ON THE COVER: Crimson Knight Football under the lights Cover Photo by Bailey Phelps, Daughter of Dean of the Class of 2019 and Assistant Director of College Advising Chris Phelps P’15
2019 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Salisbury School instills in boys a vibrant enthusiasm for learning and the self-confidence needed for intellectual, physical, moral and spiritual development. Built on essential core values, the School’s unique culture promotes brotherhood, creativity, empathy, humility, integrity, leadership and respect. Salisbury graduates men of character and promise who are prepared to meet the challenges of college and adulthood and to make a difference in an entrepreneurial, technological and cosmopolitan world.
Lisa Callahan P’04, ’08, ’09 John W. Childs ’59 (Hon.) John Couzens Jr. ’06 Michael Gans ’81, P’17 James W. Gerard ’79 Peter Gross ’01* Kenneth Hanau P’20 Adelaide Harris P’07 G. Anne Harris Patricia Isen P’14 Peter Keehn P’15 Campbell Langdon ’79 David Leavy ’88 Dana Macy P’14 Richard E. Riegel III ’84 Thomas D. Rutherfoord Jr. P’08 Katherine Shepherd P’20 W. Fritz Souder P’18 James P. Townsend P’10 *ex-officio TRUSTEES EMERITUS
John G. Brim ’64 Dr. Richard S. Childs Jr. ’63 Barron G. Collier II ’70 Nathaniel B. Day ’56 James Dresser ’59 Richard D. Field ’59 Richard T. Flood ’03 (Hon.) H. Crosby Foster II ’57 Sir Eddie Kulukundis, OBE ’50 Herbert A. May III ’83, P’12 J. Richard Munro P’88, ’90 Amanda D. Rutledge P’80, ’84 J. Anton Schiffenhaus ’48 Michael S. Sylvester ’59, P’85 Rev. Edwin M. Ward Anthony C. Woodruff ’01 (Hon.), P’89
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Headmaster Chisholm S. Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17 Editor Tracy M. Chandler P’17 Designer Julie Hammill, Hammill Design
Writers and Contributors Mimi Babcock, Harold Brown, Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17, Matthew Corkery, Rita Delgado, David Dwight, Nic Emery, Jen Fiereck, Peter Gilbert P’18, ’20, Anna Hinck, Ian Johnson, Robby Kasten ’19, Caitlin Kiley, Jeff May P’15, ’21, Joe Meehan, Kristina Miller, Geoffrey Rossano, Jennifer Siff, Shana Stalker, Electra Tortorella P’17, Lynn Webster, and Brian Wilcox
20 THE SALISBURY ADVANTAGE
Copy Editor Kristina Miller
Saturday night football sidelines showcase Salisbury spirit and pride!
20 Finding a Home on the Hilltop: Admissions at Salisbury 26 A Boy’s Life 32 Big Ideas Begin on the Hilltop 40 Parents Weekend 48 Taking the Lead 55 Sharing Salisbury
57 GO KNIGHTS 60 SARUM GIVES 62 The Edward F. Dwight ’78 Memorial Scholarship 65 Annual Report of Giving 2017–2018
69 COMMUNITY 73 CLASS NOTES 77 In Memoriam
80 FROM THE ARCHIVES
Class Notes Coordinator Matthew Corkery Class Notes Editor Lynn Webster Director of Communications Shana Stalker Director of Development Harold Brown ____________________________ The “Salisbury Magazine” is produced by the Office of Communications for alumni, parents and friends of the School. Letters and comments are welcome. Please send inquiries and comments to: Office of Communications, Salisbury School, 251 Canaan Road, Salisbury, CT 06068 or telephone 860-435-5809. Salisbury School 251 Canaan Road Salisbury, CT 06068 860-435-5700 www.salisburyschool.org WINTER 2019
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ALISBURY IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A COMMUNITY.
Centered on the education of boys, we live, work and learn together. On our campus, you will find a distinct culture, a strong brotherhood and a firm commitment to support one another. While the idea of belonging is inherent in the word community, I would argue that it is particularly powerful to all those who call or have called the Hilltop home. This includes students, faculty, staff and alumni. But, Salisbury extends far beyond the bounds of campus to alumni, parents and friends whose connections with the School never fade. As you look around the campus, many of our current building and structural projects have reached or are close to completion. These include the Dean Performance Center, the Harris Turf, The Class of 2017 Renovation of the Quadrangle and The Classs of 2018 Belin Lodge. Enhancements to our facilities keep our community vibrant and fresh and provide our boys with additional spaces to learn and grow. We are so fortunate to have the incredible support of parents, alumni and friends who make these dreams a reality. We are forever grateful. While less visible but no less meaningful, a significant gift has ensured the potential choice for daughters of our faculty and staff to attend neighboring secondary schools. This tremendous act of generosity has affected our community in real and powerful ways. In this issue of the Salisbury Magazine, we consider community by examining the importance of moments spent outside the classroom. The residential aspect is an essential part of who we are as a school. In recent years, considerable time and effort have been devoted to address the needs
of the “whole boy.” From Community Service to Health and Wellness programming, solid support of the One Love Foundation, fun weekend activities and clubs, we strive to address the needs of our students. Diverse opportunities for growth help to shape and entertain our boys. Establishing residential life as a priority results in a happier, safer and more supportive community. We share these programs with you. The overall success of a school community can be evaluated in very tangible ways. One critical measure of the true impact and value of the Salisbury experience comes through the admissions process. “Finding a Home on the Hilltop” (page 20) takes a closer look at our work in this area. Beginning with Reverend George Emerson Quaile’s ten boys in 1901 to the 309 boys who sat in the Opening Chapel in September, the School’s mission to educate, shape and guide continues to resonate. Taking a look at Admissions over the years, many changes emerge as the school’s enrollment grows, the student body diversifies, and outside influences affect trends in education. However, by remaining true to its mission, Salisbury has stayed steady and strong. Under the leadership of Peter Gilbert P’18, ’20, the Assistant Head for Enrollment and Marketing, admissions numbers are at an all-time high, reflecting our commitment to providing the very best experience for our boys. Also featured in this edition is the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, unique in providing boys with real life business experience. Through our commitment to creative thinking and practical application of business plans and principles, we seek to empower them in the years ahead. Mastering the skills required and channeling the determination to succeed make the Salisbury ESP experience invaluable. The innovative lessons in leadership provide the opportunity to turn
plans into action. In a supportive and safe environment, success can be celebrated, and failure can be met with resilience. In addition, we present alumni who have forged a path in business through their own entrepreneurial spirit. This program sets our community apart by developing essential leadership skills, encouraging initiative and supporting growth. Finally, it is with great pride that we share news of leadership as a number of former faculty have taken on roles as heads of school. Whether their careers in education were initiated on the Hilltop, or after years of dedicated service, these strong leaders have made their mark on schools of their own. We are so pleased that Salisbury has been a part of their future success. Communities in which we live often define us. It is my privilege and honor to be a part of Salisbury School. I often say “schools are people,” and without question, this is true. As the beautiful campus continues to evolve and provide students with state of the art facilities, it is the support of the trustees, families, alumni and friends that have made magic happen here. It is also the incredible faculty and staff whose energy, passion and knowledge enrich lives of those on the Hilltop every single day. And, of course, it is the boys, our Salisbury gentlemen, who are the heart and soul of this community. For generations of graduates, know your school remains strong, the light in the cupola shines brightly and future Knights stand on your shoulders. In all my travels meeting with Salisbury alumni and parents, I am pleased to share the sense and spirit of community that is alive and well on the Hilltop. Go Knights! Best,
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WORKING SIDE-BY-SIDE Tyler Anderson ’21 and Chuck Wang ’21 graph equations.
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MAKING HIS POINT In his 37th year of service, English and Philosophy & Religion Instructor, Dick Curtis Pâ€™06 leads class.
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STANDING PROUD Art students put the finishing touches on Sarum’s own “Loyalty” sculpture.
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HANDS-ON LEARNING Simon Pang â€™21 tackles Woodworking.
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SPEAKING UP Fourth formers Charlie Hauser and Rex Weil engage in class discussion.
309 BOYS BEGIN THE 118TH YEAR OF SALISBURY SCHOOL
As students returned to campus in the first week of September, there was an air of excitement and anticipation. Through rain and heat, athletes prepared for the fall seasons of football and soccer, new and returning students participated in hikes and team building activities, and all gathered for traditional moments of celebration and welcome during the first sit-down dinner and Opening Chapel. With meetings, registration and preparations complete, Salisbury opened its doors to 309 eager boys to begin the 118th year of school on the Hilltop.
Art Trip to China In June, art students and faculty traveled to Hangzhou, China in a trip organized by Former Trustee Marita Wong P’15. Current Salisbury families from China were wonderful hosts and tour guides for the group of artists. Art Instructor Danielle Mailer noted that “the trip was quite simply a visual extravaganza to experience the stunning artwork of this talented population of students and professionals,” and she “returned to the US inspired.” The daily schedule was packed with visits to the China Academy of Art to view numerous exhibits of student work including Chinese calligraphy, traditional painting and digital landscapes created in a virtual reality format. In between visits to the Academy, there was time to enjoy local cuisine, to visit the studio of Li Xiuoin, renowned sculptor and take in a performance of Impressions West Lake, an incredible combination of dance, lighting effects and storytelling. Thanks to the hospitality and guidance of our Asian families, the trip was an amazing opportunity for Salisbury students and faculty to see and experience the art and culture of Asia through an insider’s perspective.
INTERNATIONAL BOYS SCHOOL COALITION CONFERENCE Members of the Salisbury faculty traveled to Gold Coast, Australia in July to participate in the International Boys School Coalition Conference on Leadership. With over 600 delegates from schools around the world, it was an incredible opportunity for participants to gather information and brainstorm about building leadership skills in and out of the classroom.
Left to right: Duncan McKee ’19, Matt Wesson ’20, Liam Schuler ‘19, Christian Choong ’19 and Art Instructor Danielle Mailer
Visit to the studio of renowned sculptor Li Xiuoin
ACTIVITIES FAIR The Admissions Circle outside of Spencer Hall filled with students eager to join any one of 30 possible clubs. Special interest groups on campus have established themselves formally as clubs. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, boys in each club can share their love of an activity. Clubs range from those academically related like Biology and Mathematics to extra-curricular interests like Drama, Rock Band or Yearbook. Others, such as Culinary and Outdoors, help foster life-long passions.
Members of the Salisbury Culinary Club sought to increase their membership by offering delicious treats at their sign-up table.
Left to right: Art Instructor Natalie Will, Dean of School Andrew Will, Chairman of the Art Department Ian Johnson and Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17
More than 35 art students contributed countless hours to the design and construction of our campus canines, named by popular vote as Loyalty and Honor. While primarily the work of the sculpture courses taught by Art Instructor Danielle Mailer, other classes including Painting and Ceramics helped complete the Dachshund and Boston Terrier. Over the past three years, Salisbury School’s entry in the Fall Festival in town have reflected the Chinese Zodiac in which each year represents an animal. Congratulations to the Art Department for taking first prize in the sculpture category with a record number of votes!
MAGIERA AWARD During the first chapel service of the year, the John Magiera Award, named in honor of long-time business manager who served from 1994-2015, was given to two members of the staff in recognition of their exemplary work, loyalty and devotion to the boys. Headmaster Chandler presented this year’s award to Wayne Farrington, Assistant Director of Buildings and Grounds, for his “deep commitment and desire to make this community stronger each day.” The other honoree was Nicole Miller, Assistant to the Business Office. She was praised for her “keen insight and exceptional communication skills.” Congratulations to both winners! Pictured left: Nicole Miller and Wayne Farrington
Founder’s Day A new tradition was born as students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends celebrated Founder’s Day. On October 8, 1901, Salisbury School held its first day of classes. To mark the occasion, the community wore their finest school gear and met for discussions of what it means to be a “Salisbury Gentleman.” Alumni joined in the fun by posting photos of their Sarum pride on social media and were entered in a raffle for a deluxe swag bag from The Armory. It was a great day to be a Knight!
Dean of Studies Jon Siff with his advisory.
Scott Bixby ’80
Jessica Jules P’19 shows off her Salisbury pride by including her co-workers in the fun!
“BLACK AND WHITE” EXHIBIT IN THE TREMAINE GALLERY The Art Department hosted an opening for the exhibit entitled “Black and White.” This photo exhibit is the work of the Black History in Rural Connecticut class, taught by Peter McEachern, which displays over 40 images of the vibrant black community in Salisbury and its environs, dating back to the 1930’s. The photographic collection was discovered in a house on Farnum Road in Lakeville, CT and tells a compelling story. Trustees Shrevie Shepherd P’20 and Ann Harris walk through the exhibit with Instructor Peter McEachern.
One Love Throughout the month of October, our community took part in several activities in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We teamed up with the One Love Foundation again this year for our efforts. The One Love Foundation was founded in 2010 in memory of Yeardley Love, a senior at UVA who was killed by her ex-boyfriend just weeks prior to her graduation. Today, the One Love Foundation strives to educate young people on the dangers of relationship violence and inspire them to take action. Making this particular issue a priority,
Salisbury is proud to partner with the One Love Foundation in an attempt to make a difference in this important work. One Love events included a Friday night football game that was played in which both Salisbury and Trinity Pawling wore the One Love logo on their helmets, along with blue shoelaces. To further understanding surrounding issues of relationships, Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17, Assistant Headmaster Bobby Wynne P’19 and Dean of Students Andrew Will accompanied a group of boys to Miss Hall’s School to participate
in a Summit on Consent. Joined by other students from other schools, the seminar promoted discussions regarding communication and respect. The community came together for a symbolic walk around campus ending at the Carl Williams Terrace in the formation of the number 1 and a heart. The “Yards” walked together as a community was tallied and added to a national total of “Yards for Yeardley,” which is just one way the One Love Foundation is spreading awareness about relationship violence.
HILLTOP HALLOWEEN Halloween on the Hilltop meant crazy costumes, many laughs and candy treats provided by the Alumni and Development Office. There were many costume winners named in a lively School Meeting which included the top spot award to Liam Schuyler ’19 for his perfect imitation of English Instructor Trevor Rees.
THE BILLINGSLEY LECTURE
In early December, it was a tremendous honor to welcome Wes Moore as the Billingsley Lecture Speaker. As the author of our summer reading book, The Other Wes Moore, we were incredibly fortunate to spend an evening with him. With our focus on Diversity Programming, Moore’s book played a key role in discussions throughout the community and was the basis for our first Parental Book Group over Parents Weekend. Many thanks to the Billingsley family for their generous support and enrichment in honor of Walter Billingsley ’82.
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER The Salisbury Dramatic Society was proud to present Peter and the Starcatcher, a story of an adventure on the high seas. Student actors and stage crew worked tirelessly on the production with the support of new Theater Director Jordan Rochelson. Some boys spent their afternoons and evenings on preparations for the show, taking advantage of the new opportunity to participate in theater in place of an athletic commitment for the fall term. Duncan McKee’ 19 and Bobby Metz ’20 take the stage in Peter and the Starcatcher.
Welcome New Faculty ALEX AVERY
Instructor in Spanish B.S., Birmingham Southern University
A TRADITION OF GIVING It was the time of year for giving, and Salisbury was all in. Students involved with the Community Service Program and Student Council work hard to make the holidays special for families in our area. Making connections with Canaan’s Support Services, Women’s Support Services and the Corner Food Pantry, faculty, staff and students joined together to provide food, clothes, toys and books to those in need locally.
Learning Center Instructor E.D.L., Nova Southern University M.A., Liberty College B.S., Kennesaw State University
Instructor in History M.A.T., Boston College M.P.A., Syracuse University B.A., College of the Holy Cross
Instructor in History B.A., Middlebury College
Learning Center Instructor M.Ed., Marymount University B.A., University of Mississippi
Learning Center Instructor B.A., Western Connecticut State University
SIXTH FORM OPEN HOUSE A cherished Salisbury tradition—the sixth form gathered at the Headmaster’s House the night before they left campus for the December holiday.
College Advisor, Learning Center Instructor B.A., Colby College
Hilltop Holidays The time between Thanksgiving and Winter vacation is magical on the Hilltop. Exams are complete, a new term begins, and the mood is festive. The season commences with the Hanging of the Greens Service that takes place the first Friday evening after the boys return from Thanksgiving break. This unique and special moment in the Chapel explains the significance of many holiday traditions, as the vestry members decorate the Chapel with greens, candles, and wreaths. The boys are treated to music provided by the Bell Choir from the Town of Salisbury, and a Christmas pageant that features faculty children of all ages.
Chapel at holiday time
Lighting Advent candles
The Annual Gingerbread House Party is not just for children of the faculty and staff. Following the festivities and a visit from Santa for the younger members of the Salisbury community, boys gather in the Dining Hall to participate in the fun. A highlight of the season is the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols. Readers and musical performances are a special way in which our community comes together, while also including people from neighboring towns. The evening is concluded with a very special sit-down meal that features a delicious holiday menu. Main shines brightly in December
On the night before the students depart for winter vacation, they join Headmaster Chisholm Chandler for a special story and message. At the conclusion of the night, Sixth Formers head to an Open House hosted by the Chandler Family with hot chocolate, cider and many wonderful desserts. It is the perfect conclusion to the festive Hilltop celebrations!
Lessons and Carols
Rowan Siff, Rusty Chandler and Oliver Ayer, faculty children, play the three kings in the Hanging of the Greens Pageant.
The book tree in Phinny Library has become a holiday tradition
The faculty children sing Away in a Manger as part of the Hanging of the Greens Service
Students present their Gingerbread House
Gingerbread House decorating in progress
Welcome New Trustees JOHN M. COUZENS JR. ’06
John M. Couzens Jr. (Jack) was born in Evanston, IL, and grew up in Denver, CO. He spent two rewarding years at Salisbury School before graduating in 2006. Jack then earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science in 2010 from the University of Kansas. Shortly after college he relocated to Washington, D.C. to work for Congressman Scott Tipton on Capitol Hill. Jack entered the United States Air Force in October of 2011 to begin Basic Military Training. He then started the USAF Pararescue Pipeline in January of 2012. Over the course of the next two years he received training in weapons, tactics, and battlefield medicine; as well as airborne, maritime, and mountain operations. Jack also obtained his Paramedic, Military Free Fall, and Combat SCUBA certifications. Upon graduation in March of 2014 Jack was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron located at Hurlburt Field, FL. From this duty station he deployed twice; once to Afghanistan, and once to various locations in Africa. In July of 2016, Jack was selected for a special duty assignment and was reassigned to the 724th Special Tactics Group at Pope Army Airfield, NC. He has one deployment with his current unit, where he was in East Africa and parts of the Middle East. Jack has deployed with elite U.S. Special Operations Units from both U.S. Army and U.S. Navy throughout his operational career as a Pararescueman (PJ).
Jack currently resides in Southern Pines, NC. He is the son of John and Melinda Couzens, who still live in Denver, CO. Jack has two younger brothers; Henry ’09 and Fredrick. They both reside in Chicago, IL. Jack also sits on the Board of the Anschutz Family Foundation with his mother and brothers.
PETER KEEHN P’15
Peter Keehn is a Managing Director and Global Head of Private Equity at Allstate Investments, the investment management affiliate of the Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). He manages Allstate’s $7 billion Private Equity portfolio of funds, sponsored coinvestments, and other direct investments. Peter’s responsibilities include overall portfolio management and strategy as well as leadership of investment teams in Chicago and London. He chairs the Private Equity Investment Committee and is a member of Allstate Investments’ Risk Committee. From 2007 to 2010, he lived in London and established and managed Allstate’s UK-based investment affiliate. He joined Allstate in 2003 and worked previously as a principal investor at Waud Capital Partners, Northwestern Investment Management Company, and LaSalle Partners. Peter is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Originally from Pittsburgh, Peter graduated from The Hotchkiss School, Brown, and the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He and his wife Stephanie live in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and are parents to Sam ’15, Caroline (New Trier High School ’17) and Elinor (Loomis Chaffee School ’21).
SARUM BROTHERS GIVE BACK Salisbury’s Community Service team led by Rita Delgado made a difference for the greater Salisbury area this fall. Dedicated Knights helped fight hunger through their work at Breaking Bread, a local soup kitchen in Sheffield, MA. Salisbury School was also well represented at the Crop Walk, a community-wide event organized by local groups to end hunger. In addition, the boys hosted two brunch gatherings in the School’s Dining Room that entertained seniors from Noble Horizons and Geer Village. Delicious homemade goods were served to guests, as they were entertained by musical performances of talented Salisbury boys.
UNDERSTANDING THE HOLOCAUST Former Trustee Marita Wong P’15 sponsored History Instructor Bob Donahue’s 20th Century Issues class in their attendance of the 25th Anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. The event was sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation and Facing History and Ourselves. Our students were awed by the complex horrors presented in the film. The boys debriefed afterwards at the world’s greatest pizza parlor—Pepe’s on Wooster Street in Fair Haven, CT.
Knights Win Sixth Flood-Marr! The 54th annual Flood-Marr Holiday Hockey Tournament was held December 14-16, with the Knights participating as
they have for many years. Named in honor of long-time head hockey coaches Dick Flood (Noble & Greenough School) and Richard “Lefty” Marr (Milton Academy), the tournament draws some of the top schools in New England. This year, the Knights won all four of their games, beating Kimball Union Academy, Deerfield Academy, Milton Academy, and in the finals, Phillips Andover Academy. The tournament MVP was Lucas Mercuri ’20, who scored all four goals in a 4-3 championship game. Happily, former Salisbury School Headmaster Dick Flood ’03 (Hon.) was on hand to witness his beloved Knights and their triumph! Headmaster Chisholm Chandler with former Headmaster Dick Flood.
CRAIG SUMMERS RETIRED Longtime Salisbury employee, Athletic Center Manager Craig Summers, retired after 26 years of service to the School. Director of Athletics Tim Sinclair ’91, together with the entire Salisbury School community, wish Craig all the best in retirement!
THE CHALLENGE IS COMING... February 18–22 The Salisbury Fund
THE SA LISBU RY A DVA NTAGE
FINDING A HOME ON THE HILLTOP: ADMISSIONS AT SALISBURY
Throughout its history, Salisbury has remained committed to the singular mission of educating boys. Holding true to its founding principles of providing character-based learning in a small, rural environment, the School has endured and prospered. An integral part of this success, the admissions process, too, has adapted to and withstood fluctuating markets and changing demographics, as well as social and political influences since its founding in 1901. In those early days, the Reverend George E. Quaile built and established the School, opening with 10 students in October of 1901. With a tuition of $600, boys came and stayed throughout the year, without today’s periodic breaks. Enrollment was handled by the Headmaster, and the number of students rose steadily, growing from 37 in 19061907 to 61 in 1916-1917. By 1930, Salisbury was thriving, with more than 100 students across five forms, but as the Great Depression hit the country hard, boarding schools became a luxury that many families could not afford. With the cost of tuition hitting $1,500 by the fall of 1934, there were only 30 or so students enrolled in the entire school. That year also marked the death of Headmaster Quaile. Fortunately, Emerson Quaile was chosen to succeed his father and during
his tenure as Headmaster, enrollment slowly regained momentum to preDepression numbers. By the early 1940s, under George Langdon’s leadership, the ranks continued to swell, reaching a target enrollment goal of 70 and then hit capacity in 1945 with 96 boys! The years following WWII were prosperous for the School, demonstrated in healthy growth in enrollment. The contentment and stability of the times was reflected in boarding communities during the 1950s, as admission numbers were on the rise. Admissions work was primarily the responsibility of the Headmaster, and Reverend Langdon conducted this work with great fervor. Alumni recount stories of sitting in Reverend Langdon’s office while he discussed the opportunities of a Salisbury education. His compassion and
enthusiasm were inspiring. However, changing times would soon alter the breadth and scope of the admissions process over the next few decades. Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, Reverend Edwin Ward was tasked with leading the school in turbulent times while confronting issues that dominated the U.S. political and social landscape. Conducting a strategic planning process that reviewed Salisbury’s mission, the school community reinforced the idea of educating “the whole boy” as a key goal of the Salisbury experience. While many peer institutions were turning to coeducation, the Board of Trustees in 1976 concluded that Salisbury should remain all-boys despite the trend to the contrary. That momentous decision would affect the trajectory of Salisbury admissions in the years ahead, as the
A SMALL START SIGNIFICANT ENROLLMENT MILESTONES
market for boarding schools changed dramatically beginning in the early 1980s. In this period of Salisbury’s history, several important factors were influencing the landscape of preparatory school admissions. First, tuition was on the rise, increasing by 63% from $4,800 in 1976 to $7,600 in just five years, and this trend would continue. Also, in general, admissions work became more demanding and required a focused, full-time staff. Before Headmaster Ward was appointed, there was no Director of Admission. However, upon taking the helm in 1965, Ward appointed first Carl Williams, and then Gordon Reid with the assistance of Woody Rutter ’98 (Hon.) in 1968 to lead the admissions effort. Having an office staff of three (with Betty Riva as office secretary) provided continuity and helped Salisbury to become widely recognized in the boarding school community. Still, there remained significant challenges. With admission numbers as a whole declining during this period, boarding schools were seeking students outside their traditional consumer base and region. Starting in the mid 1970s, Salisbury made an effort to expand the admissions effort further afield with a target of just over 200 boys for optimal enrollment size. Longtime faculty member, Woody Rutter ’98 (Hon.), followed Reid as Director in 1976, and by the early 1980s, he introduced our first ASSIST students who came from all over Europe and traveled as far as Saudi Arabia on behalf of Salisbury admissions. As the Salisbury community became more global, a local New England-based enrollment gave way to one which included students from across the country and from around the world. With more than 20 years of experience on the Hilltop at that point in his career, Woody Rutter ’98 (Hon.) provided continuity and stability as the School transitioned from Headmaster Ed Ward
to Peter Sipple and then to Dick Flood ’03 (Hon.). The Flood Era marked significant changes with the Board of Trustees focusing its attention on mission and tenets of the School as a part of an intensive strategic planning process. In fully embracing its identity as an all-boys, rural, chapel-based, small school, the ideal was a Salisbury that sought to help young men reach their true potential. The enhancement of programs, like the Rudd Learning Center, was critical to providing support and strengthening the School’s ability to best serve its population. Also, a commitment to strengthening and prioritizing athletic programs was a conscious decision meant to attract many promising students to an all-boys school environment. Following trends at the college and university level, the Admissions Office began to shape classes, as they looked for talented boys who would add to the overall life of school and not just the classroom. The process focused actively on seeking athletes, artists, musicians and students of varying interests and experiences. Financial assistance also began to play a more critical role in creating a socio-economically diverse and talented community of students. As a result, these changes, not only impacted the nature of admissions work, but also the structure and location of the office staff. A very important factor in Salisbury’s current success has come from the direction and leadership of Assistant Headmaster for Enrollment and Marketing Peter Gilbert P’18, ’20, who has carefully constructed his admission process, and team over his 20 years at Salisbury. Because of his longevity and myriad skills, Peter has become one of the most well-respected in his field, recognized for excellence by receiving the William B. Bretnall Award from The Enrollment Management Association in 2016. Gilbert has set a high standard of professionalism, as he has redefined
FOCUSED LEADERS ADMISSION LEADERS MAKING AN IMPACT
1965 GORDON REID
1965 CARL WILLIAMS
and developed the Admissions Office at Salisbury in the modern era. The number of faculty assigned to admissions work has gradually increased and is now seven strong. The commitment to travel, social media marketing and messaging, and hosting families from all over the world during their campus visits are just a few of the duties expertly handled by staff. Through the 1990s and early 2000s, the most successful academic institutions at the secondary and higher education levels worked hard to upgrade their campus facilities and programs in an effort to attract the best possible candidates. Salisbury was no exception, as it embarked on ambitious construction and renovation projects that have transformed the campus. Construction of the Centennial Library and Humanities Building, WachtmeisterBates Math and Science Building, Ward Dormitory, Flood Athletic Center, Curtis Boathouse and the transformation of the North Wing of Main into Spencer Hall are some of the projects completed since 1998. In addition, the redesign and construction of these academic, athletic, and residential buildings went hand in hand with enrichment of programs to better serve our student body. A constant effort to provide the best experience led to increased focus and development of initiatives such as the Residential Programming (see page 26),
the Reflective Teaching Initiative, and general practices that best meet the needs of educating boys. Capital campaigns, like the recently-completed $108 million, For the Boys, supported building projects, program development, and substantially increased the School’s endowment. All of these factors kept Salisbury’s admissions growing and successful despite fluctuating markets and trends that affected peer institutions. In the modern era, enrollment at Salisbury is thriving. The admissions process continues to become more competitive and successful with increasing numbers of applicants and highly selective acceptance rates. So, many ask, how and why does Salisbury admissions remain so strong? Clearly, the Salisbury mission has stayed relevant through
THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE “A SMALL SCHOOL WITH BIG SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES” HAS MADE THE SCHOOL UNIQUE.
1968 WOODY RUTTER
1998-PRESENT PETER GILBERT
Admissions Officer Will Leedy greets a prospective father and son.
Assistant Headmaster for Enrollment and Marketing Peter Gilbert P’18, ’20 welcomes visiting families.
changing times. The strength of the allboys, character-based education was and is at the heart of its successful admissions process. While the needs of the student body evolve, the structure, culture, and tradition of the Hilltop hold their appeal. Numerous times throughout the School’s history, our mission was examined and reaffirmed. Assistant Headmaster for Enrollment and Marketing Peter Gilbert P’18, ’20 reflects on the “welldefined, value-added proposition” and knowing who we are and doing it well are at the heart of Salisbury’s success. The “pillars” of a Salisbury education which include academics, athletics, brotherhood, spirituality, character, and leadership hold enormous power in the focused commitment to educating boys. Gilbert further noted the ability to provide “a small school with big school opportunities” has made the School unique. Settling at 300 as the ideal number of boys gives Salisbury the ability to compete with schools twice the size,
due to the comparable number of boys. Communicating with prospective families has changed dramatically in recent years, as well. Consulting weekly with Trustee David Leavy ’88 of Discovery Communications and keeping up with the rapidly changing world of social media, Peter Gilbert and his team are deliberate in their approach to marketing. Secondary school fairs, school visits, open houses, and receptions remain important to the process, but reaching boys through social media outlets is also critical. The use of technology spreads the message of the Salisbury experience in a whole new and expansive way. For those loyal to the Crimson Knights, this news is fantastic. Increasing enrollment by 60 additional boarders over the last 20 years has been nothing short of transformational. With the additional revenue, Salisbury has further strengthened its program and its ability to hire and retain faculty, and thus, provide the best possible experience for our
boys. Last year, we enjoyed our strongest admission cycle in history, paving the way for 309 boys seated at the opening Chapel service in early September. The incredible work of the Admissions Office, carefully shaping each class into a cohesive Band of Brothers, defines who we are and will continue to be, far into the future. With over 95% of students boarding, the community is incredibly diverse, with boys hailing from 23 U.S. states and 12 different countries. In remaining true to the founding mission, Salisbury has prospered over its 118-year history. Dedicated to providing boys with the best possible educational experience, the School offers an educational experience that has and will continue to endure the test of time. Gloriously, the Salisbury Brotherhood continues to grow in strength and numbers, and we will watch with pride as more aspiring Crimson Knights call this Hilltop their home in the years ahead.
A Boyâ€™s Life RESIDENTIAL PROGR AMMING AT SALISBURY
ome of the most critical components of a boarding school education happen outside the classroom, athletic field, and theater. Central to Salisbury’s mission is the creation of a happy and healthy community which seeks to develop young men of character. While learning occurs during the normal course of a school day, much thought and planning goes into Campus Life programming to address the diverse needs of our boys. As the world has become increasingly complex with the rise of social media and internet distractions, connecting with boys and engaging their interest outside the classroom is of the utmost importance. The faculty examined the ways to enrich the lives of students throughout their time at School. Encouraging special interests, focusing on health and wellness, providing fun, social activities and serving others in the community have enhanced the Salisbury experience.
Built into weekly life, designated blocks are devoted to ADVISORY AND FORM MEETINGS. Jennifer Siff, director of campus life and Andrew Will, campus dean, carefully plan discussions for these periods. Faculty advisors are given a chosen current event or campus topic along with questions and supporting material for discussion. Whether it is time management for exam periods, the summer reading book or important world events, the opportunity to share with others is highly valued by all.
Beyond small group or form discussions, there is also an initiative supporting POP-UP PROGRAMING. This fall, Beth Hammond, director of health services, engaged three speakers to spend a Saturday morning working with our students. Josh Rivedal of the “I’m Possible” program, changing minds addressed the issue of breaking stigma surrounding mental health, Jennifer Giles, a nutritionist, talked about food first options including supplements and nutrition’s role in athletics and academics, and Ray Lozano, a substance use prevention specialist, spoke about the dangers of marijuana and vaping. Each workshop provided vital information in promoting health and wellness. In our CHOICES PROGRAM, led by College Advisor Jade Colling, fourth formers have further opportunity to decide on topics that they might want to discuss in further detail. Having filled out ballots on possible subject matters, they are assigned to faculty homes for small group discussions. These informal,
comfortable settings encourage the boys to openly discuss issues of their choosing, everything from healthy relationships to stress management and many more. The relaxed atmosphere allows for easy conversation and stronger connections among classmates and faculty mentors. The spring is marked by the L.E.A.D.S. (Leadership/Engagement/ Arts/Diversity/Service) speaker series, the goal of which is to generate interest and provide knowledge on a wide range of topics. Hoping to spark curiosity and inspire passion, past speakers have included athletes, artists, business leaders and others with engaging stories to tell. Pete Malinowski of the Billion Dollar Oyster Project, Mike Cavanaugh, former UConn Men’s Hockey coach, and Ashlin Halfnight, professional athlete turned screenwriter and NYU professor were among last year’s featured guests.
Asian cooking opt-in course
With the goal of supporting and sharing community interests, the OPT-IN PROGRAM is also very popular and unique to Salisbury. Orchestrated by Math Instructor Adam Mayer, faculty offer to host activities on select Friday nights, and students can “optin” the fun. Cooking, Backgammon,
Chris Henn â€™19 signs up for the Blood Drive
paddle boarding, night hikes and fishing are only some of the choices offered by our diverse and talented faculty. While students might enjoy dabbling in these activities for a night, it may lead to further involvement through membership in school-wide clubs. The organizations are guided by a faculty advisor and offers a chance to explore interests more fully. School sanctioned groups include Outing Club, Drama Club, Investment Club, Debate Club and many others. What is also amazing is that boys have also formed some informal student-run groups based on interest. Last year students met to discuss issues of diversity and formed their own teams which competed in a baseball league after dinner on spring evenings. is another way in which our boys engage outside of class. There are both on and off campus projects that encourage our students to help others. Under the leadership of Director of Community Service Rita COMMUNITY SERVICE
Delgado, an important commitment to service beyond the Hilltop is reflected in strong student participation. From town sanctioned events like the Crop-Walk to trips to the soup kitchen to visits to blood drives, students have opportunities for outreach. Also, under the guidance of the Director of Multicultural Affairs Meg Allen, the Big Brothers Program offers mentoring to younger students from Salisbury Central School. On fall and spring Friday nights, fifth and sixth formers host their little brothers for dinner in the dining hall followed by a game or movie night. Other priorities include a school-wide commitment to the One Love Foundation, and in the month of October, the School focuses on the elimination of relationship violence. Left top: Shopping for the annual toy drive that assists local families Left bottom: Sixth formers, Nicky Nathanson and Ethan Hennessey played the role of Clifford the Big Red Dog for story time at D.M.Hunt Library in Falls Village, CT.
Christian Choong â€™20 practices electric guitar
In these important years of self-discovery, feeling safe to pursue new interests and follow their curiosity helps boys to enjoy their time on the Hilltop.
Fall weekend mountain biking trip in New Hampshire.
Homemade sundaes are always popular!
When it comes to residential life, some of it must be fun and games. WEEKEND ACTIVITIES play a critical role in student life. On and off campus activities are planned for Saturdays and Sundays. While there is always a dance or event planned with a neighboring girls’ school, there are also fantastic offerings on campus as well. Afternoon grilling at the lake, Sunday “Wings and Football”, and trivia and bingo nights are always popular. Students also look forward to the House to House events where faculty open their homes and serve a signature food. And for those students just looking to play, The Flood Athletic Center, Meyers Gym and Belin Lodge are available for pickup games throughout the weekend hours. On any given weekend, the boys have plenty of choices.
Campus life is critical to the success of the Salisbury experience. In these important years of self-discovery, feeling safe to pursue new interests and follow their curiosity helps boys to enjoy their time on the Hilltop. Learning to live full, healthy and interesting lives is at the heart of the curriculum, activities, and special interest groups. As students are learning more about themselves through adolescent experiences, Salisbury seeks to provide a space and forum through which students may try new things, express ideas and share interests. With an invested faculty devoted to educating “the whole boy”, opportunities are provided to enrich, challenge and encourage development in a variety of areas. Diversity of programming helps to create and promote a happy and healthy community in which to live and grow.
Weekend events include neighboring girls’ schools. Smore’s always taste better lakeside!
Boys enjoy donuts following School Meeting.
The boys enjoy time in faculty homes during House to House. A new popular offering includes the outdoor movie.
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BIG IDEAS UDIES PROGRAM THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ST
BEGIN ON THE HILLTOP
THE SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP HAS ALWAYS RUN DEEP ON THE HILLTOP.
Beginning at its inception in 2006, the goal of the Entrepreneurial Studies Program (ESP) has been to provide participants the necessary foundation and skills needed to design a successful business. Over two decades, the desire to create campus-wide businesses has grown dramatically. Construction of cabins to be sold to underclassmen and t-shirt sales for spring concerts
are just two recent examples. Sarum Snacks, a business run by Matt Swift ’06, Nicholas Logothetis ’06, and Michael Katzenberg ’06, put extraordinary creative wheels in motion. Spurred by keen student interest, the Entrepreneurial Studies Program was founded in order to expand and channel the creative spirit of Salisbury students. Under the guidance, leadership and generous support of Trustee John Childs ’59 (Hon.) the ESP was established as a Salisbury Program of distinction.
One of the most interesting features of the ESP is that, by design, related elective selection demand a two-year commitment to classroom and extracurricular requirements. To graduate with distinction in the program, a fifth form year-long elective in Entrepreneurial Studies is required. The curriculum of the class includes basic economic concepts, accounting, marketing and financial statement analysis. The ability to verbally communicate messaging and to market a product through
presentation is taught and practiced in the classroom. Additionally, the course requires a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, essential to gathering and analyzing information. While the computer work can be tedious, alumni of the program report exposure to Excel as very beneficial to work beyond the Hilltop. Off-campus trips to Google and WeWork help boys in the program to connect classroom theory with real world startups and businesses. By the end of the course, the boys are equipped to create and present a solid business plan. The preparation for a proposal comes in two forms, first, class interest determines direction and subject for any group feasibility study. Choices generally are a reflection of relevance to current social climate. Subjects of these studies include proposals of a campus wind turbine, the benefit of water coolers in reducing use of disposable plastic bottles and future use of “Tiny House” completed last spring. As the process for 2018-19 is underway, the boys have chosen to study feasibility of an electric campus charging station. Polling is assessing the demand for
this service. Group work prepares and inspires ES students in their exploration of individual ideas for campus businesses. The final part of the ESP class requires students to present their plans to the Salisbury Administrative Team for approval. Following necessary approval, boys return for their final Sixth Form year to put plans into action. It is this second component of the ESP that demands commitment beyond the classroom. While mastering AP Economics, they must execute a business plan created in the fifth form. With this plan up and running, they are now eligible to graduate with distinction in Entrepreneurial Studies. In recent years, there are many fantastic examples of working businesses developed by Salisbury boys. One such endeavor that has withstood the test of time and continues to thrive is Salisbury Suppliers. This particular entrepreneurial business was created and handed down over the years from entrepreneur to entrepreneur. However, in the case of an enduring business, ESP requires that students tweak past models, adding their own mark to enhance and increase profitability. Emerging from humble beginnings when Salisbury Suppliers rented refrigerators and fans, new offerings now include IKEA love-seats, graphing calculators and desk chairs. These new choices respond to boarding community needs and have been enthusiastically received. There are certainly ideas that sustain popularity like Salisbury products and gear. Nick Campoli ’18 and Jack Souder ’18 surpassed expectation with the sale of ’Bury Banners, Salisbury flags for dorm rooms. Another favorite market that is continually explored by the ESP is food delivery. One such venture was run by Sam Keehn ’15 and Chris Colao ’15, who provided delivery from Chipotle and Subway, restaurants further from campus, requiring a faculty member hired for the pickup. While these successes are celebrated, the failures are equally
JEFF MAY DIRECTOR OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES PROGRAM Jeff joined the faculty of Salisbury School in 2011 after more than 20 years in finance. Prior to teaching, Jeff worked for various investment banks including Goldman Sachs (executive vice president) and JP Morgan (managing director) and split his professional career between Chicago, New York, and London. In preparation for a second career in teaching, Jeff completed the Connecticut Department of Higher Education’s Alternate Route to Certification program for both middle school and high school teaching certification. Jeff teaches Economics, AP Computer Science, Entrepreneurial Studies (ES) and administers the independent projects in the ES program. Jeff particularly relishes his ES roles since it allows him to witness students discovering and nurturing a desire to make their mark in the world of commerce and industry, as well as service to others. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Jeff also coaches soccer and wrestling and oversees the Investment, Coding, and Entrepreneurial clubs. Jeff graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Political Science and while there played rugby and wrestled (two-time Division III New England runner-up). Jeff earned an M.S. in Accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Jeff lives in Lakeville, CT with his wife Mary O’Neill, who is the Career Experience Coordinator at Housatonic Regional High School, and his three children. Jeff’s oldest son, Colin, graduated from Salisbury School in 2015, his youngest son Caleb is currently a fourth former, and his daughter Olivia graduated from Millbrook School in 2017.
ENTERPRISING ALUMNI MATTHEW A. SWIFT ’06 & NICHOLAS M. LOGOTHETIS ’06 CONCORDIA
valuable. An investment in used vending machines proved tricky, as frequent maintenance issues dug into profits. Valuable lessons in investment and risk can be taken in this safe environment. Learning is hands-on and real, but it happens with guidance and support. Beyond the basic management of campus businesses, these young entrepreneurs are tasked with appropriation of profits. Students must determine what charities they want to support with surplus funds and what ratios of giving were most appropriate. Last year, the program was able to donate $1,000 to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, $1,000 to Simply Smiles, the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, and $500 to both Owl’s Kitchen and Canaan’s Loaves and Fishes. Graduating with distinction in Entrepreneurial Studies takes a level of commitment and drive beyond the basic expectations of regular course work. However, having created and implemented a business plan, these young men are armed with tools most practical in nature. By adding Microsoft Excel Certification to the program this year, Salisbury contributes to the skill set of a new generation of business leaders. Year to year this innovative program evolves engaging and guiding the entrepreneurial spirit of many Salisbury boys.
Nicholas Logothetis ’06 and Matt Swift ’06 established a successful business in their time at Salisbury. Providing food to students outside of normal dining hours, Sarum Snacks thrived. The spirit of entrepreneurship was shared by these Salisbury brothers. After graduation, both headed to universities in Washington, D.C. where they fostered their interest in media, politics and international affairs. In 2011, Logothetis and Swift founded a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds partnerships between public and private sectors to address global issues and work toward long-term solutions. The Concordia Summit, the major gathering of high profile leaders from the corporate world, heads of state and nonprofit arenas, takes place in New York in the fall. They also host many events across the globe. Tackling some of the most relevant and complicated issues of our time including the rise of extremism, poverty, education and health, Concordia seeks solutions and cooperation through discourse and dialogue. Their featured speakers have included Former Presidents George
W. Bush and Bill Clinton, American Business Leader Warren Buffett, Senator John McCain and Former Vice President Joe Biden. Considering the times in which we live, they seem to have touched on something electric as they promote public-private partnerships to positively impact social, political and economic change. What sparked your idea for the business? Was there an interest in something specific? Matthew Swift: “It was a combination of a number of things that were happening all at once. Nick and I were driven by a passion that we shared for global affairs and for understanding how the private and public sectors could interact and work together to address some of the biggest issues of our time. What sparked the specific idea for Concordia came not only just from that passion and interest that we get to continuously exercise through our work, but from learning a great deal about international convening
forums by working as interns for the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, which is an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Wall Street Journal. We saw the power and potential that can come from these meetings where some of the most important innovators, minds, and leaders in business and government are put together in a room to think and strategize about very important issues. It was a combination of both pursuing our passions and our interests, but also through our internships in a media company, it was being able to see firsthand the power of convening.” What was your greatest challenge in getting your business up and running? Nicholas Logothetis: “The greatest challenge when starting any business is, I think, the attitudes that vary when you get an original idea, there’s a lot of people who will be negative about it. That happened with us, and Matt and I decided to push forward and to really believe in what we were doing and how we were doing it. I think that applies to every entrepreneur and in any industry, whether it be in nonprofit or for-profit businesses, you should let the doubters fuel you rather than detract from your idea. That was the overriding biggest challenge. These businesses tend to grow in a nonlinear
way, where you take one step forward and three steps back, two steps forward and four steps back, and so forth. It’s almost been eight or nine years since Matt and I started the business, and it still has a long way to grow and a long way to institutionalize, but we have certainly learned a lot in those nine years. Having started a small business at Salisbury was a big help in that in learning how to do that from a very young age.” What skills helped you in your success? Matthew Swift: “I think, and Nick touched on this a bit, the best thing is being able to take challenges and experiences where you hear the word ‘no’ all the time and not lose confidence or faith in your idea. There’s no question that we were taught a lot about this kind of resilience and leadership during our time at Salisbury, and this helped lend itself to the creation and establishment of Concordia. The first time we put the original idea down on paper, everybody told us that it was not a good idea, and that it wouldn’t go anywhere, but of course we used that as fuel to better enable ourselves to strategize and develop a program where people did eventually say, “‘Well, that is a good idea’ or ‘That is something we would buy into.’ Nick and I both love working, and, to us, work
doesn’t feel like work but it is instead an opportunity to exercise our passions and the things that we are most interested in, and that makes a huge difference. When starting your own organization, that constant focus and waking up every morning with a sense of urgency is really important because everything takes five times longer and costs ten times more than you expect it to. So, that resilience combined with that continued sense of urgency and passion is very important in that process.” What inspires you? Nicholas Logothetis: “Matt and I are incredibly lucky that we get to interact with leaders, presidents, prime ministers, youth leaders, and up and coming leaders from around the world. We had dozens of countries represented in last month’s Annual Summit. To be able to interact with this many people from around the world and, even in today’s social, political, and geopolitical climate, to have these human relationships is incredibly inspiring. It’s always been a goal of mine to know as many people in as many countries as I can and the people-topeople exchanges that we have through Concordia in various countries around the world and different states in the U.S., will always be very inspirational to me.” What were the most important things you learned from your Salisbury experience? Matthew Swift: “There were so many lessons that came purely just from Salisbury School allowing me, Nick, and the others involved in the snack business, Sarum’s Snacks, that business experience. The basic experiences that we were allowed within the safe environment of Salisbury made a huge difference and it taught us more than we could have ever imagined. Nick and I will never forget when we received the note from Mr. Simmons, who at the time was the Assistant Headmaster, giving us permission to proceed with the plan that we had written to create
a snack business in high school, and to develop this organization. There was a sense of excitement and pride that we both felt in that process and it gave us a series of opportunities to both experience excitement and pride, but also to experience failure—but in a safe environment, which allowed us to understand some of the most basic things about business and creating an organization. I don’t think we could have started Concordia had we not had those experiences. That is an opportunity that Salisbury gave us, they didn’t have to give it to us— they could’ve said, ‘No, this is not something that high school students should be doing, high school students should be studying, playing sports,
participating in the arts, and that’s it.’ Instead, they took an enormous risk on us, and for that I’ll forever be grateful.”
forever. I hope we left the School and the students with an improved experience because of the business we started there.”
Do you have a favorite Salisbury memory? Nicholas Logothetis: “I’m not saying this facetiously, but I have two: graduating, not meaning I was happy to leave, but rather I was happy that I made it through, because it was a difficult time in my life, and the stability that Salisbury provided was very important in helping me get through that. The second one is based upon what Matt said: I will never forget the first night that we started Sarum Snacks. It exceeded our wildest dreams, both the demand and the reception we got on campus, and it changed our time there
Matthew Swift: “My favorite memory was probably the day being dropped off at Salisbury, which was also the day that I met Nick. 15 years on, we’re still working extremely closely together, we’re still business partners, we’re still best friends, and we still have our own organization together. That’s an incredible thing—and Salisbury gave us that. I’ll never forget the first moment that I met Nick in Rennell Dorm.”
TRUSTEE DICKY REIGEL ‘84 AIRSTREAM 2 GO, LLC Airstream 2 Go, LLC was founded in 2012 by Salisbury Trustee Dicky Riegel ’84, an innovator and veteran of the recreational vehicle industry. Since inception, Airstream 2 Go has been the exclusive, factory-authorized source for current model rental Airstream trailers, fully equipped with all equipment and accessories needed for an authentic and premium experience. A former President & CEO of Airstream, Inc., Dicky created Airstream 2 Go’s business model to serve two markets; individual consumers seeking a hands-on, luxury vacation experience, and commercial clients seeking a fleet of Airstreams to support corporate events such as trade shows or music festivals, or private events, including weddings and retreats. For its consumer business, the company originally partnered with Off The Beaten Path, a legendary travel planner and outfitter, to provide clients with custom journey planning and services. That partnership resulted in unique, premium vacation experiences, that are turn-key in every element. However, as the business has evolved, Dicky has transitioned and re-centered 100% of Airstream 2 Go’s focus on serving commercial clients, including a partnership with Caravan Outpost in Ojai, CA, where the company’s trailers are used as rooms in an Airstream hotel.
Even with the demands of business and family, Dicky remains a devoted Sarum Knight. He has been a longtime member and current Vice Chairman of the Salisbury Board of Trustees, and in 2014 was awarded the Salisbury Medal in recognition of his service and loyalty to the School. Dicky’s passion for Salisbury and his beloved class of 1984 is steadfast. He has even been known to return to the Hilltop for class reunions with his personal Airstream in tow!
BRUCE WHITE ‘76 TURNER WHITE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Entrepreneurs Barbara and Bruce White ’76 began with an idea to create Turner White Communications, Inc., a medical publishing and communications company in 1989. Their goal was to produce publications for physicians with in-depth content that would improve patient care. However, long before the formation of their company, Bruce began his career in publishing by completing the Hearst Training Program in 1983. In this initial experience, he gained a working knowledge of publishing, and more specifically, business-to-business publishing, a niche that is supported by advertising rather than by subscription. A first introduction to the world of medical publishing came when Hearst acquired Diversion Travel Planner, a journal for physicians traveling to medical conferences. At the time, the journal needed direction and positioning, and Bruce was tasked with its management. With only a novice view of the medical field, Bruce faced a steep learning curve that required a quick mastery of the overall landscape. As he delved into his study, he realized that, despite market fluctuations, pharmaceutical companies would always promote their products in the marketplace. Even in the face of the 2008 financial crisis, the market for these journals remained strong, which helped affirm Bruce’s long-term commitment to the industry. Like many entrepreneurs, Bruce saw a unique opportunity and a strong demand for a specific kind of publication. It was also during this period that he met and married his wife, Barbara Turner and their partnership extended beyond personal into business, as they combined Bruce’s publishing experience with Barbara’s MBA from Wharton and her background in investment banking. Together in 1990, they acquired their first medical journal, Hospital Physician, for Turner White Communications, Inc., and in 1992, had a daughter Hilary who is now pursuing her own dreams in the world of finance in New York City. Working initially out of a garage apartment, they started out, as Bruce notes, with “a dream and a prayer” and with minimal financial backing. However, Bruce knew that they would have the support of pharmaceutical companies as long as they continued to develop and launch high quality peer reviewed medical content. In the months and years that followed, the company grew quickly, as they hired quality editorial
Hilary, Bruce ’76 and Barbara White
people and realized that their success was solely contingent on editorial content. Their commitment to providing the very best information to physicians through their publications made them leaders in their field with the launch of over 20 medical journals. Also, critical to their success was strategical vision of changes in the marketplace. In one example from 1994, they identified early the rise of managed care as a “dominate subject area” and launched a journal entitled Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, JCOM, which is still the premier evidence-based managed care journal in the market. In a competitive business space, Bruce and Barbara worked hard to remain a step ahead of industry rivals. This compelled them to “think and act quickly” as they focused on elite execution in staying on top of market demands. In 1993, they produced the Hospital Physician Board Review Manual Programs, which assist physicians who are required to be boardcertified and recertified regularly. The excellent content provided in these publications supports physicians with information necessary for certification in their specialties. These journals remain central to their business today. As their business continued to grow more successful, their journals remained a physician’s source for in-depth information and original research with the goal of improving patient outcomes. Being market savvy, Bruce and Barbara recognized new changes were on the horizon with the rapid emergence of the digital world. In a crowded marketplace, the Whites launched nine specialty apps in 2011. However, to be the most successful in this arena meant providing sophisticated, physician level data for the pharmaceutical companies. So, in 2017, the right opportunity presented itself, and their company was acquired by a larger firm, Frontline Medical Communications, which is the #1 provider
in combined web and print engagement programs in the physician market with a market reach of 1.2 million health care professionals, total print circulation of 1.1 million health care providers including 30+ print journals in 23 markets and over 200 medical conferences. Today, the Whites remain heavily involved with Frontline Medical Communications as they continue to create custom educational programs that engage physicians across multiple print and digital platforms. In reflecting on his time at Salisbury, Bruce believes the skills required to be a successful entrepreneur were taught and honed as a teenager. Bruce places great credit with “faculty who believed in me,” and recounts the special environment where a boy was not afraid to fail. The consummate entrepreneur, he waxes, “You’re going to fail many times before you succeed, but you have to learn how to pick yourself up and move forward.” Salisbury taught Bruce “how to embrace life’s greatest challenges.” Furthermore, he added, “Someone has to be there to help you, guide you, help you see a path, open your eyes to other avenues that may lead to success, and finally, never ever give up.” Being an entrepreneur necessitates the courage to make essential decisions, and Bruce believes having confidence and believing in yourself is paramount and must be developed early on in life. In addition, Salisbury helped Bruce with analytical thinking. He remembers English Instructor, Frank Guerra, one of many teachers, who taught him to think creatively and critically, which are essential skills of any entrepreneur. Finally, the Salisbury community encourages introspection and self-discovery, which allows boys to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Bruce notes that as an entrepreneur, understanding who you are is extremely important, and, in times of uncertainty, “the ultimate responsibility of decision-making is yours, and you must summon the audacity to move forward boldly, trust your instincts, never compromise your integrity, and always take full responsibility for your decisions.” Ultimately, Salisbury helped him to gain the foundation to make decisions and to lead a fulfilling and enriching life. As Bruce notes, “there is never a day that goes by that I don’t think about Salisbury and all of the friends I made, my teachers and sporting events that I participated in.” Go Knights!
“THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY OF DECISION-MAKING IS YOURS, AND YOU MUST SUMMON THE AUDACITY TO MOVE FORWARD BOLDLY, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS, NEVER COMPROMISE YOUR INTEGRITY, AND ALWAYS TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR DECISIONS.” —BRUCE WHITE ’76
AARON OSTER ’99 A-OK BERKSHIRE BARBEQUE A vast wealth of experience has led Aaron Oster ’99 and his wife Alex to open their restaurant, A-oK Berkshire Barbeque in North Adams, MA. As with many entrepreneurs, the path to the creation and ownership of a successful business was not always clear. Aaron and Alex’s journey back to the Berkshires began with mutual interest in the food industry. While their specialties varied, Alex’s love of baking and Aaron’s experience in charcuterie, they have discovered a magic combination that is providing North Adams with a new hot spot for dining. After Salisbury, Aaron did some searching to find something that engaged his interest. Through a friend, he made his way into the kitchen of Blu in the Ritz Carlton, Boston, and in this experience, he found a calling and a home. In 2000, starting at the ground level of restaurants in New York, he did prep work and dishwashing while moving through the restaurant scene. Finding his way to Il Buco, a market retail shop for breads and salumi (Italian cold cuts), he worked to import products that were difficult to procure from family run farms and vendors in Italy. Having worked for renowned chefs in NY whose knowledge of food from all over the world interested him, he was searching for context. So, during this period, Aaron took a break from the restaurant scene through his engagement with WWOOF, World
Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. During this six-month period, he traveled through Europe within this network of small farms dealing in organic products, everything from chocolate and oil to cheese and cherries. Aaron followed the farm work through France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Sweden, learning different aspects of farming, languages and cuisine along the way. After years in New York at Il Buco for Aaron and Blue Bottle Coffee for Alex, they were looking for a change. The Osters moved to Martha’s Vineyard, MA and then to Las Vegas, NV, where Aaron consulted on Echo and Rig, a steakhouse and butcher shop. His background in charcuterie made him a perfect resource for this trendy neighborhood butcher enterprise in an upcoming part of the city. Next a call from a New York culinary friend brought Aaron and Alex back east to North Adams, MA where a developer had bought a large mill, in the hopes of converting it into a culinary center modeled after Chelsea Market. It would need both a baker and butcher, which suited Alex and Aaron perfectly. The area was ideal, as North Adams is a young, vibrant community and the home to Mass MoCA, Massachusetts
Museum of Contemporary Art. The converted factory complex houses one of the country’s largest centers for visual and performing arts. Unfortunately, after moving across the country, the development fell through. Alex and Aaron found work in a local brewery, and Aaron worked construction for a time rebuilding homes in the area. In establishing connections in the area, Aaron and Alex were encouraged to consider opening a barbeque restaurant. Finding a location in a former factory guard house across from the brewery, Aaron’s construction experience was invaluable as he worked to renovate the space and tailor it to their needs. Developing a business plan was critical and utilized essential operations and accounting skills familiar to Aaron acquired from a short stint in banking. Management and organizational skills were second nature to Alex who served as a corporate travel agent in her native Australia before settling in the U.S. Both Aaron and Alex possessed the culinary expertise needed for their endeavor. Time spent getting to know the area enhanced their plan. Last year was a whirlwind, as A-oK Berkshire Barbeque came to life. With their team of five, the Osters have experienced enormous local support and have done it their own way. With a limited menu during a four-day window each week, they serve until the food is gone. They sell out often. Customers are willing to wait for exceptional offerings, freshly baked bread and delicious barbeque made daily. Humble, yet proud, Aaron and Alex have created something special. Their entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. The secret to their success seems to be a connecting with community while offering an incredible quality product. They bring flavor to the Berkshires while loving what they do!
Imprinted on his arm, Aaron is guided daily by the Salisbury motto, Esse Quam Videri, “to be rather than to seem to be.”
PARENTS WEEKEND OCTOBER 11-13, 2018
With the fall leaves turning vibrant colors, families arrived on the Hilltop for our annual Parents Weekend celebration. Festivities began on Thursday evening with a special dinner for international families. Having traveled from all corners of the globe, the special guests were treated to dinner with their sons and faculty advisors to hear news of the opening moments at Salisbury. Beginning on Friday and continuing throughout the weekend, parents attended conferences with teachers and received important information and stories on the progress of their boys thus far. As the crowds began to gather throughout the day, Form Receptions in the evening allowed families to connect with those of their son’s classmates in smaller settings. The Siffs, the Halls, the Wills and the Chandlers served as faculty hosts, welcoming campus guests into their homes to enjoy time together. At the Sixth Form Reception at the Headmaster’s House, parent leaders of the Sixth Form Gift project announced their goal to support the renovation of the Miles P. H. Seifert ’53 Theater in honor of their sons’ final year at Salisbury. On Saturday, conferences continued, and the College Advising Office led meetings for both fifth and sixth form parents, helping them navigate different stages of the college process. During the morning, parents engaged with faculty in discussion of the summer reading, The Other Wes Moore, in the premier meeting of the parent book group. Other Saturday highlights included School Meeting on the Senior Steps, Convocation and the Academic Awards Ceremony. Following these events, families headed to a fabulous lunch in the Dining Hall, and then on to the playing fields to cheer on their favorite Knights. Thank you to all who traveled to the Hilltop and made the weekend so special!
Excerpt from The Headmaster’s Address Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17 | Salisbury School Parent’s Weekend Convocation | October 13, 2018
To begin our time together this morning, I have a quick thought that is a reflection of my own parenting and highlights the gifts of challenge and resilience. Parenting is one of life’s greatest gifts and most important responsibilities. It is often exciting and joyous, and sometimes painful, too. But nevertheless, always interesting. And, yes, it is often hard, sometimes really hard. Even when things seem great, we still worry about our kids. We worry about their safety and health. Will they be liked and appreciated for who they are? Will they be happy and centered? Will they avoid injury and accidents? Will they say
no to drugs and alcohol? Will they make good choices? Personally, I worry about my kids driving. There are too many distracted drivers on the road today. I worry about the effects on all of our teenagers, as we legalize marijuana across this country. Greater access poses trouble in my opinion. And I worry about screen time and the effects of cellphone addiction. I could go on and on, such is the burden of worry. Tracy and I have four children of our own, two boys and two girls, in addition to our 309 Salisbury sons, whom we also love dearly. And truthfully, while we love our kids so, we also recognize that each
has his or her strengths and “areas of opportunity to grow.” Notice I didn’t say weakness, sometimes it’s hard for a parent to admit that our children aren’t perfect. But really, what fun would it be if our children were indeed perfect? Parenting wouldn’t have that same purpose. We love them unconditionally for who they are, and our world is centered on them. Our job is to help them grow, to guide them with sage advice, to love them with the fullest of heart and to protect them. One of the key nuances of parenting that I think about is how best to love and support them but also to foster growth and independence. There is a new term floating around called the lawnmower parent. Perhaps you have heard it. The loose translation, as one can imagine, is someone who walks in front of their child with a lawnmower shredding every challenge and obstacle in the way of that child’s success. We’re probably all guilty of being lawnmowers in some degree at some point. But, the truth is some of the very best and most important lessons are learned in moments where we face our greatest adversity. Those moments when things aren’t going well. This past summer I was reminded of the gifts of adversity and the resulting lesson of resilience. Our daughter, Halle, is 17 and was studying to get her driver’s license. For our eldest child, it had been rather easy. Driver’s Ed, a few lessons with mom and dad, go to the DMV and boom, done!” So, next up is Halle, our second child. Driver’s Ed…….check. Lessons with mom and dad instructing……check. I say check, but the truth is she was a little casual, and her mother and I
warned her a few times. Well, the day comes to take her for her driving test, and I must say that I was a tad nervous. We head to the DMV in Old Saybrook, CT, and a stern instructor takes her outside to the car. I had an uneasy feeling. They come back 40 minutes later, and Halle thinks it has gone pretty well. The instructor takes us aside and sighs. He then proceeds to announce the following: she rolled through three stop signs, was speeding marginally on four occasions, and he stopped counting after the 11th time she forgot the turn signal. OUCH! Okay, a little embarrassing, but we were told to practice more and come back in two weeks which we did, and she failed again. It turns out backing into a parking space was not her thing, but, at least she was stopping and not speeding. The third time, she did great, no speeding, good with the turn signal, backed in perfectly…the first time. Then, the instructor said do it again. Again? Panicked, she hit the curb, an automatic fail. We got into the car to drive home, and she burst into tears. You see, she’s never really failed at anything consequential before. She has always received strong grades, had good relationships with her peers, and people
like her! She’s had a few disappointments along the way, but, she is always quick to shake off the disappointment. In our family, she is known as the unsinkable Molly Brown. I love that about her, but this driving thing shook her confidence. The fourth time, we had the original instructor, and, for some reason I thought he’d give her a break. She had definitely improved over the course of the summer and was now infinitely more conscientious and purposeful. She was practicing parallel-parking in our driveway, examining her blind-spots, stopping at stop signs and counting to three. Halle said the test was perfect, right up to the final parking spot where she touched a small orange cone. It’s a tight parking lot at the Old Saybrook DMV, so I was sympathetic, but the tester wasn’t…failed time number four. I was stupefied. Two months prior, I was a little edgy riding shotgun with her driving and now, I was completely confident in her abilities. Was it just bad luck? I didn’t know. We decided to change venue for test number five to Hamden, CT. The instructor greeted her warmly, and Halle had a look of steely resolve in her eye, like she was heading into battle. And off
they went, and I settled in for a long, nervous wait. Six minutes later, I felt a hand on my shoulder and there she was wearing a look of happiness and relief. One lap around the parking lot, backed into a space and parallel-parked… perfect! The sense of relief I felt was indescribable, and the look on her face warmed my heart. This experience reminded me once again of the gift of adversity, and of failure. Had Halle gotten her license the first time, when she clearly wasn’t quite ready, she’d have taken the responsibility of being a careful and good driver far less seriously. While this experience was REALLY painful to go through, I didn’t have my lawnmower handy. And even if I had, I couldn’t mow down the obstacle in front of her. Instead, in the face of adversity, through trying and failing, she learned. She felt the sting of failure…. She got knocked down a few times, but she kept getting up. She understands better now that preparation leads to success. She’s more resilient. She is more confident. She realizes that life has some unique challenges, and that her parents can’t control outcomes. And that things mean more when they are harder to earn That 10-0 victory is sweet, but the 3-2 OT win is far sweeter! Looking back now, my daughter has a deeper appreciation for the whole driving experience, and that will serve to keep her and others safer. And what did I learn as her parent? I was reminded that my lawnmower needs to stay in the garage next to the snow tires and racks of old skates. The experience reinforced for me that in helping our kids learn about ownership and responsibility, failures are instructive, and the victories that hopefully come afterward are more meaningful.
Excerpt from “Liminal Spaces” Genesis 1:26-27, Luke 2:41-52 Homily Delivered by Rev. Kirk Hall ’90 | Salisbury School Parents Weekend Convocation | October 13, 2018
In today’s reading, twelve years have passed. Jesus has reached the age when a Jewish boy stands on the threshold of being a man and his family goes up to Jerusalem for Passover. After the festival, as his family returns home, Jesus finds his way back to the Temple—the place where he has always been known, and now on the threshold of adulthood, the place where he can glimpse that identity and even begin to claim who he really is. Luke 2:41-52. The Maasai is an African tribe who are thought to have originated in North Africa and, for the past few hundred years, have migrated south and found a home in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are known as a pastoral tribe, meaning that they raise, heard and protect cattle. The Maasai is also one of the world’s last warrior cultures. From a very young age, Maasai boys begin to learn the responsibilities of being a man and warrior; protecting these sacred animals, maintaining traditions and providing security to their families. In order to do this, when a Maasai boy reaches the age of 12 or 13 years old, he leaves his home, his family, his childhood community to join other Maasai boys his age to form a “manyatta,” or a village of junior warriors guided by elders from the tribe. There, away from their family, their lives are set apart from the comfort and security of home so that they can come to know and to begin to live into what it means to be an adult, a warrior, a leader of the tribe. They learn about the traditions, oral history, rules of government, how to build a home and, as you might imagine, how to tend and protect their families and their sacred cattle from the African predators
The word “liminal” comes from the Latin root, limens, which means “threshold.” It is the great in between. It is leaving the known, secure past to prepare for the often unknown, dangerous challenges ahead.
that can literally eat them alive. When the training is over, they return to their home community no longer boys but now men. Anthropologists call this rite of passage a “liminal space.” The word “liminal” comes from the Latin root, limens, which means “threshold.” It is the great in between. It is leaving the known, secure past to prepare for the often unknown, dangerous challenges ahead. For the Maasai, it is a rite of passage where boys step away from their childhood in order to claim and live into their new role as adults and protectors of all that they hold sacred. Now, I am not sure how many lions and leopards were roaming around Jerusalem 2000 years ago, but for Jesus, that city was the belly of the beast.
Jerusalem was the capital city, filled with people from all over the first century world. As any big city, it had its dangers—its own “natural predators.” For the Jewish community, Rome was always hovering over their every move, ready to pounce. It was in Jerusalem where Jesus’ own identity would one day be questioned, denied, put to trial and persecuted. In the heart of that city stood the Temple—the center of the Jewish life. It was there that traditions were kept, history taught and culture preserved by the elders who passed it on to the generations to come. For Jesus, the Temple must have seemed to be a place of future possibility—it was his own
“manyatta.” It was the place where he was once welcomed and embraced as an infant by people he didn’t even know. And it is in that very community, in that liminal space, where he would soon learn how to hold the powerful accountable and defend the weak. He would learn what it meant to be fully human through forgiveness. He would learn how to build a home through welcoming the outcast and feeding the hungry. It is in that Temple where he would learn how to face his greatest challenges—the “lions” of his day—all that would try to threaten what he held sacred, even in the face of death. So when Jesus travels from his hometown of Nazareth on the threshold of his adulthood, he ends up in the Temple. We don’t know how he ended up there, but Luke makes it seem that he was in the right place at the right time; sitting with the teachers, asking questions, wanting answers, sharing a bit of who he was and they were “amazed at his understanding and his answers”(2:47). His parents had obviously not uploaded the iPhone GPS app that can track their son’s location, because searching for Jesus took three days and nights, that (in a city like Jerusalem) must have felt like three years. They retrace their steps back through the bustling city in great anxiety, looking in all the places a 12-year-old would go; the first century markets, dark alleys, Starbucks. Nothing. Finally, Mary and Joseph end up back at the Temple; maybe searching for Jesus, maybe searching for help, maybe searching for some sense of hope that their lost son was OK. We don’t know what led them back but when they got there, we know that their search was over. “Child, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety” (2:48). Any parent who has lost a child in a Target or an airport, let alone in a large city, can imagine that gut wrenching
anxiety of that search for your heart as it runs around outside of your body. Yet after they finally found, questioned and scolded their young boy, what they discovered was a young man with questions of his own, “Why were you searching for me?”(2:49a). Jesus isn’t being short or curt with his parents. He’s responding to their search as if he too had been searching for something and— in that place (that liminal space of the Temple), had since discovered something of himself. “Did you not know” he continues, “that I must be in my Father’s house?”(2:49b). These are the first words that Jesus speaks in the Gospel According to Luke. This is no accident. It’s as if Luke is trying to tell us that it is on the threshold of adulthood, away from the protective caravan of his relatives and friends, that Jesus begins to identify and to claim (with his own voice) who he really is. Whatever led Jesus to the Temple, in some ways his search was over. In some ways it had just begun. In that liminal space Jesus would turn toward his future—a future where his baptism would soon affirm his identity and temptations in the wilderness would test it. And, in time, the lions would come. They would come and try to destroy all that he held sacred. But for now, he was on his way to fully claiming his identity as a child of God and to live into the fullest version of that gift by moving deeper in to the larger narrative of life and hope and love. So Jesus would return to his childhood community— no longer a boy, but a young man, a leader, a warrior. And “His mother treasured all these things in her heart” we read, “and Jesus increased in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favor”(2:51-52). For just over a hundred years, we have called this stage between childhood and adulthood, “adolescence.” The main task of that stage is the formation of identity. Scientists describe how the brain
is becoming integrated and allowing the adolescent to make larger connections between the self and the larger world. Psychologists tell us that as a young boy breaks from his family with whom he identifies, he moves into a larger social network that has power to influence and to shape his search for his own identity apart from his family and the ways he might grow into that gift. But it does not take a specialist to recognize the role that the community plays in the rite of passage between boyhood and manhood. The community is where the boy learns, challenges, questions and comes to know (as he is known) what his true “self” might look like. It is among those who love him where he can come to terms with what that new identity might mean, how to live into that true version of himself—even in the face of all that tries to threaten what he has come to hold sacred. Salisbury is a soft place to fall and hard place to forget. Because, and I speak as a Chaplain and a graduate, this community will be woven into your son’s soul as a place, a people, who believe in what they are becoming, even if they don’t know it yet. And in time, one day, the lions will surely come. They will try with everything in their power to rip apart and to destroy all that your son will hold sacred. So, until then, our sacred task is to guide and protect and empower each to discover their own unique version of that image in which we are all created and to create the space where they can come to terms, to claim (each with his own voice) and to begin to live into that gift, no longer a boy, but a young man, a leader, a warrior in the larger narrative of life and hope and love. “Why were you searching for me?” Jesus asked them. “Did you not know I must be in my Father’s house?”(2:49b).
FALL BOOK PRIZES 2018 ART Art Survey Ethan Hennessey ’19 Ceramics Jack Hanau ’20 Painting Christian Choong ’19 Ricky Childs ’19 Sculpture Alex Zheng ’19 Woodworking Barry Wu ’21 Edward Girardi ’19 Jack Chefetz ’21 ENGLISH Writer’s Journey Honors Michael Fairfax ’20 Modes of Written Expression Honors Logan LaPole ’19 HISTORY Ancient History Peter Gottsegen ’21 MATHEMATICS Algebra I Carlos Pena ’21 Peter Mauthe ’21 Geometry Trip Smith ’21 Thomas Yegbor ’20 Precalculus Honors Christopher Luo ’21 Algebra II – Trigonometry Honors Chuck Wang ’21 AP Microeconomics Hyde He ’19 Calculus Level I MinGyu Moon ’19 AP Statistics Minjoo Park ’19
Cayden Brodnax ’19 MUSIC Classical Ensemble Paul Kim ’20 Jazz Ensemble West Hauser ’20 Joe Zhou ’20 Digital Music Zach Tsun ’19 SCIENCE Chemistry William Ageloff ’19 Chemistry Honors Taebin Park ’20 Environmental Science Connor Angera ’19 AP Environmental Science Thomas Newberry ’19 WORLD LANGUAGES French II Bayron Canales Lopez ’20 French IV Alvaro Gich ’19 AP French Mateo Rufo ’19 Luis Ballester ’19
Ryan Elsinga ’19 Computer Science Principles & Latin III
III FORM Academic Most Improved David Clark
Raymond Kim ’19 Multivariable Calculus & Mandarin III
Overall Most Improved Roan ter Kuile
Nathan Lachaine ’19 AP World History & Physics Honors Jared Levine ’19 Philosophy & AP Spanish Robert Luo ’20 Jazz Ensemble & Spanish II James Patrick ’21 Geometry, Biology & Latin I David Ren ’19 Modes of Written, Expression Honors, AP Calculus BC & AP Chemistry Ryan Jing ’20 Art Survey, Writer’s Journey Honors, World History & French III Vu Ngo ’20 Ceramics, World Religions, Biology Honors & French I Jack Zhan ’19 AP Language & Composition, U.S. History, AP Statistics & Spanish III Honors Duncan McKee ’19 U. S. History. Precalculus Honors, Physics. Mandarin II & Spanish IV Honors
Latin IV Robert Kasten ’19 Kevin Warming ’19
Overall Most Improved Jackson Mullaney Overall Most Improved Christian Choong
MAJOR AWARDS Harvard Prize Book Jack Zahn ’19 RPI Medal Raymond Kim ’19 Williams College Book Award Jared Levine ’19 Trinity College Book Prize Robert Kasten ’19 Brown University Book Award Ryan Elsinga ’19 Wesleyan Book Prize Logan LaPole ’19
First Scholars for 2017-2018 Third Form: Christopher Luo and Daniel Newman Fourth Form: Ryan Jing Fifth Form: Jack Zhan
Mandarin I Khoi Tran ’20 Mandarin III Khoa Pham ’19 Spanish I Alan Gu ’20
V FORM Academic Most Improved Nick Pieroni
Univ. of Rochester Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award Thomas Newberry ’19
Latin II Johnny Sterba-Green ’20
Spanish III Liam Guerin ’20
IV FORM Academic Most Improved Justin Oliveras Overall Most Improved Mark Segalla
Thomas Newberry ’19
International Families Dinner Families traveling great distances to attend Parents Weekend gathered for a special opening dinner. Joined by their sons and faculty advisors, guests were treated to a warm welcome from Headmaster Chandler, in addition to musical performances by the Classical and Jazz Ensembles, and the Rock Band. It was a wonderful start the weekend!
From Hong Kong:
From Jiangsu Providence, China:
Bernie and Agnes Ting with their son Bryan ’21
Yanhong Ge and Cidong Wang with their son Chuck ’21
Hana and Michael Hengstmann with their son Leon ’21
Patricia and Alan Sadayasu P’22
From Mexico City:
Manuel Guemez ’22 with his parents, Manuel and Maria, and his two sisters
Left to right: Zhu Wang, mother of Robert Luo ’20 from Beijing, Xia Cao, mother of Charles Gao ’22 from Shenzhen, Lin Ling, father of Paul Ling ’22 from Shanghai and Mingbai Tang, father of Simon ’21 from Hong Kong
TAKING THE LEAD A SCHOOL FOR HEADMASTERS
As alumni reflect on their time on the Hilltop, many recall fondly a faculty mentor who made a defining impact on their Salisbury career and even later in their life as an adult. In fact, when our alumni body is surveyed, the answer is always the same—the most meaningful piece of a boy’s experience at Salisbury is the relationship shared with a teacher, coach or advisor. This is one of the School’s true hallmarks. n While many of Salisbury’s legendary instructors have spent large chunks of their careers on the Hilltop, some of the best have taken what they’ve learned and moved on to test their leadership skills in new settings and experiences. In following the careers of those who have served on the Salisbury faculty, an interesting trend emerges that paints the School as a place where future school leaders are transformed.
“[Salisbury] is where I met some of my favorite people . . . it was the place where I learned that a relationship grounded in mutual respect is what—more than anything else—has the potential to change a student’s life.” Paul Burke, Head of School, Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY
Beginning with Harold Corbin’s appointment at Lake Forest Academy in 1951, a surprising number of faculty members over the years have left Salisbury to take on the ultimate leadership challenge at leading independent schools across the country, and the ranks of Salisburygroomed headmasters continue to grow. It is indeed a point of pride that Salisbury School has proven to be a fertile training ground for those devoted to careers in education. In addition to teaching and administrative duties, many of these men honed their skills as coaches, club leaders, and dorm parents. The concept of the triple-threat faculty member was, and remains, an essential part of the Salisbury culture. Mentoring and teaching stretches beyond the classroom into the realms of athletic, extracurricular, and residential, providing a wide breadth of challenges and experiences essential to being an inspiring leader. It is exciting to imagine roots of leadership developing during their years at Salisbury. For some future headmasters, like Ned Parsons, John Botti, Derek Boonisar and Paul Burke, the Hilltop served as an initial training ground for
a career in educational leadership. For each of these men, a role as a faculty member at Salisbury was their initial foray into the school business after completing their undergraduate studies. Others, such as Chris Hinchey, John King, David Hagerman, Bruce Blodgett, Woody Rutter ’98 (Hon.), Sean Brennan, and Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon), P’17 devoted years to Salisbury before being appointed to the helm of an independent school. It is also interesting to note that many of these gentlemen overlapped in their tenure at the School, and perhaps, inspired one another to think about the allure and challenge of leading their own communities, as they pursued new roles and different opportunities. Today, as many of them continue to serve as independent school heads, they all comment on the mentoring they received at Salisbury and the gift of a strong network and fraternity at Salisbury which provides important opportunities for prudent counsel and exchanges of ideas. Salisbury is proud to call each of these remarkable leaders “one of our own” and to witness the excellence they bring to the independent school world.
A TRADITION OF LEADERSHIP LFA included campus expansion with the addition of the Charles F. Glore Memorial Gymnasium in 1953, the Marshall Field House dormitory in 1965, and the Corbin Academic Center in 1969.
Beaufort Foundation, Thumbs Up, Inc., and the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County.
DAVID HAGERMAN ASSISTANT HEADMASTER, BIOLOGY, HOCKEY AND LACROSSE (1987-1996)
WOODY RUTTER ’98 (HON.) FRENCH AND SPANISH, DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, AND ASSISTANT HEADMASTER FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS (1967-1998) HEADMASTER OF BEAUFORT ACADEMY, BEAUFORT, SC (1998-2004)
HAROLD CORBIN ENGLISH, DIRECTOR OF THE SALISBURY SUMMER SCHOOL, LEADER OF THE ROBERT FROST POETRY SOCIETY (1942-1951) HEADMASTER OF LAKE FOREST ACADEMY, LAKE FOREST, IL (1951-1969)
Harold Corbin arrived at Salisbury School in 1942. He was a graduate of Yale University and faithfully served the School until the spring of 1951. For much of that time, he lived in Lake Cottage, later known as Keur House, and taught English. Harold was also the faculty leader of various groups, including the Robert Frost Society and served as Director of the Salisbury Summer School, having designed and founded the program. During the 1950s and 1960s, as Headmaster of Lake Forest Academy in Illinois, Harold embraced the notion of languagecentered education and brought Robert Frost to the School for a week-long visit of teaching and workshops. His work at
Woody graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1961 and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington & Lee and UNC-Chapel Hill. He was hired while in graduate school by Headmaster Ed Ward in 1967, and lived in Main Dorm, coached three sports, and taught four sections of French and one of Spanish. Over the following 31 years, Woody served as Director of Admissions, Director of Development, and Assistant Headmaster for External Affairs, while serving as a dorm parent and mentor in Main, North, Langdon and Keur House. In 1998, Woody accepted the call to head Beaufort Academy in South Carolina and served in that capacity until 2004, when he retired. However, his interest in education remains strong, especially in his work with ASSIST, an organization he helped found 32 years ago. Woody also stays connected in his community serving on a number of Boards of Trustees, including the Historic
HEADMASTER OF PINGREE SCHOOL, SOUTH HAMILTON, MA (1996-1998)
Headmaster Peter Sipple brought David Hagerman to the Hilltop from neighboring Hotchkiss School in 1987 to serve as Assistant Headmaster. In addition to his administrative duties, David taught Biology and coached the hockey and lacrosse teams with great success. He went on to serve as Headmaster at Pingree School in Massachusetts and later worked in the Development Office at Dartmouth College. He is now retired and living in New Hampshire with his wife, Brooke.
JOHN KING DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT (1994-2001) HEAD OF SCHOOL AT HEBRON ACADEMY, HEBRON, ME (2001-2016)
As Director of Development, John King worked closely with Dick Flood, as Salisbury celebrated an historic Centennial Campaign. He then headed to Hebron Academy where he served as Head of School beginning in 2001 until his retirement in 2016. John
led Hebron through a strategic planning process, worked to create a larger student body with greater diversity, and enhanced their athletic facilities. In retirement, he uses his vast knowledge of schools as the Director of Plan A Head, a business that matches aspiring teachers with openings at independent schools.
BRUCE BLODGETT DEAN OF FACULTY AND STUDIES, ENGLISH, CREW AND CROSS-COUNTRY (1971-1999) HEADMASTER OF BOULDER PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL, BOULDER, CO (2000-2007)
Bruce Blodgett arrived at Salisbury in 1971. He was a longtime instructor in English, head coach of both crew and cross country and eventually, Dean of Faculty and Studies. Many times, Bruce took his crew teams abroad to race at Henley in the U.K., Germany, South Africa, and other exciting trips. He went on to serve as Headmaster at Boulder Preparatory High School from 2000-2007. He is now a writer living in Denver, Colorado.
NED PARSONS ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR AND HOCKEY COACH, 1991-1994 CURRENT HEADMASTER OF THE RIVERS SCHOOL, WESTON, MA
Ned Parsons joined the Salisbury faculty as an instructor of English and hockey coach and served for three years before accepting a position at Loomis-Chaffee. At Loomis, Ned served in various teaching and coaching roles
before being appointed Dean of Faculty, a position he held for years until his move to The Rivers School.
SEAN BRENNAN ENGLISH, FOOTBALL, DIRECTOR OF SALISBURY SUMMER SCHOOL (1996-2003) HEADMASTER AT VERMONT ACADEMY, SAXTONS RIVER, VT (2009-2016)
While Sean made his mark at Salisbury as a revered football coach, winning two NEPSAC titles and leading four undefeated seasons, he also chaired the English Department and directed the Salisbury Summer School. After Salisbury, he continued his work with boys at Brunswick School as the Academic Dean before becoming Headmaster at Vermont Academy. He is currently the Assistant Headmaster and Upper School Head at Austin Preparatory School in Reading, MA.
PAUL BURKE DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE ADVISING AND SOCCER (1996-1999)
in Manhattan where he gained further experience as an Upper School Head before accepting the position as Head of School. Paul writes, “Remarkably, I am in year seven of being Head of School at Nightingale. It has been a great ride. Our school educates girls’ hearts and minds—the sort of holistic approach I first encountered on the Hilltop. I often hearken back to my days there. In part because it is where I met some of my favorite people, but more significantly because it was the place where I learned that a relationship grounded in mutual respect is what—more than anything else—has the potential to change a student’s life. Part of what makes my work at Nightingale so rewarding—apart from the urgency of our mission as a girls’ school— is the capacity to see students grow from age five to eighteen. My favorite picture from this year is attached. You see me with a kindergartner on her first day being greeted by a senior who will take her by her hand to her classroom. It is a Nightingale tradition and has connected generations of women over the years. Salisbury, like Nightingale, is unafraid to pull from its best traditions to assure that students feel included and very much at the center of it all.”
CURRENT HEAD OF SCHOOL AT NIGHTINGALEBAMFORD SCHOOL, NEW YORK, NY
Arriving on the Hilltop from Williams College in 1996, Paul embarked on an auspicious career in education. As a college advisor and history instructor, he quickly won the approval of his students for his care and charm. Paul served as a dorm parent and coach of multiple sports as well. From Salisbury, he moved to Packer Collegiate School in Brooklyn, NY and then onto the all-girls Nightingale-Bamford School
“after Salisbury, I realized that schools for boys were the place I wanted to be.” John Botti, Head of School The Browning School, New York, NY
JOHN BOTTI ADMISSIONS, HISTORY, BASKETBALL (1996-1997/1998-1999) CURRENT HEAD OF SCHOOL AT THE BROWNING SCHOOL, NEW YORK, NY
CHRISTOPHER HINCHEY SCIENCE, DEAN OF STUDENTS, DEAN OF FACULTY, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, AND CROSS-COUNTRY (1994-2013) CURRENT HEAD OF SCHOOL AT HEATHWOOD HALL, COLUMBIA, SC
Chris Hinchey wore many hats at Salisbury including teacher, administrator, coach, and dorm parent. In his 19 years on the Hilltop, he also married his wife, Heather, and together they started their family, including sons, Ryan, Jack and Will. On campus, they lived in Quaile and Ward Dormitories, as well as in Keur House and the Class of 2006 House. Hinchey notes, “relationships played an important role at Salisbury School, and mentoring from veteran educators like Sam Simmons, Dennis Shortelle, Jeff Ruskin and Hugh Cheney helped prepare me for this exciting leadership opportunity.” While at Salisbury, Chris witnessed the transformation of the campus, including the construction of The Wachtmeister-Bates Math and Science Center, The Centennial Library and
Humanities Building, the Flood Athletic Center, The Curtis Boathouse, Ward Dormitory, and seven faculty residences, in addition to two website overhauls, two strategic plans, two capital campaigns, and two accreditation evaluations, all of which allowed him an insider’s view on leadership. Hired by Headmaster Richard Flood and continuing under Headmaster Chisholm Chandler, Hinchey reflects, “Juggling coaching basketball and baseball, four sections of science, dorm duty, advisory, chapel, sit-down meals, and the Dean of Students position, helped prepare me for the long days and weeks that come with the Head of School position.” He also remarks, “Salisbury’s ability to embrace young men during various stages of their journey along with the intentional decision to provide students with role models who are eager to establish supportive relationships has guided my thoughts about how to develop a school program that prepares girls and boys to transform our world.”
Like several others, John Botti began his career at Salisbury after graduating from Williams College. He taught history, assisted in admissions, lived in Main, and coached basketball, baseball, and soccer. Connecting with boys was a strength for Botti and when he moved south, he headed to Landon School in Bethesda, MD where he served from 1999-2016. His outstanding contributions in the history classroom and basketball court were followed by his appointment as Assistant Headmaster in 2011. During this period, he also earned a M.Ed. from University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in the History of Education from the University of Maryland before accepting the Headmaster’s position at The Browning School in New York City. John reflects that “Before I came to Salisbury, I knew almost nothing of boys’ education; after Salisbury, I realized that schools for boys were the place I wanted to be. My time at Salisbury showed me how a community built around significant relationships, honest conversations, and caring dispositions could transform lives—the lives of boys and adults alike. In no small way, the opportunities I was given on the Hilltop changed the nature of my professional life, and I will be forever grateful to the men and women who mentored me.” John’s commitment to boys’ education runs deep, as demonstrated by his appointment to the Board of Trustees for the International Boys School Coalition.
DEREK BOONISAR LATIN INSTRUCTOR, 1993-1995 CURRENT HEADMASTER AT FENN SCHOOL, CONCORD, MA
Serving as the Latin instructor, three-sport coach, and dorm parent, Derek began his teaching career on the Hilltop in 1993. A talented young man, he moved back to the Boston area taking a similar job at the all-boys Fenn School. Boonisar gained experience through a progression of jobs from Director of Secondary School Placement to Associate Headmaster and Head of the Upper School before becoming Headmaster in the summer of 2018.
“Like many of the men in this article who have gone on to lead schools after Salisbury, I had the great fortune of an exceptional mentor and friend, Dick Flood, who helped prepare me to lead.” Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17 Headmaster Salisbury School
CHISHOLM CHANDLER ’11 (HON.), P’17 ADMISSIONS, COLLEGE ADVISING, COACH, AND DORM PARENT 1991-PRESENT HEADMASTER OF SALISBURY SCHOOL, SALISBURY, CT
No stranger to the boarding school world, Chisholm grew up on the campus of Hotchkiss School where his father was a longtime member of the faculty before ultimately serving as the School’s 10th Headmaster. In the fall of 1991, Chisholm began his
career at Salisbury, working in a number of administrative positions, including director of admissions and director of college advising. In addition, he spent many years coaching various levels of interscholastic hockey, baseball and golf. He also served as a dorm parent in Langdon, Payson, and Rennell dormitories. Before becoming the School’s 7th Headmaster in 2003, he received his M.Ed. in School Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, while he continued his work on the Hilltop. He is in his 28th year of service on the Hilltop.
SALISBURY In late September, Salisbury students hosted over 90 very special visitors on its very first Grandparents Day. Beginning in the Chapel, the boys escorted their grandparents to the service, and then on to class. School Meeting was held on the Senior Steps, allowing the guests to get a real taste of life on the Hilltop. A special lunch was served in the 1998 Lecture Hall where grandparents received a warm welcome from faculty. It was such a treat to share the Salisbury experience with family!
GRANDPARENTS DAY SEPTEMBER 2018
Miles Bollman ’19 with Beverly and Charles Bollman
Niko Valcin ’22 with Ruth and Wilson Valcin
Jacques Barzun ’21 with Christy Brown and Serita Winthrop
Wally McKeon ’20 with William and Zoe Kirby
Connor Drake ’19 with Ellie and Jack Bowman
Will Farrell ’19 with Mary Jo Joyce
GO K N IGHTS !
Congratulations to this year’s group of talented Division I athletes who committed to colleges on National Letter of Intent Day, November 14th. Go Knights!
Dylan Castaneda University of Michigan
Bobby Bivona College of the Holy Cross
Ethan Hennessey United States Air Force Academy
Skyler Wilson Yale University
Tyler Carpenter Duke University
Tim Lischer United States Air Force Academy
Dawson Wynne University of Maryland
Mike Diiorio Boston University
Andrew Mapstone Lehigh University
Luke Diiorio Bucknell University
Thomas McIntire College of the Holy Cross
Connor Drake Duke University
Andres Ballesteros United States Naval Academy
Logan McNaney University of Maryland
Will Farrell Furman University
Griffen Wilson Yale University
Riley Guerrera United States Naval Academy Billy Duffy United States Naval Academy Jackson Polverari University of Pennsylvania Ryan Elsinga Syracuse University
ATHLETIC HIGHLIGHTS Theo McDowell ’19 was drafted in June by the Texas Rangers as a right-handed pitcher. He finished Rookie Ball in late August and is now pitching in the Instructional League. Theo is thrilled to be playing the game he loves.
CANNONBALL CUP Salisbury Football takes the Cannonball Cup in a 38-10 victory over The Hotchkiss School. The crosstown rivalry remains strong, and fans from both sides cheered loudly for their teams. In a fantastic game under the lights, the Knights were dominant and ultimately victorious in their defeat of the Bearcats.
Will Ortiz ’06 is teaching and coaching at Framingham High School in MA. He teaches math and coaches the Varsity Hockey Team. After Salisbury, Will played hockey at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and then for the Cincinnati Cyclones in ECHL. Kevin Wall ’18 and Matt Holmes ’18 are in the top 13 in scoring in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. They play on the Chilliwack Chiefs with Brett Willits ’18. Alex Dipaolo ’18 and Jacques Bouquot ’18 are also playing for teams in the same league. This winter, three former Knights, James Callahan ’16, Jonah Capriotti ’17, and Cole Poliziani ’16 are playing for the Trinity College Men’s Hockey Team. Other knights playing hockey at the NCAA Division I level include Adam Baughman ’14, a Senior Defenseman playing for Harvard University and Derek Barach ’14, Senior Captain playing for Mercyhurst University.
PREVENT BIOMETRICS Salisbury is getting a“head” of the game by partnering with Prevent Biometrics. In using specially designed mouthguards, athletic trainers and coaches have real-time access to vital information regarding potential head injury. With concussion prevention and early treatment as a goal, the School has partnered with Prevent Biometrics and is using reinforced padded helmets during practice to promote safer play for athletes.
LaTerrance Reed ’16 sparked Northwestern State University to a 102-62 season-opening win over Centenary and led the Demons with 15 points and three assists. A 6’1” point guard, Reed did a post-graduate year at Salisbury School and then transferred to Northwestern State after spending two years at Niagara Community College. Bryce Daley ’18 is a 6’3” freshman guard on the UMass-Lowell basketball team. He grabbed five rebounds in his first game against in-state rival UMass-Amherst.
Athletic Upgrades DEDICATION OF THE HARRIS TURF
THE DEAN FAMILY PERFORMANCE TRAINING CENTER
This fall, students were able to utilize an additional indoor athletic space thanks to the generosity of Trustee Adelaide and Bill Harris ’76, P’07. The removable turf that covers the surface of the Rudd Hockey Rink provided multipurpose practice space that was heavily utilized when field conditions prevented outdoor play.
Over the summer, Myers Gymnasium was transformed into an indoor training facility. Designed to provide space for athletes, the renovations were made possible through the generosity of the Dean family in honor of their son, Charlie ’18. With new turf, lights, heating and windows, the gym now offers a great option for athletes of all levels to play and work, especially during inclement weather and at night. It has fast become a popular spot for the boys during off hours.
Trustee Adelaide Harris P’07 cuts the ribbon on the new indoor turf.
SA RU M GI V ES
The Academic Quadrangle Renovation The Sixth Form Parent Gift from the Class of 2017 was completed this summer as the quad was leveled and reconstructed. In an incredible transformation, new pathways and sod created a whole new look and feel to the heart of campus.
THE EDWARD F. DWIGHT ’78 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WRITTEN BY THE REVEREND DAVID DWIGHT BROTHER OF EDWARD F. DWIGHT ’78
Graduating in 1978, Edward Dwight’s years at Salisbury were some of the happiest of his life. The combination of rich relationships, academics, and sports created an environment where Edward flourished. As a member of the varsity hockey and tennis teams, and participant in several clubs and committees, relationships with faculty and close friends characterized his Salisbury experience. Being awarded the Founder’s Medal upon graduation was a source of honor for Edward. After Salisbury, Edward attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he lettered in tennis. Then, after college, Edward made his career as a tennis professional, teaching people to enjoy the game that he loved so much. Edward was never more alive and more himself than when he was on the tennis court—where he continued to play competitively into his 50s. As one of Edward’s close friends and tennis colleagues remembered him, “When Edward showed up for a tennis match, he was there for the long haul. His tennis bag was full of extra shirts, wrist-bands, drinks and towels. As a fierce competitor he loved to win, but perhaps even more he loved to play with integrity.” Edward’s reputation as a fair competitor was frequently remembered as he won humbly, lost graciously, and was always congratulating opponents.
From the time he was young, Edward faced life’s challenges with perseverance and character. Especially later in his adult life, as battles with depression and anxiety presented profound struggles, Edward expressed heart-felt appreciation toward others and deep gratitude to friends and family who encouraged and supported him. So, it was after Edward died in May of 2014 that his family began considering how to celebrate his life and express appreciation for Salisbury and all the school meant to him. It was decided that seeking to offer a similar experience to other young men would be something that Edward would have greatly appreciated. After consulting with Salisbury, Edward Dwight’s family created the Edward F. Dwight ’78 Memorial Scholarship— beginning in the spring of 2018. With gratitude to Salisbury and in celebration of Edward’s life, this two-year scholarship is now awarded annually to a fifth form student recognized for exemplary character and integrity, elevating the Salisbury experience—academically, athletically and relationally—in the spirit and legacy of Edward F. Dwight.
Edward’s reputation as a fair competitor was frequently remembered as he won humbly, lost graciously, and was always congratulating opponents.
MAKE GREAT THINGS HAPPEN
Support of The Salisbury Fund sustains and enhances what makes Salisbury life-changing: generous financial aid, a talented faculty, diverse academic offerings, a robust athletics program, and top-notch facilities to support it all. With your help we can continue to make great things happen for our boys. Please consider making a gift to The Salisbury Fund this year.
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An Education Fund for Faculty Daughters The initiative to bring greater equity to faculty and staff families began in earnest this year with multiple Trustees, including Lee Spencer, Fritz Souder, and Charlie Lynch, pledging funds to support our daughters’ education in addition to their annual contributions to The Salisbury Fund. However, these gifts were a stop-gap measure. Starting next fall, the income from the newly established fund will enable each eligible faculty and staff family a grant to be paid directly to their daughter’s secondary school of choice in defraying part of the cost of that year’s tuition. The Board of Trustees has prioritized this effort, including it as one of The Four Pillars, which is our list of key fundraising projects strategically designed to enhance the school community. The renovations of Belin Lodge, the Chapel, the Myers Gymnasium Complex (the Miles P. H. Seifert ’53 Theater and the re-purposing of the basketball gym into the Dean Family Performance Training Center) account for three of The Four Pillars. However, the initiative to support the faculty and staff in this critically important way ranked at the very top!” The benefits of this are immediate and the impact to the Hilltop is tremendous, as recruiting and retaining the best possible faculty and staff make our community stronger.
This fall, Annual Fund volunteers gathered on the Hilltop. Alumni and parents who assist the Alumni and Development Office in support of the School met for a planning session and lunch. Their good work on behalf of Salisbury is greatly appreciated!
Assistant Headmaster Bobby Wynne P’19 addresses a group of parent and alumni volunteers.
THE ALUMNI AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WELCOMES A NEW COLLEAGUE
Nic Emery, Associate Director of The Salisbury Fund, is excited to join the Alumni and Development team on the Hilltop. After graduating from Berkshire School in 2001, he earned his BA and MA from Middlebury College. In 2006, he moved to Italy where he designed and led educational trips around Europe for high school students. Nic moved back to the Berkshires in 2015 and resides in Great Barrington with his wife Giulia, son Leonardo, and dog, Tiger.
ANNUAL REPORT OF GIVING 2017-2018
It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I write to honor your collective philanthropy to Salisbury. Throughout this piece you will see images of the impact your gifts have on our community. Your loyal and generous support strengthens our programs and furthers our mission. On behalf of the School and the Board of Trustees, I would like to extend our deep, heartfelt gratitude.
We are stronger together.
HEADMASTER CHISHOLM S. CHANDLER ’11 (HON.), P’17
JULY 1, 2017â€”JUNE 30, 2018
GIVING AT A GLANCE ANNUAL FUND GIVING
CAPITAL/ ENDOWMENT GIVING
BY DONOR GROUP
BY DONOR GROUP
BY DONOR GROUP
Past Parents, Past Grandparents, Grandparents, Former Trustees, Friends, Current and Former Faculty/Staff, Future Parents and Students
Past Parents, Past Grandparents, Grandparents, Former Trustees, Friends, Current and Former Faculty/Staff, Future Parents and Students
Past Parents, Past Grandparents, Grandparents, Former Trustees, Friends, Current and Former Faculty/Staff, Future Parents and Students
Foundations, Other Organizations and Matching Gift Corporations
Foundations, Other Organizations and Matching Gift Corporations
Foundations, Other Organizations and Matching Gift Corporations
SIXTH FORM GIVING
PARENT GIVING Class of
Overall Giving Sixth Form Gift Annual Giving Other Giving Overall Participation
$2,962,706 $2,511,793 $191,013 $259,900 77%
MOST IMPROVED PARTICIPATION CLASS OF 1993
The Class of 1993 had the lowest participation (7%) in 2017. Determined to change that statistic, Class Agents Mike Anastasio, Ted Bonanno, and San Haddad worked the phones, email, and the 25th reunion cocktail party to make sure their classmates understood the importance of supporting The Salisbury Fund every year. In 2018 the Class of 1993 reached 27% participation, almost a 4x increase! Well done, gentlemen. Letâ€™s see what you can do in 2019.
SIXTH FORM GIVING The Alumni and Development Office wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our Sixth Form Parents who donated to the Sixth Form Gift this year, the renovation of Belin Lodge. This was the largest amount raised in the 25-year history of the Gift, and we are proud to say that we exceeded the $2.5M dollar goal. The renovations are on schedule, and we are looking forward to a winter reopening of Belin Lodge.
ALUMNI PARTICIPATION Class / Donors / Participation / Donations 1943 1944 1945 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1 1 2 3 7 3 7 3 5 3 3 4 6 7 2 13 8 10 5 7 13 14 13 12 8 4 10 8 11 20 9 4 10 9 6 10 8 15 11 6 21 14 15 3 17 11 14 9 15 16 11 8 10 15 8 8 6 13 11 5 11 7 6 14 20 17 18 23 14 23 21 12 12 12
33% 17% 20% 25% 64% 25% 39% 30% 36% 21% 23% 29% 26% 44% 15% 43% 32% 42% 19% 29% 46% 38% 41% 31% 25% 14% 20% 21% 25% 40% 23% 8% 21% 19% 15% 22% 15% 28% 20% 12% 36% 25% 29% 6% 29% 17% 23% 15% 21% 27% 17% 16% 15% 22% 19% 12% 8% 21% 15% 7% 17% 10% 10% 18% 26% 23% 23% 26% 18% 26% 22% 13% 13% 14%
$500 $200 $350 $3,200 $16,345 $2,450 $925 $2,350 $1,600 $800 $1,200 $3,325 $66,471 $3,401 $600 $459,850 $12,465 $9,330 $1,300 $2,100 $40,225 $117,614 $62,300 $47,300 $84,216 $10,950 $23,250 $4,650 $12,253 $9,540 $4,230 $1,000 $16,629 $2,550 $4,025 $51,830 $13,743 $104,145 $9,400 $34,050 $121,209 $8,039 $143,183 $1,350 $32,900 $3,000 $13,652 $5,365 $34,065 $9,880 $7,300 $3,250 $3,010 $3,683 $17,245 $6,180 $28,400 $12,775 $10,890 $11,452 $3,795 $1,175 $11,225 $3,325 $2,185 $21,190 $1,135 $6,970 $758 $715 $525 $588 $599 $246
ANNUAL REPORT OF GIVING 2017-2018
NEW FUNDS CREATED
THE EDWARD F. DWIGHT ’78 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Given by his family, The Edward F. Dwight ’78 Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student recognized for his character and integrity, elevating the Salisbury experience - academically, athletically and relationally. Each year, a student in the Fifth Form will be awarded the scholarship and will hold it throughout his Sixth Form year, so that two students will benefit from it each year.
THE BARBARA POGUE CULTURAL TRAVEL FUND The Barbara Pogue Cultural Travel Fund was established in May 2018 by John F. Pogue in memory of his wife, Barbara Pogue. Barbara taught at Salisbury for 18 years, during which time one of her passions was the advancement of foreign languages. To bring a language alive, Barbara gave students unique travel immersion experiences, such as class trips to Quebec. The Fund will provide assistance to students for travel on school sponsored/ approved trips.
COMMU N ITY
FISHERS ISLAND, NY
Fishers Island was the magnificent site for a reception at the home of Amanda and Trustee Dicky Riegel ’84. Ted and Past Trustee Ashley Harrington P’13 helped co-host the party of more than 70 alumni, family and friends, a huge crew of Knights for a small haven on Long Island Sound!
1 / Hosts Families (Left to right): Ted Harrington P’13, Elsie Harrington, Trustee Dicky Reigel ’84, Amelia Riegel, Past Trustee Ashley Harrington P’13, Jake Harrington ’13, Natalie Harrington, Richard Riegel and Amanda Reigel 2 / Trustee Ken Hanau and son, Jack ’20 with Headmaster Chandler and son, Zach ’17
3 / With a number of alumni on Fishers Island in August, the first annual Salisbury Cup was played at the Hay Harbor Club. It was a fantastic event for this great group of Knights from the ‘80s and ’90s! Left to right: Tommy O’Neill ’84, Kevin Coleman ’87, Trustee Dicky Riegel ’84, Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17, Andrew King ’93, Porter Collins ’93, Tim Madden ’93, Ethan Rice ’97, Alumni Secretary Matt Corkery, Charles Spofford ’84 and John Harris
In a wonderful gesture of welcome, Pepper and Carlton Anderson P’21 hosted a barbecue including current and newly enrolled Salisbury families in their area. More than 50 gathered to celebrate, share news and information, and provide a network of support and friendship to those beginning their journey on the Hilltop.
CHICAGO, IL 10.24.18 Thank you to Meggan and Bob Zabels ’85 who hosted Salisbury friends and alumni in the greater Chicago area.
Trustee Shrevie and James Shepherd P’20 welcomed local parents to their farm in Sharon, CT for a reception to kick off the school year. It was a lovely night to connect with other Salisbury families that live in close proximity to the School. Left to right: Trustee Shrevie P’20 and James Shepherd P’20, Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17 and Caroline Gilbert P’18, ’20
On a beautiful Day, 18 moms gathered at the home of Tiffany Faulstich P’19 for a lovely fall lunch! Moms enjoyed Tiffany’s lovely home, great food and the chance to meet and chat with other moms from a range of forms!
NEW YORK, NY 10.4.18 New York area moms gathered at the home of Nina and Andrew Hay P’16, ’20 to enjoy a fantastic luncheon and spending time getting to know one another. Many thanks to host, Nina Hay P’20, for her wonderful hospitality!
Jessica Jules P’19 and Director of Parent Programs Mimi Babcock
Left to right: Eileen Henn P’19, Diane Hobbs P’20 and Carol Lippincott P’20
Joya Buettner P’19 and Eileen Henn P’19
Tara Norris P’22 and Pepper Anderson P’21
Members of the loyal Knights are growing in Denver. Jocelyn and Doug Childs ’73, P’07 welcomed local friends, family and alumni to their home to celebrate Salisbury. The Childs family has enjoyed a long history with the School, including three generations, Harvey ’42, P’70, ’73, GP’07, Whit ’07 and Harvey III ’70. Left to right: Cam Flint ’09, Alumni Secretary Matt Corkery, Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17, and Drew King ’10
With ever increasing numbers of students from California, Julia and Horace Smith P’21 hosted Salisbury at the Valley Hunt Club.
NEW YORK, NY
A group of 35 alums, family and friends gathered at MSG to watch the NY Rangers take on the Vancouver Canucks. The night was made even sweeter by a visit from Vancouver Canucks Defenseman Alex Biega ’06.
Left to right: Henry Hancock ‘78, Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ‘11 (Hon.), P’17 and Joshua Ott ‘79
Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ‘11 (Hon.), P’17 and Host Halsey Smith P’21
NEW YORK, NY
In a longstanding Salisbury tradition, alumni gathered at the Racquet and Tennis Club of New York. Hosted by Former Board Chairman Michael Sylvester ’59, P’85, the reception was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with classmates and friends.
3 1 / Members of the Class of 1994: Left to right: Jess Kane, Nishan Vartarian, Eben MacNeille, George Oliphant, Mike Passaro, Matt Cassin and Alec Raday
A festive celebration hosted by Terry Ann and Sandison Weil P’21 took place at the American Yacht Club in Rye, NY. Faculty, alumni, parents and past parents enjoyed an evening of delicious food and lively conversation.
1 / Left to right: Lori and Peter Clauson ’74 with Director of the Salisbury Fund and Alumni Relations Caitlin Kiley
2 / Adam Kelsey ’09 and Assistant Headmaster Bobby Wynne P’19
2 / Left to right: Chisholm and Tracy Chandler P’17 with Tom Ketchum P’08
3 / Left to right: John Schmitz ’64, Headmaster Chisholm Chandler ’11 (Hon.), P’17 and Michael Sylvester ’59, P’85
3 / Left to right: Christopher and Elizabeth Thompson P’21 with Host Sandy Weil P’21
CL ASS NOTES 1961
was terrific and discussed not only how and why it was built in its location, but other things like Sarum and the local White Hart Inn. We all were so inspired to suggest one class session should be dedicated to Salisbury School’s historical roots. Interesting that a copy of the Magna Carta was stolen from the church the week before we arrived and made world news!” They also headed over to Scotland for the wedding of Ali Corbat, Michael and Donna’s daughter. Jay and his wife Karen took this lovely picture at St. Andrew’s.
CLASS AGENTS: JACK FOLEY
Peter Clark writes “All good here. We spent our annual family vacation on Cape Cod. Despite some rain we had a great time and many lobsters, swimming in the bay, etc. Spent the summer on our lake canoeing and swimming. This is the life! Hope all fellow ’61ers are doing well.”
1963 Karl Pettit sent this lovely update: “This past May, our Class President Jim Clarke and I enthusiastically traveled to Salisbury for our 55th Class Reunion on a cloudy and rainy Saturday. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we discovered that we were the only ones who had made the trip! Nevertheless, we had a good time catching up while watching the Canterbury Baseball game in the drizzle.
The Corbats and Jay Kemmerer ’66 at the Salisbury Cathedral
1966 CLASS AGENTS: MEL CAMPBELL, JOHN TYLER
Jay Kemmerer spent some time with Michael and Donna Corbat (former trustee) and their son Brian Corbat ’07 in England this November, where they were able to tour the Salisbury Cathedral. Jay writes, “What a magnificent structure with a great history. Our guide
Jay Kemmerer ’66 and wife Karen at St. Andrew’s
1970 CLASS AGENTS: CHRIS JANELLI, DAVID KONCZ
Peter B. Williams, along with his wife, Nancy, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Alexe Danielle, to Shane Conlin on June 30, 2018 at the Chapel on the Hilltop 1963 classmates Karl Pettit and Jim Clarke
Our 50th Reunion drew a much bigger crowd. Hopefully, we will get all of our classmates and more to return for our 60th in 2023!”
Fred Tibbits ’65 receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in Shanghai.
CLASS AGENTS: PETER BROWER, JIM DICKERSON, JEFF LOZIER
Fred Tibbits shared the news that he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Shanghai last October for his humanitarian work. He also sent this wonderful picture (right) of his class (the vintage Second Form!) in 1960.
Class of 1965
Alexe Danielle, daughter of Peter Williams’ 70, flipping through her father’s yearbook
Peter Williams ’70 with daughter Alexe and Uncles Doug ‘74 and David ‘67
followed by a reception at the Curtis Boathouse. Guests included Alexe’s uncles, David Williams ’67 and Doug Williams ’74. Alexe is the granddaughter of Carl and Ibba Williams, longtime faculty members. Alexe and Shane traveled to the Salisbury Town Clerk’s office to pick up their marriage license on June 14, 2018 which, coincidentally, would have been Carl & Ib’s 71st wedding anniversary. Peter writes, “I am just speechless on how great the setting and ceremony was for my daughter Alexe…People were stunned on the beauty of the Boathouse and the School…Everything just sparkled.”
painting as object left an enduring mark on my work. It is described that O’Neil’s oil paintings express a joyfulness that is conveyed through his honing of a visual vocabulary influenced by Minimalism and geometric abstraction. Through the process of addition and subtraction O’Neil lays bares the intuitive search for color, proportion, and emotional gestalt that happens in the painter’s studio. He achieves an aged and ethereal effect, employing light to highlight different
1973 CLASS AGENT: PAUL HAVILAND
Douglas Miller writes he is “alive and well in San Diego”!
1984 CLASS AGENT: COURTY BARTLETT, JEFF PRIOR, CHARLES SPOFFORD
Charles Thomas O’Neil writes that he “graduated from Skidmore College in 1988. In the late 1980’s I was a studio assistant for the painter David Novros, whose Minimalist explorations of
Charles Thomas O’Neil ’84
aspects of the buffed and painted surfaces. Dancing the line between abstraction and figuration, O’Neil’s ambition is to contain everything that is in and of the world in a perfectly balanced and harmonious way, all within the limits of the picture’s edge. Tommy’s work was most recently featured in a solo exhibition at Howard Scott Gallery in New York City in 2016. He is featured in numerous private and public collections nationally and internationally, including the Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, MO, Time Warner Collection, New York, Smith Barney Collection, New York, NY, Altana, Wesel, Germany and the Portland Museum of Art, ME.”
1990 CLASS AGENT: KIRK HALL
1997 CLASS AGENTS: FRED BECK, EAVEN HORTER, GRANT SCHWARTZ
Barrett Keller sends in an update: “Things are great, live in Rowayton, CT with my beautiful wife, Kingsley and two amazing daughters. Wynne (6) and Lane (4). Commuting every day to NYC, working at CION Investments as
an education technology startup in downtown Denver, CO.
2007 CLASS AGENTS: BRIAN CORBAT, PATRICK POWERS
Jamie Macdonald married Leela Chengappa in August. His wedding party included fellow classmates Bryce Woodson, Ted Gilbane ’08 and Trevor Brown ’08. Congratulations, Jamie and Leela!
Tee Faircloth ’90 and Woody Rutter ’98 (Hon.) made the best of Hurricane Florence by having dinner together in Savannah!
Alex Percudani ’09
Sweden and this was Alex’s first trip back to the Hilltop!
2012 CLASS AGENT: AJ CARFORA
Lawlor Coe was busy this summer, running in an Ultra Marathon in Mesa, Arizona! Lawlor stood proudly and smiled with his Salisbury banner after finishing. That’s some Sarum spirit! Jamie MacDonald ’07 and wife Leela
Barrett Keller ’97 and family
a National Account Sales Desk Manager. Miss the Hilltop dearly.”
2003 CLASS AGENT: WINTER MEAD
Casey Miller’s school spirit has not wavered! He sends his regards, “Go Knights!”
2009 CLASS AGENTS: JOHN GUAY, STEFAN MERRIAM
Chase Richey was recently married! His Salisbury Brothers were there to celebrate with him at his wedding this past October. Alex Percudani, and his wife Elin, visited Salisbury in August. They live in Lawlor Coe ’12
2005 CLASS AGENTS: BLAKE HOLLINGER,
CLASS AGENTS: TAI CHAIAMARIT,
Nick Sciubba recently founded an apparel company called Wise River, focused on eco-friendly, versatile materials designed to be worn in any setting. The hope is to launch in April 2019. He also works full time at
LEON CUMMINGS, ELLIOT GUDIS, JAKE HARRINGTON, JONATHON MAHONEY, DAN MURPHY, SADIQ OLANREWAJU
Will Toffey poses with Matt Corkery in Hartford over the summer. Will is playing for the NY Mets AA team in Chase Richey ’09 with classmates
2018 CLASS AGENTS: DREW BAZARIAN, VICTOR
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Ulie Soto stops for a photo with Matt Corkery after a game at St. Lawrence University, where Ulie is a member of the varsity soccer team.
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Binghampton, NY, where he is a top prospect in the Mets organization and has been reunited with Salisbury teammate Patrick Mazicka ’12.
2014 CLASS AGENTS: TAYLOR OGEN, MATT ROTE, WILL SHAW
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Cole Poliziani stopped by the Hilltop where he met up with Andrew Will and Matt Corkery on his way to Trinity College. Cole is a member of the Trinity hockey team with Salisbury teammates, James Callahan ’16 and Jonah Capriotti ’17.
Matt Corkery, Cole Poliziani ‘16, and Andrew Will
Ulie Soto ’18 with Matt Corkery at St. Lawrence University
Two Max’s at St. Lawrence University after a win against Norwich. Max Gilbert ’17(left) and Max Warden ’17 (right).
Mother, Wife, Friend, and Salisbury’s Biggest Fan Remembering Sally Elliot Flood
This past October, the Salisbury School community lost one of its most beloved citizens, Sally Elliot Flood. The wife of Salisbury’s sixth headmaster, Richard T. Flood, Jr. ’03 (Hon.), Sally played an important role in campus life during their 15 years on the Hilltop. She was a passionate mother and dear friend to all. Sally had a way of making all those around her feel special. Quick with a smile and happy to engage, she had a twinkle in her eye, and a pure joy that was contagious. Her devotion to family, school communities and friends defined her. Above all, her greatest joy was her role as mother, grandmother, and best friend to her beloved husband, Floodo, for sixty-one years. Known for her enthusiastic support of Salisbury athletics, she was a devoted fan, cheering from the sidelines of fields, courts, and rinks. She was also in the front row of every theatre performance, as she celebrated the artistic successes of the boys. Sally’s approach was open and honest. She knew how she liked
Sally with husband Dick during their early years at Salisbury
things and freely shared her opinions. Sally cared deeply for the beauty of the campus and devoted time to its care. In her role as the Headmaster’s wife, she was the ultimate hostess, and her warm hospitality welcomed guests to their home and the campus. Their partnership marked a period of building and growth in the School’s history. In addition to her best friend and husband of 61 years, Floodo, she is survived by her children, Richard T. Flood III and his wife Jody, Samuel Elliot Flood and wife Jane, Katherine Brewer Fritz and husband Tom. In addition, she was an adoring grandmother of Hayley, Charlie, Hugh, Eliza, Sammy, John and Caroline.
A tribute on ice to our biggest fan
I N MEMOR I A M
Paul Harris ’99 Paul Taylor Harris, 37 died unexpectedly on Friday, July 20, 2018, while vacationing in Florida with his beloved wife and twin daughters. He resided in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the past decade, where he leaves numerous friends and colleagues. Paul was born March 23, 1981 in Norwalk, Connecticut, the son of Alan Taylor and Dolores (Birdsall) Harris. He attended Salisbury before attending Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Paul played hockey for the prestigious U.S. Junior National Hockey Team while in high school, and then as a defenseman for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hockey team from 1999 to 2002. Paul earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame before starting a successful business career. He met his wife and the love of his life, Nicole, while working for Johnson & Johnson. Paul also worked for Medtronic as a Urology Consultant and as a Regional Manager. In 2014, he joined the sales team at NeoTract, Inc., and was soon-after promoted to Regional Business Manager and then to Area Sales Director for NeoTract-Teleflex. Paul did everything for his family. He was a rising star in his career and a respected mentor who received countless accolades – all while remaining humble and true to his values. His zest for life and positive outlook allowed him to gather lifelong friends everywhere he went. He was close with his loving parents, Al and Dee, and sister, Julie. He loved traveling with his extraordinary wife, Nicole, and their beautiful twin toddler daughters.
James Oblinger ’41 James T. Oblinger, 94, of Adamstown, passed away on December 23, 2017 in Frederick, MD. Born on August 14, 1923 to Leroy and Harriet Oblinger in Rossford, Ohio; he was the husband of the late Dorothy Cochrane Oblinger to whom he was married for 61 years. He is
survived by his 5 children. Jim grew up in Eagle Point and Perrysburg, Ohio with his sisters, Ruth Oblinger and Florence Winzeler. He graduated from Salisbury, then earned a BEE at Yale University where he met his wife Dorothy, a native of New Haven, CT. They were married in New Haven on July 10, 1948. Jim was commissioned in the U S. Navy and served WWII, and the Korean War, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Jim’s career as a radar engineer in the defense industry took the family to State College, PA; Wayland, MA; and Thousand Oaks, CA. In 2002, after 25 years enjoying the mild California climate and outdoor adventures in the west, Jim and Dorothy moved to Adamstown, MD to be closer to family. Jim is remembered for his unflagging humor, sense of adventure, love of life, and his care for others. He loved to spend time with his children and later, his grandchildren - especially at the beach. He and Dorothy both loved the ocean and spent many summers on Cape Cod, the Southern California coast, and more recently, at Sunset Beach, NC, where he enjoyed bodysurfing well into his 80’s. Jim was an active community member wherever he lived. He volunteered at the election polls, delivered for Meals on Wheels for almost 20 years, and used his amazing ability to fix everything for family, friends, and as a docent at the Stagecoach Inn Museum in Thousand Oaks, CA. Jim remained active at Buckingham’s Choice, volunteering to serve on multiple resident committees and lending a hand where needed.
Joel Sharp Black ’56 I was Joel Sharp Black. I was born April 23, 1937 to Clare Louise Conklin Black and Donald Spencer Black in Mansfield Ohio. I reluctantly departed this world on August 27, 2018. I succumbed to leukemia, but not to its complications (those I beat). I was preceded in death by my mother, father, brother Terrence Charles Black, and sister
Ellen Cave Black. I am survived by my incredible wife of 57 years, Margaret Scott Black, without whose support I would have passed long ago! Also surviving me are my two sons Stephen Spencer Black and John Blymyer Black of whom I am incredibly proud (see Raemelton.com), wonderful daughters-in-law Anne Malinak Black and Karyn Wright, and three unbelievable granddaughters Catherine, Madeline, and Caroline Black. These three young ladies are destined to make a real difference in this world. I began my education at the Country Day School and Johnny Appleseed Junior High School in Mansfield, OH. I graduated with the class of 1956 from the Salisbury School in Connecticut. In 1960, I received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering from Princeton University. My thesis was on Paleomagnetics—a forerunner to the theories of continental drift and plate tectonics, which is pretty cool. My MBA is from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. After a number of years, I returned to the classroom at The Ohio State University, for continuing education in organic chemistry and many agronomy courses. My professional life started with the Ohio Brass Company, where I worked as a Mining and Transit Engineer, and Factory Budget Manager. After a short time with Revest Corp., a real estate investment company, I moved into farming. In 1970 I started Killydonnell Farm, a standardbred race horse breeding operation. I retired from raising horses in 1996. I succeeded in failing to fully retire from farming when I joined in the establishment and operation of Raemelton Farm, Adamstown, MD. When not at the farm I served on the pit crew of my four-time national champion son, John, as he raced his car at tracks around the country. I participated on the boards of several organizations through the years which included Friendly House, Richland
County Historical Society, Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation and the Ohio Standardbred Breeders Association. Several days before my death my Pastor Bruce Haapalainen stopped by to meet the entire family. He asked me if I would like to say a few words at my memorial service. This seemed at the time to be a pretty good idea. After careful review I realized it would probably mean keeping my friends parked in the Chapel for hours, so I finally declined his offer.
William Ruger, Jr., Former Trustee William Ruger Jr., who worked for more than four decades for Sturm, Ruger & Co., the firearms manufacturing company his father co-founded, and who became a major benefactor in Sullivan County, died on Saturday at his home in Newport after a brief illness. He was 79. Ruger, known to many as “Bill, Jr.,” ran the gun manufacturer as CEO for six years after his father, William Ruger, Sr., retired in 2000. And while some have praised him for steering the business through a difficult time in the company’s history, Ruger also was known as a supporter of his Upper Valley employees and of Newport-area cultural institutions. “He was always community-oriented,” said former Newport Selectboard member Gary Nichols, who retired four years ago from a career at the Ruger plant in Newport. Nichols on Tuesday recalled Ruger devoting time and money to both the Newport Opera House and the town’s historical society. Ruger, who also had a home in Bar Harbor, Maine, maintained an extensive car collection in a refurbished building known as Ruger Mill on Sunapee Street and served on several boards in addition to Salisbury, including that of St. Paul’s School, from which he graduated in 1957. The executive and engineer also cared deeply for the large workforce employed by Ruger and Pine Tree Castings, a subdivision of the firearms manufacturer, Nichols said. “He was a nice
gentleman, always a gentleman,” recalled Ella Casey, former executive director of the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. “You would never know from him walking down the street that he was anything but a regular Joe.” “He was very proud to be a major employer in New Hampshire,” Stephen Sanetti who took over as CEO after Ruger retired said, adding that working conditions and salaries always were important subjects. Sanetti said Ruger also was known for his quick wit, extreme intelligence and sardonic sense of humor. Ruger was a “foundation of arcane information” and was well-versed in architecture, art and trains, he said. To some area politicians, Ruger was a “Yankee Republican” who supported conservative candidates for office after leaving the company. Although Ruger initially attempted to keep a low political profile at the company, his father was friends with Republican officials, and William Ruger, Sr.’s funeral was attended by then-Reps. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., and John E. Sununu, R-N.H. After retiring, Ruger supported Republican candidates by holding fundraisers and donating space on Newport’s Main Street to serve as a headquarters of the Sullivan County Republicans. Ruger’s antique car collection once included more than 40 vintage vehicles, including several Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. He also was instrumental in the creation of the Ruger, a 1970 touring car named for William Ruger, Sr. that was never mass produced. His mansion in north Newport housed an eclectic mix of antiques and works of art. Ruger purchased Northville Farm in the 1980s. The property once was owned by Long Island Railroad tycoon Austin Corbin, the founder of Corbin Park, the fenced-in game preserve that sprawls across more than 20,000 acres and encompasses five Sullivan County towns. Both Ruger and his father were members of the Blue Mountain Forest Association, the exclusive group that managed the park
and controls who visits. This summer, Ruger agreed to add to the conservation land surrounding the park by selling about 3,200 acres in Newport, Croydon and Grantham to the state. The $3.25 million purchase, which will be paid for by a mix of state and federal grants, was approved by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission in July.
David Swartz ’65 David T. “Dave” Swartz, 72, of Somers, beloved husband of Gerry (Kane) Swartz, peacefully entered into Eternal Rest on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Dave was born in Boston, MA on September 29, 1946, the loving son of the late William and Carol (Tibbott) Swartz. He was raised in Framingham, MA. Dave worked in commercial construction for over 40 years as a crane operator and was most recently employed with Fleming Transportation in Suffield, CT. He was a great sailor and helped his family operate Marina America in Stamford, CT. Dave had a passion for racing cars and enjoyed fishing. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. He will be remembered as an amazing father, husband and friend.
Louis “Bud” Trotta ’53 Louis Joseph Trotta, Jr was born on January 25, 1936 in Waterbury, CT. He was a long- time resident of Salisbury, CT. At the time of his death, he resided at Thirwood Place, So. Yarmouth, Cape Cod, MA. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Chrys, four children: Jay, Beth, Christopher and Jennifer, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. “Bud” as he was known to all is honored for the caring service and support that he offered to the residents of the town he grew up in, Salisbury, CT. In over 30 years of service, his contributions are countless, including his years as First Selectman and his dedication to various town committees. He was a role model and a gentleman and made the world a better place. His legacy touched many lives.
FROM THE ARCHIVES
CHARMED BY GEOFFREY ROSSANO, ARCHIVIST
Much of the work of the Archives consists of sorting through boxes of random items collected from desks and offices of Salisbury employees who have changed assignments, sought new career opportunities, or retired. Such materials include photographs, reports, publications, and ephemera. Over the years, numerous boxes of such items piled up in the Archives, imparting a sort of “American Hoarders” chic to the space. In the last three years, however, this backlog has been eliminated, with retained materials neatly sorted. Except for one box, a lone corrugated cardboard crate filled to the brim with odds and ends from an unidentified Admissions Office desk. After sorting through the assortment of pencils, name tags, bumper stickers and the like, the box was essentially emptied. It was only then that a small, apparently gold charm revealed itself, with no identification attached. A mystery indeed. A careful examination quickly indicated that the item was decorated with the figure of a medieval jester, surrounded by the inscription “Salisbury Dramatics 1929.” On the reverse were engraved the initials A H F, the makers mark J E C & Co, and a fineness mark of 14 K. Research in Ye Sarum Booke indicated that the charm had belonged to Anthony Henry Forbes ’29, known as “Tony,” hailing from New York City. Forbes’ compilation of activities included service as a Chapel Prefect, editor of Ye Sarum Booke, Junior Prefect, Senior Prefect, and a place on the Honor Roll in 1926, 1927, 1928, and 1929. J E C & Co was the mark
of James Emmot Caldwell and Company, a Philadelphia jewelry firm that began operations in 1839 and remains active to this day. Further digging filled in a bit more of the story. In the winter of 1929, Ye Sarum Booke described the Salisbury Dramatic Association as an informal organization of boys who had earned 50 points by performing or producing the School’s annual plays. For the 1928-1929 school year, the Association presented “The Death Trap,” “The Pot Boiler,” and “A Night at an Inn,” under the guidance of master J
Henry Forbes ’29 (front center) and Ye Sarum Booke Board
F Waring, and one additional, unnamed student production. Members were allowed to purchase a gold watch charm. It is likely that the gold charm now in the possession of the Archives was the first one produced. The Dramatic Association at the time also included G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams, later Governor of Michigan, and Eugene Zuckert, later Secretary of the Air Force. Forbes, himself, attended Princeton University and Columbia University, received an LL.B. degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1935, served in the Navy for four years during World War II, earned an A.B. degree from UCLA in 1955 and a Ph. D. in History from the same institution. He taught for several years at UCLA before moving to Northern Michigan University. He later taught at Wisconsin State University before retiring in the 1970s. In 1994, Forbes and then Assistant Headmaster for External Affairs Woody Rutter ’98 (Hon.) exchanged letters, one of which included a bit of the history of the Dramatic Society as well as the gift of Forbes’s gold charm purchased so many years ago. This charming memento of the theater program in the 1920s was rescued from obscurity in 2018 and its story told here for the first time.
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