Remembering Alan Houghton
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Alan Banister Lisa Tepper Bates (Community Leader) Scott Bates (Community Leader) Stephen W. Bennhoff, Head of School Kevin Bowdler Mrs. Dionne L. Butler Stephen Coan (Community Leader) Lou Doboe Susan Funk, Vice President Linda Goddard, President Geraldine Griffin Chris Hilton, Treasurer W. Lee Hisle Norman Jason Debbie O’Brien Carla Petrocelli, Secretary Kimberly Dreier Rick William R. Rolla Jennifer Schwindt Joe Staley Marcy Withington, Treasurer
PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL Peter Briggs Searle Field John Fiore Susan Funk Valerie Grimm Susanne Knisley Marcia McGowan Kim Paddon Ardice Perry Janie Stanley Karen Stone
CONTRIBUTORS Editor: David Hannon, Director of Development Assistant Editor, David Cruthers, Associate Director of Development Designer: Rosemary Robertson, Publications Coordinator Contributors: Stephen Bennhoff, David Cruthers, Harvey C. DeMovick, III ’87, David Hannon, Christopher Hurtgen, Becca McBee ’91, Nicky Newbery, Chip Riegel Photography, and Rosemary Robertson
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Looking at Tuesday
Head of School Stephen Bennhoff reflects on some of the unique experiences that define Pine Point, experiences that he likens to a “year of Mondays,” while he considers what comes after Monday.
I Had Rather Be at Mount Vernon
In her role as Secretary to the Board of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association Becca McBee ’91 has learned about the many facets of non-profit organizations. Not surprisingly, the opportunity to be part of the inner workings of one of the most venerated sites in our country, and to learn about our nation’s first president, has been a marvelous experience.
The Soul and Spirit of Pine Point
The passing in December of former Head of School Alan Houghton prompted many associated with Pine Point to, as one alumnus put it, “stand back…and take one good look…at a man who is singly responsible for everything that Pine Point School was in his days and ever since.” In the weeks and months to come, reflections by numerous alumni only further revealed the depth of affection and respect held for a man who is credited with building Pine Point.
Providing the Best Tools
Pine Point has come a long way since MST2000 when it started putting in place technology to strengthen the academic program and the running of the School as a whole.
Endowment Giving Remains Strong
While Pine Point remains largely dependent on tuition income to operate the School, along with the Annual Fund and special events like the Snow Ball, the endowment has emerged as a third source of meaningful revenue. The great news is that members of the Pine Point family continue to support this increasingly important aspect of our school.
Pine Point Hosts Snow Ball at Ocean House
In February, 250 members of the Pine Point family and the extended community gathered at the historic Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Focused on raising funds to build new locker rooms, the evening was a stunning success in all regards. By the end of the night, it was obvious that the committee had seen to every detail. Over $120,000 in net income was raised, a mark that shattered the previous historic result of $82,000 just two years before at the Branford House. Come September, middle school athletes will be utilizing new facilities in the Mitchell Gymnasium.
Former Faculty and Staff
Cover: The spring issue of ViewPoints pays tribute to Alan Houghton, Pine Point’s second Head of School (1955-1967). In addition to his whole-hearted commitment to the School, Alan was also a devoted family man. He’s shown on the cover with his wife, Betsey, in a photo taken in 1976 at one of the beaches on Long Island Sound near their home in Madison. Table of Contents: Grandparents’/Grandpersons’ Day is a much anticipated event at Pine Point. This year, over 240 grandparents and special friends joined us for one of our favorite days of the year. (Photos by David Cruthers and Nicky Newbery) Back Cover: The Alicia Z. Russell Memorial Garden on a late April spring day (Photo by David Hannon)
esday u T W ith the campus bursting into color, and the cries of happy voices at recess and on the playing fields, it is clear that spring is in the air as I write this note. It seems hard to believe that almost one year ago I officially began my first year as Head of School at Pine Point. While the year has gone by very quickly, I feel that I have learned so much about Pine Point and its community. I consider myself extremely fortunate to work and partner with so many great folks as we work day-to-day, and as we lay a foundation for future years of opportunities and growth.
Mr. Bennhoff is shown with one of the two casts following their presentation of Iphigenia in Aulis. Each year the 6th grade presents a play as part of their study of ancient Greece. It was yet another “Monday” for him to experience and enjoy! This year’s play introduced the audience to Artemis, Agamemnon, and Iphigenia.
Throughout the school year I’ve marveled at the esprit de corps on campus, and how Pine Point teaches maturity, kindness, and leadership. Indeed, it has been what I termed a “year of Mondays,” in that each event was the first of its kind for me, and as such, its own “Monday.” In the autumn, I enjoyed rolling up my sleeves with the 2nd grade and 3rd grade as we looked for butterfly eggs and banded live birds. I loved hearing the students’ squeals of laughter as they volunteered me to be the first “student” to band a bird. My attempt to support our teams during a lively student/alumni game taught me the basics of field hockey, and reminded me that I’m not as fast on the soccer field as I once was. The 9th grade showed me how to work the ropes on the water during a day spent collecting scientific data on Little Narragansett Bay for the Stonington Shellfish Commission. During the school year, reading with the kindergarten and singing songs with the Teddy Bears and Dinosaurs was balanced with insightful literary discussions with the 8th grade students about Of Mice and Men. I enjoyed making Valentines with the 1st grade, eating in the 5th grade’s “Colonial Tavern” while sampling some of the daily fare from the 1700’s, taking water samples with the 6th grade at the pond that abuts our campus, and viewing the energy efficient, sustainably-designed architectural drawings from the 7th grade. The stunning Snow Ball at the Ocean House capped off a wonderful winter of basketball games, theatrical presentations, and musical performances. With the spring comes a chance to plan for the end of year activities like Poetry Night, Field Day, and graduation. Throughout the school year I’ve marveled at the esprit de corps on campus, and how Pine Point teaches maturity, kindness, and leadership. I stood in awe as, ViewPoints 2
during Drop Everything and Read, a 9th grade boy took my 6 year-old son hand-inhand, led him to a quiet shady space under a tree, and sat with him as they read a book by Dr. Seuss. I smiled as the Lower School students led their own morning meetings, sang songs, and taught us all why we should be afraid of the number 13. Grandparents’/Grandpersons’ Day resonated with warmth and high spirits on the last Friday in April with over 240 family members and special guests with us for what I now know first-hand is one of our favorite days at Pine Point. Without question the “year of Mondays” has helped me understand and appreciate many of the programs, plans, and people that combine to make magic here at Pine Point. But after Monday comes Tuesday, as we at Pine Point spent much of 2011-2012 planning for the years to come. The Strategic Plan for 2012-2017 was officially adopted at the Corporation meeting on May 9th. A team of 28 members of our community, including teachers, staff, parents, board members, and outside supporters of the school, combined to reflect upon, plan for, and author a series of goals for the school’s next five years. Unlike any other Strategic Plan I have been a part of, this document includes metrics, data, tables, and charts, and can be used each year by the board to review progress on a large scale, by the Head of School to chart out annual initiatives, and by the administration and faculty to ensure a rich and comprehensive program for our students. As such, it is a living document to be leveraged and consulted from month to month, season to season, and far from collecting dust on shelf, will be a map by which we navigate Pine Point’s next half-decade. In our dynamic and shifting economic climate, adopting a Strategic Plan that is both forward thinking and yet nimble shows great wisdom, and I am eager to partner with the Board and faculty as we move ahead. So as my “year of Mondays” draws to a close, I look with enthusiasm to “Tuesday” and the exciting years to follow. As always, if you are on campus this summer or fall, swing by my office and say “Hi.” I’d love to meet new folks and continue the chats with familiar friends.
Stephen W. Bennhoff Head of School
Mount Vernon I Had Rather Be at
-David Cruthers, Associate Director of Development
It was the 20 th anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1991 last June, and six members of the class came back for the Reunion in August. One member was Becca McBee. Before the evening was over, we had learned that she is Secretary to the Board at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home in Virginia. Every fall, Pine Point’s 8th grade makes a trip to Washington, DC, led by history teacher Gary Williams, who has been around long enough that the Class of 1991 dedicated its yearbook to him! He had been Becca’s teacher. He reached out to her, and, for the first time, a visit to Mount Vernon was added to the 8th grade’s itinerary. Considering the possibility of a visit, Becca wrote, “Educators have such a rich opportunity to teach about integrity, scholarship, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, honesty and courage through George Washington’s example. I know, first hand, that these are all qualities Pine Point works to cultivate in every student, so, in my opinion, Mount Vernon should be the 8th grade’s first stop!” Utilizing her obvious connections, Becca was able to offer the Pine Point students behind-the-scenes experiences that aren’t available to the one million visitors who tour Mount Vernon each year. We asked Becca to catch us up on what she’s been doing since she left Pine Point, to discuss the visit of the 8th grade, and offer her thoughts about our nation’s first president.
What have you been doing since you left Pine Point? For the majority of my twenties, I managed finances for global IT programs at Pfizer. At the same time, pursuing my passion for art, I was slowly chipping away at an art history degree, which I received in 2007 from the University of Connecticut. I came to Mount Vernon after moving to the DC area with my husband, who was transferred here through the Navy.
How did you end up at Mount Vernon? How long have you been there? What are your principal duties? After moving to the Washington D.C. area in 2009, I began to look for a job in a museum and stumbled into a position in Mount Vernon’s Finance Department. Thankfully, the powers that be understood that my goals were not necessarily financerelated, but geared toward gaining knowledge of the many facets of non-profit organizations. So, after almost a year in the Finance Department, the CFO recommended me for Secretary to the Board, a position I have held for the last year and a half. My job involves a lot of writing and editing (thank you Pine Point and Mom). I also maintain the records and governing documents of the Association, help to ensure we are in compliance with our bylaws, and coordinate anything and everything related to the Board and our Advisory Committee. ViewPoints 3
Did Washington return to Mount Vernon when he was president? Yes, Washington did return to Mount Vernon as president, though not often. He was also unable to return to his beloved home for a majority of the Revolutionary War. The estate, however, was never far from his mind, as evidenced by the many letters he wrote regarding its management. In the second year of his presidency, Washington wrote to a friend, David Stuart, “I can truly say I had rather be at home at Mount Vernon with a friend or two about me, than to be attended at the seat of government by the officers of State and the representatives of every power in Europe.” It seems Mount Vernon was a welcome distraction from the hardships of life in war and politics
Tell us some of the special things that you arranged for the 8th grade during their visit. In addition to a tour of the main living spaces of the mansion, the 8th grade was given access to the basement, as well as the third floor where Martha Washington retired following the death of her husband. These spaces are particularly interesting because very little has changed in them since the Washington family inhabited the house. For example, the third floor stair railing is original and worn from the hands of the Washingtons and their many visitors. After the mansion tour, the 8th grade was able to participate in a wreath laying at the tomb and visit our archaeology lab to talk about some of the artifacts that have been uncovered on the estate.
How was it that they were able to lay a wreath at Washington’s tomb?
“Educators have such a rich opportunity to teach about integrity, scholarship, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, honesty and courage through George Washington’s example. I know, first hand, that these are all qualities Pine Point works to cultivate in every student.”
With a little advanced notice, we allow all types of groups to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb. For many groups, most notably the Freemasons of the United States and the Daughters of the American Revolution, it is an annual tradition. I must say that the Pine Point wreath laying stands out as my favorite. After two students placed wreaths in front of George and Martha’s sarcophagi, three others read very moving quotes about Washington that were written by his fellow countrymen upon his death. It was a very special tribute!
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about Washington since you started at Mount Vernon? There are so many surprising facts about Washington, which is partly what makes him so much fun to learn about. I think my favorite surprising fact is that he was an awkward public speaker!
What would most surprise a member of the public? Perhaps that George Washington’s teeth were not made of wood. Washington suffered through many sets of dentures during his lifetime, which were quite primitive and not very comfortable. Today’s plastic and porcelain models have come a long way since their 18th century predecessors, which used materials like gold, lead, ivory, and even animal teeth… just not wood!
Mia Perry ’13 and Christian Diaz ’13 laid a wreath at the tombs of George and Martha Washington.
How long after Washington’s death in 1799 did his family live on the estate? After Martha’s death in 1802, Mount Vernon was passed down through several descendents of the Washington family until it came to John Augustine Washington III, George Washington’s great-great nephew. He owned it from 1850 until 1858. With history teacher Gary Williams
Becca, in the back row near the image of Washington, with the 8th grade
late, and if you watch PBS’ “A Taste of History,” you will know Chef Walter Staib, who recently gave me a giant ham bone. Anyone have a good soup recipe?
You went to Pine Point from 1981-1991. What are some of your fondest memories of your time at Pine Point? How did Mount Vernon become a national landmark? Did the family offer it to the United States? By the time John Augustine III inherited Mount Vernon, the property was in a state of disrepair and, in addition to lacking his great-great uncle’s entrepreneurial skills, he was without the funds to restore it. Believing that it should be preserved as a landmark, he attempted to sell it to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the federal government, though both declined his offer. At the same time, a South Carolinian, Ann Pamela Cunningham, galvanized a group of 22 extraordinary women whose initial mission was to raise the money needed to purchase the estate. The group became known as The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union and, on their second attempt in 1858, they were successful in persuading the reluctant Washington to sell them the property. Despite a prevailing lack of confidence in the ability of women to own and manage property at that time, the Ladies’ Association was able to fully restore Mount Vernon, becoming the first national historic preservation organization and the oldest women’s patriotic society in the country. Today, 154 years later, the Regent and Vice Regents (or “Ladies”) of Mount Vernon still manage the estate under its mission to preserve and educate.
What notable folks have you met through your work? I tend to meet a lot of prominent business figures, politicians, writers and historians whose names are not necessarily recognizable, at least to younger generations. Two of the more well-known people I have encountered are journalist Peggy Noonan and writer David McCullough. I am also acquainted with the Mars family, of Mars Choco-
I have great memories of sewing a dinosaur quilt with my lower school cohorts, of watching the middle school perform in musicals (like Bye Bye Birdie and Really Rosie), then later being a part of the musicals, of singing in the chorus and of playing lacrosse. It will not surprise anyone who knows me that HOFA (History of Fine Arts) was my favorite class, but it might surprise a few that I can still recite the beginning of the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, courtesy of Mr. Salsich.
What do you do outside of work that gives you enjoyment and/or meaning? I enjoy listening to music (especially live music), reading, running, practicing yoga, and riding my ’63 Vespa 150. My favorite thing in the world is spending time with my husband and my two incredible step-daughters.
How did you and your husband, Shane, meet? Shane and I originally met through his brother at the Green Marble Coffee House in Mystic, but that was about nine years before we started dating! When that same brother passed away, we found solace in each other’s company and our friendship grew stronger until, quite suddenly, it dawned on us that we were meant to be together… and the rest, as they say, is history!
Becca and her husband, Shane Eller, on their wedding day at the Branford House ViewPoints 5
The Soul and Spirit of Pine Point
Pine Point Mourns the Passing of Alan Houghton -David C. Hannon, Director of Development
n the first Sunday morning in December, John Houghton, one of Alan Houghton’s children, contacted Pine Point: “I am sorry to have to share some sad news. My father, whose health as you know was failing, passed away on Friday morning. I have attached a version of his obituary that we as a family would be grateful if you could share with the greater Pine Point community. It was our decision as his children that my father would want, in lieu of flowers, donations made to Pine Point in his name…Throughout our lifetimes as his children, it was Pine Point that he spoke of most often—as the school he felt closest to and that he had the most impact upon as an educator. He also very much appreciated that, during his retirement years, you continued to reach out to him and kept him connected to the Pine Point community.”
ALAN N. HOUGHTON
With Liza, James, Sam, Colin, Sean, Christian and Ian, his cherished grandchildren
The proud parent of John, Alan, Jr., Libby and Suzanne ViewPoints 6
Alan N. Houghton, 87, of North Branford, formerly of Madison and Lyme, passed away on December 2, 2011. Born on January 17, 1924 in Hartford, he was a devoted husband to the late Elizabeth Jones Houghton for 56 years; the beloved brother of Priscilla H. Flynn of West Hartford and the late Nancy H. Bacon of Palm Desert, CA; and the loving father of Alan N. Houghton, Jr. of New York, NY, Elizabeth Houghton Ross of Darien, CT; John B. Houghton of Hingham, MA; and Suzanne Houghton Varney of Mandeville, LA. He was also a caring, dedicated grandfather to his seven grandchildren: Colin, Sam, Sean, Christian, James, Liza and Ian. Alan graduated from The Loomis School, earned his A.B. and A.M. from Harvard University, and did postgraduate studies in the classics at Columbia University. He served his country proudly during World War II as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, flying 33 missions over Europe as a B-24 bombardier-navigator. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal. A career independent school educator as well as a Latin and ancient Greek scholar, Alan was on the faculty of the Groton and Loomis Schools before serving as headmaster of Pine Point School in Stonington and Renbrook School in West Hartford. He then served as executive director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools until his retirement in 1989. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Alan’s name to Pine Point School in support of The Alan N. and Elizabeth J. Houghton Fund for the Arts.
The photo that accompanied the press release in The New London Day announcing the hiring of Mr. Houghton
lan Houghton was all of thirty-one years and serving as head of the classics department at The Loomis School (later Loomis Chaffee) when he accepted an invitation from Alfred Gildersleeve, one of Pine Point’s founders, and chairman of the board of trustees of Pine Point, to take on the role of headmaster. It’s hard to imagine the contrast between Loomis, with all of its traditions, and a nascent Pine Point, which had been in existence for just seven years. He would serve as headmaster from 1955 to 1967. In June 2001, Pine Point welcomed Dr. Alan N. Houghton, Jr. to campus to deliver that year’s Commencement Address. (At the time, he was Chairman of the Immunology Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University.) In his remarks, he thanked his father for the example he set in embracing opportunity even when it brought the possibility of risk. He said, "My relationship with Pine Point extends back 46 years to my childhood. My father and mother decided to leave the comfortable suburban environment around Hartford to head to the woods of Lyme. My father, it seems, had decided to take a risky job as headmaster at a relatively new, small private school in Stonington, leaving a teaching job at a much larger, prestigious school. From my father and this event, I learned not to be afraid of attractive situations that involved great risk but seem the right thing to do."
It was a little over twelve years ago that then Head of School Paul Geise and I had the good fortune to sit down with Alan for the first time. (We were joined by Alan’s wife, Betsey, and Barbara Castle Ginsberg ’70, for what would be a wonderful lunch at Noah’s in Stonington Borough.) It was not only a great opportunity to meet one of the leading figures in the history of Pine Point; it was a chance to pick his brain, to benefit from his expertise. Asked to cite the key factor responsible for the dramatic increase in enrollment during his time at the School, he thought that word of mouth was critically important. In his mind, Pine Point also benefited from a reputation as a school that had “pretty good academic fare” and was a place where the “emphasis was on kids.” What was particularly telling was his statement that “we seemed to be more interested in what the child was doing as opposed to not doing.” Looking back, he thought the construction of new buildings signaled that Pine Point was growing and had a real future. He recalled that in addition to running the school, in his early years he taught all of the core subjects in the 7th and 8th grades, a situation he found to be both “fun and challenging.”
Alan, Barbara Castle Ginsberg ’70, Betsey Houghton, and Paul Geise
Mimi Borden and Alan in 2001 when Dr. Alan N. Houghton, Jr. was the commencement speaker
Alan’s years at the helm were characterized by rapid growth in every aspect of the School. During his tenure it must have seemed that Pine Point was either adding new buildings, or contemplating construction, in order to accommodate a student body that saw explosive growth. An artist’s rendering from that time shows the Main Building (the first structure built on the Barnes Road campus in 1956), to which was added the Houghton Wing, the Dodge Building, and the Sindall Wing. ViewPoints 7
“You need to approach a child from his/her strengths. It is in this approach that you will be most successful in helping the child to realize their potential.”
Alan left Pine Point in 1967 to serve as headmaster of Renbrook School for seven years before moving on to assume the reins of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). He would lead that organization for fifteen years. His passion for education and children continued to burn bright. It would be easy to write that as an individual and an educator he kept pace with the profession and best practices. In truth, it’s not a stretch to write that educational philosophy and practice caught up with his way of doing things. What did he feel today’s students need? “Kids need to get a feeling for community and service. It’s not all about money. There has to be an understanding of the importance of humanistic values. Further, they need to have an appreciation for the environment, their surroundings, and the natural beauty around us.” He also stressed the importance of “approaching a child from his/her strengths. It is in this approach that you will be most successful in helping the child to realize their potential.” Mr. Houghton acknowledged that such a practice requires good teachers. And what made a great teacher? “Great teachers know their subject and can project it. Great teachers love kids, can connect with them, and love what they’re doing.” Expanding on this theme, he talked about the partnership that exists in schools like Pine Point. “In the independent school, you have an extended family and that relationship is enriched. Sometimes those who don’t know independent schools see us as ‘elitist.’ I believe that we’re just more aware of the kids’ needs.” While our conversation in that initial meeting ran toward educational philosophy, there was also time for some good storytelling. During his years at Pine Point, Mr. Houghton made the trek each day from Lyme to Stonington. Long-time residents of southeastern Connecticut will recall that making that trip required crossing a toll bridge over the Thames. (The toll was a dime.) Approaching the bridge one morning, Mr. Houghton found himself lacking the means to pay the toll. Thankfully, the tollbooth operator accepted his watch! ViewPoints 8
The Very Best Kind of Colleague and Friend On hearing the news of Alan’s passing, Peter Tacy, the former Executive Director of CAIS (Connecticut Association of Independent Schools) shared with colleagues and friends his thoughts on the man who built the organization to which he succeeded. CAIS Executive Director Emeritus Alan N. Houghton passed away in Guilford, CT on December 2nd after a long period of declining health. He was 87. Alan was CAIS’s second Executive Director, succeeding Nelson Farquhar in 1974, and retiring in 1989…The Association that Alan took over in 1974 was just over half the size of today’s CAIS, and was a far less comprehensive and less widely-recognized organization. For much of his tenure he was the only full-time CAIS staff member, and the organization was located not in a standalone professional office, but in borrowed quarters at one or another CAIS school. For these and other reasons, the growing range of services CAIS was called on to provide during Alan’s time as Executive Director had to be based on volunteered staffing provided by faculty and administration members from member schools. Often events used volunteered facilities as well—both were creative solutions that turned out to have surprisingly rich benefits for all involved, and of course they have persisted ever since. The most innovative of these CAIS-led programs was certainly the Beginning Teacher Institute. It became a model for similar training programs across the nation. Alan was also a pioneer in developing programs and services in partnership with other associations such as NAIS, NEASC, and ISAM (now AISNE); these too became templates for today’s wide range of inter-association initiatives. The primary shared need that CAIS was created to address—to develop and maintain a stable, positive, mutually informative relationship with Connecticut government, and especially with the Legislature and the State Department of Education—was one that Alan met with skill, determination and integrity. He was not only known and respected at the state capitol, but was universally liked and, most important, deeply trusted. The notion that to be secure in relation to government an association of independent schools must be pro-active, accessible and public-spirited was at that time unusual; but the approach worked, and set an example that by now has become the norm across America. It would be a great mistake to memorialize Alan Houghton simply as an effective—even a trail-blazing—leader, however. He was also an extraordinary person: warm, gentle, light-hearted; a generous and caring presence. And Alan could be very, very funny. (No one can be successful in government relations, or, for that matter, as a school head, without having a sense of humor!) Alan’s amusement at the folly and confusion that so often attend our work, even on the best of days in the best of schools, was never far away. One learned to watch his eyes—when they seemed to scan out toward the horizon, something funny was probably being considered or, if we were lucky, was on the way. A Yankee to the bone, Alan was neat and orderly (no one could have left better records for a successor) and zealously, even whimsically frugal. He loved to shop for bargains in equipping and supplying the far-from-lavish CAIS office, and was known to stop en route to meetings at member schools so he could pick up returnable cans and bottles along the roadside—“every one is worth a nickel, you know!” Above all else, though, Alan was, to a great many of us who worked at Connecticut’s independent schools during his term as Executive Director (certainly I’m on that list), an unfailingly reliable source of wisdom, support, compassion and good advice. He was the very best kind of colleague and friend—available, respectful, considerate, loyal, persistent when necessary, but never pushy. We were profoundly fortunate in having Alan with us. He made a profound difference for a great many and, through us, for thousands of children. He’ll be greatly missed.
A Great Future For Our School On April 30, 1956 ground was broken on Barnes Road to put up the first building on what was to be Pine Point’s new home. News of the event appeared in The Sun two days later. The yellowed clipping marking that day may well may be the most important document in the School’s archives. Mr. Houghton stands behind Tom Miller, who holds in his hand what is arguably the one artifact that knits nearly the entire history of Pine Point. The miniature silver shovel has participated in every major groundbreaking since that all-important day in 1956.
Notable Events in 1956 January 30 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home in Montgomery bombed February 25 Nikita Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
March 12 Dow Jones closes above 500 for first time
April 30 Pine Point School Breaks Ground on Barnes Road
May 21 U.S. explodes first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
June 25 Fifty-one die in collision of Andrea Doria and Stockholm off Cape Cod
July 26 Egypt seizes the Suez Canal
August 11 Elvis Presley releases “Don’t Be Cruel”
September 4 IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, the first commercial computer using magnetic disk storage
October 8 Don Larsen pitches the only perfect World Series game, leading the Yankees to the championship over the Brooklyn Dodgers
October 24 Soviet troops invade Hungary
November 6 President Eisenhower re-elected in defeat of Adlai Stevenson
December 2 Fidel Castro lands on the coast of Cuba, rebels make their way into the Sierra Maestra mountains ViewPoints 9
One Good Last Look In January, Mimi Borden, who served as Alan’s secretary and later kept the School’s books, had lunch with new Head of School Stephen Bennhoff in his office. As it turns out, that was where Mr. Houghton had his office years ago. Mimi recalled, “Alan was very, very busy as Head, teaching Latin, coaching, and doing admissions. He was everything. When he arrived there were probably only 100 kids at the School and by the time he left there were over 200 students. I remember reading the notes and comments that he wrote on each student and thought, ‘I want my kids to go to that school.’ Trying to sum up Alan’s essence, Mimi said simply: “Alan respected children, it was his personality. He was a wonderful man, a great educator, and a true friend. We all have many great memories of his tenure at Pine Point.” Mimi’s thoughts were echoed by others. In the days and weeks that followed Alan’s passing, a great number of reflections came to Pine Point, the majority of which came from alumni, many of whom last walked the halls of the School over 50 years ago! It is in these heartfelt reminiscences that one sees why years later so many adults still regard him with great affection and an enduring respect. Indeed, many credit him with who they are today. We also were privileged to hear from his former colleagues.
I am very sad to learn of the passing of Mr. Houghton. Throughout nine years at Pine Point, he was an almost larger than life figure to me in stature, with his deep voice, and as an insightful teacher. For some reason, one passing moment has always stuck with me. By 5th grade, football was replaced with soccer, and Mr. Houghton was the baseball coach. We were coming back from an away game, and as Mr. Houghton strode back into the school, he was listening to a transistor radio and exploded into joyous laughter and accolades upon hearing that Mickey Mantle had just hit a home run! I can still see the look on his face! He was a wonderful man with great passion in all areas of life. -Randy Russ ’67 *** Mr. Houghton was far more than just my Latin teacher, coach and headmaster at Pine Point. Using his influence as a former faculty member at Loomis, he was instrumental in securing the late admission of this undisciplined, average student to that fine school. More than any other person, he influenced me in ways that I regret he never realized…I will never forget him, nor how much his faith in me has affected my life. -Ed Behney ’62 *** Mr. Houghton was decent and honorable, and an inspiration to everyone at Pine Point. I was not sure I would make it in that new school transferring from a class room of 50 in Westerly. I joined in the 6th grade. Mr. Houghton and Mrs. Mackenzie dispelled me so quickly of those fears of failure. Of course, as good educators, they instilled new fears that I might not succeed, unless I really applied myself. I still have my ragged Latin textbook—amo, amas, amat—and a bit about a Latin sailor and a farmer (agricola?). I think of that wonderful man, Mr. Houghton, calling me ‘Tiger’ after a brute from Stonington dragged me across the goal line. Inspire, but understand. It was his way. The memories of Mr. Houghton will always be a treasure for me and many others, a tall hero, pointing us in the right direction for our futures. How proud I am to have been one of his students. -George Chimento ’62 *** I think that two of the most influential people in my life were Mr. Houghton and Coach Joe Paterno. They helped mold who I am today, and I look back fondly on their memories. -Capt. Lincoln H. Lippincott, III ‘60 *** Beach will make a hole big enough for a Mac truck. So, just follow him and then run like a frightened deer. -Peter T. Wiles ‘62 *** Alan was quite an individual. Often terrifying in Latin classes and alternately a great pal on the athletic field. -John M. Timken, Jr. ’66 and Polly Morgan Timken ’66
*** He was a mentor to me beginning in the mid 80’s and his son John used to babysit my kids who are now 48 and 45! -Margie Field, Head of School, 1990-1994 *** It is nice to know that Pine Point is holding a memorial service for Mr. Houghton. Unfortunately, Stephen and I will not be able to attend. We were fortunate to be able to reminisce with Mr. Houghton a few summers ago when we attended an alumni reunion. Mr. Houghton was truly a remarkable man—our lives have been better for having been in his orbit. -Eliza Jewett Gray ’68 *** I am sorry to hear of Mr. Houghton’s passing. He was a mentor to me. As a young teacher when Mr. Houghton hired me to teach science at Pine Point, he took me under his generous wing and offered advice and friendship. I so enjoyed seeing him recently at a Pine Point reunion and we shared a few stories. I know that I am wiser, stronger, more loving and kinder because Mr. Houghton’s life touched mine. -Lynne C. Holden, Former Pine Point Faculty *** The spirit, the tone, and the educational quality of Pine Point School is an enduring tribute to the leadership of Alan Houghton. Those of us who followed him are grateful that a person such as Alan paved the way for the School to become what it is today. Many, many thanks, Alan. -Dick Mitchell, Head of School, 1981-1990, 1998-99
*** I barely recall Mr. Houghton from our initial meeting in his upstairs office in the older building. In fact I remember the office better than him, surprising as since then, his influence has been so strong. What stood out for me was the man’s dignified composure. Sure, being one of the smallest in the graduating class of ’65, he towered over me. His height frightened me as did his nervous habit of rolling his eyeballs back in his head. But we all knew that it was so disrespectful of us to joke about him, even in his absence. He commanded respect. Memory highlights include the time when I was president of the class and attended one of the class presidents’ meetings in his office. He solicited suggestions for academic and school improvement from each of us. I was overwhelmed by his spirit of his generosity—even more so when he adopted my principal suggestion—that we add soccer to our sports program. As formal as his demeanor was, he understood students’ needs. Another surprise was in store for me when instead of forbidding our intemperate use of snowballs during recess, he recognized our desire to plaster our worst-liked classmates and organized two teams of snowy combatants on the football field. Neither team was allowed to cross the line in the middle at the risk of disbarment from the game. -Geoffrey Ellis Aronson ’65 *** In July of 2011 I retired from 32 years as the Lead Hydraulic Engineer of the Space Shuttle Program. Sometimes it is long after an event that you realize how a person or event changed your life in a profound way and so it is with me and the change Alan Houghton had on my life and career. My early school years were difficult for me and in the 5th grade I was to be held back and repeat a year of public school. My parents thought rather than having me thinking I was not doing well they would tell me I was going to a new school and that’s why I was repeating 5th grade. Decades later I realized I had dyslexia and that’s why learning was difficult for me. Pine Point was new and different for me. Located out in the middle of a large field, I could not leave class and walk home as I had in the past when things did not go well in my neighborhood public school. If I was having a bad day in class during recess at Pine Point, I would go out in the tall grass and sit thinking no one would know I was there. Alan Houghton somehow knew and would come out and talk to me and convince me to come back to class. Somehow I made it through the first ViewPoints 12
year at Pine Point with much work and encouragement from my parents and Alan Houghton. The next year was more traumatic when the first class after lunch was Latin! I was completely lost. I could not make any sense in my head of it and try as I could, I was lost. Alan Houghton could see I was not making any progress with Latin. This is when he made a change in my life that I have used throughout my career. He asked me if I would like to take mechanical drawing instead of Latin. He had talked with Charles Mason, our science teacher, who agreed to teach me mechanical drawing. On the way home I stopped at my father’s office in Mystic to tell him the news and he sent me to Maxwell’s Art Supply Store where I got the equipment and book I needed to start. Mr. Mason only worked in the morning so he would review my work and give me instructions for the next lessons because Latin class was in the afternoon and I was pretty much on my own to find a place to do the work. I did most of my work in the library but when that was busy I would find a place such as the locker room. That one class changed my whole outlook on school. I now had one thing that I could succeed at and advance as fast as I wanted. Alan Houghton also increased my confidence in subtle ways. Because of car pooling I had to stay later while the football players practiced and had scrimmages. Alan asked me to be the referee for the scrimmages and would leave me to run them while he attended to other school matters. In most cases the upper class would abide by my calls. When I became a senior I didn’t think I was big enough or fast enough for the football team but after several pep talks by Alan I agreed. He put me in at center with Linc Lippincott ‘60 behind me at quarterback with the hope Linc could give me the extra shove to slow up the opposing center. As I remember we had a relatively successful season and that experience helped me gain even more confidence. One final event that showed how much my confidence had been boosted was on Field Day at the end of the school year. The big event was the race around the perimeter of the pasture. Another Anderson was a shoe-in to win and known to be the fastest in the school. As the race started he was out in front. By halfway there was a small group behind him and I was in that group while the rest followed. About a hundred yards from the end I said to myself I can beat him and by the end of the race I had by a significant margin. Alan Houghton congratulated me on the win and I think that was one of the points in my life where I decided that anything I really wanted to do, I could. I have a deep appreciation for teachers and how hard they work. My mother taught Latin at Fitch High School and my younger daughter has her Ph.D in animal science and is teaching anatomy and physiology and doing marine mammal research at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Alan Houghton took an interest in me and increased my confidence so that I could take on my life’s challenges and succeed. When he changed my course structure from Latin to mechanical drawing a whole new world was opened for me. Pine Point School and encouragement from Alan Houghton changed my life and I will always be very thankful for that. -Kip Anderson ’60
*** I believe Cynthia’s Class of 1973 was the last class interviewed by Alan. Also, I think it was the largest Pine Point class-was it 27? Alan so believed in his students, which to this day the class shows its difference in many ways. -Letty Lee Stein *** Dad and I spoke last night and he informed me of the sad news. Alan was Dad’s oldest friend. They took the city bus each morning from West Hartford into Hartford and then hopped the train to Loomis every day at age 12! (They both lived on side streets right off Farmington Avenue, which was an easy ten-minute bus trip to the train station downtown. The great story was their trip home on the afternoon of the Hurricane of 1938. The buses weren’t running and I think they had to walk home. They would have been “big boys” at age 14!) They remained close friends all these years. He was also my Headmaster at Renbrook for three of my five years there. -Susie Dobbin, Pine Point Bookkeeper, 1997-2009 *** Alan Houghton’s first year at Pine Point was my last year, 8th grade at the original schoolhouse on North Main Street. There were four of us in the 8th grade, and Mr. Houghton taught all our subjects. Actually, the Latin and History classes were high school level, so we were very well prepared to go on to demanding secondary schools. Oh yes, and he taught the 7th grade too in the next room and ran the school, doing sports coaching on the side. He had an amazing amount of energy. He even packed the four of us in his car and took us on field trips to the Fogg Museum, the MFA, and, I believe, the U.N. Alan Houghton was a wonderful head of school for Pine Point, especially at that moment when we needed more professional leadership. I have always felt indebted to him for pushing me to do more, to learn more. His passing is sad, but the outpouring of appreciation from Pine Point shows that he will be remembered. -Judith Gildersleeve duPont ’56
Ashley Powell Hanson ’75 and Mr. Houghton at an alumni gathering
*** Alas, I'll not be able to attend the service. I am especially sorry because Alan and I enjoyed a close colleagueship during my time as President of the National Association of Independent Schools (1978-1991) and his time as Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. When I first met Alan, he took me under his wing and helped me learn the ropes. He and I went together to my first annual meeting of the National Association, and I was sure most people thought HE was the President because his bearing was so much more presidential! He quickly set things right, and he and I began a friendship that lasted many years. He was an ideal representative of Connecticut schools at the national level, and was one of the most respected state executives in the whole network of schools. I often consulted him over some of the trickier issues in the curious federalism of independent school associations and their national confederation. But most of all, he was a valuable friend and I salute him for all he did for independent schools. -John Esty, President, National Association of Independent Schools, 1978-1991 *** Alan was a friend, colleague, and mentor to me and to many others in CAIS. His kindness, honesty, and professionalism will be sorely missed. -Peter V. Buttenheim, (44 years, a teacher/administrator in NAIS schools) *** Alan Houghton was truly one of the giants of Connecticut independent school education...and an extraordinary gentleman. -Nicholas S. Thacher, Head of School, Dedham Country Day School
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*** A great guy. We went to Loomis in 1937 so it was a long-time friendship. -Jack Dobbin *** I just heard the terrible news of Alan Houghton’s passing. He was an inspiring teacher. In fact, I often say that I’m now a full professor of classics at Duke because I took Latin with him in 7th grade. He taught me that it needs to be fun and interesting as well as rigorous and intellectually satisfying. I only hope to pass to others the excitement of learning he sparked in us. -Tolly Boatwright ‘67, Professor of Ancient History, Classical Studies, Duke University *** When you are in first grade, your most immediate adult contact is your teacher. I loved Mrs. Hemond because she knew I liked to draw and gave me my own stash of manila paper. Then there were the rest of the teachers that floated around the school. You saw them at recess or when it was time to deliver the milk at lunch. Finally, there was the headmaster. He was the tallest person at the school and wore a dark suit with a skinny tie. He was very smart, and knew everything. Sometimes Mr. Houghton visited the classroom and there was silence when he walked in. He taught Latin to the older kids but in first grade we were still learning English. I don’t remember if he had an office back then and I was glad not to visit it if he had one. But as time went on, he became more of a regular person who was still smart and tall but knew about kids and how to help them learn. I was sad when he left. Thirty years later, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alan Houghton, as I was helping to put together the School’s 50th year history. I was talking to a kind and gentle man who reminded me of my father, who knew him so well. He remembered that when the doors opened on Barnes Road, the floor tiles were barely dry and everything was rush rush. I loved hearing about the old days and particularly from him. -Barbara Castle Ginsberg ’70
*** Dedicated leader, passionate educator, initiator, mediator, associate, friend, humorist, mentor; and the list goes on. Through the years, Alan meant so much to so many of us who worked closely with him as he established a firm foundation for Pine Point, carefully guided Renbrook School through the difficult years of the early seventies and then courageously led the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) on its journey of becoming one of the leading independent school associations in the United States. A tireless worker and advocate, his efforts were key in allowing the independent schools of this state to maintain their independence in the face of great pressure from certain Connecticut legislators who wished otherwise during the eighties. For each of his schools and for CAIS, he was the right leader at the right time! And for us who knew and worked with him, he was admired, appreciated and loved. -Norm Jason, Head of School, 1972-1979 *** With a boyish chuckle and an insatiably inquisitive mind, Alan would always nourish my spirits in every conversation we had over the years. Whether regaling about his illustrious football team, the last minute tile-work prior to the opening of school, or his exciting first days as executive director of CAIS, Alan was both proud of the profession and blessed to have been associated with so many good people at Pine Point as well as wherever he served. What inspired me most, however, was his grace and elegance. Gentle, wise, affirming, and immensely deep of character, you always knew you were spending time with an extraordinary, educational giant. The soul and spirit of Pine Point is inextricably linked to Alan Houghton’s legacy. For me, he will always be the father of Pine Point. -Paul Geise, Head of School, 1999-2011 *** All I remember about Mr. Houghton, apart from being 8’ tall, was that he told our 2nd grade class that you knew you had mastered Latin when you started dreaming in Latin. -Tom Castle ’67
For Alan Houghton O Alan, do you revel in heaven? Swinging far back in your chair rolling your eyes up into your head do you leave only those white doorways over the loafers on your desk?
*** It is indeed an honor to carry on his torch. -Stephen Bennhoff, Head of School, 2011*** A couple of brief thoughts about Alan Houghton. Needless to say, everything being said about who and what he was couldn’t be truer. However as 12 and 13 year-olds (I was only at Pine Point for 7th and 8th grade), you particularly relate to the educator and coach part of him. And it often takes hindsight to recognize what a special person he was. At that age I probably tended to be a bit of a prankster and one who would gladly participate in activities that weren’t exactly school related. I can recall a number of occasions when Hoby Warner ’59 (my partner in crime) and I served detention right in the headmaster’s office doing extra Latin homework. Alan’s explanation? He needed to keep his eye on us! That certainly gets your attention. As a small “country day school” embarking on an athletic program with larger and longer established schools (Kingswood and Rectory come to mind) we had numerous occasions where we were outmanned on the field but in his infinite wisdom, Alan was able to use these occasions as teaching experiences and keep his players from dwelling on the adversity. I can’t recall leaving an athletic event feeling like we were “losers” for our performance. Since at that time my father did some public relations work for Pine Point, I had perhaps closer contact with Alan than many. And I occasionally felt that because of that relationship I was singled out by him when I got lazy and wasn’t performing to my potential. But rather than turning that into a negative confrontation, he somehow got me headed in the right direction and left me feeling positive about the whole thing. Skills like that were among those that singled him out as an educator. In the category of “it’s funny what kids remember the most,” in 1961 a couple of years after I had left Pine Point, Alan, his son, my father, and myself made a September trip to Yankee Stadium for a doubleheader in hopes of seeing Mantle or Maris hit some home runs in pursuit of the home run record. While I believe that Mantle hit one that day and
You warned us in 1960: Keep your nose to the grindstone! Try harder to succeedfor by 2000 this Brave New World will be an Animal Farm On the Beach! Decline Ego, you urged me in our Latin class. I croaked that old threat to puberty Ego Is Id and burst into tears. Two years ago on your last visit we guided your walker together over uneven ground between the new buildings of that vast complex you began. Today butterflies play in that garden linking souls -Dan Potter ’60
The Alan N. and Elizabeth J. Houghton Fund for the Arts Several years ago, Mr. Houghton established an endowment fund at the School to honor his wife, Betsey, and her passion for the arts. Upon his death, Mr. Houghton’s family asked that his name be added to the endowment fund. Since then, gifts have come from alumni, past parents, family and friends to enhance a fund that will only add to the legacy of Mr. Houghton. From the moment he arrived at Pine Point, Mr. Houghton’s devotion to Pine Point never wavered. In March, Pine Point was blessed to receive a $10,000 bequest from his estate to enhance the fund. Please consider adding your name to those who have already honored this wonderful man. Alan Houghton mattered to hundreds of kids at an important time in their lives. He mattered to a school that was in its earliest years. Alan Houghton still matters to Pine Point today.
Alan is shown with former Heads of School Norm Jason and Paul Geise at the Alumni Reunion in August 2009. As it turned out, it would be the last time he would be at the School that meant so much to him and to the countless students and families who were in his care.
Maris didn’t hit any, the thing that I recall being the most amazed about was Alan knew how to get off the Connecticut Turnpike and take back roads to avoid the toll stations and then get back on. And he did this pretty much the whole route to New York. At the time, I guess I didn’t understand the anxiety to save the dimes or quarters, but for Alan it wasn’t about the money. He delighted in the plan and pulling it off. With Starr White Snead ’66 and Julie Dendy Webster ’66 With Alan’s passing, I regret not having seen him over the many years he was in Naples, Florida while I was just up the road in Tampa. While I was only at Pine Point two years, I will never forget the many ways he impacted my life. I’m thankful that I was fortunate enough to be among the many he touched in his life. -Bill Adler ’59 *** Some 45 years have passed since I sat under the teaching of Mr. Houghton, so it seems altogether too easy to take for granted everything that he did for me, and for each one of us. I was blessed to see him one more time, at the reunion (was it in 2004? If so, it was just before I was married), and I recall how the long-forgotten memories came flooding back that evening. He was so warm, loving and appreciative of all the people surrounding him, that it almost seemed to contrast with the sense of awe and trepidation that he inspired from the viewpoint of a young student, so commanding was his stature and presence when he stood among us as young children attending school. But what I remember most about him, from those earliest days, was his ability to manifest a special caring for each young student and to be ready to reinforce the desire to discover one’s deepest inner potential, to unlock and nurture it, and thus to encourage each student who showed such ambition to grow and become everything he or she was able to be and do in life. I remember how he not only introduced us to Latin as an ancient language at the foundation of all the modern Romance languages, but developed in us a true interest in it by placing it into the setting of historic anecdotes from the ancient Roman empire; and then, sensing a personal interest on my part, he took me and one other student (it was Mary Lassen ’68) under his wing and taught us Greek – and I still remember to this day much of what I learned and apply it in various ways in my medical practice and Bible studies. I remember his passion for sports, including all the little details, such as watching him hit two baseballs with one swing of the bat – and yes, I remember being one of the students who took a personal plastering in the midst of that “official” snowball fight on the football field. Though I enjoy recalling these and so many other small moments, I like to stand back now and take one good look at the big picture, at a man who is singly responsible for everything that Pine Point School was in his days and ever since. -Dr. Peter C. Russ ’68
We Mattered I entered Pine Point in the 3rd grade and left after the 6th grade. Back then I was in the Class of 1964, but once Pine Point added a 9th grade (after my departure), this became, of course, the Class of 1965. I mention this only because it defines the terms by which I had personal contact with Mr. Houghton. He was a teacher for the upper classes, but for those of us in the lower classes, he was “The Principal.” During breaks outside we could see him practicing baseball with the older kids. He loved to hit fly balls far out into the field for our baseball team to catch, and I recall that he had some sort of special bat, unusually thin which, rumor had it, was made of a remarkably spongy wood, enabling him with seemingly little effort to propel the ball off into the clouds. I was terrible at baseball, but I had always been rather fast at running, and this caused Mr. Houghton (who often held the stopwatch at our annual so-called Pine Point Field Days) to let me try out for our JV football team, even though I was considered too young. The following year, and still too young, I was granted a bench position on the varsity team. We were a small team, born of a small co-ed school, but we had in Mr. Houghton a dedicated coach, and we had some fantastic talent. From my runningback perspective, my idols were Brunson Dodge ’64 who, given a short runway, could attain wondrous speed and power so that his jersey still seemed to wave in the wind minutes after he had come to a standstill. The most fantastic athlete of all was Peter Wiles ’62, who could attain incredible speed without any runway at all, change direction on a dime, or run just as fast sideways. We did not have many teams to practice against, but Mr. Houghton had secured some annually repeated skirmishes with a team from a nearby community center. This team made no attempt to sport team colors, cheerleaders, or cheerers to lead as far as we could see, but we could see that team membership did not appear to have a natural closure based on school class. They smiled wryly as we got off our bus, and were pleased to educate us, as Mr. Houghton had undoubtedly wanted, in the “school of hard knocks.” They certainly did! We were regularly trounced. They had their star too, someone called “Texera,” I believe, who could continue to run like a locomotive with two or three Pine Pointers hanging on. Toward the end of one of these deadly serious skirmish games, when it could no longer harm much anyway, Mr. Houghton decided to give me a real chance, and put me in as defensive “safety” far out in the backfield. Most all of the action happened elsewhere, but suddenly, by some amazing spurt, here came Texera streaming down his left field and soon ahead of his pursuers. Being positioned so far downfield already, I had time to get over there, but at twice my size, Texera decided he would simply run me over, which he proceeded to do. His knee smashed into my helmet, but my arms were around his churning legs, and without much choice in the matter, I slid down to his ankles and came to function as a kind of snare, whereupon Texera, still trying to run, could not, and went down like an oak tree. I felt a huge shudder when he hit the ground, and I got up bruised and dazed. Texera was miffed! Mr. Houghton put a blanket over me and took me out of the game. “That was a fantastic tackle by Hugh Beach” he shouted down the sidelines and gave a signal for our varsity cheerleaders to give a cheer. At that age I was not able to look at our cheerleaders, the most attractive girls in the world, for more than a few seconds without getting overheated and feeling embarrassed. Now one of them even came over and offered me a drink of water. This was a highpoint of my 13 years! I would do anything for my Coach. This was surely a part of his greatness, the ability to “see” all of those within his grasp, people of all ages, and to make us feel that we mattered. Thanks Mr. Houghton!
“I would do anything for my Coach. This was surely a part of his greatness, the ability to ‘see’ all of those within his grasp, people of all ages, and to make us feel that we mattered. Thanks Mr. Houghton!”
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Providing the Best Tools -Christopher Hurtgen, Director of Communications
Almost everyone is powered – in some way, whether it’s obvious or not – by technology.
f you walk through Pine Point’s hallways on a typical morning, poking your head into the classrooms, you might be surprised by how little technology you would see. You would find very few students sitting in front of computer screens or typing on laptops. You would be much more likely to see students playing a card game, building a block city, or maybe assembling a puzzle together. You’d be sure to see students connecting with other students and with their teachers. Those connections are some of the thousands which happen each day at Pine Point, and almost everyone is powered – in some way, whether it’s obvious or not – by technology. Mrs. Newbery and Elly Gill ‘19
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Many lower school students arrive at their classrooms with their moms or dads in tow. Parents used to be greeted by hallway bulletin boards encouraging them to sign up to read a story, cook a hot lunch or drive on a field trip. But today, class coordinators manage those tasks with a web application (signupgenius.com) which allows parents to volunteer their help from their home computers at any time of day and instantly see which tasks need to be filled. When middle school students arrive their first job is always to sign in. “Taking attendance” used to mean finding a pre-printed class list and signing next to your name in pencil, leaving the main office to collect these sheets later in the morning. But today, students stop by a touchscreen computer in the Mitchell Building’s main hallway where a FileMaker database awaits. They click on their grade, click their picture, and click “OK.” The process takes less than two seconds per student, and the school has an instant, up-to-the-minute record of exactly when students have arrived on campus.
Data is constantly traveling through the school’s twistedpair Ethernet cables and 23 wireless access points. A pleasant bell rings at 8:15 a.m., signaling the start to the school day. These tones used to be analog signals carried exclusively on telephone and speaker wire, but today they pass through digital amplifiers and sound, in some locations, through power-over-ethernet speakers. The main office is the hub of morning activity and the school’s secretary, Maureen Gosselin, is frequently answering the telephone. She used to take calls from one of the school’s four incoming P.O.T.S. (“Plain Old Telephone Service”) lines and forward them to the staff over an aging and limited 25 year-old network of copper wire. Today, she has both hands free thanks to her Bluetooth headset. Phone calls come to the school though its 22 mbps cable modem, pass to a Voice Over IP (VOIP) PBX controller, and travel the school’s Cat 5-e network backbone to reach her desk. A window on Ms. Maureen’s computer screen tells her if a staff member is free, and she can forward the call or send it to digital voicemail. A teacher might take that call through what would appear to be a traditional telephone (plugged into the school’s ethernet network) or, if she heard ringing through her computer’s speakers, by donning a headset and clicking on the softphone software window on her laptop.
Faith Moore ‘13
School Secretary Maureen Gosselin
Data is constantly traveling through the school’s twisted-pair Ethernet cables and 23 wireless access points. It’s all managed by servers in the Geise Library/Technology Center which connect via fiberoptic cable to the hub closets and HP Procurve switches at four locations on campus. The school has upgraded its equipment over the years, but the backbone – its Ethernet network – remains the robust, superhighway installed over 15 years ago. The school’s first, concerted technology initiative of the modern era was dubbed “MST2000” and its centerpiece was the 1997 installation of cable, hub stacks, and patch panels donated by Ortronics, an international networking equipment company that was originally headquartered just down the road from the school in Pawcatuck. ViewPoints 19
Pine Point and the iPad The world had a sense that Apple was on to something in April 2010 when it introduced the iPad. Pine Point was one of the first schools to imagine the tablet as uniquely suited for education. On April 30, 2010, at An Evening by the Sea, the School’s gala gathering at Branford House, over 30 donors raised their paddles at the auction and donated 20 iPads for classroom use. Over the next two years, Apple would define the tablet computer market and has since revamped the iPad two times, selling millions of units. But a collection of those very first devices, gifts from enthusiastic Pine Point supporters, continue to make a great difference each day at the School. “Over time we used them more and more,” said 6th grade teacher Steve Brown. “They were very effective in several aspects — few of which were planned by me, but came up during the course of a lesson. Many times, [their use was] suggested by students.“ The iPads were distributed throughout the school, one per grade level or middle school subject. Teachers quickly discovered that iPads were uniquely successful research tools because of their accessibility and ease of use. “I mainly use the iPads for instant research,” said 6th grade teacher Carol Roper. “They are perfect when you want to look up the name of a book or author or gather a quick bit of information. When the students need a picture of something specific which they were trying to draw, [iPads] were great tools to use as they were close to the students — better than trying to draw at a computer table with a bulky keyboard in the way. I loved the ease and quickness of doing this; it was a definite timesaver turning the iPad on versus waiting for a computer to boot up.” Since those first few months with the devices, teachers have attended iPad workshops, purchased new apps, and otherwise adapted their curriculum to take advantage of the iPads. In some cases, they’ve created their own, creative uses for the technology.
Marrisa Slocumb ‘19 and Avery Dolphin ‘19 ViewPoints 20
Emilia Alpert ‘21 and Mr. T
Kindergarten teacher Lou Toscano uses the iPad with students as a tool to develop proper letter formation. He will guide a student in tracing a letter on the iPad with her finger and then have her immediately grab a pencil and write that letter on paper. “I use the iPad for the bigger muscle, kinesthetic approach. The smooth, cool surface helps and the idea of using the iPad helps. The idea is to trace the letter correctly with the iPad and immediately strike while the iron is hot and write it on paper — a kind of instant, mini muscle memory activity.” Parents and teachers have observed that iPads are undeniably appealing to children — just as the Gala donors predicted they would be over two years ago. “Our kids love it and always ask to use it,” said 3rd grade teacher Lisa Scott. In the 1st grade, iPads are particularly popular as one of the morning activities students can choose when they arrive. Students eagerly await seeing their names on the board which means that it’s their turn with an iPad. “I like that you can play all these different math games,” said 1st grader Harvey DeMovick, IV ’20. “There’s also ‘Cookie Doodle’ and ‘Build a Train.’” First grader Hayden Raithel ’20 appreciated the efficiency of working with iPads – for example, he described using them as a quick way to check the weather report in the morning. “You can learn stuff without having to mess around,” Hayden said. To see another way teachers use iPads in the classroom you can view the “Pine Point School: Cool for Technology” video, part of the “Cool Schools” series produced by WFSB Channel 3 this past fall at http://www.pinepoint.org/cooltech.
It is a popular myth that nothing lasts for very long in technology before something cheaper and faster takes its place. But just as the Roman aqueducts continue to provide water to Rome over 2000 years after they were built, Ortronics (still an industry leader today) and its gift to the school continue to make communications possible at Pine Point. While much of the school’s technology infrastructure exists where it cannot be seen, digital devices and the internet play an indispensible role in the school’s curriculum. Technology allows Pine Point’s teachers to do what they’ve always done best: deliver an innovative curriculum to the eager children of supportive parents. Teachers employ technology wherever it is uniquely suited to enhance student learning. You might see Mr. Mitchell bring his class to the computer lab for a lesson in converting Excel spreadsheet data into a graph. Ms. Raftery and Mrs. Scott might use the school’s netbook cart to lead their class through a session of Stanford Math, interactive, web-based software which allows targeted practice and enrichment both at school and at home. Or Mrs. Dolphin could use Flip video cameras to record a group’s Spanish conversation and then play it back for her students to analyze. Pine Point teachers are continually developing and deploying new uses of technology to enhance the curriculum. At the same time, the school works to prepare its students for the digital world in which they live. Pine Point’s website (www.pinepoint.org) was once a beautiful, informative, digital viewbook which staked the school’s claim to its corner of cyberspace and hoped to draw new families to the campus on Barnes Road. The website still aims to do those things today and so much more. www.pinepoint.org is an interactive resource for students, parents and teachers where they communicate, connect and collaborate. The school uses a content management system provided by Finalsite, an international company based in Hartford, Connecticut, that specializes in websites for independent schools. Pine Point’s website can email the school’s 2,000+ constituents instantly and simultaneously. Students can log onto their portal pages and access their homework assignments, class calendars and other digital resources. Parents have access to the same information. Teachers can connect with students through blogs and email. Alumni can log onto the Alumni Portal and connect with the School and with each other. The school’s website- is flexible and constantly changing to meet the needs of the entire school community.
Bennett Carr ’16 is shown while in 4th grade last year at the eno board (an interactive white board).
Mr. Hambleton uses a graphing calculator on the eno board with his 7th grade Honors I Algebra students.
Nico Brown ‘16
Technology allows Pine Point’s teachers to do what they’ve always done best: deliver an innovative curriculum to the eager children of supportive parents.. ViewPoints 21
Engaging and Preparing Students Hamilton Salsich’s 8th and 9th grade English classes have been renowned, beloved highlights of Pine Point’s middle school experience for over 30 years. You might guess that little would have changed over that time with a veteran teacher presenting a time-honored canon of authors like Shakespeare and Dickens. But Mr. Salsich’s technology-infused classes are nothing like the courses he taught even a decade ago. “I didn’t really get into using technology until about seven years ago,” Mr. Salsich said. “I don’t really know how it happened. I guess it was by accident – somebody happened to mention something about software or a website to me. Somebody mentioned something about blogs. I checked it out and thought I’d give it try.” Mr. Salsich’s classroom is as colorful, warm and inviting as ever. But the front of it features the soft glow of a digital projector with the English teacher standing at a classic, wooden podium holding a Macbook Air computer. Class begins. “We always start with the website,” Mr. Salsich said. “Ritual or routine is really important in my class.” For each grade level Mr. Salsich uses Google’s Blogger tool to create a weblog which is a running record of every class during the school year. The webpage is full of annotations, resources, links to student work and bookmarks. When students enter the classroom they see the blog projected on the screen, and they can refer to the blog after class to review what they have learned. The top post is always a detailed lesson plan for the class that day. Mr. Salsich uses his blogs to organize his lessons and to model careful editing for his students. “It helps having the blog, and knowing that the kids are going to see it,” Mr. Salsich said. “So if I ever come to class with a bad lesson plan they’re going to see it up there. I’ve made some mistakes in lesson plans. In a way, I’m kind of glad about that because I can tell my students, ‘Look, I made a mistake. If I were giving a grade to my lesson plan it would not be an A because I made a single typo – that brings the grade down.’” “The blog helps you in case you need to check the assignment – it makes it easy,” said 9th grader Gaelen Frink ’12. Mr. Salsich’s lessons aren’t merely organized using digital tools – he uses the web to teach writing. April English classes celebrate poetry because it is National Poetry Month. Mr. Salsich begins one class by visiting twitter.com and searches for the hashtag “#pps9eng”. This instantly collects his students’ original Twitter poems, written for homework the night before. He reviews selected submissions, noting clever use of literary devices and inviting students to comment on their peers’ work. “I think the Twitter poems are really fun because they’re interesting and difficult,” said 9th grade student Cassie Seidel ’12. “You have to write exactly 140 characters.”
Then it’s on to a round of April Poetry Madness where students listen to two poems and vote for their favorite. All month long poems compete with each other in a contest that will culminate with an all-school assembly and the crowning of a champion poem for the year. Preliminary rounds are decided in Mr. Salsich’s English classes. Students’ eyes turn to the screen where he clicks on links which launch digital recordings of Mr. Salsich reading each poem. Students seem to sense the care and excitement with which their teacher has prepared these readings along with all his digital resources. “I remember what I felt like when I first started getting into this,” Mr. Salsich said. “It was the same kind of excitement I used to feel as a boy – and still sometimes feel – when I discover something new and cool and something that’s fun to do. Technology has always been something fun – that makes teaching even more fun than it was before. That’s what it’s like for me to discover something new. I’ve got machines here that do all kinds of amazing things.” Mr. Salsich runs a virtually paperless classroom. Each of his students maintains a blog which is the means by which they submit their essays for grading. Students who post their writing aren’t just completing an assignment – they become published authors experiencing the thrill of sharing their work with a wide audience. “There’s a lot of excitement about having your own blog, putting up your own writing,” said Mr. Salsich. “Every so often, during the year, I’ll put up a student’s blog. And then we’ll scroll down through all of their essays. That in itself is really a cool thing. You can see it there, and all your friends can see it. And I tell them, 10 years from now, if you leave it up there, you can look at your blog from 8th or 9th grade.” Mr. Salsich grades each essay by reading his student’s blog. Then he records a screencast of praise, advice, criticism and – at the end – the student’s grade. “Commenting on essays with audio – talking to the students, making a screencast of their essay as it’s on the screen, and then emailing it back to them – that’s been revolutionary,” Mr. Salsich said. “[Students] can click the link, then up comes the student’s essay, and they can hear my voice and watch my cursor highlighting a sentence saying, perhaps, ‘This sentence is not clear.’
Pine Point’s program continues to do what it has since 1948: provide the ViewPoints 22
“I’m surprised that more teachers haven’t gotten into this. It may be that it takes a little more time. It takes me a good 12 minutes now to read an essay first and then talk to the student, whereas before I could have gotten through some essays in seven or eight minutes. It really is an amazing tool.” To adults beyond their schooling years it might seem revolutionary that an English teacher would collect, correct and grade essays with web-based tools. They might think, “If an essay was never printed on paper, did it ever truly exist?” But for Pine Point’s 8th and 9th grade English students there is nothing remarkable about an entirely digital English assignment. Students acknowledge the practical advantages of this curriculum, wondering – whether they say so or not – why anyone would consider conducting class in any other way. “If people want to comment on [our essays] anyone can just highlight a section and comment on it,” said Seidel. Or, perhaps, they might point to the positive environmental impact of digital coursework. “It makes the class almost completely paperless, so that’s cool,” said 9th grader Schyler Davis ‘12. Mr. Salsich’s first Pine Point students from 1978 would certainly recognize some things that haven’t changed in his classroom over the years – he maintains a steadfast emphasis on respect, manners, decency and routine. But today’s lessons feature 21st century tools that engage and prepare students for communicating in today’s world. Along the way, these new digital tools have invigorated a talented, veteran teacher who continues to innovate in his classroom. “About 6 or 7 years ago I actually thought, ‘Maybe I should retire soon,’” Mr. Salsich said. “But I’m so glad I didn’t, because these last six or seven years have just been inspiring because of technology. “If teachers choose not to even explore technology, they’re just missing so much.”
Students who post their writing aren’t just completing an assignment – they become published authors experiencing the thrill of sharing their work with a wide audience.
Jordan Crawford ‘12
The school has an exciting future in technology. Thoughtful planning has ensured that the annual budget features sufficient funds for hardware maintenance and upgrades. This allows teachers and staff to focus on adapting the best software for the program. For example, the school plans to deploy an online gradebook that will allow parents and middle school students to monitor their progress in all their classes in real time. In addition, for the first time, Pine Point plans to codify its tech curriculum to delineate specific skills that are taught at each grade level, including issues of digital citizenship and online ethics. On any typical morning, is there a technology component to the timeless activities you might observe on campus? What about those card-playing students? A teacher might email a thoughtful note to their parents describing their interactions and their game. Students who might be dismayed by the need to dismantle their block city are thrilled because a teacher might take a digital picture of their creation and include it in their news book note on Friday. And the students who were assembling the puzzle, just as children might have done years ago, might not be employing any technology at all to accomplish their task. And that’s just fine. Because for all the curricular changes afforded by technology, Pine Point’s program continues to do what it has since 1948: provide the best tools for the best teachers to deliver the best program for students.
Christopher Hurtgen is Director of Communications in his 17th year at Pine Point. He is responsible for the school’s technology initiatives and website. He teaches 8th grade Geometry and coaches soccer and basketball.
best tools for the best teachers to deliver the best program for students. ViewPoints 23
Endowment Giving Remains Strong The photo of Loring M. Bailey, Jr. â€™59, taken in November 1962 during his junior year at Pomfret, served as the basis of the portrait done of Ring after his death by local artist Foster Caddell. That painting hangs in the Geise Library/Technology Center next to a photo of his parents and his military medals.
Dorothy L. Bailey Fund Enhanced with $110,000 Gift -David C. Hannon, Director of Development
hile Pine Point remains largely dependent on tuition income to operate the School, the success of the Annual Fund and special events like the Snow Ball are crucial to the financial health of the School. In recent years, however, the endowment has emerged as a third source of reliable, and meaningful, revenue. This year, the endowment is providing $73,000 to support the operating budget. In the not-too-distant future, the endowment will be generating in excess of $100,000 to help us offer the very best program we can to this generation of Pine Point students and their talented teachers. In the fall issue of this magazine we reported on the strong success we enjoyed last year with $332,000 in new endowment commitments coming to the School. The great news is that we continue to see substantial gifts being made to the endowment. As of early April, we had received $132,260 in new gifts.
Former Head of School Alan Houghton (right) is shown with Loring and Dorothy Bailey on a mutual visit to Pine Point in 2004. Like the Baileys, Mr. Houghton remained devoted to Pine Point. In 2005, he established The Elizabeth J. Houghton for the Arts to honor his wife. In March, he left a bequest of $10,000 to enhance the fund. His children asked that his name be added to the fund.
Russel T. Miller ‘55
The bulk of those gifts came from the estate of Loring M. Bailey. Last spring, we received an initial bequest of $75,000 from Loring to establish the Dorothy L. Bailey Fund in honor of his wife of 66 years. (Dot taught at Pine Point for ten years in the early days of the School.) At the time, that gift represented the largest bequest in the history of our school. On the second day of school in September, we received a second gift from his estate in the amount of $110,000! What a way to begin the school year. For those of us lucky enough to have known both Loring and Dot, what accompanied the gift was something that stirred real emotion. Throughout her life, Dot carried in her purse a plastic packet of wallet-sized photos of their only son, Loring M. “Ring” Bailey, Jr. ’59. A graduate of Pine Point, Pomfret School, and Trinity College, Ring died in Vietnam on March 15, 1970. There’s Ring’s 1st grade photo and one of him on the beach. In fact, there are photos of him throughout his elementary and middle school years. The Baileys’ attorney informed us that Dot wanted Pine Point to have her cherished photos. Pine Point is also blessed to have a number of individuals who year after year make a gift to a fund that bears the name of a beloved family member or a member of the faculty. When these faithful individuals make their honorary or memorial gift, it means that Frances and Jack Brown, Robbie Campbell ’76, Jules X. Escorcio-Schneider ’86, Andrew Leadbetter ’89, Marshall McKim ’84, Russel Miller ’55, Dick Mitchell, Helen Petty, Cynthia Raymond, and Hugh Huidekoper Toulmin remain closely linked to Pine Point. This year, the funds associated with the aforementioned individuals have been strengthened with gifts totaling $4,150. Sometimes, slow and steady really does win the race. With the addition of these new gifts, and the gains made in the market, the endowment’s value stood at $2.258 million at the end of March.
Robbie Campbell ‘76
As you consider your relationship with Pine Point and what it means to you and your family, please consider making a gift to the endowment. Maybe there’s someone in your life whom you would like to honor by establishing a fund that bears their name, and, in so doing, benefiting Pine Point today and in perpetuity? Maybe you simply want to add to the general endowment? Whatever your inclination, give thought to joining the ranks of those who have made a long-term investment in the future of Pine Point.
Jules Escorcio-Schneider ’86 ViewPoints 25
Pine Point Hosts Snow Ball at Ocean House
Over $120,000 Raised to Support the Construction of Locker Rooms! - David C. Hannon, Director of Development
ver the last eight years the School has undergone a considerable transformation in terms of the campus. In 2004, the School opened a new, 7,500 square-foot Library/Technology Center (later named in honor of former Head of School Paul Geise) and four years later the DeMovick Early Childhood Center was opened. That space encompassed 3,000 square-feet of renovated space and an equal amount of new space for our very youngest students. Those two building initiatives were the priorities for a school focused on creating teaching spaces to better support the demands of our growing program. As we moved through the last decade, however, it was obvious that the changing spaces for our middle school athletes were less than ideal. Actually, that would be putting it nicely. The boys have been using a storage room while the girls have been making do in two converted bathrooms in the vestibule of the Mitchell Building. Over the last several months Pine Point has been going through a process of strategic planning. Early in the fall, the Buildings and Ground Committee, chaired by current trustee and former Pine Point faculty member Alan Banister, identified the locker rooms as a concern that needed to be addressed sooner rather than later. The committee looked at various options. Initially, the best opportunity seemed to lay in
bumping out the south end of the Mitchell Gymnasium. There were drawbacks to that scenario, however, chiefly the loss of parking spaces that are already in short supply, along with what was a considerable expense. In time, it was determined that the MultiPurpose Room was underutilized and provided the path to a real solution. That room, along with the aforementioned boys “locker room,” offered ample square footage to create two new locker rooms complete with 60 lockers in each, as well as benches. Every major school project, be it construction, endowment, or program, benefits when a leadership gift is made. The lead gift not only supplies the requisite financial support, but it inevitably sparks confidence (“Hey, we can do this!”) inspiring others to work, and give, towards its realization. The locker room project was given that boost when current parents Bill and Geraldine Griffin committed $20,000. As well, throughout the fall and winter, Bill played the lead role in working with an architect and contractors to hammer out the details of a project that will cost $75,000. The project has also benefited from the contributions of current parent Tim Desmond. Utilizing the connections he has with his company (Education Works) Tim was able to supply all of the lockers at wholesale, saving the School $6,000!
In recognition of Bill Griffin’s (right) leadership with the project, Head of School Stephen Bennhoff dedicated the #1 locker in his honor.
While Pine Point has seen an increase in enrollment (up 13 students versus last year) there wasn’t a “spare” $55,000 in the operating budget to fund the balance of the locker room costs. How to fill that gap? The same core group that ran the very successful fund-raising effort (An Evening by the Sea) in April 2010 at the Branford House was eager to do it again. Even better, there were new volunteers, chiefly from the parent body, along with a local alumna, who also wanted to play a leading role.
Vivienne Gao ’14, Sierra Beltran ’14, Bella Griscom ’14, Schyler Davis ’12, Cassie Seidel ’12, and Kara Falck ’12
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As we worked our way through the fall and into the early winter the students sensed that something was going to be done with the locker rooms. At a Morning Meeting in January, 8th graders Eliza Griffin ’13 and Brandon Qui ’13 showed off a locker and Mr. Bennhoff explained to the students where the new spaces would be and the intention to have the work completed by mid-summer. During the course of the year the student-run philanthropy committee, GIVE, sponsors a number of Dress Down Days that support a variety of non-profits locally and across the globe. Working with their advisers, Mrs. Scott and Ms. Iacoi, GIVE devoted two Dress Down Days to the locker room project, raising nearly $500 to lend a hand with a project that would directly benefit them and future Pine Point students. Fittingly, on those days, they were encouraged to wear apparel showing off their favorite athletic teams. ViewPoints 28
Chris Wilbur ’13
Quincy Gates-Graceson ’20 and Mrs. Newbery
Nick Timken ’14 and Grant Long ’14
Caroline Ringer ’19 and Diego DelPrado ’19
Chase DiBona ’18, Jamison Rick ’18, Jack Ryan ’18, Thomas Zimbelmann ’18, Caroline Mancini ’18, and Gianni Rotella ’18 Fehme Braish ’15 and John Hall ’13
Claudia Pagnozzi-Schwam ’15, Mallory McArdle ’13, and Madame Hallberg
Mr. DeLapp and Mrs. Davis Mia Perry ’13
Harrison Staley ’12 and John Rick ’12
Jack Hisle ’13
Nicolas Welch ’13 and Inpyo Hong ’12 ViewPoints 29
Everything about the night was done with great class. In fact, the night had barely begun and people were already asking if the next event would be held at the Ocean House! ViewPoints 30
Finding the right place to hold the Snow Ball was at the top of the list for the committee. The hope was that we could do it at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort that offers its guests an exceptional experience in a setting that pays homage to New England’s golden age of hospitality and timeless elegance while at the same time offering superior amenities. With the help and encouragement of current Pine Point grandparents Chuck and Deborah Royce, a date was secured and we were off and running! There’s no doubt that the venue was critically important in attracting 250 people to the party. Everything about the night was done with great class. In fact, the night had barely begun and people were already asking if the next event would be held at the Ocean House! What the committee accomplished in less than four months was nothing short of extraordinary. As the night of February 25th drew closer, it was clear that the Snow Ball had the potential to be a great success for Pine Point. Sponsorship ($24,000) for the event was strong. The range and number (76) of silent and live auction items offered the opportunity for every guest to bid on something while also generating
significant funds. Two days before the event, we were able to officially declare that we were sold out! And after a virtually snowless winter, the 6-7 inches that fell took place the day before the party. Even Mother Nature was cooperating. While it was important that everyone enjoy themselves at the Ocean House, the ultimate purpose was to raise funds to allow us to move forward in building the locker rooms. I’m delighted to report that we more than achieved our financial goal. We needed to raise $75,000 in net income, and we finished the night having raised over $120,000! With the help of 170 individuals, families, and businesses, come September our middle school athletes will be changing and storing their equipment in new locker rooms in the Mitchell Gymnasium. The realization of the locker rooms represents another significant step forward in our commitment to offering the very best facilities we can for our students and their teachers.
Venue ViewPoints 31
Bob Anderson ’84 and Kimberly Fullerton Anderson ’85
With 250 guests in attendance, the energy in the room was palpable and the mix of people (parents, past parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, and community leaders) only added to the good feelings about Pine Point. Every aspect of the Snow Ball–the venue, the food, music, and the auction–came together to make for one of the most memorable evenings in the history of Pine Point. Guests enjoyed a variety of local wines and ales respectively produced by Jonathan Edwards Winery and Cottrell Brewing Company. During the cocktail hour guests were treated to Prosecco provided by Wildwood Liquors while enjoying the musical genius of Robert Petrocelli and Noam Makover ’15. Afterward, current parent Charles Crawford of Ultimate Party Masters had folks up and dancing.
Ashley and Shaun Foley
(All photos by Harvey DeMovick, III ’87 and David Cruthers)
Tom Goebel, Scott Bates, Lisa Tepper Bates, and Mildred Goebel Dionne and Rodney Butler
Heather Gillespie, Julian Gillespie, and Marcy Withington
Ardice and John Perry
Members of the Class of 1987: Adam Wronowski, Kittson Peirce Steinberger, Heather Wright, Angela Kanabis, and Harvey DeMovick
Kimberly Rayner Russell, Ed Russell, Laurie Lisi, and Kevin McDonald Tom and Bert Capalbo
Benefactors One of the keys to success in running a successful special event is to be able to underwrite the fixed costs before you â€œopen the doors.â€? The families, businesses, and groups listed below made it possible through their generosity.
Platinum Level ($5,000+) Geraldine Griffin, Alie Nicholas, and Jennifer Parsons Keith and Karen LaRose
Cross Sound Ferry/The Wronowski Family DeMovick Design and Development Bill and Geraldine Griffin Pine Point School Board of Trustees Sea Research Foundation
Silver Level ($1000) Alan and Patience Banister and Bank Square Books Restaurant Bravo Bravo UBS Lumberyards The Washington Trust Company, Wealth Management ViewPoints 33
Pine Point was blessed to once again have parent and trustee Geraldine Griffin, a senior vice president at Sotheby’s, as a member of the Gala Committee and our auctioneer for the night. Just before the live auction was concluded, Geraldine announced that it was the committee’s intention to sell individual lockers to help complete the project. One of the highlights of the night was when virtually every member of the faculty who was there that night raised their arm and bought a locker, or in a number of cases, multiple lockers! It was an inspiring sight, and a reminder of how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful group of people working with our students every day. Three days after the event the remaining lockers were purchased by other members of the Pine Point family. All 120 lockers were spoken for!
Geraldine Griffin David Hannon and Stephen Bennhoff
Joe Staley and Anna Sokolenko
Harvey and Jeanne DeMovick
Chuck and Kathie Glew with Cathy and Doug Brandt
Chrissy and William Horgan
Beth Abbiati ‘00 and Susan Kozel
Robert Petrocelli and Noam Makover ’15 Ginny and Jason Brown
Dianne Thompson and Enid Ford Harvey ’87 and Susan DeMovick ViewPoints 34
Alison Cameron and Perry Kellogg
Geordie and Cathy Moore
David Steinberger, Kittson Peirce Steinberger ’87, Heather Wright ’87, and Jon Ford
Jennifer Schwindt, Charlie Gill, Linda Goddard, and Marcy Withington
Carla and Bob Petrocelli ’81
“Everything about the affair was delightful. I feel so grateful to be in an environment where so many people care and show their support for the children, faculty and administration. -Melinda Blum, School Psychologist
The Snow Ball Gala Committee
Jane Hannon and Tony Featherston
Gillian Crawford, Helen Roy and Maria Iacoi
Denise and Galan Daukas ‘78
Alex Alpert Susan DeMovick Anne Fix ’76 Ashley Foley Geraldine Griffin David Hannon Morgan Hollenbeck ’96 Chrissy Horgan Angela Kanabis ’87 Jennifer King Debbie O’Brien Jennifer Parsons Carla Petrocelli Jennifer Schwindt Alejandra Welch
David and Nicky Newbery ViewPoints 35
David Schwindt and Enid Ford
Gillian Crawford and Mary Raftery
Josh Parsons, Alie Nicholas, and Galan Daukas ‘78
Kittston Peirce Steinberger ’87 and Julie Wright DelPrado ‘89
“Thank you to everyone for making this project happen. I’m excited that the students at Pine Point will finally have proper changing areas they can feel good about.” - Douglas DeLapp, Athletics Coordinator Alex and Merrick Alpert
Doug DeLapp and Nicky Newbery
Adam ’87 and Jenny Doak, Susan Funk, and Jak Cruthers
Chris Hurtgen, Sue and Will Verhoeff, and Fiona and Chris Hilton
Charley and Perry Kellogg Morgan ‘96 and Doug Hollenbeck ViewPoints 36
Rob Darling and AJ Zimbelmann
DeeDee Buffum, Jim Buffum ‘75, and Andy Griscom ‘75
Page Owen and Steve Brown Lou and Sandy Doboe
Barbara Timken, Julie Abbiati, Kirk Reynolds, and Beth Abbiati
Angela Kanabis ’87, Kevin Rogers, and Carol Kanabis
David and Kathy Rosenberg
Tom and Harriet Lloyd
Kevin Bowdler and Anne Fix ’76
Joann Sullivan, Debbie O’Brien, and Lisa West
Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who made the Snow Ball such a stunning success. A complete list of all donors who supported the Snow Ball will appear in the Annual Report. Penny Vlahos and George Bourganos ViewPoints 37
Paul Connor, 12 Spring Street, Noank, CT 06340, PACNOANK@aol.com
1960 Casey Morgan Peltier, 6807 19th Road N, Arlington, VA 22205-1809, firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks to Casey Morgan Peltier for taking on the role of Class Agent! She reported in January, “My husband Alec and I are volunteering this winter at Whitetail Ski Resort in south central PA. I’m a host and Alec works for the Mountain Safety Team. Great fun!”
A Space Shuttle Legend
1961 Jack Humphreville, 456 South Arden Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90020-4736, Jack@TargetMediaPartners.com Elaine Creasman Penn wrote, “Still languishing away on St. John, glad for looking back on a disaster-free 2011 (remember, this is Hurricane Alley), and still doing my freelance bookkeeping for the St. John Guidebook and Map, a local small construction company, and a local art gallery. Still volunteering with the Love City Pan Dragons (www.pandragons.org), a youth-oriented steel band.”
Alumni Reunion Calling the Classes of 1952-2006! Please join us to renew ties with old friends.
August 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Alicia Z. Russell Memorial Garden. Please RSVP to David Cruthers (email@example.com) or register online! ViewPoints 38
The passing of Alan Houghton prompted a wonderful email from Kip Anderson ’60. A portion of his reflection on Mr. Houghton is presented in the article on Pine Point’s 2nd head of school. In addition, Kip shared with us what he’s been doing going all the way back to when he left Pine Point.
“From Pine Point I went to Fitch Junior High in Groton which was about two miles from the Groton Airport. At 15 I started taking flying lessons. After school I would walk to the airport to take a lesson and then call my mother to drive me home. At 16 I soloed, at 18 received my private pilot’s license, and at 20 got my commercial pilot’s license. After graduation from Fitch High School I attended Kent State University in Ohio and received a BS in aerospace technology and married my high school girlfriend, Barbara. I joined the Air Force and after four years left as a 1st Lieutenant. “Moving back to Noank, I purchased a house, moved it on to a new foundation, and put on an addition. I sold insurance for a year in my dad’s business but decided that was not my calling. I went to work for the Hovermarine Corporation which built hovercraft. They sent me to Titusville, FL to set up an engineering and fabrication facility. Because I designed and installed the air conditioning system and was working on new and
LA Watchdog Over the past five years, Jack Humphreville ’61, who has lived in Los Angeles for the last 28 years, has written about 400 columns for City Watch (www.CityWatchLA.com), an online, twice-a-week publication that focuses on the affairs of the City of Los Angeles and its multitude of diverse neighborhoods. Here, he talks about some of the articles he has written, using his very distinctive voice!
more powerful engines for the craft, I got to travel to England, South America and Africa to service the hovercraft. When that company went out of business in the United States, I moved back to Connecticut and worked for the Yardney Electric Corporation on development of batteries for torpedoes and rockets. “I got a call from one of my fellow workers from Hovermarine, who knew they had an opening for an engineer testing a Navy hovercraft. My family packed up and moved to Panama City, FL to work on the Jeff A Hovercraft. That company lost the follow-on contract to produce the Navy hovercraft so I contacted a friend I had in Titusville who was working on something new called the Space Shuttle Program. “I got the job and packed up the family and moved back to Titusville to work on the Space Shuttle hydraulic system. I worked on the Space Shuttle for all 135 missions. My job as Lead Hydraulic Engineer involved preflight check out, countdown and launch. After landing, we would check out every system reading to prepare that vehicle for its next mission. In 1980 remote testing with computers was new and computers were not as fast or powerful as today’s PCs. All testing was done from the Launch Control Center using computer test programs. Over the years I made many improvements to the testing software and ground support equipment. At the end of the program I was given the honor of being a Space Shuttle Legend. “I have not really retired and presently I am building a Sonex experimental aircraft. It is almost ready to fly, but I keep adding the newest electronics and this slows down production a little. I am hoping for a first flight in the fall of 2012.”
On March 3, 2009, 50.5% voters of the City Los Angeles rejected Measure B, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s pork-laden, $4 billion Solar Energy Plan that was a blatant payback to the union that financed his 2005 election campaign. And on March 8, 2011, 78% of the voters approved the Ratepayers Advocate to oversee the operations, finances, and rates of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), the largest municipally-owned utility in the country. I was one of the major civic activists in these two elections. I wrote the official Opposition Argument against Measure B. I was also the original proponent of the Ratepayers Advocate when I authored my January 4, 2008 City Watch column, “Who Will Represent the DWP Ratepayers?” About half of my articles have focused on our Department of Water and Power – its proposed rate increases for water and power; the public be damned, campaign funding Union Bo$$ Brian d’Arcy who has extracted exorbitant wage increases through brute political power; and the continuing efforts of City Hall to pilfer DWP’s treasury. I’ve also been instrumental in scuttling other abuses, such as the proposed boneheaded sale of the City’s parking garages to fund everyday operating expenses, and the Cesspool on Vine, a city-subsidized Hollywood office building being proposed by an undercapitalized and ethically challenged developer. Even though I’m not a Dodgers fan, I also took a major league disliking to The Boston Parking Lot Attendant (aka Boston Frankie McCourt), the new owner of the Dodgers who looted the team for almost $200 million to support the over-the-top lifestyle of his family, including Princess Jamie, his ex-wife. [Editor’s note: McCourt agreed to sell the team in March.] I’m now focusing on the City’s battle to remain solvent. My solution is a charter amendment that would force the City to “Live Within Its Means” by requiring the City’s fiscally irresponsible Elected Elite to develop and adhere to a five year financial plan that calls for multiyear budgeting, the funding of the City’s two pension plans that are $10 billion underwater, and the repair and maintenance of the City’s deteriorating infrastructure, including its lunar-cratered streets. For all Angelenos, let’s hope “Live Within Its Means” makes it to the ballot.
Michael Petty, 1007 McCeney Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Hemond, 81 Silas Deane Road, Ledyard, CT 06339, email@example.com
A Passion for Lewis and Clark
Starr White Snead, 1359 North Edgewater Drive, Charleston, SC 29407, 1stStarr@bellsouth.net
1967 Lea Jewett, 227 Vauxhall Street, New London, CT 06320, firstname.lastname@example.org Diane Corwin Seltzer, 4 Windover Turn, Westerly, RI 02891-4407, email@example.com
1968 Ellen Humphreville McGuire, 203 Glenwood Avenue, New London, CT 06320, Pigel@ct.metrocast.net
Michael Petty ’64 came back to Pine Point to speak to the entire 8th grade on one of his passions – the journey of Lewis and Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase in 1804-06. Michael is President of the Washington, DC chapter of the Lewis and Clark Society, and teaches at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. During the bicentennial of their trek, Michael retraced their entire route over four summers, encountering many Lewis and Clark re-enactors as he traveled. He told the students that the feelings of Native Americans whom he met bordered on ambivalence when he asked them their feelings about the explorers. Many felt that if it hadn’t been Lewis and Clark, it would have been someone else. One Native American told him that “we don’t celebrate Lewis and Clark, we commemorate them; we remember them.” Michael also focused on Sacagawea, who, at the age of 16, joined the expedition along with her husband. He was a French trapper who knew some English, so Sacagawea acted as a translator between the Americans and the Natives. She also acted as a scout. When the party reached the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, they were expecting to see the Pacific Ocean. Instead, more mountains stretched before them. But Sacagawea’s knowledge of the area helped guide the explorers through safely. Michael told the students that there are more statues of Sacagawea in the United States than any other woman. After some well-informed questions were asked, the students headed off to their next class, and Michael had time for a photo with his sister, Barbara Petty Heuer ’60, who also attended the talk.
Ellen Humphreville McGuire ’68 reported in the last issue of ViewPoints that her eldest son, Jamie ’94, had become the proud father of a son, Jeffrey. Here she is last July holding her first grandchild!
Eliza and Stephen Gray moved across country from New Hampshire to California, and it seems like it’s Pine Point West! Steve has taken a job with Vantage Point Capital Partners in San Bruno, CA. Consequently, they relocated to Half Moon Bay. Both their children live in San Francisco. They were recently visited by Harry Orenstein, who informs us that his son, Spencer, is engaged to Maggie Darver of Dallas. They will live in Dallas and Spencer will continue to work in the meat packing industry. Harry writes that his oldest son, Nicholas, created an app called Just Science that illustrates the climate changes which are occurring. As well, the Grays hosted Joan Morgan for Thanksgiving. Joan said, “We had a great time walking the dogs on the beach and seeing their daughters who both live in the area. The only hazards are stray golf balls zipping onto the deck from the fairway next door!”
1969 David Smith, 30 Spruce Street, Westerly, RI 02891, firstname.lastname@example.org Blunt White left People’s United Bank to work for Chelsea Groton Bank where he continues as a commercial loan officer. He recently co-hosted a fundraising event for Chris Coutu, a Republican candidate for Congress.
Dignity, Adventure, and Discovery Alan Houghton’s passing in December prompted Sheila Keliher Walsh ’68 to contact Pine Point. Over the years, she had been keeping up with Pine Point through her classmate, Joan Morgan ’68.
“I was only at Pine Point for three years (64-67). My father was in the Navy and I had been moved from one school to another every two years. I was dyslexic. So when I came to Pine Point, I was a kid who, in sixth grade, could only read on a second grade level and couldn’t tell time. Math to me was nothing more than the odious times table. In those three years, thanks to Mr. Houghton, I went from being an F student to becoming a straight A student. I learned to read like the wind. He stuck with me. He never said ‘she can’t do the work.’ I cherish my memories of Pine Point and the atmosphere that he created. I feel that I owe my life to him. He gave me back a sense of dignity. For me, Mr. Houghton took the shame out of learning and struggling, and brought a sense of gleeful adventure into discovering.” Kiki, as she was known to her classmates, has gone on to a distinguished career both as an actress and playwright. She went to Boston University’s School of Theatre and lived in New York where she acted on and off Broadway while marrying and raising two sons. While she has continued to act (most recently on the FX show, Nip/Tuck), her writing skills garnered her most recent play, Year of the Rabbit, the 2011 Kentucky Women’s Writers Conference’s first Prize for Women Playwrights, written under her stage name, Keliher Walsh. In her script, Afghanistan and Vietnam serve as the backdrop for the collision of race, marriage and motherhood when two fighter pilots fall in love. In a series of email exchanges with Pine Point, she said she had seen Kate MacCluggage ’97 when she acted on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, praising her work, without knowing that Kate was also a Pine Point alumna!
1970 Kassy White, 42 Centre Street, Dover, MA 02030, KassyWhite@aol.com Ken Kitchings and his wife, Chris, have reopened the Old Lyme Inn after purchasing it in 2011 and doing some major renovations. They have brought in a chef who formerly worked for Todd English’s Tuscan restaurant at Mohegan Sun. Ken is also preparing a room for his passion (jazz) that would hold about 70 people for intimate concerts. Ken also continues to promote jazz concerts at the Oasis Room in the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Lizanne Johnson was named 2011 Teacher of the Year at S.B. Butler School in Mystic. Regarding the award, she wrote, “I was privileged to be honored. The teachers nominate and vote for candidates that we feel reflect the teaching profession in a positive light both in and out of the classroom. I seem to spend many hours here preparing for my students’ diverse needs. I was humbled to be so honored.”
1973 Cynthia Stein Therrien, 47 Paag Circle, Little Silver, NJ 07739-1738, Therriens@Comcast.net John Groton writes, “I have joined a well-established digital production services company, Innodata, to grow their business with independent book publishers. The principal service includes conversion of print books to the many eBook formats available, managing those files, and delivering them to customers such as Apple, Amazon, Sony, Kobo, Google and Barnes & Noble. It is a 24-year-old business listed on the NASDAQ; among its many achievements include the conversion of over 1.2 million books from print to digital.”
1974 Sharon Butler, 2603 O Street NW, #4, Washington, DC 20007, email@example.com
1976 Cindy Jason Sullivan, P.O. Box 90, Higganum, CT 064410090, firstname.lastname@example.org
1977 Betsy Trimble, 3 Heron Road, Mystic, CT 06355, IETrimble@sbcglobal.net Chris Selden is a consultant for Bank of America. “As a Design Team Lead I gather technical and business requirements for a project and then complete the design documents, including the various requirements spreadsheets and Visio drawings. I also coordinate teleconferences discussing and finalizing said requirements, and work with the delivery teams during implementation.”
1978 Chris Knisley, 175 Beech Street, Wrentham, MA 02093, email@example.com Diedre Lawrence continues as an attorney at Rubin and Rudman in Boston, focusing on energy, telecommunications, litigation, as well as labor and employment law.
1979 Meredith Jason, 6130 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20015, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Marshall, 63 Duck Cove Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852-6240, email@example.com
Lauren Edelstein Park, 1519 5th Street, Boulder, CO 80302, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Hallberg is working for Indian Health Service at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, NM. ViewPoints 41
Greg Lawrence ’81 has changed law firms, but is still focused on energy issues. “In January 2011, the energy and commodities advisory group that I helped start in 2000 moved from McDermott Will & Emery, a Chicago-based firm, to Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, a Wall Street firm. Thirty plus attorneys, as well as other non-attorney professionals and staff moved, so it was a pretty successful undertaking. After 11 years at one law firm, it is interesting to meet new folks and try to figure out new telephones and computer systems! I still work in the Boston-area (home office in Brookline), and keep an office in New York and DC, so some east coast travel and then to Houston occasionally. I continue to develop renewable generation (mainly wind and solar) while, in a different part of my practice, defend commodity traders and trading companies accused of manipulation and fraud by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. My family is great and a joy – nothing but entertainment with my six-year-old son (Cooper), soon-to-be nine-year-old daughter (Fiona), and of course ageless wife (Katie). We are together a lot when I emerge from my home office. Skating, skiing, swim team and tennis this past winter, with some rocket launching and other high-jinx mixed in, and looking forward to more sailing out of Marblehead harbor on Althea and other outdoor activities this summer and fall. Oh, and a new puppy joined us in early January – little Lucy! See her picture – a star!”
1982 Dan Wood, 156 Ludlow Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10002, email@example.com
Dan Wood ’82 (right) and his wife, Amale Andraos, proudly show off their child, Ayah, who turned two in April. Dan and Amale continue with their architectural firm, WORKac, in New York City. Recent projects of theirs include the winning competition entry for a new cultural center on New Holland Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia; a museum extension for the Blaffer Museum, Houston; a branch library for Kew Gardens Hills in Queens; and the first Edible Schoolyard New York City with chef Alice Waters.
1983 Karen Church, 1951 Canyon Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068, firstname.lastname@example.org Thorr Bjorn continues as athletic director at the University of Rhode Island. He’s had a busy spring, particularly since URI was a host site for some of the early games in the women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament including two rounds of games featuring the UConn Huskies at the Ryan Center.
1984 Bob Anderson, The Dormers, 3 Everett Avenue, Watch Hill, RI 02891, email@example.com
1985 Amy Leadbetter Higgs, 87 Fernbank Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Moore reported: “Things are good out here – I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor this year at California Polytechnic State, and am working on a series of essays (maybe a book?) on the connections between Buddhism and Western political theory. Hope all remains well in 2012. I think of Pine Point fondly (especially as my kids get closer to school age and we’re looking at our less-than-inspiring local options).” Jaimie Salsich teaches 8th grade English at Plainfield (CT) Central Middle School and has two children, Noah, 8, and Ava, 5. His brother, Luke, is Project Manager, Division of Marketing and Communications, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is the dad of Joshua Michael, who turns 6 this June.
1986 Elaine Anderson, 42 South Street, Middlebury, VT 05753-1316, email@example.com When the earthquake hit the eastern seaboard last summer, we asked people through the Pine Point Facebook page if anyone had felt it. One person who answered was Ian Preuss, who was working with the Anne Arundel Co. MD Trails Division. “I was in a left hand turn lane in Severna Park (just a ViewPoints 42
bit north of Annapolis) when a strong aftershock arrived that felt like the street underneath was powerfully jolted to the right and then back to center. A transit bus next to me was rocking about pretty well. When I lived in Marin Co., CA way back when, experiencing strong tremors was quite common. Yesterday’s tremor here on the east coast will challenge us to learn all about the fault line system underneath us.”
1990 Vanessa Oat Ghantous and her husband, Sami, are still on Maui with Max, 11, and Tallulah, almost 7, who attend a tiny private school called ROOTS, that she says reminds her a little of Pine Point. They had a foster baby since Christmas, but will return him to his family later this spring. She is the bench coach for the Maui Roller Girls and travels with the team to various tournaments.
Ratna Bindra, 7 Pond View Lane, Ossining, NY 10562-1961, firstname.lastname@example.org Heather Wright, 132 Irving Avenue, Providence, RI 02906-4510, email@example.com
1988 Erica Eppinger Fox, 65 Montauk Avenue, Stonington, CT 06378, firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Salsich (or Jonah as he is known by some) teaches 3rd grade at Deans Mill School in Stonington.
1989 Meredith Michaud Hargus, 140 Castle Hill Road, Pawcatuck, CT 06379, Meredith.Michaud@gmail.com
Alumni Reunion Calling the Classes of 1952-2006! Please join us to renew ties with old friends.
August 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Alicia Z. Russell Memorial Garden. Please RSVP to David Cruthers (email@example.com) or register online!
Priscilla Griscom-Porter (left) came to cheer on her two sons at the Alumni Field Hockey and Soccer games in October. She stands next to Ellery ’85. Liam ’13 and his dad, Andy ’75, are in front of Ellery’s son, Maclan ’22.
Sarah Pinto ’85 sent along this great picture of her family. She wrote, “PPS gave me such a strong foundation, such a well-rounded experience. I am convinced it affects and effects a lot of what I do every day. I am a real estate attorney in northern Vermont (Burlington area). I graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2000 and have been up in Vermont ever since. I do enjoy the trade-off of less money for a higher quality of life (I believe). I am home from work in 20 minutes, assuming I don’t get behind a tractor, living in Westford, back-country skiing in the woods behind my house. My husband, Trevor Ainsworth, sells real estate in the Watch Hill area, sharing office space with Harvey DeMovick ’87, and he also plays music with my old classmate, Toby Kniffin. It’s quite a commute for him once a month, but the return on selling one house in Watch Hill tends to be better than that on any given five houses in Vermont. Trevor and I have a son, Patrick, and once the law practice takes off and Trev is a real estate tycoon, I hope to have Patrick in the Class of 2026.”
Annie Salsich ’90 sent this photo of Louis Phipps, son of Annie and her husband Gabriel Phipps. Annie is the Director of the Center on Youth Justice (CYJ) at Vera Institute of Justice in New York City. CYJ works with government to make juvenile justice systems equitable in policy and practice for youth, families, and communities. CYJ staff aim to reduce bias in juvenile justice systems, expand the use of community-based services, divert youth who may be more effectively served by other resources, and advance public safety. Before joining Vera, Annie was a program director of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut, and, prior to that, a case manager for pregnant and parenting teens.
1991 Sarah Whitford, 121 Deepwood Drive, Portland, ME 04103, firstname.lastname@example.org We were saddened to hear of the passing of Sam Fankhauser in 2011 of unknown causes. Sarah Whitford had a great time at the reunion this summer with her husband, Sean and new daughter, Abigail. “It was so nice to see the other classmates from our class who were able to make it to celebrate our 20th (!) reunion.” Alex Johnstone Wood had her “third (and final!) child this past fall. Finley Kate Wood was born October 4, 2011. Life is nuts with three.”
1992 Zach Oat, 214 Haviland Drive, Patterson, NY, 12563-1326, email@example.com Zach Oat reports, “I am working at Diamond Select Toys as their marketing supervisor, overseeing communications and social media. I work out of New York City and my home office upstate. My wife Melissa is a full-time caregiver to our full-time daughter Hazel, and we have a son due in July!”
Dan Leech ’88 carries his daughter, Autumn, like a football in the midst of Patriots fever this past winter. From the appearance, Dan and his wife, Sara, are raising a Patriots fan in San Diego!
Please Join Us Saturday, June 9, at 10:00 am for the graduation of the Class of 2012 This year’s commencement speaker will be Noah Bean ’93, a New York-based actor and Mystic native. We especially encourage the Class of 1993 to turn out to greet their classmate! ViewPoints 43
Threading through the Cla 1993 Elizabeth Seltzer, 900 State Street, New Haven, CT 06511-3921, firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth Seltzer started a thread back in the late spring of 2011 through Facebook, to find out what her classmates were up to. She got a great response! (Class Agents on Facebook – take note and try it yourselves!) It came to our attention through Marnie McKay, and Elizabeth shared it with us. We reached out to each respondent and filled in the gaps for a few of them, but, for the most part, this was the exchange that took place over a few weeks last year. (We did blow the photos up a bit more than the normal Facebook size, so it would be clear to see everyone but left the rest unedited, to capture the sometimes quirky Facebook style.) Just for the record, Elizabeth explained that Zeeb, or ZB, was her nickname growing up, and it followed her to Pine Point. “My brother Jono [’95] could not say Elizabeth when he was little so it stuck at PPS.” Elizabeth Seltzer
May 31, 2011
Hi All-Ok I am feeling guilty...not only because I am the “class agent”, and that my mom is still (yes still) a teacher at Pine Point but also because I just received the latest PPS class notes in the mail and there are virtually no updates on our class. I have been less than stellar at providing updates. If you could, please send me a quick update on what everyone is up to...photos would be great as well. Please send to email@example.com. Hope everyone is well. Zeeb! Amelia Lord
May 31, 2011
I’m married. With child (that means I have a child, not that I’m pregnant). Soon to be living in New London, but at this moment live about a mile and a half (as the crow flies) from pps. I’m looking for commercial kitchen space to expand an organic soup and whole grain muffin business. Yup. Hope everyone is doing well! Molly Agnew
May 31, 2011
Hey Elizabeth! Yeah our class is the worst! we hardly ever have updates..ha! I’m good. Just finished graduate school (film and animation at RIT) and currently on the job hunt. My son Liam just turned 8 and is fantastic. That’s about that-how are you? Marnie McKay
May 31, 2011
Hi all, Well, we are going to read them before we receive ViewPoints and who ELSE would want to read them? I’m doing well. I live in Florence, Mass. with my roommate. I have a part time job doing child care. Has anyone heard from Kate de Kay? Amelia, I would be happy to be one of your customers. I run into your mom from time to time. She seems well. How is everyone? Take care, Marnie Alexandra Oat
June 1, 2011
Hi ZB, Nice to see you trying to get on top of things ;) I’m still living in San Diego being a photographer and doing graphic design. I started my own business 8 years ago after I apprenticed under another photographer on Maui, HI. I photograph mainly weddings, portraits, and kiddos. I love my job and feel so lucky that I can do it for a living! I also coach lacrosse at a local high school. My family wants me to move back to the East Coast, which may happen one day... It’s just so hard to leave the year round sunny 70’s weather in San Diego! (side note:
Molly- I was thinking about you the other day and your schooling.... well your animation. I have a little project in the works and need some help with illustrations. Not sure if you do that... but on a funny side to this, the project reminds me of our beloved “twinkle and boo” days! Please send me your email so I can let you know what I’m talking about! And see if you’re interested.) Hope everyone else is doing well! I like hearing the updates from you all this way :) xoxoxo alex Amelia Lord
June 1, 2011
Hey, this is fun! My husband and I are finishing renovating our house and sort out some things with our rental property/new home. How I long to return to my tureen! I ran into Kate deKay’s mum a year or two ago and I believe (I have a faulty memory tho so don’t take my word for it) Kate is living in Chicago? Doing something interesting and very important sounding in finance? With a husband and small child? I’m pretty sure that’s what Mrs. deKay said. Take care all! Amelia Lord
June 1, 2011
oh, Alex, I have seen some of the photos you post on Facebook and they are stunning. Gorgeous beyond belief. I remember the ones from Emily’s wedding and they were just incredible. Nice work, my dear. Congratulations on having found something that you so obviously do with excellence. :) Molly Agnew
June 2, 2011
It’s so great to hear all of your voices.. Amelia I love soup.. Marnie, I think Amelia’s right—I think Kate is in Chicago, finance for the opera? That’s what I heard through the grapevine but that was awhile ago..I keep forgetting that “enter” means done to FB now.. anyway I wasn’t quite done.. Alex, I would love to help! Write me anytime with details (the rest of you are welcome to drop me a line as well) firstname.lastname@example.org.. Twinkle and Boo still dear to my heart! And be careful moving east once you move back it’s hard to get back out! ;) Marnie McKay
June 2, 2011
Hi Alex, I have to second Molly. I would love to see you, but once you’re back, you’re back. When my plane landed for an interview in New Hampshire, I knew I was leaving Pittsburgh for good. Of course, some would point out that Pgh is hardly San Diego, but I did like it. The rent was cheaper, for one and they had Ceili dancing down the street. I would almost return just for that. Thanks for the updates about Kate. Katie Martineau Caron
June 2, 2011
Hello Everyone! ZB thanks for getting us communicating! I have a couple of big things that have happened in my life the last 2 weeks. I had a baby last week on May 25, named Zoe Martha Caron. She looks a lot like her daddy Kevin. I also have an installation which I just installed at the Denver Art Museum which opens next Friday! I’ve been pretty busy, but now enjoying time at home with baby girl. I am a full time Professor at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design teaching sculpture and ceramics. For my work at the Denver Art Museum I made hundreds of luminescent porcelain forms. I live between
ss of 1993
Hi All, It’s good to see everyone is doing well. I spent most of my 20’s trying to be a professional musician, and, then about 4 years ago, things went south with my bands label. I now work at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. I’m the IT manager/database admin and I coordinate the interns and fellows for our summer conferences. During the summer, The O’Neill is a developmental theater where playwrights come through an open submission process to work on their plays before going into full production, and a lot of the shows that start here end up on Broadway. In the fall and spring, we are a college campus where students come for an intensive (7 days a week, 12 hours a day) conservatory style semester of theater training instead of spending a semester abroad. It’s a pretty awesome place to work. I still play music here and there, and I try to travel as much as possible. I’m thinking about moving to Austin or Portland next year for a change of scenery, but am still undecided. I hope we can make a reunion happen; it would be great to catch up with all of you in person.
Denver and Boulder, in a town called Lafayette, CO. We should have a PPS reunion for just our class over the winter break... although with the baby now, not sure I want to fly. I would LOVE to see you all!! xo, Katie, aka Ducky Molly, I also do a lot of stop-motion animation!!! Would love to see your work. Meghan Mazour Hof
June 2, 2011
So nice to hear from everyone! Brings back happy memories of my year at Pine Point with all of you. After 6 years in Bozeman, Montana. I just moved to Golden, CO (right near you Katie-I can’t wait to see your installation at the Denver Art Museum-how exciting!). My husband got a job down here so we moved down with our 21 month old and our 2 month old daughters and I moved my photography business (Gathering Light Photography) down here too- like Alex I shoot mostly weddings and portraits and love it and Alex and I have even talked about partnering up some- she was supposed to come to Montana to shoot a wedding for me this summer but the wedding was canceled. . . anyway. Life is good and busy and happy on my end and I’m so happy to hear from all of you about all the interesting ways life is taking you. Kenyon Murphy
June 4, 2011
Wow ZB, look what you started! As for me, I went to Tabor after PPS, then on to Trinity in Hartford where I studied, played football and such. I finished an MBA in 2008 where I studied Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management in France, China, S. Korea, and the US. I’m now working on completing a PMP degree. I work at Code 34 at NUWC in Newport, RI for an acquisition agent, dealing primarily with submarine imaging equipment. Exciting stuff. I got married in 2009 to my wife Karen, who is a PA for the Atlantic Medical Group (AMG). We own a house in Westerly, RI. No kids yet but they are in the Project plan. I still play some music on the side, and have a few guitar students. That’s it for me! Thanks for getting this chain going, it’s nice to hear from everyone! Emilie Di Mario
June 20, 2011
Hi, It’s so nice to hear how everyone is and you’re all doing so well. I lived in Rome, Italy for about 5 years, where I met my husband and in 06 we moved to NYC. It was great but we moved out of the city a year ago to a town called Rye. I really like it here although we’re hoping to move back to Europe somewhere sometime over the next year. We have an almost 11month old. Her name is Lavinia and she is the apple of my eye. I look forward to a PPS reunion. Let’s plan it!
June 30, 2011
Since this thread went through, some of these folks have sent updates. Alex Oat, for example, has become a mother. “I am still a photographer & graphic designer in San Diego, and just recently started a children’s photography company with a friend of mine from URI, tinyelephantsphoto.com. We both are from the east coast so plan to shoot in San Diego & on the east coast when we go home. Lastly I got the best Christmas present this year with the birth of my son, Jackson West Dunlop, born a bit sooner than his due date (12/26/11) on 12/15/11! He is a healthy addition to my life & family!” Emilie Di Mario wrote in January that Lavinia was 18 months, and that although she and her husband, Alfredo Ammendola, would like to move back to Europe someday, “We really like living in Rye.” Kenyon Murphy also wrote in January. “Karen and I are expecting our first child, a boy! Due May 29th. We’re very excited. I might have mentioned that Karen was, at the time, working for Atlantic Medical Group as a PA, but since then she and Dr. Stefana Pecher started an independent family medical practice in the Holly Green Plaza in North Stonington, CT.” Katie Martineau Caron wrote, “I have a website: www.katiecaron.com which shows all the images from the installation at the Denver Art Museum. I love PPS!” Molly Agnew also got in touch. “Liam will be 9 in May. I graduated last January from Rochester Institute of Technology with an MFA in Film and Animation. Since graduation my husband, Keith Young, Liam, and I have been back in Connecticut helping my folks with their business, living on their farm in North Stonington, doing freelance design/animation work from home, being a mom and trying to make time for my own creative pursuits. Not enough time in the day! Thanks again for helping the Class of ‘93 get back into ViewPoints. We really have never been much of a presence in the magazine, but I know we all loved Pine Point and still hold our experiences there very dear.” Then, of course, there’s Elizabeth Seltzer herself! “I am still with Amplitude Marketing Group in Newtown, CT, and living in New Haven. I am going on my tenth year and was recently promoted to Executive Vice President of Experiential Marketing.”
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1994 Sarah Banister ’94 and Nicholas Todd got married on July 22nd in East Madison, NH. She reports, “The ceremony and reception were on the edge of the lake where Nick (and my brother) grew up going to camp. It was a fabulous event with many wonderful friends and family in attendance. “Immediately after the wedding, Nick and I moved to Bangalore, India for four months so Nick could pursue a collaboration with the India Institute of Science to continue his research with MRI machines. After four months in India, I spent a month in Nepal, visiting with friends, catching up with staff at the dZi Foundation (the organization I have previously volunteered with while in Nepal), and guiding a small trek in the Everest region. “We are now back in Salt Lake City where Nick continues to do cancer research at the University of Utah. I am teaching second grade at a public school which has a very high population of Bhutanese (ethnic Nepalis) refugees. Both in and out of school, I work closely with the Bhutanese refugee population which is a perfect complement to the many years and deep connections that I have to Nepal.”
Kate Murphy Gardner, 1460 Church Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, email@example.com
1995 Jamie Larkin and Allie Hogan were married in June in Palm Beach. They live in New York City and regularly visit Stonington. Ash Oat is an art director at Story Worldwide, an advertising agency based in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn and has recently returned to drawing and painting.
1996 Heather Honiss Salsich, 22 Orchard Terrace, Arlington, MA 02474, firstname.lastname@example.org Bridgette Barres Cahill and her husband, Chad, have been busy chasing their little Colton around who is described as a very curious, little two yearold. “He is non-stop energy, covering a lot of square footage in a matter of seconds. He started preschool and is thriving, chattering a mile a minute, singing, making lots of buddies, and is always happy.” Joanna Douglas writes, “Last year I was promoted to Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor at Yahoo! Shine, which is currently the largest women’s site on the web. Recently my articles have been cited by big outlets like Time magazine and the Anderson Cooper show. Still loving NYC and living in Soho with my boyfriend.” Heather Honiss Salsich reports, “At the end of the summer I was offered a tremendous opportunity to switch careers at the Fed. I transferred from Research to the Information Technology department, where I was promoted to Senior Business Analyst. I work on a variety of different types of IT-related projects and initiatives ranging from our intranet to developing mobile applications. As part of my new role, I’m increasingly involved in usability, which basically means making products and systems easier to use and matching them more closely to user needs and requirements. I just completed all the coursework toward achieving my Certified Usability Analyst designation, and will be taking the exam around the time the next ViewPoints is published. I’m also finishing up the Bank’s Emerging Talent program, so between all that, and Jamie finishing up his master’s degree, it’s been a very busy fall and winter so far!” Zach Stanley is engaged to Jessica DiMartino!
Kate Murphy Gardner ’94 sent along this wonderful photo celebrating her daughter Bessie’s first birthday, at their home in Washington, DC. Her mother, Katherine Hoxsie, came down from Stonington to join in the festivities. Kate’s husband and Bessie’s dad, Bryant Gardner, rounds out the happy scene.
Abbey Holstein ’94 is in charge of Guest Relations at Seaport Marine. She coordinates what regular customers and visiting guests need, i.e. dock space, etc. She and her family hosted a Pine Point admissions social in September. Since we showed a picture of Ellen Humphreville McGuire ‘68 with her grandson, Jeffrey, it’s only appropriate to also show his proud papa−Jamie McGuire ‘94.
1997 Kate MacCluggage, 16 Park Avenue, Apartment 15C, New York, NY 10016, email@example.com Alicia Banister wrote from a wintry Colorado. “All is well in Boulder – the snow has finally arrived in the mountains making for some great skiing, and 50s and sunny in town. I’m spoiled. My massage practice is going great and I’ll be integrating Cranio Sacral Therapy into it once I finish my two-year training in April. I loved getting to catch up with Maggie Dey, Dugan TillmanBrown, Becky Castle, Megan McKay, Kate MacCluggage, and James Dixon over Christmas!” Speaking of Maggie, she is doing well. She lives in Dorchester and works for a distributor selling wine to restaurants in Boston and parts of Cambridge. She sends her greetings to all. And as for Kate, she starred in a production of Bell, Book, and Candle that played in New Haven at the Long Wharf Theater and Hartford at the Hartford Stage Company in the spring.
1998 Tiffany Barres Foley, 2310 Rock Street, #6, Mountain View, CA 94043, firstname.lastname@example.org Gillian Sulick Janus, 97 Hancock Street, Apt. 2, Cambridge, MA 02139, email@example.com Scott Smith ’97 and his wife, Meghan, welcomed Violet Christine Smith on January 18th. Scott continues teaching at The Groton School.
Kalin Bellichi wrote in January: “I am close to completing my Generalist Entry Masters in Nursing at Rush University, which is associated with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Can’t wait to be done! And I definitely miss New England. I was home for the holiday and it was amazing, as always.” Tiffany Barres Foley and her husband, David, had a daughter, Whitney, in August and continue to be involved in their ministry in California. She is also mother to Noah, 3, and Marshall, 2, and is adjusting to being a mother to three under the age of four. With a growing family comes the need for more space, and the Foleys have moved into a larger home with a great yard for play! Jesse Shaw is living in Manhattan and working for Turner Broadcasting as an Account Executive on the Digital/New Media sales team. He loves living and working in New York City, but also loves the fact that it’s easy to get back to CT and RI during the summer!
There’s a familiar face in the United Chambers of Southern Rhode Island’s first ever 40 Under 40 this year, and that’s Brendan Gouin ’98! The Chambers honored 40 individuals in southern RI who are under the age of 40. Brendan explains why he was chosen for this honor. “I was selected for the award for my participation in an event called Dentistry from the Heart. This is a day where the Arrowhead Dental team and I provide free dental care to people in need. Together we have served nearly 400 people and provided over $150,000 worth of free dentistry. I am looking forward to our next Dentistry from the Heart in August.” Being a dentist doesn’t get in Brendan’s way of pursuing his favorite winter activity. “This winter I focused on snowboarding and snowboard film making. These days I am usually the person behind the camera lens so I was lucky to have someone take this photo of me at Mt. Snow.”
Alumni Reunion Calling the Classes of 1952-2006! Please join us to renew ties with old friends.
August 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Alicia Z. Russell Memorial Garden. Please RSVP to David Cruthers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or register online!
Ben Williams ’98 reports, “Life has been good for me in my tenth year in D.C. I feel very lucky. In the spring of 2011, my final research paper (concerning the ethics of a Gattaca-like reproductive medical procedure) was published, and I graduated from GW Law. I passed the bar exams in New York and Massachusetts and was able to travel for a few months before work, visiting India, Peru, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, and the UK. I traveled without others for many weeks, but was never alone; I took a cue from my father (who talks to pretty much every stranger he meets!) and consequently made many new friends. In November, I joined the DC office of law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as an associate. I concentrate on telecommunications and internet privacy law. It has been an exhilarating year, and I’m very mindful of how my family (including Pine Point!) helped me get to where I am; I hope I can visit soon to say thanks!”
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Co-Chairs David Banister â€™91 and Zach Stanley â€˜96 welcomed a great group of Pine Pointers to the second Boston Alumni Reunion in mid-February at the Union Oyster House. Classes from 1962 to 2004 were represented. We were joined by alumni of The Williams School. A great time was had by all!
Head of School Stephen Bennhoff introduced himself to John Anderson '63 and George Chimento '62. John and George hadn't seen each other since 8th grade!
History teacher Gary Williams, Art Department Chair Jeannie Williams, Gillian Sulick Janus '98 and her mom, sixth grade teacher Carol Roper
Co-Chairs Zach Stanley '96 and David Banister '91 were pleased with the turnout!
Sybil Williams '71 and Williams alumna Margaret Holland
Mr. Williams and David Banister '91
Zach Stanley '96 and Tara Trombino '97
Williams Head of School Mark Fader, Pine Point Board Vice President Susan Funk, Lower School Head Susan Kozel, Davis Knox '04, Nate Funk '04, and David Hannon
Director of Development David Hannon, Williams Assistant Head of School (and current Pine Point parent) Chris Benbow, Williams Director of Development Ellen Spring, Head of School Stephen Bennhoff, and Williams Head of School Mark Fader await the alumni!
Zach Stanley '96 and his fiancĂŠe, Jessica DiMartino
Morgan Gager '94 (center) with his wife Cris Varejao (left) and Ms. Roper
Eric Blum '03, Mr. Bennhoff, Ms. Kozel, Jessica Williams '01, and Ryan Mooney '03
Fourth grade teacher Judy Christoffersen and Susan Kozel ViewPoints 49
1999 Tiana Baker, 45 Auburn Street, Apt. 4, Framingham, MA 01701-4849, email@example.com Eliza Gager’s last ViewPoints was returned, so we reached out through Facebook to find out what’s going on. She wrote back, “I graduated from the Creative Circus (a completely legitimate and accredited academic institution, I swear) in December; however, Atlanta was having some beautiful weather in January and February, so I decided to stick around (in addition to tanning, I was finishing my portfolio, designing and coding my website and helping friends with art for direct ad campaigns). In mid-April, I made the big move to Boston to work as an intern with an ad agency there. I stuck out Boston’s less-thanstellar weather until mid-June when I was offered a full-time position with an agency called Momentum in NeYork. I now work as a Junior Art Director for American Express OPEN and Subway (among other clients). It’s strange to be back in New York, but I am loving my job, so that makes it easier. Plus, I like being so close to home. It means that I get to do fun things like be a bridesmaid in Elizabeth Jordan’s wedding!”
taken a course to be a medical coder to find a steady job in that field. Nick Capalbo married Ryanna McFadden in Lincoln, NE in August. They honeymooned on the island of St. Lucia. Nick and Ryanna have returned to their respective law firms, Capalbo, Capalbo & Hartford in Westerly, and Mitson Law Associates in Woonsocket. Nick wrote on his Annual Fund envelope: “I carry my experiences at Pine Point with me every day. Pine Point has laid an exceptional foundation for my siblings and me (T.J. ‘98 and Gina ‘01). Having passed the Rhode Island bar exam in July 2011, I owe a great deal of gratitude to the entire faculty and staff at Pine Point!” Talia Mortrude is engaged! She said yes to her sweetheart, Nick Delauro.
2001 Kathy Coss, 8 Concord Street, Apt. A2, West Hartford, CT 06107, firstname.lastname@example.org Cindy Morren Griffin, 405 Gardiner Road, West Kingston, RI 02892, email@example.com Jessica Williams, 180 West 8th Street, #3, Boston, MA 02127, firstname.lastname@example.org Margot Barres is in her second year of teaching 6-7 grade math at New Smyrna Beach Middle School in Florida and was asked to head the math department this year. Her knowledge of technology helped her land the position as the school needed someone up-to-date on the latest Apple computers they are introducing at the school.
Arianna Funk, S:t Johannesg. 30E:182, 752 33 Uppsala, Sweden, email@example.com Ashley Barres continues to work as a nanny in Florida for the same family she has been with for the past three years. She has James Eppinger ’00 became engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Kaitlin Gomes, while he was visiting his sister, Kate ’98, in Hawaii. The big day for James and Kaitlin is June 16th!
Martha Battles ’99 (left) greets her friend and classmate Taylor Steel ’99 at the Mystic premiere of The Mighty Macs. The movie, about the Immaculata College women’s basketball team which won the first NCAA women’s basketball championship, featured Taylor as one of the team’s players.
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Focused on Support and Growth -David Cruthers, Associate Director of Development If you look at the website for Spring Lake Gardens, (www.springlakegardens.com), you’d think there are acres upon acres of farmland, greenhouses, and other structures dotting the landscape. A recent visit there shows how hard work, vision, and efficient use of space can produce an abundance of vegetables. The gardens are owned and farmed by Melissa (Mel) Collier-Meek ’01 and her husband, Andy Meek. On their four acres of land, only about oneeighth of it is actually used for growing. (They also have half an acre in Rhode Island.) A small lake and brook divide the property, and one crosses the shallow brook on what is obviously a handmade stone bridge. It was next to this small lake that Mel and Andy were married two years ago this coming July. While Mel does her share on the farm, her main focus is education. Her impressive, 11-page resume lists numerous articles and presentations she has written or given, and awards she has won in her field. She summed up where she is in her professional and education life. “I’m a fourth year doctoral student in school psychology at the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut. My research focuses on the implementation of evidence-based interventions in school, home, and community settings. I study how to support teachers, parents, afterschool providers, etc., with delivery of academic or behavioral interventions or curriculum to benefit student outcomes. “This semester, I’m finishing up my last semester of classes, collecting dissertation data, and consulting to various Connecticut school districts for my research assistantship. In addition, I’m teaching an undergrad course, ‘Family-School Partnerships,’ as Adjunct Faculty at UConn-Waterbury and helping The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT with their program evaluation.
Mel Collier Meek ‘01 with her husband, Andy, at the entrance to their farm
“Next year, I will head off to an academic year of internship at the May Institute, an educational and behavioral non-profit in Randolph, MA. My work in the School Consultation division will focus on helping teachers and parents to support their student or child with special healthcare needs, such as autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities. In addition, I will work with districts to implement school-wide academic and behavioral programs systems of support for students. It promises to be a great learning experience and I’m really looking forward to it!” With all of the demands that doctoral candidates face, it’s nice for Mel to be able to retreat to the farm, and to throw herself into the physicality required of a farmer. When you exit the back door of their home onto a deck, you are immediately greeted by a large, wood and metal-framed greenhouse. Mel explains that the structure was built under a grant from the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “We are part of a nationwide test to see how water and fertilizer use can be reduced.” When I visited in late March, this particular greenhouse was growing snow peas, carrots, and a beet that, when you cut it open, has concentric circles inside. “I’m so excited about those,” said Mel. “It could be a fun way to get kids to eat their vegetables!” (This is Spring Lake Farm’s second growing season.) Going from greenhouse to greenhouse, Mel and Andy talked about their involvement in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). CSA is a system where a set number of shares are sold to customers. Each customer can choose from one of three plans at Spring Lake; the Supplemental, for individuals or families who like vegetables as a side dish; the Substantial, for those who really like their veggies or for an average family; and the Sovereign, for vegetarians, canners, and larger families. There are also five work-based shares, where a person pledges to work each Sunday during their 22-week season for six hours, in exchange for the Sovereign share. Andy explained that this system works much better than just growing vegetables for a farmer’s market. “The share system lets us know exactly how much we need to grow for our CSA partners. People who take their goods to a farmer’s market inevitably have to charge more because they can’t plan ahead.” As he spoke, he showed off plantings of heirloom tomatoes, carrots and scallions (planted together because onions deter the carrot fly), garlic, and greens, with eggplant and bell peppers to be planted later. The land in Rhode Island will be home to “our whole cabbage family” of broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. Goods can be picked up at the farm, or on Mondays in seven different locations throughout eastern Connecticut, including Stonington. The theme of growth can be found in agriculture and education. Mel and Andy are accomplishing both (growing food and minds), and one can sense the happiness in each of them as they attend to their passions. Mel summed it up well by saying, “We feel so lucky to be young enough to do what we want.” ViewPoints 51
2002 Tracey Mack is in her second year of law school at New York Law. She interns with Congressman Eliot Engel in the Bronx as she thinks she wants to do immigration law. She was recently inducted into the law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. She’s loving New York and life and still flies to Florida all winter to show her horses.
Close friends Katherine Seltzer ’01 and Elizabeth Ginsberg ’01 have both moved to Colorado. Elizabeth sent this great photo, writing, “I am happy to report that I now have a teaching job for next year. I will be teaching first grade at Steck Elementary. I love teaching elementary school and living in Denver. I also could not be happier that my dearest friend Katherine has recently moved out here as well.” Katherine reported, “I had been working with my sister [Elizabeth ’93] at Amplitude Marketing Group in Newtown, CT but I moved to Boulder, CO for a new job. I will be doing the same work I’ve been doing here for a company called Action Marketing Group, and I’ll be working on the Adidas account in particular. It will focus around experiential marketing, or events, including sponsorships, partnerships, mobile tours, digital, etc.”
Walking and Caretaking
Cindy Morren Griffin ’01 continues her career and education in nursing. She has worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and is now working throughout Rhode Island taking care of pediatric clients in their homes. Cindy has received her LPN and is now working towards becoming a registered nurse through Excelsior College. Cindy and her husband, Matt, recently walked Rhode Island’s NorthSouth Trail from Charlestown to Burrillville to raise money to fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy for an organization called FightSMA. “We were able to raise a little over $1,200 and had a total of 12 people who on and off walked. We had the event posted to the public, but we weren’t surprised that not many people were interested in walking 78 miles continuously. Matt, myself and one other man finished the whole trail in 3½ days, and we had 9 others who did 1-2 days. We called it ‘Hiking all the way to FightSMA!’ “One of my clients has the disease, and I thought that there would be nothing better than to raise money locally to benefit kids in the area that had it. Once you meet a child affected you realize that this HAS to be cured. It is a disease that causes the spinal muscles to weaken resulting in a paralysis of the body and diaphragm (causing inability to breathe on one’s own). Corinna's Angels is the Rhode Island Chapter of FightSMA, and we chose to walk for it. I wish I could give more information on the child I care for because this person is amazing, smart, caring, beautiful and kind, but due to legality issues I cannot give more details. We will continue this tradition annually in the spring or fall (depending on rain and bugs!).” Cindy’s work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation had her taking a client to Florida to see the Disney Princesses and Dora the Explorer, which was very rewarding. “It was an amazing experience that actually resulted in the child walking on her own by the time we were leaving!”
David Lattizori ’01 lives in Santa Monica, CA and is finishing his last year of law school in Los Angeles. During his second year of law school, David worked for the lead trial attorney for the Security and Exchange Commission’s suit against former Countrywide executives for their involvement in the mortgage crisis. The lawsuit resulted in a $67.5 million settlement, the largest ever financial penalty against a public company’s senior executive. He is currently working for the General Counsel of Centerplate, Inc. a large hospitality company that provides dining and merchandising services for large sporting venues like the Super Bowl. When he is not studying, he enjoys surfing in Malibu and running on the boardwalk in Santa Monica. He finished in the top 10% of runners in the LA Marathon two years in a row, and is training for his third but hopes it won’t rain the entire race like last year. David misses the East Coast and sailing with his friends and family on their boat in Fishers Island Sound. David is shown with his sister Alyssa ’02 at a wine tasting in the Hamptons last summer.
Jay Carbonneau ’02 was married last summer to Melanie Lazar in the Finger Lakes. He is now working for Best Doctors, a company based in Boston which specializes in matching doctors with patients. Here they are with sister Tori ’04, mom Holly, dad Jay, and sister Brianna ’99.
2003 Katie Geise reports, “I’ve moved up to Melrose, MA. I’ve accepted a position as a Teaching Apprentice at the Brookwood School in Manchester, MA where I’ll be starting this September. I’m also going to be a full-time student at Lesley University in an intensive, year-long program for my master’s in teaching. Classes begin June 2012 and I’ll graduate and be certified to teach by June 2013.” Sarah Hallberg is an account executive at Rosetta Advertising, a medical advertising firm in New York City, where she also lives.
2004 Samantha Luca, 4 Seagull Lane, Mystic, CT 06355, Lukky555@aol.com Sewell Robinson, P.O. Box 1671, Gambier, OH, 43022, firstname.lastname@example.org
From Shred Francisco to Le Mans After graduating from Boston University, Diptesh Soni ’03 (second from left) worked in San Francisco as a tutor and teacher’s assistant. He also started an afterschool skate and arts club called Shred Francisco. He is now living in Le Mans working as an English Language Teachers’ Assistant. He had the chance to meet the 9th grade during the ISP trip in February, shepherding them from one platform to another when they had to change trains in Le Mans, and is shown here with Mrs. Ansel. Mr. Williams, and Mrs. Hallberg.
“I work in a Lycée, the equivalent of a US high school. The school itself is a beautiful abbaye, an old monastery, which was founded in the 6th century. The monks have all left, but you can still feel the history when you walk around the grounds.” The program is a cultural exchange program funded by the French Ministries of Culture and Education. “I’m either with the teachers, or doing my own lessons,” says Diptesh. “But the main idea is to get them excited about learning English – to make them confident speakers, and do it in a way that isn’t bookish but conversational.” As far as the work goes, Diptesh really enjoys it. “It’s great, particularly teaching them about the US. American culture is so embedded here, so they’re receptive, and I think this program is a good way to bridge the cultural gaps. “I did a series of lessons on US history, I talk about the presidential elections, I give them songs – I used a 2Pac song to teach them about race relations, and I’m currently working on a pen pal exchange with French students at The Williams School.” “I’m loving it here,” says Diptesh. “My French is improving and I get to learn about new cultures every day. I live with an Austrian guy, a Jamaican guy, and a Chinese girl – all language assistants. Every day is something new.”
Bailey Briggs is a staffing specialist at Shoreline Staffing in Mystic. Shoreline Staffing is a network of recruiters with a specialization in technology. Nate Funk writes, “I recently moved to Haverhill, MA and am working at Foliage, though I‘ve been bumped up from intern to a full-time position. I’m currently working on software testing, but will eventually be moving more into the electrical engineering field.” As it turns out, Davis Knox is also working at Foliage. His area of expertise and responsibility is focused on computer science. Matt Ginsberg wrote, “At Georgetown I majored in computer science and political economy. I’m now working at Morgan Stanley structuring and trading credit derivatives. The uncertainty around our product (credit default swaps) and the market in general have made work very interesting. In my free time I like to go to restaurants and bars.” We were happy to see that Samantha Luca commented on the Pine Point Facebook page. After posting a picture about this year’s 9th grade speeches and asking alumni for their remembrances, Samantha said that her theme was “Life is like a garden,” and that she was introduced by her sister, Jessica, and Alex Utter, both members of the Class of 2002.
Graham Williams ’02 is teaching 5th grade at Mission Grammar, a parochial school in Roxbury, MA. He has his own classroom of 24 students and teaches all subject areas. He finds the work challenging but very rewarding. He is shown with his proud dad, history teacher Gary Williams.
Good Outside Fieldwork A graduate of Pine Point, Fitch High School, and Dartmouth, Erin Larson ‘04 is out in Idaho enjoying all that life in the west has to offer. “Here are some photos of me hard at work. I’m currently working for Idaho Fish and Game and living in Boise! We’re working on a project looking at the impact of ingesting angling gear (hooks, monofilament, swivels, etc.) on the
white sturgeon, which is an endangered species of fish native to the area. Part of my job involves going out and fishing for sturgeon! The second photo is of me with one of the fish I caught that one was about 7 and a half feet long and probably about 80 years old! And the above photo is of me with my first sturgeon I ever caught, quite the little guy! “I’m really enjoying Idaho and life out West. I’ve been skiing, mountain biking and running in the foothills right outside of Boise. It’s been awesome to have so many places to play outside right nearby! I’ve also been volunteering at the Idaho Humane Society, walking dogs, so I’ve been getting in my animal fix. I’m currently studying for the GRE and looking to apply for graduate school in fisheries and fish biology. Mr. Banister continues to inspire me! I’m working for Fish and Game again this summer, this time on a project looking at whether pelicans eat large amounts of the hatchery trout that Fish and Game stocks. So a lot of good outside fieldwork time!”
Alumni Reunion Calling the Classes of 1952-2006! Please join us to renew ties with old friends.
August 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Alicia Z. Russell Memorial Garden. Please RSVP to David Cruthers (email@example.com) or register online! ViewPoints 54
Kalen Larsen ’05 is front and center in this picture with the West Point equestrian team, posing in their new uniforms. She was co-captain of the team. Kalen wrote in March, “The team is doing great! As for everything else, there are 68 days, or 1644 hours, or 98697 minutes until graduation, but who says I’m counting? Firstie year (senior year) has been crazier than I thought it would be but I’m almost there! We recently celebrated our 100 day mark until graduation with a ball, chose our branch in the Army last fall, and were given our posts where we’ll be stationed for our first three years after graduation. For the branch, I got adjutant general which is one of the branches in case I didn’t get accepted to a medical school. Thankfully I got accepted by a medical school so the adjutant general branch doesn’t apply to me anymore. By going to medical school I will be joining the Medical Corps branch in the Army. I’ll be heading to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in August and after that, who knows?”
2005 Will Hagen, 27 Chriswood Trace, Ledyard, CT 06339, firstname.lastname@example.org Jonathan Barres is continuing his pursuit of an engineering degree at the University of Florida, working part-time on campus, and keeping up with his two-year-old son, Bradley. He is currently in his 4th year and hopes to finish this year. Will Hagen is enjoying finishing up his undergraduate studies. To complete it, he spent the first few months of 2012 interning in the Washington State Senate on a senator’s staff. He’s very excited about this opportunity to delve even further into the world of politics and government. Shepard Hallberg is in her last semester at Rollins College. She’s scheduled to graduate in May with a degree in International Business. Shepard spent this past fall semester in Shanghai. Congratulations to Antonia Williams, who had a daughter, Isabella, on November 14.
2006 Elma Burnham, 43 Wilcox Road, Stonington, CT 06378, email@example.com Mariél Rice Frechette, 57 Denison Hill Road, North Stonington, CT 06359, firstname.lastname@example.org Marshall Barres is pursuing a degree in business at the University of Florida and continues to play club soccer. He is in his junior year and is thinking of switching majors to statistics or economics. He’s a member of a Christian group on campus and has made some great friends. Beth Blycker Koll wrote: “School for me is going well. I’m still at Salve Regina, pursuing a double-major in Studio Art: Photography and Sociology/Anthropology, with a minor in Art History. It’s hectic, but still incredibly interesting and worth all the hard work. Between chorus, work study, and my first year as a tutor, I have a very busy schedule! It hasn’t quite hit me that I only have barely over three semesters
left in college, so I’m just waiting for that to happen.” Courtney Daukas received faculty honors for the 2011 fall semester at Trinity. To earn faculty honors, a student must achieve a semester G.P.A. of at least a 3.667 with no individual letter grade below B-minus. Also earning scholastic honors was Melissa Dush at Washington and Lee. She earned honor roll status for the fall term of 2011, which reflects a term grade average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale. Quite a few members spent part of their junior year studying abroad. Destinations for the class included England, Ireland, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Italy, and China!
2007 Jay Greenfield, 82 Front Street, Noank, CT 06340, email@example.com Amber Weinberg, 80 Peters Drive, Groton, CT, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Greenfield ‘07 and Cassidy Walsh ‘08 welcomed Mr. and Mrs. T to Charleston, SC. Jay and Cassidy are both students at the College of Charleston.
2008 Jackson Hallberg is finishing up his freshman year at Parsons School of Design in NYC. His major is photography and he made Dean’s List in the fall semester!
2009 Anna Holt, 43 Barnes Road, Stonington, CT 06378, email@example.com Kyle Sebastian, 65 Coachman Pike, Ledyard, CT 06339, firstname.lastname@example.org Hannah Staley, 156 Long Wharf Road, Mystic, CT 06355, email@example.com Caroline Burlingham is headed to Colby College, but is starting her college life this coming fall with a semester in Spain! “I’ll be spending my first semester in Salamanca studying Spanish and living with a local Spanish family until December. I will take all my classes in Spanish and be there with 20 or so other Colby students but also interacting
with a bunch of other students doing the same program I am but are from a different college.” Scarlet Caruso reports that “my senior year has been good, but I am more than ready to graduate. I am going to Columbia College Chicago in the fall most likely to start their theatre program. I was a nun in The Sound of Music back in March which was lovely.” Olivia Denison will attend the Savannah College of Arts and Design. Eleanor Hilton is a fifth form student at Kent School. She was named to the honor roll for the fall and spring terms. Congratulations to Christina Menniti who earned the designation of National Merit Semi-Finalist by scoring among the top 16,000 out of the 1.5 million students who took the 2010 PSAT. She now has the opportunity to continue in the Merit Scholarship competition and advance to Finalist standing by meeting a number of additional requirements. Congratulations also go to Zach Dameron and Ege Izmirli, who were designated Commended Scholars by scoring in the top 5% of participants. Julie Philippe is president of the
Zach Dameron ’09 (third from left) became an Eagle Scout in April. Faculty members who turned out to attend the award ceremony were Robin Smith, David Smith ‘69, Gary Williams, Jeannie Williams, Linda Lozis, Jon Mitchell, Sandy Walton, and Lara Dolphin.
Kyle Sebastian ’09, Kimmie Meneo ’09, Tristan Yerkes ’09, and Olivia Denison ’09 were among a group of students from The Williams School who went to eastern Europe during their spring break to study the “ethnographic eye.” When asked what that was, Olivia responded, “It's when someone visits a place they have never been before and studies the culture of the place from their point of view and usually takes pictures of people. We also went to Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, which were so, so powerful.” Kimmie remarked, “The Europe trip was so amazing! It was such a great opportunity to experience new customs, bond with classmates, and learn all about the history of the countries that many of my ancestors came from. This was something I will never forget, and something to remember my senior year by.”
Multicultural Club at The Williams School, and led an assembly in January in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is headed to Barnard College. Lydia Schulz will enroll at Tufts in the fall. Lydia is finishing up at Groton School. Kyle Sebastian will be attending Columbia University. Hannah Staley is having a great senior year at Stonington High School. She had high honors in her first quarter, looks forward to graduating, “and stopping by PPS to see everyone!” She has been accepted at her first choice, Salve Regina. The Williams School’s boys’ basketball team got hot in February, led by Rashad Young. After starting 0-10, the Blues went on an eight game winning streak. Coach John Lapkowski heaped praise on his entire team, but singled out one player. “Rashad, over the last nine games, was the best player in our league.”
Joseph Rosen ’10 kicks out the jams as the front man for Stand Tall, a local band that has been playing a great deal at the El ‘n’ Gee Club in New London. “We play pop punk and have been a band since September. We play shows almost every weekend and we are putting out our EP in mid April.” Joseph is also on the Honor Roll at Ledyard High School. Joseph also returned for Jordan Crawford’s 9th grade speech. From left, Patrick Reece, Rosemary Jordan, Jordan’s mom, 2nd grade teacher Gillian Crawford, Jordan’s dad, Charles Crawford, Jordan, Joseph, Jordan’s uncle Evan Rogers, and Evan’s sister, 1st grade teacher Robin Smith.
Please Join Us Saturday, June 9 at 10:00 am for the graduation of the Class of 2012 This year’s commencement speaker will be Noah Bean ’93, a New York-based actor and Mystic native. We especially encourage the Class of 1993 to turn out to greet their classmate!
2010 Sophie Groton wrote, “Pine Point changed my life, and I know it will continue to change the lives of others in the future. Thank you, Pine Point, you truly are amazing!” She continues at The Williams School. Hunt Harvey is on the Finance and Young Republican committees at Middlesex and also wrestles for the school. Lily Hinkle is a junior at St. Bernard and is fully engaged in the college search process. She’s visited schools as far away as Pepperdine and UCLA and as close as Connecticut College but is still looking at schools like BC, BU, Vanderbilt, RPI, and others. She remains focused on preparing herself for a career in investment banking. Elizabeth Reiser was the most valuable player on the 2011 Williams School varsity field hockey team, coached by Eliza Hannon ’03.
2011 Shylia Barnes, 148 Mathewson Street, Unit 402, Jewett City, CT 06351, firstname.lastname@example.org Cooper Feltes, 7 Bellaire Road, Niantic, CT 06371, email@example.com
Kenyon Review, the literary journal of Kenyon College. Her poem, “Elephant Grave,” will be published in the Review’s fall 2012 issue. She received a full scholarship to attend KR‘s 2012 Young Writers summer program.
2012 David Garbo was featured in the Mystic Times in an article about his race car driving.
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Ben Dameron is at The Williams School and will be working again this summer at J.N. Webster Scout Camp, where he will be teaching merit badge courses. Hannah Long is in her sophomore year at NFA and doing well academically. She played varsity field hockey and was named to the honorable mention ECC team. She is involved in art and service extracurricular activities and is hoping to make the varsity lacrosse team. Hannah has turned 16, and has her learner’s permit! Victoria White was one of two recipients of the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers given by the
Former art teacher Peter Manganello shared wonderful news of his growing family from down in Bayou country. “It's been a long time. So long in fact that Megan and I have had time to have a baby. Nora Evangeline Manganello was born on April 1st at 4:58 am, weighing in at 6 lbs even. We are so thankful for the wonderful addition to our family and are quickly adjusting to the added rigors and delights of parenthood. We miss the Pine Point family very much and we look back fondly on our time there. I am working on my masters in gifted education and teaching fourth grade at the Episcopal School of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana.”
Hanna Kronholm ’12 (left) returned to Pine Point to hear Schyler Davis ’12 (center) give her 9th grade speech. Schyler was introduced by 8th grader Eliza Griffin ’13. Hanna is a freshman at Stonington High School, where she participated in field hockey, basketball, and crew during her first year. She took a course in studio art and next year looks forward to studying graphic design.
Milestones Laurie Lamb ’68, of North Stonington, CT died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on April 15, 2012, ten days shy of her 59th birthday. She is most immediately survived by her mother, two sisters, and her companion of over 30 years, Colburn Graves. Laurie succumbed to cancer. In November, Laurie, unsolicited, contacted the school, writing: “For some time I’ve wanted to let someone at Pine Point know how I feel about the school. I only attended in 9th grade and my Mom woke me up the day my regular school (Westerly Jr. High) was to start and said I was going to take a test at another school that I might attend. Pine Point opened up my life, educationally and otherwise. I went from a smart but bored student to my real self during that year. I made friends I still have. I went on to attend The Williams School and earned my B.A. from Brown. However, it’s Pine Point that revved me up. I’ve told friends, acquaintances, and family these thoughts many times. I feel closer to Pine Point, its staff and administration, students, former and current, etc. than any other school I’ve attended. I am very happy to read ViewPoints and an occasional email from the school as well as see articles about it in the local papers. So know that Pine Point was – and still is – very close to my heart. I can only contribute a small amount each year but Pine Point is one of the few organizations I donate to.” In addition to graduating from Pine Point and The Williams School, Laurie earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Brown University in 1975. She went on to work at Ship Analytics, the Ocean Community YMCA, South Shore Mental Health Clinic and within the Westerly School System. Her retirement was due to illness.
Traveling in South Africa with Colburn Graves, her partner of over thirty years
Laurie loved life, people, her education and the outdoors. She was a very caring person and would help anyone. She sang in the Chorus of Westerly for 30 years, again only stopping because of illness. One of her favorite spots was reading at the Wheeler Library in North Stonington. She also loved traveling with her best friend Colburn and they went to as many countries as they could, along with cities in the United States. Laurie was also involved with the Westerly Track Club, the Mohegan Striders, the RI Road Runners and the Mystic YMCA. Class Agent Ellen Humphreville McGuire ’68, when informed of Laurie’s passing, wondered if her comments from November were reflections due to her illness. “I am sure she was reviewing her life and what had made an impact/difference. We had fun correspondence over the years in my capacity as class agent. As you know, she always gave to the Annual Fund and was usually first in line.”
Neal Bobruff ’73 first notified many of his friends on Facebook of Laurie’s passing by posting a link to her obituary, along with reflections of his friend of almost 11 years. “It has been a tough week ever since I learned of the death of one of the sweetest people I have ever known. Laurie battled health issues for a long time with grace and dignity, and was a big supporter of my running and fundraising for Dana-Farber, even before she was diagnosed with cancer and ended up there as a patient. Fifty-eight is far too young for someone who had so many friends and so much to live for. “We shared two alma maters, Pine Point and Williams, but I did not know her until a Saturday in June, 2001, when the first words she said to me were ‘good job.’ She was the only runner I passed in my first 5k, which I was not even sure ahead of time that I could complete. She then found me after the race to find out my deal, since she knew pretty much all the runners in our area, and I was clearly new. I always try to be supportive of new runners because of how welcoming she was to me. “Laurie was like this with everyone, not just me, but I know that day changed my life for the better, and Laurie was such a big part of it. So thank you Laurie, I will miss you, as will everyone who knew you, and we will never forget you. And next April, when I hope to run Boston again as a fundraiser for Dana-Farber, I will honor you by wearing your name at the top of the list of cancer victims I honor, because I might not be running marathons without your support.”
Dirk is shown with daughter Liz Jensen ’80, who is standing behind her son, Martin, with his cousin, Nick Thomson, on the very left in the picture.
Pine Point opened up my life, educationally and otherwise. I went from a smart but bored student to my real self during that year...Know that Pine Point was – and still is – very close to my heart..
Dirk tom Dieck Held passed away on March 19, 2012 in Westerly, RI from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was the Elizabeth S. Kruidenier ’48 Professor of Classics at Connecticut College in New London, CT. He took his A.B. and Ph. D in Classics at Brown University. He was a faculty member of Connecticut College from 1971 until his death, holding the chair of the Classics Department for 32 years. Professor Held presented and/or published over 100 learned papers on a variety of topics. He was widely known and respected for the quality of his scholarship and his dedication to the field. Colleague Robert Proctor, professor of Italian (and a fellow Pine Point past parent) remarked, “Dirk Held lived the liberal arts ideal. His scholarship was both profound and wide-ranging, from Plato’s understanding of love to Nietzsche and the reception of classical antiquity in the modern world. He was a modern exemplar of ancient Roman humanitas: culture, kindness, generosity, and wit.” In 2007, Connecticut College recognized his distinguished service by conferring on him the Helen B. Regan Faculty Leadership Award. He was a superb teacher whose students often became his lifelong friends.
Dirk served Pine Point as a member of the board of trustees from 1976-1980 and as president of the board from 1980-1982. In later years he would continue to stay in touch with the School and offer wise counsel. When Pine Point was exploring the need to articulate its core values, he offered: “I haven’t forgotten Pine Point…Core values should be discussed and debated on a regular basis. That very process will validate them to a considerable degree. It will also be salutary for young people to hear these debates, and realize that their lives intersect with important questions more than they realize. I’m pleased that Pine Point is going to this effort, and I think that considerations of this sort are enriching for all concerned.” Indeed, Pine Point’s core values dovetailed with his own interest in the subject from both a personal and professional perspective. On his Connecticut College faculty profile webpage, he declared: “I like to investigate the value systems of the ancient world, with attention to how they have shaped our own values and how they contrast with them. The modern age learns from both.” Dirk is most immediately survived by his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth Candace Allen; daughters, Elizabeth Held Jensen ’80 and Kristin Held ’83; and grandsons, Nicholas Thomson and Martin Jensen. Asked if there was anything that stood out from their relationship with Pine Point, Dirk’s wife, Candy, responded: “I don’t remember a specific memory except that we all loved the school.”
A young Nick Thomson leans over the rail in front of his mother, Kristin Held ’83.
Reginald H. “Pete” Fullerton, Jr. passed away on March 15, 2012 at his home in Watch Hill, RI. He attended Buckley School, Westminster School and Philips Andover Academy. He graduated from Yale University in 1957 and joined Bankers Trust Company in New York before retiring from the company as a vice president in the early 1970s. At that time, he moved his family from New York to live full-time in Watch Hill, a place he had been calling home since 1938 when he and his parents began spending summers there. Over the years he was devoted to a number of organizations. He served for years as the treasurer of the Misquamicut Club and as a trustee of the Watch Hill Chapel Society. He was a passionate
supporter of Stand Up For Animals in Westerly, RI and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. He was also a long-time supporter of The Westerly Hospital and Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. Those close to Pete were well aware of his love of dogs. In his later years, he enjoyed the company of Smokey and Scout and cherished the time he spent with Duncan. For over 35 years he showed his concern for Pine Point. He served on the board of trustees from 1978-82 and was the treasurer for the campaign steering committee that built the Mitchell Building. In his later years he often expressed the belief that “Pine Point is important to this community.” Indeed, he once said that if it wasn’t for Pine Point he would not have moved his family to the area. Though his children (Kimberly Graves Fullerton Anderson ’85 and Kirsten Fullerton Stephens ’87) graduated from Pine Point long ago, he enjoyed staying in touch with the School. In April 2011, he joined daughter Kimberly, her husband, Bob Anderson ’84, and 300 other members of the Pine Point community at Mystic Aquarium to say goodbye to retiring Head of School Paul Geise. In a note about that evening, he enthusiastically wrote: “My family and I love Pine Point!” His final personal connection with Pine Point came in October 2011 when he enjoyed a lunch with new Head of School Stephen Bennhoff.
Cynthia (Harts) Raymond died peacefully at her home in York Harbor, ME on December 10, 2011 at the age of 98. Growing up in a military family (her father was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army) Cynthia enjoyed opportunities for travel and experiences that few enjoy. She attended the French Lycee while her father was military attache in Paris, accompanied him and the State Department delegation to Ethiopia for the coronation of Haile Selassie, and continued her education in fine art at the Nixon-Sheldon School in Florence, Italy. She graduated from the Child-Walker School of Fine Arts in Boston, MA and later became the representative in Florence for Miss Walker when she established her school there. Her involvement in military life continued when she married Alan Boyd Banister, U.S. Navy, in 1938. Together they had four children, Martha, Cynthia, Eugenia, and Alan. He commanded the submarine USS Sawfish in the Pacific theater in 1943-1944, and on his return from the Pacific, moved to various posts in Washington, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Key West. The Banisters eventually returned to Mystic, where he served as chief of staff at the New London Submarine Base in Groton. During tours of duty in Groton, Cynthia was an active community member as a volunteer aerial spotter during World War II and was also an early volunteer at Mystic Seaport. Her husband completed his naval career as commandant of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. On his retirement, the family moved to York Harbor, Maine. Adm. Banister died in 1963. In 1965, Cynthia married Leonard Jessup Raymond, founder and CEO of Dickie-Raymond of Boston and a summer resident of York Harbor, Maine. He died October 3, 1985. Cynthia was passionate about the arts, history, the environment, her church, education, and her family. She was a trustee and a leading force in the development of Strawbery Banke, an outdoor history museum in the South End historic district of Portsmouth that features more than 40 restored buildings built between the 17th and 19th centuries. The Cynthia Harts Raymond Fund for Historic Gardens and Landscapes was established to support the gardens at Strawbery Banke while the Piscataqua Garden Club benefited from her involvement and concern for fifty years. She was a founding member of the International Women’s Club of New England, and a member of the Colonial Dames in New Hampshire, York Hospital Women’s Committee, and the Trinity Church Women’s Committee. ViewPoints 60
With her son, Alan (Mr. B to hundreds of Pine Point alumni) in her garden at her home in York Harbor, Maine
Cynthia was also devoted to Pine Point, backing the oceanology program and the teaching of science respectively through the creation of the Raymond Oceanology (now the Raymond/Banister) Oceanology Fund and The Alan Banister Endowed Chair for Science Teaching. She took an active interest in the vitality of the science program, whether it was following the 9th grade’s efforts to restore the eelgrass population to Little Narragansett Bay or ensuring the seaworthiness of Quest. She is most immediately survived by her four children, including Alan Banister, Pine Point’s former science teacher of thirty years, and Alan and Patience’s three children−David ’91, Sarah ’94, and Alicia ’97.
The Impact of Pine Point In June 2008, Meredith Michaud Hargus ’89 returned to Pine Point with her husband, Matt, a finance manager at Pfizer focused on alliances and acquisitions, to hear classmate Aaron McBride ’89 deliver that year’s Commencement Address. In addition to sharing the day with other classmates, Meredith and Matt brought along their daughter, Hannah ’23, who was all of two months old. Little did Hannah know that three years later she would be back at Pine Point as a Teddy Bear in the Preschool! A graduate of Pine Point and St. Bernard School, Meredith earned a B.A. in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. Her fifteen years in the healthcare/biotech industry with Covance and Genzyme have taken her across the country (San Diego) and back (Washington, D.C.) before she assumed her current role as Government Reimbursement Director within the Rare Genetic Diseases business of Genzyme, a Sanofi company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Matt Hargus, Meredith Michaud Hargus ’89, Aaron McBride ’89, Julie Wright DelPrado ’89, and Kristin Sherwood White ’89
“Matt and I have seen the impact that Pine Point has made in Hannah’s development this year, and we believe in the value of our contribution.”
Meredith and Matt with Hannah ’23 and Nolan outside the Preschool
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While Meredith may have been living 3,000 miles away from her childhood home in Connecticut, her mind was never far from Pine Point. In April 2002, she wrote to her close friend and then Assistant Director of Development Julie Wright DelPrado ’89: “Julie, the message you sent last week included a classic Mr. Williams moment. You made my day! I hope my kids are able have a teacher like him.” Later that fall, Meredith wrote wistfully: “I wish I was in ninth grade again, on a bench eating ice cream in Martha’s Vineyard.” In addition to her new role as a Pine Point parent, Meredith has been serving the School as the Alumni Class Agent for the Class of 1989 since 2007. In that capacity, she encourages her classmates to stay connected to Pine Point and to support the Annual Fund. Hannah is off to a great start in the Preschool. Her parents couldn’t be more pleased with her progress and they’re happy to support Pine Point by making a gift to the Annual Fund.
When you make a gift to the Annual Fund you are impacting the program the School is offering to the 250 students who come to Pine Point every day ready to learn and to grow. Doesn’t every donor want to feel that their gift is making a difference?
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