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Homecoming 2016 A day to celebrate Riverdale


SLEDDING AT THE LOWER SCHOOL There’s nothing more exhilarating than sledding down the hill on the River Campus Jolli Run Playground, as these Lower Schoolers will tell you. They display their zest for learning every day, both inside and outside the classroom.


School spirit at Homecoming 2016 was high despite the gloomy weather.



The RCS Community


New Head of Lower School

02 | Four Trustees Named to RCS Board

James Duval and his family joined the Riverdale community this fall.

04 | Lower School Welcomes New Head of School, James Duval 05 | Retirements and Farewells Outstanding Events 06 | Homecoming/Reunion 2016 R+ The Riverdale Campaign 12 | Lower School Celebrates the Opening of the New Upper Learning Building

Homecoming/ Reunion 2016 Gloomy weather couldn't dampen Riverdalians' spirit.

Riverdale Alumni 14 | College Destinations for the Class of 2016


16 | Class Notes 32 | Profile: Major General (Retired) Felix A. Santoni '51

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New Upper Learning Building Opens The Lower School is enjoying their new digs.

Design: White Communications, Inc., Tuxedo, NY




RCS Board


Cindy McKinney

Kazumi Yanai Anand More

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Liz Strauss Clyman ’97 is the incoming Alumni

Association Executive Committee (AAEC) president and an ex-officio member of the Board. After graduating from Riverdale, Liz obtained her BA from Emory University. She is currently running the East Coast Enterprise Sales Team at Glassdoor, an online provider of information about employers and employment opportunities. Liz previously worked at the New York Post, most recently as the Director of Digital Advertising. Before joining the New York Post, she was Sales Manager at The Corporate Executive Board. Liz and her husband, Mark Clyman ’97, have been loyal and dedicated RCS alumni since graduation. Now the RCS tradition continues, as their daughter, Sammi, is in Riverdale’s second grade.

 Cindy McKinney is the current Parents Association president and an ex-officio member of the Board.

After graduating Fairfield University with a BA in economics, Cindy held multiple roles over a 15-year career in finance, including time at First Boston, Bear Stearns, and TIAA-CREF. Her last role for TIAA was as a portfolio manager within the fixed-income area. She left finance to focus on raising her three children: Julia ’15, Scott ’17, and Ryan ’19. Cindy has served for five years as a board member of the Orient Yacht Club in Eastern Long Island and in addition, has held many leadership positions in the RCS Parents Association over the past 15 years. Cindy recently completed her heath coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is interested in expanding the understanding of preventative measures in medicine.

Anand More was a Managing Director at Brookside

Capital Investors, which is affiliated with Bain Capital. He was also involved with Bain Capital Children’s Charity, which provides financial support to more than 125 charitable organizations globally. Prior, he was a Managing Director at Citigroup Asset Management and an equity analyst with Sanford Bernstein. Anand graduated from La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata, India, and went on to earn his BA from Harvard and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Anand and his wife, Sonal Bhandari, MD, have two sons, both at Riverdale: Yash ’21 and Ansh ’25. Sonal and Anand were early supporters of the R+ Campaign and they are members of the Campaign Committee.

Kazumi Yanai is a Group Senior Vice President of

Japanese holding company Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., which owns and operates a number of international apparel brands around the globe, including Uniqlo, Theory, and Helmut Lang. Kazumi is Global Chief Operating Officer of Theory and Chairman of Uniqlo USA. Kazumi graduated from Boston University and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He and his wife, Naoko Yanai, have a son and a daughter, both at Riverdale Country School.



Lower School Welcomes New Head of School James Duval joined the Riverdale community this fall. Born in Colorado, James Duval spent most of his childhood in Virginia, receiving a BA in psychology and English from the University of Virginia followed in short order by an MA in English education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. He is in the process of pursuing an EdD in educational leadership from Lehigh University and expects to complete the program this spring. For the past decade James has been the principal of Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona, Spain. Before taking that post, he taught at elementary and middle schools in New York and Washington state. His vision for elementary education lies squarely on the here and now: “Oftentimes, lower schools are seen as a place to only prepare students for their future lives, and while that is an essential part of education, we are focused on the daily lives of children, what positive habits they can learn right now to lead balanced, happy lives. We are always asking, ‘What can we put in place to make the most of a child’s day-to-day experience at Riverdale?’ 4 | QUAD WINTER 2017

“My passion is for cultural competencies. Academics are vital, but I feel the key is to have students know that they are part of a deeply connected community where they will learn different perspectives on life and learn to relate to all kinds of people.” The Riverdale community has welcomed James in ways that have especially touched him and his family, wife Rachel and sons Raphael (4) and Léonard (2). “It may sound like a cliché but the warmth and generosity shown by the community has been wonderful. There is a real attention to detail here at Riverdale. Families have been especially supportive, stopping by my office to see how I’m doing, how my family is doing. A lot of schools say they have a close community but I’ve seen it really demonstrated at Riverdale in just the brief time that I have been here.”

New Head of Lower School James Duval with his wife Rachel and two sons, Raphael (left) and Léonard.

RETIREMENTS & FAREWELLS Riverdale bid farewell to three longtime members of the community this year.

Sarah Morriseau Lafferty has worn several hats during her 31-year tenure at Riverdale. She first came to Riverdale as a kindergarten teacher in the 1985-86 school year. Six years later, Sarah took on the role of Assistant Director of Lower School Admissions. In 2002 she was named Director of Lower School Admission, a position she held until her departure this past June. At the faculty farewell reception in June, her admission office colleague, Tim Sacks, reminded us that, “Sarah has always been a key contributor in driving us forward and making the school a better place. As an admission director, educator, and administrator, she has put words to action, representing Riverdale at fairs, on panels, at school visits, during interviews and more. I have worked closely with Sarah for eight years and over those years, Riverdale’s efforts to increase, sustain, and be a home for diversity have been aided through her unwavering commitment to outreach and inclusion beyond the admission process. She has worked tirelessly, communicating with feeder schools and programs, and interviewing more students and parents than you would believe, all in the name of promoting a school that she loves.”

Widget Gralla retired after a 16-year career at Riverdale. A member of the science department as well as a Middle School homebase teacher, Widget worked with both younger and older students. She taught Science 7 to many middle schoolers, as well as biology and a psychology elective in the Upper School. Widget loves animals and her grandchildren—not necessarily in that order—so we know she will be busy in her retirement, babysitting and volunteering. Science teacher Siobhan Armstrong reflected on Widget’s deep commitment to Riverdale students. “Widget meets the needs of kids every day, more than anyone I know, and does it without fanfare, or without caring about whether she’ll get credit for it, but simply because she’s a teacher, and she is totally committed to that role. There was a seventh grade girl who walked into my Science 7 class last week, and saw a card Widget’s class had given her, and she said, ‘Oh! I love Mrs. Gralla!’ and so asked her, ’Why do you love Mrs. Gralla?’ And she said Widget had given her a study guide for the final exam. I said, ‘You love her just because she gave you a study guide!?’ And she said, ‘Well, no, the thing is, she’s not my teacher but she saw me in study hall one day, and I was having a lot of trouble with science, and so she gave me her study guide and it was SO helpful.’ That’s Widget.”

Denise Hoffman takes her leave from Riverdale after 33 years of dedicated service to the language department, 10 of which were as chair (1999-2009). Cole Harrop, a longtime colleague, notes that Denise is “ a gifted teacher and a generous colleague, always willing to offer thoughtful and honest guidance. She exemplifies what we all aspire to as educators.” Denise’s commitment to students was on display in the classroom and at the faculty tables in the dining hall, where she was often found with a table full of Middle School students patiently reviewing questions, gently encouraging good study habits and skillfully using her time and energy to develop the minds of her young students.

We wish Sarah, Widget and Denise all the best in their retirements!



Homecoming/Reunion 2016

Lower and Middle School students cheered their Falcons at the football game.

The Class of 1971 at their 45th Reunion.

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Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph (far right) presented the Reunion Class Award to the Class of 1991’s (from left) Stefanie Firtell Donath, John Castle, and Ahmed Yearwood.

The gloomy weather didn’t dampen Riverdalians’ spirits as alumni, students, faculty, parents, and friends gathered to enjoy a day of sports, reminiscing, and fun.

Attendees at this year’s Homecoming and Reunion celebrations proved it really is “the Spirit that Quickeneth,” as they remained upbeat despite the bad weather that cancelled some activities (girls varsity tennis) and moved others indoors (Lower School sports and activities).

Fans cheered on all of Riverdale’s fall sports teams against rivals Horace Mann and Hackley, despite some heartbreaking losses. Varsity Field Hockey enjoyed a 4-1 win over Horace Mann (HM), while Varsity Volleyball fell to the Lions 3-2. Boys Varsity Soccer scored a 3-1 win over HM, while Girls Varsity Soccer suffered a 5-1 loss. And the Varsity Football team was edged out by Hackley, 35-28.

News; Sanford Cannold ’86, a producer at CNBC; Robin Pogrebin ’83, culture reporter for The New York Times; and Kay Madati ’91, Chief Digital Officer at Black Entertainment Television (BET). The day also included several alumni award presentations during the community barbeque. The Class of 1991 earned the Reunion Class Award, while the Ernest McAneny 1925 Alumni Spirit Award went to Lara Englebardt Metz ’96 and the Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Curtis Schenker ’76. more  Members of the Riverdale Jazz Ensemble entertained the Reunion dinner guests (from left): Maria Hatzioanidis ’17, Adil McDonald ’17, Alex Seigerman ’17, Emilio Modeste ’18, and Evan Gitler ’18.

Alumni and parents enjoyed attending several interesting discussions: “The 2016 Presidential Election at Riverdale: How RCS Students and Teachers Talk About Politics” with Darius Weil; “Supporting Multiculturalism at Riverdale,” a Community Engagement Team (CET) dialogue among current students and alumni around this year’s theme of “borders;” and an alumni panel discussion on “The Changing World of News and Media” with moderator David Faber P’20/’24, news analyst and anchor at CNBC, and panelists Margery Baker-Riker ’66, former vice president, CNBC

Members of the Class of 1956 with former coach and archivist Al Davis (center).

Alumni Achievement Award winner Curtis Schenker ’76 (left) with Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph.

Members of the Class of 2006 pose for their 10th Reunion class photo.



Mia Chan and Vance Young ’90 enjoyed the Lower School activities with their children, son Parker ’29 and daughter Sienna.

Parents and alumni learned from US history teacher Darius Weil how Riverdale teachers and students talk about politics.

Project Knowmad 2017

Riverdale Country School

June 12-30, 2017


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Riverdale’s popular Project Knowmad is back for another season of exciting programs with more technology and hands-on maker classes.

Members of the Class of 2011 at their 5th Reunion.

Members of the Class of 1956 celebrated their 60th Reunion at the barbeque lunch (from left): Jay Barnett, Bill Borchard, Larry Ackerman, Ken Deitch, Steve Shapiro, and Steve’s wife, Alice.

The Class of 1976 gathered on the steps of William C.W. Mow Hall for their 40th Reunion photo.



The Class of 1966 at their 50th Reunion luncheon on the River Campus.

The Class of 1991 at their 25th Reunion luncheon on the Hill Campus.

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The Community Engagement Team (CET) moderated a dialogue among current students and alumni around this year’s theme of ‘borders.’

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(Far left): Participants in the alumni panel discussion on news and media were (from left) David Faber P’20/’24, Kay Madati ’91, Robin Pogrebin ’83, Sanford Cannold ’86, and Margery Baker Riker ’66. (Left): Parents Emily and David Tobin (left) and Craig Lucas (far right) spoke with Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph at the Society of Riverdalians breakfast.

(Far left): Former Dean of Students and Director of Studies Mike Michelson (right) with Cathy Schragis Heller ’71. (Left): Girls School Class of 1966 members (from left) Leslie Nathan Weinberger, Margery Baker Riker, Elaine Gantz Berman, and Robin Lynn at their 50th Reunion dinner.

(Far left): Kayla Blythe ‘21 and her cousin, Trace Mateo, showed off their Riverdale pride. (Left): Seniors (from left) Melissa Pagan, Emma Kung, Luis Perez, Nina Hay, and Edward Allen sold Homecoming gear to raise money for their senior celebration.

(Far left): Ernest McAneny 1925 Alumni Spirit Award winner Lara Engelbardt Metz ’96 with Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph. (Left): The Class of 1996 celebrated their 20th Reunion.



(Below): The new Lower School dining room is behind the window walls. The Upper Learning Building also houses a black box theater, the drama classroom, a maker space, several offices and conference rooms, and all of the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.

Lower School Celebrates the Opening of the New Upper Learning Building

When Lower School students and faculty came back from their summer break for the start of school year 2016-17, they were happy to bid the Learning Complex goodbye and settle into the new Upper Learning Building.

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(Right top): Head of Lower School James Duval (left) and Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph assisted Grade 4 Co-Teacher Karen Cummings as she officially cut the ribbon to open the new Upper Learning Building. Mrs. Cummings is currently the Lower School faculty member with the longest tenure. (Right center): The new Upper Learning Building classrooms all have doors to the outside, as well as flexible furniture that can be configured in a variety of ways to maximize learning. (Right bottom): On the wall outside of the dining room, a tile installation features the first names of every third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade student at Riverdale for the 2016-17 school year.



COLLEGE DESTINATIONS Nicholas Anderson Swarthmore College Megan Arden Washington University Taylor Atkin Colgate University Anna Attie University of Chicago Julia Attie University of Chicago Griffin Bader Cornell University Samuel Barovick University of Chicago Michael Barrett Bucknell University Nicole Beckman Dartmouth College Spencer Bernstein New York University Robert Bertagna Harvard University Olivia Biase University of Edinburgh Alexis Biegen Brown University Stephen Brand University of Pennsylvania Emma Brandow Vanderbilt University Henry Burch University of Pennsylvania Nicholas Burch University of Pennsylvania Oliver Chemtob Cornell University John Cicco Wesleyan University Nicholas Cline Stanford University Andrew Cohen University of Michigan

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Mikaela Cole SUNY Geneseo Robert Connolly Northwestern University Andrew Davidson Dartmouth College Jack Delaney Cornell University Olivia Descanvelle University of Virginia Sean Dobens University of Edinburgh Thomas Donovan Wesleyan University Robert Dorfman Harvard University Sophia Durka University of Pennsylvania Georgie Edelstein Tulane University Christian Eggers Columbia University Jake Fallek University of Pennsylvania Brianna Fernandez Colgate University Benjamin Forster Columbia University Julia Forster Johns Hopkins University Dylan Frank Emory University Max Frank Washington University Ryan Friedsam Tulane University Jared Gaer IMG Academy Evan Gaines Syracuse University Anabel Getz Georgetown University

Emma Giancaterino Tulane University Maxwell Giancaterino University of Pennsylvania Federico Girardi Cornell University Madeleine Goldberg University of Pennsylvania Elena Golub Smith College Hunter Goodin Vanderbilt University Matthew Gorin Emory University Lukas Grattan Franklin & Marshall College Jessica Greenstein Bucknell University Gwyneth Haidar Cornell University Teddy Herman Wake Forest University Carter Hirschhorn Washington University Arick Huang Columbia University Alexander Hutchinson University of Pennsylvania Julia Hyman Cornell University Ethan Ingersoll Cornell University Sasha Israel Vanderbilt University Bradley Jamison Oberlin College Deen Jordan University of Virginia Jason Kahn University of Michigan Sophia Kanavos Cornell University

FOR THE CLASS OF 2016 Ryan Kaplan Syracuse University James Karr Stanford University Emilie Kern University of Pennsylvania Sung Joon Kim Wesleyan University Jordan Knitzer Northwestern University Peter Knudsen University of St. Andrews Sara Kutscher Brown University Theodore Landis Harvard University Renee Landzberg Harvard University Lion Lee Harvard University Pablo Legorreta Carnegie Mellon University Simon Lehrer University of Miami Eliza Lesser Cornell University Margot Lipin Wellesley College Reed Lipman University of Texas Gregory Litt Skidmore College Natasha Lowitt Middlebury College Brayan Lozano Dartmouth College Hannah Ludemann Smith College Mia Lugo Goucher College Gabrielle Maffezzoli Bowdoin College

Juliana McCombe Dartmouth College Casey McConville Middlebury College Timothy Mentor Salve Regina University Samuel Mestel Northwestern University Justin Miller Bowdoin College Mateen Mills Amherst College Leah Moore Cornell University Lanelle Nwogalanya Amherst College Christopher Onesti Harvard University William Orsland Lehigh University Lauren Park Cornell University Catherine Pasquarelli Cooper Union Robert Perreira Bentley University Cameron Pfaffle Dartmouth College Nathaniel Pollack University of Chicago Victoria Press Vanderbilt University Joseph Ramesar Amherst College Moriah Rizon Wesleyan University Ava Robinson Georgetown University Julio Rodriguez Boston College Tess Rosenthal Boston University

Prateek Sahni Columbia University Hannah Sonnenberg Wesleyan University Jay Straus Wesleyan University Olivia Strautman Bucknell University Marjorie Susman Dartmouth College Rebecca Thau Harvard University James Tien-Dana Johns Hopkins University Jacqueline Urwin University of Michigan Alison Wasserman University of Pennsylvania Kayla Waterman University of Michigan Alex Weinstein Tufts University Sara Wetzler Harvard University Jenna Wilf Washington University Nicholas Wren DePaul University Jack Yamin Tufts University


Congratulations to the Classes ending in 1's and 6's, who are celebrating their reunions in the 2016-2017 school year!


Class Notes PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT BEFORE MAY 1, 2017. 1941, 1942, 1943 Dick Korf ’42

1944 Richard D. Rosenblatt

1945 Be a QUAD Class Correspondent*

1946 Elizabeth Eidlitz

1947 Be a QUAD Class Correspondent*


From Class Correspondent Richard Rosenblatt: “We have been occupied moving to the Pacific Regent, a lovely senior ‘hotel’ here in La Jolla, in San Diego, CA, about 20 miles from our home of 40 years, Rancho Santa Fe. “This is a fascinating place. A movie type ‘Grand Hotel,’ without John Barrymore or even Greta Garbo. Elegant ladies and gentlemen dressing for dinner, evoking the world of our parents. Here we have many WWII veterans: a 100-yearold Marine Corps General; writers, doctors, scientists, artists and athletes. There is a sort of roundrobin table mix; we get to dine with interesting people every night.. “Everyone is thrilled with this place, so we concluded that we should have moved here 10 years ago. We regret staying away from ‘senior housing’ on the misunderstanding that it was some flea bitten ‘home’ where they salted away ‘old people’.

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“To Riverdalians of 1944…please send in your latest news, or your memories.”


From Class Correspondent Elizabeth Eidlitz: Quick QUAD quiz: Can you name your classmate who….? 1. has a daughter who is Dean of Admission at Amherst College? 2. has a son who is the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives Association of Yale Alumni? 3. has a granddaughter who is a Princeton freshman after a gap-year comprising courses at Cordon Bleu in London, a job as ski-lift assistant, volunteering in a Katmandu hospital, travel in Thailand and Laos, and a summer job at a San Francisco bakery? 4. has a daughter-in-law who teaches biology at RCS? 5. has already created a personal headstone which bears the legend, “It is the Spirit that Quickeneth”?

6. spent 15 years of retirement volunteering as curator of invertebrate paleontology at a California museum? 7. met the love of her life at the Columbia University bookstore when she was still in high school? 8. had 12 grandchildren, taught writing and literature, and authored a biography and two volumes of poetry? 9. became a studio potter after retiring from teaching? 10. owns an organic dairy farm?

Classes ending in 2's and 7's will have their reunion in the 2017-2018 school year, beginning the weekend of October 13-15. Please save the date!

CLASS NOTES Shirley Dawson Kirkland considers herself “a very lucky octogenarian, still married to my one and only husband (94 and going strong), in generally good health and very good spirits. “My problem is failing eyesight due to age-related macular degeneration. That’s a bit of a downer for an avid reader such as I was, but I take full advantage of modern technology to read and type on my Mac and, when tired, use my new DaVinci Pro to enhance text and even read aloud. And when there’s time, I enjoy Audible books. “Our elder son Keith and family live in Sewickley, PA, though his wife commutes to Boston during the work week. The eldest grandson in this family graduated from Pepperdine University and is now in China teaching English in a Nanjing high school. Number Two son is at Washington and Lee in Virginia. Number Three, a granddaughter, has just started her freshman year at Gordon College, north of Boston. “Our second son Derek lives in San Francisco, but he is pretty bi-coastal since he works part-time at Morgan-Stanley in NYC and is also affiliated with the Kennedy School at Harvard, doing research on government policy relating to the environment. He and his wife have three children: a graduate of Brown who is now working as an activist against coal pollution; a newly graduated son from Northwestern University, currently job-hunting; and a daughter who has just started Princeton after a gap-year comprising courses at London’s Cordon Bleu, a temporary job as ski-lift assistant, some months as a volunteer in a Katmandu hospital, travel in Thailand and Laos, and a summer job at a San Francisco bakery.” On their way to Canada last year and again last July, Shirley, her husband, Bill, and Keith, had lunch

with Shelley Bull Granger. When the house in Greenwich became too much, Shelley made a move which has “exceeded all [her] expectations” to Loomis Village in South Hadley, MA, which Shirley describes as “a super retirement community.” “Their visits have been so welcome,” says Shelley, who recalls other enduring friendships from “wonderful Riverdale years. “We had a great deal of freedom in an interesting community with friends in the older generation as well as our own. My life was certainly enriched by the families that left Europe with the threat of war and came to Riverdale, especially classmates Emmie Kreyberg and Suzanne Rufenacht. “Shirley and I spent a Christmas and New Year’s with the Kreyberg family in Oslo while we were in Paris our junior year. Suzanne, my daughter Cate’s godmother, is very much a part of my life now. She came to Loomis Village to visit me and stayed with Cate earlier this year. Cate, and her husband Timm Zolkos, live in Amherst, only 20 minutes away. She is Dean of Admission at Amherst College; he in community development. They have two sons.” Shelley’s eldest, Hal, and his wife, Alison, who live in Farmington, CT, work in the investment world and have two children; her son Chris, a doctor, and his wife, Bradi, a PhD nurse, are both at Duke University in cardiology and have three children. Ronald Mullins writes, “Riverdale was a major cornerstone in all of our lives. Much happens between the ages of 14 and 18; big memories and long friendships. I learned more about right and wrong and moral behavior from the extraordinary assistant headmaster, D. Earl Gardner, than from any other experience.

“The current news from us: our Vermont Dairy Farm has gone organic. Not so easy. It takes about three years to meet the rules and regulations. Lots of continuing restrictions. We have a young couple living on our premises that manage the dairy operations. It is a pleasure to see the cows grazing in the fields. “Our four children and four grandchildren all live in Vermont. Family gatherings and birthday celebrations bring all of us together and are scheduled frequently. “My wife and I have had enough of travel—though we escaped to Florida for a break from our tough winter last year—but in many ways we are quite active, and we are blessed with good health. We still have an apartment in NYC. Our schedule is usually two weeks at the farm, and a week in the city. Vermont has many wonderful features but the city visits afford us the chance to keep up with cultural events, mostly music and art.” Among his vivid Riverdale memories, Robert Blum cites Frank Hackett (“the Duke”), Earl Gardner (“the Shoe”); a generally superb faculty (e.g., Forrest Cobb, Bart Page, Robert B. Tucker, Irene Guiney, Marc Baldwin, Harold Klue, “Mickey” Murray); plus two marvelous coaches: Frank Bertino in football and Boris von Arnold in fencing. Bob was a member of the United States Olympic fencing team in the 1964 (Tokyo) and 1968 (Mexico City) Games. “No medals, but grand fun!” Bob is still connected to Riverdale by his daughter-in-law, Dr. Michele DeCarlo Blum, who teaches biology at RCS and whose husband Tom is VP for Administration at Sarah Lawrence. Bob’s eldest, Stephen, is a senior resident administrator of Yale alumni and student affairs. His youngest, Jennifer, is a lawyer. “Our fourth ( Jonathan, now 62 years old,) was

born profoundly autistic. He has no speech, and lives in a small group home in the Marine Park area in Brooklyn. We love him very much. “I'm retired (first from my law firm, then as a Bureau Chief in the Attorney General’s Office of NY State), but still a member of the State’s Advisory Committee on Civil Practice.” Bob keeps in close touch with his classmate Harry Rowney, whom he describes as “in good health, a splendid economist, a student of piano, and a devoted father and grandfather.” Harry Rowney, “a resident in Asheville, NC, for nigh on 20 years,” acknowledges that he “helped to create a son and a daughter and in turn has three granddaughters.” He recently retired as a trustee of the Asheville Art Museum, “on the old Wall Street rule that once your age begins with an 8, you retire from directorships and trusteeships. “I devote my time to studying piano and sponsoring piano recitals under the umbrella of the Museum, and have done this for about a dozen years when I realized the Museum had access to a superb Hamburg Steinway. “Following the custom of emperors and pharaohs before me, I have already created my headstone, which bears the legend ‘It is the Spirit that Quickeneth.’” Harry, who found Riverdale a unique institution/experience, considers “today's Riverdale quite different, which is not surprising with the passage of time. That does not make it better or worse. But my sense of the institution is that the purpose of the school is to drive its philosophy, rather than encourage mind creativity.” Longtime West coast resident Pat Arkin Gersden has been living in


Congratulations to the Classes ending in 1's and 6's, who are celebrating their reunions in the 2016-2017 school year!



1949 Barbara Neebe Thompson 26 Dorchester Avenue Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

1950 Bina Pawley

1951 Karl R. Heiser

California for almost 60 years, “in our house in Orinda 50 years, five minutes from the UC Berkeley campus. It’s been a wonderful and stimulating place to be. We are retired from our former work; my husband, Bob, as medical director of Children’s Hospital Oakland, and me from my work as a school psychologist. We spent 15 years in retirement, five months a year, in the desert of Borrego Springs, CA, where I volunteered in the Paleontology Museum as curator of invertebrate paleontology, my first career. “We raised three wonderful kids and we have three grown grandkids and one step-grandchild in Costa Rica. The grandkids have carried on the tradition of volunteer work and have helped in Nepal after the earthquake and volunteered in an orphanage in India near Tibet. One is a musician still in college and one in a PhD program in dramaturgy. They live in Hawaii, Washington state, and Costa Rica, great places to visit.” After Ruth Bailey Paine “met the love of my life, James C. Paine, at the Columbia University bookstore,” according to her 2012 obituary in the Palm Beach Post, the couple “spent their 1950 honeymoon driving to southern Florida where they would spend the rest of their lives.” Ruth was a first grade teacher at Palm Beach public school, a realtor, an avid tennis player, and a mother of two boys and one girl. She had four grandchildren. The largest family of a Riverdalian classmate may well belong to Rosamond Rauch Rosenmeier, a “deeply loved wife, nurturing mother and grandmother, professor, and poet,” who died in 2011, leaving five children and twelve grandchildren, according to The Boston Globe. In addition to teaching writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and later at the Andover Newton Theological School, Roz

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authored three books: a biography of Anne Bradstreet and two volumes of poetry, Lines Out and Where Light Answers Light. Elizabeth Eidlitz bets she is the only classmate with a pottery wheel in a hall closet and an electric kiln in the dining room that vents onto her condo patio. Retiring from independent schools as an English teacher and dean of students, Liz recycled herself as a studio potter who also facilitates writing workshops and writes newspaper columns and feature articles, flash fiction, and short stories. “If the agent who has accepted the 15th draft of my novel finds a publisher for it, you will all hear about it.” Those of you are reading this but aren’t mentioned in the Class Notes, please share your news for the spring issue. Centenerian sisters Rubye, 110, Ruth, 104, and Rose, 106, believe that longevity depends on cherishing those fleeting moments we have together, as we remember the importance of connectivity: columns/my-health-story/rubye-ruthand-rose-centenarian-sisters-sharetheir-secrets-to-a-long-happy-life.


Kathryn Lodal let QUAD know the sad news that her husband, Jack Ripperger, passed away on April 9, 2016. He died from aspiration pneumonia after almost two and a half years in senior living with progressing dementia. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathryn and all of Jack’s family and friends.


From Ruth Carey: “I am well and happy and enjoying my life in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey; over 40 years here. I’ve enjoyed reading Helen Vincent Atlas’ accounts about her trips abroad.Her trip to Russia and her involvement with the culture there was really

fascinating. I see the word ‘lifer’ in QUAD. I too, am a lifer, beginning at the Neighborhood School, as I called it then, all the way through.”


Submitted by Class Correspondent Karl R. Heiser: Congratulations to Virginia Deane Abernethy on the July publication of her most recent book, The Vanishing American Dream: Immigration, Population, Debt, Scarcity (Transaction Publishers, 2016; available at Amazon). From Dorothea Hutton: “Karl, the big news at our time of life is I’m still here. Sixth trip to Venice with my younger daughter in June (still trying to figure out if I like it). Still volunteering as a docent at the Tenement Museum after 12 years. Not very exciting news, which is all to the good, I think. Dorothea (formerly Dotty)” Anne and John Johnson kindly sent a photo taken at John’s activity center. Our best to both! We all owe a salute to Major General Felix Santoni, whose note reads, “Just to let you know that come this 9 November 2016, I will step down as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Puerto Rico. I had to resign as my appointment was until 2018, and they selected as my replacement the individual who I recommended. I served as a CASA since August 2002 and it was time to step down; I wore a uniform for almost 40 years plus four years as an ROTC cadet, and 14 years as a Civilian Aide, so it was time to take care of other things.” For more on Felix, see the Alumni Profile on page 32. Lyle Thompson writes, “Sorry, but I will not be attending the reunion. I wish all of you a wonderful time, and I had really planned on being at the reunion, but it seems that age has finally found me. I remember the days when, in a few minutes, we ran up the steps from

Classes ending in 2's and 7's will have their reunion in the 2017-2018 school year, beginning the weekend of October 13-15. Please save the date!

CLASS NOTES the playing field and back to the dorm. It would take me several days to make that same journey today.” Me too, Lyle… Finally, I hope to see some of the class at our 65th (!) reunion in October. There aren’t many left who remember Mr. Hackett and Miss Cooper!


Adeeb Khalid, Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and History at Carleton College, has won the Reginald Zelnik Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for his book, Making Uzbekistan (Cornell University Press, 2015). The prize is awarded annually in memory of Reggie Zelnik for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the field of history in the previous calendar year.


From Class Correspondent Bill Gardner: “Our class tried a new approach, as classmates were encouraged to exchange e-mail updates and news among ourselves. Eight responded, and several, who asked to be included in the QUAD, follow. As for us, Kathleen and I are still very much enjoying our 31st year in Tucson: the weather, golf, volunteering, quilting (Kathleen), and travel. Health good; not great, but hanging in there. Children and grandchildren are all doing well. Second granddaughter is a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon (oldest graduated from FSU). December will be our 59th wedding anniversary.” Robert Milligan writes: “We have been to Switzerland three times already this year, to see our family in Zurich where we now have two great-grandsons (neither of whom is likely to get to Riverdale, unfortunately). We also went crosscountry skiing from our chalet in

the Bernese Oberland, and I got round the piste without accident! In May we went walking for a week on the Isle of Wight with a group of friends, getting good exercise in lovely country. We flew halfway across the Atlantic In late June to stay in the Azores for two weeks, staying on three different islands for a few days and visiting the local tourist sites. The islands are all volcanic and we would be taken by bus to the summits, but unfortunately they were often cloaked in clouds. The guide then produced picture post cards to show us what views we were missing, but it is not the same somehow! We are making another attempt on the Atlantic next week, when we fly to Bermuda for some late summer sunshine (we hope)! Best wishes to all our friends, and hoping to see as many as possible in 2018.” Walter Gans writes: “Firstly, I have been fortunate to have dodged a number of medical bullets, most recently lung cancer (I’ve never smoked), heart problems (I have a pacemaker) and spinal stenosis. For my 80th this spring my son gave me a t-shirt depicting nine lives. I still hopefully have a few to go. No complaints, though, because life is good. Five grandchildren (from 16 to 21) are flourishing: one at Bowdoin, another at Lehigh, and a third at Villanova, with two more close to college age. And all are within a couple of hours away. Still working full-time as an arbitrator and mediator, focusing on international, sports, and commercial disputes. Katherine and I divide our time among NYC, CT, and southeast England, where on occasion we meet up with Shirley and Bob Milligan. Also, recently in Vietnam and Cambodia, France and Switzerland. Best wishes to all.”

birthday, and the second marked my tenth year with the Wende Museum (Culver City, CA). My work for the museum in these post-retirement years has included archiving, interviewing, and serving as docent for visitors of all ages. The focus is on the division of Europe, which ceased with the ‘Fall of the Wall’ in Berlin and the end of the Cold War – ‘Wende’ being the German word for ‘turn’ or ‘transformation’. My health continues to be good, except for some mobility problems. My son works as a biologist for ‘big pharma’ in Boston, so I don’t see him too often. Check out the Wende website (http://www.!”


From Class Correspondent Nancy Bomeisler Nightingale: “I have been living at The Osborn in Rye, a beautiful independent living facility, with my Bill of 62 years. We love it.”


PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT(S) BEFORE MAY 1, 2017. 1952 Barbara Dean Schuler 17 Bronxville Road Bronxville, NY 10708

1953 Gail Fletcher Edwards William H. Gardner

1954 Nancy Bomeisler Nightingale

1955 Jane Samet Rogers

1956 Barbara Berger Goldman

QUAD extends condolences to the family and friends of former Class Correspondent Barbara Rearden Farnham, who died October 26, 2016. Barbara earned her MPHL and PhD degrees from Columbia University. QUAD also was saddened to learn that Rona Kaplan Roob passed away on September 26, 2014 after a battle with cancer. Rona graduated from Barnard College,  This past summer John Ahouse ’53 celebrated his 81st birthday and his 10th anniversary with the Wende Museum in Culver City, CA.

John Ahouse writes: “In August, my colleagues and the interns at the Wende Museum threw me a party with two cakes (see photo right). The first was for my 81st


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PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT(S) BEFORE MAY 1, 2017. 1957 Judy Austin Rick Bates Sue Jacobs Schaffzin Marty Zelnik

1958 David F. Lahm

majoring in art history, and later earned a master's in library science at Columbia University. She had a life-long love of modern art, and The Museum of Modern Art was her second family. She first worked at MoMA in the 1960s, as secretary to Alfred H. Barr, then Director of the Museum Collections. In the 1980s Rona helped to build The Museum of Modern Art Archives Records Management Program, which was formerly established as a separate department in 1989 with Rona as the founding archivist. She was named Chief Archivist in 1996, and upon her retirement in 1998, the position of Rona Roob Museum Archivist was established.


Marty Zelnik has purchased a golf course in Palmetto, FL, which is not far from Bradenton and Sarasota. The course is managed by Marty’s son, Noah, who is also the pro. At press time the course was being upgraded for a projected opening in November. Marty has branded the course Moccasin Wallow Golf Club (nicknamed The Moc), which is also the name of the nearby community. Paul Dickson has written a biography of Leo Durocher that will be published in March 2017. Leo was a member of all three New York baseball teams. On May 5, 2016, the 13th Annual Reginald Zelnik (RCS 1952) Memorial Lecture took place at Riverdale. This lecture is sponsored by Marty Zelnik and Reggie’s widow, Elaine. The most recent speaker in the Class of 1957 Alumni Speaker Series was Peter Ellis, who spoke about his pro bono legal work for a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. George Liebmann spoke at the 92nd Street Y in February on his book, The Fall of the House of Speyer. George’s talk was attended by Doug Warwick, Marty Zelnik, and Rick Bates. After George’s

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talk the group paid a visit to Dr. George Falk at his nearby office. Richard Meade visited New York from his home in Cambridge, England. He joined Doug Warwick, Marty Zelnik, and Rick Bates for lunch on the banks of the Hudson River in Westchester. In 2015 Tim Zagat established the Zagat Global Fellows program at Riverdale. “This builds on Riverdale’s long history of international education. It is intended to foster a partnership among Riverdale and schools worldwide with the purpose of introducing international educators to the Riverdale community for extended visits each year while also providing Riverdale faculty members an opportunity to become reciprocally immersed in each partner school’s educational program.”


From Alex Garvin: “I am happy to announce that my new book (in beautiful full-color), What Makes a Great City (978-1-61091-7582/$40), is finally available. “The question that the book asks, what makes a great city, is not about the most beautiful, convenient, or well-managed city; it isn’t even about any ‘city.’ For me it is about what we can do to make a city great. I spent two years traveling to some of the great cities of the Western World (many of which I already knew quite well) to determine why these cities were so great. This book is my answer. It is neither a textbook nor a travelogue; it is the story of my quest to determine what makes a great city and a presentation of my conclusions. “I presented these ideas in key US cities recently, including two events in New York at the New York Public Library and the 92nd Street Y, as well as the Kinder Institute in Houston.

“If you’d like to purchase a copy of the book from Island Press, use the code 4GARVIN, which is good for a 20% discount. You can also order it from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local independent bookseller. “I hope you will consider sharing the book with your own networks.” Alex also favored us, as is his habit, with e-postcards about his summer travels. Spoiler alert: he ate very well in Budapest. Anyone who didn’t see the postcards can e-mail me ( and I’ll send you the whole thing. Likewise, his earlier dispatch from Bordeaux and the Dordogne. Both communiqués gave us incisive written observations and fabulous color photos. Phil Proctor stays busy, mainly in voiceover work. He’s one of 64 actors in the 47.5-hour audiobook release of L. Ron Hubbard’s epic, Battlefield Earth, which has already garnered several awards and tops the best-sellers list. But an even greater thrill was being cast as the eccentric Senator John Randolph of Roanoke in the three-part PBS documentary, Francis Scott Key: After the Song, to be aired nationwide during Black History month in February. Phil and Melinda visited New York City this fall, after a trans-Canadian rail trip and an autumn leaf-peepers drive down the East Coast. Says Phil, “We haven’t taken a bite out of the Big Apple for a while!” From Frank Clarke: “I am now fully retired, doing just a little bit of consulting, and living full time in Stuart, FL. Vera and I plan to keep busy with golf, volunteer work and travel – which started with a cruise down the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam last spring. Also, time with our grandchildren in Miami. Best wishes to all – and let us know when any of you are in the area.” David Frankel writes: “I am now retired from practice and spend my

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CLASS NOTES time managing our New York real estate company full-time. Linda and I spend about one week a month in New York, with weekends in Connecticut and three weeks a month in Miami Beach, where we have our home. Our sons, David and Gregory—and their respective families—all live in Miami as well. We sold our place in Paris and closed three weeks before the massacre (whew!) and have our CT house on the market. We are trying to simplify. If anyone finds themselves in Miami, shoot me an e-mail.” From Alan Coyne: “We have lived on Hilton Head Island since 1980. Twelve years ago we started a Keller Williams real estate franchise and it has grown to be the largest real estate office in our market area. I am the Broker in Charge and am having fun! Only one of our four children lives in the area. We now have eight grandchildren who like to visit us here. We recently returned from Mexico – one son lives in Saudi Arabia and just married a girl from Oaxaca, Mexico. Big wedding, great family reunion, and now our new daughter-in-law is adjusting to life in Saudi Arabia. Hopefully for Christmas the whole family will be here.” Paul Jablow’s distinguished journalism resume now includes the following: “Last year, I worked with a filmmaker creating a multimedia documentary about a young West Philadelphia man, Glen Casey, who went from selling crack on street corners to the Class of 2017 at Penn. It was a multigenerational project: the filmmaker graduated exactly 50 years behind me at the Columbia Journalism School. Glen’s Village has won awards at several film festivals and this year it won a best-in-category award from the Education Writers Association of America (EWA), basically the Oscars of education writing. At the EWA conference, U.S. Secretary of Education John King called it one of the three best education stories he’s seen this year.”

From Class Correspondent David Lahm: “Myself? Well, 10 juvenile delinquents (also known as fingers) have stumbled around numerous keyboards this year. Recently I’ve begun to learn salsa rhythm, which wasn't much help when I volunteered to play hymns for a friend who is pastor of the Huntley Road Baptist Church in Niles, MI. “Sad to say, we lost Randy Colman in April.” Jim Marrow was in Cambridge, MA, for the fall term of 2016. “My wife Emily has been appointed a Visiting Scholar in Medieval Studies at Harvard so I bask in uxorious pride, and not only for that appointment: Emily’s first book, The Murder of William of Norwich: The Origins of the Blood Libel in Medieval Europe (Oxford University Press, 2015), has won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award honoring ‘scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity, including works in the fields of history, philosophy and religion as well as such fields as anthropology and the social sciences.’ Our time at Harvard overlaps a major exhibition of illumined manuscripts on which I collaborated (Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections). The largest exhibition of illuminated manuscripts ever mounted in the U.S., it is on view at Harvard’s Houghton Library (Manuscripts from Church and Cloister), the new McMullen Museum at Boston College (Manuscripts for Pleasure and Piety) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Italian Renaissance Books).”


From Class Correspondent Geoff Howard: “Congratulations to Terre Otto, whose work appeared in the New York Pier this past spring. Well, the work was seen by folks at the AVA Galleria in Helsinki and she’s now under contract with

them to show her work in Paris and Osaka, in addition to Helsinki. Classmates are invited to visit her website,, to learn more. “And her children have been active and successful as well: Son Kyle got married and wrote/produced a movie that is being screened; daughter Regan recently got remarried and the newlyweds took a great trip to Santorini; and finally, daughter Tiffany’s Washington Market Pediatrics office has been getting a great deal of recognition in TriBeCa. “Terre concludes, ‘I am still ‘young’, happy, and looking forward to whatever wonderful things lie ahead.’ Well said!

PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT(S) BEFORE MAY 1, 2017. 1959 Micki Seligson 139 Cushing Street, #1 Cambridge, MA 02138 Geoff Howard

1960 E. Harvey Meer

“And from the other side of the pond, this from John Lahr: ‘My news is all theatrical. I’m currently in rehearsal of a musical evening I’ve written with the lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, directed by Susan Stroman (The Producers). And, Scott Rudin (The Book of Mormon) has optioned a play of mine, Nobody’s Angels, about Walter Winchell, Sherman Billingsley, and the Stork Club. Contracts have been signed and it’s scheduled for 2018...but many a slip between cup and lip.’ When the play opens, you can count on a large turnout from your classmates! “Mike Otten is once again teaching his seminar on crosscultural management in one of the prestigious grandes écoles in Paris, where he and Evelyne have a lovely apartment. He is proud of the fact that his students ‘graded’ him very highly — a grade that will be even higher when he learns to speak more slowly. “Finally, from me: As a graduation present in 1959, my parents gave me a trip with the Experiment in International Living and I wound up in Fuerstenfeld, a small town in southeastern Austria that I had never heard of. That trip gave me my first taste of living overseas and


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changed my life. This fall, I’ll be going back to Fuerstenfeld — for about the 20th time — for the 75th birthday of my Austrian “brother,” Guenter. What a remarkable experience, which began just a few days after that long-ago June night.”

1961 Lawrence Rosenbluth

1962 Joseph Pickard

1963 Stephen R. Blank Peter W. Philip Paul K. Safer

1964 John H. Jiler

1965 Gail Hart Melissa Gordon

1966 Be a QUAD Class Correspondent*

1967 Mary Lou Scott

Megan Hilty and Jonathan Burrows ’61 during a workshop staging of Cole Porter’s Can-Can. 


Jonathan Burrows, living in Los Angeles and a film producer for many years (Fletch, etc.), has returned to Broadway producing, his original profession. After producing a successful workshop staging of Cole Porter’s Can-Can starring Megan Hilty (see photo below) and Aaron Lazar at a Manhattan studio, Can-Can had its pre-Broadway tryout at Paper Mill Playhouse in October 2014 starring Kate Baldwin and Jason Danielly (www.cancanbroadway. com). Jonathan modestly called this four-week run a “triumph” and he reports that his production is now waiting for a Broadway theater to become available. Former schoolmates Patrick Terrail ’60 and Donald Ross ’60 were among the attendees. Watch this space!


From Paul Geiger: “The Summer QUAD entry by Richard Spatz brought back memories of my extra help sessions with Mrs. Guiney in her math class. So many times I sat there and wondered how would I ever get through this. I know that Mrs. Guiney was frustrated with my lack of progress

and she would say, ‘You’re not worth the powder to blow you to Jericho’. I guess that I might have met Ricky Spatz and other classmates in Jericho, if I got there. I was reminded that, ‘The wages of sin is death’ and others. And as with Ricky, she asked me, ‘Are you an only child?’ I thought she said, ‘Are you a lonely child?’ to which I replied, ‘Sometimes,’ which must have sounded strange. Thanks Ricky, I remember you well. God bless Mrs. Guiney.”


From George deWalder: “My submission is a ‘small world’ story. Last December at a pre-holiday party hosted by friends at their home in Asheville, NC, I struck up a conversation with another male who was also unaccompanied. “The usual questions followed that applied to both of us: Where did you grow up? NYC. Where in NYC? The Bronx. Where in the Bronx? Riverdale. Oh my gosh (simultaneously)! What school? PS 24. What school after PS 24? Riverdale Country School. More OMGs! “We were separated by 12 years at RCS. My new friend, Michael Fields, graduated in 1975. He lived at 231st Street and Henry Hudson Parkway, and I lived on Arlington Ave., just a walk away. “What a truly small world. Michael and I are also members of the Country Club of Asheville, where we meet monthly for lunch, and the conversation is always interesting. “Michael and I have also gotten to know Mark Weinstein in North Carolina. He grew up on Johnson Ave and attended PS 24 with Michael. He has been CEO of the Brevard Music Center since 2013 and has become a good friend, even though he graduated from that archrival, Horace Mann School. Here’s to making more friends!”

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Class Correspondent John Jiler writes, “We all proudly followed Eric Kingson’s campaign for Congress this year. Running on a very progressive agenda, Eric finished a strong second in a primary field of three, despite no support from the state Democratic organization. A highlight was Bernie Sanders’ speech on his behalf, and Eric’s subsequent service on the national platform committee, where his strong voice helped shape the narrative of the presidential election.”


From William “Bill” Theodore: “I was a Visiting Professor for a month (my third trip) at the University of Zambia in Lusaka at the time of the Reunion; sorry to miss it. Recently I saw Peter Hayward in London.” John Wohlstetter says, “Days before Thanksgiving 2015 I relocated to Charleston, SC. I am finding my new city of residence most charming, rich in culture, cuisine, scenery and conviviality.” Rachel Hadas’s poem, Roosevelt Hospital Blues, was shortlisted for a prize by the Forward Arts Foundation. You can read the poem at http://www. roosevelt-hospital-blues/.


From Hillary Brown: “I left Manhattan and now live in Riverdale. A full professor at City College of NY, I run an interdisciplinary graduate program (architecture, engineering, science and social science) called Sustainability in the Urban Environment. My two books, Next Generation Infrastructure (Island Press, 2014) and Infrastructural Ecologies (MIT Press, 2017) address how urban systems can better address carbon constraints, climate change impacts and quality of life.”

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CLASS NOTES John Boneparth writes, “We are selling our home in Marin County, CA, to spend six winter months golfing in the CA desert, and the other six months in Scarborough, ME, to be near our two granddaughters in Portland, ME. Pictured with me (below, top row) is Rose Boneparth. Would love to hear from any classmates passing through those locations. Cell: 415-310-9196;” Peter Brest says, “I retired two years ago and am enjoying my newfound free time more than I ever could have imagined, keeping busy with multiple not-for-profit boards, classes, piano lessons, traveling and lots of NYC culture. My oldest son was married last year and the other two are thriving as well.” Ross Madden reports, “I have a new grandson, Arlo, who was born on June 8, 2016. He likes to wear watermelons as hats (below, bottom row).” Dale List Kaplan recently spent time with Carol McKegney as John Boneparth ’67 with granddaughter Rose Boneparth. 

 Arlo, grandson of Ross Madden ’67.

well as her son, Scott, who lives in Brooklyn (see photo right). Her other son and two grandchildren live in Santa Monica, CA. She is still skiing and playing lots of golf in Jackson, WY, and Scottsdale, AZ. Nick Tortorello writes, “I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and enjoy the Brandywine River Valley a lot. After 11 years of bachelorhood I married Ann McNally, who is a professor in the St. Joseph’s Hobbs School of Business. We also have a consulting business to companies and non-profits. We honeymooned in Italy, spending most of our time in Tuscany.” Tina Zerdin Fleishman is a “long-time resident of Vail, CO, with my husband Frank Johnson. I am a clinical psychologist in private practice. I have two children and one grandchild. From Mary Lou Scott: “In February 2016 I moved to Charleston, SC, and am enjoying the sailing, great restaurants and weather. I’m playing fiddle in a bluegrass band with my brother. My online business,, makes SPF50+ rashguard shirts for dogs.” Pamela Duff Killen is “moving back to the States after 15 years in Belize teaching social work and nursing at the University of Belize. I was also working for the government of Belize, implementing programs for youth at risk. Owen Hanify Killen, born June 9, calls me back to Boston, where I will be a granny nanny this winter.” From Debbie Herman Shank: “After practicing for 40 years as a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing, I moved from Pennsylvania and retired to Norfolk , VA, in 2014 with my husband, John. We have made many new friends with whom we have gone traveling, and have had numerous impromptu good times. Our oldest son, Ben, and his wife, Jen, live in Orlando with our three grandchildren: Hunter (8), Brooks (7) and Avalon (5). My

PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT(S) BEFORE MAY 1, 2017. 1968  Carol McKegney ’67 (left) with Dale List Kaplan ’67 (center) and Dale’s son, Scott.

John M. Davis

second son, Dan, was married to Megan on December 12, 2015. They recently moved from DC to Baltimore to both take job promotions.” In John Jaeger’s words: “I’m just a humble aging former teacher working in finance.” His wife, Ines, is a truly talented custom window seamstress. From Polly Demuth Steenhagen: “My Civil War reenacting group went up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire for an event. While there, since I teach meteorology in college, I decided, fully dressed in my Civil War garb, to visit the weather station (below, top row). In the group photo (below, bottom row), taken on top of the foggy, windy mountain, I’m in the back with the big light gray cape; my husband is next to me (yep, I got him into reenacting, too).”

 Polly Demuth Steenhagen ’67 visiting the Mt. Washington weather station in New Hampshire and with her Civil War reenacting group. 


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1969 PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT(S) BEFORE MAY 1, 2017. 1969 Nancy Duff-Boehm Susan Tembeck Riccardi

1970 David Asencio Robert Kahn

1971 Jerry J. Fall Charlotte Jones McCormick

Dear Class of ’69: It’s terrific to hear from so many of you. Our 45th Reunion was a real hit, and we are looking forward to meeting up with hopefully even more of you at our 50th. Hard to believe it has been that long since graduation. We’re all senior citizens now—but clearly, our correspondences demonstrate that we are still young at heart, with a long way to go. It was great to hear from Steve Scholle, who writes: “Was so nice to see all the folks who attended the 45th. I look forward to the 50th! Wow. As Bob D. said, 65 is more like 50 was when we were 18… at least, if we are lucky enough to have good health. I’ll be seeing my good friends Matthew Simpson and David Eden next weekend (September 16, 2016). David will lead us on some sea kayaking on the Massachusetts north shore (photo below left). “Saw Richard Brown at his home last fall, which was a treat. And, of course, my dear old friend Doug Booth the weekend of our 45th. “Some new music out on my website, stephenscholle.bandcamp. com. Look forward to teaching some songwriting classes and workshops this year.”

 From left: Class of 1969 friends Matthew Simpson, Steve Scholle, and David Eden at Inner Crane’s Beach in Ipswich, MA.

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From our past Class Correspondent Tom Elkind: “I have decided to ‘retire’ from practicing law as of January 31. My plan is to spend about half my time being a mediator/arbitrator, resolving both complex commercial disputes and providing pro bono mediation services for the courts. I am currently transitioning into retirement, which leaves me more time for travel, golf and other things that I have never had time to do as much of as I would like. I am inspired by my wife, Lise, who retired from teaching three years ago and is busier now than ever. “I have always loved mountains, ever since my Riverdale sixth

grade teacher, Ernest McAneny, introduced me to hiking in the Adirondacks. In November, I went on a four-week Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp and surrounding areas. I posted photos on Facebook during the trek so anyone who was interested could follow along. I have been training for this as best as I can by climbing mountains in New England, but nothing around here can really prepare one for the 18,000 feet of altitude there.” Also heard from Vicki Rogers, whom we haven’t seen since graduation: “I’ve been in Santa Fe (New Mexico) since 1979, so 10 years after graduating from RCS until my Medicare birthday last April – a welcome graduation! I’ve had a lot of careers in that time period, starting with Colorado licensed Realtor in Steamboat Springs, to various editor positions, teaching the visually impaired (following a master’s degree in that field), registered nurse, massage therapist, and, for the past decade, remodeling historic properties; starting, managing, developing and selling successful vacation rentals downtown near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Currently I have narrowed down to one luxury couple’s casita three blocks to the Plaza (VRBO 757438) and have returned to my first career as Realtor, but now in Santa Fe. In the midst of this period, I lived for 11 years on a private part of the Rancho de Las Golondrinas, a 208-acre estate 19 miles south of town, where my museum-collected landscape photography portfolio came into being. My work is part of the Jane Reese Williams Collection of Historic Women’s Photography. I also had a little book about our historic neighborhood published by Sunstone Press a few years back. For Riverdalians planning to visit the Southwest, my contact and other information is at I’ve been out-of-touch pretty much since leaving for my first college experience, but it is interesting to read about the amazing lives of former classmates in the e-mail exchanges!”

And Linda Koebner, who moved to Sacramento to be close to her family, says: “Enso, my grandson, turned two in early November and since a few days after his birth I have lived in Sacramento—right next door! I have the indescribable joy of watching him grow while sharing daily life with my son, Ian, and amazing daughter-in-law. Life is good! I’m settling into this new community, amazed at the immense harvests from my veggie garden, and enjoying the California lifestyle (though sometimes miss NYC energy and, definitely, friends). “In the spring, Tigress Productions invited me to share the story of my relationship with the chimpanzees I took from the lab, as part of their new series, Wild Animal Reunions, on the BBC. (The program will air in the States on Nature some time in the new year.) We used images that date back to senior year at Riverdale when I cared for an infant chimpanzee! I went to England for the interview and on to Zurich, where Ian was on a three-month residency. While there, I went hang gliding over the Alps. If not now, when?! “Later in the summer, my husband Ron Feldman, his brother Rick Feldman ’70, their mom, and I went to Poland with people from all around the world who all have roots in the Zaglembie region. We toured towns, graveyards and AuschwitzBirkenau with individuals who had lived and survived the crushing of their homeland and culture. We mourned, sang and celebrated life together. It was a powerful and moving journey. “Over the past couple of years PULSE: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, a wonderful online journal, has published a few of my stories. “I look forward to the next reunion with Riverdale friends...over a cup of coffee or on campus.” From Co-Class Correspondent Nancy Duff-Boehm: “Kathy Valyi

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CLASS NOTES was right: In July, Greg and I had the distinct pleasure of a personal tour by Judith Cohen and her husband Malcolm through the museum of Modern California Art, which is their home. We then had a lovely dinner together and talked all evening about things lofty and mundane, including funny Riverdale memories and visions for our futures. Judith’s work is inspiring. She has created and is CEO of a nonprofit that uses drama training to engage innercity youth in socializing, learning, entertaining, politics and personal growth. It is amazing work, and you should look it up on YouTube: The Handful Players. “Our one-year-old granddaughter Maggie is still the light of our lives. She and her parents live in San Francisco, but we have been fortunate enough to see them about every six weeks this year. “And Greg and I are still working, bushwhacking our way through this opiate epidemic, trying to stave off the multiple overdose deaths (averaging two a day now in northeast Ohio), as the manufacturers release ever-stronger formulations of the stuff. It can be grueling work, but also very rewarding because treatment does work! “We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2019, if not before. If you are in Cleveland, give us a shout!” From Cissie Jensen, who mentions our famous “make-out parties”: “I am happy to have rejoined the Class of ’69 at Riverdale, a class I was part of for 10 years and then departed for Chapin in the ninth grade. I missed some—but not all—of the make-out parties. I wasn’t aware until the Reunion last year how much I missed you all and the great spirit of Riverdale and hours of blissfully misspent youth. At the Reunion I felt a huge bond and closeness with the friends I had made in my childhood and early adolescent years. Maybe there is just something about this time of

life that starts bringing it all back together again. In any event, I look forward to seeing you all again next time around, I guess at the 50th (yikes!), if not sooner, I hope.” From Peter Bernstein: “A few things to report since I unfortunately was unable to attend the Reunion. Like my good friend Tom Elkind, reaching 65 has occasioned my turning the page professionally. I, too, am semi-retired after 40 years in the communications and technology industries. “It has been an extraordinary journey. It has covered stints as a lobbyist in Washington, DC, internationally recognized (by press and peers) industry analyst, business strategy consultant to C-levels of companies large and small, featured speaker at tech events around the world, marketing executive, featured columnist, editor and editor-in-chief of newsletters and magazines, advisory board member of successful and not-so-successful startups, speech writer to some household names, and most recently as senior editor of one of the world’s largest technology websites. I have had the privilege of occupying a catbird’s seat on how technology has and will transform our personal and professional lives at an everincreasing pace, and high visibility platforms for providing commentary on my experiences and views. In short, to paraphrase Dr. Seuss, oh the people I have met and the places I have gone. “Now it is time to stop and smell the roses. I plan to work on selective projects for special companies and people, and be an advisor to a few startups. That said, the real goal is to get my golf game respectable, learn PhotoShop, pursue my passion for politics by working on political campaigns until this November, finally get to write fiction and non-fiction for myself rather than for someone else, lend a hand with the charities we support, and enjoy the freedom to spend time with family and friends. The latter would include my incredible wife of 32

years, Karen; my daughter Rebecca (getting married in September 2017 to a wonderful young man and enjoying her career at AMEX); and my son Ben, who is a sales executive at Southern Wine & Spirits. “Looking forward to hearing how everyone else is doing. We certainly are an eclectic group with amazing talents and great individual journeys to relate.” From me (Susan Tembeck Riccardi): “For starters, I met up with Jessie Woeltz during my last visit to NYC. As always, she was as energetic and fun as she was when we were in Riverdale. It was a real treat to spend time with her! “As for me, my life has taken quite a few career turns, starting as an advertising account executive in NYC, then to a director of various clothing store chains and ending up running our not-for-profit Fellowship Living Facilities recovery residences for over 11 years. Today, we house more than 160 individuals with substance use disorders in two locations—men in Margate and women in Ft. Lauderdale (www. This is our labor of love—as we both are in recovery. Back in April we opened our Fellowship Foundation Recovery Community Center in Margate (www. It’s the first in Florida, yet there are 87 throughout the country. It is a peer-based recovery support service center designed to channel the expertise of those with similar life experiences. We offer things like support groups, 12-step and other meetings, life skills workshops, job search and resume writing, nutritional counseling, music therapy, rock and roll acoustic café—along with so much more. We are also involved with regulating the operation of recovery residences – to make sure they are run in the most ethical manner with the right intentions (so many are open for all the “wrong” reasons). We have been involved with the Florida legislator who recently passed a law requiring treatment centers and detoxes to refer clients to recovery residences

that are certified by the Florida Association (FARR) and National Association (NARR) of Recovery Residences. I’m proud to say that many of the standards that are now required are a result of adapting the standards we use in our houses. It is now against the law to refer a client to a house that is not certified. “Finally, my son Curtis, who lives in Berlin, Germany, is a musician and performs on a regular basis. I’m so proud of him for pursuing his passion and equally proud of the music he composes and performs. Check out Curtis Tembeck on YouTube. “Needless to say, if you are ever in this part of the country, please get in touch. I love meeting my old friends! “I hope more of our class decides to correspond so we can all enjoy each other’s lives.” Until the next issue, Susan & Nancy


Mitch Alfus says, “It’s all about the next generation (see photos below).”

 Mitch Alfus ’70 with “the next generation.” WWW.RIVERDALE.EDU | 25

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1973 Tony Melchior

1974 Donnamarie Barnes Roger Sherman

1975 Jonathan J. Beitler Lisa Turgell Friedland Jeffrey J. Russell

1976 Daniel Easton

1977 Be a QUAD Class Correspondent*

1978 William McGowan

1979 Lori Tarnopol Moore

1980 Dana Swinsky Cantelmo

QUAD extends condolences to the family and friends of Clyde Eliot Gumbs, who died October 18, 2016, at JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. Clyde was a retired business consultant, lawyer, poet and author of The Seven Seeds and Without Apology. He was the first African-American vice president at the Bank of New York. Clyde also was founder of The Chrysalis Experience L.L.C. and co-founder of The Integral Group.


From Laurence Jarvik: “In June and July I accompanied my mother through France, Spain and Portugal on a pilgrimage tour in honor of Aristedes de Sousa Mendes, the Portugese Consul who saved thousands of lives. In an incredible coincidence, Leah Sills, Riverdale Lower School librarian, was on the tour with her father, Stephen Rozenfeld, and we were also joined by her brother, who himself went to Riverdale and also taught at Riverdale!” From David Friendly: “After a long career producing movies (including the best picture nominee Little Miss Sunshine) I am executive producing my first TV series for USA Network. It’s called Queen of the South and the one-hour drama just got renewed for season two. Also, I have two kids, Maddie and Andrew, both attending USC.”

Turgell Friedland, who is our most reliable source of birthday wishes and good cheer. On a personal note, we have purchased a house in Camden, ME, and hope to have heat in it very soon. Love to have another casual dinner at Tom Finnegan’s pizza restaurant.”


Class Correspondent Dana Swinsky Cantelmo submitted the following Class Notes: From Théo Spilka: “I’ve been working 31 years in the beauty industry and am about to cross my 25th year at my current company. I’m still developing licensing deals for celebrities in perfume as well as fashion and lifestyle brands. Also, once an athlete; always an athlete—I am still actively competing in road cycling and participated in the National Gran Fondo Championships this past weekend in Frederick, MD. I received a bronze medal in my age group for that race and a gold for the series in FL, NJ, CO, and MD combined. I feel great!” Kathy Hertz writes: “I am a life coach and live with my 13-yearold son, Sam, in Clifton, VA. Last winter, after seeing all the images of refugees in the news and hearing the anti-Muslim rhetoric, I was horrified and went to Lesvos, Greece, to volunteer to help the refugees arriving there.

When I got back, I founded and began work on DCRally4Refugees (, a rally to raise awareness and provide tools to those who wanted to help refugees. The rally was held on August 28th at the Washington Monument and Heather Karaman and Laurie Grobman were there with me. It was an amazing day! I continue to be involved in the refugee crises and am currently putting together a house party campaign where people can plan a party and educate and provide tools to their friends and communities.” Kathy shared amazing photos from Greece and I encourage you all to get in touch with her and donate – amazing work Kathy, wow. Steven Bram wrote that his daughter, Zoe Bram, just started Riverdale. “She’s in 8th grade. I’m glad to keep the Bram tradition at RCS continuous.” And check out to find the next screening and perhaps a Q&A with Steven! Last April a bunch of us managed a dinner in NYC (below): Dean Shapiro, Jeff Suchman, Leslie Karkus, Elyn Alper Shoen, Robert Goldrich, Dana Swinsky Cantelmo, Andrew Obstler, Ken Fisher, and Tony Asnes.


Class Correspondent Jonathan J. Beitler writes, “Special congratulations to the very dedicated Susan Kohlmann— Most Valuable Alumna; Gerard Koeppel for his book, City on a Grid; and to Jeannie Strauss, who rang the bell for the New York Stock Exchange in honor of NY Cares. Our thanks to John Kurzman, who is the administrator for the Riverdale Country School Class of 1975 Facebook Page, and to Lisa  Members of the Class of 1980 at a dinner in NYC: Dean Shapiro, Jeff Suchman. Leslie Karkus, Elyn Alper Shoen, Robert Goldrich, Dana Swinsky Cantelmo, Andrew Obstler, Ken Fisher, and Tony Asnes.

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CLASS NOTES Speaking of RCS traditions and continuity, Niki Vorhaus, Robert Goldrich and I went to Burning Man together last month (below); the laughing, riding bicycles and dancing certainly made the days since RCS feel continuous. I also was lucky to have a visit from Jill Solomon on Fire Island this summer while she was in from Tokyo. It has been great seeing and hearing from all of you; please keep writing, and of course, if you have e-mail addresses of classmates that I don’t, please send them to me!”


We are saddened to report Nicholas Sprayregen passed away on July 13, 2016 from melanoma. He was the owner and president of Tuck-It-Away Self-Storage and a founder and managing member of Rising Development. QUAD extends condolences to Nick’s family and friends, including his sister, Pamela Sprayregen Weissman ’87, who notes, “He will be missed by the many whose lives he touched and enriched. He is known for fighting the good fight and there is one that even made the history books, and is explored currently at RCS in Grade 6 History: Tuck-It-Away’s legal battle against the wrongful use of eminent domain by New York State for

Columbia University’s expansion into West Harlem.”


From Class Correspondent Eve Reppen Rogers: “We are all turning 50 this year! Happy birthday, everyone!” Lars Kry says, “I’m overdue for an update. I’m living in Portland, OR, with my son, Charlie. It’s just the two of us. He’s 10 years old, loves sports, is a good student, and keeps me out of trouble. I’m in the middle of launching my own brand, called Uncle Lars...good taste. It’s initially focused on salad dressings, with more to come. I’m sold in New Seasons Market in the Portland metro area. I’m currently searching for other retail partners to team up with. So that’s my life in a nutshell. If you hear of anyone coming out west, tell them to give me a shout.” From Tony Barkan: “Still living in Williamsburg. My daughter, Sammie, graduated from Friends Seminary and is now attending Macalester College in Minneapolis, where she plays softball and is pre-med. My daughter, Julia, is a sophomore at Friends, where she was named all-conference basketball as a freshman. “In March 2015 I left my job (was a founding partner of Seer Capital and ran various parts of the

investment portfolio and business over 7+ years there) to take a little time off and then start my own asset management firm, Allagash Partners, focusing on commercial real estate debt opportunities. I’ve just started raising both operating capital for the business and investment capital for the fund. As an aside – I’d be remiss not to mention it - if you know of anyone, either in or out of the RCS network, who does VC or angel investing or is interested in helping fund a hedge fund start-up with a successful and experienced manager, or anyone who wants to invest in commercial real estate, feel free to throw them my way. “I also used the time to focus on some of my outside interests; I’m a partner in Fleisher’s Craft Butcher and we just opened our fifth store on the Upper East Side. I helped start Bronzeye, a new cybersecurity firm for asset management companies, and I’m helping start a video production company, Liner Notes, creating content focused on musicians, concerts and the music industry.

PLEASE SEND YOUR NEWS TO YOUR CLASS CORRESPONDENT(S) BEFORE MAY 1, 2017. 1981 Elizabeth A. Holoubek-Sebok Lisa Burge Swotes

1982 Meryl Poster meryl.poster@

1983 Eric Yamin

1984 Eve Reppen Rogers

“I also started teaching a weekly economic and financial literacy course at Cristo Rey Brooklyn, a high school serving lower income and immigrant families around NYC. The school graduates over 95% of its students and sends almost 100% of those graduates on to college, making many of those kids the first in their family to graduate high school, much less attend college. Also, as part of their curriculum, each student gets a job at a local company and gets to go to work once a week, both getting experience and defraying part of the cost of their schooling. “As part of my first few months off, I spent about a month in Italy (Rome, Amalfi and Umbria, mostly) with my girlfriend (see next paragraph) and my girls and my parents all joining in for various parts of the trip. It was great! I also

 Niki Vorhaus, Dana Swinsky Cantelmo and Robert Goldrich, all Class of 1980, went to Burning Man recently. WWW.RIVERDALE.EDU | 27

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Allison Unger Brody

Brittany Podell Levin



Sanford E. Cannold

Lara Englebardt Metz


Tim Morehouse

Karyn Boosin Leit

1988 Stacy J. Grossman

1989 Allison R. Rouse

1990 Jeffrey L. Korenman Achikam Yogev

1991 Stefanie Firtell Donath

1992 Laura J. Kleinman

1993 George D. Creppy Alexis Higgins


John C. Kirkham Jaime Benjamin

1998 Jessica Endelson Baum Catherine Silver Smith

1999 Matt Balaban

2000 Lana Jacobs Edelman

spent about a month up in the Berkshires and traveled around the West Coast. It was wonderful to have a real chunk of time off. “After having our fifth date be a week in Rome, my girlfriend and I moved in together this past February. Stay tuned on that front... “As for our classmates, I’m in regular contact with Andy Platt and Kristin Marting. Andy’s daughter is having her Bat Mitzvah next month and I’ll be honored to be a part of it. And Kristin has a son, Griffin, who is a senior in high school and is a founder and artistic director of Here Arts Center, where I am on the board. If anyone wants to come see some excellent hybrid avant-garde productions, they should come down to the theater. If they reach out, I’m happy to give them a hand finding something they might like to see. I also occasionally see Amanda Smith, who is working on growing her catering business (if anyone in NYC needs catering they should definitely call her – didn’t she do the Reunion?) and has a daughter in middle school in the city.” Eve Reppen Rogers concludes: “I am still the director of Graff Diamonds in Chicago. My son is in 10th grade and daughter is in 7th grade. I am looking forward to hearing more from my fellow classmates.”

2001 Samantha A. Acunto

QUAD sends condolences to the family and friends of Eileen Jurist, who passed away on September 22, 2016.


QUAD extends condolences to Pamela Sprayregen Weissman, whose brother, Nicholas Sprayregen ’81, passed away on July 13, 2016 from melanoma. For more, see Class of 1981 Class Notes.


Judy Bernstein continues to run her thriving qualitative insights consultancy and is excited to receive her master’s degree in creativity and innovation from the International Center for Studies in Creativity in May 2017.


Ani Meinhold has opened another restaurant called Phuc Yea (pronounced FOOK-yah). “It’s a 3900-square-foot, 140-seat restaurant and lounge in Miami. I know many RCS alumni make it down to Miami, so I’d love to connect and see some of you here!” From Valerie Tugendhaft Dorman: “We are enjoying living in Mexico City, and my husband (Scott Dorman), children ( Jonah, age 7, and Dalia, age 4) and I welcomed our third child, Ari Ross Dorman, to the family on February 21, 2016 (photo left).” Will Davidson writes: “My wife Blaire and I moved down to Jupiter, FL, two years ago and, while we miss NYC, we are loving the change. Our kids—Lucy (6), Harry (4) and Alistair (3)—love the lifestyle and are all swimming and surfing. I work at Florida Power & Light and I passed the Florida bar in February. I was sworn in October 5th and am looking forward to being licensed in both New York and Florida.”

Adam Brenner Alex P. Horn David Rausnitz

Danielle J. Englebardt

 Valerie Tugendhaft Dorman ’98 with her husband, Scott, and three children: Jonah (7), Dalia (4) and Ross (11 months). 28 | QUAD WINTER 2017


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CLASS NOTES Jessica Endelson Baum hosted a Class of 1998 gathering at her house in the spring (photo below). Catered by Elisabeth Weinberg of Miss Elisabeth’s Catering, it was a terrific evening with a stellar turnout, including: Adam M. Agress; Ashley Antler; Lauren Antler, Alexander Barnes; Jessica Endelson Baum; Julene Beckford; Ethan Binder; Gaynor Cunningham; Anthony Gonzalez; Jan Greenfield; Javi Hairston; Maxine Goldstein Hynes; Alana Yavers Krug; Nicole Lawrence; Brooke Pullman; Elyssa Goldberg Ruzal; Andrew Saltoun; Timothy Schneider; Catherine Silver Smith; Matthew Stine; Esther Tejeda; and Elisabeth Weinberg. Keith Grossman is pleased to report that the rebuilding of the media division of Bloomberg has introduced a few Riverdalians into leadership positions. In addition to Keith serving as the Global Chief Revenue Officer, board member David Westin P’20 is an on-air talent and Lucy McWhorterRosen ’07 has recently been added as General Manager, Revenue Strategy. Go Falcons!


Congratulations to Tim Sacks and Tracy Dansker ’06, who were married on September 24th surrounded by several Riverdalians (see photo on next page).


Jeff Deutchman is producing a documentary film, 11/8/16, which was being filmed on Election Day by 30+ filmmakers who will be collectively unveiling a day-inthe-life of American citizens of all backgrounds and ideological perspectives. Jeff is partnering with The Orchard, which will distribute the film in early 2017. For more, see This is Jeff’s second Election Day documentary film; the first, 11/4/08 (, was filmed on the day President Obama was first elected and was screened at film festivals and later exhibited in theaters around the country. It was recognized as the first crowdsourced film. But these are not Jeff’s first documentary films; as a tenth grader at Riverdale, he produced/

wrote/directed/edited his first feature-length documentary film, Blend This Way, which went on to win a Gold Key in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Award competition.


Janne Matzner-Gore and Scott Alfano are tying the knot in April in Orlando, FL. Philip Braddock recently earned his master's in information management and systems from the School of Information at UC Berkeley. Stephanie Charpentier Muñoz and her husband welcomed their son, Mateo David Muñoz, into this world on April 5, 2016. They’re all enjoying life together in Nashville, TN. Caxton Kaback is a commercial real estate broker at Byrnam Wood, the last high-end boutique firm that is completely independent and only represents tenants (businesses and philanthropies) in commercial lease negotiations. The firm actually completed the largest lease transaction in New York City last year.


2003 Adam R. Heller Ariel C. Schneider

2004 Brandon Cohen Cristina E. Haley

2005 Daniel A. Perelstein Amy R. Schneiderman

 Jessica Endelson Baum ’98 hosted a Class of 1998 gathering at her home this spring.


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Tracy Dansker

Laura Berman

Eric B. Nusbaum



Jay Dessy

Kate Lehrhaupt

Chloe Getrajdman



Michael Roberts

Khari Dawkins

Andrew J. Taub

George Niedermayer george.s.niedermayer.17@dartmouth. edu

Zoe Zetlin-Fishbein

2009 Daisy Hackett Josh A. Howard Joshua S. Pearl Gracie Phillips Ashley M. Rainford Alyssa J. Smith Danielle Suchman

2010 Ethan Gracer Ali Kokot Michael Shelton

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Justin Cohan-Shapiro recently hiked 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail with his wife. They got married midway through the hike in the Sierra Buttes with family and friends. They are now back in San Francisco, where Justin is a manager with McKinsey & Company.

same day Abbey Kesten was married, and so was Class Correspondent Tracy Dansker, to fellow Riverdale alum Tim Sacks ’99 (photo below). Summer weddings included those of Jordan Marin and Caroline Rubin, who married Jason Schulweis ’04 this August at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. Rachel Pauker was married in November and her wedding party included fellow 2006 grads Kirsten Turnbull and Jenna Langel. Jenna is recently engaged, as is Eric Cohen.



Congratulations to Jason Schulweis, who married fellow RCS alum Caroline Rubin ’06, this August at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.

Serena Pomerantz was married on September 24th and invites everyone to come check out her new show, Tony ‘N’ Tina’s Wedding, which recently opened in Chicago. Coincidentally, on that

Lucy McWhorter-Rosen recently joined Bloomberg as General Manager, Revenue Strategy.

2014 Travis Brady Saranya Vijayakumar

2015 Corey Morrison Robert Proner


 Riverdalians at the September wedding of Tracy Dansker ’06 and Tim Sacks ’99 (from left): Lois Kim ’99, Matt Baldwin ’99, Blake Zakarin ’99, Lindsay Sable ’06, Ryan Giesen ’06, Maddy Glennon ’06, Tracy and Tim, Kaila Pearlman ’05, Sam Smith ’06, Charlie Davidson ’00, and Michael Zakarin ’99.

Christian Eggers Jake Fallek


IN MEMORIUM ALUMNI John H. “Jack” Ripperger ’48 Barbara Rearden Farnham ’56 Rona Kaplan Roob ’56 Randy Colman ’57 Clyde Eliot Gumbs ’72 Nicholas Sprayregen ’81 Eileen Jurist ’85

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Faculty and Staff News Congratulations to MS/US Math teacher Amy Matteini McDonough, her husband Brandon, and big brother Andrew on the birth of Eliana Teray McDonough. She was born at 1:17am on August 22, weighing 7 lbs., 15 oz., and measuring 21 inches. Director of Financial Aid/Director of MS Admission Sheila HicksRotella and wife Emily welcomed Naomi Ellison Hicks-Rotella to the world on Friday, October 7, 2016, at 11:50 a.m. Naomi weighed 6 lbs.,  Naomi Ellison Hicks-Rotella, daughter 13 oz. and measured 19 3/4 inches long at birth. Sheila says, “Naomi of Director of Financial Aid/Director of MS Admission Sheila Hicks-Rotella and Emily can’t wait to meet you all!” Hicks-Rotella.

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ALUMNI PROFILE Board of Trustees 2016-2017 Gwen Adolph Terri D. Austin, Secretary Ellen Nachtigall Biben ’83 David Blitzer Tory Burch John Castle ’91 Liz Clyman ’97, AAEC President Kenneth Eberts Sandra Kim Hoffen ’83 Mark D. Hostetter ’77 John Kao ’68 Michael A. Karsch Betsy Kenny Lack Kass Lazerow Gary A. Lieberman Marc Lipschultz Daniel C. Lubin Cindy McKinney, PA President Thomas K. Montag Anand More John A. Neuwirth Kathleen M. Pike Dominic A.A. Randolph, Head of School David N. Roberts ’80, Chair

Allan V. Rose Daniel J. Rosen ’92, Vice Chair Dr. Susan Drossman Sokoloff Deborah Sonnenberg Jamie Alexander Tisch Stacey Weinstein David Westin, Vice Chair Kazumi Yanai TRUSTEES EMERITI Michele R. Cohen Gandolfo V. DiBlasi Thomas C. Israel Jane Lisman Katz ’65 Peter M. Lehrer Linda Lewis Lindenbaum ’54 Dr. William C.W. Mow ’55 Harvey Schulweis David M. Silfen Robert A. Staub Thomas W. Strauss Jeffrey N. Vinik ’77 Ada G. Zambetti Richard S. Zinman

Alumni Association Executive Committee 2016-2017 Samantha Acunto ’01 Lily Adler ’10 George Anagnos ’76 Rebecca Levy Anikstein ’99 Harrie Bakst ’03 Jessica Endelson Baum ’98 Amanda Rubin Blankman ’82 Liz Clyman ’97, President Stefanie Firtell Donath ’91 Edem Dzubey ’07 Tara Pfeifer Englander ’93 Danielle J. Englebardt ’94 Joseph Goldschmid ’04 Paul Goldschmid ’96 Susan Golkin ’85 Betsy Fields Hayes ’86 Michelle Kirschtein Jacobs ’81 Christopher Kelly ’02 David F. Lahm ’58 Laurence B. Lederer ’91 Tiffany Austin Liston ’94 John Low ’90 32 | QUAD WINTER 2017

Lorraine Mahony, Faculty Representative Anthony Melchior ’73 Lara Englebardt-Metz ’96 Philip R. Michael ’00 Shary Moalemzadeh ’89 Ron Murison, Faculty Representative Omari Ramarez ’05 Amelia Levin Relles ’87 Michael Roberts ’08 Carolyn Braun Rosen ’92 Daniel J. Rosen ’92 Peter R. Rosenblatt ’50 Alison Ginsberg Shefter ’89 Jessica Elghanayan Shell ’95, Vice President Roger Sherman ’74 Jonathan Shifke ’06 Abigail Spiegel Sroka ’99 Elizabeth Heyman Winter ’99

Major General You were born and grew up in Puerto Rico. How did you end up attending Riverdale? My mother had wanted me to improve my English, so we decided I would attend high school in the States. Initially, we had come over to interview at Lawrenceville Academy. They said they would accept me only on the condition that I repeat the eighth grade. At that time, I had had a very good friend at Riverdale, Bill Marques ’49, and he and his father were able to set up an interview for me at the school. I was accepted and began at Riverdale in the ninth grade in 1948. What was it like to begin high school at Riverdale? It was a crushing experience, and it took some time for me to adjust to the rigorous curriculum. I remember the first report card I received included Fs in both math and English—luckily, I was also taking Spanish, and that professor was very kind to me. My professors in math and English were Messrs. (Rufus) Cowing and (John) Carney, respectively. Both men were excellent teachers, working with me through my struggles and helping me to steadily improve in both subjects. I am proud to say that I graduated cum laude from Riverdale at the end of four years. Describe your experience at Riverdale. Riverdale was wonderful, and I received a great education. I think what is most important is that I had great mentorship from my professors. These men not only taught the curriculum, but cultivated students to be their very best selves. I was fortunate to have several

Major General (Retired) Felix A. Santoni graduated from Riverdale in 1951, then went on to earn his BS in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his military service in 1955 and had a distinguished career spanning more than five decades. Major General Santoni retired from active duty in 1995 as Deputy Commander in Chief for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, U.S. Southern Command with headquarters at Quarry Heights, Panama. He continued to serve the Army in a civilian role until recently retiring from his position as Senior Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Puerto Rico, where he now serves as CASA Emeritus. In March 2015, Major General Santoni was honored for his important contributions to the military with the historic dedication of an Armed Forces Reserve Center in his name, a practice typically limited to deceased persons.

(Retired) Felix A. Santoni ʼ51 mentors on the faculty, particularly Boys School Principal Mr. (Earl) Gardner, and Head of Dormitory Mr. (Arthur) Bennett. I am so happy that I graduated from Riverdale. During my time there, a majority of my class lived in New York City and commuted by bus. I was one of about 100 students who were living in the dorm, and my senior year I became president of the Dorm Council. I was thankful to have been so involved with dorm activities, as it enabled me to forge several friendships, including with Ed Koerner ’51, who was from New York City but lived at the school. I have also kept in touch with several classmates, including Karl Heiser ’51, our Class Correspondent. Since graduating, Karl and I have remained close thanks, in part, to our shared experiences in the military. Five years ago, I was able to return to Riverdale in celebration of my 60th Reunion. It was wonderful to reconnect with my classmates and relive the experience of being a student on campus. We had a great time! I would have loved to come up this fall for my 65th reunion but, unfortunately, my duties as the Senior Civilian Aide kept me in Puerto Rico to oversee a visit from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Band. How has Riverdale impacted your life? The thing I am most thankful to Riverdale for is helping me to improve my English. I don’t think I would have achieved any of the successes I have had in life, both as a civilian and through the military, without a firm grasp of the English language. I also recognize that my attending

the Wharton School, something that continues to be important to me, would probably not have happened without Riverdale and the education I received there. Riverdale also introduced me to many of the leadership and mentorship practices that I have used throughout my career. I have had the opportunity to mentor young men and women as part of my service in the military, and mentoring continues to be a big part of my life. Riverdale taught me the importance of mentoring, as well as how to mentor effectively. Riverdale set me on the course for my life. What are you up to now that you have become CASA Emeritus? I am still very close to the Army and very much involved in the day-today operations at the base. I had opted to step down from my role as the Civilian Aide after 14 years in order to bring in someone younger. In fact, I strongly recommended the candidate who they have ultimately selected as the next Aide, and I believe it is my responsibility to ensure he is as successful—but preferably more so—than I was. I also serve on several local boards that deal with higher education, the corporate sector, and military associations. You are an unwavering supporter of Riverdale’s Annual Fund. What keeps you engaged with and giving back to the school? I have always felt that Riverdale was very much a part of my life. The fact remains that I received a great education at Riverdale, and now I feel like my philanthropic support is my way to pay the school back for all it has given me. I would never have been able to achieve what I have without Riverdale.

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Quad Winter 2017  
Quad Winter 2017  

Twice-yearly parent and alumni magazine published by Riverdale Country School.