Foxcroft Magazine Spring 2017

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Creating Community


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Foxcroft’s 2016-17 Annual Fund closes, June 30, 2017 Whether they’re in the classroom, on the athletic fields, or at home hosting advisees for dinner, Foxcroft’s faculty members are dedicated to helping every girl explore her unique voice and develop the skills, confidence, and courage to share it with the world. Understanding how integral Annual Fund support is to carrying out this mission, 100% of our faculty have already made a gift to Foxcroft’s 2016-17 Annual Fund.

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Table of Contents


Creating Community


Community is at the center of Foxcroft, its character, its identity, its spirit.

12 A Conversation

with Emily Johns, dean of student life

15 It’s the Weekend! 16 An Understanding Heart,

Indeed: Jennifer Fill Crooks ’91 and the Junior Class Walk

18 Go Foxes! Go Hounds!: How a rivalry builds community

Special Features

An Exceptional Proficiency: Rachel Brown ’18 By Shelly Betz

Mission Statement Foxcroft’s mission is to help every girl explore her unique voice and develop the skills, confidence, and courage to share it with the world. This magazine is printed on FSC-certified 10% post-consumer waste recycled paper.


24 Campaign Update 26 Successful Successions 27 Good Connections 39 Hail & Farewell 40 A Long Ago Promise

In Every Issue 02 Every From the Head of School In Issue 03 Notebook 02 From the Head of School 29 On the Road 03 Notebook 31 Gone Away 29 On the Road 38 Milestones 31 Gone Away & Milestones 41 Forever Foxcroft

Catherine S. McGehee Head of School

Produced by the Office of Marketing and Communications:

Marion L. Couzens Director of Institutional Advancement

Shelly Betz Director of Strategic Initiatives & Marketing

Courtney M. Ulmer Academic Dean

Cathrine Wolf Director of Communications

Emily F. Johns Dean of Student Life Barbara T. Conner Director of College Counseling

Bethany Stotler Multimedia Communications Associate Design by Raison

Address inquiries to Editor at or P.O. Box 5555, Middleburg, VA 20118 On the cover: Dean of Student Life Emily Johns enjoys a moment with (clockwise from top right) sophomore Amara Brooks and freshmen Brianna Ma, Jojo Maalouf, and Kenzie Green. Cover photo by Bethany Stotler Foxcroft School is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Foxcroft School admits students of any race, color, religion, national, and ethnic origin. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission, or financial aid policies, or in any schoolsponsored programs.

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“ Ours is a living mission that extends

beyond a graduate’s time on campus and transforms lives forever.

From the Head of School Catherine S. McGehee

When Miss Charlotte founded Foxcroft, she wanted to develop a community ethos that would call her students to a higher purpose than to self alone. She created opportunities and traditions for students that would instill loyalty to one another, to their school, and to their country; develop personal responsibility in the classroom, around campus, and in the barn; provide leadership of their dorms and clubs; and demand integrity in their dealings with their teachers and fellow students. She made sure her girls gave back to the community by having them teach students at Middleburg Elementary School or work at a local clinic. Miss Charlotte helped create a culture of service and awareness of others' needs among her students. As a result, each Foxcroft graduate, young and old, has her own definition of what it means to have a “wise and understanding heart.” Today, this ethos is alive and well as Foxcroft students from around the country and the world live and learn together in a residential setting. All you have to do is attend a student recital, Morning Meeting, or basketball game to witness girls cheering one another on, no matter how off-key a voice might slip or off target a shot might be. This peer support is authentic. Our girls show care and concern to one another in times of success and failure. Add to this an engaged and supportive faculty who make time to be there for students and for one another day and night, and you have a feeling you just don’t find at all schools. It’s real at Foxcroft. Every student also has opportunities to practice responsibility, leadership, integrity, and service. Whether students serve as whips and prefects who help supervise the dorms, members of Student or Judicial Council that uphold our honor code and community standards, or volunteers at Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center, Banneker Elementary School, or Seven Loaves Food Bank, our girls give back to Foxcroft and to nonprofits in our area. Our community of understanding hearts is central to our mission for each girl to explore her unique voice and to develop the skills, confidence, and courage to share it with the world. These are more than words on a page. Ours is a living mission that extends beyond a graduate’s time on campus and transforms lives forever.

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Foxcroft Notebook

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A Healthy Investment The Goodyear Room is filled with juniors on a midwinter evening, all listening carefully as Helen Modly, president of Focus Wealth Management in Middleburg, parses the fine print of the credit agreement projected on a white board. Tonight’s topic is credit cards: how to evaluate the terms and choose the best one, how to use it responsibly, and how to protect it from fraud. Along the way, credit history and ratings, cash versus credit, and limitations of student credit cards are discussed. By the time the session is over, “we all have a better understanding of money and how it works,” says junior Annabelle Coppersmith. That, in a nutshell, is the goal of the financial literacy program added this year to Foxcroft’s Wellness Program. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors attend four seminars each that are offered in partnership with Invest in Girls, a national nonprofit that teaches girls financial concepts, presents professional women as role models, and introduces financial services companies and career paths. “In order to prepare our students for success, wellness, and a life of leadership and philanthropy, we must provide skills that will give them agency over their financial future,” says Head of

School Cathy McGehee. “We know that possessing knowledge about financial matters can help students establish a lifetime of financial wellbeing. But it can also contribute to overall wellness. Annual surveys on stress conducted since 2007 by The American Psychological Association have consistently ranked money and finances as the top stressor for all respondents.” Women control more than half of the private wealth in the U.S., make 80% of all buying decisions, start businesses at twice the rate of men, and are expected to inherit 70% of the estimated $41 trillion in intergenerational wealth transfer in the next 40 years. They need to be prepared. The Invest in Girls ( program is a good start. Business Manager Deborah Anderson, who offered girls less formal “Fireside Financial” sessions two years ago, is teaching sophomores about checking and savings; credit and debit; and basic budgeting. Invest in Girls staff and volunteers such as Modly build upon those basics to tackle grade-specific topics with older students: juniors focus on investing and the importance of saving, while seniors cover topics associated with the transition to college, such as educational debt, taxes, and career choices, as well as philanthropy.

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A Thousand Words It’s an old adage but true: A picture is worth a thousand words. At least these images make us think so.


1. A DRY RUN Sophomores from Stuart Hall got creative with their “synchronized swimming” routine at Battle of the Dorms in September. Needless to say, the skit was a huge hit with the audience. 2. STEPPING UP The first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, STEP AFRIKA, came to campus, thanks to the Helen Cudahy Niblack ’42 Art Lecture Series, and impressed — then inspired — students with the percussive dance style that originated in Africa. Students formed a step dance team last fall, and word is that the faculty may follow suit, with students as their instructors.

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Inspired! A lifelong Washingtonian, STEPHANIE YOUNG ’00 (right) returned to Foxcroft in 2013 to teach History, including World Cultures and electives on international relations, world religions, and “Freedom in America: On the Road to Equality.” She co-chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Committee during Foxcroft’s 2016 VAIS accreditation process and is a member of the standing committee that resulted. Stephanie has a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University, a J.D. from American University, and a master in private law and criminal sciences from Université de Paris X – Nanterre. In December, Stephanie accompanied three students to Atlanta for the National Association of Independent School's (NAIS) Student Diversity Leadership Conference and attended the concurrent People of Color Conference (PoCC). She reports: Uplifting. Motivating. Inspiring. Those are the three words I would use to describe the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC), whose theme this year was “Advancing Human and Civil Rights: Fulfilling the Dream Together.” PoCC is a four-day conference that focuses on diversity and inclusion in independent schools. It looks at every level and aspect of schools, including classrooms, sports, admission, school leadership, trusteeship, and more. The days were comprised of workshops, speaker series, films, and local tours to relevant sites. I found particular resonance in a workshop on identity development in African American adolescent girls, as well as in the documentary Shadeism: Digging Deeper, by Nayani Thiyagarajah. My time at PoCC was uplifting because I met so many open-minded people — individuals who believe that people are people and should be treated as such, regardless of their skin color, religion, nationality, etc.

It was motivating because the workshops were presented by educators, based on their own experiences. This demonstrated that there are people in independent schools effecting positive, inclusive change for their communities. If they can do it, so can I; so can we. Lastly, the conference was inspiring because people were real. Presenters shared the highs and lows of their experiences. Their ability to allow themselves to be vulnerable in front of strangers and share the weaknesses in their schools, their jobs, and themselves, allowed the rest of us to connect with them — and to be vulnerable and honest about our own experiences. Once we put our own pride and insecurities aside and addressed the real issues, we were able to help one another. The experience inspired me to be more open at Foxcroft as well and to deal, head on, with the discomfort of helping others with their vulnerabilities. This is how we deal and heal together. I hope everyone at Foxcroft gets a chance to participate in a People of Color Conference. — Stephanie Young ’00

Faculty Forays English and Economics teacher STEVE McCARTY (3) had three of his original poems published in a recent issue of The Piedmont Virginian, a publication that shares appreciations of the Piedmont area of Virginia. Math & Science teacher MATT MOHLER (4), who has been running long distances for a long time, entered the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics in Arlington last fall and discovered he’s become a sprinter! Mohler (continued on page 6)

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Kudos to Us! For the fourth year in a row, Foxcroft was selected as one of the top high schools in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine. Foxcroft’s unique partnership with K2M, the Leesburg-based biomedical company that sponsors our STEM competition, offers Wintermission internships, and more, earned us recognition in the new Partnership category.

(Faculty Forays continued) beat a dozen rivals in the 50-59 age group to take the silver medal in the 200, much to his surprise. “I have never trained for a sprint,” he said. “From age 12 through 50, I gradually moved up in distance as I found I was not fast enough to keep pace with the best runners . . . The reverse has happened since I turned 50. There are a lot of guys who have trained for distance for decades who crush me at 10 miles, but I’m faster than most of them.” Care to explain the physics of that, Mr. Mohler? STEM Department Chair MARIA EVANS, PH.D. and SUSAN ERBA (Math, retired), creators of the amazing Expedition

K2M: The STEM Summit, served on a panel about STEM competitions at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Conference in Dallas in March. In December, Head of School CATHY McGEHEE presented with senior Mary Park Durham at The Association of Boarding Schools conference. They discussed our many community partnerships. Looking ahead, EVANS and History Department Chair ALEXANDER NORTHRUP will both present at the 2017 NCGS Conference, Education Innovation: Building Cultures of Creativity, in June on the EPICS engineering program and the Space to Innovate maker space project, respectively.

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2016 AP Scholars

National AP Scholar


National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

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More than 300,000 pieces are submitted each year to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. Only 2,500 are named National Medal winners. HYERI WOO ’18 beat the long odds this year when her painting “Balloon: Unreached Dream” won a silver medal. Hyeri received three medals and three honorable mentions at the regional level. HANNAH BUTCHER ’17, SYLVIA YUAN ’19, and LESLIE WANG ’20 also received regional honors.

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If You Build It . . . FOXCROFT HAS BEEN REACHING OUT to the world this year with engaging new and expanded community events — including one in Florida. FOXCROFT AND ITS RIDING PROGRAM were front and center at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida — the home of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) — Feb. 1 when the School sponsored a LUNCH & LEARN SEMINAR with mental skills coach Tonya Johnston. The special workshop, “Mental Skills: Tools for Success in the Ring and the Classroom,” brought together more than 60 riders, trainers, and owners from across the WEF show grounds for an educational afternoon, including most of the 13 Foxcroft students who were training and competing in Wellington.

In March, the GOODYEAR FELLOWSHIP program brought the documentary She Started It and Sheena Allen, one of the inspiring female tech entrepreneurs profiled in it, to campus for an engaging evening. After the screening of the film, which explores reasons for female underrepresentation in the tech industry, Allen, who met with several classes earlier in the day, shared her journey from being a college senior with an idea for a mobile app to running two successful tech companies, Sheena Allen Apps and CapWay. Passion, perseverance, a willingness to make sacrifices, and eagerness to learn from everything and everyone were among the top takeaways. “Whether or not you will succeed depends on who you are as a person,” she said. “If you keep the goal in mind and always focus on proving yourself right, rather than proving others wrong, you can do it.”

THE “JUMP INTO GAME DESIGN” evening of coding in September drew 40+ middle school students who — with direction from Dr. Maria Evans and assistance by a dozen Foxcroft computer science students — each had programmed her unique version of the classic arcade game, Frogger, by the end of the evening. They worked with an online programming environment called AgentCubes, which meant that when they returned home, they could share their game — and create others — with their families and friends. “Who knew that coding could be so thrilling?” said one seventh-grader. “I didn’t want the evening to end!”

EXPEDITION K2M: THE STEM SUMMIT added four teams on the high school level for a total of 48 teams from 22 middle and high schools. They all spent a day in February conquering math, science, logic, and engineering challenges to solve a clever identity-theft whodunit called DATA BREACH 2017. A much-anticipated annual affair, the event keeps getting bigger and better; this year the winners got the coolest trophy ever — a three-dimensional rendering of this year's logo featuring a globe, credit card, and title “Data Breach” designed by STEAM Club students and made on our 3D printer.

Do you know a potential Foxcroft Girl? Send her to us! Alumnae parents and friends are a valuable part of our admissions process, telling prospective students about Foxcroft and telling us about them. If you know a prospective student, please contact the Admission Office at Foxcroft School, P.O. Box 5555, Middleburg, VA 20118;; or 540.687.4340.

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Hoof Prints Two additions to the instructional staff (right), a solid showing on Florida’s winter circuit, and success in both team and individual competitions have Riding Director KATE WORSHAM and the rest of our riders smiling this year.

Meet Kendall Bear

The INTERSCHOLASTIC EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (IEA) team collected Champion or Reserve Champion honors in its first seven shows during the fall and winter, and qualified as a team for the Zone 3 Region 3 & 4 Finals, held in Leesburg in February. Ten riders qualified in 14 classes as individuals, and two of them, KAYLA LEE ’19 and JOJO MAALOUF ’20, earned spots in the Zone 3 Finals, in March. Kayla was busy competing in Florida but Jojo competed and took seventh place at Zones.

end championships; member, University of Vermont

For the fourth consecutive year, Kate took riders to the WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL (WEF) in Wellington, FL. With nine riders training and competing with Kate for nine weeks, the popularity of this Exceptional Proficiency program is evident. Competing in hunter and jumper divisions ranging from cross rails to 1.25m classes, Kate’s girls collected three tri-colors, seven classic ribbons, and 20 top three placings.


Hometown: Bristol, RI • Education: BA, University of Vermont • Experience: 9 consecutive equitation yearEquestrian Team; Assistant coach, Washington & Lee (5 years) • Career highlight: Helped coach W&L to its first Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship in eight years • Fun Fact: Kendall can wiggle her ears.


Hometowns: Shaker Heights, OH and West River, MD • Education: BA, Virginia Intermont College • Experience: Member, Virginia Intermont Equestrian Team; Coach, The University of the South: Sewanee (2 years). Head trainer, Cumberland Riding Academy • Career Highlight: Helped coach Sewanee to two Reserve Champion titles, IHSA Zone 5, Region 1. 10+ individual riders won regional titles. • Fun fact: Allie has an extremely loud sneeze.

Four other EP riders had successful winters working with private trainers. ELIZA FAUNTLEROY ’19 trained with ALISON FIRESTONE ROBITAILLE, a 1995 Foxcroft graduate for whom the EP program was first created. Senior ISABEL STETTINIUS and freshman JANIE WARE both rode under the Eight Oaks banner of Kitty and Johnny Barker, who are based in Middleburg when not in Florida, and ELLIA GIULIANI ’20 worked with Irish competitor and trainer Conor O’Regan.

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Freshman JOJO MAALOUF (1) claimed the blue ribbon as champion in the Novice Over Fences class at the IEA Regional Finals. MACKENZIE HARMON ’19 (2) and McGwire were Reserve Champion in the Older Children's Hunters Week 5 at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). In the fall, Mackenzie qualified in the Children’s Hunters at the World Champion Hunter Rider finals and for Zone 3 Finals, where she earned solid ribbons out of a large, competitive field.


MARINA VANOFF ’20 (3) and Amasing F earned Reserve Champion and Championship honors in the Cross Rails Hunter Older division at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Also at WEF, ELIZA FAUNTLEROY ’19 (4) swept the 3'3" Junior Hunter division one week, claiming the Championship with one horse, Hollywood, and the Reserve Championship ribbon with Bastille.

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Good Sports Led by field hockey’s first Delaney Athletic Conference title in seven years (5), the fall sports season was a pleasant surprise in what was expected to be a year of rebuilding after significant losses to graduation. Field hockey finished 12-3-2 and made the VISAA state tournament for the sixth year in a row — this time in the tougher Division I (rather than DII). The BUFFENBARGER sisters, ALLISON ’17 and HALEY ’19 (6), combined for 31 goals and 15 assists with Haley’s totals among the top five in Virginia in goals (22) and assists (10). Allison will play at Stevens Institute of Technology next year.


The tennis team was perhaps the biggest surprise. Three All-State players had graduated, including the VISAA Division 2 Player of the Year, but under the guidance of new head coach LEW BURRIDGE, the team improved steadily and posted a fine 10-6 record, including 9-4 in the DAC. It was a very young team, so the future is bright. Despite losing All-State runner and two All-DAC performers, Coach MATT MOHLER molded an inexperienced cross-country team into a solid unit that ended the season third among 11 schools in the DAC Championship. MARIA MICHEL ’19, BRITTANY HECTOR ’17, and CLAUDIA MICHEL ’19 (7) earned All-DAC honors.



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hatever Foxcroft School offers, means, or is, at its core — first, last, and always — one finds community. A gorgeous campus, unique learning experiences, high standards for achievement on many fronts, and expectations of responsible leadership and ethical living all contribute mightily, certainly, but community is at the center of Foxcroft — its character, its identity, and its spirit.

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Not just any community, either, but a “residential community of understanding hearts.” The words come from the Bible — lo, I have given thee a wise and understanding heart (1 Kings 3:9) — a verse etched on the gravestone of Foxcroft’s founder, Charlotte Haxall Noland. Several years ago, Commencement speaker Waddell Hancock ’71 joked that Miss Charlotte must have poured some special fertilizer on the School’s soil to make Foxcroft girls special

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and that the fertilizer’s best and most important ingredient was the Understanding Heart. So what is a community of understanding hearts? What or who created it? How is it lived out by our students and alumnae? And how does it continue to flourish at Foxcroft? These next dozen pages explore these questions and provide some answers as they address

a few of the building blocks of Foxcroft’s special community: student life and the residential program; service to others, by alumnae and students, from international endeavors to the most intimate of settings; and traditions — Fox/Hound, of course — which bind us together across differences and through the years. It’s not just individuals who are known and valued at Foxcroft.

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A conversation with

Emily Johns Dean of Student Life By Cristina Santiestevan ’96

Foxcroft welcomed a new Dean of Student Life for the 2016-2017 academic year. Emily Johns brings experience, enthusiasm, and a passion for girls’ education to her role, all of which we discussed one weekday afternoon while students’ voices rang through the halls of Schoolhouse. Tell us a bit about yourself. What led you to pursue a career in girls’ education? Education was always something I wanted to pursue. Both my parents were educators and in administration. And my mom was a really strong force in our local community on Title IX issues. She was fired multiple times — and then reinstated — for some of her pursuits of gender equity in education and athletics. So I grew up feeling really strongly about gender equity. After high school, you left Idaho and traveled across the continent to attend Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) in Lynchburg, VA. What was that like? That experience was so incredibly valuable to me as a developing woman. I could feel whole. I could be athletic. I could be academically motivated. I could be social. I didn’t have to compromise any side of myself. That was just really, really critical for me. Since then, you worked at your alma mater

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and in independent schools, including two all-girls schools, before coming here. What attracted you to Foxcroft? There were a number of things. I loved the setting. I loved the location. I loved the challenge — we are in a time of growth, and it’s exciting to come in and be able to build some programs and update some of our experiences. It’s fun. A good challenge. But one thing I found to be really important for me: the other girls’ schools and the woman’s college where I worked were all founded by men. It was really compelling to think about a school founded by a woman; that had that pioneering spirit behind it. And I found that here. I just love that Miss Charlotte was spirited and gritty and resilient, and it was about hard work and good fun. I could feel that when I was visiting, and I wanted to explore that. And it’s different. It really is different. I think Miss Charlotte was so ahead of her time. She really got girls, and that’s ingrained in

the culture. I’m sure there have been highs and lows, and things that have changed over time, but I think of, for instance, the Fox/Hound tradition — a tradition where every girl has a role, where every girl has a part to play, where every girl gets to shine in some capacity. That is so girl-centered. And not every place does that. A big part of the Foxcroft identity is the idea of a community of understanding hearts. What does that mean to you? When I think of a community of understanding hearts, I think of a compassionate community and an empathetic community; a community that makes room for a variety of students and student experiences. And I think that’s really at the heart of this community. We do a really good job of holding kids — I don’t know of a better way to phrase that — holding them when they are going through significant changes or challenges or struggles. We adults — and

Is that not something you’ve seen with your previous all-girls school experiences? There are kind and compassionate people anywhere you go, but I think in terms of a community ethos, I think that it is different here. The girls just know that’s what a supportive community is. How do you suppose Foxcroft manages to be different in this way? I’m still learning this, but it’s the girls. I think this is a student-driven thing. The girls really value understanding hearts. They get it and they take a lot of pride in it. I think that it

has been passed on for generations, from girl to girl. The faculty also are incredibly sensitive to the various needs of students, work really hard, and are incredibly intentional about meeting each girl where she is. This isn’t about ego. This is about what the student needs. Patience. Flexibility. I think if the adults are modeling that through their actions on a daily basis, the girls just pick up on that. It almost sounds like part of your job is to step back and let the girls take charge. I think that’s absolutely my job. I might develop a curriculum, but then my job is to help the girls feel empowered and to use those skills that we give them. I want it to be substantive. I want them to feel confident. I want them to feel competent. I want them to feel prepared. I think our job is to help them tap into what they

really care about and then figure out the pathways to get there — to whatever goal they’re trying to get to. Foxcroft is not just a community of students. It’s a community of adults as well. Does your office have a role in facilitating the conversation between faculty and students? Yes. So, advising fits in here. We often spend time talking about what positive student support looks like, so that we are nurturing them and also challenging them.

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peers, too — do a pretty good job. They can accept — I think it’s actually more than acceptance — that this kid is going through some stuff right now. And it might be not so great for me right now, but I can understand where she is, and let that be what it is, and still be kind. I am blown away by that with the girls here.

We had a faculty meeting where we talked about supporting students in a more global community. What does student support look like in terms of the advisoradvisee relationship? How do we work with students who are struggling? How do we better recognize those red flags? What does support look like? What does intervention look like?

WHETHER WORKING WITH INTERN Ally Conlon ’18 or advisees Carsyn Betz ’19 and Bella Zhang ’20, Emily seeks to foster confidence and competence in girls.

Get to Know Emily Johns Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID Education: BA in American Studies, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College); MA in English, Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School Family: Chet Johns (husband) and Maddie Johns (daughter, age 12) Pets: Higgins (a dog), Mouse (a cat), and Strawberry (a turtle) She Did It!: As a college volleyball player, held Randolph-Macon’s assist record and was ranked nationally (NCAA Div. III) for service aces. Has retraced the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Not-So-Secret Talents: Draws and paints. Knows a lot of​fun facts about potatoes (She is from Idaho.)

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And then we have conversations when we review all the students and how they are doing. . . . We also do seated lunches on Tuesdays, where we mix things up and faculty members sit with students. We have many different ways of connecting. Dorm life saw a big change this year, with the transition from one Housemother to a team of Dorm Parents. How is that going? There is still a head dorm parent who gives her primary attention to that dorm. But there is now more shared responsibility for caring for the girls. It broadens the pool of go-to people for the girls and creates more connections between the classroom and the residential environment. There are more touch-points with these adults who are invested in who they are and how they are developing. I think it has been a really natural transition for the girls. I have seen really strong relationships forming between students and teachers. It’s more eyes, more ears, more engagement, and I think we’re doing a really good job supporting our students. We really know these girls as a community, and that’s pretty amazing. Are there any other changes coming with dorm life? We’re working to improve our Whip and Prefect program. Starting this spring, we’re going to make sure all the Whips get a foundation in peer counseling. Just basic skills: active listening, basic conflict management, mediation. And then the next year, if they want to be Prefects, they can specialize their skills in a certain area: peer counseling, peer mediation and conflict resolution, international ambassadorship — how to be in tune to the needs of our international students and promote crosscultural exchanges in authentic ways — and diversity and inclusion. Then we’ll have girls with different skill sets in each of the dorms. So whenever there are dorm meetings or conversations, they can help raise the level of dialogue. I think that’s going to make them feel so valued and useful, beyond just taking roll and checking

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EMILY — a Fox — finds Fox/Hound an especially girl-centered tradition that builds community.

girls in. They want to be a part of shaping culture. They want to be a resource to each other. And they want the knowledge. I think these are skills that will help them in life for years. I’m excited. How do you encourage a 13-year-old New Girl to grow into a 17-year-old leader? Do you take an active role? Or do you step back and get out of the way? I think it’s a mix of both. We’re always, as adults, asking questions: “What is she interested in? How can we engage her? How can we give her a moment to shine?” I think, philosophically, our job as a school is to maximize student engagement. The more students who are actively participating in their community, the better for everybody. They feel known. They feel valued. They feel connected. The community is vibrant. How do we foster that? Through advising. Through just knowing the girls. For example, we’ve been talking about what more we can be doing with the sophomores, because they sometimes function like a middle child. They sometimes get lost. They’re not new. They’re not yet in the college process. They need a right of passage. And so, one of our English teachers had a couple sophomores share stories in Morning Meeting during Parents’ Weekend. They were two-and-a-

half minutes. Short, personal narratives that shared something about who they are. It was wonderful. And now I’m thinking we need every sophomore to share a story as a public speaking opportunity and rite of passage, and also for us as a community to know something about them in a bit more formal way. And again, those little things are what build empathy and understanding, too. This is your first year at Foxcroft. What has surprised or delighted or challenged you? Making sure that we remain relevant and that what we do resonates with families and with aspiring high school girls — I think that’s a challenge. So much education reform is taking place. What has delighted me is discovering that the place I hoped this would be was real. It was true. Through the interview process, you kind of wonder, is this a show or is this real? And, what I’ve discovered and have been delighted by is that the people are who I thought they were. The kids are who I thought they were. In terms of the student culture and the way people work together — that’s been a breath of fresh air. It’s really wonderful.

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t’s Friday night at Foxcroft; the end of a long week — and beginning of a busy weekend. In the Dining Hall, there’s a celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with authentic Indian food, presented by the Global Cultures Club. Across campus, We the People (the diversity and inclusion club) is screening The Imitation Game in Roomies, and in Reynolds Dorm girls are wrapping presents for Operation Christmas Child. Further afield, Varsity Field Hockey is at the state tournament in Virginia Beach, the volleyball team has gone to see Penn State play at Maryland, and a half-dozen girls are in Charlottesville enjoying a David Simonett concert. That’s just Friday. On tap for the next two days: a Woodberry ForestEpiscopal football game, visit to the brand new National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and Instrumental Music Club street concert. It’s the weekend! Every weekend may not be as packed as this example, but at Foxcroft, the 60-plus hours between Friday and Monday classes clearly are anything but dull — thanks in part to the Student Activities Committee, which meets with Assistant to the Office of Student Life Josie Ross weekly.

“Our mission is to make our life outside of classes better,” says junior Yiming Zhao, one of six students — two from each grade — on the committee. Adds sophomore Lily Fortsch, “We want everyone to have fun and be productive on weekends and not get bored. So we are trying to change up the activities a bit.” One of the ways the committee is doing this, says Ross, is simply by trying different things — pie-making, “recess,” and spa night; hiking, opera, and theater outings. Making sure there is one on-campus and one off-campus activity each weekend day is another. Perhaps the most important thing is inspiring students to take the lead. Starting this spring, a grant process enables student groups to use designated Office of Student Life funds to help underwrite a community event. “The idea is to engage more people and offer a greater variety of activities that girls are invested in,” says Ross. More busy weekends are on the way as Ross and her committee continue to “change it up.” Says Ross, “We really want to take advantage of the resources around us to offer more activities that reflect the mission of the school and that students are behind.” Adds Fortsch, “Yes, more variety and less shopping.”

Meet Josie Ross ASSISTANT TO THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE, LEAD DORM PARENT (DILLON), AND CLIMBING COACH Hometown: Bad Axe, MI Education: BSW (Social Work), Western Michigan University Family: Ronnie Ross (husband) She Did It!: In two stints with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, Josie participated in 11 community service projects, ranging in length from 1 to 8 weeks in eight states. Secret Talents: She can do a one-handed cartwheel holding a glass of water — and not spill it!

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Jennifer Fill-Crooks ’91 has adopted nine children from around the world — and she’s started a nonprofit to help many more.



n 2004, when Jennifer Fill-Crooks ’91 went to China to adopt a child for the first time, her perspective on the world was turned upside down. The rising Grand Prix show jumper and mother of four was shaken to the core when she walked into the rural orphanage where she and husband Mike found their daughter Sophie.

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“I was so disturbed by what I saw. All these children were living in conditions that were just awful. They were dying of starvation,” Crooks recalls. “I thought to myself, here you are living in this horse world where we spend our time riding horses over little sticks and if someone knocks one of the sticks down people freak out. Meanwhile, these children have nothing. I wanted to forget all about riding and competing and to just go help children.” Back in the States, though, a good friend talked Jennifer out of quitting riding. “She said, you are riding on the national level; if you get to the top level you will make the connections to have a real impact, to do much more for those children.”

2 Jennifer is always surrounded by children, whether they are her family (1) or the residents of Uryadi’s Village. (2).

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Thirteen years, eleven Nations Cups, and nine international adoptions later, Jennifer is having an impact. In 2014, she founded Uryadi’s Village. Named after the horse that carried Jennifer to the summit of show jumping, the nonprofit not only helps rural orphanages care for children, but is also working to change the system itself by creating self-sustaining orphan villages that Crooks believes will save orphans’ lives, help mothers care for and keep their children, and empower local people and economies. And by the way, Jennifer says, her friend was right. Two years after her first trip to China, Jennifer (whose mother is Irish) and Uryadi were representing Ireland in Nations Cup competition. The pair had a lot of success internationally over the next decade and, as Jennifer and Mike continued to adopt children — five from China, four from Ethiopia, and

“I was the only rider at that level with a huge, international family,” says Jennifer, who traveled in two RVs with a nanny and teacher for the kids. “Everyone could see that orphans are not just something I talk about wanting to help; they are truly my life. The other riders at that level became very supportive, and their owners and sponsors did as well.” Jennifer has received encouragement and support from many quarters, ranging from friends and neighbors in Sandpoint, ID, where her family has lived since 2008, to . . . Foxcroft School. The Class of 2018 has selected Uryadi’s Village as the beneficiary of their Junior Class Walk. “I am so excited about the walk! It’s so amazing that the students at a school I left more than 25 years ago want to raise money for this project. I feel like I’ve come full circle,” she says, adding, “Miss Charlotte would be proud.” Jennifer has the kind of generous and understanding heart that Foxcroft’s founder aspired to instill in students, and the School helped develop it. “My time at Foxcroft was the first time I realized how important ‘community’ is to me,” she says. “Foxcroft showed me how much better things are if we support one another. It blows me away that my Foxcroft community is still supporting me.” Jennifer’s desire to have a large and diverse family, however, predates Foxcroft. “I’ve always wanted to adopt,” she says. “I remember when I was a kid and Benetton had that advertising campaign about the United Colors of Benetton, and they had photos of people who were all different colors — and I said ‘I want to have a family like that.’ I’m not sure why, but I just did.” So, after becoming a stepmother to Mike’s two children, and having two biological kids of her own, Jennifer was ready. She and Mike adopted their first child from China because she had lived in Hong Kong as a child. Then they adopted a child from

Ethiopia because of a book she read about the country’s HIV Crisis and the thousands of orphans that resulted. “Ethiopia has the largest percentage of children in orphanages in the world, nearly five million,” says Jennifer. “When I first visited the country it was so devastating. It made the situation in China look good. . . I knew very quickly that I wanted to work in Ethiopia. The country has such challenges.” One of those challenges is sustainable agriculture, so Jennifer went to the Quail Ridge Permaculture Center to learn about it. There she met world-renowned design consultant Warren Brush, who helped create a site design building and agriculture plan for Uryadi Village’s first big project. Last summer, construction began on Wolayta Village, which will consist of family-style huts to house about 60 children and seven housemothers, a community center, health clinic, bakery, and small factory to make a protein-rich Ethiopian staple called mitten — as well as gardens, ponds, livestock, and food forests. Wolayta will be an integrated, sustainable system that provides nearly all of its own food, water, energy, housing, and economic needs while nourishing the community and ecological systems around it. Jennifer continues her crusade, traveling back and forth between Ethiopia and Idaho. “I believe each child is born with the right to be nourished, clothed, and loved,” she says. And, if Jennifer has anything to say about it, every child that comes into her care will get just that.

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he Junior Class Walk-a-Thon (now Walk) began in 1986, when the Class of 1987 raised over $1,500 for the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). The following year, the Junior Class decided to walk again, in support of Teen Mothers, Inc., and a tradition was born. Originally, participants walked eight miles to Middleburg and back, but the route has changed over the years. Currently, it follows much of the crosscountry course on campus and includes a fun color run.

The causes supported by the Walk have varied as well, from Alternative House, in Dunn Loring, VA, and the pediatric AIDS hospital unit in Accra, Ghana, to the Polaris Project, Heifer International, and, in 2015, LAWS again. Classes decide the Walk’s beneficiary during their sophomore year; individual students can advocate for a specific cause, and a class vote determines the next year’s beneficiary. Last spring, Rachel Brown ’18 knew immediately what to propose: Uryadi’s Village. Rachel’s mother, Susie Weyer Brown ’89, had been an “unofficial” Old Girl to its founder, Jennifer Fill-Crooks ’91 when she arrived at Foxcroft. Over the years, they stayed in touch and Rachel and her mother learned about Uryadi’s Village. Each sophomore proposing a cause for Walk has to advocate for it in front of the entire class. Rachel’s description of Uryadi’s Village was moving and effective. “Once Rachel started talking, we pretty much knew that was what we wanted to support,” said Trinity Patterson, Junior Class president. “It is a great cause, and the personal Foxcroft connection made it even more meaningful.” — Alexander O. Northrup, Junior Class Advisor

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Jennifer’s niece — the elite show-jumping world took notice.

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HAT IS IT ABOUT FOX/HOUND? How has this unique tradition persisted for 103 years? When did it permeate the soul of the School, giving students and alumnae a bond that transcends time, type, and generational gaps to foster a community of understanding hearts?

By Cathrine Wolf


And why is it that no matter what the age, no matter where the encounter, when two Foxcroft women meet, one of the first questions — “THE first question,” corrects Laura Block, Fox Captain 2006-07 — they ask each other is, “Are you a Fox or a Hound?”

July 2005. I had been at Foxcroft about three days when art teacher (and not-yet Foxy Fellow) Gary Cox appeared in my office, introduced himself, and said, “I don’t know if anyone has told you this yet, but this Fox/Hound tradition is the biggest thing around here. Nothing else comes close.” Right, I thought, having experienced something similar when I was at a girls boarding school in New England decades earlier. Reds and Blues was fun and engaging — yet it had died out by the end of my sophomore year. We’ll see. Then, the Foxcroft students returned to campus. The officers and mascots, wearing their color-coded knit hats, seemed to be everywhere. The day after the new girls arrived came

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to skip Sing Sings as a freshman,” recalled Amber Evans Ludeman ’04 in the Centennial Memory Book. Then she saw Hound Cheerleader Ella Slone Cunliffe ’01 running up and down the field hockey sidelines bursting with energy and enthusiasm. “She didn’t know it, but she was making me believe.”

“I love Choosings,” says senior Leland Burke, a fourth-generation Hound and this year’s Painter. “I love the ritual of it, the drums and the songs, and the sprinkling of Hound (or Fox) dust on the New Girls.”

International students are sometimes at a loss about the tradition. “Never having experienced any form of school spirit back in South Korea, I thought Fox/Hound was childish and worthless, a source of division, not unity, in the student body,” recalled JiMin Yoo ’16 in a college essay. Three years later, she was Fox Assistant Cheerleader, and she felt that “participating in Fox/ Hound taught me to appreciate the value of community and friendship.”

Choosings, which immediately gives every girl an affiliation, is Fox/Hound Community Builder #1. “I love the idea of giving each girl a group to belong to, one that you’re not voted on or elected to. It is all random unless you are family,” says Daphne Bedford Wooten ’81, who is a Fox because her mother and grandmother were Foxes — even though her dad’s family was full of Hounds. “I think Fox/Hound is Foxcroft. We all remember if we were Fox or Hound, the Sing Sings, and the pageantry. . . It is something we carry with us away from Foxcroft; it is part of all Foxcroft girls.” And it is contagious. That’s Fox/Hound Community Builder #2. How many girls resist at first? “I lied about homework

For the mother of Po-An “Brianna” Ma, a freshman from Taipei, Taiwan, the conversion was quick. It came during Fox/ Hound Basketball, as she watched Brianna score several baskets for the Hounds’ Middle Team. “This is amazing! I LOVE IT!” she yelled above the din. “I want to be one of them!” That may be Fox/Hound Community Builder #3. If you didn’t go to Foxcroft, you can’t really be a

Fox or a Hound. True, faculty and staff are chosen, and families adopt their daughter’s team, but they are, at best, associate members. “There are certain things about being a Foxcroft girl that no one else will ever understand,” says Shannon Walker, Hound Captain 2006-07. “Fox/Hound is one of those things . . . And being part of a tradition like that makes you feel that you are part of something bigger than you.” For some, it’s truly a family tradition. Leland is the third Hound Painter in the family, joining mom Martha Spencer Burke ’80 and great-grandmother Mary Custis Lee deButts ’18 (and the banner she made is still in the collection.) Grandmother Molly deButts Spencer ’50 was busy as head of the Honor Council, but she played on Hound teams and still enjoys coming to Big Game. Leland’s aunts, Custis Spencer Glover ’75 and Anne Spencer Zapletal ’88, were both Hound captains. In August, younger sister Ellen will be a freshman. Leland grew up with Fox/Hound — she remembers her grandmother singing "Dirge” and still has the Hound sweatshirt she


1. Laura Block and Shannon Walker, both ’07, were best friends before they were Captains, and even better friends afterwards. 2. Freshman Fox Louise Whitner and her mom, Cricket Bedford ‘85 share a passion for the blue and white. 3. Leland Burke ’17 is the third Hound Painter in the family. The last was her mother, Martha Spencer Burke '80.



4. Martha showed plenty of spirit by joining Susan Young McCaskey ’90 in the Centennial Celebration’s Fox/Hound field hockey game.

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Choosings. Faculty orientation had made it clear: This is important to the girls; Fox or Hound, get excited when you are chosen. No problem. Sitting in that circle on the grass behind Covert, with the girls in their team colors closing in on you as the sun set and the tiki torches blazed, one couldn’t help but be excited.

got in fourth grade. But being a Hound is different than being related to a Hound, or even a whole pack of Hounds. “The respect that everyone has for the tradition and the desire to preserve everything surprised me; it’s really strong,” she says, noting the detailed instructions she received in the Painter’s book that came with her hat and cummerbund. Being a Painter means hours and hours of work — making signs and buttons, setting up and taking down banners, participating in meetings and Sing Sings. “But it is so gratifying when girls show up and participate,” she says. “Being an officer is a way to give back.” Freshman Louise Whitner has just begun her Foxy journey, and she’s taking it all in, including tryouts (she made Big Team in field hockey and basketball), New Girl Runnings (she did not make it to the top of the gazebo first, as her grandmother, Lily Fleming Norton ’56, and mother, Cricket Bedford ’85, did), and the wild week leading up to the Battle for the Cup. “I love how everyone gets into it,” says Louise. “I never experienced anything like that before, with everyone getting so involved. It’s fun to participate in something that

isn’t book-related. It’s a chance to become closer with students that you don’t know from class or eating lunch. It breaks some barriers.” There’s Fox/Hound Community Builder #4: Everyone works together regardless of grade, history, or interests. Freshmen and seniors may be on a team together. A sophomore who can’t dribble a basketball helps hang banners for Big Game. The inclusiveness and appreciation of different talents are reflected at Teas held before big competitions, when each girl gets a role, be it timekeeper or flower girl. It is evident, too, in the officer ranks. “Fox/Hound offers 14 leadership positions that would not exist otherwise,” Shannon points out. “And they aren’t just for athletes. My manager, Madeleine Rafferty ’07, never really played sports but she got her time to shine, she got to be the events planner, and to be an important part of the tradition. Different roles accommodate different skills — Painter for the artist, Cheerleader for the

extrovert — and they band together to harness the collective power of community and relationships. “Fox/Hound is very interdependent,” adds Shannon. “It’s about teams, and not just the teams you play on, but also the leadership team, and the groups that gather to get ready for a Sing Sing or paint a banner. It’s about teams and people working together, which leads to really strong relationships being formed. That shared experience is a very important part of forming friendships that are going to last forever.”

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Head of School Cathy McGehee (Fox) adds, “It’s so important to link the generations together through Fox/Hound. But it’s also important developmentally that, when society is telling girls to grow up so quickly, Fox/Hound allows them to play, to have fun. Yes it’s serious business, but it’s also good, clean fun.” Cricket Bedford ’85 was Fox Cheerleader and hasn’t lost a bit of the enthusiasm that once prompted her and Captain Polly

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Fox/Hound is one of those things that stays with you. You might forget what you learned in chemistry class, the grades you got, or who you roomed with each year, but the Fox/Hound traditions and friendships stand the test of time. — Martha Spencer Burke ’80

Riemenschneider Gardiner ’85 — still great friends after 32 years — to hire a plane to fly over Fox/Hound Field during Big Game Field Hockey pulling a “Go Foxes” banner. “Miss Charlotte was brilliant,” Cricket declares. “To think that in 1914 this woman figured out this great activity that equalizes everyone — it doesn’t matter where you come from in Fox/Hound, there’s a place for everyone — and then she made it studentrun so that we had to learn all kinds of leadership and organizational skills. “Most of all, I love the spirit of it,” she adds. “I want Louise to experience the fun of really getting behind something and giving it your all — but also the great lesson that you can be best friends and play your hardest against each other, but when it’s over, it’s over.” And that is Fox/Hound Community Builder #5. Actually, it’s more like the alpha and omega of Fox/Hound and the reason that it helps create a community of understanding hearts. This friendly rivalry is more about “friendship in rivalry” — the premise that no matter how fiercely you battle your rival on the court or field, you are first, last, and always “friends through ’til the end.”

Perhaps no pair understands this better than Shannon and Laura, Hound and Fox captains in 2006-07. Fast friends then and now, they led their teams with spirit and passion — and also with admiration for their opponents. “We were really supportive of each other in our roles as counterparts and we respected each other,” says Laura. “But it wasn’t just about our friendship; we cared about Fox/Hound, about the tradition, about our teams, and especially about the underclassmen and making sure that they were engaged.” Still, when the Foxes, who had won virtually nothing during their first three years, won Little and Middle games in basketball and came close to upsetting a varsity-laden Hound team in Big Game, emotions had to be high. Laura, a three-sport athlete who says “sports gave me my identity at Foxcroft,” and Shannon are both intense competitors and clearly gave everything they had to the game — until the final whistle blew. “As captain, the second the game is over, you get your team together for a second, you shake hands with the other team, and then you link arms with the other captain

and address the whole entire arena,” Shannon says. “We knew other people were watching us, especially the underclassmen,” says Laura. “We took our roles as captains very seriously; we felt it was our duty to maintain the tradition as we interpreted it. True friends through to the end and all that. “I like that notion that the world changes and Foxcroft evolves over the years,” she adds, “but no matter what, the tradition still provides the same foundation in terms of its meaning and gives a common sense of identity to so many people.” Which brings us back to the first question: Are you a Fox or a Hound? If the tradition is about friendship and inclusivity, why do Foxcroft women always ask each other that question? “I don’t think it matters if you are a Fox or a Hound,” Shannon says. “By asking that question we are saying we have this special shared experience and you know exactly what I am talking about. We are drawn together, even though I have no idea who you are, and we are connected through this, and it’s special because no one else understands it.”

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An Exceptional Proficiency Using the EP program to become a doula.

By Shelly Betz, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Marketing


achel Brown ’18 is a girl on a mission — and it’s no ordinary mission. By the time you finish reading this story, she will likely have achieved something that few her age have accomplished: becoming a certified doula. The junior from Marshall, VA, has spent the past seven months working towards earning that title as a professional who is trained to provide non-medical support to women during childbirth. Ultimately, Rachel wants to become an obstetrician. One of more than a dozen Foxcroft students using the Exceptional Proficiency (EP) program to pursue their passion in a specific discipline by training off campus while maintaining high academic standards, Rachel is in a class by herself, both literally and figuratively. “I guess I’m the exception because I don’t always know when I’ll be needed. If a woman goes into labor at two o’clock in the morning, I have to be by her side to support her as a doula,” she says, noting that other EP students typically have predictable times away. “It’s such an amazing experience to be there when a new life comes into Rachel and mentor Tabitha Kaza helped the world.” Kasey bring baby Kaya into the world!

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It’s fair to say that Rachel sees childbirth It’s such an through a different amazing experience lens — and has for a very long time. While to be there when a her third-grade friends new life comes into were entertained by the world. Disney movies and other television programs — Rachel Brown ’18 with colorful characters, Rachel was enthralled by childbirth videos. At the time, her mother Susie Weyer Brown ’89 was in nursing school and often took Rachel along for some of her night shift duties at the hospital. The two bonded over what they called “Princess Shift,” which included bandaged Care Bears, kid scrubs, and a few other medical accessories for Rachel. “It was so much fun! I felt like I was really treating people,” she recalls. “I was around seven years old when I saw my first childbirth video. Even then, it seemed perfectly natural to me. I was never really grossed out about it,” she said. Alongside her doula mentor, Tabitha Kaza, Rachel has participated in four births since last summer, all before turning 17. And while her age is not something that she openly volunteers to a mother-to-be, Rachel has been complimented about her level of maturity. “Most

At first, Kaza was hesitant to work with a teenager. She knows that there can be unexpected complications during a birth, and it’s essential that a doula maintains a calm and caring demeanor throughout the process. Maturity comes with age and experience, she thought, but any reservations about Rachel were quickly dismissed when she got to know her. “After our first meeting, I knew that she was passionate about becoming a certified doula. I explained all the risks and went over things that can go wrong during childbirth, and she was not the slightest bit deterred,” says Kaza. “After our first birth together, I knew that I would be honored to see her become a practicing doula.”

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times, they have no idea how young I am. What matters to them is that I was there and helped in some way,” she says.

Thinking back on Rachel’s early fascination with babies, her mother, Susie, has nothing but praise for her. “I am in awe of her, because she is incredibly focused and extraordinarily driven. Rachel seemed to know what she wanted to be at a very early age,” says Susie. “I have told her that, if she ever changes her mind and wants to do something else in her career, it’s okay. But she has never wavered from her goal of becoming an obstetrician.” Before finishing high school, Rachel has plans to work with teen moms and disadvantaged women to provide doula services as a volunteer. “As a certified doula, I will have my own business, but it’s not about making money,” she says. “It’s about helping young women when they need someone to be there. This is what I am meant to do.”

Whether it is your 5th or 65th, or somewhere in between, we invite you to come back to Foxcroft to celebrate your Reunion! Our new cluster reunion format brings together friends from neighboring classes.

Save the Date! Reunion 2018 — April 19-22 For these Classes: 2013 (5th Reunion), 2004, 2003, 2002, 1993 (25th Reunion), 1984, 1983, 1982, 1968 (50th Reunion), 1964, 1963, 1962, 1949, 1948, 1947, 1934, 1933, 1932

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Centennial Campaign Update Into the Future By Marion L. Couzens

1. Seniors Chloe Xu and Elle Lassiter held the ribbon for Head of School Cathy McGehee, former head Mary Louise Leipheimer, and Board members Anne Michele Lyons Kuhns ’87, Mercedes Rudkin Gotwald ’72, Ellen MacNeille Charles ’55, and Victoria B. Mars ’74. 2. Speakers included Mercedes, Cathy, Anne Michele, Chloe, and the Rev. Robert L. Banse, Jr.

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COURT. For eight decades of Foxcroft women, that single word evokes memories of their teenage years. From its beginnings as a new dormitory with music practice rooms on the first floor to its years housing the freshmen and then upperclassmen, and on to its new role as the welcome center for the School, Court House, as it was first known, has embraced a myriad of occupants and purposes. Last September, the Foxcroft community — students, faculty, staff, and parents — along with Board members past and present, donors to the Residential Initiative, and the Alumnae Council all honored the beloved building with a rededication ceremony celebrating its handsome renovation and its new role in the life of the School. In her speech, Mercedes Rudkin Gotwald ’72, Trustee and Chair of the Advancement Committee of the Board, spoke of the journey to that rededication day. “Although the Board would have liked to return Court to its former glory as a dormitory, the cost to do so was prohibitive. Thus, the Board was faced with a critical decision, to either tear Court down or find a new use for it that would preserve one of the oldest buildings on campus,” she said.

“The result: this beautiful building, which from the outside looks like the Court we have all known and loved, but on the inside represents the latest thought in collaboration, technology, and workplace environment,” she said.

In addition to the renovation of Court, the Residential Initiative included major updates to Applegate, Dillon, Orchard, and Reynolds. They all received new bathrooms, paint, flooring, and external doors last summer. Their windows were replaced a year earlier, resulting in greater energy efficiencies for each building, and new furniture for all four buildings arrived recently. The existing faculty apartments have all received facelifts, too, and new faculty apartments were created in Applegate and Dillon. “I hope you enjoy seeing what your generosity and that of over 100 other donors has accomplished,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees Anne Michele Lyons Kuhns ’87 in concluding the rededication ceremony. “Thank you, thank you to all who have invested in Foxcroft with a gift to this campaign!”

Of the $75 million goal for Foxcroft’s Centennial Campaign, $71.8 million has been raised for the Residential Initiative and for endowment. This extraordinary fundraising effort has lifted Foxcroft’s endowment to $71 million and has renewed the residential buildings that play such an important part in each student’s Foxcroft experience. With just $3.2 million — including $275,000 for the Court Challenge — remaining to be raised overall, the campaign is entering its final phase.

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“Appreciating the history of this beautiful building and its importance to many alumnae over many years, the Board chose the latter and proposed creating a space that would house the external arm of the School — Admissions, Marketing and Communications, the Office of Institutional Advancement, and the Business Office. As it is the student energy that fuels each of these offices and best represents the School for families visiting campus, the trustees felt compelled to also create a place for students. Thus, the school store, the mailroom, the patio, and our beautiful seminar room were added to the plans.”

There is still time to participate in the Centennial Campaign. The Court Challenge, in particular, offers a wonderful opportunity to maximize your gift; it is a dollar-for-dollar match that, when met, fully funds and endows Court.

WHERE STUDENTS ONCE SLEPT AND STUDIED, visitors now find a welcoming lobby, high-tech conference room, and stylish school store.

Court Dollar-for-Dollar Challenge GOAL $900,000 | REMAINING TO BE RAISED $295,000

If you would like to make a gift to the Court Challenge or any other part of Foxcroft’s Centennial Campaign, please contact Marion L. Couzens, Director of Institutional

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Successful Successions Thank you, Reggie! Foxcroft’s Board of Trustees is comprised of talented and dedicated individuals whose passion for and commitment to the School ensures that it continues to be strategically well-positioned for the future. For the past three years, REGGIE GROVES ’76 has served the Board as its Chair. Under her leadership, the trustees completed several major initiatives — hiring a new Head of School, launching the Centennial Campaign, creating a new Strategic Plan, and revising the Campus Master Plan — and continued to refine financial modeling to ensure that Foxcroft maximizes the impact of the extraordinary gift to the School made by Ruth Bedford ’32. The completion of the new Strategic Plan was the culmination of work that began with the Centennial and is inclusive of the voices of the entire constituency — students, trustees, administrators, faculty, alumnae, and parents. This document will guide the School as it moves forward, by

communicating its goals for the next five years and the actions needed to achieve those goals. The revised Campus Master Plan — a physical manifestation of the Strategic Plan — reflects the tremendous progress that has been made in updating and improving the campus and its buildings. It calls for a Performing Arts Center — which is the only unrealized aspect of the 2003 Master Plan — and the renovation of Schoolhouse, including expanded STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) facilities. At Reggie’s retirement from the Board, the School is well situated for the future with Cathy’s successful transition, strong Board leadership, a solid financial foundation, and strategic and a campus master plans that will guide future decisions — as well as a vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and administrators. The Centennial

Welcome, Anne Michele! In 2016, the Board voted ANNE MICHELE LYONS KUHNS ’87 to succeed Reggie as Board Chair. Anne Michele, who joined the Board in July 2010, has chaired the Investment Committee, served as Vice Chair, and led the Head of School Transition Committee. Her financial expertise, leadership and management style, and collaborative nature, as well as her passion for the School, make her an exceptional Board Chair.

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Campaign has raised $71 million towards its goal of $75 million, and the fruits of these fundraising efforts can be seen in Stuart Hall and other dormitories, the repurposing of Court, and the growth in the endowment. While there is still work to be done, the School continues to move closer to realizing its dreams — and Foxcroft extends a huge thank you to Reggie for her outstanding leadership of the Board into the School’s second century.

Welcome also to ANNE HARRISON ARMSTRONG ’75, JOHN CUNNINGHAM P ’15, LAUREN EDGERTON ’04, and NATALIE JAMES WILTSHIRE ’95, who all joined the Board last fall — and heartfelt thanks to ELLEN MacNEILLE CHARLES ’55 and PENNY DENÈGRE P ’05, whose terms have ended. Their dedication, hard work, and passion will benefit generations of Foxcroft girls.

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The Parents’ Association enriches community and student experience The Parents’ Association exists to foster a sense of community between and among the parents, as well as with the faculty and staff, and to enhance the student experience. Here are just a few ways it does that: • Provides a forum (regular meetings) for school administrators to give parents updates • Greets new parents during Opening Days • Serves as a resource to parents, especially early on • Offers opportunities for parents near and far to be involved in the School • Conducts one annual fundraiser, the Silent Auction (which raised about $30,000 last fall) • Supports sports teams with gameday snacks, Athletic Awards Dinner desserts, and attendance at games

And here are the people leading these efforts this year as the 2016-17 officers: • CRICKET MACDONALD, President (Charlotte '12, Lilly '14, Grace '19) • SUELLEN WEST, Vice President (Cat '18) • LAURINDA CLEMENTE, Secretary & Parents Council of Washington Representative (Amanda '19) • LISA WOODS, Treasurer (Lindsay '17) • LIZANNE DRISKILL, Silent Auction Chair (Holland '19) • JAN BUFFENBARGER, Parents' Association Athletic Coordinator (Allison '17, Haley '19) • JEN LASSITER, Performing Arts Coordinator (Elle '17) The Parents’ Association’s good works are just one more aspect of Foxcroft’s community of understanding hearts. If you’re interested in volunteering, please compete the Volunteer Form at — Terry Meyer, Institutional Advancement

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When students venture to college, leaving the safety net of campus, they are challenged with choices and When students venture to college, decisions will frame future. they are leavingthat the safety nettheir of Foxcroft, The Young Alumnae Committee’s goal challenged with choices and decisions is to keep these women connected that will frame their future. The to Young the School and to a network of alumnae Alumnae Committee’s goal is to keep these as mentor and guides. The Social women connected to the School and to encourages post-collegiate alumnae a network of alumnae as mentors and to connect regionally outside of guides. The Social Committee encourages reunions — at a casual happypost-collegiate alumnae to connect hour gathering, an afternoon regionally outside of reunions — at at the races, or a gallery aopening. casual happy-hour gathering, The Reunion an afternoon at the races, or a Committee works to create gallery opening. Reunion a weekend of eventsThe to help alumnae of all ages connect Committee works to create with current students and each a weekend of events to help other on campus. alumnae of all ages connect

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with current students and each As the Alumnae Council strives to other on reconnect alumnae tocampus. the School, the students, and each other, I must ask, how As the Alumnae Council strives to will you connect with your fellow alumnae reconnect alumnae to the School, the this year? Alumnae worldwide help the students, and each other, I must ask, how Council maintain Foxcroft relationships. will you connect your fellow alumnae Please contact us atwith alumnae@foxcroft. this year? Alumnae worldwide help the org to help us bring together the Foxcroft Council maintain Foxcroft relationships. women in your area.

to support each other as we go to The Council’s vision is to make college, enter careers, and start families. the entire Alumnae Association a Its committees aim to give each alumna working network to support each other as access to this network, regardless of weher golocation to college, enter of careers, and or stage life, and to start families. Its committees aim to give communicate alumnae wishes and each alumna to this network, regardless needs access to the School.

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Alumnae Association Office of Institutional Advancement Foxcroft School P.O. Box 5555 Middleburg, VA 20118


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Sports Hall of Fame | Nomination Form I would like to nominate the following individual for Foxcroft’s Sports Hall of Fame Nominee’s Full Name :

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On the Road

On the Road Taking her mission to connect with friends of Foxcroft literally, Head of School Cathy McGehee took to the air and the road, visiting seven cities and nearly 100 alumnae and parents since school started in August.


Even when Cathy was not in attendance, Foxcroft alumnae continued to connect with one another or with other members of the Foxcroft family, reinforcing the Foxcroft thread from Hong Kong to Texas and many places in between.

1. In February, Susan Paul Gardner '66, Jane Foster '65, and Polly Norris '72 joined Head of School Cathy McGehee for lunch at the home of Beatty Page Cramer '66 (right). 2. Dede Shook Merck '74 and her four-legged friend warmly welcomed Cathy to their home. 3. Cathy visited with Baroness Didi Ladd d'Anglejan '53 over coffee at her home.


4. Mercedes Rudkin Gotwald '72 and Dede Pickering Bossidy '71 treated Cathy to a little fun and sun while she was in town.

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5 6 5. Family and friends joined Helen Kleberg Groves '45 for lunch at The Argyle Club when Cathy visited San Antonio in January. Guests included (front row, left-right) Leslie Liedtke Fertitta '97, Mrs. Groves, Cina Alexander Forgason '73, Jill Leberknight (former faculty); (back row) Emory Alexander Hamilton '70, Becky Daniel '04, Leslie Clement '62, Marion Couzens (Foxcroft’s Director of Institutional Advancement), and Claudine and David Lee, parents of Kayla Lee '19. 6. Cathy had a lovely evening with Lou Womack (Louisa Womack Mayfield '93, Virginia Nell Womack Duncan '96) at her San Antonio home.

7. Several Houston alumnae — (front row, left-right) Camille Phillips '00, Sydney Harris '00, Jessica Walker Davis '05, (back row) Brigitte Wrench '99, Cathy, Marion, and Henrietta Alexander '76 had a chance to catch up over lunch.


8. In Houston, Cathy had a special visit with Nancy and Ron Lindquist (Kylie Drennon '00, Kristina Lindquist '10) over dinner. 9. In November, Vicki Threlfall '81, Kaye Durham '81, and Kimberley Elting '82 enjoyed an evening with several other alumnae at a gathering at Kaye’s Dallas home.


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10. Caroline Huckabay '14 helped Cathy at a school fair during Cathy's October trip to Lexington, KY.



12. During a November trip to Asia, Associate Director of Enrollment Brileigh Pinkney caught up with alumnae Sara Aitcheson '95 and Carol Wang '95 in Hong Kong.

New Jersey 11. In September, Cathy received a warm welcome over lunch from several “Jersey girls,” including Phyllis Blythe (Kendall '83), Terry Lynne Garvey '10, Margaret Wilmer Bartlett '62, and Kendall Blythe '83.

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13. In Tokyo, Brileigh attended a middle school fair with Kaori Idehara, mother of Sakiko ’18.


14. She also visited with Hiroko Watanabe '92 and Kayoko Hirata '07 while in Japan.

Gone Away

Gone Away Send your Gone Away and Milestones news to the Office of


Institutional Advancement at

BETSY BABCOCK MOULTON: I have many happy memories of my four years at Foxcroft: basketball (go Foxes!) and tennis. I remember meeting Jimmy Van Alen (best known for being the founder of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the largest tennis museum in the world). He complimented me on my tennis! I was a lousy student, met many nice girls, and Miss Charlotte was a wonderful lady.

Foxcroft School, P.O. Box 5555, Middleburg, VA, 20118, or email them to When submitting photos, please send high-resolution (300 dpi


or better) digital files or clear,

FRANCES CHESTON TRAIN: Just turned 90 — all is well. Six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. Writing new memoir — hunting and fishing stories, travel vignettes, and Foxcroft memories including the week that six members of the Foxcroft Corps spent with the WACS in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA (1943) when I was a junior at Foxcroft!

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SUKIE KUSER: I finally retired in January. Five years ago I moved to a retirement home which is about five blocks from MAGGIE STEHLI KELLY but we’re both pretty busy and don’t get together much.

1. Pickett Randolph ’56 and Mareen del Mar Hughes ’55 2. Patricia Peabody Davies ’57 and her family spent two weeks in France.



HEIDI NITZE: My ties to Foxcroft go way back. My mother, PHYLLIS PRATT NITZE, was in the Class of 1930 and later became Chairman of the Board of Trustees. When I was a student there, Miss Charlotte was still “The Boss” and a real presence in our lives. She created the Honor Code and expected us to share her high ideals. I remember her love of horses and riding. Who could forget her elegant dress uniform of top hat, white cravat, and long black coat for side-saddle competitions? I am still deeply grateful to her and the School. I went to Wellesley House College and then to art school in Boston. I am still a practicing artist, painting and making limited editions of my pictures, which I sell from my studio.

ADELA BARTHOLOMEW WILMERDING: Our daily inspiration is the distant view of the Sound and Connecticut River. Come see — only five minutes south of I-95, Exit 70.


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SOPHY DOUB BURNHAM: In August 2015, I published a new novel, Love, Alba, my 14th book, fifth novel, and first romance novel. But it’s not your usual romance: The heroine is over 60 and the story is told by her witty, snarky cat, Alba. It has gotten wonderful reviews and won the Indiefab Book of the Year Award for Romance. This award covers all the books from independent, university, and small presses in the country, so I am very pleased. Also, this fall a book of poetry, Falling: Love-Struck: the God Poems, will be published by Finishing Line Press. Meanwhile, I play with my four grandchildren and am trying to downsize, have less, fewer THINGS.


3 3. Wendy Wick Chase (left) and Diana Hardin Walker, both Class of 1959, get together regularly between Sun Valley and Bellevue, ID.

JOY SHEAFFER HALL: I send my love to all, nothing new here. My grandchildren are all well and happy as are my daughters. My great-granddaughter was a year old June 4th — so exciting — and my youngest grandson is finishing ninth grade. Best wishes, love ya, Joy.


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4. Ada Gates Patton ’61 presented the winning trophy at Panama Racetrack in November 2016. 5. Margaret Wilmer Bartlett ’62 and family 6. Margaret Erb Atkinson ’73 sent this family shot of (leftright) Vivian Atkinson (great-granddaughter of Imogene); Dorothy Campbell, Walker Atkinson (great-grandson), Stuart Atkinson (great-grandson) on Honeybee, Imogene Falls Erb ’44, and Jocelyn Atkinson. 7. Victoria Mars ’74 and daughter Bernadette Schuetz Russell ’03 (on right) joined more family members for a photo.

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PATRICIA PEABODY DAVIES: Just back from the trip of a lifetime — took my two “kids” and three grandchildren to France for two weeks. We spent three days in Paris, took the TGV (highspeed) train to Avignon, and rented a wonderful house in Bonnieux for nine days. Everyone voted it the BEST family vacation ever!

RANDY CLIFFORD WIGHT: I had a wonderful visit with my wonderful roommate at Foxcroft, WENDY WICK CHASE, who lives in Idaho. What fun we had. If any Foxcroftie comes to Nantucket, we would love to see you.


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ANNE LUETKEMEYER STONE: Had my first grandchild last year at age 74! Never too late. Both sons are doing well; life is good.

BETTY SHAW WEYMOUTH: Always discovering something new to try! NIA (Non-Impact Aerobics) is a dance exercisemovement to music — great fun and full-body workout. Still practicing Pilates and gardening.



SHELDON GERRY WITHERS: Another special little girl arrived September 30, our third granddaughter: Aurelia Hawthorn Withers. Her family moved from Pelham, NY, to beautiful Charlotte, VT. They have a fantastic house on 11 acres overlooking Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and Green Mountains. Son, Averell, is taking a break from the stress-filled job in NYC to enjoy being with his family. Natasha has a super job with a hospital associated with the University of Vermont Medical School. All is happiness and skiing is back in their lives: a compulsory school sport!! Paul and I remain in Georgia which, until October, hadn’t experienced a hurricane for 125 years. Matthew made up for lost time. We had significant damage but lost nothing that couldn’t be replaced. We are healthy and enjoy our life and visits to the UK and Fishers Island.


MARGARET WILMER BARTLETT: I gave the keynote speech at my 50th reunion at Western College for Women, which is now part of Miami University of Ohio. A chapter of my dissertation will be published by Journal of Cyprus Studies this autumn 2016. Marshall and I completed our rose garden this month.

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MARGARET REYNOLDS MACKELL: My husband Tom and I are thoroughly enjoying our seven grandchildren. They age from 20 to 6 years old. We took two teenage granddaughters on a cruise for their spring break — lots of fun! I still summer in my beloved Northern Michigan where I see Foxcroft grads MINA JONES COX ’58 and MARY LU HARDAWAY LAMPTON ’66. I volunteer often and happily at Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts — it is a city treasure. Sending hugs to all of my Class of ’63 pals!

8. Reggie Groves ’76 with son, Robert, mother, Una, and family 9. Trevania Dudley Henderson ’76, with husband, John, and son, Cole


10. Jim and Stewart Chapman Herbert ’77 with Browning (son), J.J., baby June Barrett, and daughter Tommie '05 11. Sally Bartholomay Downey ’78 with her husband and grandchildren 12. Kaye Durham ’81 and children, Mary Park ’17, Virginia, and John


SARAH HATCH: Continue to enjoy Foxcroft-formed friendships with MIMI WOODVILLE SNYDER and WENDY COWPERTHWAITE CALHOUN. New (first) granddaughter Freya James Herron. Still traveling but now also settling in the Berkshires in Western MA.

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13. Children of DD Alexander Matz ’81: Robert, Arthur, Lucy ’16, and Alex


14. Evie Davis Dutton ’82, husband, Phillip, and daughters, Lee Lee, Mary, and Olivia


15. Elizabeth Hazard ’82 and family

CYNTHIA BARRY SHEA: My daughter, Emily Bidwell, was married August 27th to Matthew Caws in Brooklyn. Read about this in the New York Times Sunday, September 4th “Vows” section article entitled “The Atlantic Ocean is No Obstacle.” Very happy time. Also, my granddaughter, Athena Monroe, visited Foxcroft and is eager to pursue her riding there in the future!


JANE CONVERSE MILLER: I had a wonderful time at the 50th Reunion with BEATTY PAGE CRAMER, MARY LU HARDAWAY LAMPTON, MINA MARVEL AUSTIN, DIANA POST, ALIX BOURNIQUE, ALLIE CUSHING HOWARD, WENDY NEEL ELLSWORTH, and CARTER BURNS CUNNINGHAM. The alumnae ride was SO much fun! Thank you to my mount, “Stanley.” In September, I had a fantastic cycling tour of Napa and Sonoma — cycling was challenging, scenes were awesome, the people were interesting and enjoyable, and the wine and food, magical! Four fabulous grandchildren and I am still hard at work in educational publishing!

16. Katie Thompson ’84 and her other half, Matt 17. Missy Tochterman ’88’s daughter, Sitina 18. Carla Rodil Ciperski ’88, husband, Adam, and children, Theo and Sofia



19. Nancy Shuford Bledsoe ’89 and family


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BARBARA LORD EDWARDS: This year has been filled with all kinds of emotional ups and downs. Our youngest daughter, Courtney, was married in June to Matthew Kahn who has become a terrific addition to our family. Her two sisters, Caroline and Lorrie, were in the wedding as well and it was such fun! In April, my sister, LISA LORD GILLESPIE ’68 and I lost our beloved mom, BARBARA HARTLEY LORD ’41 at the age of 92. Two weeks before she died she was honored as Foxcroft’s Distinguished Alumna and Lisa accepted it for her at Foxcroft. I had the honor of being invited to my daughter’s Bahamas bachelorette party so I was there knowing mom would approve! The day after our return, we all raced down to Southampton, as mom was fading, but not before she had time to say "I love you" to all her family. She will live on in our lives forevermore. The Distinguished Alumna Award presented to her family, featuring a fox head, graces our dining room now, along with a gorgeous silver tray etched with a fox head that Miss Charlotte gave her as a wedding gift when Mom left, after being Miss Charlotte’s secretary at Foxcroft, to wed my father. Such amazing and fond memories for my sister, Lisa, and myself. Daughter Lorrie Edwards is a pediatric doctor in Boston and lives in Newton, MA, with her husband, Martin, and our adorable red-headed grandson, Walter. They are expecting baby #2 in May and we are so thankful for FaceTime! Caroline, daughter #3, and MARY FELTON LORING ’71’s godchild, lives in New York City, has an amazing apartment, and works in fashion and merchandising — which she’s terrific at. Courtney works at Success Academy School of Liberal Arts, where she’s head of the Dramatic Arts Department. Jimmy and I plan on a nice vacation once I heal from major foot/ ankle surgery which will happen soon. Love to all my classmates!

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MARY DEARBORN LAWSON: Have enjoyed being with fellow “Crofters” over the last year. In May of 2015 following the death of my husband, Jerry Lawson, LUCY BROWN ARMSTRONG, POLLY NORRIS, and I visited MARY LEATHERMAN CARR in Memphis. More recently, Lucy and I drove to Philadelphia where she had several photography shoots and again saw Polly and her charming children. I am still living in Richmond where life keeps me busy adjusting to my new status as a widow. God has been so faithful to me. Looking forward to another Reunion. We had a mini one in Upperville with SALLY CLARK WOOD ’75, Lucy, and BEATY BUSCH VON GONTARD. Always fun catching up with everyone.

20. Jennifer Krumsick Skliris ’91 with husband, Dimitris, and children, Blaise (6), and Fitz (4). 21. Rochelle Arms ’96 and Daniel Nerenberg with Foxcroft friends Ann Wilkinson ’96, Lucretia Jackson Mayer ’96, and Cristina Santiestevan ’96. 22. Robert and Virginia Nell Womack Duncan ’96 adopted their fourth son, Paul Xia (age 3), from China last summer. Their other boys are Russell, 9; Blake, 7; and Mitchell, 4. 23. Amanda Hartmann Healy ’98, husband, Bill, and daughter Caroline 24. Eliza Shuford Hucks ’96 and family

24 25 25. Leandra Ganci Hahn '99 and family — Matt, Lincoln, Owen, and Cora

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26. Ken & Stephanie Knapp’s next generation: Sherwood and Whitney Knapp Bowditch ’99, Christian, Sarah, and Schuyler.



27. Erin Polachek Burnett ’01 and family: Luke (3), Jack (7), Lili (5), Edward, Chase (6), and Charlotte (dog).


KAYE DURHAM: Loved our 35th Reunion in the spring. Fun to see so many friends. Hard to believe my youngest, MARY PARK ’17, is a senior at Foxcroft. If you are in Dallas, please give me a call; I would love to see you. XO Kaye

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KATHERINE HITCH: I remain in Australia, living in Penguin, Tasmania, married to Paul Grubits, interested in bike riding.

28. Jordan Moore Sraeel ’01’s children: Adair and Virginia


KATIE THOMPSON: I’ve been living in Manassas, VA, now for the past 16 years with my other half, Matt, and our six four-legged critters: five rescue greyhounds and my beautiful cat, Koko. I own and operate The Health Improvement Center, my holistic practice where I deliver nutritional consulting, allergy desensitization, and chiropractic and craniosacral therapy. I absolutely love what I do and feel really blessed to be in that position. I’m also the president of Blue Ridge Greyhound Adoption; we find homes for retired racing greyhounds — what we affectionately call 40mph couch potatoes.


TIFFANY ALLISON DALTON is living in Evergreen, CO, with husband Mark and their two children, Bode (13) and Chloe (9). She has her own bookkeeping business and Mark his own contracting business.

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32. Chip and Jill Gruver with (from right) Cathleen ’07, Julia ’09, and Julia’s beau, Mike O’Donnell.

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MICHELLE CAPUTY has become engaged to Jeff Reynolds.



34. Whitney Weeden Wilson ’09 and Jonathan Bradshaw Wilson married in October. 35. Alison Velchik ’11 received her master’s from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education last spring. 36. Eva Moss ’11 and husband Patrick Green had a September wedding. 37. The Albritton Family: Maggie, Roques Ann, Tyler, Will, Jack, Mary Louise, Elizabeth, Bob, Erica, Emma, Robert and Abby ’12.


ALISON VELCHIK graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.). Her particular field of study was Prevention Science and Practice. Alison started a Ph.D. program this August at UNC Chapel Hill.



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33. Margarite Szamborski Pastor ’09 was a June bride and counted (left of bride) Ashley Loy ’09 and Ansley Stone ’09 among her maids of honor.


STEPHANIE PROTOPAPPAS TATUM: My husband, Anthony, and I are currently living on a 36', 1976 Cheoy Lee Luders Ketch sailboat. We are cruising to Georgetown, Bahamas, and are currently anchored in Charleston, SC. We started our trip on October 12, 2016, and will be cruising for approximately nine months. Anthony grew up on several different boats and I attended sailing camp on the Chesapeake for ten years. Our boat is 40 years old and yesterday was her first time in the ocean! We bought our boat, Aurora, two years ago and “fixed” her up for cruising. We have a blog documenting the boat restorations, boat life and some geology. Please feel free to check out our page ( and our YouTube channel, Sailing Aurora.

Milestones Marriages/Commitments

In Sympathy

KATHERINE HITCH ’83 to Paul Grubits

ELIZABETH REID ’06 to Lee Collins

MILDRED DUNN WILSON ’40, NANCY COX HARRIS ’77 AND JANE COX BLUM ’80 on the loss of their sister and mother

ROCHELLE ARMS ’96 to Daniel Nerenberg

WHITNEY WEEKS ’06 to Douglas Pickett

FREDERIKA “TEDDY” FLY CARNEY ’46 on the loss of her sister

PATRICIA ANDRADE ’99 to Colby Leider

MARGARITE SZAMBORSKI ’09 to John Pastor, Jr.

JESSICA BROWN ’04 to Linwood Zoller IV

WHITNEY WEEDEN ’09 to Jonathan Wilson

ADELA GRISWOLD ’06 to Matt Fisher

EVA MOSS ’11 to Patrick Green

Births/Adoptions VIRGINIA NELL WOMACK DUNCAN ’96 a son, Paul Xia Duncan ALEXA WEEKS PESSOA ’02 a daughter, Luciana Emilia Pessoa

CARLA PATERNO DARLINGTON ’54 on the loss of her sister HELEN CUTTING PILKINGTON ’65 on the loss of her mother DELL HANCOCK ’71 on the loss of her sister LIZA TODD EDGERTON ’71, LEIGH EDGERTON ’99 AND LAUREN EDGERTON ’04 on the loss of their father and grandfather VICTORIA MARS ’74, PAMELA MARS WRIGHT ’78, BERNADETTE SCHUETZ RUSSELL ’03 AND CHARLOTTE WRIGHT ’12 on the loss of their father and grandfather CAROL CLARKE SMITH ’74 AND ELIZABETH “BETSY” CLARKE ’80 on the loss of their mother ALDEN LANG FIRTH ’77 on the loss of her husband DARYL ZIEGLER HENNING ’75 on the loss of her father

BERNADETTE SCHUETZ RUSSELL ’03 a son, Theodore Axel Russell

PATTI SIFTON-MUNRO ’76 on the loss of her mother

SHERRY NELSON YOUNG ’04 a daughter, Iris Marie Young

SHARI FARBER ’82 on the loss of her father

ALDEN DENÈGRE MOYLAN ’05 a daughter, Evelyn Louise Moylan MARGARITE SZAMBORSKI PASTOR ’09 a daughter, Piper Isabelle Pastor

Faculty/Staff Births/Adoptions MEGHEN AND JAY TUTTLE a son, John Richard Miles “Jack” Tuttle

LISA TURNER ’77 on the loss of her father

ELIZABETH HAZARD ’82 on the loss of her mother RUTH RAINEY SHRUM ’82 on the loss of her mother CATHERINE “KITTY” BROWN STANTON ’82 AND STARR BROWN SEARS ’85 on the loss of their father CARMIE SUCHER ’82 on the loss of her mother ANDREA LONG SELFE ’83 AND ELISSA “LISA” LONG WHITE ’84 on the loss of their mother ANN THOMPSON CAHILL ’84 on the loss of her husband YEE YIP ’84 on the loss of her mother JENNIFER “JENN” SGRO ORFIELD ’91 on the loss of her father

In Memoriam

KAREN BOONE HAYDEN ’93 on the loss of her mother ALEX PISCHKE ’06 AND JORDAN PISCHKE ’07 on the loss of their father


TERRY LYNNE GARVEY ’10 on the loss of her father


CHARLOTTE TATE ’11 AND SOFIA TATE ’17 on the loss of their stepfather


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LYDIA FREY ’16 on the loss of her father MADELINE KUYKENDALL ’16 on the loss of her father

Hail and Farewell The Foxcroft community recently lost two good friends.

Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Forrest Mars, Jr., best known for his leadership of the candy-making empire Mars, Inc., passed away July 26 in Seattle at the age of 84. Mars had deep and abiding roots at Foxcroft as a parent to alumnae Victoria Mars ’74 and Pamela Mars Wright ’78, grandfather to Bernadette Schuetz Russell ’03 and Charlotte Wright ’12, and uncle to Christa Badger Schmidt ’92. A consistent and avid supporter of the School, Mars’ keen business acumen and advice has proven invaluable over the years. As Foxcroft

Board Chair Anne Michele Lyons Kuhns ’87 said at the rededication ceremony for Court, Forrest’s “generosity and belief in Foxcroft has impacted many areas of the School … He has always pushed us to be the best that we could be. Just as we encourage our students to reach for a higher bar, he demanded the same of us as a School.” Foxcroft mourns the loss of a loyal and dear friend.

AT THE DEDICATION OF THE STUDENT/ATHLETIC CENTER, Forrest and daughter Pam Mars ’78 (left) both spoke, then posed with former Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer, Pam’s daughter Charlotte ’12, and her sister Victoria Mars ’74.

Elizabeth Fly Rohatyn ’48 Elizabeth “Liz” Fly Rohatyn ’48, a recipient of Foxcroft’s Distinguished Alumna Award, passed away on October 9 in Manhattan at the age of 86. A lifelong supporter of arts and educational organizations, Liz was the first woman to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the New York Public Library and established the Education Committee at WNET, New York’s public TV station. Liz was one of the first sponsors of a 7th grade class with the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, which works to keep at-risk children in school.

Liz also founded Teaching Matters, Inc., a nonprofit that provided technology planning and professional development for New York City schools. Her other achievements include serving on the Board of the Child Welfare League of America, the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the President’s Council for the Teachers College of Columbia University. Foxcroft recognized Liz’s commitment to improving and expanding educational opportunities for the children of New York with the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1999. Her dedication to education in New York City was unmatched, and her leadership will be greatly missed.

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Forever Foxcroft enables me to carry out the promise I made nearly 40 years ago . . .

Sally wants to make sure Foxcroft continues to thrive should newborn Charlotte Jane Robinson, daughter of Ashley Whipple Robinson ’01, wish to attend.

A Long-Ago Promise to Help Care for the Future By Sally Bartholomay Downey ’78

In 1973, my family moved to Captiva, an island in Florida with no educational opportunities. I had no choice but to attend boarding school, but my mother, a Madeira alumna, allowed me to decide where I would set down roots for the next four years. I looked at co-educational schools and at two all-girls schools, neither one Madeira. I wasn’t a rider, had no connection to Virginia or deep love for the countryside, and had enjoyed my coed grammar school. But something happened when I drove through the gates of campus: I felt like I was “home.” And so I chose Foxcroft. This incredible gift of “choice” that my mother gave me has driven my giving to the School since I graduated. I loved my time at Foxcroft. It wasn’t perfect, and those who knew me back then will attest that I wasn’t either. As with everyone’s teenage years, mine were at times a rollercoaster academically, emotionally, and socially. But Foxcroft gave me a safe, 500-acre classroom in which to grow up — to make mistakes, form lifelong friendships with adults and other girls, and find “my voice” in the classroom, on the FoxHound stage, and singing in Octet.

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I graduated knowing that I would do everything I could to ensure that all-girls schools, and specifically Foxcroft, would remain an educational option for other young women. What I could give when I was in my 20s was time and about $25 a year to the Annual Fund. In later years, I was able to increase both and so I served as a Class Agent and on the Board of Trustees. I have always made an annual gift, knowing that every dollar impacts Foxcroft’s ability to offer quality programs and to attract and retain the very best faculty and staff. But annual giving only addresses that year’s budget. What about the future? As a grandmother to three beautiful little girls, I wonder what options will be open to them. What can I do to ensure that Foxcroft is available, if they so choose? The answer for me is Forever Foxcroft, committed individuals who have made Foxcroft a philanthropic priority in their estate planning. Forever Foxcroft enables me to carry out the promise I made nearly 40 years ago to provide future generations of young women an exceptional educational experience designed just for them. Just like my decision.

Forever Foxcroft FOREVER FRIENDS The Class of 1978 — including Sally Bartholomay Downey — gather.

Forever Foxcroft was established in 1999 by the Board of Trustees to recognize individuals who have included Foxcroft School in their estate plans. Planned gifts take various forms — bequests, trusts, annuities, pooled income, property interests — and provide for the future needs of the School. They ensure that Foxcroft will retain and attract inspiring teachers, that the faculty will continue to design and implement rigorous and creative educational programs, that financial aid will be available to prospective students, and that the buildings and grounds will be carefully maintained and upgraded as needed. They ensure that the School will continue to soar. Anonymous – 11 Mimi Mills Abel-Smith ’54 Stacey Morse Ahner ’73 Peggy Wickes Alexander ’64 †Elizabeth Stewart Baldwin ’23 †Elizabeth Kemp Beach ’20 †Ruth Bedford ’32 †Harriet Aldrich Bering ’40 Pamela Biddle ’81 Dorothy Pickering Bossidy ’71 Elizabeth Boyd ’92 †J. Bruce Bredin Dorothy Reynolds Brotherton ’70 †Mr. and Mrs. Leland Brown †Amanda Cadwalader Burton ’44 Caroline Rinehart Cardais ’01 Moira M. Carroll ’83 †Cecile Parker Carver ’42 †Ann Gambrill Casey ’39 Susan Knott Childs ’58 Candida Streeter Clark ’73 †Mariana Gowen Coleman ’15 Barbara Tragakis Conner †Eleanor Chalfant Cooper ’20 Dolph and Beatty Cramer ’66 Ailsa Moseley Crawford ’53 Joy Crompton ’78 Victoria Bartlett Donaldson ’70 Sally Bartholomay Downey ’78 Molly West Ellsworth ’50 Nancy Jones Emrich Lisa McGrath Evans ’67 †Katherine Crowninshield Ferguson ’53 †Lucy Sprague Foster ’46 †Anna Lauder Garner ’39 Edmee E. Geis ’82 †Betsy N. Getz Sandra Norris Ghosh ’75 Brooke Meyer Gray ’59 Joy Sheaffer Hall ’57 †Deceased

Waddell Hancock ‘71 Elizabeth Millard Hanes ’46 Pamela Hartley ’79 Katherine Cooper Hastings ’78 Sarah Stokes Hatch ’63 Trevania Dudley Henderson ’76 Melanie Lozier Henke ’89 Theodora Winthrop Hooton ’47 Richard and Kimberly Hurst †May Field Jackson ’29 Patricia Toy Bryant Johnson ’78 Hope Jones ’82 Hope Haskell Jones ’52 †Amanda Bryan Kane ’22 Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kaplan Nancy Krewson ’73 Suzanne Kuser ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Lane †James F. Lawrence Louisa Whitridge Leavitt ’60 Mary Louise Leipheimer †Mary Ann Lippitt ’36 †Elizabeth Livingston †Elizabeth Mackubin Lyman ’22 †Jane Lawrence Mali ’55 †Nancy R. Manierre ’41 †Nancy Iselin Marburg ’37 Dorothy Alexander Matz ’81 Mr. and Mrs. C. Thomas May, Jr. Mary Cheston McAdoo ’46 Susan McConnell ’68 Amanda McGuire ’84 †Anne Kane McGuire ’52 Susan Schoelkopf Mele ’80 Melissa Slingluff Morley ’81 Valerie Michel Nelson ’77 Wendy Nelson '83 †Florence B. Newman Joan Lyman Niles ’51 Abby M. O’Neill ’46

†Linda Moore Post ’46 †Heidi Schmid Powers ’59 Jean Rainey, mother of Ruth Rainey ’82 Pickett D. Randolph ’56 †Charles H. G. Rees Nancy Thomas Rees ’45 †Hope Montgomery Scott ’21 Alexandra Flickinger Secor ’80 †Katherine Snyder Shands ’22 †Helen Putnam Sokopp ’49 Jordan Moore Sraeel ’01 †Seymour St. John †Anne Kinsolving Talbott ’60 Alix Tower Thorne ’67 †Eleanor Schley Todd ’29 Frances Cheston Train ’44 Carol Exnicios Tucker ’49 Linda Reading Uihlein ’72 †Grace Sloane Vance ’36 †Julia Armour Walker ’59 †Polly Ordway Wallace ’34 †Wilma Warburg Constance V. R. White ’42 Kendra A. Wilcox-Dillon ’82 †Mary Hotchkiss Williams ’30 Eva Louise Willim †Alice Perkins Winn ’19 †Lunsford and Curgie Winchester Yandell ’24

We have published the names of individuals who have given us permission to do so. If you have included Foxcroft in your long-term financial planning and would like your name listed, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at or call 540.687.4510.

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