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Severn THE BRIDGE For Severn Alumni and Friends Winter 2009

Reconnect, Renew, Reunion! Alumni Weekend is May 1-3, 2009


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vintage severn from the 1989 Navigator: front: Alison Richmond; across: Melissa Allen, Blair Lee Meade, Erika Ellerbe, Allison Tate, Amy Stursa, Laura Turowski, Monica Lindsey; kneeling: Ryan Rose; top: Kate Studeman

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Campus News

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Homecoming 2008

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From the Archives

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Distinguished Alumnus, Kenneth W. Weir ’48 & Founders Day Ceremony

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Ridin’ With Biden by Caroline Nyce ’09

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Band of Brothers - Severn ’02 grads, Chris Avery and Ryan Frantz

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Troupe Tuscany - Upper School Music Director, Laurie Hays, reflects on her Earthwatch experience

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Alumni Receptions

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Campus Sports

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Alumni sports

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Class Notes

EDITOR The Bridge is published three times each year. We encourage all of our readers to respond with comments, suggestions and information. Please contact: SEVERN SCHOOL Pamala Heffner, Editor, The Bridge The Boone House 116 Maple Avenue Severna Park, MD 21146 p.heffner@severnschool.com 410-647-7701 ext. 2260 © 2009 SEVERN SCHOOL. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Severn School does not discriminate against any person in admission, employment, or otherwise because of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or age. Severn School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and approved by the Maryland State Board of Education. On the cover: Emma White ’15 (l) and Julia Smith ’15 (r) enjoy their first Saturnalia, the feast with which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of the god Saturn. Middle School Latin teacher, George Yost, has been hosting this feast for 11 years. Saturnalia became one of the most popular Roman festivals, marked by tomfoolery and reversal of social roles in which slaves and masters ostensibly switched places. See more happy Saturnalia faces on the back cover.

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from the headmaster ­­ any given day at Severn, it would not be unusual to hear a student state with excitement, “I got an On A on my test.” While I know it is just a matter of word choice, I’d rather hear, “I earned an A on my test.” There is a subtle semantic difference between “I got” and “I earned” but an important one. “I got” indicates the grade was given with no regard to effort or performance on part of the student. “I earned” embodies the sense that the student, through hard work and dedication, achieved personal success. Why worry about such subtle word choices? In part, because today’s hyper-competitive college admission arena tends to push students into over emphasizing attaining – “I got” – rather then achieving – “I earned” when it comes to grades and leadership positions in schools. Also, although no fault of their own, many adolescents today have not had to bridge the gap, through hard work, between their promise and their performance. The following excerpt from my remarks to the students at our opening day assembly speaks to this dilemma.

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hen you applied to Severn, in spite of you and your parent’s best effort, we did not see perfection when we read your application and met you in the admission process. We saw promise - promise and an ambition to succeed. As we begin this new year it’s the perfect time to acknowledge the opportunity to redefine yourself by setting goals that will lead you to approach your responsibilities differently, more energetically, more broadly. It is a perfect time to either begin to or to continue to create a bridge between your promise – your potential - and your performance. For that is what separates ordinary from extraordinary. I worry about you as a generation, however, and your ability to look in a mirror and make an honest appraisal of your current condition. Why? Because you are part of a feel-good society in which adults are hard pressed to admit to a child that he or she is less than the second coming. You have all been the beneficiaries – and to my mind the victims – of an era in which schools, athletic teams, and arts organizations all want to promote the myth that every child is similarly talented, that every child, all the time, is worthy of praise, reward, and even adulation. How many of you were on teams where everyone received an award? How many of you have participated in a piano competition or some other instrumental pageant and along with everyone else got a trophy? How many of you have worked hard on a project or paper and earned an A, but later came to find out that everyone had received an A? Society has mistaken what people have incorrectly called self-esteem for self-understanding. If you esteem someone you hold them in high regard. We cannot esteem ourselves; legitimate esteem comes from others, and it will come for legitimate effort and for admirable qualities when it is warranted. Please know all of you have my esteem – I hold you and your promise in high regard - but just as we as a school can get better, each and every one of you can get better as well.

Severn is not immune to the consumer approach to education that breeds attaining certain grades and accolades to help position a student in the college process. No school is, nor can any school ignore such pressures given today’s competitive landscape. But by providing an experience that focuses on the whole child and challenges students to reach for their personal best, Severn students learn how to think, how to achieve and how to live. The Severn experience develops the whole person rather than the just the GPA and incrementally takes students from competence to confidence to the independence needed to thrive in today’s rapidly changing world. Severn students will forever exclaim, “I got.” In reality, however, they’ve earned not only the content knowledge to be successful on a particular assessment, but also the wherewithal to achieve and bridge the gap between promise and performance. Go Admirals,

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from the chairman of the board 2008-2009 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mrs. Pamela Hoehn-Saric, Chair Mr. Lee S. Owen, Vice Chair Mrs. Marjorie A. Corwin, Secretary Mr. John R. Soderlund, Treasurer Mrs. Kimberly Corbin Aviles ’79 Mr. John Bremer Mrs. Debbie Chartier Mrs. Carolyn D. Crawley Mr. Michael DeStefano ’84 Mrs. Dianne W. Feldman Mr. Raymond J. Herman Mr. Donald Hug Mr. Gorton Parker (G.P.) Lindsay ’73 Mr. Christopher McCleary Mr. James A. Nolan ’62 Mr. Wilson H. Phipps ’74 Mr. Robert W. Rabbitt ’82 Mr. Robert L. Roth Mr. Steven R. Schuh ’78 Mr. J. Adger Stokes. Jr. Mr. Christopher A. Taylor ‘71 Mr. William F. Utz Mrs. Pamela Drain Waltjen ‘77 Mr. Edward Marcellus Williamson ’80 Mrs. Nancy J. Wooddell Mrs. Liz Mann Carlin ’74, Asst. Secretary Mrs. Julie Pinnix-Fish, Asst. Treasurer HONORARY TRUSTEES Mr. Thomas L. Carter ’53 Mr. H. Franklin Knipp, Jr. Mr. Charles F. Lynch ’44 SEVERN SCHOOL ADMIRALS PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT Mrs. Sharon Blaszczak

The Bridge welcomes Board of Trustees Chair, Pamela Hoehn-Saric, as a contributing writer to our magazine. As the mother of two Severn alumni and a current eighth and eleventh grader, I am honored and privileged to serve as your Board Chair. It is incredibly rewarding to be involved as we begin a series of ambitious strategic initiatives. The comprehensive Strategic Plan strives to continue serving our mission and to ensure that every child is challenged, enriched, inspired and given the foundation for success in their college career and beyond. Excellent classroom instruction which stimulates analytical thought, creativity, and curiosity combined with a wide array of programs in the arts, academics, and athletics define the Severn experience. When you get to the core, however, it’s about teaching and opportunity, teaching that inspires and opportunity for each student to be confident and engaged in his or her individual areas of strength and interest. The teachers are the driving force of the learning experience and the heart and soul of Severn School. It is through their encouragement and guidance, combined with thoughtful, provocative teaching that students thrive at Severn. Each Severn student should experience that magical teacher or teachers who makes each day a joy, who makes him love to come to school, who brings subjects to life, and who makes him truly want to learn. We aspire to give each student that jolt of educational electricity. As William Arthur Ward said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

I have been particularly gratified to see our four children enter Severn as slightly overwhelmed sixth graders and grow into self assured, enthusiastic and competent young adults. Each of our children is unique and to watch them find their own true north through the Severn experience has been incredibly rewarding. Our two older children found excellent colleges for their individual learning styles and aspirations. While at Severn, they both developed passions and expertise through the efforts of great, empathetic teachers. Our two younger children are in the process and will undoubtedly find their own calling. We are incredibly grateful to Severn and to those special teachers who everyday encourage and inspire our children. Still, there is always more to be done. We need to continue to set the bar high. I encourage everyone to read the new Strategic Plan (available on the Severn website). We need your help, we need you to be involved, we want you to demand excellence from us and from your kids. Support us with your ideas, involvement, and with students that love to learn. We want to continue to enhance the Severn experience and I am personally committed to doing what is necessary to achieve the best outcomes for all students and parents. With our combined efforts, every student will become that inspired learner that will look back at his Severn experience as one of the greatest of his or her life.

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LETTERS

The Distinguished Alumni and Veterans Day Ceremonies were a resounding success that brought in many thank you’s and adulations

Marvelous day, thanks so much for having us.  Just a brief note to pass along on Ken Weir.  On the way out of the luncheon, Deb and I stopped to pay respects. He shook my hand and said, “It was good to meet you Dave,” and then he turns to Deb and says, “So good to meet you, Debbie.”  One introduction three hours earlier and he remembers our names! Amazing.  Dave and Deborah Meyers (Kaitlin ’06) I was truly impressed with the whole day and have told  MANY about it  ALL!!  I have been so used to public schools for many years, that I forgot about the standards of Severn - I do hope the present students appreciate the quality of schooling and life they now have. I am glad to have attended the School! Dick Scott ’47 Enjoyed my return to Severn and delighted that the School is instilling patriotism in the student body by recognizing their Veterans. Although I had known a Severn grad, Montgomery Meigs ’36, had been killed in World War II, I never thought much about it until we were talking. The “present” Montgomery C. Meigs and I were classmates at the Army Command & General Staff College, 1978-79. He went on to retire as a 4-Star General and he is now the NBC Military Analyst. Until last year he was also the Director of the Pentagon’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization trying to combat IEDs in Iraq. The Severn grad was his father who was killed in World War II exactly one month before his son was born. COL Ronald Dabbieri, USA (Ret) ’64

Our corrections and apologies for mistakes and omissions in the Fall 2008 Bridge Vintage Severn - pg. 2 - Chuck Rook ’54 called The Bridge and told us that the last gentleman in the photo listing is Ted White ’54 not Tom White.

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Alumni Sports pg. 23 - we are sorry to report that Ms. Ali Flury is indeed, NOT a Severn alum (although Brionna Ned ’04, mentioned in the same paragraph is a Severn alum). Ms. Flury is a graduate of Broadneck H.S. (many thanks to the keen eye of Harriet Yake). Alumni Sports pg. 23 - Emily Barton ’07 should read Emily Benton ’07. Back cover - Ruth Ansel is Class of 1972

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MISSION Severn School challenges its students to pursue excellence in character, conduct and scholarship, to marshal the courage to lead, and to develop the lasting desire to serve and achieve. We believe this is best realized in a community where adults model these qualities and where each student is known and valued. PHILOSOPHY Severn School believes in educating the whole person in a student-centered, supportive educational community that values the dignity, self-worth, and potential of each individual. DIVERSITY STATEMENT ­In support of the mission of Severn School, we seek to create and sustain a thriving, diverse community in which human differences are understood, respected, and seen as vital reflections of our larger society and world. As a community of learners, we value human diversity as a rich, living educational resource for fulfillment of our mission. Our diverse community includes (but is not limited to) the dimensions of gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, religion, physical ability, and sexual orientation.­


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around campus the biggest book drive ever

Learning & Living Congratulations to Dr. Jackie Baugh and Brian Mark Weber of the Upper School English Department. Their competitive proposal was selected from those submitted across the state for presentation at the 19th annual Association of Faculties for the Advancement of Community College Teaching which will be held on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College. This year’s conference theme is “Living and Learning: The Dynamic Interplay Between Life Experience and Learning.” The title of the program which Dr. Baugh and Mr. Weber will present is “Link Learning and Living in Lively Assignments.” The conference program catalogue describes their presentation: “Participants will leave this session with practical ways to tweak existing standard assignments so that the interface between learning and life becomes readily apparent to students. Presenters will share their classroom-tested materials.” The presentation will offer educators assignment strategies designed to inspire students to build strong connections between lessons and their real world experiences. The pedagogical philosophy behind this approach includes the objective of engendering a greater appreciation and respect for the academic process by showing students that education has utility and value in their lives. Students who are able to strongly relate to a particular assignment are more likely to continue on a degree path and will view education as something more than merely a means to an end. Through an exploration of a variety of techniques, Dr. Baugh and Mr. Weber will show professors how current assignments can be adapted to fit into this dynamic approach to experiential teaching and learning.

In an inspirational assembly this fall, Upper School students were awed by the documentary “GO” which showcased the non-profit organization Invisible Children, a program that enables Ugandan children to take responsibility for their future and the future of their country. Becca Corder ’11 and Katie McDaniel ’11 turned that inspiration into action and immediately starting surfing the Schools for Schools website for ideas. Schools for Schools is a program within the Invisible Children network that addresses Uganda’s need for improved learning environments and a larger investment in higher education. Becca tells The Bridge, “Katie and I are both mem­bers of the Book Club, so when we saw a link to “The Biggest Book Drive Ever” it instantly caught our attention. I contacted Natasha Harris, the book drive’s coordinator from Invisible Children. She gave me all the information we needed to know to start a successful book drive. She explained what kinds of books they want and where they’ll end up going. She set our goal to collect 10,000 books, which Katie and I think is 100% possible if everyone brings in books. So far, everyone’s books have filled up almost 2 big boxes, which we are ecstatic about.” She continues, “The school who brings in the most books will get to send some­one to Uganda. The competition for the trip to Uganda ended December ’08 but the book collection will continue through the school year. Bring in all your books and see if your neighbors or family members have any books they want to get rid of or are willing to donate. Natasha and the team from Invisible Chil­dren were thrilled to hear we were starting a book drive at Severn. The books will either be sent to the schools in northern Uganda or sold here in the United States. The money earned from the book sales will go towards rebuilding the schools in northern Uganda.” ACCEPTABLE BOOKS • Those with an ISBN number • Children’s books - the children’s books DO NOT have to have an ISBN number • Any ordinary book you would read • DVD’s, music CD’s & books on CD’s that are in their original casing with original artwork • Unopened software • AP / College level textbooks UNACCEPTABLE BOOKS • Books that are moldy / water damaged / warped from storage / dirty • Books with missing pages / damaged bindings • Books with excessive highlighting or writing • High School and lower level textbooks Learn more at the Schools for Schools website http://s4s.invisiblechildren.com/get_involved/ collect_books Ed. note: Thanks to Becca Corder for supplying most of the writing for this article

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homecoming 2008

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new turf fields, Headmaster Doug Lagarde, Board of Trustees Chair, Pam Hoehn-Saric, Trustee Adger Stokes, and Representative Cathy Vitale

Taylor Stout ’09 heads one for the Admirals

Face painting fun for Julianne Podoley ‘15 Jack Allen ’09, Student Council President and chili cook-off judge

Will Burns, son of Bridget and Darren Burns ’82 Severn parents Barbara & Doug Heussler, Barb & Steve Palmer

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Joe Burke ’94 & Michael Calabrese ’94 Jackson DeStefano ’09 >

Senior soccer players Vicki Norton Kreiner ’86, her children, and her brother John Norton ’72 with his chili cook-off entry

The Kerridge Family - Travis, Whitney ’88, Jack, Scott ’87 and Haley

Jon Gren ’09

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“Severn School challenges its students to pursue excellence in character,

conduct and scholarship, to marshal the courage to lead, and to develop the lasting desire to serve and achieve. We believe this is best realized in a community where adults model these qualities and where each student is known and valued.” - Severn School Mission Statement

This edition of The Bridge celebrates achievement and our list of achievers

and what they have accomplished could fill volumes. Our illustrious alumni, our academic and athletic standouts, our many fine artists - all reflect the values fostered by Severn School. Our mission statement, however, does not mean to generate check marks on life’s ‘to-do’ list. Our hope and our goal is that students ‘develop a lasting desire to serve and achieve’, and it is that ‘lasting desire’ to do more, to be more, that will allow them to achieve on a daily basis.

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From the Archives by Brian Mark weber

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As we prepare to send another graduating class into the world of higher education, parents, administrators, and teachers all wonder whether we have instilled in our young people the values and knowledge that will enable them to succeed in college and beyond. We all want nothing more than for each year’s class to realize its potential and to enjoy the rewards of personal and professional growth. Every year we are presented with research suggesting new methods of teaching and learning, yet Severn has the type of research which Every year we are is difficult to capture in a study. Our alumni come back each year and represented with research mind us of how Severn empowered suggesting new methods them with a solid foundation of skills, of teaching and learnvalues, and knowledge. Combined with a personal drive for achieveing, yet Severn has the ment and a dedication to overcoming type of research which challenges, the solid framework of a is difficult to capture Severn education provides our gradin a study. Our alumni uates with the ability to realize their potential and achieve their goals. come back each year With a record of achievement which and remind us of how spans nearly a century, Severn already Severn empowered them has in place what many schools are with a solid foundation trying to develop. While recognizof skills, values, and ing the importance of a rigorous education as a determining factor knowledge. in one’s development, founder Rolland M. Teel also valued the power of his students’ spirit of determination and persistence in determining their success in life. English, mathematics, history, science, and language certainly provide our students with knowledge that will prepare them for a university education and will most certainly lead to professional opportunities, but Teel knew that these tools alone are not enough to sustain young people in a world which demands so much from them. In his address to the Class of 1934, Teel advised his students to “...not permit anyone to choose a career for you. Find something that interests you and in which you have displayed aptitude and will find pleasure. As long as you live you must constantly subject yourself and your opportunities

to careful analysis. If you find that you have made an initial mistake in that which you have undertaken, do not drive on regardless, but heed experience and opportunity.” Teel’s words are as relevant and applicable to the twenty-first century as they were in 1934, for holding a diploma does not guarantee anyone the life he or she envisions in high school. Too many young people believe that the world owes them something and that a degree is somehow a ticket to wealth and prosperity. As Teel remarked in his address, a Severn diploma is only part of the formula for success; “a college education is a privilege the right to which a boy or girl must prove. Mere graduation from secondary school is not enough.” Our students must know that life is an ongoing process during which we make numerous mistakes, fall short of many goals, and place one dream aside in the pursuit of another. Graduating from Severn or from a university does not exempt one from life’s many obstacles, for a fast-changing world will demand from our students the fortitude and character necessary to make appropriate choices. What a Severn diploma provides for our students is the power to overcome these challenges and to turn them into opportunities. Perusing letters from Severn alumni over the past fifty years, there is a clear connection between Teel’s frank advice and the great achievements made by so many of our graduates. The correspondence speaks not of immediate success, but of trials and tribulations which presented great challenges that often pointed their lives in completely new directions. Our graduates With a record achieve success by complementing of achievement their Severn diploma with confidence, which spans nearly determination, and spirit. Throughout this process it is the spirit to be- a century, Severn lieve in one’s potential which enables already has in place Severn students to achieve fulfilling what many schools lives many years after leaving our camare trying to pus. In his final message to the class of 1934, Teel reminded students that develop. “whatever you undertake in life must be worth something to others to be worth while to you. No man whose motives are purely selfish lives a successful and happy life, no matter how great his acquisitions.” This inspirational message transcends our modern definition of achievement and success, and our alumni are a living testament to the spirit of our school and its ability to change lives.

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2008 Distinguished Alumnus Major General Kenneth W. Weir USMCR (Ret.) ’48

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In November, Severn celebrated Veterans Day 2008 and Major General Kenneth W. Weir ’48, recipient of The Rolland M. Teel Distinguished Alumni Award. This award was created in 1985 by the Alumni Association to honor those Severn graduates who have aspired to and achieved significant success in their chosen field and have made meaningful contributions to society. Jointly sponsored by the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association, this award is the highest honor the school can bestow. Before an audience of honored guests, Severn students, faculty and staff, General Weir humbly accepted this honor against the backdrop of a moving military tribute. General Weir was born in 1930, in Sherman, Texas, and graduated from Severn in 1948. He received his B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952 and an M.S. degree from the University of Southern California in 1968. General Weir earned his Naval Aviator wings in 1954. He spent the next several years as a special weapons delivery pilot operating from three different aircraft carriers, was a member of the Tactical Air Control Center in Pohang Korea, then an infantry tactics and helicopter operations instructor at Quantico Virginia. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1961 and while assigned to flight test at Patuxent River, Maryland, he was one of the final 32 candidates from which the second group of nine NASA astronauts was selected. He graduated from the US Air Force Aerospace Research Pilots School at Edwards Flight Test Center California in 1963. Returning from Southeast Asia in 1965 after serving afloat and in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, he served as director of test operations for the top secret Navy Manned Orbiting Laboratory. During a combined military-civilian career which ended in 1993 at age 63, Major General Weir flew nearly every Navy and Air Force fighter attack military aircraft made ranging from F8U Crusaders, F4 Phantoms, F-104 Starfighters and including the first flights of the TR-1A, U-2S and A4S airplanes. During his 27 years with the Lockheed Skunk Works he helped develop supersonic fighters and high altitude surveillance aircraft (spy planes) that made history and kept the peace during the Cold War. During his final tour of active duty he served as commanding general of the 4th Marine Air Wing overseeing Marine Corps Reserve aviation. After 31 years as an active experimental test pilot, with nearly 20,000 accident free hours of flight time, over 6,000 hours in pressure suits and still flying on the last day single place, single engine airplanes in pressure suits above 70,000 feet altitude, General Weir retired in 1993 as Lockheed’s chief test pilot for high altitude reconnaissance programs. Gen Weir is a Fellow in the International Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was its President during 1980-81. He is also one of the 200 members of the Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators Association better known as the Golden Eagles. This esteemed organization honors former Navy and Marine Corps pilots and astronauts who have made major contributions to naval aviation. General Weir and his wife or more than 55 years, Nancy, have three sons and five grandchildren. They reside in California. ­ 12

SEVERN SCHOOL DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI

1985 RADM Herbert E. Schonland ‘20 RADM Bruce McCandless ‘28 1986 Roger Ahlbrand t ‘30 Lt. Gen Henry W. Buse Jr . ‘30 1987 Charles R. Zimmerman ‘25 Paul Hobbs Massey ‘67 1988 John Drew Betz ‘37 1989 LCDR Lance E. Massey ‘26 RADM Richard R. Pratt ‘32 1990 Thomas J. Peters ‘60 1991 Stephens F. Millard ‘51 1992 Bruce S. Old ‘30 1994 CDR Robert B. Pirie Jr. ‘50 1995 ADM James R. Hogg ‘52 1996 CDR Edwin Malloy Jr. ‘36 1997 CAPT Slade D. Cutter ‘31 William H. G. FitzGerald ‘27 1998 John K. Hopkins ‘63 1999 Frederick D. Hunt ‘30 2000 Charles F. Lynch ‘44 2001 Lt. Gen. W. H. Sterling Wright ‘26 Alester G. Furman III ‘35 2002 Nicholas Goldsborough ‘52 2003 The Honorable Richard D. Bennett ‘65 2004 Bruce A. Hawtin ‘54 2005 Joseph Caleb Deschanel ’62 2006 Gary Koch ’71 2007 Anne ‘Sandy’ Barbour ’77 2008 Major General Kenneth W. Weir USMCR (Ret.) ’48


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Veterans Day Commemoration

In a moving tribute to the veterans of our nation and in particulartoouralumniwhohaveserved,SeverncelebratedVeterans Day with song, poetry, the Fort Deitrich Color Guard and honored guests. As is our tradition, students read the names of the many Severn alumni who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we proudly share our Memorial Roster with Bridge readers. We would greatly appreciate any corrections SPANISH CIVIL WAR or additions to this roster. Vernon R. Selby ‘22 WORLD WAR II Commander James K. Averill ‘23, USN Ensign A. Warren Aylesworth ‘33, USN Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard L. Barleon ‘38, USN Ensign Henry L. Becker ‘39, USNR Lieutenant James M. Belden ‘31, USNR Lieutenant Howard B. Berry ‘34, USN Ensign Eugene E. Bevan ‘38, USN Commander Edward N. Blackley ‘30, USN Nickerson Blood ‘37, USA Levan I. Bogardus ‘37, USA Lieutenant Commander Jacob W. Britt ‘25, USN Edward Brockmeyer ‘39, USN Robert Brockmeyer ‘39, USN Lieutenant Walter C. Buass ‘36, USAAC Seaton Buell ‘30, USA Lieutenant Richard S. Bull, Jr. ‘32, USN Lieutenant Commander Renwixk S. Calderhead ‘23, USN Captain James O. Clark ‘25, USAAC Lieutenant Junior Grade William R. Crutcher ‘37, USN Lieutenant Junior Grade James W. Danforth ‘34, USN Lieutenant Lewis O. Davis ‘33, USN Walter C. Davis ‘40, USN Lieutenant Arthur C. Day ‘40, USMC Lieutenant Edwin Denby, Jr. ‘30, USN Lieutenant Commander Greer A. Duncan ‘32, USNR Robert McNab Emery ‘29, USA Lieutenant John L. Evverett, Jr. ‘28, USNR Lieutenant William S. Farrel ‘37, USN Major Harry A. Gaver ‘34, USMC Lieutenant Henry C. Gearing III ‘30, USN Lieutenant Morris D. Gilmore, Jr. ‘35, USN Lieutenant George F. Glueck ‘35, USNR Lieutenant Commander Archibald W. Greenlee ‘27, USN Lieutenant Commander Robert P. Guiler ‘33, USN Lieutenant Commander Henry Harrington, Jr. ‘29, USMS Lieutenant Royal R. Ingersoll II ‘30, USN Major Charles Jones ‘35, USA Lieutenant Commander Fraser Knight ‘35, USN

Lieutenant Junior Grade Raymond M. Krepps, Jr. ‘38, USN Lieutenant David D. Laird ‘38, USN Lieutenant Frank H. Lash, Jr. ‘32, USCGR Lieutenant Commander Leonard L. Lyons, Jr. ‘16, USN Lieutenant Commander Charles P. Mason, Jr. ‘36, USN Lieutenant Commander Lance E. Massey ‘26, USN Commander Porter Maxwell ‘32, USN Lieutenant Robert Maxwell ‘39, USAAC Laurence McCormick, Jr. ‘40, USN Lieutenant Commander John L. Mehlig ‘33, USN Lieutenant Colonel Montgomery C. Meigs ‘36, USA Commander Keats E. Montross ‘31, USN Commander Charles H. Ostrom ‘26, USN Lieutenant Bethel V. Otter ‘32, USN Commander Seymour D. Owens ‘27, USN Commander Van Ostrand Perkins ‘32, USN Lieutenant William L. Peterson, Jr. ’38, USN Colonel Milton H. Pressley ‘25, USA Lieutenant Commander Frederick W. Purdy ‘29, USN Sergeant Henry B. Reinhart ‘31, USA Commander Eugene Sarsfield ‘22, USN Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard G. Sigg ‘43, USNR Commander James S. Smith, Jr. ‘20, USN Lieutenant Junior Grade James B. Sommers ‘38, USN Lieutenant Ralph D. Spalding, Jr. ‘35, USN Colonel Field H. Tapping ‘26, USA Commander John G. Tennet III ‘28, USN Lieutenant Commander Paul H. Tobelman ‘22, USN Commander Phillip H. Torrey ‘30, USN Lieutenant Commander Alfred B. Tucker ‘27, USN Lieutenant Alexander S. Wadsworth III ‘35, USN Captain P.V.H. Weems, Jr. ‘35, USMCR John E. Williams, Jr. ‘41, USN William R. Williams ‘19, Philippine Constabulary Lieutenant Junior Grade William C. Williamson, Jr. ‘37, USN Lieutenant Junior Grade John F. Woodruff ‘33, USN KOREA Major Donald L. Driscoll ’37, USA Lieutenant Blair Oxley ‘39, USN Commander Denny Phillips ‘36, USN Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard G. Sigg ‘43, USN Lieutenant Jerome Stuart ‘46, USMC VIETNAM Captain Edward Browne ‘54, USMC Lieutenant Commander Fred H. Gates II ’50, USN James S. MacVickar, Jr. ‘62 Lieutenant Commander Carl Peterson ‘54, USN Major Donald E. Shay, Jr. ‘63, USAF, MIA, SEA

Photos from left top, down: Headmaster Doug Lagarde presents Distinguished Alumnus 2008, MajGen Kenneth W. Weir ’48 with the commemorative bowl; Nancy Weir and CDR Robert Pirie Jr. ’50; Middle School Instrumental Music Instructor, CPO John Babcock

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RIDIN’ WITH BIDEN (and 20,000 of our closest friends)

by Caroline Nyce ’09

Senior Caroline Nyce attended the very electric Democratic National Convention held in Denver, August ’08 and shares her experience with The Bridge. Ms Nyce was also selected to serve as a Page to the 2009 Maryland General Assembly, one of ten students selected from all of the public and private schools in Anne Arundel County. Caroline will serve two nonconsecutive weeks in either the House of Delegates or the Senate during the session from January to early April.

On August 27th, 2008, my voice affirmed Senator Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States. It was, of course, not alone. It was intertwined with the voices of 20,000 others who had gathered in Denver that night at the Democratic National Convention. Nonetheless, in that one moment, my voice was, quite literally, heard on a national scale. As I dangled my wrists over the highest balcony of the Pepsi Center, I witnessed for the first time the embodiment of the most basic democratic ideal - that every citizen has an equal voice in determining the future of our country. That night, soon-to-be President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and I all spoke the same affirmation, each of our voices carrying equal weight in moving Mr. Biden into this important nomination. We were joined by representatives from every state, race, and background, a microcosm of the United States. Together, we were bound by one thing; we each had a voice and were not staying silent.

My zeal for politics was a seed that my parents cultivated from my childhood. I cannot remember finger painting in kindergarten, but I do remember bobbing up and down enthusiastically outside polling places in extra large campaign t-shirts, stopping those who passed by to encourage them to vote in favor of my candidate. As I grew older and began to educate myself on policy, the mere 14

enjoyment of participating in the process was changed into an indomitable passion. Surprisingly, I did not grow up brainwashed in favor of one party but was encouraged by my parents to form my own personal ideologies. I have done so by carefully and objectively considering each issue to determine my personal position and the candidate who best represents me.

Today, I am the girl who knows her politicians like most teens know their celebrities. Football season has been replaced with debate season, and I spend time analyzing each candidate’s performance -get this - just for fun. A morning meeting at Severn would not be complete without an announcement from me, President of the Political Action Club, encouraging students to attend a debate or vote on an issue. It was no surprise to anyone that I jumped at the offer to intern at the Convention, even if it meant missing the first week of school. Once in Denver, I was immersed into an environment where everyone was energized about and tuned in to politics. The hotels all ordered extra stacks of newspapers, and their lobbies were filled with eager readers sipping their morning coffee. I attended the convention as an intern for Center Stage, a group that was there to “host a variety of events to celebrate and network with others, as well as encouraging


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the serious exchange of ideas on trade, innovation, competitiveness and the future of politics in America.” My job consisted mainly of grunt work, like playing bouncer at an important dinner event or passing out over 2,000 goodie bags. At Center Stage’s largest event, I was put on what we nicknamed “Congressman Duty.” Members of the House of Representatives typically wear a brownish-red pin on their lapel. Because I am always tuned into the news, I can spot a Member nearly a mile away; therefore, I was charged with standing out front and escorting the Members through the private V.I.P. line. It certainly was not all work and no play. I received tickets to see a “green” concert with an all-star lineup including the Dave Matthews Band, in addition to getting the chance to shake hands with countless members of Congress. The highlight of my trip was when I finally scored credentials to see Joe Biden. Credentials, or tickets, to the actual sponsored events, which at the 2008 Democratic National Convention were held in the Pepsi Center, are extremely hard to get. While the arena does hold 20,000, you have to remember that every Democratic Senator, Congressman, State Senator, State Congressman, Governor, and other nationwide politician has traveled to attend these events. Add in their family members and chief of staffs, and you can understand why they were extremely crowded. I decided to arrive at the Pepsi Center five hours early to make sure I got a good seat. It was useless; I still ended up in the very upper balcony. Regardless, I was too excited to even let that

phase me. I sat down and watched as former President Bill Clinton, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, and Senator John Kerry each spoke. It was Mr. Biden’s speech that was the highlight of my night. I found it intensely moving. Towards the end of the speech, my phone began to vibrate. Annoyed, I picked it up to turn it off. I had gotten a text message with only one sentence, “Mr. Obama is in the House.” The excitement in my body kicked up a notch; it was one thing to be seeing my favorite Senator, but would be extremely exciting to see the presidential nominee himself grace the stage. Sure enough, the then Senator Obama decided to make a guest appearance. The place exploded when he walked out on the stage. I was floored. At the Pepsi Center that night in Denver, I caught a view of a very different side of politics. Perhaps it was merely a misjudgment from my seat in the nosebleeds; maybe I was blinded by the millions of flashing cameras or the glittering campaign signs that bounced rhythmically across the crowd. Nonetheless, I believe that I caught a glimpse of the side of politics that is not smeared with the oils of greed and corruption, the side that possesses the most silver plated of all American ideals. It is not we the chosen or we the better who have the power to change this country; it is we the people. I have raised my voice, and now I propose a challenge my generation. I dare you to raise yours.

photo left, former President Bill Clinton, addresses the crowd at the Pepsi Center; photos above, Caroline and friend prepare political goodie bags, Caroline in the rafters prior to Senator Joe Biden’s address to the convention 15


Band of Brothers

In a wonderful tribute to friendship, service, and the ties that bind, Severn ’02 grads, Chris Avery and Ryan Frantz, tell the story of how the other came to earn their pilot’s wings. Lieutenant Junior Grade Frantz gives his account of how longtime buddy Chris made it through his Air Force training, and 1st LT John Christopher Avery returns the favor by sharing his take on Ryan’s rise to Navy pilot.

Service bound 2002 grads, Chris Avery, USAF; Ryan Frantz, USN; Adam Jones, USN; Brad Holbrook, USN

John ‘Dewalt’ Avery by Ryan Frantz ’02 It is with great pleasure, and some nausea, I can now announce to all indifferent ears that 1st LT John ‘Dewalt’ Avery earned his wings of tin by completing the United States Air Force bus driver training. He began flight school with a real branch of the military at Whiting Field, near Pensacola, Florida, were he completed Navy primary and was named to the Commodore’s List with Distinction and the Commodore’s List for Academic Achievement. From there he reported to Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma (and you thought Meridian, MS was bad) where he crossed into the blue, so to speak, and rejoined the noble and savvy ranks of the US military’s mass transit service. His course of training in the venerable T-38 ‘Talon’ included basic jet aircraft contact, instrument, formation and cross country training, advanced tactical multi-plane formations, tactical low-level formation employment, and intro to combat fighter maneuvering. A passage from his solo certificate reads: “Be it known, and forever written in the sky above Vance America, that on this, the 29th day of May, the year of 2008, anno Domini, 2Lt John C. Avery, USAF, did, with complete disregard for the laws of 1st LT John ‘Dewalt’ Avery ’02

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Ryan ‘Birddog’ Frantz by Chris Avery ’02 Ryan ‘Birddog’ Frantz completed pilot training with the Navy in the T-45 Goshawk while in the beautiful vacation town of Meridian, Mississippi. Training including instrument familiarization, formation, low altitude, tactical formations, dive bombing, field carrier landing practice, carrier qualification and aerial combat flights. These flights included numerous solo flights, from which his initial solo citation reads: ‘On the 6th day of November Lieutenant Junior Grade, then Ensign, Ryan Frantz did knowingly and willingly forsake the laws of nature and rational thinking by single-handedly taking a Boeing T-45C Goshawk off the ground and maneuvering it in the air, displaying several acts of aerial proficiency, only to bring it back somewhat safely to the ground, thus completing a solo flight.’

Lieutenant Junior Grade Frantz ’02

Apparently, Ryan did a good job, managing to successfully place a bombing reticle in the close vicinity of a target, and punching enough buttons to earn an impressive four Navy ‘E’s for divebombing accuracy. As if giving a ‘Stud’ent substantial mass to release from his aircraft wasn’t a bad enough idea, he took on the task of attempting to ‘safely’ crash a 14,000 pound jet into a moving object in such a manner that both he and the jet could fly again. On the 17th of July 2008, he completed carrier qualifications aboard CVN-75, the USS ‘Dirty Harry’ S. Truman while off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. Doing so, he formally became a Navy Tailhooker, though we’ve all known he has been one all along. Having lived through that, he got to the bread and butter of Naval jet training, getting shot down many times over by his instructors. On August 22, in a 2v1 fight with another student on his wing, Ryan’s aerial buffoonery caused his adversary, a seasoned instructor pilot, to laugh so hard that his element was finally able to score a victory, hence completing AirCombat Maneuvering training, aka Dog Fighting.

Having survived years of training and initiation, on 22 August 2008, the Navy finally decided that Lieutenant Junior Grade Ryan Frantz had put himself through enough standard wanton acts of Navy prowess and was finally fit to wear the wings of gold; earning the designation of a Naval Aviator, only two days after turning 24. After nearly two years of flying the Goshawk, Ryan decided that flying a single engine jet without an afterburner was a bad idea, and finally moved on from the T-45. He is now residing in Miramar, California, staring the shenanigans and initiations over and over again. Having begun his days of beach volleyball in nothing but jeans, dogtags and silver mirrored aviators, on the side Ryan is learning to fly the F/A-18 Hornet. If anyone is interested, Ryan is also single and is accepting applications. All interested must have a strong liver, an affinity for rainbows and the smell of jet fuel. Ryan’s availability aside, he has accomplished a great deal, and deserves a great deal of recognition. His parents, brother, brothers in arms and frequent drinking buddies couldn’t be prouder of him. The next time you run into him, whenever that may be, please make sure to give him a pat on the back, buy him a beer and listen to a war story or two.

gravity, chance, and personal safety, conduct an exceptional display of aerial proficiency, rivaling that of the USAF Thunderbirds, in content and execution, while strapped alone and with some doubt, trepidation, and nauseating fear, to the nose of a Northrop sleek, supersonic, superstupendously-sexy T-38 “Talon.” Thus, having been accepted into the ranks of those who line the skies with their contrails, and now a matter of official record, the accomplishment of a lifetime – A Solo Flight in the T-38.” On his second solo flight, then 2nd LT Avery displayed such a profound disregard for the laws of gravity and fuel consumption rate, that he nearly experienced first-hand the aerodynamic characteristics of the popular, although short lived, children’s game of lawn darts. He landed with 6 – 9 minutes of fuel remaining. His following flight was canceled. He graduated on the 26th of September, where he was ‘tacked’ with his wings of sterling silver (bling - bling) and earned his class leadership award (hoo-ray!) and his aeronautical rating with over 500 flight hours. Although he was first in his class, he was beaten out at the end in a rather shady turn of events (a concurrent investigation has been launched by the FBI and CIA) and finished 2nd in his class. The plaque for the alternates is in the… well you all know, you saw the movie. Strategically avoiding the thrilling adrenalin fueled life of the Unmaned Aerial Vehicle pilot, he was honored with the coveted job of training new student pilots where he will attempt to prevent them from killing themselves or anyone else. All buffoonery aside, this represents an astounding achievement. Please join me in congratulating Chris and his parents. If you see him, give a pat on the butt and a “good game.” By the way, for anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet, we call him “Dewalt” because he is a power tool. 17


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troupe tuscany Severn School’s distinguished alumnus and benfactor, Stephens Millard ’51 and his wife, Linda, support and enrich our faculty by sponoring grants for a variety of explorations in professional development. Through this generous offer, Upper School Music Director, Laurie Hays, was able to take the trip of a lifetime to Sarteano, Italy ~ to sing, to conduct, to bloom under the Tuscan sun.

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s one of the fortunate recipients of a 2008 Millard Faculty Travel Grant for professional development, I was able to have an incredible experience in Italy this summer! The funds from the grant allowed me to participate as both a singer and a conductor in the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting workshop in Tuscany from August 1 – 8. Our esteemed faculty included Simon Carrington, renowned choral conductor and founding member of The King’s Singers and currently on the faculty at Yale University; Brian McConnell of the Boston Conservatory and founder of the Sarteano workshop; and Bronislawa Falinska, a contralto and vocal coach who is on the faculty at the University of Padua in Italy. The 30 participants - students, educators and conductors - hailed from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy, Ireland, Australia, Belarus and Slovenia. Our sessions were held daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The two-part morning session consisted of vocal pedagogy and body awareness in singing, using the Rohmert method of Functional Voicetraining; and clinics on developing a vital chamber choir, included warm-up and rehearsal techniques. The afternoon sessions included master class conducting sessions and private coaching and conducting lessons. The Workshop ensemble acted as the master class laboratory, so everyone received the benefits of each master class. Workshop sessions were held in the Società Filarmonica, which was located at the top of a very steep hill, so we got plenty of exercise walking from our bed and breakfast at the bottom of the hill!

top photo: a walk down a narrow Sarteano street on the way to rehearsal; bottom photo: Laurie Hays with Workshop’s founder, Brian McConnell, before the final performance

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Sarteano is a beautiful walled medieval hill town in the Siena province of Tuscany which dates back to the ancient Etruscans. One of the mid-week highlights was attending an evening reenactment of a medieval flag-throwing competition held at the Castello (castle) at the town’s summit. Competitors in both youth and adult categories regaled us in authentic period costume and were accompanied by a drum corps. As the week came to a close, we gave a concert in Il Teatro Communale degli Arrischianti a Sarteano in the Piazza Centrale, the historic city center of narrow winding streets, quaint homes, lovely stores, and restaurants. At the concert, each participant conducted a piece from our repertoire of a cappella choral music from the sixteenth to the twentieth century which ranged from Monteverdi to Bruckner. With its magical Renaissance ambiance and the warmth of the Tuscan sun, Sarteano was the perfect place to sing chamber choral music! This fabulous experience not only enhanced my musicianship, but allowed me to network with fellow musicians and teachers from all over the world. I will be introducing my choirs to some of these pieces this year and hope to take our students to Boston in the spring to participate in a joint concert with another teacher I met at the workshop. I am so grateful to Mr. Millard for such a wonderful opportunity.

top photo: a windy night at the flag-throwing competition at the Castello; middle and bottom photos: Interior views of Il Teatro Communale degli Arrischiante a Sarteano

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Alumni Reception

Our hosts, Cheryl and Bob Rabbitt ’82 & Claudia McLaughlin

Min. Counsel John Fry ’44, Headmaster Doug Lagarde, Toni Fry

Allison Flinchum Jaccard ’85, Tom Carter ’85, Julie Katcef Maseritz ’85, Lucy Carter ’90, Penny Leatherwood Kennedy ’87, Sallie Luck ’86 & Mariam Bahrami ’87 Mike Greer ’96 & Brett Schelenski ’92 >

Sean Murphy ’02 & Jon Quigley ’00 Adam Jones ’02 & Amanda Jones ’03 ^ Fran Wright ’60, Donald Trumpy ’59, John Leimkuhler ’59, Sarah and Jim Stoops ’58

Charlie Bauer ’00, Tom Simmons ’01 & Lindsey Bowers ’01 >

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Julian Domenech ’84, Susan Meredith Lapides ’84, Mort Lapides ’85 & former Severn faculty member, Carole Coss


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Robyn Birch ’99, Rachel Taft ’99 & Denard Melton ’98

Carrie Farr Harries ’99 & Ted Harries ’99

Sara Kiehne ’04, Sarah Benton ’04 & Dana Rashidi ’04

Sara Tabasi Toomey ’86 & Kristin Quirk Clevenger ’86

Frank Chartier ’97, Jenn Burns, Robyn Birch ’99, Lee Scott ’98 & Carla Chance ’98

^ Allison Flinchum Jaccard ’85 & Julie Katcef Maseritz ’85

Joni Adrian Morgan ’75, Betty Phipps ’75, Julian Domenech Sr., Jim Donnelly, Sarah Snyder Hutchins ’75

< Peter Cotgreave ’90, Kim Selby Gauthier ’88 & Robin Atkins ’90

Kim & Jay Downin ’68

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Washington

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Alumni Reception

Headmaster Doug Lagarde and his wife, Toby, Athletic Director Julian Domenech ’84, Brady Nolan ’01, Scott Sachs ’97, Doug Mayer ’00 and Denise Tray Rosson ’78

Marc Williamson ’80, his son Will, and Andrea Gargagliano ’02

Steve Fromyer ’74 and his wife, Mary Claire Wagner ’95 and Mike Dudzik

Our host Ken Holtgrewe ’63 and Sarch Snyder Hutchins ’75 Tom Cleaver ’00, Doug Mayer ’00, Advancement Associate, Jenn Burns and Brady Nolan ’01

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New York

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Alumni Reception

Pat Grimm ’04, Kate Weils, Jack Rosson ’04

The Donald Brothers - Keith ’67, Hugh ’60, Rob ’57

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Mike ’86 & Steve ’87 Muchow

Jung Yum-Keck ’92, Brenda Yoo ’88, Brooke Jobson ’05 Alicia Jackson ’07 & Sara Saldi ’07

Brenna Ryan ’93, Kara Long ’96, Alison Clark Collins ’95, Sean Songer ’97 Raphael Sassi ’95, Jason Scott ’95, Colin McCarthy ’94, Blake Nolan ’95

Doug Lagarde, Todd Heysee, Lauren Poile-Heysee ’97, Toby Lagarde

Kate Myers ’04, Schuyler Sutton ’03, Pat Grimm 04, Adam Guthorn ’02

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severnsports fall sports wrapup BOYS VARSITY SOCCER head coach, Larry Snyder We competed in the MIAA B conference and finished with a 6-6-2 conference record, good enough for the 6th and final seed for the postseason playoffs.  We then played a great quarter-final playoff game against Boys Latin, only to lose in double-overtime 1-0.  The highlights of the season included winning our Homecoming game against a good Calverton team 3-1, and beating St. Mary’s 2-1 in the driving rain to retain the Chesapeake Boot for the 3rd consecutive season.  Our final record was 7-8-2.  Captains this year were Taylor Stout ’09, Philip Snyder ’09 and Chase Strom ’10.  Our leading point-getters were sophomore midfielder Kevin Priddy ’11 with 5 goals and 1 assist, midfielder Chase Strom with 5 goals and 1 assist, striker/stopper Philip Snyder with 4 goals and 5 assists, striker Stewart D’Ambrogi ’09 with 3 goals and 2 assists and striker Joe Kotler ’12 with 4 goals and 1 assist.  Taylor Stout and Tyler Thurston ’09 controlled our midfield and our defense was lead by Sean Sheehy ’09, Justin Kiehne ’09 and Colin Rainey ’11. Our goalie was Alex Cramer ’10.

GIRLS VARSITY SOCCER head coach, Adam Ritchie Through the hot mid-August sun on Cypress Creek field and the cold torrential downpours on the new turf field, the Severn Varsity Women’s Soccer program finished another successful fall season. Under the leadership of Amanda Roche ’09, Richa Davis ’09, Kristin Boulier ’09, Kate Williams ’09, Kathleen Dowd ’09 and Christie Djordjevic ’09, the Admirals fought through three months of intense soccer. A top highlight occurred early in the season when the Lady Admirals tied nationally ranked Spalding 1-1. Kathleen Dowd put a beautiful ball in from outside the 18 and proved to the Spalding Cavaliers that Severn had come to play on their field. The team finished with eight wins this season. After a grueling shootout victory in the IAAM Quarterfinals against Bryn Mawr, Severn fell to St. Paul’s School for Girls 1-0 in a hard fought contest in the semifinals. The leading scorer for the Admirals this season was star forward Abbey Ritter ’12. Excellent play from Rachel Hough ’10 in the net 24

and Jordy Bathras’ ’10 quick feet and solid distribution in the midfield earned these two All Conference titles. With a fairly young squad this year, Head Coach Adam Ritchie and Assistant Coach Amy Pickering are very hopeful for next fall. “We will miss the Seniors next season, but the fire and heart the girls showed in the semifinal conference game already makes me excited for next August” says Pickering.

Season highlights included Brad Kennedy ’09 and Dean Marchitelli ’10 ranking for top tackler in the county and Jon Gren ’09 being named athlete of the week by The Capital newspaper. Other season highlights included Jeremy Holbrook ’09, Alex Jones ’09, Brad Kennedy, and Jon Gren earning all conference honors, and Alex Jones being selected to the all metro all-star game.

VARSITY FOOTBALL head coach, Troy Wilson

CROSS COUNTRY head coach, Richard Zmuda

The varsity football team was lead by first year head coach Troy Wilson. Also new this year was the turf field outside of the Edward St. John’s Athletic Center. Christened under their potent option offense, the Admirals recorded 2 mid-season home wins on the turf. Establishing their strong defensive presence, the Admirals held multiple teams to under 7 points and scored multiple defensive touchdowns. Despite being plagued by injuries with an already small team, the Admirals continued to fight from snap to whistle. Whether the team was suffering from a brutal loss or a dominating victory, the Admirals kept their heads up and fought hard in every game. Almost all of their losses were either in overtime or by less than a score.

The Severn Boys and Girls Cross Country teams had incredible seasons this past Fall. The Boys team, led by Captain Patrick O’Malley ’09, finished 4th out of 14 teams at the Oregon Ridge championship meet, capping one of its most successful seasons in years. The Girls team, captained by Rachel Avallone ’09, won the League Championship, finishing 1st out of 16 teams at Oregon Ridge. This was the FIRST EVER Girls Cross Country championship in Severn’s history, earning them a new banner to be hung in the Edward St. John Athletic Center. Notably, Kendall Farnham ’10 captured the Overall Individual Championship, besting more than 200 other runners. Five Severn runners were chosen for the 10-person All Star

Cross Country Coach of the Year (Baltimore Sun) Richard Zmuda and the Girls Cross Country Championship team


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team: Kendall Farnham ’10, Caryn Maconi ’09, Laura Brown ’12, Mattie Crow ’10, and Margot Farnham ’12. In addition, Kendall and Caryn were selected for the Capital-Gazette All County Team, and Coach Richard Zmuda was named Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun. Both the boys and girls cross country teams ran in the Baltimore Half-Marathon as well, with all 25 runners and coaches finishing the 13.1-mile race. It marked the first time that a high school had competed in the event as a team.

VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY head coach, Jessica Burke ’96 Eight returning varsity players were joined by ten newcomers to make up the ’08 squad. Finishing the season with a 5-13-1 record, 12 out of 19 games (wins included) were decided by 1 goal and each and every game seemed to have its way of being more exciting and stressful than the one before. Several key wins including an exciting overtime finish against Roland Park, and a great win over 3rd seeded Spalding helped to propel us to finish 5th headed into the playoff’s. If there were two words to describe the ’08 Varsity Field Hockey team, they would have to be determination and perseverance.

Led by team captains Molly Manson ’09 and Avery Burns ’10 the team consistently worked hard day in and day out and truly came together and peaked at just the right time. Leading scorer this season was Shannon Lane ’09 who finished with 5 goals and 2 assists. Close behind was Avery Burns ’10 who finished with 5 assists. Avery was also selected by her teammates to receive the Players Award. She was an IAAM ‘A’ league All Star, and represented Severn on The Baltimore Sun’s All Anne Arundel County team as well as The Capital newspaper’s 1st Team All County Field Hockey Team. Caroline Code ’11 was another IAAM ‘A’ league All Star and Lindsay Higham ’09 represented Severn in the MD State Senior All Star game. Liz Adam ’09, an integral part of our defense was the recipient of the Hodges Award.

Em Mitchell ’11 who won the third doubles fight at the IAAM tournament. They also went undefeated during the league season and were selected for the IAAM All Conference Team. The Players Award went to Katie Dickerson ’09 who competed at the singles position while the Coaches Award went to Ashley Alden ’09. Ashley played number one singles for Severn for four years.

GIRLS TENNIS head coach, Cathy Officer The Varsity girls tennis team tied for fourth this year in the IAAM “A” conference. This was the first season for Coach Officer and the first year that the girls competed in the “A” division. The overall record of the team was 77. The highlight of the season was the third doubles team of Shannon Kiddoo ’09 and

art by Bob Alley ’74

CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Andi Whiteford and the Middle School’s first all girls soccer team on an undefeated season

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alumni athletes to watch

Yale Freshman Joe Morris ’08 helped the Varsity Bulldogs to a Number 10 national ranking this fall and the Atlantic Coast Tournament title in mid November. Competing in A Division, the former Severn stand-out was already showing his nautical skills as he and his crew won two of four races completed in tough conditions and had only one finish outside the top five. Earlier in the year Joe had skippered a fourth place finish with several different crews in A Division competition during the tough Hoyt Trophy Regatta which featured 14 of the Nation’s top 20 teams.

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Inside Lacrosse Magazine picked former Admiral stand-out and current Maryland goal tender Brian Phipps ’06 as a Pre Season 3rd Team All American.

University of Denver Kelsey Hughes ‘08 Becca Steinberg ‘08

Saint Mary’s College Dennis Rosson ’07 has earned pre-season recognition as the 2008 Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year was also named to the 2009 preseason All – CAC Squad. Dennis will be joined by fellow Admiral alumni and long stick middie John Collinson ’07 this year as the Seahawks look to improve on improve on last season’s 7-8 mark. On the basketball court, Taylor Wieczorek ’08 has seen action in all five contests (as of December ’08) for the Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets as RMC has started strong with four wins in five contests. Taylor is averaging 3.8 ppg and four boards in 10 minutes per contest. Although the Franklin & Marshall Lady Diplomats are off to a slow start at 4-5, Sarah Meisenberg ’05 leads all scorers with a 16.8 average while pulling down almost four rebounds a game. She has dished out 44 assists, including seven against Muhlenberg which moved her into the all time leader position for Franklin & Marshall. And then there were the game winning free throws with four seconds left against Johns Hopkins which gave F&M a 54-52 win. Sarah also has some lacrosse skills which have been previously noted in this column. She and her team mates have been picked as the second best Division III women’s team in the Lacrosse Magazine pre-season poll behind Hamilton College who edged F&M in last year’s national title. Last spring, Sarah and the Lady Diplomats rolled into the national title game for the second straight year. Honors include Inside Lacrosse Magazine First Team All American; Jewish Sports Review All-American First Team; Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All Region First Team and women’slacrosse.com All-America first team. Through her three years, Sarah has put away over 100 career goals, scoring a point in every game she played in ’08, and ending the year with 191 points for her career. Georgetown teammates Evan Aras ’07 and Charlie Buckingham dominate the Southern Region qualifying regatta for the ICSA Single Handed Nationals

Cornell University Kristen Reese ’06 Duke Jess Adam ’04 Denison Matt Verklin ‘08

Franklin & Marshall Sarah Meisenburg ’05 University of Delaware Taylor Burns ‘08 Gettysburg College Sara Tolner ‘05 College of the Holy Cross David Henry ‘08 Catherine Crowe ‘08 Johns Hopkins University Brett Bathras ’06 Erin Russell ’06 Monica D’Ambrogi ‘08 Lynchburg College Chase Loetz ‘07 Christina Tran ‘08

Vanderbilt Anastasia Adam ’06 Allie Frank ’06 Alex Priddy ‘08 University of Vermont Alex Plavner ‘08 University of Virginia Lauren Benner ’06 Nick Elsmo ‘07 Josie Owen ‘08 Yale Caroline Crow ‘08

basketball Franklin & Marshall Sarah Meisenburg ’05 Faith Meisenburg ’06 Randolph-Macon College Taylor Wiecaorek ‘08

baseball Johns Hopkins University Harrison Taylor ‘05 University of Maryland Sander Beck ‘08

crew Wellesley Stephanie Ayers ’06

University of Maryland Brian Phipps ’06

University of Miami Caitlin Burman ’06

University of Oregon Kristina Barrett ‘08

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US Air Force Academy Woodruff Johnson ‘07 USNA Patrick Moran ’05 Maggie Morton ’06 Penn State Universitry Kevin Etter ’06 Suzanne Isidor ‘91women’s head lax coach Dartmouth University Garrett Nicholson ‘06 Roanoke College Brooks Laufman ’06 Sunni Ray ’06 Rutgers University Maggie Pierce ’06 St. John’s University Jamal Jones ’05 St. Mary’s College Dennis Rosson ‘07 John Collinson ’07 University of North Carolina Mark Staines ‘08

Colgate Emily Oliver ’06

field hockey Indiana University Jobi Manson ’05 Ohio State Keri Houser ‘06 University of Richmond Sarah Masek ‘07

football University of Virginia Brendan Lane ’06

sailing College of Charleston Manton Paine ‘05 Georgetown Evan Aras ‘07 St. Mary’s College of Maryland Sara Morgan Watters ’06 Tufts University Kate Schellie ‘05 Yale Joe Morris ‘08


ALUMNIMay WEEKEND 2009 1 thru May 3

From the 1969 Navigator (class of ’69 unless otherwise noted): Bryson Popham, Nick Codd, Walter Urie, Scott Babbit, Tom Tallman ’70, Mark Zepp ’71, David Dalton, John Potvin ’71, John Norton ’72, John Houck ’71, Gary Winter ’71 , Steve Schneider, Tom Codd ’72, Allen Fritsch, Don White ’71, The Magic Bus.

Friday, May 1 12 Noon 1:30 pm

Athletic Hall of Fame Luncheon - Edward St. John Athletic Center - Free event but please RSVP for lunch Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, May 2 10 am 11 am 12 Noon - 3:30 pm 6:30 pm

Alumni Lax Games - Lynch Field - Free event but please rsvp to reserve a jersey Lacrosse Clinic - for children of alums hosted by Severn’s Varsity Lax Teams Alumni Family Picnic - Boone House Lawn- $15 per person; children ages 5-12, $7; children under 5 free Alumni Reunion Class Dinner - Edward St. John Athletic Center - $30 per person, adults only

Sunday, May 3 8:30 am 10:30 am

Salute the Legends 5K Run - Run begins at 8:30, registration prior Kesmodel-Lindsay Brunch - for the classes of 1968 and back - $20 per person

Reunion Chairs 1944 John Fry jfry173@aol.com 410-280-6136 1949 Jack Jones jackcaroljones@msn.com 410-647-1681 1954 Jack Kelly jmkelly@norwoodlight.com 781-762-6318 Brent Taylor btandct@comcast.net 912-634-2685

1959 Don Trumpy 410-867-2359

Chris Jay 603-672-3304 rip2130@aol.com

John Leimkuhler 443-604-5306 jwleimkuhler@comcast.net

1989 Paul Rose 301-865-8810 prose@fredericklaw.com

1974 Gary Zorn 443.254.2455 gzorn@fgpa.com 1984 Susan Tyndall Leonard 410-757-3378 susanleonard1921@vzw.blackberry.net

1994 Amy Hackman Hilliard 410-555-1212 amyehilliard@yahoo.com

1999 Jennifer Scott 410-353-9078 jenscott@alumni.virginia.edu 2004 Kaitlyn McCleary 843-566-2228 mccleary.caitlin@gmail.com

Mike Calabrese 410-975-0194 calabrese_michael@hotmail.com

Please check the Severn website for more information and reunion updates. Questions? Call Denise Tray Rosson ’78, Director, Alumni Relations at 410-647-7701 ext 2262, or d.rosson@severnschool.com


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Class Notes

it is with sorrow we note the passing of these severn friends

Edwin Hunter ‘28, 2/22/2002 Everett Smith ‘33, 8/6/2005 Thomas Ashenfelter ‘34, 12/8/1999 George Voegeli ‘34, 1/29/2004 Roderick Webster ‘34, 7/31/1997 Arthur Terry ‘37, 2/11/2000 Francis Tormollan ‘38, 8/1/2007 Harry Clayton Hardy Jr. ‘41, 12/25/08 George “Buddy” Gilman ‘45 William Loomis ‘45 William Fromm ‘49, 6/21/2007 William Ross ‘49, 9/6/2008 Detlev “Ed” Hasselmann ‘53, 6/2/2008 Terry Watkins ‘56, 8/4/2007 Edwin Oakie McLaury ‘59, 1/2004 Thomas Starkey ‘61 Patricia Rodgers Benson, 1/4/09, Mother of Katie Benson Nivens ‘85 and Caroline Benson Tringali ‘81, wife of former trustee, George R. Benson, Jr. Rosemary Clanton, Mother of Art Clanton ‘75 and Claudia Clanton Woods ‘73 Elliot Baines, 9/2007, Grandfather of David J. Baines ‘05 James Long, Grandfather of Sarah E. Long Bruno ‘94, Kara C. Long ‘96, Zachary Long ‘97 Lydia Nolan, 8/2/08, Mother of Severn trustee, James Nolan ’62 Josephine S. Noland, 11/9/08, Grandmother of Katharine Old Cook ’85, Bruce Old ’87 and Josephine N. Old ’89

1938 Francis “Tor” Tormollan died on August 1, 2007 after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Tor had placed third in the School on the Naval Academy entrance exam but his naval career was cut short by a football injury that required a lengthy hospital stay. Back into civilian life, Tor entered the University of Texas and the founding class of the Naval ROTC program. He served in the Navy until 1953, initially as an engineering officer, later as chief engineer and then executive officer, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific. From 1963 to 1981 he served as Associate Professor of Marine Engineering at Texas A & M 28

University in Galveston. Due to his efforts, the school became accredited as a four year college, in addition to being a trade school training merchant mariners.

1939 Dan Hunt plays golf every year at USNA Homecoming with Dick Lazenby ‘38 as the only two stalwarts from USNA Class of ’43.

1941 Harry Clayton Hardy Jr., 86, a life long resident of Severna Park, died Dec. 25. He worked for his uncle at Dill Plumbing in Severna Park until his employment at Sears in Annapolis,

where he stayed until his retirement. He served in the Coast Guard during­WWII aboard the USS Cambria. He was also a volunteer firefighter at Earleigh Heights Fire Dept. for 70 years. In retirement, he continued to help others with whatever needed to be fixed in their homes. He also volunteered at Woods Church with Meals onWheels and the Blood Drive. He was a consummate waterman, sailor, fisherman and crabber.

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As I promised a couple of issues ago, I’ll give you a little background on what Phineas Dixson has been up to since graduation. He writes: “I was discharged from the Navy in 1946. I attended and finished college in Virginia in 1949. After working around the farm, a friend and I went to work in Maryland at Westinghouse. I decided I would rather play golf whenever I wanted to and went to law school at the University of Baltimore and was admitted to the bar in 1962. I’ve been practicing law ever since in Maryland. My office address is


Arthur H. Tagland ’38 at Severn School In response to The Bridge’s request for writers, Art Tagland ’38 stepped up with a marvelous account of life as a boarder at Severn School before WWII. This edition of The Bridge offers the first of many installments by Mr. Tagland.

infractions. A teacher was not in full-time attendance. As I recall, someone looked in on us periodically to see that we were doing what we were supposed to be doing. One of the boys sharing this study time with me was John Kidder ’39, a very good friend of mine. We figured that we could go out the window, hitch-hike to Annapolis, take in a movie and return to the study hall before anyone would miss us. This seemed to be a brilliant plan and we put it into operation.

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“In February or March 1938, I decided I wanted to visit Captain Collins [retired Naval Officer and friend of the family]. I had gotten to the point that I liked those days away from the school routine. Mr. Teel said I could not go. That should have been sufficient for me, but I was bull-headed. I went anyway. When I returned I was severely reprimanded for disobedience and punished by being assigned four hours study hour from 1pm to 5pm for two or three successive Saturday afternoons. These extra study hour session took place in a classroom on the first floor of the main building. I was not alone in this classroom. There were probably six of us in attendance, being punished for various 401 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228. My home address is 2617 Orchard Ave, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043. I am happy to tell you that my wife, Carole, is from upstate New York, Tupper Lake. We have two sons, Jeffrey and Scott. Jeffrey is a home improvement contractor and Scott is a lawyer.”

1946 Send notes to: Hugh “Dick” McLean

P.O. Box 1735 Borrego Springs, CA 92004 hugh-mclean@hotmail.com

1947 Send notes to: Blair “Buzz” Hall

666 Maid Marian Hill Sherwood Forest, MD 21405 410-849-2134 blairhall@aol.com

Dutch Spanagel sent this note: “As a member of the Class of ‘47 (good heavens, 61-years ago … thought it was yesterday!), it is with regret eternally I’ll not be in attendance at the ceremony honoring Ken Weir. Actually, I’ve never attended a single gathering to my regret. Although my specific recollection of the fellow is hazy, I do remember him all too well as being, in his youth, somewhat of a fine chap, a dear friend, and better than aver-

While hitch-hiking to Annapolis a car approached. It stopped and the driver asked, “Where are you boys going?” We told him. He said, “Get in. I am going to Annapolis and I’ll drop you off at the theatre.” When he dropped us off he said, “Have a good time, I’ll see you back at school.” Well, we didn’t have a good time. It was difficult to enjoy the movie. Our benefactor had been Mr. Halsted, one of our science and math teachers. He and his wife lived in an apartment on one end of the main building. He knew us very well. He knew that we were restricted and that we were supposed to be in study hour session. Monday we had a meeting with Mr. Teel. It wasn’t pleasant. One option Mr. Teel was considering was to discharge us from school and send us home. I don’t know how I could have faced my parents if that had occurred. My friend and I were “happy” to receive the punishment assigned – study hour session, Monday through Friday, after regular classes and on Saturday afternoon, for the rest of the school year. We faithfully attended.” age student (which I was not). I have to admit, however, I never expected him to advance himself so splendidly professionally. In all truth and recall, Severn’s honoring him as a distinguished alumni is well justified - not only a “helluva” swell man, but one who has brought lasting honor on himself, Severn and the Naval Academy. Yes, as you might gather, I am no ‘Spring Chicken’ although I do get about with some ability, especially down hill. My single largest problem is that even with aids I am more deaf than functional, and in large gatherings the level of sounds is actually ‘deafening’ as it were. I do hope for all your efforts ap-

plied over the next month or so to make these gatherings memorable proves rewarding. Good fortune and health to those still with us out of ‘47. Regrettably as the years rush away (I’ll be 81 in a couple of weeks) and the adventitious onset of deafness has greatly precluded my participation in events of joy, I cannot feel comfortable in not being able to share my life’s experiences subsequent to those halcyon days of academic struggle at Severn and Mr. Teel’s leadership. If there is some voiced enumeration during the ceremony of those who have responded with remembrance of Ken please add my name to those who recall him with considerable affection.” 29


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From Steve Millard: “Recently at the White House to see my business partner of 30 years receive the National Medal of Technology from President Bush. This award was for his invention of the technology at the Rand Corporation that today is called the internet. We co-founded 7 companies, 5 went public and 3 achieved peak market valuations well in excess of one billion dollars each and created 5000 new jobs. After our last two companies got acquired by Paul Allen and Cisco, I retired and quickly “flunked” retirement. Have cofounded a new company and am working closely with US Intelligence Agencies finding the tools to fight terrorism, they recently described us as being: ‘the tip of their spear.’ When not working, my wife and I spend a month every year in Kenya where her British cousins, the Dyers, have been ranchers for nearly 100 years, they own 3 lodges on the Masai Mara and the Serengeti. Any Severn graduate interested in joining us some year can contact me at: sf.millard@wharton. upenn.edu. It’s the experience of a lifetime. When not working or traveling, I occasionally play golf with my friends, tennis with my enemies, lacrosse with my Stanford colleagues, beginner’s chess with my wife, I rarely win.”

Ed Hasselmann passed in June 2008 after a valiant fight with cancer. Ed was born in Hong Kong, grew up in the Philippines, China and Germany. He came to the U.S. and Severn School at age 13. He graduated from MIT with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and then spent five years in the Air Force testing rockets. He entered civilian life in 1963 working for Electro-Optical Systems in Pasadena, CA. There he managed the production of photovoltaic solar panels for space satellites. At one time, nearly all solar panels in space had been built under his supervision, a source of pride for him. Always a restless inventor, he first built a remote-controlled submersible but was too far ahead of his time. In 1974, he went to work on gasoline vapor recovery, another emerging technology. In 1975, he founded Hasstech, Inc. and in 1976, his was the first gasoline vapor recovery system certified by the State of California for use on gas stations. For 20 years, Ed and his wonderful associates built systems to clean up the air and ground from gas vapors and spills. Ed held 14 patents and was a professional engineer. After retirement, Ed and Norma, his wife, took off on their motor yacht to cruise from Canada to Canada around North and Latin America. It was an eye-opening five years and a life’s dream fulfilled.

Send notes to: John Eller

8722 Higdon Drive, Vienna VA 22182 703-938-7487 wgf50929@yahoo.com

From Bill: “Winter is here, spring is around the corner. The highlight since the last issue is that Ken Weir has now officially received the Severn School “Distinguished Alumni Award.” The award ceremony was included in a wonderful inspiring Veterans Day tribute to all Severn graduates who have given their lives for their country from the Spanish Civil War to Vietnam. The program included Posting the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, The Star-Spangled Banner, Welcome by Headmaster Doug Lagarde, Ken’s acceptance and his comments, In Flanders Fields, Reading of Severn School’s Memorial Roster (with the reading of each eighty-five names, a student left the auditoium), Taps and Retiring of the Colors. As I said, it was inspiring to all age groups. Well done, Severn. I have a several letters from classmates that I will acknowledge next issue. Please ‘keep those cards and letters coming.’ Everyone have a wonderful spring where ever you may be. Bill”

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1952 Send Notes to: Nick Goldsborough

5101 River Crescent Dr. Annapolis, MD 21401 ngoldsborough2@verizon.net

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This note came to The Bridge from Ashley Rose McLaury: “My dad was Edwin McLaury ’59. He died in Jan. 2004. I’ve been going through his old yearbooks and pictures and wanted to learn more about him. If you have any information about my dad during high school I’d love to know. I’m really curious about things like his roommate and his boarding school life, as I attended a boarding school myself (Miss Porter’s School in Farmington CT).”

1960 Send notes to: Neil Perron

1253 Dogwood Road Arnold, MD 21012 nfp1@comcast.net

1962 Send notes to: Robert Kesmodel

11 Island Avenue Unit 806 Miami Beach, FL 33139 Office 305-538-2004 rkesmodel@gmail.com

Dick Taylor writes in: “Broken hip and all, I’m still around. Hope the class of 62 is doing well. Hello to Kesmodel and Noland.”

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1965 Send Notes to: Sandy Clark

528 4th Street SE Washington, D.C. 20003 sandyclark@yahoo.com

Sandy Clark writes: “Received an email from Ralph Stoll, who checked in from Seattle. He writes: ‘Sharon and I remain anchored in Seattle, thoroughly enjoying the Pacific Northwest since retirement in 1996 from command of (Ballistic Missile Submarine) USS GEORGIA (SSBN 729). At home, Sharon is quite happy with the active life that living near downtown Seattle offers, taking classes at the University of Washington, which is one block away from our house at the Montlake Cut. Our oldest daughter, Lee, is a TV anchor/reporter for CBS in Spokane, but a move to Seattle is in the works. Our youngest daughter, Paige, is the merchandising manager for Harper’s Bazaar in NYC, loving the city and her new job, and recently engaged. With some interesting business partners, I’ve spent the last 12 years starting a series of entrepreneurial companies or pursuing business ideas as a consultant, some more successful than others. Like many of us, I keep thinking I’m getting close to retirement but the goal line keeps getting moved. The current company, Predicus, creates state-of-the-art decisionsupport models that are attracting significant interest in this era of financial stress. We are finding that our process is especially valid in the federal area where both technical and non-technical risks need to be better integrated and communicated, but commercial clients are also responding well. On the weekends I have found a satisfying way to keep my sea

stories circulating by teaching sailing and leadership to University of Washington NROTC midshipmen aboard two Navy 44 foot sailboats given by the Naval Academy this past summer. Best regards to our classmates, Ralph.’ Leave it to you, Ralph, to successfully integrate the technical to our daily lives! Thanks for checking in. We’d certainly like to hear from other ‘65 grads. Keep those cards and letters coming!”

1966 Send notes to: Richard Templeton

108 Annapolis Street Annapolis, MD 21401 kron2000@aol.com

1968 Send notes to: Shannon McDowell

3 South Cherry Grove Ave. Annapolis, MD 21401 shannonmcdowell2006@comcast.net

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and we had the school nearly to ourselves. Joel Madden, the Chairman of the Upper School Science Department, generously lead us on an extensive campus tour that included visiting classrooms that boast killer views of the Severn River from the top floor of Creeden Hall. Mr. Madden teaches physics from this aerie, a far cry from the basement lair where Capt. Marable taught us physics. This is not the Severn School of 1972. Sadly, students today are denied the opportunity to sit in Woods Hall, that classic example of Soviet era bomb shelter chic, and wonder which will kill them first: steam-heat suffocation during math or a future perfect verb induced stroke during Latin. A week later I attended the homecoming celebra-

tion and dedication of the new turf fields-another signal feature of the new school. (You can see a terrific aerial photo if you go to the Severn web site and select Campus Tour in the About Us drop-down menu.) While most folks were occupied with the new Edward St. John Athletic Center, I was snooping around the old gym and I ran into Leroy Sparks ’71 and Kurt Kuhn ’71. They were doing the same thing I was - looking for ghosts. We stood on the landing by the door to the basketball court for an hour while we told stories and laughed out loud. Earlier in the day I entered my Screamin’ San Francisco California Chili in the annual homecoming Chili Cook-Off. I did not win even though my recipe included a full

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P.O. Box 843 Severna Park, MD 21146 nickcodd@verizon.net

1972 Send notes to: John Norton

13 Botany Court Emerald Hills, CA 94062 650-361-8062 john@declarity.com

John Norton sends this news: “I was in Maryland last October and I had the good fortune to spend some time with Mr. Bob Gray. We met at Severn on a sparkling autumn afternoon by the flagpole named in his honor. I am happy to report that Mr. Gray looks fabulous and is in excellent spirit. It was a Sunday 31


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bottle of Napa Valley Merlot but I still laughed out loud. [Editor’s note: I had the pleasure of sharing a space next to John Norton at the Chili Cook-Off. For those who have not participated or for those who have been thinking about participating in this event, do it! It is a lot of fun and you may get lucky and placed next to John Norton.] n Jim Adrian is in Nashville and he writes that he has lots of good memories of Severn. ‘I wish I could get up there more often for reunions and homecomings.’ Jim’s sister, Joni Morgan ’75, makes her home in Virginia. “Joni is great about staying in touch with Severn and with her friends, especially Betty Waters Phipps ’75. I got home briefly this last Thanksgiving and was able to see my mom and dad as well as Wilson Phipps ’74 and Betty who came by the house. They have not changed a bit.’ Jim and his wife Harriet ‘… recently downsized to a condo in Nashville since we don’t have any kids unless you count our 90-pound black lab, Tucker. We also bought a lake house between Nashville and Knoxville on Center Hill Lake. You can usually find us there either on our pontoon boat or just hanging out. We had an Adrian family reunion there last July with about 17 people-it was

a blast. Everyone made it in our family except my Dad who just can’t travel anymore. Harriet still works for Hospital Corp of America and I am in my 10th year at HP covering the Tennessee and Alabama territories. I work out of the house but I’m usually in my car somewhere between Memphis and Mobile. I really enjoy my job and HP has been very good to me.” n Geoffrey Guttmann is living and working in Scranton, PA and is part of an enterprise to found a new medical school, The Commonwealth Medical College, that will open this fall. This is his profile from the school’s Faculty Profile web page: ‘Geoffrey Guttmann, PhD is Professor of Anatomy and Director of “Human Structure and Function” and Co-Director of “Brain, Mind, and Behavior”. He earned his Ph.D. in Medical Physics at the University of California, Berkeley where he built a soft x-ray microscope to examine CHO-SC1 cells in mitosis as well as the ultrastructure of fibroblast cells. He completed a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory and another postdoctoral experience at the University of Michigan. He became faculty at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and then became more involved

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in medical education when he set up the Life Sciences Resource Centre and basic medical sciences program at the Peninsula Medical School in the U.K. He returned to Canada to help set up the curriculum and e-curriculum for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay. He has held a number of teaching posts with the most recent being at the University of Kentucky. His current research focuses on the development and evaluation of instructional materials for medical and other health care professional students, their study skills during the course of health care professional education, and image analysis and image reconstruction techniques to make 3D and 4D models for illustrating anatomical, embryological and developmental concepts and determining the extent of craniofacial defects. Dr. Guttmann was recently accepted into the Harvard Macy Institute’s Program for Educators for 2010. The program provides information on learning and teaching, curriculum, evaluation, leadership, and information technology.” Beat that. n I spoke to Fred Hildebrand just before the end of the year. “It’s been busy around here. An enormous amount of commercial property

Charles Peltosalo ‘72 just before his first haircut in 17 years

and casualty insurance renews on January 1, which puts pressure on the entire insurance industry during the festive holiday season! It’s the accounting industry’s gift to the insurance industry. After Severn, I went to the University of Richmond for two years, and then transferred to the University of Maryland, graduating with a degree in journalism. In 1987, I started the Advantage Group, Inc., a multi-line independent insurance agency, located in Westminster, MD. We can be found on the web at www.advantagegroupinsurance.com. My wife Kim and I have been married since 1980. We have two children, Kristen age 25, and Laura, age 23. We have lived in Glenwood, MD, in Howard County, since 1986. We spend a lot of the summer in Ocean City, MD.” n I talked to Charles Peltosalo for the first time in nearly 30 years. He is lately in South Carolina. “I ended-up in Montana surrounded by Spanish credits, so I grabbed the degree, my future wife (Elizabeth) and a black cat (who subsequently traveled in all 48 lower states in our car) and headed to Florida, where I taught tennis for a long while. We retained connections with our Indian friends in Montana and have fasted and participated in ceremonies at a site outside of Sturgis, South Dakota since ‘83 (although the last several years, the Elders have required us at an Apache site outside Globe, AZ). We have 15 fur and feather people (7 dogs, 5 cats, 3 birds) who keep us busy from dawn till midnight, but after that the day is all ours. We have no children (Praise Jesus!); it’s a different road we’re on. After Florida, we moved to Maryland where Elizabeth


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worked at the Naval Academy and I pursued a database editing and indexing career (ending at Lexis-Nexis). We were required to move here (Ridgeland, SC) to stabilize my mother’s property and Alzheimer’s care. Before her recent passing, we repaired her beach house at Hilton Head, rented it, and then sold it (buying our own place in Ridgeland). We are now casting about for work. Like Jethro Bodine, I refuse to do any doctoring, lawyering or ciphering.

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1978 Send notes to: Denise Tray Rosson

Severn School The Boone House 116 Maple Avenue Severna Park, MD 21146 d.rosson@severnschool.com

1979 Send notes to: Kim Corbin Aviles

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443 Maryleborn Road Severna Park, MD 21146 kaviles@csalaw.com

Send notes to: Bona Hurst Ellis

513 Point Field Drive Millersville, MD 21108 410-987-3949 rellis@msn.com

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Joni Adrian Morgan sent this is: “Glad I am still on the Severn Email list! I am currently in Afghanistan, one month into my year tour! Working long hours, but it’s rewarding. Keep me on your list.”

1976 104 Castletown Road Lutherville, MD 21093 410-823-7777

7034 Irongate Lane Dallas, TX 75214 214-821-4526 AFLong@sbcglobal.net

bove is the cover of Bob Alley’s ’74 latest illustrated work THERE’S A WOLF AT THE DOOR written by his wife, Zoë B. Alley. From Bob’s website, www.rwalley.com, “It’s a retelling in panel format of five traditional wolf-centered tales told in decidedly nontraditional language for the picturebook crowd. It’s already gotten a starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus and a mention in Kirkus Review’s Graphic Spotlight 2008.”

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have just released their first product: A DVD entitled Readeez Volume One. A “Readeez” is a short film that uses synchronized video and audio to teach preschoolers to read. The company was recognized in the Nov. 2008 Parenting Magazine. Please go to Readeez.com and check out Michael’s creations. n On another note, our class of ’81 has three boys currently enrolled in the Class of 2012! Chase Brown (Jamie ’81 and Kate Hoffman Brown ’81), Shane Carper (Ben and Cathy Hewitt Carper ’81), Nick Manis (Nick and Stacey Hendricks Manis ’81). We are all pretty excited to share four years together again.

1982 Send notes to: Tracy Tischer

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News from Brooks Tucker: “I was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve in May ’08 and recently returned to active duty in October to serve as a Defense Congressional Fellow in the United States Senate for the 111th Congress in 2009. I’ve put my private sector career on hold for awhile to take advantage of this “once in a lifetime” opportunity for a firsthand perspective on governance and politics. During my year in Washington, I’ll be working for Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) as an advisor on defense policy. Senator Burr sits on the Veterans Affairs and Select Intelligence committees.” n Mark Goodman writes: “My wife Tanya and I are pleased to share we now have a 2 month old baby girl (Jessica). Her 2½ year old brother and her look forward to being Severnites.”

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1985 Send notes to: Julie Katcef Maseritz

197 Cinnamon Lane Edgewater, MD 21037 julie12@comcast.net

1986 Send notes to: Sara Tabasi Toomey

150 Longfellow Drive Millersville, MD 21108 410-315-7728 charleysangels@verizon.net

Sara sends this news: “Congratulations to John Rivers and his wife Kristi on the birth of their twin boys! Landon James and Bond Bradford were born on September 24, 2008 and weighed 4 lbs 15oz and 4 lbs 11oz respectively. They join big sisters Makenzie and Charlotte. John is president of Consumer Trust Mortgage in Annapolis. n Kathryn Shepherd Leonard shares this news with our readers: “I wanted to let you know about exciting news in my life. Last spring I was invited to exhibit my artwork at RandolphMacon College’s private gallery. It was a privilege to return to

my alma mater as an artist rather than a lowly freshman! On another matter, I have set up a second studio in Key West, FL and am getting ready to do a second one-woman show here at The Stone Soup Gallery. I love working in such an artistic environment, the weather is pretty good too!” [See Kathryn’s work pg. 39] n Jeff Richard tells The Bridge: “We have been living in Fairfield Conn. for four years now and we love it. I am president of an engineering company and we have 3 kids; Charlie (7), James (5) and Grace (3).”

1987 NEW SECRETARY! Send Notes to: Penny Leatherwood Kennedy

penny.kennedy@gmail.com 410-439-5982

Lots of news from Penny: “Hi! I hope everyone has a great new year in 2009! I will be taking over the class notes for the Class of ’87, so please send your updates to penny.kennedy@gmail.com. I am happy to report that I am fortunate to keep in touch with many of our classmates. I still live in the Annapolis area where I am married with 2 children and work as the Infection Control Practitioner for Anne Arundel Medical Center. I even run into to classmates at work like Marium Bahrami, M.D, Ali Lesster Tiedke and Ricky Schwartzberg. My two children, Conor (8) and Maggie (6), attend the Naval Academy Primary school (NAPS) in Annapolis. There are several Severn alumni whose children go to the school, including Cheryl Herrick Lauer, who has a daugh-

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ter in my son’s third grade, and Kathy Bass Clevenger, who is a teacher at NAPS with two children in second and fourth grade. I also see familiar faces from other years at Severn in the school carpool line. I have reconnected with a lot of old friends through Facebook. If you haven’t joined yet, I encourage you to do so. Facebook is a fun, free and an easy way to communicate with old friends. I have started an alumni group on Facebook called The Severn ‘80’s Group for all classes from the 1980’s. We already have almost 100 members in the group where alumni can post info, photos or notes. Below is a photo at Fado’s Irish Pub from a happy hour that we arranged through Facebook. We would like to plan another happy hour, so join our Facebook Group so you can reconnect with old friends. I look forward to hearing from you, so please email, or call. If I don’t get some notes to post I might just get creative! n Thank you to Chris Baradel who sent me the following note: “Hope that this note finds you doing well and enjoying the holiday season. The big news from the Baradels was the arrival of Tyler Collins on Sept. 25th. He was 21 inches, 8lbs, 2oz. He joins big sister Ava,

who will be 3 on Jan. 9th. We are enjoying the mild Atlanta winter, spending time at the zoo, the aquarium, the local park, the Children’s museum, and any place else a little girl can burn off some energy. Anyone who is passing through Atlanta should drop me a line chrisbaradel@yahoo.com and we can catch up for dinner and/or a drink.”

1988 Send notes to: Drew Burns

706 Laurel Lane Severna Park, MD 21146 dburns@pcmgc.com 410-846-5570

1989 Send notes to: Holly Hodson

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From Holly: “Happy New Year 2009 to the Class of ’89! I hope everyone had a nice holiday. I spent my time here in southern California this year with friends and family. No matter how pretty Orange County is, it certainly can’t hold a flame to a true east coast holiday and I did miss that “Norman Rockwell” feeling this year. So, big thanks to those of you who kept the holiday mail

Happy Hour at Fado’s: Amy Tate Schutheis, Mim Bahrami, Sallie Luck, Mandy Baker Spollen and Penny Leatherwood Kennedy

coming! The notes and photos I received from some of you were fantastic and I really enjoyed catching up with everyone. This year, we have our 20th year reunion! How did this happen?!? Our class has been asked for volunteers to help with a variety of alumni events and I need help with planning our party so please email me any suggestions or ideas as soon as possible. An the very least, we need to get a date calendared so our out of town alumni can schedule flights accordingly! If you aren’t a member of the FACEBOOK community, I highly recommend joining it as it’s a great way to reach out to old friends and keep abreast of Severn Alumni news and functions. I look forward to seeing you guys this summer back home for our reunion. Moving on to… THE UPDATES: Matt Stader writes that ‘things have been rather interesting for the Stader family, hope to make the 20th Reunion next year as long as my deployment schedule holds out. I think the last time, my Dad sent the update into The Bridge I was a Captain. My wife Tresa and son Ryan (just turned 4) are currently at Fort Campbell Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault Division) and they are managing the home

front. I have spent the past five months in Afghanistan on the division staff and then about a month ago shifted from Afghanistan to Iraq. I guess you could say I exchanged one garden spot for another! I am currently serving as a Battalion S3 for a Field Artillery Battalion in Baghdad. We are on a 15 month deployment timeline and even though things right now are going really well (define that as minimal kinetic activity), it still looks like no change to the duration of our deployment, a real kick in the pants to say the least. Pretty diverse mission set from daily patrols to a lot of civil military type projects as well as the not so run of the mill security operations. Again, hope everyone is doing well and look forward to hearing from you. If I remember right your [Holly’s] Dad was an alumi from USMA? Go Army Beat Navy!’ MAJ Matt Stader, Battalion S3, 1-320th FAR, Baghdad, Iraq n Matt, yes, my dad (John Giddings ’50) is a West Point grad. On a personal note, and I’m sure our class would agree, I’d like to say thank you for your dedication and honor to our country over the past few years. I wish you the best of luck overseas and look forward to seeing you, and meeting your family,

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at our reunion this year. Have a safe return home to your family, Matt and thanks for checking in. n Ann Paglee Bozick sent in the following news; “My husband, Brad, and I are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl! Piper Brannan Bozick was born in Boston on June 7 and weighed 9lbs 13oz and was 20 ¾ in long. She was baptized in July at St. Mary’s in Annapolis. Holly Smith Mirenda, Lyn Bell Riggins, and Joanna Locke were all there to partake in the festivities. My family and I have recently relocated to Pittsburgh, PA and we were thrilled to discover that we’re neighbors with Perry Reeves Shoemaker. I’m attaching a picture of Perry and her daughter Amelia and me and my daughter Piper. If there are any other Severn alums in the Pittsburgh area, please shout out to Ann and Perry! n Thanks to Matt Smolinski for sending in

Piper Brannan Bozick, daughter of Ann Paglee Bozick ‘89

a photo of the usual suspects up to no good! n And lastly, Chip Wright checked in to let me know that they tackled quite a laborious doll-house-building project entailing over 100 hours of craftsmanship, along with a little rum and lots of patience, for his 5-year old daughter Sydney this year for her Christmas present! Way to go Chip and thanks for keeping in touch! Hope to see everyone this summer.

1990 Send notes to: Blairlee Sommers Owens

419 Prince George Street Laurel, MD 20707 blairleeowens@comcast.net

Blairlee sends this news: “Congrats to Robin Atkins Cotgreave and Pete Cotgreave who were married on May 24, 2008 with quite a few Severn alumni in attendance, including Katie Burrows Hill ’92 and Rolf Hill, Jason Weeks, Holly Eyler Yeatman, Kelly Eyler Austin ’88, Katie Eyler Peiffer ’93, Elise Franco Marbury ’87, Marie Bell, Roger Porter, and Geoff Hughes. They are residing in Arnold, MD. n Ben Polk sends in new of the birth of Sadie Katherine Polk on October 28, 2007. She joins Chase (3) , Natalie (7), April (5) and cousin Ryan Polk, son of Andy ’88. n Dan Nutwell

Perry Reeves Shoemaker ‘89, her daughter Amelia and Ann Paglee Bozick ‘89 with her daughter Piper

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tells us; “My wife Cindy and I have 3 young boys ages 1, 4, and 7. We are living in Piney Orchard, MD.”

1991 Send notes to: Heather Clark Piskorowski

4371 Westminster Place Saint Louis MO 63108 heatherpisko@gmail.com or to Matt Sarro

3051 Aberdeen Road Annapolis, MD 21403 mattsarro@yahoo.com

Heather writes: “I was excited to hear from Alexi Dzurec, who caught us up with everything he has been doing since his days at Severn! Alexi writes: ‘After graduating Severn, I went on to the University of Maryland, where I received my B.S. in Architecture in ’95. I took a year off to gain experience in the field. I lived in Annapolis and worked for two architectural firms in the area: one in Annapolis and one in Glen Echo. I then moved to Albuquerque where I attended the University of New Mexico. In ‘98 I received a master of architecture, graduating with distinction. Soon after graduating from UNM I moved to Santa Fe to take a job working with Ed Mazria, a pioneering architect in the field of sustainable design. I worked there for 8 ½ years and

Chip Wright ‘89 with daughter Sydney

in the course was promoted to a principal in the firm. In late 2006 Ed decided to focus his attention on Architecture 2030, a non-profit he established to combat climate change through promotion of high performance building design. So in 2007 I started my own firm, Autotroph, with several former Mazria staff members. We are a 4 person strong architecture, planning and consulting studio located in Santa Fe. Autotroph specializes in sustainable design; focusing on educational, community and affordable housing projects. Nearly 2 years into our existence we are off to a good start, working on a variety of interesting projects in New Mexico and beyond. On the personal side, I own my own house in Santa Fe and have renovated a portion of it into a rental apartment. I enjoy riding my bike to work and hiking with my dogs Monte and Jasmine. I recently got engaged to my girlfriend of 4 years, Christina Meyer. Wedding date is still TBD, but likely in late ‘09.’ Ed note: Alexi and Christina welcomed baby girl Avalon Kendrta Dzurec on Jan. 22. Congratulations! n Stacy Nabers Parker tells us Nathaniel Thomas Park was born November 5, 2008. n Carrie MacVean Grimes writes; “We are busy with our 3 children ages 5, 2, and 7 mos.”

From the Class of ’89: Matt Smolinski, Josh Hallett, Chris Pikul, Sandy Watkins


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1992 Send notes to: Jennifer Molesevich

305 S. Clinton St. Baltimore, MD 21224 jennpm1@msn.com

dreas Golling, Sarah Long Bruno, Sarah Medovich, Michael Neviaser, Daniel Shin, Jeffrey Tice, Ivett Vega, and Todd Winchester. Thanks, Mike.”

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Send notes to: Dave Sobel

Send notes to: Darcy Watt Gurganous

3171 Colchester Brook Lane Fairfax, VA 22031 703-280-2628 dave@evolvetech.com

Kristen Bauer Zaks writes; Charles (Charlie) Downing Zaks was born on September 9. We are all doing great and Lilly loves being a big sister!

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Send notes to: Michael Calabrese

calabrese_michael@hotmail.com

Michael Calabrese writes; “Our 15 year reunion is fast approaching. Amy Hackman Hilliard and I have been able to track down a number of folks on Facebook, but some are still missing in action. If you have contact information for any of the following names, please email me calabrese_michael@hotmail.com: Karen Anderson, Brendan Bartow, Andrew Bredeson, James Carpenter, Amy Cha, Heidi Rudolph Frothingham, An-

703-327-1089 drwatt21@hotmail.com

program.  As I have mentioned, you have been short-listed which speaks volumes for the quality and accomplishment Mr. Estes finds in your work.  You may take it from me that he is one of the most demanding and uncompromising art critics I have ever known, so I hope you are as excited as I am that he finds value in your work.”

Raphael Sassi has been selected as a potential candidate to receive 1996 a grant from the Acadia Founda- Send notes to: Erika Huebner tion for 2009.The following in- 4709 Spring Hill Road formation is from Richard Estes, Savannah, GA 31404 renowned for his Photo-Realism 912-691-1639 paintings, and Gregory Peterson, erika@designstudio13.com a collector who has published a book of his holdings.  (The Severn 1997 School library has a copy of “The Send notes to: Gussie Habeck Melendez Peterson Collection” because it augustamelendez@gmail.com includes some of Raphael Sassi’s work.) “The Acadia Foundation is a private charitable organization founded several years ago by the esteemed American PhotoRealist painter  Richard Estes.  Mr. Estes and the Foundation have created an award that invites several highly accomplished artists to visit him for one month at his property in Northeast Harbor, Maine, and to create work there from observation of life in the area.  Each artist also receives a cash award of $5,000. I have been asked to curate next year’s Louisa Melendez, daughter of Gussie Habeck Melendez ‘97 and husband Dave

Drew Habeck ’01, Gussie Habeck Melendez ’97 with daughter LuLu and husband, Dave, Lauren Poile Heysse ’97

This from Gussie; “Hi Class of ‘97! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and are doing well. I am still living in New York and really loving it. My husband, Dave, and I had a baby girl in September. Her name is Louisa but we call her LuLu, and she’s so much fun! Lauren Poile Heysse and my brother Drew ’01 are her godparents, so she has a lot of Severn stories and memories in her future! I will be in Maryland for much of the winter, so if anyone is around and wants to get together, please send me an email! Lauren and I are in touch regularly, as she is living in New York with her husband Todd. PLEASE email updates about your lives, it is so nice to read about what everone has been doing. My email is augustamelendez@gmail.com . Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2009.”

1998 Send notes to: Dan Ericson

910 M Street NW #408 Washington, D.C. 20001 ericson@gwu.edu

Julia Pitcher Worcester writes: “I married Key S. C. Worcester on July 12, 2008 at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis, MD. In true Annapolitan style - the weather was 95 degrees but that didn’t deter the festivities! Many Severnites were part of our special day including Skylar McDowell Fewster, George Fewster, Marina Hardy ’00, Melissa Needham & Brian Coyle, and recently engaged Lee Scott and Carla Chance! My brother Paul Pitcher ’01 was also one of our groomsmen. We honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas and just recently moved back to Annapolis. Key is a financial manager

Kristen Bauer Zaks’ ’93 children, Lilly and baby Charlie

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with Wachovia Securities and I continue to lobby the Maryland General Assembly on health care issues.” n Andrea Ceccarelli Cuniff sends this news; “I married Justin Cuniff on September 6, 2008. Despite Hurricane Hanna’s rain and wind early on that day, we were able to have our ceremony & reception outside in Annapolis as planned. The sun came out just before the ceremony began-- it was beautiful! Justin is an attorney in Annapolis and I am finishing my last year of residency in Baltimore, so we are living in Canton until graduation. We hope to settle back into Annapolis next year.” n Skylar McDowell Fewster tells The Bridge; “My husband George and I joyfully welcomed our first daughter, Reese Davidge Fewster, on May 27th. She is perfect in every way! My brother Brandon also welcomed their second daughter, Elle Weir McDowell, on April 23rd.”

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Send notes to: Jennifer Scott

1650 21st Rd. N. Apt 2 Arlington, VA 22209-1160 jenscott@alumni.virginia.edu

Jessica Wallace Ng writes: “We have big news! Hannah Marie Ng was born August 13 at 6 lbs and 17.5 inches. She is a very healthy little bundle of energy. We have loved our 2 years here in Pensacola, FL, but we move to northern Virginia at the end of September. Stephen starts work at Baker Botts, LLP, in October. Lots of big changes... wish us luck!”

2000 Send notes to: Jane Friend

jfriend12@gmail.com

Bret Hays reports, “I will be ordained a priest in January at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO. I’ve been working at the Cathedral since June and loving the people, the city, and the work. n Kristen Jernigan Morris will be graduating from the College of Notre Dame (Baltimore, Maryland) with a Masters in Educa-

tion in May 2009. n Morgan Klein reports, “I recently moved back to Annapolis and am attending the Physician Assistant Program at AACC with plans to work at a dermatology practice in Fairfax, VA when I graduate.”

2001 Send notes to: Helen Birney

helenwb@gmail.com

2002 Send Notes to: Kristi Jobson

kristi.jobson@gmail.com

Navy LTJG Ryan D. Frantz, was recently designated a Naval Aviator while serving with Training Air Wing One in Merdian, Miss. Lt. Frantz was presented with the coveted “Wings of Gold, “ marking the culmination of months of flight training. [see article pg. 16]

2003 Send notes to: Laura Lutkefedder

llutkefedder@gmail.com

Ned Masek is currrently working as a site engineer in Baltimore.

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Send Notes to: Jenn Presswood

jennpresswood@gmail.com

2005 Send Notes to: Tyler Williams

Willitr0@sewanee.edu or to Jenessa Del Sesto

jmdel87@aol.com

Brooke Jobson was among more than 150 Team In Training participants in the Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival on October 11, 2008. In this, her first marathon, she successfully completed the 26.2 mile run with the Maryland Chapter’s 20th Anniversary Team to the cheers of family, friends and teammates. Brooke was not only a standout on the course as a top TNT female finisher, she raised more than $6,000 in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Mission: to find cures for blood cancers and to improve treatments and survivorship for patients and families.

2006 Send Notes to: Courtney Dunn

ctd231@nyu.edu

Rutgers junior, Maggie Pierce, was selected to the 2007-08 All-Academic Team. The Big East has 16 member schools. To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in a Big East sponsored sport,

Reese Davidge Fewster, daughter of Skylar McDowell Fewster ’98

Hannah Marie Ng daughter of Jessica Wallace Ng ’99

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Meg Myers HendersonS ’00 wedding

Kirsten Kelly ‘06, Kristen Reese ‘06, Richard Welch ‘08, Maddie Dunlap ‘06, and Annie Weber ‘08. All but Kristen Reese are students at Penn State Kristen was visiting from Cornell


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Don’t miss Alumni Weekend May 1 -3 register on line at severnschool.com

Art by Kathryn Shepherd Leonard ’86

earned a varsity letter, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses. Go Maggie!

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2007 Send Notes to: Samantha Goldman

srgoldma@syr.edu or to

Emily Benton ’08, Tony Werner, Ryan O’Malley ‘07, Hanna Watt ’07

Graham Ellison

ellisogc@eckerd.edu

2008

Jon McKetney ’08, Ryan Fischbach ’08

Brianna Payne ’07, Gabby Hoehn-Saric ’06

Send Notes to: Annie Weber

acw5133@psu.edu or to Stephen Sexauer

stephen.b.sexauer@vanderbilt.edu

Matt Verklin ’08, Alex Plavner ’08, Mark Staines ’08, Brian Weber

Annie Weber ’08, Marvin Smith ’08, Emily Kraynak ’08, Lauren Reese ‘08

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More Saturnalia students, clockwise from top left: Ryan Buhrer 14, Abby Diedrich ’14, Matt Lucente ’14, Kelsey McGill ’15 , Cole Bowden ’15 and Conner Killham ’14, and Valarie Lenzer ’15.

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