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PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dear Pomfret Community: This is an important moment for Pomfret School. Since last summer, when Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68 announced his and Betsy’s plans to leave the Hilltop, the entire Pomfret community has reflected upon the 18 years that the

Hastingses have devoted to the School. Brad has been an excellent leader, bringing passion and commitment to every corner of our school and the many members of the Pomfret community.

As President of the Board of Trustees, I’ve witnessed the gifts Brad has brought to Pomfret first hand. With the rare ability to inspire and motivate others, he has met a wide range of

challenges with humor, vision and great intellect. He has made tough and thoughtful decisions. Most importantly, in his tenure of nearly two decades, Brad has prepared the School for many more to come.

In this issue, you will find a full feature article on Brad and Betsy’s long history at the School and their many accomplishments. You will read about the numerous ways that they have

improved the School while preserving the values and traditions that make Pomfret such a

special place. As we welcome our new Head of School Tim Richards, we look forward on the course that Brad has set to continue Pomfret’s success in the future.

It is with great gratitude that, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank Brad and Betsy for

all they have done for our community and wish them the best in their future endeavors. They are a significant part of Pomfret’s distinguished history. Peter Grauer P ’02, ’10 President of the Board of Trustees


“Pomfret will miss Brad’s experience as an outstanding leader and executive; his passion for the School; his unerring commitment to make Pomfret better yet keep the values and community that make Pomfret great; Betsy’s commitment in the college placement office and her incomparable role as Brad’s partner; his decisiveness in difficult circumstances on campus and his ability to juggle many variables successfully; his candor and honesty; his wonderful sense of humor. This list could go on a lot longer.” — Peter Grauer P ’02, ’10, President of the Board of Trustees

Pomfret School 2010-2011 Board of Trustees (at the fall 2010 meeting on campus) — Front row, L-R: David Salomon ’86; Charlie Wilmerding P ’11; Meg Campbell P ’01, ’07; Justin Klein ’65; Wendy Reeder Enelow ’83; Lisa Noble Kaneb ’86; Peter Grauer P ’02, ’10; Michael Gary ’82; Dorothy Hamilton P ’12; Sung Woo Park P ’11; Samuel Cargill ’79; Robert Yudell ’65; Neil McDonough ’75, P ’09; Virginia Cargill P ’08; Frederick Williams P ’11 Back row, L-R: Robert Mullarkey ’79, P ’10; Ged Parsons P ’06, ’07, ’09; Paul Fowler ’64; Robert Olmsted ’59, P ’89; E. Clayton Gengras ’89; John Gillespie P ’09, ’13; W.P. Carey ’48 (Honorary Life Trustee)




A reflection on the 18-year tenure of Pomfret School’s 11th headmaster Brad Hastings ’68 By Sharon Gaudreau and Cindy Sebrell


“Perhaps Brad’s most lasting contribution to Pomfret has been his steady and often inspirational leadership. His style is warm, open and deliberative, and he makes others feel he cares deeply about their concerns, whether they be a prospective freshman or an older alumnus. He has been an articulate spokesperson for the School and for prep school education in general, as he exemplifies the best product of these schools.” — John Griswold ’63, former member of Pomfret’s Board of Trustees


rom the very beginning of his tenure as headmaster in 1993, Brad Hastings ’68 has had to grapple with paradoxes. An alumnus of Pomfret, yet now the headmaster; a faithful keeper of Pomfret’s traditions, yet tasked with leading the School into the future; a man with a strong sense of order, always at the ready for change. “Today, as I contemplate my headmastership,” Brad mused in his first speech to the school community 18 years ago, “I cannot help but see the paradoxes that exist within the characteristics of effective leadership.” Noting the “necessity for waiting to act,

while making things happen,” allowing oneself to “be led by his or her followers,” the need for “insight while also having foresight,” Brad seemed to know from day one that his time at Pomfret would be full of challenges and that he would need to handle the complexities of heading a traditional boarding-day school during a time of unprecedented social, educational and technological shifts. And yet, even then, Brad constructed a path forward that has remained clear through his years on the Hilltop. “In our time at Pomfret, Betsy and I hope to reaffirm Pomfret’s legacy of excellent teachers and mentors,” he said. “It is the institution’s commitment

to its best resource – the faculty – that most helps its students. The highest value of a Pomfret experience traditionally comes from the student’s relationship with a faculty member, whether in the classroom or in some other context.” As Brad and Betsy Hastings prepare to leave the Hilltop in June of 2011and look forward to the next chapter in their lives, we honor and celebrate the nearly two decades of service they have given to Pomfret School.


A New Headmaster: A New Millennium


erhaps it is ironic that Brad and Betsy Hastings arrived back on campus to lead the School as it prepared to celebrate its centennial, a time when the Pomfret community stood looking back at its 100-year history. The convocation held on September 24, 1993, installing alumnus and former faculty member Brad Hastings as the School’s 11th headmaster, was the kick-off to a year of events aimed at celebrating the School’s first century. Classes were postponed for the day so that students were able to attend the event and meet their new Head of School. The Board of Trustees attended, along with current and past faculty, many alumni, and, of course, members of the Hastings family. Immediately following his installation ceremony, Brad chaired a series of panel discussions, including one led by Brown University faculty member and Coalition

of Essential Schools Chairman Theodore “Ted” Sizer ’49, taking on the topic of the future of education. Brad quickly set about assessing Pomfret’s academic program and looking for ways to make improvements. “I was determined to make Pomfret’s reputation stronger and become even more competitive with our peer schools,” Brad accentuated in a recent interview. “I used my first year to listen and understand, taking the necessary time to interview each member of the faculty.” Soon the School was engaged in a full curriculum review, aimed to advance college placement and allow students more choices in their selection of courses. Under Brad’s guidance, the schedule changed to eight blocks of classes instead of six; with the faculty, he launched new Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes and

placed all arts courses within the academic day, much like a college program. The result was a broader and deeper curriculum, which has attracted stronger students. “It was a significant change for Pomfret School,” Brad said. “Changing our academic emphasis has attracted top students who otherwise may not have enrolled here. Our academic program, which now boasts over 30 Honors and AP courses and more than 150 electives, allows students to challenge themselves while exploring an array of interests – it helps them find their niche.”

“The most significant change in the School under Brad’s leadership has been higher standards and expectations – both academic and non-academic. As a result, applications have increased even in years when competing schools did not realize increases, and the number of siblings and children of alumni enrolling has grown significantly.” — Robert Olmsted ’59, current member of Pomfret’s Board of Trustees


A Past to Inform the Future


rad Hastings assumed his post as headmaster on July 1, 1993, but his roots in the School run deep. He became a Pomfret graduate in 1968, after a four-year stay on the Hilltop that included playing football, hockey (serving as team captain his senior year) and track; Brad often reminds colleagues, “I broke the polevaulting record at Pomfret!” Additionally, Brad held numerous leadership positions during his student experience at Pomfret. After Pomfret, Brad matriculated at Union College, and during his sophomore year met Betsy McClennan. They were married in August of 1972. Brad and Betsy came to Pomfret that fall when Brad accepted a

position as a member of the admissions staff. Later, he taught history and served as the School’s athletic director. Betsy was also busy. In those six years at Pomfret, she earned her Master’s in Education at the University of Connecticut, served as a middle school art teacher, taught silkscreen painting at Pomfret and served as a faculty advisor and dorm parent with Brad in both Upper 3 and Lower 3 dormitories. In 1978, Brad and Betsy left Pomfret so that Brad could earn a Master’s of Education with a concentration in administrative policy and planning from Harvard Graduate School of

Education. In 1979, he and Betsy moved to Deerfield Academy, where Brad became the Dean of Students; and then, in 1988, he was named Deerfield’s Assistant Headmaster. Betsy also advanced her career, becoming a college counselor at Deerfield for six years. Throughout this time of personal and professional growth, Pomfret was never far from Brad’s mind, for he served on Pomfret’s Board of Trustees from 1985-1992. However, being selected as the School’s 11th Headmaster would prove to be the beginning of a tenure that has improved every aspect of the School and positioned Pomfret as one of the best independent boarding-day schools in New England.


Tradition Helps Shape Community


aring for students and making changes in their best interest have been a priority for Brad and Betsy Hastings. They have encouraged maintaining the best traditions, while, at the same time, creating a modern, vigorous and healthy environment – embracing some old ways while incorporating many new ones. One of the traditions that began under Brad’s leadership is the senior chapel speech. This is the expectation that each senior will give a prepared speech during a chapel meeting. The speeches are delivered to the faculty and student body and have evolved into a rite of passage for the seniors.


“This is a wonderful way for each member of the community to get a sense of each senior and what makes them special,” Betsy explained. “Sometimes I wish the speeches happened sooner so that we knew more about the students and some of the things they have had to endure in their lives. I so appreciate each student getting up in front of the whole school. That in itself takes courage.” Other traditions have either lived on or been revived under Brad’s guidance. Fond memories are formed by seniors who enjoy donut holes in his office after senior chapel each Monday, as well as the annual Quaker meeting that allows them to come together to reflect with faculty the night before graduation. And although

formal sit-down dinners are less frequent and sit-down lunches are now twice a week, Brad confirms, “these routine formal meals that allow students and faculty to connect are of real importance to the community.” Other traditions have continued to be nurtured during the 18 years since the Hastingses have come back to campus. Opening of school ceremonies – the gathering to welcome new students to the community, the academic convocation and a revamped Mashamoquet Day – are positive activities to start each school year, just as the year-end “sundial” and “moving up” ceremonies serve as thoughtful ways to hand seniority over to the next class.

“Mr. and Mrs. Hastings are the heart of our community. We are lucky to have a well-respected, open and friendly headmaster, who is usually the first to “crash” the snow tubing hill or hop on the dance floor. He and Mrs. Hastings seem to know everyone’s name and take a personal interest in our individual and collective endeavors, coming out to support us at games, performances and activities. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to experience Pomfret with Mr. and Mrs. Hastings.” — Ray Zeek ’11, School President

Mind, Body, Spirit


ith Brad Hastings at the helm, Pomfret has emerged as a leader in the education of students. Today, enhanced academic requirements and the format of the daily schedule, which offers varied afternoon activities, provide students with the opportunity to develop existing and explore new skills.

opportunities. “In order to engage a body of students with diverse interests, it is important that we provide them with many options,” stated Brad. “I also think there is great value to having a strong athletic program with winning teams at Pomfret. This benefits those who play and has greatly enhanced spirit school-wide.”

Beyond the plethora of enhancements to the academic program, Pomfret students are offered athletic, arts, service and social

According to Brad, all areas of focus provide multiple opportunities for relationships between faculty and students to grow. “There

is nothing better than relating to a student on multiple levels – in the classroom, on the playing field or in the arts realm. A genuine, positive faculty/student relationship helps students emerge with a strong sense of character, leadership and team spirit. They are well-prepared to excel at the university level and, most importantly, they have the confidence to lead productive lives.”


“I think Brad’s high standards and expectations set us apart from other schools, and I believe our institutional dedication to excellence will continue to distinguish us. Brad has set high ideals for the qualifications and work of the faculty, the experience and behavior of students, the morale of the community and so much more. He has achieved remarkable results for he demands the same excellence of his own work that he asks of his colleagues.” — Pam Mulcahy, Dean of Faculty

Faculty at the Heart of the School


rom the beginning, it was Brad Hastings’ intention to focus on creating an outstanding faculty. Through a successful faculty development program, nearly 100 percent of Pomfret’s teaching faculty hold advanced degrees and participate in professional development activities every summer.


Attracting top talent has been a priority, and Brad has set a high standard in hiring and retaining outstanding teachers who foster a strong work ethic and embrace the independent boarding-day school life. “It’s a lifestyle that requires a lot of energy and passion for educating and nurturing young people,” confirmed Brad. “We have an accomplished and mature faculty that provides for a healthy and trustworthy student body.”

Betsy agrees. “That trust is conveyed by faculty through their in-depth involvement in students’ lives, from their arrival on campus to heading off to college or university. I am proud of Pomfret’s faculty for their talents, commitment and dedication to the students and for their loyalty to the School.”

“The Hastings bring a sense of warmth and good humor to Pomfret. Brad knows everyone here and is able to keep students engaged – they know he really cares. Betsy has a heart full of grace. She brings a touch of gentle class to the School. Together, they form a team that almost acts ‘parentally’ for the community. They really ARE Pomfret.” — Anne Miller (Social Issues and Director of Student Activities)

More than a Partner


rom the beginning of their time together on the Hilltop in 1972, Betsy Hastings has been invested in the Pomfret community in myriad ways. Brad and she have fond memories of their years as dorm parents and relaxed home-cooked meals around their dining room table with advisees; Betsy likes to think that more than one of the many aspiring artists to whom she taught a course in silkscreen printing, went on to pursue studio art at the next level. Upon their return to campus in the fall of 1993 with 16 year-old son Tucker, 13 year-old daughter Anna ’98, and 11 yearold son Cooper ’01, and two dogs in tow, Betsy intended to settle the family into their new schools and enroll in the MALS program at Wesleyan University. But, midway through the year, a college counseling

position opened at Pomfret. Because of her experience as a college advisor at Deerfield, Betsy was the obvious choice, and she has worked in that capacity ever since. “College counseling is fascinating, challenging, and enjoyable work,” said Betsy. “I value the relationships I have forged with students and their parents, with faculty colleagues, and with college admissions officers all over the country and the world. Although the college admissions landscape has shifted over time, each Pomfret student, armed with his or her unique set of interests, talents and accomplishments, is most capable of taking his/her own path to the next level.” Although college counseling has been Betsy’s official role at school, she can often be found working with architects, designers, and facilities staff, cheering on the

Griffins during athletic contests, supporting students at theatre performances, music recitals, and art openings; and welcoming thousands of students, faculty, parents, and alumni to Eastover (the headmaster’s home) for a meal or an overnight stay. “Celebrating personal milestones in faculty friends’ lives, such as engagements, weddings, the births of children, and retirements, is another joy,” said Betsy. “Like us, our colleagues’ lives change and evolve over time and how blessed we feel to be a part of such a wonderful extended family!”



















“Brad delivered on his goal of making Pomfret one of the best boarding-day schools in New England. The building program has been a crucial part of that, and getting the School to a point where he was able to raise the money to make it happen was fabulous. The fact that the strategic plan now celebrates a top-quality faculty and a top-rate curriculum is a testament to his accomplishments.” — Virginia Cargill P ’08, member of Pomfret’s Board of Trustees

Significant Facilities Growth


s much as Brad Hastings has focused on the individuals that make the School exemplary, he has also led Pomfret through the most significant building period in the past 90 years. The capital improvements have been made possible through generous donations, and Brad has worked tirelessly to educate constituents about how important these advancements are to the healthy future of the School. Fundraising efforts, including the recent $48 million raised during the “Priorities for Pomfret” capital campaign, have helped enhance the school in many ways. The academic and arts programs have benefited


from: the Centennial Academic and Arts Center, Schoppe Dance Studio, Jahn Reading Room and Olmsted Observatory. The athletic program has experienced significant improvements with the: Corzine Athletic Center, Blodgett Boat House, Jahn Rink, Blodgett Tennis Center and several new playing fields. Community life has been improved by the handsome and relaxing space of the Olmsted Student Union as well as additional housing for students and faculty members and their families such as Clement House, Hale House and Picerne House to name a few. And, alumni, parents and guests are served well with the addi-

tions of the Lasell Alumni House and The Parsons Lodge. In retrospect, Pomfret has been a constant construction site, with some part of the campus being improved and something new opening almost yearly. “Every aspect of Pomfret’s infrastructure has been improved,” Brad proudly stated, “and it’s because of donors who have seen a need and then answered the call by the School. It is human nature to want to be part of a success story, and our donors have been significant participants in this particular Pomfret chapter.”

The Next Chapter


s Brad and Betsy Hastings look forward to the next phase of their lives, they will once again be confronted with paradox. After 18 years of tireless efforts, while they may feel anxious about their next chapter, they can look forward to a calmness that could not have existed while leading one of the best independent schools in New England. “Of course, there have been many challenges along the way,” recalls Betsy. However, there are so many special people and

moments we will remember in the years ahead. It’s the entire Pomfret community and the people that we will miss the most.” “Although I look forward to the next chapter in our lives, I can honestly say that Betsy and I have always been happy to get up every day to do what we need to do for Pomfret,” said Brad. “I am blessed to have received my secondary school education from Pomfret, and I am also extremely grateful for the opportunity I have had to educate, guide and inspire others in the same remarkable place.”

Under Brad Hastings’ leadership for the last 18 years, Pomfret School has achieved great success. Essential changes to meet the needs of students and faculty as well as significant capital growth have positioned Pomfret to look to the future with great confidence. However, when the Pomfret community looks back on “The Hastings Years,” it may be the kind and genuine persona conveyed by Brad and Betsy that will be remembered most. For every member of the school community, they have truly made Pomfret a special place in which to live, learn and grow.


Revisit Rediscover Rekindle A Special Invitation to Reunion Weekend 2011 By Paul Fowler ’64, President, Pomfret School Alumni Association


ome May 13-15, Pomfret School will celebrate its more than 5,000 alumni from around the world. We hope you will be one of many to return to the Hilltop for Reunion Weekend 2011. This exciting event will provide the opportunity for alumni/ae to reconnect with friends and classmates, and most importantly, experience the special place many of us hold fondly in our memories. When you return to Pomfret, you may choose to enjoy Pomfret’s Blodgett Tennis Center, play a round or two of golf or enjoy an afternoon at the Blodgett Boathouse on beautiful Quassett Lake. If you have not returned in some time, you will find a campus with many new buildings and programs. However, you will also find a core value that is unchanged – the warm and welcoming community of Pomfret

faculty preparing students for college and lives of productivity. Pomfret reunions offer us a chance to visit with faculty members who offered us great influence during our adolescent years. At our last reunion, my classmates and I enjoyed spending time with Barbara and Warren “Goose” Geissinger (Music, 1956-1976) and Norval “Rindy” Rindfleisch (English, 1958-1968). Several other former faculty who still live close to campus typically attend Reunion Weekend as well – Chick Cole (Art, 1951-1998), Walter Hinchman (Chemistry/Physics, 1964-2002; Archivist, 2003-2008), Hagop Merjian (English/Director of College Counseling, 1961-1999), and Bob Sloat (Drama/Fine Arts Chair, 1965-2006) to name a few.

This year’s reunion will be a special time to thank two very important members of the Pomfret community—Betsy and Brad Hastings ’68. This event will provide the opportunity for alumni/ae to wish them well after 18 years of leading our school. Brad’s term will be most remembered for enhancing Pomfret’s reputation as one of the best independent boarding-day schools in New England, a fact for which we should all stand proud. More than 300 alumni typically return to the Pomfret campus for reunion weekends. Each person relives his or her own special and unique Pomfret experiences with classmates and friends and gains insight to the Pomfret of today. I hope you will provide yourself with this wonderful opportunity and join us in May 2011.

Reunion Weekend 2011 Schedule Friday, May 13th

Saturday, May 14th

Sunday, May 15

Morning: Head back to school – Attend live classes with current faculty and students

Morning: Honor alumni/ae who have passed on at the annual Service of Remembrance in Clark Memorial Chapel

Morning: Enjoy a delicious Brunch in the dining hall

Afternoon: Get together with classmates to watch the Griffin athletic teams, attend the du Pont Cup crew races, or attend presentations by faculty


Afternoon: Tour the campus and enjoy an afternoon tea

Evening: Enjoy dinner with your Pomfret classmates at various faculty homes and attend a film screening with Academy Evening: Celebrate with fellow alumni/ae Award-winning director Alex Gibney ’71 at the all-alumni awards dinner, followed by music and dancing


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ach year, the Hilltop welcomes back reunion-celebrating alumni/ae and their families for a weekend spent reliving the Pomfret experience, catching up with classmates and friends, and commemorating their place in the School’s history. We absolutely love organizing these weekends, as we recognize their value in keeping relationships strong with our alumni. We also recognize the opportunity inherent in them through special gifts from alumni reunion classes to help sustain the exceptional academic and nurturing experience that we continue to provide 117 years after the School’s founding. Reunions provide an opportunity to make a special gift that not only reflects the past, but also sustains the present and strengthens the future. Class agents volunteer their time to reach out to their classmates and encourage them to make special gifts, sometimes larger than their traditional annual support. Those in the classes celebrating their 25th and 50th have a special opportunity to give to class gifts, which significantly impact the School—financial aid to ensure talented and deserving students are able to attend Pomfret, new or refurbished learning or living areas, and resources to attract, retain, and develop an incredible faculty. Reunions can be transformational experiences, for the attendees and for Pomfret. We hope that our alumni/ae will be inspired by Reunion 2011 to join many other Griffins in an amazing fundraising effort that will help permit scores of bright and talented students and challenging and supportive faculty to explore, grow, and create. — Joe Kremer P ’14, Director of Advancement



Cynthia Lefferts — A Woman of Grace, Elegance, and Generosity by Joe Kremer


ynthia Lefferts, daughter of Pomfret’s third headmaster, Halleck Lefferts (1930-1942), was always described as naturally elegant. In fact, whenever Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68 visited with her at her apartment in Manhattan, she made sure to cut the crusts off the egg salad sandwiches and to serve the soup with her best silver. Her elegance extended to her charitable services as well; she served for many years as a trustee for Pomfret (1988-1993) and then was elected an Honorary Trustee. She was also a trustee for the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. Unfortunately, Cynthia succumbed to primary progressive aphasia, and died in May of 2010. However, before her passing, it was one of her last acts that truly defined her grace, elegance, and generosity. Cynthia, a long time donor to Pomfret, had structured her estate plan so that 50% of her residual assets would be gifted to the School. The result? In July, a $2.8 million unrestricted gift was given to Pomfret School. “This was a truly remarkable gift,” said Brad Hastings ’68. “Her belief in this institution, a school she did not attend but loved as if she did, was amazing. I was blessed to have known her, and Pomfret is blessed that she cared so deeply about what we do.” Cynthia spent her formative years on the Hilltop, moving to Pomfret from Ojai, CA, when she was approximately two years old and her father was named to succeed the recently deceased William Beach Olmsted (Headmaster 1897-1929). Educated at Concord Academy and the Winsor School before graduating from Vassar College in 1951, her high ideals and sense of purpose led her to the Ford Foundation right out of Vassar, then to the New York State Commission on Government Operations of the City of New York, and finally to the New York State Moreland Commission on Welfare.

1934 — Cynthia Lefferts and her father, Pomfret’s third headmaster, Halleck Lefferts (1930-1942)


“She spent her life caring about and for other people,” said Peter Grauer, president of the Board of Trustees, “and it is clear that she felt she could make a significant difference here. Ms. Leffert’s gift is easily one of our largest and the fact that she made it without designation speaks volumes about her philanthropic spirit. Gifts given unrestricted provide the School with the greatest flexibility to enhance the exceptional educational experience provided by Pomfret.” As a trustee, Cynthia took great pleasure in providing direction for the institution her father led for nearly 12 years. Halleck presided over Pomfret during very lean economic years, and the Great Depression factored into every facet of life. “Cynthia knew full well the impact the financial markets had on Pomfret during her father’s tenure,” Brad said, “and she shared many stories of it during our visits over lunch. The fact that she dedicated such a significant portion of her estate to help ensure we can weather the current and future economic difficulties is not lost on me and the Board at all. We are truly humbled and appreciative.”

Cynthia Lefferts and her family in front of Robinson House, which was at the time the Headmaster’s House. It now houses Pomfret’s Admissions Off ice and a dorm

Cynthia and her father, Halleck

Planned Giving the Fastest Growing Sector in Charitable Giving


he story about Cynthia Lefferts in this issue of the Bulletin is a terrific example of how one can, with strategic and thoughtful planning, not only provide for personal and family obligations but also mitigate taxable events and make a significant impact at Pomfret. Planned giving has become the fastest growing sector in charitable giving, and in 2009, according to Giving USA 2010 Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2009, $23.8 billion was given to charitable organizations through bequests

such as Cynthia Lefferts’. A recent redesign of the School’s Planned Giving website now offers a number of informative articles, gift vehicle descriptions, and calculators that may help you design a program of giving that best fits your needs. Please visit the Planned Giving section of the Supporting Pomfret link at www., or contact Joe Kremer, director of advancement, by email at or by phone at 860-963-6173.


Kevin Tubridy P ’04 Recognized by the American Institute of Architects for Creating “The Space in Which I Would Most Like to Study” By Sharon Gaudreau


or nearly 10 years, Kevin Tubridy P ’04 has made supporting Pomfret a priority. Kevin has lent his keen eye for architectural design to ensure Pomfret’s campus continues to be one of the most beautiful schools in the country. After eight years of service as a member of the Board of Trustees, the last six as Chair of the Facilities Committee, Kevin recently stepped down as a term trustee, but will remain active as an ad-hoc trustee. His influence was evident as Pomfret School received yet another honor for work he and his firm, New England Design, Inc., closely supervised. This fall, the Parsons Lodge, which was designed by Kevin and his architects, was honored as “The Space in Which I Would Most Like to Study” in the American Institute of Architects Connecticut chapter’s annual People’s Choice Awards. “What I like most about this recognition,” said Kevin, “is that the public served as the jury.” Other projects on Pomfret’s campus to which Kevin’s firm donated their design services are the Blodgett Boathouse and the Blodgett Tennis Pavilions. Kevin’s commitment and generosity of time and talent have fortified our physical plant and strengthened our position in independent schools. Congratulations to Kevin and his associates at New England Design.


October 2009 — Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68, Ged and Kathy Parsons P ’06 ’07 ’09, and Kevin Tubridy P ’04 at the dedication of the Parsons Lodge

John Griswold, Jr. ’63 (trustee – 1975-2008), Hannah Leo ’11, Sam Slotnick ’10, and Hayden Clarkin ’13 at the 2010 Grab the Torch camp at Pomfret. Other alumni who have attended past summer camps are Tom Atwood ’09 and Bekim Cela ’09

Grab the Torch…Teaching the Art of Philanthropy, Leadership and Ethics By Sharon Gaudreau


lthough Pomfret’s campus seems quieter during the summer months, the dorms, classrooms and athletic fields are filled with youth attending various athletic and educational programs. A unique camp that has been offered during the past two summers – Grab the Torch – is directly aligned with Pomfret’s mission to prepare students for lives of productivity, service, and fulfillment. Founded by Dave Aldrich in 2007 and dedicated to the late Paul Newman and his Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (HITWGC) for seriously ill children, Grab the Torch (GTT) is an organization that delivers an organic and common sense approach for the future of giving, volunteering and philanthropy to the next generation. The summer camp gives students the opportunity to learn from leading philanthropists and about many service organizations. According to GTT’s website, James Canton, CEO of HITWGC, considers it a privilege to participate in GTT’s Philanthropy Camp. “Dave is developing a new generation of caring, young leaders. What many of us in the non-profit world have stumbled upon – the meaning and satisfaction of dedicating one’s life to the service of others – Dave is presenting as a viable option for those who attend philanthropy camp. Dave’s visionary program takes a proactive approach to change our world for the better.”

Dave began working with Pomfret in 2004 with the Class of 2006 to raise money and awareness for HITWGC. The class of 2004 raised $10,000 and added 125 new members to the HITWGC family. In conjunction with this work, Bill Martin (Pomfret science teacher) led a group of students, parents and faculty who took on the climb of the 19,340 foot-high Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which raised $20,000 for the same organization. Among the organizations on schedule to present at the 2011 summer camp (HITWGC, Google, City Year, Champlain Foundation, Board Source and the Hassenfeld Family Initiative) is the Commonfund Institute, which will be represented by John Griswold, Jr. ’63 (Pomfret trustee 1975-2008). According to John, who serves on the Finance Committee for GTT and was a camp presenter in 2009 and 2010, “the purpose of Philanthropy Camp is twofold: to expose young people to the enormous diversity of the nonprofit sector and to begin their education about the management of philanthropic and charitable organizations. A key component of the Camp is to inspire them to get involved in philanthropic work and to make sure they do so with knowledge and enthusiasm. Much of the future health of our society will depend to a large extent on the next generation of nonprofit leaders, and Philanthropy Camp is beginning the process of developing capable and committed volunteers and professionals to lead these organizations.” Ron Boss, grandparent of Lexi Dorman ’13, chairman of the board at A.T. Cross and director of the Russell Boss Foundation, presented at the camp in 2009 and 2010 and is scheduled for 2011.

Ron Boss, grandparent of Lexi Dorman ’13 and director of The Russell Boss Foundation, presents to 2010 campers during their trip to Naragansett, RI

For more information on the Grab the Torch organization, visit

Associate Director of the Annual Fund Louisa Jones, a key advocate in attracting this innovative program to Pomfret, is a Curriculum Advisor for GTT and has worked diligently to inspire new students to get involved with philanthropy projects. Recently, she created the new Pomfret Ambassador program, which draws students into the world of philanthropy through volunteering for Pomfret’s Office of Advancement. Many alumni may have already been connected with these students via letters, phone calls or events. Thanks to the generosity of Dave and his appreciation of Pomfret’s support since inception, several Pomfret students and alumni have had the opportunity to partake in this educational and enriching experience. After two years of attending the camp, Hannah Leo ’10 has a different view of philanthropy. “I now believe,” states Hannah, “that philanthropy is not just volunteerism, or donations, but a way of life. It is an external output of action to express one’s morals, passions, and beliefs.” Hannah, who is James Canton’s mentee, was recently appointed the National Chair of GTT’s Junior Advisory Committee. According to Dave, he recently had the pleasure of reporting the success of GTT to Joanne Woodward and how Mr. Newman and HITWGC have influenced the program. “Pomfret was included in that conversation,” said Dave. “I credit the success of GTT directly to the support of Louisa Jones, Headmaster Brad Hastings, Paul Smith (facilities management) and the entire Pomfret community. It would not have happened without them.”

Summer 2010 Campers in Pomfret School’s Community Garden


Bill Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard, Speaks to Pomfret School Community By Shannon Mott Dean Fitzsimmons (second from right) with Pomfret’s College Counseling team, including Rod Eaton, Bruce Wolanin, and Betsy Hastings


n Thursday evening, December 9, Pomfret School welcomed Bill Fitzsimmons to campus as the second speaker as part of the W.P. Carey Lecture Series.

Bill Fitzsimmons has been Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard College since 1986. His tenure at Harvard has been long and varied including roles such as Executive Director of the Harvard College Fund 1984-86; Director of Admissions at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges 1975-1984; and Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Social Relations, Harvard University 1973-74. Dean Fitzsimmons is also a former trustee of the College Board and a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and former Chair of the Commission on the Use of Standardized Tests in Undergraduate Admissions. Additionally, he has authored various research projects and publications and has participated in professional activities on issues related to Admissions and Financial Aid.

he commented on how this journey ultimately led him to where he is today. This unintended “gap year” in ninth grade allowed him to gain a different perspective on education, helping him change his approach toward his schooling. Dean Fitzsimmons discussed the pressure put upon today’s youth and how they are witnessing a burn-out among college students. He reflected on how he keeps running into people who are under pressure by family and friends to be on the fast track. “There is no let up, no chance to look inside themselves and get a handle on what they want or value, and often a gap year offers students a chance to do something different, reflect on what they like or enjoy, ultimately giving them an entirely different view heading into their college experience,” commented Fitzsimmons. Dean Fitzsimmons concluded his remarks with the following advice: “Where you go is not nearly as important as what you do when you get there.”

During his address, Dean Fitzsimmons spoke about his own journey in education. Humorously discussing his lack of ambition as a ninth grader and subsequent need to repeat ninth grade at another school,


he W.P. Carey ’48 Lecture Series has been endowed by William Polk Carey ’48, who has previously established two other endowed funds for Pomfret 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 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.

Dean Fitzsimmons and W.P. Carey ’48

When Stars Align By Shannon Mott


ourtesy of the Schwartz Visiting Fellow Program, Pomfret School was fortunate to welcome Planetary Scientist Dr. Carolyn Porco to campus for three days in late January. During her time at Pomfret, Dr. Porco gave a presentation to the public, held two all-school assemblies, and spent time with numerous classes answering questions about her work on the Cassini Mission. Growing up as a child of the 60’s, Dr. Porco was introduced to Star Trek, Lost in Space, the first lunar landing, and The Beatles. Exploration, the lure of eastern worlds, a yearning to define what was “out there” beyond Earth began to define her life. Growing up in New York with older brothers gave Dr. Porco a dif different path in her earlier years. She was exposed to more masculine activities, which ultimately played a large role in where she is today, “I was not afraid to explore those things that were considered male

dominated,” commented Dr. Porco. Describing her own “religious crisis” as part of this process, “I was much more serious as a teen than I am today,” Porco stated. “I was trying to understand what life was all about; what was out there.” “Out there” took on a new meaning as she began to look deeper at what was out in space. Astronomy became her passion as she went through high school and she knew that she wanted to major in astronomy in college. SUNY Stony Brook offered the major and she spent her undergraduate career there. By her junior year, Dr. Porco knew that she wanted to be in the American Space Program, so she looked into graduate schools and chose Cal Tech because they had a jet propulsion lab. Timing is something that Dr. Porco credits for much of her career path and success. “The 1960’s were a space-driven decade,” Porco commented. “I was a child trying to understand what life was all about and there was so much going on that intrigued me.”

Planetary Scientist Dr. Carolyn Porco, here with Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68 and during a lecture on the next page, gave public and student presentations while on campus as part of the Schwartz Visiting Fellow Program


Once at Cal Tech, Carolyn benefitted from the Voyager Mission, which was sending back images of Saturn’s rings. She spent her grad school years delving into the Voyager’s images, spending countless hours studying them. Her doctoral thesis was on Voyager’s Images of Saturn’s Rings. When applying for post-doctoral jobs, Dr. Porco was offered a job at the University of Arizona by the imaging leader on the Voyager mission. Crediting her New York upbringing for giving her some chutzpah, when she was offered the position at Arizona she asked to also be added to the Voyager imaging team. She knew she could be valuable to the mission especially given all of her work studying their images during her time at Cal Tech. In February of 1990, an amazing opportunity presented itself to Dr. Porco: Leader of the Imaging Team for the Cassini Mission to Saturn. She applied for the job and was the distinct underdog. As the only female applicant up against four more qualified males, one of whom had been her professor at Cal Tech, Dr. Porco embraced the opportunity and put everything she had into her proposal for the job. She knew she’d have to prove why she was the right choice. Like it was yesterday, Dr. Porco recalls the day she was offered the Cassini job, “It was November 13, 1990 when I got the call. I


was in complete shock. After the first 15 minutes of sheer joy and excitement, I realized that the next 17 to 20 years of my life were all laid out. People don’t really understand that when you work on something like the Cassini Mission you have to give up any semblance of a normal life.” Being named Cassini Mission leader offered benefits Carolyn did not initially anticipate. Penn State contacted Carolyn and offered her a job as a professor. Doing the responsible thing, she went and told Arizona that she had been offered a job, so they offered her a job too. “I was not intending to play one school against the other, but I went back to Penn State to tell them that Arizona offered me a position, so they offered me tenure.” Arizona offered her tenure too. Carolyn commented, “I went from being a senior research associate with soft pay, which means that I had to bring in my own money, to an associate professor with tenure.” The process to get the Cassini Mission launched was layered with back and forth consultations with engineers while building the module. Once Cassini was built, it needed to be calibrated, which took years, “You have to make sure it understands the commands you are giving it,” commented Dr. Porco. Once this part was complete and Cassini was launched, the team then had to develop


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.


1989 - Shirley Chisholm Politician, Educator and Author 1990 - Stanislav Levchenko Former Russian KGB Major

software in preparation for the images it would be taking. The jet propulsion lab developed the ability to drive and control Cassini. It took seven years for Cassini to reach Saturn. Fortunately, this was not an all-or-nothing deal. During the journey, the team was able to have practice runs on images as Cassini orbited Jupiter, which allowed them to learn what was working the way they wanted. This gave them three and a half years for tweaking any equipment that needed further synchronization before reaching Saturn. “Patience is huge,” Carolyn remarked. Now almost 20 years later, Carolyn sits at a completely different phase of her life – transition. After having her path clearly laid before her for the prior two decades, this is a new and unusual trail for her to be following. “I think I’d like to follow in Carl Sagan’s footsteps by writing a book or making lectures,” continued Dr. Porco. “I have made a difference and have a place in history; I lead a charmed existence.”

1991 - Edward Albee III Award-winning Playwright 1992 - Leon Max Lederman Nobel Prize-winning Physicist

2001 - Carlos Fuentes Mexican Essayist and Novelist 2003 - Sergei Nikitich Krushchev Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University 2004 - Jean-Michel Cousteau French Explorer, Environmentalist and Educator

1993 - Madame Jehan Al Sadat Former First Lady of Egypt

2005 - Christine Todd Whitman Former Governor of New Jersey

1994 - David McCullough Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Historian

2006 - Brian Greene American Theoretical Physicist, Professor and Author

1995 - Joyce Carol Oates Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist

2007 - Bill Bryson Best-selling American Author

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 2000 - Donald C. Johanson American Paleoanthropologist

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 2011 - Carolyn Porco Planetary Scientist



American Education Needs Change by Pam Mulcahy, Dean of Faculty


very fall, a stack of books and journals grows beside the chair in my office, waiting to be read over winter break. This year’s pile contained three issues of Educational Leadership, Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World ( Jacobs), and Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Pink). It is my favorite habit over vacation to get up early, savor a good cup of coffee and read without interruption for several hours. What I found in my readings is that the curricula of our schools need to be modernized, instructional methods need to align more with brain based research, and teachers need to be better trained to educate today’s students more effectively and held more accountable for their work. These challenges present a call to action for those of us in education – and for those who care about it. American education needs change. Few would debate the impact schools and teachers have on students. In a 2008 New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, Stanford Economist Eric Hanushek estimates that “the students of a very bad teacher will learn … half a year’s worth of material in one school year” while “the students in the class of a very good teacher will learn a year and a half ’s worth of material. That difference amounts to a year’s worth of learning in a single year.” This is a sobering and compelling statistic about the importance of what we do every day at Pomfret. Ideas are the lifeblood of any academic institution. They move us forward. And schools that are not consciously moving forward are by default moving backwards. All schools need teacher leaders asking tough questions that propel the school forward; they need teachers who will experiment in their classrooms to find instructional methods that work best. Schools that hire, sustain, and develop these teachers are the schools that will lead the way into the future. I believe that Pomfret is such a school. We gain first choice faculty

members who have a strong desire to grow their students while developing their own skills, which provides great momentum in moving the School forward. As dean of faculty, I often visit classes and work with teachers to hone their practice. Most classrooms at Pomfret are alive with eager students and engaging teachers. English teacher, AP (Advanced Placement) grader and annual conference presenter John Corrigan, creates lessons using the students’ world as a starting point. Commercials form the basis of some writing prompts, and students submit their reading reflections in a wiki John created so that they can read and learn from one another’s responses. The work done in his classes is real and rigorous. Typically, 100% of his students pass the AP exam every year. All of them leave his class able to write with clarity and power. Pomfret faculty members achieve these results because we talk about teaching a great deal in an effort to improve what we do daily. Teachers are supported in their quest to grow with professional development funds. More than 90% of our teaching faculty engage in professional development beyond the school annually – a statistic which compares favorably to those of high achieving countries like Singapore and Sweden. Observing classes and working with teachers has required that I define what matters most in teaching. My list of core qualities is short. I look for a dedication to students, a deep knowledge of subject, and a genuine commitment to excellence. I value teachers who are constantly grow-

ing and improving, who ask questions, and who are unafraid to attempt new practices in their classrooms to determine what approach serves students best. I admire those who are dedicated to building a solid foundation in their subject matter, who read voraciously, travel when possible, attend plays, visit museums, and take classes in an effort to better understand their subject. Doing these extras helps them determine which understandings are the most critical to develop, which skills are the most important, and how best to break down an idea into manageable parts to facilitate understanding. Finally, I admire teachers whose dedication to students is palpable, who seek to know their students as people, who attend their athletic contests, performances, and exhibits, who sponsor clubs and events, and who are always willing to roll up their sleeves and spend time with students. These qualities are displayed every day at Pomfret. I see them when I enter the classroom of Ellen Browne, who teaches Algebra I and II and has spent the last eight years studying the use of technology in teaching mathematics. Her classroom is alive with students doing mathematics — but not the same way I did mathematics back in high school. One day I might find them investigating linear functions using spaghetti, and another they might be trying to replicate the arc of a basketball by transforming the graph of a quadratic function. They are always engaged with the material, and the work they do requires that they understand the day’s concept in a deep and sophisticated manner. This past summer, Ellen’s hard work, careful preparations, and relentless dedication to professional growth earned her designation as a T3 Instructor (Teachers Teaching with Technology – a program sponsored by Texas Instruments). In her book Curriculum 21, author and educator Heidi Hayes Jacobs asserts: “Scientists are detectives and solution makers. They

are curious, inquisitive, focused, skeptical, creative and observant – and a strong science curriculum should dynamically cultivate those attributes in learners. One key method for approaching the sciences is to emphasize that our learners are scientists and are learning to refine their problem solving and field testing approaches.” She could have been describing the science curriculum at Pomfret. For example, Don Gibbs (chemistry teacher, Science Department Chair and holder of the Benjamin B. Morgan Chair in Science as well as site director for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth in Hong Kong, China) and Sharon Geyer (chemistry teacher and presenter at the National Science Foundation’s Annual Conference in New Orleans) are two master teachers who believe that all science should be based on inquiry. Together, they have designed a chemistry curriculum around rigorous and fundamental questions that require students to discover the answers themselves. In the hands of less experienced teachers, this approach might well prove disastrous, but they have honed their questions over the years, determined precisely which materials students need, what skills must be in place to answer the questions, and what understandings they should take away from each investigation. Whenever I make the journey up the three flights of stairs in the School House, my effort is rewarded with the sight of Jim Rees (French) and Xiaohong Xu (Chinese) using various props and methods to help students master the grammar, vocabulary and nuances of the French and Chinese languages and to understand the cultures of the countries where those languages are spoken. Given that the U.S. Census Bureau tells us that one in five U.S. jobs is already tied to international trade, their work preparing students “to work with people in different time zones, across languages and cultures” ( Jacobs, 107) is of paramount importance. The languages they teach are vastly different, and yet both teachers believe that students must hear and use the target language daily to become proficient speakers, writers and listeners. In my trips to their classrooms, I have found students conducting virtual tours of French chateaux using resources Jim has created for them,

narrating original film scripts in French and watching a “cooking show” that Xiaohong created containing instructions (in Chinese) for making dumplings. These two teachers are tireless in their quest to match their teaching to students’ interests, to find novel resources to make the language come alive and to create meaningful situations for students to practice and hone their growing proficiency with the language. Institutionally, our goal is to nurture and support these teacher leaders with the time and the money to develop innovative teaching practices and to share these with other teachers both at Pomfret and beyond. The research required to master new technologies, find appropriate resources and integrate these into viable lessons is difficult and time consuming. So, we dream of providing these teachers (and others like them) with the time to research, refine their ideas and practices, and share them with colleagues – providing other teachers and schools with a vision of what is possible and necessary to graduate students ready to thrive and lead in the 21st century.

– Pam Mulcahy is the dean of faculty at Pomfret School, director of CAIS/AISNE New England New Teachers Seminar and a member of CAIS Commission on Professional Development


Accomplished Teachers Strengthen Pomfret’s Classrooms By Sharon Gaudreau


any members of Pomfret’s faculty cannot get enough of the sense of fulfillment that comes from teaching. In their limited free time, they reach out beyond the Hilltop by continuing their own advanced education, inspiring teachers from a wide range of other schools, and showing by example the value of the Pomfret educator. Dean of Faculty Pam Mulcahy puts this ethic into practice each summer by directing the annual New England New Teachers Seminar, which has been held at Pomfret since 1998. Last summer, she recruited faculty members Bobby Fisher (chaplain/assistant dean of faculty), Ellen Browne (math), Charlie Houmard (music), JP Jacquet (painting and drawing) and Sharon Geyer (science) to serve as presenters.

Many other faculty members follow Pam’s lead in creative and impressive ways. Last summer, Pomfret’s Science Chair Don Gibbs established the first Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) program in Hong Kong. “Experiencing life within an international school environment, I encountered the same enduring messages time and time again; namely that powerful learning is more likely to take place when trusting and mutually supportive relationships are built by teacher and student, and that the pride of ownership — of knowledge, skills, and friendships — pushes us to explore, share, and dissect ideas in order to gain true understanding,” Don explained. “I love CTY because I am surrounded by people (young and old) who ask why, how, and why not me. The work reminds me that anything is possible and that what makes us curious and human transcends all borders. The magic ingredient, of course, is the proper environment that brings out the best in each person. My CTY experiences have helped me to apply that magic here at Pomfret School.” Don’s science colleagues have also made significant contributions: Physics teachers Brian Geyer and Josh Lake presented at Wolfram Technology Conference and Sharon Geyer presented at the Chem Ed Conference for Chemistry Educators. Additionally, upon conducting workshops for Texas Instruments, Ellen Browne (algebra) was invited to their Leadership Training program and upon successful completion was appointed a T3 Regional Instructor. She also presented at the International conference in February;


and Brian Rice (math chair) was a presenter at Texas Instruments Technology Workshop. Pomfret was also represented at the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Regional Conference by English Teacher John Corrigan, who was also recently selected by the College Board to be an AP exam grader. Some Pomfret educators travel the world and bring what they experience and learn back to the classroom. Last summer, Helen Raftery (Spanish) and Xiaohong Xu (Chinese) took their students to Greece and China respectively to provide wonderful cultural experiences. In addition, Junko (digital arts) and Mitch Pinkowski (English chair) travelled to Cambodia and Vietnam to research Southeast Asian history and culture, while Colby Tucker (science) conducted research in Capuchin monkey behavior in Costa Rica. In addition, David Brush (history) toured various historical and cultural sites in Germany to enhance both his Art History elective and his world history courses, while JP Jacquet (painting and drawing), Tad Chase (foreign language chair) and Sandy Chase (history) traveled to Italy to enhance their exploration and teaching of their respective subject areas. Although Spanish teacher Kara Powers plans to explore the country of Guatemala to enhance her knowledge of its Spanish-speaking culture, her colleague Pablo Montoro Alonso deserves the “world traveller” award. His quest to travel to every country in the world to enhance his understanding of global citizenship continued last summer, as he attended Comunidad ELE - a Spanish teacher’s conference in Spain, and then journeyed to Italy, Sweden, Turkey and Denmark. Global citizenship was also the focus for Director of Community Service Johara Tucker as she traveled to South Africa to research student exchange opportunities and begin planning the 2012 Pomfret service trip, and JP Jacquet, who also travelled to France to plan his summer arts program – L’Atelier au Chateau - A Drawing Opportunity in France – For a complete list of faculty development accomplishments, visit the About Pomfret/Faculty and Staff Directory page at

“More than 90% of our teaching faculty members engage in professional development beyond the school annually – a statistic which compares favorably to those of high achieving countries like Singapore and Sweden.” – Dean of Faculty Pam Mulcahy





1. Pablo Montoro Alonso (Spanish) in Istanbul, Turkey (in front of the Blue Mosque), the 28th country Pablo has visited 2. Mitch Pinkowski (English chair) with Buddhist monks was photographed in the inner chamber atop Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Much of

the day was spent studying the bas relief murals along the temple walls, which depict Hindu mythology and the shift to Buddhism in various adaptations of the artwork. Mitch is discussing how Buddhism relates to the Hindu roots and listening to the monks describe their current practices.

3. Don Gibbs (science chair) established the f irst Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY ) program in Hong Kong 4. Colby Tucker (science) conducting research in Capuchin monkey behavior in Costa Rica


Pomfret’s New Faculty

PATRICK BURKE History The University of the South - B.A. Harvard University - M.Ed

Originally from Richmond, VA, Patrick comes to Pomfret after working for three years at Asheville School, in Asheville, NC. After majoring in history, working in residential llife, and playing soccer at Sewanee, the Univeristy of the South, Patrick engrossed himself in wirking with high school students both inside and outside the classroom. Patrick enjoys working with students to discover the connections that arise across historical eras and hopes to help students understand how the words, choices, and actions of our predecessors shape the world we live in today. Patrick also hopes to have a positive impact on Pomfret’s athletic programs, specifically soccer and basketball, two of his life-long passions. His own interests include running, music, travel, and reading. TIM DEARY ’05 Foreign Language Amherst College - B.A.

After having spent the 2009-2010 academic year teaching in Toulon, France, Tim is delighted to return to the US to begin his career as a French teacher at Pomfret. In addition to his studies, he has served as an English tutor to French students and as a French tutor and has led two language-learning excursions to France with Putney Student Travel. Tim was also the business manager of Amherst’s internationally renowned a cappella group, the Zumbyes, and an active participant in Amherst Dance and played soccer, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee. Tim is the recipient of the Frederick King Turgeon Prize for Excellence in French at Amherst College.


PHIL CASPAR Math & Digital Arts University of Notre Dame - B.S. University of Vermont - M.S. Yale University - M.F.

Phil began his career in education, teaching all levels of math, first at Kent School in Connecticut and then at Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania. Following a long-held passion, Phil earned a Master’s Degree in Forestry and spent five years working as a consulting forester and served as the Chair of the Connecticut chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Heeding a call back to the classroom, Phil joined the Pomfret faculty in 2010. He and his wife Kate (Academic Dean) have three children.

TONY GUGLIETTI Director of Dance Connecticut College - B.A.

Tony is a founding member of the Sean Curran Company and toured and performed for eight years. His performances have been cited in the Village Voice, New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe and other dance publications. He also was rehearsal director for the company and helped set pieces at numerous colleges and dance companies throughout the country. Tony also worked with Peter Pucci, Ben Munisteri, Gus Solomons, Jr, Brian Brooks, Joanna Mendel Shaw, the New York City Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. Tony has set pieces, choreographed, and been on the faculty at Harvard University, Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College, Marymount College, Adelphi University, Montclair State University, Titan Artistic Productions, Steffi Nossen School of Dance, and Groton School. He was also a two-time all-star and league sportsmanship award winner for the NYU hockey team and is currently a Division I college hockey official.

PORTER HAYES Assistant Director of Admissions Denison University - B.A.

Prior to joining Pomfret’s Admissions Office Porter worked for Major League Lacrosse on the fulfillment end of all sponsorship contracts with the League’s partners and teams. Prior to joining MLL, he worked for the Boston Celtics. A native of Exeter, New Hampshire, Porter was a member of Denison’s Lacrosse team. He also is purusing a Master’s in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University, serves as a dorm parent with his wife, Ellee (English), and coaches recreational hockey and girls varsity lacrosse.

WHITNEY JACKSON Assistant Director of Admissions Gettysburg College - B.A.

Having valued her independent school experience at Westminster School, Whitney pursued work as a teaching assistant at Shore Country Day School. Since then, Whitney has worked at The Radcliffe Creek School and Westminster. As a history teacher, dorm head, varsity coach and advisor at Westminster School, she quickly became captivated by and committed to boarding school life.

JAY KEOUGH Assistant Director of Admissions Salve Regina University - B.A.

While most recently at Hebron Academy, Jay taught history to ESL students and was head coach for boys’ varsity soccer and lacrosse and girls’ varsity hockey in 2009-10. Before that he was the assistant boys’ varsity hockey coach in 2006 when the team won the New England Div. II Prep-School Championship. In 2007 and 2010 Jay was named “Man of the Year” by US Lacrosse for his efforts in the Prep-School Northern New England Region; his team won the MAISAD Championship three consecutive years including a 27-0 streak in that conference and a 78-38 overall record. Jay was a three sport Div. III collegiate athlete at Salve, competing in soccer, hockey and lacrosse. In 2003, Jay was the recipient of the Brother Michael Reynolds Award for his superior contributions to athletics, academics and the community of Salve.

PHIL MADORE Head Athletic Trainer Fitness Center Coordinator Springfield College - B.S. California University of Pennsylvania - M.S.

Phil worked as an athletic training intern at Phillips Exeter from 2004-2005 where he was one of three staff athletic trainers and a dorm parent. Later Phil worked as an assistant athletic trainer at St. Sebastian’s School, where he also taught 7th grade science for three years and monitored and organized physical education classes for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. During this time, he also worked part-time as the assistant athletic trainer for the New England Revolution of the MLS (2009-2010). During college, he held athletic internships with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League and with minor league hockey team Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL).

COLBY TUCKER Science Trinity College - B.S.

Colby fell in love with teaching while working as a teacher’s assistant and an academic mentor for freshmen at Trinity College. There he majored with honors in environmental science, writing a thesis about the color of soil and earning the Environmental Science Senior Prize. His other research includes using birds as an indicator of ecosystem health in New Zealand and more recently, a bio-anthropological study of Capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Colby played three years of baseball at Trinity winning a national championship in 2008, and completed the Boston Marathon in 2009.

“We gain first choice faculty members who have a strong desire to grow their students while developing their own skills, which provides great momentum in moving the School forward.” - Dean of Faculty Pam Mulcahy



Fall 2010 Performing Arts Showcase Fall Family Weekend provided families, faculty and students with a wonderful preview of Pomfret’s upcoming fall performances.

Fall 2010 Broadway Night Members of the chorus and Griff Tones charmed the Fall Family Weekend crowd in the Jahn Reading Room with performances during their annual Broadway Night, which was a fundraiser for the spring 2011 choral tour and service trip to Bolivia. Choosing from an array of selections, families in attendance were treated to a wonderful variety of talent by Pomfret’s many musicians.


Fall 2010 Dance: Start with the Ending Members of Pomfret’s dance company entertained audiences with their performance entitled Start with the Ending during the weekend of November 12th. Dance director Tony Guglietti offered the following about this show, “Start With the Ending is a collection of dances about relationships in our lives. We looked at why we love them, hate them, need them, think we don’t need them, want them or don’t want them. In creating the work we also talked about how we need to be okay with the person we

see in the mirror before we can even think about our relationships with the other people in our lives. The show touched on relationships with siblings, family, boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, and strangers.” Members of the fall dance company include: Holly Williams ’11, Amanda Nichols ’11, Morgan Adams ’11, Nicole Leclair ’11, Dana Ouellet ’11, Madison Sacks ’11, Emma Perlwitz ’12, Liana Therrien ’13 and Anna Shoemaker ’13.

Fall 2010 Theatre: Our Country’s Good After months of hard work, daily rehearsals and memorization of lines, members of the Pomfret Theatre put on a tremendous performance of Our Country’s Good during the weekend of November 5th, 6th and 7th. Director Chip Lamb wrote in a review of opening night, “The convicts edged out the officers last night on the Hard Auditorium stage as Pomfret Theatre presented Our Country’s Good. Set in the 1790’s in the new colony of New South Wales, the convicts challenged the officers not with aggression and physical punishment, but with expression, imagination and creativity. Jake Lans ’12 wielded his words like a sword. Avery Lamb ’11 discovered that sometimes you just have to wear the pants. Hayden Clarkin ’13 continued to establish his melancholy. Reanne Wong ’11 and Bill Wong ’14 survived a major sibling dispute. And despite a persistent offense by postgraduate Nic Lane ’11, Kelsey Hatch ’12 found that she could only avoid the rope by being, of all things, a lady.”


Winter 2010 Musical: Urinetown


or three nights in late February, more than 30 Pomfret students put together one of the best musical performances in recent memory. With both seasoned and new performers in the show, audiences were treated to amazing music, acting and dancing. Director Chip Lamb offered these comments: “The Pomfret students performed the musical Urinetown in Hard Auditorium for some of the largest audiences in recent memory. The Tony Award-winning musical, by Chicago artists Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman, proved to be a perfect evening of comedy, song and dance during the final days of the winter term. Set in the future during a long drought, Urinetown combined satire (mostly of classic musicals) with a deft underlying message of environmental irresponsibility. The cast, including many newcomers, exceeded an already high standard of performance at Pomfret and solidified the vital role of the arts in our community.�


Winter 2011 Fundraisers: Chorus and Griff Tones Prepare for Bolivia Tour


eading up to their much-anticipated March 2011 Tour to Bolivia, members of the Chorus and Griff Tones spent countless hours performing at fundraising events. They were seen and heard at the Audubon, The Vanilla Bean Café, the East Woodstock Congregational Church and in the Jahn Reading Room. In addition, a Performing Arts Gala was organized, featuring two-time award-winning actor Brian Dennehy P ’11 and fellow actor and friend of Brian’s Joe Grifasi. Their hard work paid off as they raised thousands of dollars to offset the costs associated with their trip.



Volleyball Achieves Undefeated Season! 18-0 By Head Coach Javier Alvarez


he varsity volleyball team had an outstanding fall, ending the regular season 17-0 and only losing in the semi-finals to powerhouse Sacred Heart. Despite the season ending in heartbreak for the team, the girls learned a hard lesson about the mental toughness necessary to complete a successful playoff run. Victories against strong teams such as Exeter and Miss Porter’s showed the true strength of the team throughout the season; this was a team that knew how to win with grace. The girls worked hard together to be able to pull off an undefeated regular season—a feat that is to be celebrated and remembered. This group of girls was fantastic, and though the end of the season was bittersweet, it is clear that there is a wealth of young talent coming through the ranks. The team is sad to see our seniors depart, but wishes them the best of luck in their years ahead. At the close of a long season, it is with pride and excitement that the varsity volleyball program looks ahead to the 2011 season. ASSISTANT COACH: Allison Kaufman TEAM CAPTAINS: Caroline Brown ’11, Ashley Newhall ’11 ROSENBERG FAMILY VOLLEYBALL AWARD: Ashley Newhall ’11 NEPSAC ALL-STARS: Sophie Rathjen ’11, Brittany Dingler ’11, Anyolina Montilla ’11

Varsity Football


By Head Coach Dave Couillard


he Pomfret Griffin’s football team had one of its best years in the Evergreen League. This was good for a second place tie in the Southern division and a fourth place tie throughout the league. Highlights included an 800 yard offensive production game vs. Kents Hill. Conor Quinn ’11 compiled 1,044 yards rushing this season, making him one of the top ten rushers in Northeast Connecticut. HEAD COACH: Dave Couillard ASSISTANT COACHES: Pat Andren, Brian Geyer, Matt Rodman TEAM CAPTAINS: Kwasi Offei-Addo ‘11, Cameron Geary ‘11, Conor Quinn ‘11 and Tony Campione ‘11 BURKE FOOTBALL AWARD: Elliot Granoff ’11 RICHARDSON CUP: Conor Quinn ’11

Field Hockey 4-10-3 By Head Coach Louisa Jones


hen one learns of a team record of 4-10-3, one could assume that the team must not be good, must not care, or that the coaching is flawed. That is cer certainly not the case with the varsity field hockey team at Pomfret. With five seniors on the varsity team and only four returning starters, we knew it was going to be a building year. Little did we know that our roster would have four players out for the season with injuries. Lina Basilaia’s ’11 hard work over the last two years had her off to a great start as she had earned quality playing time based on her pre-season efforts. Lindsay Harrington’s ’11 life-long shin pain kept her on the field sparingly until it caught up with her early in pre-season. I appreciate the leadership and the dedication of these two seniors and wish I had another year with them in our program. HEAD COACH: Louisa Jones ASSISTANT COACH: Kara Powers TEAM CAPTAIN: Lilah Fones ’11 COACHES AWARDS: Margaret Thompson ’11 and Alex Gerew ’14 LISA NOBLE FIELD HOCKEY AWARD: Lilah Fones ’11 NORWICH BULLETIN ALL-AREA TEAM: Lilah Fones ’11 2010 GLADIATOR BY SPORT GUARD INTERNATIONAL (SGI): Lilah Fones ’11 NATIONAL FIELD HOCKEY COACHES ASSOCIATION (NFHCA) HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL ACADEMIC SQUAD: Lilah Fones ’11


Boys Varsity Soccer 7-5-2 By Head Coach Waddy Rowe


his year’s team finished with a 7-5-2 record, going 5-1-2 in the last 8 games to finish 14th in WENEPSSA out of 50 teams. We finished ranked 9th in Class B for all of New England. This means that if we had tied or beaten Suffield, Wilbraham or St. Marks, we would have made the playoffs. That is tough to swallow but should not diminish the best team record in five years and the closest we have been to the playoffs in more than that. This was a tight team and a young team. There were more freshmen and sophomores on our roster than were on the JV roster. It is great to see players like Chris Grandi ’13 move up from JV and score his first goal against Cheshire. It was in that same game that Max King ’13 scored his first goal, showing how far he has come as a player this year. Tim Haggerty ’13 had the game winners for us against both Kingswood and Dexter. Charlie Gruner ’13 came a long way this year and his break-out game against Suffield is an example of how far he can go with his skills. His winning of the Giblin and Mettler Award was well deserved. Mark Kozlowski ’14 earned more and more playing time as the season went on and will be an impact player for us in the years to come. The seniors and their leadership were the core of our success. Although we lost some to injury, their support from the sidelines was key. Thank you to Kevin Grace, Danny Palumbo, Teddy Driscoll, Evan Hoffman, Brian Lawler, Ray Zeek, Kyle Lasewicz, Dave St. Lawrence and Matt Bourdeau. There are some big shoes to fill on this list, and you will be missed. HEAD COACH: Waddy Rowe



WNEPPSA ALL-STARS: Kyle Lasewicz ’11, Dave St. Lawrence ’11

TEAM CAPTAINS: Kyle Lasewicz ’11, Matt Bourdeau ’11


Girls Varsity Soccer 12-4-2 By Head Coach Erin Fisher


he girls’ varsity soccer team had a successful fall, finishing the regular season with a 12-4-2 record and earning the #4 seed in the NEPSAC Class B tournament. Pomfret lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament to a strong Rivers team, but showed tremendous resiliency and determination given their youth. With only one senior on the field, the girls worked hard to keep up with the top teams in the league, all of whom were led by strong, experienced seniors. Our four losses came to teams which were all top four tournament seeds, three of which were NEPSAC finalists in their respective classes, and one which ended up winning the NEPSAC Class B title. This is a young and talented team with a promising future ahead of them. Losing only one starter, we hope that the tough one-goal losses this year will feed our desire for success in the year ahead. We battled with the top teams in New England and although a bit unlucky at times, this team saw that they can compete with the best and will return next year ready to play for a NEPSAC championship. HEAD COACH: Erin Fisher ASSISTANT COACHES: Reb Brooks and Bruce Paro TEAM CAPTAINS: Jamie Samociuk ’11 and Alida Bernhart ’12 ELIZABETH JOY DOMMERS AWARD: Jamie Samociuk ’11 CAPTAINS’ AWARD: Mackenzie Dunphy ’12 COACHES’ AWARD: Andi Nicholson ’13 WNEPSSA ALL-STARS: Jamie Samociuk ’11 and Alida Bernhart ’12 ALL-NEW ENGLAND: Jamie Samociuk ’11 NORWICH BULLETIN ALL-AREA TEAM AND BOSTON GLOBE ALL-STAR: Jamie Samociuk ’11


Boys Cross Country By head Coach Norman Kim-Senior


he season included ten meets. In total, the Griffins had 65 opportunities to test their mettle against other schools. They won 37 of those face-offs. In the process, the team claimed two third place finishes in invitational races that each had more than ten schools. We also finished 11th out of 14 teams in the NEPSTA Division III Championships in a field that had 13 runners break the 18 minute mark for a 5k. Our top place finisher was Bobby Turner ’14 in a time of 18:34 (22nd out of 95). Among the season’s accomplishments, the team can count beating Roxbury Latin in one of their races, a first in a long time. They also beat Cushing twice this year, a team that tradi-tionally ends up in the winning column when they face Pomfret. In the years ahead, the runners from this year’s team will be able to walk by the trophy case and point to the hardware that they added. These trophies will be tangible reminders of the many battles that they fought out on the course. The coaches are grateful to the returners for setting a positive tone on the team and maintaining high expectations for everyone. This season would not have been as positive were it not for their leadership. HEAD COACH: Norman Kim-Senior ASSISTANT COACH: Phil Caspar TEAM CAPTAIN: TJ Deary ’11 CHRISTOPHER LUFKIN CROSS COUNTRY AWARD: TJ Deary ‘11

Girls Cross Country By Head Coach Ellee Hayes


lthough we only had eight runners this fall, we accomplished a lot as a team. We unanimously elected senior Jaclyn Tules ’11 as our captain. She concluded the season by placing 5th in the New England Championship at Governor’s, which qualified her for the NEPSTA all-star cross country meet. She was also selected for the Norwich Bulletin’s All Area Team. Coach Ray and I want to thank the other members of our team for their hard work this fall. Thank you, Annalena Lieb ’13 for your fierce competitiveness; Isabelle Lofquist ’12 for your fierce determination; Melinda Buell ’13 for a work ethic that taught us all a little something about spirit; and Erin Brady ’13 , Leena Aslam ’11, Margaret Therrien ’11 and Priya Patel ’14 for remaining positive in the face of frustrating setbacks. HEAD COACH: Ellee Hayes ASSISTANT COACH: Maggie Ray CAPTAIN: Jaclyn Tules ’11 MARNIE K. KEATOR CROSS COUNTRY AWARD: Jaclyn Tules ’11 NORWICH BULLETIN ALL-AREA, NEPSTA ALL-STAR: Jaclyn Tules ’11





By Head Coach Arthur Horst


his season was not about individual successes, although those were impressive. We had Devon MarcAurele ’14, RJ LaBeef ’12, Tomo Okamoto ’11 and Elliot Granoff ’11 combine for an impressive individual dual meet record of 98-3. We had Kirsten Beutel ’11, Brian Lawler ’11, Yugin Lam ’13, Alastair Hewitt ’11, and John Dean ’11 quietly combine an 89-29 record. Hamilton Herr ’11 and Adam Cohan ’11 did their jobs against Choate, giving one of our big guns a chance to finish it off. Along the way, Fritz Jacoby ’14 helped us earn a close 36-35 win. Taylor Sulik ’13 and Adam put us in position to win again against Exeter, and it all came down to Fritz, who held on to give us the 33-31 victory. Tony Campione ’11 saved the team’s mediocre effort against Canterbury and pinned his man late in the competition. Not satisfied with role-player status, Adam started beating bigger, stronger opponents. Also giving Herculean efforts were the big guns mentioned above whom scored the many, many points for us, often working late into their matches to get much-needed pins, or pushing their limits to win by wider margins and thus gain more team points. Our team achieved a remarkable 4th place finish, out of 45 teams, in the New England’s, which was our best finish ever.

HEAD COACH: Arthur Horst ASSISTANT COACH: Marshall Eaton TEAM CAPTAINS: RJ LaBeef ’12 & Tomoyuki Okamoto ‘11 COACHES AWARD: Elliott Granoff ‘11 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Devon MarcAurele ‘14 NATIONAL PREP ALL-AMERICAN: RJ LaBeef ‘12 LOUIS DINATALE WRESTLING AWARD: RJ LaBeef ’12 and Tomo Okamoto ‘11

Boys Varsity Basketball


By Head Coach Dolph Clinton


espite our disappointing record, the boys’ varsity basketball program took a positive step towards its goal of becoming one of the best teams in Class B in New England. Mr. Paro and Mr. Sheehan worked hard on strengthening our schedule, while the boys worked hard to compete against some of the toughest teams in New England. In fact, some of our best games came against AA teams like Wilbraham and Monson, St. Andrew’s and Marianapolis. Out of our 27 games, we led at half time in more than half of them, and led by double digits at some point in 17 of our games this season. Where we struggled the most was in execution in the second half and rebounding in general. Nonetheless we closed out the season by winning six of our final twelve games and were competitive in all twelve down the stretch. In terms of leadership and attitude, our six seniors led us admirably. However, our underclassmen contributed greatly and leave us with a nice core to build around for the future. Therefore as we say goodbye to seniors Nic Lane, Andrew Robinson, Danny Metzgar, Ben Sukonik, and JJ Ahmed, we have high hopes for the returning crew of Kahari Beaufort ’14, Jack Nicholson ’12, Danny Gagnon ’12, Malkese Edwards ’13, Ian Crouse ’12 and Jeffrey Iyalekhue ’14. HEAD COACH: Dolph Clinton ’92 ASSISTANT COACH: Tim Deary ’05 TEAM CAPTAIN: JJ Ahmed ’11 ALL-NEW ENGLAND HONORABLE MENTION: Nic Lane ’11 SECOND TEAM ALL-NEW ENGLAND: Kahari Beaufort ’14 R. DUANE DAENTL BASKETBALL AWARD: Kahari Beaufort ’14

Girls Varsity Basketball 14-6 By Head Coach Rebecca Brooks


t was hard for any of us to follow the success of last year’s season. Yet here we were, a new team – new players, a new assistant coach, new roles – that had to find new ways to be successful. In the beginning of the season we had all the confidence in the world, but we were soon knocked off our pedestal as we fell by three points to Loomis, then by 13 to Andover, then by five to Taft. As the month of January progressed, we defeated Suffield at Suffield, a feat never accomplished in my previous six years, and we did it with confidence. The following Saturday we took on the #2 seed in New England, Cushing Academy, eventually losing by a gut-wrenching four points in overtime. Unfortunately, we followed this performance with a loss at Rivers. After a much-needed long weekend, the girls came back revived, and with the addition of some of our boys’ basketball players at practice we found a way to bring a new level of intensity on the court. Things clicked. In this final stretch of the season, the team went 8-0, taking down, along the way, a previously undefeated team from Lincoln, and the #5 seed, St. George’s. The team finished the season as the #6 seed in the Class B tournament and traveled to The Governor’s Academy for the quarterfinals. Pomfret played their hearts out, which made the three-point loss hard to swallow, but clearly showed that we were just as strong as the top Class B School in New England.

HEAD COACH: Rebecca Brooks

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Czarina Hutchins ’11



TEAM CAPTAINS: Jamie Samociuk ’11 and Czarina Hutchins ’11

NEPSAC CLASS A & B ALL-STARS: Jamie Samociuk ’11 and Megan Gaudreau ’12

COACHES’ AWARD: Kevalin Hutachinda ’11


Boys Varsity Hockey 13-12 -2 By Head Coach Bruce Wolanin


oys’ varsity hockey played a challenging schedule against New England prep school teams. The team appeared in the Yale Showcase, the Piatelli Memorial Jamboree at Berkshire School, the Lawrence/Groton Holiday Tournament and the Watkins Tournament at Cushing Academy in addition to league play. For the second consecutive season, the team earned a berth in the New England Piatelli/Simmons (small school) Tournament, but lost 3-2 in overtime in a hard-fought contest. The team was led by a strong graduating class, eight of whom made the fall term High Honor Roll or Honor Roll, and five of whom are prefects. The graduating class also included a Form Rep, a Griff Tone, and the School President. The team competed hard, improved constantly, and had fun along the way; a team outing at a candle-pin bowling alley on New Year’s Eve was a particular highlight. Two coaches have never been prouder of their team, especially for the respect and dignity with which the boys represented Pomfret School and played the great game of hockey. HEAD COACH: Bruce Wolanin ASSISTANT COACH: Jay Keough TEAM CAPTAINS: Danny Palumbo ’11 & Ray Zeek ’11 CHUCK LUCIANO HOCKEY AWARD: Danny Palumbo ’11 and Ray Zeek ’11

Girls Varsity Hockey


By Head Coach Meghan Gillis


he team continued to play a very competitive Division I schedule this season, finishing four spots shy of making the playoffs. The five ties on our record are a testament to our team’s competitive nature and the strength of our goaltending by Jaimie Leonoff ’11 and Kristy Brown ’14. Some highlights of the season included a 3-1 win over St. Mark’s in February after losing to them 4-3 in December, a 5-1 victory over Williston Northampton, and a 3-2 victory over Exeter. Our graduating seniors Brooke Bytalan, Lilah Fones, Jaimie Leonoff and Margaret Thompson (manager) devoted three years to the program, while Cassie Catlow has been a varsity letter winner all four years. We will miss them and their leadership. They each brought something unique with them to the rink, and they will be hard to replace. However, our squad is young, with 10 of our 17 players being freshman and sophomores. These players have plenty of time to develop and grow during their time here on the Hilltop. Thank you, Pomfret, for your continued support of this program. HEAD COACH: Meghan Gillis ASSISTANT COACH: Waddy Rowe TEAM CAPTAINS: Brooke Bytalan ’11, Cassondra Catlow ’11 & Lilah Fones ’11 MIMI ASHMEAD HOCKEY AWARD: Moira MacArthur ’12


Boys Varsity Squash


By Head Coach Tad Chase


he boys’ varsity squash team finished a successful season with a 7th place finish at the post-season New England Class B Interscholastic Squash Tournament. Endowed with athleticism, natural talent and a passion for the game, the boys improved dramatically over the course of the season. Although they were relatively inexperienced compared to their competitors, they pushed each other at every practice and played with the poise, patience and sportsmanship of veterans. Season highlights showcased convincing wins over a number of teams including: St. George’s, Portsmouth Abbey, Kingswood Oxford, St. Marks and Avon. At the U.S. High School Team Squash Championship, after losing a close match against St. Andrews, the team won the Division 4 Consolation Finals with impressive wins against: Conestoga B, Westminster (GA), and Trinity Pawling. Although we will lose four of our top five players to graduation, the five returning players are poised to build upon the successes of this season. HEAD COACH: Tad Chase TEAM CAPTAINS: Brian Mullen ’11 and Will Castagna ’11 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Lukas Bartels ’12 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Lukas Bartels ’12 JESS WADE FELDMAN AWARD: Brian Mullen ’11

Girls Varsity Squash


By Head Coach Greg Rossolimo


he girls’ varsity squash team was one of the hardest working teams in recent years. They faced a tough schedule of opponents but never gave up on playing their best. The team enjoyed wins over: Hopkins, Ethel Walker, and Lincoln while narrowly losing to Kingswood Oxford and many perennial rivals. The team placed well at the mid-season Hopkins tournament, which bode well for the New England tournament. The season ended with Pomfret hosting the Class C New England Tournament, at which the varsity team won 16 of 22 matches and placed third overall. The team will miss the leadership of seniors Alyssa Brewer, Amanda Pierog, Noel Ingalls, and Maddy Holloway who rose through the ladder during their time at Pomfret and led the team through their final season. Luckily, the ladder has plenty of depth, thanks to the strong crew of returning varsity and rising JV players. HEAD COACH: Greg Rossolimo TEAM CAPTAINS: Alyssa Brewer ’11 & Alexis Gulino ’13 ADRIENNE TAYLOR BIGGERT SQUASH AWARD: Alyssa Brewer ’11



The Sunflower An Excerpt from a Sermon for Students and Faculty at Pomfret’s Opening of School Chapel By Chaplain Bobby Fisher September 8, 2010


ne day last spring, my youngest daughter Tatum came home from kindergarten with a small Dixie cup in her hand. The little cup was half full of what looked like potting soil and had clearly been over-watered (by her) in school that day. It looked like crushed up, soggy Oreos in a cup. I am notorious for quickly throwing these kinds of things out when I think nobody’s looking. But this cup somehow made it to the kitchen windowsill. It must have stayed there for weeks, and they were busy weeks because I never watered the cup once. But somebody did. Eventually, the school year ended, summer came, and the Dixie cup disappeared from the windowsill. I never knew and never thought to ask about it. I figured someone else must have cleaned up and cleaned it out.

We have a pretty good-sized vegetable garden in our backyard, and we treat it as a labor of love during the spring and summer seasons. We grow mostly tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, and stuff like that. The weeds come fast and hard, and that’s my job. Because I am not much of a green thumb, I make good on the manual labor end – I pull the weeds. Early July rolled in, and we were getting ourselves ready to leave for a two-week vacation to visit my family in North Carolina. While sweating over a patch of weeds in the garden one afternoon, Mrs. Fisher warned me to stay away from this one large bulky weed creeping up the


fencepost in the far corner; “Don’t kill Tatum’s flower,” she said to me in a tone as if to remind me of a few flowers I had killed in summers past. “Right,” I said, “of course not!” We left the garden behind, and when we got back home from vacation on the first of August, there was a huge, beautiful sunflower with its big yellow head leaning over the fence. I rushed inside our house and gushed in amazement and awe to my kids, “Have you guys seen that sunflower? It’s incredible! When did that happen?” Tatum, our six-year-old Dixie-cup handling kindergarten graduate, very calmly and matterof-factly shot back at me, “Dad, I’ve been taking good care of it!” Touché! She pulled it off. She raised that single seed up from a little plastic cup her teacher gave her at school. She planted a seed. She watered it, watched after it, held onto it and watered it some more. She transferred it gently to a new home in the quiet far corner of our garden with a little help from her mother and out of harm’s way of her dad. She waited. We waited, even forgot about it. And it grew, and it grew, and it grew up toward the sun…just as a sunflower is supposed to do. My daughter in all her wisdom and determination, started with the ending—she looked way past the Dixie cup that was otherwise destined for the trash after school. She had an idea of where she wanted to arrive with that little seed she got, and she quietly set about getting there.

side was the tempting destination which was close at hand. I kept asking myself whether I should give away so much that I had gained in China, go to an unknown country, and start over again.

A Senior Chapel Speech Looking out at all of you surrounding me, packed in these pews as we are now with the sunlight streaming through the stained glass, I can imagine you all as a field in bloom. Sunflowers, all of you! Starting with the ending gets really interesting and should hit closer to home when you imagine this chapel in the early fall of 1964. You can squint and see a short, scrawny, athletic Third Form boy entering Pomfret School and coming through those huge wooden chapel doors — just a little seedling then, following in the shadow of his Fifth Form older brother. He sat in these pews just as we are right now. Do you think he ever imagined then, that when he grew up he would become Pomfret’s eleventh Headmaster? Do you wonder if his friends and classmates saw signs of it in 1968 by the time he graduated and first left the Hilltop for college? I want to encourage you, like a sunflower, to constantly turn your face toward the sun while you are here. Find the nourishing warmth and light of this place, in the people, the programs, the surroundings, and become that warmth for others, too. You will sow seeds of success during the year and that will no doubt enable you to grow towards the college best suited for you in the next stage of your journey. But my prayer is that you will also sow deeper seeds of happiness because those seeds will enrich your life, and our life together.


Excerpts from Yolanda Cao’s ’11 October 4, 2010 Senior Chapel Speech

was born in Shanghai, China, which is an economic center in a country with a history of five thousand years. The year I was born, 1992, was the first year the Chinese stock market began, which marked the development of the Chinese free market economy. So, it can be said that my growth is in line with the steps of Chinese reform in economics. I feel so lucky for growing up in an open era. Studying abroad is a hard choice for Chinese students. This is because once you choose to study in another country, you lose the chance of entering universities in China. To Chinese students, university is an important destination. Getting into university is based on the score you get on the University Entrance Examination. So all through their student life, Chinese students practice and practice, quiz and quiz, test and test. It is all for the University Entrance Examination, which is the most important battle in a Chinese student’s life.

Looking back at my growth, I thought it wasn’t a choice between China and America. It was about who I was and what I was seeking. I never felt I was normal. I feel that I am always stumbling up steps of my life. I appreciate what my parents have done for me. Their personal experiences impacted me deeply. I thought I should go for what I wanted to do. I love Pomfret. I love its small size. I love the four seasons here. The color of the foliage is so beautiful in the fall. I love the free, friendly, and vibrant atmosphere. I love how the alumni still feel connected to Pomfret. I know this because of my meeting with Mrs. Ginny Sampson, an alumna from the class of 1975, the first coed-class at Pomfret. Mrs. Sampson is currently teaching arts at Shanghai American School. We had afternoon tea on the Shanghai Bund together. After my meeting with Mrs. Sampson, I got a sense that Pomfret’s alumni are so loyal to Pomfret. Though she graduated 35 years ago, she made me feel that she had never left the Hilltop. We had a nice chat. We shared many interesting topics with each other. For instance, she mentioned the severe thunderstorm on the Pomfret campus in the year of 1975. Her story made me realize that her memory of Pomfret has stayed with her, even after 35 years. Pomfret made a lasting imprint on her.

I cherish my life at Pomfret. I want to thank this entire community for being so When I told my classmates and teachers nice to me. I feel sad that this is my last that I was applying to high schools in the year at Pomfret. To me, Pomfret is still my States, they thought I was crazy because new starting point. It gives me a further there was only one year left until the exam. realization of myself. The Science Outreach I turned to my parents for help, but they seminar that I took last year made me find said I needed to decide by myself this time. my interest in teaching. I found that I They had chosen my life path for me in my really enjoy the feeling of mutual happiness childhood. Now it was my turn to choose that I get through teaching. I think it will the future on my own. I was so confused. be a nice thing for me to teach at Pomfret On one side, it was the expensive tuition, an in the future. But first, I will enjoy the rest unknown country, no relatives, no friends, of my high school life here. and so many other negatives. On the other




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1941 70th Reunion CLASS AGENTS: Francis O. Lathrop, Jr.,

1935 No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.

Paul F. Perkins,



Theodore F. Babbitt,

75th Reunion


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CLASS AGENT: Wyatt Garfield



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Seth B. French, Jr.

Alumni Office.




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Henry W. Mellen,

Alumni Office.

1939 CLASS AGENT: William P. Rowland


Beau Williams wrote, “I moved into a retirement home about 1 ½ years ago – pretty nice way to simplify our lives. I still go to Florida each winter.”


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65th Reunion

Alumni Office.

CLASS AGENT: Robert A. Brunker,


1947 No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.

1948 No class agent at present. If interested, call the Alumni Office.

1949 CLASS AGENTS: Tony LaPalme Stu Bracken,

Tony LaPalme reported the following news on his classmates: Bindy Banker celebrated his 80th birthday with family and friends on August 16, 2010. After 54 years he continues to work as a managing director of Deutsche Bank New York. Morgan Gilbert had an interesting two-week visit to China on a tour of Chinese treasures early in 2010. He had lunch with Jack Willett just prior to the trip and was sad to learn of Jack’s death upon his return. Stu Bracken is enjoying his retirement from Merrill Lynch and continues to play his favorite game – golf. He also belongs to the Massachusetts Golf Association and the USGA. Roger Chappelka and his wife Anne took their two grandsons on a cross-country train trip from their home in Pennsylvania to the west coast. They took in the Grand Canyon and Disneyland, among the many other things, during the trip.

1950 CLASS AGENT: William O. Sumner,

1943 — Kitsy & Wye Garf ield ’43 (left) with Pomfret faculty member Louisa Jones at Cuttyhunk, MA, during summer 2010

2010. Dick Daily offered this remembrance: “Tommy was such a great guy. He and I spent some fun hours together at the 50th Princeton reunion. At the time he already had a stroke and was confined to a wheel chair. He lived less than an hour away from us in Hilton Head. He sure will be missed.”

1951 James R. Riker

Ted McCagg wrote, “I’m still working (a bit) on airport planning and design with HOK. Our fifth grandchild arrived this past fall – what fun they are!”





Charles V. Henry III,

Chester K. Lasell,

60th Reunion CLASS AGENT:

Gee Dorr reported, “I am serving on the board of the Shemer Art Center and Museum in Phoenix, AZ. It is an historic home with exhibitions and an extensive number of art classes. We have just taken over the operations from the city; this is our 25th year. I now have eight grandchildren!”

1953 CLASS AGENT: Frederick K. Gaston III, Edward K. McCagg,

We were saddened to learn from alumni that Tom Farr passed away on June 22,

on October 9, 2010, having qualified for the 75-79 age division of this event at Rohto Ironman 70.3 California. He has been competing in triathlons for about 25 years. Hunter has three children and five grandchildren. His daughter, Elizabeth Kollar, is also a triathlete who has been to Ironman Hawaii twice, and competed in this year’s event with her father.

William H. O’Brien III,

1955 55th Reunion CLASS AGENT: William A.W. Stewart III, CLASS SECRETARY: E. Brooks Robbins,


Hunter Temple competed in the Kona Ironman triathlon in Kailua Bay, Hawaii

Richard S. Storrs,


Nick Storrs submitted the following news on his classmates: Spoke to John Caulk recently – he went on to Princeton after graduating from Pomfret, celebrated his 50th from Princeton in early June 2010. Go John! He is still practicing architecture. He had all kinds of Pomfret memories – such as being a DA with John Curtis (John – do you remember passing a bed from one window to the next room, and no one could figure out how it had happened?), William “Coon” du Pont who splattered an apple in a pickup softball game, and tons of stories of Drum Hadley and Brooks Robbins. But the biggest effort was hiding 40 +/- bikes up in the trees. And as a fellow hockey player (remember that old rink at the bottom of the hill, which we had to scrape with those heavy scrapers) – hundreds of pucks came out of that pond every spring. Dwight Baker lives about 25 minutes from Nick’s home in MA. He has retired from his network marketing business. Happy to report that Dwight says he’s reasonably healthy. Nick Storrs went off to China for 10 days in October 2010 on a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored trip. “I spent lots of time each day out and about visiting places such as the Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace, the National Embroidery Museum, Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square – absolutely fascinating. Stopped at a tea plantation and was educated about the world’s fascination with tea. I bought a 10” high jade horse for my wife Jeanie (what a job that was to ship it back to America, extremely delicate!!), rode on rickshaws, and ate fascinating meals (ate a meal with a man whom I taught 35 years ago; he’s the fellow in charge of selling GM products over there). Went on a Maglev train; the top speed was 425 km (275 mph). I got up early each day and wandered the nearby streets. The climate is much like New England. China is very much a developing nation, but don’t worry – with 1.3 billion people


there’s plenty of wealth. Were told that China has more cranes than the rest of the world combined (I can believe it, they’re everywhere). There are eight ring roads around Shanghai, and still you should see the brutally heavy traffic. Once every 10 years there’s a world-wide EXPO. We were there when the Shanghai EXPO closed down, and there were massive long lines for the most popular sites – the Japan site had a five-hour line on the last Sunday. It was quite a memorable trip that we will all remember.” Then at the beginning of March 2011 Nick traveled to El Salvador with fellow members of Rotary. The purpose of the trip was to build a full-sized soccer field for an area out in the country. “Each class at the local school was so appreciative. We mixed gravel, cement, and water to make the field – it was brutal, with the heat as well as for the sheer effort in labor (no cement mixers)!! In the final two days I went swimming in the Pacific at a private club and climbed to the top of the volcano which overshadows San Salvador.” Tony Hoyt reported, “I played a lot of golf last summer. I’m on the Vestry at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City and on the Board of Trustees for Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT. Enjoying life a great deal!!”

1957 CLASS AGENT: Horace H. Work,

Horace Work reported, “Stephanie and I are beginning to enjoy our new life without children by traveling—we went to New Orleans in February because our daughter Victoria (24) was in a marathon and ran the whole 26.2 miles. You can’t beat the restaurants and music in that party town. I wonder if Pomfret students are still singing When the Saints Go Marching In the way we did. Victoria was admitted as a Ph.D candidate in environmental science and engineering

at the Colorado School of Mines. Yale, her younger brother at Julliard, played in the chamber festival there in January and his trio was reviewed in the NY Times. Our middle son Nathan is working for the Aspen Ski Company this winter and enjoying the Colorado powder skiing after work. Stephanie continues her studies in Turkish and spent a month in Istanbul in the spring of 2010. Her family knew J. K. Milnor when he taught at Robert College after leaving Pomfret. Small world. I am avidly pursuing my passion for gardening, starting wildflowers from seed in my greenhouse, establishing growing beds, and keeping my orchids flowering. I also read – I am now on Tim Ferris’ The Four Hour Body and Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons.”

1958 CLASS AGENT: Galen N. Griffin,

Terry Brune is living happily in Florida, spending summers in the Adirondacks, fishing non-stop in both places. Jeff Hopkins was in Taiwan in December 2010 giving a lecture at Dharma Drum College in Jin Shan on “A Perspective on the Union of the Old and the New Translation Schools of Tibetan Buddhism: The Fundamental Innate Mind of Clear Light.” A week earlier he was at the Phuket International Academy Mind Centre in Thailand, where he led a weekend retreat on “How to Expand Love” based on the Dalai Lama’s book by that title. Jeff then continued lectures in Vancouver, Guatemala City, and Mexico City. His newest book with the Dalai Lama (the 41st) is entitled How to be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D. The book demonstrates how compassion can be a continuous wellspring of happiness in our own lives, and how our newfound happiness can extend outward from us in ever wider and wider circles.

Bill Woods wrote, “I have continued as Chair of Common Cause/Ohio because I believe that in order to maintain our democracy we need to reform our political system.”

1959 CLASS AGENT: Jeb N. Embree,

Sidney Holmes retired in late 2004. Since then he has focused on learning to read music and play the hammered dulcimer. He and his wife Ruth have welcomed their first grandchild and welcomed the second in February 2011. Jeb Embree reported, “I had a nice conversation with Lewis Taylor in February. He and his wife are doing well on their farm in Little Compton, RI. Their son, Morgan, lives near them with his family, including the grandchildren. It is nice for Lew and Hope as they get to see a lot of them. It is hard to believe, but it is the third year of our Class of 1959 pledge, so if you have not fulfilled your pledge, please be sure that June does not slip by without having done so. I hope everyone is enjoying the season and that you will give me a call with any news. I look forward to hearing from you.”

1960 CLASS AGENT: Benjamin A. Fairbank, Jr.,

1961 50th Reunion CLASS AGENT: George M. Walker,

Joel Levin wrote, “I have been living in Hanoi for much of the last 15 years having gone there in 1994 after [former President] Clinton lifted the embargo. At that time I was hoping to restore

some of the older colonial buildings into new uses and offer assistance to the architecture school. One thing led to another and I found myself married, again, and once again beginning a new family. Daughter Lily is now nearly thirteen and may be looking at Pomfret sometime soon and son Alec is about to turn six. They both attend the United Nations School in Hanoi which has been a wonderful experience for them and for me. We try to spend some time during the summers at our home in Connecticut, though during the balance of the year we take whatever opportunities we have to explore Southeast Asia. I figure it is a special period in our lives to broaden our horizons and to grasp some meaning of our place in the world. My older two kids, who are based in New York, have been fortunate to spend some time here with us as well. If all goes as planned, we’ll end up back in Connecticut sometime soon to begin the next chapter of this journey; however, I do not know if it will be before our 50th reunion. If not, any and all my classmates or other members of the Pomfret community are welcome to e-mail me.”

1962 CLASS SECRETARY: David J. Watkins,

Pat Morss wrote, “Anne-Lise and I are still living in and loving Gloucester, MA but dealing with catastrophic real estate taxes – the old city infrastructures are falling apart. Our daughters and husbands live in Vermont (Christina) and Maine (Jeannette), with our Vermont three year-old grandson Sam taking to sailing. Our Maine bird experts are currently leading a tour in Antarctica. I thought I was sort of retiring but am essentially still full time with my architecture firm Finegold Alexander & Associates. A lot of interest in sustainable design with recent ‘greening of campuses’ field sessions in TX, TN and MA. Can’t believe how inoperative our government has become.”

Howie Mallory sent the following update: “Still calling Aspen home because it has great cross-country skiing, hiking/climbing, and our youngest daughter is in ninth grade. Second choice is outside Annecy, France for the wonderful French countryside and Alps bike riding. The most memorable time spent over the past 12 months was a two-week hike this past August through the Dogon Plateau country in Mali. It was like a time warp in this essentially un-electrified countryside quite similar in topography to the southwest Colorado and southern Utah canyon lands. Looking forward to our 50th.” Drew Diefendorf wrote, “I left the workforce two years ago. At the same time my wife, who is a systems analyst with Lockheed Martin, accepted a transfer to Pennsylvania. So, for the first time in 41 years of marriage and many moves, I became the ‘trailing spouse.’ We miss living in South Carolina, particularly the year-round cruising on Lake Hartwell. The upside has been that we have been close to my son, Aaron, who just completed a dual Ph.D in Biogeochemistry and Geology at Penn State. He had the honor of TA-ing for Richard Alley (the well-known paleoclimatologist) last year. Beginning in January, Aaron will be on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, continuing his research into paleoclimate and biomarkers in the Eocene and Holocene. He and his wife, Emily, just presented us with our first grandchild, Eliot. I remain busy as a climate change advocate within the geologic community, and plan to assist my son on some of his research, as well as to do educational outreach.” David Watkins wrote, “A number of you have asked me what planning is being done for our 50th Reunion. I am really delighted to tell you that Howie Mallory has agreed to be Reunion Chairman. I will be helping Howie with the communications end of things, and he is currently considering the formation of a Reunion Committee designed to ensure maximum participation and


1964 — Members of the class of 1964 gathered at Pomfret for a reunion meeting: (l-r) Frank “Flash” Fuller, Mark Simon, Peter Clement, Linda Parquette, Paul Fowler, John “Jock” Dix, Charlie Potts and Paul Steege

interesting activities. As his first step, Howie tried a shocking new marketing ploy: he mailed a handwritten letter to several classmates. I am sure this approach was a real attention getter. I expect that by the time this appears in print some of you will have already heard directly or indirectly from us on these arrangements. If you have missed those announcements and wish to contact Howie, his email address is In another submission David Watkins wrote: “I recently turned 66 and promptly thanked my three children for the contributions they were about to make to my Social Security receipts. I also took the occasion to remind them that there was no way in the world they were going to be able to collect similar benefits. As I have mentioned in prior columns, I am Chairman of my company’s China operations. We have a BPO company in Qingdao, China with 800 employees doing processing for insurance agencies (www.ReSourcePro. com). We now have more than 100 clients and continue to grow 40% p.a. In October 2009, Patti’s and my oldest son, Marc, and his wife Rene, provided us with our first grandchild, David Raymond Watkins. In September 2010, their second child, Annabelle, was born seven

weeks prematurely. She is now up to a normal weight and doing great. As you can imagine there is chaos in the Marc Watkins household! Our daughter, Sharon (34), is a consultant for Deloitte and lives in Portland, OR, with her husband, Dr. Tugrul Keskin, who is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. Our youngest son, Christopher Watkins ’02, is an IT expert, and lives in Qingdao, China, managing ReSource Pro’s IT infrastructure. With operations in China and continuing directorships in London, I travel internationally quite frequently. In September 2010, Patti and I visited Vietnam for 10 days. In part, that trip was completing a circle of life, as I had served in the USAF during the Vietnam War. We are starting to consider plans for our 50th Reunion in 2012! More to come.” Mark Acheson wrote (upon viewing a photo of Aspen, CO taken 60 years ago by Howie’s father-in-law), “I saw Vail not quite 50 years ago-when I was at Penn and went there on a ski trip to various places in Colorado. They only had a tee bar back then where the Lions Head Gondola is today. We have had places there for over 30+ years, ever since we returned from overseasmoving down valley all the while and

1964 — L-R: Mark Simon, Jock Dix, and Paul Steege discussing plans for the 1964 class gift


are still owners in Cordillera, Edwards, a town on Route 6 that had but a lone gas station which is now the Gas House “restaurant” and whose pump is still to be seen on the roadside there. I would be glad to contact anyone from our former classmates - I will call/email to encourage them to join us.”

1963 CLASS AGENTS: Charles W. Fleischmann, Anthony C. Lame, CLASS SECRETARY: Charles W. Fleischmann

1964 CLASS AGENTS: Peter W. Clement, John A. Dix,

Peter Corbin had an exhibition of his work at the Cascapedia River Museum in Quebec during the summer of 2010, and another at the University Club in New York City in November. As a compliment to his exhibition, he has released his newest book, Three Rivers - One Artist’s View, in November. This coffee table book is a tribute to the Moisie, Restigouche and Grand Cascapedia Rivers and is a compilation of his best photographs, nearly sixty paintings, and many drawings over the last thirty years. Peter’s featured work and the book can be viewed at

1965 — The class of 1965 celebrated their 45th reunion in May 2010. L-R: Seaver Leslie, Bob Orr, Derry Allen, Donald Gibbs, Justin Klein, Skip Hastings, Don Robinson, Jim Seymour, Dean Moss, Linda Parquette ’64, James King and Rick Findlay

On September 11, 2010, a 50th Reunion Team from the Class of 1964 gathered at Pomfret to begin site selection and planning for a planned gift in 2014. As someone noted and all agreed, “It was great fun to be back working together, just like old times. This makes the Reunion a lot more exciting.” The architects of the class of 1964 – Mark Simon, Paul Steege, Frank “Flash” Fuller, and Jock Dix – convened at Jock’s home in Florida to right-size and refine the concept for the class gift in preparation for the presentation to the Facilities Committee of the Pomfret Board of Trustees. Mark Simon and Paul Fowler took the results and decisions made from this grueling work session and won approval from the Board by their skillful and brilliant delivery and presentation. The Class Gift Committee is currently preparing materials to share with the entire class. Vip van Voorhees is planning the expansion to the high school level for the Hyde Leadership Charter School he started in the South Bronx. Rumor has it that Dan Church is in the process of restoring a Victorian house in Cooperstown, NY. Recent travel seems to be popular with several members of the class: Central and South America via the Panama Canal (Jock Dix), Spain (Kim Barnes), France (Mark Simon), Italy (Dave Woodrow and Paul Fowler), Australia (Bill Henning), Cuba (Peter Clement), and Malaysia (Bill Pinney). Winifredo Villamora wrote, “On August 29, 2010 my wife Grace and I co-chaired a piano recital fundraiser featuring renowned pianist Raul M.

Sunico at Northwestern University’s Thorne Auditorium. We raised funds for scholarships in food technology and agri-business programs at the University of the Philippines Mindanao.” On December 2, 2010 one of Nat Barrows’ weekly newspapers, The Weekly Packet in Blue Hill, Maine, celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house and reception. The event honored two employees who have been with the paper for all of the 50 years.

1965 CLASS AGENT: William A. Hastings,

Brad Pearson wrote, “As part of his two-month trek across the country (will America ever recover?), Jeff “D.J.” Brainerd paid us a visit here at the Pearson compound near Sun Valley in south central Idaho. We hadn’t seen each other in 45 years, so it was great to catch up. D.J. is still the irrepressible energy phenomenon that he was all those years ago. Even a titanium knee hasn’t slowed him all that much! Anyway, his visit was a good reminder that old Pomfret friendships may go into hibernation, but they’re always ready to be rekindled.”

even if we weren’t mentioned in the Alumni Magazine last spring. Perhaps some of our transgressions of the early 1960’s have yet to be fully forgotten or forgiven. The class of ’65 was indeed well represented by Messrs. Seymour, Allen, Moss, Findlay, Leslie, Gibbs, King, Matthews, Klein, Cotter, Orr, Robinson and Hastings. The weekend started with a wonderful dinner at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Don Gibbs, Jr. with good food and drink, many stories – true and otherwise – brought much laughter and fond recollections. We also warmly welcomed wayward Paul Fowler ’64 and Linda Parquette ’64 to our festivities. Both of them quickly and understandably signed on as honorary members of the Class of ’65. The next day was filled with various events including an awards banquet that only would have been topped if May Cotter herself was still there. With fond memories of dance weekends past, several of our classmates challenged members of the Office of Advancement to dancing 60’s style. What good sports! Happily, photographs of that event have been misplaced. The next big date is our 50th. Please mark the date in your calendar and plan to attend. It really is terrific fun and wonderful to see old friends and our beautiful school. Looking forward to seeing you then – and don’t forget to contribute to the Annual Fund.”

Skip Hastings reported, “Our 45th reunion last May was a great success,

1964 — L-R: classmates Vip van Voorhees, Peter Clement, Steve Cook, and Paul Fowler joined Peter Corbin (center) for a reception of his work in New York City in November 2010


1971 — Robin Pfoutz ’71 released a composition for cello titled “Mr. Pfoutz At The Shore” on iTunes and other online music stores

Senate in 1995. He is serving his eighth term in the 2nd district seat, and is currently Deputy President Pro Tempore in the state Senate.

1970 CLASS AGENT: Richard A. Bensen, Gilbert H. Judson,

1966 45th Reunion CLASS AGENT: James G. Stuart,

1967 CLASS AGENT: Michael S. Petty,

Tony Guiterman wrote, “My youngest son, Chris, was married in June 2010 and will attend the University of Arizona this fall to pursue a PhD in Forestry. Middle son, Tim, recently received his MS in Engineering and is relocating to Burlington, VT. My oldest son, Brooke, relocated to Pennsylvania. My daughter Katherine just graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and has a job there interviewing subjects as part of a psychological project. I am off to the west again this summer for more kayaking on the Missouri with my nephew.” We were saddened to learn that Joe Chamberlin passed away on September 29, 2010. Char Miller ’70 offered this remembrance: “[Joe and I] grew up together in Darien, CT; his mother and mine were fast friends. I suspect that their relationship was one reason I went to Pomfret. I have a vivid memory of him playing the mouth harp in the common room after dinner (he may have introduced the instrument to the campus), and was struck by how happy he was in that moment.”


John Charnay has been named Director of Development and Communications for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Los Angeles.

1968 CLASS AGENT: Robert R. Rich,

1969 CLASS AGENT: Richard G. Levin,

Geoff Churchill wrote, “My wife, Kathie, and I love being grandparents to a wonderful two year-old boy, who is expecting a little sister this summer.” Robert Shasha wrote, “Lenny Klein and I recently sailed together and spoke about our Pomfret experiences and the wonderful classmates whose company we enjoyed and our time together on the Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota in May of 1969! As they say, life is lived in forward and understood in reverse—we appreciated the many opportunities and experiences we had as students at Pomfret!” Congratulations to Eric Coleman, who was appointed Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut State Legislature on December 28, 2010. Considered one of the most powerful committees in the legislature, Coleman has served on this committee since he entered the House in 1983 and remained when he was elected to the

Janet Arvonen Kniffin returned to the Pomfret campus on October 1, 2010 to be a presenter for Hunger 101, an event sponsored by Pomfret’s Community Service program. Janet is the Chief Development Officer for the Connecticut Food Bank.

1971 40th Reunion CLASS AGENTS: Jacques P. Bailhe,

Alex Gibney wrote, “I have been working hard—released four films this past year: Casino Jack and the United States of Money, My Trip to Al Qaeda, Freakonomics (I did the sequence on Sumo wrestling!), and Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. I’m looking forward to a vacation.” Wes Eaton wrote, “I’m retired two years now after a delightful 31+ years working at the University of Connecticut, in the finance division. Currently, I’m pursuing a musical interest by playing the fiddle for local groups and piano at two nursing homes. Having lots of fun but busy as ever. My wife Gloria and I are doing fine and look forward to the upcoming class reunion.” Bob McChesney has a new book coming out in April 2011, entitled Will the Last Journalist Please Turn Out the Lights, co-edited with Victor Pickard and published by New Press. The book features 30 essays by scholars, policy makers, and journalists on how best to understand and address the severe cri-

sis in journalism in the United States. Bob is also working on a new book with John Nichols on the money-media election complex that is changing the face of American politics. Linda Bartley Kittler reported, “In addition to my one-person theatre piece that was recently broadcast on PBS, but that nobody saw because it aired during the run-up to the recent midterm elections, I have adopted the stage name of Imelda May and am currently touring with ‘Guitar God’ Jeff Beck. I am especially proud of our Les Paul-style recreation of ‘How High the Moon,’ where through the magic of multi-tracking, I sing with myself in three-part harmony, just like the great Mary Ford. When I’m not touring with Jeff, I sing background vocals with The Derek Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Jerry Douglas Band (Jerry being the best dobro player in the known universe). Who knew Nashville was such a fun place? Oh, and I’ve recently been hired by Paul Reed Smith (luthier extraordinaire) to promote his new line of 12-string electric guitars. I do hope that everyone in the greater NYC area will be able to catch my performances at one of the Allman Brothers’ shows at the Beacon Theatre in March. Rock on, Class of 1971!”

1972 CLASS AGENT: James M. Bergantz,

1975 — L-R: Yolanda Cao ’11, Ginny Sampson ’75, and Pomfret faculty Xiaohong Xu in Shanghai, China

boat which adapts to my leg braces. I got my start rowing at Pomfret.” Peter Kirkaldy wrote, “We continue to work on restoring our 19th century farmhouse.”

1974 CLASS AGENT: David D. Dixon,

1975 CLASS AGENTS: Andre B. Burgess, Timothy S. Matthews,

Ginny Sampson is currently teaching arts at Shanghai American School in China. She treated Pomfret student Yolanda Cao ’11 and faculty member Xiaohong Xu [Chinese, 2008 – present] to afternoon coffee and dessert on the Shanghai Bund while they were visiting in June 2010.


Mark Blodgett was pleased to report that his son Whitney, a member of the U.S. junior men’s eight rowing team, won a gold medal at the 2010 World Rowing Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, on August 8, 2010. The U.S. crossed the finish line 0.65 seconds ahead of Germany for the gold with a time of 5:37.08. Jim Michaels, a military correspondent for USA Today, has published a book by St. Martin’s Press entitled A Chance in Hell: The Men Who Triumphed Over Iraq’s Deadliest City and Turned the Tide of War. Congratulations to Don Williams, CT State Senate Pro Tempore, who was elected for the tenth time to the 29th district seat on November 2, 2010. Tim Matthews reported, “I am living on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland with my wife Beth, two teenagers, and two dogs. I’m going on 29 years in the Navy and am presently the Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers. This

CLASS AGENTS: Ilse D. Bailey, David A. Rosen,

David Rosen reported, “Two things happened exciting in my life this year: I was awarded the 2010 WVU Children’s Hospital award for excellence, and I raced in the Head of the Ohio regatta in Pittsburgh in October 2010, and won gold. I rowed in a specially designed

1975 — Tim Matthews ’75 spent time in the Middle East last fall



1981 — Billy Cole ’81 (left) and John Ufland (P ’13) at the World Pond Hockey Championship on February 11, 2010 in New Brunswick, Canada

Linnea Corwin Elrington, Monique Lowery Foster,

CLASS SECRETARY: Martha K. Murphy,

past fall I had the opportunity to visit Khazakstan, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates.”


1979 CLASS AGENT: Robert K. Mullarkey,

35th Reunion


Robin DuCharme Pastore wrote, “Writing a monthly column is keeping me sane in Old Greenwich, CT. Our kids are nine, six, and three years old. Rosy, a yellow lab pup, just arrived from Kansas! Best to all!”

Richard S. Cody, Michael R. Nelson,

1977 CLASS AGENT: Heidi Smith Graumann,

1978 CLASS AGENTS: Mark S. Breen,

John Murphy wrote, “Greetings! Looking to connect with some of my old classmates that I have not as of yet. I live and work in beautiful south Florida with my wonderful wife, Lanna, and our son Jeremiah. I would love to hear from some of you.”

1981 30th Reunion CLASS AGENT: Eric L. Foster, CLASS SECRETARY: Sarah Armstrong Scheide,

1982 CLASS AGENTS: Ronald A. Levene, Johanna M. Moffitt,

Whitney Welch has been a firefighter with the Greenwich, CT fire department for the past 21 years. She is the only female career firefighter in the town’s history.

Harvey Stevenson showed his paintings at the Galerie Etienne de Causans in Paris, France in July 2010. Arthur Diaz reported, “I have taken on another new role at Pomfret School this year. In addition to my ‘day job’ as CFO, I’m now one of the two form deans for the class of 2014. It’s a fun assignment, involving lots of interaction with the students. Also, this is the first time in 13 years we haven’t had a child in elementary/middle school. My youngest daughter, Dana, is now a freshman at Pomfret. Her older brother Alex is a junior, and sister Amy graduated in May 2010 and is now in college.”


1983 — The sons of Lisa Wood ’83 and Jim & Wendy Reeder Enelow ’83 in Idaho. L-R: Kohler Wood, Henry Enelow, Pierson Wood, George Enelow, and Ben Enelow


1989 — Will Rankin, son of Erin & Chris Rankin ’89, sports his very own Pomfret shirt

Wendy Reeder Enelow,

Jim & Wendy Reeder Enelow and their boys had a nice visit with Lisa Wood and her boys while they were in Sun Valley, ID, in the summer of 2010.

1984 CLASS AGENTS: Christian B. Brown, Jeffrey P. Curran,

1985 CLASS AGENTS: Heather Julian,

Ironman Triathlon in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. It was my second Ironman, and it felt harder than the first. Not sure if it was my last one, but I did enjoy the experience and the beautiful scenery in Idaho!”


1990 CLASS AGENTS: Marcus W. Acheson, Rachel Baime, Laura Cowperthwait Funkhouser, Jonathan G. Gengras,

Alison Smith Shoemaker reported, Elizabeth Tilt Weiner, “My daughter, Anna Shoemaker (named after Anna Bryan ’86), is now Alexis Barnett Howard was married at Pomfret and loving it! She is in the to Simon Pearce Buckley on September class of 2013.” 18, 2010.



Abigail Gardiner Silk,

25th Reunion CLASS AGENTS: Jeffrey H. Connor,

1989 CLASS AGENTS: Nathaniel M. Peirce, K. Kelsey Hubbard Rollinson,



Katharine B. Cowperthwait, Jonathan L. Hart, Laura Church Wilmerding,

Kay Cowperthwait wrote, “I had a great time with Monique Wolanin at the SheRox Triathlon in Webster, MA on July 25, 2010! We bumped into each other at the Expo the day before the race, and it was wonderful to reconnect. The race was a lot of fun, and I ran as fast as I could to try to stay ahead of Monique – to no avail! Earlier in the summer, I also took part in the

Catherine Moriarty Whittier,

Cara Landi Buckingham reported, “On April 19, 2010 I ran the Boston Marathon! What a fantastic experience – great course, great spectator support, and a great post-party at Toby Metcalf ’s place where I got to see Jen Patenaude as well. Next up: the Chuckanut 50K in my home city of Bellingham, WA, in March 2011.” Chris Rankin reported, “My son, William David Rankin, was born on May 16, 2010 in our home town of Whitefish, MT. Everyone is doing great! We hope to make it to the 25th reunion!”

20th Reunion CLASS AGENTS: Laurence N. Hale,

Laurence Hale reported, “I am on [the Pomfret] campus pretty regularly (at 6 a.m.) as I have been playing tennis with one of our classmates, Jim Zahansky. We both moved back to the area around the same time, both have three kids around the same ages, and are neck deep in work and kids’ activities. I would love to hear what everyone is up to these days.” Lorenzo Borghese debuts his first novel in December 2010, entitled The Princess of Nowhere, by Harper Collins publishers. The book is inspired by his famous lineage with Napoleon Bonaparte. Mike Stewart wrote, “I will be completing my undergraduate degree at CUNY Brooklyn College this summer (finally - 16 years late, but better late than never), as a Film Marketing major with a double minor in Finance & Business (Marketing) and Sociology (Consumer


On Left 1992 — Jeff Eccleston ’92 On Right 1999 — Kane Wesley Mineo Paul, baby boy of Josh & Alysa Hill Paul ’99

Behavior). I am considering several options to follow – including law and/or grad school.”

1992 CLASS AGENTS: Diana Heide Fredericks, Samuel L. Goldworm David Wyatt Wartels, Kate Green Ripple,

Congratulations to Jeff Eccleston, who was honored with the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award in the spring of 2010. This honor is awarded yearly to the forty most promising young executives in the sports business industry under 40 years of age. Selected from hundreds of nominations, Jeff is the first person in the field of research to ever receive the award. The award is typically reserved for those working within sports properties, agencies or brand marketing. Jeff is Vice President of Sponsorship Research International (SRI), a Norwalk, CT-based market research firm specializing in the measurement and evaluation of sports sponsorship and entertainment marketing.

1993 CLASS AGENTS: Michael G. Farina, Sarah M. Flournoy,

1994 CLASS AGENTS: Karrie M. Amsler, David Levin, Edward W. Wartels, Timothy L. Whipple,

1995 CLASS AGENTS: Carson T. Baker, Whitney A. Cook, Allison C. Glasmann, Nicholas D. Mettler, Robert E. Thebault, Daniel J. Thompson,

On Left 1996 — William Vincent Rudzinski, son of Damien & Elizabeth Chartier Rudzinski ’96 On Right 1997 — Souki and Connie Mosher Syharat welcomed their son, Savanh Mosher Syharat, on May 11, 2010.


1996 15th Reunion CLASS AGENTS: M. Anderson Bottomy, Hillary H. Lewis, Michael A. Newton, Rebecca Holt Squires,

Elizabeth Chartier Rudzinski announced, “My husband Damien and I welcomed our son, William Vincent Rudzinski, on Father’s Day, June 20, 2010. We are currently living in Salem, MA.” Mike Newton was married to Laura Maestranzi on August 21, 2010 at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Topsfield, MA. The reception was held at the home of Laura’s parents in Wenham, MA. Pomfret alumni on hand to celebrate were Anderson Bottomy, Chad Cooper, and Rob Huss. “The wedding was beautiful and we were blessed to have so many friends and family in attendance,” Mike said.

1998 — The wedding party of Trevor Rees ’98, who was married to Morgan Holland on July 31, 2010: L-R Back row: Will St. Onge ’99, Gardner Holland ’02, faculty member Jim Rees, Diane Rees, Trevor Rees ’98, Morgan Holland Rees, Genny Richardson ’99, Toby Richardson ’65, Kevin Rees ’01, JD Rogers ’98, Kate Richardson ’97, Anna Hastings ’98, Karl Koenigsbauer ’02, Betsy Hastings, Braden Long ’97, Leslie Gibbs Middle row: Nancy Richardson, Cooper Hastings ’01, Ethan Selfridge ’02, Rachel Army ’03, Hannah Army ’00, Dan Griffith ’01, Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68 Front row kneeling: Maya Gibbs and Jeffrey Gibbs

In September 2010, Dave Gargill joined Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT, as an English teacher and coach. Prior to that he was a freelance writer for several years, based out of Hudson, NY, and has written several pieces for Harper’s Magazine. Rebecca Holt Squires wrote, “Looking forward to our reunion in May – excited to reconnect with classmates!” Chad Cooper is engaged to be married to Aimee Bois in Woodstock, VT, in July 2011.

Miriam Jamron Baskies was pleased to announce that her third child, Zoe Esther Baskies, was born on July 22, 2010 and is doing wonderfully.


Matt and Liz Wright Steger welcomed baby boy Henry Creighton Steger on February 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm, weighing 9 lbs, 1 oz. and 22 inches long. Liz, Matt and big sister Caroline (age 2) are doing great and getting settled into their new life as a family of four.

Christopher F. Hale,


Stacy Durbin Nieuwoudt, Livia Skelly-Dorn Roustan, Sarah L. Welch,

Kip Hale wrote, “I recently returned from a two year stint as an UN Associate

1997 CLASS AGENTS: Miriam Jamron Baskies, Lindsay R. Larsen, Joanna Kontoudakis, Hadley Weiss Rosen,

Souki and Connie Mosher Syharat were thrilled at the birth of their son, Savanh Mosher Syharat, on May 11, 2010. Congratulations from Pomfret!

1996 — Mike Newton ’96 and Laura Maestranzi were married August 21, 2010


1998 — Loring Rowe ’98 and his son Oliver in Hawaii 1999 — L-R: Johnny Feliciano ’00, Johnny Lorenz ’99, and Garth Hess ’99 had a mini-reunion in Morrill, ME, in August 2010

Legal Officer working in the prosecutor’s office at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to take on this line of work, and it was a great learning experience and an even better job. I am currently pursuing legal opportunities in Washington D.C. and New York City, and would love to catch up with alumni and Pomfret classmates in the area.”

1999 CLASS AGENTS: Lindsey Boardman Duerr, Timothy A. Patrick, Jr., Alysa Hill Paul, Kelly L. Wentworth,

Corbin Treacy wrote, “Having completed an M.A. in French at the University of Minnesota, I spent the summer of 2010 on a fellowship with the Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul, MN, translating and conducting research on human rights efforts in West and North Africa. I began my work toward a Ph.D in French this fall. It would be wonderful to catch up with any and all friends from the class of 1999, so should any of you find yourselves in the Twin Cities, don’t hesitate to get in touch!” The family of Johnny Lorenz held their 23rd annual family party in Morrill, ME, on August 7, 2010. Classmate and nephew Garth Hess was in attendance, and Johnny Feliciano ’00 joined them for the festivities.


Congratulations to Anne and Matt Atwood on the birth of their son, Peter Joseph Atwood, on September 6, 2010.

2000 CLASS AGENTS: Hilary M. Gerson,

Alysa Hill Paul announced, “My husband and I welcomed our first child, Kane Wesley Mineo Paul, on January 24, 2011. He was 7 lbs. 4 oz. and is the light of our life!”

Susannah Miragliuolo,

Johnny Lorenz wrote, “I have been working for myself since college graduation, building customer relationships and friends. I founded BrushWorks, my painting/restoration business in Maine that supports my lifestyle and travels. One of my finest jobs will be featured in Seacoast Living, a nationally syndicated magazine for modern architecture and historical marvels, during the summer of 2011. I take time off during the winter to explore the world and travel. I have now been living in Thailand for eight years since graduating from SLU. I have been a TOEFL teacher for three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and volunteer for The Chaipattana Foundation teaching grades four, five, and six. I am looking to find possible volunteer candidates to live and teach on Kho Lipe, a southern Thai tropical destination in the Indian Ocean. It’s remote, so anyone interested be prepared for castaway, and naming inanimate objects. I would be happy to help anyone from the Pomfret community with travel plans to Thailand or southeast Asia. I’ve been to Burma more times than I can remember, Cambodia, Laos, Taiwan, and Bali.”

Kristine Russell Pierce wrote, “On July 15, 2010 my son Cooper Joseph Pierce was born. He was welcomed by my husband, Franklin, older sister Mackenzie (who just turned two on February 13th), and myself.”

Ben Stapleton is engaged to Maureen Carey and will be married in November 2011.

Ben Fash was married to Assal Araghian in August 2010. He started working at Birch Hill Equity Partners, a mid-market private equity firm in Toronto, in June 2010.

2001 10th Reunion CLASS AGENTS: Alexandra T. Arguimbau, Jamie Calabrese Brätt, Andrew C. Brown, Leslie J. Hall, Caitlin E. Rogers, Wendell W. Smith,

Caitlin Rogers is engaged to be married to Daniel Connelly of Concord, NH. Caitlin is an associate director of admissions at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and Daniel is a pilot for Delta Connection. An October 2011 wedding is planned.

2002 — Eddie Mears ’03 (right) visited with Michael Zesk ’02 in Mongolia where they f ired rocket launchers on a shooting range.

Alex Sweet reported, “I am in the second year of my City Planning grad program at UPenn. It is a lot of work, but I love it a lot. I recently had dinner with Dan Abroms ’04 and Andrew Brown in Philadelphia. What a riot!”

2002 CLASS AGENTS: Samuel A. Appleton, Christina Galanti Dickson, Jo Anna Galanti Fellon, John P. Lindsey, William E. Walker II, Christopher J. Watkins, William R. Wentworth,

Michael Zesk wrote, “Last summer I visited Colin McCarthy-Beauvais ’03 in New York City to celebrate his engagement. As for me, since returning from sunny funny Mongolia where I worked as a full-time English teacher and part-time host of a national televised game show called Magic Tour, I’ve moved back to Washington, DC. While I was there Eddie Mears ’03 popped by for a visit and shared in the joys of a shooting range, Mongol style. I’m now working as a full-time economic policy staffer for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and working on my Masters in Global Energy Security at Johns Hopkins at odd hours of my nights and weekends.

2003 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,

Andrew Zawacki has been appointed Rooms Controller at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, CA. He also serves as a Manager on Duty and on the hotel’s peer review board. Katie Bell is engaged to be married to Alex Bues. They will be married in the fall of 2011 in Connecticut.


Mackie Pilsbury wrote, “I am thrilled to have joined the Advancement Office at the Chapin School in New York. As the Assistant Director of Major Gifts, I am afforded the opportunity to work closely with amazing families and girls who are truly an inspiration. Also, I finally understand the importance of class notes and alumni connections! The invitation is always open for (free!) lunch.”

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

Krystle Allen is working at the College of the Holy Cross as an Admissions Counselor. She was married on

2004 — Krystle Allen ’04 and Eric Leveille were married July 24, 2010

Mariana Black is engaged to be married to Devin Rogerino. They plan a November 2011 wedding in Maui, Hawaii.


2004 — Kim Peck ’04 and Rob Lamoureux were married in October 2010

July 24, 2010, to Eric Leveille at the Harding Allen Estate in Barre, MA. Pomfret alumna Jeanna Cook was in attendance. After a honeymoon in Italy, Eric and Krystle are now living in Massachusetts with their new puppy Zoey.


Rob Saunders ran in the New York City Marathon for Team Hole in the Wall on November 6, 2010, in a time of 5 hours, 6 minutes.

Alysia L. LaBonte,

Sarah Vaillancourt is playing on the Montreal team of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. It has been a full year for Kim Peck. In May 2010 she graduated with a Master of Music in Opera from the Longy School of Music, and in October she was married to Rob Lamoureux of Worcester, MA. The ceremony took place at Sacred Heart Parish in Webster, MA, and the reception was held at the Overlook in Charlton, MA. Tim Peck ’00, Dan Peck ’08, and Bryan Heckendorf ’08 were in attendance. Kim and her husband currently reside in Somerville, MA, where she works as a singer, actor, and voice teacher. Her husband works as a software engineer for a security company in Burlington, MA.

CLASS AGENTS: Davinia G. Buckley, Timothy J. Deary, Laura F. Dunn,

Joshua W. Rich, Hyun-Yi Yoo,

In December 2010 Bona Yoo graduated from her Masters program at Christies and received her MA in Modern Art and Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market. Annie Dickson graduated from Hamilton College in May of 2009 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Studio Art. After graduation, she moved to Boston to work for The New England Center for Children, teaching young women with severe autism. While in Boston she spent many evenings visiting with Nina Franzino and was also visited by Emily Rand and CC Norris ’07. After a year of working for NECC, she moved to Beijing, China, to learn Mandarin and is currently working as an Educational Assistant at an international school. She has recently hung out with Dave Still who moved to Beijing in early 2010. Tyler Calabrese wrote, “I’m a Production Assistant at NBC Connecticut, which basically means if it happens behind


the scenes, I know how to do it. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of directing and technical directing, which means I’m either calling the shots and giving the crew cues, or I’m actually physically pushing the buttons that puts the images on screen. I also occasionally run audio, edit video, run graphics, etc. I’ve become a jack of all trades, which has been great for me. I absolutely love what I do; the only bad thing is the hours. I’ve been on mornings, which is 3:45 am-12:15 pm, M-F, rain, shine, snow, sleet... This winter I’ve spent three nights on the floor of a conference room at our station to make sure I was here. But, like I said, I love what I do, so it’s all worth it. Who knew that WBVC would breed such a cool career for me?!” Camille Byars is in grad school for nursing at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. “It is a lot of work but I love it!” John MacVarish is currently working at Plymouth Rock Assurance in Boston, MA, living the dream. Megan Danyliw wrote, “I am teaching and coaching at The Lawrenceville School in NJ. It’s been busy but fun. I am teaching English (sophomores and juniors right now). I coached field hockey in the fall and will be coaching crew this spring.” Jess Magnuson wrote, “I’m really enjoying being at Canterbury School. Hockey season has been great; teaching is always an adventure, but I feel like I learn new things every day. I’m teaching English (more specifically, fifth form American Literature). I live in a junior girls’ dorm, which has been fantastic. In addition, I was a coach for varsity soccer in the fall and will be doing varsity tennis in the spring.” Steve Lanzit is currently living in Chaplin, CT and working as a District Sales Manager at ADP.

Becky Dash is currently pursuing a graduate degree as a Physician’s Assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kate Sullivan is currently living in Woodstock, CT, in her condo with her cat named Lil. She is the Marketing Communications Coordinator at PolyMedex Discovery Group. Lauren Kremer is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Connecticut. She is interning at a high school in Hartford working with adolescents and their families. She will graduate in May 2012 and hopes to use her degree as a medical social worker.

2006 — Michelle Gilmore ’06 graduated from Salve Regina University in May 2010

2006 5th Reunion CLASS AGENTS: Olivia T. Gray, Young Hoon Hahn,

Emily Gawlicki is currently working in the Linguistic Validation Department at Corporate Translations, Inc. She has recently been promoted from Associate Project Manager to Project Manager Supervisor.

Maryam A. Hayatu-Deen,

Paul Healy is currently working at Rectory School, coaching varsity hockey and varsity tennis. In the fall of 2011 he will be attending Nichols College to pursue his Master’s in Business and continue with his tennis career.

James E. Pinkham,

Andrew McGloine is living in Boston, MA, with Dan McGloine ’04 and Brian Menna. David Still wrote, “I have been back and forth to China between study abroad and then working there in 2010. I really enjoy languages and my major was economics, so it seemed to me that Chinese was the most logical language to learn. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to the five-year reunion as I was in China at the time, but I certainly miss my Pomfret classmates and am happy to hear about people.” Alysia LaBonte currently resides in Pomfret, CT where she works as a teacher, coach, and dorm parent at the Rectory School. She is working towards her MSW at Simmons College.

Gregory E. Jones, Caroline E. McLoughlin, Lewis F. Merl, Caitlin M. Neiduski, Kathryn S. Nelson,

Hillary E. Ross, Katherine A. Winogradow, Erin A. Wolchesky,

Congratulations to Caroline Murphy, a recent graduate of Yale University, who was one of 16 student-athletes at Yale named to the ECAC Hockey AllAcademic team. This was the fourth time Caroline was the recipient of this honor. Michelle Gilmore graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, on May 17, 2010, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She also minored in religious and theological studies. Michelle has moved to Newport and is working full-time as a nurse at Aquidneck Medical Associates and also works per diem in a nursing home. Evan Johnson is in his senior year at Lawrence University. He has been the starting goaltender on the men’s hockey

team all three years thus far. Evan has broken multiple Lawrence records in hockey and led the nation in shutouts in the 2009 season, as well as helped Lawrence to the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Northern Division title. On November 10, 2010 he was named MCHA Defensive Player of the Week when he broke the school record for victories. Allie Rosenberg has moved to San Francisco where she will be starting to work at Blast Media, a consumer and enterprise technology public relations firm, as Media Relations Specialist. Sarah Kern wrote, “I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with honors and received the Steven T. Mendelson Award for Community Service. I am staying in Providence, RI, to work with Paint It Pink! Providence, a nonprofit I co-founded over the past year that revitalizes the local queer and arts communities. I also opened a bar in mid-August in downtown Providence and invite any and all Pomfret alumni to come have a drink if you’re in town! The bar (Homestead Providence) will support local artists with a gallery and performance space.” In 2010 Trevor Reid was selected to be one of 100 students to attend The Eddie Adams Workshop, an intense four-day gathering of the top professionals in photography. The Workshop’s purpose was to create a forum in which an exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers


of the profession of photography. Students were chosen based on the merit of their portfolios. Trevor attended with close friend and Pomfret graduate Poon Watchara-Amphaiwan ’03. Jamie Pinkham wrote, “I am teaching history at The Forman School in Litchfield, CT. I am a dorm parent as well as a football, lacrosse and wrestling coach.” Conner Scace worked at Camp Pemigewassett in Wentworth, NH, in the summer of 2010 as a counselor and taught basketball and insects. This past fall he started studies in environmental science at the University of New Haven.

cago. I am SO looking forward to the five year reunion this spring!” Micaela Long is playing on the Boston team of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Greg Jones is living and working in China for a year, having arrived in August 2010. He is in Beijing, China, teaching at the British School of Beijing. Caroline Murphy went to Germany in August 2010 to spend a year continuing to play her beloved sport of ice hockey and trying some new sports.

Michael Wenning reported, “I graduated from Suffolk University with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish in May of 2010. Since then I have been working for Club Corp. which is the world leader in private clubs (golf & country clubs, business and social clubs). I work in member services and have been highly credited since joining. I have received the Rising Star of the Company award as well as Employee of the Month and I have been recently nominated for a National Recognition Award amongst 15,000 Erin Wolchesky was welcomed back to of my peers. I have been in personal the Pomfret community in November meetings with the CEO, Eric Affeldt, 2010, as an Accounts Payable Associate to discuss my career with the company in the Business Office. She graduated although I plan to defer as I am lookfrom Assumption College in May 2010 ing to attend law school this upcoming with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. fall. I am looking forward to seeing my classmates and friends for the five year Olivia Gray graduated from Lake reunion and giving Mr. Hastings a great Forest College in May 2010 with a farewell!” Bachelor’s degree in Communication and American Studies, and is working Maryam Hayatu-Deen wrote, “I gradpart time while looking for a more uated from Union College in June 2010 permanent job in the marketing and and spent the past few months traveladvertising fields. “I’m living in a ling. I was hired by Price Waterhouse great apartment with two of my best Coopers in Nigeria in November. So far friends from college in the fun Wrig- I love my job. Two years ago I started leyville neighborhood of Chicago and a clothing label, Mira Couture and it is about four blocks away from Klari Accessories, but had to hold off because Senk’s apartment! It’s been really fun of college. I am thinking of getting back catching up with her and having her so into it but I first have to wait and see close by! She graduated in May from what my work load is like. The feeling the School of the Art Institute of Chi-

Alex Kurze wrote, “I’m preparing for my senior film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I have been awarded sponsorships from Arriflex, Kodak, Fuji, NiceShoes, Fractured Atlas, and the School of Visual Arts shooting my film in October 2010 on 35mm. I hang out with Trevor Reid regularly as he lives only a few blocks away from me, and I ran into other Pomfret alumni recently at a few bars downtown.”


of being reunited with my family is amazing and the country is fantastic.”

2007 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,

Congratulations to Mary Vaughan, who was one of seven student-athletes at the University of Southern Maine named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic team. This was the second time Mary was the recipient of this honor. She was also named a co-captain on the USM women’s hockey team for the 2010-11 season. Congratulations to Emily Atwan, a senior forward on the William Smith College field hockey team, who was honored by the Liberty League as the Co-Offensive Performer of the Week on September 6, 2010. Else Ross was elected captain of the William Smith College squash team for the 2010- 2011 season. In September 2010 Nat Proctor took a hiking trip to Nepal with a group of fellow St. Andrews students to raise money for a charity called Childreach International. Nat reported the trip was a success, having completed the nineday trek to Annapurna Base Camp and he raised over £2200. Congratulations to Brian Flynn, a junior forward on the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team, who was named Hockey East Player of the Week

for the third time on January 17, 2011. intern on Capitol Hill for Senator Joe He also earned USCHO First Star hon- Lieberman and I am hoping to return ors on December 15, 2010 and January to DC after I graduate. I am currently 19, 2011. an English major and I am planning on declaring as a Political Science doublemajor when I return to Holy Cross. This past spring I was named a Dana Scholar at the college.” 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

Congratulations to Joanna Gaube, who was one of seven student-athletes at the University of Southern Maine named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic team. She has also been named a co-captain on the USM women’s hockey team for the 2010-11 season. Emma Pellerin wrote, “I’m in my third year at Holy Cross but I’m studying abroad for the year at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. I love it here so far and am looking forward to Andrea Micci visiting Dublin in November – she is studying abroad in Spain for the semester. This past summer I was an

Congratulations to Officer Cadet Colin Cook, who was awarded The Captain John Bart Leadership Award, given to the Royal Military College of Canada’s top first-year cadet upon completion of the First Year Orientation Period. The award is given to recognize the cadet who best exemplifies RMC’s motto of Truth, Duty, Valour and displays the greatest leadership potential amongst the first year class. Andrea Micci was in Oviedo, Spain, studying abroad for the fall semester. She is still on the varsity crew team at Rollins College and will be rowing for her fifth season in the spring. “Joining a varsity sports team in college was one of the best decisions I ever made. Pomfret taught me the time management skills I needed to balance academics, sports, and other activities. I am also on the Academic Honor Council at Rollins, which is similar to the DC, but for only academics. I have been loving my time at Rollins and it is very strange to think it is halfway over!”

2008 — Andrea Micci ’08 (right) with fellow Rollins College friend in Bilbao, Spain

Brooke Weicker and her family were invited to skate with NHL hockey teams the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals on December 31, 2010. Most notably, Brooke and her sisters were able to meet and skate with Penguin captain and NHL leading scorer Sidney Crosby.

2008 — Brooke Weicker ’08 (second from left) with her sisters Brittni and Alexa and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby


2009 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, Merideth A. Stuart,

Eddie Ross completed the 26.2-mile Marine Corps Marathon in October 2010 in 3 hours, 31 minutes, 22 seconds. In his age division, he placed 22 out of 152, and, out of a total of 21,923 runners, he placed 1336. Congratulations to Alex Campione, a sophomore forward on the College of the

Holy Cross women’s ice hockey team, who was named ECAC Women’s East Rookie of the Week on November 8, 2010. Congratulations to Ben Waldman, a sophomore forward on the men’s hockey team at SUNY/Fredonia, who was named SUNYAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Week on Monday, December 13, 2010. He scored his first three goals of the season in two wins over the prior weekend. Emily Plante spent the fall 2010 semester at the Dublin Business School in Dublin, Ireland. She is an economics major/political science minor at Elon University. Eric David recently joined the Pembroke Lumber Kings, a team on the Central Canada Tier 1 Junior A Hockey League. He previously played a season and a half with the Hawkesbury Hawks. He hopes to play NCAA college hockey in the near future.

2010 CLASS AGENTS: Gabriella W. Bucci, Mackenzie C. Deary, Amy E. Diaz, Maura J. Hall, Ryan C. Johnson, Ashley L. Mayo, Kathryn G. Sheehan, Samantha A. Slotnick, Kirsten S. Therrien, Ryan C. Wainwright,

Congratulations to Chris MacKay, who was selected by US Lacrosse to compete in the 2010 Champion High School Showcase. The showcase events were held as part of the ESPN RISE Games from July 17-22, 2010, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Players were selected through the US Lacrosse Men’s and Women’s Division Coaches Councils, and the vast majority of players have earned US Lacrosse All-America honors during their high school playing careers.

2009 — Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68 visited Eddie Ross ’09 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis in February 2011


2010 — Reb Brooks, head coach of Pomfret’s girls varsity basketball team, took some time during Thanksgiving break to bring a few of her current players to watch two Pomfret alumnae play for Yale – Verena Lehner ’08 (left) and Zenab Keita ’10

Nearly 200 of the nation’s top boys and girls high school lacrosse players were selected. Laura Alves continues her passion for rowing at the College of the Holy Cross. Leo Driscoll and Liam O’Neil were selected to their college football teams. Leo joined the Union College team as a quarterback, and Liam joined the Bates College team as an offensive linebacker. Congratulations to Ryan Johnson, who was selected to be a member of The

Amalgamates, the premier co-ed a capella group at Tufts University.

at Northeastern, where she is a Pre-Law major and a Spanish minor.

Brandon Thuotte was selected to the wrestling team at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Congratulations to Sam Slotnick, a freshman forward on the Colby College women’s ice hockey team, who earned a spot on the all-tournament team following her performance during the Saint Michael’s Holiday Classic over New Year’s weekend. During the two game, three team tourney, she scored goals in each game.

Sam Cochrane is on Skidmore’s Frisbee team called the Wombats. Kelsey O’Sullivan is a goaltender on the Northeastern University women’s hockey team, which was recently ranked #10 in the nation. Hockey keeps her very busy on top of her school work

Several Pomfret alumni are wrestling coaches at peer schools. Here they are together at the WNEIPSWA wrestling tournament on February 12, 2011 at Canterbury School: (L-R) Jamie Pinkham ’06 (Forman School), Art Horst (Pomfret faculty), Josh Wildes ’04 (Salisbury School), John Martin ’00 (Brunswick School), Marshall Eaton ’70 (Pomfret), and Alex Funnell ’04 (Forman School)




e were saddened to learn that Herbert Howe [Languages/ History/Biology, 1942–1948] died on June 29, 2010, at the age of 98. After leaving Pomfret, he was a professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 34 years. With Paul L. MacKendrick, Herbert co-authored Classics in Translation, the University of Wisconsin Press’ all-time top-selling title. He also wrote Medical Greek and Latin (with W.R. Agard) and Ancient Religion and the Early Church and provided many of the translations for Barry Powell’s Classical Mythology. Former faculty member Margaux D’Auteuil Peabody [Science, 1999-2002] and her husband Mark announced the birth of their son, Ayler D’Auteuil Peabody, on July 4, 2010. He joins big sister Teagan. Congratulations to Bo and Jessica Hoppin [Registrar, 2005 - present] on the birth of their daughter, Isla Isabelle Hoppin, on September 3, 2010. Former faculty member Charlie Pratt [English, 1961-66] announced the publication of his second book, From the Box Marked Some Are Missing by Hobblebush Books. After leaving Pomfret in 1966, he taught at Phillips Exeter until 1984, when he and his wife, Joanie, moved to their orchard. “After 27 years of growing apples, Joanie and I are in the process of transferring ownership to a somewhat younger couple, with the hope of keeping our orchard functioning and providing apples to the local community,” he said. Pat Bassett [Headmaster, 1989-1993] was elected to the Board of Trustees at Williams College in July 2010. Pat is currently the president of the National Association of Independent Schools


and an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University. Former faculty member Catherine Lochtefeld [French, 1988-1991] was married to Alfredo A. Sirianni on May 29, 2010, in Buffalo, NY. She continues to teach French and travels as much as possible. Congratulations to Abby Barker [Spanish, 2004-2009] who was married to Mark Schindler on August 8, 2010, at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA. The ceremony was performed by Pomfret Chaplain Bobby Fisher, and Rebecca Brooks [Admissions, 2004 – present] and Allison Aldrich DiNardo [Admissions, 2006-2009] were maid and matron of honor. Abby is the head varsity field hockey coach at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News, VA. She teaches Spanish and is the sponsor for the Spanish Club. She also coaches middle school boys lacrosse. In the fall of 2010 Abby started her M.Ed in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership from the College of William and Mary. Former faculty members Emily Allen [English, 2002-2007] and Steve Morison [English, 2002-2007] are now living and working at the King’s Academy in Jordan. Emily is a counselor and Steve is an English teacher there.

Joanne McMenemy (right), who has worked at Pomfret School for 33 years, receives the 2011 Support Staff Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Advancement and Support for Education

Bob Sloat [Fine Arts, 1965-2006] received The Spirit of Bradley Award on February 19, 2011 at the Bradley Theatre’s “Ransom Bradley Awards” evening. Even after retirement from Pomfret, Bob has continued to direct shows and support the arts. He signed on with Marianapolis Prep School in Thompson, CT in a part-time role as drama director. He was the musical director for Bradley’s Fiddler On the Roof and directed Chip Lamb [Theater] in The Crucible, both in 2010. Bob is at it again, this time directing Chicago in April 2011. Congratulations to Michelle Brown [Creative Writing], whose book of poetry entitled Double Agent won the Kore Press 2011 First Book Award. Pomfret is proud to recognize Joanne McMenemy, gifts administrator in Pomfret’s Office of Advancement, who received the 2011 Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE) Support Staff Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an advancement support staff member for long-term service as a dedicated member of an independent school’s advancement team. Joanne, who has worked at Pomfret for 33 years, was selected from many hundreds of nominees from across the country because of her dedicated service, great work

ethic, and a commitment to seeing that she makes a positive impact at Pomfret. Joanne received the award at the 2011 CASE-NAIS Conference in Chicago, IL. Pomfret’s former Director of the Parent Fund Nancy Gingras P ’09, ’12, who nominated Joanne, and Director of Advancement Joe Kremer P ’14 were on hand to celebrate. Congratulations to Joanne on this well-deserved honor!

MARRIAGES Laura Maestranzi & Mike Newton ’96 – August 21, 2010 Morgan Holland & Trevor Rees ’98 – July 31, 2010 Eric Leveille & Krystle Allen ’04 – July 24, 2010 Rob Lamoureux & Kim Peck ’04 – October 2010 Mark Schindler & former faculty Abby Barker – August 8, 2010 Alfredo A. Sirianni & former faculty Catherine Lochtefeld – May 29, 2010

BIRTHS Erin & Chris Rankin ’89 – William David Rankin, May 16, 2010 Damien & Elizabeth Chartier Rudzinski ’96 – William Vincent Rudzinski, June 20, 2010 Doug & Miriam Jamron Baskies ’97 – Zoe Esther Baskies, July 22, 2010 Matt and Liz Wright Steger ’97 – Henry Creighton Steger, February 12, 2011 Souki & Connie Mosher Syharat ’97 – Savanh Mosher Syharat, May 11, 2010 Anne & Matt Atwood ’99 – Peter Joseph Atwood, September 6, 2010 Josh & Alysa Hill Paul ’99 – Kane Wesley Mineo Paul, January 24, 2011 Franklin & Kristine Russell Pierce ’00 – Cooper Joseph Pierce, July 15, 2010 Staff member Bo & Jessica Hoppin – Isla Isabelle Hoppin, September 3, 2010 Former faculty Mark & Margaux D’Auteuil Peabody – Ayler D’Auteuil Peabody, July 4, 2010

Isla Isabelle Hoppin — daughter of Pomfret Registrar Jessica Hoppin

Pomfret faculty celebrated the wedding of former faculty member Abby Barker. L-R: Dolph Clinton ’92, Rebecca Brooks, Gregg DiNardo, former faculty Allison Aldrich DiNardo, Erin and Bobby Fisher, Abby Barker Schindler, Mark Schindler, Martha Horst, Kelly and Jon Sheehan



Burton MacLean, Pomfret School’s Eighth Headmaster, Passes Away


n January 12, 2011, Burton MacLean died at his home in Pomfret, just down the road from the school where he served as headmaster for two years (January 1977-June 1979) during his prominent career. Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68 said, “Burton MacLean ably served as headmaster during challenging times in the School’s history. He was a kindhearted and congenial man who cared a great deal about others. Upon retirement, his wife Catherine (now deceased) and he moved into the house next to the Vanilla Bean Café. I was always a bit nervous seeing Burton ride his bicycle (until he was about 88 years old, I think) to the campus and yet, I enjoyed his visits to the School House. He was quite fond of Pomfret School.” After graduating from Yale Divinity School, MacLean served as an Industrial Missionary under the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan. From 1944 through 1946 he served as US Army Chaplain


in the 3rd Battalion, 303 Infantry and 97th Division in the European and Pacific theatres of World War II, and remained as a Captain in the US Army Reserves until 1949. Burton was appointed Assistant Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University in 1946. In 1949 Yale University appointed him Associate Pastor, Church of Christ where he was also contemporaneously Director of Undergraduate Religious Affairs and Associate University Chaplain. In 1959 Burton was appointed Headmaster of the Iolani School, in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1970 he was named Headmaster of the American School of Paris, and in 1977 he became Headmaster of the Pomfret School from which he retired in 1979. During his professional life, MacLean was a member of the Headmaster Association, the National Association of Secondary Schools, and served as President of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

Following are shared memories of Burton:


hen I transferred as a 10th grader in January 1977, Headmaster MacLean offered a room in his home to Nancy Asher and me because there were no open dorm rooms on campus. Despite the blizzard and deep snow, amenities included a broken boiler and cold water showers! But Mr. and Mrs. MacLean more than made up for the camp-like conditions in their generosity and hospitality. Mrs. MacLean actually boiled a bucket of water on the gas stove so we could wash our hair. My transition to Pomfret was memorable, and I often recall Mr. MacLean fondly. May God bless his soul.

– Amy R. Salerno, MD ’79

We lost a great man. I would visit him occasionally during my trips to the Hilltop. He remembered almost everyone and was very proud of our class. He “righted” the Pomfret ship at a time when it was taking on water. God bless him. – Bob Mullarkey ’79

While at Pomfret, Headmaster MacLean always treated me with respect and kindness. His blend of leadership and kindness is not something you see that often. – Stu McCornack ’79

So sorry to hear the news about Mr. MacLean. He is a figure that will be etched in my mind forever. I remember him as kind, fair, polished, and dedicated. He had a way about him that just set him apart, almost like a character in a novel, a real gem. My prayers are with him and his family. – William Taylor ’80

Burton MacLean ranks among the three truly great Headmasters under whom I served...Frank Ashburn of Brooks and Sam Hazard of the Community School of Naples (FL) are the others. He understood that the meaning of the term “independent school” included both an independence of thought and an independence of teaching style. He trusted his faculty to be at once creative, demanding, and fair, and I am eternally grateful for the pleasure of serving with him. – Paul Kearney (History/English, 1978-1983)







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Pomfret in Korea and Thailand For ten days in October 2010, Headmaster Brad Hastings ’68 and Director of Advancement Joe Kremer traveled to Seoul, Korea, and Bangkok, Thailand. Approximately 45 alumni and parents attended a reception in Seoul, hosted by Trustee Sung Woo Park and his wife, Mi Hee Moon (parents of Thomas ’11). It was an opportunity for Korean parents and alumni to reunite, visit, and learn about some of the exciting developments at the School. A few days later, Thailand alumni gathered for a dinner hosted by brothers Bank ’99 and Krit Poonsirivong ’95 at their restaurant, Yura An.

1. Headmaster Brad Hastings enjoying dinner with Korean parents 2. L-R: Korean alumni Seung-Un Ham ’05, David Lim ’03, Hans Chay ’98, and Sung Min Choo ’04 3. L-R: Thai alumni Nawita Direkwut ’94, Premmanat “Up” Vajrabhaya ’05, Chanchai Pluempitiwiriyawaj ’91, Krit Poonsirivong ’95, Brad Hastings ’68, Apitana “Gopp” Jirawongkraisorn ’97, Piya Karnasuta ’95, Leng Poopoksakul ’97, Chao Pintusopon ’01, Bank Poonsirivong ’99 4. L-R: Brad Hastings ’68, Sung Min Choo ’04, Eun Kyung Lee ’07, Jae Hyun Yoon ’03, Janice Lee ’09, Young-Eun Choo ’00, Seung-Un Ham ’05, Hans Chay ’98, Sunny Yoo ’98, Nate DuBois ’06, Jen Lee ’09, Hanjun Jeon ’08, David Lim ’03 5. The many Korean parents who joined Brad Hastings (center) and Joe Kremer (right corner) for a reception in Seoul 6. L-R: Korean alumni Sunny Yoo ’98, Young-Eun Choo ’00, and Jen Lee ’09

Fall Family Weekend Gallery - Lindsay Harrington ’11 with mother Erin Harrington













1. Christine and Scott McGannon P ’14 2. Faculty member Waddy Rowe and parent Susan Byrnes P ’11, ’13 3. Mickey and Manisha Patel P ’14 4. Dena and Keith O’Hara P ’13 speak with faculty member Deb Davis (right)


Day Parent Reception August 25, 2010

Fall Family Weekend 2010

omfret welcomed current families to campus in October for our annual Fall Family Weekend. Many students had not seen their families since the beginning of the school year in late August, so there was much to learn and celebrate during parent/faculty meetings, meals, performing arts shows, and athletic games.

Fall Family Weekend 2010 is the f irst time all seven Diaz graduates/future graduates were together on campus. Back row (L-R): David Diaz ’88, Bruce Diaz ’80, Arthur Diaz ’78, Alex Diaz ’12 Front row (L-R): Susan Diaz Killenberg ’83, Amy Diaz ’10, Dana Diaz ’14



6 The bonf ire is a traditional piece of this event.


Families gather on the Olmsted Student Union Terrace to watch athletic events

JJ” Ahmed ’11 with parents Muhammed and Ayishatu Ahmed



Stonington Reception On July 13, 2010, guests gathered in Stonington, CT, for a reception hosted by Bill and Shelley White and their daughter and past parent Kassy White ’07, ’10. L-R: Chris MacKay ’10, Kassy White, Brad Hastings ’68, Bill White

10 Newport Reception L-R: Emily Olsen, Dotsie Bohan P ’12,’14 and grandparent Audrey Oswald joined guests for a reception in Newport, RI, on August 11, 2010

Denver Reception L-R Cynthia Wilder, Louisa Jones, Nick Wilder ’57, Bill Hannah ’41, Emily Detmer ’07, Lizzy Brubaker ’06, Cole Winans ’07, and Liz Leder ’99 gathered in Denver, CO, for a reception hosted by past parents Tom Detmer & Marguerite Childs on June 24, 2010


International Families Luncheon 11. Pomfret parents from other countries gathered for an International Families Luncheon on October 22 during Fall Family Weekend. Clockwise from lower left: Nanki Collins P’11, Sabine & Jens-Olaf Bartels P’12; Kent Guo & Changying Zhu P’14; Mike, Jodi & Andrew Daly P’11,’13; and Gail MacNeil P’13


12. Alison and Ernest Morrison P’14 at the International Families Luncheon

Parent Agent Tea


13. Pomfret faculty member Louisa Jones P’04 (center) talks to parents Al and Aline Gerew P’14 at the Parent Agent Tea on October 22 during Fall Family Weekend



Holiday Parties 2010

n December 7, Pomfret hosted its first Boston holiday reception at the Downtown Harvard Club, and on December 13, the annual holiday reception in New York City was held at the Union League Club, graciously hosted by Pomfret trustee and past parent Peter Grauer ’02, ’10. In all, more than 255 members of the Pomfret community attended Pomfret’s 2010 holiday events.





1. Kate ’97 and Gen Richardson ’99 with former faculty spouse Ann Hinchman (center) 2. L-R: Nancy Gingras P ’09, ’12, former faculty Ted Kelley, Chris & Bill McCloud P ’07, former faculty Pat Kelley 3. L-R: Vassar Pierce, Kassy White P ’07, ’10, Morgan MacKay ’07, Lisa Meaders Hurley P ’14, John Palmer

4. L-R: 1964 classmates Paul Fowler, Barbara Lazear Ascher, Vip van Voorhees, and Peter Clement were happy to reunite 5. Guests toast Brad & Betsy Hastings 6. Pomfret faculty member Pam Mulcahy (center) talks with past parents Ged & Kathy Parsons ’06, ’07, ’09 7. L-R: Devin Rogerino and f iancée Mariana Black ’02, Dale Ledbetter ’02, Mary Babcock ’03, Katie Bell ’03 and her f iancé Alex Bues 8. Sarah Welch ’98 (left) with her former dorm parent Dena Cocozza O’Hara P ’13






Young Alumni Holiday Reception January 5, 2011


early 30 alumni from the classes of 2006-2010 gathered January 5, 2011, at the Parsons Lodge with Pomfret faculty for the Young Alumni Holiday Party. Winter athletic games prior to the reception helped draw alumni together.



2 1. L-R: Amy Diaz ’10, faculty member Josh Lake, Becky Smith ’09, Jarred Raymond ’06

2. Alumni/ae gather with headmaster Brad & Betsy Hastings (center)

3. L-R: Class of 2010 alumni Sarah Brandt, Mackenzie Deary, Holden Spivak, Nelle Herrick


Winter Benefit Weekend January 22-23, 2011


omfret’s Winter Benefit Weekend was held January 22 and 23, 2011. The weekend included alumni squash and basketball games and was highlighted by the 11th Annual Doug Woodruff ’77 Memorial Alumni Hockey Game. More than 50 alumni from six decades – and a few Pomfret parents and friends – participated in the three games over the two days. Proceeds from these games support Pomfret’s athletic teams through the Annual Fund.


Alumni hockey 1. Kevin Riley ’79 and Chris Heidelberger ’79 2. Steve Woodruff ’77 presented Headmaster Brad Hastings with a plaque honoring Brad and Betsy for their years of freindship and guidance


3. Many thanks to these alumni, parents, and friends who participated in this year’s hockey game: John Fiske ’53, Don Wolf ’75, Peter Salvatore ’76, Gar y Sosnowski ’77, Steve Woodruff ’77, Chris Heidelberger ’79, Kevin Riley ’79, Alison

Smith Shoemaker ’85, Lisa Noble Kaneb ’86, Ben Field ’88, Ed Staunton ’88, Baldwin Smith ’88, Rob Ellison ’88, LJ Goldblatt ’88, Chip Geng ras ’89, Carson Baker ’95, Matt Goldblatt ’00, Johnny Feliciano ’00, Rob Lemelin ’02, Jesse Walker ’02, Adam Ladd ’03, Matt Rafuse ’03, Greg Osborne ’03, Evan Eastman ’03, Mike Albert ’05, Steve Cargill ’08, Ed Dunphy (P ’11,’12), Jeffrey Quinn (P ’11), John Ufland (P ’13), Brian Miller (P ’12), Paul Beirnes (P ’12), faculty Jay Keough and Porter Hayes, and friends Michael Petit and Bryan Sosnowski.


Alumni Squash 1. L-R: Sean Sullivan ’80, Jeff Wong ’80, Bruce Diaz ’80, Nate DuBois ’06, Chris Martin ’05, Ed Staunton ’88, Ben Field ’88, Alex Williams, and faculty member Louisa Jones


2. Chris Martin ’05 & Nate DuBois ’06

Alumni Basketball

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1. Back row, L-R: Leo Driscoll ’10, Tim Deary ’05, Michael Gary ’82, faculty Ben Niles, Dan Mills ’09, Dolph Clinton ’92, faculty Patrick Burke, Brandon Dixon ’06, faculty Louisa Jones Front row, L-R: Michelle Breen O’Leary ’93, Alysia LaBonte ’05, faculty Maggie Ray, Shawna Altdorf ’08, Emily Gawlicki ’05, faculty Rebecca Brooks 2. L-R: Michael Gary ’82, Tim Deary ’05, Dolph Clinton ’92


3. Emily Gawlicki ’05 with classmate Alysia LaBonte ’05


The Hastings Initiative 81


he heart of Pomfret is its faculty. For many alumni, the essence of Pomfret is a teacher who made an indelible mark on their life. Faculty members were able to do so primarily because the distance between them and their students was very small. This is still true today at Pomfret with our student-to-faculty ratio remaining at 6:1. It is challenging to find, recruit, and retain the gifted faculty that Pomfret students have come to expect. The School must offer competitive salaries, benefits, and housing. One other area that not only helps us attract and keep our tremendous talent, but also has an immediate impact on students is professional development. The opportunity for faculty members to improve their skills through exposure to new advances in their field, in teaching, or technology is one that will help us stand out in the eyes of faculty looking to come to Pomfret or stay on the Hilltop. This professional development also gives our students indirect access

to information as the faculty bring these experiences back to the classroom. It truly is a multi-level benefit for the Pomfret community. As Brad and Betsy Hastings prepare to leave Pomfret, they have decided that this important support of faculty is how they would like to leave their legacy. Pomfret has established the Brad ’68 and Betsy Hastings Initiative for Faculty Enrichment. This fund aids greatly in helping accomplish the mission of recruiting, retaining, and training the outstanding faculty of Pomfret, which in turn will lead to an enhanced experience for our students. Please consider this unique opportunity to honor Brad and Betsy and their dedication to faculty enrichment with a special gift to the Hastings Initiative. You may do so by writing “Hastings Initiative” in the memo of your check or in the comments section of Pomfret’s online giving page –


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