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A Beautiful Beginning
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The Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee, came to campus to confirm senior Sophie Swallow.
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From the Head of School St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Magazine
Talented, Dedicated, Kind, and Welcoming
n October, I had the opportunity to welcome 30 prospective students to campus for my first fall SAS Admissions Open House. A bit of a newbie myself, I was not ready to call myself the authority on St. Andrew’sSewanee School. What I could tell those visiting parents and students was that in my 30-year career as an educator, I have never met a faculty as talented and dedicated as the SAS faculty. I could tell them, with authority, that I have never experienced a student body as kind and welcoming as SAS students. I could have also told them that this fall was the first time I saw a football team and soccer team come out, en masse, to cheer on a cross country team. And that, if their child enrolls here, they will get to experience the awe-inspiring talent that I saw exhibited during the Family Weekend Creative Expression Assembly. How fortunate I am to have made my way to the Mountain and to this beautiful, mission-driven community.
Karl J. Sjolund Head of School
Published twice a year by St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School Editor Sherri Bergman Layout & Design Aaron Welch, Big A Marketing Editorial Assistant David Andrews Head of School Karl J. Sjolund Director of Alumni Relations Elizabeth Duncan StA ’76 Director of Admissions Anneke Skidmore ’05 Office of Communications and Marketing Sherri Bergman, Director 290 Quintard Road Sewanee, Tennessee 37375-3000 Phone: 931.598.5651 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Special Thanks to Contributors / Photographers: Mary Blount, Sandy Bryant, Buck Butler, Tim Graham, Alex Lipscomb ’19 School Mission Statement To be an inclusive Christian community in which the Episcopal heritage is central; to provide superior preparation for college; to provide educational opportunities for those students for whom such experiences might not otherwise be available; and to bring all members of the community to a richer spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and aesthetic awareness, so that they might lead lives of honor and loving service to God and others. On the Cover Head of School Karl Sjolund processes to his installation with eighth grader Meredith Foster and the Right Reverend John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee. From the Editor Due to a printing glitch, several names in our spring issue contained typographical errors. The programming error has been identified, and the printer has made reparations to SAS. We offer our deepest apologies to those affected.
SAVE THE DATES December 3–4
Tennessee Craft Studio Tour, SAS Gallery instagram.com/standrewssewanee
Join the Conversation.
Winter Concert, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts
Alumni & Friends Gathering, Atlanta Following a visit to campus for the Chapel Rededication: And they have fabulous food. I have never seen a boarding school with such fine dining! – Marleen Allen Varner, Past Parent
In response to Southern Living’s choice of SAS as one of the South’s Most Beautiful High Schools: What took them so long. Anyone who attended school there already knows this. – Maryl Baird SMS ’63
In response to an offer of prayers and help for our alumni in the path of Hurricane Matthew: Okey-Dokey in the Okefenokee, Charelton County, GA as of now. Willing to assist or help anyone closer to the coast needing to evacuate in any way I am able. Keep up the prayers! Thank you SAS! – Evelyn Warder ’06
In response to the announcement that the 2015-16 Phoenix had received Josten’s National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award: My daughter was so happy about this. It really made her feel proud that she had a hand in making this happen. Congratulations! – Jennifer Uselton, Current Parent
In response to Martha Warren ’82 announcing that the annual “Sock Monkey Reunion” raised $1015.43 for the SAS Fund: There's prob that much stuck in my couch. – Buzz Turner StA ’80 (Buzz, feel free to mail that to SAS Fund, 290 Quintard Rd., Sewanee, TN 37375. – Ed.)
In response to the new SAS Arts video: I wanna go back! I want a second chance. This is such a beautiful school and so very different than when I was there. God bless SAS and the citizens they are creating. –Jane-Ellen White Bass ’80
Enjoy our latest campus video: sasweb.org/academics
Alumni Rally & Home Basketball Games, Wood-Alligood Gymnasium
Christmas Eve Service, St. Andrew's Chapel
Mountain Top Wrestling Tournament, Wood Alligood Gymnasium
SAS Players: The Robber Bridegroom, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts
Vega Concert, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts
Bishop Reynolds Forum with The Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts
Alumni & Friends Event, New York City
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Students on T.O.P.
And They’re Off! The 32 members of the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Class of 2016 received 122 acceptances and over $3.7 million in merit awards from 79 different colleges and universities. This fall they enrolled in 22 different schools across the country, from Middlebury College in Vermont to University of California–San Diego. The University of the South continues to be a favorite destination; six students became Sewanee Tigers. Members of the class were offered Presidential Awards at University of Puget Sound and Seattle University, Presidential Scholar designation at University of Alabama, the Achievement Award at The New School in New York City, an Army ROTC Scholarship at Oklahoma City University, a Founders Scholarship at Denison University, Rhodes Grants at Rhodes College, the Bonner Scholar Program and Fairbanks Award at Sewanee, and more. Fourteen of the 17 students from Tennessee qualified for Tennessee Hope scholarships.
Twenty students, accompanied by physics teacher Luke Diamond, school nurse Cheryl Lankhaar, and SAS parent Robin Mainzer, participated in Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) Neighbors Helping Neighbors in July. The student volunteers helped families with construction and yard work. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Tennessee, Mountain T.O.P. has been working for 41 years to bring people together from all over the United States for service opportunities. Read junior Winnie Fang’s essay on her experience at www.sasweb.org/student-voices.
Welcoming New Faculty and Staff This fall we welcomed several new faculty members, including new Head of School Karl J. Sjolund; Dean of Students and middle school girls’ basketball coach Laura Clay; English and English Language Learner (ELL) teacher Heather Cooper; biology teacher and swimming and track and field coach Jake Miller; Middle School science and technology teacher Dr. Viva Reynolds; and Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Anneke Skidmore ’05. New staff include Marin Miller, academic administrative assistant; Sarah Sells, business office assistant; and Sam Montgomery, security and head wrestling coach.
Tracking Bison In May, nine Upper School students accompanied Advanced Biology Teacher and Head of the Upper School Kelley Black to Yellowstone National Park to track bison and wolves for the National Park Service under the guidance of Ecology Project International. Read senior Annemieke Buis’s essay on her experience at www.sasweb.org/student-voices.
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Smith Receives Educator Awards
History teacher Geoffrey Smith received one of six 2016 Outstanding Educators Awards from Humanities Tennessee. In their nomination, SAS parents Eric and Lisa Hartman wrote, “Mr. Smith is a walking, breathing, teaching historian. It is impossible to encounter him and not learn. Every school should be fortunate to have educators like Mr. Smith, but in the absence of ethical cloning strategy, we are nominating him for this distinction, such that other teachers might come to know him and be inspired by his work.” As part of the award, Smith received a $2,000 fellowship to further his professional development in the humanities, and SAS received $1,500 for humanities programs and materials. Smith is using his portion of the award to conduct research on the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winner and alumnus James Agee. In March, Smith received the 2016 Belz-Lipman Holocaust Educator Award sponsored by the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. The award, established by Memphis entrepreneurs and philanthropists Jack A. Belz and Ira Lipman, recognizes outstanding educators who excel in the teaching of the Holocaust. Smith is a graduate of the University of the South with a B.A. in history. He joined the SAS faculty in 2014.
In the Gallery The SAS Gallery hosted an exhibition of papercuts by Sewanee artist and SAS parent Kate Gundersen and an exhibition of functional clay by faculty members Burki Gladstone and Claire Reishman, former faculty member Merissa Tobler, and Mary Lynch and Ursula Vann. The works range from pit-fired stoneware to atmospherically fired porcelain. The SAS Gallery is located in the center of the Simmonds Building. Information about upcoming exhibitions, workshops, and receptions, including the Holiday Studio Tour Gallery Exhibition, are available at www.sasweb.org/gallery.
Author David Coe on Creativity and Narrative St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School welcomed author and SAS parent David Coe for a Chapel talk in September. Coe’s talk focused on narrative, creativity, and the ways in which we all write our own “books” through literature, music, theater, cooking, family stories, athletics, and more. Later in the day, the SAS community enjoyed a literary-themed luncheon. Coe is the author of several internationally popular fantasy series, including the Lontobyn Chronicles and The Case Files of Justis Fearsson. Coe also writes as D.B. Jackson, publishing historical fantasy, such as the Thieftaker Chronicles. He is the father of Erin Berner-Coe ’17 and Alex Berner-Coe ’13.
Two Named Commended Scholars
Seniors Cooper Nickels ’17 and Ashton Milford ’17 were named Commended Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Cooper is a day student from Manchester, Tenn., and has maintained the highest grade point average in his class since ninth grade. He is a school ambassador, proctor, and president of the Cum Laude Society. He is also a frequent participant in school and community theater productions. Ashton, a boarding student from Hot Springs, Ark., began SAS as a day student in eighth grade. She is a member of the school’s varsity mountain biking, swim, and tennis teams and is a member of the school’s Honor Council.
Reishman in Best of Tennessee A bowl by clay instructor Claire Reishman was accepted to The 2016 Best of Tennessee Craft Exhibition at the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University. The exhibition celebrates and showcases the finest contemporary and traditional craft in Tennessee, providing public visibility and recognition for the quality and diversity of craft found throughout Tennessee.
2016 Phoenix Dedicated to Susan Core The 2015-16 yearbook staff dedicated the 2016 Phoenix to outgoing teacher Susan Core in honor of her 42-year career at SAS. The dedication began: When we first began Homer’s Odyssey in freshman English, few of us realized how rare it was to be in the presence of such a teacher. Older students had told us how magical it was to be in Susan Core’s class, but for some of us, it wasn’t until we heard her read a Shakespeare sonnet aloud, perched on her stool near the corner that we understood. We were fourteen, torn between freshmen excitement and adolescent apathy, but in her class, we learned to feel like students in the purest sense of the word—intelligent, curious, and full of awe… Testimonials from past students included this from Richard Hefley StA ’81: “Okay, I admit it. I had a crush on my English teacher. Still do. It was somewhere between the Shakespeare sonnets and her description of a dream where she described a mangy dog standing on a half-shell in lieu of Venus (striking the pose as she spoke), that I knew I was hopelessly smitten. It’s liberating to get this off my conscience after all these years. Shall I compare her to a summer’s day?” Susan Core was also chosen to be the 2016 Baccalaureate speaker. Her speech on the importance of clinging to one’s passion may be read at www. sasweb.org/faculty-voices.
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Introducing... Evening Creative Expression This fall also saw the first evening Creative Expression Assembly on Upper School Family Weekend. Held 5-6 times a year during morning Chapel, the assembly is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to share their many talents. This was an excellent opportunity for our larger community to enjoy one of our most popular regular events.
First One In
In the spring, the Rev. Drew Bunting ’93, chaplain, introduced a Shrove Tuesday pancake race that is sure to become a new school tradition. This fall, he and the Rev. Molly Short, assistant chaplain, led a Blessing of the Animals. In addition to the expected cats and dogs, we blessed a macaw, quail, rabbits, pigs, and pond scum.
When Director of College Counseling Christine Asmussen comes to chapel with her “magic” wand in hand everyone knows that good news is on the way. The wand made its first appearance for the 2016-17 school year in September when Wyatt Lindlau ’17 received the first college admission for his class with admission to Austin Peay University. Lindlau is a 7-year day student and 3-sport athlete from Monteagle, Tenn.
LAURA CLAY, Dean of Students Almost everyone who has devoted their life to education has a story of that one teacher. For Dean of Students Laura Clay that person was her 9th grade World History teacher. “Mr. Sharrar was creative and funny and made class interesting and intriguing,” explains Dean Clay. He was one of many talented and caring teachers and coaches who influenced and supported Laura. “It was made very clear to me the difference someone can make in your life. I wanted to be that person.” Although Laura has taught courses in history, social studies, and economics, most of her time at SAS is devoted to overseeing student life. It can be a difficult job, but it is one she enjoys. “I love the authenticity of teenagers. I love their kindness, sense of humor, and willingness to listen. I love how they challenge norms and push boundaries. I love how they defend their generation and believe in the future. I love cheering their successes and supporting their missteps.”
These days some of that cheering is coming from courtside as Laura coaches the SAS middle school girls’ basketball team. Over the years, she has coached field hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and track. In 2015, she was named North Carolina Field Hockey High School Association Central Conference Coach of the Year. “Athletics taught me at an early age that success comes from hard work and discipline requires commitment,” Laura reflects. “Winning doesn't define a person or a team but you play to win.” Dean Clay, who holds an MLS from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in history and social studies education from Pfeiffer University, worked with Head of School Karl Sjolund at Salem Academy and jumped at the opportunity to work with him again. “Karl's leadership has always inspired me to be a better person, teacher, administrator, friend and parent.”
ANNEKE SKIDMORE ’05, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid “It's good to be home,” said Anneke Skidmore who returned to SAS this summer to lead the school's Admissions Office. “It is wonderful to be joining the school as Karl Sjolund comes on as head of school. I want to be here for this important chapter in SAS’s history.” Anneke has spent her career working in private school admissions, most recently serving as Director of Summer and Extended Programs and Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Penn. She previously worked in positions of increasing responsibility at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, The MacDuffie School, and Oldfields School. Her admissions recruiting work has taken her to more than 17 countries.
After graduating from SAS, Anneke attended Dickinson College on an ROTC scholarship, and earned a BA in history with a minor in military science. Anneke grew up in nearby Winchester, Tenn. Her three siblings also attended SAS and her mother, June Skidmore, was admissions administrative assistant for many years. “I want to work to help clarify and broadcast who we are and what we want to be,” said Anneke. “I want everyone who is looking for an outstanding education for their child to know that this is a place that will challenge their child while providing loving support. What SAS has is rare and special and I am excited to be giving more families the opportunity to enjoy all that we have to offer." Spring 2016 · St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Magazine · 9
INSTALLATION OF State Golf Champion Four-time state qualifier Hannah Powell ’17 won the 2016 TSSAA Division II-A State Golf Tournament. Powell’s two-day total of 148 was good for a 4-stroke victory over her nearest challenger. Coach Nancy Ladd noted, “Once Hannah opened up a two-shot lead, she never looked back. There would be no more open doors for anyone to gain an advantage.” Powell was the Divisions II-A runner-up last year. “I felt great through the entire round,” she said at the conclusion of the tournament. “It’s just great to go out this way.”
Yang Returns to State Tennis
Winning Soccer Season
Regional Track Athletes
The 2016 varsity boys’ soccer team posted the most successful season since 1990, finishing with a 5-4 record under coach Harrison Camp. The team was District Runner-Up and made it to the Region Quarter Finals. Sam Smith ’17 was named to the Division II-A East/Middle All-Region Soccer Team, and Smith, Tommy Oliver ’16, Jake Wiley ’16, and Joe McDonough ’18 were named to the All-District Team.
Coach Molly Schaefer ’07 had six athletes qualify for the regional track meet: Christian Taylor ’17 (300m intermediate hurdles), Burton Dorough ’16 (400m); Bailey McLean ’18 (1600m); and Jonathan Miller ’17, Justin Elgouhary ’18, and Sarah Johnson ’18 (shot put, discus).
Class of 2016 Continues to Compete Several members of the Class of 2016 are continuing their athletic careers in college including: Jake Wiley (soccer, Hendrix College), Tommy Oliver (golf, University of the South), Abby Mainzer (wrestling, Oklahoma City University), and Michael Schaerer (track and field, Christian Brothers University).
The 2016 girls’ tennis team posted a 5-5 record under the leadership of captain and second-time State Tournament single’s qualifier Ester Yang ’18 and head coach Kenneth Alexander. Ester was named to the Chattanooga Times Free Press 2016 Best of Preps (third team) for girls’ tennis. The varsity football team played their final home game against Webb School under the lights of the University of the South’s McGee Field. Players and fans look forward to this annual tradition of playing in Sewanee’s Harris Stadium.
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Karl J. Sjolund AS HEAD OF SCHOOL
A Trip to the Big Leagues A photo by SAS parent Buck Butler earned four members of the varsity girls’ soccer team an all-expenses paid trip to Houston for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship in October. Rachel Alvarez ’18, Sarah Simons ’18, Erin Berner-Coe ’17, and Kate Butler ’18 submitted the photo to the #NWSLSquadContest sponsored by Fox Soccer and the NWSL. The students, who are all starting players for the SAS team, rushed to Houston between their own district playoff games.
rom the moment you walked onto campus on Friday, September 23, 2016, you knew it was a special day. If the large tent pitched in front of the Warner and St. Mary’s residential houses was not clue enough, you would have noticed that our students were all particularly well dressed. Excitement was in the air as classes dismissed in early afternoon and the SAS student body, faculty, and staff gathered outside of the Simmonds Building and lined Betsy’s Path. Our chaplains and acolytes were vested. The Right Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee, was with us, as well as a bagpiper whose presence is usually reserved for Commencement and Alumni Weekend.
At 2 p.m., Karl J. Sjolund worked his way through the line as the students and faculty spontaneously offered high-fives, handshakes, and hugs. The installation of the third head of school in the school’s 35-year history was to begin. With the first notes from the bagpipe, the gathering processed to the installation tent where alumni, past parents, and community members waited. Bishop Bauerschmidt celebrated the Eucharist and Mr. Sjolund preached. Members of the community offered gifts that represented every facet of our lives together from copies of the School Prayer and Honor Pledge to a ceramic bowl and athletic jersey. Following the service, refreshments were served under the trees in the Quad—a beautiful day for a beautiful beginning.
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e will continue to remind one another
that, while some blessings The Abridged Installation Sermon from Head of School Karl S. Sjolund
od does not make mistakes. We may wonder why things are the way they are, but don’t ever forget that God knew what He was doing when He made all these things, including you, and God never makes mistakes. When we build our thinking on that truth then it is easier to follow Paul’s encouragement to “not be anxious about anything.” If God is in control and he never makes mistakes, then what is there to worry about? Of course, Jesus said do not worry. Jesus did not say it will be easy. In the Book of Matthew, Jesus says “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Creation is perfect, but life is not always easy.
What does this have to do with St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School? Everything.
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may come to us in the form of gifts, other blessings will
At SAS, we start from the premise that God does not make mistakes, and so we are free to wonder out loud why God does things the way God does. We are free to learn from our Creator. Free to ask questions like “Why did you make this thing this way, God?” Once we acknowledge the source then we are free to delve into those mysteries that God has set before us, the mysteries of math, science, history, language, and art. We are here to discover the marvelous order of God’s creation and to do it together. But it can’t just be about solving math problems and conjugating verbs. It is also about learning how to meet challenges head on and building resolve. Several years ago, I went to see the movie Soul Surfer with my daughters. It is the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack. Despite the injury, Bethany remained determined to pursue her dream of becoming a world class surfer. And she succeeded. Her story is about overcoming adversity and the importance of attitude, but it is also a story about faith.
come to us as opportuni-
Bethany Hamilton would tell you that the key to whatever success she has enjoyed in life has come as a result of being anchored in the knowledge of God’s promises found in Jeremiah 29:11 (“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord”) and Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through him who gives me strength”), two verses quoted during the movie. My favorite part of the movie is when her father says to her, “Bethany, this isn’t going to be easy,” and her response is, “I’m not looking for easy, Dad, I’m just looking for possible.” That is the same attitude that I see when I watch our students studying for a big test in Bishop Bratton Hall or hear that our soccer players fell behind 2-0 at halftime and staged a second half comeback to win 3-2. None of these things are easy, but, with hard work and the right attitude, they are all possible. Uncovering the mysteries of math and science and language,
building resilience, and learning to work toward what is possible, not just what is easy, these are what we focus on every day at SAS, but there is one more thing that sets this place apart. At SAS, we see the value of serving others. It's been a part of who we are from the very beginning, a tradition of grace and generosity. To make sure that continues we will continue to remind one another that, while some blessings may come to us in the form of gifts, other blessings will come to us as opportunities, like the chance to make a difference in the life of someone else. We are a school that understands that God does not make mistakes. We are a school where students accept a more challenging workload in a culture that often seeks the path of least resistance. We are a school that is always looking for opportunities to be blessed by blessing someone else. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something like that?
ties, like the chance to make
a difference in the life of someone else.
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St. Andrew’s Chapel
Karl S. Sjolund, Head of School; The Rev. William S. Wade, former Head of School; and Sarah Lodge, CFO
Ann Tharp and Kent Ballow
n Sunday, September 25, past parent and current dean of Sewanee’s School of Theology, the Right Reverend Neil Alexander, presided over the Rededication of St. Andrew’s Chapel. The rededication followed extensive restoration to the interior and exterior of the building. Many of the more than 450 donors
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Talley Warner Carroll ’88, Doug Warner, and Sandra Warner
were on hand for the service and the celebration that followed. The rededication of the St. Andrew’s Chapel was a milestone event in the life of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee. It brought together members of the SAS community in joyous celebration of the Chapel’s importance both in the history and the future of the school. During the brunch after the service, it was announced that generous donors had contributed $1,350,000 in gifts and pledges for the Chapel's restoration and endowment. This reflects the hard work of a large group
Sister Madeleine Mary of the Community of St. Mary, The Rev. Paul Goddard, and Brother Robert Sevensky of the Order of the Holy Cross
Karl Sjolund and Eunice Colmore, Chair of the Board of Trustees
of volunteers composed of alumni and friends who reached out to donors to fund this important project. The Chapel is the central building on the campus and reflects, as our school prayer states, “past achievements and future hopes accomplished in our midst.” In addition to restoring the building, the campaign provided funds that will be placed into an endowment to ensure the Chapel’s future operation and maintenance. The spring edition of this magazine will provide a final campaign report.
The Rev. Jim Boyd StA ’65 and Doug (SMA ’59) and Nancy Campbell
In thanking the volunteer leadership of the St. Andrew’s Chapel Centennial Campaign, Head of School Karl Sjolund said, “You do not have to be on this campus long to understand that the Chapel is the heart of SAS. Whether it is worshipping together on Monday mornings, sharing announcements on Fridays, pausing to take a rejuvenating and re-centering breath at the Sunday Compline service, or celebrating our athletic victories with the ringing of the bells, we are never far from that sacred space.” Fall 2016 · St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Magazine · 15
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SAS Named One of the South's Most Beautiful High Schools
n early October, Southern Living magazine named St. Andrew’sSewanee School to its list of the South’s Most Beautiful High Schools. SAS was one of just eight schools to make the cut. The information
accompanying the photo of the school’s historic St. Andrew’s Chapel reads, “Set atop the Cumberland Plateau, this picturesque school neighbors Sewanee: The University of the South and offers all manner of academics as
well as outdoor activities. The school— in the Spanish Colonial architectural style—also includes an on-campus lake used as an outdoor biology lab and popular swimming hole.”
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B R OA D E N I N G H O R I Z O N S THE SAS-EMMANUEL C E N T E R PA R T N E R S H I P
n 1989, the Reverend Colenzo Hubbard gathered five young men for a game of touch football and kicked off one of Memphis’s most successful city ministries, Emmanuel Center. Over the years the Emmanuel Center, under the strong and steady leadership of Fr. Hubbard, has provided after school programs, summer camps, career development and business management mentoring, emergency assistance, and food and clothing for those in need. The center has also provided St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School with some of the most remarkable students it has had the privilege to welcome. The Emmanuel-SAS partnership began in 1992 when Fr. Hubbard and the Rev. William S. Wade, then SAS Head of School, conspired to bring Stephane Lacy to SAS for an academic enrichment and outdoor adventure summer program. At the end of the summer Stephane returned home to find she had been offered the opportunity to enroll at SAS for the academic year. “Enrolling at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee has been an extraordinary opportunity for our students,” said Fr. Hubbard. “It is more than just a strong academic foundation; it broadens their perspective of the world.” Fr. Hubbard is very careful about whom he recommends to SAS.
“We wait patiently for the right child. We look for three things:
1) 2) 3)
A willingness to work hard academically; an even temperament; and the support of their family.
“SAS is significantly more academically challenging than the schools where our children are coming from. It is also challenging in that our students need to be able to get along with people from around the world. As for the family piece, the child needs someone who is going to be supportive of the plan through the inevitable homesickness. Funding is always a challenge, but when we find the right child, we always manage to find a way to make it happen.” Indeed, over the years, thanks to the generosity of Calvary Church, the Diocese of West Tennessee, the Schadt Community Outreach Endowment Fund, and numerous private donors, five students from Emmanuel have come to SAS as Fr. Hubbard helps SAS to fulfill its mission “to provide educational opportunities for those students for whom such experiences might not otherwise be available.”
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STEPHANE LACY COLE ’94 met Fr. Hubbard when the Emmanuel Center came into being near the projects where she grew up. The center offered afternoon programs, summer camps, and a youth group for girls that Stephane found particularly valuable. In 1992, Fr. Hubbard offered Stephane the opportunity to attend the SAS summer program. “I arrived to find campers from the Lakota reservation in South Dakota, the Bronx, and Japan. We worked intensely on our writing and produced a magazine at the end of the summer. I loved it!” When Stephane returned to Memphis, Fr. Hubbard told her that she had been invited to return to SAS for the school year. “My mom was hesitant to let me go because we are a close knit family, but the Episcopal community here offered their encouragement and support.” When Stephane returned to SAS she was surprised to find that the academic year community lacked the diversity that she had experienced in the summer. “I had attended summer programs
before where I was a minority, but I had never looked at the prospect of being the only person who looked like me for a whole year! I also went from being one of the smart kids in my school in Memphis to getting my first C. I cried every night and begged to come home.” Fr. Hubbard made her a deal: see it through until Christmas and, if she was still unhappy, he would not pressure her to return. “By Thanksgiving I had fallen in love with the Mountain and had found my place! My mind was being stretched in ways that I had never imagined.” Stephane loved the personal interaction she had with her teachers at SAS and being in a small community where discovering herself and what she stood for was more important than finding a group to fit into. After graduating, Stephane attended Stephens College for Women and went on to earn a BA in political science from the University of Memphis, an MA in Christian counseling from Liberty University, and a doctorate in ministry from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. She currently teaches life skills to women in prison and rehabilitation and runs a private Christian counseling practice. In the summer she travels to Kenya as part of a mission that serves young girls. She and her husband, Carlos, have two children, Taylor, who is a junior at University of Memphis, and Steven, a high school senior. “The Emmanuel Center and SAS sowed the seeds of success in me, but, more importantly, they planted in me the desire to be a Christian woman, a wife, mother, and minister,” Stephane reflected. “Those experiences changed my life.”
LATASHA MARTIN ’98 was a superstar of campus involvement at SAS. She served as a proctor, Blue & Gold Guide (now known as the SAS Ambassadors) and acolyte. She participated in volleyball and track and was captain of the basketball team. She earned the Coaches’ Award in two sports and received a sportsmanship award from the WNBA. She also sang in the chorus. And, she managed all of this while staying on the Dean’s List. As a student, Latasha was asked why she was willing to leave her friends and family in Memphis to come to SAS, “It’s important for me to work hard and get a good education. The small classes at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee have helped me to learn more than I would have in my school back home.” Following graduation, Latasha received her BS in nursing from Union University. She is a registered nurse with Methodist Healthcare in Memphis.
TORLISA JEFFREY ’02 began attending afterschool and summer programs at the Emmanuel Center in elementary school. “The center provided an opportunity to continue learning in a positive and encouraging environment,” she explained. Torlisa especially appreciated the “scholarship tours,” a reward for students who maintained a high grade point average. She remembers trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and her first trip to Washington, D.C. “Fr. Hubbard would tell us, ‘If you can see it, you can achieve it,’ and he worked hard to expose us to experiences beyond the immediate neighborhood and beyond Memphis.” The opportunity to attend SAS was another one of those experiences for exposure. Torlisa appreciated being taken to a new level of academic expectation and learning to live in a community made up of people with very different backgrounds.
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Her first year of college was an easier adjustment because she had already learned to adapt to a new community, “That experience set me on a path that allowed me to do well at everything that came after. The Emmanuel Center and SAS gave me the opportunity to see possibilities that my peers in my neighborhood couldn’t see.” Torlisa received her BA in computer science and Africana Studies at Wellesley College and went on to work as a software developer for Lehman Brothers and Barclay’s Capital. She returned to school to earn her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and worked as a senior consultant at Deloitte. She is currently product implementation architect for Knewton, an adaptive learning company, and co-founder and “marketing maven” of My Muse Dolls, a company that designs, manufactures, and sells multicultural dolls. “Having experienced firsthand the power of positive role models,” said Torlisa, “I am passionate about mentorship and youth empowerment.” BRITTANY “BEBE” WEBB ’11 was one of the students Torlisa helped to mentor. When she heard that BeBe would be attending SAS, Torlisa offered to be BeBe’s helper and guide. The two became great friends and continue to share life advice. Currently, Torlisa is helping BeBe to set up a website for her Memphis-based business. Following graduation from SAS, BeBe started a degree in government and criminal justice at the University of Alabama. She found her interests changing and decided it might be best to take some time off while she figured out exactly what she wanted to study. She returned to Memphis to work part time for the Emmanuel Center and launched a cake decorating business, BeBe’s Sweet Tooth. Three years into her business she is looking for a storefront and completing a degree in business administration. “My mom worked at the Emmanuel Center, and I grew up there,” explained BeBe. Over the years, through the cen-
ter’s scholarship tours, BeBe travelled to almost every state in the union. She also visited SAS when her parents would come up to visit Stephane and Torlisa. BeBe was attending private school in Memphis when she informed her mom that she wanted to go to SAS. “At first my mom said no. ‘Why do you think this is a good opportunity for other people but not for me?’ I asked her.” BeBe’s mother relented, first allowing her to attend SAS’s summer Mastering Skills and Mountains program and then allowing her to enroll for the school year. Like Stephane, BeBe thought she might have made a mistake, but when she told her mom that she wanted to come home, her mother told her “No, you’re staying.” BeBe is glad she did. “SAS taught me so much about balancing school and a social life, about managing money and my time. I’m really grateful that I had that preparation before I went to college.” KENNETH THOMAS ’17 spent every afternoon between fourth and seventh grades at the Emmanuel Center working on his homework, studying the Bible, and playing basketball. “When I was in fifth grade,” Kenneth recalled, “I and a few other boys were called into Fr. Hubbard’s office. I thought we were in trouble. He sat us down and told us that he’d been looking at our report cards and thought
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that we had the potential to be true scholars and to be successful in better schools. That’s how I ended up at St. George’s School and St. George’s led me to SAS.” Before Fr. Hubbard came into Kenneth’s life, Kenneth believed that there were only two routes to being successful, being a rapper or playing professional basketball. “In Fr. Hubbard I saw a man who grew up in circumstances similar to mine and who had built a nice life for himself through education.” Kenneth is a four-year boarder and an honors student at SAS. He is a member of the football team, a basketball MVP, and is a member of the SAS Vocal Ensemble. He hopes to major in communications and sports management in college and dreams of becoming general manager for a professional team. “Many of my friends took the Emmanuel Center for granted. Fr. Hubbard expected us to work hard while we were there and not everyone liked that. But all that work and mentoring really helped. I will always be grateful for the doors that Fr. Hubbard, the Emmanuel Center, and SAS opened for me.” The Rev. Colenzo Hubbard will be this year’s Bishop Reynolds Forum speaker. Make plans now to join us on Sunday, March 5, for this special event. Learn more about the Emmanuel Center at www.emmanuelcentermemphis.org.
2016 Board of Trustees L-R FRONT ROW Head of School, Karl Sjolund Eileen Sims Lee Ann Backlund Jim Ashurst ’94
L-R SECOND ROW Maria Campbell Bruce Baird SMA ’69 Sheila Ward ’87 Ben Beavers SA ’81 Louie Buntin
L-R THIRD ROW Margot Burns Will Beard ’86
L-R FOURTH ROW Alex von Hoffmann George Myers SA ’74 Martha Warren StA ’82 David Allen StA ’77
L-R FIFTH ROW Margaret Woods Harry H. Root IV ’87 Richard Fletcher
L-R BACK ROW Alec Moseley Eunice Colmore John Wheeler ’83 The Rev. James R. Boyd StA ’65
NOT PICTURED: Robert M. Ayres, Jr., The Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt, Stephen W. Burnett, Martha Rhodes McLendon ’93, Rondal Richardson, Rich Westling
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enior year is all about preparing for transitions, including the transitions from student to alumnus and from receiver of SAS support to giver. In an effort to educate the Class of 2017 about the importance of philanthropy and giving back to SAS, the Alumni and Development Office implemented a yearlong giving campaign for seniors this year.
Following a fall retreat discussion of philanthropy and the importance of giving back to SAS, each senior received an SAS mason jar bank. Seniors are encouraged to drop spare change into their jars throughout the year. At the end of the year, seniors will donate the change in their jars to the SAS Fund to support the annual scholarship fund. The Alumni Council has agreed to match the senior class donation up to $500. I am filling up my jar because I love SAS. Saving my spare change was a habit that I already had and it was easy to commit to donating to SAS because I know firsthand the good work that they do. —Evelyn Seavey ’17 Please join our seniors and Alumni Council in giving to the SAS Fund to ensure teachers and students will have the resources to do their best work.
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Faculty and Staff
John Jarrell died August 3, 2014 in Shelbyville, Tenn. He taught history and aerospace studies at SMA from 1972-1976. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jarrell.
Marvin M. Sotsky SMA ’41 died on May 22, 2016. He was born in Louisville, Ky., and was a graduate of The Citadel and a Phi Alpha Delta graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. He was a member of the Armed Forces stationed in Manila, where he supervised restoration and operation of the Army Exchange Service. Mr. Sotsky was part of the 100th Airborne Division and discharged at the rank of Captain. He was admitted to the bar in 1953 and was general counsel to the Kentucky Housing Corporation and contract counsel to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Louisville and American Bar Associations and a member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun and The Temple. Mr. Sotsky was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Klein Sotsky. He is survived by two daughters; grandchildren; and his special friend, Mutzie Perellis.
Robert Winfield Simpson passed away unexpectedly on February 24, 2016. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, he started his teaching and coaching career at Northville Public Schools in Michigan where he led undefeated seasons in junior high girls’ basketball and in football, and, from 1970 to 1980, coached the varsity tennis team to six league championships with an overall record of 125-30. He taught and developed courses in history, geography, and Afro Asian Studies. He was a member of the Metro Detroit Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a charter member of the First and Ten Club. He served his community as a youth coach, a lay leader at his church, and as a member of the Leland Country Club. In 1988, he and his family came to SAS where Coach Simpson taught history and geography and coached cross country, basketball, tennis, and football. Under his leadership the 1989 cross country team won the Mid State Championships, the tennis team achieved a 110-12 record, and the 1992 football team went 9-0, the winningest football team in the school’s history. He served as athletic director from 1992 to 1994. In 1994, he returned to Michigan to become dean of students and head of summer programs, teach history and government, and coach basketball for the Leelanau Schools. In 1999, he moved to Trout Lake, Mich., where he served as Township Trustee for twelve years and was an active community volunteer. His concern for the safety and welfare of his family, students, and athletes was untiring. He will be remembered for his zest for life, great humor, and integrity, for teaching and coaching to always give one hundred percent, and his larger-than-life booming voice. Coach Simpson is survived by his wife, Laury; son, Tom Simpson ’91; daughter, Stefanie Simpson Smith ’93; grandchildren; and extended family.
James McClure, Jr. SMA ’42 died on July 8, 2016 after a brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of Sardis, Miss. After his freshman year at the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, he received his appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduated in 1946, and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers as Second Lieutenant. He was stationed in Germany as part of the U.S. Army of Occupation after World War II. In 1953, he then graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law with distinction. His law school honors included President, Chairman of the Honor Council, Chairman of the Moot Court Board, head of his legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He served as a Mississippi State Senator from 1952-1956 and chairman of the Mississippi Commission on Interstate Cooperation. After retiring from the Mississippi Senate, Mr. McClure was a partner with McClure and Shuler for more than 60 years. He served as Sardis City Attorney and was a member of the Mississippi and Panola County Bar Associations of which he was past president, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church Mission Committee, 75 Club
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of Jackson, Lion’s Club, American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars. He was President of the Ole Miss Alumni Association and was inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame in 2007. Mr. McClure was preceded in death by his wife, Angele Kazar. He is survived by his four children; grandchildren, including Justin McClure ’14; and extended family. John S. “Jack” Bailey, Jr. SMA ’44 passed away August 12, 2016. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, he graduated from Marietta College and served in the Army at the end of World War II. He earned his law degree in 1951 from Washington and Lee University, where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Mr. Bailey began his law practice in New York City and then moved to Parkersburg, W. Va., eventually forming Early, Bailey, Pfalzgraff. He won the Parkersburg Country Club golf championship several times and competed in West Virginia state and senior amateur championships. In 1997, he and his wife moved to North Carolina to enjoy retirement. He is survived by his wife, Sara Starcher Bailey; four daughters; and extended family. Amiel W. Brinkley, Jr. SMA ’45 passed away on April 23, 2016. He was born in Memphis and lived most of his life in Mobile, Ala. Affectionately known as “Brink”, he served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from MIT in chemical engineering, and worked for 27 years in research at International Paper Company. He served as junior and senior warden at Christ Church Cathedral. He also served on the boards of the National Council on Alcoholism, the Southwest Alabama Council on Alcoholism, the Education Council of MIT, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the United Fund of Mobile County, the Alabama Math and Science School Foundation, and was chairman of the board of Julius T. Wright School for Girls. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katharine Hamilton Brinkley. He is survived by three children, grandchildren, and extended family. Hunter McDonald Hicks, Jr. SMA ’45 passed away on May 17, 2016. Born in Chattanooga, he spent his early years in Cuba, where his father was an executive with the Cuban American Sugar Company. He served in the U.S. Army during
World War II and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1951. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Mr. Hicks owned and operated Hicks Tractor Company in Athens, Tenn., and was an executive in the hosiery industry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jack Marks Hicks, and is survived by three sons; grandchildren, including Hunter M. Hicks IV ’00; and extended family. LeBrun N. “Buck” Smith StA ’46 died on April 17, 2016 in Destin, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and will be profoundly missed by those who knew him. He was a good friend to many and enriched the lives of all who met him. A. Dallas Albritton SMA ’46 died Oct. 1, 2016. Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he grew up on a farm in Quincy, Fla., and in Tallahassee. He attended Florida State University in the first co-ed class, earning an MS in public administration. An avid aviator, he served in the U.S.A.F. and was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base. He returned to Tampa to practice law after graduating from Yale University. During a legal career that spanned over 50 years, Mr. Albritton was a mayoral candidate, assistant state attorney, counsel for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and president of the Junior Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the HCBA Senior Council. In 2000, he was recognized with the Herbert G. Goldburg Outstanding Lawyer Award. He was a founder and president of Agape Evangelistic Mission, Inc. Mr. Albritton was a prolific writer, a voracious reader, and a storyteller. He is survived by his wife, Grace; four children; grandchildren, stepchildren, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his first child. William Rivers Bell, Jr. SMA ’46 died June 7, 2016. He was born in El Paso and grew up in Baton Rouge. He attended Louisiana State University, earning a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA. He was a member of Sigma Nu social fraternity and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Phi, and Beta Sigma Phi honor societies. After completing his MBA, he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts. He returned to Baton Rouge to start his career with
Esso/Standard Oil, now Exxon. Mr. Bell retired from Exxon in 1992 after 36 years. A promotion brought the family to Houston where he resided for the remainder of his life. Mr. Bell supported his wife’s leadership in the Girl Scouts and his sons’ involvement in Boy Scouts and served as president of St. John Vianney’s Parish Counsel. Upon retirement he volunteered for the Executive Service Corps of Houston and United Way’s Target Hunger. He also was very involved in supporting higher education through philanthropy at LSU and sponsored two Catholic priests through ordination in India. He was preceded in death by his wife, Letitia. He is survived by five children and extended family. Henry Hughs Farmer, Jr. SMA ’46 died December 23, 2015. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in chemical engineering, and worked with Ashland Oil & Refining Company in Ashland, Ky., and Laclede Gas Company in St. Louis, Mo. He participated in jail and prison ministries and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Henderson, Ky. An accomplished classical pianist, he enjoyed the performing arts and helped to start a community chorus and children’s ballet program. Mr. Farmer is survived by several cousins. Col. Harry Warner Lombard, SMA ’47 died Oct. 13, 2016. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1951 and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He served in Korea and Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Army after 26 years. He joined Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas in New York City and, in 1978, was assigned as project manager on the construction of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He retired in 1997 and moved to Gadsden, Ala., in 2002. Col. Lombard served as chairman of the Middle School Builders Club, in his church, and on the boards of Darden Rehabilitation Center, Episcopal Day School, and the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Military Officer’s Association, and the Old Goats and the Supreme Court Coffee Club. He is survived by his wife, Marcie McCorkle Lombard; three children; grandchildren; and extended family.
Peter M. Rudolph SMA ’47 died September 27, 2016. Mr. Rudolph attended the University of Arkansas and the University of the South. After leaving Sewanee, he served with the Louisiana Air National Guard during the Korean War, finishing his duty in New Mexico. He and his wife settled in Gurdon, Ark., where he assumed co-ownership of Rudolph’s Hardware Store. After selling the store, Mr. Rudolph became a property developer, building houses and bringing the first supermarket to Gurdon. He played a leadership role in attracting industry and promoting business opportunities. In 1969, he was elected to represent Clark County as a delegate to the 1970 Arkansas Constitutional Convention. He received a Bachelor of Law degree from LaSalle University in 1970. He served as president of the Clark County Bank of Gurdon and was elected mayor in 1982, serving a four-year term. He served several terms on the board of the Gurdon Public School System. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charles Sue Sparks. Survivors include four sons: four grandchildren, including Michael Scott Rudolph ’12; greatgrandchildren; and extended family. William L. Atkins, Jr. SMA ’48 died April 17, 2015. Mr. Atkins was a resident of Shreveport, La., most of his life. He attended Centenary College where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and played baseball for the Centenary Gents. He lived for a number of years with his family in Dallas where he worked in the Finance Credit Departments of American Petrofina and J. C. Penney. Mr. Atkins was preceded in death by his wife, Gail Daniels Atkins. He is survived by four children, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Thomas Norman Nicholson III StA ’48 of Mansfield, Texas died on April 10, 2016 following a long illness. Born in Decherd, Tenn., Mr. Nicholson attended the University of the South. After working in Atlanta, he served in the Tennessee National Guard for several years while working for the Burroughs Corporation. He moved several times to pursue his career in management, living in Chicago; Madison, Wisc.; Tampa; Laurel, Md.; and Fort Worth. He retired in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Nicholson;
three children; grandchildren; and extended family. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty. Charles W. Rex SMA ’48 died on July 3, 2016. He was born in Orlando, Fla., and resided in Winter Park, Fla. and Scaly Mountain, N.C. He attended the University of Florida and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was manager of Davenport Sand Co. and Charles Rex Construction Co. and president of Rex-McGill Investment Co. Mr. Rex was a past president of the Central Florida Home Builders Association and director of Orlando Savings and Loan Assoc. As chairman of the Florida Turnpike Authority, he extended the Florida Turnpike from Miami to Homestead and was instrumental in the legislation to build the Beachline and East-West Expressway. He was vice chairman of the Florida Board of Business Regulation and chairman of the Orange County Civic Authority during one of the early Citrus Bowl expansions. Mr. Rex was a co-founder of Lake Highland Preparatory School, board member of the Orlando YMCA and the Salvation Army, and was on the vestry of St. Luke’s Cathedral. He is survived by his wife, Sammie S. Rex; four children; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Weldon McInnis SMA ’51 died April 29, 2016. Mr. McInnis attended LSU where he was a cheerleader. He owned a car dealership during his long and productive career and had a passion for fishing and the out-of-doors. He is survived by four sons, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his second wife, Jacqueline Jenkins McInnis. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lessie. Peter M. Horn, Sr. SMA ’52 passed away June 16, 2016. He was born in Bessemer, Ala., the youngest of three sons, all of whom entered the Episcopal priesthood. He graduated from the University of the South and Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained Deacon, and served as Curate of St. Paul’s in Mobile, Ala. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962. He was priest in charge of Emanuel Church in Opelika and St. Matthew’s-in the Pines in Seale; rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Jacksonville, Fla.; rector of Trinity Church in Bessemer; interim associate rector of the Church of the
Nativity in Huntsville; and associate rector of St. Stephen’s in Birmingham from 1988 until he retired in 2004. He was known for his compassion, kindness, humor, and emphasis on outreach. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Forrester Horn; four children; grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Maj. L. M. Hull StA ’52 of Tullahoma, Tenn., died on July 3, 2016. Maj. Hull received his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for over 25 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He attended First United Methodist Church. Maj. Hull is survived by three sons and two grandsons. J. Findley Robbins, Jr. SMA ’52 of Knoxville, Tenn., died July 14, 2016. He attended the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State College and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and as an Auxiliary Commander with the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Findley retired from Robert-Shaw Controls and is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons; grandchildren; and extended family. Lt. Col. Thomas I. McKinstry SMA ’53 died June 1, 2016. He graduated from Spring Hill College and received an ROTC army commission. He completed Basic Infantry Officer and Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Ga., and served over two years as an infantry platoon leader and airborne path finder. He completed pilot flight training and served in West Germany, Vietnam, and Thailand, flying over 300 combat assaults while serving as a unit commander and test pilot. He was a distinguished graduate of the Command and General Staff College and earned a master’s degree in psychology and counseling from the University of South Alabama. Col. McKinstry’s military decorations include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal with 28 oak leaf clusters, the Army and Navy Meritorious Unit Citations, and five Combat Campaign Ribbons. Col. McKinstry taught Junior ROTC in the Mobile County Public School System for over 12 years, was awarded Teacher of the Year, and is credited with helping his students obtain nearly 100 college scholarships. He and his wife held leadership
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positions in the Cursillo movement and many other diocesan and parish activities. Col. McKinstry is survived by his wife, Lynn (Lucy Lurline) Foote McKinstry; two daughters; grandchildren; greatgrandchildren, and extended family. William Bradnock David StA ’62 died on September 5, 2015. He graduated from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. He was partner with Black & David Homes for 32 years and was a member of numerous professional organizations as well as The Sons of the American Revolution, First United Methodist Church of Marietta, Ducks Unlimited, and Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society. He is survived by his wife, Marcelle Black David; one son; grandchildren; and extended family. E. Charles Grover, Jr. SMA ’62 of Winchester, Tenn., passed away June 23, 2016. Mr. Grover served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the owner of Grover’s Cabinet Shop and was an avid fisherman. Mr. Grover is survived by his daughter and son; a sister; and three grandchildren. James “Davis” Drane Mauldin, Jr. StA ’64 of Sewanee died on April 14, 2016. Born in Memphis, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He served in Vietnam and was a commander in the Naval Reserve. He is survived by his wife, Alexis; two daughters; two stepchildren; grandchildren; and his siblings, including Christopher Mauldin StA ’67 and Stephen Mauldin StA ’70. Dale Gibson Wright SMA ’65 died on June 3, 2016. He was an avid long distance runner and was a scuba instructor in his youth. He graduated from Randolph Macon College and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy and Joint Staff. During his Navy career, Mr. Wright was stationed in England, Iceland, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to Florida in 2010, he resided in Alexandria, Va., where he worked for AT&T after retiring from the Navy. Dale is survived by his former spouse, Judith Stoudemire Wright; his older brother; and extended family.
Julius S. Smith III StA ’66 died January 29, 2016 in Palm Harbor, Fla. He was a native of Charleston, S.C., and spent most of his professional life in the real estate business. He was the author of The Salesman’s Pocket Bible, an instructional manual of the powers of persuasion and diplomacy. After retiring, he became senior licensed coordinator for National Cremation Society in Florida. Mr. Smith served his country during the Vietnam War and was a decorated Marine Corps veteran. He was president of the Florida chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution and governor for the Florida chapter of the Jamestown Society. He is survived by his two daughters; one grandson; and extended family. James L. Begbie SMA ’67 died March 11, 2016. He graduated from Louisiana Tech where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He became the third generation owner of the family business, Begbie Florist, the oldest and largest florist in Shreveport, La. Active in local civic and social organizations, he was especially proud of his work with the Holiday In Dixie Festival. As president in 1983, he visited every public school to promote field days. He was actively involved with the Open House and Annual Air Show at Barksdale Air Force Base. Mr. Begbie served on the Shreveport Metropolitan Planning Commission, including one year as chairman. He opened Benedict’s Restaurant in Shreveport and restaurants in Colorado Springs and Denver, claiming the Denver Master Chef title. He served as executive chef for Lufthansa Airlines’ Sky Chefs and as chef for the Waterford Senior Community. He is survived by his wife, Vicci; one son; one brother; and one niece. Stephen R. Lare StA ’70 died May 3, 2016 in Avon Park, Fla. He was born in Reading, Penn., and lived in New York until 1978. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later owned and operated his own business. Mr. Lare is survived by his daughter, grandchildren, and siblings. Steven Lawrence Massey StA ’70 passed away March 31, 2016. He spent his early years in West Palm Beach before moving
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to Sewanee while his father completed seminary. He earned a degree in political science from the University of South Florida. He worked as a stock broker for Dean, Witter, Reynolds in Tampa and as a trust officer for Sun Bank of Ocala, Fla. He was promoted to senior vice president and trust officer for Citizens and Southern National Bank of Winchester, Va., and worked as vice president and trust officer for Whitaker Bancorp and State National Bank of Franklin, Ky. In 1999, he joined state government, working as an economic development specialist for the Department of Community Affairs and grant administrator for the Department of Financial Services. Mr. Massey was a member of several Rotary Clubs. He is survived by his wife, Floride Reedi Massey; his parents; his sister; and his brother, Scott Massey StA ’74. Max Weaver SA ’72 passed away on July 12, 2015. Born in Louisville, Ga., he is survived by wife, Mary Elizabeth Meb Weaver; two sons; a granddaughter; and a sister. Trudi F. Mignery LaFon SA ’73 died on July 11, 2016. Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, she grew up in Sewanee, and was a graduate of London’s Hornsey College of Art. She worked as a graphic artist in the Charleston, S.C. area for many years. Ms. LaFon is survived by her son; her sisters Diana Mignery Brown SMS ’64, Suzanne Mignery SMS ’68, and Christine Mignery Mansfield SMS ’68; and extended family. Services and interment were held in Sewanee in September. Jeff D. Sluder SA ’75 formally of Newport, Tenn., died on July 24, 2016. Mr. Sluder is survived by his son, granddaughter, and extended family. Jamie Hans SA ’76 died on June 3, 2015 in Atlanta, where he had lived for the past 25 years. He was a native of Pass Christian, Miss., and grew up sailing and playing tennis. He attended Coast Episcopal High School and was a graduate of DeVry Technical Institute. He is survived by his son and siblings. Peter F. Stuart SA ’77 died October 18 at his home in Lincoln, Ala. He worked for more than 30 years as
a carpenter and master carpenter in the Birmingham area and spent a great deal of time working with stained glass and antique clock repair. Mr. Stuart was an active member in the Holy Cross Trussville Men’s Bible Study and a third-year member of Education for Ministry (EFM) in Jacksonville, Ala. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church for the Deaf where he served as videographer of the live stream services and the DVD ministry. He and his wife were foster parents for the Talladega County Department of Human Services. He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Marianne D. Stuart; one son; nine stepchildren; several grandchildren; and three sisters, including Rebecca Stuart StA ’75, Mary Stuart Turner SA ’79, and Margaret Stuart Andrews ’84. Robert Sullivan Keele SAS ’85 of Nashville, Tenn., died on September 29, 2016. An avid athlete, he played on the SAS tennis, baseball, and football teams, and, while a student, wrote the legend of the Sewanee Angel. Mr. Keele earned a degree in anthropology from Connecticut College. He served as construction manager for large firms specializing in residential complexes. In addition to his parents, Bob and Karen Keele of Sewanee, Mr. Keele is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Phillips; his sister, Laura Quinn ’87; his former wife, Lisa Rust Keele; three children; a step-daughter, and extended family, including aunt, Leah Rhys, former St. Andrew’s faculty member. A memorial service took place on November 19 at Otey Memorial Parish in Sewanee. Roland Arthur Knoll SAS ’85 died on August 11, 2016. After graduating from the University of the South, he entered the restaurant business in Atlanta before moving to Boone, N.C., where he opened the successful Black Cat Burrito restaurant. Since that time he was owner of Lucky Otter, Nine Mile, and Nine Mile West restaurants in Asheville, as well as Trailhead restaurant in Black Mountain, N.C. He is survived by his mother, Ursula Knoll, his wife, Paige, his two sons, his brother, Martin Knoll SA ’78; his sister, Karin Knoll ’83; and extended family including sister-in-law Marion Knoll, SAS Head of Middle School; and nephew Zolon Knoll ’21.
Molly Meiring SAS ’95 died July 29, 2016 in Tampa, Fla. Born in Sewanee, she received her RN at Trident Technical College and her BS in Social Work from the University of South Florida. She was employed by WestCare Gulf Coast Florida. Ms. Meiring was a brilliant, delightful person who brought much joy to all who knew her. She is survived by her son, Jayden; her mother, Cristina Meiring SMA ’70; her father and stepmother; her brother, Joseph Meiring ’98; her grandmother Marilyn Powell; and extended family, including uncles David Powell SMA ’66 and Mark Powell StA ’77 and aunt Dorian Powell Slate SMA ’69.
Death Notices Stewart White StA ’37 died May 10, 2012. James C. Henning SMA ’43 died March 25, 2016. T. David Hill SMA ’51 died September 13, 2011.
Mary C. Wise Garner SMS ’53 died June 11, 2014. Elliott M. Mackey SMA ’58 died July 15, 2016. George W. Hopkins II SMA ’64 died summer 2016. Andrew I. Revie SMA ’66 died March 31, 2016. Patricia Ann Chapman SMS ’67 died Oct. 19, 2013 Frank Robertson “Bobby” Tinnon, Jr. SMA ’67 died July 13, 2003
The Alumni Office makes the best effort possible to publish information as provided to the school or as can be found. Please submit death notices and obituaries to email@example.com.
In the Spring 2016 issue we ran a limited obituary for Coach Bob Simpson due to a lack of information. We heard from many of Coach Simpson’s former players and students. In this issue, with thanks to Coach Simpson’s widow, Laury, we are able to run a full obituary (page 22), as well as offer this remembrance from Doug Allen ’93. Thank you to all who contacted us about making sure that Coach Simpson was properly remembered. – Ed.
AS has a special place in all of our hearts because of the people that made it special and the extra attention teachers and faculty gave to know each student in and out of the classroom. Their guidance and wisdom instilled in us the ability to develop our passions and talents for college and the “real world.” Everyone brought something different to round out our experience, but for me Bob Simpson stood second to none. He welcomed me to campus and challenged me to be a leader in the classroom as well as in athletics. His talent to connect with students, especially in the Class of 1993, built a lifetime legacy for us all. Whether it was leading us to the
only undefeated football team in school history with his own brand of tough love or welcoming us with open arms as part of his extended family, he was special. There’s only a handful of people in life that nudge you in the right direction, despite your best efforts to resist. Hard work, teamwork, and overcoming adversity are traits very few people have the opportunity to learn and embrace at an early age these days. Coach Simpson forced me and countless others to be something bigger than ourselves. He did it with discipline and humor. I can still hear his booming voice on the practice field saying, “It’s
scientifically proven that no one has drowned in sweat!” He knew how to push different buttons for every personality exactly when it was needed. Whether we liked it or not, he made us better people by caring and treating us like family. I’ll never forget him. We are very lucky to have had him and the whole Simpson family in our lives. As a parent, I appreciate the tough love and hope to be half as good of a teacher of sports and life. We loved Coach Simpson and will hold his memory forever. —Doug Allen ’93
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1940s Frank Perry SMA ’46 (left), and Charles McNutt SMA ’46 are pictured with Caroline Graham ’17 at last May’s Honors Day where they presented her with the SMA Class of 1946 Junior Leadership Award. Dr. McNutt explained, “We created the award in 1996 to honor our 50th reunion and to be given to an individual whose ability to lead and inspire others has contributed significantly to the life of the school. The selection is based on the student’s honor, patriotism, selfdiscipline, integrity, comradeship, and responsibility.” Frank and Charles returned two weeks later to celebrate their 70th reunion. Frank is a retired vice president of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems and lives with his wife, Marjorie, in Spanish Fort., Ala. Charles is a retired professor from the University of Memphis and continues his research and writing in anthropology. He lives in Memphis. Gus Weekley, Jr. SMA ’46 wrote, “I just had my 86th birthday and am still working as a 20-year health care attorney after more than 20 years as a surgeon, both in Tampa Fla. I send my best to those who are left.”
1950s Jim Seidule StA ’50 is pictured with Clifton Lewis StA ’74 at the rededication of St. Andrew’s Chapel, for which they both served on the campaign steering committee. Jim, a lifelong educator, has taught at several independent schools including St. Andrew’s in the mid-70s where he also served as assistant headmaster; Virginia Episcopal; St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson, Miss.; and most recently Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach, Miss., where he served as interim headmaster in 2009. Upon retiring, he moved to Florida where he lives in The Villages. Clifton is a thoracic surgeon in Birmingham, Ala., where he lives with his wife, Anne. He received the SAS Distinguished Alumni award in 2015. Lloyd Spivey SMA ’53 and his wife Mary visited campus on their way to see their daughter in Chattanooga. Lloyd said that it had been 13 years since he was on the Mountain. He enjoyed seeing the SMA archival items in the Spencer Room. A retired attorney, he and Mary live in Canton, Miss.
Hubert Bramblett StA ’56 also stopped by campus on his way to visit his daughter and grandson in Chattanooga. He has retired three times: first from the U.S. Navy; then from an auto parts business, which he owned; and in 1999 as an engineer for Mobile Mental Health. He and his wife, Jean, travel extensively. They live in Theodore, Ala.
1960s Bill MacLeod StA ’61 wrote, “I recently visited Machu Picchu, (climbed to the top of both peaks), Lake Titicaca (stayed on a floating island) and took a train trip across Peru, which was a birthday gift from one of my sons. He’d been there before, is fluent in Spanish, and took me all over like a personal tour guide. It was a trip of a lifetime!” Bill and his wife, Pam, live in San Diego, Calif.
Andy Simmonds StA ’61, Henry Hamman StA ’64, and Gary Gibson StA ’66 enjoyed celebrating the Chapel restoration together. Andy served as co-chair for the campaign, a steering committee member, and class gift leader in addition to sending countless letters to St. Andrew’s alumni. Since retiring from Athens Academy, Andy and his wife, Heidi Hangar Simmonds SMS ’61, have been able to travel and be in Sewanee more often. Henry, whose love for the Chapel knows no bounds, served as class gift leader. He lives in Sewanee and owns Creative Services, Inc., with his wife, Kathy. Gary is the proud grandfather of Mitchell Foster ’14 and Meredith Foster ’21, in whose honor he named a Chapel window. Gary and his wife, Susan, live in Decherd, Tenn.
St. Andrew’s alumni are pictured at a get-together in September at the Gatlinburg home of Jack Miller StA ’66 to surprise classmate Louis Partin StA ’66 with the refurbished Sam Partin Blocking Trophy, named for Louis’ father. The SAS alumni office donated the trophy after the group discovered it during Alumni Weekend. Pictured standing behind Louis are are Alan Bill StA ’66, Jack Miller, Sr., Jack, and John Fulmer StA ’66. Alan and his wife Mary traveled from Miramar Beach, Fla., and Louis and John came in from Greenville and Clemson, S.C., respectively. Lon Wyatt SMA ’66 and his wife, Susan, lingered after Alumni Weekend for some hiking and stopped by to donate Lon’s SMA dress uniform and varsity jacket. Lon retired from investment banking seven years ago and bought a sailboat on which they lived and traveled the world. They now are trekking across land to all corners of the continental U.S. Bill Tait StA ’67 is pictured promoting SAS as he posed with professional football hero Michael Oher at a charity football camp. Bill is the director of Beat the Odds, Inc., which sponsors a camp for underserved boys and girls in Batesville, Miss. James Shumard StA ’69 was named interim rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Casper, Wyo. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 in the Diocese of Atlanta. He received his M.Div. in 1985. In 2010 James received his Doctor of Ministry from the Episcopal Divinity School. For the last five years, he has served as rector of St. Michael’s in Waynesboro, Ga. Jim and his wife, Maureen, have two children: daughter, Jamie, and son, Matthew.
1970s Thomas Mucklow StA ’65 and Jim McBride StA ’66 met for dinner at Cacapon State Park in Morgan County, W.Va., and had a great visit catching up after 48 years. They found they both love bicycles and may plan a rails-to-trails trip in the near future. Thomas lives in nearby Martinsburg, W.Va. Jim currently lives in Glen Bernie, Md., but will be moving to Myrtle Beach, S.C., this winter with his wife, Marianne.
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Lee Stockdale SMA ’70 was named as a fellow for the Library of Congress Rare Book Division and spent the summer in Washington, D.C. In April, he enjoyed his acting debut in Calendar Girls in Asheville, N.C., and wrote that, while conceding to a naturally inherent limited emotional range, he believes with more lines (he died in the third scene) he could have explored greater depth of character. He lives in Tyron, N.C. He is the father of Zach Stockdale ’02.
Patrick Gahan StA ’73 is pictured with his wife, Kay, at the St. Andrew’s Chapel Rededication. Patrick served as campaign co-chair and a steering committee member. He participated in the service on Sunday, Sept. 25. He and Kay live in San Antonio, Texas, where Patrick is the rector of Christ Episcopal Church. Robert Lundin StA ’74 is a mental health worker with the DuPage County Health Department as well as a published playwright. Several of his works have had staged readings in Chicago, including Demetia Praecox, The Icon, and The Cornerstone. Robert has hopes of one of his plays being fully produced and is open to any artistic directors or dramaturges being in touch! David Lodge SA ’75 is an internationally recognized conservation biologist, the president of the Ecological Society of America, the founder and former director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, and the new director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. David’s past research in rural Kenya and Zambia identified ways to improve human livelihoods and health, while also providing energy and minimizing environmental impact. While at Notre Dame, he founded two centers and coordinated externally funded research projects totaling $13 million in the last decade and led a formal partnership with The Nature Conservancy. He is the brother of SAS CFO, Sarah Lodge, and uncle of Richard Lodge ’97 and Masey Lodge Stubblefield ’01. Chris Mills StA ’76 married Alice Marie Ray in Asheville, N.C., on July 2, 2016. Several alumni were in attendance including Paul Camfield StA ’75 who served as Chris’s best man, Bill Badger StA ’76, and Will Prioleau SA ’76. Pictured are Chris and Alice with Chris’s daughters, Clare Mills ’10 on the far left, and Reese Mills on the far right; and Alice’s sons, Jack and Kenny Rutland. Chris is a civil rights attorney in Columbia, S.C., Alice is the assistant rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Susan Waldner StA ’77 has relocated from Columbia, S.C., to Dayton, Ohio, where she continues her work as a veterinarian, now with The Scratching Post Cat Hospital in Centerville. Susan is in her third year as a member of the SAS Alumni Council.
1980s Mary Darden StA ’81 married Dana DeMoss on June 2, 2016, in Nashville. Alumni attending the wedding were: Anne Potter Frost StA ’81, Richard Hefley StA ’81, John Houser StA ’81, Teresa Phillips StA ’81, Teresa Outlaw StA ’82, Holly Anderson Kruse ’82, Martha Warren ’82, Beth Jeffrey Gifford ’83, Andy Heister ’84, and David Tharp ’84. Mary is a nurse practitioner with Tennessee Oncology and lives in Nashville, Tenn.
Alumni from the Class of 1983 celebrated their many connections to the Class of 2016. Pictured are Eliza Gooding ’16, daughter of Charles Gooding ’83 (dec.), former faculty member Christi Teasley ’83, Vanessa Moss ’16 with her stepfather Aaron Bridgers-Carlos ’83, Christina Wheeler ’18 with her father John Wheeler ’83, and Rachel Alvarez ’18, Stephen Alvarez ’83, and Joshua Alvarez ’16. Jason Bean ’89 is pictured with his wife, Desi, during a campus admissions tour for their son Colin, who is in eighth grade. Jason and Desi were on the Mountain to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Colin has two siblings, six-year-old Otto and nine-year-old Claire. The family lives in Holcomb, Mo., where Jason owns and operates Bean Farms.
1990s Olivia Kew-Fickus ’90 visited campus in April with her husband, Joe; children, Hannah and Robin; and her mother, Rosemary Kew. The family lives in Birmingham, England, where Olivia is the director of planning at the University of Birming-
ham. After a campus tour, they had lunch with SAS faculty member Claire Reishman and former teachers Susan Core and Sarah Carlos. Olivia is the sister of Lindy Kew Womack ’93, who is a physician living in the Savannah, Ga., area. Lawson Bordley ’91 and his wife, Mary, live in Knoxville, Tenn., where she is an educator and Lawson is a civil engineer with the firm Robert G. Campbell & Associates, L.P. Lawson is pictured at the Knoxville alumni club event with his son, Whit. A licensed private pilot, Lawson gets to the Mountain often and would like to develop an SAS aviation program. Lawson is the brother of Joseph Bordley ’88. Garth Lovvorn ’92 and his wife, Carissa, welcomed their second child, Ella Katherine, on June 23. She joins big sister Isabelle, who is three. This past April Garth and Russ Cannon ’91 connected in Huntsville, Ala., where Garth watched a performance of Russ’s band KOZA. Garth continues to run his landscaping business and assists with service projects for SAS seniors. Doug Allen ’93 lives in Covington, La., with his wife, Caroline, and two children, three-year-old J.D. and Kate, who is 18 months. Caroline is a marine engineer and Doug continues his work as regional vice president of Nationwide Financial. Matt Baird ’97 and wife, Sara, welcomed their second child on June 29, 2016, son, Matthew Whitt Baird. Matt and Sara’s daughter, Caroline, is two. Matt and Sara are both physicians. They live in Greenville, S.C. Sierra Schneider ’97 moved to Julien, Calif., for her new role as the administration director for Camp Stevens, a 256-acre Episcopal summer camp located in the mountains of San Diego County. Sierra most recently worked as the residential life program manager for the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science at UC Santa Cruz. She will return to campus in June 2017 and serve as Reunion Leader for her class. Michael Barker ’98 moved to Connecticut where he is the new managing director at the Westport Country Playhouse. He was the managing director of the Marin Theater Company. At WCP, he will work closely with the theater’s board of trustees, as well as the staff of the artistic, administrative, marketing, development, production, and finance departments, to oversee a $4.2 million annual budget. Michael and his wife, Heidi Hanson, have a two-year-old son.
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2000s Jaime Isobe ’01 married Chao An (Vicky) Kuo on Nov. 12, 2015, in New York and celebrated in January with friends and family in Birmingham, Ala. The couple is also holding a traditional ceremony in Taiwan this November. American Public Television announced that Jaime was the grand prize winner of the Create Cooking Challenge and received a cash prize to finance a 10-episode web series for CreateTV. Jamie, who lives in Brooklyn, is the concert events manager with Stage 48 productions. Alison Fudge McKee ’01 joined the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Botswana, and in May moved to the capital city of Garborone. For the last four years, Alison served as Library Director in Ramstein, Germany. She is pictured with her husband, Sean, on Kgalie Hill in Gaborone. Aggie Wright Stephenson ’01 is pictured at the Chattanooga alumni and friends gathering with her husband, Andrew, and daughter, Sara Emerson. Formerly a fundraising executive with the National 4-H Council, Aggie is now Community Engagement Manager at the Tennessee Aquarium. The family lives in Chattanooga where Andrew is an attorney. Vivian Gray Ramsey ’02 finished nursing school in May and is an RN working in the progressive care unit at an Asheville, N.C., area hospital. She is married to former SAS faculty member Ron Ramsey, who is chair of the science department at Christ School in Arden, N.C. Their daughter, Audrey, started a Spanish immersion kindergarten class this fall. Dubravka Colic Ritter ’02 and husband, Moritz, welcomed their second child in January, a son, Phillip. The family lives in Philadelphia, where Dubravka works for the Federal Reserve focusing on economic modeling. They have one daughter, Lena, who is four. Athena Richardson ’03 has moved from the Baltimore area to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where she is pursuing a master’s in American studies at the University of Alabama.
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Rachel John ’04 will spend the next three years as an internal medicine resident at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She and her husband, Nelson Prado, graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in May. Jason Seymour ’04 lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he is in residency after graduating from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. Jason is the twin brother of John Seymour ’04, who lives in South Florida. Clarissa Dean Frank ’05 and husband, Tim, welcomed their second child, Joseph Dean, on March 21, 2016. He joins his older brother, Daniel, who was born in 2014. The family lives in Washington, D.C. Janet ArmourJones ’05 graduated flight attendant training in October and works with Norwegian Air as a member of their international long haul cabin crew on the Dreamliner. She wrote, “I’m so excited! I had flown Norwegian and thought they were affordable and really nice as a passenger, and as an employer they haven’t disappointed.” Janet is the sister of Sarah Campbell ’06 and Meg Armour-Jones ’09. Francesca Penner ’05 graduated with a master’s in education from Vanderbilt University in May and has moved to Texas where she is pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Houston. Stewart Watts ’05 moved to Nashville, where he works in the residential life program at Fisk University as the manager of the Shane Living Learning Center and as assistant director of residence life and campus services.
Sarah Armour-Jones Campbell ’06 and husband, Jonathan, welcomed their second child, Aaron, on Oct. 3, 2016. He joins big brother, Adam, who is three. In addition to working in real estate with her husband, Sarah is a yoga instructor and landscape painter. The family lives in Chattanooga.
Caroline Russell ’08 married David Pemberton on Sept. 3, 2016. Chelsea Elizabeth Tharp ’09 came from Seattle, to attend the nuptials, joining her sister, Kira Tharp ’12, and Taylor Kavanaugh ’09 to celebrate with Caroline and David. The couple lives in Nashville.
Lauren Swafford Reid ’07 and Pia Vossing ’07 were on campus to shop at the school store during Pia’s visit to Tennessee prior to her return to Germany. Pia is in her final year of medical school and just completed two rotations at Northwestern University in Chicago. She plans to become a pediatric surgeon or gynecologist. Lauren lives in Estill Springs, Tenn., with her husband, Kyle, and is a graduate research assistant at the U.T. Space Institute, where she also studies physics.
Jamell Jones ’08 recently accepted a new position with the Unum Group in Chattanooga. Since graduating from Chattanooga State Community College, Jamell has worked in tech support for Cigna Health Care, Krystal, Catholic Health Initiatives, Dell, and Anthelio Healthcare Solutions.
Hong Seon Kim ’07 is pictured with SAS Spanish teacher Claudia Rinck and Director of College Counseling Christine Asmussen when she visited campus in May. She is a second year doctoral student at Derner Institute of Advance Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and lives in Fort Lee, N.J.
Jon Mallory ’08 wrote, “I will be attending Officer Candidates School in January and upon successful completion, will be offered my commission as a pilot! I am ECSTATIC to say the least and thank God for the opportunity to give it my all, and to give it all back to you. Thank you to all who have supported me.” Jon lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Ally Spaulding ’09 is an admissions representative for Hollins University where she graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in communication studies. At Hollins, she was involved in student government, the Hollins Activity Board, and Near East Fine Arts (NEFA). Returning to work in admissions was a perfect fit for her. She is pictured with Cayla Riehl ’17 during her first trip to SAS as a rep. Ally is the sister of Kamie Spaulding ’11 who lives in Orlando, Fla.
Caldwell Buntin ’09 is working on his master’s in geology at the University of Kansas and stopped by campus before heading out to collect soil samples for his research involving Shakerag Hollow. He talked about his continued use of the soil samples he obtained during his SAS geology class. He is pictured with his father, Louie Buntin, who is a trustee for SAS.
2010s Avery Shackelford ’10 works in marketing and communications for Aceable, the first statecertified mobile app for drivers’ education with fully accredited drivers education courses and learner permit test prep courses in numerous states, including Tennessee. She lives in Austin, where the two-year old company has its headquarters. Avery wrote, “It’s really exciting to be a part of something from the incipient stages and watch it grow quickly.” She is the sister of Sadie Shackelford ’12, Michaela Shackelford ’14, and Tessa Shackelford ’20. Elise Anderson ’12 is in graduate school at the University of Chicago studying clinical social work. She is a research assistant with the school’s social service administration in addition to serving as a domestic violence counseling intern at Family Rescue. She is the daughter of SAS music teacher Katherine Anderson and sister to Will Anderson ’10. She graduated from the University of the South in May.
Camas Gazzola ’12 has moved to Dallas, where she is an HR compliance intern with Southwest Airlines. She graduated this spring from the University of Alabama Huntsville. She is the daughter of Hunt Oliver ’84 and stepdaughter of Patton Watkins ’84. John Henning ’13 is a senior at the University of Florida and the co-founder of an artificial intelligence club at the school. The group teaches students how to build software and computers capable of intelligent behavior since there currently are no AI classes in the curriculum. The club is a sub-organization of the school’s Association for Computing Machinery. Jasmine Render ’14, Alyson Barry ’14 and Ashley Barry ’14 returned to campus in June. All are juniors in college: Jasmine studies communications at the University of West Georgia and is promotions director for their internet radio station; Alyson and Ashley attend Barry College where Ashley is athletics facility assistant and Aly works in the alumni office. They are the daughters of James Barry StA ’77 and sisters of Chelsey Barry ’06 and Megan Barry ’08. Moe Hunt ’15 and his mother, Alake, stopped by campus during Upper School Fall Family Weekend for a quick visit – reinforcing that once part of the SAS community, you are always family! Moe is a sophomore at The University of TennesseeChattanooga and offered to give any interested SAS students a personal tour of the UTC campus.
ALUMNI IN PRINT Four Roads Cross (Tor Books) Max Gladstone ’02 Four Roads Cross, the fifth book in Gladstone’s Craft series, opens a year after the conclusion of his first book, Three Parts Dead. Tara Abernathy is in-house Craftsperson for
the Church of Kos Everburning in the city of Alt Coulumb. Through the efforts of Kos, the moon goddess Seril has been resurrected, but she is a weak goddess in a world driven by Craft. Kos’s creditors intend to use her return to stage a hostile takeover. Meanwhile, the people of Alt Coulumb aren’t happy with the return of a goddess who abandoned them to go fight in the God Wars. Gladstone writes what one reviewer
calls financial and legal fantasy. This tale includes pirates, vampires, mad goddesses, demons, dragons, and student loans. He tackles complex moral subjects within a story that is thrilling, fast-paced fun. NPR has praised Gladstone’s writing as “sharp, original, and passionate,” but don’t take their word for it—you can read the first seven chapters of Four Roads Cross for yourself at Tor.com.
Cookin’ It with Kix: The Art of Celebrating and the Fun of Outdoor Cooking (Thomas Nelson) Kix Brooks SA ’73 Country music icon and radio/TV host Kix Brooks offers over 100 easy-tounderstand recipes for a perfect steak or chop, the proper Southern side dishes,
mouth-watering desserts, and fun drinks and cocktails. With Southern humor and charm, Brooks celebrates the All-American pastimes of tailgating, BBQ, and cooking outdoors, throwing in some treasured family recipes and the stories behind them. Drawing on his Louisiana heritage, recipes include duck gumbo, hot sauces, beignets—even squirrel stew, everything you need to get ready for your next family meal or party.
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SAS Alumni Clubs
March 2017 NYC Theater Event
Nearly sixty people gathered in September at the home of Director of Alumni and Special Events Lizzie Duncan StA ’76 and her husband, Rick, for the SAS Sewanee Alumni Club. The group welcomed new head of school, Karl Sjolund. Hosted by the Alumni Council members who were also attending their fall meeting, it was an important time for everyone to learn more about Karl, his philosophy, and his hopes and dreams for SAS.
Last year the Alumni Council introduced new alumni club programming. Club gatherings have successfully introduced alumni to one another in their cities, creating a common bond of the Mountain legacy. Alumni are encouraged to contact the Alumni Office if they are interested in hosting a club in their area. Since the fall of 2015, alumni have gathered in Sewanee; Asheville, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Columbus, Ga.; Knoxville; New Orleans; and Mobile.
SAS’s second theater soirée is planned for March 9, 2017 in New York City at the McGinn/ Cazale Theater to preview the world premiere of Sundown, Yellow Moon by Rachel Bonds ’01. Directed by two-time Obie winner Anne Kauffman, the play features music and lyrics from the Brooklyn indie-rock duo The Bengsons and additional lyrics by Rachel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the invitation list.
SMA alumni gathered for lunch at the New Orleans Country Club in October (left to right): Tim Graham, host Louis Jung ’64, Robbie Robertson ’58, Joe Young ’57, Karl Sjolund, Lamar McMillan ’62, Bill Nadler ’64, Donald Maginnis ’61, and Baldwin van Benthuysen SMA ’64.
Zoe Petropoulos ’10 and Jenna Lewis ’07 were the first arrivals at last year’s first DC club event.
Asheville’s second club gathering was hosted by Rhea Cravens SMS ’61 in September. Among those in attendance were (clockwise from top left): Rhea, Anne White ’95, Will Rodriquez SA ’73, Leslie Muir ’91, Liz Gilliam Womack ’02, and Monroe Spivey ’04.
At the Sewanee event, left to right, back row: Ben Beavers SA ’81, Paul Steiner ’82, Liz Gilliam Womack ’02, Susan Waldner StA ’77, Malia Carlos ’87, Andrew Wilkinson StA ’79, former teachers Sarah Carlos and Sophia Wentz, Teresa Outlaw StA ’82, Leslie Muir ’91, Christi Teasley ’83, Henry Hamman StA ’64, Tom Taylor SMA ’64 and his wife Susan, Gary Gipson StA ’66, Chelsea Schaerer ’06, Millicent Foreman SA ’74, Martha Warren StA ’82, Susanne Ramseur Cahoon SA ’75, Mary Clark StA ’74, former teacher Phil White, David Clough SMA ’57, Mark Kelly StA ’74. Front row: Karen Barry McCallie StA ’78, Lizzie Duncan ’76, Dee Underhill Hargis StA ’81, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Anneke Skidmore ’05, Karl Sjolund, Assistant to the Head for Special Projects Tim Graham, Bruce Baird SMA ’69, Sonya Robinson StA ’81, Brandon Barry ’03, and Jade McBee Barry ’04.
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Alumni Weekend 2016 ALUMNI WEEKEND 2016 inaugurated the Mountain Alumni Challenge (MA-C). The StA Bicentin-E-Ls narrowly edged out the Oh-Sixers during Friday’s trivia contest, and Saturday’s karaoke extravaganza brought the house down with a song battle between the Oh-Sixers and the 91-ers. Despite being narrowly edged
out by audience vote, Team Oh-Six won the overall challenge. Expect to see a return of the extremely popular trivia and karaoke events in 2017.
Young alumni swept the golf tourney. They are pictured with interim head of school, Judy Chamberlain. FROM LEFT: Andrew Heitzenrater ’15, Tommy Oliver ’16, Judy, Jake Wiley ’16, and Jenna Burris ’14. They won by 8 strokes with two eagles.
ABOVE: Anna Watkins StA ’80 and Christi Teasley ’83 enjoy the company of former faculty member Eugene Ham.
StA ’81 joined forces with the Alumni Council to supply the Hospitality House located at Colmore House with
plenty of refreshments. Many thanks to Beth Meyers Rudder ’99 and the Monteagle Piggly Wiggly for donating cold drinks and snacks. Thanks, too, to our perennial musicians, Herschel Van Dyke ’03 and Chris Behre StA ’77 and yoga instructor Sarah Armour-Jones Campbell ’06.
Sewanee Academy, under the leadership of Melinda Shannon Freels SA ’76 (left), had a record number of alumni attend the weekend—over 40. Melinda is joined here by classmates Beth Sperry and Hilda Vaughan.
LEFT: The Class of 2006 celebrates as inaugural M-A-C champions.
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Jammin' Till the Jam Is Through
Jam Club, the newest addition to the many student-organized clubs and activities on campus, meets weekly to make music together. The club's sponsor is Chaplain Drew Bunting ’93 32 · St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Magazine · Fall 2016
Features include the Installation of Karl Sjolund, Rededication of St. Andrew's Chapel, the SAS-Emmanuel Center Partnership