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The “Making T.I.M.E.” teachers, including John Mueser, try to guide students toward solutions without actually doing the work for them.
FEATURE Learning at Riverdale
02 | Learning How the Brain Works Allows Fifth Graders to Better Understand the Need for Character Lessons
Vertical Science Curriculum Integration Aligning learning principles and outcomes from Pre-K through Grade 12.
04 | Making T.I.M.E. for a New Lower School Initiative
Conversations About Racism
06 | Teachers in All Three Divisions Work Together on Vertical Science Curriculum Integration
Exploring race and social justice issues in the Middle and Upper Schools.
08 | Student Scientists Share Research, Ideas at National Conference 11 | Conversations About Racism 16 | “I See You:” Dismantling the Politics of Invisibility
The RCS Community 19 | Kaila Colbin ’91 Delivers 2015 Commencement Address R+ The Riverdale Campaign 20 | Construction Update 22 | Riverdale Relationships Have Shaped Alumnus’ Life 23 | Alumna Recognizes Riverdale for Teaching Her About Giving Back Riverdale Alumni 24 | Class Notes Riverdale Faculty IBC | 3URĲOH-\RWL*RSDO
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Learning How the Brain Works Allows Fifth Graders to Better Understand the Need for
CHARACTER LESSONS Do you remember the anti-drug public service commercial, â€œThis is your brain on drugs?â€? If you do, you will appreciate Lower School teacher Meg Krauseâ€™s pilot program IRUÄ˛IWKJUDGHUVĂľ7KLV,V
After participating in Angela Duckworthâ€™s Talks for Teachers series for K-12 educators last yearâ€”in which the University of Pennsylvania psychology professor focused on character strengths and why and how to teach themâ€”Lower School teacher Meg .UDXVHGHFLGHGWRGHYHORSDXQLWIRUÄ˛IWK graders called â€œLearning and the Brain.â€? She explains: â€œThe introductory lessons involve activities to help students understand how their brains learn and the brainâ€™s plasticity. Then, lessons about the growth mindset highlight the importance of optimism and persistence to help students
build the competencies to work hard toward a goal and stick with it.â€? One of the reasons Krause is developing this XQLWLVEHFDXVHVKHZDQWVKHUÄ˛IWKJUDGHUVWR really understand the character part of the schoolâ€™s mission to develop studentsâ€™ mind, character, and community. â€œI felt like we were telling them [about the character strengths]. The students know what they are but they arenâ€™t living it. If they understand the growth mindset and neuroscience then they can better understand the character work,â€? Krause explains.
Your Brain on Math.â€? In it, Krause and her coteacher, Richard Layne, aim to connect science, technology, and engineering concepts with lessons about character strengths such as optimism, self-control, and perseverance.
A wall in the 5KL classroom is dedicated to the words and pictures critical to learning about the brain.
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Dovetailing with this is a yearlong science curriculum Layne and Krause are developing together called â€œThis is Your Brain on Math.â€? The pair â€œwanted to create an engaging and interactive unit that integrates science, technology, and HQJLQHHULQJDQGWKDWZRUNVZLWKRXUÄ˛IWKJUDGH theme of connections,â€? Krause says, adding that VLQFHWKHÄ˛IWKJUDGHVFLHQFHFXUULFXOXPLVDERXW the systems of the body, â€œitâ€™s a nice connection to show how the brain is involved in all the body systems.â€? The end goal is to build a 2D brain model and a 3D brain model using simple circuits and coding software. Part of this model building occurred during this yearâ€™s Lower School Project-Based Learning (PBL) :HHN$SULO0D\ ZKHQDQXPEHURIÄ˛IWK graders spent the week engaged in learning about â€œhow the brain works and what parts of the brain are in charge of behavior, movement, and emotions. Youâ€™ll be learning how the brain learns, and how the brain interacts with other body systems. Basically, youâ€™ll learn about how amazing your brain is!â€? according to the project GHVFULSWLRQVKDUHGZLWKÄ˛IWKJUDGHUVZKLFKDGGHG â€œBuild a giant brain! Make it move! Watch your brain compete in [the First Annual Lindy 500], the Middle/Upper School Kinesthetic Eventâ€”thatâ€™s ULJKWDVÄ˛IWKJUDGHUVZHKDYHWKHFKDQFHWR participate in this!â€?
impassioned PhD student. Then, it was Riverdaleâ€™s turn to lead a show-and-tell session with Yaleâ€™s neuroscientists. One student presented a robot simulation of neurons in the amygdala. She explained that the robots were in danger from DÄ˛UHWKDWWKH robots would cry out in distress, and that one robot would rescue the other, and both would sigh in relief. Danger, she explained, causes neurons in the amygdala to Ä˛UHĂąWKHÄłLJKWRUÄ˛JKWUHDFWLRQZHDOONQRZ2QH professor, shaking his head in wonder, said, â€œWhen I was her age, I had no idea of robots, or coding, or that there was a thing called the amygdala.â€?
It may not look like much in this photo, but this is the larger-than-life 3D brain that was built by students during Lower School Project-Based Learning Week. It was later painted and entered LQWRWKHÄ˛UVWDQQXDO/LQG\ 500 kinetic sculpture race.
VISIT WITH YALE NEUROSCIENTISTS One of the highlights of this PBL Week course was DÄ˛HOGWULSWR<DOHWRPHHWZLWKQHXURVFLHQWLVWV and conduct brain experiments. In a letter to the parents whose children participated in the trip, Krause and Layne noted, â€œ[The] visit to Yale ZDVVRLQVSLULQJVRÄ˛OOHGZLWKOHDUQLQJDQG the comments the kids received from the Ph.D. students and medical school professors were so FRPSOLPHQWDU\$Q\Ä˛HOGWULSWKDWLQFOXGHVDMRE RÄąHUWRDVWXGHQWIURPDOHDGLQJQHXURVFLHQWLVWKDV to count as a pretty good day.â€? Riverdale students learned about cutting-edge research in single neuron studies from an
Nineteen students traveled to Yale University during the Lower School Project-Based Learning Week to learn more about neuroscience and conduct brain experiments.
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Making T.I.M.E. for a New Lower School Initiative
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A new program is teaching fifth graders problem-solving skills while allowing them hands-on opportunities in coding, circuitry, and model building. Fail often, fail fast, and let your imagination run wild. Thatâ€™s the basic idea behind â€œMaking T.I.M.E.,â€? a new course DWWKH/RZHU6FKRROWKDWDOORZVÄ˛IWKJUDGHUVWRHQJDJHLQDVHULHVRIUHODWHGWLQNHULQJDFWLYLWLHVXVLQJGHVLJQ making, testing, and troubleshooting skills while exploring and evolving solutions to challenging problems. Playing on the idea that students and faculty need to â€œmake timeâ€? for Tinkering, Innovating, Making, Exploring and Experimenting, the â€œMaking T.I.M.E.â€? name also is indicative of the Lower Schoolâ€™s emphasis on hands-on learning, in which mistakes can (and should!) be made so that students can learn from these errors. â€œWeâ€™re trying to create a culture where students donâ€™t VD\Ă˛,ĂłPVWXFNĂłDQGWKHQORRNIRUVRPHRQHWRÄ˛[WKH problem for them,â€? explains Melissa Carver, a Lower School health and physical education teacher who is one of three seasoned educators who are piloting the â€œMaking T.I.M.E.â€? program. â€œWe want them to be able WRÄ˛[LWWKHPVHOYHVRUORRNWRDSDUWQHURUWKHLUVPDOO group for help before coming to one of the teachers.â€?
using the Dash and Dot robots to simulate how the brain works; programming brain simulations using iPad Minis and the Blockly programming app to show QHXURQVÄ˛ULQJDQGEXLOGLQJEDOORRQSRZHUHGDQG solar-powered cars to study force, motion, and energy.
2QHRIWKHÄłDVKLHVW projects (pun intended) the students worked on was a t-shirt that featured sewn circuits that could be programmed to OLJKWXSLQGLÄąHUHQW sequences.
Lower School STEAM Integrator Laurie Bartels agrees. â€œThis class is more about the process than the end project, and itâ€™s sometimes hard for the students to understand that. But our hope is that by gently guiding and facilitating, the students will learn to problem solve on their own.â€? John Mueser, the third â€œMaking T.I.M.E.â€? teacher and another Lower School STEAM Integrator, says he has VHHQDPDUNHGFKDQJHLQWKHÄ˛IWKJUDGHUVWKLV\HDUDV a result of this program. â€œThey now feel comfortable taking risks and learning from their mistakes. They know how to better cope with frustration.â€? The projects the students worked on this year had an undeniable â€œcool factor,â€? which helped motivate the students. Among the projects: using sewn circuits to decorate t-shirts that light up; coding with Scratch programming; making Scribble Bots; creating anatomical models of the brain and other body parts using paper circuits and Makey Makey circuit boards;
Students in the â€œMaking T.I.M.E.â€? program learn to collaborate and problem-solve rather than look to their teachers for answers.
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fter several years of cross-divisional collaboration, the science teachers on both campuses are introducing a re-imagined curriculum that aligns learning principles and outcomes from Pre-K through Grade 12. In 2012 the Next Generation Science Standards were released, and they were the inspiration for Riverdale’s decision to vertically integrate the science curriculum across both campuses and all three divisions. Karen Fierst, the Lower School’s Assistant Head for Curriculum and Academic Programs, and Michele Blum, then-Chair of the Science Department, worked with a professional development planning team consisting of science teachers in all three divisions, including Phoebe Coles, John Saunders, Debbie Wing, and Jyoti Gopal, among others. These teachers, along with Fierst, Blum, and current-Chair of the Science Department Kelly Tracy, continue to meet several times a year to discuss ways to enhance and improve Riverdale’s science curriculum. Fierst notes that in this model the process was “more faculty driven than top-down,” allowing the science teachers to shape the curriculum. Re-examining the science curriculum across the divisions provided an opportunity for the team to discuss what outcomes were expected at
TEACHERS IN ALL THREE DIVISIONS WORK TOGETHER ON
VERTICAL SCIENCE each grade level, as well as what practices were good to emphasize. Through it all, faculty wanted to be sure they were linking content to learning principles that serve the desired outcomes. Tracy says that as she enters her second year as chair of the science department, she has been “starting to think about the way in which we teach science in the Middle and Upper Schools. It had been more info-driven, and we want to change the approach to science so that it is student-centered, inquiry-driven, and constructivist.”
Two-pronged approach to science To do that, Riverdale is using a two-pronged approach. “There has been an exponential growth of information in science, and with this rapid increase in content knowledge we need to be selective with what
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Second graders learn about force and motion by making their own car using a rubber-band propeller; when they are in the Upper School, these same students will further their knowledge of these physics concepts by working on more sophisticated projects.
we teach, content-wise,â€? Tracy says. The inquiry-driven approach to uncovering content (instead of just telling it to students) means it takes longer to teach a topic but the reward is that the knowledge is more enduring for students. â€œHow do we make decisions about whatâ€™s most important to teach? We need to build on what they are already learning so the science experience is more cohesive,â€? Tracy explains. â€œWe need to all be in alignment. For example, if we think photosynthesis is importantâ€”and we do because we need to solve the issue of global warmingâ€”we need to build the groundwork in the Lower School and build on it in the Middle and Upper Schools. We are working on making that happen with this vertical science integration.â€? The other piece is that with rapid changes in technology and the explosion of content available 24/7 on the Internet, it is more important than ever to think like a scientist and analyze critically. â€œStudents need to think about science as a process, not a collection of facts,â€? Tracy says. The beauty of vertical integration is that while students are building on top of things theyâ€™ve learned when younger, they donâ€™t do the same activities in the Lower School and Middle School. So while they may delve more deeply into a subject they have encountered before, they donâ€™t do the same labs or go over the material in the same way. And while the new standards have helped Riverdale develop a core FXUULFXOXPWKH\KDYHDOVROHIWURRPIRUVRPHÄłH[LELOLW\VRWKDWWHDFKHUVZLWK VSHFLÄ˛FSDVVLRQVFDQWHDFKWKHUHTXLUHGVFLHQFHVNLOOVXVLQJFRQWHQWWKDWWKH\ enjoy teaching.
Students in Grade 4 enjoy working on hands-on projects where they can really dig in and get their hands dirty (puns intended).
CURRICULUM INTEGRATION Tracy is excited about the implementation of the new standards and curriculum. â€œThe new biology curriculum this year is a new instructional model built around a series of steps. Teachers access studentsâ€™ prior knowledge, uncovering misconceptions, and then engage interest with a real-world scenario/connection. Classes are largely discussion-based, with the students driving class. Itâ€™s more interesting for them that way.â€? The physics classes are already inquiry based, so next on the agenda is the chemistry curriculum, which is scheduled to be implemented for 2016-17. There also are continuing discussions about integrating the Middle School science curriculum rather than focusing on earth science in sixth grade, life science in seventh grade, and physical science in eighth grade (as the curriculum is currently structured); plans are to implement the Middle School science curriculum in 2016-17 as well. 0LGGOH6FKRROVWXGHQWVLQ*UDGHWHVWWKHVFLHQWLÄ˛FWKHRU\ using an eggmobile.
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Student Scientists Share Research, Ideas at National Conference AT THE 2015 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE IN SAN JOSE, THOUSANDS OF SCIENTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD GATHERED TO SHARE NEWS AND TALK SHOP IN THE HIGHLY SPECIALIZED SHORTHAND OF THEIR FIELDS.
Nobel Prize winners hobnobbed with researchers, professors, SROLF\PDNHUVDQGVWXGHQWVVHHNLQJRXWWKHÄ˛QHSRLQWVRI experimental data as well as global trends related to health, climate, and technology.
engineering, who co-chaired a session with Cox about computer science and engineering and then went with the group on a tour of Stanford, where they visited the SLAC National Accelerator and other university facilities (see sidebar opposite).
Joining the conversations were 14 Riverdale students who SUHVHQWHGWKHÄ˛QGLQJVRIUHVHDUFKWKH\FRQGXFWHGDW5LYHUGDOH and other institutions in New York City. Accompanied by Dr. Rachel Cox, an Upper School science teacher and the director of the Summer Science Research Program, the students got a taste of the excitement that scientists derive from being at a conference and discussing their work.
&R[DVNHGWKHVWXGHQWVWRUHFRUGUHÄłHFWLRQVIURPWKHH[SHULHQFH Here are some excerpts:
â€œI kid them a little bit when I say, â€˜This is what scientists call fun: Going to a meeting, exchanging ideas, staying up late talking about ZKDWWKH\DUHWU\LQJWRÄ˛JXUHRXWĂ‘Ăś&R[VDLGĂľ$ORWRIWKHPDFWXDOO\ got that when you go back to your life, and you try to tell your friends what happened, they are not going to quite understand that you went to a science meeting and actually had fun.â€? The theme of this yearâ€™s conference, â€œInnovations, Information, and Imaging,â€? focused on how advances in technology are creating new possibilities for interpreting data across disciplines and solving SUREOHPVLQPRUHHÄ´FLHQWZD\V
$IWHU,Ä˛QLVKHGP\SUHVHQWDWLRQHYHU\VFLHQWLVWFRPPHQGHGPH IRUWKHFODULW\ZLWKZKLFK,VKDUHGP\ZRUNDQGIRUP\DELOLW\WR PDNHWKHPDWHULDOĂľFRPHWROLIHĂśDQGDSSHDUH[FLWLQJDQGUHOHYDQW That compliment is really directed at you, Dr. Cox. Your emphasis RQUHOD\LQJRXUPHVVDJHLQDZD\WKDWZLOODSSHDOWRVFLHQWLÄ˛FDQG lay audiences really helped me connect with the members at AJAS and AAAS. This sentiment was reinforced when the New York kids had the amazing opportunity to eat dinner with Dr. Jamie Vernon, the keynote speaker on the last day and the Editor-in-Chief of American Scientist. He continually preached that it is mandatory WKDWVFLHQWLÄ˛FUHVHDUFKEHPDGHDFFHVVLEOHWRWKHJHQHUDOSXEOLF
The Riverdale students were joined by Henry Magun â€™13, a freshman at Stanford University with an interest in mechanical
At my â€œBreakfast with Scientistsâ€? event, I sat with Dr. Richard Wiggins. Talking with Dr. Wiggins was especially gratifying. His kind
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nature and ability to crack a few jokes made it a pleasure to speak with him. Dr. Wiggins also had a great message: It is okay to change your career many times. He emphasized that people change preferences and interests frequently, and that one does not need to be stuck in terms of his or her research focus. In addition, Dr. Wiggins stated that it is okay to think strategically in terms of money and income ZKHQGHFLGLQJEHWZHHQGLÄąHUHQWMREV,WZDVDUHOLHI to hear someone discuss the practicality of a career in science, and that itâ€™s not all just blind â€œhope of solving the worldâ€™s issues.â€? Lastly, this conference demonstrated that social LQWHOOLJHQFHLVIDUPRUHLPSRUWDQWWKDQVFLHQWLÄ˛F intelligence. Many of the kids at the conference had such amazing research that it was hard to believe that they were only 12 through 18 years old, and not 30-somethings with post-docs and PhDs. Some of these kids, however, just could not connect with other kids or adults. Other scientists, such as us, may not have had groundbreaking, cancer-curing research, but we were able to really make friendships and relationships with our peers from other states and with our chaperones. In doing so, we were able WROHDUQDERXWDOOGLÄąHUHQWNLQGVRIUHVHDUFKDQGKHDU amazing, special anecdotes that gave us an idea of the kind of work that we might like to do in the future. Over the FRXUVHRIWKHWULSDQGKDYLQJUHÄłHFWHGRQWKLVVSHFLDOWULS upon return, it is very clear that having this ability to talk and make connections with others is really by far the most important quality that a scientist can have.
SARAH HORNE â€™15: Technology Holds Hope for the Future 'XULQJWKHSRVWHUVHVVLRQ,ZDVDEOHWRWDONWRDIHZSHRSOH QH[WWRPHZKRKDGDOVRGRQHSV\FKRORJ\UHVHDUFK, OHDUQHGVRPXFKDERXWWKHLUUHVHDUFKZKLFKLQWXUQ VSDUNHGTXHVWLRQVWKDW,ZRXOGOLNHWRORRNLQWRIXUWKHU One moment I remember in particular was when one girl was explaining how she was using audiobooks and music to alter peopleâ€™s dreams. She told me that the idea behind her study was to use her ideas/technology to help people with night terrors. I suggested it could also be used for people VXÄąHULQJIURP3RVW7UDXPDWLF6WUHVV'LVRUGHUDQGVKHZDV
ALUMNUS JOINS RCS STUDENTS AT A A A S C O N V E N T I O N Riverdale connections turn up all over the world, and San Jose was no exception. When Henry Magun â€™13, now a freshman at Stanford University, heard from Dr. Rachel Cox that she was bringing students to the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference (AAAS), he wanted to take part as well. So he called the organizers for the high school program, the American Junior Academy of Sciences $-$6 DQGRÄąHUHGWRKHOSRXW Having presented his research at two previous AJAS meetings in Vancouver and Boston, Magun is considered a â€œlifetime AJAS Fellow.â€™â€™ The conference needed someone to chair a round-table discussion on research in computer science and engineering, so he teamed up with Dr. Cox to lead the session. At Riverdale, Magun worked for three consecutive years in the Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) on Bronx River environmental toxicology. During his last two years in the program he worked as an intern, helping to train younger students. In 2012, he and Dr. Rachel Cox, an Upper School science teacher and the director of the SSRP, received a granted from the Marjot Foundation, DQRQSURÄ˛WDJHQF\WKDWIXQGVKLJKVFKRROUHVHDUFKLQ environmental science. Marjot supported their research on the potential symbiotic relationship of marsh grass to mollusk populations in the environmentally impacted Bronx River Estuary.
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intrigued by my idea, which hadnâ€™t occurred to her. What I realized in this moment was how important it is to share your research with other people, as it may have more applications than we realize. 'XULQJWKHPRUQLQJZKHUHZHZHUHDEOHWRJRWRGLÄąHUHQW AAAS lectures, I went to one called, â€œResolution Medical Images for Saving Lives.â€? The idea behind Dan Fletcherâ€™s talk was to use mobile phones to increase diagnosis for infectious and noninfectious diseases in developing countries. It amazed me that high-resolution imaging from a mobile device could be used WRPDNHDQDXWRPDWHGGLDJQRVLVZLWKWKHVDPHVSHFLÄ˛FLW\DVLILW were a human reader. Given the terrible outbreak of Ebola last year, technology like this could be life saving and have huge implications for many people right now. Seeing cutting-edge technology that could save so many lives was really inspiring.
ROBERT PRONER â€™15: A Life in Science 7KLVFRQIHUHQFHKHOSHGPHUHFRJQL]HDQGDSSUHFLDWHZKDWD OLIHWLPHFDUHHULQVFLHQFHZRXOGORRNOLNH,FDQSLQSRLQWWKH PRPHQWRQWKLVWULSZKHQ,UHDOL]HGWKLVZDVZKDW,ZDQWHGWR GRIRUWKHUHVWRIP\OLIH It was during our tour of Stanford, when we were in the anatomy lab and we got to see a cross section of a human heart. The doctor was explaining how they take a blood vessel from the leg in order to perform a triple bypass. It was actually seeing what we learn about in biology class that made me 100 percent sure that I want to go into medicine. While it was cool to present my research to kids and scientists from all over the country, it was even more interesting to see what these UHVHDUFKHUVKDGWRRÄąHU,ZDVVRLPSUHVVHGE\WKHUHVHDUFKWKH\ DUHGRLQJ2QHVWXGHQWLQP\VHVVLRQKDGDGLÄąHUHQWSURVWKHWLF solution to the same arthritic problem that I tackled in my research, and another student used the same stem cells as I did for the application of burn wounds. Where else in the entire world would I have the opportunity to meet and talk to students who are doing VXFKVLPLODUUHVHDUFKZLWKVXFKGLÄąHUHQWFUHDWLYHDSSURDFKHV"
MADELEINE GOLDBERG â€™16: We are the Future of Science 'XULQJDĂľ%UHDNIDVW:LWK6FLHQWLVWVĂśSURJUDP,KDGWKHIRUWXQH RIGLQLQJZLWK3KLO6KDUSWKHSUHVLGHQWRI$$$6DQGD1REHO ODXUHDWH:KLOH,PD\QRWKDYHXQGHUVWRRGDOORIZKDWKH FRQYH\HGDERXWKLVFXUUHQWZRUNDW0,7,IHOW,ZDVLQWKH SUHVHQFHRIJUHDWQHVVDQGIRXQGKLVLQWHUHVWLQWKHUHVHDUFKRI KLJKVFKRROVWXGHQWVWREHLQVSLULQJ The clear message conveyed by the accomplished speakers was that as high school students in attendance, we were the future of science. I am passionate about global health issues and the responsibility of my generation to confront them through innovation, research, and policy development. I am particularly interested in the global health threat posed by antimicrobial resistance so it was a lecture given E\'U6DOO\'DYLHVWKHFKLHIPHGLFDORÄ´FHURIWKH8QLWHG.LQJGRP which was most important to me. Dr. Davies described her work with the World Health Organization as well as the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom to end the overuse of antibiotics. What most resonated for me about Dr. Daviesâ€™ presentation was her consideration of antimicrobial resistance from not only a medical standpoint, but also from social, economic, and political ones. She revealed that antibiotic overuse in animals leads to antimicrobial resistance in humans. Recognizing that while DQWLELRWLFWUHDWPHQWLQDQLPDOVLVFRVWHÄąHFWLYHUHVXOWLQJLQKLJKHU SURÄ˛WVIRUIRRGVXSSOLHUVWKHPRUHFULWLFDOUHVXOWLVSHUKDSVWKH biggest global health threat today. The most shocking statistics shared were that doctor prescriptions accompany only 50 percent of the antibiotics sold globally, and approximately 23,000 deaths per year in the United States are caused by sepsis resulting from antibiotic resistant bacteria. I left Dr. Daviesâ€™s lecture considering how I might one day have a role in establishing practices and policies to combat this critical global health threat.
...students got a taste of the excitement that scientists derive from being at a conference and discussing their work.
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CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACISM The Middle and Upper Schools explored race and social justice this year as these issues dominated national headlines.
It was a year in which a series of events changed the way America looked at its past, and knotty questions of â€œwhyâ€? and â€œhowâ€? were being debated in every corner of the school.
ZHUHGLÄ´FXOW\HWPHDQLQJIXODQGLPSRUWDQWĂśVDLG Assistant Head of School/Head of Middle School Milton Sipp. â€œIt gave us a forum to express our ideas, to grapple together, and to ask questions such as, Ă?:K\GRHVWKLVPDWWHUDQGKRZFDQ,SOD\DUROHLQ PDNLQJFKDQJHPDNLQJDGLÄąHUHQFH"Ă‘Ăś
In a three-week period in December, grand juries in Missouri and New York YRWHGQRWWRLQGLFWSROLFHRÄ´FHUVLQWKH deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, triggering a wave of protests across the country and debates here at Riverdale about racial bias and the criminal justice system.
These discussions are not new at Riverdale. As part of its ongoing commitment to â€œchanging the world for the good,â€? the Riverdale Middle and Upper Schools already had plans in place to focus on these topics this year.
â€œThe Eric Garner case forced us to look at out own community here at Riverdale, and in New York City, and it allowed us to have conversations that
The Middle School had a series of speakers, artists, and activists lined up to explore the nature of â€œInvisibilityâ€? (see article on page 16); the Upper more
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Ellen Nachtigall Biben â€™83/Pâ€™19, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan District $WWRUQH\ĂłVRÄ´FH spoke to Upper School students about the GLÄąHUHQFHEHWZHHQ civil courts and criminal courts, and explained that the purpose of the grand jury is to determine whether there LVVXÄ´FLHQWHYLGHQFH to bring a case to trial, and not a determination of guilt or a place to litigate evidence.
6FKRROKDGDÄ´QLW\JURXSVDQGVHUYLFH learning projects devoted to social justice. In September, Sipp led a new service-learning trip to Birmingham, which introduced students to important events in the civil rights movement. In November, the Upper School brought in three anti-racist educators to lead workshops for students and parents on how to have conversations about race across race. But in December, the issue of racism within the criminal justice systemâ€”and more broadly, within our societyâ€”became more urgent. The day after the Garner decision, Upper School Head Kelley Nicholson-Flynn led an open mic, division-wide assembly in which students expressed their feelings about the events. It was followed by a student-led demonstration on Jones Lawn, where the discussion continued.
In the following months, Nicholson-Flynn and Sipp sought to create more opportunities for students to consider the complicated history of race, police attitudes and practices, and the criminal justice system, both within the curriculum and in co-curricular activities. â€œWe are all connected by our humanity,â€? Sipp said, â€œand at the end of the day, and seen through this lens, all lives matter.â€? In the Upper School, Nicholson-Flynn and others organized a series of events to look more deeply at policing and prosecuting crime. The 9th through 12th
â€œI think the open mic after the Eric Garner death and subsequent lack of indictment was a crystallizing moment for our school as it was for our city,â€? said Nicholson-Flynn. â€œEveryone spoke powerfullyâ€”with respect, with curiosity, with frustration, and with a lot of heart. One studentâ€™s demonstration of the reality of white privilege stood out to me as important for many of us, myself included.â€? The conversation continued in classes, in lunch gatherings with students and teachers, and special
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events featuring legal experts, activists, and artists dedicated to social-justice themes.
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grades heard from Ellen Nachtigall Biben â€™83/Pâ€™19, a Riverdale trustee, parent, and former prosecutor, and Samuel Roberts, a public defender for the Legal Aid Society. Lt. Gaby Celiba and Sgt. Dwayne Palmer of the New York City Police Departmentâ€™s school safety and community outreach department came to the school and described how they approach their work and their relationships with citizens. A Yale historian, Beverly Gage, spoke to the 11th JUDGH&RQVWUXFWLQJ$PHULFDFODVVHVDERXWWKHHÄąRUWV of the FBI to discredit Martin Luther King, Jr. through the use of unauthorized wiretaps, which was a pivotal incident in the movie Selma. Her lecture was part of the Reginald E. Zelnik â€™52 Memorial Lecture series. While experts helped to frame the conversation, experiences helped students feel personally connected to the broader themes of racial equality and social justice. Riverdale hosted the Hilltop Diversity Conference for 10 middle schools in January, and the Young Men of Color Conference for 6th through 12th grade students from the metropolitan area in April. ,Q0D\5LYHUGDOHVWXGHQWVSODQQHGDÄ˛HOGGD\ZLWK student leaders from two Bronx schools, PS 279 and 6W,JQDWLXVDQGKRVWHGDÄ˛HOGGD\IRU6DIH3DVVDJH an organization that provides legal representation to unaccompanied minors in the immigration process. more
Scenes from the student-led demonstration on Jones Lawn.
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Samuel Roberts, a defense lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, told Upper School students that “good questions to have” involve how community policing is conducted in this country, whether grand jury secrecy is in the public's best interest, and whether race is a factor in achieving justice.
Especially in the 11th and 12th grades, some students were thinking about their own futures, and how they DVLQGLYLGXDOVFDQDıHFWFKDQJHLQVRFLHW\7KH\SXW that question to Tracey L. Meares, a Yale University law professor and member of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, who came to speak at the invitation of Nicholson-Flynn. “An important aspect of the education here is to get you all to think more broadly and not just about your own personal advancement,” she told them. “When you stand up for reform you are standing up for the highest ideals.” She continued: “It is critical that this happens. Most people aren’t as lucky as you are. They live in communities where there is high crime. They need the protection of the While experts police. If we cannot helped to frame ĲQGDZD\WRHQVXUH that they can avail the conversation, themselves of that experiences protection, then we are not doing our helped students duty as citizens.”
Students in PICA (the Projects in Contemporary Art class) responded to the nonLQGLFWPHQWRI(ULF*DUQHUWKDWVHWRıSURWHVWVDOORYHU1HZ<RUN&LW\DQGEH\RQG Their piece, “Can YOU Breathe,” inverts the widely used phrase, “I can’t breathe.” In this work, the word “you” is a distorting mirror that implicates the viewer.
connected to the broader themes of racial equality and social justice.
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WE ASKED HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL KELLEY NICHOLSON-FLYNN, ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL/HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL MILTON SIPP, AND ASSISTANT HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL/DIRECTOR OF LEARNING RICKY LAPIDUS ABOUT HOW RIVERDALE WILL CONTINUE THE SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK OF THIS YEAR.
NICHOLSON-FLYNN AND LAPIDUS: “We have to continue to help students see how our local, regional, national, and global communities can be better. We have to help them continue to have respectful, productive discussions— even when they disagree. We have to help them take action, whether it is by standing up to be counted in a protest, engaging with lawmakers to enact change, or working through other private or public organizations to ensure the institutions operate in a socially responsible way. And we have to do all of this while they are very busy doing the work of school. “Thoughtful social and political engagement of teenagers says so much
more for their future than any one test or grade ever will. Visitors Sam Roberts, Ellen Biben, Tracey Meares, as well as community liaisons from the NYPD and the 12th grade’s visit to night court to watch arraignments—these are all examples of a school that wants our student body to ask questions and HQJDJHLQGLĴFXOWFRQYHUVDWLRQV:HZLOO continue down that road.”
SIPP: “So much work has been done, and so much still needs to be done. I see us headed in a direction where we continue to push the conversations around social justice, race, class, and gender. A great deal of work has been done in the area of student leadership, and I see our students taking more of an
active/activist role here at school and in the community beyond our walls. “I want to see us create more moments of engagement with each other, where we don’t have to wait for events to push us, but where we can be proactive and have conversations in all aspects of school life. We have a great foundation of talented students, an amazing adult community, and a school mission that will lead us in this direction. In that spirit, there is a great MS student organization called the ‘Change Agents.’ They have donned the capes along these lines, and I look forward to all of us donning the capes and doing this great work with them and together.”
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â€œI See You:â€?
Dismantling the Politics of
INVISIBILITY Assembly program inspires thoughtful discussions among members of the
by Antoinette Quarshie, MS Coordinator of Community Engagement
Middle School community. At the end of the 2013-14 school year, the Community Engagement Team decided that it was time to examine the theme of invisibilityâ€” those things seemingly taken for granted or forgotten within our community. As we thought about the ways in which invisibility speaks to our core cultural LGHQWLÄ˛HUVĂąLQFOXGLQJUDFHFODVVJHQGHUHWKQLFLW\ religion, nationality, and abilityâ€”we realized that for many of the young people in our community, social media has blurred the boundaries between public and private, and between visible and invisible. In addition, we recognized that there were aspects of our identities that were silenced or invisible within the larger school community. We also wanted to think of ways in which invisibility operated at Riverdale as forms of oppression, resistance, and/or community formation. We launched our annual Middle School Community Day last October by exploring the theme of invisibility as it intersects with social media, hoping our students would discover the ways in which social media inspires change. Social media creates new landscapes and communities of belonging that allow us to share stories and connect with each other.
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Following Community Day, we attempted to keep the theme of invisibility alive—and create a larger public conversation—through our assemblies/ X-factor program. Throughout the school year, speakers and other guests were charged with answering the question, “What makes you invisible?” To that end, we invited speakers whose voices we do not always have an opportunity to hear within our community.
to students about her decision to veil as one that created a space of freedom away from an objectifying gaze that allowed her to celebrate her religious identity and maintain her modesty. more
We were especially interested in questions such as “How do we engage in active listening, where we convey to each other, ‘I see you. . . you matter. . . you are not invisible to me’?” and “How do we create communities of equity and inclusion that instill a deep sense of belonging?”
Amirah Sackett, hip-hop dancer, activist, and Islamic woman, spoke to students about her Muslim beliefs and performed a dance that she had choreographed entitled, “We're Muslim, Don't Panic”, at a Middle School assembly. She also led a hip-hop workshop for a sixth-grade dance class earlier in the day.
One speaker, Amirah Sackett, hip-hop dancer extraordinaire, activist, and Islamic woman, spoke
“We all have different ways of being in the world, which are closely tied to our identities and our communities of belonging. Some of our identities are visible, highly regarded and widely celebrated, while others may be marginalized, or even invisible.” – Antoinette Quarshie, MS Coordinator of Community Engagement
Abraham In Motion, a Brooklyn-based multi-racial dance company, showcased new choreography from "When the Wolves Came In," which explores the historical legacy of two totemic triumphs in the international history of civil rights: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 20th anniversary of the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa, at a Middle School assembly. WWW.RIVERDALE.EDU | 17
CONTRA-TIEMPO, a Los Angeles-based Urban Latin Dance Theater that aims to bring to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage, performed excerpts from "Against the Times," "I Dream America," and "Full Still Hungry" at a Middle School assembly. These pieces address the complexities of race and class and the obstacles to living the American dream.
Alex Myers told students about his experiences in school as a transgendered man occupying a female body. Sadly, the dynamics of classroom interaction profoundly changed when he became a man. As a girl around the Harkness Table he was labeled as too aggressive, yet as a man, he was given permission to speak. And Michael Fossberg discovered some of the ways in which race matters when he embraced his fatherâ€™s African-American family after discovering later in life that his white mother and stepfather had hidden his biological fatherâ€™s identity from him for most of his life.
These are just some of the topics that touched upon the Middle School theme of invisibility this year. I believe that as members of a democratic community we must always question: What are the implications of invisibility? Although invisibility is generally regarded as something that is not visible to the eye, we cannot define it simply by its absence. There is a politics of invisibility that governs the norms of every communityâ€”who has the right to be seen and, therefore, heard. More importantly, we want to think about how the larger conversations in which we engage in deep listening can build community and lead to empathyâ€”and even acts of compassion.
INVISIBILITY Transgendered writer Alex Meyers drew upon his own experiences when writing RevolutionaryDÄ˛FWLRQDOL]HG account of his ancestor, Deborah, who disguised herself as a man and joined the Continental Army, Ä˛JKWLQJIRU$PHULFDĂłV independence as well as her own. Meyers discussed his experiences as a transgendered man in high school and college.
â€œInvisibility to me means being unable to be seen or heard in a community. It is a feeling of helplessness because your voice isnâ€™t being heard, so you canâ€™t change the community and share your ideas. Itâ€™s really important to discuss the topic of invisibility to help others be aware of this, to help people who are feeling invisible, and to try to prevent this from going on in our community.â€? â€“ Seventh grader (anonymous)
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THE RCS COMMUNITY
A native New Yorker and graduate of Cornell University, Colbin has spent the last decade in New Zealand as a social media entrepreneur with a deep commitment to using technology for the public good. Her current work is focused on the rebuilding and recovery of Christchurch, New Zealand, following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, which leveled more than 70 percent of the footprint of the city. Colbin turned to technology in the face of this natural disaster by running TEDxChristchurch, which is a platform that, among other things, brings local, national and international voices together to inform the conversation about the rebuild. For example, in 2011 Art Agnos spoke at TEDxChristchurch; he had been the Mayor of San Francisco during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. In 2012 Alex Washburn, who at the time was New York's Chief Urban Designer, gave a presentation that inspired the community. Fresh perspectives rooted in a deep understanding of what the city is going through makes these talks especially useful for the whole community. Colbin is also the co-founder of the Ministry of Awesome, a nonSURÄ˛WFRQFHLYHGDVWKHVWDUWLQJSRLQWWRPDNHWKLQJVKDSSHQLQWKH FLW\1RZLQLWVWKLUG\HDUWKHRUJDQL]DWLRQKDVDSDLGVWDÄąDQGD WKULYLQJRÄ´FHWKDWUXQVZHHNO\PRQWKO\DQGTXDUWHUO\HYHQWV,W also provides one-on-one support services for startups. Colbin has successfully implemented national and international public relations campaigns, including case studies, newsletters, and press releases on a wide variety of topics, including the Tear Down The Wall campaign, which saw a group of Christchurch schoolchildren advocate to Parliament for a ban on tobacco displays in retail outlets. )URPWR&ROELQVHUYHGDV&KLHI0DUNHWLQJ2Ä´FHUDQG founder/shareholder of MiniMonos.com, a virtual world for kids who love to play and love the planet; she took the company from zero to more than a million registered members worldwide. She also co-founded project management training company Falcon Training, which she sold to her business partner in early 2014. Since graduating more than 20 years ago, Colbin is connecting to Riverdale in new ways by hosting a group of Riverdale Middle School students in Christchurch this June. â€œRiverdale is just a tremendous organization and Iâ€™m grateful itâ€™s my alma mater,â€? says Colbin.
Kaila Colbin â€™91 Delivers 2015 Commencement Address Riverdale is pleased that Kaila Colbin â€™91 was this yearâ€™s alumni graduation speaker at commencement exercises on June 9.
â€œIâ€™ve always been glad that there are so many teachers who really care about what they're doing and support kids to become freethinking, contributing adults. Iâ€™m excited to be back!â€?
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THE RIVERDALE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
WITH THE 2014-15 ACADEMIC YEAR BEHIND US, RIVERDALE IS NOW IN THE MIDST OF CONSTRUCTION ON BOTH CAMPUSES.
Classrooms in the new building will EHODUJHOLJKWÄ˛OOHG ÄłH[LEOHVSDFHVWKDW will accommodate a variety of activities.
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Construction Update from Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph At the Hill, work has started on the new Aquatic Center, which will be located between William C.W. Mow Hall and the Linda M. Lindenbaum Center for the Arts. At the River, the Perkins building has been demolished and work has begun on the learning complexâ€”the site of the 2015-16 temporary classrooms for grades 3-5â€”as well as several classrooms in the K-3 Building that will now house the Pre-Kindergarten, an Early Learning library, and a multipurpose room.
:HDUHH[FLWHGDERXWWKHVHXSFRPLQJSURMHFWVDQGWKHPDQ\EHQHÄ˛WVWKH\ZLOOSURYLGHWR5LYHUGDOH students in the years to come. I want to assure parents, alumni, and friends of the school that this is still the Riverdale you know and love, only better. In all institutions, it is important to maintain and improve the facilities in ongoing ways. We have great campuses and buildings; this next phase of building and restoration aims to ensure that our spaces match our high expectations for students and for faculty. PERKINS REPLACEMENT BUILDING
Breakout spaces in the new classroom buildingâ€™s hallways can be used for small group instruction, while the walls will provide multiple ways to display information and student work.
Unlike its predecessor, the Perkins replacement building has been carefully designed to meet the needs of our Upper Learning students in grades 3 to 5. (The former Perkins building was constructed in the 1960s, when high school students were on the River Campus.) It is at the end of its life. Through numerous discussions with Lower School faculty and DGPLQLVWUDWRUVWKHEXLOGLQJKDVEHHQGHVLJQHGWRSURYLGHÄłH[LEOHFODVVURRP and breakout areas to accommodate a variety of classroom activities and to maximize learning opportunities. The new theater and multipurpose rooms can be used for a variety of plays, concerts, school-wide events, and specials classes, and the new cafeteria and kitchen will serve all students in grades 1-5 in three lunch periods, in addition to being available for meetings and other evening events. While the Perkins replacement building is under construction, students in grades 3 to 5 will be clustered by grade in temporary classrooms on WKHÄ˛HOG$OVRSDUWRIWKLVOHDUQLQJFRPSOH[DUHWZRĂľVWXGLRVĂśWKDWFDQEH used in a variety of ways, from maker spaces to specials classrooms, as well as two sets of bathroom facilities. The learning complex incorporates paved walkways, natural grass areas, and open spaces that can be used for outdoor activities and informal gatherings. This learning complex will give us a chance to experiment with space and learning in interesting ways before occupying the new building in September 2016. AQUATIC CENTER AND... On the Hill, the new Aquatic Center will feature a state-of-the-art, six-lane, 25-yard competition swimming pool with boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ locker rooms and administrative space. Since the existing 55-year-old swimming pool is nearing the end of its useful life, in a second phase of construction it will be renovated into a second gymnasium for sports and other activities. We are also going to renovate the existing gymnasium and put in a seating system that will enable the Upper School to hold community-wide events on a regular basis since the Jeslo Harris Theater is too small to accommodate the high school at one time. &ORVHDWWHQWLRQLVEHLQJSDLGWRHQVXUHWKHVDIHW\RIVWXGHQWVIDFXOW\DQGVWDÄąGXULQJWKHFRQVWUXFWLRQ 7UDÄ´FÄłRZDURXQGERWKFRQVWUXFWLRQVLWHVKDVEHHQFRQÄ˛JXUHGWRDOORZHDVHRIPRYHPHQWZLWKRXW fear of injury.
The new Aquatic Center will feature a six-lane, 25-yard competition swimming pool.
We will keep you informed about these exciting projects (and more) as we move forward with FRQVWUXFWLRQ:HDLPWRNHHSWKHVFKRROVSDFHVDVHÄąHFWLYHDVSRVVLEOHWRLQVSLUHJUHDWOHDUQLQJ Anyone with questions about the construction projects should feel free to contact David Patnaude, Director of Plant and Sustainability, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 519-2722.
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THE RIVERDALE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Riverdale Relationships Have Shaped Alumnusâ€™ Life Josh Alper â€™94/Pâ€™26 â€œMy best friends in the world come from Riverdale.â€? For Josh Alper â€™94/Pâ€™26, Riverdale relationships have shaped his life. Many of the friendships he has today were formed while he was a student at Riverdale. These include RCS classmates who attended the University of Michigan with Josh, and probably know him better than anyone. Now, as a Riverdale parent, he has been able to reconnect and build relationships with other classmates who have children in the Lower School. He and his wife, Dawn David, have also gotten to know many other school parents who are not Riverdale alumni, expanding their connection with the Riverdale community. And, of course, his son has the opportunity to form his own network of Riverdale friends, something that gives Josh great pleasure. â€œI love the thought that heâ€™ll go to school with his friends for 13 years, and heâ€™ll have the depth of those friendships,â€? he said. â€œThat is very exciting for me.â€? Recently, Josh and his wife increased their Annual Fund gift from $5,000 to $7,500. They appreciate the sense of community that Riverdale has always encouraged, and
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they are enthusiastic about new directions in the curriculum, particularly community engagement, interdisciplinary classes, and â€œreal worldâ€? learning experiences. Still, for Josh, it is all about relationships, student to student, student to teacher, alumnus to the greater Riverdale community. Interestingly, Josh and Dawn did not consider 5LYHUGDOHIRUWKHLUVRQDWÄ˛UVW7KHFRXSOH was living in Tribeca and thought a school downtown would make more sense. But a year before the school application process began, Josh met with his former dean, Mike Michelson, at a Riverdale event. Their conversation reminded Josh of the importance of connections between students and faculty, and how truly unique his experience had been at Riverdale. Afterward, Josh felt certain that Riverdale would give his son everything he would need. â€œThe dialogue with teachers was very important to me. It was the way my mind worked then, and the way my mind works now. Iâ€™m not so good in certainty. Iâ€™m interested in the messiness along the way. Riverdale is okay with the messiness.â€? Josh said Riverdale helped him to develop into that person who could stand up for his
ideas, explore the nuances of an issue, and take some creative risks. A writer for Pro Football Talk at NBCSports.com, his own career has taken some unexpected turns after an initial foray into consulting. Ăľ,GLGQRWOLNHZRUNLQJLQRÄ´FHVĂśKH said. â€œAs a sideline, I started my own blog. I picked up an audience, and it just snowballed from there.â€? Josh is excited to see Riverdale developing more opportunities for students to be involved in the world, to pursue LQWHUGLVFLSOLQDU\LQWHUHVWVDQGWRÄ˛QGWKHLU own voices. â€œI see programs now where kids go outside the school community into the larger community. It wasnâ€™t a part of the school when I was there. Iâ€™m envious of the kids now getting to do those things.â€? At the core, though, are the relationships WKDWGHÄ˛QHGKLVOHDUQLQJDQGKLVSHUVRQDO growth, and he appreciates that the school still stands for those values. â€œRiverdale has meant so much in my life,â€? he said. â€œGiving for me is about supporting the school so that it can continue to give people what I got.â€?
Alumna Recognizes Riverdale for Teaching Her About Giving Back Gabrielle Knable ’02 “I wanted to make more of an impact on things that I care about.” Looking over her charitable contributions for the year, Gabrielle Knable ’02 realized that she had made numerous small gifts to a wide range of organizations. “They were all worthy causes,” she said, “but that list GLGQóWUHĳHFWZKDW,UHDOO\FDUHDERXWö6R she made the decision to focus her giving on the institutions and organizations that mattered most to her. Among her top priorities: Riverdale. Recently, Gabrielle generously increased her Annual Fund contribution from $50 to $500. “What drives my desire to be involved is that Riverdale is a community which focuses on relationships,” she said. “I would like to see Riverdale continue to be as wonderful a place in the future as it was when I was there.” Gabrielle came to Riverdale in ninth grade from Hewitt. Attracted by the beautiful campus, she soon joined the gymnastics team and embraced the rigorous academic curriculum, with a particular interest in English, French, and Integrated Liberal Studies (ILS).
The school’s culture—which encouraged well-rounded and purposeful students— inspired her as well. “Riverdale highlighted WKDWZKR\RXDUHLVDUHĳHFWLRQRIZKDW\RX do and not just what you think,” she said. After Riverdale, she attended the University of Rhode Island, and then the Sorbonne. She completed her degree in art history at the New School. Gabrielle initially thought she would pursue a career as an art dealer, EXWIRXQGKHUVHOIEHWWHUVXLWHGWRĲQDQFH and began her career at a hedge fund that led to a job in venture capital. A few years ago, she began to think that maybe there was a way to satisfy her visual and artistic interests with her business skills, so she decided to start her own interior design business. “Every time I walked into a room, I would rearrange things in my head,” she said. “Who you are is what you do and what you create and I decided to create my own opportunity. I wanted to be my own boss.” With the support of her company, she enrolled in night classes at the Parsons School of Design and began to set up her business while continuing to work at her GD\MRE6KHVDLGVKHGUHZFRQĲGHQFHIURP
her experience at Riverdale, especially those courses that encouraged her to think independently. “ILS was an amazing course that forced us to think critically,” she said. “That mentality fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, which UHDOO\EHQHĲWHGPHZKHQ,PDGHWKH decision to start my own company, be my own boss, and create something. I knew I had the ability to get clients. I knew I had the interior design talent. I knew I had the work ethic to be successful.” Now she carries two sets of business cards: GVK Interiors, of which she is founder and principal; and Honeycomb Ventures, where she continues to work part-time as vice president of administration. “We are all so lucky,” she said. “Giving back and showing gratitude are traits that Riverdale instilled in us. Institutions and charities need support and participation. It is up to all of us to contribute.”
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Congratulations to the Classes ending in 4's and 9's, who are celebrating their reunions in the 2014-2015 school year!
Class Notes PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT(S) BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2015. 1941, 1942, 1943
Dick Korf ’42 email@example.com
Richard D. Rosenblatt firstname.lastname@example.org
1945 Thomas D. Goodrich email@example.com
1941 Jennifer Saville wrote to let QUAD know that her father, Thorndike Saville, Jr., died November 5, 2014, in Washington, DC. “He enjoyed his years at Riverdale and has been a regular contributor to the school.”
1944 From Class Correspondent Dick Rosenblatt: “The passing years have served to increase my debt to this beloved school of my youth. I arrived at Riverdale just
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80 years ago. Yet, every day of my OLIHLVĲOOHGZLWKWKHULFKQHVVDQG wisdom gained from teachers who created the atmosphere of a small, friendly college for very young people, an Eton or a Harrow, but with a heart. “Frank Hackett was superb as a combination Headmaster and ‘Mr. Chips.’ I came to school Saturdays to enjoy working in the ‘shop’ making furniture. Yet, on several occasions Frank Hackett commandeered me to go on long walks with him around the
Classes ending in 0's and 5's will have their reunion in the 2015-2016 school year, beginning the weekend of September 25-27. Please save the date!
CLASS NOTES campus. We talked about lofty things. I believe he was practicing his sermons for the following week. It was like spending an hour with a saint. â€œIn my six years at Riverdale the world was opened up to me: The morning assembly with famous guests like Helen Keller, explorers, pianists, writers; explanations following bible readings, and sometimes man-to-man advice about our personal lives. Young boys enthralled with the immense possibility of life well lived. Every year we looked forward to â€˜The Dukeâ€™ reading A Christmas Carol in his lusty, vigorous voice, delivered on three consecutive days, as though he were God Himself. â€œThe RiverdalianSURYLGHGÄ˛UVW experiences in journalism, and the Music School opened the vast beauties of sound. The mystic nights of outdoor Shakespeare! Fencing, football, boxing, tennis, art, Latin, and reading The Phantom of the Opera in French, even before it was translated into English. Meeting students from distant countries in the dormitory. And the Masters: Each an institution in himself. â€œLast and best, the classmates. Names that echo through the 80 years. What a wonderfully small world! Ăľ5HFHQWO\ZKLOHÄ˛QLVKLQJP\ memoirs, I was dragged out of retirement to be Chairman of the Board of Water Supply Associates, a company with the mandate to supply water to California from outside the state. It is a multi-year undertaking. â€œI have heard from three of our most distinguished classmates. Bruce Gelb, who was vice chairman of Bristol-Myers Squibb, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, and board member of a dozen other of our nationâ€™s charitable and scholarly institutions, writes: â€˜Still RYHUSURJUDPPHGZLWKQRQSURÄ˛W work as Chairman of Council of American Ambassadors; Life
Trustee at Choate; boards of CFR, United Nations Development Corp, and most recently, the Barbara Bush 90th Birthday Celebration in Kennebunkport. No wonder I had a stroke! But I am lucky, no after HÄąHFWVĂł â€œRichard Abrons, who has had parallel major careers in authorship and big business, is head of NY charities such as The Henry Street Settlement, Grow NYC, and Bronx Childrenâ€™s Museum, and writes for 7KH+XÄ´QJWRQ3RVW He writes, â€˜I am 88; one heart attack, three stents, kidney problems, and attacks of gout, but no complaints. Itâ€™s good to be alive. I am completely retired but I keep as busy as I want to be attending an acting class, running a foundation, and keeping up with Ä˛YHFKLOGUHQDQGQLQHJUDQGFKLOGUHQ In a very good second marriage (some of these kids are steps). I like to write. I started with short stories, then some plays produced RÄą%URDGZD\QRZMXVWDEORJIRU 7KH+XÄ´QJWRQ3RVW Amazing to be so old! â€œNorman Holland writes from Florida. He is a famous literary critic and author of more than 26 authoritative books on the working of the mind in response to literary works. He has degrees in electrical engineering from MIT and law from Harvard. He taught at MIT until 1966 as chair of the literature section. In 1983 he accepted the Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholarâ€™s chair at the University of Florida. Norman sent me his analysis of the Greta Garbo-Ernst Lubitsch movie, Ninotchka. Itâ€™s an eye opener. You should Google it and read it.â€?
1945 In February Lee Reichmanâ€™s son (also named Lee) wrote to let Class Correspondent Tom Goodrich know that his father passed away. â€œWe were all with him at the hospital and he will be in our hearts and minds forever. I know how much my Dad was fond of you, Sarah, and his time at Riverdale. In fact, he was buried
with a Riverdale alumni pin on his suit. I found a great photo of him in his Riverdale sweater and will continue to look for more great memories.â€? QUAD extends condolences to all of Leeâ€™s family and friends.
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1947 Carol Lofstedt â€™52 recently informed QUAD of the death of Marjory Hughes Johnson RQ$SULO:HRÄąHURXU condolences to Marjoryâ€™s friends and family, including her three daughters, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
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1947 Be a QUAD Class Correspondent* 1948 Victor S. Noerdlinger Box 385 East Orleans, MA 02643
1948 Margaret Fluharty wrote to inform QUAD of the passing of her husband, Dr. David Garrison Fluharty, Jr., on May 3, 2015 at the age of 84. â€œDr. Fluharty loved Riverdale Country School and always talked to his children and grandchild about Riverdale,â€? she noted. We extend our condolences to Margaret and Dr. Fluhartyâ€™s family and friends. Charles KĂĄlmĂĄn died February 22, 2015 at the age of 85. A composer of operettas, musicals, and chansons, he also had a surprising hit with the song â€œA Man Must Fight,â€? which was used in the 1966 western, Seven Dollars on the Red. Born Karl Emmerich Fedor KĂĄlmĂĄn in Vienna on November 17, 1929, Charles was educated at Riverdale Country School, composing the school song, but at Columbia University was ordered by his father to study journalism. There he wrote his Hudson Concerto for piano, and a political satire called Babe in the Woods for the studentsâ€™ varsity show. For a complete obituary, visit http://www.telegraph. FRXNQHZVRELWXDULHV Charles-Kalman-composer-obituary. html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_ medium=twitter. Victor Noerdlinger reports that he loves receiving the great e-mails from his classmate Art Dercksen.
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Congratulations to the Classes ending in 4's and 9's, who are celebrating their reunions in the 2014-2015 school year!
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1952 Barbara Dean Schuler 17 Bronxville Road Bronxville, NY 10708
Widowed, Helen Vincent Atlas writes, â€œI continue to travel to Russia, visiting and staying with friends, whom Iâ€™ve known from the 1960s when working as an interpreter for the S. Hurock 3UHVHQWVÄ˛UPDQGLQP\WUDYHOV there with my late husband Sheldon, a polymer chemist, at the invitation of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. In December 2013, invited by the Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, I attended the 75th birthday jubilee of their conductor, Yuri Temirkanov. This year, I hope to attend retired Maya Plisetskayaâ€™s 90th jubilee at the Bolshoi Theater, honoring her long career as prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi Ballet. Maya is also a lifelong friend. During the warmer months, I continue residing at our summer home in Warren, CT, near Kent. If any of you, my classmates, are in the area, please contact me. Would love to see you!â€?
From Class Correspondent Ruth Joseph Weinstein: â€œHeard from only a few of our classmates this time. Anne Brimberg is still living in NYC and still busy with her kids and grandkids. Anny Lapeyre Reynier is living in Paris and enjoying her grandchildren. Ellie *UHHQÄ˛HOG&RRSHU remains in Eastchester and is hanging in there, busy as ever. And Lucy Bunzl Mallan is very active, although she has moved to a retirement community near her son and grandchildren. Lucy is still learning (taking classes at OLLI in DC) and last year traveled to Russia. â€œMarvin and I are also still traveling, even as we get creakier and slower than ever. This past year we took a cruise from Dubai to Cape Town and then spent a wonderful week on safari in %RWVZDQD+HDGLQJRÄąVKRUWO\WR cruise the Danube. Hoping next time around to hear from the other remaining members of our classâ€ŚI believe there are seven or eight elusive other women from the Class of 1950 and it would be fun to catch up with all.â€?
1951 Class Correspondent Karl Heiser reports: â€œChuck Marietta had knee surgery in early April; at last report heâ€™s at home and Felix Santoni â€™51 was honored last March with a building dedicated in his name.
responding well to physical therapy. See you in 2016, Chuck! â€œFelix Santoni continues to accrue honors! On March 14, 2014 the new MG (R) Felix A. Santoni Armed Forces Reserve Center (see photos below) was dedicated with GEN (R) George Joulwan, his former boss at the US Southern Commandâ€”who subsequently became the Supreme Allied Commander for Europeâ€” delivering the keynote speech at the event. In January 2015 Felix was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame at the University of Puerto Rico-ROTC program at Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; a medal was struck to be awarded at every commissioning ceremony of the UPR-ROTC and will be known as the MG (R) Felix A. Santoni Leadership Award. â€œIn late April I enjoyed the hospitality of Patricia and Charles WaltherLQ6XÄąHUQ1<:KLOH there we had a good visit with Charlie Merritt â€™52, and an equally welcome telephone chat with Anthony (Tom) Viglione.â€? From Dorothea Hutton Scher: â€œâ€Śonly one item on my bucket list: New Zealand, and I was there for 10 days, including New Yearâ€™s Eve, with a Smith College (also Harvard and M.I.T.) tour on a 96-person ship. Couldnâ€™t have been better, weather gorgeous and wild life and scenery as advertised. Being on a ship made it easy to go from place to place without having to pack DQGXQSDFNDWGLÄąHUHQWKRWHOV$LU New Zealand is the best!â€?
1952 Carol Lofstedt recently informed QUAD of the death of Marjory â€œBrucieâ€? Hughes Johnson â€™47 on April 25, 2014 (see 1947 Class 1RWHVSDJH . â€œAs I recall we had â€˜big sistersâ€™ at RCS and Brucie was mine. I was on the student council one semester when she was president. I was always grateful for the support and guidance she gave me when I was in seventh grade.â€?
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Classes ending in 0's and 5's will have their reunion in the 2015-2016 school year, beginning the weekend of September 25-27. Please save the date!
CLASS NOTES Alytia Levendosky wrote to let QUAD know that her mother, Charlotte Jaeger Levendosky, died after a short bout of pneumonia in Fort Collins, CO, on February 26, 2015 at the age of 80. Charlotte was an alumna of the Girls School, and â€œshe loved Riverdale Country School and spoke of it often to my sister and me when we were growing up,â€? Alytia said, adding, â€œI know she had many close friends in her class of 17.â€? After Riverdale, Charlotte went on to Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated in 1956. She taught in Scarsdale at private schools for several years and obtained her masterâ€™s in education at New York University in 1961, the year she married Charles Levendosky, a fellow teacher. The Levendoskys lived and taught in the Virgin Islands and Kyoto, Japan, before returning to New York City in 1967. The family moved to Casper, WY, in 1972. â€œCharlotte had a remarkable career as a beloved elementary school teacher. She taught sixth grade and the Gifted/Talented Program at Crest Hill Elementary School in Casper, WY, for over 20 years. Many students from Crest Hill remember â€˜Mrs. Lâ€˜ fondly,â€? Alytia says. For about a decade, she taught from a motorized wheelchair due to her multiple sclerosis. Charlotte was named Teacher of the Year for the state of Wyoming in 1984. She also served on the State Board of Education from 1987 to 1993. In 2008, Charlotte moved to Fort Collins to be with her younger daughter and grandson Orion. She volunteered for several years with Beattie Elementary where Orion attended. She subsequently taught drama and autobiography classes for seniors at Rigden Farms. In the Ä˛QDO\HDURIKHUOLIHVKHVWUXJJOHG with numerous health issues and lived the last few months at Columbine West Health and Rehab facility.
Charlotte is survived by her two daughters, Alytia and Ixchel, and her grandsons Joshua, Orion, and Benjamin. From Martin Zelnik â€™57, regarding his late brother, Reggie Zelnik: â€œThe 2015 Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History, established in 2009 and sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is awarded annually for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe, or (XUDVLDLQWKHÄ˛HOGRIKLVWRU\ in the previous calendar year. The Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History carries a cash award. The award will be presented in November 2015 at the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Society Annual Convention. Works may deal with any area of Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia history.â€?
1953 Class Correspondent Bill Gardner reports that he and his wife had a most enjoyable breakfast on March 4th with John Ahouse in Los Angeles before their Hawaii cruise. â€œJohn has spent many years devoted to preserving the material culture of the satellite nations behind the Iron Curtain and of the Soviet Union itself. In appreciation RIKLVHÄąRUWVWKH:HQGH0XVHXP in Culver City, CA, has established an endowment fund in his name to attract more European students to LA.â€? From Frank (Sandy) Rose: â€œAfter my wife Anneâ€™s death last fall, I moved from the main building at The Residence at Otter Creek to a rental cottage at the same location, which has around 1400 sq. ft., including a garage with a large storage closet, laundry room, kitchen, dining area, sitting room, living room, two bedrooms, and two full bathrooms. â€œIn mid-January I started on a
6-1/2 week trip around the eastern part of the country, beginning at my cousinâ€™s home in Hopewell, NJ, and traveling to Hilton Head Island, SC; Vero Beach, FL; Palm City, FL; Fort Pierce, FL (where I spent a day with Kathy and Jim McLelland); Eustis, FL (where I spent three days with Karen and Jim Reynolds); Houston for four days; and then up to Berryville, AK, in the Ozark Mountains to see my daughterâ€™s college roommate, who is a caregiver and who came all the way from there to be with Anne for the last nine weeks of her life. â€œI had to leave Arkansas early to race a snowstorm back home to Vermont to be there when my three daughters, their families, and companions came to celebrate my eightieth birthday on March 11th. I drove 1391 miles in two days, 12 hours on day one and 14 the next. ,Ä˛QDOO\KXQJP\ODVWSLFWXUHVWKDW week, completing my move at last.
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â€œThis summer I will be splitting time between Middlebury, VT, and my summer home in Severance, NY. I will also be traveling to Minnesota to visit another of Anneâ€™s childhood friends.â€?
1955 QUAD extends condolences to the family and friends of Jacques Straus, who passed away on February 9, 2015. Jacques is survived by his wife, Marjorie Levy Straus â€™58; son Steven Straus â€™82 and daughter-in-law Nancy Kliot Straus; daughter Carolyn Straus Meckler and sonLQODZ-HÄąUH\0HFNOHUDQG grandsons Alexander Straus â€™14, Jay Straus â€™16, and Frederick Meckler â€™18. QUAD also was saddened to learn about the death of Curtis Gans on March 15, 2015. He died of lung cancer at the age of 77. For The New York Times obit, visit http:// ZZZQ\WLPHVFRPXV curtis-gans-77-is-dead-worked-todepose-president-johnson.html.
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Congratulations to the Classes ending in 4's and 9's, who are celebrating their reunions in the 2014-2015 school year!
PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT(S) BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2015. 1956 Barbara Rearden Farnham email@example.com
1957 Judy Austin firstname.lastname@example.org Rick Bates email@example.com 6XH-DFREV6FKDÄą]LQ firstname.lastname@example.org Marty Zelnik email@example.com
1958 David F. Lahm GÄłDKP#JPDLOFRP
Fellow Riverdalian Stuart Rothenberg â€™66 UHÄłHFWHGRQ Curtisâ€™ life and legacy in a tribute that can be found at http://blogs. rollcall.com/rothenblog/curtis-gansobituary/. In his blog post Stuart notes, â€œCurtis and I had two things in common: We were both born in Manhattan and graduated from the Riverdale Country School, a private school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. â€œEach time I spoke with him, I tried to picture Curtis as a boy, wearing a jacket and tie while walking to class or attending daily chapel services at school. The picture never quite made sense, and I chuckled to myself when I thought of Curtis at Riverdale. â€œIf youâ€™ve been in DC for only 10 or 15 years, you may have never metâ€”or even heard ofâ€”Curtis Gans. But he was one of those interesting people of politics who RIWHQÄł\XQGHUWKHUDGDUDQGKLV story is worth knowing.â€?
1956 Class Correspondent Barbara Rearden Farnham is â€œsad to report the death in 2012 of Ronnie Grauds Lieb. Although Ronnie left school before graduating, she remained very attached to Riverdale and particularly, to our class. Our sympathy goes to her husband Alan, her children, and her many grandchildren. â€œOn a happier note, I think the Girls School reunion last week (see photos on page 32) was a great success. I feared I might not know anyone, but I talked to many people I had not seen for years. I hope that something like it becomes a regular event. The big advantage of such a gathering, I realize now, is that, as the Girls School was so small, everyone knew almost all the members of WKHÄ˛YHFODVVHVEHKLQGDQGWKH Ä˛YHFODVVHVDKHDG7KDWĂłVDOPRVW better than Reunion, especially
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considering that there were only 17 in my class, of which some are now dead and others living far away. This is not necessarily true of the Boys School, which was much bigger.â€?
1957 In February Judy Austin received a wonderful award from the Idaho Humanities Council. Judy was honored with the award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities. The award was presented at a reception replete with cocktails and refreshments. In her remarks Judy thanked, among others, Dick Garten and his wife, Jean Peters, who both taught Judy at Riverdale and were pivotal in the development of her skills and her love of the humanities. Judy served on the Idaho State Historical Society for 35 years, most notably as the editor of Idaho Yesterdays, the quarterly journal of Idaho history. Each year Riverdale conducts a lecture sponsored by Marty Zelnik in memory and honor of his brother, Reggie â€™52. The lecture is for the students enrolled in Constructing America. This yearâ€™s lecturer was Beverly Gage, a history professor at Yale. The subject of the lecture was J. Edgar Hoover vs. Martin Luther King. Ms. Gage is writing a biography of Hoover. Other than Marty, the members of the class attending the lecture were Rick Bates, Sue -DFREV6FKDÄą]LQ and Doug Warwick. The Class of 1957 is Riverdaleâ€™s class of authors, with 13 published authors out of a class of 67. 2XUPRVWSUROLÄ˛FDXWKRUPaul Dickson, is currently working on a biography of a legend of New York baseball, Leo Durocher. In addition, in October Paul will publish Contraband Cocktails: From Prohibition to Mixology in 48 Recipes. In the next few months Steve Goldstein will publish his latest book, China and Taiwan. Steve is the Sophia Smith Professor of
Government at Smith College. He is also director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard. Marc Weinberg and his wife recently took a Lindblad/National Geographic trip to Sri Lanka, Andaman Islands, Sumatra, Borneo, and Bali. Marc markets these trips and is one of the experts on the trip. Marc is a professional photographer and has wonderful pictures he has taken on the many trips he has helped conduct. Mario Adler serves as the VP of the Board of Latin Americaâ€™s foremost medical center, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein; caring for a nursery of 100 underprivileged children, ages 3-1/2 months to 3 years. Mario is also on the Board of the Brazilian Friends Association of Tel Aviv University. The 1957 Class Corespondents publish a class newsletter three times a year. The last issue IHDWXUHGPDJQLÄ˛FHQWSRHPVE\ two of our class poets, Vera von Saucken Haldy-Regier and Victoria Spurgeon Givotovsky.
1958 On Sunday May 3, 2015, 60 Minutes aired a report on recovery from last summerâ€™s war in Gaza that included The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the organization founded and directed by Jim Gordon. If you missed the episode, you can watch the video on www.cmbm.org/60m. From John Field: â€œI am, at last, a grandfather! Theo Field-Morgan joined the family on March 3, 2015 in Santa Monica, CA. He is, of course, perfect in every respect; I now understand how it is that grandparents can be so boring.â€? Bob Bernhard writes, â€œI am class correspondent for Hotelier Magazine, published by Cornell Universityâ€™s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration three
Classes ending in 0's and 5's will have their reunion in the 2015-2016 school year, beginning the weekend of September 25-27. Please save the date!
CLASS NOTES times a year. About 60 of my classmates of 1962 are still breathing! Iâ€™m keeping busy in WKH3DFLÄ˛F1RUWKZHVWRUJDQL]LQJ high school Key Clubs in the area, coordinating a reading program for elementary school students in Corvallis, and still working with Boy Scouts (now over 50 years); my troop size is more than 40 boys! One of these days Iâ€™ll act my age!â€? From Frank Clarke: â€œVera and I took some additional time at the end of a business trip to Hong Kong and visited Vietnam and Cambodia. Saigon was very GLÄąHUHQWIURPZKHQ,ZDVWKHUHLQ 1968-69. Went to the â€˜American Warâ€™ museum. Interesting to see their point of view. But everyone was very nice. In Cambodia, went to Siem Reap to see the Angkor Wat temple complex. Fascinating; WKHSHRSOHDUHWHUULÄ˛F2WKHUWKDQ that, still work full time in NYC but am planning to move to part time and telecommute from our place in Stuart, FL, next year.â€? Alex Garvin writes, â€œI traveled in Alsace April 23 through May 2, then addressed four planning associations around the U.S. (NYC, Boston, Atlanta, and Houston) during the rest of May.â€? From -HÄą*DOHI â€œMertice and I will be moving to Durham, NC, for at least a couple of years. Looking forward to visits with any classmates in the area.â€? According to Class Correspondent David Lahm, â€œThat would be the Brandaleones [Bruce and Sara].â€? Phil Proctor writes, â€œAfter months in Italy, Iâ€™m slowly getting back into the swing of things â€” and I donâ€™t mean the recent earthquakes. Iâ€™ve returned to the challenge of editing my memoirs, Whereâ€™s My Fortune Cookie? There have been new play readings and live audio, including recreations of classic radio to raise funds for Dezarts Performs in Palm Springs; I got to recreate the famous â€œWhoâ€™s on Firstâ€? routine as Abbot. We killed!
â€œIâ€™ve acted in and directed several â€˜Golden Age of Pulp Fictionâ€™ shows and Iâ€™m featured as the announcer on the CD, The Adventures of Big Dan Frater and as Detective Polehaus in the ongoing lighthearted Christian radio series, Adventures in Odyssey. But most exciting, Iâ€™m collaborating with the talented Jamie Alcroft, late of Mack & Jamie, to write and produce a web series called Boomers on a Bench, directed, incidentally, by my darling wife, Melinda Peterson. So if you want to watch some old guys like you interacting hilariously to All the News Thatâ€™s Fit to Spit, go to YouTube now! We post a new episode every Thursday.â€? And from Class Correspondent David Lahm: â€œMy news? I havenâ€™t played a live cabaret show in NY in RYHUVL[\HDUVEXW,PHWDWHUULÄ˛F singer in Boston this spring and we hope to work in Manhattan before yearâ€™s end. Itâ€™s been inspiring.â€? QUAD extends condolences to Marjorie Levy Straus upon the death of her husband, Jacques Straus â€™55, on February 9, 2015 IRUPRUHVHH&ODVVRIQRWHV
1959 Congratulations for literary achievements are in order for several members of the class. John Lahr tops the list with action on several fronts. First, his biography, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, was not only optioned for the movies, but was named by the National Book Critics Circle as the best biography of the year. And thereâ€™s more! The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently awarded John the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award, one of their prestigious annual awards, given â€œto a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.â€? So is John resting on his laurels? Not! He writes that heâ€™s â€œtaken a
ÄłXWWHUDWWKHPRYLHVĂśDQGKDVMXVW Ä˛QLVKHGFull Tilt: The Keith Moon Story, for Whitehorse Pictures. ( John added for the unhip among us: â€œKM was the lunatic drummer for The Who.â€?) Speaking of books, Mike Springâ€™s Sacred Bones will be published in June and itâ€™s already listed on Amazon. The book tells the intriguing life story of Deusdona, â€œthe Willy Loman of the Dark Ages. Every spring, when the snows melted from the Alpine passes, he traveled north with his â€˜samplesâ€™â€“ DUPVFKHHNERQHVWRHVĂ°Ä˛OOLQJ orders from the previous summer and drumming up business for the year to come.â€?
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From Chris Hobson, more literary good news: His article, â€œProphecy and Doubt in Just Above My Head,â€? Baldwinâ€™s last book, will appear later this year in the inaugural issue of a new scholarly journal, James Baldwin Review. Chris adds: â€œThe journal looks like a high-end venue for people doing work on Baldwin and Iâ€™m very pleased to be LQWKHÄ˛UVWLVVXHĂś In a literature-related item, Don Shea recently endowed two annual writing prizes for Bard High School/Early College, where he tutored for several years. Outside the lit-world, Tim Ratner tried to retire from his MREPDQDJLQJÄ˛QDQFLDOV\VWHPV upgrades, but was singularly unsuccessful. He actually made it from the end of November all the way to mid-January before his former employer realized that life in the post-Ratner era was problematic. Apparently they made KLPDQRÄąHUKHFRXOGQĂłWUHIXVHDQG is now happily back as a consultant, â€œbut keeping his weekly hours to 40.â€? He says this is â€œonly until Septemberâ€?â€”stay tuned! :KHQQRWGRLQJKLVÄ˛QDQFLDO systems work, Tim continues with his true passion, male chorale singing. He sang in â€œOrpheusâ€?
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RIVERDALE ALUMNI with the University Glee Club at Riverside Cathedral in May.
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Mother-daughter congratulations are in order for Terre Alper Otto ZKRVHGDXJKWHU'U7LÄąDQ\2WWR Knipe, has just opened her new practice, Washington Market Pediatrics, in Tribeca. And her son Dylan just announced his engagement to a â€œwonderful girl,â€? so more congratulations. -HÄą+RO]PDQ writes from Minnetonka, MN, where he is QHZO\UHWLUHGIURPÄ˛QDQFLDO consulting and is now doing what he â€œset out to do 1,000 years agoâ€?â€”disconnecting from workaholism, sleeping later â€Ś and GHÄ˛QLWHO\WUDYHOLQJ+HZURWHRI several recent destinations but Iâ€™ll only mention one, Lake Titicaca, mainly because I will never again get to write Minnetonka and Titicaca in the same paragraph. Since Iâ€™m submitting this to QUAD on April 1, two independent items with what I think is an April Fools theme: Steve Miller writes that his docenting activities at the Berkeley Rep Theatre, which included meeting a well-known but unnamed-here actress, have led to an agreement to make a movie entitled Body Heat 2: The Lost Testosterone. And, not to be outdone, Tom Garvey says that he is awaiting FDA approval of the â€œGarvey 6KRFN0DQWKHÄ˛UVWKRPHVKRFN therapy device. Iâ€™ll spare you all the detailsâ€”like how the â€œsoft-clip electrodesâ€”attach, but letâ€™s just say that the FDA might want to go even slower than normal on this one.â€?
2014; she had lived courageously with aggressive breast cancer for four years. â€œPat was humbled by the rich tapestry of gifts, challenges, and surprises her life presented; she had the remarkable ability to meet each with her characteristic poise and equanimity. Her smile, always radiant and welcoming, kept us safe, even as her health deteriorated. â€œWe â€˜metâ€™ here in California some years ago (although we both are certain that a handwritten class URVWHULQDUXVWLQJÄ˛OHFDELQHWLQD dusty Riverdale catacomb, would FRQÄ˛UPWKDWZHZHUHLQWKHVDPH driversâ€™ ed class one summer long, long ago). While helping an architect friend with an elegant re-model, I at one point looked down to see the most beautiful woman in the world, quietly reading in the sun. â€œNot surprisingly, it took the â€˜seventh-graderâ€™ in me some days to speak with the â€˜ninth gradeâ€™ girl! :KHQÄ˛QDOO\,GLGZHLPPHGLDWHO\ discovered our shared love of art and architecture, Broadway shows and old movies, and especially New <RUN$QGZHZHUHVWXQQHGWRÄ˛QG weâ€™d both attended RCSâ€Śperhaps not actually â€˜kismet,â€™ but good enough for us. (Speaking of Kismet, Pat knew the words and music to hundreds of Broadway show tunes, and never hesitated to bring her lovely voice to a song!)â€? QUAD extends condolences to Tom and all of Patâ€™s family and friends.
1962 Class Correspondent Joe Pickard recently spoke with Bob Bruce, â€œwho informed me that he is now retired after a long career as a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton. Bob has been living in Hanover, NH, for the past 10 years and does not miss the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC, one bit. He sends his best to all our classmates and would love to get together with DQ\RQHZKRÄ˛QGVKLPVHOIKHUVHOILQ the Hanover area.â€? Bill Becker writes, â€œWithin the past 12 months I have celebrated two major milestones: retirement DQGWKHELUWKRIP\Ä˛UVWJUDQGFKLOG What a combination, a new human and the freedom to enjoy him! I try to give thanks for my good fortune every day, including singing whatever fragments of the hymns we sang in Chapel that pop into my head. In the face of everything that fades from memory, itâ€™s remarkable what random bits are still there.â€? Sounds like a good life, Bill. Don Graves writes, â€œI was planning to ride the motorcycle back across country from Huntington Beach, CA, to Northeast Harbor, ME, but that is not to be. Margot has a chemotherapy regimen that will preclude her being in Maine this summer, so I will not be east until -XQHDQGÄł\LQJDFURVVDWWKDW time. Margot hopes to clear her treatments in time for a trip to Iceland in early September. â€œMargot and I hiked the coast of Wales last fall: a great experience
1960 Tom Santulli â€™62 writes, â€œIt is with much sadness that I report the death of my extraordinary partner, Patricia Ellin Lakin, Girls School Class of 1960 (see photo right). â€œShe died peacefully at our home in Carmel, CA, on December 16, Patricia Ellin Lakin â€™60, who died peacefully at home on December 16, 2014. 30 | QUAD SPRING/SUMMER 2015
CLASS NOTES with unexpectedly good weather (see photo bottom right). I am busy RQWKHERDUGVRIWZRQRQSURÄ˛WV up on Mt. Desert Island, ME: Camp %HHFK&OLÄąZKHUH,DPRQWKH Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors. CBC is in Somesville, where our late classmate, Brad Stein, summered for many years before his untimely death in a helicopter accident in New Zealand. I also am on the board at Island Housing Trust, which seeks to help fund workforce housing on Mt. Desert Island in a real estate environment that has more year-round people cashing out and leaving than young people moving in, a serious situation when communities rely on volunteers for critical services like Ä˛UHDQGDPEXODQFH,Q&DOLIRUQLD, dedicate a lot of time to computer coaching at our central library and assisting in senior transportation programs for the city. I bicycle and play tennis a few times a week, strengthened by my second pacemaker and the marvels of modern medicine. "Our daughter, Tegan, and grandchildren Hayley (15) and Ian (13), are nearby, so we get to see Hayley swim and play water polo for her school. Next year, she will be president of her class.â€? I guess you could say that youâ€™re keeping busy, Don. Wishing Margot a speedy recovery, and enjoy your trip to Iceland." From Class Correspondent Joe Pickard: â€œAs for Sarah and myself, we managed to partially escape this yearâ€™s terrible Vermont winter with some short trips to Mexico, Florida, and the Virgin Islands (pictured above right in St. John enjoying some island libations). :HĂłUHÄ˛QDOO\LQLFHRXWDQGVR, once again extend an invitation to anyone who would like come up DQGGRVRPHWURXWRUEDVVÄ˛VKLQJ or to just hang out on the deck and enjoy the views along with some cocktails. Wishing you all the best for a pleasant summer and fall.â€?
1965 From Class Correspondents Gail Hart and Melissa Gordon: â€œHi there, Class of â€™65! Our class is on Ä˛UHDERXWRXUWKUHXQLRQRQ Saturday, September 26th! The Reunion Committee -RKQ6LÄąHUW Calvin Hill, Melissa Gordon, Gail Hart, Robert Flug, and Fred Lehrman) hopes to have EVERYONE there and make it the best yet. At this early date we know these people will be coming: Peter Simon, John Brendler, Rachel Hadas, David Rubin, Bob Blum, Hank Allen, John Wohlstetter, and Javier Sanjines. Please mark the date on your calendar, and let us know that you will be coming. We look forward to seeing you!â€? From Dick Aronson: â€œJust yesterday, my wife and I went up WR'HHUÄ˛HOGDQGGURYHE\'HHUÄ˛HOG Academy. This struck some fascinating memories for me. Frank Boyden, Amherst College Class of 1902, went right from graduation from Amherst to become the Head RI'HHUÄ˛HOG+HUHPDLQHGLQWKDW position for 66 years, which in itself is incredible. Further, he hired John Haydn Jones as a teacher DW'HHUÄ˛HOG:KHQ0U+DFNHWWD IULHQGRI0U%R\GHQZDVÄ˛QDOO\ getting ready to retire, he called up Mr. Boyden, who recommended Mr. Jones, and of course, Mr. Jones became the Head of Riverdale for 23 years, from 1949 to 1972, and he was a huge inspiration to our class. Among many other things, he was a champion for diversifying the student body, which left a lasting
legacy for future generations of Riverdale students. Through these connections, a permanent bond between Riverdale and Amherst was established, so as you know, Amherst regularly has students from Riverdale. This dates back to so many decades ago via Mr. Boyden and Mr. Jones.â€? Rachel Hadas was married on January 30, 2015 to Shalom Gorewitz, a video and visual artist and professor at Ramapo College. Rachel is still teaching English at Rutgers-Newark, and has two new books on the horizon: Talking to the Dead (Spuyten Duyvil Press, Fall 2015) and Questions in the Vestibule, poems (Northwestern University Press, Spring 2016). QUAD extends condolences to Maddie Bertino Graham and her entire family on the passing of her mother, Flo Bertino, in January 2015. (For more, see Former Faculty News on page 38.)
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Sarah and Joe Pickard â€™62 on vacation in St. John (Virgin Islands).
Margot and Don Graves â€™62 hiking in Wales.
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GIRLS SCHOOL ALUMNAE RECEPTION In late April, Trustee Emerita Jane Lisman Katz ’65 hosted a reception for Girls School alumnae in honor of the 80th anniversary of the school’s move to the River Campus. Nearly 40 classmates enjoyed reminiscing with one another, as well poring over yearbooks, photos, and other memorabilia from their days on the River. For a news story and more photos, visit http://bit.ly/1FETGWo
RIGHT: Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph with Trustee Emerita Jane Lisman Katz ’65. FAR RIGHT: Trustee Emerita Linda Lewis Lindenbaum ’54 (left) and Gail Fletcher Edwards ’53 tried to identify their classmates in a Girls School photo from the archives.
RIGHT: Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph with (from left) Alice Tetelman ’58, Cornelia “Caddie” Zagat Eland ’59, Marjorie Levy Straus ’58, and Joan Diamond Steinberg ’58.
RIGHT: Partygoers enjoyed singing some Girls School favorites. From left, Helene Dansker Bergman ’63, Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles ’55, Robin Lynn ’66, Susan Molodow ’63, Marjorie Levy Straus ’58, and Joan Diamond Steinberg ’58 sing the Girls School alma mater. FAR RIGHT: Girls School Class of 1972 classmates Liz Lasdon (left) and Helen Sandberg Metzger.
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1966 Several classmates got together at the West Village, NYC, home of Roslyn Schloss this past April: Peg Streep, Elaine Gantz Berman, Robin Lynn, and Lynne Roberts (see photo below).
1968 QUAD extends condolences to Joe Bertino and his entire family on the passing of his mother, Flo Bertino, in January 2015. (For more, see Former Faculty News on page 38.) QUAD was also saddened to learn about the death of Camille McLean Anderson Jensen, mother of Frode (Skip) Jensen and Peter Jensen â€™73. She died December 18, 2014 of natural causes at her residence in Darien, CT, at the age of 95.
1969 After our stunning Reunion, we have done a pretty good job of keeping in touch. Below are some special news items that have occurred since October. However, if anyone would like the catalogue of brief bios from our virtual reunion that Tom Elkind collected and Robin Gottlieb printed, please e-mail 1DQF\'XÄą%RHKP or Susan Tembeck Riccardi, and we will forward them to you. In November, Cathy Hayes won the United Solo Theater Festival 2014 Award for Best Autobiographical Work. The award was for the show a group of us saw in October, the Monday after Reunion. We knew it was fabulous then!
is strong, independent, and with a timetable of her own!â€? Laurie was recently the subject of a New York Natives report, as a New York Icon. Watch the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=cOKjElHgwXs. Linda Koebner and Ron Feldman recently moved to Southern California to be near to her son and daughter-in-law AND her beautiful grandson Enzo, born in November. Tom Elkind reports: â€œAs for news, at the Reunion I reconnected with Richard Brown and discovered that he lives only 40 minutes from my Vermont ski house. Last weekend I was there with some friends, and Richard drove up to ski with me at Mount Snow. He brought me a bottle of his homemade maple syrup. We had a great day skiing and reminiscing about the great times we spent together as kids. Later that day I VWRSSHGE\KLVKRXVHLQ*UHHQÄ˛HOG MA, met his wife, Ann, and got an education in making maple syrup. â€œIn November, I visited Barry Berman at his home on the Upper East Side while my daughter, Julie, was running the New York Marathon. I stayed a little too long, and got a good workout running IURPWKHUHWRWKHÄ˛QLVKOLQHWREH WKHUHIRU-XOLHĂłVÄ˛QLVK7KLV$SULO Barryâ€™s wife, Ivy, is running in the Boston Marathon, and my wife, Lise, and I are planning to meet Barry for dinner in Cambridge while Ivy prepares for her run.
â€œIn February, Lise and I went on a great trip to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe with a Penn alumni group. It was a fascinating and memorable trip. If anyone is thinking of traveling to that area, I would be happy to speak with you about it.â€? Steve Scholle shares the following QHZVĂľ,ĂłYHMXVWUHOHDVHGP\Ä˛UVW wide-release CD of original songs, To Feel the Way I Do. Itâ€™s available on the major online stores as well as by CD order from me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Iâ€™m very proud of it.â€? In a review author Lea Fridman writes: â€œThere are nuggets of wisdom in these songs to take into your life that seep through the crack of a voice, a warbling note and the beautiful baritone just behind. Where a song is steamy, the steam is real. Where it summons the spaces of poetry from within, it will call up that space as well. The YHU\Ä˛UVWVRQJJUDEEHGPHE\P\ insides, hard. Never experienced anything like that in a song. What I especially loved was the rubbing up RIGLÄąHUHQWPRPHQWVRIWLPHĂąLQ GLÄąHUHQWVRQJVKHLVERWKIDWKHU and teenager speaking to his son, he is a father imagining his own father holding the hand of the granddaughter he never met. :ULWLQJKLVÄ˛UVWVRQJDWDJHDQG many since then, Steve belongs to the great songwriter tradition of the 1960s, my generation.â€?
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Laurie Tisch trumpets her good news: â€œIâ€™m proud to report the birth RIP\Ä˛UVWJUDQGGDXJKWHU Penelope Tisch Blodgett, born on March 14 and named after her beloved great-grandpa Preston Robert. She was seven weeks early but catching up quickly and, like all of the other Tisch women in her immediate family, Members of the Class of 1966 at a recent mini-Reunion (from left): Peg Streep, Roz Schloss, Elaine Gantz Berman, Robin Lynn, and Lynne Roberts. WWW.RIVERDALE.EDU | 33
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Kathy Valyi contributes the following: â€œIâ€™m just back home from a great visit with Judith [Cohen] and Malcolm in San Francisco. (We had been in California to celebrate our sonâ€™s birthday when Judith spotted my post from Leviâ€™s Stadium on Facebookâ€Ś) As we chatted, I mentioned what an informationrich chain of e-mails was circulating on the occasion of our 45th reunion. â€Ś Sheâ€™s sad to have missed the October gathering and told me how much sheâ€™d enjoy hearing everyoneâ€™s news. If we ever illustrate a newsletter, be sure to capture Judithâ€™s fantastic home! :HĂłOOKDYHDFRORUÄ˛OOHGDUWÄ˛OOHG gorgeous backdrop to the lively spirits of â€™69. Being in their home was a great treat.â€? And Judith adds these thoughts: â€œI am so disappointed that I wasnâ€™t part of the virtual Reunion. I had really wanted to attend the Reunion and I had it on my calendarâ€”with high hopes! But I was very busy with our after-school programs (www.handfulplayers.org), which had just started the new school year. â€œI canâ€™t wait to read the virtual reunion e-mail...and Iâ€™ll provide an update of the past four decades! As I mentioned to Kathy, I had to think Iâ€™ll look really old if I donâ€™t see everyone until our 50th reunion. As Kathy noted, Iâ€™ll have to keep the purple and blue in my hair (which I have to engage the inner city kids) IRUDQRWKHUÄ˛YH\HDUV+RSLQJWR stay more virtually connected!â€?
seen us resident in Sudan, India, Swaziland, Cambodia, Uganda, Mozambique, and Italy over the SDVWWKUHHGHFDGHV2XUÄ˛YHNLGV are all thankfully doing well; three are in the USA, one in India, and one in Egypt. â€œMy wife Margethe and I plan to spend the summer at our house in Svendborg, Denmark (her home country), and then relocate to Jinja, Uganda in September. Jinja sits at the top of Lake Victoria and is known for being the elusive Source of the Nile (although other countries with waterways feeding into Lake Victoria make the same claim). So I will look forward to seeing old friends who may be interested in stopping by this rather unusual retirement spot in the years ahead to catch up. Will also look forward to our 50th reunion in a few years.â€?
1972 Class Correspondent Liz Lasdon and classmate Kay Lin recently enjoyed catching up while visiting the High Line in NYC (see photo below).
1973 QUAD extends condolences to Peter Jensen and Frode (Skip) Jensen â€™68 upon the death of their mother, Camille McLean Anderson Jensen. She died of natural causes at the age of 95 on December 18, 2014, at her residence in Darien, CT.
Susan and Nancy will be collecting and saving your news clips until the next QUAD. We will remind you when the deadline is approaching. Our e-mails are: QGXÄą#DROFRP and SORRNLH#JPDLOFRP. We love hearing from you!
1970 From Ken Davies: â€œI will retire on June 1, after 26 years with the U.N. World Food Program, which has Liz Lasdon (left) and Kay Lin, 1972 classmates, in New York City. 34 | QUAD SPRING/SUMMER 2015
1975 Class Correspondent Jonathan J. Beitler recently conducted the following short interview with classmate (and distinguished writer) Gerard Koeppel: JJB: Are you a historian or a writer? GK: Depends on the context. For example, when I write things like historical signage for NYC parks Iâ€™m called the projectâ€™s â€œhistorian.â€? When I write books, Iâ€™m a writer. When I describe my historical writing, I call myself a â€œnon-academic historian,â€? which keeps me clear with the academics, who have multiple degrees and work on campuses, compared with my single degree LQ(QJOLVKDQGP\VPDOORÄ´FHLQ a Greenwich Village commercial EXLOGLQJÄ˛OOHGPRVWO\ZLWKPLQG and body therapists (the rapists, as Nabokov lovingly called them). JJB: Did something/someone at Riverdale inspire you to make this career choice? GK: In retrospect, I would say Mr. Townley. I didnâ€™t quite understand KLVLQÄłXHQFHDWWKHWLPHEXWKLV engagement with literature and the art and passion of written expression has carried forward. JJB: What are you most proud of writing/accomplishing? GK: Pride is a dangerous thing. The piece of writing that was most LPSRUWDQWWRPHZDVP\Ä˛UVW\RX DOZD\VUHPHPEHU\RXUÄ˛UVWULJKW" It was for the Argus, the Wesleyan student newspaper. The arts editor had heard that a bunch of Wesleyan students was spending time in nearby Essex, on the Connecticut River. I had started a sailing club, purchased boats with alumni donations, and arranged storage and launching facilities in Essex, for recreational sailing and practice for intercollegiate regattas. The editor asked me to write a SURÄ˛OHRI(VVH[DWRZQZLWKDGHHS history and interesting modern ordinances, like a prohibition on neon signs. The piece came out
CLASS NOTES well, I was asked to do more, eventually wrote a weekly column, became an editor, and transitioned from a major in economics to English, capped by an H[WUDRUGLQDU\QRQĲFWLRQQDUUDWLYH writing seminar with visiting writer V.S. Naipaul. Say what you will about his intimate preferences, the man can write. JJB: Do you keep in touch with any classmates? GK: Sadly, not a one. Pathetic really, given that I was a near-lifer (K-12). My three kids have all gone to Fieldston, just a bit down the road but another world entirely. JJB: Any messages for the RCS community? GK: Read my next book, City on a Grid, about the creation and lengthening history of Manhattan’s iconic street grid, due out from Da Capo Press in November 2015. I’ll sign your copy and it’ll be worth DQRWKHUWZHQW\ĲYHFHQWVRQH%D\ Also from Jonathan J. Beitler: “We are excited about our upcoming 40th Reunion Dinner on Friday, September 25, at a restaurant in NYC. There will also be activities at the school on Saturday the 26th. Please save the dates, watch your e-mail, and be sure the school has updated contact information for you and any classmates you are in touch with. You should have already received one letter with information about the reunion and a listing of classmates who have been in touch and are planning to attend. We hope you’ll add your name to the list. If you haven’t received the letter please let one of us know. Also, check out our ‘Riverdale Country School Class of 1975 Reunion’ Facebook page, a fun way to begin to reconnect. Send us your e-mail information and Anahid Avakian Gregg or John Kurzman will send you an invitation to the group. See you in September?!”
1979 Adam P. Kennedy and his company, Chronicling Greatness, KDYHMXVWSXEOLVKHGWKHLUĲUVW e-magazine, American Heroes of War - World War II History from Those Who Lived It. The multimedia HPDJD]LQHSUHVHQWVĲUVWSHUVRQ accounts from veterans and civilians who lived during—and participated in—the most monumental event of the 20th century, World War II. The accounts are from interviews he conducted personally. The publication has received glowing praise ranging from educators to the military. If you know a veteran RUKDYHĲUVWSHUVRQ:RUOG:DU,, stories, Adam would love to hear from you (757-345-0626). Or to view the e-magazine, visit his website: www.apkcg.com.
1982 From Ilene Schlossman Cohen: “About twice a year a group of alums from our year get together. We used a recent Riverdale event as the meeting spot for our mini Reunion (see photo below). Three of my friends were thrilled to speak with Jenna Rogers King, Director of Admission and Enrollment; they are all now planning when to bring their children to tour at Riverdale!”
QUAD extends condolences to Steven Straus, whose father, Jacques Straus ’55, died on February 9, 2015 (for more, see Class RIQRWHV Chisa Hidaka, MD, Director of Dolphin Dance Project (http:// dolphin-dance.org/), recently screened So Close 3D: Dance with Wild Dolphins, a one-hour program RIOLYHGDQFHDQG'VKRUWĲOPVRI the underwater dances co-created by wild dolphins and trained humans in the open ocean.
1983 QUAD extends condolences to Jeanie Bertino Baumgartner and her entire family on the passing of her mother, Flo Bertino, in January 2015. (For more, see Former Faculty News on page 38.) The children of Class Correspondent Eric Yamin and classmates Paul Delaney, Rodney Cohen, Betsy Radin Frowein, and Neil Bader ’82 “are all very close friends at school and that has made the experience so much more enjoyable,” according to Eric. The group recently gathered for a photo (below).
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Two generations of RCS alumni, all of whom are friends: Back row, from left: Jack Delaney ’16, Teddy Herman ’16, Neil Bader ’82, and Eric Yamin ’83; Front row, from left: Paul Delaney ’83, Betsy Radin Frowein ’83, Rodney Cohen ’83, Andrew Cohen ’16, Griffin Bader ’16, and Jack Yamin ’16.
Class of 1982 alumni (from left) Ilene Schlossman Cohen, Gwen Perlman, Adam Eidelberg, Stephen Kaufman, and David Klein recently had a mini Reunion at a Riverdale event.
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Margaret Bernstein Santana â€™91 wrote with the sad news that her brother, Kenneth (Ken) Bernstein, passed away January 25, 2015 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. â€œRiverdale was a special place for Ken, especially the teachers who encouraged him and inspired him. In particular, Ken was fond of Larry Colan, Ron Gibbs, and Penny Riegelman.
From Class Correspondent Tim Morehouse:Ăľ,FDQQRZRÄ´FLDOO\ share that Iâ€™m one of the stars of Chaseâ€™s new national campaign alongside Serena Williams and The 5RFNHWWHV7KHÄ˛UVWFRPPHUFLDO started airing nationally during the opening day telecasts of Major League Baseball on ESPN.â€? In case you missed it, you FDQYLHZWKHÄ˛UVWFRPPHUFLDO online: https://www.youtube.com/ ZDWFK"Y 8W3<*%W7$
â€œKenneth found his dream job when KHEHFDPHDSROLFHRÄ´FHULQ&RRN County, IL, where he helped to establish a K9 unit (see photo below). He is survived by his parents, Ann and Dan Bernstein; his wife Denise; two children (Maeve, 5, and Mac, 7); and canine partner Ciro.â€? Our thoughts and prayers are with Kenâ€™s family and friends.
1990 Henri Cauvin is now the City Editor of The New York Times.
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1991 From Katie Schad: â€œI had a wonderful year, as my husband Mark and I welcomed the birth of our son, Tennyson Milo Mann.â€? Congratulations!
Michael Skelly married Mary Beth Coughlin on September 20, 2014 (see photo below). Riverdalians in attendance included best man (and Michaelâ€™s brother) Dan Skelly â€™01 and groomsman Dan Schwartzman. Isaac Constantine has had his debut novel published by MP Publishing. Jeremiahâ€™s Ghost is considered both â€œliteraryâ€? and ĂľFRPLQJRIDJHĂśÄ˛FWLRQ,QDUHYLHZ Laura Albert, author of the JT LeRoy novels Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, said: â€œPolitical yet personal, Constantine speaks with the tongue of metaphor and allows us to live in the border towns of unraveling clarity, with insightful wry humor sharpened by the skill and grace of a poet.
Jeremiahâ€™s Ghost dares to pose questions that are rarely tolerated.â€?
1998 From Class Correspondent Catherine Silver Smith: â€œMy husband, Joshua, and I welcomed our second daughter, Caroline Philippa, one year ago (see photo below). She joins big sister Kate (three years old). Our growing family is doing well. Caroline plays often with Estelle Simone Krug, daughter of Alana Yavers Krug and her husband, Alex, as well as with Thomas Hynes, son of Maxine Goldstein Hynes and husband Berkeley.â€?
Caroline Phillippa Smith, daughter of Joshua and Catherine Silver Smith â€™98.
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Kenneth Bernstein â€™88 with his canine partner Ciro.
Michael Skelly â€™96 and Mary Beth Coughlin at their September 2014 wedding. Pictured in the center behind Michael is best man Dan Skelly â€™01, and to right of the bride, groomsman Dan Schwartzman â€™96.
1999 Friends and family recently celebrated the life of David BraunFriedman at the 4th Annual DBF Memorial Softball Game on The David Braun-Friedman Field (#48) at Randallâ€™s Island (see photo below). Family and friends of DBF gather every May for a friendly softball game to celebrate Daveâ€™s life; the event is organized by DBF friend and teammate Gui Stampur â€™00. Anyone who wants to play (or just attend) should contact Bob Friedman (Daveâ€™s dad) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2000 QUAD extends condolences to Frank Bertino and his entire family on the passing of his grandmother, Flo Bertino, in January 2015. (For more, see Former Faculty News on page 38.)
2001 Dan Skelly was recently promoted to Executive Director at Morgan 6WDQOH\DQGKLVWHDPĂłVÄłDJVKLS equity portfolio was featured in Barronâ€™s for the top performance DPRQJ:DOO6WUHHWEURNHUDJHÄ˛UPV in 2014. He was also the best man
at his brother Michaelâ€™s wedding in September (see photo opposite).
2002 QUAD extends condolences to Joe Bertino and his entire family on the passing of his grandmother, Flo Bertino, in January 2015. (For more, see Former Faculty News on page 38.)
2004 Dan Toubolets and Maggie Brenner â€™06 ran into each other at the national Education Pioneers convention in San Francisco recently (see photo below).
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2006 Wedding bells have beenâ€”or soon will beâ€”ringing for many members of the class. Recently, Meredith Karp married Peter Franz and Emma Margolin married Andrew Avrin. In addition, Lucy Wertheim got engaged to Alex Palmer, Rachel Abramovitz got engaged to Michael Katz, and Class Correspondent Tracy Dansker got engaged to Tim Sacks â€™99. Congratulations to all!
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Friends and family of David Braun-Friedman â€™99 celebrate his life at an annual softball event on The David Braun-Friedman Field on Randallâ€™s Island.
Maggie Brenner â€™06 and Dan Toubolets â€™04 recently ran into each other at the National Pioneers convention in San Francisco.
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Justin Wu recently bought an apartment in Boston, is working for EMC Corporation as an SAP analyst, and is planning to get married in October 2016 after getting engaged last August.
QUAD was saddened to learn that Mitchell Newmark, father of Jared and Isabella â€™14, died recently. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Newmark family.
The Bertino family is saddened to announce the passing of Flo Bertino, 91, wife of legendary football coach Frank Bertino, in January 2015. â€œRiverdale Country School, its faculty, student-athletes, and alumni were always such an important part of her life. She formed so many fond memories and lifelong friends from being a part of the Riverdale community,â€? according to her children, Joe â€™68, Maddie â€™65, Gemma, and Jeanie â€™83.
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Lowell Woodin â€™08 (far right) recently met with Riverdaleâ€™s M&Ms (Multiracial and Multiethnic) student group.
Spencer Cromwell spent the better part of 2014 co-founding a charity focused on homelessness in New York City. The organization, Project EPIC, assembles and distributes backpacks containing essentials to those in need. The organization has raised more than LQLWVÄ˛UVWÄ˛YHPRQWKV and is continuing to grow. To learn more, visit www.EPICPackProject. com. Spencer recently spoke to the Middle School about his work with Project EPIC. Head of Middle School Milton Sipp says that Riverdale is â€œhoping to partner with Spencer and have our students establish a chapter of this program.â€? Katarina Broeksmit will be attending NYU Law School starting this fall. Lowell Woodin is teaching English and coaching swimming at the Oberoi International School in Mubai, India. In May Lowell came to visit with Riverdaleâ€™s student group M&Ms (Multiracial and 0XOWLHWKQLF6WXGHQWV WRUHÄłHFW on his experience at Riverdale as a mixed student. He answered questions and shared openly about his identity now (see photo below).
2011 Charlotte Kassimir, a Hamilton College senior majoring in psychology, was recently elected to the Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the country. Students are elected to membership in recognition of their exceptional academic achievement LQIXOÄ˛OOLQJWKHJRDOVDQGSXUSRVHV of the college.
2014 QUAD extends condolences to Alexander Straus, whose grandfather, Jacques Straus â€™55, died on February 9, 2015 (for more, VHH&ODVVRIQRWHV).
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Nona Burtch Bruce, the former head of the Riverdale Neighborhood School, died March 10, 2015, at her home at Wheelock Terrace in Hanover, NH. She was 104. Nona was a dedicated teacher and longtime school principal. Between 1955 and 1976, she worked at the Riverdale Neighborhood School, the elementary division of Riverdale Country School, where she eventually became the head of school. As the head of the Riverdale Neighborhood School, she was a wise mentor and adviser, beloved by students and parents. Nona was a dedicated teacher and longtime school principal. Between 1955 and 1976, she worked at the Riverdale Neighborhood School, the elementary division of Riverdale Country School, where she eventually became the head of school. As the head of the Riverdale Neighborhood School, she was a wise mentor and adviser, beloved by students and parents.
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After retiring at age 65, she moved to Charlestown, NH. An avid amateur historian, Nona joined the board of The Fort at No. 4 and served as board president. She also served for many years on the board of the Silsby Free Library and was honored for her work in 1990 by the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association. At age 97, she moved to Hanover, NH, to live with
CLASS NOTES her son, Robert Bruce, her daughter-in-law Kathryn Stearns, and their children for six years. Nona was a lover of small towns, New England, American history, family genealogy, Beatrix Potter, all things British, cutting gardens, young children, and books of all sorts. In later years, she was rarely without reading material on her lap, devouring the sagas and historical novels she favored. She was fond of researching family history, which GDWHVEDFNWRWKH0D\ÄłRZHUDQG liked to claim that some of the furniture in her Charlestown home had been transported across the Mohawk Trail on the back of a wagon. Nona is survived by her son, Robert Bruce, and his wife, Kathryn Stearns; two daughters, Mimi Young and Cilla Temple and her husband, Hunter Temple; eight grandchildren: Bracebridge Young; William Young and his wife, Susan Young; Elizabeth Temple Kollar; Laura Temple Sullivan and her husband, Terry Sullivan; Sydney Temple and his wife, Sarah Kupferberg; Dr. Benjamin Bruce; Hannah Bruce; and David Bruce; and by 10 great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth Lauren Greenstein, daughter of Upper School math teacher Jeff Greenstein.
Faculty and Staff News A big welcome to the newest member of the RCS family, Austin McDonald, son of Doug McDonald, Chair of the Physical Education department. Says Doug, â€œEveryone is doing well, and Austin canâ€™t wait to meet his older brother, Brady.â€? Austin was born at 12:56 p.m. on January 28, 2015, and weighed 8 lbs., 13 oz. Congratulations to Middle and Upper School art teacher Miles Cameron on the birth of his daughter, Georgia Lillian Cameron, on May 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. She was 21â€? long and a healthy 8.5 lbs. Upper School math teacher -HÄą Greenstein and his wife Dana welcomed daughter Elizabeth Lauren Greenstein into the world on March 8, 2015 at 2:01 p.m. Lizzie weighed 7 lbs., 15 oz. at birth. Director of Alumni Giving Ann Grasing and her husband Al Naclerio sent along the following message: â€œWe are thrilled to announce that Anderson Paul
Anderson Paul Naclerio, son of Ann Grasing, Director of Alumni Giving.
Naclerio (â€œAndyâ€?) was born at 11:52 a.m. on March 31, 2015, weighing in at 8 lbs., 6 oz., and measuring 20.5 inches. Everyone is healthy, happy, and doing well!â€? Congratulations to Middle and Upper School language teacher Pauline Bera and her husband Antoine on the birth of their son, MaĂŤl Paul Daniel Bavoux, in early April. Pauline says, â€œMaĂŤl was born healthy and screaming and we canâ€™t stop staring at him. Weâ€™re doing well, and are just insanely excited to have him here!â€? Upper School Technology Integrator Matt Ringh and his wife Inna are the proud parents of a baby girl, Anna Vanessa, who was born at 12:24 p.m. on January 13, 2015. She measured 20.5 inches, weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and is adorable. 6WDÄą$FFRXQWDQWKennedy Odusanya and his wife Jennifer welcomed son Avery William Odusanya into the world on April 21. Avery weighed 7 lbs., 8 oz, and measured 20 inches at birth. MaĂŤl Paul Daniel Bavoux, son of Middle and Upper School language teacher Pauline Bera.
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Board of Trustees 2014-2015 Terri D. Austin, Secretary Ellen Nachtigall Biben â€™83 David Blitzer Charles M. Blow Tory Burch John Castle â€™91 Kenneth Eberts 6DQGUD.LP+RÄąHQĂł Mark D. Hostetter â€™77 John Kao â€™68 Michael A. Karsch Roger H. Kimmel, Treasurer
Betsy Kenny Lack Kass Lazerow Gary A. Lieberman Marc Lipschultz Daniel C. Lubin Lara Englebardt Metz â€™96, AAEC President Thomas K. Montag John A. Neuwirth -HÄąUH\3DVK Kathleen M. Pike Dominic A.A. Randolph, Head of School
David N. Roberts â€™80, Chair Allan V. Rose Daniel J. Rosen â€™92 Vice Chair 'U6XVDQ'URVVPDQ6RNRORÄą Deborah Sonnenberg Jamie Alexander Tisch Wendy Topkis, PA President Phillip â€œTodâ€? Waterman III â€™84 Stacey Weinstein David Westin, Vice Chair
TRUSTEES EMERITI Michele R. Cohen Gandolfo V. DiBlasi Thomas C. Israel Jane Lisman Katz â€™65 Peter M. Lehrer Linda Lewis Lindenbaum â€™54 Dr. William C.W. Mow â€™55 Harvey Schulweis David M. Silfen Robert A. Staub Thomas W. Strauss -HÄąUH\19LQLNĂł Ada G. Zambetti Richard S. Zinman
Alumni Association Executive Committee 2014-2015 Samantha Acunto â€™01 George Anagnos â€™76 Rebecca Anikstein â€™99 Harrie Bakst â€™03 Jessica Baum â€™98 Liz Clyman â€™97, Vice President Stefanie A. Donath â€™91 Edem Dzubey â€™07 Tara S. Englander â€™93
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Danielle J. Englebardt â€™94 Joseph Goldschmid â€™04 Paul Goldschmid â€™96 Betsy Hayes â€™86 Michelle Jacobs â€™81 Robert Kahn â€™70 David F. Lahm â€™58 Laurence B. Lederer â€™91 Brittany C. Levin â€™95 7LÄąDQ\/LVWRQĂł
John Low â€™90 Anthony Melchior â€™73 Lara Englebardt-Metz â€™96, President Philip R. Michael â€™00 Shary Moalemzadeh â€™89 Omari Ramarez â€™05 Amelia L. Relles â€™87 Carolyn D. Rosen â€™92 Daniel D. Rosen â€™92
Peter R. Rosenblatt â€™50 Andrew A. Russell â€™89 Alison G. Shefter â€™89 Jessica R. Shell â€™95 Roger Sherman â€™74 Abigail H. Sroka â€™99 Elizabeth Heyman Winter â€™99
Jyoti Gopal Jyoti Gopal teaches Kindergarten at the Lower School. She joined Riverdale in 2009 as an assistant teacher in Class KM, and in 2010 she became the head teacher in Class KJ. She has a BA in psychology from Delhi University, an MSW with a specialization in family and child welfare from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and a MEd in early childhood education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Jyoti grew up as a global citizen, living in Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, India, DQG&KLQDÄ˛QDOO\PRYLQJWRĂąDQGÄ˛QGLQJKHUKRPH here inâ€”New York. She enjoys kayaking with her husband and two daughters and loves curling up with a good mystery and a cappuccino.
Why Riverdale? What do you love about the Lower School, its campus, and its people? I love so many things about Riverdale! When I started working at the River, I immediately found that the growth mindset is so powerful here. I think the support that we, as faculty, get from our school leadership is tremendous and invigorates our work. Being encouraged to take risks and try out new ideas, whether in curriculum or FRXUVHZRUNVXSSRUWVEHLQJDQLQWHQWLRQDODQGUHÄłHFWLYH WHDFKHUDV\RXÄ˛QGZD\VWRKRQH\RXUFUDIW8OWLPDWHO\ the goal is to make learning joyful and meaningful for our students and that easily follows when teaching is a joyful, meaningful experience for the teacher! I also love how our campus allows me to link the outdoors to my curriculum in a variety of ways. I am able to use the campus as an experiential learning experience, getting my VWXGHQWVWRORRNDWWKHRXWGRRUVWKURXJKDVFLHQWLÄ˛FOHQV but also in ways that help create personal connections for them with nature. It's never too early to start encouraging environmental stewardship! Last but certainly not the least, the kindergarten team is so amazing and collaborative, always ready to try new things and work together to not only create a better learning experience for our students, but to also keep things fresh and new for us as teachers.
What made you go into teaching? Iâ€™ve always wanted to be a teacher; my mom tells stories about it! Iâ€™ve worked with children of various ages in GLÄąHUHQWVHWWLQJVIURPDYLOODJHLQ+DU\DQDWHDFKLQJ hearing-impaired mixed-age groups of kids to an international kindergarten in China to a small private school in downtown New York before taking a 10-year hiatus to raise my own children. When I decided to return to full-time teaching, I knew I wanted to work with kindergarten students. Kindergarteners come to school in VXFKGLÄąHUHQWSODFHVLQWKHLUVRFLDOHPRWLRQDOSK\VLFDO and cognitive development and in the year with us, have to learn to be a community of learners and social beings. At the end of kindergarten, itâ€™s not only about what VSHFLÄ˛FVNLOOVWKHNLQGHUJDUWQHUKDVJDLQHGĂąWKRXJKWKHVH are importantâ€”itâ€™s about having a child who continues to be invested in acquiring knowledge, who is willing to take ULVNVDQGZKRFRQWLQXHVWREHDFRQÄ˛GHQWOHDUQHU7REH their partner on this journey is an enormous privilege and joy. Kindergarten is where my heart is. If you weren't teaching at Riverdale, what would you be doing? I do love drama and singing, so maybe I would have gone into musical theatre...but honestly, I think I actually get plenty of that in my classroom so I guess I have the best of both worlds! I am so lucky to be here, I canâ€™t imagine doing anything else. I even hate snow days!
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