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from the EDITOR A movable feast. That’s what I called the plan to keep us fed here at Taft while the dining hall undergoes a major transformation. The biggest news on campus this fall has been the opening of the new “servery” (see page 9). Although the view of the old kitchen corridor this fall, as seen from the pond, has looked more like a scene from Beirut than it has the Gund Partnership’s beautiful sketches, arriving at the new market-style serving area to select our meal each day has been a welcome light near the end of our construction tunnel. To be honest, the process has gone far more smoothly than anyone anticipated. Using the Jigger Shop as a second dining hall until the new spaces are completed has eased the crowding and been a very pleasant spot for faculty and students alike. If all goes well, seniors are hoping to have the Jig and adjacent student union back for part of spring term. In any event, Horace Dutton Taft Hall should be looking mighty fine by Alumni Weekend in May. So please come back and see it for yourselves. You’ll find details about the weekend, and specific reunion plans as they unfold, on our website: TaftAlumni.com.

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Letters I’ve just finished reading the latest issue. It is an excellent publication from all points—the recycled paper, the photographs, the layout and the many and varied stories. You and your associates did a great job and I thought I would send you a note, both of appreciation and of praise. I look forward to many more issues. —Frank Martin Reichenbach ’52 I was surprised to open the cover to see Jack, Marlene, and me leading the parade. It was especially clever of you to include the Lincoln head with his newboy tie on page 25. Thanks again for making our

reunion a success. My job as chairman of the directory turned out to be one of the most rewarding things that I have done in a long, long time. —Bruce Powell ’59 I have noted the statement that this summer Bulletin is the third issue on 100% postconsumer recycled fiber. The weight of the paper seems quite a bit heavier than I remember the two earlier issues and I am curious why. Frankly, the heavier pages makes the whole Bulletin a little more difficult to handle. Be that as it may, I enjoyed going through it. —Dan Van Soelen ’42

??? Taft Trivia Can you identify the year students all received a day off from classes to schlep stacks of books, in Dewey decimal order, from the Woolworth Library of CPT into the newly constructed Hulbert Taft Jr. Library? Not only did the school save on moving costs, but the books also stayed in perfect sequence. A sleeve of Taft golf balls will be sent to the winner, whose name will be drawn from all correct entries received. Please send your replies to the editor at the address or e-mail at right. Congratulations to Julian Erde ’52, who correctly identified The Taft Oracle as the literary magazine that debuted in 1906. Thanks to all who wrote in.

Printing the Taft Bulletin on recycled paper seems to make good sense in some ways and I also prefer the matte finish to the shiny high gloss stuff. As a professional forester, however, I call into question the figure of 103.18 trees being “preserved for the future.” I doubt the trees have been preserved, and I wonder why you wish to spare trees from the saw and really wonder why you wish to spare a pulpwood-quality stem. Sound forest practices coupled with timber harvesting provide landowners with income incentives not to sell out to development. My focus is on preserving the land base and stopping urban sprawl, not preserving trees. In New England, many of our forests have suffered from a “cut the best, leave the rest” philosophy. Are the figures provided to make us feel better about our massive amount of consumption? —Peter T. Hasler ’84

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Yuma Crossing The Colorado River, known as America’s Nile, is arguably the most important river in the Southwest. For millions of years it flowed unchecked, flooding annually, and creating some of the most incredible landscapes on the planet. Yuma’s strategic location at the only practical crossing point on the lower Colorado River assured its importance as a transportation hub in both prehistoric and modern times. But soon, the river, “bounded by levees for flood control, choked by non-native vegetation, a haven for illegal activity and the homeless, and starved of an adequate water supply, this 1,400-acre area became a ‘forgotten land,’” says Charlie Flynn ’70, “a parched patch of river bottom where once cottonwoods and willows grew, where the Quechan Indian tribal members once hunted and fished, and where hundreds of birds nested.”

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For decades, the community of Yuma, Arizona, sought to improve a five-mile stretch of the Colorado. Then, in 2000, their efforts got an enormous boost when Congress created the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area and authorized up to $10 million in federal matching funds for a 15-year period to conserve, enhance, and interpret the natural and cultural resources of the community. And Flynn serves as the project’s executive director. The Yuma Area is rich in historical resources, buildings, bridges, neighborhoods and archaeological sites, but many original structures on Yuma’s Main Street were destroyed in flooding. “The highlight has been the Yuma East Wetlands,” says Charlie. “It seemed technically impossible from a restoration standpoint, but even more gratifying has been helping bring historically distant groups together to achieve restoration—

particularly, my work with the Quechan Indian tribe. I also want to give credit to our consultant, Fred Phillips, who is now considered the leading environmental expert on the lower Colorado River.” Over the last eight years, the Yuma East Wetlands has evolved from a trash-strewn jungle of non-native vegetation into one of the largest, most ambitious restoration projects in the Southwest. “The story of the East Wetlands is the story of a growing partnership among the Quechan Indian Tribe, the City of Yuma, private landowners, federal agencies and the Heritage Area,” says Flynn. The partnership between the City of Yuma and the Quechan Indian Tribe was greatly strengthened when they agreed to jointly fund the restoration and reopening of the Oceanto-Ocean Bridge. For more information, visit yumaheritage.com.

h Charlie Flynn ’70 at the Ocean-toOcean Bridge, part of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage project. Gene Doten


h In between carting and toting, Bill Crane ’76 captured some amazing photos of his daughter’s crew, left, racing in Italy.

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Kings’ Ransom on ESPN Director Peter Berg ’80, who first gained notoriety as a hockey-playing doctor on Chicago Hope (and is now better known for his work on Friday Night Lights), has turned his attention to the ice again. His documentary on NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, whom he’s known since the ’90s, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and aired on ESPN in October. “Knowing Wayne,” Berg told NHL. com, “is like knowing one of those rare human beings like Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, who are so utterly dominant in their sport that it’s mesmerizing to be around them. The trade to the Kings was not only a huge moment in his career, but also a very contained and interesting way to look at this incredible athlete’s life.” In his interview with Berg, Gretzky points out that he was newly married and

already living in Los Angeles at the time of the famous trade to the Kings in 1988. “Through the years, I went to lots of Kings games,” Berg adds, “and we played lots of golf and poker together.”

When Bill Crane ’76 introduced his children to his passion—sailing—little did he know one day he would become their “head Sherpa.” Last summer he “carted and toted for 16-year-old daughter, Olivia,” at the International 420 World Championships in Riva del Garda, Italy. She has been sailing on the international circuit for about four years, and she and her crew were the youngest on the U.S. team. “They represented themselves and the U.S. well and had a really exciting regatta.” Not long after, she competed in the Buzzards Bay Regatta and then sailed in the C420 North American Championships in Macatawa Bay, Michigan. “In the midst of this, my wife, Tory (sister of Tonia Falconer ’79), was in California with our two sons at the Optimist National Championships and then in Newport, Rhode Island, for the Optimist New England Championships. And, yes we are nuts.” Bill still finds time to sail himself as well, competing most recently in September at the Lightning World Championship at the Mallets Bay Boat Club in Burlington, Vermont.

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In Print Crisscrossing America: Discovering America From the Road John Gussenhoven ’65 Rizzoli, 2009

n Freddy Gonzalez ’05 plays trombone on the New York Subway.

Discs or Downloads Classmates Mia Borders, Freddy “Fuego” Gonzalez and Cyrus McGoldrick ’05 have all been busy making music and have two albums out this fall to prove it. Mia released her debut album, Southern Fried Soul, in August under her own label, Blaxican Records. The album features eleven original songs written by her and composed by the band. A New Orleans native, Mia played at the Blue Nile this fall and sang with Big Sam’s Funky Nation at the Voodoo Music Festival on Halloween. Her band, who played under the title MNSKP, has been hailed as “New Orleans hottest buzz band” by Where Y’at magazine. Take a listen at miaborders.com. Freddy chose an online release of his debut album, the New York Chapter. And an auspicious date: 09.09.09. And listeners returned to the site for a new song each week. Cyrus, a New York saxophonist who plays under the name Cyrus Khan, lent his talents to both endeavors. “This first album is a compilation of the first songs I’ve ever written,” says Freddy. “I was always hesitant to turn my ideas into songs because I never felt that I was ‘ready,’ that I had to reach a certain level of musicianship before I could allow myself to make my own music. Freddy studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and has returned to New York to actively pursue his music education. “Music is the simplest form of self-expression,” he adds. “It’s a universal form of communication that has allowed me to break barriers of race, language and social standing.” To have a listen, visit myspace.com/freddyfuego v Mia Borders’ new CD,

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Towards a General Theory of Social Psychology: Understanding Human Cruelty, Human Misery, and, Perhaps, a Remedy Wendy Treynor ’93 Euphoria Press, 2009

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness Harlow Giles Unger ’49 Da Capo Press, 2009

A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present Ellis Wasson ’66 Wiley-Blackwell, 2009


small towns and oddities that can be discovered only by traveling the open roads one mile at a time. The unique coupling of ground and aerial photographs highlights details that most of us would miss if we were to see them from only one perspective. The images, as supplemented by the author’s travel logs, arouse a beautiful and poignant vision of America. An excerpt can be found on page 22 of this issue.

Who has not been tempted to escape the daily grind, hit the open road and truly find America? Crisscrossing America is such an odyssey—a photographic journal of a two-year, two-leg, 27-state epic crisscrossing of the United States—from Mount Vernon, Washington, to Naples, Florida, and then from San Diego, California, to Eastport, Maine. It all started with a Harley-Davidson Road King Classic. In 2004, Gussenhoven purchased his first Harley and almost instantly conceived a plan to crisscross the

country. For someone who was born of American parents, but in Mexico City, he spent most of his childhood and youth in South America and missed growing up in the United States. As an adult he yearned to know this country that was “foreign” to him and did so by taking off on an American bike to complete a genuinely American journey. The author’s quest to experience America has resulted in this photographically stunning view of this nation’s richly diverse landscape, roadside attractions,

After ten years of intensive inquiry and research, Treynor offers scientifically informed answers to long-standing questions about human nature that philosophers have debated for centuries. She offers insight into how wartime atrocities

can be committed with a clear conscience by well-meaning individuals, and how the peer pressure process is the culprit. Treynor earned her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Michigan

Kirkus Review called Unger’s latest biography a “cogent reexamination of a relatively neglected American icon…. Unger makes a solid and cohesive argument for Monroe’s importance in the early years of the United States…A worthy attempt to rescue Monroe from obscurity for a mainstream audience.”

Decorated by George Washington for his exploits as a soldier, Monroe became a congressman, a senator, U.S. minister to France and Britain, governor of Virginia, secretary of state, secretary of war and finally America’s fifth president. The country embraced Monroe’s dreams of empire and elected him to two terms, the second

time unanimously. Mentored by each of America’s first four presidents, Monroe was unquestionably the best-prepared president in our history. Unger has also written biographies of Lafayette, Washington, Hancock and other early-American icons.

A History of Modern Britain: 1714 to the Present presents a lively introduction to the history of the modern British Isles from the Hanoverian succession to the present day. The book conveys the broad sweep of the period’s major events with particular emphasis placed on observing Britain’s past from a global context, including imperialism’s role in shaping social, economic and political developments at home. Ellis Wasson explores the relationships between Great Britain’s three nations—Scotland, England and

Wales—and Ireland, and the development of their unique national identities. He also discusses controversies that remain in dispute between historians today and reflects on new perspectives in British history. The story is punctuated throughout with description of fascinating personalities from Britain’s past, from celebrated statesmen to lesser known characters, including the 18th-century shopkeeper Thomas Turner, the arsonist James Aitken, the female adventurer Jane Digby, the celebrity footballer George

Best and the writer Dorothy Sayers. The vignettes complement the broader story and give the reader a sense of the rich variety of British life during the modern era. The book is accompanied by a companion website, including online supplements and a preliminary chapter covering events from 1688. A History of Modern Britain provides readers with a firm understanding of the period of Britain’s history that defined its role in the modern world.  

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h Dance teacher Meredith Lyons received summer grant funds to participate in the Bates Dance Festival last summer. Arthur Fink

Faculty Make the Most of Summer While summer break marks a respite from the intensity and pace of the school year for some teachers, more than 25 Taft faculty members used the vacation to help develop their curricular passions and the depth and breadth of their own learning and experience. Dean of Faculty Chris Torino awarded more than $125,000 in grants from the school’s endowed funds for professional development. 8 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Assistant athletic director Ginger O’Shea used the new Sheppard Family Grant to explore one of her passions and one of the many areas in which she has a significant impact at Taft: the potential for athletics to empower young women. O’Shea traveled to Ireland for 12 days in June to network with golf coaches there, in hopes of putting together an international tournament for independent school girls. O’Shea

has directed the Pippy O’Connor Independent School Girls’ Golf Classic for the past five years and used that role as a starting point for establishing relationships with schools overseas. “With potential for global understanding, growth for female athletes, and lessons in sportsmanship and competition,” she explains, “this opportunity seemed to fit well with the Portrait of the Graduate. It was a fantastic opportunity.”


Meredith Lyons, now in her second year directing Taft’s dance program, spent six weeks at two nationally renowned dance festivals at Bates College in Maine as a recipient of a grant from the Davis Family Junior Faculty Fund. For the Young Dancers Workshop, she brought Taft seniors Ally Hamilton and Thu Pham and worked as a counselor. The second, more geared toward Lyons’ own advancement, was the Bates Dance Festival Professional Training Program. “I was able to step away from the Taft campus and fully immerse myself with fellow professional dancers and enjoy our passion for dance,” Lyons says. With the help of the Penny and Michael Townsend Faculty Fund, Lowermid Class Dean and English teacher Bob Campbell ’76 returned to the classroom as a student, taking a course on 19th-century American literature at Yale University. Although he was initially surprised at sharing a classroom with six undergraduates, he reaped significant rewards from the course. “My professor made me realize how to think as a student,” says Bob, “and my hope is that I can engage my kids as effectively as he engaged me.” Twelve endowed funds now support professional development for faculty in the summer. (There are 47 endowed funds for faculty support overall.) Although the pursuit of graduate degrees predominates, faculty also traveled, attended conferences and workshops or developed new curricula. Two teachers completed degrees: Chamby Zepeda earned an M.A. in Spanish literature, language and culture at Middlebury College, and Rick Lansdale finished an Ed.M. in educational leadership studies at Columbia. “Summer opportunities for teachers support Taft’s credo of producing lifelong learners,” says physics teacher Chris Ritacco, who pursued graduate work at Wesleyan with support from the Drummond and Ruth Bell Fellowship, “by helping its faculty be lifelong learners themselves.”

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Making Headway Since Spring 2008, the Bulletin has been updating readers on the progress of the HDT Dining Hall Renovation Project. This marks the latest installment in those updates. After more than a year of construction, the progress on the HDT Dining Hall renovation is still igniting excitement among the Taft community. As athletes rolled in for preseason in early September, the school rolled out the new serving area to accompany the east dining hall. With almost too many options as well as enhanced quality of food, the dining hall has already gone a long way in bringing this community together. “I didn’t realize how big a deal it was going to be to have a new dining hall,” says Head Monitor Bo Redpath ’10, “For a long time, construction just felt like something constantly going on at the school, but now that we can see what’s turned out, all the waiting was totally worth it.” “The food here is so good,” uppermid Chiamanka Anonyuo says, “and the atmosphere of the dining hall is really happy. It’s made the start of school more fun I think.” While most attention has certainly been focused on the dining hall renovation, plenty of other work has occurred around campus thanks to Jim Shepard and the facilities

crew. Bingham Auditorium got an updated sound system, 27 faculty apartments and houses were painted or received other renovations and the Security Office upgraded its camera surveillance system. Additionally, the Woodward Black Box Theater has a new, more polished look. With new, more comfortable chairs and a fresh coat of paint, spectators will enjoy a true theater-in-the-round experience. “The Black Box renovations are really exciting,” says acting teacher Helena Fifer. “I’m hopeful that the newer space will have effects in raising interest for the arts and building even more camaraderie in my classes, improv group and theatrical productions. We’re even more excited about the arrival of David Kievit, our new performing arts technical director. While the success of construction projects is certainly astounding, the Taft community looks forward to their continuation and culmination. The west dining hall looks to open up in January, when finish work resumes on the east dining hall. By spring, the entire school should be able to eat in one location and the Jigger Shop will return to its former role as a student union. , The dining hall’s new servery, which opened this fall. Other sections of the HDT dining hall renovation will open progressively throughout the year. Peter Frew ’75

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n The combined “football” teams after Taft’s scrimmage with FC North Zealand, north of Copenhagen, in August. New middler Alexander Bang from Denmark joined the team there for his first Taft game. Chip Orben

For Will Orben ’92, there are few greater passions than the Taft soccer program and the culture and discipline of European football. When the varsity boys’ coach got a chance this summer to combine the two, he and 20 Taft soccer players took it and ran. Orben has close ties with Danish soccer. Seven years after his graduation from Taft, he joined FC Copenhagen, where he played until 2001 under Flemming Pedersen, who currently coaches at FC Nordsjaelland, a top-flight Danish professional team. During Orben’s first year as Taft’s head coach, in 2004, he took his team to Denmark for a training trip, and was excited to head back this year. “There is no better way to cultivate passion for soccer than to immerse yourself in the European game,” Orben says. “I was so lucky to have that experience, and I wanted to share it with my players.” The team arrived in mid-August in London, where their tour included a mix of soccer and sightseeing—Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. Their introduction to English soccer included watching clubs Tottenham FC and West Ham United compete in preseason matches and playing against an U-17 English team called Euro Dagenham. After London, the team headed to Copenhagen for three days, where they worked with former colleagues of Coach 10 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Orben. Further treats included a Q & A session with U.S. National Team member Michael Parkhurst, who plays for FC Nordsjaelland, as well as a trip to a Denmark-Chile friendly match. “It felt like every Chilean in Europe was there!” said Orben. Rounding out the trip, the team crossed the Oresund Bridge to Malmö, Sweden, where they spent their final two days. Orben noted a huge improvement

as they played their last match of the trip against Malmö F.F., and he was delighted to enjoy the vibe of the Malmö festival. The team visited three countries, watched three pro matches, played in four training matches and had four training sessions with some of European soccer’s finest. The trip included eight varsity returners, seven new players, and five players from both the JV and thirds levels who certainly represented Big Red well.

New Faculty New arrivals this fall are Ozzie Parente, Alex Kelly ’05, Kisha Watts, Emily Fontaine, Kendall Adams ’05, Johnny Webster, Ashley Goodrich-Mahoney, Kristin Honsel, Shannon Tarrant and Nick Smith. Peter Frew ’75


h Uppermid Ujal Santchurn enjoys some time on the beach with his cousins in Mauritius.

Namesake Looking out as the blue waves crashed onto the yellow sand while sipping water from a coconut, I sat on the beach in the company of my extended family in the beautiful island of Mauritius. Mauritius is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean roughly 600 miles east of Madagascar. A popular tourist destination, Mauritius combines its rich and vibrant culture, beautiful landscape and wide array of people whose backgrounds lie primarily in India, as well as China, Africa and Europe, to create a utopia. In fact, Mark Twain once said after visiting the island, “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” My story is similar to that of Gogol Ganguli, the main character in Taft’s school-wide summer reading book, The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Gogol’s story relates to tension with identity, as his family is Bengali but he yearns to fit in with his American peers. Born in London, I have lived in the U.S. since

I was seven, but my parents have lived the majority of their lives in Mauritius. Navigating cultural pride with immersing myself in Western culture has been challenging but also exciting. Unlike Gogol, who is reluctant to hop on a long haul flight to see his homeland, I have grown fond of Mauritius with its tradition, culture and way of life. Through my summer experiences, I have learned to incorporate some Mauritian culture in my life, as well as bring some American culture there. Mauritius runs deep in my veins. I can speak the native tongue, FrenchMauritian Creole, and I look forward to eating Mauritian cuisine—which has hints of Indian food—and listening to Mauritian Sega music. I spend only a few months a year with my family, so I try to make the most of my time there, whether it is playing soccer with my cousins or cooking with my grandmother. I continue to be amazed at the importance of courtesy, hospitality and decorum in Mauritian society.

Through my cousins, I learned that community service was a rare activity there. This lack of support stunned me as it is so prominent in American society and is even the focus of Taft’s motto, so I decided to go to a shelter for the elderly and disabled called Human Services Trust. There, I spoke to the director of the program and I asked about the volunteering situation in Mauritius. He informed me that it is not a common activity and most schools do not incorporate it in their missions. Therefore, I proposed to create a volunteering program, whereby it would encourage students to serve their community more. To my cousins in Mauritius, they see visiting America as a thrilling experience that holds much excitement, but as I reflect on my summer expeditions, I realize that I feel the same way about visiting Mauritius. Come fall, though, I do miss my family and the attraction I feel for Mauritius. —Ujal Santchurn ’11 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 11


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The Taft Papyrus Club

The Taft Papyrus, the student newspaper that has been a foSpotlight rum for campus discussion since 1893, has hit the presses for the new school year. The organization is coming off the heels of an extremely successful spring season, as its first April Fools edition complemented some fiery editorial pieces to create all kinds of stir at Taft. In this vein, editors-in-chief Caroline Castellano ’10 and Hailey Karcher ’10 are excited about the upcoming opportunities and challenges. “We plan to expand our creativity when it comes to our articles,” Caroline says, “ranging from serious matters to silly ones and from traditional formatting to new, innovative techniques.” The group hopes to put out three issues for the fall semester, with the help of its staff and faculty adviser John Magee. Caroline praised Magee’s ability to push them as editors to “take risks, stir controversy and just have fun.” Running the Papyrus is an exciting opportunity for both seniors. The staff includes nine section editors, who each select and mentor contributors to the paper and report back to the editors-in-chief. It is a real challenge to get such a big group of busy students together in order to publish it, explains Hailey, but they are confident that everyone views the Papyrus as a high enough priority. “We are proud of the dedication of our entire staff,” she says, “and look forward to sharing in their enthusiasm for our paper.” x Editors-inChief Caroline Castellano and Hailey Karcher ’10. Andre Li ’11

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Prep for Prep Campus plays host to Prep For Prep’s 3-day summer program The campus played host to Prep for Prep in August. Nearly 100 students entering grades 7 and 8, along with 23 advisers and 21 other staff, arrived at Taft for three days of bonding, taking advantage of the opportunity to help build on their sense of community. Prep for Prep students complete a rigorous 14-month course of study to prepare them for independent-school success. Once placed, Prep offers support services and leadership development opportunities that foster success at whatever students choose to pursue. “Taft has had a long and wonderful relationship with Prep for Prep,” says Headmaster Willy MacMullen ’78, “in part because John Vogelstein ’52 and Lance Odden were both such committed leaders in creating a relationship that has thrived to this day. I was delighted that we could host them this summer.” Prep for Prep students meet on Wednesday and Saturdays throughout the year to build their academic readiness for private schools. The time at Taft also gave them the opportunity to meet their post-placement counselors. Facilities director Jim Shepard and Angela Lamond from the Business Office coordinated the visit. “They were extremely accommodating and pleasant,” says Prep for Prep’s Jeff Roth. “They were always asking if there was anything more they could do.” The appreciation was mutual. “These kids were absolutely wonderful,” says Business Manager Gil Thornfeldt. “You couldn’t have asked for a nicer group.”


Opening Faculty Speaker Starting the year off for the Taft faculty is no easy job, but this year’s speaker, Robert Evans, hit a home run. Evans is the head of the Human Relations Service, a mental-health agency in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He also is the author of two books, The Human Side of School Change and Family Matters, a look at the relationship between schools and family in contemporary America. Evans had a sharp perspective on the challenges of independent schools and impressed the faculty with his understanding of the major issues “We’ve become so obsessed with outcomes that we’ve forgotten the importance of the journey,” he told the faculty, “which is what your students are likely to remember most.” x Clinical and organizational psychologist Robert Evans speaks to the assembled faculty at the opening meetings. Yee-Fun Yin

Summer Fellowships Meg Page ’74 Fellowship • Aislinn McLaughlin ’10—Antigua, Guatemala, with Surgicorps International, a medical mission team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals that travels around the world performing operations on people with physical defects.

h Aislinn McLaughlin assists hand surgeon David Kim in Guatemala. “The woman had been burned on her hand,” explains Aislinn. “We had to remove the scar tissue, open the hand, and then do a skin graft with skin from her stomach.”

Robert Keyes Poole ’50 Fellowship • Cara Maaghul ’10—Helped improve the standard of living for the inhabitants of the small village of Malakati, Fiji, with Rustic Pathways. Kilbourne Summer Enrichment Fund • Senior Jeffrey Yam attended a photo workshop at the High Cascade Snowboard Camp. • Brian Sengdala ’10 participated in Summer Portals Choral Workshop. • Uppermid Sam Willson went to a pipe organ workshop with the American Guild of Organists. • Nicholas Auer ’11 attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. • Max Brazo ’11 studied architecture through the Julian Krinsky Program at UPenn. • Deirdre Shea ’11 studied Irish step dance with master teacher Tony Nolan in Limerick, Ireland.

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Yee-Fun Yin

2009–10 Music For A While Concert Series In Walker Hall

Sarkis D. Izmirlian ’90

Mettawee.org

Yee-Fun Yin

October 2 Basically Baroque Taft School Music Faculty October 16 Five Play Jazz Quintet Divajazz.com/Fiveplay November 6 Hudson Shad Men’s Vocal Sextet HudsonShad.net December 4 Chris Norman Wooden Flute ChrisNorman.com

December 15 Taft School Annual Service of Lessons and Carols 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Watertown January 8 Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem Folk/Blues Raniarbo.com January 22 Darmon Meader Quartet Jazz DarmonMeader.com

G. Carter Sednaoui P’10,13

February 12 Manhattan String Quartet ManhattanStringQuartet.com February 26 Art From the Heart Taft School Music Faculty April 9 Divi Zheni Bulgarian Women’s Choir Divizheni.net

Unless noted, all performances are at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and last approximately one hour. Concerts are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

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Timothy A. and Nancy N. O’Neill, P’11 Julie Reiff

September 25 Beyond the High Valley— A Quechua Story Mettawee River Theater Company Ralph Lee ’53, Director 40 North Street Mettawee.org

Dylan T. Simonds ’89


In addition to welcoming Steve Turner ’86 as the newly elected alumni trustee, the board welcomes the following new members this fall. Sarkis resides in the Bahamas with his wife and children. He is a 1994 graduate of Georgetown University with a b.s. degree and a double major in international business and finance. From May 1994 to June 1996 he was employed in the New York

Portfolio Management Department of JP Morgan. He has been actively involved in his family’s businesses since 1996. Such businesses include commodities trading, agricultural equipment manufacturing, commercial real estate investment and

development and financial investments. He is also a board member of the Izmirlian Foundation, which contributes regularly to various projects in Armenia in such fields as education, health care and varied development assistance.

Tim graduated with a B.A. from Colgate University in 1978 and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in 1983. After business school, Tim worked for the First Boston Corporation, Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns, where he held various management positions in capital markets and corporate finance. Tim is a founding

partner of Parsonage Point Partners in Rye, New York, and a managing partner of Golden Seeds. He is on the board of CSI Group Holdings and currently serves on the board of the Rye YMCA. Nan is a 1978 graduate of St. Lawrence, and formerly worked in securities sales and trading. She serves on

the board of the Carver Center in Port Chester, New York, and is involved with other charitable organizations. Tim and Nan live in Rye and have four daughters: Ellie ’11, Caroline ’11, Maggie, 14, and Jarvy, 11.

Carter lives in Skillman, New Jersey, with his wife, Staley, and their son Carter, while Coco ’10 and Betsy ’13 attend Taft. He has been an active alumnus and supporter of St. Albans School, including serving on the Governing Board from 2002 to 2008 and as co-chair of its $80 million Centennial Campaign. He received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University

of Pennsylvania and then worked for Marine Midland Bank in New York City, where he specialized in loan workouts. After an M.B.A. degree from the University of Virginia’s Darden School in 1986, he joined the San Francisco office of Eastdil Realty, a New York-based real estate investment-banking firm. For the eleven years ending in December 2001, he served as CFO, administrative partner

and general partner of Accel Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm specializing in information technology start-ups. He is currently chairman of Premium Power Corporation, a Boston area cleantech company that produces the world’s lowest-cost, grid-scalable flow batteries based on proprietary advanced energy storage technology.

Dylan began his career at the Oregon nonprofit, Ecotrust, developing programs in sustainable forestry and green enterprise. During that time, he also helped to establish a regional chapter of the Good Wood Alliance, working to promote environmentally conscientious wood use and to strengthen regional forest-dependent businesses. He worked subsequently for an oil and gas development joint venture in Texas, where he led resident leasehold negotiations, supervised environmental compliance efforts, and oversaw investor relations. Currently,

Dylan invests privately in a wide array of early-stage green businesses, ranging in focus from home furnishings to algae-derived chemicals for the renewable energy, industrial chemical, and specialty ingredient markets. Through the Dylan Todd Simonds Foundation, he supports environmental and civic projects in Pennsylvania and on the West Coast. He serves on the boards of the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County (California), the Pittsburghbased Elsie H. Hillman Foundation, the Brooklyn-based Cardamom Project, and

Q Collection, a leading environmentally sound furnishings company. He is an advisory board member of both Ecotrust, where he previously served three terms as a director, and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale University. Dylan holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, a master of environmental management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife, Dorlon, and their sons Will, 2, and Andrew, 1. Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 15


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How did you become interested in college counseling?

“Once I got here, it was pretty clear to me that Taft was a special place. There’s a sense of family here that was different than lots of places I’ve been.”

I was in my third year at the Kiski School near Pittsburgh—teaching English, coaching, living in the dorm—when the headmaster asked me to become their college counselor. I said to him, “What’s a college counselor?” Becoming a college counselor literally changed my life. It has provided me with not simply a job, but also a career that I have loved. Two years into that stint at Kiski, the dean of admissions at Allegheny, my alma mater, asked me to consider coming over to that side of the desk and to join the staff there, which I did.

You’ve been around schools most of your life. Can you give us a snapshot of your career? Apparently I was doing fairly well because I had a few college and university presidents start to call me to ask me to take over their admissions operations. I passed on several of them initially because I didn’t think I was ready for that challenge. When the president of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, called me, I went out and took a look at it, and ultimately made a

decision to move the family from northwestern Pennsylvania to the heart of the Corn Belt. I cut my teeth on the admissions world out there. I also learned a great deal about what it meant to be of service to students and families as they were in the midst of the college search and selection process. Ultimately I found that college recruiting was not necessarily where I needed or wanted to be; I really, truly, enjoyed working with kids on a day-to-day basis. So I looked for an opportunity to get back to college counseling. I literally applied through an ad that I found in the Chronicle of Higher Education for the director of college counseling position at Choate Rosemary Hall. I spent 11 years there, raised my family there, educated my children there; and made friendships that continue to be strong. In 2000, after my kids went off to college, we went across the pond, and I became head of the upper school at TASIS The American School in England. After the first year, I became the assistant headmaster for external relations and dean of admissions, but I missed being a college counselor. Looking to come back to the States, I accepted the job as director of college counseling at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, and for the next six years had a great time.

g n i l e s n Cou today A conversation with Terry Giffen

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College counseling What attracted you to Taft?

“...here I think one can still be a wellrounded student, be involved in art, music, and theater, academics, student life. That makes Taft different.”

What initially drew me to Taft was both personal and professional. My wife and I had lost both of our remaining parents and being more than 1,000 miles away from both of our children suddenly began to feel too far. We also missed living in a boarding school community. As luck would have it, there were major changes going on here at Taft. Andy McNeill, whom I’d worked with at Choate, had been looking to step aside to devote more time to his four kids, and as it all unfolded Willy MacMullen ultimately offered me the job as director of college counseling here in 2008, and I jumped at the chance.

What are your impressions now that you’ve been here more than a year? Once I got here, it was pretty clear to me that Taft was a special place. There’s a sense of family here that was different than lots of places I’ve been. We all work in and off this main hall here at school so we see each other constantly. That ability to see my professional colleagues every day, to talk about students, and to get to know students in several different ways, has made this place very, very special. The college counseling world has changed dramatically. It’s become big business, so Taft has really put its money where its mouth is in supporting this office. We now have four fulltime college counselors in the office and our job is to work day-to-day with our students as they negotiate the college process.

Can you tell us about how you work? I’ve tried to build a strong team approach into this process. Having four full-time college counselors here with more than 85 years of collective experience in both college admissions and college counseling, including a former financial aid officer, is awesome. We meet twice a week as a staff here in the college office, the first time to talk about the nuts and bolts of what’s going on, planning for deadlines, programs, travel and the like. But we also meet a second time every week to talk exclusively about students. 18 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

What stands out most for you about Taft students? There’s a balance here that I really appreciate. We frequently see students who are varsity athletes become involved in the plays, students who are phenomenal vocal and instrumental musicians be involved with other activities like a math team or be involved in leadership roles on the newspaper or the yearbook. At larger places you find pockets of specialization; here I think one can still be a well-rounded student, be involved in art, music, and theater, academics, student life. That makes Taft different.

What about the faculty? I really am struck by the collegiality of this place. The fact that we are one school under virtually one roof allows us all to work together. I sit in on the department head’s meetings once a week, and one thing with which I have been particularly impressed has been the level of collegiality and support for one another. Here I see an educational community where people are working together with the ultimate goal of helping kids move through this place and be prepared for college. Willy MacMullen’s support and confidence in me has been tremendous. I am also very grateful to the faculty for the superb work they do on behalf of our students. I’d also like to thank my college office colleagues: our office manager Cheryl Gatling, who helps keep all the pieces together, and the other counselors, Andy McNeill, Catherine Ganung and Jason Honsel, who all work tirelessly on behalf of Taft students.

Can you describe your philosophy toward college counseling? What we do is not college placement, as some people call it, it is college counseling. We are here to help support students in what truly is a rite of passage. The application process has gotten very complex, so as fulltime college counselors we follow that changing world carefully.


What we strive to do is to work together with students, parents and faculty to assure that our students have done all that is possible to maximize their ability to be admitted to our nation’s best colleges and universities. I want our kids to get into the best schools possible for them. I want to help our students find the best place for them, a school where they can continue to grow, and where they can take this incredible Taft education, to use it as a foundation for further learning on this journey that is our life.

How do you get started with students?

What does the “calendar” of the process look like? The ultimate goal for us is to create, by the end of the second semester, a working list of colleges that students can research more fully over the summer—hopefully making visits to a number of these schools so that when they come back to school in the fall of the senior

Photography by Peter Frew ’75

In some ways, the college counseling process starts when students enroll at Taft, by encouraging them to branch out, to try new things. We begin the formal college counseling process here at Taft in January of the uppermid

year. We start by asking students to complete a self-assessment that gives us extensive information about their educational background, their academic strengths and weaknesses, their extracurricular involvements, and their thoughts about potential colleges. From there, students begin to meet individually with their assigned college counselor and we work carefully with them to help shape their academic and extracurricular programs.

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College counseling

“I want to help our students find the best place for them, a school where they can continue to grow, and where they can take this incredible Taft education, to use it as a foundation for further learning on this journey that is our life.”

x The College Counseling team includes Director Terry Giffen, Senior Associate Director Andrew McNeill (right), Associate Director Jason B. Honsel (left) and Associate Director Catherine Ganung.

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year we can quickly work toward creating a final list of colleges to which they will apply. We’ll also work very carefully to help them finalize work on college application essays that we encouraged them to write during the summer. After January 1 or so, most of the applications are—have been—submitted and it becomes a little bit of a waiting game until the admissions decisions start to appear in late March and early April. We are there to support kids all the way through this process, to counsel, to comfort, to celebrate as the decisions start to appear and then throughout the spring to work with students as they strive to make the best choice possible as to where they might enroll

given the options that are presented in April. In some cases, kids are placed on waiting lists and we work very carefully with them to help them build a wait-list strategy, so to speak, to keep their name and face in front of the colleges.

What are the important trends in the admissions landscape? Throughout the year we certainly monitor trends in the admissions landscape, and the recent trends that have been interesting for us to monitor have really related to the financial crisis that our country has faced.


Other trends we see are the increasing levels of sophistication with regards to admissions marketing and that the process is becoming a paperless one. So much so that this year we will be submitting virtually all the application materials from Taft to colleges in electronic form.

How did the most recent senior class fare? And how do you measure success? The 170 members of the Class of 2009 submitted well over 1,200 applications to over 240 colleges and universities and now attend 90 different schools in 25 states. (See “Where Did They Go?”) I believe that we’ve been successful when our students feel that they’ve been supported. My ultimate goal, as I mentioned earlier, is that kids have choices come April.

In what ways does Taft stand out to colleges? What makes Taft unique in today’s world is the breadth of focus that our students have. While we know that many colleges are admitting lots of kids with really sharp points (less wellrounded), with strong academics and strong special skills in many, many areas, I think Taft can still hold its head up very proudly by saying we do educate that whole person, as our mission states. And that we are preparing students for a lifetime of learning. We’re preparing them to become contributors to a campus community both in the classroom and out of the classroom. We’re preparing kids who really value serving others as Horace Dutton Taft made so clear; that’s something we value. And that’s something I tell colleges all over the country. I think if a college takes a student from Taft, they can know that that student is well prepared for the classroom; they’re going to engage with the faculty, they are going to be out there in the community participating and in many cases leading teams and clubs and groups throughout their college careers.

Where Did They Go?

The top ten percent of the most recent graduating class attends the following colleges and universities: 1. Princeton 2. Columbia 3. Cornell 4. Amherst 5. Carnegie Mellon 6. University of Virginia 7. Dartmouth 8. Stanford 9. University of Pennsylvania

10. Columbia 11. University of Pennsylvania 12. Yale 13. Notre Dame 14. Stanford 15. Johns Hopkins 16. Columbia 17. Vassar

How does your experience help your work here? Given the gray hair I have, it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been involved in this business for a long time. I believe that I’ve built a national reputation among my peers and pride myself on continuing to build and maintain relationships with college admissions officers around the country. In many cases that includes the deans and directors of admission, but it’s equally important to get to know the younger staff members. They are very likely the first reader of a Taft application. Our other counselors do this as well, so when we phone a college, we can assure folks that when someone takes a call from us, our story is going to be heard. I plan to set deep roots here at Taft. I’ve felt immediately welcomed into the community, and it’s my full intent to be here as long as they’ll have me, finishing out my career here, providing counsel and mentorship to my colleagues, and keeping the seat warm for my eventual successor. I’m glad to say that, with many people’s help, we have put together one of the strongest counseling offices in America—I will hold them up beside anybody. I’m proud to be at Taft and look forward to helping many Tafties in their college hunt for years to come. j

“I think if a college takes a student from Taft, they can know that that student is well prepared for the classroom; they’re going to engage with the faculty, they are going to be out there in the community....”

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crisscrossing

America by John Gussenhoven ’65

47°51’28.61”N, 121°42’05.47”W Gold Bar, Washington This stationary train at the western foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range was a welcome taste of what was to come: a daily encounter with east- and west-bound freight trains conducting commerce across America. Here, only the familiar rhythm of steel wheels rolling over the track seams was missing. 22 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009


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CrissCrossing america

47°52’01.52”N, 121°44’54.85”W Startup, Washington The ironic starting point of the first leg of my journey. Sure, I was disheartened that my bike was not waiting for me when I arrived in Seattle, Washington, in 2005. However, if not for this delay I might not have enjoyed how fitting it was to begin my northwest-to-southeast trip in Startup, Washington.

Have you ever ridden a Harley? I hadn’t, so this would be a new experience for me, one that many people might find risky or puzzling for someone who had spent his entire corporate life dressed in a suit and tie. But, yes, here I was, almost 60, buying a Harley—with the express purpose of exploring a country, which until 2005 was truly “foreign” to me. While I am an American citizen, as are my parents, I was born in Mexico City. Because of my father’s work, I spent most of my youth in South America. I attended schools in the United States starting at age 14 and began my business career living and working primarily in the Northeast, save for a seven-year stint in the Midwest and a few years abroad. It was not hard to see why, after all these years (almost a lifetime), I had an intense curiosity about the vast sections of America that I had never seen. 24 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009


I planned the trip by placing a map on the table and drew an “X” across the country, like two traversing plumb lines that crossed in the middle This crisscross served as my guiding itinerary and expanded the scope of the geography and riding experience more than if I had traveled along a more horizontal route.

Facing my own personal crossroads back in the winter of 2004, I made the decision to travel across the United States. I created a two-legged “discover America” itinerary in which I would cross the country in west-to-east journeys that would occur in two separate two-week excursions. On the first leg of the journey (May 2005), I would travel from the Northwest to the Southeast, and on the second leg of my trip (May 2006), I would ride from the Southwest to the Northeast. Somewhere in the middle of the “X” that would be formed by these two trips, I would find myself in the center of the country. I was drawn by the urge to make the crossings by motorcycle. That, in my mind, would be the best vantage point from which to capture all that one could see from the road—unobstructed by roof posts, tinted windshields, headrests and rearview mirrors. Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 25


Photography had always been one of my great passions, and I wanted to use this opportunity to record my impressions of the country. Fewer than six months after I purchased the Harley and Jim Wark had signed on for the aerial photos, I shipped the bike from my home in Naples, Florida, to Seattle, Washington, where I launched the first leg. I intentionally began each journey on May 15 so that I could capture what was left of the colorful new growth of spring and witness the rebirth that this glorious season represents. It would also be the time of year when our roads and highways would be largely devoid of summer travelers. I oriented both legs of my trip from west to east so that I could keep the afternoon sun and evening sunset at my back—the time of day when fatigue would usually set in. 26 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009


32°50’46.71”N, 90°24’50.87”W North Main Street, Yazoo City, Mississippi This is a fine example of America’s quintessential Main Street—memories of yesteryear that we long for and strive to recreate in our urban renewals. Yazoo City has restored its historic district with dazzling color that preserves the charm of its architecture. If you’ve never visited a Hollywood movie lot, this is a dead ringer. The linear, functional layout of the buildings can be especially appreciated in Jim Wark’s aerial photograph above Yazoo City! I’d never heard of it, but leave it to me to happen upon this extraordinary little town as I made my way toward Jackson. What struck me most was the wildly creative, artistic use of color that embellished some of the town’s most dignified commercial buildings, located on South Main Street.

Though the experience was unforgettable and life altering, the book is not about me. It is about what I saw through the lens of my camera. I photographed images without people in them so that you could become the observer that I was and so that you could see America through your own eyes. Ironically, the book is as much about what I did not see as it is about what I saw. If you could hover above the ground at 500 or 1,000 feet as you traveled across the country, you would see what Jim Wark captured from his airplane—vistas or sites that were only hundreds of yards from the main road, but that I was unable to see even from that close distance. I achieved this by marking and recording every ground shot on a GPS device. Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 27


CrissCrossing america

31°58’20.14”N, 87°29’10.86”W A Weyerhaeuser lumber mill on Highway 10, in Yellow Bluff, Alabama From my limited roadside viewpoint, I imagined that behind the security fence there would likely be a traditional manufacturing plant. But this aerial image reveals something far more intriguing: the uncanny symmetry of neatly circled piles of uncut tree trunks waiting to be stripped of their bark and cut into floorboards. Had I not known better, I might have thought this was the underside of an industrial floor polisher, with its twin-bristle brushes. Call it nostalgia, but of all the pictures I took during my trip, I was almost always mesmerized by abandoned factories and old mills that you could see from the roads leading into the larger, industrial cities, especially in the Midwest and Northeast.

I crossed a total of 27 of the 49 continental states, passing through only two of them twice: Oklahoma and Kansas. The total mileage recorded on my Road King Classic for the two legs was 8,556.5 miles. I welcomed the idea of traveling on some of these lesser-traveled roads, since it would be in the spirit of my quest for discovery. While the interstates were unavoidable (albeit safer, in my view, for motorcyclists), they offered generous opportunities for unique and memorable pictures. I did not select in advance the precise route for each leg, but did so on a day-to-day basis, depending on weather and traffic conditions, road construction and my personal stamina. For many who have wondered about the safety of such an expedition, I made the entire trip without accident, traffic violation, flat tire, spill, bruise, bump or hangnail. 28 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009


34°11’41.01”N, 91°54’31.97”W Southeast of Pine Bluff, Arkansas The mounds of dirt in the rice fields are made to contain the water used to flood these fields. The green is paler because the light reflects from the shallow water covering the ground. This mesmerizing image looks like a delicate, Italian-designed silk fabric.

As I read through the daily logs I had kept, I couldn’t help but remember the extraordinary hospitality and generosity of the many people I had met on the road. Each encounter had its own story, but the common theme that linked them all was that of genuine kindness and courtesy. You might think of these complete strangers as Good Samaritans, especially since what struck me most about their memorable contributions to my trip (delicious, home-cooked meals; assistance with my Harley; evenings spent in local bistros and bars hearing about families and local folklore) was that most, but not all, of these generous people seemed to be just getting by, yet gave freely of what they had. All of them, however, were rich in character and spirit. Collectively, they helped me realize that this kind of goodwill and kindness is the essence of America’s greatness. Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 29


In large part, thanks to these good people, I began to understand that this book could have a greater purpose than being merely a vehicle to share my passion for photography. I came to see that Crisscrossing America could acknowledge, if even in a modest way, people who quietly touch the lives of others without seeking anything in return. So in April of 2006, I funded a trust from which money or gifts could be directed to those who were in need, or who deserved some form of recognition or a lift. The book is dedicated to my beloved twin sister, Nini Gussenhoven (Westover Class of ’65), who passed away unexpectedly in October 2006. She lived the journey with me vicariously from her New York City apartment through 30 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009


44°56’46.49”N, 67°11’44.65”W West of Pembroke, Maine Things looked pretty quiet at this roadside motel on a post-holiday weekend day. Nevertheless, the shoulder-wide motel rooms look appealing and comfortable, given the few choices in this most remote eastern part of Maine.

32˚03’20.75”N, 87˚48’28.26”W East of Marengo, Alabama As I traveled at more than 60 mph, I would capture a scene from the corner of my eye, then take a second or two to decide if the subject was worth photographing. If so, I would slow down my bike, check for traffic behind me, then circle back to the object I had spotted. I repeated this cycle hundreds and hundreds of times. The journal entries in the book describe the only “close encounter” on the trip at this package store.

telephone conversations and e-mails during both legs of my trip. I had planned to surprise her with the first proofs of the book on our 60th birthday, but she left us just a month before this milestone celebration. While I have had a few willing riders on the back of my motorcycle, none was more enthusiastic than Nini on her first and only Harley experience. I will cherish that one ride with her forever. j Photographs and excerpts are from John Gussenhoven’s book, Crisscrossing Americ. For more, visit crisscrossingamerica.org where you will see photographs and journal entries, in their entirety, that are not included in the book. Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 31


Christopher Hirsheimer

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My Life with Julia

Q&A with Alex Prud’homme ’80

Fans of the popular summer movie Julie & Julia may already know that the film is based on two true stories: Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. For the growing number of Julia fans, here’s the rest of that story…

Q: what was your original connection to Julia Child?

Q: how well did you know Julia and Paul Child growing up?

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Julia’s husband, Paul, was the twin brother of my grandfather, Charles Child. So she was my great-aunt. I grew up knowing her on TV and in person; the two Julias were one and the same. The personality you saw on TV was the same personality I saw at home—funny, smart and happiest when cooking something delicious for an appreciative audience. Paul had been a diplomat, was an accomplished artist and was an essential part of Julia’s success. In fact, our book is dedicated to him. He was ten years older than she was, knew all about wine and entertained us with unusual tricks. He and I shared a love of bacon and bananas, and Julia thought we looked alike—which is probably one reason she liked me.

Quite well. Although they lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and we lived in New York, they were frequently in Manhattan as Julia’s career flourished. We’d often have Thanksgiving together, and we’d see each other in Maine during the summer, where Paul helped my grandfather build a log cabin. They never had children of their own but were close to Charlie’s children (my mother, aunt and uncle). They weren’t quite another set of grandparents to us—Julia was a celebrity, and they were always flying off to exotic places like France or California—but they were very down-to-earth people, and always curious about what WE were up to. Julia and Paul were generous, and would pass on gifts of food and cookbooks they’d been given from well-meaning friends. But their biggest gift was to live their lives in an exemplary way: they taught us the importance of passion, doggedness, creativity and humor.

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My Life with Julia

“…their biggest gift was to live their lives in an exemplary way: they taught us the importance of passion, doggedness, creativity and humor.”

Q: what are some of your favorite memories of Julia and Paul? A:

Mostly about eating, of course. Julia’s kitchen in Cambridge was her laboratory, and the center of the house. We’d sit around the big table there talking—about movies, politics, food—while she tinkered with some new recipe on her old Garland stove. There were all sorts of giant knives and copper pots and exotic culinary contraptions in her kitchen—like the giant mortar and pestle she bought in Paris. (Her entire kitchen is on display at the Smithsonian.) This seemed natural to me, and it was only much later that I realized how lucky I was to spend time with her. In Maine, Julia would join us in picking strawberries, fishing for mackerel and digging for clams. She’d make chowder, bouillabaisse, lobsters, bread, jams and berry pies, and—our favorite—lace cookies. In New York, Julia would sometimes take us along to a fund-raiser she was doing, and then we’d go out to a restaurant, where they’d seat us in the middle of the room and feed us way too much food. Afterward, Julia made a point of going into the kitchen to thank everyone from the dishwasher to the head chef. Entering a restaurant with her was an experience; I’ve seen near-riots break out when Julia walked into a room. Once, a woman at a fancy restaurant set her napkin on fire when she knocked a candle over in a rush to get Julia’s autograph. Julia handled the crush of attention very well; Paul didn’t like it much but put up with it for her sake. We visited Paul and Julia in Provence a number of times. Shopping at the great outdoor market in Cannes, Julia spoke to every vegetable and meat purveyor, and, naturally,

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they loved her. In 1976, when I was 14, she took us to La Colombe d’Or, a restaurant in St. Paul de Vence, where I had my first really extraordinary, three-plus-hour French lunch. Then Paul set up a TV on the veranda, and we watched the Montreal Olympics while Julia grilled the most delicious chicken I’ve ever eaten. Of course, one of my best memories of all is spending time with Julia at the end of her life: we were writing this book together, and getting to know each other—and our family stories—all over again. I feel very lucky to have spent this private, reflective time with her.

Q: when did you first learn that Julia was writing a book about her life?

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The years she lived in France, Julia said, were “among the best of my life.” It was there that she figured out who she was and what she wanted to do with herself. And for almost as long as I can remember, she talked about writing a book about that time—“the France book.” In 1969, Paul suggested printing the letters that he and Julia had written to my grandparents from France. But the publishers weren’t interested. Julia liked the idea, though, and kept notes about it. In her desk, I found files of things she had written about her experiences there—her first meal in Rouen; how to shop for partridge in Paris, or fish in Marseille; the trials and tribulations of getting Mastering the Art of French Cooking written and published. But for some reason, “the France book” never got written.


“All right, dearie, maybe we should work on it together.”

Talk about the process of writing this book with Julia.

Q: how did you first become involved in the writing of My Life in France?

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I was a professional writer, and had long wanted to do something collaborative with Julia. But she was selfreliant, and for years had politely resisted my offer. By December 2003, Julia had retired to Santa Barbara, California, and when I made my annual visit, she once again mentioned “the France book” in a wistful tone. She was 91, and growing frail, and I once again offered to assist her. This time she surprised me by saying, “All right, dearie, maybe we should work on it together.” I wasn’t especially prepared, but we sat down and did our first interview the next day. Our collaboration grew from there.

For a few days every month, I would sit in Julia’s modest living room, asking questions, reading from a stack of family letters, looking at Paul’s evocative photographs, and listening to her stories. Occasionally we’d watch a tape of one of her old TV shows, and she’d tell me about it. It wasn’t always easy, though. Julia could only work for a couple of hours at a time. She didn’t like to talk about her innermost thoughts. My tape recorder distracted her, so I took notes instead. But after some fits and starts, we finally got into a good working rhythm. Many of our best conversations took place over a meal, on a car ride, or while I rolled her wheelchair through the farmers’ market. Something would trigger her memory, and she’d suddenly tell me how she learned to make baguettes in a home oven, or how one had to speak very loudly in order to be heard at a French dinner party. When I had enough material, I would write up a vignette. Julia would read it, correct it, and add new thoughts. She loved this process, and was an exacting editor. “This book energizes me!” she’d say. We worked like this from mid-January to mid-August 2004, when she passed away in her sleep from kidney failure. She died on August 13, two days before her 92nd birthday. I spent the next year finishing My Life in France, and wishing I could call on her to fill in the gaps. The final product is a true collaboration, featuring the voices of Julia, Paul and a bit of me. I wrote some exposition and transitions, and used her funny words—“Yuck!” “Plop!” “Hooray!” In some places I have blended Paul’s and Julia’s words. Not only was this practical, but Julia encouraged it, noting that they often signed their letters “PJ,” or “Pulia,” as if they were two halves of one person. j

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n Denali from the north by air: the Muldrow Glacier and North Summit (19,470’) with South Summit (20,320’) visible behind and to the left. Rising 18,000’ above the lowlands just to the north, Denali has more vertical relief than Mount Everest. The cirrus clouds are a good indication that foul weather is coming.

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Angel _ of_Denali A Love For Adventure Lures Lowell Thomas To Alask a by Mike Macy ’69 It is about -20 F. The air is sm No snow blowing off the rid ooth. No sign of downdrafts. ges. Just a gentle north wind, 5 to 10 knots. And Lowell Thomas, Jr. ’4 2 is searching for Japanese cl im Naomi Uemura, the first m an to summit Denali alone ber in winter.

“I’ve had five forced landin gs in my career,” says Thom as, “but I’ve never damage injured a passenger—which d an airplane or I mostly attribute to good luck and The Good Lord. searching for Uemura, was That day in 1984, probably the closest I ever came. “I was at 20,000 feet, on oxygen, in my wheel-skied HelioCourier, on the north mountain. The next thing side of the I knew, we were in a free fal l. We pulled out of the down 30 seconds later, at about draft less than 14,000 feet, just above the surface of the Ruth Glacier— ible rate of descent, more tha an incredn 12,000 feet per minute. W hat probably saved me was stopped flying. That, and ou that I never r momentum had carried us just beyond the rock and ice Denali’s east face.” cliffs of To put Thomas’s Niaga ra-like plunge in perspecti ve, most small planes are de and descend at rates of hund signed to climb reds of feet per minute, no t thousands. Today, Air Force high-a ltitude helicopters routinely rescue climbers on Denali. ever, Thomas was the only For years, howfixed-wing pilot the Natio nal Park Ser vice authorized the mountain. to land high on Uemura, who was forced by weather on his descent to bivouac high on the mo never found. Other injured untain, was or sick climbers did sur viv e, however, thanks to Thomas’s braver y. All but one or two skill and of his dozen landings at 14 ,000 feet were evacuations.

v Tay and Lowell Thomas with the wheel-skied “Helio,” known for its outstanding short takeoff and landing capability. Rob Stapleton Photography

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v One of the last Westerners to visit Tibet in 1949 before the borders closed, Lowell Thomas ’42, left, is pictured across the valley from the Potala, one of the wonders of the world, with interpreter Rimshi Kyipup, Luishahr Dzaza and Lama Dorje Changwaba from the Tibet Foreign Ministry, and Lowell Thomas, Sr.

The saw is that Alaska has old pilots, and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots. And for good reason: Alaska’s weather is hostile and fickle; until recently, navigational aids were scarce and unreliable; and the terrain is unforgiving. But Thomas, now 86, is a signal exception: In an aviation career spanning six decades, he spent nearly two flying Denali, one of the world’s most challenging aviation environments. At 20,320 feet Denali—or Mount McKinley as it is officially known—is North America’s highest. Like all great mountains, Denali makes its own weather. But the world’s other great mountains are closer to the Equator, where the atmosphere is significantly thicker; consequently, Denali’s effective altitude equals that of a 24,000-footer in the Himalaya. Furthermore, Denali’s position on the boundary between the North Pacific/ Bering Sea and Arctic/Continental weather systems means that bad weather can come from two directions, sometimes at once. If you press Thomas about his flying record and his emerging unscathed from those five forced landings, the most that he will allow is that, “Well, I always knew what to do.”

Thomas grew up on a dairy farm in Pawling, New York. His dad, Lowell Thomas, Sr., author and radio news commentator, was one of the most recognized voices in America and a friend of many explorers. And so it was that as a mere 16-year-old, Lowell Jr. joined the great mountaineer and photographer Bradford Washburn, his wife, Barbara, and four college seniors from the Harvard Alpine Club on the first ascent of Mount Bertha, in Alaska’s Fairweather Range. Thomas didn’t get a shot at the summit; nonetheless, he “fell in love with Alaska, its mountains and glaciers.” He also became lifelong friends with the Washburns. In 1942, during his senior year at Taft, a classmate’s father buzzed the school in a Grumman Wildcat, which would become the Navy’s preeminent fighter during WWII. The Wildcat then landed on the athletic fields. “That was really exciting!” recalls Thomas, who went on to Dartmouth the following year, before enlisting in the Army Air Corps. He trained to fly B-25 Mitchells, the twin-engine, twin-tailed medium bomber that carried Jimmy Doolittle in his 1942 raid over Tokyo. Thomas proved so adept with the B-25 that he spent the rest of the war training others to fly it. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1948 and joined forces with his dad, filming and producing movies. In 1949, the Tibetan government made an exception to their policy of excluding foreigners and invited Thomas father and son to Lhasa in the hopes that the Thomases’ reports would help persuade the U.S. government to defend Tibet against the Chinese. The journey by foot and donkey from Sikkim across the monsoon-drenched, leachinfested Himalaya took 40 days, with taped reports dispatched back to India by runner every day. The Thomases became the last Westerners to reach Lhasa before the Chinese. On the way home, Lowell Jr. had to evacuate his dad after Sr. was thrown from his horse, breaking his hip in eight places. Published in 1950, Out of This World, Jr.’s book about the expedition, became a best seller. Though both father and son continued to write and lecture about Tibet, the U.S. largely declined to intervene. In the face of Soviet hostilities and with war looming in Korea, the U.S. was leery of tangling with an increasingly belligerent China. CBS

v A good day at the office: Thomas is a signal exception to the Alaskan saying that there are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots. He has landed numerous climbing parties and personally made several first ascents on Denali’s Tordrillo Range.

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did not broadcast the resultant film, Expedition to Lhasa, Tibet, until years later. Lowell Jr. had been the cameraman. Although the results were not as hoped for, the Tibetans remain grateful for the Thomases’ efforts; in 2005, the Dalai Lama bestowed the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth Award on Lowell Jr. Thomas followed his Tibetan adventure by taking his young wife, Tay Pryor (whose own Taft connections are numerous), on a 45,000-mile flying odyssey by Cessna 180 through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Throughout the 1950s, he continued to film and produce movies. In 1958, with statehood imminent, Thomas and his dad returned to Alaska to film a series about whether a wild place like Alaska could support young families from elsewhere in the U.S. Lowell Jr. flew wife Tay and first child north, again in a Cessna 180. Tay immediately fell in love with Alaska, so the family stayed on after the project. [Tay has written six books about their life and three National Geographic features, including “Night of Terror,” her hair-raising account of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake that destroyed their neighborhood.] While making films, Lowell and Tay met and befriended Alaskans from many walks of life, some of whom persuaded him to run for public office. “They needed cannon fodder, I suppose,” says Thomas, who at the time was a Republican in a Democratic state. After two unsuccessful runs for Congress, the second ending in a recount, he was elected to the State Senate, eventually serving two terms. From the outset, Thomas’s mission was conservation. At the request of Alaskans seeking protection for the mountains in Anchorage’s backyard, Thomas introduced legislation to create Chugach State Park. Despite stiff opposition stirred up by the concurrent battle to protect federal lands, the legislation passed. Today, the half-million-acre Chugach State Park is universally acclaimed as one of Anchorage’s greatest assets. A generous supporter of conservation, Thomas made a million dollar bequest to Alaska Conservation Foundation in 2000, still their largest ever. He had another target: end bounty hunting, which he viewed as ethically and environmentally wrong. Right or wrong, many Alaskans were habituated to receiving government money for killing predators and therefore vigorously opposed his proposed legislation. Thomas had an unlikely ally in Charles Lindbergh, who was appalled by the notion of using aircraft to slaughter defenseless wildlife. When Lindbergh heard that prospects for Thomas’s bill were bleak, he volunteered to help. Within days, Lindbergh was in Juneau, addressing the legislature and governor behind closed doors. Ultimately, the legislature scrapped bounty hunting. Two years later, Thomas flew Lindbergh over the Chugach and Kenai mountains, landing on several glaciers in the process. Few aviators can claim to have piloted one of the most famous of them all. In 1972, Jay Hammond ran for governor and asked Thomas to run with him as lieutenant governor. “I liked Jay Hammond.

I would have done whatever I could to help him,” says Thomas. They won and he served one term before retiring from politics. “Throughout my time in Juneau, I kept flying and landing on glaciers at every opportunity,” says Thomas. Very few climbers fly; even fewer flyers climb. Again, he was the exception. He helped explore and climb the most prominent summits in the Tordrillo Range, the glaciated peaks and volcanos dominating Anchorage’s southwestern horizon. Over several years, Thomas landed a score of climbing parties above the mudflats and alder thickets that guard the Range’s flanks and personally made several of the first ascents. Looking for a post-political career, he was already thinking about glacier flying when the guide Ray Genet asked if he was interested in helping shuttle his climbing clients on and off Denali. After seven years flying climbers as owner of Talkeetna Air Taxi, Thomas spent another 12 years flying guests of Camp Denali/North Face Lodge around, and sometimes landing on, the mountain.

“Everyone wanted to fly with Lowell Thomas, Jr.,” says Wally Cole, Camp Denali’s owner during that period and still a good friend today. “For many of our guests, flying with him was the highlight of their Alaska trip.” And for a few, it was a flight that saved their lives. j A craniosacral therapist, Mike Macy ’69, who lives in Anchorage, first moved to Alaska in 1976.

n The National Park Trust honored Thomas with its first Annual Bruce Vento Public Service Award in 2001 for his lifetime contributions to conservation. Thomas helped establish Chugach State Park and also led the fight to end bounty hunting in Alaska.

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Fall alumni Notes

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1936

Class Secretary/Head Class Agent: Curtis R. Buttenheim, Box 2015, Dennis, MA 02638-1919

John Giffin writes, “I am still in quite good health. I play golf a few times a week but have cut back to nine holes at a time.” The big event at the Dennis HQ is the mini-reunion with Sue Stevens, widow of Phil Stevens ’37, and Claire McWilliam Gummere, widow of Frank McWilliam. It is always good to see old friends. We find that mixing classes gets easier and easier.

1937

Class Secretary: Dukes Wooters Jr., 37 Canaan Close, New Canaan, CT 06840, JDukesW@ gmail.com

Ken Adams, who lives a hop, skip and a jump from Hartford in Wethersfield, would love to have a visit from any classmate. If you are in the area please call him at 860-529-2771 40 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

to arrange a time. He is a member of our 90 club—he turned 92 on Nov. 21, 2008. Ken has limited mobility and possesses one of the happiest personalities you will ever encounter. Jim Armstrong has one of the greatest foresights of anyone in our class—51 years ago he purchased 65 acres of farmland in Wells, Maine, where he and his devoted Carol celebrated his 90th birthday with 30-plus family members in June. I told Jim that Kay and I visited N. Haven, Maine, last summer and were introduced to several raised beds. I offer to send a Taft pen to the first member of our august class to send me a description of a raised bed. Bill Bahlman and his lovely Nancy are looking forward to his 90th birthday on Jan. 9. Can anyone guess when the last member of 1937 will reach 90? Joe Daly has had a great 2009. First, he celebrated his 90th on July 14 with the Daly clan gathered in his honor at the shore. Following that, he survived an aneurism operation on his abdominal aorta and is now ready to take on the next 90! Dick Donovan was in his Belfast, Maine, home this past summer and planning to depart for his winter digs in Vero when he responded to my question, “How’s Anne?” He said, “I am looking out the

message: “To Beez, Get well soon you plu-perfect meatball! Sincerely the SDC ’80.” Although we know it is addressed to “Beezer” Manning, longtime teacher and school archivist, we’d love to hear the rest of the story. Leslie D. Manning Archives

window at her taking care of our raised flower bed.” Please drop me a note at the above address. Does Dick qualify as first to describe a raised bed? He will join the 90 club on July 6, 2010. Alan Grieve had been suffering from rainy weather (as many of us had), which prevented him from playing golf. Let’s hope he got a few rounds in before the snow. Henry Hillman, at the time we went to press, was at his summer home in Canada. His then-report on weather conditions: too cold for golf! Bill Shee, with the loving assistance of his wife, Bebe, is one of the most upbeat personalities I know. You will all recall they attended our 70th Reunion almost three years ago. He has lost a leg and has limited sight, hence his mobility is impaired. He told me that if he ever felt sorry for himself, he got mad with himself. I told him his positive attitude would help others— therefore I’m sharing his thoughts with you. During my conversation with John Packard, we discussed our 90 club and decided that he must be the youngest member of our class. Was


anyone born after Sept. 25, 1920? Please let me hear from you, and then we will all have the answer. Regarding John Orb, thanks to his son, Alex, I was able to have a brief conversation with him. His voice sounds strong and he sends fond memories to everyone. You can reach him at The Sequoias, 1400 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94109 (phone: 415-922-9700).

1938

Class Secretary/Head Class Agent: Matthew J. Mitchell, PO Box 2003, Oyster Harbors, Osterville, MA 02655, potopog@msn.com

Edwin Scofield writes, “I was glad to hear from a friend in Roxbury that Taft has taken an interest in the Christ Church properties. It opens up options for the long haul. Was also delighted to identify the source of the photo of the ‘King’ playing baseball. One of the advantages of long life is the compression of ‘adventure’ time. Each day is its own experience. There is not much concern about tomorrow—one is too busy living today.”

1939

Class Secretary: Robert H. Feldmeier, 7632 Hunt Ln., Fayetteville, NY 13066-2515, jeanne@ feldmeier.com

Bob Livingston phoned to say he regretted not being able to make the 70th Reunion, but claims he will make the 71st! He seems to be in good shape although he has to use a walker. Hope you all are enjoying the fall.

1940 70th reunion Class Secretary: Seth Taft, 6 Pepper Ridge Rd., Cleveland, OH 44124-4904

[The Bulletin neglected to say in previous class notes that head class agent John Renwick, who helpfully served in this role for 12 years, passed away in Jan. See spring issue “In Memoriam.”]

1941

Class Secretary/Head Class Agent: William B. Snyder, Alger Court, Eastbourne, #1B, Bronxville, NY 10708-2858, wsnyder272@optonline.net

Chet Maxwell ’44 in his Calif. studio working on a portrait of himself (in blue, at left) with his late brother, Sandy ’35 (in green).

Having served as a class agent for many years and worked with both Joe Varley and Larry Keller, it was only logical for me to volunteer to take Larry’s place upon his passing. So I, Bill Snyder, look forward to getting notes from the class for the next Bulletin, contributions and prepping for our 70th Reunion in 2011. We are sorry to learn of the passing of Richard Conklin in Sept. and offer our condolences to his family, including his son, William ’81. (See “In Memoriam” for Larry’s and Richard’s obituaries.)

1942

Head Class Agent: Cheves McC. Smythe, 219 Stoney Creek, Houston, TX 77024-6247, cheves.m.smythe@uth.tmc.edu

Be sure to check out the article on Lowell Thomas in this issue (p. 36).

1943

Head Class Agents: Ross M. Legler, 13 Wainwright Dr., Bluffton, SC 29909, rosslegler@aol.com; Ted Pratt, 171 Newtown Tpke., Westport, CT 06880

1944

Class Secretary: Ray Betts, 5810 McCray Court, Cincinnati, OH 45224, maryemclain55@gmail. com; Head Class Agent: Jack Lyman, 33 Lyman Rd., Middlefield, CT 06455-0453, jaclyman@ sbcglobal.net

As you can read in “In Memoriam” (p. 78), we have lost three outstanding (is there any other kind?) members of our class. Fun–loving Joe Pool appeared to embody the perpetual “ramblin’ man,” who delighted in kidding those he regarded as the “establishment” at his winter home on Sea Island. He repeatedly drove his beloved Model A Ford to their doorsteps, loudly announcing it to be their taxi, right among the sleek new BMWs of his most affluent neighbors. Yet at the same time, Joe was quietly keeping track of his friends, north and south, often in their afflictions, such as Archie Morris and Dr. Julian Quattlebaum in Savannah. We can only be glad that Joe has now found release from his sudden suffering with an incurable malignancy. But it’s hard to avoid hoping that this next great adventure of his may somehow come equipped with a Model A Ford. Please read, too, about Ev Herbert’s great service to his country, including the Battle of the Bulge. In recent years, he was urging his friends and classmates who qualified to take advantage of the increasing veterans services from which he was benefiting. What I remember best was his comment on the phone, not unlike Joe Pool’s standard: “The most important thing a human being can have is a sense of humor.” Bruce Reid called to tell us that wonderful, courageous Bill Pistell passed away in late Sept. We offer our condolences to his family. Bill had long since insisted on suspending the years of cancer treatments, which had lengthened his time in this world. He went under hospice care, the way to go for one of Bill’s strong faith. He entered through an open door, and the note he left for all of us could be read, Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 41


alumni Notes “See you later, gone fishing.” We all enjoyed Hank Connors’ and Jack Lyman’s fine report on our 65th Reunion and the attendees’ own reflections. These notes concentrate on classmates who were unable to attend. The follow-up call after a conversation with Dick Soderberg and his wife Betty Jane in Salisbury, N.C., revealed again how often we may have passed each other “like ships in the night,” unrecognized. Right after graduating early from Taft because of our advanced age of 18, Dick and I, Ray Betts, were both drafted and sent by the Navy to Yale for boot training without either being aware of the other. But when Dick applied for V-12 training, one eye was so weak that he was turned down. We never even saw each other at Yale, though both of us returned there eventually for one year as civilians after Navy duty—but in different years. In the meantime, both specialized in communications, both visited the Navy Pier in Chicago and both proceeded to shipboard duty without ever laying eyes on each other. Dick became an expert communications technician. Eventually back at Yale as civilians a year apart, we didn’t realize what it meant when Dick roomed with Jake Jacobs, younger brother of Carl ’35. Jake had been one of my closest friends ever since fourth grade in Cincinnati Country Day School, where we were in the bunch of nonathletic loners, only separated when our whole eighth grade class scattered to different Eastern prep schools. Jake eventually moved to Calif., did banking, and never lacking an independent income, he retired easily as a young man. Jake sent Dick a card, tongue-incheek, urging Dick to do the same, while Dick was still struggling to make a living for his young family back east. Of course, that is ancient history: we never saw Jake again, and he died long ago, while Dick lived and carried through his career. But what he revealed about the near misses of each other we experienced through the years has enriched our friendship. These days, Dick and Betty Jane have been rejoicing in their family, including their first great-granddaughter, born last March, and dwelling within easy visiting distance. Like many of us, they have survived in good enough health and ridden out the recent financial crisis without too much loss. They were happily planning a trip to Montreal and Quebec by train, where—yes— others of us had once taken the train for a short weekend away from the Navy. The follow-up call to Baaron Pittenger and his wife, Anne, in Colo. Springs found that her troublesome illness continues. Baaron’s planned meeting with Lee Klingenstein in Vail—for fun rather than skiing—had not taken place, but Baaron was busy doing necessary research in advance of the 42 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Winter Olympics to lay groundwork for the comprehensive anti-doping project affecting Olympic athletes, which has long occupied Baaron’s ambitions. Baaron was enjoying the task of making his own fruit-flavored ice creams because nothing really good is available where he lives. Terry and George Webster, in Newtown Square, outside Philadelphia, are dealing with more physical challenges. When I called, Terry explained that George wasn’t at home, so she graciously told me their current story. Terry herself had undergone treatment for breast cancer. She felt she had benefited and was coming along very well—so well that she and George had taken a short vacation on the Eastern Shore of Md., where they had never been. It had been so “hot, hot, hot” there that they hadn’t even felt like going in the ocean. But by way of compensation, they had been introduced to the wonders of blue crabs and had eaten their fill. Several days later George faithfully called your scribe back, citing his delight with his children and grandchildren distributed across the country, with many creative opportunities and accomplishments—but no great-great-grandchildren yet. George’s own health was another matter. His back was paining him again, and he was considering another epidural, which had given him great relief in the past. Deann and Al Burroughs, in DuBois, Pa., are doing fine. Al had two successful knee replacements and plays golf about three times a week. He said, “Kids all fine.” We have been unable to catch up with Ben Gaynes for several years. Ben has scorned retirement, preferring to travel the world uncovering investment opportunities. But at last we have a clue on him. His besieged house sitter in Westport, Conn., did not know where Ben was but said he was due back home after we went to press with these notes, so this may be a continued story. Chet Maxwell, in N. Hollywood, Calif., is deeply mourning the loss of his wife, Eva, a year and a half ago. The blows had come in succession, since his brother Sandy ’35 died in 2008 in Princeton, N.J. Chet has been unable to find solace among his expert trap-shooting friends because they too seemed to be dying off. Chet has also been dealing with prostate cancer, “which worries my doctor, but I don’t care anymore.” Chet said he does enjoy making his own bread each week, but that’s a solo exercise, and he’s plain lonely. When asked about a portrait of his brother Sandy and himself, which he has been working on but never quite finishing (since his retirement as a technical arts resource man for Hollywood productions), Chet showed interest—see the resulting wonderful photo in this issue. In a follow-up phone conversation Chet said that he

was not directly threatened by fires in N. Hollywood, but those in the hills above had driven the temperatures there to 110 degrees. Priscilla and Deever Rockwell moved from suburban Olympia Fields, Ill., into Chicago on N. Lakeshore Dr., where they are close to their many entertainment interests as well as heartfelt special activities like Common Ground, involving getting together Jews, Christians and some Muslims. Priscilla has been able to obtain extensive testing for her allergies. Deever was all set to attend our 65th Reunion, when he suddenly wound up in the hospital with heart failure. But you can’t keep a good man down, and Deever has recovered so well with special treatments and equipment that they traveled to Northampton and East Chatham, Mass., visiting their daughters. Back home, Deever talked politics, all the more vigorously because we had no problem agreeing. They were planning to head to Stratford and Niagara in Canada for the Shakespeare (and beyond) Festival. I, Ray Betts, received strict doctor’s orders that I wait “hand and foot” on my spouse, Mary, after cataract surgery, which could and did have some worrisome moments, but turned out wonderfully. Of course we continue to make the rounds of doctors’ offices for all sorts of other things, learning a lot and declaring, “So far, so good.”

1945 65th reunion Class Secretary: John C. Carson, MD, San Diego Cardiovascular Assoc., 9834 Genesee Ave., Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037, jcarsonmd@ earthlink.net; Head Class Agent: John Elder, Suite 125, 1800 Augusta Dr., Houston, TX 77057, jwelder@msn.com

Elizabeth and I, in the course of a fascinating journey through western N.Y. state, part of which was to trace the origins of the Erie Canal, remembered that Janet, the widow of David Jennison, was still in the family home at Pittsford, so we breakfasted with her in that lovely community. She was originally from Seneca Falls, where her father was superintendent of schools. Seneca Falls is also the film site of It’s A Wonderful Life. We were there for the opening of the Clarence Hotel—film buffs will recall that Clarence was the angel who guided Jimmy Stewart. And Seneca Falls is the home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the lovely sculpture showing Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriet Bloomer (yes, she of wearing apparel fame) greeting Susan B. Anthony


after Ms. Anthony had been jailed for voting in the presidential election of 1902 (for Teddy Roosevelt). Other places we found of interest in western N.Y. were: Palmyra, where Joseph Smith reportedly received the golden tablets from the angel, Moroni; East Aurora’s Roycroft Inn and museum honoring Elbert Hubbard is worth more than a detour; and Buffalo is the site of the Albright-Knox Museum, with modern American paintings of Pollock, Stella, Francis and more—many purchased in the ’30s and ’40s “before the paint was dry” and before fame had sent prices into the stratosphere. In the early 1900s Buffalo was the seventh largest city in America and home of great architecture. McKim, Meade and White are well represented, as are Louis Sullivan, Richard Upjohn, Daniel Burnham and Frank Lloyd Wright’s largest private home. Forest Lawn Cemetary was incorporated by Frederick Law Olmstead in his planning of Buffalo parks, and is a stunning achievement. If books are your thing, you will not want to miss the Old Editions Book Shop on Huron St., and the handwritten manuscript of Huck Finn resides in the Buffalo Public Library. Ned Eyre’s memory is kept alive in Carson City, Nev., by the Ned Eyre Memorial at the Carson-Tahoe Regional Cancer Center for which he worked so hard. Our 65th Reunion is set for May 14–15.

1946

Head Class Agent: John R. Welchli, 185 Earl Court, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236

1947

Class Secretary: Robert D. Murdock, 301 Laurel Ln., Haverford, PA 19041-1930, RDmurdock1@ aol.com; Head Class Agent: Paul F. Bergmann Jr., 850 Garber Rd., Muskegon, MI 49445, pjbergmann85@yahoo.com

Peter Gray and his son Geoff (see photo) chartered a 39’ sailboat in Roadtown, Tortola, BVI, for a wonderful week of male bonding in early July, island hopping, seafood scarfing and diving (a new hobby for Geoff ). Pete helmed, Geoff crewed and the two covered some 60 miles doing what both like to do most. One hundred sixty digital pictures and nine movies later they’re back on dry land. Marsh Nottingham phoned in early summer from Denver to say he’s recovering from earlier heart and kidney problems, is 40 pounds lighter, sold his motorcycle, traded his trail bike and now walks, rides

a scooter and is back playing golf. John Gibson writes that if there had been a ‘Loner’s Club’ at Taft, he and his close friends Pete Laganas and Cal Jasspon would have headed it, a tontine he now toasts. John adds, “My life is predictable. I teach an artisan bread class once a semester at Manchester Community College, Conn., contribute my bread items weekly to the East Haddam Food Bank and to my church’s soup kitchen. I landscape my lawn and fool around in my gardens, which suits me fine.” Jack Lange’s wife, Sibyl, the family scribe, says one granddaughter wanted to go to Taft, “but they didn’t have a pool,” so instead she went to Hotchkiss and in June graduated first in her class. A near miss for Big Red. Sibyl and Jack hope to visit their son Mark again, if the economy rebounds, in the French countryside where he’s been living the last 10 years. San Antonio’s Jerry Cassidy headed north to Block Island with a dozen countrywide kinfolk in Sept. Three Cassidy brothers have homes on the island. Our class is a diverse group: 27 of us came to Taft from Conn., 20 from N.Y., six from Pa., five from N.J., four each from Mass. and Ohio, three from D.C., two each from Calif., Colo., Ga., Md. and Mich. and individuals from Ala., Ind., R.I., S.C., Texas, Va., Wash., W.Va., Greece, the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. I invited classmates to comment on their birthplaces and why they’d either stayed there or moved elsewhere, but only a few responded. “We are fifth-generation Texans,” boasts Carrington Weems. “My grandfather came to Houston in 1859. There were 15,000 people then, 5 million now. Most nonnatives enthusiastically say, ‘I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could.’” Bob Gries proclaims, “I may hold a record among classmates for not only living in the same city for 80 years, but on the same block. My parents built a house on a corner in Shaker Heights, where I was born, and in 1960 I bought a house on the other corner, where we still live. Six of our seven grandchildren live within a mile and a half. Why? The family has been part of Cleveland since the 1830s. We love the traditions, the world-class culture, the Midwestern attitude.” The other Bob Murdoch writes, “I grew up in six different places before ending up at Taft. For five years I lived in Port Washington, Long Island, and really enjoyed the group of kids I hung with. We’ve now lived in Littleton, Colo., 30 years. Lois and I like our friends and the weather. In spite of developers, we still have a lot of wide-open space.” Ed Burgard recalls, “Growing up in western N.Y. state was appealing. Open countryside, farms, few restrictions.” He reports that in Mo., “the Ozark Lake Country is rugged, picturesque

Peter Gray ’47 and son Geoff on a trip to the British Virgin Islands

with ready access to city and entertainment.” Bob Coe kicks in to say, “I started at Taft in the eighth grade as a day student riding the bus from Waterbury with close friends Jim Kenney, Bob Faeth and Bob Bean. My family moved to Cleveland at the end of my middler year. I was very lucky in the school’s selection of Bruce Stewart as my roommate for the following two years. After Taft and Cornell I lived in Rome, N.Y.; Peterborough, Hanover and Bedford, N.H.; Portland, Maine; New Bern, N.C.; and finally, Norfolk, Va., the most interesting and pleasant place of all, near Williamsburg, the ocean, the mountains of W.Va., theaters, museums and friendly folk.” I myself, Bob Murdock, still dream about the stone, slate-roofed house I grew up in in Hamden, Conn. A Danish family across the street raised chickens and we bought eggs from them, but the land in back of them was open country, meadows and woodlands, where I could roam and explore by myself or with the dogs. Even in the winter I rode my bike to elementary school a mile away. All in all, a great place in which to grow up. Here on the Main Line west of Philadelphia, we now live in a stone house exactly the same age as the house I grew up in (built in 1928), French Norman in style with the original tile roof. There’s less open space here, although the topography is more varied. There’s a mix of northern hardwoods and southern softwoods, a much milder climate than New England, the world-class Philadelphia Orchestra, the Walnut Street Theatre (oldest in the country, dating from 1809, and most heavily subscribed), great restaurants and museums, Independence Hall, Valley Forge Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 43


alumni Notes National Historic Park and the 2008 World Champion Phillies. We’ve lived here almost 41 years and don’t plan to leave. Joan, the wife of our new Class Agent Paul Bergmann, lived on our same short street as a child. (It’s still a great neighborhood, Joan). Finally, we heard the sad news that Bill Trombley passed away on Sept 6. Bill, sometimes known as “Satch,” played varsity baseball and basketball at Taft, served as monitor, was sports editor of the Papyrus and editor-in-chief of the Annual—a scribe as well as a scholar. His distinguished journalistic career is chronicled in the “In Memoriam” section. I found Bill to be a staunch supporter of Taft, a great communicator, fervent baseball fan and a fine friend. Our condolences to his wife, Audrey, daughters Patricia and Suzanne and two grandchildren.

1948 Larry Leonard ’48 (third from left) and his wife, Joan (on horseback), on vacation at North Fork Ranch in Shawnee, Colo., with son George from Calif. and daughter Susan from Mass. and their families

Freddie Keck ’48 upside down on the Alcan Highway in 1950 44 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Class Secretary: Bill Kissell, 12 Sunflower Circle, Santa Fe, NM 87506, bkissell26@yahoo. com; Head Class Agent: Dave Fenton, 119 Beechwood Dr., Oakland, CA 94618, DWFGolf@sbcglobal.net

Let’s start by adding some “color” to the now famous “Boys on the Town” photo in the summer issue: Craig Bristol writes, “It was “taken just prior to our auditions for Dancing with the Stars.” Harvey Zeve adds, “We all stayed in one hotel room. McKee tried to push me out a window—but I was way too strong for him…. Bob Smith made a pass at a woman, and she turned out to be the one who convinced us to have this picture taken. It was as close as we got to anything female for the entire weekend.” Phil Prince, who wasn’t there, says, “Too bad it didn’t make it for the 1948 Annual! But perhaps the ‘Crank’ would have vetoed its inclusion anyway.” We can now scratch one more off the “Wanted” list: The phone rang and a still-familiar voice said: “Jack Harrington here.... I thought the ‘Wanted’ pictures were of a couple of terrorists. I looked OK, but those two guys: McGhie and Jones.... Taft was a great experience; 20 percent of the students who went to Notre Dame with me dropped out within two years. They didn’t know how to study. For me, it was a breeze—I chose the Marine Corps after graduation. My dad thought I was nuts. ‘Don’t you know there’s a war on,’ he said. I wound up as a lt. in Korea and still remember approaching the front lines for the first time hearing boom…boom, a voice shouting, ‘get down!’ and another voice inside me roaring, ‘What are you doing here, Jack?’ The Marines


are a wonderful organization. I met some great guys in it including several ushers in my wedding who didn’t make it back. After the Marines I went into the insurance business with my dad in Boston. Twelve years later, I bit on one of those can’t-refuse offers that took us to Calif. We’ve been here for 30 years. I’m still working full-time in insurance and loving every minute of it. But the most important thing to tell you is about my son, the doctor, John Jr. He is now chief dir. of cardiology at Scripps Hospital in Southern Calif. It’s the highest you can go.” (Your reporter could hear Jack’s buttons popping.) “Betsy and I just celebrated our 57th anniversary. We’re fine!” Shifting gears: our Caribbean sources report that Jack Keniley’s stolen boat is “still on St. Martin in the hands of the French, which means it’ll never be returned or at least not without major legal costs.” From Dave Fenton, “We visited the Leonards for a couple nights in May. Played a little golf. Didn’t hurt anyone. They’re both fun!” Our barbershopper, Dave Brooks, checks in: “I’m learning to paint portraits at Silvermine Art Center. Some of my paintings even look like the person I’m trying to portray. Maybe learning something new helps keep you alive—like George Gershel learning French. So glad Ned Collins is back with us. I have good memories of him and his Cape Cod family.” Jack Evans, from his “Shangri La” in Canada, called: “In spite of an early-June snow, we had a good summer and an unexpected surprise: one day our phone rang and a voice said, without any room for disagreement, ‘My name is Dirk; I live down the lake, and I’m coming for a visit!’ A little later, he stepped out on our dock and introduced himself as, Dirk Soutendijk ’56. He saw the picture of our ‘retreat’ in the winter Bulletin and recognized it as his lake too. We had a good visit. Small world dept.” We welcome the return of Don Stevens, who fills us in on some of the past 60 years: “From Taft, I enrolled in Indiana Univ., where I grew up in a hurry listening to the stories of my GI Bill classmates. For example, ‘When my B-17 was shot down over Belgium, we fell into friendly hands. But soon they gave me a deck of cards to use as markers and sent me on my way, walking to Switzerland. I made it, but my hair turned white.’ Another, a B-24 pilot, told of rolling down the runways en route to Germany with his plane loaded to the gills. The moment he felt a little lift in the aircraft, he pulled the gear up, pointed the nose to clear the trees, and away they went…. I graduated in ’52 with a degree in business, much the wiser because of these guys…married and went off to the Air Force stationed in Minneapolis…. Finished my two years as a USAF budget

officer…returned home to Indianapolis… joined a property and casualty co., where I grew into the treas.’s job and retired in 1997. Ruthie and I had two girls—both are married with children, who are now college graduates. In 1961 my activated Air National Guard Wing sent me to Europe. As a result, I have six years of active duty in the USAF—28 all together. I retired as a lt. col. and was awarded the USAF Commendation Medal. I lost Ruthie to throat cancer in 2001. We were married almost 50 years…. I remarried in 2002 and am now living in Noblesville. 1945 to 2009.... It’s a lifetime, isn’t it!” Larry Leonard reports on his clan’s Aug. stay at the N. Fork Ranch in Shawnee, Colo.: “Had a wonderful time. My horse, General, figured out quite soon that I was not a true cowboy! The photo captures the gang, all nine of us. I’m the good-looking guy with the fat stomach. I will add that ranches are expensive; in fact, very expensive.” Your reporter asked, “Was this then the celebration of your 80th?” Larry said, “No. My 80th will be April 2010. Joan and I will probably toast that happily alone at our local bar and grill!” And from his “Lake Woebegone” perch, John Philips writes, “I’ve had to retire from ballroom dancing, but still am up to dining room words of wisdom: ‘Why do old women eat garlic? So you can find them in the dark.’” And from his always welcome op-ed perspective, Nate Lord: “Someone had better figure out a political strategy to force Congress to enact a graduated consumption tax to promote investment, and a credible threat of a constitutional amendment establishing a sinking fund to assure repayment of our govt.’s debts. Otherwise Congress (many of whom think they have earned life tenure) will repay them with inflated legal tender. I wish all classmates good health.” And in good voice, George Gershel begins what we hope will be a regular View of an American in Switzerland: “Switzerland has a population of 7.5 million. The country is divided into 26 cantons. In the U.S. they would be states, but the power of the canton is much greater. The central govt. manages foreign affairs, collects federal taxes and represents Switzerland in the world. There are seven ministers in the federal system. Each year one is elected pres. but stays in the background. What is most interesting is that a lot of decisions are made by referendums. The federal govt. of Switzerland has very little to say about everyday living. Switzerland is a true democracy. It’s a peaceful, well-organized, common-sense country. I will be back in the U.S. every three months, staying in a townhouse I have rented in Columbus, where my children live. Initially I thought I’d stay with Harvey on these return

trips and maybe recover some of my losses. However, I’ve concluded his food is for rabbits and his liquor below normal standards.” We find some sad but yet inspiring news from Ingram Schwahn. Your reporter has always looked forward to reading Ingram’s interesting, upbeat letters. So I was caught off guard when I read: “I first noticed sometime in 2005 that my dear Patricia seemed to have the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.” All of us wonder I suppose what kind of a human being I will turn out to be when the chips are down. No question about Ingram. When your reporter asked for his permission to share with the class this change, which for almost four years now has been asking for constant love, dedication and courage, he replied, “Yes, it has been a tough time for both of our families. Each day is a new day for Patricia, with new things to learn or re-learn. She still has a memory of her parents’ and grandparents’ names and places. It will be the last memory to go, along with my name. However, she continues to be kind to people, sweet to me, and I to her. Hopefully, there will be a cure someday for this dreadful disease.” Maybe, a Taft graduate will be inspired to go into research to find the missing bullet or stem cell to attach itself to the neurons to rebuild them. They have moved from Rockwall, Texas, to a retirement home in Dallas “on a tree-filled, beautiful 63-acre campus.” The address is: Ingram and Patricia Schwahn, Presbyterian Village, North, Apt. #1118, 8600 Skyline Dr., Dallas, TX 75243. Eduardo de Lima called from Brazil: “My daughter is back from Miami. I promised her if she graduated from college I would finance her travel…. She’s traveled all over Europe. Now she’s got to get a job. As to the view from Brazil: we have lots of corruption. But I’ve reached the point where I don’t give a damn. I’m a good fighter but to wage war with politics seems fruitless. Good health is what it’s all about now. No sale on the ranch, but I remain hopeful. I miss Taft. We had a great time there. And as I read about our class today, I find we’re all a lot more interesting than we were in ’48. Please give my best to all.” Bill Hatch jumps in to cheer the return of Ned Collins, and adds, “As we all approach 80, nothing seems to work very well, but with a lot of Tylenol I manage to play tennis and golf two to three days a week; none well, but at least I am upright. We took a brief trip east (1,500 miles worth) to see friends and granddaughters; one granddaughter works in NYC. Exciting place, but glad I never lived there. Guess I am just a country boy.” The phone rang again, and it was Father John McSweeney in Vt.: “My health is good, although my legs aren’t what they used to be. I’m retired from Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 45


alumni Notes active ministry but continue to help and say Mass at local nursing homes. My seven sibling sisters take good care of me. We had a family reunion last year at Lake Mansfield Trout Club, which my family has been a part of for many years—a very special place. There were 92 that came, out of a family of 120. I used to be a very active fly fisherman, but my legs aren’t steady enough for that any more. I plan to return to Ireland in the fall with one of my nephews. I’ve been going there for 30 years, and each time look forward to reconnecting with folks I’ve come to know. The local priest, a young lad, always puts me to work. I often travel with family as I’ve done over the years to France and Belgium in connection with my interest in the WWII veterans, which now is largely focused on a surviving veteran of the 82nd Airborne who lives in Vt. He jumped at Normandy with a Burlington priest who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. Best wishes to all my classmates.” Craig Bristol tells the story of “The Summer of 1950 in Alaska” with Jim Eyre and Freddie Keck: “In June of ’50, Jim, Fred, and I drove a new Ford station wagon with two Yale friends from Minneapolis to Fairbanks, Alaska, with stopovers at Glacier Park, Banff and Lake Louise—a total of 3,975 miles. The car was purchased by the Bank of Fairbanks. We were the delivery mechanism. Lucrative construction jobs were the lure. 1,523 miles of ‘dirt and gravel’—the Alcan Highway—separated Dawson Creek, B.C., from Fairbanks. We drove continuously shotgun style—switching drivers every two hours. Whenever we stopped for a river swim, giant mosquitoes attacked causing us to jump from the water back to the car—still moving at 3–4 mph 250 miles short of Fairbanks, the driver dozed off; we rolled into a ditch. There we were upside down, covered with dust, trying to open doors and windows backwards; worried about fire! (See photo.) Fortunately, the car sustained only body damage. With the assistance of a Canadian Army crane we continued on. Jim handled the bank in his own inimitable fashion! Fairbanks in 1950 was a ‘rough and ready’ town with only two paved streets. The bank didn’t seem overly concerned; the delivery costs were minimal and insurance plentiful. Two days prior to our arrival, all construction work was halted by a general strike. Bottom line: no jobs; significant costs! Resourcefulness was the order of the day. The editor of the Fairbanks paper wrote an article about our trip and also gave Jim a part-time job, his earliest journalistic exposure. Fred and I joined a surface mining crew—hydraulic hoses—for one week and a railroad laying track for six days. Working conditions and mosquitoes were the pits! The strike continued on. All 46 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

thoughts of returning to college with surplus cash dissolved. Under duress, we sought funds to return to ‘civilization.’ The bank graciously supplied a small loan to satisfy their obligation. Our parents financed the balance. We all flew to Seattle on Alaska Airlines—a DC3! Jim returned to Rye to enjoy the balance of the summer. Freddie and I hitched from Seattle all the way to Miami and then worked to load a freight plane at Miami Int’l to gain passage to San Juan. Why? Love conquers all: Wheaton gal plus two weeks of ‘heaven’ in San Juan and their ranch in Aibonito…but that’s another story (next issue, Craig?). Our Alaska adventure was a ball. Jim’s wonderful personality and positive attitude coupled with Freddie’s yearning for the Yukon wilderness greatly enhanced the whole adventure. Jim and Fred were outstanding individuals and dedicated friends.” Dave McKee, after a summer on the beach, reports he had a “delightful luncheon” with Sue and Ned Collins on the Cape followed by a tour of Ned’s home, which Dave describes as “the highlight of my trip—an architectural masterpiece.” And with a low bow of thanks to Julia, wife of Bruce Bain, another returnee surfaces: “Yes, Bruce is alive and well, enjoying Julia, his wife of 57 years, five children, 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I am still active manufacturing various metal products with several family members, as well as the usual recreational items. My best to all.” To close, your reporter, Bill Kissell, reflects on the commencement remarks of Headmaster Willy MacMullen ’78 in praise of the Class of 2009: “Crowded at the top of the class (of 2009) are some of the most powerful intellects we have ever seen. It is not a surprise that their college results were extraordinary and that our nation’s top universities were competing for them. They are incredibly engaged and active, debating, asking questions and taking part in the dialogue of literature, politics, history, current events and global citizenship.” How can you not admire the school and be a little envious of this class? Still, my love of revisionist theater coaxes me into wondering what Mr. Cruikshank might say about the Class of ’48 today—and we to him— if we could sit and talk it through over dinner. Anyone choose to pull up a chair? Remember, our 65th is just a few years off.

1949

Class Secretary: William E. Hoblitzelle III, 758 W. Mays Path, Hernando, FL 34442, rohob@aol. com; Head Class Agents: James N. Baker, 777 Bluff St., Glencoe, IL 60022, bluff7@aol.com; Bedford “Buz” H. Lydon Jr.

Pete Campbell writes, “My son Pierce ( John Jr.) is doing quite well as an entertainer; he was appointed Conn. State Troubadour in 1978–79. Kay is busy as usual with her activities on the board or chair of a major committee with the Conn. Junior Republic, the Conn. Community Foundation and others. As for me, I was diagnosed last fall with a (so they say) curable lung cancer and have since undergone several months of radiation and chemotherapy. Last winter, I endured a bit of pneumonia and the ensuing heavy-duty antibiotic cure. As a result, we opted out of our winter on Nevis, W.I. So we carry on with a new hip and new knee.” From Art Hansl: “Thanks for your generous comment on A Call from LA and your mention of my current releases in the last issue. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to come and sign it and, of course, to socialize with you guys. I was shocked to hear about Laddie Fox, Dow Drukker, Harvie and Stephenson. Ladd was a good friend and I saw Harvie looking well not that long ago. It’s inevitable that some of our aircraft will go missing, but it is always saddening nevertheless, not to mention a reminder of our own mortality. Guess the best thing is to live as if this is no rehearsal.” Gil Colgate writes from south of the border: “Hard to say what news might be of interest— those things done in the past or that which is happening now. Most of us are probably lining up our ducks in order waiting for that great final exam in the sky we all must take someday. But, as far as I’m concerned that day will not come for a long while, although the taxis on the streets of Oaxaca are just as dangerous as the ones in NYC and the pavement here is in a lot worse shape. Eyesight is sharp, limbs are sound, heart still ticking and, with Margie Barclay with whom I’ve been sharing bed and board for over 35 years, life is very rewarding here in Mexico. About ready to publish my third book of poetry, Committing Poetry, that may or may not become available in the States. Between tapping into whatever muse appears at the moment, we have seven children, all of whom are (at least now) well employed. They’ve all visited us in here in Oaxaca. We bought a house a couple of years ago—very Mexican rustic and colorful, but with all the luxuries of a home in NYC, including Wi-Fi, etc. We walk to good restaurants, theater and sporting events. There is no ice hockey in Oaxaca, but you know what? I don’t miss it. There is tennis, and I play intermittently— mostly doubles. No need for a car, and we have a baseball stadium seating about 7,000 four blocks away. John Potter visited last winter, and if any of you classmates contemplate a visit


to Mexico, e-mail me; I’d love to see each of you again, and the weather here is perfect yearround. Sorry not to have made the reunion, but the schedule of a trip down the Danube from Vienna to Bucharest, upon which we were traveling with friends from Oaxaca conflicted. Bill, I have retired completely from politics. Once, when I was commissioner of Human Rights in NYC I thought of getting into it, but I found I was totally inept and absolutely not cut out for anything remotely concerned with people. But, I enjoy hearing from you and hope our paths will cross again soon.” Dave Penning has some good news, “Hobe, good to see you at our Taft reunion. What we lacked in quantity, we more than made up in quality. (Like fine old wines.) I was honored by the FAA with a Master Pilots Award. Only slightly more than 1,000 of these have ever been issued! The award is based on 50 or more years of continuous flying without accident or incident. In my case, I soloed in 1954. Who says getting older has no benefits?” Hal Leeds writes, “I have little news other than the arrival of a granddaughter, Casey, in April—the first girl out of eight grandchildren—and my being smitten with viral pneumonia from June through early Aug.” Larry North reports, “Our homeowners assoc. came ‘this close’ to getting one of our amendments passed by the Fla. Senate in the last session, so we think we have a good shot for success next time around. The doors in my metal valve are working well, so that is good. Cardiologist is very pleased and predicts I’ll outlive my annuity. Golf is frustrating, but due to my short-game skills, I still manage to shoot my age now and then. If only I could get the muscles to obey the messages the mind is sending! I know what I want to do and how to do it, but my muscles send back this obscene message:‘Not this time, old man! This shot is going into the bunker, lake, weeds or woods. Ha!’” Our most prolific historical author is surely Harlow Unger. He wrote your scribe an actual snail-mail letter, which I will excerpt: “I know you’ll be pleased to know that my 17th book, The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness, was published in Oct. (see p. 6). It has already been named the main selection of the History Book Club this fall and received favorable prepublication reviews. Fifth pres. of the U.S., James Monroe transformed a fragile little nation into a glorious empire. Monroe’s predecessors— Adams, Jefferson and Madison—left the nation bankrupt, its people divided, its borders under attack and its Capitol in ashes. As pres. he led the nation to greatness by seizing Fla. and extending U.S. borders to the (then) impregnable natural defenses of the oceans, lakes

Fred Chesman ’50 with eight grandchildren: from left, Tucker, 4, Collin, 6, Devin, 4, and Hope (on Fred’s knee), Kyle, 2 (on other knee), an unhappy Samantha, 10 months (held by Fred’s son, Spencer), Dylan, 4 months (held by Jessica, Spencer’s wife), and (in front) Jake, 19 months, supported by the sister-in-law of Melissa Chesman ’89

and rivers that rimmed the nation. Monroe was the only pres. other than Washington to win reelection unopposed.” Finally, a late Aug. e-mail is self explanatory: “Mr. Hoblitzelle, my name is Richard Durham ’54, and I am younger brother to the late Bull Durham of your class. In reviewing your 1949 write-up for the 60th Reunion, I noticed a letter from Ed Borcherdt. In his remarks he noted that he went to Quantico with my brother, and I also noted that he said he had served as pres. of the National Korean War Memorial in D.C. My oldest brother, George, was killed in 1952 in action in Korea at the age of 24 and is listed in the Korean War Veterans Honor Roll. Just thought it most interesting that the world would be this small. George, by the way, graduated from Salisbury.” Naturally, I wrote Richard, thanking him for the note and told him that we had met at several Taft reunions, since his reunions coincide with ours. ’Tis a small world, indeed. Your secretary reports that Ro and I bought a new Winnebago motor home just a few weeks after reunion. It’s 38’ long, has three slide-out rooms, a king-sized bed with a Sleep Number mattress and a bunch of other features that we knew we wanted, having learned a lot from our two other Winnebagos. We spent the first two weeks of Sept. in Clinton, Conn. I hope that you are all well, or mending, and that you will try to think of things in your life to share with us for the next issue.

1950 60th reunion Class Secretary: Archie Fletcher, Fletcher Chicago, Inc., 1000 N. North Branch St., Chicago, IL 60622, archie@fletch.com; Head Class Agent: Arthur J. Stock, 75 Grove St., #332, Wellesley, MA 02482, ajstock@earthlink.net; Reunion Chairs: Ben Chapman, tagchapman@cs.com; Don Taylor; Class Agents: Ben Chapman, Stanley E. Clarke, 48 Richland Dr., Belfair, Bluffton, SC 29910, stanley.e.clarke@att.net; William H. Dowd Jr., 153 DeForest St., Watertown, CT 06795-2103, williamhdowd@aol.com; Archie Fletcher

Tony Carpenter splits his time between Greenwich, Conn., and Vero Beach, Fla. His latest accomplishment was shooting his age on the golf course—a feat many desire, but few achieve. Fred Chesman is still working as he gets older, but also plays tennis. He is proud of his nine grandchildren and two dogs. Syd Kleeman, living in Holland and retired, is now able to read a lot of things he never got to during the old working life. Syd did come over to N.Y. for a week in April to see his brother who came up from W.Va. John Franciscus spent July and Aug. at Harbor Springs, Mich. He and wife Verena also spent some time at their Canadian farm in Echo Lake, where Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 47


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Jay Greer ’50 on Chebeague Island, Maine, during a stay that included visits from daughters Kate and Heather

“Two Guys and a Doll”: Sara and Bob Weeks ’51 and Harry Gridley ’51 at the Saratoga Race Track in Aug.

they live close to nature without light, water or any other comforts of civilization. They went back to Puerto Rico for a few days before traveling to their Sept. and Oct. home in Le Rayol, France. He reports that his five girls are flitting in and out of his enjoyment of life. Bruce Byrolly contacted your secretary as a first-time responder and reports that he has been retired from the priesthood for five years. He is living in his own home in a blue-collar neighborhood in the beautiful but ungentrified town of Cambridge on Md.’s legendary Eastern Shore. Bruce still loves classical music and has learned to bake a homemade pie. He delights in having friends in for supper even though he has to do the cooking. Jay Greer visited Mike Druitt on a stopover before continuing his trip to France and Normandy to pick up the Yale travel tour about “Remembering D-Day.” Mike was in good health and excited about finishing 48 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

John Denny ’51 and family at their St. Huberts, N.Y., home in the Adirondacks

a 25K charity walk with his wife, Dorothy. In May, Jay attended his 55th Yale reunion and saw many of his Taft classmates, including in no particular order, Pam and David Banker, Verena and John Franciscus, Art Stock and Chic Treadway. All classmates mentioned they plan to attend our 60th Reunion in May. In July, Jay spent a marvelous six days as part of a three-man crew on Art’s Ericson 34 sailboat. They cruised from Mattapoisett, just southwest of Cape Cod, through the Cape Cod Canal and up to Boston for a look at the numerous tall ships that had sailed in for a festival. Even though the weather in Boston was indifferent, the ships proved to be impressive when sailing under full sail. After their tour d’inspection, the crew sailed to Provincetown, making it late at night due to swells from the Atlantic that combined with a chop from the southwest breeze heading into their nose. After spending a day in lovely sunshine in Provincetown, they headed home sans wind. The breeze finally came up once they passed through the Canal. Jay reports that Art proved himself to be a most competent, careful and considerate skipper, demonstrating he was a man of many talents. Later in July, Greer drove to Litchfield County, Conn., to spend a day with Chic, who remains in great health as ever. Chic was busy packing up for a fishing trip to Canada. Finally, Jay spent the rest of Aug. on Chebeague Island in Maine, where he celebrated his 77th birthday with his two daughters and their families. He was able to find quiet time to read and plan the rest of the year. We are sorry to learn that Bruce McGhie passed away in July and offer our condolences to his family (see “In

Memoriam”). (The Bulletin offers congratulations to Archie Fletcher on his marriage to Kathy Moeller on Sept. 12.)

1951

Class Secretary: Bob Weeks, 7 Greens Way, New Rochelle, NY 10805, RDWeeksJr@aol.com; Head Class Agents: Stuart Erwin Jr., PO Box 7295, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, distuerwin@aol. com; Harry Gridley, 124 Phila St., Apt. 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, hmg8137@aol.com; Rip Young, 155 Walpole St., Dover, MA 02030-1608, johnrippeyj@aol.com

Len Platt reports that a 2008 driving trip to the Canadian Rockies, Sun Valley, Las Vegas and Santa Fe, where the Platts’ daughter lives, made them appreciate more than ever our beautiful country. In May, the Platts did a golfing trip in Holland and Belgium on the River Cloud, followed by a super holiday with friends in Normandy. The Platts returned to their summer home in Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., and then to Fla. in Oct. Ed Kent continues to be an active blogger and can be found as Ed Kent on Google. For three weeks this past summer, your scribe, Bob Weeks, and wife Sara drove our old reliable 1994 Volvo 3,000 miles from N.Y. to Wis. and back for a reunion of my U.S. Navy shipmates, including sailors from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. We journeyed onward to Isle Royale National Park, Mackinac Island, Georgian Bay’s Manitoulin Island and Toronto. Isle Royale NP, an island in western Lake Superior, is reached by a 56-


mile ferry trip from upper Mich.’s Keweenaw Peninsula. For those seeking solitude, moose and wolves, it is the most inaccessible of all the National Parks—e.g., Yellowstone NP has more visitors in a day than Isle Royale has in a year. On Mackinac Island we lunched on the world’s longest porch at the historic Grand Hotel, and in the northern Wis. rural village of Manitowish Waters, we dined at Little Bohemia Lodge, site of the 1930s FBI raid on John Dillinger and his gang and which has star billing in the recent movie Public Enemies.

patient is obvious and the benefit to the MD practice is more control over patient compliance and an average of $12 per script. So if the doctor sees 50 patients a day at two scripts/ patient he will make $1,200 a day from this operation. My job is to set up appointments for our headquarters crew to make our formal presentation. I get 30 cents per script filled or $30 for that day. I look forward to 2012, our 60th.” Your secretary, Alan Marshall, after 65 years of golf, finally got a hole-in-one, with a 185 yard five iron on June 5.

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1953

Class Secretary: Alan Marshall, 3854 McDivitt Dr., Orchard Lake, MI 48323-1628, alannmar@ juno.com; Head Class Agent: Harry Hyde, 506 E. Cooke Rd., Columbus, OH 43214, hhydepfa@ columbus.rr.com

Vic Altshul reports, “The latest Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelungen was the occasion for a very happy reunion with David Hamilton, whom I had not seen in 57 years. Laura and I got together with David for dinner after two operas at the Met this spring; we had a lovely time, talking opera and sharing ancient memories.” Davies Tainter states, “Retirement is a full-time job. Lots of golf, six grandchildren; Fla. in the winter and Fairfield, Conn., in the summer. Played in a one-day member-guest in the summer with Lance Odden. What a great lover of Taft he is. Somehow, I connect better with him than with Tall Paul. Hope to see you at the 60th if not before.” Reid Williamson says, “I am living part-time in Savannah and part-time in Valdosta, Ga., where my lady-love has a home. I retired to Savannah, where my two sons live with their families. I am enjoying seeing seven grandchildren grow and mature—ages from 5 to 21. I try to stay in shape by playing tennis and running two miles every other day. One of my main activities is as a volunteer mediator for three Savannah courts. I hear only civil cases, including domestic disputes, which are the hardest to settle. I have been registered now for two years and have heard nearly 85 cases and have a two out of three settlement rate, which beats the average of 57 percent. A new business venture has come my way by way of the Physicians Pharmaceutical Corp., whose mission is to establish medicine dispensing stations in doctors’ offices. The patient receives his/ her script from the doctor, checks out and then moves to the next counter where a pharma-tech fills the prescription. The convenience to the

Class Secretary: Peter C. Greer, 3761 Blue Heron Dr., Gulf Shores, AL 36542, petegreer@gulftel. com; Head Class Agents: George H. Stephenson, 21 Sargent Rd., Marblehead, MA 01945-3721, geos1935@aol.com; John W. Watling III, 140 Zaccheus Mead Ln., Greenwich, CT 06830-3750, jwwzml@aol.com

Steve Henkel reports the purchase of a new small garage-stowable yacht, and the downsizing is a pleasant change, but I suspect he misses his old boat. Jim Goldsmith has been playing golf with Mike Brenner, and they’re now ready to take on Tiger at their local venue though not Bethpage Black. Also had lots of patriotic communications from Carl Littell, whose e-mails are always enjoyable. Charlie Goode, who is enjoying family immensely, reports that the new Marine Corps Heritage Museum at Quantico, Va., is definitely worth a visit. I believe that Charlie is indeed enjoying life. Semper Fi, y’all (that’s Southern talk). And this update from your boat-delivery scribe, Pete: We had an easy trip from Port Everglades, Fla., to Lagos, Portugal, via Bermuda, Ilhas Faial and São Miguel in the Azores early summer. We lost our transmission with Bermuda in sight and had to sail in and anchor under sail—no big deal for trained professionals though. We were stuck there over Memorial Day (Bermuda Day) awaiting parts; repairs took 11 days in one of the most expensive places on the planet. Finally got underway and on to the Azores, during which leg our spinnaker sprit pole snapped under load in the middle of the night making for a very interesting take-down. The Atlantic was mostly benign with light winds. I’d never seen it so calm, with light breezes barely rippling the surface. We motored extensively, and when heavy weather threatened (several times) we steered away from it. Saw a number of large whales fairly close up and lots of porpoises. We started out in hot humid weather and ended wearing longies,

fleeces and foulies to keep warm. We were at sea 35 days, sailed about 3,900 nautical miles, spent 13 days in port and another four waiting to fly home. Generally a good trip, no major damage, no injuries; a few exciting moments in close proximity of other shipping in which we weren’t sure that the big guy knew where we were. Our provisioning was spot on. We found the entrance to Lagos as expected and went to our assigned slip, which gave us one of the most exciting parts of the trip as we misjudged wind, speed, current and the boat’s handling characteristics and had a near miss getting into the slip. The toughest part of any trip like this is always the first and last 100 yards. After the flight home, several days of napping were required to get back to land routine.

1954

Class Secretary: Bill Sprague, 187 Concord Dr., Madison, CT 06443, Bill-Sprague@comcast. net; Head Class Agent: Sted Sweet, 31 Woodbury Rd., Watertown, CT 06795-2123, stedsweet@ hotmail.com

Having taken the class-secretary baton from the very capable Steve Blakeslee, I, Bill Sprague, am scared to death lest I inadvertently dangle a participle or split an infinitive. Remembering the instructions of Messrs. Sullivan and Lovelace, I do recall that a preposition is something not to end a sentence with! Therefore, I’ll charge ahead and give it my best shot. Sally and I spent a delightful afternoon with Ned Hale in June, when he was in New Haven for a Yale reunion and to gather material for the archives of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a college ministry with which he has been associated since graduation from Yale. Ned’s ministry has primarily been to foreign students. He and Sharon currently reside in Madison, Wis. Tom Griggs also stopped by for a brief but pleasant visit on his way home to Milford, Conn., after vacationing with children and grandchildren on Cape Cod. Tom continues to work for YaleNew Haven Hospital. Jeff Bomer is also still enjoying his career in commercial real estate as senior managing dir. for a firm in Austin, Texas. He reports that the market is still slow there. I hope the stimulus package will help— assuming any funds will be disbursed to areas anywhere near Crawford. Rocky Fawcett is now the great-grandfather of Lucas Hunter. To my knowledge, he may be the first greatgrandfather of the class; however, please let me know if any others in the class share this Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 49


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Charlie Richards ’55 and wife Pam in the rain forest in Madagascar

Marty Rosol ’55 (center) and his wife, Jeanne, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their four children and spouses and six grandchildren.

honor. Rocky continues to serve Lyons Falls, N.Y., as town supervisor and this year opened their first farmers’ market, making his contribution to stimulating their economy. He and Mary spent a weekend with Fred Wierdsma and a lady friend at Hartwood in the Catskills. To Rocky’s surprise, he discovered that Fred’s friend was the godmother of his daughter’s husband. Let see, would Rocky be her “god cousin-in-law”? Speaking of small worlds, Bill Fitzgerald reports traveling 3,000 miles east from his home in LA to NYC to attend a Yale Class of ’58 luncheon at the Yale Club and discovered that Dave Burke had traveled 3,600 west from his home in Paris to attend the same luncheon. They followed up with a second lunch together in the city before Bill left for Conn. to attend a Fourth of July family reunion that included his grandson, Russell. Dave’s annual trip to the U.S. included work on a documentary film of his and visiting family and friends in Santa Fe, N.M., and Conn. I contacted Dave by e-mail regarding his move to Paris and received a fascinating reply. A one-year sabbatical to France from a pressure-filled career as a producer for 60 Minutes turned into a 23year relocation, radical changes in lifestyle and culture, and significant career changes for him and his wife. Dave summarizes the experience as having “enriched our lives enormously, and (our life together) is better than if we had stayed in N.Y. doing business as usual.” I do admire their courage and perseverance in this adventure. His book, Writers in Paris: Literary Lives in 50 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

the City of Light, was published last year. Check it out at http://headbutler.com/books/travel/ writers-paris. I have e-mail addresses for about half of the class. If you did not get an e-mail from me in July, I do not have yours. It would be a great help if you would send your address to Bill-Sprague@comcast.net and TaftRhino@ TaftSchool.org, along with an update on your current activities. I promise I won’t forward any junk mail to you or get you on a “spam” list.

1955 55th reunion Class Secretary: Lee H. Smith, 1867 Mintwood Place NW, Apt. 4, Washington, DC 20009, Lhswrite@yahoo.com; Head Class Agent: John W. G. Ogilvie Jr., 4144 Great Oak Rd., Rockville, MD 20853, johnogilvie@verizon.net; Reunion Chair: Thad C. Carver, carver@kc.rr.com

Sure, sure, it’s great to play with the grandkids. But what are they really saying about us behind our backs? Maybe “I think he used to be something or other back in the old days, but I don’t know what.” Uh huh. Recall how our mothers used to chafe at being cast as so-andso’s wife, a half-person with no independent force or presence. That could be what we’re becoming, has-beens dwindled into so-andso’s grandpa, faded figures with vague pasts, now boring and entirely predictable. That’s

why it’s a pleasure to hear from classmates whose new undertakings keep their grandkids attentive, surprised, off balance, maybe even a little nervous. In May Charlie Richards and his wife, Pam, went on an adventure travel trip to Madagascar—a very interesting and surprising country—where they visited seven national parks, each quite distinctive. All have fantastically different flora and fauna, reports Charlie, including many kinds of lemurs and native birds In July, they toured the Baltic on the Sea Cloud II, a tall ship. Great sailing and very interesting places as well: St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk and Copenhagen. “We’re trying not to let any moss grow on us,” Charlie writes. Leslie and E.J. Johnson have written an essay, their first effort at co-authorship, for the catalogue of an exhibition, Venice in the Age of Canaletto, which opened in Oct. at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and will be at the Memphis Brooks Museum in Feb. The subject is a set of prints, the “Prospectus Magni Canalis Venetiarum,” published in 1735, that shows the Grand Canal in a series of sequential views that recreate for the armchair traveler the experience of floating down the canal in a gondola. E.J. adds, “As far as we can tell, these etchings are the earliest example of an attempt to suggest movement through an urban space by means of a group of sequential views. Remember going down the Grand Canal in Cinerama? Here’s the predecessor.” John Jenkins has taken up painting and planned to spend the last week of Sept. in a lapsed monastery, retrofitted with a swimming pool, in the village of San Fedele, south of Florence. John’s assignment, under the direction of artist/instructor Barrett Edwards, was to depict the Tuscan hills at the time of the festival of the grape. What a punishing exercise. From there John was planning to tuck his easel in his baggage and head for Venice to spend a week wandering the canals in search of inspiration. A bunch of Tafties gathered in New Haven in early June for their Yale reunion. Among those your


secretary ran into were Tom Chadwick, Mike Cherry, Nick Ciriello, Terry Combs and Tom Goodale. All of us looked pretty good, our accumulated scars of half a century hidden under well-tailored suits. Apologies to any classmates we didn’t run into and therefore aren’t mentioned. Determinedly absent was Marty Rosol, not a reunion enthusiast. Marty writes: “Jeanne and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on July 25. All our children and grandchildren were present, which was a true blessing and joy. This definitely had a greater emotional impact than did the Taft 50th.” So there.

1956

Class Secretary/Head Class Agent: Jack McLeod, 275 Heron’s Run Dr., #710, Sarasota, FL 34232

Chris Davenport writes, “I was interested to read in the ’55 class notes (Summer 2009) Chic Gast’s recollection of the Great Dining Room Caper. Even though he was one of the perpetrators, his memory of the incident differs somewhat from mine. The incident happened in the spring of 1955. Early on a Sat., we came down to breakfast on that warm morning and found the car chained and padlocked to the banister of the stairs outside the dining hall; I don’t think it was chained to a table. Since both Mr. Oscarson and Mr. McKinley were new that year, they had not yet earned seniority for a garage across the street, so both of them kept their cars parked in one of the circles. It would have added considerably to the difficulty of their task if the perpetrators had had to unlock a garage door and roll a car across Route 6. They picked one parked in the Headmaster’s Circle. Mr. Oscarson was tall and rather husky. My recollection is that his car was a big, clunky Buick. He would have had something of a hard time trying to fold himself into a Morris Minor. (At 6′4″ I speak from experience.) The McKinleys’ car was a blue Morris Minor convertible. And it was a cynosure for students because it had a Princeton decal on the back. In fact, the car’s nickname was the Tigermobile. I believe that the maintenance crew spent some time that morning using a hacksaw to cut the chain and free the car. We all went to Jobs Assembly that day, dreading what the administration might have decided about the matter. In one of the very few times that Mr. Cruikshank ever let his hair down, he began to talk about the matter. He said that there had been a trustees’ meeting that morning and that the trustees wondered if he had done it. He went on to say what a tragedy it was that the people who engineered this

feat would be unsung heroes—no one would ever know who they were. And he added that if they would like to reveal themselves to him, he would be happy to give them credit. Then he walked out to loud cheers from the assembly.”

1957

Class Secretary: Dick McGavern, 4335 Tichenor Point Dr., Canandaigua, NY 14424-8230, rmcgaver@rochester.rr.com; Head Class Agent: William C. Weeks, 11 Fresenius Rd., Westport, CT 06880, cindybill@optonline.net

I, Dick, recently read and enjoyed Peter Kilborn’s Next Stop Reloville. I recommend it to you and your children, who may be more able to relate to “Relovillers” than our generation. Peter did a very good job of researching and reporting on this large group of American Workers. Holcombe Green writes: “I continue to remain active in my private equity business and currently have a significant investment in a telecom co. headquartered in Atlanta. My oldest son, Holcombe III ’87, is on the board at Taft and was chair of the Annual Fund for the past few years.” From Noel Laing: “Things are going well for the Va. Tafties. Charles Harris bought a house just a mile from our farm so we are neighbors. I see him and John Sullivan every Sun. as we go to Trinity Episcopal Church together. We are all also in the Brotherhood of St. Andrews, which is a men’s group that meets every other Sat. for breakfast and lively discussions on many topics from religion to politics with everything in between. I do a lot of volunteering with our local senior center in spite of the fact that I should be attending, not helping out. Charles is into beekeeping and American chestnut redevelopment. John has not retired but splits his time between Washington, D.C., and Washington, Va. Can’t get in touch with Frank Chapin ’56. He is here in the county but I am unable to reach him.” From Roger Hartley in Duluth, Minn.: “I have been busy the last few months—traveling to weddings. Starting in early May we went to one of our friends in Siegsdorf, Bavaria, Germany; next, to one of Sandra’s nephews in St Paul, Minn.; then to another of Sandra’s nephews in Dublin, Ireland; and finally, back here to my son Eric’s. Now we are home and trying to catch up on sleep and money. I work two days a week as a sports massage therapist and just had a client win the 40–45 age group at the National Triathlon Championships in Tuskaloosa, Ala. In Oct. I worked with the National Biathlon team for a week at Soldier Hollow, Utah,

as they prepared for the 2010 Olympics in Whistler, B.C., Canada. Sandra and I will attend the Olympics right after I go to Hanover to attend the 50th Reunion of Dartmouth’s undefeated Ivy League season. Rusty Ingersoll ’56 will be there too, as he heads the committee that is organizing the event.” Jim Rogers reports that his doctors found some new locations of cancer; his oncologist is working to put together a new chemical program. Jim adds, “So the fight goes on.” From Ed Wang: “My wife Yam and I have traveled to seven countries and 12 must-see places in the States since retirement. We are the true believers of ‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away.’ Besides exercising three times a week in gym, at least once a week we take our inquisitive 2½-year-old grandson to educational places around the SF Bay area. My present hobby is creating some videos on YouTube. (See: 148mSv for my health, gocreate65 for hobbies and hcc77777 for fun.)” Bill Weeks writes, “I continue to be in ‘complete remission.’ When I asked my oncologist, ‘How do you explain that?’ He answered with a big smile, ‘What do you care? Get out of here! I have sick patients to see.’ I am now volunteering at Norwalk Hospital to try to give back to an institution that has taken such good care of me. It’s a very special place with very special people—I am indeed fortunate.” Art Johnson was dealing with the cold wet summer when he wrote: “I have a large vegetable garden as well as an orchard, grape vines, etc., and Mother Nature has not been smiling down on most of these endeavors.” Tommy Hickcox relaxed with the border patrol recently: “Jean and I and the hounds made a quick trip to the family summer place on Lake Memphremagog right on the border of Vt. and Quebec. The leisure time in the woods along and either side of the border is out now thanks to Homeland Security. Our encounters with the Border Patrol were quite polite. Apparently, we didn’t fit any evildoer profile. Having visited there off and on for 70 years was to my advantage.” Burt Lippa writes: “Patti and Jim Rogers visited in the summer. We spent time in both Taos and Santa Fe. Highlights of the visit were viewing the sculptures of John Simms ’56 and attending the Indian Market.” It is good to hear from more of us. Please continue to contribute. We are all interested and to make this interesting, we need news from everyone! [The Bulletin apologizes for the incorrect caption in the summer issue of the photo on p. 54. It should have read, “Bill Mazeine ’57 visits Wayne Jackson ’57 in Bermuda.”] Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 51


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1958

Class Secretary: Jack Grumbach, 320 Central Park West, Apt. 22B, New York, NY 10025-7659, ggrumbach@cgsh.com; Head Class Agent: Charlie Yonkers, 3802 Jocelyn St. NW, Washington, DC 20015-1920, ceyonkers@gmail.com

1959 Reunion Chair Sam Crocker ’60 and Class Secretary John Tietjen ’60 getting the message across early

Former roommates Jack Hill ’61 and Phil Kithil ’61 reunite in Santa Fe, where Phil lives.

Class Secretary: Stallworth McG. Larson, 126 West Dr., Douglaston, NY 11363-1209, SLarson@ Corporate-Growth-Services.com; Head Class Agent: Bob Barry, 74 Scuppo Rd., Woodbury, CT 06798, rjbarry@sturgesandmathes.com

As could be expected, the post-50th Reunion news flow to your loyal class secretary has dwindled to less than a trickle since we covered so much ground and caught up with each other so well while in Watertown. Our collective summer preoccupations no doubt have played a role in this, too. This said, our get-together in May produced a noticeable increase in e-mail traffic on matters largely political and economic. This is no doubt a result of our revelatory discussions during our reunion of our respective views of the world. This is all very healthy and, of course, respectful and friendly, not that anyone’s mind is likely to be changed any time soon. Nevertheless, it is good to hear contrary opinions, especially when so well expressed and to try to understand how we could come to such divergent positions and then try to reconcile them. Our old Taft masters would be proud of their progenies’ ability to formulate their arguments cogently and articulately with ample historic supporting evidence, even if we, like most, are capable of interpreting the same histories differently. This all makes for a vibrant discussion. Let’s keep it up!

1960 50th reunion Jack Hill ’61 visits Bill Crutchfield ’61 in front of the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va., on his annual cross-country trek; Jack notes that his tummy is from three squares a day during summer school and Blizzards while driving! 52 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Class Secretary/Head Class Agent: John Tietjen, 5 Forest Lake Dr., Daufuskie Island, SC 29915, JTeej512@yahoo.com; Gift Committee: Peter V. Buttenheim, chair, Peter@Buttenheim.com; F. Bowie Duncan II, Harry E. Hogueland, John E. Michaelsen, Jim Rule, Charles D. Smith III; Reunion Chair: Sam Crocker, 52 Cross Highway, Redding, CT 06896-2404, scrocker42@ gmail.com; Directory Chair: Peter Wright, pwright77@aol.com

We are now only months away from our 50th Reunion, and Sam Crocker and several classmates have been working toward making this a memorable event for all of us. Sam and Peter Buttenheim visited Taft in June to get the school’s input on reunion logistics—the class gift, the reunion directory and other reunion events. Peter has agreed to be our gift committee chair. Sam also visited Peter Wright in NYC, as Peter is reunion directory chair. He has been rallying all of us to send in our bios and photographs in a timely fashion so they can be printed and bound well before May. Your class secretary/agent has received several notes from classmates enthusiastically supporting the plan to make our class gift the George M. Hampton Jr. Scholarship. Roger Regnier writes that he is a grandfather for the second time. On the same theme, Peter Hawes writes “I visited Pittsburgh, where I met my first grandchild. A fun visit spiced with curdled milk and a chance to visit with all my children, one of whom returned from Switzerland just for the family reunion. A grandson made me feel much older even though the little one’s sparse hair demonstrated a strong Hawes family trait.”

1961

Class Secretary: Jack Hill, 29074 Blue Moon Dr., Menifee, CA 92584-7302, taft61@yahoo.com; Head Class Agent: Jerry Mitchell, 24 Ravine Rd., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, jcmit@comcast.net

I really love this job! I get to meet, correspond with and talk to the young men I grew up with during my formative times at Taft, and enjoy their life stories. Especially good and productive times are my summer commute from southern Calif. to New England, and then back. Bo Chapin and I thoroughly enjoyed our third annual get-together in Brush, Colo., where Bo shared with me how he came to live in and enjoy north central Colo. Sadly, I have no photo from this year’s event. While in the Boston area we enjoyed lunch and tall tales with Brad Tomlinson and Jerry Mitchell and their wives, Rob Ann and Margaret. Brad continues his recovery and looks strong and fit. Nancy and I missed getting to Long Island to see Roger Kinsey and his lovely wife (and great cook), Lynn, but we hope to make it next year. I tried to connect with Nick Norcott, but he was getting ready to leave on vacation; he threatened to drop in and spend some time at our house when he comes west to visit his grown children, one of whom lives near us. We did, however, spend a pleasant evening with


Cheryl and Herb Carlson, our fourth annual gathering. The picture is a bit dark—low batteries and available light. As we left Taft, my phone rang with a strange number that turned out to be John Edwards! I got over the shock and enjoyed a very pleasant chat. John is still playing hockey and has been enjoying retirement, which explains why he found time to see John Shively on p. 8 of Time magazine! Shives is evidently involved in a new venture (to supplement his indoor soccer playing?) that prompted Edwards to call and comment how nice it is to see someone of our age pictured in a national magazine for something positive! Our route took us a bit far from Philadelphia and Dr. Kerk Burbank (the PhD kind), but he was enjoying the Outer Banks, and headed to Grenada later. Kerk reports: “I began a job teaching business in Grenada at St. George’s Univ. in Aug. With two boys still in college, I will probably die working. Because of God’s goodness, my wife has a great job and consulting on the side. So we do not starve.” After a tour of Monticello, Nancy and I were treated to lunch at the Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville with Bill Crutchfield, who took time away from his incredible schedule to show us around the univ. and share his adventures as an Olympic torch relay runner. It was wonderful to catch up after 48 years! Jerry emailed a picture of prof. Bill Pelzer, who enjoys his work as an instructor of wine technology at Fla. Int’l Univ.—I’m sure there are Taft ’61ers who would like to sit in on your class, Bill, not auditing, more like drinking it in! After a stop in Nashville to visit my three daughters and their offspring, we headed west. Sadly, I missed a meeting with “Skins” Ridens, and my hoped-for dinner with Bill Dickey

and Jim Rule ’60 didn’t pan out (my fault for not making better plans sooner). Jim was tied up with an Arts and Antique Show, but we enjoyed a good chat, and he gave me Bill Dickey’s phone number. I called Bill and enjoyed a long conversation, laced with funny stories of our times at Taft, and we shared some remarkable coincidences in our lives—what a treat, it made the drive through Texas tolerable! We turned off the interstate and headed toward Santa Fe for a promised visit with Phil Kithil. I have been excited and anxious to see Phil again, especially after seeing him on the Discovery Channel last year. Phil took Nancy and me on a tour of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and to a marvelous lunch at Tia Sophia, where he told us of his entrepreneurial and inventor exploits. We would have enjoyed his wife Jean’s take on things, but she was hiking the “Elevator Shaft” with her hiking club! Reed Hilliard reports: “My wife, Jane, and I continue to love living on our mountain lake in the sticks of northeastern Calif., do lots of local volunteer work and love every chance we get to be with our three kids and three grandkids. I keep up my pilot’s license by flying on a regular basis mostly locally, continuing to enjoy the challenges and beauty of flying over these mountains (northern Sierras and southern Cascades). Life is good.” Reed sends along his best regards to Bill Dickey and the rest of the class. All in all, your secretary had a great time catching up with friends and mates of long ago. Thanks to Neil Peterson, who spent some time this summer in Anaheim and whom I hope to thank in person, and to Jerry Mitchell for convincing me I could do this job—I wouldn’t trade the good times and chance to renew friendships for anything. Taft 1961, you guys are great!

A ’61 get-together: from left, Margaret (Jerry’s wife), Jack Hill and wife Nancy, Brad Tomlinson and wife Rob Ann and Jerry Mitchell

1962

Class Secretary: David C. Forster, 24 Ebenezer Ln., Pound Ridge, NY 10576-1308, david4str@ optonline.net; Head Class Agent: Frederick F. Nagle, 100 Seminary Rd., Bedford, NY 10506, n052378@verizon.net

From Cronan Minton, “My mother earned a PhD in French literature as an adult, after my sister and I graduated from college. Her nearly lifelong love of everything French started with a trip to Europe before WWII. In 1950, when I was six and just starting first grade, we moved to Paris, where my parents enrolled me in a French Catholic boys’ school near the Jardins de Luxembourg. I hated it—at first. By the time we moved back to the States, to Westport, Conn., in 1954 I was more French than American. Being able to speak French helped immensely in Mr. Noyes’ accelerated French classes. I whipped through L’Etranger as if it was The Catcher in the Rye. This summer we celebrated my mother’s 89th birthday in Paris. She has returned to Europe nearly every year since 1954. After teaching French at Concord Academy in Mass., she joined the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement (HILR) and has been teaching and taking classes there for over 25 years. Her mission this summer was to return to the Dordogne—she had fallen in love with this pastoral region east of Bordeaux the year before, having gone there to take watercolor classes. My wife, Penny, and I accompanied her, along with a couple who study French with my mother at the HILR. The five of us spent a glorious week in a villa complete with swimming pool in a 13th-century village near Bergerac. The weather was perfect, we went touring every day in a rented Peugeot van, and on Bastille Day we watched fireworks over the Dordogne River from a sidewalk cafe in Bergerac, home of the fictional Cyrano. The next week we flew to Paris and met my sister, Helena, who flew in from Boston. We stayed on the Rive Gauche near the Place Contrascarp, where literati such as Joyce, Hemingway, Verlaine and Descartes used to live. My mother didn’t miss a beat. We celebrated her 89th birthday at a restaurant called Allard. Absent was my father, who died at 83 in 2000, after nearly 60 years of trips to Europe with my mother. Our class secretary’s mother, Boo Forster, still teaches at 92! She recently subbed for an art history class at Low Heywood School in Stamford, where she taught for 45 years.” Marty Keller writes, “The listing of the e-mails and those who are Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 53


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Sandy Wyman ’63 and his son, Dusty, enjoy a proud moment.

Dana and Sandy Saxten ’63 at daughter Susie’s graduation from Stanford Univ.

missing is much appreciated. It enabled me to reconnect with Bill Hamilton for his birthday. For the record, Bill is older than I (by one glorious day!) and we’ve enjoyed that over oh these numerous years. All is well in the corrupt state of Ill. Our son, Will, was in Kabul for the elections. He said that freedom is an amazing thing, which we do not fully appreciate. The Afghans he knows were very proud of their blue finger; most were on their left hands. Will works for Chemonics, which is a subcontractor to USAID, for whom my father worked immediately after my graduation from Taft—we lived in Liberia, West Africa. Will is finance mgr. on several projects, two of which are in Afghanistan and one in Bosnia. It is interesting to hear him tell about setting up direct deposit of payroll in Kabul.” Mike Swires writes, “We’re all in good health and spirits. Judy and I left the heat and humidity of Houston for five weeks, driving to San Juan Capistrano near the coast in Calif. as we’ve done every summer since we both retired five years ago. We made our usual circle of visits with family and friends driving from Orange County 54 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

to the Bay Area to Sacramento to Fresno and back. We also hosted our son from Seattle and his four kids (ages 7 to 14) for a week in San Juan. That experience is always a delight and torture at the same time. Now we’re waiting for cooler weather (and hoping for no hurricanes in the meantime) and trying to decide where to travel to next spring. Maybe Australia and New Zealand, if the markets continue to recover.” Paul Ehrlich writes, “The kids are all well, although Jeremy is painfully unemployed but teaching part-time thanks to a patient who hires for the private schools in NYC. Ben finishes up at Colo. College this year and will look to teach. Rachel and Joshua collectively have three children, although little Nicole has taken her time warming up to her pediatrician grandfather. Like many others in our class I turned 65, and earned my Metrocard, riding the subway for 40 cents. The summer went fast, but we spent a good part of the time in Amagansett.” Joe Freeman writes, “Spent three weeks in California, racin’, judgin’ and sellin’ books. Had a great time seeing Bryan Remer for dinner and then at the Sears Point Indy car race, for which I had VIP passes as a partial sponsor of a young driver for the Andretti-Green Team. I don’t think I need to go into any more detail, as it was all in the piece in the summer Bulletin: “Driven by Racecars.” Bryan Remer writes, “After spinning through the revolving door of financial firms and name changes— A.G. Edwards, Wachovia Securities, Wells Fargo Advisors—the spinning seems to have stopped for good with Wells, and I’ve relocated to the 23rd floor of the Bank of America building. It would be just fine if this were the final name change, T-shirt and ball cap. In July Bill McDaniel, Fred Nagle and I enjoyed sailing on L.I. Sound. It’s always a pleasure to relearn boating, and now I just need to remember it.” From Peter North, “My son, Ben ’10, is in his senior year at Taft and is captain of the cross country team. Daughter Meg will start her senior year at St. Lawrence, where she will be squash captain.”

1963

Class Secretary: John M. Lord Jr., 162 Middle Hancock Rd., Peterborough, NH 03458, johnmlordjr@fairpoint.net; Head Class Agent: Robert F “Rick” Muhlhauser, 8775 Spooky Hollow Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45243, rmuhlhauser@precisiontemp.com

Although some of us have transitioned to the greener pastures of retirement, the work ethic (or is it necessity?) predominates

among members of our class. Frank Minard, along with wife Lynne, continues to run their investment marketing firm, XT Capital Partners, while holding down numerous board positions for both investment and educational organizations. Sandy Wyman is still “in the market” with Guilford Securities, but manages to pursue his first love, fishing, a few times a week. He wetted flies for salmon in Vancouver, B.C., last year, and this year pulled in beautiful stripers. His daughter, Noelle, is expressing interest in boarding school, so you can guess what he’s hoping for there. Tim More maintains his law practice, but mostly to support his golf habit. He recently returned from his 12th golf trip to the British Isles. And during evenings at home he screens his vintage collection of VCRs, including a golf movie starring Leslie Nielson and based on a book by Henry Beard. Mark Fromm writes, “Still banking—not sure why. Bought a house in Tenn.—not sure why.” Phil Cerny is still in the thick of academia, lecturing students on both sides of the Atlantic. His magnum opus, Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neopluralism, will be forthcoming from Oxford Univ. Press in Jan. Lofty though his academic writing may be, Phil is still a folkie at heart, pickin’ and singin’ whenever he can. Biff Barnard joined Jack Wold ’71, Rich Bell ’71 and ’02 alums Will Brame, Scott Tarnowicz, Luke LaBella, John Macaskill, Jeff Volling and Court Wold for the inaugural Fish & Chip, a crossgenerational fly-fishing and golf competition, at the Wolds’ Hole in the Wall Ranch outside Kaycee, Wyo., in June (see ’02 notes for more). Don’t hesitate to send your notes to me, John Lord, at the e-mail above.

1964

Class Secretary: Christopher “Kit” Brown, 33 Woodcutters Dr., Bethany, CT 06524-3149, chrisbrown@TaftSchool.org; Head Class Agent: Carl H. Wies, 529 Leetes Island Rd., Branford, CT 06405-3318, cwies@hsnparch.com

From John Paul Carson, “Thanks, Carl, for keeping in touch. Wonderful 45th Reunion and nice touch for Larry Stone. Good to see Lance and Patsy. Go Taft!” Tom Tudor writes, “I’m presently working as an assoc. general counsel (int’l affairs) for the secretary of the Air Force in the Pentagon. Son Jan ’00 and daughter Maya ’94 are at Oxford Univ., UK. Jan’s pursuing a PhD in abstract math, and Maya is teaching and studying.”


1965 45th reunion Class Secretary: Carl P. Hennrich, 4815 Aukai Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, carl@ia-hawaii.com; Head Class Agent: R. Kemp Bohlen, PO Box 882650, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488-2650, kempbohlen@aol.com; Reunion Chairs: Carl P. Hennrich, Geoff Levy, glevy@comcast.net; Larry Morris, Lmorris@qlf.org; Greg Oneglia, gregoneglia@ogind.com

Headmasters Cruikshank and Esty had serious concerns about our class, well at least about your scribe. However, little did they know we were diamonds in the rough, overachievers, superstars just waiting to blossom once we exited the hallowed walls of our “kind, firm moulder of a thousand boys” alma mater. One of our most illustrious overachievers, James Robertson, has amazed us once again. A coconut wireless press release came across my desk on a sultry July day announcing that Jim had just been installed as moderator for the national United Church of Christ. Jim lives right around the corner from Taft, where he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Hannah, 7. Along with his religious work, Jim still actively practices law and was voted one of the “Top Ten Super lawyers in Connecticut,” in a poll of the Bar published in Connecticut Magazine. Told you ’65ers are overachievers and superstars! Jim sees insurance maven Guy Hatfield; bon vivant Tom Cherry; and triathlete Greg Oneglia periodically. Ah, the Conn. connection so close to Taft. Another amazing attorney living in Conn. from our superstar class, John Kleeman, sent me a thoughtful get-well e-mail last May: “Having had the pleasure of having both knees operated on I can commiserate with your plight.” In his pre-Taft days, John’s father was stationed here in Hawaii at Tripler Army Hospital. John was only 3 when they left, but some fond, tasty memories linger on. “I still have a few brain cells that flip out over the memory of Mile-High Coconut Cream Pie from the Willows, which I understand has gone the way of the dodo bird.” John’s wife, Veronica, is a Reiki practitioner who has been successful helping people deal effectively with pain. Reiki involves a trained practitioner directing healing energy through her hands to another person. John promises to visit Hawaii so Veronica can place her healing hands on both of my scarbedecked knees. (John, thanks for all your well wishes and for your kind words about my CMC ceremony in Nov.—come visit soon.) Tom Cherry also wished me a speedy recovery and

informed me he had both his left shoulder and right hand “done” last Jan. Tom had his old roll and Super 8 movie film digitized and is promising to edit out the totally unwatchable parts to make a short DVD with some still pictures and share it with us at our 45th for a few good giggles. Tom relates there are a few feet of a hockey game warm-up, where he believes he could make out Clint Black and your scribe, a brief scene of a campus snowball fight with Sox Freeman “definitely recognizable” and a long sequence of John Kleeman skiing in back of the Jig, with Tom himself attempting a “Klee-esque ski stunt and falling on my ass.” Last May, Tom’s son Brian ’09 graduated from Taft. “Brian may be the last spawn of ’65ers to grace the moulder. The school really does a nice job with graduation, with the seniors leaving a week before the rest of the school is done; the actual ceremony not dragged out too long. Ferdie Wandelt ’66 and Chip Spencer ’56 are the only two who were at Taft when we were there.” Tom told me that a photo Larry Morris shared with us from his days at Princeton were people Tom had known for years. Tom would go up to Princeton for weekends from UNC, and Morris’s group came down en masse for a UNCPrinceton basketball game back in the days when both schools were top-10 teams. Rumor has it that the real reason was not to watch the basketball games, but for the parties afterward. “In fact, one of the couples we set up for that weekend has been married for 35 years now.” Now, please add “matchmakers” to our list of ’65er accolades. (Can’t wait to see your DVD, Tom!) John Snyder sent a thoughtful e-mail informing me that his acquaintances who had their knees replaced all report very good results. John Courter and Clint Black are two who come to mind that have had positive results, and they have been helpful with their advice and support. John misses being able to watch his daughter, Mackenzie, tend goal for the Univ. of Denver Pioneers. I saw a game here in Hawaii and can attest to Mackenzie’s phenomenal athlete prowess, just like her dad. John promises to make it to Hawaii for a golf game soon. George Lamb wrote: “I remember that the first time I saw you since Taft was in Vail, where you had come for some surgery with Dr. Steadman. I have a number of friends who have completed knee and hip replacements and all are doing great. I am certain you will as well.” Getting old is tough, isn’t it? George added that real estate in Vail is “a tad stagnant lately” but with a married son in his fourth year of medical school and his other son at the Univ. of San Diego this fall, he is hoping for brighter days ahead. We are all hoping George and his wife will attend our 45th Reunion and bring some of his fantastic paintings along for us

all to enjoy. Despite the fact that his knees growl, Bob Hughes still jogs around the Taft track a few times per week and looks to be in great shape from the picture he sent me standing next to some Yankee legends in his Eyelet Design office. “There’s just good vibes up there so I keep doing it… Summer mornings in Conn. are good…55–60 degrees…air is clean.” Jogging is easier for Bob now that he kicked smoking. (Good boy, Bob, stay healthy my friend because we all want to hear you and Claudia harmonize at our 45th Reunion.) Bob has an invitation for all ’65ers: “Calling all partiers, calling all partiers—Oct. 3 a monster tailgate at Yale Bowl for the Bulldogs versus Lafayette (my alma mater).” Ward Mailliard, another phenomenal overachieving humanitarian, wrote late summer: “I am in Washington, D.C., and headed to Boston for a board meeting for a school getting started there, then on to Cincinnati to give a talk on values education, then back to Calif. for a few days and then on to Chile for a week.” (Holy cow, Ward, you are tiring me out—what a schedule.) As we wrote in the last issue, Ward’s trip to S. Africa was wonderful; he thought these two websites might be of interest to our class: santacruzlive.com/ blogs/mtmadonna and connectingforchange. ca/ubuntuproject. The latter is an article Ward wrote for a conference in Vancouver. Adjacent to Ward’s article is a link to a short video from his trip. “The not-so-short story is that I am continuing to do my best to disturb the educational system and encourage change.” Ward will be visiting the Big Island in Nov. so we are hoping to hook up after all these years. It’s hard to miss John Gussenhoven’s bike on the cover, but you can read more about his book (p. 6) and the trips (p. 22). Cary, on behalf of her beloved hubby, Clint Black, updated me about their activities. Clint was on his way to Vero Beach to visit his Uncle Crawford and asked Cary to touch base with me. Cary writes, “Mimi and George Boggs were kind enough to make the trip to BCC at Five Farms to join us for a warm round of golf. George had some lovely drives, and Mimi and I played to our handicaps. Clint managed the strategy for the team. After 18 holes of pretty undistinguished golf, we had some cocktails (part of Clint’s team strategy) on the lawn and dinner in the main dining room, where we clapped politely for all winners, among whom we were not.” George had brought his SUV to carry home all the winning “hardware” and crystal, but it looks like the Blacks and Boggses will try their luck again next year when Clint’s knees are fully rehabilitated. They spent the night at the Blacks’ home and then were off to Gibson Island to work on their boat. Ah, la dolce vita! (Thanks, Cary, Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 55


alumni Notes

Ray DuBois ’66, far left, parent of Pierre ’12 and Mary ’13, hosts a gathering of young DC-area alums joined by classmates Ferdie Wandelt and McKim Symington, back row at right.

and we look forward to our next visit with you good people.) Our 45th is rapidly approaching, so mark your calendars for May 14–15, 2010, and come party with your reunion committee comprised of chairs Greg Oneglia, Geoff Levy, Larry Morris and yours truly. If your scribe travels all the way from Hawaii, we expect a record turnout so get those calendars marked now. As Larry states, “Batten down the hatches classmates!” Before closing, allow me to express my thanks to all of you including, Biff Barnard ’63, who took the time to wish me well after my May double-knee replacement surgery. The day after my surgery, I had to fend off the grim reaper as my blood pressure plummeted and my pulse slowed to a snail’s pace, so your kind words, thoughts and prayers were genuinely appreciated. Part of the fascination with the popular ballads of 1620 is their anonymity. With these opening lines of Harold Bloom’s ballad Tom O’Bedlam, I bid you all a fond adieu: “From the hag and hungry goblin/ That into rags would rend ye,/ The spirit that stands by the naked man/ In the Book of Moons defend ye!”

1966

Class Secretary: Peter J. Corrigan, 413 Wellington Rd., Delmar, NY 12054-3031, pcorrigan@ cmb-lawfirm.com; Head Class Agent: J. McKim Symington Jr., 1712 Birch Rd., McLean, VA 22101-4729 56 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Toiling in virtual obscurity, isolated from contact with classmates for months at a time especially during the cold dark winters of upstate NY, unjustly accused of oversights, defamation and other crimes against humanity, the lot of your long-suffering class secretary has not been easy. Where’s my bailout...my stimulus package? Pete Smith, who held down this post in the early days, never told me about these privations. This dark cloud of self-pity and victimhood can be easily lifted; all it takes is some fresh material from suppliers, old and new. What about Jim Murfey, Tim Bayless, Jim Hedges, Shawn Moore, the aforesaid Pete Smith, and that Australian recluse, Bob Adams? These are people who at one time in their lives were very skilled at expressing themselves. In the summer months when snow and ice aren’t blocking passage to the outside world, it is possible to foist myself on the hospitality of others and this year has been no exception. As they have so graciously done before, Susan and McKim Symington hosted a wonderful evening for the Corrigans and Bob Whitcomb with his charming, beautiful, artistic better half, Nancy, at their captivating lakeside retreat, Camp Hetty, in Cooperstown. After jet-setting to Taiwan and Kenya earlier in the year on behalf of a foundation Bob’s involved with and holding down his editorial responsibilities at the Providence Journal, it was nice to see him get a chance to put his feet up for a few hours. It was even nicer to meet his delightful spouse and the question is: where has he been hiding her all these years? Again, I

recommend Bob’s wonderful blog column “This New England” to all classmates, wherever you live. Occasionally, you might find a fitting reference to a former coach or teacher, as I noticed when Bob was discussing a painting by Rockwell Kent and he alluded to John Small. In another issue, he wrote “wistfully” about the bygone era of our days at Taft. While not always wistful, Bob is usually witty and always writes so very well. Another classmate and his wife were too polite to turn away my clumsy intrusion into their home during a mad rush across Conn. to meet a train and then take a boat across the Sound. With little or no notice that I would be descending on them, Miranda and Tom Hook put their schedules on hold, took me in, fed me, recharged my batteries and gave me guidance to my destination. They aren’t in the Traveler’s Aid listings, but they should be. In the bargain, I got to enjoy their tranquil, sylvan setting, which was a restful elixir for this temporary road warrior. I later caught the L.I. Ferry, which a friend, Bryan Oliphant, and I took to see our old mentor Tony Duke for his 91st birthday. When Bryan was a boy in Old Saybrook, his doctor was the father of Tom Saunders. Tom now lives in Snohomish, Wash. I had no idea of this connection until recently. (Tom: I do wish I could have discussed with your father some of our mutual friend’s medical conditions. Perhaps he even knew about some of Bryan’s more exotic ailments. He ended up getting four tick bites when we visited the old Boys Harbor camp because—always the preppy fellow (Lawrenceville)—he refused to wear socks in the woods. One of the stories recounted at Tony Duke’s birthday gathering involved the infamous romp and ride that also included Geoff Hoguet ’68 and Hank Bertram ’69, who had worked at Boys Harbor, as did Dick Wechsler ’67, Paul Cowie, George Stearns, Van Midgley, Jim Murfey and Glen Gazley. If I can get proper verification from the Utah Fish and Game Agency that their catch was legitimate, I will send in photos of David Lotspeich and Van Midgley holding brown and rainbow trout allegedly caught by these two at some secret mountain section of the Green River or its tributaries, where Van took David last summer. David now lives in Louisville and described the great visit he had with Van, who’s based in Salt Lake. From Henry Devens, “My youngest, Carolyn, graduated from Franklin & Marshall with a double major in the field of environmental studies. We’ve had some spirited ‘conversation’ regarding global warming. She is doing a three-month internship in S. Africa this fall, then she’ll pursue a postgraduate degree.” Andres Pastoriza continues to impress with the breadth of his scholarly interests. A recent mailing finds him delving into the unique history of


A Yale mini-reunion in March with the late Scott McClintock ’68 (third from right) at his home in West Bath, Maine, included Mac Whiteman ’68 (second from right) and friends.

the hardy fur trappers along our northern tier of states. His particular focus is on certain old trading posts, where beaver pelts were openly displayed. For classmates with an adventuresome bent, you might want to ask to be included in Andres’ e-mail list, but you never know exactly what you may get. Ray DuBois hosted an enjoyable gathering for DC-area young alums at his home in Sept., joined by Ferdie Wandelt and McKim Symington (photo p. 56). Ray now has two children at Taft, Pierre ’12 and Mary ’13.

1967

Class Secretary: Bruce E. Johnson, 66 Forest Rd., Asheville, NC 28803-2941, bjaia@charter.net; Head Class Agent: George W.C. “Bill” McCarter II, 18 Center St., Rumson, NJ 07760, billmccarter@ earthlink.net

1968

Class Secretary: Mac Whiteman, 6666 Brookmont Terr., 110 Wessex Towers, Nashville, TN 372054621, nummer99@yahoo.com; Head Class Agent: James A. Sterling, PO Box 727, S. Freeport, ME 04078-0727, cheehaak@sterlingarchitect.com

I hope everybody is enjoying the fall. From Chip Gronauer, former wardrobe specialist extraordinaire: “This year has been eventful enough to provide something for the alumni notes. Our daughter, Katheryn ’09, graduated from Taft in May. On hand to see her graduate were two out of three Taft uncles: Tom ’71, Jeff ’73, Uncle Bob and all of the immediate family. Pete ’75 couldn’t attend due to his own daughter’s graduation in Va.

Four generations of Gronauers at Commencement: Katheryn ’09 with adviser Rusty Davis, her father Chip ’68, and uncles Jeff ’73 and Tom ’71

Katheryn will be attending Sophia Univ. in Tokyo, Japan, and we traveled there to get her settled in. This year Nobuyo and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in Italy. After touring northern Italy from Milan to Venice, we spent a week with our entire family in Florence in a villa that once belonged to the Machiavelli family. Villa Mangiacane has been restored as a hotel, with spa and vineyards, and it has a spectacular view of the Tuscan countryside, including downtown Florence seven miles away. Niccolo Machiavelli wrote The Prince in a nearby building that now houses a popular restaurant and small bed-and-breakfast.” Our former rocker, David Tweedy, writes: “All is well in NYC, where I continue to work as chief of capital planning for the Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J. Since my responsibility includes management of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, life is interesting indeed. We’re making great progress now despite what you see in the papers, and I suggest everyone look at the Port Authority’s WTC progress website to get the real lowdown. Family is great, as is life in Brooklyn, with my older daughter Samantha (Yale Law School graduate) having decided to throw away the big money in order to help open a new charter school in Bedford Stuyvesant this year. Good for the soul if not the bank account! Cheers to all the greyhairs from ’68!” And from the ever more gentlemanly Hunt Collins: “Jim Sterling and I had dinner in downtown Portland, Maine, with his significant other, my sister and an old girlfriend. He and I ran into each other in a sea of people 40 years ago at Woodstock.” From Colo., our super-bass player Fred Jennes: “Our son, Alex, headed off for freshman year at Northwestern in the fair city of Evanston, Ill. He really has wanted to ‘put Greeley in his rear view mirror’ for many

years now—he is fearless in his desire to travel to strange places and meet new people. He’ll get his wish—aside from traveling to the far reaches of Obama-land, his new roommate is from Dubai. Todd Jeffries and I continue to get together for drinks and dinner (note the order of importance) on a regular basis and invite any of our classmates traveling through the lovely state of Colo. to join us.” A brief word from new class agent Jim Sterling: “Thank you to those who contributed this year. Participation was up, which is my priority.” (See photo of Jim with two “friends” below.) From your class secretary, Mac Whiteman: I visited our classmate Dr. Scott McClintock at his home in West Bath, Maine, in March and had a mini-reunion with our best Yale friends. Scott served us lobster and a catered dinner, and we spent much time reminiscing and listening to our favorite ’60s group, the Bonzo Dog Band. It is with great sadness that I add that Scott passed away on Sept. 22 at his home, after a long bout with cancer. Scotty was perhaps my most durable and long-lasting friend at both Taft and Yale. He leaves his wife Fran and three daughters (see “In Memoriam”). If any of you are in Key West the first week of Nov., I plan to be there staying at

Jim Sterling ’68 dances with two friends. Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 57


alumni Notes Larry Legg’s timeshare unit along with the man himself and some other friends. Please come by! Finally I hope you will all join with me in offering sincere condolences to Laura and Gary Sklaver, whose eldest son, Benjamin, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in Oct. We also extend our condolences to the family of Glenn Schwetz, who passed away in April (see “In Memoriam”). From Peter Scherman regarding the sad news of Glenn: “What I remember about Glenn was his set of hair clippers. As I recall, he was quite the barber and was cutting guys’ hair and charging for it (fair enough). We weren’t allowed to run ‘businesses’ at Taft, and his business got shut down. There was a time when someone’s hair being too long was a regular problem with John Esty and others. Glenn came to the rescue and shaved a few heads for free (no rules were broken!), and the bald heads were no less a problem for a conflicted administration in a conflicted time. Long live free thinkers (and actors) like Glenn.”

1969

Class Secretary: Douglas S. Hart, 75 Woodview Dr., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, douglashart@helloworld. com; Head Class Agent: Robert W. Leary, PO Box 335, 21 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 015410335, bleary14@aol.com

Mike Macy adds his talents to this issue with a feature story about fellow Alaskan Lowell Thomas ’42 (p. 36). Henry Bertram, pres. of the Yale Club of NYC, reports that some exciting renovations were done at the club last summer. Our sincere condolences to Cord Keller upon the loss of his father, Larry ’41, in July.

1970 40th reunion Class Secretary: Tom R. Strumolo, 129 Grantville Rd., Norfolk, CT 06058-1304, tstrum@yahoo. com; Head Class Agent: Barnaby Conrad III, 2101 Pacific Ave., #505, San Francisco, CA 94115-1503, barnabyc@aol.com; Class Agents: John V. Murray, Tom R. Strumolo; Reunion Chairs: Giff Fisher, whiterabbitcatering@gmail.com; Tom R. Strumolo

From Jerome, the brother of Givens Goodspeed: “Approximately 15 years ago Givens was diagnosed with the hereditary neurological disease ataxia, a progressive disease. Giv’s condition has severely declined, and he is now under 24-hour care. I can confidently 58 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

say that the happiest years of Giv’s youth were his three years at Taft. Although he has not requested that I share the information of his illness I know that a card or note from his friends and classmates would really mean a lot to him. Thank you.” Giv’s mailing address: E. Givens Goodspeed, c/o DePugh Nursing Center, 550 West Morse St., Winter Park, FL 32789. Ed Cavazuti writes, “I am back in the U.S. for good. Am in Tampa but want to move back to Conn. or thereabouts. Moved Megan ’11 in for her uppermid year. Great campus.” Todd Gipstein writes, “I am keeping busy in a semi-retirement by the sea in Conn. I’m finishing a novel, shooting pictures for National Geographic, lecturing and volunteering. I previewed an hour-long media show at a festival in Italy. My dad turned 105 in Oct. and my mom is 85.” Charlie Flynn has kept busy in Yuma, Ariz., heading a major riverfront redevelopment project there (p. 4).

1972

Class Secretaries/Head Class Agents: Rob and June Pratt Clark, 9 Glenwood Dr., Darien, CT 06820, (for Rob) rclark@perrigo-inc.com, and (for June) yaltaf@aol.com

1973

Class Secretary: Sherrard Upham Côté, 35 Kathleen Dr., Andover, MA 01810-1912, sherrardcote@comcast.net; Head Class Agent: Frank V.D. “Ted” Judson, Electronic Arts, 209 Redwood Shores Pkwy., Redwood City, CA 94065-1175, tjudson@ea.com

1971

Class Secretary/Head Class Agent: Thomas W. Gronauer, PO Box 860, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510-0311, tgronauer@CBI.com

Jack Wold and Rich Bell joined Biff Barnard ’63 and ’02 alums Will Brame, Scott Tarnowicz, Luke LaBella, John Macaskill, Jeff Volling and Court Wold for the inaugural Fish & Chip, a cross-generational fly-fishing and golf competition, at the Wolds’ Hole in the Wall Ranch outside Kaycee, Wyo., in June (see ’02 notes for more). Scott Worthington and Steve Sutton visited Henry Reiff in Md. in July. The boys broke out their instruments in a futile attempt to relive their youthful days in New Orleans with their band, Nasty Al, lovingly named after Henry’s dad. Dunstan Sheldon writes, “After being laid off in Sept. 2008, I have a new job. As of Oct., I am the coordinator of Hospice Waikato’s Trade Me Virtual Shop. It is a new venture for both of us as Hospice Waikato has never used Trade Me (the New Zealand equivalent of eBay) before, and I have always been a banker. We went live on Oct. 5 with a 3-month period for fine tuning everything. I am looking at this not only as a job but also as part of my retirement plan. With any luck, I can do this job until I want to retire and then become an unpaid volunteer, which is what I have been doing for the last nine months. It’s nice to have an income again.” I, Tom, went to niece Katheryn ’09’s graduation with my brothers, Chip ’68 (her dad), and Jeff ’73. Pete ’75 was in Va. for the graduation of his daughter, Laura, and could not attend.

Charlie Flynn ’70, center, with sons Brendan, left, and Adam on a trip back east

Scott Worthington and Steve Sutton visit Henry Reiff in Westminster, Md., for a ’71 mini-reunion.


Blake ’13, son of Brad Joblin ’73, with Tom Johnson, a founder of the Doobie Brothers, at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival

Suzanne Bean Cooper ’73 with grandson Jadyn

Suzanne Bean Cooper shared two exciting bits of news: “I had a great summer. My daughter Erica got married on May 9, and my other daughter Christine gave birth to a boy, Jadyn, on July 2. Everyone is doing well. I have a new son-in-law and a new grandson! As they say, life is good!” (Congratulations on both happy events!) Steve Dirkes is busy working in the movie industry and writes, “I scouted and assistant managed the locations for two major feature films this year and the pilot episode for Drop Dead Diva, the new Lifetime TV hit. Just finished Five Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. I’m starting on the road unit of the Robert Downey Jr. film, Due Date next week. Get to scout (that means find) and manage all the locations between Atlanta and Ariz. Can’t wait!” This past summer, Brad Joblin and son Blake ’13 went to a concert near the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, “minus a half a million people.” Brad adds, “The Doobie Brothers played that night at the Bethel Woods Center along with Bad Company. Blake is a lowermid this year, and I am Class of ’73, exactly 40 years apart! (Same number of years since Woodstock.)” Curt

Czarsty sent a quick note, saying “Heading back to Conn. for a family visit next week. Will also be seeing Blake and Brad Joblin as Blake starts his Taft experience.” Speaking of legacies, Diana Rubin’s youngest, Daniel ’13, also started at Taft in Sept.! On the same note, Jon Snyder’s niece Jessie Johnson ’11 and nephew Alec Johnson ’13 are at Taft. Jon checked in from his home on Martha’s Vineyard, where he lives with his wife of two years. Jon has been coming to the Vineyard for 37 years, ever since his family bought a summerhouse on Tashmoo, and has lived there year-round for the past five years. Joe Millett is in Knoxville, with his wife, Annie, and daughter Rebecca, who is a sophomore in HS. He sends his best to the class! I heard from Parker Silzer, who told me that he and his wife, Abby, have three children: Parker IV is a sophomore at Brown, Oliver is in 11th grade and Kate is in 9th grade. Andrew Freedman wrote from Syracuse, where he was dropping his son, Alexander, off at college, then heading back to LA. Jim Buttfield writes, “Tory politics in Charlottesville, Va. Married to Lady Diana (Churchill) and have children Anita, Herbert and Harold—graduates of Smith, Trinity and Sandhurst.” Vicki Vaughan Bush and I, Sherrard, exchanged e-mails about our annual trips to Mich. We are both always trying to decide which is the fastest way to get through the Canadian borders! I got a brief note from Zach Highsmith, saying that he and his family are still doing well in D.C. Dan and I had a wonderful, two-week vacation in northern Mich., visiting Dan’s family. Unfortunately our kids, being working stiffs, haven’t been able to join us for many years. Sarah and her husband, Kurt, are still on the Cape, where they own a watersports business, providing parasailing, jet-skiing and other activities for a couple of resorts in Yarmouth. In the winter, they ski as much as they can, mainly at Stowe. Our son, Dan, moved from D.C. to NYC. His girlfriend, Becca, started graduate school at Columbia in Sept., and Dan works for Thomson Reuters. Thanks to everyone who took the time to help me, as I laboriously updated my e-mail list. The good part of that job was that I heard from a lot of people!

1974

Class Secretary: T. Glenn Blakney, 89 Wethersfield St., Rowley, MA 01969, Gblakney@ yahoo.com; Head Class Agent: Brian C. Lincoln, 148 Hulda Hill Rd., Wilton, CT 06897-1815, brian.lincoln@yahoo.com

1975 35th reunion Class Secretary: Sam Watts, 217 North St., Middlebury, CT 06762, sammac19@yahoo.com; Head Class Agent: Robert C. Barber, 10 Llewelyn Rd., Summit, NJ 07901-2014, rbarber100@ hotmail.com; Class Agents: Todd W. Luckey, Kenneth L. Marcella, Charlotte Miller McCarthy, John S. McDonald, James M. Shepard, Elizabeth Brown Van Sant; Reunion Chairs: Steve Vaccaro, steven_vaccaro@yahoo.com; Sam Watts

Ken Marcella writes, “Still rolling along, trying to practice more efficiently in the uncertain equine market due to recent economic influences, but enjoy working with sport horses daily. Family life is great! Sevario, 3, celebrated his birthday and my wife, Elfi, and I are just trying to stay one step ahead. He’s not interested in horses but is already on skates and carrying around a lacrosse stick—we’ll see.” Mark your calendars for our 35th Reunion being held Alumni Weekend, May 14–16! Reunion Chair Steve Vaccaro and I, Sam, are planning the festivities, promising that a good time will be had by all. Please make every effort to attend. Return the response card from our mailing, indicating your attendance—the more the merrier. See you in May!

1976

Class Secretary: Paul H. Zasada, 203 Cutler St., Watertown, CT 06795, pz@gov.com; Head Class Agent: John W. Welch, 311 Clinton St., Brooklyn, NY 11231-3701, mdog311@msn.com

1977

Class Secretary: Bridget Taylor, 675 Hudson St., #2S, New York, NY 10014, bridgettaylor@ earthlink.net; Head Class Agent: Thaddeus I. Gray, 1165 Fifth Ave., 6D, New York, NY 10029, tgray@ abbottcapital.com

From Evelyn Windhager-Swanson, “After a year living in our summer house in the Hamptons, we are back across the Atlantic— this time to London. While we have grown very adept at moving (we have managed Paris, Munich (twice), the Hamptons and the English countryside in just over 13 years), we aim to stay put in London for a while. We hope to spend Thanksgiving with Liz Barratt-Brown Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 59


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1978

Class Secretary: John B. Mooney, 207 Orange Rd., Montclair, NJ 07042-4441, moonhop@comcast. net; Head Class Agent: Casey S. Padgett, 1435 Wazee St., Apt. 402, Denver, CO 80202, casey. padgett@earthlink.net

Andrew ’88 and Jol Everett visit Charlie Rosenberry ’77 on Vashon Island, Wash.

Schuyler, 13, and Spencer, 11, children of Evelyn Windhager-Swanson ’77

At the wedding of Chip Bristol ’78 and Louise Anderson in July: from left, Greg Matthews ’77, Louise, Chip and Bill McKelvy ’79

again at her fabulous olive finca on Mallorca. It is a truly special place! Schuyler and I had a delightful visit at Taft for her ‘exploratory’ interview in June. She loved what she saw despite torrential rain and hopes to be joining the Class of 2016 as soon as she is old enough! She was most impressed by the multitude of tennis courts and the life-size photo of godmother Liz in the halls of the athletic facility.” We are sad to learn that Bruce Findlay passed away in 2008 and regret that we have no other information and we offer our condolences to his family. His father is David ’46. 60 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Chip Bristol leads the class highlight reel in getting remarried this summer. His wife, Louise, he writes, “comes with three children, making the total seven! We are a regular Brady Bunch, or Bristol Bunch, I suppose.” The July wedding was on Bald Head Island, N.C., and joined by NBA Tafties Greg Matthews ’77 and Bill McKelvy ’79. Chip, a former school chaplain and headmaster, is now executive dir. of the Sanctuary, a spirituality and creativity center in Greensboro. Another Gahagan in Taft’s lacrosse nets? Robin Gahagan’s oldest daughter, Katharine ’12, is a mid at Taft, and “a very naturally talented LAX goalie,” reports dad. His other three daughters are in the Portledge School on Long Island, where Robin serves on the board.” Tim Connors remains the Renaissance man in Colo. Still in the restaurant business in the Denver area, Tim says he is also pondering getting back into capital markets. He serves on a couple of city and county boards, lately leading a push for better collaboration between public schools and community colleges—all while chasing the four kids in his brood. “Body still intact, but left knee wavering a bit.” A bunch of us are sending kids off to college. John Kerney also has two in college, one at Colo. College and the other at Conn. College. John is in his second year as headmaster at Winchendon School in Mass., and at last report wasn’t sure how he’d play it when his school takes on Taft in hockey this winter. “I would wear both red and green (Winch) but would be afraid that I would look like a Christmas ornament.” Blake Sellers’ oldest, Nick, is a sophomore at BC, while his daughter is a HS senior deep in the college application process. And Blake has to remind us that he is turning another corner in life, at the halfcentury mark: “I guess most of us are reaching or have reached that milestone right about now. Hard to believe!” While many of us are grappling with kids heading off to college, Randy Stone remains our spiritual leader, now the parent of three college graduates. His third graduated from Gettysburg College last year, with two more to go at Georgetown. And maybe a first for the class, Randy’s son, Thomas, was married in the spring. More of the theme: “Hard to believe, but true,” he said. Randy has been in touch with Barry Thompson and Tom Daily, both in Conn., and Steven Molder, who lives with his wife and four

sons in Apple Valley, Minn. Your secretary John Mooney’s second of two sons is in Spain as a freshman at Saint Louis Univ.’s Madrid campus. My older one is a senior at Carleton College in Minn., majoring in geology. I left newspapers in the winter and am starting a State House news service in N.J., centered on education and other big public policy issues. (Needless to say, all investors welcomed.) And we close with, who else, our class agent Casey Padgett, in Washington, D.C. He ran into Mark Kass at a Washington Nationals game over the summer and, ever the courageous one, maintains the Colo. Rockies will have won the World Series by now, or something like that. Congratulations and/or regrets can go directly to him.

1979

Class Secretaries: Holly Sweet Burt, Blackwell Farm, 8 Elm Ridge Rd., Princeton, NJ 085407432, hollandburt@comcast.net; Charles J. Demmon, Demmon Partners, 555 University Ave., Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95825, charlie@demmonpartners.com; Head Class Agent: Patty Buttenheim, 200 Central Park South, Apt. 10H, New York, NY 10019, pmbuttenheim@hotmail.com

Laney Barroll Stark weighs in: “Summer was great but very busy. Ted and I have three in school: Bailey ’02 started law school at the Univ. of Wis.-Madison this fall; Sarah is a senior at Univ. of Wis.-Madison as well; Jack works in Wis. and is doing well; and Charlie is a freshman at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Ted is playing pickup soccer and ice hockey (like a 16-year-old) after work, having a blast!” Laney is sad that she is an empty-nester, as she loves being a mom. She plans to take a lot of road trips to visit the kids, commuting back and forth between Ga. and Wis. selling houses for her parents’ co. in Savannah, Barroll and Barroll Realty. She adds, “Come visit Savannah, as it is a beautiful, historical southern city! I got to be an extra in the Miley Cyrus movie, The Last Song, as it was filmed there this summer. It comes out in Jan.” From Paul Stancs: “An informal 30th mini-reunion for the class was hosted by Charlie Demmon in Monterey, Calif., in June, in which stalwart golf enthusiasts Ned Witte, Bill McKelvy, Kit Boyatt, Charles Patton, Tim Laughlin, MIA Dan Hubbard and I took part. We had a blast taking in a SF Giants’ game, taking over most of the fine eateries in Monterey at night and playing Spyglass, Pebble and Cypress on consecutive days. Superlative golf was only surpassed by the laughs shared


Taft group after the matches at Cypress Point Golf Club in Pebble Beach, Calif., in June: from left, John Ourisman (P’09) and ’79 alums Tim Laughlin, Bill McKelvy, Paul Stancs, Kit Boyatt, Charlie Demmon, Dan Hubbard and Charles Patton

from recalling the antics of our days of misspent youth on the Taft campus (and overextended boundaries far and wide; which New Haven/ Jerry show was the one that got canceled?!).” Tonia Falconer Barringer didn’t let the recession put a damper on summer: “Though it was a tight year, we decided that the boys are only 12 once (twins!). So, we set off to London, Lake Konstanz in Germany (go there—fabulous), Zurich (eh—take it or leave it), Venice (the best) and three weeks at Lake Garda, north of Venice, where we met with friends and the boys sailed and took swim stroke perfecting lessons. Mostly we cooked, ate and shopped with six kids on our hands, but the scenery and lifestyle erased a year of economic stress. Tough to come back, but always nice to be home sweet home. We didn’t sit still for long—a week in Maine during Hurricane Bill was exciting and visiting mother-in-law in Essex, Conn., was beautiful and exhausting! Time to hunker down. Will miss the boys (in 7th grade now) being home and dread the tough homework and empty house. I still love summer—like a kid.”

1980 30th reunion Class Secretary/Head Class Agent: Robert E. Peterson Jr., 161 Bluff Point, S. Glastonbury, CT 06073, robpeterson@snet.net; Gift Committee: Corey A. Griffin, Jeffrey W. Potter, chairs; Rosilyn D. Ford, Jennifer P. Goodale, Lila Kirkland Huwiler, Robert P. Kelly, Carl F. Norbeck, Virginia Poole, Dana H. Stewardson, Sarah G. Torrance; Reunion Committee: Robert E. Peterson Jr., chair; Jennifer P. Goodale, Craig B. Kravit, Jeffrey V. Thompson

Jon Albert ’79 and Headmaster Willy MacMullen ’78, front, with Jake Albert ’11, and Andy Cannon ’11, Sarah Albert ’09 and Tommy and Johnny MacMullen after a shark-fishing trip south of Martha’s Vineyard on Willy’s boat, First Light

Although our notes may be short, you can read more about our classmates elsewhere in this issue: Peter Berg’s latest filmography (p. 5) and renewed interest in Alex Prud’homme’s book with Julia Child (p. 32). From Jennifer Goodale, “I began a new job as executive dir. of two foundations focused on cultural exchange—the Asian Cultural Council and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Very exciting! And I work with Cecily Cook ’81 so it’s great. Have seen Pam Briggs Besnard and her wonderful family in Williamstown, Mass. My sixyear-old is in first grade!”

1981

Class Secretary: Richard A. Scully, 3548 W Place NW, Washington, DC 20007, richard.scully@xo.com; Head Class Agent: John S. Clifford, 2 Prescott Square, Bronxville, NY 10708, jsclifford@verizon.net

David Sweet writes, “After living in Boston, Conn., Hong Kong and Taipei (what a decade that was), my wife, Lisa, and I have been living in Portsmouth, N.H., for over a decade. We have really enjoyed living here and raising our family—two boys (13 and 11) and a girl (6). Our boys are all in on sports, hockey (I am still trying to figure out how hockey became a three-season sport!), lacrosse and soccer. My career has been centered around software, first as a venture investor, then as a founder and I am now doing acquisitions. I go bluefin tuna fishing with Charlie Allen ’80 as often as I can, see Eric Shealy in and around Boston and a few other Tafties from time to time. My parents still live across the street from Taft so I do get back to the school on occasion.” From Erika Shantz, “The maiden season at Avalon Inn Goa is through, and

while the challenges of running a resort in India still outweigh the rewards, our brand name is established, and we hope to start work on some new cottages soon. Once the plans come to fruition, it will be an amazing place (erikapearlvilla. com)! The annual monsoon is due to burst, bringing with it cool rains and plenty of time to practice cooking, learn Hindi and maybe even write a memoir.” After being shy with class notes for many years, Wendalin Whitman contacted us to say she is a very proud mom and provided a picture of her lovely daughter, Mademoiselle Leilah Wilhelmina Mae Berland-Whitman, born in 2006 in Aspen. Her daddy, Monsieur Jean Luc Berland, hails from France. John McGowan continues to work on improved speech-recognition technology. He also maintains an active interest in space exploration and published two articles in The Space Review, an online journal on all aspects of space: “Cheap access to space: lessons from past breakthroughs” (May 11) and “Can the private sector make a breakthrough in space access?” ( June 8). Our condolences to Bill Conklin, whose father Richard ’41 passed away in Sept.

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1982

Class Secretary: Jennifer O’Hara Palmiotto, PO Box 716, Walpole, NH 03608-0338, jenopalm@ comcast.net; Head Class Agents: Shawn Brazo, 40 Obtuse Rd., Newtown, CT 06470, shawnbrazo@ yahoo.com; Brendan Fitzgerald III, 405 N. Hibiscus Dr., #210, Miami, FL 33139; Brendan_ Fitzgerald@spe.sony.com

1983

Class Secretary: Catherine Trippeer Jameson, 4388 N. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80524, cctjameson@gmail.com; Head Class Agents: Alexandria Lawrence Ross, Bridle Path Lane, Mill Neck, NY 11765, AliexL@aol.com; William W. Tillinghast, 21 Madison Rd., Scarsdale, NY 105835725, Tillb1@aol.com

Bettina Richards writes that all is well in Chicago. Her twins, Helen and Francis, turned one and her boyfriend, Sam, had a solo show of his art work in Germany and sold most of the paintings and photos. “I am well, working hard at the record label (Thrill Jockey Records), and trying to run some distance runs.” (Good for you, Bettina!) Ashley Ransom had a lovely summer and spent much of it back east with family. Son Bodie is chatting up a storm and turning out to be quite the funny man. When school started in Sept. she was trying to get back into the swing of work, but realizes every year that she is a summer girl through and through. (Aren’t we all? School schmool, I say!) She hopes everyone is well and loves keeping up with some of you on Facebook. From Pack Knowles, “I am officially divorced as of July. I’m dating my neighbor, Cathy, who has three boys: Jack, 10 (who is in school with Gretchen, my daughter), and twins Matthew and Spencer, 9. We are like the Brady Bunch! Gretchen gets along great with Cathy and the boys. Mortgages are a bit slow, but I’ve been able to stay in my house. Gretchen and I attended a weeklong family reunion on Lake Champlain in Vt.” (Good for you, Pack…move on and up!) Marcus Murphy’s son Jackson, 11, after playing for W. Madison’s 10-year-olds all-star baseball team, started football this year. His daughter, Kathryn, 8, also played baseball and is now doing gymnastics. The Murphys are doing well and welcome a visit from anyone who is passing through Madison, Wis. Marcus was glad to get a call out of the blue from Damon Mitchell ’84. Exciting news from Jenny Glenn Wuerker. She and Aaron 62 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

have opened a gallery in Buffalo, Wyo.—Crazy Woman Fine Art. You can check it out at crazywomanfineart.com. She writes, “Life is good and busy. Wolfgang is in first grade, and Maxima is in kindergarten.” (Congrats, Jenny!) As for me, Catherine Trippeer Jameson, both of my daughters are now in college. A true empty nest! My older daughter, Aly, is a sophomore at Univ. of Northern Colo. in Greeley, and Gracie is a freshman at Univ. of Colo.-Boulder. Both are loving it and I couldn’t be happier for either of them.

1984

Class Secretary: Edward D.C. Fowler, 1880 Westview Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903, FowlerEd@yahoo.com; Head Class Agents: Jeanne L. Pocras, Jeanne@mctsp.com; Edward D.C. Fowler

Joe Dillard writes, “In addition to having enjoyed seeing Adam Kimberly and Andrew Hudnut at our reunion, it was also especially good to reconnect with Paul Nash and Hunter Hollenbeck since I hadn’t seen them in 20 to 25 years either.”

1985 25th reunion Class Secretary: Cathy Ehrhard Chadwick, 339 Oak Hill Circle, Concord, MA 01742-2062, cathy. chadwick@gmail.com; Head Class Agent: Jeffrey B. Atwood, 15 Colonial Rd., Dover, MA 02030, jeff_atwood@ml.com; Class Agents: Charles C. Baker, Lawrence F. Burtschy II, Gwyneth Fairweather Dumont, Jeffrey P. Kelly, Victoria Love Salnikoff, Deborah Levy Sloan, Laura B. Whitman; Reunion Chair: Vicki Love Salnikoff, victoria@lovefineartinc.com

Marcus Murphy ’83 with his son, Jackson, 11

Helen and Francis, children of Bettina Richards ’83

Ashley Ransom ’83 and son Bodie in the Hamptons last summer

Elspeth, daughter of Jane Marsching ’85 and Victor McSurely


Greg Hawes ’85 with wife Rachael Ryan and their sons Peyton and Lachlan created “Rhino Rising” in a sand castle contest last summer.

Jane Marsching and husband Victor McSurely announce the birth of their prodigiously named daughter, Elspeth Abigail Vesper McSurely. She was born Dec. 10 and joins sister Bridge, 8. In Calif., Connie Walsh and her husband, Chris, welcomed daughter Neva into the world. Neva joins big brother Aksel, 5, who is a budding surfing pro. Tom Carver and his wife, Margaret, welcomed daughter Dylan Riley on on June 16. I hope all of you are thinking about making plans for our 25th in May. Vicki Love Salnikoff is already working on it, and I will at long last have to join Facebook! Please update your e-mails with me or Vicki or Jeff so that we can stay in touch. Happy fall and winter!

1986

Class Secretaries: Amy M. Butler, 205 E. 72nd St., Apt. 3-O, New York, NY 10021, Taft1986@aol. com; Susan Moore Metz, 1108 Round Pebble Ln., Reston, VA 20194; Head Class Agents: Sarah Elisabeth Curi, 16 Brandley Rd., Watertown, MA 02472, scuri@mms.org; Matthew H. Park, 150 E. 85th St., Apt. 15A, New York, NY 10028-2303, matthew.park@post.harvard.edu

From Kate Donnellon, “I’ve been so excited to connect with many of you on Facebook. My band, Notorious, has been doing amazing shows, where we perform with many of the artists we grew up with—including Tears for Fears, Howard Jones, Tone Loc, Vince Neil, Naked Eyes, Sugar Hill Gang, The Fixx... it goes on and

Kate Donnellon ’86 performing with Tone Loc Jay Blakesberg Photography

on. It’s been SO much fun and nothing I ever expected to be doing when I was singing along in Mac House. In addition to that, life is busy and happy in SF; I traveled to Bali and environs for the summer. I do love being 40... (also something I didn’t expect!).”

1987

Class Secretaries: Betsy Jaffe Arney, betsyarney@ mac.com; Jane Scott Offutt Hodges, janescott@ leontinelinens.com; Head Class Agent: Lucinda Goulard Lord, 79 Buena Vista Ave., Rumson, NJ 07760, lululord@comcast.net

Beth Von Ancken McMullen had the chance to meet up with her Taft roommate Cammie Graham in Baltimore in late summer. Beth writes, “It was wonderful to catch up after 20-plus years—almost like no time had passed at all!” Liora Bram reconnected on Facebook with Ray Donohoe, only to discover they had been a stone’s throw from one another for years in Mass.! She says Ray and his wife, Caroline, and their two boys Bill and Tim, were able to join her family at their housewarming barbecue last summer—all had a blast reconnecting and getting to know each other. Stacey Sapper spent a weekend in Miami with Barbara Glatt Wisotsky to celebrate their big birthdays! Rob Rainey and Elena, his Russian wife, live in London, where he works for Ashmore, an emerging market fund. He invites any classmates to give him a jingle when across the pond!

Matthew, son of Lisa and Josh Zander ’86

1988

Class Secretary: J. Kingman Gordon, 121 Retiro Way, San Francisco, CA 94123, kingmangordon@ hotmail.com; Head Class Agent: Matthew E. Donaldson, 4427 Morella Ave., Studio City, CA 91607-4124, matthew.donaldson@gmail.com

Many of us enter a new stage of our lives this year and next—our 40s! Some may welcome this new stigma of maturity, while others are stunned that it’s already here. For me, I still feel like a lowermid, and some would say I still act like one! It helps that my baby fat still lingers! Colin Aymond hosted a festive 40th birthday celebration weekend in Seattle. Friends from near and far joined in on the fun—childhood friends from Mich., college buddies from Colo. College, as well as those from all the cities he’s lived in over the years (Dallas, Sacramento, Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 63


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Matt Lieber ’88 marries Georgia Crowley in New Haven.

Willa, daughter of Blair Campbell ’89 and Peter Kruse

Brier, Lydia and Eliza, daughters of Whitney and Brooks Gregory ’89

Seattle, etc). The Taft contingent was omnipresent the entire weekend and somewhat responsible for a huge spike in liquor sales in Seattle that weekend. Karen and Jake Odden ’86 and I jumped up from SF, while Elise and Andrew Everett, Andy Culley and Patrick Kerney ’95 rounded out the local contingent. Many details are purposefully omitted, but we all enjoyed helping Colin enter his midlife in style. Matt Lieber writes, “Georgia Crowley and I married on July 18 in New Haven. On hand were Tafties including brother and best man Jon ’91, sister Sadie ’03, Dylan Simonds ’89, Mahim Chellappa, Andreas Kluth and Tiana Demas ’95.” As for me? After eight-plus years at ESPN, and 15 months at the Wall Street Journal, I have returned to the world of sports as the NW dir. for the Sports Illustrated and Golf franchises (selling digital and print advertising, as well as experiential marketing platforms).

a playground in Stowe, Vt. Between work and a couple of family vacations, Ned Roloson had a pleasant summer, though he lamented that he had to fly to Mexico to enjoy the kind of hot weather he usually endures in midsummer Chicago. He was surprised that May lingered into Oct., and that the only two decent weeks of July fell in the middle of Aug. Well said, Ned. On a closing note, I’d like to give a shout-out to my baby brother, Jack ’13, who is in his first term as a lowermid. Good luck, Jack, and best to you all!

Abroad and Columbia Univ.’s alumni network, but have yet to cross paths with another Taft alum in London.” Vanessa Holroyd reports, “Dave and I and daughter Sally, 4, live in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Summer had us both teaching at different music festivals/camps in the area and attending a college friend’s wedding in Spain (also to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary). Tafties are more than welcome to swing by when they’re in Beantown—if they wait long enough, they’ll just end up seeing me playing at their daughter’s wedding anyway...haha.” Also doing well, Melissa Wilcox writes, “We moved to Philly from Madison, Wis., this past summer. My husband earned a PhD there and both our children were born there as ‘cheeseheads.’ Recently, I connected through Facebook with Louisa McWherter Affigato. She lives in Iowa, where I met with her—it was wonderful to see her family. We now live in Media, Pa., where my husband accepted a call as rector of Christ Episcopal Church. I am looking for a part-time clergy position in the area and juggling our son, Elias, and daughter, Adelaide.” On an adventurous note, Heather Capen had an amazing trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos and writes, “It happened to be during their New Year’s celebration, which means everyone (tourists, especially) is doused with talcum powder and water for three days. I never could have imagined a monk carrying a water machine gun, but I saw one.” Doug Blais and significant other/colleague Allison Bailey are working on the World Trade Center redevelopment. He adds, “It’s a great project, and every once in a while it produces unexpected and wonderful results.” It’s always good to hear from Marilyn Cross, who was visited on the Cape by Whiz (Elizabeth Cundill) and her husband and two daughters. They had not seen one another in 15 years and reportedly had a fun time catching up. As for Charlton Rugg, his summer vacation was “a weeklong trip to the west coast of Sweden, where I sailed in the Int’l One Design World Championship.

1989

Class Secretary/Head Class Agent: Dylan T. Simonds, 29 Catalpa Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941, dylan@dylansimonds.com; Head Class Agent: Peter A. Petitt, 1241 Stanyan St., San Francisco, CA 94117-3816, petepetitt@yahoo.com

Willa, the first daughter of Blair Campbell and Peter Kruse, arrived earlier than expected on Aug. 9, and everyone is doing splendidly in the family’s lovely hometown of Mill Valley, Calif. Brooks Gregory and his wife, Whitney (sister of Donovan Smith), welcomed Lydia, their third daughter, into the world on July 12, and all is well in the nearly all-female Gregory household. Brooks so deeply regretted having to miss our 20th Reunion (you made the right call, Brooks) that he has already registered for our 25th. Melissa Chesman reports that Sonia Peter Millsom and her husband, Geoff, are well and training for a marathon. Melissa also ran into Laurie Odden Brown and her two kids at 64 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

1990 20th reunion Class Secretary: Logan E. Orlando, 2 Grove St., 3B, New York, NY 10014, loganorlando@ hotmail.com; Head Class Agent: William D. Porteous, 139 E. 94th St., Apt. 3C, New York, NY 10128, will@rre.com; Class Agents: Fleming McCoy Ackermann, James M. Diaferia, Kristina de Koszmovszky Georges, Benjamin S. Levin, Timothy H. Rasic, Sloane W. Rhulen, Michael W. Robinson, Laurence J. Salz; Reunion Chair: Benjamin S. Levin, bslevin5000@gmail.com

A few classmates who have been out of touch for a while made contact, which was really great (and totally appreciated). Jessica Craig writes from across the pond, “I’ve been very busy as I settle further into work and life in London. I’ve lived here for 2½ years and think I’ll be happy here for a while. I’m the foreign rights agent, handling translation rights for fascinating authors, at one of Europe’s leading literary and talent agencies, United Agents, Ltd., and the Frankfurt Book Fair is looming (in Oct.). I’ve put an end to my nomadic past few years by moving in with a handsome Englishman and his one-eyed yet lovable cat, Nelson, but I still enjoy frequent traveling. I’ve met some Americans in London through Democrats


My team won two of the eight races and was third overall. Sweden was amazing, with clear blue skies, lots of sun and light almost around the clock in addition to the warm hospitality of local sailors and the very competitive racing. We had a great trip and were very proud of our result. Since then, it’s been business as usual at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in N.J.”

1991

Class Secretary: Emily Hopper Carifa, 40 Holland Rd., Far Hills, NJ 07931, ehcarifa@mac.com; Head Class Agent: Peter C. Bowden, 3030 Locke Ln., Houston, TX 77019-6202, peter.bowden@ morganstanley.com

As usual our class has lots of interesting news to report—from an art show at the Mark W. Potter ’48 Art Gallery to life abroad, classmates seem to be leading interesting lives. Regardless of where we live, weekend get-togethers, dinners and Facebook keep us all in touch. Carter and Talbott Simonds had son Brooks Hillman on May 16. Daughter Sophie, 2, is loving “Brooksy.” Other news is that Talbott’s brother, Jack ’13, started at Taft in Sept. King Offutt and his wife, Grandison, welcomed daughter Emeline in July. Brother Wilkes is adjusting as well as can be expected and is a super little helper. Aaron and Jenny Schwartz Stone are the proud parents of second daughter, Juliet, born June 19. She and sister Phoebe, 2, are doing great. Ansley and Deane Kreitler’s daughter Tatum, 18 months, likes to run free (and at full speed). Deane had fun catching up with Jeff Walsh ’93, Todd McGovern ’92,

Ryan Shattuck ’93 and John Kennedy ’92 at Jeff ’s wedding party in Denver to celebrate his marriage earlier this summer. Good times! According to Deane, “Tough” Nick Allen has a new daughter: July Davidson. No word from Nick, though. Carrie Frederick Frost caught up with Holly Loth, her son, Benjamin, and Robert Hale-McKinnon ’93 at her house in Charlottesville to celebrate her triplets’ first birthday. Holly came from Schenectady, and Robert lives in Charlottesville. Carrie and Robert reconnected because he happens to be her oldest daughter’s elementary school teacher! Kate Adams MacDonald reported in late summer, “I’m on the East Coast and,

yes, it was a wet one. My husband, Rob, and I are in Wayland, Mass., with daughter Abigail, 7, and Ryan, 5. I am still at Liberty Mutual Property, but changed from mgr. of data management to senior underwriter, handling the West Coast for our shared and layered unit. I spent the Fourth of July with Alexis Goulard Powers, her husband, Brian, and her kids, Ella and Reed, in Southampton, LI (see photo). We also visited Stephanie Larson Price ’90 and husband Mark and kids Henry, Julia and Sarah in their new beautiful home in Wellesley. I spoke with Jody McAlpin Clarkson not long ago, and Virginia Cross Marshall visited us in Wayland with her new son, Charlie. I also

Summer gathering for two families: from left, Brian and Alexis Goulard Powers ’91, holding son Reed and daughter Ella; Kate Adams MacDonald ’91 and husband Rob holding children Abigail and Ryan

1991 get- together in NYC to see Kate Schutt ’93 perform: Emily Hopper Carifa, Mandy Shepard Brooks, Mickie Minard, Kate, Allison Wandelt Halsell, Melissa Madden, Celia Gerard and Ashley Gilmor Myles

Sophie and Brooks, children of Carter and Talbott Simonds ’91

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Stella and Sofia, daughters of Greta Brogna Campanale ’92, strike poses in the Eagle River, Colo.

At the Seas It 5K Fifth Anniversary race in Allenhurst, N.J., in July: back, from left, Pat McCormack ’92 and son, Sarah Frechette Potts ’92, Stephanie Manley ’11, William Applegate ’92, Lindsay Stanley McConnel ’93, Scott Willard ’92 and son Max; front row, John Kennedy ’92, Alexa Bette ’94, Amanda Costanzo McGovern ’93 and Todd McGovern ’92

reconnected with J.J. Marshall ’90 through Facebook. J.J. and I met for coffee and a hilarious time remembering our days at Taft, especially our performances in Equus.” Celia Gerard teaches drawing at Bard College this year and will have an exhibition of her work in the Mark W. Potter ’48 Art Gallery at Taft, opening on March 26. Go check it out! Hilary Trenkamp Greenwood, in Switzerland, had a fun summer and welcomed second son, Rhys, to the world in June. Brother Bryn wasn’t initially sure a little brother was a good addition, but he’s come around! They were looking forward to introducing Rhys to the Alps this autumn with a few hikes. Hilary adds, “If anybody is in the Zurich area, please feel free to give us a shout. It’s fun to see friends!” Melissa Madden has officially left the cold Northeast for sunny Fla. She continues to work hard for her amazing clothing line, Melly M. As for me, Emily Hopper Carifa, I had a really fun dinner last spring in NYC with Melissa, Mandy Shepard Brooks, Ashley Gilmor Myles, Allison Wandelt Halsell, Celia Gerard and Jenny Schwartz Stone. After dinner we headed to The Living Room to see Kate Schutt ’92 perform. At the show, which was amazing, we bumped into Mickie Minard as well as Kate’s dad (our very loyal Taft women’s hockey fan!) and Caitlin Fitzgerald ’90. It was so great to catch up with Mickie, whom none of us had seen in eons! She looks fabulous and is dabbling in some entrepreneurial adventures in S. 66 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

America (hopefully, I will report more details in the next issue). I was also able to catch up with Lisa Bolton Hooper in Colo. at a college friend’s wedding. Mandy Shepard Brooks and her family came to see us in the Adirondacks for a night after picking up their older girls at sleep-away camp on Lake George. Thankfully we have Scott Reiner ’90 to keep us stocked with wine for all our reunions. Also while in the Adirondacks, I played golf with Bridget Wilcox ’10. It’s always fun to get some golf tips from such a talented player.

1992

Class Secretary: Rachel Bell Robards, 7 Bond St., Apt. 5D, New York, NY 10012, rachelrobards@ mac.com; Head Class Agent: Andrew M. Solomon, 6219 Swainland Rd., Oakland, CA 94611, andrewsolomon@graduateleverage.com

Amanda Costanzo McGovern ’93 reports good news: “July 18, 2004, was the date that Todd was told he had six months to live. Five years later, Todd and Seas It are still going stronger than ever. July 18 marked the fifth anniversary, and we celebrated the day with a 5K run through my hometown of Allenhurst, N.J., and with a fundraising dinner-dance at our house on the lawn. Both events were so much fun and such a success. We had a total of 220 runners for the 5K, which was a great turnout for its

first year. The dinner-dance had 275 guests with raffle items and a live auction. It was truly an incredible day.” Tafties at the events included Pat McCormack, Sarah Frechette Potts, William Applegate, Scott Willard, John Kennedy, Maurice Overby, Damon Adams, Lindsay Stanley McConnel ’93, Alexa Bette ’94, Kara Moglia Brodsky ’94, Neil Vigdor ’95, Andrew Wimpfheimer ’75, Stephanie Manley ’11, Todd and Amanda. Greta Brogna Campanale writes, “Michael and I are happy to announce the birth of Luke, born March 23. Sisters, Sofia, 6, and Stella, 4, are very helpful with their brother, and one day will gladly help him make the transition from high chair to ski chair.” Bo and Meg Kinder Manuel, in Charleston, S.C., had daughter Emily on Aug. 29—she joins sisters Lucy and Cliffie.

1993

Class Secretary: James B. Stanton, 68 Rachelle Ave., Stamford, CT 06905, james.b.stanton@ gmail.com; Head Class Agent: Margaret Fitzgerald Wagner, 21 Wormwood St., Unit 316, Boston, MA 02210, mefwagner@gmail.com

Greetings fellow Tafties! Not quite sure how I, Jim Stanton, have landed the coveted post of class secretary, but here I am. Taylor Love informed me that I am a sucker, but went on to write about his most excellent twins: “Thomas and Caroline celebrated their first birthday this week. We are thrilled to be through the first year in one piece. Their grandfather (John Love ’62) sees them often and loves watching them grow.” Nick Gotten had a more positive reaction to my appointment, writing “Congrats on the new post! A jolly hello to you, sir. Not a whole lot of interesting news—just working like a mindless drone out here in LA.” Hard to think that


anything the talented Nicholas Gotten does is mindless, but I am hoping to catch up with him (and others in LA) this fall when I will be in the area. Randall Tarasuk writes, “I live in NYC and am employed by Charles Pavarini III Design Assoc. I am celebrating 11 years and becoming a partner with the firm. Please visit the website pavarinidesign.com. I project managed the renovation of the glorious Apthorp Restoration and now manage project execution and development of commissions nationwide.” From Alex Barth, “Everything is great, however nothing new. Two boys: Gus, 4, and Sam, 2. Living in Philly doing the lawyer thing.” Wendy Treynor continues to follow her passion and writes that her book, Towards a General Theory of Social Psychology: Understanding Human Cruelty, Human Misery, and, Perhaps, a Remedy (A Theory of the Socialization Process), will be out Nov. 7. She invites Tafties to visit her website, HealingConsulting.com. Tyler Arnold writes, “Things are going well, super busy this year at my co.; we seem to be hanging in there in this economy. As of this fall, I will have lived in Austin for 10 years—yikes. I saw Kate Schutt a few weeks ago when she played Cactus Cafe in Austin, she sounded great.” Having listened to her CD recently, I concur. Apparently Mark Allan is my neighbor, so I plan to track him down for an update soon. I hope to hear from more of you—many of you I haven’t seen or heard from since graduation (and I can’t attest to remembering too many of the farewells from senior parties as my memory from those weeks is slightly hazy). Feel free to send an e-mail or a Facebook message anytime and I will include it in the next issue. Until then, Moose out.

1994

Class Secretaries: Andrew P. Hertzmark, 18 Halsey Dr., Old Greenwich, CT 06870, hertzmark@ gmail.com; Ginger Kreitler Pingree, 547 Haley Rd., Kittery Point, ME 03905-5622, gingerpingree@gmail.com; Head Class Agents: Andrew N. Bernard, 5 Stuyvesant Oval, Apt. 6D, New York, NY 10009-2136, andybernard2244@ gmail.com; Chauncey J. Upson II, 165 Clermont Ave., Unit #1, Brooklyn, NY 11205, chaunceyupson@hotmail.com

From Andy Isaacson, “I wrote, shot and recorded a story for the Sunday N.Y. Times arts section (Aug. 2) about a film festival that took place in an isolated refugee camp in southwest Algeria last May. The event calls attention to a protracted, 30-year conflict between the exiled Saharawi people and the Moroccan govt. over

the disputed territory of Western Sahara. See nytimes.com/2009/08/02/movies/02isaa. html. There’s much more to say about this issue, and so little printed space I could give to it, but there are pretty pictures of a desolate landscape and of a society largely unrecognized by the rest of the world. Check out the slide show online.”

1995 15th reunion Class Secretary: James B. Borders V, 5301 Magnolia St., New Orleans, LA 70115, james.borders@ siemens.com; Head Class Agents: Daniel S. Oneglia, 114 E. 90th St., Apt. 2C, New York, NY 10128, daniel.oneglia@gs.com; Anthony W. Pasquariello, 21 Jay St., 5W, New York, NY 10013, tony.pasquariello@gs.com; Class Agents: Peter W. E. Becker, James B. Borders V, Brooke Monahan Fisch, Amber Guild Fitzpatrick, Paget Roach MacColl, Claire E. Ramich, Neil A. Vigdor, Stuart A. Woody; Reunion Chair: Stuart Woody, stuart. woody@gs.com

Amy and Tony Pasquariello announce the arrival of twins Mia Goldye and Anthony James on July 10. Liza and Dan Oneglia had their first child, Beatrice, on March 17. Richard and Jennifer Murphy Wilkinson and son Langston, 2, welcomed Dylan in June. Jen and her family live in LA, where she is busy raising her boys and working on her website www. shortfuzed.com. Tory Talbot Virchow writes, “I am teaching English and theater in a N.J. private school and love both my job and my students. On July 25, Jeff Virchow and I married in Sharon, Conn.”

Dylan, 2 months, and Langston, 2, sons of Jennifer Murphy Wilkinson ’95

Beatrice, daughter of Liza and Dan Oneglia ’95

1996

Class Secretaries: Anne-Courtney McCraw, 137 Duane St., #4C, New York, NY 10013, cmccraw@ hlgrp.com; Alison P. Sauter, 12348 Mona Lisa St., San Diego, CA 92130, alisonpsauter@mac.com; Head Class Agent: Roo Reath, 5 Lexington St., # 1, Charlestown, MA 02129-3114, alexander.reath@ integroltd.com

Georgia and Roo Reath had son Philip on June 15, and reports are that he has already started studying with the hope that he can one day go to Taft! Lauren Hickey Magoun writes, “I had my second son, Nathaniel, on July 9. Big brother Jack is taking to him as well as can be hoped and Steve, Jack, Nate and I are doing well.” The wedding of Tory Talbot ’95 and Jeff Virchow Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 67


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Doug Blanchard ’97 marries Aide Vargas Flores in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Emily Payne ’98 in Vero Beach, Fla.

1997

Class Secretaries: Caroline Montgelas Elwell, 90 N. Ridge St., Rye Brook, NY 10573, caroline@ elwell.com; Jay F. Krehbiel, 505 S. County Line Rd., Hinsdale, IL 60521, jay.krehbiel@gmail.com; Head Class Agent: Charles W.B. Wardell IV, 370 Park Ave., Club Box 18, New York, NY 10022, charliewardell@aol.com

Starting with the exciting news of births and weddings, Jeff D’Amelia reports that he and wife Shawna welcomed daughter Madeleine Paige. (Congrats, Jeff and Shawna!) Jeff also saw Kris Bagdasarian when he was a groomsman at Kris’s wedding to Jenny Hwang over July 4th weekend. Jeff reports that the entire weekend was beautiful! Doug Blanchard married Aide Vargas Flores in June in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Doug also ran into Phil Miller at a mutual friend’s wedding last summer. (Congratulations on these exciting milestones, Jeff, Kris, and Doug!) Other classmates are packing up and moving. Justin Kreizel reports that he moved from Mexico to Santa Monica, Calif. He continues to work for his own co. and is happy to be back to “el norte.” Whitney 68 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

Dayton Brunet moved to New Haven, Conn., while her husband attends business school at Yale. Whitney will work in Yale’s Development Office as the asst. dir. in reunion giving. They plan to also keep ties to Boston, so keep an eye out for them in both places! Also moving is Jon Stevenson, who graduated from law school and is moving to Boston to earn his LLM in taxation at BU’s School of Law. Blair Hedges was hired by Liongate Capital Management as head of operational due diligence. In exciting travel news, Eric Schoonmaker vacationed in Belize—he highly recommends the Mopan River Resort. Eric and his wife moved into their first house in Wauwatosa, Wis., and Eric has started his own law practice, which he says is a lot of work but worth it. Tim Roscoe spent some time in Latin America and particularly raves about his time in Peru. He continues to write and draws inspiration from his N. American travels across the U.S., from Des Moines to Kauai; however, he gladly lands at his home in LA after every travel experience and loves living there. Enjoying her time on the West Coast, Bibba Walke works and lives in SF. She attended a Taft Alumni dinner with Ben Pastor, Phil Miller, Lanse Davis and Whitney Moses Davis ’98. I, Caroline, got to spend some time at the beach with Brooke Hill Ooten and her two adorable sons, Harrison and Watts. I also had a wonderful dinner with Christie Johnson O’Keeffe and Laura Kreitler, who was visiting from Calif. for a long weekend. Take care and keep the news coming!

1998

Class Secretary: John D. Frechette, PO Box 702, Jackson, WY 83001, jdfrechette@gmail.com; Head Class Agent: Devin B. Weisleder, 2001 E. Grace St., Apt. 437, Richmond, VA 23223, devin_ weisleder@yahoo.com

Emily Payne writes, “I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2003 and am now employed as one of 17 permanent crew members on a 315-foot private yacht owned by the CEO of a Fortune 500 co. From spring until the fall, the boat’s Mediterranean home port is Palma, Mallorca, Spain. From approximately Dec. to May we are in St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies. Although working the entire time when the owner is aboard, I have enjoyed cruising the islands of the Caribbean in the winter and cruising the Mediterranean, including the coast of Italy in the summer months. I have also done two Atlantic crossings.” Many Tafties were at the June wedding of Annie Stover to Evan Reece at the Ausable Club in

the Adirondacks. In attendance were: Lisa Dabney, Addie Strumolo, Shannon Murphy, Adrian Fadrhonc, Becky Belcher ’97, Molly Barefoot ’99, Ribby Goodfellow ’00, Brooks Comstock ’01, Jim Goodfellow ’96 and Anna Hastings (former faculty).

1999

Class Secretaries: Molly M. Barefoot, 140 Charles St., Apt. 2, Boston, MA 02114, mollybarefoot@ hotmail.com; Kate Bienen Furst, 421 Hudson St., Apt. 815, New York, NY 10014, kbfurst@gmail. com; Head Class Agent: Lindsay Tarasuk Aroesty, Taft School, 110 Woodbury Rd., Watertown, CT 06795, lindsaytarasuk@hotmail.com

Kate Bienen Furst and I, Molly Barefoot, love hearing from all of you—thanks for writing in! Sounds like everyone was busy enjoying the summer and seeing Tafties whenever possible. Kate had an awesome trip to Croatia in Aug. with her husband, Jake. Kenny Clark writes, “I finished graduate school at West Chester Univ. (in Pa.) and now have a master’s in exercise science. Still living in the Philadelphia area and working as a strength and conditioning coach for a private co., Summit Sports. I went to Chicago and visited with Brent Kozel ’98 and saw my first Cubs game at Wrigley Field.” Evan Nielsen writes that he was winding down a great two years living with Trevor Beaney in Brooklyn and had plans to return to Chicago. Mythri Jegathesan reports, “I’m doing anthropological fieldwork with tea estate communities in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. I came back to the U.S. to see family and friends in April and May, and on a flight down to Charleston for a friend’s wedding, randomly sat next to Adair Ilyinsky, who was also on her way to a Charleston wedding!, Attended the 10th Reunion, too, which was great. I’ll most likely be back in the U.S. in the fall before heading back to Sri Lanka for a follow-up visit in the spring.” Brad D’Arco ran the NYC marathon on Nov. 1 in honor of his mother, Lucille, who passed away just over one year ago after a hardfought battle with cancer. Sabrina Idy began working at the Corcoran Group in residential real estate last spring. She joined the team of top NYC broker, Wendy J. Sarasohn, and loves her experience in both rentals and sales. Please feel free to contact her for any real estate questions or simply to touch base. Emily Townsend Prince saw Sabrina and Ned Smith at the Phish concert in Saratoga Springs in Aug.; the three of them and others had a great time catching up and enjoying the show.


2000 10th reunion Class Secretaries: Christina M. Coons, Perkiomen School, PO Box 130, 200 Seminary St., Pennsburg, PA 18073, CMCoons00@yahoo.com; Ribby B. Goodfellow, 11 W. 69th St., Apt. 8D, New York, NY 10023, rbgoodfellow@gmail.com; Head Class Agents: Andrew F. Goodwin, 220 Park Ave. South, Apt. 8E, New York, NY 10003, afgoodwin@gmail.com; John M. McCardell III, 3214 Cannon St., Columbia, SC 29205, jmmccardell@sc.rr.com; Class Agents: Leland E. Candler, Christina M. Coons, Vincent M. DelGuercio, Blake C. DiMarco, Ribby B. Goodfellow, Justine E. Landegger, Emily W. Smith, Evan W. Uhlick; Reunion Committee: Ribby B. Goodfellow, chair; Kirsten Berken, Christina M. Coons, Andrew Goodwin, Mike Hogan, Dave Hotchkiss, Janelle Matthews, Sarah Payne, Emily W. Smith, Tina Porter Teagle, Evan W. Uhlick, Peter Webel, Carolyn Heidrich Ziebarth

We hope that you are enjoying the fall. There is exciting information to share in this issue. For starters, more than 45 people have already confirmed their attendance at our 10th Reunion, which will be held at Taft May 14–15. To celebrate this important milestone, our class is offering customized Patagonia vests—100 percent of the profit will be donated to the Margaux Powers Memorial Scholarship at Taft. If you would like more information on the vest, please e-mail me, Ribby (see above). Congratulations to Amy Pasquariello, who married Vaughn Millette on July 11 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield, with a reception at the Litchfield Country Club. Amy and her husband work and reside in NYC; she is a project mgr. at the Simons Foundation, which advances research in basic science and mathematics, and he is in finance. Best wishes to our newest Taft bride and her groom! Tom George reports from London that he continues to enjoy work as a bond trader, though he’s forgetting what the sun looks like! Lindsay Dell Calkins, in her second year of law school at the Univ. of Chicago, spent the summer working for the Seattle public defender. Alex Binder graduated from UC’s Hastings College of Law, and will be working at the SF law firm Quinn Emmanuel in litigation. In his spare time, Alex competes in mixed martial arts and had his first fight in July; now that’s a skill they don’t teach in law school! Laura Fidao reports, “Last winter I spent a month in Antarctica as part of a climate change and leadership expedition. I moved to Scotland this fall to study for a master’s

Jessup Shean ’00 and Laura Behrendt ’00 on vacation in Laos

David Hotchkiss ’00 and Ribby Goodfellow ’00 in Kyoto, Japan, at Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion

degree in carbon management.” Jessup Shean left JPMorgan in April and traveled throughout Asia for about three months. During that time she hosted Laura Behrendt in Hong Kong, where Jessup was working, and the two traveled to Luang Praban, Laos, did a boat trip on the Mekong, rode elephants and saw some incredible waterfalls. Jessup adds, “The rest of my trip I was on my own and I went to India, Bhutan and Nepal; in May, I went to Myanmar with my cousin. I was also in Indonesia with a friend, staying in Bali. We went diving in Komodo National Park to see the dragons; an amazing trip!” Jessup spent the summer in Long Island and this fall began the JD/MBA program at UPenn. Greg Stevenson also spent a considerable amount of time in Asia. As part of his master’s in int’l affairs at Texas A&M, Greg spent the summer living in China, visiting Beijing and Shanghai in May, Kashgar and Urumqi in Xinjiang in June and was in Harbin for July and Aug. He also spent a weekend on the China/N. Korea border. Charlie Baker writes to say that he expanded his landscape design and construction business to include a line of rustic lighting fixtures for the home and garden. Charlie was recently profiled in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine; to access the piece go to: ctcandg.org/jun09/designer.php. We wish you much success, Charlie! Tina Porter married Clifton Dixon Teagle in Locust Valley, N.Y., on Sept. 26. Tina is an acct. mgr. at Bloomberg, the financial information co. in Manhattan, and sells software that provides market data to hedge funds. The groom is a senior accountant at Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Co., an accounting firm in the city, where he works in the auditing dept. (Congratulations to them both!) I, Ribby Goodfellow, enjoyed two weeks in Japan in July and was pleased to meet up with

Dave Hotchkiss for part of the trip, including an excursion to Kyoto. I started my full-time role with Colgate-Palmolive in early Sept., and I am now on assignment at Wal-Mart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., until Christmas. I had an excellent time reconnecting with many Tafties at the June wedding of my cousin, Evan Reece, to Annie Stover ’98 at the Ausable Club in the Adirondacks in June (see ’98 notes). In Aug., I traveled to Watertown to visit with Lindsay Tarasuk Aroesty ’99, who arranged an excellent tour of the new Taft dining facilities—yet another reason why all of you should make it back to our reunion this coming May! We look forward to seeing you, your spouses/partners and, indeed, some class babies!

2001

Class Secretary: Anne B. Stephenson, 181 E. 90th St., New York, NY 10128, annebstephenson@ gmail.com; Head Class Agent: Katharine F. Tuckerman, 116 E. 66th St., Apt. 6B, New York, NY 10021, ktuckerman@gmail.com

I, Anne, am so happy to announce the marriage of Jessica Goldmark and Ryan Shannon on July 18, held at the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club in N.Y. The Rev. Michael Spencer, former Taft chaplain, officiated. Avery Hanger, Jillian Hunt and Krissy Kraczkowsky were bridesmaids, Ryan Trowbridge was a groomsman and Jaime Sifers ’02 was best man. Also in attendance were a number of other classmates (see photo). For their honeymoon, Jess and Ryan cruised around Greece, Croatia and Turkey. They headed back to Ottawa for the 2009–10 hockey season. (Congratulations to you both!) Ged Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 69


alumni Notes Johnson is pursuing an MBS at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Also in business school is Allison Berardino, who is at the Kellogg School of Management. Ella Foshay-Rothfeld writes, “I live in New Haven and continue to work for Teach for America as a program dir. Last spring, I returned to Taft for a special visit. Wendy Kopp, the founder and CEO of Teach for America spoke at Morning Meeting, and I jumped at the chance to attend. It was great to see the campus again and so many friendly, familiar faces of the

faculty and administration. Speaking of Taft, I get to work with Randi Lawlor ’04, who teaches in New Haven as a corps member, and I have run into Anna Blakaj ’00 and Tony Piacenza around town.” Greg Dost ran into some fellow Tafties. While in Madrid for a wedding, he met up with Christine Maddock. And at a party for two different schools’ masters’ programs, Greg ran into his roommate at Georgetown, Pedro Mendoza. After coaching men’s lacrosse at Kenyon for two years, Will McIntire is at the Univ. of Chicago

for a master’s program in humanities and lives in Hyde Park. I, Anne Stephenson, have started my first year at Brooklyn Law School. Due to the time constraints posed by school, I will be handing over the reins of class secretary to Jess Goldmark Shannon. I have no doubt that Jess is the perfect person to take over and will do a fantastic job. I have truly enjoyed my role as secretary; it has been a great way to keep in touch with so many people from our class. And over the span of almost a decade (!), it has been amazing to see how everyone’s lives have changed so much. A big thank you to everyone who wrote in over the years! (The Bulletin thanks Anne for her many years and dedication and wishes her much success. And welcome to Jess. Please help her out by sending news and photos: jessica.a.shannon@gmail.com.)

2002

Class Secretaries: Emily Harrison Townsend, 220 E. 63rd St., Apt. 8K, New York, NY 10065, emilyharrisontownsend@gmail.com; Jane P. Ventresca, 334 E. 74th St., #1E, New York, NY 10021, j.ventresca@gmail.com; Head Class Agent: Peter R. Hafner, 200 E. 33rd St., Apt. 6E, New York, NY 10016, peter.hafner@gmail.com Taft friends at the wedding of Jessica Goldmark ’01 and Ryan Shannon ’01: front from left, Mark Spadaccini, Jaime Sifers ’02, Ryan, Jessica, Ryan Trowbridge, Christian Jensen, Taylor Leahy; back row, Rev. Michael Spencer, Kevin Nee, Abby King, Vicki Fox, Avery Hanger, Jillian Hunt, Krissy Kraczkowsky, Anya Maas-Geesteranus, Averie Wong, Julia Graham, Margot Schou and Aimee Palladino Travis Flynn Photography

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We apologize for the lack of notes in the past few issues and hope that the following updates make up, in part, for this. Luckily, we have much to share! This has been a monumental year for many: marriages, career changes, travel

At the Wolds’ ranch in Wyo.: from left, Biff Barnard ’63, Will Brame ’02, Court Wold ’02, Scott Tarnowicz ’02, Luke LaBella ’02, Jack Wold ’71, John Macaskill ’02, Rich Bell ’71 and Jeff Volling ’02


and even some births! Katie Price graduated from UConn with an MS in applied genomics. Over the summer, Katie moved to Hamden and started working for 454 Life Sciences, a biotech co. in Branford. After spending the summer in Europe, Julia Shlyankevich returned to Seattle to start her first year at Univ. of Wash. School of Medicine. Similarly, Phelan Maruca completed a post-bachelor’s, premed program in May at Tufts. She’ll remain in Boston for the next several years since she’s now in medical school at BU. Phelan was among many Tafties in attendance at the marriage of co-secretary Emily Harrison Townsend and Nick Fisser. The bridal party was full of Tafties, including me, Jane Ventresca, Abby Kell, Cassidy Morris and Phelan Maruca, as well as groomsmen Haynes Gallagher and Charlie Townsend ’06. The marriage was celebrated on a beautiful Sat. afternoon at the New Haven Country Club, with a huge percentage of Taft friends, faculty and families. On the dance-floor, many of us were filled with memories of dancing to Apricot Brandy under the big tent at Taft. Also in attendance were Kristen van Breen, Sera Reycraft, Ali Rickards, Lauren Fifield, Meredith Deschenes, Kara McCabe, Bailey Stark, Ed de Courreges, Hannah Baker ’03, Jordan Gussenhoven and most of the faculty that shaped our four years at Taft: Patsy and Lance Odden, the Morrises, the Mahers, the Frews, the Schieffelins, Dick Cobb and parents of the bride Penny and Mike Townsend. While at the wedding, Bailey told me, Jane, that he started his first year at Univ. of Wis. School of Law. Bailey joined classmate Scott McGoohan there, who is in his second year and is, believe it or not, serving as the VP of the Student Bar Assoc. It’s a big year for Ed Allen, who also returned to school this fall in a very new role, with his new wife, as members of the Millbrook School faculty. Ed is teaching math and coaching hockey and baseball. Ed married his former Middlebury classmate, Emily Egan, on Aug. 15 at St. Patrick’s Church in Bedford, N.Y. The reception was celebrated at Westchester Country Club with groomsman Scott Tarnowicz and guests Luke LaBella, Will Brame, Jamie White, Chris Sturgess, Scott Persing, Chester Patterson and Ted Thompson. In other news, Roddy Tilt writes, “Jeff Volling and I were in London and Scotland in Aug. to meet Nick Lacaillade for some golf and leisure.” Additionally, I have some recent updates from fellow NYC Tafties including Harry Jones, who was promoted last winter to assoc. at Deutsche Bank. Harry works in high yield and distressed debt sales. Will Brame, Scott Tarnowicz, Luke LaBella, John Macaskill, Jeff Volling, Court

A large Taft crowd at the wedding of Emily Harrison Townsend ’02 and Nick Fisser ’02 Growing Tree Photography

Wold, Jack Wold ’71, Rich Bell ’71 and Biff Barnard ’63 gathered with others for the inaugural Fish & Chip, a cross-generational fly-fishing and golf competition, at the Wolds’ Hole in the Wall Ranch outside Kaycee, Wyo., in June. In addition to the golf and fishing, the group shared their accumulated knowledge on a variety of topics, discussed the current economic environment and listened to the rich history of the beautiful land. Favorite memories were shared while invaluable new ones were formed—it was truly an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. Mimi Luse had an article published in the Oct. issue of American Craft Magazine. While writing freelance criticisms of film and art, Mimi is living in NYC and regularly sees fellow classmates Tyler Jennings, Alexandra Sinderbrand and Brookie Townsend. Sera Reycraft joined Audrey Banks for dinner in Manhattan late summer and they caught up on Audrey’s recent adventures abroad. After graduating from Princeton in 2007, Audrey moved to Africa to join the Int’l Rescue Committee in Sierra Leone through a Princeton in Africa Fellowship. She returned home to visit family and friends at the end of the summer before heading off to Kabul, Afghanistan, assuming a new position with IRC in Oct. Of her work with IRC Audrey writes, “While challenging, working in humanitarian aid and development is fascinating and has afforded me the opportunity to live in some rather exciting locales.” Exciting, for sure! We also heard from Kyle Dolan, who is in the third year of his doctoral program in biochemistry at Univ. of Chicago.

Specifically, he works with various aspects of genetic regulation in bacteria, in order to understand their biology better, as well as to develop new strategies for combating infectious diseases. Kyle also did some traveling in the summer, visiting Colo., British Columbia and Bermuda. Will Schatz sent some exciting news: “I graduated from BC in ’06 and then spent nine months traveling and volunteering in Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil. I met my current girlfriend, Anita, two weeks after starting the trip. When I got back, I got a job in Boston at USBank, then left just before the crisis hit. Anita and I had our baby, Elisa Sophia, on Jan. 30 this year. We’re currently in Chile, and I work as an editor/reporter and enjoy raising Elisa! I’ll be applying to grad school in psych this fall, and we hope to be up in the U.S. next summer.” (Congrats, Will!) Jane and I, Emily, are thrilled to learn that everyone seems cheerful and to be doing well. Best wishes for a happy and healthy winter, and look forward to hearing from more of you!

2003

Class Secretaries: Gabrielle M. Bidart, 312 Marlborough St, Apt 5, Boston, MA 021161618, bidart@gmail.com; Ashley G. Ciaburri, 333 E. 68th St., Apt. 9B, New York, NY 10021, ashleyciaburri@gmail.com; Head Class Agents: Eliza A. Clark, 459 11th St., Apt. 3, Brooklyn, NY 11215, eliza.a.clark@gmail.com; Glenton W. Davis, 67 Wall St., Apt. 10A, New York, NY 10005, glentondavis@gmail.com Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 71


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Tyler Whitley ’04 and Randi Lawlor ’04 after returning from Europe last summer

Berklee alum Freddy Gonzalez ’05, who has a debut album, plays trombone on the George Washington Bridge in New York.

Emily Josephs writes, “Back to school at Univ. of Colo., Denver, for my MLA (master of landscape architecture). Do any Tafties have a place in Aspen (wink wink)?” Wilson Hack lives in Austin, Texas, and is working toward a master’s in architecture at UT. From Walker Barnes, “I have been busy bartending in Chicago for the past year, and have joined a sketch comedy group called Famous in the Future. Also, I just finished recording an album with a bunch of friends, which will be available soon on iTunes, at Borders, Best Buy and Barnes & Noble. I recently met my biological mother, who happens to live only an hour away from Chicago. It was everything I hoped it would be.” I, Brie Bidart, started a new position as the occupational therapist at an elementary school in the Norwell Public School District in Mass.”

and basketball coach. After our first year of work, we vacationed in Munich, Dubrovnik and Rome.” Emily Brown, in Denver, works for Teach for America. She enjoys the classroom environment and lives with a friend from Bowdoin. Jessica Durkee lives in Baltimore, Md., and is in her second year at the Univ. of Md. School of Medicine. Anish Patel is in his second year at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. He has been focusing on medicine and int’l health and is really enjoying it. Austin Gardner-Smith works with a start-up firm called Pinyadda.com. Austin will be displaying the co.’s capabilities at DEMO, a major emerging technology conference. Austin is working long hours, but he says that it has been really fun getting the co. off the ground. Brendan Milnamow ’05 trained at the Dallas Stars rookie camp late summer and joined the AHL’s Texas Stars in late Sept. Before training, Brendan got a chance to see Alex Bisset, Tyler Whitley and John Acquaviva last summer. After graduation last Dec., Dan Kennedy took a five-week trip through Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile before coming back to the working world. He works with Chevron in Houston as a reservoir engineer and his primary focus is a reserve off the coast of Angola, which has proven to be a great learning experience. Dan catches up with Chris Reyes periodically for lunch, as he works down the street. Kevin Jacobs spent last summer working on a ranch in Granby, Colo., taking out trail rides and other activities. He is now studying journalism at Medill (Northwestern) in Chicago. He hopes to focus on sports reporting, but is still

2004

Class Secretaries: Robert H. Kneip, 227 E. 50th St., Apt. 8, New York, NY 10022, Rob.Kneip@gmail. com; Hillary M. Lewis, 30 W. 18th St., Apt. 12B, New York, NY 10011, hillarymlewis@gmail.com; Head Class Agent: Bettina L. Scott, bettinalscott@ gmail.com

Everyone is busy pursuing various jobs and passions. Randi Lawlor writes, “Tyler Whitley and I visited Europe this past summer. After graduating from Trinity in 2008, I joined the Teach for America Corps and now teach third grade in New Haven. Tyler works at Salisbury School as a Learning Center tutor and football 72 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

undecided about his concentration. Andrew Sparks finished an internship with BHP Billiton Petroleum. He is pursuing an MSc in geology at the Univ. of Kan. and hopes to go back into the industry when he graduates. We missed Fiona McFarland at our Fifth Reunion. Fiona graduated from the Naval Academy last year and is stationed on USS Preble, which is home ported in San Diego. She works in the engineering dept. and is the legal officer as her collateral job. This year, Fiona was deployed to the Asia region. While traveling, she received her officer of the deck qualification, which means that she is allowed to be in charge of all the ship’s operations. Fiona says that it has been one of the best achievements of her life, so far! She spent her summer in Newport, R.I., and starts testing this fall to receive her surface warfare pin— equivalent to a pilot’s wings. (Congratulations,

2005 classmates Andrew Foote and Rob von Althann graduate from Lehigh Univ.


Fiona, and thank you for serving our country!) A.G. Leventhal spent last summer interning for federal Judge James Francis III in NYC, and he also spent a month in France. A.G. is in his second year at UPenn law school. Alex Meintel, John Lockwood, Rory Shepard, Will Reycraft and Todd Johnson all live and work in NYC and run into many fellow Tafties.

2005 5th reunion Class Secretaries: Sam Dangremond, 183 W. 10th St., New York, N.Y. 10014, sdangremond@gmail. com; Liz Shepherd, 3581 Clay St., San Francisco, CA 94118, ewshepherd@gmail.com; Head Class Agent: Cyrus McGoldrick, 46 Pine St., Watertown, CT 06795, cam2147@columbia.edu; Class Agents: Matthew N. Bloch, Reisa E. Bloch, Jessica J. Giannetto, Frederick Gonzalez Jr., Minkailu A. G. Jalloh, Virginia M. Knott, Tracy B. Long, Elisabeth T. McMorris, Matthew P. Mortara, Sean R. O’Mealia, Eric R. Roper, J. P. William Sealy; Reunion Chairs: Reisa E. Bloch, rbloch@middlebury.edu; Avery E. Clark, aeclark@middlebury.edu; Colin D. Fenn, fennco0@gettysburg.edu; Sean R. O’Mealia, seanomealia@gmail.com

Since graduating from college in May, our class has been traveling and job-hunting like crazy, and a lucky bunch has locked down jobs in these tough economic times. Meg Lesko spent the summer living with Annie Rauscher and waitressing with Avery Clark. She is now working in NYC as an analyst for mortgage servicing rights. Also in the city, Paige Corbin works for Bloomberg LP and Annie Weiss is an asst. publicist at HarperCollins Publishers. Kelly Franklin did research last summer for a former professor of hers at Davidson, and now works for a wealth

management firm in Charlotte. Lacey Brown, in Washington, D.C., does consulting for IBM. Also is D.C. are Catherine Bourque, who works for the Consumer Federation of America, and Liz Shepherd, who works on Capitol Hill. Liz lives on the same block as Sean O’Mealia and Peter Wyman. Kelin Hall completed a summer fellowship in Portland, Ore., where she learned to make documentaries for social change. Mercer Wu is in Bimini, Bahamas, through Nov., volunteering at a biological field station. When she first arrived, a crew from National Geographic was filming at the station for a program called “Hooked” that will air in Dec. Watch out for it! We have some musical talents in our class: Mia Borders recorded Southern Fried Soul, an album that was released in Aug. by the independent record label she founded with her brother, Che ’95. Cyrus McGoldrick plays saxophone on the album. Freddy Gonzalez spent all summer working on a solo online album that was released in early Sept. (see p. 6); he’s now putting together a band for live shows. Jeff Beck, back at Wesleyan for his senior year, was in Victor, Idaho, for the summer, working for Worldcast Anglers with J.D. McCabe ’04. Nell Maltman works at a school for children with autism in Chicago. She and John Heckel moved in together in Sept. Reisa Bloch is finishing her final semester and playing her last volleyball season at Middlebury. Matt Bloch started work in Sept. at Bank of the West in Newport Beach. Madeleine Dubus started her senior year at Eugene Lang College at the New School Univ. She was named a Eugene Lang Writing Fellow in Journalism last spring and is now working as a contributing writer at Metromix.com. Margot Webel spent the summer at the East Harlem School and moved to SF this fall. Corey Stout is teaching English in Japan. Fifi Knott and Serena Wolf are traveling to New Zealand for two months this fall. Kendall Adams and Alex

Kelly are now teaching science at Taft. Very cool for them. Finally, I, Sam Dangremond, am living in NYC and writing for New York magazine and the Daily Beast. Hope to see you all at our Fifth Reunion in May!

2006

Class Secretaries: Courtney M. Coughlin, George Washington Univ., 600 20th St. NW, Fsk #605, Washington, DC 20052-0005, cmc48@gwu. edu; Natalie R. Lescroart, 280 Cherry Valley Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540, NRL7@georgetown.edu; Head Class Agent: Suyeone Jeon, 409 College Ave., Apt. 407, Ithaca, NY 14850, sj257@cornell.edu

Reid Longley, at Trinity, was selected to play for the Golf Coaches National All-Regional Team in June. Ben Ehrlich spent the summer studying language in Spain. Hilary Saverin is a senior at Hamilton. Michelle Kulikauskas writes, “Besides meeting up with Suyeone Jeon, I worked all summer at the National Archives and at a think tank focusing on transatlantic affairs. This fall is my last semester at GW, and I’m really looking forward to getting a full-time job in the D.C. area.” Suyeone also spent the summer in D.C. as an intern for Congressman Lloyd Doggett. She ran into Jade Scott ’05 at a Metro station in Va., “a pleasant surprise,” she writes, and enjoyed seeing Michelle. Suyeone can’t believe she is about to graduate from Cornell. Hassan Dawood, at William & Mary, spent last summer working in a neurobiology lab at Yale New Haven Hospital. He got to see Brian Romaine several times while he was there, which he said was a lot of fun. Hassan is VP of the men’s club lacrosse team and pres. of the men’s club squash team. Claire Longfield spent the summer taking courses at Colo. College and working in the art dept. for a few professors and

William Sealy ’05 kicks it up after his graduation from William & Mary! Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 73


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Suyeone Jeon ’06 and Michelle Kulikauskas ’06

adds, “Come visit Colo. Springs!” She had plans to spend a week in NYC in mid-Oct. Sammy Glazer spent a month over the summer traveling around Vietnam and Cambodia with a Wake Forest summer school program. Sammy writes, “The program included both a political science and entrepreneurship course as well as a community service component—rebuilding a school in a rural area of the Mekong Delta. On my flight home I connected through Tokyo airport and was pleasantly surprised to run into Lexie Comstock on her way back from a summer internship in Beijing. We were on the same flight back together and had the chance to exchange stories and catch up.” Gordon Sleeper spent eight months studying in Japan and returned to Conn. College this fall. John Ale was an intern for Centerpoint Energy last summer and studied for the GMAT to apply to UVa’s MS in commerce program. Susannah Walden is pursuing a joint Persian and philosophy degree at the Univ. of Edinburgh. Last summer, she spent two months in Rwanda participating in an Edinburgh Global Partnership project teaching HIV/AIDS awareness in secondary schools. After that, she was an intern in London in the NewsHour dept. of BBC World Service. Victor Smith, at Gettysburg, is secretary of the national pre-legal and business honorary society, Pi Lambda Sigma, this year. I, Natalie Lescroart, spent the summer reporting for a number of local papers in central Jersey. The experience was great, but I’m happy to be back in Washington for my last semester at Georgetown. During the summer I spent a day on the water in Darien catching up with Whit Brighton, Alex Kremer, Phil Thompson, Hope Krause, Spencer Barton and Arielle Palladino. I also got the chance to see Allyson Flores, Jerome Wallace, Annie McGillicuddy, Brynne McNulty, Sydney Scott and Molly Malloy in NYC. All are doing well and have high hopes for their last year(s) in college. Please continue to keep us updated and hope you’re all having a happy and healthy fall. 74 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

2007 gathering at Penelope Smith’s in Narragansett, R.I., in Aug.; back, Will Calder, Holly Donaldson, Sam Beatt, Teal Kratky, Heidi Woodworth, Alex White, Maggie Seay, Andrew Parks and Eric Baier; front, Brendan Letarte, Hannah Utley, Grace Scott, Johanna Isaac, Kacey Klonsky, Penelope, Dan Fertig and Andrew Kazakoff

2007

Class Secretaries: Grace L. Scott, 2611 Portland St., Apt. 311, Los Angeles, CA 90007-2460, gscott156@gmail.com; Elinore F. Van Sant, Washington & Lee Univ., Kappa Delta Sorority, PO Box 4668, Lexington, VA 24450, vansante@ wlu.edu; Head Class Agent: Lee S. Ziesing, Trinity College, Box 701827, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106-3100, lee.ziesing@trincoll.edu

Many classmates had a summer of internships, travels and visiting friends. A number of us returned to the Northeast to work. Hannah Utley worked for a hospital in Maine. Mckay Claghorn worked in NYC, while also living with Michael Shrubb ’06. Brendan Letarte worked for the Bank of NY Mellon, frequently commuting with Dan Fertig, who also worked in the city at Hite Capital. Billy Lovotti spent his summer in Kyoto, Japan, studying at the univ. While Billy was on a trip to Korea he saw H.K. Seo, who returned to Seoul to start his mandatory military service. Avery Chaplin enjoyed studying in Beijing last summer. He also spent a few weeks traveling in China testing out his language skills with his girlfriend, Laura, and another couple. Gordon Atkins is one of eight college undergrads who were profiled by Fortune magazine for finding an interesting summer job during a recession. Gordon interned with the Daytona (Fla.) Cubs, part of the Chicago Cubs farm team system, doing everything from making sales calls to hawking concessions. Fortune reported that since

Gordon is an economics major at Williams, his experience has provided him with some business ideas for the future. Aaron Fronda was able to attend Exit Festival. Stephanie Schonbrun interned with the Conn. Film Festival in June, and later with ABC 40/Fox 6 News in Springfield, Mass. She also helped promote a made-for-web spy thriller series before its Sept. debut. Sam Beatt, Will Calder and Andrew Parks lived in Boothbay, Maine, and a few fellow Tafties visited in mid-July for Will’s 21st birthday. Nate Thompson worked at a yacht club in Martha’s Vineyard, where he saw fellow Tafties from the Class of ’09 as well as Andrew Kazakoff. Tyler Perry worked for the hospital on Nantucket. Penelope Smith spent the majority of her summer studying in Venice and had a wonderful time. Alex Lescroart is spending the semester in Argentina studying, and is very excited about the experience. Johanna Isaac spent the summer giving tours at the Hispanic Society. Toni Pryor worked at Lenox Hill Hospital in labor and delivery last summer and ran the NYC half-marathon. Ben Yeager spent his summer on Fire Island and prepared for his move to Santa Barbara, Calif. Hank Wyman joined the Colby Woodsmen’s Team and had a phenomenal time competing in old-time logging/lumberjack events such as pole climbing, standing block chop, sawing and fire-building. Hank is majoring in environmental studies. Kacey Klonsky worked for two production companies this summer and enjoyed living in NYC; she is in Italy this fall. Joseph SecorTaddia is back at the College of Charleston after spending eight hard weeks studying organic


chemistry last summer. Caroline Greenburg continues to play for Hamilton’s women’s tennis team, where she held the no. 4 singles spot last year. Ben Grinberg is taking this year off to work as an actor in Manhattan. Gabrielle Peters completed her co-up at GE Transportation in Erie, Pa., and was re-elected class pres. at Clarkson. She purchased a large house and started a business offering luxury housing to students there. Katie Bergeron, at Bowdoin, is a three-year starter on the women’s basketball team, earning the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Assoc. “Rookie of the Year” as a freshman. She was leading scorer on the NESCAC championship team last year. Holly Donaldson is in D.C. for the fall, working as a legislative intern for the Humane Society. I, Grace Scott, had a wonderful summer in Denver working and seeing old friends. I had a chance to see some of my peers in Aug. at Penelope Smith’s house before heading back to LA for my junior year at USC. And I, Ellie Van Sant, spent a month studying in Costa Rica and spending time with friends.

2008

Class Secretaries: Beth Kessenich, St. Lawrence Univ., Whitman 214, 23 Romoda Dr., Canton, NY 13617-1423, erkess08@stlawu.edu; Brendan L. Maaghul, Wake Forest Univ., Campus Box 8927, Winston-Salem, NC 27109-8758, maagbl8@wfu.edu; Head Class Agent: Max Jacobs, Wake Forest Univ., Campus Box 8730, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, jacomk8@wfu.edu

Alex Bermingham, at Trinity, was selected as the only representative from the East Region to the 2009 Golf Coaches National All-Freshman Team in June. Scout Berger served as VP for her class at Bucknell and is on the congress for sophomores. She interned last summer with the Clinton Foundation and also saw many Tafties, including Liz VanPelt, Peter Johnson, Tanya Dhamija, Charlotte Bromley, Ollie MittagLenkheym, Jake Heine, Nico Baecker, Charlie Fraker and Alex Bermingham. Connor Holland has transferred to Trinity College, and Tanya Dhamija transferred back to Trinity as well. Kevin Crosetto joined Jessica Chiulli at BU this fall. Liz VanPelt, at BC, enjoyed last summer, spending time with Alex Dodge ’07, Scout and Tanya. Emily Gumbelevich transferred from Lehigh to Quinnipiac. Andrew Connolly is back at Union College, where last year he was awarded the freshman male athlete of the year award for his success as a quarterback. Maddy Bloch was very busy last summer as second asst. dir. for an independent film, Weakness, starring Bobby

Kira Parks ’09 visits Alex Hutchinson ’10 in Boise, Idaho.

Giovana Espejo ’09 during a visit with Esther Kim ’09 in Calif.

Cannavale, Danielle Panabaker and June Raphael. When she finished shooting that film, she started working as a production asst. for Law and Order. She is happy to be back at Northwestern and and was a group leader for one of the new student pre-orientation trips. Johanna Kirby is a member of Delta Delta Delta at Duke and sings with the a cappella group, Déja Blues. I, Beth, reunited with Adam Donaldson and Peter Johnson last summer on Long Island and also saw Keith Fell a lot. I am pleased to be back at St. Lawrence, where I am rushing a sorority and continue to play on the Saints women’s golf team.

2009

Class Secretaries: Joe O. Dillard Jr., 3723 26½ Ave N., Robbinsdale, MN 55422-3703 jdcm7@mail.mizzou.edu; Kira A. Parks, One Manor Rd., Bronxville, NY 10708, kira.parks@villanova.edu; Head Class Agent: Sarah B. Albert, 295 South St., Middlebury, CT 06762-3502, sbalbert18@gmail.com

While wandering through the Public Garden in Boston, Ben Zucker met the dir. of Partners in Health and subject of the 2008 Taft summer reading (Mountains Beyond Mountains), Dr. Paul Farmer. Ben and Dr. Farmer talked briefly about his work before his involvement with Partners in Health. Matthew Herskovitz spent the summer touring Israel and playing for the Jewish

Canadian National Hockey Team. Matt helped lead his team to the final round, where they claimed second place to the U.S. Team. Nicolas Hurt took his second trip to Seoul, S. Korea, to visit Sean Yoo, seeing other Tafties while there. Schuyler Dalton spent July and Aug. volunteering at Essex Farms, in Essex, N.Y. She worked there with fellow alum Susie Tarnowicz ’03. Diana Saverin is attending Yale. Becca Hazlett visited Liesl Morris at Univ. of Mich. during preseason. Jake Garfinkel, at Fairfield Univ., is majoring in new media and film. Chelsea Ross is playing on the Franklin & Marshall field hockey team. Last summer I, Kira Parks, visited Alex Hutchinson ’10 in Boise, Idaho, after six weeks of interviewing special needs adults in an art gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. After visiting Alex, I did some exploring of the Grand Canyon with my family. Rafting down the Colo. River and enjoying the red rocks was a great way to pass time before packing up for Villanova. As if it were fate, I arrived at Villanova to discover that Tyler Letarte and Drew Lacaria are living in the same dorm as I am! It is nice to have a little bit of Taft on a big campus.

Former Faculty At the time we went to press, the daughter of Bob Woolsey, who taught at Taft 1952–64, reported that he had a stroke in Sept. but was doing well in a rehab facility. Kathy wrote, “He is able to talk and think very clearly; Mom goes over several times a day. The people are taking very good care of him and it is amazing what four days of therapy can do. He is in good spirits, and they are putting him through his paces—he can now sit up and stand. He appreciates all your thoughts and prayers—I have read them all to him. Each time I tell him who wrote an e-mail he says, ‘No kidding!’ They can be reached at: 1100 Grand Blvd. #335, Boerne, TX 78006, robjos@msn.com.” We are sorry to learn that Thomas Mostrom, who taught Latin (1960–62), passed away in 2005. Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 75


Milestones Marriages 1950 Archibald E. Fletcher to Kathy Moeller September 12, 2009 1978 Lee H. Bristol III to Louise Anderson July 11, 2009 1988 Matthew A. Lieber to Georgia Crowley July 18, 2009 1994 Marilyn Hamilton to Gregory Wotring April 2008 1995 Margaret H. Talbot to Jeff Virchow July 25, 2009

Christina C. Porter to Clifton Dixon Teagle September 26, 2009 2001 Jessica A. Goldmark to Ryan P. Shannon July 18, 2009 2002 Edward G. Allen to Emily Egan August 15, 2009 Emily Harrison Townsend to Nicholas A. Fisser August 1, 2009

Births 1984 Jamie and Reese to Stacy and Ted Kelley April 11, 2008

1989 Wilhelmina to Peter Kruse and Blair G. Campbell August 9, 2009 Lydia MacPherson to Whitney and Brooks M. Gregory July 12, 2009 1991 July Davidson to Monica and Nicholas L. Allen Rhys to Dominic and Hilary Trenkamp Greenwood June 2009 Emeline McLean to Grandison and William N. Offutt V July 2009

1997 Kristofer A. Bagdasarian to Jenny Hwang July 2009

1985 Dylan Riley to Margaret and Thomas A. Carver June 16, 2009

1998 Anne W. Stover to Evan Reece June 2009

Elspeth Abigail Vesper to Victor McSurely and Jane D. Marsching December 10, 2008

Juliet to Aaron and Jenny Schwartz Stone June 19, 2009

2000 Amy L. Pasquariello to Vaughn Millette July 11, 2009

1988 Patric to Cheng Ye and Wei Hua Yan January 2009

1992 Luke Joseph to Michael and Greta Brogna Campanale March 23, 2009

Brooks Hillman to Carter and Talbott Simonds May 16, 2009

Emily Tavenner to Theodore and Margaret Kinder Manuel August 29, 2009

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1995 Beatrice Whitney to Elizabeth and Daniel Oneglia March 17, 2009 Mia Goldye and Anthony James to Amy and Anthony Pasquariello July 10, 2009

Grayson to Lisa and Patrick Taffe July 1, 2009 Dylan to Richard and Jennifer Murphy Wilkinson June 8, 2009 1996 Nathaniel Talbot to Steven and Lauren Hickey Magoun July 9, 2009 Philip to Georgia and Alexander D. Reath June 15, 2009 1997 Madeleine Paige to Shawna and Jeffrey D’Amelia May 22, 2009 2002 Elisa Sophia to Anita Cabreira and William A. Schatz January 30, 2009 Faculty Louise MacLeod to Edie and Mark Traina July 21, 2009

In Memoriam 1935 Bernhard M. Auer July 25, 2009 Carlisle M. Bastian October 2000 1939 Jes Jessen Dall III March 17, 2009 1940 George S. Ives September 8, 2009 John M. Nosworthy August 6, 2009 1941 Richard S. Conklin September 21, 2009

C. Lawrence Keller July 7, 2009 1942 Henry Flesh June 29, 2009 1943 James H. Emison August 30, 2009 1944 Everett H. Herbert April 17, 2009 William A. Pistell September 24, 2009 Joseph H. Pool IV July 3, 2009 1947 William H. Trombley September 6, 2009 1950 Bruce Platt McGhie July 22, 2009 1957 Anthony Read Wight July 3, 2009 1968 Henry L. McClintock Jr. September 22, 2009 Glenn M. Schwetz April 9, 2009 1977 Bruce J. Findlay May 2008 Friends/ Former Faculty Gerald Barbaresi (trustee 1973–77) 1998 Thomas F. Mostrom (Latin, 1960–62) September 2005


in memoriam

Taft Bulletin wishes to express its sincere condolences to all family and friends of the deceased.

Bernhard M. Auer ’35, of Jupiter

Island, Fla., passed away on July 25. He was a former Time magazine publisher and more recently a civic activist. He served as a Taft trustee from 1952 to 1957. In his retirement he founded an organization and a newsletter to fight overdevelopment in Martin County, among other pursuits. Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard wrote, “He loved our open green spaces and our rivers and ocean. He loved our wetlands and uplands, our land uses and density transitions and urban service boundaries and buffers and all our critters, walking, swimming, flying. And what really made Bernie happy was creating campaigns to protect all of these for all of us.” In 2003, Auer created Guardians of the Martin County Comprehensive Growth Management Plan to oppose the Harmony Ranch project, a proposed 4,000-acre city with nearly 900 homes near Hobe Sound, and served as chairman of the group. He is survived by his wife, Carol; children William, Sally and Susan Parks; and grandchildren, including Tyler ’03, Cody ’05 and Nicholas ’11.

Source: Palm Beach Post

Jes Jessen Dall III ’39, of Stuart, Fla., and Old Greenwich, Conn., passed away on March 17. He graduated from Cornell Univ. He was a decorated veteran of WWII, where he served in the “Super 6th” 231st Heavy Artillery Division during the Battle of the Bulge and across Europe. He worked at Union Carbide for many years and participated in the chemical engineering of several components utilized by NASA during the Apollo program in the ’60s. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a custom home builder

34 years ago and started Clarke Builders, and was also the past chairman of Scholz Design. He was a longtime member of the Riverside Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife, Clare, son David and four grandchildren He was predeceased by his son, Jon. Source: Greenwich Time (Conn.)

George S. Ives ’40, of Sarasota, Fla.,

passed away on Sept. 8. He graduated from Dartmouth with an A.B. and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. In WWII he was a deck officer on a landing craft for infantry and commanding officer of a landing ship for tanks. He later earned a law degree from Cornell and was admitted to the N.Y. State Bar. He became a legal asst. to Paul Herzog, chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, before becoming an assoc. attorney with Simpson, Thatcher and Bartlett. In 1953, he became legal counsel to U.S. Sen. Irving Ives of N.Y. He was admitted to the Bar in D.C. in 1959, and went into private practice in law and labor relations there. From 1969 through 1981, he was appointed to the National Mediation Board by three U.S. presidents for four terms as member, with five of those years as chairman. After moving to Sarasota in 1981, he became active in the community as a yearround citizen for more than 30 years. In addition to being a labor and commercial arbitrator, he served as dir. and chairman of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, dir. and pres. of the New College Library Assoc., dir. and pres. of the Ivy League Club, and pres. of the Plymouth Harbor Residents’ Assoc. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Barbara, daughters Elizabeth Hamme and Nancy and two granddaughters.

John M. Nosworthy ’40, of

Kilmarnock, Va., and formerly of Greenwich, Conn., passed away on Aug. 6. At Taft, he was the varsity basketball captain in 1940. A graduate of Rutgers and a WWII veteran, he started his career on Wall Street and retired in 1984 as the CEO of the Eastern Savings Bank of N.Y. He served and officiated as chairman on the boards of the Salvation Army and CBC Corp. He is survived by sons Alan and Paul, daughters Suzy Adams and Anne Carter Fish and their families. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Susanne, and a son, Scott.

Source: Greenwich Time (Conn.)

Richard S. Conklin ’41 passed away on

Sept. 21. At Taft he played varsity ice hockey and later earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He was a WWII veteran, having served with the Army’s Special Services in the European Theater. He was the owner and operator of Dick Conklin Men’s Shop 1949–51; general merchandise mgr. for Danks and Co. 1951–75 and volunteer executive dir. of the Mifflin-Juniata Chamber of Commerce, following his retirement from Danks and Co. He was a member of the Lewistown Presbyterian Church, where he was a former trustee, and served on the Cemetery Committee. He also served on the board of Lewistown Child Welfare and the Lewistown AA. He loved to travel, especially cruises, and visited many countries. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anne; sons Randy, Kenneth and William ’81; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Source: The Sentinel (Pa.)

Source: Herald Tribune (Fla.)

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in Memoriam C. Lawrence “Larry” Keller ’41 passed away in his beloved Green Mountains on July 7. A longtime resident of Short Hills, N.J., and Londonderry, Vt., he served in WWII as a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard for four years. Having never attended college, he especially cherished his Taft education and repaid his debt of gratitude with a lifetime of alumni service. He served as head class agent and class secretary. He worked with his father, Charles, at Keller Realty in NYC until 1968, when he set up offices in Hackensack and Princeton, specializing in industrial and commercial real estate. Keller was the former dir. of the Real Estate Board of N.Y., past pres. of the Industrial Real Estate Brokers Assoc. of N.Y. and a member of the Society of Industrial Realtors. He was instrumental in developing the Princeton Forrestal Center and was founding partner of the Carnegie Center also in Princeton. Although a builder by trade, he was a naturalist by heart. His numerous backpacking adventures took him across the U.S. with treks through many wilderness areas. He skippered numerous yachting voyages throughout the Caribbean and was an avid birder. A dedicated environmentalist, he understood that conservation and economic development can’t get along without each other. Focusing on the preservation of N.J. forestlands, he served on the board of the N.J. Conservation Foundation for 18 years and as board pres. for four. Michele Byers of the NJCF spoke of their loss, “Larry Keller was absolutely the most passionate advocate for land conservation I have ever met. He inspired us to take on and achieve many land preservation successes.” He was a former chairman of the board of McBurney YMCA of N.Y., pres. of Presbyterian Homes of N.J. and active with Cheshire Homes. In Milburn Township, he served as pres. of the Board of Adjustment and as a member of the Planning Board. He was a member of Baltusrol Golf Club, Short Hills Club, Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vt., Sankaty Head Golf Club in Nantucket, Mass., and the Tuscarora Club in Margaretville, N.Y. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara, and children Cord ’69, James, Nicholas, Linny Andlinger and four grandchildren. Source: Rutland Herald (Vt.)

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Henry Flesh ’42, of Minnetonka, Minn., formerly of Piqua, Ohio, passed away on June 29. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in WWII as a navigator on a B-24 based in Italy. Formerly in the textile business, since moving to Minn. 40 years ago, he devoted his life to service in the community. He is survived by wife, Anice, and other family members too numerous to mention and many friends. He was predeceased by son Henry Jr. ’66. Source: Star Tribune (Minn.)

James H. Emison ’43, of Southbury, Conn., passed away on Aug. 30. He graduated from DePauw Univ. and Harvard Graduate School of Business. While at DePauw he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity; he was also enrolled in the Navy V12 program, which led to his commission and service aboard the USS Stoddard (DD 566) in WWII, serving with the Pacific fleet. He began his career with Uniroyal (U.S. Rubber Co.) in Naugatuck, progressing over the years to become the corporate comptroller before retiring after 35 years. He was chairman of the Waterbury Area American Red Cross; pres. of the Pomperaug Woods Board of Directors; chairman of the Waterbury Foundation Grants Committee; chairman of the Middlebury Planning and Zoning Commission; treas. and trustee of Middlebury Congregational Church; and pres. and treas. of Highfield Country Club. He also served as chair for two Taft reunions. Besides his wife of 61 years, Eileen, he leaves sons James, David and Mark R; daughter Susan; four grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; a nephew and nieces. His older brothers, John, Richard and Robert preceded him in death. Source: Voices (Conn.)

Everett H. Herbert ’44, of Fairfield, Conn., passed away on April 17. He was a decorated WWII veteran who served in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and multiple Prisoner of War Medals. He is survived by children William, Diane Zdrodowski, Patricia Geraghty and Nancy Denman; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Source: Conn. Post

William A. Pistell ’44, of Owings Mills, Md., passed away on Sept. 24. At Taft he was a Papyrus editor, a member of the Glee Club and Oriocos, the football and track teams and wrestling squad. He attended Princeton and NYU’s Graduate School of Business. He served on the United Fund, the boards of the Red Cross and the Printing Industries of Md. In addition to teaching Sun. school for many years, he served twice on the vestry of his church. He was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and also enjoyed tennis, hiking, fishing, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Christine; sons Christopher and William; and grandchildren Johanna Schmitz ’04 and Christopher. He was predeceased by brothers John ’40, Robert ’41 and Richard ’46. Joseph H. Pool IV ’44 passed away on July 3. He lived most of his life in Kingston and Pocono Lake Preserve, Pa., moving to Sea Island, Ga., on retirement. He attended Brown Univ. and the insurance school of INA. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Infantry and the U.S. Army Air Corps. He taught gunnery and saw duty in the Philippines and Okinawa. He escorted the first U.S. troops into Japan for the occupation and was one of the first soldiers to see Hiroshima after the bombing. He was the owner of the J. Henry Pool Insurance and Pool Realty companies. He belonged to and was former pres. of the Independent Insurance Agents of Wyo. Valley and also of the Greater WilkesBarre Board of Realtors. An avid golf and tennis player, he was a long-standing member of the Sea Island Club. He was a past chairman of the Boy Scout Council and a member of the King David Lodge, Caldwell Consistory, Irem Temple AANOMS, Westmoreland Club, Wyo. Valley Country Club and Moselem Springs Country Club. He loved working on “Jessie,” his 1931 Model A roadster. He is survived by his former wife, Marian; daughters Susan Moses, Sydney Scarborough, and Deborah Wurzel; son Joseph V; a brother, Fred; and a sister, Nancy Hewson; and five grandchildren. Source: Times Leader (Pa.)


William H. Trombley ’47, a veteran journalist and education analyst who wrote for Life magazine and the LA Times during a five-decade career, passed away on Sept. 6 in Calif. At the Times, where he was a reporter for nearly 30 years starting in 1964, he was known for reshaping the paper’s coverage of higher education, starting on the beat during a tumultuous period when the Free Speech Movement was roiling college campuses from Calif. to N.Y. He also covered lower education issues like the desegregation lawsuits that brought busing to LA schools and prickly battles over bilingual education. “He was thought of as the dean…the best higher education writer over that period of time in the country,” said Patrick Callan, pres. of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, a San Jose think tank where Trombley founded and edited an influential quarterly called National CrossTalk after leaving the Times. With a bachelor’s in history from Johns Hopkins and a master’s in journalism from Columbia, he launched an eight-year career at Life in 1953, working in the magazine’s NYC and Chicago offices before heading its SF bureau. After brief stints as bureau chief at Hugh Hefner’s short-lived Show magazine and assoc. editor and contributing writer at the Saturday Evening Post, he joined the Times as an education writer and was immediately swept up in coverage of the student protests of the 1960s. Trombley was scholarly and also dry-witted, often leavening his stories with humorous observations. “Once upon a time a student could walk to any spot on campus in 10 minutes. Now he would need a personal monorail system,” he wrote in a 1965 article about how unwieldy growth had turned UC’s flagship campus at Berkeley into a “vast, perplexing, impersonal” institution and hotbed of student unrest. He remained on the education beat for 11 years, switching to general assignment in 1975 and urban affairs in 1984. During his last three years at the Times, he reported from the Sacramento bureau. Whatever his official beat, he always returned to education stories and won a number of prizes, including the John Swett Award for Media Excellence from the Calif. Teachers Assn. in 1983. In addition to his wife of 55 years, Audrey, he is survived by daughters Patricia Ball and Suzanne Rice of LA and two grandchildren. Source: LA Times

Bruce Platt McGhie ’50, of East Haddam, Conn., passed away on July 22. He was graduated from Harvard in 1954. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1955, and shortly after he received a military related injury that left him a quadriplegic at the age of 22. After leaving the military, he joined his father at McGhie Assoc. in Manhattan and was the pres. of the co. when he retired in 2000. He was a senior warden at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC and upon moving to East Haddam in 1981, became a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Among his many accomplishments, Bruce was the publisher of the church newsletter, served on the board of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, and was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc. He was the first quadriplegic sailplane pilot in the world and was the longest lived quadriplegic to date. Bruce was also a published author, accomplished photographer and artist and a world traveler. He served as a Taft class agent in the 1990s. With his wife of 53 years, Barbara, he is survived by daughter Anne Walls; son John ’80; three grandchildren; brother, J. Alexander ’48; and two nieces and two nephews.

Sept. 22. He had a curiosity for life in many fields, including medical science, music and his own backyard. After completing a medical residency in radiology at Maine Medical Center in Portland, he married and bought a farm in West Bath, where they had mules, donkeys, goats, horses and two family dogs. He and his wife Frances put the land in a conservation easement to preserve the property for their daughters. “He really loved where we lived and nature. He did a lot to preserve the land, to make sure it stayed that way for us and make sure it was there for us,” said his youngest daughter, Mary. He played the piano and organ, and daughter Claire said, “He was always getting one obscure instrument after another and trying to learn how to play it.” His daughter, Ellen, said they shared times with him sailing near their home, where he would take out a small 420 sailboat that “goes way too fast,” and sail up the river. “It would sometimes capsize in the middle of the river, so we’d have to be on call at home to go out and rescue him,” she said. He practiced radiology for 30 years at Bath Memorial, Regional Memorial, Parkview and Mid Coast hospitals.

Source: LymeLine.com

Source: Portland Press Herald

Anthony Read Wight ’57, of CrotonOn-Hudson, N.Y., passed away on July 3. He attended Dartmouth College and, upon graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to language school in Monterey, Calif., where he became fluent in Serbo-Croatian. After service in Europe, Tony began a long career in advertising. He was an executive at Foote, Cone and Belding, Papert, Koenig and Lois, Ketcham, MacLeod and Grove, and Needham and Grohman. Wight was a dedicated volunteer at the Teatown Lake Reservation, a nature preserve and education center. His first wife, Catherine, died in 1998. He is survived by their daughter, Alison, his wife, Susan Salzburg, and his sister, Judith Werben.

Glenn M. Schwetz ’68, of Conway, Mass., passed away on April 9. He was a scholar, poet, athlete and carpenter. At Taft he was a varsity hockey player, active in theater and graduated second in his class. He graduated from Harvard, magna cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa, in 1973. During the ’70s, he owned a restaurant in Austin, Texas, and in the ’80s relocated to western Mass., where he concentrated on his poetry and other writings. He also pursued his love of woodworking and carpentry and many local homes benefited from his skills. In his leisure time, he enjoyed gardening, playing guitar, musical composition and spending a month each winter on Anna Maria Island, Fla. In recent years, he was an active member of the Shakespeare Fellowship organization devoted to attributing the works of Shakespeare to Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.

Source: N.Y. Times

Henry L. “Scott” McClintock Jr. ’68, of West Bath, Maine, passed away on

Source: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Mass.)


from the ARCHIVES

Thunder and Stagecraft for Sun-Up On February 24, 1935, the Taft Dramatic Association, under the direction of science teacher Robert Olmstead, put on Sun-Up (1932), a play by Lula Vollmer. This was the Golden Age of dramatic stagecraft at Taft (with apologies to Rick Doyle), when English teacher and “aesthete” Rollo DeWilton directed set design, taking full advantage of the new, state-of-the-art Bingham Auditorium’s backstage apparatus. The results were always elegant and real-life. An article in the Papyrus of the time describes the effort to create the World War Iera, North Carolina log cabin interior and the atmospheric effects of the mountain setting. “…flats are divided into doors and windows… and painted. The fireplace…is made of boxes 80 Taft Bulletin Fall 2009

covered with canvas frames, with bulges here and there to give it the lifelike appearance of hewn stone…Lighting effects are created from an intricate switchboard system, by throwing certain lights on an external blue cyclorama in order to suggest bright daylight…” Stage crew made the sounds of a heavy windstorm by turning a drum of slats at high speed over a canvas-covered frame. “Thunder is created by merely pounding on a sheet of tin.” And to complete the sensory experience, “members of the cast will cook bacon and other food…on a small electric grill placed inside the fireplace.” —Alison Gilchrist, Leslie Manning Archives

n The hillbilly Widow Cagle (played by Robert Chapman ’36), grieving the death of her son in the war, hears his voice telling her to spare the life of the stranger (Henry Bertram ’36), whose father killed her husband, since the act would only be of the same blind nature. Also shown are Bud (Charles Coit ’35) and Emmy (John Packard ’37).


Blake Joblin ’13

Mark W. Potter ’48 Gallery 2009–10 Season

September 1 to 26 Taft Visual Arts Students 2008–09 Taft Student Work in Drawing, Design, Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Ceramics

November 6 to December 4 Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are Art from the Juvenile Justice System and Beyond www.artisticnoise.org Opening reception November 6

October 2 to 31 Susan Mastrangelo: Slice of Life Rockwell Visiting Artist www.susanmastrangelo.com

December/January 2009 Student Work Taft Student Work in Drawing, Design, Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Ceramics

January 29 to March 5, 2010 Greenswards, New Work by Nancy Friese Tremendous Trees, Bending Skies and Greenswards Rockwell Visiting Artist www.nancyfriese.com This exhibition is funded by the Andrew R. Heminway ’47 Endowment Fund. Opening reception January 29

March 26 to April 24 Celia Gerard ’91: Drawings www.celiagerard.com Opening reception March 26 April 29 to June 29 Eladio Fernandez ’85 Caribbean Landscape Photography www.eladiofernandez.com Opening reception April 29


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