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CLASS NOTES advertising (mostly Facebook and Google). Any Academy alumni interested in ordering custom embroidery can get a 15% discount by using “SA15” when you place an order. Ask Scott Ferguson ’70 how he liked his custom Jades hat from last year’s reunion!”

1971 Jonathan Beales ’71 writes, “Relocated back to Atlanta, Georgia, from Cincinnati, Ohio. Loving life and smiling. My son, Jamie, is a freshman at Ohio University. My daughter, Grace, is a barista at Starbucks here in Atlanta.” Joanne Groshardt ’71 wrote and produced a feature film, Safe Word, which will be available on DVD in 2012.

1972 Mark your calendars for your 40th class reunion - October 5-6, 2012! Contact your class party coordinator and host, Meghan Wise, at for more information about the festivities and to help plan the class party!



John A. Macdonald ’75 successfully defended his dissertation in October 2010 and was awarded the Doctor of Missiology Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary this past June. He continues to teach at Trinity School for Ministry and was promoted this year to associate professor and named head of the pastoral studies department. John’s daughter, Parry ‘06, is engaged and will be married in Sewickley on August 18, 2012, and John’s son, Timmy ‘11, is a freshman at Wheaton College.

Mark your calendars for your 35th class reunion - October 5-6, 2012! Contact your class party coordinators Elisa Cavalier (elisacav1@ gmail) or Rusty Scioscia ( for more information about the festivities and to help plan the class party!

1976 In June, an accident while horseback riding landed Charlie Ross ’76 in the hospital for almost two weeks. He sustained four broken ribs, a ruptured and removed spleen, and a series of strokes. He was in four different hospitals and finally ended up at the University of Utah where a trauma team took care of dangerous internal bleeding, and a neurological team installed a stent in his right carotid artery which put blood back into his brain. Despite not being expected to survive, the tireless advocacy of Charlie’s wife, Bo, ensured that Charlie was able to receive the medical care he needed, and he is now making a full recovery. He was even able to attend his 35th reunion this past October.

Rody Nash ’79, Fred Benz ’79, and John Atwood ’79 snap a group shot during a four-day motorcycle ride through the Sierra Mountains of California.


Tim Hastings ’77 became a grandfather in October 2011, when daughter Kim ’02 and son-in-law Keith Knuppel welcomed their first child, Macie, into the family. Mary Hays ’77 is a part owner of Unique Pizza & Subs, located at 1314 Duss Avenue in Ambridge. She recently visited with classmate Jim Angel ’77 and his sons. “We had a wonderful time catching up. I had not seen him since graduation in 1977!”

1979 Fred(dy) Benz ’79, Rody Nash ’79, and John Atwood ’79 went on a four-day motorcycle ride in the Sierra Mountains of California. Fred writes, “Great riding, great friends and incredible scenery – it doesn’t get much better.” Fred also reports that he completed a month-long motorcycle journey through Argentina and Chile earlier this year in celebration of his 50th. For those interested in reading about his adventure, go to

Andy Kendrick ’80 plays golf with his son, James (15), near their home in Santa Barbara, California.

Sewickley Speaking Winter 2012  

Sewickley Speaking is the alumni magazine for Sewickley Academy - a premier Pittsburgh private school enrolling students in pre-k through gr...