At a school known nationally for its accomplishments in athletics, you might expect two talented students to team up. But it wasn’t the ice arena or the soccer field that brought these two Shattuck-St. Mary’s School students together…it was the string bass. The two top bass players in Minnesota, Clint Sevcik and Patrick Duff, are members of SSM’s premier orchestral ensemble, Counterpoints. Clint, a second-year day student, is first-chair bassist with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. His older sisters, Lesley and Stefanie, also excelled in SSM’s Performing and Visual Arts Program. Patrick plays in the first chair with Minnesota Youth Symphonies and is a first-year senior boarding student. “The fact that they have come to the same school—OURS—is unique,” said Paul Ousley, SSM’s Director of Orchestras. On Oct. 21, 2005, Clint and Patrick played, side by side, with the Minnesota Orchestra’s first-chair bassist, Peter Lloyd. Clint played Berlioz’s “March to the Scaffold” and Patrick played Rimsky-Korsakoff’s “Shaherezade.” Both pieces have demanding fast passages intermingled with slow, melodic and expressive phrases that allowed the young men to display their range of talent. Both agreed that meeting the members of the Minnesota Orchestra was the most memorable part of the experience. Clint was recently named a finalist in the solo competition of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony. He was one of seven students to advance from the initial round of 26 who auditioned for the open competition. Patrick is preparing for several competitions, including the Minnesota Symphonia’s. The last two winners of that student soloist competition were also students of Mr. Ousley’s. So, notes the bass team, a win for Patrick would make him “Patrick Hat Trick.”
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SSM Student Spotlight by Jennifer Kranz
Our Mission As a school community, Shattuck-St. Mary’s guides young people to be strong in character, mind, body, and spirit for a life of learning and service. 2005-2006 Officers, Trustees & Administration OFFICERS Honorary Chair The Rt. Rev. James L. Jelinek Chair Linda Stone Dasher ’56 Vice Chair Fred C. Krahmer ’60 Head of School Nicholas J.B. Stoneman Treasurer Jeffrey D. Chestnut Secretary Tamara Kloeckl White ’80 ADMINISTRATION Barbara A, Brueggemann Associate Head of School Dean of Studies Scott T. Curwin Dean of Students Timothy A. Daniel Director of External Relations Richard L. Dodd, Jr. Chief Financial Officer Lonnie T. Schroeder Director of Development Margaret S. Sumner Associate Head of School Director of Residential Life Amy D. Wolf Director of Admissions & Communications BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ex Officio The Rt. Rev. James L. Jelinek Bishop of Minnesota Nicholas J.B. Stoneman Head of School Emmy Storch Alvig ’95 Alumni Association President Lynda MacDonald President, Parents’ Association Melissa Banuchi Lissy ’85 Advisory Commitee Chair
CO-OPTED Leonard Jones, Cynthia Simer and Jennifer Sorensen Faculty Representatives Kim Cromer Administrative Assistant 2006 Term Expiration Susanne Reioux Blake ’74 Edwin C. Carpenter ’60 Lawrence J. Coman ’41 Linda Stone Dasher ’56 *Louis F. Hill ’63 Fred C Krahmer ’60 Gail Wolfe 2007 Term Expiration James W. Callison ’45 David N. Cross ’86 *Philip W. Mancini ’67 Anne Silge Merz ’75 Craig W. Whiting ’69 2008 Term Expiration Mark Alpert ’60 Jeffery D. Chestnut Marion Gorton Edwards ’68 Wade R. Fenn ’76 David W. Gray ’68 Michael Harris Scot P. Kramer ’58 David T. Sun ’74 Tamara Kloeckl White ’80 *not eligible for re-election Trustee Emeritus Donald B. Purrington, Honorary
About the cover... Luke Sorensen ’09, along with Joe Chen ’06, Kye Choi ’07 and Caleb Martin ’07, sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” during the 2006 Valentine Dinner and Cabaret at the School, held on February 11th.
2006 WINTER ISSUE Volume XXX, No. 1
CONTENTS Features Crack Squad Brotherhood......................20-22 Hurricane Chronicles.............................26-29 Alumni News Profiles in Giving ...................................30-31 School News From the Head of School...........................2-3 Ice Arena Grand Opening..........................4-5 Dane Family Field House ..........................6-7 Valentine Dinner & Cabaret.......................8-9 Robotics Update..........................................10 Parents’ Association News ...........................11 Fall Family Weekend .............................12-13 SSM vs. Blake Hockey Game .................14-15 Winter Family Weekend ........................16-17 Preserving Our Heritage.........................18-19 Hockey Abroad ...........................................23 New Trustees .........................................24-25 Alumni Gatherings.................................32-33 In Memoriam ..............................................34 Class Notes ............................................34-39
Managing Editor: Amy Wolf • email@example.com • 507.333.1655 Editor: Julie Jensen•Julie_Jensen@comcast.net Design: Renée Thompson Contributing Writers: Tim Daniel, Julie Jensen, Lonnie Schroeder Photography: Peggy Bates, Renée Thompson, Johnnie Walker Class Notes: Kim Cromer
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i n vo lv e m e n t A message from Head of School, Nick Stoneman
n Robert Putnam’s book, Bowling Alone, the author explores how our society today has drifted away from community-based involvement and exchange, maintaining that we are a nation where the individual is less engaged and, correspondingly, is less supported than ever before. He attributes this phenomenon to an array of trends, concluding that for us to be successful we need to develop societal habits that are more inclusive and conducive to sustaining those around us. Going from this national view to a more local one, my wife and I, along with our son, recently attended a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the American Legion here in Faribault, put together by the friends of a woman diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Upon arrival, we found a hall full of hundreds of people of all ages turning out because they felt compelled to offer their genuine support for this family. Putnam himself would have been impressed. Suffice it to say, it was quite a moving experience for us. The event left us feeling very fortunate to be members of such a caring and giving community. As I have had time to think about that evening, and the care and generosity that so many displayed, I turn my thoughts to our school’s mission and our efforts to develop in our students a lifelong commitment to concern for others and to making a difference in the world of which they are a part, both today and in the future. Our efforts take many shapes. We try to model for our students what it is
we are asking them to consider. Each year we host an Easter Egg Hunt here on campus, attended by more than 1,000 members of the Faribault community. Our Christmas Walk, having just completed its third year, invites hundreds to come and celebrate this important time of year. The new Dane Family Field House is open every weekday morning to anyone in Faribault interested in walking or jogging as we partner with the local hospital in promoting healthy lifestyles. Our Crack Squad does regular drills throughout the year at various events and parades, and our performing arts groups share their talents in multiple settings throughout the surrounding area during the year. As individuals, many of the faculty and staff give significantly of their personal time to the community. Serving on the Chamber of Commerce Board, assuming leadership positions in an array of service organizations, working within many of the churches and nonprofit groups in the area are but a few examples. Only time can testify to the School’s success in imbuing our students with a willingness to care for and give to others. But, if looking back is any kind of testament, I remain confident that Shattuck-St. Mary’s graduates will continue to make a difference in our society well into the future. To put this in context, I have been amazed over the last three years at the number of examples I have learned of or seen myself in the
work of our alumni, from the 1920s through to the most recent, giving of themselves, whether through their professions, as volunteers, or as classmates reaching out to each other. This edition of The Arch shares the stories of Jim Rule ’61 and Marcy Irby, who lent their time and talent to some of Hurricane Katrina’s victims, and the Crack Squad of 1965, which reunited to support, physically and financially, their 2005 brothers. These examples serve both as an inspiration to our school and as clear validation of how important it is to continue the efforts we are making. As the Head of School, I recognize that our task, first and foremost, is to ensure that our students leave with a first-rate education. However, I also believe that how they use that education to help others is what will truly matter. Learning from the work the School and its faculty and staff do within the Faribault community, from the examples that our graduates have and continue to set, and from the community service each student does as part of the School’s curricular requirements will make all the difference. Ultimately, the true articulation of being a Shattuck-St. Mary’s graduate must be understanding the tremendous opportunity one is afforded by being here and then expressing that understanding through a lifelong journey of trying to improve the world we share. After all, bowling with others truly is a whole lot more meaningful than bowling alone.
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he first major new construction on the ShattuckSt. Mary’s School campus since the 1960s—the new ice arena—was dedicated during the 2005 Fall Family Weekend festivities on October 14th. The event was attended by parents, students, alumni and friends on a beautiful fall afternoon following a picnic lunch. The energy-efficient facility features a geothermal heating system that cools the two sheets of ice and heats locker room floors and spectator seats. This “green” technology significantly reduces energy consumption while providing heating and cooling systems for other facilities. Seamless glass and glass-flex boards, player and referee locker rooms, and a scoreboard hanging over center ice are other welcome amenities.
Head of School Nick Stoneman proudly displays the “check” presented to the School by Xcel Energy to support the energy efficient geothermal system used in the new ice arena.
J.P. Parisé was honored during the dedication for his many years of service to the School and for his role in the SSM hockey program.
Emily Kranz ’06 enjoys a cool treat after the dedication event.
Nick Stoneman is assisted in the ribbon cutting by Chair of the Board of Trustees, Linda Stone Dasher ’56.
Summer O’Connor ’10 (above) and Angela Gibson ’06 (left) made history in presenting SSM’s first figure skating exhibition.
Dione Peterson, Chair of SSM’s Performing and Visual Arts Department, directs an all-school choir.
o athlete anywhere wants to be on the bubble, that precarious position teetering between competing or sitting, being on the team or on the sidelines. But since November, plenty of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School athletes want to be under the bubble.
With the enhanced facility, SSM is able to offer multiple recreational and competitive soccer programs, some open to the public, throughout the year. Also, Shattuck-St. Mary’s four lacrosse teams will use the field house as their home base.
Dream Big... The Dane Family Field House is now a reality. That’s because the new tan bubble on campus covers a full-sized turf field for the soccer and lacrosse teams. H. John Dane ’43 and his brother, George ’40, and sons Jim ’69 and Jack ’75 contributed more than $800,000 for the Dane Family Field House. The name, Dane Family Field House, honors those SSM graduates and also Dane family members Fred Robinson ’08 and David Robinson ’42. Located near the arena and outdoor soccer fields, the Field House includes one of the few full-sized indoor soccer fields—with a state-of-the-art, 115 by 70 playing surface—in the Upper Midwest. Three outdoor fields are available, including a new 115 by 70 field with artificial turf over a sand base. The training complex, 72 feet high at its highest point, includes a fully equipped strength and conditioning facility.
SSM’s soccer development program is focused on Under-16 and Under-15 age groups and is directed by former Director of Youth Development for U.S. Soccer, Tim Carter. The boys and girls teams have very competitive yearround schedules of training, games and tournaments during the school year (September through May). The Youth Academy is a training program for young players to develop their technical skills and conditioning. All training groups, which are organized by birth year and gender, train once a week. Other soccer offerings include an indoor K-6 program, a training program for coaches, adult recreational league, adult competitive league, and youth leagues.
The Girls Soccer team assembled for a group shot on their first day of practice in the Dane Family Field House.
Before the inflation could begin, workers must first set the support cables in place.
On Monday, November 7th at 6:00 a.m. the inflation begins.
Rolls of R15 insulation are inserted through sleeves in the Dane Family Field House.
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ore than 200 Shattuck-St. Mary’s School alumni and friends from Faribault and Northfield were enchanted by the Valentine’s Day Dinner and Show on Feb. 11 in Morgan Refectory.
David Kye ’06 and Min Hui Lee ’06
Students served and serenaded diners to begin the festive evening. While the menu offered such delights as prime rib, shrimp and French vanilla cheesecake, eight SSM pianists and instrumentalists provided the dinner music. The show, hosted by Chris Chung ’07 and emceed by Melissa Ousley of Minnesota Public Radio, included singing and dancing acts as well as performances on the piano, harp, flute and double bass. The entire cast, technical crew and wait staff combined efforts to make the evening’s finale— “Goodnight My Someone” from The Music Man—truly memorable.
Lauren Frankenfield ’06 and Laurin Wolf ’08
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Peter Tsai ’08
Rick and Tina Stadler and Lori Walker
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Patrick Duff ’06
Kelly Ramsay ’06
The Grande Finale
hattuck-St. Mary’s School students gain hands-on experience with teammates, human and mechanical, while solving scientific problems as members of SSM robotics teams. SSM’s high school team competes in the FIRST competition, which presents an engineering challenge in the context of a “game.” Each year’s competition begins with the announcement of the game and the distribution of parts that may be used to craft a solution. This year’s contest, entitled “Aim High,” pits two three-human and one-robot teams against each other with the aim of putting balls into the other team’s goal. (It even includes a robotics-style “power play” and “penalty kill.”) Dan Ray coaches SSM’s high school team. He huddles daily with the 15 members of the SSM high school robotics team. “The kit we received this year is just stuffed with very advanced sensors, controls, and software—some really good stuff,” says Coach Ray. “Unfortunately, we will not use much of it because, with the human resources we currently have, our focus is necessarily limited to just getting a basic robot onto the field. We need more adult mentors,
especially those with an interest in programming and electronics, if we ever hope to get to the next level.”
Jennie Sorensen directs the middle school team, which has 10 members in grades 6 through 9.
Coach Ray notes that, with three weeks remaining before the regional tournament, the SSM team had successfully tested its projectile launcher, which is designed to shoot seven-inch diameter Nerf-type basketballs through an eight-foot high goal. “The test went reasonably well,” he said, “but we will be making some changes to the design before mounting it on the robot. Our focus will be on developing a target acquisition camera, and we also need to make progress on the designs for the ball collector and hopper.”
“Last year, I was truly amazed by how the students were able to think on their feet,” says the SSM science teacher. “Robots can be incredibly unreliable, but the students were able to anticipate possible problems and work under high stress and a short amount of time to solve the problems, reprogram the robot, make repairs and get to the performance table on time.”
More than 1,000 high school teams are competing this year in 30 regional tournaments across the country. SSM’s squad will compete in the regional in St. Louis, March 8-11. The regional winners advance to the national tournament in the Atlanta Dome in April. The middle school squad competes in the First Lego League, which presents teams with a problem that regular people might encounter. Team members collaborate on a solution using a variety of math, science and logic tools, such as Lego Mindstorm Kits and other Lego materials. This year’s First Lego League theme, Ocean Odyssey, focused on being good stewards of the resources contained in oceans. Students were given nine missions to accomplish in 2½ minutes on the playing field. The SSM RoboSabres did not qualify for the state tournament, finishing fourth at the regional tournament in Minneapolis. SSM students will travel to Jefferson Elementary School in March to complete a demonstration for their science club.
She notes that students in the robotics program get a taste of what it might be like to work on a team project for a large company or organization. “It is a similar process to what the NASA engineers and scientists used to develop the robots that were recently sent to Mars,” she says. “It would be fun to host a tournament in the future so members of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s community could see the excitement for themselves.”
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SSM Parents’ Association Lynda MacDonald President
ou’re invited!!! This seems to be the theme of late. On a picture-perfect weekend in October, the SSM Parents’ Association, together with the School, hosted Fall Family Weekend. The colors of the season were resplendent as was the fun. A bounty of worthy treasure had us bidding with zeal. The result was a record-breaking auction. The PA Board feels we owe this year’s success, in part, to moving the auction from the winter to the fall but, more significantly, to the broader range of support. The PA would like to thank alumni who donated and those who bid. Collectable wines, quilts, TV and sports memorabilia, time-shares and artworks are just a sampling of the many donations received. The big ticket item, “Destination Phoenix,” which was put together by school administrators, alumni and current parents, was a testament to working together. The Faribault merchants were also extremely generous this year. We attribute this, in part, to our outreach to the community in the form of the now annual Easter Egg Hunt and Christmas Walk. Faculty and staff members were urged to donate their time and talents to the auction. They came through with everything from knitting, piano and dance lessons, weight and dog training, to pest control—donations as creative and special as they, themselves, are to us! The parents were no less amazing in their contributions of uniquely SSM plates, quilt, coasters and lamps, to baskets representing their home states and stays at cabins. We want to take this opportunity to once again thank our alumni, parents and friends.
Members of the Parents’ Association Board include (l-r): Barb Hexum, Catherine Ruegsegger, DeVon Allmaras (front), Tracy Kolterman (back), Laurie Caple, Lynda MacDonald, and Denise Anderson.
On to Christmas Walk. “Like something from a movie set” was one of the many comments heard about the special holiday event. The “elegant elves,” as we have come to call ourselves, decorated every nook and cranny of both campuses for our students, faculty and staff members who spend so many of their pre-holiday days on campus. The decorating sets the mood for the ever-special Christmas Dinner and the Christmas Walk. About 500 guests passed through the Arch this year to see and hear the talents of our fine arts students. Our students rose to the occasion. The heavenly sounds of harp and violin on the red carpet were the perfect complement to the elegant tree and angels. The gym was a beehive of activity, from the band outfitted in Santa hats to the crafters, bake sale, face painting and cookie decorating. New on the Walk this year was a tour of the Pam Andreas Stisser ’62 Student Center. There was an inviting fire, trees decorated to represent each grade 9-12, wreaths in every window and garlands on every pillar. The spirit of Christmas was everywhere in this welcoming space that the generous donation provided for our students. You were, of course, invited and if you haven’t ever attended, we urge you to save the date next year for an outing that will thrill your senses and get you in the best of holiday moods. We also worked hard to prepare for the biggest Winter Family Weekend in years! Sponsored by the School
and arranged and hosted by the Parents’ Association, we offered a live band, carnival games, horse-drawn wagon rides, family photos and a special dinner. Winter and themed decorating provided the ambience. I bet by now you know that you were invited!! We, as a Board, invite and urge all alumni, faculty, staff and parents to join us as we go forward as a community. After all it really does take a village. At the January Board of Trustees meeting, I had the great pleasure to work, dine and mingle with many distinguished alumni. I found myself in awe of all that these alumni have accomplished. I also delighted in their tales of Shattuck-St. Mary’s and their college antics. Though in some ways different than today’s student, the alumni can still share their experiences as teenagers and the exploration and hurdles these years brought them. While the PA is proud of the good and fun times we are offering, we are also proud of our more serious accomplishments. We recently urged the School’s administration to implement an in-depth wellness series. They listened and have responded with an expanded curriculum called the Personal Growth Series. Values have not changed; we still stand for honesty, learning and a life of service.
A ride in a vintage airplane was one of many unique silent auction items. Sabre seniors rally the students L-r: Maggie Horrigan ’06, Lauren Frankenfield ’06 and Piper Putrah ’06
Ingrid Nedrebo ’08 and Natasha Gehring ’08
Brett Kostolansky ’08 and Joey Marciano ’08
2005-06 Crack Squad
A group of students enjoys the bonfire pep rally that took place on Thursday evening.
Members of Vocalise and Elements of Sound perform during the All-School Gathering.
Laurel Simer ’07
FALL FAMILY WEEKEND
Kyle Murphy ’08 holds up framed student artwork during the live auction.
Members of the sophomore class
Silent Auction focused bidding Arch Dance performs during the All-School Gathering. Students offered a short segment from the fall play recollect.
Danielle Hirsch ’06 and Jenny Porter ’06
C O M M U N I T Y P R I D E AT S S M
Coming Closer Together
by Al Daniel ’07
School community enjoys unique hockey outing
opkins, MN- “It’s their ice, it’s their rink, it’s their (expletive) town. But tonight we’ve got our fans here!” Okay. Things didn’t get nearly as crazy at the Blake School Ice Arena as when the Charlestown Chiefs booster club tagged along on journeys to Peterborough and Hyannisport, and perhaps just as well, but the Shattuck-St. Mary’s road-going fanfare made for the premeditated night to remember Thursday. The School capped off SSM Pride Day and commenced Winter Family Weekend by bringing nearly the entire student body and faculty to cheer the Midget AA and Prep hockey teams to climactic 4-2 and 6-4 triumphs over Blake. A month after the idea came to mind, the excursion was everything
Head of School Nick Stoneman had yearned for. “We are really excited about having the chance to support our teams in taking on the Blake Bears and making it clear who has hockey bragging rights in Minnesota…I truly hope that each of you, whether you are a hockey player/enthusiast or not, will look at this outing as a chance for our school to show its spirit and vitality,” he wrote in a January 12 e-mail to the School. As it happened, all attendees would glue their eyes between the boards and exhibit the same passion as they regularly do back home. Between games, the Blake public address announcer aroused applause by delivering a special welcome to the band of Shattuck followers. Chants of “Let’s go Blake Bears!” were instantaneously followed, and drowned out, by “Let’s go Shattuck!” at the opening face-off
Late in the first period of the Prep game, attention was drawn to the front center row as an errant puck landed between two unsuspecting students. As the fixture grew tight in the middle frame, the enthusiasm and strain heightened and took turns overcoming the crowd. Not one member of the Shattuck community, athlete or artist, American or international, could be caught using their seat by the time Jordy Murray ’08 connected for the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and again when Tyler Ruegsegger ’06 potted the eventual game clincher. Once the dust settled, one spectator marked the achievement by heaving the remains of a piñata bear, which had been “ceremoniously” belted during a pep rally, over the glass. What’s more for Mr. Stoneman, the pair of Shattuck knockouts secured
The bet is on! Head of School Nick Stoneman offers Blake’s Head of School John Gulla a Sabre jersey to wear on the following Monday in the event of a Sabre victory. Happily, that is exactly what happened.
him victory in a wager with Blake counterpart John Gulla, who is now obligated to don a Sabres jersey for a day. And the teams were far from oblivious to the exceptionally zesty atmosphere. Midget AA bench boss Christian Bragnalo admitted to feeling edgy prior to the game. “I was actually kind of nervous, but our guys played great and I thought they really showed the Shattuck colors.” Added Prep coach Tom Ward, “It was fun to have all the kids here. It was kind of a home away from home. We got a bigger ovation than (Blake) got when they took the ice and that rarely happens when you’re on the road.”
Sabre fans l-r: Keegan Gunderson ’09, Bret Waltz ’06, faculty member Bob Neslund and Sasha Sherry ’08
L-r: Gabby Mazade ’06, Amanda Rucinski ’06 and Natasha Gehring ’08
Mr. Stoneman hopes to arrange for a similar occasion next year, but took note that as this one came out of good fortune, the next one will take forward thinking. “It would require either an amazing coincidence or for us to schedule a game ahead of time. I’d like to see us do the latter and ideally have perhaps both a girls and a boys game, whether that be home or away.” To happen again or not, Thursday was first-time material for the history books of Sabre hockey and Shattuck-St. Mary’s School as a whole.
Sabre Prep Team action on the ice.
WINTER FAMILY WEEKEND 2006
Elisabeth Bednar with her son Alex ’06 Saturday’s fun included games for the entire family in the gym.
Faculty member Matt Brist shared his musical talents.
Tyler Ruegsegger ’06 was crowned King Shad before departing for the hockey game at Blake School.
Members of Elements of Sound sing a light-hearted song during the AllSchool Gathering.
The Girls Basketball team with Head Coach Olaf Lakin-Miller Henry Hofstad tries to ring the bell during the fun and games!
Bob Froese with his son Eric ’07
Head of School Nick Stoneman shares a few thoughts during the All-School Gathering. Ellen Raaen ’08
Ben Blood ’07 looks great in his toga!
Kacie Pettipiece ’08, Megan Hughes ’07 and Ingrid Nedrebo ’08
Courtney Peters ’06 is crowned Queen Molly with her “stand in” King Brett Waltz ’06.
Boys Varsity Basketball (above) and the 2005-06 Wooden Soldiers (left)
The Upper Morgan sitting area is a comfortable, yet elegant setting for students and a welcoming area for people attending a wide range of performances in Newhall Auditorium. Thanks to the Parentsâ€™ Association, the space has been transformed.
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reserving Our Heritage—it’s a theme that was first established at the 2005 Reunion Weekend, when so many of the School’s critical physical plant needs began to be addressed. The restoration of the main entrance to Shumway Hall and the new carpet and paint in St. Mary’s Hall are just two of the most evident “projects” that Shattuck-St. Mary’s School has undertaken in recent months. This same theme is one that has nearly become a “mantra” for the School’s Parents Association Board and its fundraising activities, with the most evident beneficiary on campus being the upper level of Morgan Hall. Parents Board President Lynda MacDonald recalls the genesis of the project: “The desire to re-do Upper Morgan was really born as a result of the parents assisting with Class Visit Days. We were really proud of Newhall and the red carpet area, but Upper Morgan also was highly used by our students for studying and gathering. It is a very public space when we host the FeslerLampert Series as well as our own performing arts groups, not to mention when prospective families tour.” She explained that, in taking on a renovation such as Upper Morgan, there was a consensus to restore the facility while respecting its history. “It seemed imperative to us,” she commented, “to return it to a grander time. We love the staircase and only wanted to see it re-stained (not replaced) to preserve its character.”
The Parents Association Board not only voted unanimously to take on the project but also to make it one of the focal points of its primary fundraising effort, the Auction. This festive event had previously been held during Winter Carnival but was moved to the Fall Family Weekend in 2005. Parent involvement in the project didn’t stop at fundraising. Several members of the P.A. Board, as well as other members of the School community, took a personal interest in making sure that it was done well and done right. Senior faculty member Robert Neslund, who is researching and writing a comprehensive school history for its Sesquicentennial, was consulted on the proper depictions of and mottoes for the three school crests (Shattuck, St. Mary’s and St. James) before they were rendered at the top landing of the staircase. Parents Catherine Ruegsegger and Laurie Caple devoted hours of personal time polishing the large chandelier, while Jim Caple, a dentist, painstakingly refurbished the stained glass windows, innovatively employing some of the tools of his profession. SSM staff members— most notably, painters Larry Floren and Marlyn “Doc” Schwanke, and carpenter Merrill Carver—also were instrumental in helping the parents’ original vision for Upper Morgan become reality. According to Laurie Caple, the restoration work is continuing on the lower level of Morgan: “Merrill Carver has constructed two segments of the historic shelves
similar to those that once held various newspapers so that the cadets could keep abreast of world affairs. They will be used for displaying art, photographs and written materials.” In the meantime, a handsome framed tribute to the hall’s original benefactor, Junius Spencer Morgan (father of J.P. Morgan), is now displayed prominently on the upper level as a reminder to “preserve our heritage.”
Great care was taken to select furniture that would give these spaces the stately appearances that they deserve.
Brotherhood PRIDE AND BELONGING
“The mood was one of a strong bond of friendship and pride in being together again.”
Has there ever been a Crack Squad alumnus who hasn’t dreamt about coming through the Armory doors one last time with his brothers? Twelve former Squaddies representing the 1965 Crack Squad lived that dream at their 40th reunion in June 2005. They came from all over the United States and Mexico to drill as a Squad one more time. They hope their story will inspire other Squaddies to live out their dreams, for it truly strengthened the bonds that will forever tie them to the Crack Squad. Almost two years earlier, in 2003, George Humleker ’66, visited Ramsey Pedersen ’65, who lives in Honolulu. Their conversation drifted back to the Crack Squad and how much the
experience meant to both men. This prompted emails to other Squaddies, including Paul Gow and Terry Church, both from ’65. Ramsey proposed that the group drill together at the 40th reunion. After more than 600 emails, the plan was on. All 14 members of the 1965 Crack Squad were alive and in generally good health. Ten eventually committed to the idea: John Huntington ’65, Westerly, RI; Ramsey Pedersen ’65, Honolulu, HI; John Bernatz ’66, Sacramento, CA; Steven “Padre” Wendfeldt ’65, Del Mar, CA; Mike Stewartt ’67, Santa Fe, NM; Terry Church ’65, McAllen, TX; Paul Gow ’65, Cancun, Mexico; Bruce King ’65, Sheridan, WY; William Krell ’66, Madison, WI; and Scott McClelland ’66, Jacksonville, NC. John Nelson ’64, St. Paul, MN, and George Humleker ’66, Daytona Beach, FL, joined the group. Scott was captain for the drill. Doug Humphrey and Ramsey Pedersen met with Dick Kettering, Crack Squad Advisor; Lonnie Schroeder, Director of Development; and Nick Stoneman, Head of School, in the spring of 2004. They learned that the largest Squad in decades at SSM was short of rifles and decided to provide the Squad with enough rifles to properly drill. Many members had donated their rifles to former Crack Squads and only three still had their Model 1873, 45-70 Springfield, Trapdoor Rifles. Stu Black, Crack Squad captain in 1983, had started a foundation, “Friends of Shattuck,” to provide the Crack Squad with rifles and supplies. He knew that replica rifles made in Italy were available from the Pedersoli Arms Company for about $1,000 each. The 1965 Crack Squad agreed to purchase nine rifles and Stu would modify them. The rifles would be donated to the 2005 Crack Squad as the closing for the drill. John Nelson also donated a rifle that weekend but the rifle, purchased in its
original state, was not part of the ceremony since it was not ready for use. Black turtlenecks with the gold C.S. emblem on the collars and a large pin logo on the left chest would be worn, along with gloves and patent leather shoes. For the drill itself, eight-millimeter films of drills of the era were copied to DVDs and sent to the Squad, along with film of a drill from the 1950s. Paul Gow mapped out the drill plan on AutoCAD. The entire drill—with second and third manuals, two-man trades and the ceremonial exchange—lasted about 15 minutes. Here is Ramsey Pedersen’s recollection of the experience: “Sunday, May 28, 2005, half of us arrived at Faribault and were sequestered at the Day’s Inn, ’65 Squad headquarters. We met at the Armory that night to pick up our rifles together for the first time, and map out the basic formations and movements of the drill. The mood was one of a strong bond of friendship and pride in being together again. “Our initial attempts at remembering maneuvers and counts were both comical and troubling. Would we be able to make it through this drill we’d committed ourselves to, or were we too far over the hill? “We fell into a routine during the week of practicing an average of six hours per day, with breaks in between, and our bonding and relaxing ’cocktail hour’ in the lobby of the Day’s Inn in the late evenings. By Tuesday, all the drillers had arrived and were working as unit. Muscles started to function. Leg muscles burned. Shoulders and arms developed hematomas from rifle slamming, and thighs developed deep bruises from being slapped during manuals. No one escaped without some physical damage.
Pain didn’t matter; we’d all been there before, from our earliest days of Squad tryouts. “By Wednesday, we were deep into our practice. Wednesday night was an exercise in exhaustion. Thursday we fell into a rhythm and the drill came together. Counts were on target, manuals crisp and sharp, mistakes cut way down—we were a Squad again and proud of it. “Thursday, more practice and feeling right, we worked with ’The Young Guns,’ the 2005 Squad. We developed an exchange of rifles and salute across the generations. This wasn’t about the ’65 Squad, but more importantly, we were supporting the current young men who carried on a tradition that we ourselves carried on some 40 years ago. Squaddies 40 years apart bonded. “Our classmates arrived Thursday night and we attended a class dinner. It was time to reacquaint ourselves with the class brothers and the girls of St. Mary’s we had dated. Spouses also started to arrive. Our support group was there for us and was amazed we were actually drilling. “At Friday’s dress rehearsal and drill, ’The Young Guns’ came in uniform and joined us in the drill and presentation practice. They enjoyed handling their new rifles and sharing with us. We fired our first shot that day and ran through the entire drill. We were back, rolling out the doors up to first line, and it felt right. We were ready.
“We gathered Saturday afternoon at the Library to dress with ’The Young Guns.’ The mood was somber. Photos were taken on the Armory steps with both Squads. It was cloudy, drizzling and very humid. Bill Krell fired the shot out the Library window for luck. We practiced two-man exchanges, were treated to the support of three generations of Squaddies who stopped by to say hello and join us. Scott gave us our last instructions, but was too broken up to finish. Padre Steve offered a prayer, but had trouble getting out the words. Men teared up, shook hands, and hugged. “We walked silently down the stairs to the door, lined up, and our adrenaline rushed when Scott yelled, ’Squad Ten-Hut, forward!’ BOOM! Bill had fired the shot. Nelly and George threw open the doors, and the drill was on.
The combined Squads from 1965 and 2005 were an impressive sight. There hardly seemed to be a 40 year gap!
“As we entered the Johnson Armory and headed toward First Line, we were greeted by appreciative cheers from the crowd. The Captain salutes. The drillers reply; Hut-Ho-Hey! Big platoon about-faces, and we’re off with the unmistakable rolling sound of the marching step heard only in the Crack Squad Drill. “There was an amazing feeling of brotherhood, pride and belonging as we stood in the reception line. Men who were supposed to be too old to achieve what we had completed had done it on sheer determination and force of spirit. Egos were left at the front door at every practice. This was the same character-building experience it was 40 years ago. We came together with our young friends and held together as a unit; we rolled hard and precise, for we succeeded in being the 1965 Crack Squad one more time.”
Giochiamo il hockey! Let’s play hockey indeed. During the holiday break, three of ShattuckSt. Mary’s School boys hockey teams logged plenty of air and ice time during a trip to Switzerland and Italy. The Boys Prep, U16 and Bantam Tier I squads, along with their parents, took in some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery when they weren’t facing some tough competition on the ice. The Raiffeisen Cup—held in Biasca, Switzerland—is the premier midseason tournament for the top junior teams in Europe. Brad Doshan, a former University of Minnesota Gopher who coaches in Switzerland, was a key reason the SSM Prep team was invited to play with the older teams (20 and under). The Prep team certainly got, and gave, their money’s worth, playing four games into overtime. SSM began play against host Hc Ambri-Piotta. The Sabres scored twice in the first period but lost, 4-3, to the Swiss team in overtime. The Sabres notched overtime victories against Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) and the HC Lasselsberger Pizan (Czech Republic) to earn a spot in the finals against Metallurg Mg (Russia). The Sabres scored in the last seconds to force the championship into overtime. But the overtime period still wasn’t enough to determine the winner and the game went into a U16 team shootout. After six shooters for each team, Mettallurg scored for the victory.
Chelyabinsk (Russia), host team Fribourg and La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland). The Bantam Tier I team won the 2006 Lecco International Tournament. In their first game, the Sabres shut out Varese, an Italian all-star team, 3-0. Next, SSM blanked Chiasso, another Italian team, 9-0. In the championship, SSM played Varese again and won 11-1. The Bantams’ toughest game of the trip came against Team Ticino, the Swiss regional national team, and ended in a 6-6 tie. The Bantams’ only loss of the tour was a 5-3 loss to Visp, another Swiss team.
Grindelwald, Switzerland L-r: Colin McCarthy ’09, Charlie Hexum ’09, Alex O'Brien ’09, and Stephen Hickey ’09 The 2006 Lecco International Champions
Bantam Tier I going for the goal during the Lecco Tournament.
U16 boys in Lugano, Italy Photos courtesy of Deborah Hickey (Stephen ’09)
The U16 team played four games in the Fribourg/Interlaken International Tournament in Switzerland, facing
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ne is a Shad, one is a Saint, one is a graduate of thenrecently merged ShattuckSt. Mary’s School, and one is a local businessman who has forged a special bond with our School. While it would be easy to come up with a lengthy list of superlatives that would appropriately describe the newest “class” of trustees to join the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Board, the term “diversely talented” might be the most apt to collectively characterize Mark Alpert ’60, Marion Gorton Edwards ’68, David Sun ’74 and Mike Harris. A native of Duluth, Dr. Alpert holds the Foley’s Professorship in retailing at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.S. in industrial management and mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A., M.S., and D.B.A. from the University of Southern California. His teaching interests include marketing management, decision support systems for marketing managers, analytical methods in marketing, and marketing research.
Timothy A. Daniel Director of External Relations
He has written books on pricing and marketing management, and his frequently reprinted articles on determinant buying attitudes, multivariate research, and communications have appeared in the Journal of Marketing (co-author of the 1984 Alpha Kappa Psi Award for contribution to marketing management), Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Communication, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Urban Analysis, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Advertising, and others. Cited as one of the most influential reviewers in marketing and consumer psychology, he has served on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Retailing. Previously a member of the SSM Advisory Committee, Dr. Alpert commented that he considers serving as a trustee of the school to be a privilege: “Like all ShattuckSt. Mary’s Hall graduates, my life has been enriched in ways almost unimaginable. I am honored by the opportunity to give something back to this School and this community that continues its rich legacy of
providing opportunities to bring out the best in each of us. During the recent time I have been privileged to work with Headmaster Stoneman, the dedicated and able SSM staff, and the many talented and committed members of the Advisory Council and Board of Trustees, I have been struck by the vitality they continue to bring to ShattuckSt. Mary’s. I look forward to doing my part to help the School and the students, parents and communities it seeks to serve.” Ms. Edwards, who graduated from St. Mary’s Hall in 1968, expressed similar sentiments: “I was very excited to be asked to join the board at SSM. I have always credited the School with making a very significant contribution toward me becoming an independent, self-confident person, and I hope to help bring attention to the School and the exciting new opportunities it offers to students during my tenure.” Originally from Idaho, Ms. Edwards went from St. Mary’s to earn a B.A. from the University of Denver and
now resides in southern California. As executive vice president for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, she is responsible for global sales of Twentieth Century Fox productions. In addition to overseeing sales of series and features to free and basic television broadcasters outside of the United States, she is also responsible for the sale of all Twentieth Century Fox feature films to U.S. networks. Ms. Edwards is involved in all areas related to the distribution of Twentieth Century Fox product, from the running of the local sales offices to managing agreements for licensing product, to overseeing the acquisition of product for distribution through the international division. From the earliest stages of development of series through network pick-up, she works closely with Twentieth Century Fox, Fox21, FTVS and Regency to provide international merits on everything from storylines to casting. Before her current position, Ms. Edwards served as senior vice president for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. She has also served as vice president of MGM/UA Telecommunications from 1988-92 and as vice president of MCA Universal International TV. As she looks ahead to her term on the board, Ms. Edwards observed: “I hope to find a way to reach out to many St. Mary’s graduates and encourage them to return to the School and support its current activities even though the St. Mary’s we knew is gone. The future is very bright and I hope we can get the word out!” A longtime resident of California who recently moved to Henderson, NV, David Sun went from SSM to earn both a B.A. and an M.B.A. from UCLA. In the early 1980s, he founded Sun Computers, Inc., a computer retail
and wholesale chain that grew from one person to an international corporation with more than 280 employees. With 13 retail locations in two states, Sun Computers was recognized by numerous institutions and government agencies, including commendations from California Gov. George Dukemejian, Sen. Peter Wilson and Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. His extensive board experience includes terms as a director of the Long Beach Memorial Hospital Foundation and a governor of California State University at Long Beach. Mr. Sun has traveled extensively to Asia, particularly Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong, where he set up a computer company in 1986. Today, he consults and lectures on doing business in China. “My personal goal for joining the board is both to contribute my own entrepreneurial and world travel experiences to the School to better prepare students,” Mr. Sun noted. “I also look forward to gaining personal knowledge from the other board members as we work together to improve and speed up the process of making SSM one of the best private schools in the USA and in the world.” A native Ohioan and a graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Harris may be a relative “newcomer” to both ShattuckSt. Mary’s and Faribault but he has established strong ties to both the community and the School in recent years through his tenure as chairman, president, CEO and shareholder of Faribault Mills.
with fiber specialties in wool, cotton and Ingeo™ fibers. Products are shipped worldwide under the Faribault Mills, Cannon and Kathy Ireland brand names. Before arriving in Faribault, Mr. Harris was senior vice president and co-founder of Velocity Express, Inc. (1998-2001). During his time with Velocity Express, Inc., company revenues grew from under $1 million to more than $550 million. From 1975 to 1998, he was senior vice president of Smith Barney and PaineWebber where he was in sales and management. Mr. Harris is a past regional multiyear member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He currently serves on the Export Textile Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Much like his “classmates,” Mr. Harris says he is excited about the future of Shattuck-St. Mary’s and looks forward to his term of service: “Having grown up Episcopalian, and now having a deep respect for history as exemplified by my saving and leading some of the oldest and last home textile mills in America, it only seemed right to join the SSM board when called upon by Nick Stoneman. Our headquarters are in Faribault, just as SSM, and we share a similar history. I look forward to aiding the School and the board in many ways, specifically in helping to ensure the School and its tremendous reputation stay intact for another 140-plus years.”
Early in 2001, Mr. Harris took over the day-to-day responsibilities of running Faribault Mills, founded in 1865, which manufactures blankets
COULDN ’T LEAVE AND
COULDN ’T STAY AWAY .
When the tumultuous hurricane season of 2005 unleashed first Katrina, then Rita, on the country’s gulf coast, almost no Americans were left untouched. No doubt most in the ShattuckSt. Mary’s School community have a story to tell about the storms’ impact on their lives. Here are accounts from two SSM alums deeply affected by the events, who found that despite time and distance, the compassion, courage and bonds of friendship that were nurtured at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School held fast against the onslaught.
“New Orleans is a city that people fall in love with. We fell in love with it 23 years ago. Many moons ago, I turned down a job in Paris because I couldn’t leave this magical place.” Jeff Collins ’72 and his wife, Celia, were looking for their first jobs after college when they went to Jeff’s hometown of Muskogee, OK, for the wedding of a Shattuck roommate, Jim Wilcoxen ’72. “I went to see Mike Stratton, class of ’71, at his office on our way to lunch,” remembers Jeff. “He handed me the phone and it was another old Shattuck friend, Bob Von Tour ’71, who was living in Houston. He offered us a bedroom in his house until we could find our first jobs. We found that daunting first job and were able to get our own apartment after a couple of months without our parents’ help! My wife had a great job opportunity in New Orleans, so I put in for a transfer with Whirlpool Corp. (coincidentally the family business of Congressman Fred Upton ’71), and that’s how we ended up in New Orleans. Looking back, it was my Shattuck friends who helped us out in our times of need—in the beginning, again during Katrina, and many, many times in between.” For 23 years, Jeff and Celia have lived in the French Quarter, high on the Mississippi’s banks where the river bends in a U turn.
New Years Eve in the living room of Jeff and Celia Collins. L-r: Mike ’72 and Kathy Clark, Liz and Steve Stidham ’72, Celia and Jeff(in back with top hat) Collins ’72, Andrea and Jim Wilcoxen ’72.
“My wife and I always thought we would live the rest of our lives overseas,” he says, “but when we got to New Orleans, it was foreign, a totally unique culture, without the hassle of having to live in Europe. I used to tell people it was like living in France except you didn’t have to have one of those tiny refrigerators, and the government workers didn’t go on strike every month. “We, as most people in the French Quarter, stayed at home during Katrina,” he says. “Outsiders think
we are crazy, but these houses are 150-200 years old and have been through many storms stronger than this. Houses built of huge old cypress beams and thick brick and plaster walls. No studs and sheetrock here! “The hurricane hit Monday morning around 6 a.m. The electricity went out, as expected, and the house shook for six hours or so. That Monday night was a beautiful night. Of course there was no light for hundreds of miles around. The stars were so bright we could see the Milky Way—in the middle of a city! We still had gas for our cooktop, hot water for showers, etc. We had all the neighbors over to cook things out of the refrigerators because they were going to rot anyway. A good time was had by all.” But the good time didn’t last. New Orleans is surrounded on the north, east and west by Lake Ponchartrain and, on the south, by the Mississippi River. By the next day, word of levee breaks was spreading and residents from northern neighborhoods were walking into the French Quarter, wet to their waists. Jeff and Celia knew they would be trapped if the levee made the bridge across the Mississippi inaccessible, so they decided they and their three cats would leave home the next day. That night, friends who own a restaurant invited them to feast with others on food that could no longer be refrigerated. “About this time we started hearing something about water getting closer to the Mississippi bridge,” says Jeff. “The water was a long way away, but since we couldn’t sleep anyway….” For the last few Septembers, Mike Clark ’71 and his wife, Kathy, have held a Shattuck-St. Mary’s School reunion at their home in Houston, so that’s where the Collinses headed. “We just arrived a couple of weeks early!” Jeff says. “It was pretty eerie
JEFF COLLINS ’72 driving downtown as we were leaving town. There was a curfew, but the police let us leave. It was also strange once we got onto the highways and interstates to not see any cars—only emergency vehicles headed toward New Orleans. It was like this for four or five hours. We arrived to a wonderful breakfast and Bloody Marys at Mike and Kathy Clark’s house about 9 a.m., then we went to bed in order to get back up in time for cocktail hour. Had to get back on schedule!” Then, just about a week later, Hurricane Rita intervened, threatening Houston. “Keilty Carver Sebastian ’72 had also offered my wife and I refuge for Katrina,” Jeff says. “Now we needed it, this time for both of our families, and Ginilu McKay Robinson ’72, who stayed over after our reunion and couldn’t get out. I called Keilty on her cell, and she was in Croatia. She arranged for us to get into her house and guesthouse in Dallas, so three cars headed out.” The evacuation of Houston snarled traffic to an unprecedented degree. The three-car caravan made what is normally a five-hour trip in 11 hours and felt lucky, Jeff says, that lead driver Mike Clark knew the back roads. The group stayed at Keilty’s Highland Park home for four or five days before returning to Houston. Celia’s company set up its New Orleans staff at its Houston office and the Collinses remained in Houston until Dec. 16.
“Four and a half months with Mike, Kathy, their son Jon, and Louie the dog,” says Jeff. “We called it our commune. The most surprising part [of this experience] was how easily our families living together got along. I thought that after some point in time we would really get under each other’s skin, but it didn’t happen. On the other hand, the most challenging thing was missing being at home. “As I said earlier, it was a Shad in Houston who helped us when we were young and looking for our first job, and a Shad in Houston who helped us now.” Back in the French Quarter, Jeff and Celia began settling back into their home and community. The start of Mardi Gras 2006 began a welcome stream of houseguests, including Ginilu McKay Robinson ’72 and David Weber ’72. “We were astounded by the wild things being said by the media,” Jeff says. “The worst part was the template that all the media used that the only people who were still here were black and poor, with no transportation out. The local paper profiles someone every day who died and, so far, everyone had transportation. There were approximately 200,000 cars that were flooded in these neighborhoods.” To those who wish to help people affected by Katrina, Jeff has a clear and simple message: Support the rebuilding of New Orleans. “I get so tired of hearing people say that this city should not be rebuilt because parts of it are three feet below sea level,” he says. “Holland is up to 50 feet below sea level. Venice, Italy, is below sea level and floods every year. Besides its strategic importance to the country (it is the largest port in the U.S.), it is culturally one of the most enchanting, unique cities in the United States.”
were a danger to themselves or others to be transported to open facilities elsewhere in Louisiana.
“ ‘I can do that’—that was pretty much the response. For the most part, people went down to New Orleans to help because they could do what needed to be done. These are things we can do and we’re good at it.” As a pastoral psychotherapist, Jim Rule ’61 knew his training and experience would be needed on the Gulf Coast. “I was part of a team of psychiatrists, clinical social workers, psychologists and others recruited by the national professional organizations to help the Louisiana Department of Mental Health,” he says. “They were totally overwhelmed. Their clinics were wiped out, many of the staff lost their homes, some lost relatives. The clinics and their records were all gone. People depending on medications didn’t have their prescriptions. “The national organizations didn’t really have to recruit us; they just let us know, in a straightforward way, what the situation was. All of us had done emergency mental health work before. I’ve worked in hospitals as a chaplain and I do work with critically ill people. I knew I could do whatever came up.” Despite his experience counseling critically ill patients, Jim admits to a bit of apprehension before he arrived in New Orleans. “We were contracted through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” he says. “When we went down there, we knew we had a place to stay for a couple of nights but after that, we didn’t know. We were told there were no hotel rooms, that the first people there—FEMA and the Coast Guard—had grabbed up a lot of hotel rooms, so our highest anxiety at first was, ’Where would we stay?’ They kept us in the same hotel but kept moving us around in it.”
JIM RULE ’61 He stayed in New Orleans from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15 and worked in a mental health clinic in Ponchatoula, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
“They used us to screen people who walked in off the street, to see which direction they needed to go,” Jim says. “People just popped up like corks. A lot of them were mentally ill but working while on their medications. They’d say, ’I used to go to….’ and hold up their pill bottle. Part of the great pleasure of working down there was that I was able to say, ’Why don’t you just sit right there and we’re going to fix you up.’ Then we’d get them a prescription written.” In addition to working in the clinics, Jim and the other volunteers also visited the shelters. There, they would assess the mental health needs of the residents and, if necessary, arrange for those who
“In the shelters, we did a lot of ‘walking around’ psychiatry,” he says. “We’d talk with whoever wanted to talk to us. We could see mentally ill people who needed help. We could see people suffering from posttraumatic stress, specifically. We’d debrief with them to lessen the effects. It’s kind of like a virus in that it’s very catching. “One man in a shelter was furious all the time. That kind of fury indicates post-traumatic stress. He told me that he and his wife had lived on a boat. ’I tied it down,’ he said, ’but one by one the lines parted and we began to go out to sea and we began to sink. We climbed up on the hull but when water moccasins began to climb up, too, that was too much for my wife.’ She jumped overboard, onto another boat, and, after they were rescued, she was hospitalized. There was a lot of that type of story. “The people in the shelters were in the company of many others who faced the same thing,” Jim says. “Some shelters didn’t handle that so well. Other shelters pulled together and watched out for each other. If we knew the reason for that difference….” Hearing heart-rending stories and helping confused and scared people all day, day after day, was challenging. But Jim brought with him well-honed coping skills to protect himself from burnout or compassion fatigue. “It’s the kind of mindset you might see in a war zone,” he explains. “You know what you can do and you know what you’re not going to do anything about. You can’t walk into a hospital in the morning and do a 12-hour shift and be with people who are very ill and dying
without it changing you. But, if you’re in pretty good shape, you treat that change as a welcome thing and you don’t fear it. It’s not going to destroy you but it will change you. You have to know that you’re going to be OK.” He also found comfort and respite in the small joys of his daily routine. “I’d get up and drive about 50 miles to Ponchatoula,” he says. “There was a restaurant open there and a few of us met there every day. Good food, great biscuits. Eating is part of the whole culture down there. I managed to find some really good food and that was really important to me. “And good company. I ate dinner with the same people I ate breakfast with. We’d listen to each other’s stories. Then, I’d call my wife. It’s the little things of normal life, like talking to your wife every night, that help.” Back home in Atlanta, Jim encourages other SSM alumni to join the rebuilding work and other community-building efforts. “I know a lot of SSM alums have tremendous experience they could bring to help New Orleans recover,” he says. “I’d encourage them to contact their professional organizations in Louisiana and ask ’What do you need?’ The churches were the first ones on the scene in many areas. You can partner with local churches to help. Young people can help by hauling junk, serving meals and in many, many other avenues. “I would encourage students and alumni to put themselves in a position where they can do this sort of work,” says Jim. “When I went to Shattuck, people didn’t volunteer much but now I’m really aware of how much this can add to one’s education.”
HURRICANE A VIEW FROM MISSISSIPPI
Former faculty member Marcy Irby spent seven days in Mississippi during the Thanksgiving holiday last year. She traveled to Ocean Springs with a group of 25 people from southern Minnesota to assist in clean-up efforts. Mississippi experienced Katrina on an intense level with very heavy winds and severe flooding that quickly receded. For her part, Marcy chose to participate in the intensive labor of “mucking out” homes. This process included removing debris, wallboard, insulation and nails from a home and then spraying surfaces with a 20% bleach solution. This work put her in close contact with homeowners. The heavy labor also included times of quiet listening to the stories of the people. The weary volunteers spent their nights on cots in the sanctuary of a Lutheran church. Throughout her trip, Marcy took numerous photos including the four on the left. Echoing Jim Rule’s urging to join the volunteer effort, Marcy noted, “Anybody with any skill – and everybody has skills – can be utilized down there.” Marcy and her husband, Bob Irby ’60, would like to return to the area this summer to offer more help.
PROFILES IN GIVING T O S S M
A Gift to Shattuck-St. Mary’s School and Yourself Over the course of the years, each of you has received a variety of requests to support ShattuckSt. Mary’s School. In the last issue of The Arch and the 2005 Annual Donor Report, we highlighted several significant gifts to the School. Clearly, without the support of our alumni, parents and friends, SSM would not be what it is today, will not be what it can become or, in fact, will not be at all. There are other ways to give to your school in addition to direct gifts of cash and marketable assets. Read what Jack “Foo” Fuller from the Class of ’40 has to say: “Many of us continue to give cash to the best of our ability on a yearly basis, and the School is extremely grateful for the support and fervently hopes you will continue this practice. I have recently discovered another way to make a significant gift to the School while at the same time receiving an income from that gift and a substantial tax deduction from the IRS. It is known as a Charitable Gift Annuity. This is a classic win-win example of how you can cut your taxes, improve your cash flow and benefit your old School all at the same time.” Jack and his wife, Nancy, are one example of how this type of deferred gift can achieve all that Jack says it does. A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is a contract between the donor and Shattuck-St. Mary’s whereby the donor makes an irrevocable gift and receives fixed, lifetime payments. CGAs may be written for one or two persons. The Fullers are not alone in their generosity. In fact, they have established two CGAs with the School. Recently, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous established a $4.3 million CGA for himself and his wife. We are especially grateful for this tangible expression of their belief in the mission of ShattuckSt. Mary’s School and the eloquent expression of their belief in its future. Deferred gifts help make the School’s future, and the donor’s, secure. Other types of deferred giving include bequests, charitable remainder trusts, life insurance, life estate and retained use and other income-producing gifts. For more information about any of these giving instruments, please contact Lonnie Schroeder, Director of Development, at (888) 729-4949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROFILES IN GIVING T O S S M
Above is an artist’s rendering of the plans for the Chapel of the Good Shepherd.
The Hagey Gift Lonnie Schroeder Director of Development There are perhaps no better symbols of the long history of ShattuckSt. Mary’s School than its buildings and grounds. No matter how they appear in the mind’s eye, they will not stand forever without loving care and ongoing maintenance. Of even greater concern, the facilities will not serve a learning community of the 21st century without action to preserve and upgrade them. Renovation and repair not only fortifies the structures; it fortifies and enhances the programs those buildings house. The Episcopal Church has been at the core of the School’s existence since frontier missionary James Lloyd Breck and Henry Benjamin Whipple, the very first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota, founded Shattuck School, St. Mary’s Hall and St. James. Given that history and the beauty of the structure itself, it is no wonder that one of the most enduring images of the School is the Chapel of the Good
Shepherd. The challenge of this treasured structure is accessibility. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.3 percent of the population, or 21.2 million people, have some physically limiting condition that affects walking, climbing stairs or negotiating any uneven surfaces. Our own experience would support what may seem like a staggering number. On Reunion Weekend, at least 15 percent to 20 percent of our attendees have some mobility challenges. In particular, many of our alumni, families and visitors find negotiating the well-worn Chapel steps difficult at best and treacherous at their worst during inclement weather. Thanks to the generosity of Harry Hagey ’59 and his wife, Shirley, the road in front of the Chapel will be paved and elevated to the height of the entry so that people may walk directly into the building. A gently
sloping walk (suitable for wheelchairs) will offer much easier access. The rendering above offers a visual image of the project. The gift also provides for the addition of air conditioning, which will significantly increase the comfort of attendees during many services, convocations and weddings held in the spring, summer and early fall. Necessary roof repairs will also be made. These changes will have significant impact. The Shattuck-St. Mary’s community uses the Chapel daily. The greater Faribault community has begun to take advantage of its existence as many non-alumni hold weddings or other special family occasions in the Chapel. Thanks to the Hageys’ generous gift, we will be able to not only preserve but enhance the Chapel that graces our magnificent campus.
Bloomington • Palm Desert • Naples
Stephanie Sandler Tollefson ’89 and Slade Schuster
Lorri and Joe Helkamp ’78 with Bill and Barb Finnegan (Ryan ’08)
L-r: Karen Ronningen ’95, April Ripka ’95, John Sumner, Meredith Roth ’00 and Greta Gerbig ’00 Bloomington
L-r: Angela Lee Elser ’80, Karl Elser, Keith Flakne ’80, Carol Silge Boucha ’80 and Rory Boucha (Mark Nasby ’09)
Allie and John Dane ’43
Lou and Richard Wood with Mary Lou Wood Lamain ’63
Jim ’45 and Shirley Felton
Stuart ’46 and Sally Gottstein
Pat and Gary Flakne ’52
Chuck ’54 and Suzanne Beard
Jim (Abe) Coman ’41 receives an SSM blanket from Head of School Nick Stoneman Jim ’45 and Marjorie Callison
Bob Yates ’44 with Mark Alpert ’60 Naples
Robert Neslund discusses his work on the School’s history. L-r: Bob Gunn ’44, Naples John Adler ’61, Nancy Gunn and Wanda Adler
L-r: Ceil Fillenworth, George Humleker ’66, Tom Fillenworth ’59
IN MEMORIAM A N D CLASS NOTES
Anson “Randy” Merriman ’30
George A. Hormel ’46
October 28, 2005
February 12, 2006
Owen F. Goodman ’32
Richard Shepard ’46
July 14, 2005
September 7, 2005
David A. Sadler ’33
William L. Waldron Jr. ’47
April 12, 2004
June 17, 2005
Louis Bailey ’34
Donald E. Devries ’49
August 27, 2004
March 9, 2005
Col. Ret. Burdett E. Haessly ’34
John Douglas Crawford ’51
January 3, 2006
June 5, 2005
Edward Landes ’37
G. Alfred Dodds ’51
September 13, 2005
October 30, 2005
Lois Pierson Ostrom ’38
Lewis C. Murphy ’51
September 10, 2005
December 1, 2005
Joseph Barnett Jr. ’39
Richard A. Ferguson ’56
January 25, 2006
July 1, 2005
Whitnah Barton ’39
Samuel Culbertson ’59
January 24, 2005
July 31, 2005
Richard N. Confer Jr. ’40
Robert J. Bannister ’60
August 16, 2005
September 28, 2005
George Banta III ’41
Harold Steffen ’61
May 12, 2005
April 28, 2004
Peter Foe ’42
David Rhaesa ’64
March 14, 2005
July 7, 2005
William Craig ’42
Gail Johnson ’70
November 17, 2005
January 25, 2006
Richard H. Parker ’42
Craig Waldron ’76
February 24, 2006
November 13, 2003
JoAnn McLaughlin Menning ’44
Jennifer Purcell Eaves ’86
November 25, 2005
July 16, 2005
Richard Schuster ’45 October 10, 2005
W. Fred Schroeter writes that he’s “just glad to have made it this far. Thanks be to God.”
1930 Herman Robitshek turned 93 on Dec. 24, 2005. His wife passed away Dec. 10, 2004. He lives in a Scottsdale, AZ, assisted living community, close to where his daughter lives.
1936 William E Mussett and his wife, Lorraine, are full-time residents of Tequesta, a small Florida town on the Atlantic coast. Weather permitting, they play golf.
1937 James Jaffray is retired and lives near the coast of Maine.
1939 After 48 years “before the bar” and seven years as a judge, William Pendleton has retired.
1940 Stanley Masson writes: “Sorry we missed the 65th reunion. Foo Fuller made it sound like a great time was had by all. We’re fine—just waiting for the next hurricane to hit.” Carolyn Burford Brady says she plans to attend the ’46 reunion that Edge Bronson is planning.
1943 Bob and Ann Mars report that they enjoy watching their seven children and spouses raise their 20 grandchildren. Bob works every day at their 82-year-old family business.
1945 Bob Aurner writes: “My heart goes out to those classmates (and all others) affected by the hurricane(s) in the southeastern USA. I hope they are all well. My choice to return home to Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula after retiring has so far been very satisfying and rewarding.” Frederick W. Hopkins and his wife, Sally, moved to Albuquerque, NM, in January.
C L A S S N O T E S F R O M S H AT T U C K - S T. M A R Y ’ S Where’s Hank??? Hank Murphy (left) hasn’t been back to SSM since his graduation, and we think his classmates would enjoy seeing him! This was taken on his visit last fall at Jim and Brenda Hauschild’s home.
1946 Frank McIntyre walked his granddaughter down the aisle at her wedding, June 18, 2005.
1947 Mary “Terry” Balch Searls traveled to the British West Indies, Luxemburg and Portugal this year.
1948 Classmates of Danforth Field: He’d like you to give him a call.
1949 Walter “Bruno” Hutchins’ wife, Marlene, recently passed away.
1950 Buzz Belau writes: “What a delight to see my Battalion Commander Bill Eccles, Company Commander Don Pavek and Platoon leader Tom Tincher all together in the same photograph in The Arch after a short 55 years! You all look great and I’m sure you are enjoying retirement as I am.” Tom Tincher reports that classmate Ruthmary Pasco Race and her daughter, Anne Heller, were pictured in the “Trend Setters” section of a suburban Chicago newspaper. Ruthmary’s daughter was the chair of a black-tie “Zoolin Rouge” party to benefit Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. The chilled champagne, fire eaters and street performers stimulated bids for a silent auction that raised $750,000. In the picture, Ruthmary looked pleased with her daughter and her daughter’s good work, according to Tom.
1952 David Cline and Ed Van Gorden, roommates from Summer School ’52, are planning to attend Reunion in June 2006.
1953 Mary Haines East and Gary East ’52 were married June 17, 2000, and live in Palm Bay, Fla. Mary has 15 grandchildren—eight girls, including two sets of twins, and
L-r: Lonnie Schroeder, Dick Parker ’42, Jodi Parker, Nick Stoneman, Abe Coman ’41 at Dick Parker’s home
During Fall Family Weekend 2005, Karl Hauschild ’55 met Amy Gragg ’88 - a past recipient of the Hauschild watch award. As if on cue, Amy lifted her arm to show Karl that she was still wearing the watch all these years later. It was indeed a special moment. Having moved back to Faribault with her husband, Robert, and daughter Amanda, Amy has recently joined the SSM staff as Assistant to the Head of School.
Phil Trout ’73 visited Mrs. Mary Strong at her home in Washington, D.C.
L-r: Mary Denman, Dick Denman ’44, Nick Stoneman, Lonnie Schroeder, Louie Hill ’63, Abe Coman ’41 and Katherine Hill in Palm Desert, CA
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seven boys—but none live in Florida. Gary has three grandsons in Seattle. Mary and Gary recently spent a weekend in St. Augustine with Dirk Lueders ’52 and his wife, Annie, and Art Lueders ’52.
Sam Keator ’71, T.M.R.F., President All-Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon & Anne Doherty (Paul) of Portland, Oregon, were married in Anne’s home county of Donegal on September 16, 2005. The first dance after the wedding in Letterkenny en route to Redcastle for the reception was “Shoe the Donkey.”
Angela Lee Elser ’80 (second from left) and Joe Helkamp ’78 (third from left) hadn’t seen each other for 27 years until they met for dinner, with their spouses, last December at the Helkamps’ home in Shakopee, MN.
Tamara Kloeckl White ’80 and Ruby Lindner ’80 met for brunch in Chicago.
News from Cindy Carpenter Glad: Nancy Trimmer Wulfing called “N to tell me that she just learned of Jevne Kessel Riley’s death in 1998. Jevne lived in Columbus, Ohio, and married in 1981. She organized musical programs in the church where her husband was the organist. She had a magnificent voice (which I was well aware of as she was behind me in Glee Club) and gave concerts in the area. Jevne’s husband died six days after her death.” Cindy also reports that Bob Hauck has a 14th grandchild, Jackson Robert. Myrna East McIalwain visited Mary K. White. Gretchen Friday Gallagher’s grandchildren are all in their 20s except for one teenager. Marilyn Orr McNeal and husband continue to spend a lot of time in Atlanta visiting their daughter and grandchildren.
1954 Peter Puchner has retired from active practice of urology in New York City and is now working as an Advisory Dean in the Office of Student Affairs at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Bill Scheel serves as interim pastor of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Dallas. In his spare time, he shows his Irish terrier.
1955 Tamara Kloeckl White ’80 finishes her first Ironman Triathlon in 13 hours 20 minutes on a hot and humid Wisconsin day. Tamara’s father, Tony Kloeckl (father of Terrance Kloeckl ’78 and Tracey Kloeckl Jimenez ’83 escorted Tamara the final 100 yards.
Fifty years after graduation, David Mann completed five weeks of classes at the Tracker School during 2005.
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1956 Tim Palmer is looking forward to June 2006 and the 50th reunion. He says he hopes his class has a great turnout, and they will even allow some of the 1955 folks to join in!
1957 Walt Samans retired from DuPont Company in 1997 and from Accenture LLC in 2004. Now, he plays lots of golf. He travels some and says he hopes to visit SSM for his 50th reunion in June 2007.
1958 Now retired, Mike Wise lives in Mexico for three months a year, skis the Colorado Rockies for five months, and travels during the other four months of the year.
1960 “We had a wonderful time at our 45th reunion at SSM,” report John Day and Susan Gaynor Day. “It was the first time we had returned since graduation. Susan loved seeing her St. Mary’s roommate, Judi Robinson Jeremiassen, again. We hope more classmates return for our 50th reunion.” Roger McDonald and his wife, Diane, just completed their ninth cruise this year. They have now visited: Canada, Alaska, Italy, France, Spain, Gibraltar, Scotland, England, Ireland and New Zealand. Whitney Lynn completed the Ironman Austria on July 3, 2005, and also rode five days during week three of the Tour De France. Whitney has done four Ironmans in Hawaii. “Life is good!” Whitney says. “Never act your age!”
The Indiana NFIB leadership council elected Jim Gislason as chairman.
1962 Townes Van Zandt influenced musicians across genres and generations before his death in 1997. Now a movie, “Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt,” chronicles the life of this troubled and talented music man, who was called “the ultimate songwriter’s songwriter.” The movie, which was released in December 2005, is now available on DVD and features 25 songs recorded and sung by Townes.
1965 After 37 years as a flight attendant with Northwest Airlines, Susan Hanft Humphres has retired.
1968 Mary Waldo moved to Elysian, MN, in February 2005, where she works as a financial analyst at the Mankato Clinic. Gary Spencer received a master’s degree last December from the University of Illinois–Chicago. He teaches algebra and geometry at Perspectives Charter School in Chicago.
1969 DJ Peterson Hedstrom and her husband, Peter, along with Martha Hedstrom recently spent three weeks touring Europe with Kathy Keator Lowe ’69 and her husband, David. While in Ireland, they attended Sam Keator’s ’71 wedding.
1981 Sue Porter Powell is principal at Garlough Elementary
School in West St. Paul, MN. Her son, Chase, is a senior at Edina High School but attends Normandale Community College full time. Her daughter, Kira, is a seventh-grader in the French immersion program at Valleyview Middle School in Edina. Her husband, Bill, works for Sears BMW in Minnetonka and is, she says “in BMW heaven.”
1985 After five years of coordinating the gifted and talented program at Black Hawk Middle School in Eagan, Nicholas Cobbett has gone back into the classroom there, teaching eighth grade English. Nick and his family still live in St. Paul’s West Side, but they’re now 10 blocks closer to Cherokee Park. Bill Brewster and his wife, Roberta, are the proud parents of Sofia, born on May 27, 2005. They welcome visitors to the Denver area.
(3½) and Matthew and Claire (2)—lives in the Kansas City area.
1987 Anne Stark Cosgriff and her husband, Ned, are renovating a hundred-year-old house in Denver’s Chessman Park area. A mountain near Leadsville, CO, recently was named “Mt. Cosgriff” to honor Ned’s father. Anne works in the clinical department of Cochlear Americas, which makes implantable hearing devices for the deaf.
1991 Dan Johnston lives in Seattle and is an attorney for a nonprofit organization that provides legal services to lowincome clients.
1992 Annette Guerin Bussler and her husband are expecting their third child. Miles (7) and Morgan (10) kept them busy with school activities, basketball and hockey. The Busslers live in Michigan.
1986 Heidi Mathews Kapacinskas has opened a law practice with Kathrine Nicol. Nicol & Kapacinskas, P.C., practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law. John and Heidi would welcome visitors to their home in Houston. Their oldest child, Andrew, is 5½ and their twins, Robbie and Katie, turned 2 in December. Email Heidi at email@example.com Jennifer Hall Lowry is the director of the Mid-America Poison Control Center of Kansas. She and her husband, David, celebrated their seventh anniversary in January. The family—Nathan
Kirsten Trandem writes that Nicole Willis-Grimes ’93 married Jesse Wadhams in August 2005. Fr. Henry Doyle officiated at the wedding at Lake Tahoe. Among the proud and happy parents was James Wadhams ’64. Nicole and Jesse live in Reno, NV.
1993 Meghan Keogh and Todd Lux were married in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd on July 30, 2005. Fr. Henry Doyle presided and Maureen Keogh ’94 was the maid of honor. Meghan’s brothers, Michael ’89 and Matthew ’99, were ushers. Attending were Elizabeth Freeman ’93 and her husband, Jose Miguel Figueroa. Meghan, a
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registered nurse, and Todd, a fire fighter, live in his native Texas. Fathers Paul Jarvis and Henry Doyle presided at the wedding of Lee Feichtinger and Jesse Bull in Edina on Oct. 1, 2005. Max Bull ’99 was the best man, and Beau Garrett ’93 and Trevor Putrah ’93 were groomsmen. Nick Koparanyan ’93 was the usher. The wedding was attended by many SSM alumni, faculty and friends.
1994 Nicole Glover Stroud and Ben Desha Stroud were married in West Palm Beach, FL, on May 28, 2005.
1995 Terry Bevan and Molly Reid were married Aug. 6, 2005, in Santa Barbara, Calif. They met at Hamilton College in New York. Among those present were: Bill Bevan ’62, Kim Peterson ’67, Paul Jeremiassen ’62, Trevor Putrah ’93, Aaron Wagner ’93 and Nils Satterstrom ’94. On Aug. 6, 2005, Fr. Henry Doyle joined Margo Rother and Bryce Beemer in marriage at Kahekili Beach Park in Maui. Sharon Hoffman Avent ’64 and her husband, Terry, attended. Margo and Bryce are living in Madison, WI, until they move to Hawaii this year.
1997 Dean Cates lives in Los Angeles. He’s pursuing an accounting job for a nonprofit company, as well as interests in acting and writing. Nicholas Anthony and Jessie Ballard were married in Baudette, MN, on Aug. 20,
2005. Pastor Shawn Brandon and Father Henry Doyle officiated. Jeff Horstman ’96 was best man. Kyle Armstrong ’97 and A.J. Walker ’99 were ushers.
2002 Devin Fell is in his senior year at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has a double major in mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering. He spent last summer in Italy.
On Oct. 15, 2005, Cassie Carver and Mark Larson were married in Faribault. Katie Carver Zabel ’99 was the matron of honor. Merrill Carver was one of the happy parents. The couple lives in Vadnais Heights, MN.
Chad Whiting has achieved his private pilot certificate in helicopters. After graduating from college, he says he will continue his training so he can be a rescue (medical evacuation) pilot.
Michael McGregor ’98 and Sadie Dickinson were married in Marshalltown, IA, on Sept.10, 2005. Father Henry Doyle presided at the wedding. Jarrod Houp ’98 was the groom’s personal attendant. Sara Whelan ’97 was among the guests. Sadie and Michael are living in Minneapolis.
2000 Ben Barr lives in the Troy/Albany New York area. He works for HSBC Bank USA and coaches the Capital District selects peewee minor AAA hockey team.
2001 Ernest DiGiovanni was graduated with honors in biochemistry from Hamilton College in May 2005. He presented his senior research thesis on the effect of alpha fetoprotein on estrogen receptor positive breast cancer cells at the national meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in April 2005. His research was supported by an NIH grant. Ernest is attending medical school at Nova Southeastern University in his home state, Florida.
Carly Aimi is in her sophomore year at Union College in Schenectady, NY. During her freshman year, she played on the Division I varsity ice hockey team and took advanced ballet and jazz classes. She also served on the board that plans activities, concerts, comedians and speakers. Jieun Kim has declared a double major in molecular biology and anthropology. She says she hopes to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just four years!
Family and Past Faculty and Staff Donald Purrington is 92 years old and has been using a wheelchair since March 2005. Although he had planned to attend Reunion in June 2005, he was not able to be there. Larry Novak and his wife, Zelda, spent an afternoon with alumni, Head of School Nick Stoneman and Director of External Relations Tim Daniel this past July at the home of Craig Whiting ’69 and his wife, Julie PonathWhiting in Nisswa, MN.
Major Reuben Kvidt taught ROTC at Shattuck from December 1942 until May 1943 and again from 1946 to 1949. He is a Gideon in the Northfield, MN, area and was honored by the class of 1948, which dedicated the yearbook to him. Former faculty member Jon Bang was married to Jessica Eschenbacher on July 25, 2005. Fr. Henry Doyle presided at the ceremony at Lum Park in Brainerd, MN. They live in St. Louis, MO, where Jon teaches at the Burroughs School.
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C L A S S N O T E S F R O M S H AT T U C K - S T. M A R Y ’ S Nathan Robert Hamlin was born on Nov. 18, 2005, to Bryan “Bubba” Hamlin ’95 and his wife, Heidi. They live in Goodyear, AZ.
Head of School Nick Stoneman joined 13 Shads in Northern Wisconsin for 4 days of golf, kayaking and good old fashioned fun!
Crystal and Ben Jacobs ’89, along with son, Kai, at their home in Udhailyah, Saudi Arabia. Both Ben and Crystal are teachers at the Aramco School in Udailyah, and they were visited by SSM’s Director of External Relations, Tim Daniel. Efren and Cristina Datu, parents of Vinia ’04 and Cyril ’05, at their home in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. SSM Director of External Relations, Tim Daniel, visited with the Datus in November 2005 while touring the Aramco Schools in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Datu reports that he is “just a few years away” from his retirement from Aramco and a return to the family’s native Philipines, where both Vinia and Cyril are students at Atteneo de Manila University. Mr. and Mrs. Datu also remarked “how much we miss being a part of the SSM parents community,” now that their children have graduated.
The Kingdom Centre opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last year. SSM’s own Scott Berry ’59 was recognized for his work on this project during his time with Ellerbe Becket, an international architecture, engineering and construction firm.
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If there is a time limit on romance, it must be longer than 60 years. Lois (Toni) Gottlieb and Bob Yates re-ignited a romance that began in 1944, their senior years at St. Mary’s Hall and Shattuck School, respectively, at Reunion 2004. Now the two, who live in La Jolla, CA, are planning a wedding. “I dated him—well, if you could call what we were allowed to do at St. Mary’s Hall ’dating’—during our senior year,” recalls Toni. “We St. Mary’s girls weren’t allowed much time to date and we had a chaperone. I never tried to sneak out and I don’t think he would have done that either. So, we went to some dances at the school.” After graduation, both enrolled at Carleton College. But Bob left the school to serve in the Army Air Force cadet program. Toni, meanwhile, continued at Carleton. By the time Bob returned to Carleton, in 1947, Toni was engaged to someone else and was married after she graduated. For the next 60 years, Toni and Bob lived completely separate, busy and productive lives about half a country apart from each other. Toni lived in California and raised a family while Bob returned to his hometown of Duluth, MN, and developed a career in manufacturing, shipping and real estate. “One of the people in charge of putting together the Reunion asked me, ’Would you mind contacting some people to get them to come,’ and I said sure,” Bob remembers. “I wrote a letter to Toni and told her that if she could get to Minnesota, I’d take care of getting her to Shattuck-St. Mary’s.”
“It was a bolt out of the blue when he wrote that letter,” says Toni. “I tried to call him but he was in Hawaii at the time. I hadn’t been to any Reunions but when I found out that he really meant it, I said ’Well, I guess I could do that.’ I hadn’t seen him since he left Carleton but I guess he had made inquiries about me from time to time.” According to Bob, he was a little anxious before the reunion at the Twin Cities airport. “I wasn’t sure that I’d recognize her,” he says, “but after we met it was just like old times. She was very much like the gal I remembered.”
The two joined a small group of 1944 classmates for Reunion and, after what they describe as a “wonderful time,” they went their separate ways again. By October, Bob was visiting Toni in southern California. After frequent visits and phone calls, Toni says “We kind of got to thinking….” “This is all new territory for me,” says Bob, who has never been married. “It’s great.”
he new mural at the first landing on the stairs up to the second floor of Morgan is a graphic reminder of the history of the three institutions that have become Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. It features three shields—the emblems of Shattuck School, St. Mary’s Hall and St. James School. The designs are similar: all, for example, are marked with a cross, to signify that each was a school of the Episcopal Church. Each also has a Latin motto—indeed, Shattuck’s shield has two. At the center of the Shattuck shield is a book on which are the words PRO PATRIA ET ECCLESIA (for the Nation and the Church), words that recall Shattuck’s long military history and its beginning as part of the Bishop Seabury Mission, which trained missionaries for the frontier. The other motto, NISI DOMINUS FRUSTRA, comes from the first two verses of Psalm 127. A rather free translation would be “without the Lord [everything is] in vain.” The St. Mary’s Hall shield also has a book at its center, and the arrangement (and division) of the Latin words can be confusing. ECCE ANCILLA DOMINI is the Latin version of what Mary said when the Angel Gabriel told her that she would be the mother of the Christ: “Behold the handmaiden of the Lord” (St. Luke 1:38). When I introduce this motto to my Latin I students, some are just a bit uncomfortable because the meaning they know for ancilla is “slave girl,” and that doesn’t sound quite dignified enough for the Virgin Mary! The St. James name is no longer part of our School’s name, but its history is an important part of our story. The shield pictured on the mural isn’t the original design—and its motto wasn’t in Latin. The first design is more like a seal, and at the center, on a Maltese cross, are the words “FROM MY YOUTH UP.” That’s exactly the meaning of the Latin motto, AB PUERITIA MEA.
T cÄxt yÉÜ fàÉÜ|xá? xà tÄA As you may know, I am writing a commemorative book for the School’s Sesquicentennial. Our archives have some wonderful records and artifacts—but so may you. I’m looking for all kinds of things that can add personality to the book: recollections, diaries, letters, photographs—anything that gives a vivid sense of the way things were. I especially need material relating to St. Mary’s Hall and St. James School, for our collection has much less to work with, and I want to represent each school as fully as possible. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my mailing address is Box 218, Faribault, MN 55021. I hope to hear from you! - Bob Neslund
lass discussions in Dobbin 2 are sure to be more plentiful and fruitful now that Shattuck-St. Mary’s has installed its first “Harkness table.” Family and friends of Edward ’37 and Mary Liz Orr Landes ’39—led by Jim Landes ’64, Ed Landes ’62 and Dave Farmer ’63—have donated $10,000 to create a wonderful memorial to them with the refurbishing of the classroom and the addition of a Harkness table. The table, which seats 18, is in the style made famous by a donation from oil magnate and philanthropist Edward Harkness to Phillips Exeter Academy in 1930. Here is how Harkness described his donation’s purpose: “What I have in mind is [a classroom] where [students] could sit around a table with a teacher who would talk with them and instruct them by a sort of tutorial or conference method, where [each student] would feel encouraged to speak up. This would be a real revolution in methods.” The discussion-oriented, seminar-style method has been used by many institutions, including Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, for many years.
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