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Riverdale Country School WINTER 2013 | VOLUME XXXVI | NUMBER 1


Meet Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn Head of Upper School

Board of Trustees 2012-2013 Terri D. Austin David Blitzer Charles M. Blow John S. Castle ’91 Jill Cornet Kenneth M. Eberts III Mark D. Hostetter ’77 Theodore P. Janulis ’77 Brad S. Karp, Secretary Michael A. Karsch

Alumni Association Executive Committee 2012-2013 George Anagnos ’76 Rebecca Levy Anikstein ’99 Donnamarie Barnes ’74 Liz Strauss Clyman ’97 Stefanie Firtell Donath ’91 Edem Dzubey ’07 Tara Pfeifer Englander ’93 Joseph Goldschmid ’04 Betsy Fields Hayes ’86 Erica Tuft Karsch ’90 Danielle J. Englebardt Katzoff ’94 David F. Lahm ’58 Laurence B. Lederer ’91 Brittany Podell Levin ’95 Jennifer Smith Lipschultz ’89 Tiffany Austin Liston ’94 John Low ’90 Lorraine Mahony, Faculty Representative Tony Melchior ’73 Lara Englebardt-Metz ’96, Vice President Anthony Meyer ’78 Philip R. Michael ’00 Michael Michelson, Faculty Representative Shary Moalemzadeh ’89 Omari Ramarez ’05 Amelia Levin Relles ’87 Carolyn Braun Rosen ’92 Daniel J. Rosen ’92 Peter R. Rosenblatt ’50 Andrew Rubinstein ’87 Andrew A. Russell ’89 Alison Ginsberg Shefter ’89 Jessica Elghanayan Shell ’95 Roger Sherman ’74, President

Jane Lisman Katz ’65, Co-Vice Chair Roger H. Kimmel, Treasurer Christine Kronish, PA President Betsy Kenny Lack Gary Lieberman Marc S. Lipschultz Daniel C. Lubin Thomas K. Montag Jeffrey Pash Dominic A.A. Randolph, Head of School

Rachel Bloomgarden Spielman ’90 Abigail Spiegel Sroka ’99 David A. Straker ’90 Marjorie Levy Straus ’58 Jordan Wallack ’01 Elizabeth Heyman Winter ’99 David L. Zahm ’66

Parents Association Leadership 2012-2013 Christine Kronish President Joanne Zach Head, Upper School PA Abigail Hoffman Head, Middle School PA Jennifer Geller Carolyn Rosen Co-Heads, Lower School PA Wendy Davies Treasurer Daniela von Breitenbach Secretary Cynthia McKinney PA Secretary, Middle School Wendy Topkis PA Secretary, Lower School Jill Cornet Carol Papper PA Members-at-Large Janet Pfeffer Ginna Sesler Ex-Officio

Beth Roberts David N. Roberts ’80, Chair Allan V. Rose Daniel J. Rosen ’92 Roger Sherman ’74, AAEC President Dr. Susan Drossman Sokoloff Deborah Sonnenberg Phillip“Tod”Waterman III ’84 Stacey Weinstein David Westin, Co-Vice Chair

Amy Kalikow Lori Singer Athletics, Middle School Kory Apton-Griffin Robyn Landow Pam Pagano Laurie Selinger Athletics, Upper School Laura Klarman Ilissa Levine Jennifer Lipschultz Christine Siegel Book Fair, Lower School

Emeritus Trustees Michele R. Cohen Gandolfo V. DiBlasi Thomas C. Israel 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

Terri Austin Clifford Williams Denise Woods Community Development: Middle & Upper School Parents of Color (POC) Abbe Klores Leanora (Lee) Michel Community Service, Lower School Lisa Gustavson (Sales) Alyssa Katz Faculty Appreciation, Lower School

Jan Gilman Pamela Hirsch Book Fair/Literary Event, Middle & Upper Schools

Melanie Okun Jodi Silverman Faculty Appreciation, Middle & Upper Schools

Lauren Finster Michelle Jacobs Deborah Luskin Alison Shefter Carnival, Lower School

Beatriz Gordon Pamela Hirsch Family Fun Day, Lower School

Deb Weil Class Parties, Lower School Candice Chen Akemi Hong Giulia Patricelli Shyanne Roelloffs Community Development: International Parents, All School Ekua Ansah-Samuels R. Kenyatta Punter Community Development: Lower School Parents of Color (POC)

Melanie Anagnos Jodi Silverman Health Awareness, All School Sonya Chodry Jan Gilman Homecoming, All School Kristine Desmarais Leslie Wagner Pamela Sprayregen Weissman Ice Skating Party, Lower & Middle Schools Jill Gerber Katherine Moss Library, Lower School

Karen Elizaga Barbara Levison Parents in Action/ Parents League, All School Ruth Mullen Janet Pfeffer Susan Slater Speakers Advisory Committee, All School Kathryn Phillips Sunshine Committee, Lower School Alice Gittler Robyn Spirer Sunshine Committee, Middle & Upper Schools Lauren Braun Costello Kate Riley Marcia Sudolsky Sustainability Committee, All School Candice Chen Rachel Dalton Audrey Kirdar Deborah Luskin Welcoming Co-Chairs, Lower School Anna DeLuca Roffe Robyn Landow Barbara Levison Jill Light Ginna Sesler Pat Shifke Jill Simpson Welcoming Co-Chairs, Middle & Upper Schools



Riverdale Country School

QUAD is published by the Communications Office

02 Meet Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn, Head of Upper School 04 New Faces on the Hill Campus

Mary Ludemann Director of Communications

06 Homecoming/Reunion 2012 12 Eight Trustees Join Riverdale’s Board

Georgia Tucker Communications Associate

14 Class of 2012 College Destinations

Robin Gottlieb Director of Alumni Affairs

15 Class of 2004 Boosts Participation in Annual Fund with a Playful Appeal Among Friends

16 A Kindergarten Story More than 35Years in the Making 18 Design Thinking in Action ON THE FRONT COVER:

22 Student, Inc.: Riverdale Students Embrace the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn, Riverdale’s new Head of Upper School.

37 Alumni Profile: Joe Pickard ’62




Design: White Communications, Inc., Tuxedo NY

28 Class Notes

Cover Photo: Joe Vericker, PhotoBureau, Inc.

25 Sustainability Programs Integrated on Both Campuses

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hile teaching was not in

Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn’s original career plan, it’s obvious that she was meant to be an educator when you see her interacting with the Upper School students under her watchful eye. QUAD recently spoke with Doc Nich-Flynn (as the kids call her) about her educational philosophy, her goals, and her background.


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What interested you in the Head of Upper School position at Riverdale? I had been aware of Riverdale for a long time, as I have a cousin who attended in the 1980s. It was clear to me what a great education he received.The emphasis on the arts appealed to me, too. The reputation the school has as a leader in interdisciplinary education was also important. Interdisciplinary education has always been an interest of mine and I was the Interdisciplinary Program Director at Lawrenceville. I became aware of Riverdale’s interdisciplinary courses, most notably ILS (Integrated Liberal Studies) and Constructing America, through interacting with Riverdale’s faculty members while still at Lawrenceville. I jumped at the chance to work with Dominic again. I believe very strongly in Riverdale’s four principles— mind, character, commitment, community—and in the current emphasis on character education. I wanted to be a part of shaping the direction in which the school is going.

What are your short-term goals?

Will you be teaching at some point? I will be teaching ninth-grade biology in the second semester. Right now I miss teaching so I am looking forward to it. I hope to teach an interdisciplinary bioethics course in the future. I have been observing classes a lot, and it’s the best part of my day. By the time you are reading this I will have been in at least one class in every discipline and grade level.

Tell us a little bit about your family and your interests. My husband’s name is Gregory. My son, Nolan, is in Riverdale’s sixth grade, and my daughter, Jillian, is in Pre-Kindergarten at the River Campus.We love living on campus; it is beginning to feel like home. I like that when I drop Jillian off at the bus turnaround in the morning I can see my students arriving. I love to run; it clears my head and feels good. I do some of my best work when running! Our family likes to eat out.The great thing about this area is that we haven’t been to any restaurant twice.

Right now, I want to deeply understand the place and the people—students, faculty, and parents.

And your long-term goals? I bring to the school considerable experience in curriculum development, as well as experience in faculty growth and professional development, so I hope to enhance Riverdale’s professional development opportunities. I’m a strong believer that teachers should be learning as well as the students. I also want to help students achieve their goals, in particular helping them connect what they are learning inside the classroom with experiences outside the classroom.

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New Faces on the Hill Campus



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Andy Housiaux joined Riverdale last spring as the Director of Upper School Community Service and began teaching eighth-grade history this fall. Before coming to Riverdale, Andy worked for four years at Phillips Academy in Andover, where he was an instructor in philosophy and religious studies and was involved in the school’s community service program, teaching a service-learning course on education. Andy received his BA from Columbia University and earned a master of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School with a focus on religion and secondary education. He has also worked as a writing center tutor at Columbia and a teaching fellow at Harvard. Andy says he hopes to build a community service program that forges more in-depth and ongoing relationships in the community. “We are beginning with an after-school tutoring program at Riverdale Neighborhood House and hope also to work closely with the Greyston Foundation inYonkers, NY. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy we have also formed a partnership with the Bowery Mission. I am also working with teachers to connect service experiences to classroom learning in English, art and Spanish courses.” When not teaching, Andy likes to read and travel.

RACHEL KLEIN Rachel Klein moved to the Hill Campus from the Lower School this year to teach Middle and Upper School health and to assume the role of Director of Middle School Community Service. Rachel holds a BA from Tufts University and a master’s degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Prior to working at Riverdale, Rachel taught health at Trinity and Spence. Rachel says she is excited to be moving to the Hill Campus this year in her new role. “One aspect that will be different is how independent the students are on the Hill. MS and US students have more freedom on the Hill and with that freedom

LANCE RAMER comes responsibility. It will be exciting for me to see students take on service projects on their own. It is amazing how much one student can accomplish! I am also thrilled to be ‘moving up’ with Grade 6, who also have just come from the River Campus.” Rachel loves living in Manhattan, where she spends time with friends, shops for fresh food in farmer’s markets, attends book clubs, and volunteers for various organizations.

JOHN PIZZI John Pizzi comes to Riverdale from the School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY, where he served dual roles as Director of Athletics and Chair of the PE department for the past eight years. In addition, he currently is the Chair of the NewYork State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Athletics Committee. John holds BS and MS degrees from Springfield College in athletic training, physical education, and athletics administration. “I am tremendously excited to be the Athletic Director at RCS; this is a dream job. I look forward to working with the studentathletes, faculty, and coaches to continue to build the athletic program at Riverdale,”John notes.

Lance Ramer starts his Riverdale career after spending the past eight years at Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) in Montclair, NJ, where he served in a number of roles, including math teacher, head football coach, middle school basketball coach, ninth grade dean, and athletic liaison in the college counseling office. Prior to arriving at MKA, Lance worked at Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ, where he was an assistant housemaster, football and baseball coach, and assistant athletic director. Lance earned his BA in mathematics and psychology from the University of Rochester. He received his master of education degree in school leadership from New England College. “I am looking forward to working with many of the Riverdale student-athletes in a variety of capacities, from the classroom to the football field. In a lot of ways I feel like I have been at Riverdale for much longer than a few months, and I am looking forward to a successful career, both in and out of the classroom, as we all work hard to take advantage of the many opportunities here at Riverdale,”Lance says. Lance resides in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife, Kristin, and their ten-month-old son, Landon. Away from Riverdale, Lance loves to travel, listen to music, work out, and anything football related.

In his spare time, John enjoys watching soccer, going toYankee games, and spending time with his eight-month-old son, Blake, and wife Analia.

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Homecoming/Reunion 2012 Brings the Riverdale Community Together This year’s Reunion and Homecoming was another fun-filled day of athletic contests, family activities, and ample opportunities for catching up with others in the Riverdale community. Falcon spirit soared at the Hill Campus on Saturday, September 29, when the school held its annual Homecoming/Reunion festivities. More than 1000 students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff were on hand to cheer the athletic teams, learn more about the school’s classes and admission process, and just enjoy each other’s company.

receptions and dinners, some on campus and some in New York City. Alumnae from The Riverdale School for Girls also enjoyed a lovely reception at the River Campus, site of their former school exploits.

We hope the photos on these and the following four pages will give you a sense of how fabulous a day it was here at Riverdale.

Unfortunately, the Falcons lost more athletic contests than they won, despite putting up a tough fight in each matchup. The Girls Varsity Field Hockey team lost to Fieldston 4-0, while the Girls Varsity Volleyball team went down 3-0 to their local rival. The Eagles also defeated the Boys Varsity Soccer team 2-1. The Girls Varsity Soccer team avenged the boys’ loss, however, with a 2-1 victory of their own over Fieldston; the Girls Varsity Tennis team also soundly defeated the Eagles 5-0. The annual Frank J. Bertino Memorial Football Game pitted Riverdale’s Falcons against Kingswood Oxford of West Hartford, CT, with the visitors walking away with a 52-26 win. After the game, alumni from five-year reunion classes (1947 to 2007) gathered for their various Kindergarten teacher Lorraine Mahony (far right) and Lower School students (from left) Lucy Sopher ’22, Ella Neuwirth ’22, and Lauren Gilman ’22 showed off the winning float.

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Jake Margolis ’14 rushes during the Frank J. Bertino Memorial Football Game vs. Kingswood Oxford.

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Soccer team, which won its thirdstraight Ivy League title!

The Girls Varsity Soccer team shares a light-hearted moment during their 2-1 win over Fieldston.

The Class of 1992 took a photo on Alumni Field #1 (from left): First row: Romy Soleimani, Jackie Cohen Weisblum,Yuki Yokobori Yanai, Liza Burnett Fefferman, Samantha Brownstein Slarskey, Carolyn Braun Rosen, and Dan Rosen; Second row: Katie Elvin Watkin, Antonia Belle Chapman, Dan Shlomm, and Scott Clyman; Third row: Edwin Famous, Hiro Shinohara, Steve Hunt, Oktay Dogramaci, and Abe Fernandez.

The Class of 1957 during the Community BBQ lunch (from left): Tora Spurgeon Givotovsky, Barbara Bates, Tim Zagat, Judy Austin, Bob Glauber, Rick Bates, Peter Ellis, Tony Capraro, Dick Garten (former RCS history teacher and honorary member of the Class of 1957), Steve Wasserman, Bob Johnson, Marty Zelnik, Suellen Jacobs Schaffzin, Ed Schaffzin, and Maarten Meckman.

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Homecoming/Reunion 2012 The Class of 1962 gathered at the community BBQ during Homecoming/Reunion. Former coach and current archivist Al Davis (seated at far right) enjoyed catching up with his students. Pictured are (from left): Peter Lichtenstein, Tony Sager, Bruce Schlechter, and Al Davis (all seated); Tom Franklin, John Jablow, Phil Wohstetter, Ross Fisher, Martyn Lewis, Don Graves, Peter Boasberg, Peter Levinson, Joe Pickard, John Tabori, and Hank Goldman.

The Class of 1967 took a break from socializing to take a class photo.

The Class of 1972 (from left): Front row: Steve Joffe, Kay Lin, Janis Gildin, Judy Lane, Helen Sandberg Metzger, Liz Lasdon, Kathy Marr Chesney, Dani Schulz Engler, Elyse Fradkin, Kate Sutton-Smith Moyer, and Kathy Clyne Elzinga. Back row: Larry Epstein, David Sherman, Clyde Gumbs, Nan Perry Major, Kirk Mason, Marshall Hagen, and Bill Siegel.

The Class of 1977 gathered the evening prior to Homecoming/Reunion for dinner and lots of reminiscing at the home of Michael T. Cohen.

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Dwight ’47 and Mary Degener enjoyed the view from atop the Milstein Terrace, which overlooks Frank J. Bertino Memorial Field as well as Van Cortlandt Park.

Tim Zagat ’57 (left) accepted the Alumni Achievement Award from Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph.

Dustin Taylor ’13 handles the ball during the Boys Varsity Soccer game vs. Fieldston.

Jane Lisman Katz ’65 showed why she was awarded the Alumni Spirit Award, sharing a laugh with Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph.

Isabel Suede ’13 and the Girls Varsity Field Hockey team squared off against Fieldston.

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The Class of 1952 (from left): Charles Merritt, J. Douglas Harding, Albert Papazian, and Clinton Mayer.

More than 30 members of the Class of 2007 gathered to remember their deceased classmate, Andrew Witkoff. From left: Julio Bermeo, Jr., Matthew Burlant, Stuart Tishman, Natasha Cohen, Jared Effron, Adam Lieb, Sam Feigeles, Nicole Benson, C.J. Haynes-Dale, Alexandra Ezra, Chef Paul Albanese, Gillian Brooks, Alik Alfus, Alexander Kingman, James Giroux, former Head of Upper School Kent Kildahl, Remy Kassimir, Spencer Zakarin, Kathrynne Sieden, Ernie Getz, Director of Faculty and Studies Mike Michelson (who was the Class of 2007’s dean), Kate Lehrhaupt, Robert Goldman, Jaclyn Schwartz, Alexa Rosenfeld, Lucy McWhorter-Rosen, David Wolitzer, Camila Rachmanis, Michelle Perlin, Celine Cunha, Jocelyn Schreier, Gwendolyn Waichman, Edem Dzubey, Nicole Matteliano, and Shecoya Price.

The Class of 2002 (from left): Demetra Mileos, DeAnn Beckford, Kevin Cohn, Charlie Ward, Timothy Geisenheimer, Jessica Schwartz, Adam Shapiro, Chris Kelly, Matthew Feldman, Christin Steinbruch, Stephen Gikow, and Julia Katz.

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From left: Mark Clyman ’97, Sam Globus ’97, Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph, and Elizabeth Strauss Clyman ’97 with the Reunion Class Award, presented to the Class of 1997 for raising its level of Annual Fund participation from 10.2% in 2010-11 to 40.5% in 2011-12.

Annie Reiner ’15 hits a forehand during the Girls Varsity Tennis team’s 5-0 sweep of Fieldston.

Homecoming/Reunion 2012 Members of the Class of 1982 and their families at Homecoming/Reunion (from left): Hope Schefler Taitz, Hillary Eidelberg, Adam Eidelberg and son Bennett, Paul Cohen, Ilene Schlossman, Stephen Kaufman, Liz Kaufman with daughters Lindsay and Jaime, and Stephen Gerber and son Jack ’21.

The Class of 1987 gathered at Allison Ross Blitzer’s home on Saturday evening.

The Class of 1997 got its Reunion party started early, meeting for dinner on Friday evening at the home of Mark and Liz Strauss Clyman.

The Girls Varsity Volleyball team gets ready for the next point during their match with Fieldston.

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Eight Trustees Join Riverdale’s Board

Terri Austin is theVice President, Chief Diversity Officer at The McGraw-Hill Companies, a position she has held since 2010. Terri is responsible for implementing an integrated diversity strategy across McGrawHill’s businesses. Terri previously served as the Chief Diversity Officer for AIG, was a litigation associate at Richards & O’Neil, and was an assistant counsel with the NYC Law Department. Terri holds a BA in political science from Grinnell College and two degrees from Columbia University: an MA in journalism and a JD degree. She has two older children, Nicole and Christopher, and one daughter, Amanda Chiles ’17, with Dr. Bennie Chiles. Bennie is a neurosurgeon at Westchester Spine and Brain Surgery, a multi-hospital private neurosurgical practice he founded in 2005.


David Blitzer is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Chair in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone. Since joining the company in 1991, David has been involved in the execution of Blackstone’s investments in Spirit Group, SULO, Allied Waste, Aspen Insurance Holdings, Houghton Mifflin, Universal Orlando, Centerplate, Cadillac Fairview, Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation, Southern Cross, NHP, Orangina, and United Biscuits.

iverdale wishes to thank departing

Trustees Lisa Argrette Ahmad, Tiki Barber, Barbara Basser Bigio, Anla Cheng-Kingdon, David Hamamoto, Gregg S. Hymowitz, Beryl R. Jones-Woodin, Laurence B. Lederer ’91,

David holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Allison Ross Blitzer ’87. They have five children, four of whom attend Riverdale: Jake ’24, Layla ’24, Michael ’22, Kylie ’20, and Annabel.

Brunilda M. Musikant, Virginia (Ginna) W. Sesler, and Erica Lindenbaum Tishman ’77 for their dedicated service to the school. The school also welcomes eight new members to the Board of Trustees: Terri D. Austin, David Blitzer, Michael A. Karsch, Christine Kronish, Gary Lieberman, Marc S. Lipschultz, Roger Sherman ’74, and Dr. Susan Drossman Sokoloff.

Michael Karsch is the Managing Member and General Partner of Karsch Capital Management (KCM), a hedge fund he founded in 2000. KCM provides portfolio management to private investment funds and other pooled investment vehicles. Michael was previously a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management. Michael earned a BA from Tufts University and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also holds an MBA from Harvard University. Michael and his wife, Erica Tuft Karsch ’90, have two children at Riverdale: Phoebe ’25 and Samuel ’22.

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Christine (Chris) Kronish joins the Board as the Parents Association (PA) representative. Chris is an independent consultant for small architecture and design firms. Prior to her freelance career, Chris worked for Time Inc. for 12 years as Technology Director, where she helped launch titles such as Entertainment Weekly, InStyle Magazine, and Who Weekly (People Australia).

Marc Lipschultz joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts as a partner in 1995, and also served as a global head of KKR’s Energy and Infrastructure business. He is a member of KKR’s Management Committee and its Infrastructure Investment Committee. Prior to joining KKR, Marc was with Goldman Sachs & Co., involved in a broad array of mergers and acquisitions as well as the firm’s principal investment activities.

Chris has long been active in the PA, serving as a Head Grade Representative in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools, as well as Head of the Middle School PA, before being elected to serve as PA President for this school year and the next.

Marc holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University. He is married to Jennifer Lipschultz ’89 and they have four children, three of whom attend Riverdale: Henry, Charles ’25, Jack ’23, and Andrew ’21.

Chris holds a BA from New York University. She is married to Ben Kronish, the owner of Kronish Associates, Inc., an insurance brokerage firm. Chris and Ben have two children at Riverdale: Camryn ’18 and Jennifer ’15.

Gary Lieberman is the Founder and President of West Side Advisors, an investment management firm established in 1997. Prior to founding West Side, he was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. and President of Bear Stearns Investment Advisors. Previously, Gary had been CEO of L.F. Rothschild Holdings and Manager of the Mortgage and Asset-Backed Finance Divisions at Merrill Lynch. He started his career in institutional sales at Salomon Brothers. Gary is the managing member of Alcar LLC, a bank holding company that owns and operates the Darien Rowayton Bank, a retail bank in Connecticut of which he serves as Chairman of the Board. Gary is also a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets and serves on its Board of Directors. He also sits on the boards of the Leif Nissen Foundation, Evan’s Team Foundation, and Urban Dove. Urban Dove provides after school programs and a charter school for at-risk inner city children. Gary received a B.A. from Emory University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is married to Alison Lieberman and has two children: Alex ’09, a senior at Northwestern, and Carly ’18.

Roger Sherman ’74 joins the Board as the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) representative. Roger is the Director of Marketing and Investor Relations at Cyrus Capital Partners, a distressed debt hedge fund. Prior to Cyrus Capital, he was an Executive Director in the fixed income division of Morgan Stanley for 12 years, where he worked in institutional credit sales, alternative sales, and also helped build and manage the firm’s middle market sales platform. For eight years prior to that he was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers. Roger received a BA fromYale University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Frederica Sherman, who is Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Pace University. Their daughter, Nora, is a member of Riverdale’s Class of 2020. Roger’s brother, David ’72, also attended Riverdale.

Susan Drossman Sokoloff, MD is an interventional breast radiologist at Schaffer, Schonholz & Drossman, LLP, a women’s imaging private practice in NewYork City. Prior to this position, Dr. Drossman was the Director of Breast Imaging at Mount Sinai Medical Center from 1994 to 1999. She received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed her Radiology Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She is a member of many national and regional medical organizations, including The Radiology Society of North America, the American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging, and the NewYork Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group. Susan is married to Adam Sokoloff. Adam is a Managing Director and Global Head of the Financial Sponsors Group at Jeffries & Company, Inc. They have three children at Riverdale: Gabriel ’17, Julia ’14, and Eliana ’13. WINTER 2013 • 13

Class of 2012 College Destinations Alec Abdel-Meguid Georgetown University

Rachel Copulsky Middlebury College

Harrison Gross Boston Conservatory

Milad Momeni Kenyon College

Emily Schoenfeld Johns Hopkins University

George Abitante University of Chicago

Nicole Cornet Johns Hopkins University

Stuart Gurman University of St. Andrews

Jinexa Nunez Kenyon College

Julie Schwartz College of Charleston

Michael Akselrad Hamilton College

Andreas Dal Piaz Northwestern University

Lovia Gyarkye Princeton University

Nicholas O’Mara Haverford College

Sophia Sciabica Rice University

Mellora Ansbro Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Dana Hamilton College

Neiko Hicks Iona College

Lucas Onetti Middlebury College

Russell Sesler Cornell University

Johnathan Appel Amherst College

Martha De La Torre Rutgers University

Thomas Higgins Columbia University

James Orbison Yale University

Yafit Shafer Sull Cornell University

Ixchel Avirama Wheaton College

Tyler Deane-Krantz Duke University

Jenna Hymowitz Duke University

Sean Para Oberlin College

Keya Shah New York University

Julia Bardales Columbia University

Jay Dessy Princeton University

Brian Park University of Chicago

Candice ShangGuan Johns Hopkins University

John Barrett College of Charleston

Noah Deutsch New York University

Russell Johnson Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Armando Perez Gettysburg College

Jason Shapiro New York University

Sara Ben-Ezra Wesleyan University

Mapate Diop Amherst College

Jessica Perreira Scripps College

Jarrod Silver George Washington University

Sarah Berlinski Middlebury College

Allie Drabinsky University of Pennsylvania

Lindsay Picard Bowdoin College

Charlotte Simons Hamilton College

Nikita Bernstein Cornell University

Cole Dreyfuss Hamilton College

Criselys Polanco Hamilton College

Isabel Smith Scripps College

Isabella Bertagna Haverford College

Casey Edelstein Vanderbilt University

Blaire Preiss Colgate University

Joshua Stern University of Michigan

Amreen Bhasin Vassar College

Jace Forbes-Cockell Williams College

Philip Press Duke University

Henry Stevens Haverford College

Alexander Bicks Hamilton College

Sage Fuchs Tulane University

Jacob Rasiel Haverford College

Asher Talerman Middlebury College

Tahj Blow Yale University

Shinsuke Fujita Vanderbilt University

Stefan Reichenstein Johns Hopkins University

Maneesha Thaker Barnard College

Geleece Brady Hamilton College

Shane Gaer University of Pennsylvania

Isabelle Riccardi Bucknell University

Brian Toth University of Pennsylvania

Jason Brandner Wesleyan University

Chloe Getrajdman University of Pennsylvania

Jacob Richman Occidental College

Chantal Urwin University of Virginia

Brandon Bratsafolis University of Chicago

Julia Ghahramani Columbia University

Samantha Richman University of North Carolina

Lauren Vogel University of Chicago

Margot Byrne Dartmouth College

Jessica Gibbs Bucknell University

Michael Roberts University of Pennsylvania

Mark Walsh Stanford University

Mercedes Carrasco Duke University

Austin Glass Northwestern University

Olivia Rothberg Bard College

James Werner Amherst College

Gregory Chalfin University of Pennsylvania

Caitlin Goldberg Ohio Wesleyan University

Alexia Sabogal University of Virginia

Shaquille White Alfred University

Danielle Clarke George Washington University

Davis Goldstein New York University

Steven Sachs Northwestern University

Harry Whitney Emerson College

Caroline Coles Bowdoin College

Victoria Goodell Georgetown University

Kiara Santos Deferring college

Rachel Wolitzer Cornell University

Elizabeth Collery Colby College

Allie Gorin Emory University

Abigail Schneider Yale University

Daihachi Yagi University of St. Andrews

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Christopher Jones American University Isabella Jorissen Reed College Lea Kadish Franklin and Marshall College David Karp Cornell University Jeremy Kay Ithaca College Jason Kingdon Columbia University Georgia Koepke Johns Hopkins University Soo Lee Stanford University Julia Lesh Middlebury College Claire Lichtenstein Colgate University Jacqueline Marin Johns Hopkins University Megan Martin Georgetown University Corey Matthews Cornell University Gregory Mattson Duke University Corey Miller Skidmore College Laura Miller Bennington College Mathieu Miller University of Richmond

Class of 2004 Boosts Participation in Annual Fund with a Playful Appeal Among Friends When Brandon Cohen, Chris Dolan, Joseph Goldschmid, and Jeffrey Nussbaum decided to volunteer for Riverdale’s Annual Fund, they knew they wanted their approach to be non-traditional. “We decided when we signed up that we would have some fun with it,” says Chris. “We wanted to make it fun both for our own amusement and so people would read it. Most fundraising emails are so similar and boring that the message gets lost. We wanted something that would break through the noise and get people to at least consider donating.” Joe Goldschmid credits Brandon and Chris for the non-traditional letter. “Chris was our class graduation speaker and Brandon is currently a comedic screenwriter. They were the perfect pair to take on the challenge and both of them relished the opportunity to reimagine the annual appeal letter. It goes without saying that the letter was immensely effective.” Indeed it was, as the Class of 2004 moved from 8% participation in fiscal year 2010-11 to 28% this past year, according to Mary Ann Owens, Director of the Annual Fund, who adds that this was the highest participation for a young alumni class. “Not only did they exceed the participation of other Riverdale young alumni classes, but their class had the highest rate in the Hilltop Participation Challenge among all three hilltop schools for classes that graduated in the past 10 years,”Mary Ann adds. Using humor to capture their classmates’attention, the appeal letter pointed out why participation in the Annual Fund is important: “Your participation, regardless of the amount, will have significant impact for the school. The school really doesn’t care about the amount. They know that especially at this age, we don’t have enough disposable income to send to our former high school that will make a major impact on their bottom line. However, class participation is a really meaningful statistic for them. Outside agencies such as foundations and corporations look at percentage of constituency support when they are making decisions about grants. Even bond ratings take into account levels of constituent support should they have to go to outside sources for funding. If you’re like Dolan, and have no idea what the last two sentences meant, in summary: class participation = good news for Riverdale.”

But the quartet of Annual Fund volunteers really got their classmates’ attention with this bit of news: “Right now, class participation for our grade is pretty low, and we’re in the midst of the ‘Hilltop Challenge’ competition going on with the other hill schools to see who can raise the most money among alumni. Our grade is losing to Horace Mann and Fieldston right now, but we’re not too far behind! We are within striking distance of blowing them out of the water, and we think we speak for all of us when we say that beating Horace Mann and Fieldston in an alumni donation challenge is really the only thing that will bring us happiness these days.” Brandon Cohen thinks this appeal was so successful for several reasons. “For one thing, I think our classmates appreciated our candor. We also made our letter entertaining to read. And we were able to communicate to our classmates that it was more about the participation than the dollar amount, which I think is a distinction that definitely inspires more people to donate.” After such a successful 2011-12 Annual Fund appeal, the pressure is on for Brandon, Chris, Joe, and Jeff to one-up themselves this year. They are ready and willing to meet that challenge. “A few of us have been thinking about quitting our jobs and renting an RV with the slogan,‘Falcon for Life,’painted on the side so we can drive around the country knocking on the door of every single one of our classmates (no matter where they are currently living) and beg them to donate and/or let us use their shower. We’ll probably do that or just send another email, one of the two,”says Chris. Adds Brandon, “Whatever we end up doing, I’m hoping we’re able to get a higher number than we did this year.”

Annual Fund volunteers Joseph Goldschmid ’04 (left) and Brandon Cohen ’04 at Homecoming/Reunion 2012.

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A Kindergarten Story More than 35 Years in the Making Andy


Alison Ginsberg Shefter ’89

For Lorraine’s part, she was

and Andy Russell ’89 have

delighted to welcome this next

fond memories of their

generation to her classroom. In

years at Riverdale,

recent years, she has had in

especially in the classroom

her classroom a number of

of kindergarten teacher

students whose parents she

Lorraine Mahony.

also taught.

“She was instrumental in

“Alison and Andy first came to

my development, giving me

me as children. Now that they

a nurturing and loving

have returned a generation

environment in which to grow,” says Alison. “The trusting relationships that

later, I still see my former Alison Ginsberg Shefter ’89 and Andy Russell ’89 in their class photo with Lorraine Mahony (standing at left).

she formed with every student in her class were very special,” reports Andy.

kindergarteners thriving inside these accomplished grown-ups. And, yes, I see my former

kindergarteners in my new kindergarteners. A swish of their hair, a smile, a sparkle in their eyes, or a sense of perseverance reminds

Fast forward 35 years and Alison and Andy found themselves in

me of their parents when they too were my young students. How

Lorraine’s classroom once again, this time entrusting their own

much better can teaching get?” Lorraine says, adding, “It is a

children, son Benjamin and daughter Skye, respectively, to her

testament to our school that teachers thrive at RCS and students

care. They found out quite by accident that their children would be

return as parents to give their children the Riverdale experience.”

guided by the same teacher who had made such a difference in their lives years ago.

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“It is a testament to our school that teachers thrive at RCS and students return as parents to give their children the Riverdale experience.” —Lorraine Mahony

Benjamin Shefter and Skye Russell in their KM classroom last spring.

And Lorraine brings the same expertise and caring to her new students that Alison and Andy remember. “She has a way with the children—comforting and soothing them—that I recall from my time at the Lower School,” says Alison. “My daughter Skye can be a little shy at times and Lorraine is helping her overcome this, offering a sense of security that is making a big difference,” says Andy. At the same time, these Riverdale parents and alums have noticed improvements in the classroom since they filled these tiny seats over three decades ago: the evolution of teaching for the 21st century. These improvements include encouraging children to spend more time talking through their feelings and developing skills and abilities that will carry them through their school years and beyond. Lorraine says, “I love teaching kindergarteners. They are bluntly honest and always excited about everything around them. Each year I get a charge from their enthusiasm, their families, and my fellow teachers. I may be getting older but teaching at Riverdale keeps me feeling young and more curious.”

At Carnival 2012, three generations gathered (from left): Joan Ginsberg, Alison Ginsberg Shefter ’89, Benjamin Shefter ’24, longtime Kindergarten teacher Lorraine Mahony, Andy Russell ’89, Skye Russell ’24, and Holly Russell. Grandparents Joan and Holly have enjoyed working with Lorraine as both parents and grandparents.

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DESIGN THINKING inACTION In the six years since Riverdale partnered with the design firm IDEO to use Design Thinking (DT) in schools to solve problems, the collaboration has resulted in an impressive array of solutions in classrooms right now, both in Riverdale and at public, independent, and higher education institutions across the country. The school worked with IDEO to create the Design Thinking for Educators (DT4E) toolkit, which has been downloaded nearly 20,000 times since its debut in 2011.


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With funding support from the E.E. Ford Foundation, DT4E offered a two-day workshop at Riverdale last June and a free online course developed in partnership with Edutopia, a leader in online resources for K-12 schools, this past summer. Ideas generated at these events are being developed during this school year.

IDEO NODE CHAIRS ENHANCE LEARNING On the first day of classes, Meg Krause, a fifth grade teacher, e-mailed Dominic A.A. Randolph, Riverdale’s Head of School: “The kids are thrilled with the chairs! We are in the exploratory stage, seeing what the chairs can do and how they can enhance learning. Thanks again for making this possible.”

The new chairs address student discomfort in the classroom. IDEO designers observed that tablet-arm desks had remained unchanged for decades. Those uncomfortable desks suit a lecture format, but are clunky and heavy, and not suited for the collaborative work necessary in contemporary classrooms.

Meg’s note confirmed that Riverdale was right to supply Node chairs to every fifth grader. After all, a well-designed product is a tool for learning. The Node chairs, created by IDEO, are a shining example of a product designed to solve a problem.

The Node chair is mobile and flexible. It is designed for quick, easy transitions so a classroom can switch from a lecturebased mode to a team-based mode—and back again— without interruption. Casters allow quick and easy movements around the classroom. The seat swivels to keep open sightlines among students, teachers, and the board. “It’s much easier to group and regroup students,”Meg explains.“The chair’s swivel helps—movement helps the brain! It is great that kids can easily and quickly face any direction; I have whiteboards on opposite walls, and with the chairs I can use both very easily.”

IDEO Node chairs have been installed in every fifth-grade classroom, as well as in some MS and US classrooms.

According to IDEO, the Node chair promotes student collaboration and allows teachers to reconfigure classrooms to fit different teaching styles. Meg confirms IDEO’s assertion. “The grouping is definitely easier,”she notes.“And an unforeseen bonus is that with the chairs and their mobility, the kids don’t feel like they are‘stuck’in a group.” Meg has also found that the chairs benefit her students’ attention spans.“The chairs make it much easier for them to stay focused,”she says.“They don't have the excuse that they can’t see me or the board.”

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DESIGN THINKING inACTION USING DESIGN THINKING IN CLASSROOMS Fifth-grade teacher Patrick Murray knows that improving classrooms with thoughtful design is a dynamic process with awe-inspiring results. Two years ago, Patrick and third-grade teacher Michael Schurr worked with IDEO to create the Design Thinking toolkit for educators. Last year, they used the toolkit with their own students to improve their classrooms for the kids. “Our Design Thinking project was a great opportunity,”Patrick says.“It gave me time to collaborate with colleagues and to create with kids and to give kids a voice in their own educational experience.” For Michael, the lessons from IDEO were worth sharing with his second graders last spring.“Design Thinking is a way to be thoughtful. It helps with addressing and understanding problems and solutions,”he explains. Patrick worked with an eclectic group of fifth graders on ways to improve his classroom. Michael worked with his entire second grade class. In each of their groups, the students identified problems with their current classrooms. Both teachers employed the basic tenets of the Design Thinking process used by the world’s top designers at IDEO: identify a problem, brainstorm solutions, and experiment with prototypes. Patrick’s group identified four problems: the desks, the chairs, the sound, and open floor space.

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Since Patrick’s group was a mix of students from all three fifth-grade classes, they had to meet outside of class time. The students met during lunch and recess. From home, they shared a Google doc where they brainstormed ideas and shared images for an ideal classroom. Ideas ran from the mundane to the absurd, from swivel chairs to having a fish tank to walls that turn to suspending desks in mid-air on a pulley system. “The validity of the ideas doesn’t matter,”Patrick says. “Getting the ideas out is what’s important. When you do that, the kids who don’t have voice in a regular classroom setting really take to idea sharing.” Patrick witnessed the brainstorming process lead to collaboration and confidence with his fifth graders. Now, the white walls in Patrick’s classroom are a pastel blue. The bolted-down tables and stools are gone in favor of Node chairs. Sound-absorbing insulation lines the walls, fixing the tinny acoustics. Michael’s Design Thinking project took place during class time. It started with every child writing on Post-it notes what he/she liked and didn’t like about the classroom. “The shy and quiet kids came out as vocal,”Michael said.“The kids who are timid in class discussions had a voice with the Post-its.” Michael seized on the recurring themes in the class to identify three designs for his class—the chairs, the desks, and a reading loft.

Michael Schurr’s second graders engaged in the Design Thinking process this past spring, with some of their ideas being utilized in Michael’s third-grade classroom this fall.

Students created prototypes of their ideal classrooms using recycled materials.

“Over and over, the kids said their chairs were uncomfortable and they didn’t like their desks,” Michael notes.“It didn’t sit well with me after the first workshop that kids weren’t happy with the learning environment. We had to do something about it.” Michael learned that the students didn’t like their written work on the bulletin boards. They preferred seeing visuals rather than text. One boy wondered why the library and the meeting area were on opposite sides of the room.

Michael believes the sense of control the kids have, the open space, and the comfortable gathering area is helping this year’s class collaborate and think creatively. “It’s a space that had the user in mind,”Michael says. “The kids are happy, more comfortable, and filled with ideas. That’s what Design Thinking does.”

A cozy reading nook with pillows allows students to get comfortable as they work independently or in small groups.

Students constructed prototypes from recycled materials like cardboard, water bottles, glue, and tape. Parents chipped in to help.“There was a buzz around our classroom at the end of the year,”Michael says.“The kids developed a notion of themselves as pioneers, building the classroom of the future.” This year, Michael has moved from second grade to third. His classroom has changed based on last year’s work. The cubbies are now a quarter of the size they were to eliminate empty shelf space. There is a 12-foot-long bulletin board positioned closer to the floor that the students control. There are fewer shelves and more white boards. The room feels open and is clutter free. Jake Siden, a student in Michael’s class this year and last, is well-positioned to compare the changes.“We control the bulletin board,”he says.“It’s much better to post our own work. Instead of the teacher choosing what goes up there, now we have freedom.”

Michael Schurr’s third graders enjoy their new whiteboard now that it’s at their level.

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Several Riverdale students have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit and started their own companies. Starting a small business is not an undertaking usually associated with children still in high school, but some students at Riverdale have taken the plunge, starting their own concerns that capitalize on their interests in developing new products and services. For most, it has been a positive experience. In fact, running a business has delivered unexpected dividends for these students, exposing them to new challenges and successes while still in school.

student Turning a Passion Into a Business Brian Swift ’14 designs eyewear and accessories, wearing his unique designs daily at school. In true entrepreneurial fashion, Brian saw an opportunity to fill an unmet need in the marketplace and set off to create his own company. He now sells his products online.

Brian Swift ’14 models a pair of sunglasses he designed himself. This is just one of several designs available for sale through his online business.

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“The idea started when I was extremely dissatisfied with the lack of interesting sunglasses on the market. I started to customize some glasses I owned when I was a freshman. Each pair I made was created by hand, with much greater attention to detail than any mass-produced accessory company could provide. This led to a lot of compliments and attention on the street, as people would wonder where I‘bought’these sunglasses,” Brian explains. “By 2012, I started to become curious about selling the eyewear in a professional way. I knew I

wanted my own website, under my own control and design, so I looked into ecommerce and started my own online store.” He financed the business using the money he earned from summer jobs in 2011. Brian’s efforts have gotten a lot of attention, which has fed his interest in expanding the brand. “The best example of why I started my business is probably when I was on the subway in April 2012 and someone approached me, asking about some sunglasses I made for myself. She introduced herself as an employee of Def Jam records and suggested that my accessories would be of interest to artists at her label. Having a business allowed me to direct her to a professional website and email address, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if I just did this for fun.” With the modest profits from his business, Brian has been able to experiment further with new designs and products. But the thing he really loves about the venture—besides the creative side—is the freedom to determine where his company should go next, a feeling shared by many small business owners. “Balancing my business with school is easy, as I can reduce the‘stock’of items in my online store if necessary. Running the business helps me in school because it gives me something to look forward to after my school work is done.” Brian’s work can be seen at

Launching a Social Media Website Senior AsherYoung’s social media company, Limitless City (, uses the power of existing friendships to guide city visitors. By accessing recommendations from friends about not-to-be-missed places in the city, Asher hopes people can discover new things they might have overlooked. The site works like this: “Say you wanted to find a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that was a true NewYork fun place.You could do a search through your friend’s reviews that are written specifically for you about these types of restaurants. So it might say,‘John - this place is amazing but if you are late you won’t get a seat. (So don’t be late.) The tall waiter is hilarious, BTW.’” According to Asher, “The idea started from an interest in how people interact with the Internet. During spring break of last year I began to think about a tool that would be useful to have, an accessible list of some of my favorite places. As a result I started brainstorming how to accomplish this in a way that was useful but not simply a new version of something that was available.”

AsherYoung ’13 expects to launch Limitless City, a social media website, in the near future.

The site is just about to launch and Asher has already found the experience rewarding and highly educational. “I spend a lot of time with the developers—the people writing the code for the site—and that’s been very instructive. For me, leading and implementing on all these fronts has been enjoyable, as well as working out problems and roadblocks that ultimately affect the mission of the site. One of the most surprising experiences for me is realizing how sometimes the little changes can have a huge impact on your business.” Asher explains that it is “interesting to see how running a business forces me to be productive in a different way from being a student. For one thing, I am not only managing my own deadlines but the deadlines of others, and that’s a switch.”

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A Photography Business with a Twist Sami Cohen ’13 and her sister, Charlotte, started a photography business based on the novel idea of photographing individual keepsakes such as a toy, a child’s blanket, or a beloved book as a reminder of the precious item. They call the company Still Treasures. Since 2009 they’ve run a robust business taking photos of people’s most prized possessions for them and their families to appreciate in new ways.

Sami Cohen ’13 can usually be found behind the camera, thanks to her photography business, Still Treasures.

“The idea is to take a picture that tells a story, one that really touches their lives,”says Sami. “Sometimes it’s a cookbook or a piece of jewelry or a hat. Objects have such deep associations for people that it makes sense to capture the feeling in a photograph. Taking the photo also is an act of preservation, as many of the keepsakes are well-worn items from everyday life that are in fragile condition.” With seed money from their parents, Sami and Charlotte have had great success selling the service through their website,,

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where potential clients can see examples of the keepsakes (Sesame Street toys seem to be popular items worth preserving) and read about the history of the business. The sisters hope to expand the business to include a charity component, taking limited-edition photos of celebrities that could sell for higher amounts and using those funds to make charitable donations. “Still Treasures has given me the opportunity to pursue my passion. I used to be self-conscious that what I was most interested in and best at was an art rather than a sport. Having people send thank you emails in response to seeing their Still Treasures has given me the confidence to take pride in photography,”says Sami, adding, “I have also grown as a person and student. I have to manage my time more efficiently in order to accomplish all that I have to do. I have met many interesting people through my work. Also, my academic interests have changed as a result of working. I am interested in communications, journalism, and education.”


Riverdale has created a robust sustainability program that touches the whole community. From the solar panels that provide energy to Hill Campus buildings to gardens at the River Campus that feed the body and the mind, the school is dedicated to using its resources wisely. Riverdale also is working to expand conservation efforts on both campuses, with success being driven by the commitment and creativity of all members of the community—parents, students, teachers and administrators—who have put their ideas into action.

TACKLING SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES IN UPPER SCHOOL CLASSROOMS The Summer Science Research Program, led by science teacher Dr. Rachel Cox, offers students a rich understanding of sustainability issues by examining the environmental toxicology of the Bronx River estuary. Rachel reports,“We are doing basic research using stress response genes from key species in the Bronx River to assess the

health status of the watershed. A longterm ecological issue focuses on the Earth’s watersheds and how they will be sustained over time in the face of climate change and industrial development. Ecologists are trying to act quickly now to document species diversity and gather data on baseline stress responses. This will allow us to quantify changes over time. Our Bronx River research contributes to this growing foundation of knowledge.”

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The Parents Association Sustainability Committee tries to raise awareness of sustainability issues through fun events such as the annual apple tasting at Homecoming.

TACKLING SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES IN UPPER SCHOOL CLASSROOMS, cont’d. This research is“glocal,”a term used a lot here on campus to describe global issues that are being dealt with on a local level. Director of Plant and Sustainability David Patnaude co-teaches a climate change mini course with science teacher Dr. Michael Stark and English teacher Ronald Murison that is now in its third year, and the new Head of Upper School, Dr. Kelley Nicholson-Flynn, has put forth some ideas about how to work environmental education into the curriculum more broadly, including climate change issues in all Upper School science courses. Also on the table is the creation of a multi-disciplinary environmental science course that includes philosophy and sociology. Middle School technologist Alex Steel says that Middle School faculty are interested in developing their own environmental interdisciplinary courses and projects. She notes that the middle grades are a good time to introduce students to “the notion of global interconnectedness.” In addition to new courses in the Middle and Upper Schools, there are other ways to introduce the issue of sustainability into existing classes. Other ways to promote sustainability include field trips and environmental assemblies that raise awareness and get the community talking.

In summer 2009, Riverdale students in the Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) collected water samples in Soundview Harbor at the mouth of the Bronx River. Each summer since, the Director of SSRP, Dr. Rachel Cox, and several Riverdale students have studied the river and the organisms living in it to discover their specific physiological responses to various toxins in their environment.

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PARENTS ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE MAKES SUSTAINABILITY FUN Meeting this fall with Head of School Dominic A.A. Randolph, the parent-led Sustainability Committee reviewed the progress both campuses have made over the previous year and solidified plans for the future. High on the Committee’s agenda is a greenhouse for the Hill Campus. Last spring, Kiara Santos ’12 focused her senior project on investigating the possibilities of a greenhouse; this year, David Patnaude is conducting a feasibility

study. In addition to the actual structure, parents are also interested in a greenhouse-centered curriculum for Middle and Upper School students. The PA committee is aware of the benefits of making sustainability fun, so the group has hosted a well-attended apple tasting event at Homecoming and have plans to host more events, including a green technology career day.

CHILDREN FEAST ON THE BOUNTY FROM THE LOWER SCHOOL GARDENS Ella Pastor, an Educational Environmental Facilitator at the Lower School, reports that the Lower School gardens have had a very successful season. The children grew and harvested several crops, such as lettuce, radishes, strawberries, herbs, and peas before the end of the school year and were able to use them for taste tests as well as in salads. The third grade students, who were studying Native American culture, planted a “Three Sisters”garden consisting of corn, beans, and squash. This was a good example of companion planting. It matured over the summer and the children (now in the fourth grade) were able to observe, taste, and dry the vegetables when they returned to school in September.

“Chef Dave has been using our herbs to season Lower School meals. We are trying to have the children experience the complete process, from propagation to consumption,” Ella explains. Over the summer, Upper School student Brian Swift ’14 volunteered his time working to maintain the gardens and when vegetables were harvested, he brought them to the Hill Campus, where they were used in the preparation of camp lunch. Ella says the Lower School is grateful to the grounds crew, “who helped maintain a thriving garden over a very dry and hot summer season. It is with the help of the whole community, including teachers, parents, and student volunteers, that we were able to be so successful.”

In kindergarten, the children put their Halloween pumpkins in a garden bed to decompose last fall, and over the spring and summer, a wonderful pumpkin patch took hold and spread out of the box onto the lawn. At press time the pumpkins were almost ready to harvest. “This summer we harvested and froze soybeans for use this fall. We are now enjoying orange cherry tomatoes and green peppers, as well as a great variety of herbs,” Ella notes. The food the Lower School grows is consumed by the Riverdale community.

Children from Ms. Mahony’s Kindergarten class enjoy planting beans in one of the many Lower School garden beds.

UPPER SCHOOL SUSTAINABILITY CLUB IMPLEMENTS AMBITIOUS PLANS This year the Sustainability Club has new student leadership (including Livvie Barry ’13, Lindsay Hirschhorn ’13, and Dani Hupper ’13) as well as an ambitious plan to increase recycling on campus and generate more student interest in an ecofriendly environment. Strides have been made in recent years to reduce waste and encourage recycling throughout the school by embracing the three Rs—recycle, reuse, and renew. This year the Sustainability Club hopes to make even more improvements, including reducing the use of paper and plastic products throughout the Upper School and continuing the investigation regarding the best ways to bring composting to campus. According to David Patanude, who works closely with students on these projects, “We’ve really turned a corner in the last year. We’re thinking much more broadly about using energy more efficiently and planning what needs to be in place to meet our goals.” These goals include expanding electronics recycling of such things as old computers, cell phones, and other gear, as well as small changes that can have significant results, such as better faucets at the drinking fountains that make it easier to utilize reusable water bottles. The Sustainability Club also is promoting eco-friendly ideas such as Meatless Mondays, and aligning itself with national green organizations such as the Project Green Challenge, a countrywide initiative that makes recycling fun by offering prizes for progress made in reducing the school’s carbon footprint and becoming a more eco-friendly campus.

In addition to their own student-centered wrote about her interest in sustainability in events, members of the Sustainability Club her college essay: have been instrumental in gathering research data to support and expand “…every time I go to Sustainability Club, sustainability efforts. David Patnaude has read an article in the science section, or been working with Lindsay Hirschhorn on a simply take a walk in Central Park, I’m continued energy audit of the 9/10 Building reminded of all that I’ve yet to understand as an independent study course. “Lindsay is and feel a rush of excitement. I’m biased, but conducting an extensive survey of the I believe the protection of our natural world building this year, including a trip to the dirty will remain a pressing global issue attic—she had to climb a 10-foot stepladder generations into the future. Where does the and then crawl through a hatch in the beauty of the environment lie? In ceiling—to verify there was insulation in the opportunities and resources or abstractions ceiling. Lindsay will calculate the heat-loss of like peace of mind? Is our priority those the building and compare it against historic living in the 21st century or do we have a records to help the Plant and Sustainability moral responsibility to think about life in the Department make some decisions about future? This is an issue that affects every profitable‘next steps’for the maintenance living being on our planet and requires and improvements of this building,” David collaboration from all walks of life. There is explains. At the end of last school year, no simple solution. Changing the way Lindsay verified the efficiency of Riverdale’s people think is one of the most difficult installed photovoltaic array of solar panels. things one can do. But I’m excited to be a “She proved that our system is operating part of the transformation.” within the specified range of efficiency,” As part of her work with the Sustainability Club David says. People visiting the campus will notice many more automated lighting controls throughout the buildings, David adds. “During the upcoming heating season we will be‘commissioning’our new building automation system from Honeywell, using this system to control our lighting, heating, and air conditioning in a more energyefficient way. The Plant and Sustainability Department is also working with our vendor to install a dashboard in Mow Hall that will eventually show the school’s energy consumption (electricity and heating fuels).”

and an independent study project with Director of Plant and Sustainability David Patnaude, Lindsay Hirschhorn ’13 has verified the efficiency of Riverdale’s installed photovoltaic array of solar panels.

Dani Hupper plans to attend a college with a strong environmental studies program and

In October, the school participated in a 30day eco lifestyle challenge hosted by Teens Turning Green that encouraged students to think about how they use resources like water, food, and energy and offered simple ways to reduce their use. These nationwide programs are creating momentum on high school and college campuses for students to become more thoughtful in their use of resources.

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1949 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: C. Edward Lange 3939 Rain Roper Drive Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 556-1849 Barbara N.Thompson 26 Dorchester Avenue Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 (914) 478-0727

1950 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Ruth Joseph Weinstein 156 Ridgecrest Road Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 329-6540

From Class Correspondent Karl R. Heiser:“I’m sad to report the news, via Jack McGinty, of Bill Mott’s passing in September. “H. Wilmarth (Bill) Mott, III succumbed to cancer on July 14, 2012. Born on April 12, 1933 in New York City, he was the son of Rosmond (Cutler) and Henry W. Mott Jr. Bill grew up in Pelham, NY, and completed high school at the Riverdale Country School for Boys. He went on to graduate from Colgate University in 1955 and earned his PhD from Columbia University. Following a career as a college professor and administrator for Clarkson University, Worcester Junior College, and Becker Junior College, he moved to Sarasota, FL, where he became an independent tax preparer. He summered with his wife in Maine for the last 25 years. Bill is survived by his wife, Lydia Pyne Mott; sons, Charles Henry Mott, Thomas Bradford Mott, Daniel Lindsay Mott, and Henry Wilmarth Mott; stepdaughter, Lydia Simonetti; and five grandchildren. “On a happier September note, Chuck Marietta reports his marriage in Texas. Congratulations, Chuck!”

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1952 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Barbara D. Schuler 17 Bronxville Road Bronxville, NY 10708 (914) 337-2712 From Class Correspondent Barbara Schuler:“I received a phone call from London the day after Sandy hit NewYork. It was Naomi Timmerman Collins, who was our classmate in 10th grade and half of 11th grade, while her father, a South African diplomat, was posted in NY. She inquired about the conditions in NewYork and New Jersey. I was fortunate to have power, light, and heat, but the geographic conditions were horrific. “Naomi moved to England from South Africa 10 years ago to be closer to her daughter’s family and son. Another son lives in Australia. Her daughter moved to South Carolina a year or two ago, and Naomi is planning a trip to the U.S. She wants to see Riverdale again. She will be surprised at the beauty of our new campuses. She has expressed, over time, how much she loves the school and how grateful she is for the education she received here. I think she would have enjoyed our September 2012 Reunion. “The following classmates attended our 60th Reunion: Barbara Schuler, Charlie Merritt, Albert Papazian, J. Douglas Harding and Clinton Mayer.” Betty Anne Merritt, Charlie’s wife, shared this story about a silver trophy presented to Charlie for athletics at graduation in 1952: “Someone asked me if we knew what pops up when we Google our names, so I clicked on‘Charles W. Merritt, Jr.’and up popped some information and under a separate heading, a picture of a small trophy which when enlarged read,‘Riverdale Country School, Best Athlete, 1952, Charles W. Merritt, Jr.’ “It further indicated that the small sterling silver loving cup, although

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a little battered and bruised, could be purchased on eBay. I knew Charlie’s mother’s house in Riverdale had had several robberies—silver goes first—and this trophy was stolen in the 1960s. I had one of our daughters (different last name) purchase it from the seller in Florida. I guess the robber or‘fence’had retired there and periodically sold some of the loot. We’re very happy it’s in the correct home now, even if it was kidnapped 50 years ago!”

1953 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Gail Fletcher Edwards 115 South Bedford Road Pound Ridge, NY 10576 (914) 764-5947 William H. Gardner 1035 East Camino Diestro Tucson, AZ 85704 (520) 575-0526 Plan to attend your 60th Reunion Fall 2013 From Class Correspondent Gail Edwards: “It is with sadness that we forward the news of the death of Monica Perutz Wollner’s husband, Paul ’48, on March 31, 2012 after a long illness. Monica’s address is 110 Holmes Ave., Hartsdale, NY 10530. “A very festive reception was held at the River Campus (i.e. the Girls School) during Riverdale’s fall Homecoming this past October and the Class of ’53 was well represented by Monica, Sande Reisner Friedman (who prefers to be called Sara, her given name), Kay Griffith Anderson and myself. Sara is writing, Kay is teaching, and I am retired and gardening – a happy crew.”

1954 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Nancy Bomeisler Nightingale 2 Charles Lane Rye Brook, NY 10573 (914) 937-5350

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1956 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Barbara Rearden Farnham 15 East 91st Street NewYork, NY 10128 (212) 427-3024

1957 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Judy Austin 6508 Hummel Drive Boise, ID 83709 (208) 327-0053 Rick Bates 706 Half Moon Bay Drive Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 (914) 271-2186 Sue Jacobs Schaffzin 211 East 53rd Street, Apt. 7K NewYork, NY 10022 (212) 308-0547 Marty Zelnik 61 Sigma Place Bronx, NY 10471 (718) 548-6751 From Paul Dickson:“I appear on the PBS show White House Chronicle from time to time as a talking head and recently we had a taping and another guest on the show was Adam Clayton Powell III, who I discovered was RCS ’63. The show airs Sunday in many markets. Good talk both on the TV and off. Have enclosed a

Paul Dickson ’57 (left) and Adam Clayton Powell III ’63 recently appeared together on the PBS show, White House Chronicle. photo (above). Note my orange ‘Go Os’tie!” Class Correspondent Rick Bates sent this report:“The Class of 1957 had a wonderful 55th Reunion weekend. A total of 22 members of the class attended one or more of our reunion events. In addition, 10 spouses joined members of the class. We were delighted and honored that Dick Garten, our former history teacher, flew up from Jacksonville, FL, to be with us for the weekend. Dick, who was about to turn 91, could pass for a member of the class although he is still smarter than we are. He is taking three college courses this semester. “On the Friday of the reunion weekend Tim Zagat led us on a tour of Google’s offices in Manhattan. The offices are certainly unlike anything we have experienced in our working lives. Would that we could start over with office gyms, massages, free meals, etc. We considered ourselves fortunate that we were not run down by Google employees traversing the block-long offices on scooters. Given Google’s success, one knows that long hours and high quality work are also part of the Google experience. “After the Google walk we further whetted our appetites with a tour of the High Line, led by our docent, Sue Jacobs Schaffzin. This was followed by a sumptuous

dinner at Del Posto, hosted by Tim Zagat. Marty Zelnik, acting as emcee, called upon various members of the class to recall their days at Riverdale. Most folks focused on the inspiring teachers that we had in the 1950s. Only one classmate confessed to receiving a grade of LGM from Mrs. Guiney, our 7th and 8th grade math teacher. LGM, she explained to our classmate, stood for Low Grade Moron. “We enjoyed our Saturday afternoon at Riverdale, where we had the opportunity to see Al Davis, who coached the boys in a variety of sports. He proudly announced he was the only one of us who had been alive during the presidency of Herbert Hoover. We date back to Roosevelt—Franklin, not Teddy. Another highlight of Saturday afternoon was Tim Zagat receiving the Alumni Achievement Award. (See page 9 for a photo.) The women in the class attended a reception on the River Campus, which used to be the Girls School. “Saturday night we gathered for cocktails on the banks of the Hudson inYonkers before going to dinner at Dolphin. The idea was to see the sunset, but it was too cloudy. Marty Zelnik, not to be outdone by the other Z in finding restaurants, had located Dolphin and made the arrangements. The proprietors, however, seemed more thrilled to meet Tim than Marty. “On Sunday the men of the class and their spouses had an elegant breakfast at Jean Georges, arranged by you-know-who. The women of the class wanted to spend some time away from discussions of baseball in the 1950s and lunched at the 2nd Avenue Deli. “The women of the Class of 1957 who participated in the reunion were Judy Austin, Ros Fraad Baxandall, Tora Spurgeon Givotovsky,Vera von Saucken Haldy-Regier, Jean Zeisel Richards, and Sue Jacobs Schaffzin. “The men of the Class of 1957 in attendance were Rick Bates,Tony Capraro, Peter Ellis, John Freeman, Bob Glauber, Warren

Golde, Bob Johnson,Tom Keiser, Richard Meade, Maarten Meckman, Frank Midgley, Ed Schaffzin, Doug Warwick, Skip Wasserman,Tim Zagat, and Marty Zelnik.” See page 7 for a class photo from Reunion. Bob Johnson and his wife, Marilyn, and Marty Zelnik and his wife, Lassa, recently discovered that they both celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries on the exact date: September 8, 2012. Congratulations to both couples.

1958 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: David F. Lahm 248 West 22nd Street NewYork, NY 10011 (212) 929-4485 Plan to attend your 55th Reunion Fall 2013 David R. Perera, RCS 1944 to 1954 (PK to 8th Grade) recently visited with Class Correspondent David F. Lahm at a 50th college reunion at Amherst College. David P. has fond memories of Riverdale, several good friends there, and teachers Keifer, Murphy, Klue, and Guiney. Says David P.:“I was sorry to learn of the death of John Zucker, who was an RCS classmate as well as a classmate at College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Please send my best to Jim Gordon and Alex Garvin (maybe they remember me?).”

1959 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Micki Seligson 139 Cushing Street, Apt. 1 Cambridge, MA 02138 Geoff Howard 65 Colonial Avenue Warwick, NY 10990 (845) 986-1710

1960 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: E. Harvey Meer 241 Truman Drive Cresskill, NJ 07626 (201) 569-6589

1961 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Lawrence Rosenbluth 145 East 92nd Street NewYork, NY 10128 (212) 427-3312

1962 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Joseph Pickard 2100 Under the Mountain Road South Londonderry,VT 05155 (802) 854-5443 (802) 558-7325 From Class Correspondent Joe Pickard:“The ‘boys’ of ‘62 got together for a joyous, festive 50th reunion weekend. It was so great to see so many old friends back together. The weekend started off with cocktails and dinner in Dobbs Ferry, NY. On Saturday, we were back on campus for a full day of events and activities. We ended the day with a lovely Riverdale Reunion reception and dinner. A memorable time was had by all! “Classmates who attended the weekend activities were: Peter Boasberg, William Becker, Andrew Burger, Arthur Burns, Ross Fisher, Thomas Franklin, Paul Geiger, Henry Goldman, Robert Golub, Donald Graves, John Jablow, Peter Levinson, Martyn Lewis, Peter Lichtenstein, Hugh Millar, Joe Pickard, Allen Rosiny, Anthony Sager, Bruce Schlechter, Barry Somerfield, John Tabori and Dan Valahu.” See page 8 for a class photo from Reunion.

Joe Pickard is also featured as this issue’s Alumni Profile, which can be found on the inside back cover.

1963 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Stephen R. Blank 30 Snoden Lane Watchung, NJ 07060 (908) 791-9419 Peter W. Philip 20 Country Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811 (203) 798-7193 Paul K. Safer 141 Breezy Corners Road Portland, CT 06480 (860) 342-1393 Plan to attend your 50th Reunion Fall 2013 From Class Correspondent Peter Philip:“I will be on stage this summer in the ensemble of the musical Bye Bye Birdie, presented by Musicals at Richter ( It is my first experience on stage. Wish I had learned to read music at RCS. Joe Padula’s cousin was the original producer of this musical. “Start preparing for your 50th reunion!” Paul Dickson ’57 occasionally appears on the PBS show White House Chronicle and at a recent taping met another guest on the show, Adam Clayton Powell III. The two were happy to learn they had a Riverdale connection (see photo opposite).

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1964 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: John H. Jiler 139 Fulton Street, PH1 NewYork, NY 10038 (212) 349-3476 Henry H. Korn 26 Stoneyside Drive Larchmont, NY 10538 (914) 834-4236

1965 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Gail Hart Davidson 530 East 86th Street, Apt. 10A NewYork, NY 10028 (212) 628-0945 Melissa Gordon London Terrace Gardens 435 West 23rd Street, Apt. 12F NewYork, NY 10011 (212) 243-6879

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1967 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Mary Lou Scott 440 East 62nd Street, Apt. 2D NewYork, NY 10065 (212) 980-9856 (212) 879-2785 Class Correspondent Mary Lou Scott reports on the Class of 1967’s 45th reunion:“We kicked off the weekend with dinner in NYC at Tony’s di Napoli where a good time was had with Carol Nathan McKegney, Anne Stadler Klass, Beth Gilden Watrous, Debbie Herman Shank, Kathy Schwed Wood, Nick Tortorello, Lew Preschel and his wife, Paul Lewis, Ron Siegel, Michael Isaraels and his wife, Maija, Ruth Ann Levinson, and Mary Lou Gilbert 32 • WINTER 2013

Scott. The girls had a slumber party at Mary Lou’s and we all arrived at campus on Saturday, where we were joined by John Boneparth and fiancé Gail Harris and John Jaeger and wife Ines. We ate and talked – took a photo – and the girls went down to the River Campus (the guys stayed for the football game) to re-live moments in the Senior Lounge and Mrs. Fenichell’s history class. It was time well-spent and we missed those of you who didn’t make it. Hopefully we’ll see you in 2017!” See page 8 for a class photo from Reunion. Jim Bussel writes,“I did not make Reunion because I was out of the country. However, FYI, I received the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine this year. It is called the Arab Nobel Prize (15 winners of the King Faisal later went on to win the Nobel Prize) and I had my photo in the journal Science earlier this year as a result.”

1968 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: John M. Davis 965 Fifth Avenue NewYork, NY 10075 (212) 249-2891 Plan to attend your 45th Reunion Fall 2013

1969 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Thomas I. Elkind 29 Wamesit Road Newton, MA 02468 (617) 964-5986 Class Correspondent Thomas I. Elkind recently heard from Victoria (known then as Vikki) Rogers:“I’m fairly certain I’ve been out of touch with RCS since graduating in 1969. I do get QUAD and rarely see any news from anyone else from our year or years around ours. In these days of Internet searching, if someone

wanted to know about a former classmate, it can be done fairly easily. In any case, my news is that I’m in Santa Fe, NM, (where I’ve been for 31 years) and my website tells way too much about what I’ve been doing. My professions, to name a few over 40 years, have included real estate sales, teaching the visually impaired (M.A.), newsmagazine editor, exhibiting museum-collected photographer, nursing (RN), massage therapist, jazz concert presenter, published author/artist and – probably of most interest to any readers – owner and manager of a few vacation rentals near the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe. My website is”

1970 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: David Asencio 19 Glenorchy Place New Rochelle, NY 10804 (914) 633-1948

1971 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Jerry J. Fall 8 Helena Drive Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-1281 Charlotte Jones McCormick 454 Dudley Road Westport, NY 12993 (518) 962-4839

1973 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Tony Melchior 65 East 76th Street, Apt. 10E NewYork, NY 10021 (212) 288-2179 (917) 359-6447 Plan to attend your 40th Reunion Fall 2013

1974 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Todd Kislak 5809 Middle Crest Drive Agoura Hills, CA 91301 (818) 889-3919 Jamie Kleinbaum reports that after starting his career in law and government, he developed residential real estate in Manhattan. In 1993, his company purchased the defunct Fillmore East Theater/Saint Disco and redeveloped the property into one of the first luxury rental buildings in the EastVillage. A few years later the company developed the first large scale condominium in the Meatpacking district by converting an old printing factory on West 13th Street. Since 2003, he has coowned a flower shop in Southampton, NY, Pennington Flowers, with his life partner of 15 years, Jeff Pennington. He often sees Riverdale classmates Richard Adler, Roger Sherman, H. Lance Lessman and Paul Wachter. He is also most happy to have his best pal from 8th grade, Avery Scheiner, as his dermatologist.

1972 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Elizabeth S. Lasdon 490 West End Avenue, Apt. 8B NewYork, NY 10024 (212) 874-7765 QUAD recently learned of the death of Stanley Morgan on January 11, 2011.

1975 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Jonathan J. Beitler 1 Ogden Road New Canaan, CT 06840 (203) 972-0160

Lisa Turgell Friedland 11 Arrowhead Road Westport, CT 06880 (203) 256-1956 Jeffrey J. Russell 243 Speer Avenue Englewood, NJ 07631 (201) 871-9341

1976 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Daniel Easton 22 Jones Street, Apt. 5E NewYork, NY 10014 (212) 627-4359

Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Elizabeth A. Holoubek-Sebok 140 Easton Road Westport, CT 06880 Lisa Burge Swotes 28 Broadview Road Westport, CT 06880 (203) 341-9885


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Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Tony Meyer 644 Broadway, PH West NewYork, NY 10012 (212) 777-8616

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1979 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Lori Tarnopol Moore 941 Park Avenue, Apt. 2A NewYork, NY 10028 (212) 717-5754

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Sascha Rice ’88 (right) with her sister, Hilary Rice Armstrong ’83, and her children, Chazen (front left) and Samara.


Plan to attend your 30th Reunion Fall 2013

1984 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Eve Reppen Rogers 2661 North Dayton Street Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 529-0202

1985 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Allison Unger Brody 46 Regent Circle Brookline, MA 02445 (617) 487-8206

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1986 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Sanford E. Cannold 111 Aspen Court Norwood, NJ 07648 (917) 805-6849 (201) 297-7761

1987 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Karyn Boosin Leit 80 Woodland Road Maplewood, NJ 07040 (973) 378-5348 From Karyn Boosin Leit: Over one third of the RCS Class of 1987 enjoyed reunion cocktails at David and Allison Ross Blitzer’s apartment on Saturday, September 29. Many thanks to the Blitzers for hosting all of us at their beautiful home. Classmates enjoyed reminiscing, catching up, and reconnecting. We hope even more classmates will come back for our 30th reunion in 2017! See page 11 for a class photo from Reunion.

1988 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Richard A. Bamberger 28 Baraud Road Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914) 723-0191

Plan to attend your 25th Reunion Fall 2013 Class Correspondent Stacy Grossman recently received this email from Sascha (Alexandra) Rice: “I wanted to share some exciting news about my awardwinning documentary, California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown. I am delighted to announce that my feature documentary film is now broadcasting on public television across the country.Visit our website to see a trailer or to find out the upcoming air dates. We anticipate the film will be coming soon to NYC. “It feels wonderful to be at this point with the film because now we can focus our energy on the educational curriculum. Our educational curriculum will engage a new generation in critical issues like responsible leadership, environmental stewardship, civic participation, and sharing their family’s stories and legacy. We have received numerous requests to screen the film in educational settings and we are delighted to have the opportunity to create a fantastic curriculum that we aim to make available to schools across California and beyond. “As for personal news…I am married to Joe Mellis and mother of two kids: Chazen (11) and Samara (7). Above is a picture of me and my sister, Executive Producer Hilary Rice Armstrong ’83, and my two kids at our festival premiere.”

Stacy J. Grossman 150 Columbus Avenue, Apt. 8E NewYork, NY 10023 (212) 989-9680 (917) 693-9143 WINTER 2013 • 33



Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Allison R. Rouse 812 Nectarine Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (415) 215-7641

Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Laura J. Kleinman 80 Beekman Street, Apt. 2L NewYork, NY 10038

1990 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Jeffrey L. Korenman 825 West End Avenue NewYork, NY 10025

1993 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: George D. Creppy 389 Washington Street, Apt. 32C Jersey City, NJ 07302 (646) 287-2160

AchikamYogev 160 West 66th Street, Apt. 43A NewYork, NY 10023

Alexis Higgins 140 Cabrini Boulevard, Apt. 18 NewYork, NY 10033 (212) 568-1275


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Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Stefanie Firtell Donath 114 East 72nd Street, Apt. 8A NewYork, NY 10021 (917) 579-7852 Class Correspondent Stefanie Firtell Donath shared a photo (below) of her children, Arie (born this past spring) and big sister Lauren.

Arie (left) and Lauren Donath, children of Stefanie Firtell Donath ’91.

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1994 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Danielle Englebardt Katzoff 140 East 63rd Street, Apt. 6A NewYork, NY 10065 (917) 797-9200 From Gideon Donoho:“Jill and I are overjoyed to announce the birth of our beautiful daughter, Claire Maxine Donoho (see photo below), at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday,

Claire Maxine Donoho, daughter of Gideon Donoho ’94.

October 3. She weighed in at 9 lbs, 4 oz.”

1995 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Brittany Podell Levin 500 East 77th Street, Apt. 3219 NewYork, NY 10162 (212) 879-0889 (917) 734-7969

Blooz. What can she do? Ignore it? Ask it lots of questions? Give it an ice-pop and hope it goes away? Through trial and error, the child in this story discovers it how to shake the Blooz. More information about the book, reviews, and author visits can be found at”

1996 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Lara Englebardt Metz 151 East 85th Street, Apt. 9A NewYork, NY 10028 (212) 988-8643 (917) 453-1876 Tim Morehouse 505 West 37th Street, Apt. 906 NewYork, NY 10018 (646) 271-3651 Caron Levis has published a picture book with Harcourt Children’s Books, Stuck with the Blooz (see photo below). Says Caron: “I went to Riverdale for grades 9-12, where my writing was encouraged by several of my teachers including Ms. Sherman, Dr. Nicholson, and Mr. Pahlka. That is why I wanted to share the news about my very first picture book for children. In the story one child’s mood takes the form of a drippy, oozy monster called...the

Stuck with the Blooz, written by Caron Levis ’96.

Amy Heller Shapiro ’96 and her family. Amy Heller Shapiro and her husband, Ethan, live in Miami, FL, with their two children, Sarah and Dylan (see photo above). Amy has worked as a college and guidance counselor at Gulliver Preparatory School since 2007 and enjoys life in Miami. Jordan Davidson and Karen Fierst, Riverdale’s Assistant Head of Lower School for Curriculum and Academic Programs, welcomed a baby girl on Wednesday, June 27 at 3:46 p.m. Auden Wilder Davidson weighed 6 lbs, 15 oz and was 20 inches long.“We’re adjusting well and, needless to say, smitten,” Jordan and Karen report.

Auden Wilder Davidson, daughter of Jordan Davidson ’96 and Karen Fierst, Riverdale’s Assistant Head of Lower School for Curriculum and Academic Programs.



Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: John C. Kirkham 28 Dewolf Street, Apt 530 Cambridge, MA 02138 (914) 834-9197

Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Hallie A. Cohen 80 Perry Street NewYork, NY 10014 (212) 463-8121


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Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Samuel W. Ostrow 89 Landscape Avenue Yonkers, NY 10705 (914) 375-1245 Plan to attend your 15th Reunion Fall 2013 Catherine S. Smith has joined Warburg Realty as a residential real estate broker. “After nearly five years at Ralph Lauren, a Wharton MBA, and a new baby girl mixed in there, too, I am excited to embark on a new career in real estate, one of my passions in life. Please feel free to contact me with any local residential real estate inquiries.”

1999 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Matt Balaban 31 East 12th Street, #5A NewYork, NY 10003 (917) 848-9576

2001 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Samantha A. Acunto 235 West 76th Street, Apt. 10D NewYork, NY 10023 (212) 799-4199 Adam Brenner 55 West 14th Street Larchmont, NY 10538 (914) 548-8603 Alex P. Horn 27 West 86th Street NewYork, NY 10024 (212) 501-0725 Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School Milton Sipp recently attended the wedding of one of his former students.“It was a beautiful wedding on Fire Island.

Attending the wedding of Doro Globus ’01 and Gavin Bishop (from left) were Greg Morril ’01, James Weinman ’01 , Margaux Weinstock ’01, Milton Sipp (the Class of 2001’s dean), the bride, Molly Byrnes ’01, Elyse Kleinberg ’01, and Emily Katz ’01. Doro Globus was married to Gavin Bishop, who is from Great Britain. They both live in Great Britain now. Attending the wedding were classmates Greg Morril, James Weinman, Margaux Weinstock, Molly Byrnes, Elyse Kleinberg, and Emily Katz.” (see photo above).

2002 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Samara J. Fetto 3939 Divisadero Street, Apt. 102 San Francisco, CA 94123 (917) 848-3287 Benjamin Z. Koblentz 155 East 76th Street, Apt. 7B NewYork, NY 10021 (212) 744-4657

2003 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Adam R. Heller 2 Fifth Avenue, Apt. 9S NewYork, NY 10011 (646) 232-3551

From Maggie Heller Greebel: “We are proud to welcome our new little sweet Colin Samuel (see photo right). Much to our delight, his arrival September 13th at 8:43 a.m. went smoothly. He weighs 6 lbs., 10 oz. and is a healthy baby boy. Everyone is doing well and Joshua is very excited to be a big brother!”

Ariel C. Schneider 147 West 85th Street, 4R NewYork, NY 10024 (914) 234-9029 Joshua (left) and Colin Samuel, children of Maggie Heller Greebel ’99.

2004 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Philip W. Braddock 1050 Fell Street, Apt. 10 San Francisco, CA 94117 (917) 488-5384 Crissy Haley 212 East 10th Street, Apt. 5A NewYork, NY 10003 (914) 967-7851 Class Correspondent Crissy Haley, Ariel Greene, David Pollack, and Jackie Wachter enjoyed an impromptu reunion on the beach in Montauk this summer. Throughout the day, the group was joined by fellow classmates Chloe Malle, Matt Chaiken, Ryan Sahn, and Lance Kleinberg. The group spent the day playing competitive Pro Kadima, body surfing, and fishing in the largerthan-average Montauk waves. After the beach, they had a delicious BBQ dinner with s’mores for dessert…the ideal ending to a perfect beach day! Volunteers Brandon Cohen, Chris Dolan, Joseph Goldschmid, and Jeffrey Nussbaum are featured in a story about their Annual Fund success in this issue (see page 15).

Plan to attend your 10th Reunion Fall 2013

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2005 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Daniel A. Perelstein 65 Barlow Lane Rye, NY 10580 (914) 835-5950 Amy R. Schneiderman 3 Old Quarry Road Englewood, NJ 07631 (201) 569-5495

2006 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Tracy Dansker 222 West 83rd Street NewYork, NY 10024 (917) 881-6465 Eric B. Nusbaum 60 Park Terrace West, Apt. A84 NewYork, NY 10034 (212) 942-6539 Sandra Thomas 212 1938 Hall Wilson College – Princeton University Princeton, NJ 08544 (914) 949-1413

2007 Please send your news to your Class Correspondent before April 1, 2013: Kate Lehrhaupt 1025 Fifth Avenue, Apt. 12FN NewYork, NY 10028

2008 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Michael Roberts 25 Central Park West, Apt. 15M NewYork, NY 10023 (212) 246-0911

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Andrew J.Taub 50 East 72nd Street, Apt. 14A NewYork, NY 10021 (212) 744-1098 (917) 344-0381 Zoe Zetlin-Fishbein 180 East End Avenue, Apt. 5H NewYork, NY 10128 (212) 249-7885

on biking across the country when I graduate and then living abroad (most likely in Vietnam) for a year.” Alexandra Schimmel will be graduating from UC Boulder this May and taking a year off to attend culinary school before seeking a law degree.

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2011 2009 Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Josh A. Howard 23 Pratt Street, Apt. 2 Allston, MA 02134 Joshua A. Pearl 169 East 69th Street, Apt. 7A NewYork, NY 10021 (212) 396-2588 Gracie Phillips 316 East 88th Street NewYork, NY 10128 (212) 289-6427 Ashley M. Rainford 784 Columbus Avenue, Apt. 4R NewYork, NY 10025 (212) 864-0319 Alyssa J. Smith 2 West 67th Street NewYork, NY 10023 (212) 787-2827 Danielle Suchman 737 Park Avenue NewYork, NY 10021 (212) 744-2309 Class Correspondent Josh Howard is currently considering becoming a professor.“I am studying to get my MA in political science with a specialization in American politics, American public policy and the executive branch. In the near future I plan

Faculty & Staff News

Alison Scott Naclerio, daughter of Ann Grasing, Director of Alumni Giving.

Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Laura Berman 607 West End Avenue, Apt. 16A NewYork, NY 10024 (212) 787-6044

Director of Alumni Giving Ann Grasing and her husband, Al Naclerio, welcomed daughter Alison Scott Naclerio at 8:28 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Alison weighed 9 lbs, 3 oz at birth and her parents are completely in awe of her.


Director of Physical Education Doug McDonald and his wife, Jill, welcomed their son, Brady Douglas McDonald, early in the morning on September 24. Brady weighed 7.5 lbs and was 20 inches long. Congratulations to Doug and Jill and their families!

Please send your news to your Class Correspondents before April 1, 2013: Jay Dessy 181 East 73rd Street, Apt. 17A NewYork, NY 10021 (917) 684-0082 Chloe Getrajdman 19 East 88th Street, Apt. 14G NewYork, NY 10128 (646) 678-0192

*Contact Robin Gottlieb Director of Alumni Affairs (718) 519-2703

Jordan Davidson ’96 and Karen Fierst, Assistant Head of Lower School for Curriculum and Academic Programs, welcomed a baby girl on Wednesday, June 27 at 3:46 p.m. Auden Wilder Davidson weighed 6 lbs, 15 oz and was 20 inches long. Says Karen,“We’re adjusting well and, needless to say, smitten.” For a photo, see page 34.



Paul Wollner ’48 H. Wilmarth (Bill) Mott III ’51 Stanley Morgan ’72

Wilson S. Alling, a teacher at Riverdale from September 1966 until August 1974, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

Alumni Profile Joe Pickard ’62 After graduating from Riverdale and Wesleyan University, Joe Pickard spent three years at Bankers Trust Co., several years with EF Hutton & Co., Alex Brown & Sons, H&Q and then a brief stint with Oppenheimer before launching his own investment advisory firm, Oristano Capital LLC. He has two children and three grandchildren. Joe lives in southern Vermont and counts reading, skiing, and catch-and-release bass fishing among his hobbies. Describe your experience at Riverdale.

I can honestly say that my experience at Riverdale prepared me not only for the rigors of college life, but more importantly for life itself.You had to have talent to be accepted to Riverdale, but for some of us that talent had to be developed. Whether you were a gifted student, athlete, or were interested in more esoteric areas such as music, theater, or even photography, the school provided a great stage to develop those skills. I recall Mr. Bill Williams sitting me down to inform me that I was too small to play basketball, but that I would make a heck of a good wrestler. He was right and I went on to win the Ivies and finish fourth in the Eastern Prep School Championship. What is your fondest memory of Riverdale?

There are many, but without question, my greatest thrill was to participate in three varsity sports with my older brother and best friend, Derek. I remember so well a football game in the fall of 1960 against Poly Prep— I wrote about it in the Spring 1991 QUAD as part of a memorial to my brother after his tragic canoeing accident—when both teams were undefeated and the Ivy League title was on the line. The coach of Poly Prep previewed his game plan to the Journal-American newspaper a couple of days before the game: stop the Riverdale “home run”pass. In an unusual move, Coach Frank Bertino countered by moving my brother Derek, the team’s captain and best running back, to right tackle, a play that we would call Power Play Right. I ran the ball 32 times for 168 yards and scored two touchdowns. We won the game 12 to 6. I received the headlines the next day and Derek was very proud of me, but as I wrote in the memorial,“That was typical of Derek, but he was the real hero as he opened up the holes that allowed me to score.” Who are the teachers and/or coaches who had a significant impact on your life?

Again, there were so many that had an impact on me, from the voluntary Saturday classes with Irene Guiney when she used to rip out the pages of our math book so

that we could go on to the next lesson to Bill Williams mentioned above, to George“Nelly”Nelson who not only taught me an appreciation for math, but was also a former counselor and mentor at Camp Dudley on Lake Champlain. I would be remiss not to mention Al Davis, who spent hours with us on the baseball field but has also put in relentless time and energy in helping to make Riverdale a better place. But the person who had the most influence on me was Coach Frank Bertino. Coach Bertino took a personal interest in every student he coached that went far beyond the athletic field. One time (and unbeknownst to me) Coach Bertino travelled many miles to attend the Ivy League wrestling finals. I had lost to a Poly Prep wrestler in a dual meet a month earlier and I was apprehensive going into the match. Coach took me aside and said,“I didn’t come all this way to see you lose to Rizzuti.”I didn’t lose. What keeps you coming back to Riverdale, and staying involved with the school?

Riverdale provided me with the knowledge, the tools, and the confidence to live my dream and to become so much more successful than I had thought possible when I arrived at the school as a young eighth grader. Is it any wonder that I want to pay back the school with my utmost gratitude? Wouldn’t it be great if every kid in America could experience an education that is made available to the students of Riverdale?

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Have you made your gift to Riverdale this academic year? If not, please contribute to the 2012-13 Annual Fund Campaign before June 30. (Better yet, do it now, so we can put your support to good use immediately!) • We urge you to participate this year and every year. • No matter the size of the gift, everyone’s participation counts equally—and no one else can participate for you. Please mail checks to: Riverdale Country School Attn: Development Office 5250 Fieldston Road Bronx, NY 10471-2999

You can also donate online: For more information, please email or call Marie Capasso at 718.519.2745.

• Contributions not only fund Riverdale Country School’s most critical needs, they also indicate that alumni and parents are supportive of the School and recognize the profound impact Riverdale has had on their lives.

Winter 2013 QUAD  

News and features of interest to the Riverdale community, including alumni, parents, faculty and students.

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