and soloist all around Connecticut, New York, and Boston. He is a former faculty member of Trinity College, the Hartford Conservatory, Connecticut State University, and the New England Music Camp. He helped found the Soni Fidelis Quintet, and performed with them from 1984 to 1994. When not in Saudi Arabia or Calgary (two very different oil kingdoms) Gil Judson and his wife Tinker live in East Grand Rapids, MI after 25 years in the San Francisco area. The kids now walk to school, he’s 15 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes to downtown Grand Rapids. They live on a small lake

and bought a summer cottage 45 minutes away on Lake Michigan. They enjoy tennis, fishing, cross country skiing, lake living and have found more time together than they managed in California. Son, Nick, is 16 years old and is doing well at school (unlike his father) and plays high school tennis, lacrosse and is on the ski team. Daughter Katie is 13 years old, really loves the move to Michigan, and is doing well. Mark Lipman has been a videographer in the San Francisco area for about six years, and remarried two years ago.

his place until after the election. This involves a lot more politics than I really enjoy, but I do get to have my photo taken with famous politicians, like Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (no relation)! By the time this is published, the election will be over, so send those congratulations or condolences to ilsedbailey@gmail. com! I have heard from some of you on Facebook recently, but I’d love to hear from the rest of my former classmates and friends.”

Class Agents: Jacques P. Bailhe,


Class Agent: James M. Bergantz,


Class Agents: Ilse D. Bailey, Peter de Treville, David A. Rosen, Lori Heidelberger reported, “I am working with a great transportation company, First Transit, as Assistant General Manager. We shuttle customers from the rental car terminal to the airport in Houston, TX. Hard to believe I have been here for almost 35 years! Shout out to everyone in the class of 1973!” Ilse Bailey wrote, “I am still living in Kerrville, TX. I am running for Kerr County Attorney in a hotly contested Republican primary race, with no Democratic candidate opposing, so if I win the primary (March 2, 2010), I will be the winner of the November election, also. The former County Attorney was appointed district judge, so I was appointed acting County Attorney in

Class Agent: Robert K. Mullarkey,


30th Reunion Class Agents: Linnea Corwin Elrington, Monique Lowery Foster, Class Secretary: Martha K. Murphy,


In January 2010 Bob McChesney released The Death and Life of American Journalism, written with his friend John Nichols, and published by Nation Books.


Ilse Bailey ’73 (right) with Texas Senator Kay Hutchison


Class Agents: Keith F. Curry, David D. Dixon,


35th Reunion Class Agents: Andre B. Burgess, Timothy S. Matthews,


Class Agents: Richard S. Cody, Michael R. Nelson, Mary L. Paganelli, Ronald Roelke,


Class Agent: Heidi Smith Graumann,

Bunny Ranhoff wrote, “I am still living in Pomfret, caring for my mother since my father’s passing. I am spending much of my time with my two adult children. My daughter Christie, 26, is a teacher of “special needs children.” My son Tucker, 24, is currently in college and working a part-time job. I’m looking forward to our 30th reunion...hope to see you all there!”


Class Agent: Eric L. Foster, Class Secretrary: Sarah Scheide,


Class Agents: Ronald A. Levene, Johanna M. Moffitt, Stu Adams is having a great time. He is starting a church in Mt. Pleasant, PA called “Well Spring: A Place for New Beginnings” and he will be the pastor. He has three children ages 19, 14, and 11. James Baker is the vineyard man-


Class Agents: Mark S. Breen, Mark R. Fallon,

Eric ’81 and Monique Lowery Foster ’80 visited Linnea Corwin Elrington ’80 (front) at her home in England

ager and wine maker at Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, CT. Martha Peracca Goodman and her husband have three children – an eight year-old son and five year-old twin daughters. They have a mini-farm in New York with lots of animals. Gwynith Mayers Grant has three children who play soccer and lacrosse, and clearly get their athleticism from their father. Her eldest son plays lacrosse with Robin Yamakawa Johnson’s son, who is captain of their team. Charlie Hollerith is the principal of Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He has a daughter, Lily, who is in second grade. John Lasell is doing well and is living in Golden, CO. He has two boys aged two and four. Joey Moffitt is still sailing. She will be doing the Newport-Bermuda Race again this June. Last year on the Marion-Bermuda race, she crossed the finish line in second place and was first in her class. Suzanne Cushwa Rusnak is happy and doing well. She has two daughters aged seven and ten.


Class Agent: Wendy Reeder Enelow, Alex McLean wrote, “I began serving as minister of First Presbyterian Church in Swannanoa, NC, on July 6, 2009. I live five miles outside of Asheville, NC, and am enjoying the Appalachian Mountains. I saw Wendy Brown ’85 in March 2010 at an open house she was sponsoring for her acupuncture clinic. Go Saints!” John Hinchman reported, “I am currently in the Big Easy working on a cemetery project. The temperatures are perfect and a great break from the snow and cold of Philly.” Lauren and David Watstein are very proud of their 10 year-old daughter, Molly, who was chosen to receive the Connecticut Association of School’s Celebration of the Arts Award. Molly was recognized for artistic ability in both performing 29

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and visual arts. David also sends congratulations to Jim Enelow: “I rooted for you and the Saints! What a great victory!” Ben Stout wrote, “I am still flying for Delta Airlines on the 757 and 767. I am currently on a mandatory six month medical leave because of a heart attack on New Year’s Eve. The fortunate side of this story is the prognosis is excellent. Aside from the one artery that became 100% occluded, the rest of them are actually clear. I feel great and should be back in the cockpit sometime around September/October 2010. I have been taking advantage of the time off by traveling with my wife to places we have not been to yet. We just got back from a 10-day trip to Athens, Greece and Tel Aviv, Israel. For March, we will visit Berlin and my hometown of St. Thomas, VI. It has also been nice to spend more time with our four children – two girls who are now 17 and 15, and twin boys who are 12. If anyone would like to contact me, my email is, and I can also be found on Facebook with that same email address as the search item. I hope everyone that reads this is doing well and I look forward to hearing from former classmates!” Peter Southam reported, “Sarah, the kids (Samantha, 16 and Max, 13) and I are still living in Bethel, Maine. I teach science and coach the road and mountain biking teams at Gould Academy. Samantha is a junior at Gould, and has been doing very well in Nordic skiing over the last few years. Her team won the NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Conference) championships. Last summer I opened a bicycle shop (Bethel Bicycle LLC) and have been learning a lot about retail sales, etc. It has been a lot of fun, and hopefully someday the business will become self-sufficient. Max is also a skier, competing for his middle school teams in both alpine and Nordic. If anyone from our class has a desire to ski at Sunday River, they should give us a call. Bethel is also a fantastic place to ride road or mountain bikes, go paddling, hiking, etc. My best to the class of 1983.” Chris Scott wrote, “I was in Baltimore recently and I stopped into the headmaster’s office of St. Paul’s School to see [former Pomfret faculty] Tom and Ann Reid. I had not


seen them in 12 years. I cannot tell you how great it was to catch up. I am amazed how little they have changed since 1987. I also spoke with Ned Hallowell and he is loving life on the west coast with his LA supermodel girlfriend. Lastly, I would like to congratulate Jim Enelow for 30 years of hopeless support of his home town football team. It finally paid off.” Susan Diaz Killenberg is enjoying living in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband, Chris, and kids Sam (14) and Eva (11). “I am working as an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, teaching and doing clinical work. My specialty is the field of reproductive psychiatry, working with women with mental health conditions in pregnancy and postpartum. My brother, Arthur ’78, is now the CFO at Pomfret. It is great to visit him, and get tours of the Pomfret campus – it looks amazing! Last Thanksgiving, while visiting Arthur, I got to see John Hinchman who was in town with his parents. It was a treat to see Ingrid Black Burnell in the spring of 2009 as she toured the UNC campus with her daughter, and I would love to travel to Asheville, NC some weekend and hear a sermon by Alex McLean. Even though my paycheck comes from UNC, my family are ardent Duke basketball fans, which has caused some tension in my friendship with Jeff Goldings, who is apparently a Maryland fan. I would love to see any Pomfret classmates if you are passing through Tarheel country.” Jessica Slosberg Benjamin reported, “My eldest son, Charlie, is entering high school next year at the Fieldston School in Bronx, NY. At an introductory meeting we learned that the Dean assigned to his grade for the next four years will be none other than upper school English teacher and fellow Pomfret grad, Kate Reynolds ’81!” Jim and Wendy Reeder Enelow reported, “We had a nice visit with Lisa Wood and her two boys in summer 2009 in Sun Valley, ID. We have seen each other in Idaho for the last three years and our boys always have a fun time together. Jim is enjoying Zurich Financial Services which he recently joined as global head of their Financial Lines Practice. He is also smiling a

Bonsal Stifel and our daughters. My daughter, Anna, is applying to Pomfret this year. I can’t believe I’m that old!” Kurt Rhynhart reported, “Greetings from NH! I just returned

Lisa Wood ’83 (center back) and her boys welcomed Wendy & Jim Enelow ’83 and their boys to Sun Valley, ID last summer

lot these days after cheering on his New Orleans Saints at the Super Bowl in Miami along with our three boys. Who Dat!” Tim Eustis wrote, “Sarah and I and our boys are currently visiting my parents in Sanibel, FL – a welcome respite from cold Paris. Sarah is currently a director at Etam, a clothing company in France (similar to Express and Victoria’s Secret over here). I’m getting the family settled and working on some wine consulting over here, and doing some writing and wine research. Best to everyone.”


Class Agents: Christian B. Brown, Jeffrey P. Curran, Rob DeFreitas wrote, “I have recently begun a new job with Oechsle International Advisors, LLC (OIA) in Boston. OIA is a privately-held asset management firm that manages nonU.S. equity investments for institutions around the world. As Managing Director in the firm’s Marketing group, I’m primarily focused on developing new business relationships and growing the firm’s asset base. I’d like to thank my classmate, Polly Hallowell, for alerting me to this great opportunity!! I still live in Sudbury, MA with my wife, Sarah, and three daughters (ages 14, 11 and 9).”

Este Stifel (left) and Avery Shoemaker, daughters of Adair Bonsal Stifel ’85 and Alison Smith Shoemaker ’85

from Haiti after spending two weeks rendering surgical care to earthquake victims in a town called Hinche. I was part of a combined Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical Center response to the disaster. We were working closely with an organization called Partners in Health (PIH) that has been in Haiti for many years providing medical care. I thought surgery in Iraq was austere...this was 100 times worse. The scope of the injuries was very similar to war injuries but the limitations in equipment and supplies was staggering. Despite these limitations we provided compassionate and thoughtful medical care and clearly made a difference to those we touched. I found the Haitian people to be very resilient, proud, happy, and thankful despite the disaster. We could learn from them. I look forward to returning sometime in the next few months.”

Jeff Curran reports that all is well out in Seattle. He recently connected with classmate Nick Van Slyck and had a good laugh.


25th Reunion Class Agents: Katherine Simshauser Lavin, David H. Lefferts, Alison Smith Shoemaker wrote, “I spent Halloween 2009 with Adair

Kurt Rhynhart ’85 spent time helping people in Haiti


Class Agents: Jeffrey H. Connor, Merrill Joy Slaugh, Jeff Connor continues to teach English at Eaglebrook School and serve as the director of theater and film. He still enjoys coaching the varsity football and baseball programs but spends a little less time on the fields these days so he can enjoy his kids, daughter Alex (9) and son Benjamin (6). Jeff has written and composed two new musicals that he has showcased locally and hopes to develop professionally in the future. Meanwhile, his wife of 12 years, Erika, has left Eaglebrook to work as a speech pathologist. Jeff hopes his classmates are preparing to travel back to Pomfret for the 25th reunion next year.


Class Agents: Katharine B. Cowperthwait, Jonathan L. Hart, Steve Greer has written a book entitled Starting From Scrap: An Entrepreneurial Success Story. The book chronicles the story of Hartwell Pacific, a metal recycling company he founded in Hong Kong in 1993. It will publish in March 2010.


Class Agent: Elizabeth Tilt Weiner, Mather Zickel was recognized by quite a few Pomfret classmates in Jonathan Demme’s film Rachel Getting Married last year and he has since appeared on several network and cable television programs, most recently in Delocated, airing on Cartoon Network. Mather continues to live in New York and Los Angeles and keeps in close contact with Jeff Connor ‘86. He’d love to hear from classmates.


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


20th Reunion Class Agents: Marcus W. Acheson, Rachel D. Baime, Laura Cowperthwait Funkhouser, Jonathan G. Gengras, Kim Cutter wrote, “My first novel, called The Maid, will be published by Houghton Mifflin in the spring of 2011. I teach a journaling work shop to young women at the France Residence in Brooklyn, NY.” Marcus Acheson reported, “2010 finds me well and happy. I’m looking forward to being married in May; Ashlin Barbe and I were engaged back in August 2009 after a surprise trip to New York. She is eager to see my beloved campus when we come for our 20th reunion, and I can’t wait to show her around. Work is also good, having led the design of the exterior of the Children’s Hospital research tower in Philadelphia. I am now in the throes of the new shock/trauma center in Baltimore, where I work with another architect, Tim Barnhill ‘92, and a hospital in Rochester called the Strong Memorial – named after another Pomfret family.”


Class Agents: Laurence N. Hale, Abigail Gardiner Silk, Class Secretary: Caroline E. Waterlow,


Class Agents: Diana Heide Fredericks, Samuel L. Goldworm David Wyatt Wartels, Kate Green Ripple wrote, “My husband Zeb and I and our two children, Olivia and Max, moved from San Francisco to Ross, CA. Lulita Duke Reed and her husband, John, and two daughters, Laila and Penelope, also moved to Ross as well. Small world!”


Class Agents: Michael G. Farina, Sarah M. Flournoy, Michelle Breen O’Leary wrote, “My husband and I are enjoying life with our son Logan, who is just about to turn two years old. We are also looking forward to the addition of our second son in mid-March. We can’t wait!” Congratulations to Erica and Jack Howard-Potter, who welcomed a baby daughter, Skylar Rohe Howard-Potter, on January 25, 2010.

Skylar Rohe Howard-Potter, baby daughter of Jack Howard-Potter ’93

Technology and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Michael Rose is married and living in San Francisco, and is a professional photographer. Check out his website at www. Michael Farina is still teaching at Yale and spending his summers in Tuscany. He is working hard in his role as president of Pomfret’s Alumni Association.


Class Agents: Karrie M. Amsler, Edward W. Wartels, Timothy L. Whipple, Tim Whipple announced, “On October 22, 2009, we welcomed Anabelle Lowrey Whipple into the world. Mom and baby are both happy and healthy.”

Anabelle Lowrey Whipple, daughter of Tim Whipple ’94

Kari Johnson Whitney has moved to Worcester, MA with her family. She is coaching high school rowing for Worcester Public Schools. Gavin King is Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri. Prior to this position, he was a postdoctoral researcher at JILA – an interdisciplinary research institute run jointly by the National Institute of Standards and 31

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15th Reunion Class Agents: Carson T. Baker, Whitney A. Cook, Allison C. Glasmann, Nicholas D. Mettler, Robert E. Thebault, Daniel J. Thompson, Barrett and Nick Mettler welcomed their son, Spencer “Spence” Jackson Mettler, on September 11, 2009. Congratulations to Rob Shuhy and Gretchen Bryan ’96, who are engaged to be married September 10, 2010.

Carson Baker ’95 enjoying Spencer Mettler, son of Nick Mettler ’95


Class Agents: Amanda Holt Bartelme M. Anderson Bottomy, Hillary H. Lewis, Michael A. Newton Rebecca Holt Squires,



Class Agents: Miriam Jamron Baskies, Merrill Indoe Robertson, Lindsay R. Larsen, Class Secretaries: Powers Kane, Kyle Ritchie Wheeler Simmons Griffith, Miriam Jamron Baskies wrote, “My family and I have relocated to the Washington, DC area. If you are living there, we would love to get together!”


Class Agents: John E. Evans III, Christopher F. Hale, Stacy Durbin Nieuwoudt, Sarah L. Welch, Kip Hale wrote, “I am currently working for the Prosecution’s department in the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I have been working here for a year and a half in total, and was on the trial team that just finished the tribunal’s first trial in November 2009. I absolutely love my work, and plan on staying for the foreseeable future. Any Pomfret people in the area, please email me at”

Congratulations to Trevor Rees, who is engaged to be married to Morgan Holland, sister of Gardiner Holland ’02, on July 31, 2010, at Lake of Isles in North Stonington, CT. Caroline Dix reported, “On June 6, 2009 I was married to Eugene B. Templeton IV in Chicago. Fellow alumni in attendance were classmates Hollie Marinecz, Livia Skelly-Dorn Roustan, and Paula Glasmann, along with my brother Jad Dix ’96 and father John Dix ’64. I am still working at a large landscape architecture firm in Sausalito, CA, focusing on local university campus projects as well as new developments in China.”


Class Agents: Lindsey Boardman Duerr, Alysa Paul Hill, Timothy A. Patrick, Jr., Katrin I. Urban,


10th Reunion Class Agents: Hilary M. Gerson, Susannah Miragliuolo,

Loren Haberski Copple reported, “I began working at the VA in Manchester, NH as a therapist in April 2009. Then in November, I was promoted and became the suicide prevention coordinator for our facility. It is an amazingly rewarding opportunity and I am enjoying it very much. This position is mainly administrative and involves a lot of education and building relationships between the VA and other facilities/agencies, but I continue to provide therapy services as well. The best of both worlds! I am still living in NH with my husband and our two children. Hope all is well with everyone!”


Class Agents: Alexandra T. Arguimbau, Jamie Calabrese Brätt, Andrew C. Brown, Leslie J. Hall, Caitlin E. Rogers, Wendell W. Smith, Lily Rand is still teaching at The Marvelwood School in Kent, CT. Catherine Welch is engaged to Jamie Carrington and will be married in the summer of 2010.


Jad Dix reported, “I received my MBA in May 2009 from Roosevelt University in Chicago. I am now living in San Diego and working as a residential property manager.”

Class Agents: Samuel A. Appleton, Christina Galanti Dickson, Jo Anna Fellon Galanti, John P. Lindsey, Christopher J. Watkins, William R. Wentworth,

Congratulations to Erin and Mike DeCarli, on the birth of their first child, Alexander Michael DeCarli, on January 12, 2010.

Gardiner Holland will begin studying at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in August 2010.

In April 2009 Hillary Lewis graduated from Salus University with her clinical doctorate in Audiology. She recently moved to Portland, CT.

Ethan Selfridge is currently a PhD student at the Oregon Science and Health University in the Bio-Computing Department. After graduating from Reed

Ben Fash is engaged to be married to Assal Araghian on August 7, 2010 in Shediac, New Brunswick. They currently live in Toronto.

Caroline Dix ’98 was married to Gene Templeton in June 2009

College in 2006, he worked as an independent consultant with a small software company. He then enrolled at OSHU and finished his Masters there in 2009. He has been very successful in his academic career, much of it due to his excellent Pomfret education. He is happy, works hard, and loves to surf on the Oregon coast. Congratulations to Emily Deegan, who is engaged to William C. Hau. The couple plans to marry in Connecticut in September 2010.


Class Agents: Mary J. Babcock, Stacy A. Collins, Laura E. Keeler, Edward D. Kunhardt, Peyton A. Ladt, Christopher G. Pike, MacLean K. Pilsbury, Kendra A. Seaward, Congratulations to Sarah OrtizElejalde and Etienne Vazquez ’04, who were married on December 31, 2009 in Greenwich, CT. Phil Baylor is engaged to be married to Katherine White on July 24, 2010 in Watch Hill, RI. Laura Keeler has relocated to the Boston area, where she works as a Program Assistant for Corinthian Events. She is involved in all aspects of event planning for corporate, non-profit, and social clients. She would love to meet up with anyone in or visiting the Boston area.


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

Dylan Wolchesky is in northeastern Thailand until May 2010 teaching English to Thai students in the rural town of Chaiyaphum. He teaches at Muangpayalae, one of three high schools in the town. Dylan teaches a total of 750 students and 23 classes. He and his friend Elizabeth Costello, a fellow teacher, have created a blog of their weekly adventures at Luke Paskevich is a first-year grad student at University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. He spent one week in January as an intern with Centerbrook Architects in Connecticut, where Mark Simon ’64 is a partner.


5th Reunion Class Agents: Davinia G. Buckley, Timothy J. Deary, Laura F. Dunn, Alysia L. LaBonte, Joshua W. Rich, Hyun-Yi Yoo, Bona Yoo graduated from Emory University in May of 2009 with a BA in Psychology/Linguistics and Music. Her senior voice recital was held in the Emerson Concert Hall at Emory University on April 25, 2009. After graduation, she moved to New York City to attend a graduate program at Christie’s. She is currently studying Modern Art and Art Business in the program and interning at Haunch of Venison, a gallery subsidiary of Christie’s in New York. Alli Ruschp wrote, “I graduated from Skidmore College in May 2009 with a B.A. in Environmental Science. I am spending six months interning at the St. Eustatius National Park on St. Eustatius, Netherland Antilles.” Colin Cummings graduated from Colby College magna cum laude with honors and distinction in English. His honors thesis was entitled “Reading Joycean Comedy and Faulknerian Tragedy: Exploring the Significance of Location, Literary Influence and the Possibilities of

Heroism with Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s Ulysses and Quentin Compson in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom!”


Class Agents: Priscilla W. Army, Olivia T. Gray, Young Hoon Hahn, Maryam A. Hayatu-Dean, Gregory E. Jones, Caroline E. McLoughlin, Lewis F. Merl, Caitlin M. Neiduski, Kathryn S. Nelson, James E. Pinkham, Hillary E. Ross, Katherine A. Winogradow, Erin A. Wolchesky, Congratulations to Micaela Long, a senior forward on the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, for her many accomplishments this season. She was named Pure Hockey Player of the week for the week ending December 13, 2009. Micaela then went on to tally a goal and assist on the gamewinning goal to propel UNH to victory in the opening game of the Sun Life Frozen Fenway doubleheader at Fenway Park on January 8, 2010, the first outdoor game in women’s college hockey. In February, Micaela was one of 45 players nominated for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Award, which is given to the most outstanding women’s ice hockey player in the nation. Micaela ranked second in the nation in assists per game and fifth in points per game. In early March, she was crowned Hockey East’s Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Champion, having recorded the highest Hockey East league point total of 34. Micaela has graduated from UNH with a Psychology major and a Deaf Studies minor and will be applying to grad schools.

Sorority, Beta Eta Chapter. This summer I will be living in Portland, OR for about two months to visit friends and hopefully partake in a dance intensive. I currently work on campus, but more excitingly, I am a dance teacher for the Northampton YMCA.” Jamie Pinkham wrote, “I am finishing up my History degree at St. Lawrence University and am on track to graduate in May 2010. My career plans are still up in the air but I hope to end up working in a school teaching history and coaching. I also just pledged Beta Theta Pi and am part of the recolonization of the Beta Zeta chapter here at St. Lawrence.” Tamara Ferreira announced she is engaged to be married to Matt Marcella. A wedding date is yet to be determined. Hillary Ross reported, “I traveled to Cyprus over Christmas 2009 with my boyfriend and his family to visit his papou, yaya, and a hundred cousins, and was referred to as the “xeni” (non-Greek) in nearly every conversation. That was the only word I knew from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and it was pretty nerveracking at first! I was also recently chosen to be a Navy pilot and just found out that I will be reporting to flight school in Pensacola, FL this coming August. Unfortunately, there is about an eight month wait to start school after I report, but some free time won’t be the worst thing to have while living on the beach! And needless to say, I’m feeling inspired to learn some Greek.” Michelle Gilmore was recently accepted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Theology and Religious Studies. She completed her Religious Studies minor in the fall of 2009 and in May 2010 she will graduate from Salve Regina and complete her Bachelors in Science, Nursing Degree.

Caitlin Neiduski wrote, “I’m currently a senior at UMass Amherst (graduating next year due to transferring from Adelphi University). I am a dance and psychology double major, a member of the Hip Hop Dance team, and a sister of Sigma Kappa 33

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Class Agents: 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, Elise Fargnoli has garnered success with her paintings. In November 2009, she sold one of her paintings through 140 Hours of Fame, the first online auction on Twitter. With her continued participation and support through the site, she went on to be named spokesperson – “140 Hours Ambassador to the World.” Elise also has had her work showing in Providence, RI and Palm Beach, FL. In Palm Beach during February and March, she worked with interior designer Carolyn Roy and with Designer Avenue to launch her new painted handbags. Congratulations to Brian Flynn, a sophomore forward on the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team, who was named Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week for the weeks ending December 13, 2009 and February 21, 2010. He was also named the National Player of the Week on February 22, 2010. Sarah Lasher wrote, “On December 12, 2009 I graduated from Landmark College with my Associates Degree in General Studies. On January 14th I began pursuing my BA in English at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. I am hoping to gain entrance to the MAT program at Quinnipiac in order to gain my Masters in Secondary Education, and also become certified in the state of Connecticut. Hope all is well on the Hilltop.” Maddie Army is living and studying in London for the year and has really enjoyed it. She has visited Paris, Spain, and Stonehenge, just to name a few places.


Nat Proctor is in his junior year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is majoring in art history and modern history, focusing on late 19th and early 20th photography in Art History, and on the Middle East and North Africa in Modern History. He is a member of the boxing club, as well as the club secretary, and hopes to be competing in the annual St Andrews fight night this April. Outside of academics and athletics, Nat is involved in the university’s charities campaign. In September 2010, he will be traveling with a group of fellow students to Nepal for three weeks to raise funds for Childreach International (www., a grassroots organization started and run by university students. The charity works in partnership with local communities in Tanzania, Ghana, India and Nepal to improve healthcare, education, and basic rights and safety for children. While there Nat will be trekking in the Himalayas (finishing at the base camp of Mount Everest), visiting the communities that fundraising has benefited, and learning about the culture of Nepal. Darren Small, a junior at Middlebury College, is studying in Prague for the semester and was excited to return there after the Pomfret chorus trip in 2006. He is struggling to learn the Czech language but is enjoying the challenge. Emily Detmer is a junior at Sewanee/University of the South. She reported, “I am studying in the south of France for the semester. The weather is wonderful and I love living in Aix-en-Provence. I’m traveling as much as possible since I can! I have returned to Paris and gone to Copenhagen and Brussels. In Copenhagen I sat 10 seats away

Emily Detmer ’07 in France

from the Queen of Denmark at the ballet...pretty awesome!!” Francesca Liotti completed her junior year at the University of Denver where she is majoring in communications. She spent five months studying in Buenos Aires in the fall of 2009.


Class Agents: Elizabeth G. Army, Stephen W. Cargill, Alexandra D’Agostino, Katelyn M. Driscoll, Joanna A. Gaube, Steven A. Harkey, Georgina L. Heasman, Emily F. Johnson, Nicole A. Shirley, Charles H. Sullivan, Sophia G. Wetlaufer Ali D’Agostino is majoring in speech pathology at Loyola University in Maryland. She is hoping to get into a spring 2011 study abroad program in Cork, Ireland. Congratulations to Bryan Kelly, a sophomore forward on the Hamilton College men’s ice hockey team, who was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week on February 1, 2010. Dan Peck, a sophomore at Hampshire College, received an internship for the spring and summer of 2010 to

work on an animated short film entitled Caldera. His work on the project will be primarily as a layout artist, creating a 3-D space to match the 2-D story boards in preparation for animation and rendering. He is excited to be working on a project that will be going out to film festivals upon completion. Karyad Hallam is currently working as a writing mentor, tutor, and assistant in the Speaking, Arguing and Writing Center at Mount Holyoke College. She will be attending the Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA) conference at Boston University in April 2010.


Class Agents: Thomas M. Atwood, Molly K. Downey, Zachary J. Golden, Julian M. Malakorn, Haley A. Mitchell, Edward T. Ross, Rebecca M. Smith, Samantha L. St. Lawrence, Meredith A. Stuart, Madison Perry is currently in her first year at Highpoint University in North Carolina. She is a founding member of Highpoint’s chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She is on the sisterhood committee, which plans events on campus to help integrate the group

Nat Proctor ’07 (second from left) and friends in Kruger National Park in South Africa

and build stronger relationships between the sisters. Their charity events are focusing towards children’s hospitals around the area. Merideth Stuart is doing well at Lynchburg College in Virginia where she has excelled on the girls lacrosse team after her recovery from a knee injury last year. She had her first game of the season and got in a lot of playing time at low defense instead of her normal midfield position. She is looking forward to a promising season this spring. She will be competing in a tournament in Baltimore over spring break. Donald Cortez is enjoying his first year at Gettysburg College where he is playing on a club rugby team that competes with other colleges such as Franklin and Marshall and Susquehanna University. He has recently taken up an interest in the acoustic guitar and is looking to major in economics next year. Ally Picerne is currently in her first year at DePaul University where she is on the Dean’s List. She has recently switched her major to Arts, Media and Design while double minoring in Art History and Italian. She was inspired by her cousin and Pomfret alum Elise Fargnoli ’07 to create sketches for a clothing line featuring her paintings as a fabric. She also has been helping to manage the Art of Elise Francesca with auctions, speaking with art galleries for opening exhibits, and serving as Vice Ambassador of the 140 Hours Art Fame Auction. Ally has an internship at an interior design company this summer along with plans to take classes at RISD to improve her sketching. She is looking forward to a trip to South Africa for the World Cup and supporting a good friend for the Miss Teen USA pageant held in the Bahamas this summer.

MARRIAGES Gene Templeton &

Caroline Dix ’98 June 6, 2009 Sarah Ortiz-Elejalde ’03 & EtienneVazquez ’04 December 31, 2009

Faculty & Staff News Former faculty member Jay Milnor reported the sad news that John Joline passed away on March 2, 2010 after a battle with emphysema. John was an English teacher at Pomfret from 1958-1961. He then went on to be headmaster of the Darrow School in New York for fourteen years.

BIRTHS Erica & Jack Howard-Potter ’93 Skylar Rohe Howard-Potter January 25, 2010 Jill & Tim Whipple ’94 Anabelle Lowery Whipple October 22, 2009 Barrett & Nick Mettler ’95 Spencer Jackson Mettler September 11, 2009 Erin & Michael DeCarli ’96 Alexander Michael DeCarli January 12, 2010 DEATHS Thomas H. Mitchell ’40 February 12, 2010 Douglas Warner, Jr. ’43 March 1, 2010 Peter B. Roll ’44 November 23, 2009 David G. Cluett ’45 November 1, 2009 John A. Philbrick ’45 November 28, 2009 J. Jackson Willett III ’49 March 24, 2010 James L. Lowery, Jr. ’50 February 14, 2010 Former faculty John Joline March 2, 2010



Obituaries enjoyed fly fishing on the Gunpowder River and hunting with Labrador retrievers he trained. He also spent summers at his cabin on Ahmic Lake in Ontario. Dr. Warner, who had lived at Broadmead since 2005, was a member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Nancy Atkinson; a son, Douglas Warner III of Hebron, KY; two daughters, Frances Warner of Baltimore and Margaret Kelly Warner-Rosen of Toronto; and four grandchildren.


Thomas H. Mitchell ’40 From the New Haven Register

Douglas Warner, Jr. ’43 From the Baltimore Sun

Thomas Hooker Mitchell, 88, formerly of Guilford, CT, died February 12, 2010. He was the husband of Alice M. Mitchell, father of Charles D. Mitchell of Guilford and John H. Mitchell (Susan) of Boulder, CO and grandfather of Keegan Mitchell. He was predeceased by a sister Clara Ekwurtzel. His lifelong joy of sailing followed him through the seasons, from spirited dinghy competition to more relaxed excursions. He shared this passion with all aboard, ranging from toddlers towing their boats in his wake to more emphatic communication with the crew obscuring his view. He loved to sing, in both organized endeavors, and spontaneously, often from a recliner.

Douglas Warner Jr., a retired physics professor and longtime Roland Park resident, died March 1, 2010 of progressive aphasia at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, MD. He was 84. Dr. Warner, whose parents owned and operated the O.F.H. Warner Paper Co., was born in Baltimore and raised on Lombardy Place in Roland Park. He was also a grandson of Dr. Howard A. Kelly, one of the four founding physicians of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He attended Gilman School and graduated in 1943 from the Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT. He joined the Navy at the end of World War II and attended the Navy’s V-12 program at Brown University; he then transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1948 in physics. He went to work at the Johns Hopkins University’s Barton Laboratory and earned a doctorate in quantum mechanics from Hopkins in 1962. In 1972, Dr. Warner left Hopkins and joined the faculty of Essex Community College, where he taught physics until retiring in 1993. An outdoorsman and a nature preservationist, Dr. Warner was one of the founders of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He

and travel, and was an avid photographer. Music, opera and ballet were also a big part of his life. He was a member of the Brook Club and the Creek Club. He is survived by his daughters, Roberta and Celine; his son Walter and daughter-in-law Jane; wife Linda; grandchildren Alexandra and Electra Roll, and Shaun Kaminoff; and by sister Ninette Peterson. His loving family mourns his loss and will miss his wit, humor and great intelligence. David G. Cluett ’45 From the Greenwich Times

Peter B. Roll ’44 From The Napa Valley Register Peter Baekeland Roll passed away suddenly and peacefully at his home in Santa Fe, NM, on November 23, 2009. Born in Tarrytown, NY, on July 1, 1927, he attended Pomfret School and Harvard University. Following service in the Navy during World War II, he learned to fly and became an aerial photographer. He also worked at the Naval Special Devices Center in Sands Point, Long Island. He worked at the Fiduciary Trust Co. in New York City and subsequently created his own investment management business, Peter B. Roll, Inc., which he operated until his death. He lived for many years on Long Island before moving to California and finally to Santa Fe. Peter loved to sail, hunt, fish, cook

David Grenfell Cluett, former naval aviator, competitive off-shore racer, yacht designer and manufacturer, died at 83 on November 1, 2009 of complications from a respiratory ailment as a resident of Palm Beach, FL. In his sailing career, he earned many awards and trophies. When he was only 16, he captured the honors at the 1942 National Lightning Championship regatta, out sailing the country’s best at that time. Then, as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, he won the Robert M. Thompson prize for two consecutive years as the top sailor of the Brigade of Midshipman, and was captain of the Navy sailing team. Mr. Cluett was born in 1926 in New York City to William Gorham Cluett and Virginia Small Cluett. His father was associated with Cluett Peabody & Co., Inc. of Troy, NY, the well-known clothing manufacturer and developer of Arrow shirts and collars and the patented Sanforizing process. His grandfather, E. Harold Cluett, had been chairman of the company and a nationally prominent U.S. Congressman from Troy around the time of the First World War. Mr. Cluett grew up in Cedarhurst, Long Island, NY, and attended Trinity Pawling School of Pawling, NY, and Severn School of Severna Park, MD. Although only

17 and still in school at the time, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve summer program for anti-submarine patrol in 1943 when German Uboats were known to be operating off Long Island Sound and New York Harbor. Soon after World War II, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated as an engineer and commissioned officer in the Navy in 1949. Mr. Cluett completed flight training in the Navy in 1952 and became a naval attack aviator flying from aircraft and jeep carriers with an anti-submarine squadron during the Korean War. As an all-weather qualified instrument pilot, he helped pioneer the art of landing heavy attack aircraft at night on the Navy’s smallest carriers. Upon discharge from the Navy, he turned his attention to racing and designing sailing yachts. One of his early designs was a high speed 25 knot trimaran that won the National Multi-hull championship in 1957. With Cluett and Company Inc., his yacht-building enterprise based in Greenwich, CT, he produced the International Class series of high quality wooden cruising-racing boats employing shipbuilding yards in Holland and Germany to do his construction. These yachts won and placed in many major inshore and offshore races for many years. Later Mr. Cluett was a part of a small group of yachtsmen who, with Bill Tripp, designed and built the first successful fiberglass racing-cruising yachts called the Block Island 40s. Mr. Cluett retired from competitive sailing when he moved from Greenwich to Palm Beach, FL in the early 70’s, but he continued a life of cruising the eastern seaboard and the Caribbean, with his family in his Hinkley 47 yacht, ESPIRIT VI, for many years after. Mr. Cluett had been member of the New York Yacht Club since 1961 and a member of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, the Off Soundings Club and the Beach Club of Palm Beach, FL. Mr. Cluett is survived by three children from his first marriage in 1949 to Gloria Noel Prudden; Caryn Cluett Gregg now of Berkeley, CA, Christina Gorham Cluett of Santa Barbara, CA, and David Grenfell Cluett, Jr, of Greenwich, CT. After their divorce in 1967, he married Jean Daniels of Greenwich, CT and retired to Palm Beach. For many years, they spent winters in their vacation home in Provodenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. Mrs. Jean Cluett, his wife of 39 years, predeceased him in 2006. In addition to

his three children, he is survived by a sister, Barbara C. Williams of Inverness, CA, four grandchildren and three step-children.

John A. Philbrick III ’45 From the Philadelphia Inquirer John Alden Philbrick III, 82, of Bryn Mawr, a retired insurance broker and chairman emeritus of the Free Library of Philadelphia, died of a heart attack November 28, 2009. Born in New York, NY, and raised in Greenwich, CT, he graduated from the Pomfret School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, where he sang with the Whiffenpoofs, an a cappella group. Since 1950, he had sung with the Orpheus Club, a men’s glee club in Philadelphia, and was a past president. His family moved to the Philadelphia area in the mid 1940s where he married and raised his family. In the 1960s, Mr. Philbrick was director of the former Pennsylvania Working Home for the Blind. He was also past chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Center for the Blind and served on the advisory committee for Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. For 30 years, Mr. Philbrick was a partner in the H.C. Knight & Co. insurance brokerage. He was later president of Assurex International and retired as vice chairman of Posse-Walsh Inc. in Blue Bell in 1998. Mr. Philbrick was on the Free Library board for 20 years and chairman for 10 years, and he continued to attend meetings and stay involved after retiring in 1989. As chairman, Mr. Philbrick oversaw the computerization of catalogs for all branches and the establishment of the library’s adult-literacy program. In 1992, Mayor Edward G. Rendell awarded the Philadelphia Bowl to Mr. Philbrick for his service to the library. Mr. Philbrick had served on the board of the Ludington Public Library and Information Center in

Bryn Mawr since 1991, and for the last 13 years had been president of the board of the Lower Merion Library Foundation. He was a delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services in 1991. He was a patron of many local institutions, including the Philadelphia Zoo. He also served on the board of the World Affairs Council. An advocate of stem-cell research, he was a former chairman of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden. Mr. Philbrick was a member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a society of wine connoisseurs and was a gourmet chef. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 55 years, Marion Broadbent Philbrick, and is survived by his four children, Ann Matthews, John Alden IV, Joseph Broadbent and Charles Lincoln, and eight grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his polite manner, gentle leadership and good natured humor.

James L. Lowery, Jr. ’50 The Pomfret community shares in the sorrow surrounding the loss of Jay Lowery ’50 on February 14, 2010. He was the father of Monique Lowery Foster ’80 and father-in-law to Eric Foster ’81. In addition to being a loyal supporter of Pomfret, he served as class secretary from 19831998. The common room of Pyne Dorm was given by Jay’s mother, Mary Rhodes Lowery, in memory of her many family members who attended Pomfret. Jay was part of a legacy of family members who attended Pomfret. Nearly a dozen alumni dating back to 1900 are related to him. Adapted From The New London Day 2/21/2010

J. Jackson Willett III ’49 From the New York Times Joseph Jackson “Jack” Willett III died peacefully on March 24, 2010 at his home in Baltimore, MD. Born on July 25, 1931, Jack graduated from Pomfret School in 1949, and from Yale University in 1953. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Willard Willett; daughter Elizabeth LeBaron Willett of Charlotte, NC; and two sons, Jackson Willett of Newport Beach, CA, and Scott Willett of New York City. He also leaves two grandchildren, Emily and Jack Willett of New York City.

The Rev. James L. Lowery Jr., of Old Lyme, CT, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Born on July 28, 1932, in Utica, NY, Jay was the son of James Lincoln and Mary (Rhodes) Lowery. He entered Pomfret School as a second former and graduated in 1950 before attending Harvard College. After serving two years in the Army during the Korean War, he went on to earn a Master’s degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary. In 1959, he was ordained in the Episcopal Church and married Anita Wu of Shanghai, China. After serving as a priest and pastor in various upstate New York parishes, he began 35 years of agency work in church renewal and clergy ministry while publishing a newsletter entitled “Enablement Information Services.” He retired to Old Lyme in the mid 1990s. He was also the author of three books and numerous articles. Father Lowery is survived by his loving wife; his daughter, Monique ’80 and her husband, Eric L. Foster ’81, of New York; and two grandchildren.


Alumni Events


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8 New York Holiday Party Hosted by Drew Otocka ’63 Union League Club, New York City

4) Monique Foster ’80 and past parent Young Alumni Holiday Party Ged Parsons share a laugh with Chris Parsons Lodge, Pomfret School Scott ’83

December 28, 2009

January 30, 2010

December 7, 2009

5) Meghan Kelly ’95 and Marie Rent-

9) L-R: Michelle Weisman ’06, Amy

10) L-R: Adam Lehmann, Fedor Smith ’95,

1) Anna Hastings ’98 with Connor

schler ‘95 (left) chat with Kathy and

Smith ’06, faculty Louisa Jones, Tamara Jeff Wong ’80, Sean Sullivan ’80, faculty

O’Malley ’98 and faculty member Anne

Jessie Parsons ’09

Ferreira ’06, Michelle Gilmore ’06


6) Paul Fowler ‘64

2) Carson Baker ’95 and Nick Banks ’92

7) Current Parents Sandy Harris and

3) Jessica Benjamin ‘83

Amory Houghton 8) Sony Staniford ’49 with his son Billy ’88


Alumni Squash Day Corzine Athletic Center, Pomfret School

Louisa Jones, Patrick Chon ’02, Alex Williams










17 10th Annual Doug Woodruff ’77

Pomfret Reunion for Classes of

16) Pomfret shirts made it to the An-

17) Ravi Alexander ’86 (left) and Brad Hastings ’68

’76, Jacqui, boat captain CP, Julian

18) Jennifer Cargill (left) and Sauda

Herzfeld ’76, Cynthia Carver-Calvitti

Johnson ’94

11) 2010 Woodruff Hockey alumni

1974-78 Hosted by Libby Nicholson ’76 & Cynthia Carver-Calvitti ’77 Antigua, West Indies

tigua reunion! L-R: Libby Nicholson


January 15-25, 2010

’77 and her husband Ed, and Pomfret

12) Woodruff hockey players (L-R):

13) Jenny Starr ’04 and her boyfriend

Steve Woodruff ’77, Peter Salvatore


San Francisco Reception Hosted by David Murray ’97 Bullitt, San Francisco, CA February 24, 2010

’76 and his friend Phil Ware

14) Julian Herzfeld ’76 (right) with his

Memorial Alumni Hockey Game Jahn Rink, Pomfret School January 30, 2010

staff member Melissa Perkins. Missing from photo: Frank “Bear” Gibney ’76.

friend Jacqui, and Libby Nicholson ’76

Los Angeles Reception Hosted by Sam Cargill ’79 The California Club, Los Angeles, CA

15) Antigua Bay

February 23, 2010

19) L-R: David Murray ‘97, Sterling Sun ’97, Wheeler Simmons Griffith ’97, Polly Carter ’98 39

A commitment to excellence The Value of financial aid by Assistant Head for Enrollment Erik Bertelsen


onsider, if you will, a sampling of the Pomfret student body: an undefeated squash player from India; a naturalized US citizen who immigrated from Cuba; a Hartford Youth Scholar; a three-sport varsity athlete and the third in his family to attend Pomfret; a student from Prep for Prep who will study at Cornell next fall; an “All American” wrestler; the President of our student body and a talented opera singer; a leader of “VOICE” and a thought-provoking community activist; a boy who helped his family build the home they now live in. This diverse group all have one thing in common – they are members of our community thanks to Pomfret’s commitment to a need-based financial aid program and the generosity of many who contribute to it. These students, and the nearly 100 others who receive financial aid, contribute a great deal to the Pomfret School community. Students learn from each other. Excellence comes in many forms, and we welcome scholars who also bring their talents as athletes, artists, leaders, and community activists as well we their diversity of backgrounds and cultures. We admire and appreciate the generosity of those who have supported the School’s commitment to making a Pomfret education a reality for high-quality students who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend. But the demand on our financial aid budget is greater than ever. For example, of the 153 accepted students who applied for but did not receive financial aid, 18 had SSAT scores of 80% or higher, 16 were highly rated athletes, and 36 were strong ALANAs. This means that close to half were likely to make a significant difference at Pomfret. To attract the best and brightest, we need to enhance our commitment to this important endeavor. We consider each candidate based on the merits of his or her credentials, rather than their ability to afford the cost of attending Pomfret. But we too often have to tell great students that “while you have what it takes, we unfortunately do not have the financial resources to make it possible to attend Pomfret.” We hope that our alumni, parents, and friends of the School will help us change that reality through gifts to the Annual Fund, as doing so will profoundly change lives while making Pomfret a better school.

“Students learn from each other. Excellence comes in many forms, and we welcome scholars who bring their talents as athletes, artists, leaders, and community activists as well as diversity of backgrounds and cultures.”


Quality teaching matters by Dean of Faculty Pam Mulcahy


recent New York Times article “Building a Better Teacher,” by Elizabeth Green, clearly states what Pomfret has long known – quality teaching matters. When researchers ran the numbers in dozens of different studies, every factor under a school’s control produced just a tiny impact, except for one: which teacher the student had been assigned to. Some teachers could regularly lift their students’ test scores above the average for children of the same race, class and ability level. Others’ students left with below-average results year after year. Pomfret is known for the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in its classrooms. The school has deliberately created programs to attract, retain, nurture and develop the best teachers in order to serve its students well. While faculty members at other schools are vacationing, 93 percent of Pomfret’s faculty members are in graduate programs, attending conferences, and pursuing projects related to their class.

“Pomfret is known for the quality of teaching and learning that takes place in its classrooms. The school has deliberately created programs to attract, retain, nurture and develop the best teachers in order to serve its students well.” The results have been amazing. The program has led to the development of new courses (in Asian Literature, African history, Linear Algebra, and Marine Biology to name a few) and new units in traditional classes such as chemistry and physics. This summer, members of the math department will create new course materials for pre-calculus while members of the science department research the educational applications of handheld technology. Unfortunately, many requests for professional development go unfunded. Increased giving to the Annual Fund would help us ensure that every teacher participate in at least one off-campus professional development activity each year. Investing in the professional growth of our faculty is one of the best things we can do to ensure the future of Pomfret School. Well-educated teachers serve students best because they develop lessons that both help students understand and master the content and engage students with the discipline. Allowing teachers to pursue their passions sustains them. Encouraging them to share ideas and experiences at conferences and workshops also enhances the reputation of the school as a leader in the field of education.

Please Support Pomfret’s Annual Fund





Donating to Pomfret’s Annual Fund helps support student financial aid, faculty professional development, and many other worthy programs. Please consider a donation to the 2009-2010 Annual Fund before June 30, 2010. Your contribution will truly make a difference!

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