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Underwater Inspiration

Bishop Whipple’s Wilderness

Wooden Soldiers’ Reflections

A Celebration of the Arts Gala








Contributing Writers: Heather Gates, Julie Jensen, Meredith Potter Lindley ’69, Ashley Martin, Megan Maschoff, Tamara Kloeckl Nelsen ’80, Lonnie Schroeder, Drew Speckman ’16, Amy Wolf


Abby Carlstrom Humphrey ’62 and Bill Humphrey ’62 discover a sport they enjoy and a passion for helping others experience the underwater world.

Class Notes: Kim Bakken, Fr. Henry Doyle



Shattuck-St. Mary’s School community, with its strong commitment to protecting human rights and dignity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin in its admissions and scholarship programs, the administration of its educational, athletic, or other school programs, or its employment practices.

St. Mary’s Hall art teacher Olive Peltier is fondly remembered in this profile.


Short biographies on the newest members of SSM’s Board of Trustees.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School P.O. Box 218 • 1000 Shumway Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021 888.729.4946 •


Sharing our reader responses to the Summer 2015 Arch issue:

View the work in progress on campus.


Photos of the annual December holiday gathering in Minneapolis.

– Polly Isurin, SSM Visual Arts Teacher

Photography: Ashley Martin, Clay Paciorek, Paul Swenson, Johnnie Walker, Harry Wang ’17, Amy Wolf

We are a global learning community that honors tradition while embracing innovation. By cultivating creative, independent thinking, we foster the transformation of our students to become citizens of integrity for an ever-changing world.

Two former Wooden Soldiers members write about how the drill team shaped their lives and urge former members to connect and lend their support.

A blank white board was positioned center stage in Newhall Auditorium, with buckets of paint lined in front. As choral and Vocal Performance students began to perform, students from various arts electives came down the aisles in pairs, ascended to the stage, and began to paint the white board. Some dipped the brushes into paint, some used their hands, some students moved in a choreographed manner, while others followed a very organic rhythm. As each pair came off stage, another came up, and this cycle continued.

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Simultaneously, a student read from one of Dr. King’s famous passages, and the ongoing musical accompaniment created a reflective mood in the auditorium. As the white board became filled with color, the lights turned down and the music turned to a hushed volume. A group of students approached the stage and began to remove strips from the board revealing a hidden layer that was covered with paint. More and more students came to the stage, and more and more letters were revealed. What began as a process of adding layers was now concluding with the act of removing select layers. As the lights came on and the students on stage stepped aside, we all faced the same question: “HOW WILL YOU LEAVE YOUR MARK?”


An intriguing biography about one of SSM’s most important visionaries.

A collection of moments from an evening of celebrating the arts at SSM.

In honor of Martin Luther King Day in January, the Performing and Visual Arts Department chose to partake in a collaborative performance, during which many of the students involved were surprised by the final outcome.




Andrew Garlinski ’98 made the rounds throughout Asia last fall, meeting with alumni, current families, and prospective students.

34 SCHOOL NEWS Notes about life inside and outside the Arch.

40 HANDS ACROSS FARIBAULT 2015 A pictorial account of lending a helping hand in Faribault.

42 COLUMBARIUM Learn more about finding a final resting place at SSM.


John Dane ’43 called us and noted that Albert B. Pendleton, who was listed in the “In Memoriam” section, is from the class of 1943 not 1939. (Al’s brother was from the class of 1939.) Thank you, John. We always knew you were a Hawkeye! Michael Clark ’72 wrote in response to the feature on Larry Jackley ’46: “I’m actually writing because I am one of those annoying people who just can’t let a factual error go by without correcting it. The first paragraph of your excellent article on Larry Jackley caught my eye instantly. In relevant part, it says, “The year was 1942. ... The school selected for Larry was about three hours north on I-35 in Faribault, Minnesota.” I was going to let it go, but instead looked it up and found that there is a very relevant and interesting conclusion to my little correction, which is this: In 1942, there was no I-35. With the exception of a few sections in Oklahoma, construction on that road did not begin until 1956. But here is the fun part: the road stretches from Laredo, TX to Duluth, MN, and was end-to-end a fully completed interstate highway, with the exception of one stretch, which for twenty-some years remained a surface road with stoplights slowing down the traffic. That stretch was in Faribault, Minnesota. The I-35 bypass around Faribault was not completed until 1975, three years after I graduated from Shattuck. As a 14-year-old riding up from Iowa in my parents’ car for the start of my freshman year at Shattuck, I remember thinking that the interstate, and the world, ended at Faribault. The Jackley family would most likely have driven up from Des Moines on either US Highway 65, or 69, although it is also quite possible that they put their 14-year-old on a train instead. We are saddened to share the news that Colonel Larry Jackley ‘46 died on February 16, 2016. He had been ill for several months.

News and life events from the SSM community.




rchitecture is about planning, designing, building, and evolving. It is about digging deep to establish foundations and constructing structures that stand tall and celebrate the new. It is about caring for what already exists as it contemplates its new companion structures.. It means transforming what we have into what the future calls for, but respecting the core, having it serve as the essence of the new. This is the challenge, the opportunity, and the beauty of architecture. Our campuses are all about architecture – the setting that creates the tone, the environment, the community of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. Our compelling architecture and our spacious and gracious grounds have joined together to greet and embrace students for decades – and must continue to do so for years to come. For each of us, the campus is what we experience(d), during “our time”, and, as such, we hold on to our respective memories, images, and a sense of its shape and form. A student today does not know the campus without Fayfield Hall or the weCreate® Center. Yet an alum as recent as five years ago returning for Reunion would greet these “new arrivals” as distinct additions – and hopefully do so with excitement and pride!


Since the beginning of our School, the campuses have been ever changing, evolving over time and with the times. Phelps, in 1871, was our first building having served as a library for the Seabury Divinity School. It transformed into a dormitory – one of the first for Shattuck School, was expanded as enrollment grew, and then grew again in the 1920s when it became the School’s infirmary. Then, in the 1970s, it went asunder as enrollment declined, only to have its recent re-birth in its newest role as The Inn and the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) Retreat Center. In 1924, the glorious Saint Mary’s Hall, the “Castle on the Rhine” as it was dubbed, burned to the ground. It rose anew from its ashes just two years later and, over the next five decades, welcomed class after class of Saints to its unique and compelling setting. Today, it hosts the Middle School program and serves as the residence hall for 6-12th grade girls. Dobbin has gone through perhaps the most unique journey. Initially in 1907, it was a gymnasium and a swimming pool – the sports complex of its time! When Johnson Armory was built in 1909, a second floor was installed in the Dobbin gym, and it became a dormitory, which many alumni today still remember and come back to, on a quest to find their names carved in the limestone window sills. Its transformation continued when in the 1970s, its first floor became the school infirmary and trainer’s room and the second floor served as the band and orchestra practice rooms. Then, in 2004, the swimming pool was filled in and our Student Lounge came to life. Finally and most recently, its upper two floors were gutted, the ceiling opened to the rafters, and the entire interior transformed into our weCreate® Center!



The Old Rectory is now a dorm, as is the Rectory (the former Goldsmith residence across from the Chapel). Clapp has been “deClappitated” and expanded. Its architectural style and look now fitting more harmoniously with its peers on the campus.

And then there are the structures we have lost from aging or have just been replaced – of which there have been several over the years, large and small. When the original Whipple Hall and Shattuck Hall were torn down in 1926, many of the original stones were used to form the iconic Arch we drive under today. As important as the buildings have been, the grounds upon which they sit have played a vital role as well – and they too have evolved. The splendor of our great oaks’ canopy has done well to withstand the test of time. But, Mother Nature can present her challenges. We are working with a landscape architect to design a master plan that provides a thoughtful roadmap for the future with an emphasis on the trees, plantings, and the preservation of green space. We plan to begin a nursery on our St. James acreage using the acorns from our hickory, walnut, and oak trees with the goal of transplanting these trees throughout our campuses once they grow and mature. We care for our buildings and our grounds. We mend them, feed and water them, help them grow and evolve and improve. We plan for their future by thinking of what lays ahead. We are thoughtful caretakers. We know they will face challenges and will need continued attention which we will give generously and without hesitation. In their design, their feel, their statement, and their grace we find shelter, meaning, community, a sense of place, of belonging, of memories. They host traditions and spark ideas. They engage the weather and welcome the sunshine as much as the cold of winter, creating beauty with both. We welcome the new additions in design, in reach, in message but cast them amongst the established structures and space which we know and love. It is the blend for which we strive, a harmony, which when attained creates magnificence. Architecture – done well – takes time and thought. We have spent six years reflecting, designing, improving, and, now, building. We have created a Master Plan for not just the buildings, but for the campuses as well. To date, we have completed a great deal, have several projects under construction – and even more to follow. When completed, we will have cared for our School and planned for its future in a way we’ve never done before. We will be positioned for the needs of today, having done so with a strong eye toward the opportunities of tomorrow. Our setting is our differentiator. It is what gives great teachers an environment to foster the young minds of our students. It compels and inspires. It welcomes, embraces, and offers a unique stage for growth and development. Our community cherishes it – from the moment the relationship begins with the first glimpse of campus, whether it be a student, the child of a faculty member, an alumnus, or the School’s President. There are few places like our ShattuckSt. Mary’s – and we must be sure we keep it that way. It is a gift that has given to so many for so long, and must continue to do so for generations to come.



CLOCKWISE FROM THE TOP LEFT: Shattuck Hall built in 1866, Cornelia Whipple, Bishop Whipple and his second wife Evangeline Marrs Simpson Whipple, and the SeaburyShattuck campus on the bluff of the Straight River in the late 1860s.



Discovering the Man Behind the School BY HEATHER GATES

People and institutions are borne from the stories of older generations. The family tales, childhood homes, teachers and schools—each, in its own part, helps write the next great chapter of history. In the book, And the Wilderness Shall Blossom,



the story of an important person in the SSM family’s life unfolds and is retold— Henry Benjamin Whipple. The first Episcopal bishop of Minnesota, Whipple went on to create a legacy that’s larger than life even more than a century after his death. WINTER 2016


PAGE BY PAGE: THE MAN WHO NURTURED SSM In this rich 287-page book from Minnesota-based Afton Press, Whipple’s story emerges in captivating images and detailed text, from his boyhood days in Adams, New York, to his work as churchman, educator and advocate for Native Americans. “This man is just amazing,” says the book’s author Anne Beiser Allen. “He’s one of my favorite people. … Whipple just fascinated me. The more I got into it, the more interesting he became.” Thanks to Allen’s three years of research, And the Wilderness Shall Blossom flourishes with detail. It’s almost as if she walked in Whipple’s shoes herself.

THE YOUNG MAN Henry Benjamin Whipple was born in 1822 in upstate Adams, New York. From a close-knit family, young Henry grew up with three sisters, two brothers, and devoted parents who offered words and guidance that perhaps still ring true for parents today. “My son,” wrote his father when young Henry was away at boarding school, “you know I do not want to pinch you, but I want you to learn that you do not know best.” Whipple later attended Oberlin College, where his uncle was the preparatory department’s principal and professor of math. But in 1840, while away at Oberlin, Whipple became seriously ill and went home before the end of his second year. Not long after he returned, Whipple married Cornelia Wright, a schoolmate from his small Adams town and the daughter of a prominent local lawyer and surrogate judge. She was Whipple’s partner from the onset, the first to bring him into the Episcopal Church, along with her brother, and later, to raise six children with him. Finding his true “spiritual home” in the Episcopal Church, Whipple was ordained in 1848 and served churches in New York and Chicago before he was charged with heading to the Minnesota frontier. Reluctant at first to serve in its relative wilds, Whipple went on to become a fervent builder and creator throughout the state—uplifting in every sense of the word. Not only did he physically and philosophically lead the beginnings and later expansion of SSM, but Whipple also advocated for the poor and especially the plight of the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes, among other Native American tribes. In 1890, Cornelia Whipple died from injuries suffered in a railroad accident. “He really was lost in that first year after Cornelia died,” says Allen. “She kept an eye on his health, kept him from overworking and would get him to Florida (his winter home) so he could rest.” Later, Whipple married Evangeline Marrs Simpson, widow of an East Coast industrialist.


While it was Cornelia’s insistence that St. Mary’s came to be, first


Good Deeds

Whipple knew when to call upon his “generous” friends in this country and in Europe to raise money for his churches and schools. Here is an excerpted letter written on May 23, 1889, from Whipple to railroad tycoon James J. Hill in St. Paul. Honorable & dear Friend: I have often wished I could show you the Oxford of the West. If I say it there is no place in the United States that can show better foundations. This year I must build a gymnasium, put in boilers and engine(s?) for steam heating & electric light for our St. Mary’s Hall at a cost of $15,000. If you can aid your old friend in this work I shall be grateful... Within days, Hill sent Whipple $1,000. in the Whipples’ own enlarged home and then in a building of its own in 1882, Evangeline also took a strong interest in its evolution as well as overseeing Whipple’s health. The two women proved to be distant yet strong allies of the school and of their husband.

ON A MISSION Whipple became so devoted to his work that for many years he made regular missionary trips by cart or carriage, preaching in cabins, schoolhouses, stores, saloons and Indian villages, anywhere he was called and where people would listen. He also personally supported several missionary clergy and gave financial gifts to various causes. Described by Allen as a “warm and friendly man who took an interest in people,” Whipple, she says, also possessed a beautiful voice and innate charm, attributes that served him well when courting potential contributors to help build the school. They included a Dr. George Shattuck, an “old friend” of Whipple’s who also was a prominent Boston philanthropist and Dean of the Harvard Medical School. His financial gift built the first SSM boys’ grammar school in 1866, which would become Shattuck Hall. “That was his center, really, Minnesota. The wilderness blossomed in the course of his life, and he did a fair amount to encourage that (growth or “blossoming”) with these schools,” Allen says. Indeed, the blossoms of his first labors still bear good things as Shattuck-St. Mary’s continues to thrive well into the 21st century— adding chapters to its family history for the next generation.

The Back Story

As luck would have it, And the Wilderness Shall Blossom came to be. The book was published after its author spent years working tirelessly on it, on her own.

But it wasn’t luck at all. It was faith—and serendipity. Anne Beiser Allen had finished researching and writing the original manuscript when the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota connected her to Afton Press, a book publisher of Minnesota history, culture and achievements. It was serendipity that Afton Press was looking for a book project that tied into the 150th anniversary celebration of the Episcopal Diocese in Minnesota. (Not only did Whipple help found SSM, but he also was the state’s first Episcopal bishop.) They found one another at just the right time, and the book bloomed. Captivating photos with “little anecdotes” in many of the captions tell stories all their own, says Allen. “I love to see pictures of people (when reading biographies). I think it helps bring it alive.” True to life, the book chronicles many stories with photos of SSM’s early years.

And the Wilderness Shall Blossom is available for $45.00 including shipping from Afton Press, 165 Western Avenue N., Suite 15, St. Paul, MN 55102

Heather Gates is a freelance writer who resides in Faribault, Minnesota.



A Celebration of the



On October 21, over 250 alumni, parents and friends of the School were transported from the St. Paul Hotel to the world of music created by the immensely talented young people who currently participate in our Vocal Performance and Pre-Conservatory Centers of Excellence. There were joined by five of the gifted alumni of these programs who have taken the next step in their musical careers. By the end of the evening, the audience had a sense of the scope of musical talent our current and past students possess. Another message was clear. The goal of constructing a new Center for the Arts on the Shattuck-St.Mary’s campus will offer gifted young people a facility commensurate with their commitment to excellence and their ability to reach their lofty goals. There is really only one word to describe the evening - Bravo!



TOP LEFT: Wesley Schrock ’13 TOP RIGHT: Jane and Jim Ramsland ’62 BELOW: Members of SSM’s Vocal Performance Program



WHY IT MATTERS In 2013, SSM held the first musical gala, “Catch a Rising Star” at the same venue as this year’s celebration. Shattuck-St. Mary’s alumna Betty Myers ‘38, a Twin Cities based philanthropist whose love of the arts is manifested in her commitment to organizations like The Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra among others, was one of two Honorary Chairs of that event. We asked her to share her reasons for supporting the arts. Philanthropy isn’t complex, convoluted or complicated for Betty Myers. “You put your money where your interests are,” says Betty, “I think everyone does that whether it’s a lot of money or a small amount of money—it doesn’t matter.”



For Betty, the arts—especially music—are her interests. The chair of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School’s very first Arts Gala and a two-time St. Mary’s Hall trustee, Betty continues the philanthropic lifestyle she began with her late husband, John. The two St. Paul natives met at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, well known for its music, and raised two sons while supporting the music at St. John’s and nearly every other musical organization in their hometown. Betty likes to tell the story of how she and John first got involved with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, the precursor to the Minnesota Orchestra. “John and I just stumbled into this world,” she says with a chuckle in her voice. “We were asked to give a party for St. Paul people because the Minneapolis Orchestra didn’t get a lot of support from St. Paul. It’s been a great part of my life and some of my best friends are those I’ve made through the Minnesota Orchestra.”



For Betty and John, supporting the arts with their financial donations and their time as members of various arts boards was natural and comfortable. Now, their sons are musically active—Betty insists that her sons got all of their musical talent from their dad—and following in the family tradition of philanthropy. “Back when the Metropolitan Opera used to come here, Schuyler Chapin was the head of it and he said something that keeps recurring in my mind—‘Art is the signature of man,’ ” she says, quoting G.K. Chesterton’s succinct observation in The Everlasting Man. “I thought that was a wonderful way of putting it. Donald Trumps can come and go, but people still remember the music that was written back in the 16th and 17th centuries.” – Julie Jensen is a St. Paul-based freelance writer.



OPPOSITE PAGE: 1. Michael Sadjadi ’05 and Amy Spicer ’05 with their guests 2. Joan Maynard and Emma Youmans ’16 3. Dallas Musselman, Oen McKinley ’15, Ahn Do ‘15 4. Victoria Rico, current parent Rose Davila, Brian Flakne ‘74 5. Osip Nikiforov ’13, Alex Braginsky, Tanya Remenikova, Sally O’Reilly, Daniel Eras ‘16 6. Warren Staley, Mary Lynn Staley, Vicky Stoneman 7. John Sumner, Cynthia Leslie Johnson ’72, Scott Johnson ‘72 8. Dale Klungness, Vi Klungness, Eric Klungness ’89, Kristin Klungness


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RIGHT FROM TOP: SSM President Nick Stoneman Magdiell Antequera ’15 and Sara Aldana ’16 Jonathan Rhodes ’16








From the actors, to the stage manager, to the set designer on up to the director, it takes ALL ROLES WORKING TOGETHER to CREATE A SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE. Likewise, it takes the commitment of alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, friends and community members to CREATE SUCCESS! Several generous benefactors including Garrett Thornburg’64, the L & N Andreas Foundation and Harry Hagey ’59 have committed their support to this important project.


Here are the opportunities for you to participate: Director’s Club $7,500 Encore $5,000 Standing Ovation $2,500 Curtain Call $1,500 Applause $ 500* *Appreciation for the arts knows no specific age. However, we realize some of our younger alumni who love the theater and their own experience in the performing and visual arts would like to place their name on a seat in Thornburg Theater. We know you are also continuing your education or just at the beginning stages of a great career. So, to facilitate your participation, if you graduated in the years including 2005-2015, you can purchase your seat for $500.

• ALL donations can be structured to be paid over multiple years up to five years • Your name will appear (by Participation Level) on a Donor Board in the lobby of the Center for the Arts • The seat plaque will be engraved with a dedication of your choice

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT S-SM.ORG/SEATCAMPAIGN If you have questions, or would like to discuss giving options please contact:

Ann Bateman, Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement 1-888-729-4946



each other



ater. “It’s the great equalizer,” says Bill Humphrey ’62. He should know. He has helped paraplegics and quadriplegics take their first underwater experiences and personally witnessed the power of water to welcome all to its wonders. He has witnessed how humans become equals underwater.

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Bill and Abby Carlstrom Humphrey ’62 share a passion for scuba diving – a casual pursuit begun in 1999 to keep them busy while visiting Belize. This pastime has turned into something far beyond what either person could have originally imagined. For Abby, it’s her love of warm weather and beaches that draws her to the water. “For me, there is something so spiritual about being underwater,” Abby says, “I’ve wept underwater, it’s so beautiful.” Bill is “totally hooked.” When he talks about diving, his face lights up as he shares his passion for the sport. He has pursued advanced certifications, ventured to pristine waters on advanced diving trips, which he also describes as “spiritual experiences,” and has found joy and satisfaction in supporting individuals with disabilities as they pursue adaptive scuba diving.

He has logged more than 400 dives during the past 16 years, including about 25 trips assisting divers with disabilities. Getting certified to dive in Belize introduced the Humphreys to a new circle of people in Denver through A-1 Scuba & Travel Aquatics Center in Littleton, Colorado. There they met Scott Taylor, a physical therapist and military veteran from Craig Hospital who started working with A-1 Scuba to offer adaptive diving to other veterans. Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado is a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital specializing in spinal cord injuries. “They deal with people who come in from a whole variety of different situations who have suffered brain damage and or spinal cord injury which render them disabled to one degree or another,” Bill notes. “Typically, they are paraplegics and quadriplegics. Some have suffered minor or even significant brain injury that affects everything from their speech to their cognitive abilities. The idea behind Craig Hospital is to get them in, get them re-established, and then get them out the door so that they may live a normal life.”



Initially, there was much skepticism from the doctors at Craig Hospital who didn’t believe it would be possible for some of their patients to scuba dive without serious risk of downing. But, over time, people like Scott Taylor, with the help of volunteers like Bill Humphrey, began to shift their thinking as they built adaptive diving success stories.

the support and assistance we receive from the agency that trains, certifies, and supports our efforts – the Handicapped Scuba Association (HSA).” Founded in 1981, the HSA has over 4,000 underwater educators, scuba divers with disabilities, and supporting members in 45 countries.

A-1 Scuba’s dive shop offers new patients an indoor setting for literally testing the waters – moving from three to 15 feet of water while practicing with breathing equipment and getting used to being submerged in deeper water. Bill says that typically half of those who try it, love it. These are the people who become future diving partners for Bill and the other volunteers. “The idea is that underwater you relax and let it flow,” Bill says. “Diving is not a competitive sport.” He also quickly adds, “None of what we do would be possible without

Abby’s role has primarily been land-based, utilizing her natural gregariousness with everyone she meets. Bill, who is large in stature, has been an effective and patient helpmate to disabled divers on land and in water. While they both love scuba diving for their own personal reasons, Abby and Bill have found great joy in meeting amazing diving partners along the way who have taught them about life.

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They met Tom, who became a quadriplegic in a skiing accident 25 years ago, and yet loves to dive and does so with three support divers.

They met Kathy, who became a paraplegic when a palm tree fell on her at Disney World and broke her spine. Before this disabling injury, she had been a certified diver and was eager to reclaim this part of her past. When she was able to take her first dive as a paraplegic, her experience underwater was immediate relief from her chronic pain – something that confounded the doctors at Craig Hospital but alerted them to further explore the effects of bariatric pressure on pain management. Bill and Abby met a quadriplegic who became engaged to his physical therapist and they now have a child. There is Jeff, who hit black ice when he was a young man but now is a skilled diver who Bill has befriended and has to work hard to keep up with him underwater. Another person they met, though not through Craig Hospital, is Shannon, a 22-year-old woman who has cerebral palsy. She has been

diving six years. “One of the proudest days of her life was when she got her C-card,” Bill says, “and was certified as an open water diver. We don’t compromise with this. There are certain skills you have to be able to do or you don’t get it.” Adaptive diving has its own unique feel. “Everything slows down,” Bills says. “Disabled people require a lot of care. You take care of them and then you take care of yourself.” It is through focusing on others – those who might never have had the opportunities to explore the underwater world that Bill has learned to appreciate the additional dimensions of the sport he loves. It’s easy to forget about wheelchairs and disabilities and focus on each other as people. And, Bill says that those who have felt defined by their disabilities can finally say, “I am me. I am me.”



RETURN. REUNITE. REMEMBER. ABOVE: A group photo from June 2015 on a trip to Grand Cayman. The trips usually include five to eight disabled divers who each require between one to three support divers. BOTTOM LEFT: Bill Humphrey ’62. CENTER: Bill and Abby Humphrey RIGHT: Kathy (left) was a certified diver before she was injured and was one of the first divers to report that bariatric pressure below thirty feet of water completely eliminated her chronic pain. The phenomena is, apparently very rare, but has been reported before and is the subject of an ongoing study at Craig Hospital. She is a paraplegic with full use of her hands and arms. The young lady on the right is Shannon. She is 22 years old was born with cerebral palsy due to oxygen deprivation at birth. She just graduated from Metro State University last spring with a degree in Sociology. She is extremely independent and driven to succeed. She has partial use of her hands and was able to certify as an Open Water diver after training for two years.

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Reflections on WOODEN SOLDIERS


A Call to Action

From Tamara Kloeckl Nelsen ’80 I first saw the Wooden Soldiers or “WS” in 1975 in my 8th grade year at SSM. I had heard about WS (probably my first experience with an acronym) prior to the drill. I remember the drill was considered “special” and that the team members were looked up to for the stamina, concentration, and dedication they put into the drill and maintaining a wooden soldier like composure in spite of all the eyes watching them. After the drill, we younger girls were “thrilled” to get a big red cheek transferred to ours during the receiving line! (I have pictures). I immediately thought WS was something too demanding and scary for me to try, but when the Headmistress Ariel Lind asked me “are you going to try out next year?” as we walked back into the building, her cheery confidence and challenge to me lit a spark. I joined WS in 1976 as the second ever (I believe) freshman accepted onto the team. I went on to be Captain my senior year. To me, WS is sisterhood, solidarity, dedication, courage, and perfection particularly during try-outs, practices and drills. The more important underlying part of WS however was teamwork and leadership skills as we were all expected to keep our grades up, be good examples to others in the school, behave appropriately and within the rules, and demonstrate leadership and compassion.

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From Meredith Potter Lindley ’69 June of 1969, I graduated from St. Mary’s Hall after making my home there for four formative years. My most important experience at St. Mary’s was being Captain of Wooden Soldiers. Since then I have enjoyed an amazing life, raising two children while somehow managing a successful corporate career in sales. I have often wondered what would have been different about my life without the Wooden Soldier experience. I learned to be tough and to work hard. I learned about teamwork and what it takes to trust the person next to you to do the right thing at the right time. I learned about leadership, the most important lesson of all. Today, Wooden Soldiers is still a part of the SSM experience. Last year, I had the pleasure of getting involved with WS. I was able to meet On You Kang ’15, the outgoing Captain. I was extremely impressed with her leadership, tenacity, and singular focus on keeping our great tradition alive. This year I have also enjoyed meeting and working with Sophia Gu ’16, the 2015-16 Captain. Seeing these young female leaders in action, working so hard to keep the wonderful tradition of the Wooden Soldiers alive has been a wonderful experience. Here’s the action… 1) Are you on the Friends of Wooden Soldiers mailing list? The School has provided us with many of your email addresses and Lynda Field Schlukebier ’83 has been sending out informative emails but we believe there are a lot more people out there that are interested in Wooden Soldiers today. Maybe your mother or sister or aunt was a Wooden Soldier. We would love to hear from you! Send your stories... we all have them! Please send your email address to Lynda at 2) Would you be willing to participate in our fundraiser to support WS and more importantly, help pay for a bronze statue that we would like to stand near the already commissioned Crack Squad bronze statue in front of Johnson Hall? We need to raise over $50,000 to accomplish this. I believe that it is important for the Wooden Soldiers to be equally represented. That is not going to happen unless you help. If you want to make an impact on something that was important to you in the past, and is very important to the young women keeping it alive today, please let Lynda know that as well.




OLIVE PELTIER BY ASHLEY MARTIN If the walls of St. Mary’s Hall could talk we could hear the laughter of students, the stories of movers & shakers, and create clearer understanding of lives that are vastly different than our own. We could also hear the stories behind the murals that once graced the walls, the students that painted them, and the teacher who put the effort into place. The backbone of the hall mural project was the coffee loving and high-energy art teacher Olive Peltier. She was a hands-on artist and teacher who dabbled in the corporate world of newspaper advertisement drawing and traveled across the Midwest before returning to her hometown of Faribault.

education degree. By the time she received her degree in 1925 from the Art Institute of Chicago, she had already taught at three elementary schools and two colleges. When she returned to Faribault upon graduation, she immediately joined St. Mary’s as an art historian and teacher. Before long, Olive was teaching art, advising a number of clubs, supervising decorations for all school events, working as a dorm parent, and much more. This was also when she was challenged by the Headmaster of St. Mary’s School to supervise and assist the girls on the enormous mural project. Because she was so involved, she was able to have meaningful relationships with her

students. Her students remember her not only as a passionate and driven artist, but also as a caring mentor. She taught the girls to become better artists, citizens, and women. The respect, support, and guidance she gave to of them differentiated her from so many other teachers at the time. Despite her hefty workload and involvement within the School, Olive never lost sight of the importance of her students and their education. Art and the history of art was the focus in the studio, but Olive’s lessons taught her students much more. “It was not just what she taught regarding the visual arts, it was her respect she gave each student. She very quietly encouraged us. That remarkable woman, she definitely was an influence in my life as an artist,” reflected world-renowned artist Ann Royer ’50.

Not only did she focus her time and effort on her students, but she also continued to work as an artist and curated many pieces of art on display throughout Rice County. Her work in sculpture is noted in the book, Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975, 400 Years of Artists in America. Though she passed away in 1980, Olive’s influence on the Mollies of St. Mary’s Hall can now be seen by not just the Shattuck-St. Mary’s family, but the entire Faribault community as well on the Community Walk. So while the walls of St. Mary’s Hall cannot talk, Olive can be fondly remembered for her creativity, compassion, and years of dedication that will never leave the foundation of Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

After graduating from Faribault High School in 1911, Olive began her studies to become a teacher at the Thomas Normal Training School in Detroit, but only lasted a year in their program. She returned to Minnesota after the spring term to pursue a career in advertisement drawing at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, but soon realized it was not her calling.

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She began to teach art in the Faribault Public Schools, then left to teach across the Midwest while she worked on obtaining her art



Meet SSM’s New Trustees JOHN “STONEY” BURKE ’65


Entered in 1961 and attended SSM for four years.

Entered in 1967 and attended SSM three years.

Education: B.A., University of the Pacific

Education: B.A. Harvard College, MPA Princeton University, JD New York University.

Profession: Ranch Real Estate Broker. Interests: Fly fishing and wilderness travel.

Profession: Attorney, Selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2015 Leader in the Law awardee. Interests: Movies, music, and travel.


Currently reading: Dead Wake, by Erik Larson.

Currently Reading: The Rogue Lawyer, by John Grisham.

Attended two years and two summer sessions.

Favorite SSM memory: The wrestling team.

Favorite SSM Memory: Being SSM’s Commencement Speaker in 1980.

Education: B.S. and B.A. University of North Dakota, CPA. Profession: Treasurer and Investment Manager. Interests: Traveling, family, investment research, and contributing time and talent to good causes.

LEV ALCOTT ’65 Entered as a 9th grader in 1961 and attended SSM for four years. Education: Degrees in criminology and math from the University of Minnesota Institute on Technology. “My Shattuck military training made my two years in the U.S. Army easy by comparison to many others and was discharged as a Sergeant in the 532 MP company.” Profession: Expertise in designing, building, and installing automated machinery for the meat industry which led to running technical service groups in North and South American and Europe.

MAGGIE OSTERBAUER LEE ’03 Entered in 2000 and attended SSM for three years. Education: B. S. University of Denver; M.A. Masters in Nonprofit Management, Regis University Profession: Marketing Manager at a Denver-based commercial real estate company. Interests: Painting, wood working, the outdoors, and traveling.

Interests: Summer sailing in Maine and winter skiing in Colorado.

Currently reading: The Cuckoo’s Calling, by J.K. Rowling.

Currently reading: Now I read Daniel Suarez since Michael Criton is gone.

Favorite SSM memory: Commencement and senior traditions.

Favorite SSM Memory: My favorite memory isn’t so much one memory as learning to become selfsufficient. Learning how to get along with the demands of life with others and school is a lesson I will never forget.

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Currently reading: Double Tap, by Steve Martini.

REX BATES ’70 Entered in 1967 and attended SSM for three years.


Education: St. Olaf College; graduate work at Willamette University and University of Chicago.

Entered in 1981 and attended SSM for three years.

Profession: Formerly Insurance Executive; currently Director of Business Development at Annie Wright Schools.

Education: B.A. Colorado College; M.A. University of Hawaii; M.Ed. University of Nebraska.

Interests: Working with kids, travel, and World War II history.

Profession: Special Education Teacher

Currently reading: Rescue at Los Banos, by Bruce Henderson. Favorite SSM memory: The relationship I developed with Reg Kramer which continued until he passed away – my coach, advisor, history teacher and a good friend.

Interests: Tennis, travel, watching my boys play soccer, and reading. Currently reading: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes; Masterminds & Wingmen, by Rosalind Wiseman; and Euphoria, by Lily King. Favorite SSM memory: Christmas Chapel singing Adeste Fideles and the smell of the lilacs outside SMH in the springtime.

Favorite SSM memory: Going through the Arch the first time, I thought, ‘This is really going to be something!’ And it was! I also liked the standing ovation to the athletic teams in the dining hall when our fellow Shads came in late from winning an away game. I met my best friend, Jim Youngblood, my junior year, we have been best friends for over 50 years and get together almost every week.

MARC HELGESON ’66 Entered in 1962 and attended SSM for four years. Education: B.A. Political Science, UCLA; M.A. National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School; M.A. National Security Studies, Naval War College Profession: Retired Naval Officer (Captain). Sea duty specialty: surface warfare including command of a frigate and a destroyer squadron. Shore duty subspecialty: foreign policy analyst / strategic planner. Interests: Cooking, jogging, studying history and foreign policy, and travel. Currently reading: The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan by Jack Fairweather. Favorite SSM memory: Being a member of the three-time MISL championship track team




CAMPUS PLAN – A Work in Progress

The 2015-16 school year has been one of digging, expanding, restoring, and beautifying throughout campus. Here is a visual update on our campus projects. BRECK HALL The deteriorating front porch was removed and a new front entry constructed, including a new walkway. The front façade also was restored with new stonework. DE-CLAPPITATION Clapp Hall, once considered the homely stepchild of the campus, has been getting a major facelift this year. The exterior shingles were removed and a third floor has been added along with a gabled roof. There is a new center entry that creates a much-needed student lounge as well as new windows and updated bathrooms. Throughout all the construction, Clapp has been occupied this year by a hearty group of 10th grade boys and the Simons and Boone faculty families. KIM HALL The new kid on the Parade Field perimeter, Kim Hall will be sprouting quickly now that the foundational work is nearly complete. This is the first newly constructed residence hall at SSM since Clapp Hall was completed in the 1960s and will house 58 beds and two faculty apartments. An underground retention pond was created beneath the Parade Field to accommodate run-off. The modular sections will be arriving in February and the finishing work is scheduled to be completed in April.

NEW ROOF FOR JOHNSON HALL The new insulated roof on Johnson Hall was added quietly in the fall. This is a significant refurbishment that will transform the interior of Johnson Gym. The white ceiling tiles will be moved, thus revealing the stunning wood paneled arch roof of the impressive facility. Cass Gilbert, world renowned architect of Johnson Hall - he also designed the Minnesota state capitol - would be proud. SOCCER STADIUM Fans will be impressed by the new bleachers, fencing, and arched entry to the outdoor artificial turf soccer field at the Sports Complex. This project will be completed by the spring outdoor season. SPORTS COMPLEX EXPANSION A second floor addition above the Sports Complex’s main entrance and Sabre Café area is being planned. This new space will be home to the Soccer Center of Excellence and include meeting and locker rooms, lounge, and an upstairs viewing area for the ice arena.

THE RECTORY ADDITION The Rectory, formerly the Head of School’s residence and now home to senior girls, has been expanded to the north. In December, the modular sections – like Lego blocks – arrived and were set in place followed by a roof. Exterior stucco and stone work will be done when the weather improves, but in the meantime, 12 new beds have been added and senior girls are scheduled to move in during March.

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Holiday Party - Minneapolis • December 2, 2015



1. George Welles ’58, Maren Welles, Dick Lyman ’51


2. Father Doyle and Kim Bakken 3. Jessica Madole ’95 and guest 4. Zach Wiegand ’00, Ruth Schenck Wiegand ’97, Lonnie Schroeder 5. Brenda Parkinson Hauschild ’55, Marilyn Wooldridge, Mary Lou Wood Lamain ‘63 6. Louis Hill ’63, Phil Trout ’73, Beth Trout 7. Lauren Stepka, Lauren’s guest, Brad Benoit 8. Andrea Harala, Slade Schuster ’81 9. Helen and Darby Strong ’52


10. Rev. Colin Snow Maltibie, Dick Lyman ’51


11. Dave Williams ’59, Nick Stoneman, Scott Berry ’59


12. Steve Coleman ’61, Gary Flakne ’52, Hugh Wooldridge ’55


13. Steve Coleman ’61, Vicky Stoneman 14. Scott Berry ’59, Skip Humphrey ’61, Allison Oh’16, Jonathan Rhodes ’16 15. Father Doyle, Geoffrey Ferster ’57 16. Skip Humphrey ’61, Perry Mead ’66 17. Sara Lahtinen ’17, Michelle Kim ’16, Marilyn Wooldridge, Brenda Parkinson Hauschild ’55, Maria Chirinos ’18 18. John Lindley, Meredith Potter Lindley ’69, Ann Bateman



19. Pat Flakne, Helen Strong

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2015 Fall Musical

SSM’s Global Ties in Asia Andrew Garlinski ’98, SSM’s Director of International Recruitment, was in Asia last fall and was able to meet many current parents, alumni, and prospective students.

Shenzhen, China: Parents of Jack Lu ’15 and Link Yu ’15 join prospective families in a visit with Andrew Garlinski ’98, Director of International Recruitment for SSM – the best type of SSM networking!

In Hong Kong, Andrew Garlinski ’98 connected with Edmund Cheung ’73.

Andrew Garlinski ’98 caught up with Peter Chestnut ’06 in Hong Kong where he works for Foundation Global Education.

Shanghai, China: Andrew Garlinski ’98 joined Dr. Ding, father of Michael Ding ’12 (far right) with family friends who were interested in learning more about SSM.

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Shenzhen, China (left-right): mother of Zoe Chen ’19, Andrew Garlinski ’98, mother of Peter Xiong ’20, friend of Peter Xiong’s family, and father of Zoe Chen ’19

Beijing, China (left-right): John Blackmer, Interim Head of SSM-Bayi, Jan GouldMartin ’75, and Andrew Garlinski ‘98

Beijing, China: Current parents gathered with Andrew Garlinski ’98. They are parents of Allen Sun ’18, Harry Wang ’17, Ricquie Chen ’19, Wendy Sun ’17, Emma Yan ’18, Henry Liu ’19, Ivan Xiao ’17, Robert Zhao ’17, Ivana Shen ’18, mother and uncle of Lightning Ding ’18, and father and friend of Shawn Xiangli ’19.

Shanghai, China (left-right): mother of Stacey Yang ’18, mother of Griffin Xu ’17, mother of Marian Xu ’17, Andrew Garlinski ’98, and father of Lynn Zeng ’19

Seoul, Korea: Andrew Garlinski ’98 connected with Soo Bin Kim ’10.

Seoul, Korea (left-right, back row): mother of Seung Joon Seo ’18, Andrew Garlinski ’98, and mother of Junghoan Lee ‘17. Front row: mother of Yeun “James” Ha ‘21, mother of Seung Wan Yoo ‘17, mother of Julie Lee ’15




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Dan Gislason ’62, Chair of the SSM Board of Trustees, was recognized at the September trustee meeting, earning the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Alumni Association. Marc Helgeson ’66 presented Dan with a plaque.

Tom Ward, Director of Hockey at SSM, also received recognition from the SSM Alumni Association as he was honored with the Honorary Alumnus Award.



When Iliana Alvarez ’17 attended the Medical Device and Manufacturing convention with the BioScience Program last November, she met Scottie Holmes, a project manager for the St. Paul-based medical device company, Minnetronix. After hearing about Iliana’s idea for a device to relieve symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy in diabetics, Mr. Holmes invited Iliana to visit Minnetronix to talk about her device. Iliana toured Minnetronix, met Dirk Smith, one of the founders of the company, and most importantly, had the opportunity to present her device concept and prototype to experienced engineers. The ensuing discussion provided great questions, as well as astute advice on how the design of her product should proceed. In addition, Iliana now has several experienced mentors to call upon for additional advice and guidance!

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In November, Sofia Schutte ’16 traveled home to Costa Rica to compete in the Costa Rica National Orchestra solo competition. The competition took place over a two day period where she competed against strings, winds, and piano. Sofia won the competition, earning her the opportunity to perform a concerto with the National Orchestra.

Each year, students from the PreConservatory Program compete in the YPSCA competition with the Minnesota Orchestra. This is a prestigious competition and the winner has the opportunity to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra. Alison Oh ‘16 (top), Mark Prihodko ‘16 (right), and Mariya Zabara ‘16 (top right) advanced to the finals that are held onstage at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis and Mark won the second place prize.


Twenty-five members of the SSM Soccer Center of Excellence made their college decision final by signing National Letters of Intent on February 3, 2016. An additional seven student-athletes made a verbal commitment or signed an Institutional Letter of Commitment to the college of their choice.





The Boys Midget AAA team won the 47th International Silver Stick tournament for the second time in school history in mid-January in Saria, Ontario. The team clinched their tournament win with a 3-1 victory over the Richmond Hill Coyotes and finished the tournament with a record of 4-1-1. Peter White ’17 was also named to the all-star team.

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Alex Woken ’16, Gracie Ostertag ’18, Patti Marshall ’16, and Makayla Langei ’17 can cross off winning a gold medal from their bucket list. As members of the USA U18 Women’s World team, these current Sabres helped lead the women’s team to their second gold medal in two years at the World Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario. The women held a perfect 4-0 record coming into the gold medal game against Canada. And in almost identical fashion to last year’s gold medal game, it would come down to a USA goal in overtime to declare the winner. By tournaments end, the Sabres would combine for a total of three goals and three assists, almost half of which came from Alex Woken, who also served as assistant captain alongside Patti Marshall, who served as captain.

On January 9th, SSM welcomed its soccer alumni back to campus for some friendly competition with current students followed by a social gathering at The Inn. There was also a panel discussion on life after SSM and college soccer. Thank you to all the alumni who came back to participate!

Alessandro Milesi ’18 was called up to the US Soccer U18 National Team Training Camp and will participate in international games in Argentina in March.




James Beard ’64 is a cultural storyteller, educator, speaker, and author of the book White Mocs on the Red Road. He spent the week on campus visiting with students, faculty, and staff in classrooms, over meals, and in the hallways. He also offered chapel talks on both campuses. According to his Linked In profile, Beard, also known by his Native American name of “Noodin,” has spent 25 years learning and sharing Native American cultural knowledge given to him by elders from the Objiwa and Chippewa tribes. During his chapel talk at the Upper School, he urged people to think how every action and thought can be a prayer.


On November 13th, the women of SSM enjoyed the annual Pilgrims’ Breakfast honoring the Class of 2016. The Pilgrims’ Breakfast is a tradition that has endured for over 100 years and continues as a cherished senior rite of passage.

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Synchronized skating is a fast-growing part of the sport of figure skating. Consisting of 12-16 athletes skating on ice at one time moving as one flowing unit at high speeds, “Synchro” includes 400 teams competing across the U.S. and is a natural way for many skaters to continue their love of figure skating in college. In 2015, ShattuckSt. Mary’s launched its first synchronized skating team, Team Sabres. In their competitive debut in September, Team Sabres earned gold. They competed at the Midwest Sectionals in Portland on January 29-30. The team performed well throughout its inaugural season and has high expectations for next season.

Three members of the SSM Golf Center of Excellence made their college decisions final during Winter Term. Tyson Odden ’16 will attend Whitworth University, Grant O’Donnell ’16 will attend North Dakota State University and Shane Hoben ’16 will attend Ohio Wesleyan University in the fall.’





Founders’ Day begins with an assembly of the entire SSM community and a keynote speaker. This year we were privileged to hear from Dr. Annette Parker, the President of South Central College. Her inspiring message of the importance of service in one’s life was the perfect start to our annual day of service to the community of Faribault and Rice County. Dressed in t-shirts designed by a student in our weCreate Center (this year senior Karolina Vass ’16 had the honors), students, faculty, staff, and trustees spread out across town to entertain and chat with residents at local long-term care facilities, read and tutor at elementary schools, paint fences, wash windows, clean up River Bend Nature Center, help out at the Humane Society, and much more. For a school whose very foundation comes from a tradition of service through the Episcopal Church, Hands Across Faribault is the embodiment of the continuing vibrancy of that mission and a fitting tribute to our history.

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The Shattuck-St. Mary's



Whether we are talking to alumni or current students or even parents of current or alumni, the word most often used to describe Shattuck-St. Mary’s is family. It’s a special place and without a doubt for many, it will exist in their memory not just as their School but as their Minnesota home away from home. It is no wonder then that many of our alumni have expressed an interest in having a columbarium on campus. These respectful and often beautiful holding places for the cremains of loved ones are often present on college and independent school campuses, church grounds and long term care facilities. At the behest of the Board of Trustees, plans for the construction of a columbarium on the Shattuck Campus just to the north and west of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd have been developed. The construction of a smaller but similar site on the St. Mary’s campus is also being explored. The three 64-companion niche monuments will be placed amid a serene and peaceful setting providing a quiet place for reflection. Each niche will be sold for $4,500 and has room for two urns. This cost includes perennial maintenance and care. The sale of 64 niches will provide the funds to build and landscape this important addition to our campus. Ultimately, our initial plans call for three of these monuments established in a garden setting.


All alumni, current and former faculty and staff are invited to consider SSM as a final resting place. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Lonnie Schroeder, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 507-333-1637 or email



You’re Invited

to Join the Alumni Association Board

Founded in 1879 by Harry Whitney, Class of 1871, the Alumni Association Board: • Oversees the direction of alumni organizations and programs • Serves as a channel for communication between the alumni and the School • Provides the means for examination of School policies and maintains the importance of financial support to the Annual Fund • Plans events, such as Reunion Weekend, the annual All School Day of Service, and local alumni gatherings in your city or state

Take an Alum to School Day

APRIL 14, 2016

If you are interested in giving back to the Shattuck-St. Mary’s alumni community in a meaningful, hands-on way, we encourage you to send an e-mail to the attention of Marc Helgeson ’66, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Alumni Association President ( or Sara Benedict ’97, Vice President (sarabenedict@ today! The Officers of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Alumni Association Board: President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Helgeson ’66 Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sara Whelan Benedict ’97 Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anne Silge Merz ’75 Board Members: Mark Alpert ’60; John Baird ‘62; Sara Benedict ’97 (Chair, Class Agent Committee); Claire Benton ’95; Jeff Collins ’72 (Chair, Fundraising Committee); Gretchen Hormel Davey ’72; Jack Dudley ’13; Lisa Boyle Girouard ’88; Sean Goodman ‘97; Bill Humleker ’69; Cynthia Leslie Johnson ’72; Emily Jordan ’97; Ty Leech ‘13; Michael Noel ’99; Stephen Olson ’79; Maggie Osterbauer Lee ’83 (Chair, Nominating and Recognition Committee); William Steck ’12; John Van Dyke ’63; Ann Albertson Wenger ’73; Ruth Schenck Wiegand ’97 (Chair, Regional Clubs Committee); Zach Wiegand ’00 ; Nicole Willis-Grimes ’93 (Chair, Communications Committee); Kristen VanSlyke Wright ’03 (Chair, Community Services Committee).

Save the date!

Reunion Weekend is June 2-5, 2016. By now you should have received a letter outlining the activities along with a registration form. You can also go to the Alumni Page on the school website for more information and to register online. The Alumni Association is currently seeking nominees for • Honorary Alumni Membership • Class Agent of the Year award, and • The Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award Honorary Membership is the Association’s way of recognizing outstanding service to the School by individuals who were not students at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The Class Agent of the Year award, established in June 2010, is presented to those current Class Agents who have done an exemplary job in keeping their classmates aware of class news and updating the School with any changes to classmates’ contact information. The Distinguished Alumnus Award, the second highest award given by Shattuck-St. Mary’s, is reserved for those members of the alumni who have demonstrated the highest level of service and accomplishment in their careers, to their community or to the School. Due to the nature of these awards, detailed supporting information should accompany the nomination(s). If you would like to recommend someone for either Honorary Alumni status, Class Agent of the Year or the Distinguished Alumnus Award, please send an e-mail to Maggie Osterbauer ’03 (mosterbauer03@ or to Marc Helgeson ‘66 ( and include the reasons why your nominee should be so recognized. Nominations are welcome at any time during the year but must be received no later than April 1, 2016 to be considered in time for the 2016 Reunion, at which time the honorees are recognized.



SCHEDULE 1:00 Arrival, connect with hosts, receive nametags (Refreshments will be available) 1:35 Classes for 7th, 8th and 9th hours 4:15 Meet at Red Carpet for campus tours 5:00 Dinner in Morgan with students 5:45 Coffee/Dessert reception – The Inn 7:15 Head to Newhall Auditorium for the Spring Drama “Steel Magnolias” (7:30pm) WINTER 2016



The SSM Board of Trustees held their winter meeting January 22-24 in Washington, D.C., arriving just in time for the onslaught of Winter Storm Jonas. While captive in their hotel, the intrepid trustees held their meetings as planned and even enjoyed an epic game of Charades. OFFICERS The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior, Honorary Chair Dan Gislason ’62, Chair Craig McKinley ’70, Vice Chair Kristin Dahl, Secretary TRUSTEES John Agbaje ‘04 Lev Alcott ‘65 Brant Barr ‘73 Steve Barrager ‘59 Rex Bates ‘70 Bill Brewster ‘85 John “Stoney” Burke ‘65 Ed Carpenter ‘60 Tim Church ‘68 Kristin Dahl, Past Parent Mike Daley ‘68 Jack Dane ‘75 Marc Davis ‘66 Dale Fuller ‘51 Dan Gislason ’62 Marc Helgeson ‘66 Tony Jenkins ‘70 Robert Kashan, Past Parent Kristi Klungness ‘85 Maggie Osterbauer Lee ‘03 Bruce Mannes ‘49 Craig McKinley ‘70 David Melroe ’66 Rich Nicoll ‘70 Katherine Porter ‘04 Pam Kaiser Rosacker ‘62 Cathy Steck, Past Parent John Thomas ‘74 Rev. Stephen Wendfeldt ‘65 Claire Wittich ‘05 EX OFFICIO The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior Nick Stoneman, SSM President Marc Helgeson ’66, Alumni Association President Diane Bajza, Parents’ Association President



TRUSTEE EMERITI Sharon Hoffman Avent ‘64 Linda Stone Dasher ‘56 John Dane ‘43 Jack Fuller ‘40 Hugh Wooldridge ‘55 ADMINISTRATION Nick Stoneman, President Don MacMillan, Head of School Courtney Cavellier, Associate Head of School for Academics Matthew Cavellier, Upper School Director Mark Olson, Director of Technology Integration & Campus Security Joe Norlin, Director of Finance Lonnie Schroeder, Director of Institutional Advancement Patty Travers, Chief Operating Officer Beth Trout, Middle School Director Amy Wolf, Interim Director of Admissions / Director of Marketing and Communications

Right Here On a beautiful late August summer evening – our first as a school community as we officially opened our 158th academic year, Drew Speckman ’16 offered remarks that we thought should be shared and remembered. After he spoke, the second annual “Human Arch” tradition took place, welcoming new students, faculty, and staff into the Shattuck-St. Mary’s family.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Helgeson ‘66 Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sara Benedict ‘97 Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anne Silge Merz ’75 BOARD MEMBERS Mark Alpert ’60 John Baird ‘62 John Van Dyke ’63 Bill Humleker ’69 Jeff Collins ’72 (Chair, Fundraising Committee) Gretchen Hormel Davey ‘72 Cynthia Leslie Johnson ’72 Ann Albertson Wenger ’73 Stephen Olson ’79 Lisa Boyle Girouard ’88 Nicole Willis-Grimes ’93 (Chair, Communications Committee) Claire Benton ’95 Sara Whelan Benedict ‘97 (Chair, Class Agent Committee) Sean Goodman ‘97 Emily Jordan ’97 Ruth Schenck Wiegand ‘97 (Chair, Regional Clubs Committee) Michael Noel ’99 Zach Wiegand ’00 Maggie Osterbauer Lee ’03 (Chair, Nominating and Recognition Committee) Kristen VanSlyke Wright ‘04 (Chair, Community Services Committee) William Steck ‘12 Jack Dudley ‘13 Ty Leech ‘13


y name is Drew Speckman and it is my privilege to stand before you today as Student Body President. Four years ago I stepped foot on this campus to pursue my passion of hockey, much like many of you. However, as the years progressed, I came to realize that this School offers much more than a mere outlet into one’s hobby or favorite pastime. I took up Student Government, applied to become a Proctor, heck I even was a part of the Yearbook Club for one of my electives, not to mention experiencing the Human Arch, enjoying a few Headmaster’s Holidays, and now being able to relax freely on a special red carpet. I’ve heard Shattuck be referred to as hockey factory, which, quite honestly, does this school no justice; it is a factory—a factory for

friends who become family, dreams that turn into reality, and memories that will last a life time. Take a look around and note everyone’s smiling faces: any and all of the returning students and faculty know exactly what I am talking about. I do not yet know the impact I will leave on this School, but I do know the impact it has left on me. So, whether you have nine months or three years left on campus, whether you are a soccer player or a BioScience member, whether you are excited or nervous (or both), I can assure you that there is nowhere any of you would rather be. Thank you.


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Through the Arch - Winter 2016  
Through the Arch - Winter 2016