The Hillside South Kent School Magazine | Fall 2016
The Hillside 2016 Volume LIII Number 1
Head of School’s Report
Editor: Thomas Javery • Director of Communications
Expecting Excellence Achieving
Head Writer: Frank Esposito • Communications Specialist
Copy Editor: Mary Flemming Brown Contributors: Priscilla Loomis • Director of Development Jenn Haase * Development Associate Mark Brennan • Annual Fund Manager Cheryl Moore David Spagnolo Elena Uryadova Anthony Camardi ’08 Send address changes to: South Kent School 40 Bulls Bridge Road South Kent, CT 06785-1199 (860) 927-3539 x206 email: firstname.lastname@example.org South Kent School adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other schooladministered programs. Mission Statement South Kent School is an independent, college preparatory school for boys. Since its founding, South Kent has maintained ties with the Episcopal Church. Three principles define the school: Simplicity of Life, Self-Reliance, and Directness of Purpose. We offer, by living simply, an uncluttered environment for lively and rigorous learning. We encourage our students to become selfreliant in order to develop competence and self-esteem. We value directness of purpose: we want each student to welcome the challenge to focus his energies, to set goals, and to work to meet them. South Kent School fosters these principles in a community, small in numbers, that provides a safe and supportive family structure. We embrace diversity and cherish honesty, courtesy, and compassion. In this energizing atmosphere, we provide leadership opportunities that develop a student’s sense of responsibility and service. We nurture in our students, regardless of belief or religious affiliation, a thoughtful engagement with spirituality.
“Experience here at South Kent has shown me that a boy will generally produce that which is expected of him. Expect him to be honest, fine and decent and nine times out of ten, he will make a tremendous effort to be just that. Be suspicious and imagine bad things of him and your chances are very good of getting just that.” -Samuel Slater Bartlett
Quote from SSB’s guide book for future Heads of School
n her cover story for Time (“The Kids Are Not All Right”, November 7, 2016), Susanna Schrobsdorff draws attention to the growing epidemic of teen anxiety and depression in America. “They are the post-9/11 generation,” she writes, “raised in an era of economic and national insecurity. They’ve never known a time when terrorism and school shootings weren’t the norm.” From our perspective on this Hillside, Schrobsdorff is correct. There is a rising tide of anxiety and a growing sense of angst in the young. Maybe it is the by-product of negativity surrounding this election? Our belief here, however, is that there is much more to it. Sebastian Junger, in his new book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, says that none of this should come as a surprise. “Humans don’t mind hardship,” says Junger. “In fact, they thrive on it; what they mind is not feeling necessary. Modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary.” At South Kent School, we believe that each person is necessary, and that each has unique gifts to contribute to our community. The values and traditions established here by Samuel Bartlett and Richard Cuyler over 90 years ago still help the boys to understand that they have a home here and that much is expected of them - academically, spiritually, and athletically. In these pages is the proof that our unique path to excellence works - from Paul Abbott’s “Bricks” sermon, to the Alumni Profiles. Regards,
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Volume LIII, Number 1 Fall 2016
“We all find our way here for a variety of reasons. But we need to integrate ourselves with all of our lumps and bumps, with all of our unique features into something that’s much bigger than us and that works and can stand for something beyond our own selves. ”
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The Brick Sermon
10 Winter and Spring Athletics 14 Annual Report
SKS to SF:
Choices made by SKS Headmaster L. Wynne Wister had a lasting effect on the life of Perry Butler ’60.
Alumni recount the great times they shared during their time back here on the Hillside.
ALUMNI Alumni Profiles
inschool Missives Dear Hillside, I wish you had identified which classes were represented by the collage on the Fall 2015 The Hillside Cover. My eye was caught particularly by the second panel from the left. I was convinced that the student immediately in front of the pillar was my classmate Bob Barry. As I further studied faces, there were at least two others who looked familiar: John Toye (just to the left of the pillar) and Tom Posnansky (center front). However, I didn’t recognize anyone else, so have decided that it wasn’t the Class of 1954. My bottom line, I wasted quite a lot of time and ended up disappointed! Memories flooded back, however, and I wasted some more time seeing how many of my class are or would have been 80, and how many aren’t yet. Before I present my “useless facts,” I must tell you that I don’t have anything to confirm who is no longer with us, so these data are on a “are or would have been” basis: The Class of 1954 consisted of 34 members, according to the 1954 Yearbook. Of those, two are already 81 years old. Another 15 are already 80. The remaining 17 (i.e., one half ) will turn 80 before the end of October, including me (3/9/1936). Two class members shared 7/24 as a birthday; two others shared 9/11 as a birthday, but neither pair were born in the same year. Now, aren’t you fascinated with the useless stuff some of us can waste time on? Stephen W. Rule ‘54 The Villages, Florida P. S. The cover strikes me as a masterful job, particularly because no damage has been done to the Old Building!
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From the Editor: I have had a few people contact me about who is on the cover, and I regret that it slipped my mind to include that. From left to right the classes are 1935, 1941, 2009, and 2015. The wide gap between years is because the all-school photos tend to be taken in front of the chapel these days, and so these were the best photos from that location with which I could make this cover.
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Dear Hillside, I have a few thoughts after reading John Richardson’s Alumni Weekend write-up. I have the advantage of being an hour and a half away and thus able to visit the school during ‘interim’ reunion weekends and Terry Moody ’56 at being able to see some Alumni Weekend 2015 of the detail changes in the school. John has done an outstanding job comparing the school of our day with that of today. He is correct that the school is stronger and, in many ways, better than when we were there. The school was on its ‘last legs’ when Andy became Head. It would have survived fewer than three years without drastic action. That drastic action was the “Elite Sports Program.” I was gratified to see that the core principles of the school were maintained and promoted during this transaction. I was also pleased to see that the ‘traditional’ idea of a four-year school was not abandoned, although the sort of four-year schools we knew are a thing of the past. Postgraduate and students attending for a couple of years are a fact of today. Not all bad. There are many students of our day who truly benefited from the school even though they were able to attend for only a couple of years. I have said that I believe Andy is the greatest educational entrepreneur since Arnold of Rugby. He saw early on the need for superior technology including SmartBoards, iPads, large data bases and a variety of innovative techniques. These are the way we operate today. Business presentations are not made using flip charts. We use projectors, if not SmartBoards to get our message across. It is natural today for a student to prepare a presentation on an iPad which he takes to class and plugs into a SmartBoard (if he is not able to connect via bluetooth or WiFi), to tell his story.
The text book industry has greatly benefited from the iPad. It used to be that textbooks were revised about every twelve years as that was the usual purchase cycle of public schools. The result was mostly obsolete texts. Today texts are revised almost continually. Actually, schools like SKS tend to limit the use of ‘text books’ except in math, sciences and languages. Do you recall using a text book while you were in school? I don’t, at least not in English or history. We read books from such collections as the Modern Library. Today, I read books on a Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook when it came out in color. Result: I acquired huge Kindle and Nook libraries which are not compatible. Our children bought Connie and me iPad Minis with a retina display. (I do have a Logitech keyboard with mine.) We now have access to our Kindle and Nook libraries as well as those from Apple, Google, and a couple of other sources. The idea of “plow to table” is not new to SKS. From the very beginning, we ate food grown on the premises. When we were at SKS, we benefited from a large ‘truck farm’ output, not to mention the largest herd of beef cattle in Connecticut. I need not remind you of such meals as “Pig Parts.” Our predecessors harvested other crops including tobacco. Our farming activity was pretty much limited to harvesting potatoes, but we were still known by the other schools in the area as “The Farm School.” Earlier students tell tales of unloading rail cars of manure and hauling it up the hill to fertilize the crops. One area you did not mention was the arts program. Arts in our day was pretty much confined to trips to museums and symphony concerts. It was one of the great regrets of the Old Man that the school did not offer the opportunity for students to study music. The Old Man several times wrote that he wished his older brother, who died before the opening of the school, were here to offer such a program. G, as he was called (His actual name was George Hodges Bartlett; the Old Man named his son after him.) was an accomplished musician. Both
the Old Man and Father Sill missed him greatly. They would have been pleased to hear Andy tell of SKS students who went on to careers in music at places like Juilliard. Foster White tells me that the music practice rooms are beautiful. (The only other regret that the Old Man had was that he adopted the sport of football rather than soccer. Interesting that SKS has dropped football — although the reasons are quite different.) The thing that pleases me the most about SKS is that the core values are maintained. Also, the thing that makes SKS different from other schools is that SKS is all about the boy while other schools are all about the school. This has not changed. The Hero’s Journey is just one example of this. I see the various “Elite” athletic programs working well with the traditional athletic programs for ‘non-elite’ athletes. I see everyone benefiting from SKS’s core values. I see SKS as the pioneer among secondary schools in leading education of boys. I am pleased to see the school that I thought was going to die, now thriving and prospering and a leader among secondary schools. I do regret that I was not able to be with you celebrating our 60th reunion. Terry Moody ’56
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South Kent’s Class of 2016
Congratulations, Class of 2016! Prize Day Awards
Headmaster’s Cup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zachary Schullery James S. Johnson Memorial Trophy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicholas Valletta George and Maggie Bartlett Cup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Hamelin S.S.B. Cup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryce Britton Mann Mary Flemming Brown and Arthur Wood Brown Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fei Hu Paul and Terese Abbott Cup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loren Christopher Brill William P. Gillette ’29 Trophy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher John Watts John C. Farr ’58 Trophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tyler Kevin Miknich Bartlett English Prize. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryce Britton Mann Language Prize. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liam Delehanty Humanities Prize. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Xingwen Wei Glennon Creative Writing Prize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jay Kang George D. Knopf Science Prize. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryce Britton Mann Mathematics Prize. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryce Britton Mann Art Prize. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Qizheng Duan Chapel Reading Prize. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zachary Schullery Music Prize . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jiafeng Deng AMG Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marc Greenlee Cuesta Scholastic Improvement Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nicholas Valletta Academic Leader of the Sixth Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryce Britton Mann Sixth Form Call to Service All-Stars . . . . . Griffin Joseph Uftring, Zachary Schullery, Viacheslav A Browning, Fei Hu, Alexander Mathew Lindstrom, Kyle Matthew Warren, Derek Hamelin, Jay Kang, Tyler Kevin Miknich Call to Adventure Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zachary Schullery Call to Explore Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adam Henri Peck CFI Historic Building Technologies Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steven Robert Ipri, Andrew Paul Quetell CFI Prize. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jack O’Brien Hannan Anatomy and Physiology Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Michael Steele 4 • The Hillside Fall 2016
PRIZE DAY 2016
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inschool Foundations of the School
THE BRICK SERMON -Paul Abbott
What follows is Paul Abbott’s Brick Sermon, recorded in honor of his retirement.
word about the hymn, “Come, Labor On”: it, in the minds of the alumni of the middle history of the School, is the School Hymn. It was very popular with George Bartlett who was our third headmaster, and we sang it very, very often. The phrase “Servants, well done”, which has been a part of our traditional response when people do a good job, comes from that hymn. It’s quite personal to me actually, too, because the man who wrote the music for that was my father’s choral director when he sang at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City in the 1920’s: T. Tertius Noble. What a wonderful name. Well, here I am for the final time speaking in the chapel. Father Klots asked me to do this, and I welcomed the opportunity. Over the years, I have had many opportunities to address the School in this particular setting but, time after time, I get asked to give my one main sermon, which is, “The Bricks.” Now, I don’t know how many of you have heard me give that talk. I think the majority of you have not. But the brick sermon started around 30 or 40 years ago, and Father Klots asked me to share it with you one final time. He also decided to break with protocol in this chapel and video tape the talk. This is a very unusual event and it’s daunting, let’s put it that way. But I thank you, Father, for trying to make this special for me. And at the risk of really blowing it with the family, it is also especially nice to have my grandson up here with me; this is a family day. Let me begin by reading a short piece to set in motion where I want to go. It is entitled The Brick by Michael Quoist, and it’s taken from a short book of prayers that has been with me for a long, long time. It’s translated from French and is a bit stiff, but I will try to read it in a way that will allow you to follow it.
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“The bricklayer laid a brick on a bed of cement. Then, with a precise stroke of his trowel spread another layer, and without a by-your-leave, laid on another brick. The foundations grew visibly. The building rose, tall and strong, to shelter people. I thought, Lord, of that brick buried in the darkness at the base of the big building. No one sees it, but it accomplishes its task, and the other bricks need it. Lord, what difference whether I am on the rooftop or in the foundations of your building, as long as I stand faithfully at the right place?”
n 1923, when South Kent opened on the 26th of September, the 23 Charter Scholars, before they even got their first dinner, trundled off to the basement of the Old Building to the area that had been dedicated and set aside for the School place of worship. There was no chapel; there was nothing other than farm buildings, apple trees, and a lot of mud all around the Old Building which would house the 23 students and 6 masters who would be their instructors. That important first evening started the tradition of the chapel being the center of the spiritual health of the School. It took several years before the School could put together the resources to contemplate this chapel: it is an extraordinary structure that makes a strong statement about what we are all about. When I first came to visit South Kent as a prospective teacher in 1965, I noticed right away the texture of the stones on the outside of this building. The bricks were positively strange. Now, I don’t know how many of you have really bothered to look at them, but they are badly misshapen. They are really not at all the kind of bricks that you’d expect to see in a New England/Georgian brick building. How did that come to be? Well, you guessed it: they were rather inexpensive because every one of them is a
mistake, is imperfect. It is a brick that didn’t come out of the furnace properly. The ones with great big tear holes in them. There were gasses that were supposed to extrude from the brick that didn’t get out in an orderly way but went *Pop*, and the brick was misshapen. But they didn’t cost a great deal of money, and the School bought enough to do the building. Now, the boys in the early 30s, just like you did last year in creating the building for the CFI, spent a lot of time working on this structure with the workers, particularly the masons. One gentleman, Larry Newhall, who went on to become the headmaster of Watkinson School in Hartford, used to talk about that at Alumni Day years ago. It was back-breaking work; he would push a wheelbarrow full of mortar for the bricks up a ramp of wood so that the men working on the building could put the bricks in place. Now, the point of all this is that you start with the assumption that the bricks never were expected to be used in the first place and then the fact that that they got into the wall of the most important building on campus was only through the incredible commitment that these masons made to find a way to make each one fit. To me, that says everything I need to know about South Kent School. Fall 2016 The Hillside • 7
Foundations of the School
e all find our way here for a variety of reasons. But we need to integrate ourselves with all of our lumps and bumps, with all of our unique features into something that’s much bigger than us and that works and can stand for something beyond our own selves. When I was Dean of Students, which I was for 12 years, I’d get a little frustrated with you scallywags at times, and I would think strongly of cement blocks in a motor boat in the middle of Hatch Pond for some of you. My good wife talked me out of that – not a good idea to do that to someone else’s children. But when I got completely wound up about something, I’d come up here, and literally, this is true, just stare at the texture of the wall, particularly on the front of the chapel. The bricks there are old friends of mine; I would just look at them and say, “Gosh, I would like to meet the mason who was patient enough to fit that brick in.” He must have been very tempted to pick it up and throw it away. Now, there are plenty of analogies here that you ought to think about. The faculty and permanent staff of this School are the masons. They’re trying every way they can to help you find your place in this community, and the exciting thing at this time of year is that, most of you are more than comfortable. In many respects this has been one of the smoothest years I can remember; so much has happened because you all figured out we could make more out of it if we work together. But as some of you go out from here, and others in a few years, keep in mind that the patience of your faculty with you, their absolute commitment not to give up on you is why you have the strength to do the things that you do and to do them as well as you can. I think it’s important to think about this because regardless of how self-sufficient we would like to be, we aren’t able, as human beings, to accomplish anything alone. We need to do it in context with others. And that’s the main message you’ve been given here. 8 • The Hillside Fall 2016
I have seen it now for basically 50 years. I hear it when guys who have graduated 25 years ago come back together for an Alumni Day recite the Chaucer. They snap to attention and let fly, just like they did when they were here. It means everything to them. They know that, in this setting, they had dignity, they had worth, and they learned how to make the most of themselves. It’s been quite a ride for me, and it’s going to be an emotional couple of weeks. I’m not going to get carried away here, but I feel very privileged to work here over these years. I hope I’ve done some good. I haven’t seen as much of most of you in the last few years because Mr. Vadnais asked me to work with the alumni. Thats a good place to finish it up. But I will carry out from here the joy of knowing one of the most amazing things that you could possibly experience: the joy of young men becoming real men. God bless you, and thank you very much.
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ATHLETICS The 2015-2016 school year came with much success as all teams flexed their muscle throughout the year. The year started off with a bang as the Prep Soccer team asserted themselves, climbing back to top of the pantheon with their seventh New England title and second National Championship in the Coach Finberg era. This season was special, however, in that this was the first in which the team finished unbeaten with no ties (19-0). Of the 19 wins, 14 of them were shutouts by standout goalkeepers Detre Bell ‘16 and Richard Glemawu ‘16. Other standout performances involved the three leading goal scorers, Chris Watts ‘16, with 15 goals, Joao Burti ‘16, with 12 goals, and Jai-Zel Smith-Deshields ‘17, with 12 goals. All of this culminated in a third straight year of facing Lawrence Academy in the championship match. In the two previous years, penalty kicks decided the outcome with each side winning one title: South Kent in 2013 and Lawrence in 2014. South Kent would not let the swing of a foot and the guess of a goalkeeper decide this year’s match as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal by Smith-Deshields followed by a secondhalf goal by Samir Fryatt ‘16, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 victory and their seventh New England title. Varsity Soccer claimed their own success with an overall record of 11-7 and an appearance in the HVAL Championship. Unfortunately, they fell to Forman in penalty kicks on what was perhaps the coldest fall day imaginable. However, the season proved that South Kent is still a power to be reckoned with 10 • The Hillside Fall 2016
in their league as, dating back to 2011, the team has won three titles, made four championship matches, and reached at least the semifinals in every season. The Cross Country team also had their fair share of success in the fall. Though the results might not show it, individually, members of the team were able to make tremendous improvements with personal bests being set throughout the season. The standout performer for South Kent was Clay Hoadley ‘18, who finished in 1st place in 6 races, 2nd, 3rd, and 11th in others, and an impressive 17th place finish out of over 200 runners in the New England Championship. The JV Basketball team had a season with many ebbs and flows. Coaches John Funk and Patrick Beer did a phenomenal job coaching the team to a record of 8-6 which was an improvement from a year ago when the team finished below .500 with a record of 5-7. Varsity Basketball also enjoyed a season of success with a record of 11-7. Despite not having a full complement of players for many of its games, the Varsity squad was able to reach the HVAL semifinals, unfortunately losing to Chase Collegiate on their home court. Leading scorers for the team were seniors Chris Watts ‘16 and Mitchell Lundholm ‘16. Prep Basketball had an up-and-down season; however, they were able to get a handful of key wins throughout the year that had a big impact on rankings allowing them to finish ranked #7 in the NEXTUPRECRUITS 2016 prep school basketball rankings. This qualified them for a trip to the National Prep School Basketball Championship Tournament at the end of the season. Unfortunately, the end of the season culminated in a loss to Northfield Mount Hermon in the NEPSAC AAA semifinals, and a first round loss to Elev8 Sports Institute in the National Championship. Despite these two losses, Prep Basketball still finished with an overall record of 19-11. Fall 2016 The Hillside • 11
The Selects Academy at South Kent School collectively had a very successful season. The U16 American team got off to a rocky start, but after finding their identity, finished the season with a record of 35-15-6, moving up nearly 30 spots in the USA Hockey rankings from the start to end of the season. This was a very good sign for the players as they look to grow and improve their skills within the program. The U16 National team also had an unusually slow start despite their star power, with players committed to schools such as Boston University, Union College, UCONN, Brown, and Denver. Despite not qualifying for the National Tournament in San Jose, they finished with a record of 52-12-2, #12 in the USA Hockey rankings, and were the 2015-2016 USPHL Champions with an impressive 8-2 victory over the York Skipjacks. The U18 National team had a fantastic season through-and-through as they earned an at-large bid to the National Tournament with a USA Hockey ranking of #3, making it the third straight season they have qualified for the tournament. Despite losing in the quarterfinals in overtime to the North Jersey Avalanche, the U18 National team finished with a record of 59-10-2 and were also the 2015-2016 USPHL Champions with a 2-0 win over Team Comcast with both goals being scored by Greg Printz ‘16 and a shutout posted by Keith Petruzzelli ‘17. The Cardinal Hockey team had a season of learning the game and honing skills to improve their game. The program saw boys who had a background in playing the game along with some who were just starting out. Led by 6th formers Colton Loomis, Zach Schullery, and 4th formers Clay Hoadley, Cardinal Hockey were able to get a victory down the final stretch of their season as they look to grow the program for the future. South Kent’s Crew team showed promise of growth this season as they competed hard in their races, and they will have a solid core of 5th formers returning for next season in Doug Johnson, Max O’ Herlihy, and Nick Scott. JV Baseball had an abbreviated season with just 7 games, finishing with a record of 3-4. The team had a fun-filled season with many laughs and success along the way. A very relaxed atmosphere allowed the players to enjoy themselves while honing their skills on the diamond.
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U18 National USPHL League Champions USA Hockey National Quarterfinalists
Varsity Lacrosse HVAL Champions
Prep Soccer 2015 Top Drawer Soccer H.S. National Champions New England Champions WNEPSSA Regular Season Champions
Lacrosse Player signed to Division I School
Colton Loomis • Wagner College
USPHL League Champions
Four Prep Soccer students signed to Division I Schools Detre Bell • University of Connecticut Alex Alexis • Florida Gulf Coast University Chris Watts • University of Vermont Allen Martinez • Manhattan College
Coach Owen Finberg was named the 2015 NSCAA Coach of the Year
Golf HVAL Champions Western New England Prep Golf Invitational Champions
Two SASKS players signed to Division I Schools
Greg Printz • Providence College Carter Long • University of Vermont
Three Prep Basketball students signed to Division I Schools
Myles Powell • Seton Hall University Elijah Hughes • East Carolina University Matthew Moyer • Syracuse University
Varsity Baseball had a season that was not up to their standard, getting off to an 0-4 start. Despite this and not having a full starting lineup for the entire season due to multiple injuries, they were able to finish with a record of 9-8 and made an appearance in the HVAL semifinals before losing to the eventual champions Christian Heritage School, snapping their 3 year title streak. Varsity Lacrosse enjoyed a successful season which included a 7-0 start and multiple weeks atop the Lax Power New England West Division 2 and 3 rankings. Injuries eventually slowed the team down in the stretch run, but they finished strong with a record of 10-5, #13 in the rankings, and they were able to defend their HVAL title for the 4th year in a row with a 17-11 victory over Wooster in the championship game. The team was led by 4th former Kyle Haskins and 5th former Logan Scarlotta as they combined for over 70 goals. Varsity Tennis had an excellent season with a roster full of 6th formers seemingly destined for a championship. However, after a close regularseason victory over Harvey, the script was flipped in the HVAL semifinals as the Cardinals fell 3-5. Despite the loss, the tennis team finished with an impressive record of 11-2. Varsity Golf also had a great season with a solid group of young players. The team finished with a record of 10-2 and won yet another HVAL regular season title. The highlights of the season, however, were the two end-of-year tournaments. The HVAL individual tournament was won by 4th former Joel Farabee carding a 1 over par 37 in the nine hole stroke-play event, winning by 2 strokes. Fifth former Jacob Smith finished in 3rd place in this event with a 3 over par 40 at the prestigious Bulls Bridge Golf Club, across the street from South Kent’s campus. The other end-of-year event was the first annual Western New England Prep Golf Invitational. Though the team itself finished 10th out of 12, the most important name on the trophy belongs to the individual champion. Fifth former Jacob Smith shot a 1 over par 73 to win in a tiebreaker and stamp South Kent’s name atop the trophy in the inaugural event. For more info about this past season, please visit:
SASKS U18N earned an at-large bid to the USAH National Tournament where they made it to the Elite 8!
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inthanks Annual Report 2015-2016
am pleased to report that we had an extraordinary year. We closed the books for the 2015-2016 year with a giving total of $4,977,656 in gifts of cash and stock from 697 donors. This includes gifts for current operations, endowment, capital needs, and special projects as well as the South Kent Fund, which totaled $831,149 this year. Leadership giving remains strong and is the core of the South Kent Fund. This year, 51% of all funds raised came from gifts of $100 or less and 11% of all funds raised came from gifts of $5,000 or more. Your continued participation in the annual fund is critical to South Kent, and we offer our special thanks to all of you whose gifts are included in these totals. I encourage all members of the South Kent family to stay in touch with the School and hope you will consider getting more involved with SKS. This involvement could be by volunteering as a class or reunion agent, hosting a regional event at your home, or referring a new prospective student to our Admissions Office. For those of you listed in the following Donor Rolls, I thank you. As we look forward to the 2016-17 school year, I hope that more parents, alumni, and friends will get involved and reconnect with South Kent. Please note: All gifts listed in this report were received between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Gifts received after June 30, 2016 have been credited to the next fiscal year and will appear in the 2016-17Annual Report. In spite of our sincere efforts to achieve accuracy, errors occasionally occur. If you were a contributor during the 2015-16 fiscal year but your name was omitted, listed in the wrong place, or misspelled, please call the South Kent School Development Office at (860) 927-3539 x206 to advise us of the error and accept our apologies.
Your continued partnership is appreciated and essential as we continue to make South Kent School a stronger institution. In addition to your annual support of the South Kent Fund, we have several critical capital priorities that are in need of funding. We must continue to build the School’s endowment for deferred maintenance, school programs and student scholarships. If you would like to learn more, please contact the Alumni and Development Office at 860-927-3539. On behalf of the students and faculty that benefit from your generosity, I thank you. For the School,
Priscilla Loomis Director of Development
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Recognizes those donors whose leadership gifts have contributed to South Kent’s mission in a significant way. The revenue from the leadership giving serves as the foundation of our annual giving program which supports South Kent’s outstanding faculty and students.
Recognizing gifts of $25,000 or more Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Bogle ‘70 Ms. Leah Missbach and Mr. Frederick K. W. Day ‘78 Mr. Lincoln W. Day ‘83 Mr. Tim Doran Ambassador and Mrs. William S. Farish III ‘58 Mr. William S. Farish IV ‘83 Mr. James M. Garnett, Jr. ‘74 Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Hopper ‘82 Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Lawrence, Jr. ‘74 Mr. Jeffrey G. Rosenberg ‘80 Estate of David B. Skillman, Jr. ‘55 Mr. James Y. Whittier ‘44
Spooner Hill Society Recognizing gifts of $10,000 - $24,999
Mr. Ian M. Baer ‘00 Ms. Rebecca Wright and Mr. William K. Brown ‘65 Mr. Eryou Cheng and Ms. Meiju Ren Mr. and Mrs. Domenick Cipollone Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Conover ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. Calvin S. Frost, Jr. ‘59 Mr. Tao He and Ms. XiaoYu Yu Mr. Henry H. Hitch ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Seoungil Kang Mr. Gilsu Kim and Ms. Mee Kyung Park Mr. Carl S. Morse III ‘03 Mr. Namsig Park and Ms. Jungmin Honh Ms. Laura M. Pfanz Mr. and Mrs. Douglas B. Sharpe ‘74 Dr. Gyung Og Yu
Headmaster’s Circle Recognizing gifts of $5,000 - $9,999
Mrs. Judith Allan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Allan ‘56 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bicknell III ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Blake ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. John P. Carey III ‘74 Ms. Tsui Feng Chen Mr. Xiaoliang Ding and Mrs. Juan Wang Mr. and Mrs. Christopher C. Farr ‘84 Mr. Shengxi Feng and Ms. Yu Geng Mr. and Mrs. David D. Fitch ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Hamilton ‘53 Mr. Xiejun Jiang and Mrs. Qian Huang Mr. Weimin Li and Mrs. Jin Shuying Mr. and Mrs. Brian Long Mr. Robert W. McNamara ‘75 Mr. Timothy H. Mitchell ‘76 Mr. R. D. Musser III ‘82 Mr. David G. Powell ‘50 Mr. Ming Shu and Ms. Hongli Yan Mr. Tarek Sultan and Ms. Muna Al‑Mousa Mr. Andrew Vadnais and Ms. Nancy Lyon Mr. Sean T. Walker ‘93 Mr. Xingwen Wei ‘16 Mr. Carlo Zaskorski and Mrs. Patricia A. Hopkins
Recognizing gifts of $2,500 - $4,999 Ms. Muna Al‑Arfaj Mr. and Ms. Neilson Brown II ‘63 Mr. and Mrs. Rodney L. Burton ‘58 Mrs. Virginia Chase Mr. and Mrs. David J. Erskine Mr. Richard Everett III ‘49 Mr. John L. Garceau ‘94 Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Goddard ‘53 Mr. John D. Hunter ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Kemper IV ‘60 Dr. Yeongseop Rhee and Dr. Haeran Lim Mr. and Mrs. Noble F. Richards ‘49 Mr. William S. Rowe ‘88 Mrs. Josephine G. Winter
Recognizing gifts of $1,000 - $2,499 Mr. Samuel C. Anderson ‘72 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Philippe A. Aubry ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. James A. Baker III Mr. Jaye H. Beebe Mr. Thomas R. Bernard ‘72 Ms. Amanda Cannell‑Boone and Mr. Peter S. Boone ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Brewster ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Brownell III ‘86 Mrs. Patricia Brownell Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bryson ‘75 Mr. Adam J. Butler ‘91 Mrs. Lynn Cabrera Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cafeo, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald B. Cain Ms. Emily Carreiro Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carter ‘57 Mr. and Mrs. Kai J. Chin ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Coes ‘66 Mrs. Frederic Courtenay Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Denham ‘65 Mr. Matthew I. Dickson ‘89 Mr. Qizheng Duan ‘16 Mr. William S. Fitch ‘77 Mr. Frank Forester III ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Garbe Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalo L. Garcia‑Pedroso ‘95 Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Gereg, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard O. Gibbons ‘57 Dr. Robert E. Gibbons, DDS ‘55 Mr. James S. Golob ‘72 Mr. and Mrs. Hunter W. Groton ‘75 Mr. Thomas F. Hartch Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Hayes Mr. and Dr. Christopher B. Haywood Mr. Curtis J. Himy ‘84 Mr. Jungchae Hong and Mrs. Kum Sun Lee Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Horton ‘80 Mr. Qiang Hu and Ms. Sheng Wang Mr. and Mrs. Steven M. Ipri Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson Mrs. Ann W. M. Jones Dr. Jaehong Kim and Dr. Kyeryun Park Dr. Jong Woong Kim and Mrs. Mi Ran Yoo Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Kolpa ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Keith R. Koritko Mr. Mauri E. Kotila ‘67
Mr. Barry A. Kuehl ‘69 Mr. Andrew D. Kurtz ‘72 Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Langenberg ‘63 Mr. Feng Li and Mrs. Mei Wang Mr. Guishun Liu and Ms. Xilin Lu Mrs. Anne J. Logan Mr. and Mrs. James R. Lowe III ‘83 Mr. Ming Lu and Ms. Hongyun Yu Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Lupardi Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Madrigal Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Martin ‘64 Mrs. Carol L. H. Matzke Mr. Wolfgang C. Mayer ‘63 Mrs. Laura J. Wilson and Mr. Mark Menting Mr. and Mrs. William G. Millar ‘70 Mr. Michael P. Molnar ‘79 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Moody III ‘56 Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey E. Moore ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Murray, Jr. ‘82 Mrs. Maria Nahom Mr. Joseph R. Neuhaus, Jr. ‘65 Mr. Mitsuo Ogata ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. Pereira Mr. and Mrs. Augustine S. J. Rhodes ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. John P. Richardson ‘56 The Reverend William C. Riker, Jr. ‘59 Mr. Fitz G. Robertson ‘05 Mr. Scott F. Rogers ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Roth Mr. Stephen W. Rule ‘54 Mr. Stephen P. Scheer ‘61 Mr. Lawrence A. Smith ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stephan Mr. and Mrs. Eric E. Stoll ‘70 Mr. Duane W. Stone ‘69 Mr. Stanford C. Stratton Mr. Alexander G. Thomson ‘78 Dr. David J. Tweardy ‘70 Mr. Yongtai Wang ‘16 Ms. Cynthia S. Thorland and Mr. Frederick B. Weitz ‘78 Mrs. Sonya Wheeler ‘50 Dr. Charles P. Whittemore ‘39 Mrs. Joan Wister Ms. Sally Wister Mr. Peixin Xie Mr. William C. Young ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Chao Zhao
Circle of Friends Recognizing gifts of up to $999
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Abbott Mr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Addison ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Aiken ‘78 The Reverend Richard L. Aiken ‘48 Dr. and Mrs. Richard P. Albertson Ms. Claudine Andrews and Mr. Keith Albrizzi Mr. David G. Angus ‘51 Anonymous Mr. Corey E. Atteridge ‘94 Mr. Jan Austell Mr. and Mrs. William Austin Mr. and Mrs. Adonia Ayebare Mr. Gregory H. Baer ‘83 Mr. Horace A. Baker ‘96 Mrs. N.L. Baker Ms. Deborah Wright and Mr. Thomas Baker Mr. Thomas T. Baldwin ‘68 Mr. Matthew J. Balke ‘05 Mr. Drew K. Barber ‘03 Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Barry ‘54 Ms. Elizabeth V. Bartlett ‘82 and Mr. Benjamin L. Bartlett ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. George H. Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Martin R. Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Bartlett ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. Boylston A. Beal II ‘54 Mr. Donald F. Beck ‘74 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Beer Ms. Holloway McCandless and Mr. Andrew Belt Ms. Ann Betters The Reverend and Mrs. Robert H. Beveridge ‘50 Mrs. Anne Bisenius Mr. Dominic J. Blad ‘14 Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Blynn Mr. Myles L. Bolling ‘00 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Bonis Mr. and Mrs. Reynold Bookman Mr. Joshua S. Boyko ‘15 Mrs. Katherine Boyko Ms. Josephine Skowronski and Mr. William Boyko Mrs. Cathy Boyle Mrs. Anita W. Brean Mr. Jesse Brennan Mr. and Mrs. Luis Brill Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bringmann
Mr. and Mrs. Porter D. Broughton ‘64 Mr. Duncan F. Brown II ‘65 Dr. Irina Brown and Mr. Frank V. O. Brown ‘82 Mr. William S. Browne, Jr. ‘61 Mrs. Marian Browning Dr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Buell ‘45 Mr. Tom B. Burgher II ‘63 Dr. Margaret W. Burhoe and Dr. Richard H. Burhoe Ms. Janice Burt Mr. J. R. Burton, Jr. ‘60 Ms. Laurel D. Wanrow and Mr. William C. Burton ‘70 Mrs. Anne H. Bushman Mr. Aldis P. Butler, Jr. ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Butler Mr. Michael W. Butterfield ‘92 Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Butterfield Mr. David R. W. Butts ‘63 Mr. and Mrs. James C. Butts ‘85 Mr. John N. K. Butts ‘87 Mrs. Diane Caldwell Mr. Anthony B. Camardi ‘08 Mr. and Mrs. Steven Camardi Mr. William N. Capozzi Mr. and Mrs. David Carbone Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Carlson Mr. Craig Carvahlo Mr. and Mrs. Williston B. Case ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Casey ‘85 The Honorable Rosemary H. Cass and The Honorable Peter J. Cass Ms. Mirjam Van Strat and Mr. Richard Cavalleri Mr. and Mrs. David P. Chamberlain ‘62 The Reverend Hayward H. Chappell, Jr. ‘71 Mrs. Patricia Chappell Mr. and Mrs. Michael Chase ‘76 Mr. Richard Chavka Mr. Michael Chin ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Christensen Mr. John Christensen ‘13 Dr. Byung Hwan Chun and Mrs. Jung Ah Lee Mrs. Barbara Clark Mr. Christopher C. Clark ‘95 Mr. Scott Clayton Mr. Donald L. Cleveland, Jr. ‘63 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Coelho Mr. Rufus P. Coes ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Coes, Jr. ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Colin A. Coleman Mr. Francis D. R. Coleman ‘57
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Mr. Thomas Coleman ‘12 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Collins ‘76 Ms. Suzanne S. Collins Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Comstock ‘60 Mr. William C. Corbin ‘87 Mr. Anthony C. Corcoran ‘50 Mr. Edward L. Corey, Jr. ‘65 Mrs. Sylvia R. Corrigan Mr. Stuart A. Cowan ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Crane, Jr. ‘49 Mr. Brandon A. Crawley ‘15 Mr. and Mrs. James Creamer Mr. Matthew J. Creamer ‘15 Mr. Patrick D. Crowley ‘08 Ms. Donna Culbert Ms. Ellen B. Cutler Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Cuyler ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. Bradford B. Czepiel ‘83 Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dalton Mr. Herbert F. Dalton, Jr. ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Daly, Jr. ‘55 Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Darrin Ms. Karen E. Fink and Mr. William A. Darrin III Mr. William A. Darrin, Jr. Mrs. Aldys C. Davis Mr. Peter D. Davis ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Guy de la Valdene ‘63 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. DeCubellis Mrs. Marie S. Dee Mr. Michael Delehanty Mr. Eliot W. Denault III ‘73 Mr. William F. Detwiler ‘81 Mr. Joseph R. Deveny ‘12 Mr. Nicholas J. DeVito ‘14 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Diefendorf ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Dingman ‘63 Mrs. Mary Dingman‑Abel Mr. John W. Dixon ‘84 Mr. Dominic C. Dockery ‘15 Mrs. Gretchen Doolittle Mr. Todd M. Dougherty ‘90 Mr. Donn F. Downing ‘54 Mr. Christopher Downs Mr. Sean M. Driscoll ‘82 Ms. Kathryn Droessler Mr. Lidong Duan and Ms. Shuqiao Feng Ms. Pamela J. Dugas Mr. John B. N. Dunn ‘67 Mr. Daniel P. Dupont ‘14 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald P. Dwyer Mr. William W. Edwards, Jr. ‘47
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Mr. David F. Eilers ‘83 Mr. F. F. Eilers, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Barton W. Emanuel ‘67 Ms. Miri Knight and Mr. Barry Enis Ms. Lisa Evans Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Evans, Jr. Mr. Keith J. Fanneron ‘86 Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Farabee Mr. Joseph S. Farley Mr. and Mrs. John C. Farr ‘58 Mr. Brian T. Farrell ‘13 Mr. Henry M. Farrington ‘67 Mrs. Myrna Fishman Fawcett Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Fein Ms. Helen Bertles and Mr. David Ferreira Mr. and Mrs. Owen Finberg Mr. and Mrs. James K. Finch II ‘55 Mr. and Mrs. Victor Fink Mr. and Mrs. Donald K. Flagg ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Fletcher ‘64 Mr. Anthony J. Florentino ‘13 Mr. Joseph Foote ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. John B. Ford Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. Fowle ‘83 Mrs. Marilyn Weaver Fox and Mr. Colin Fox Mr. Archie Q. Frost ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Funk Ms. Theo Grayson and Mr. John Funk Mr. Robert A. Schmidt and Ms. Anne H. Funnell ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. William B. Funnell ‘52 Mr. and Mrs. Dominick Gagliardo Mr. Keith I. Gallagher ‘79 Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Gardella Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Gardella ‘87 Mr. A. K. Gardiner ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. William C. Gardiner ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Neven Gardner Mrs. Sally B. Garnett Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Garnett ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gavin Mr. and Mrs. Todd M. Gennings ‘05 Mr. Albert F. Gereg III ‘78 Col. and Mrs. Thompson A. Gerke ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Giampietro Dr. Richard Gilder III ‘80 Mrs. Lucy Girard Mr. Sergey Goldobin ‘15 Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Gore III ‘79 Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Gorman ‘53 Mrs. Priscilla A. Grayson
Mr. Christopher N. Greene ‘00 Ms. Anne Groton Mr. James P. Groton, Sr. ‘44 Mrs. Geraldine Haase Ms. Jennifer Haase Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Hacker Mr. A. J. Haddad ‘73 Mrs. Gloria Haeseler Mrs. Cordelia Haines Mrs. Helen F. Hale Mr. Stephen F. Hale ‘78 Mr. David R. Hall, Jr. ‘71 Mrs. Linda Hall Mr. Richard D. Halliwell ‘99 Ms. Caterina Boldarin and Mr. Claude Hamelin Mrs. Barbara B. Hamlin Mr. James B. Hamlin ‘68 Mr. Seung Soo Han and Ms. Jae Kyung Choi Mr. Joshua Hanfling ‘86 Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Hannan Mr. John E. Hansen ‘55 Mr. J. A. Harris ‘74 The Right Rev. and Mrs. Donald P. Hart ‘55 Mr. Richard A. Hart ‘86 Mr. Bradley J. Hastings ‘83 Lt. Col. and Dr. Wallace Hastings, Jr. ‘48 Mr. Gordon S. Hayward ‘62 Mr. W. P. Henderson ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Heuss ‘61 The Reverend and Mrs. William B. Heuss ‘60 Mr. and Mrs. John C. Hill III ‘71 Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas A. Hill ‘63 Mr. Geoff Hinton Mr. and Mrs. William P. Hoadley Ms. Margaret McGarry and Mr. Charles H. Hollinger ‘65 Ms. Kathryn Coe and Mr. Thomas H. Hollinger ‘67 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Horton ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Mark S. Howland Mr. and Mrs. David A. Hoyt ‘89 Mr. Shihao Hu ‘14 Mr. Dudley Hughes ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. Terence Hughes Mr. Ki Won Huh and Ms. Yun Jin Lee Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Humphreys ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. William Hurlburt Mr. Nicholas Iafrate ‘13 Mr. Francis N. Iglehart III ‘69 Mr. and Mrs. Seth R. Jagger, Jr. ‘51 Mr. Geoffrey L. James ‘82
Mr. Thomas Javery Mr. and Mrs. Pasquale Jenkins ‘76 Mr. and Mrs. David Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Allyn C. Jones Mr. Chun‑Min Kao ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Dean Karcz Mr. Cole M. Karklins ‘13 The Reverends Philip and Polly Kasey Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kay II Mr. Robert A. Kay ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Keck ‘64 Mrs. Pamela H. Kempe Mr. Matej Kenda ‘04 Ms. Julia Kiefer Mr. and Mrs. James G. King ‘46 Mr. Peter F. Kirkpatrick ‘64 Mr. Carl A. Klemme ‘81 The Reverend Stephen Klots Mr. John M. Kochman ‘66 Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Koetter ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Kovac ‘85 Mr. Bence Kovats ‘03 Ms. Catherine H. Bargar and Mr. Dean B. Krafft ‘71 Mrs. Sesaly G. Krafft Ms. Elizabeth K. Kreuter Mr. Donn B. Akin and Mr. Derek C. Krull ‘92 Mr. and Mrs. Gordon A. Kuehl ‘72 Mr. Ivan J. Kuvalanka ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen LaCour Mr. Thomas A. Lamb ‘68 Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Lampe II Mr. John B. Lane ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. Frank Langill Mr. Richard M. Lansing ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Paulo Laranetto Mr. Anthony Larson Mr. Justin Latici Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Laughlin ‘52 Mrs. Trisha Laundry Mr. Lewis R. M. Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ledyard ‘45 Mr. Jin Chul Lee and Ms. EonJee Koo Mrs. Mary C. P. Lee Mr. and Mrs. Misha Lee ‘89 Mr. Robert B. Lee ‘55 Mr. John B. Leggett ‘70 Ms. Diane L. Lewis Mr. Geoffrey M. Lewis ‘79 Mr. Xiaoguang Liao and Mrs. Xiaohong Yan Ms. Myriam Limage
Mr. Alexandre L. Limoges ‘16 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Limoges Captain Kathleen B. Lindenmayer ‘79 Mr. Muzhi Liu ‘16 Mr. Charles D. Lockwood III ‘59 Mr. Benjamin J. Logan ‘88 Mr. and Mrs. John L. Logan ‘62 Mr. and Mrs. James M. Lombardo Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Long ‘62 Mr. Cameron P. Loomis ‘13 Mr. and Mrs. Lance Loomis Mrs. Margaret D. Love The Reverend Salin M. Low Mr. and Mrs. Norman H. Lowe ‘61 Mr. and Mrs. John Luongo Mrs. Susannah Lusk Mr. Douglas H. Lyon ‘51 Mr. Jeffrey A. Lyttle ‘78 Mr. Junzhong Ma and Ms. Ying Wang Mr. and Mrs. Scott Macbeth Mr. Douglas MacLean ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. James MacRae Mr. Patrick J. Magliano ‘12 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Main ‘79 Mr. Grayson Makris ‘15 Mr. Alexander D. Mallace ‘48 Mr. and Mrs. William Mann, Sr. Ms. Mirella Filice and Mr. Pasquale Manno Ms. Judith Marienthal Mr. John B. Marks ‘78 Mr. Reed C. Martin ‘76 Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Martin ‘49 Mr. John A. Mason, Jr. ‘62 Mr. Shipley C. Mason ‘65 Mrs. Anne Massey Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Matthews ‘51 Mr. and Mrs. Stuart H. May ‘80 Mr. and Mrs. Kazuhide Mayama Mr. and Mrs. Alfred A. Maybach, Jr. ‘57 Ms. Kathleen M. McCann Mr. and Mrs. William McClane Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. McClenahan, Jr. ‘53 Mr. Gordon W. McCoun ‘70 Mr. John M. McDonald III ‘83 Mr. Francis P. McFadden III ‘85 Ms. Mary Lou Mcfate Mr. Andrew McInnes, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Philip R. McMaster ‘48 Mr. Aaron K. S. McPheters ‘15 Mr. Roy C. Megargel ‘48 Mr. J. F. Merriman, Jr. ‘65 Mr. Benjamin A. Miller ‘95
Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Mitchel ‘45 Mrs. Shirlee S. Mitchell Mr. Whitney S. Mitchell ‘72 Mr. and Mrs. William P. Mix ‘86 Mr. and Mrs. William Moeller, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Mollenthiel Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Molnar ‘50 Ms. Marcia Tugendhat and Mr. James J. Montanaro Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moore Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Morgan, Jr. Mr. Micaah F. Morris ‘01 Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Moyer, Jr. The Reverend J. W. Murchison ‘42 Mrs. Marian Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Murphy ‘48 Mr. John L. Myles, Jr. ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Nahley Ms. Susan J. Dubin and Mr. Stephen Nahley ‘86 Mr. Gilbert B. Norman ‘61 Mr. O. Richard Nottidge Mr. Thomas E. Oakley ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry O’Brien Mr. and Mrs. Callaghan O’Herlihy Mr. David B. Ottley ‘84 Mr. Anil Ozer ‘13 Mrs. Linda W. Palmer Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Payne Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Payne ‘76 Mr. James M. Peake ‘77 Mr. Raymond Pennucci Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Pepe ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. David W. Peters Dr. and Mrs. Donald H. Peters Mrs. Florence L. Peters Mr. Nicholas Pezza ‘13 Mr. and Mrs. Max Pfeffer Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Pirnie ‘50 Mr. Christopher Plumley ‘51 Mrs. Alexandra P. Pool Mr. Michael L. Poole ‘86 Ms. Natalia Ivanova and Mr. Gregory Popov Mr. Derek Porter Mr. R. T. Posselt ‘57 Mr. Leland D. Potter, Jr. ‘63 Mr. and Mrs. David A. Potts ‘82 Mr. and Mrs. Jackson T. Printz Mr. Chase Priskie ‘14 Ms. Barbara Psarakis Lt. Col. and Mrs. Richard S. Pyne USMC (Ret) ‘50
Mr. Christopher K. Quinn ‘70 Mr. Jesse H. Quinn ‘03 Dr. Isabel B. Phillips and Mr. Peter R. Ramsey ‘67 Mr. Devin Rask Dr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Ratcliff Mr. and Mrs. Bartholomew Rebore Mr. William W. Reed, Jr. ‘64 Mr. Charles C. Reid ‘55 Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius J. Reid, Jr. Ms. Denise Reid Mr. Samuel A. Reid ‘80 Mr. Peter L. Renehan ‘80 Mr. William A. Reynolds ‘48 Mr. Christopher L. Rhodes ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Rianhard, Jr. ‘58 Mr. Samuel S. Richards ‘74 Mr. Thomas C. Richards ‘74 Ms. Margaret E. Clarke and Mr. Timothy J. Richards ‘75 Mr. and Mrs. Derek Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Scott Roberts Mrs. Cynthia D. Rockwell The Reverend Samuel S. Rodman III ‘77 Mrs. Marel Rogers Mr. Paul E. Sain ‘92 Mr. and Mrs. David Salvaggio Mr. Jason Salvaggio ‘13 Mr. Thomas K. Saxe ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Francis Scarlotta Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schmidt‑Svejstrup Mr. Jesse W. Schwartz ‘12 Mr. Hugh B. Scott ‘78 Ms. Kathy Deflice‑Secor and Mr. Peter L. Secor ‘80 Mr. and Mrs. John B. Severance ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Severance ‘69 Mr. PeiXin Shi and Ms. YuXia Liu Mr. Winslow C. Shoemaker ‘44 Dr. John Sidorowich Dr. Faith Samples‑Smart and Mr. Leon Smart Mr. and Mrs. Laird K. Smith Ms. Marge W. Smith Mr. Obie J. Smith III ‘54 Mrs. Peter G. Smith Ms. Elena Georgouses and Mr. Snowden Smith ‘70 Ms. Janet Snapp Mr. Jeffrey L. Sonking Mr. and Mrs. David Spagnolo Ms. Nancy Specht Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Stafford ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Alix H. Stanley ‘70
Mr. Avery Steele ‘15 Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Steele ‘54 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Steele Mr. Charles P. Stephens, Jr. ‘70 Mr. John G. Stevenson ‘74 Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Stick Mr. Robert W. Stinchfield, Jr. ‘72 Ms. Amy Stiritz Mr. and Mrs. Sidney B. Stockdale ‘73 Mr. Wyman R. Stone, Jr. ‘66 Mr. Walter J. Strohmeyer, Jr. ‘46 Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Strong ‘63 Dr. Joseph Struckus Ms. Deborah S. Sullivan ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sullivan Ms. Rui Sun Mr. and Mrs. A. Erik Sundquist Mr. Connor Sundquist ‘15 Ms. Anne Swan Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Swan III ‘77 Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Sweeney Mr. Ryan T. Sweeney ‘14 Mr. Charles L. Taylor III ‘55 Mr. and Mrs. William F. C. Taylor ‘55 Mr. John B. Thayer V ‘65 Mr. James B. Thomas II ‘71 Mr. Mark B. Thompson ‘61 Mr. Peter M. Thompson ‘67 Mr. Michael B. Tilbor ‘67 The Reverend Paul Tison, Jr. ‘51 Mr. James J. Tooher ‘79 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Townsend ‘53 Ms. Maureen C. Tracy ‘79 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Trivers Mrs. Alice Ngai‑Tsang and Mr. Terence Tsang Mr. William Tyler Mr. and Mrs. Alexis Uspenski ‘81 Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Valletta Mr. and Mrs. Steve Vanroboys Mr. and Mrs. Hans E. Vaule ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Veeder II ‘53 Mrs. Nancy Viola Mr. Timothy J. von Jess Mr. and Mrs. George B. Vosburgh Mr. and Mrs. William Walch Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Walkom Ms. Sydney Waller Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Watkins ‘58 Ms. Angela Watts Mr. Gregory Webb Mrs. Susan A. Berzon and Mr. Robert D. Weeks ‘83
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Leadership Organizations, Foundations, etc. Mr. David C. Welsh ‘59 Mr. Benjamin W. Welton ‘11 Mr. John B. Westcott ‘66 Mr. Roger E. Wheeler ‘59 Mr. David E. Wheelock ‘57 Ms. Cynthia White Mr. David L. White ‘49 Mr. Foster S. White ‘55 Mr. Peter D. White ‘66 Mr. Robert A. Whiteside ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. G. William C. Whiting ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. David G. Williams ‘48 Mr. Thomas M. Williams ‘68 Mr. Robin S. Willing ‘81 Mr. Phillip M. Wilson ‘57 Mr. Tyler J. Wilson‑Menting ‘11 Mr. Peter M. Wise ‘55 Mr. John Wisnieff ‘76 Mr. Robert Wolak, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Wolf Mr. George Wood ‘64 Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Wood III ‘86 Mr. Jeffrey D. Woods ‘74 Mrs. Diane Woodward Ms. Corinne Ross and Mr. Ralph C. Woodward ‘47 Ms. Lynn Mellis Worthington Mr. and Mrs. William C. Worthington ‘53 Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Wreaks IV ‘81 Mr. and Mrs. George D. Wrightson III, DVM ‘63 The Reverend Andrew H. Zeman ‘64 Mr. Ruiguang Zhang and Mrs. Hong Chen Mr. Jia Zhao and Mrs. Xifeng Yu Mr. John T. Zilboorg ‘68 Mrs. Cruz P. Zoeller
Young Alumni Cardinal and Black
($150-$999 from classes 2000 and up) Ian Baer ’00 Mr. Drew K. Barber ‘03 Mr. Myles L. Bolling ‘00 Qizheng Duan ’16 Mr. Christopher N. Greene ‘00 Mr. Shihao Hu ‘14 Alexandre Limoges ’16 Mr. Carl S. Morse III ‘03 Mr. Fitz G. Robertson ‘05 Yongtai Wang ’16 Xingwen Wei ’16 Mr. Tyler J. Wilson-Menting ‘11
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Founder Recognizing gifts of
Circle of Friends
The Harold Bogle Charitable Fund The William Stamps Farish Fund
AmazonSmile Foundation American Express Foundation Bank of America Foundation BNY Mellon Community Partnership Boston Junior Eagles, Inc. IBM Corp. Matching Grants Program Litchfield Ford Macy’s, Inc. Morgan Stanley Matching Co. Robert M. Laughlin Family Fund Schwab Charitable Fund State Farm Companies Foundation Stop & Shop Foundation The Community Foundation of NW Connecticut The Grayson William Tobin Makris Irrevocable Trust The Iva and Jerome Preston Charitable Trust The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts United Technologies Matching Gift and Volunteer Grant Program Wells Fargo Matching Gift Program
$25,000 or more
Spooner Hill Soociety Recognizing gifts of $10,000 - $24,999
Catherine Evans McCampbell Charitable Trust Rita Allen Foundation Sharpe Family Foundation William M. & Miriam F. Meehan Foundation, Inc.
Headmaster Circle Recognizing gifts of $5,000 - $9,999
Ayco Charitable Foundation Bicknell Fund Cindy B. and David D. Fitch Fund Fidelity Foundation Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia, Inc.
Prefect Society Recognizing gifts of $2,500 - $4,999
Community Foundation of South GA Follett Virtual Bookstore, Inc. People’s United Bank
Recognizing gifts of $1,000 - $2,499 Courtenay Foundation AGT Essex Meadows, Inc. GE Foundation Griner Rogers Family Fund Kurtz 2014 Family Trust Merck Company Foundation Nahom Family Foundation PBM Cleaning Service The Janet Stone Jones Foundation Vianda Playter Williams Fdn., Inc.
Recognizing gifts of up to $999
Alumni Donors Class of ’39
Charles P. Whittemore
Class of ’42 J. W. Murchison
Class of ’44
James P. Groton Winslow C. Shoemaker James Y. Whittier
Class of ’45
Thomas C. Buell Stephen H. Garnett Richard Ledyard F. K. Mitchel
Class of ’46
James G. King Walter J. Strohmeyer
Class of ’47
William W. Edwards Ralph C. Woodward
Class of ’48
Richard L. Aiken Richard R. Cuyler A. K. Gardiner Wallace Hastings Alexander D. Mallace Philip R. McMaster Roy C. Megargel Peter G. Murphy William A. Reynolds David G. Williams
Class of ’49
D. F. Crane Richard Everett Dudley Hughes Richard W. Martin Noble F. Richards David L. White
Class of ’50
Robert H. Beveridge Anthony C. Corcoran Joseph Foote Henry H. Hitch Thomas E. Molnar Peter M. Pirnie David G. Powell Richard S. Pyne
Class of ’51
David G. Angus William C. Gardiner Seth R. Jagger Douglas H. Lyon Paul C. Matthews Christopher Plumley Paul Tison
Class of ’52
William B. Funnell Robert M. Laughlin
Class of ’53
Arthur A. Diefendorf Nathaniel Goddard Jeffrey A. Gorman Henry D. Hamilton Michael G. Koetter Robert W. McClenahan Frederick G. Thorne Thomas H. Townsend Paul L. Veeder Robert A. Whiteside William C. Worthington
Class of ’54
Douglas P. Addison Robert R. Barry Boylston A. Beal Peter C. Blake Donn F. Downing Richard M. Lansing John L. Myles Stephen W. Rule John B. Severance Obie J. Smith Henry D. Steele
Class of ’55
Walter J. Daly James K. Finch Robert E. Gibbons John E. Hansen Donald P. Hart Robert B. Lee Charles C. Reid David B. Skillman Charles L. Taylor William F. C. Taylor Foster S. White Peter M. Wise
Class of ’56
Thomas T. Allan Arthur M. Moody John P. Richardson
Class of ’57
Richard Carter Francis D. Coleman Leonard O. Gibbons Alfred A. Maybach R. T. Posselt David E. Wheelock Phillip M. Wilson
Class of ’58
Rodney L. Burton William S. Farish John C. Farr Archie Q. Frost Thomas M. Rianhard Charles B. Watkins
Class of ’59
Rufus P. Coes Calvin S. Frost Charles D. Lockwood Geoffrey E. Moore William C. Riker David C. Welsh Roger E. Wheeler
Class of ’61
William S. Browne Stuart A. Cowan J. C. Heuss Norman H. Lowe Gilbert B. Norman Stephen P. Scheer Mark B. Thompson
Class of ’62
David P. Chamberlain Gordon S. Hayward John L. Logan Walter T. Long John A. Mason
Class of ’63
Neilson Brown Tom B. Burgher David R. W. Butts Donald L. Cleveland Guy de la Valdene Thomas A. Dingman Nicholas A. Hill Peter M. Langenberg Wolfgang C. Mayer Leland D. Potter Michael D. Strong George D. Wrightson
Class of ’64
Warren Bicknell Porter D. Broughton Williston B. Case Samuel H. Coes Peter A. Fletcher Chun-Min Kao Peter C. Keck Peter F. Kirkpatrick Ivan J. Kuvalanka Robert P. Martin William W. Reed G. William C. Whiting George Wood Andrew H. Zeman
Class of ’60
J. R. Burton Aldis P. Butler Robert G. Comstock Frank Forester William B. Heuss Jackson Kemper
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Class of ’65
Duncan F. Brown William K. Brown Edward L. Corey Douglas M. Denham Charles H. Hollinger Shipley C. Mason J. F. Merriman Joseph R. Neuhaus John B. Thayer
Class of ’66
Benjamin Brewster Matthew J. Coes John M. Kochman Wyman R. Stone John B. Westcott Peter D. White
Class of ’67
Kai J. Chin Herbert F. Dalton John B. N. Dunn Barton W. Emanuel Henry M. Farrington Thomas H. Hollinger Mauri E. Kotila Mitsuo Ogata Peter R. Ramsey Peter M. Thompson Michael B. Tilbor
Class of ’68
Thomas T. Baldwin James B. Hamlin John D. Hunter Thomas A. Lamb Thomas M. Williams John T. Zilboorg
Class of ’69
Francis N. Iglehart Barry A. Kuehl M. B. Severance Duane W. Stone
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Class of ’70
Harold W. Bogle William C. Burton Donald K. Flagg Andrew M. Horton John B. Leggett Gordon W. McCoun William G. Millar Christopher K. Quinn Snowden Smith Alix H. Stanley Charles P. Stephens Eric E. Stoll David J. Tweardy
Class of ’71
Peter S. Boone Hayward H. Chappell David R. Hall W. P. Henderson John C. Hill Dean B. Krafft Kenneth E. Ridgeway James B. Thomas
Class of ’72
Samuel C. Anderson Thomas R. Bernard James S. Golob Gordon A. Kuehl Andrew D. Kurtz Whitney S. Mitchell Robert W. Stinchfield
Class of ’73
Robert P. Bushman Michael Chin Eliot W. Denault David D. Fitch A. J. Haddad Gregory J. Pepe Lawrence A. Smith Sidney B. Stockdale
Class of ’74
Donald F. Beck John P. Carey James M. Garnett J. A. Harris Richard H. Lawrence Samuel S. Richards Thomas C. Richards Douglas B. Sharpe John G. Stevenson Jeffrey D. Woods
Class of ’75
Polly B. Bryson Hunter W. Groton Robert W. McNamara Timothy J. Richards
Class of ’76
Michael Chase Stephen B. Collins Jeffrey W. Conover Noel deCordova Thompson A. Gerke Edward P. Humphreys Pasquale Jenkins Reed C. Martin Timothy H. Mitchell Stephen W. Payne Augustine S. J. Rhodes John Wisnieff
Class of ’77
Peter S. Bartlett William S. Fitch John B. Lane James M. Peake Samuel S. Rodman Deborah S. Sullivan Joseph E. Swan
Class of ’78
Andrew M. Aiken Philippe A. Aubry Frederick K. W. Day Albert F. Gereg Stephen F. Hale Henry M. R. Holt Steven G. Irving Robert A. Kay Jeffrey A. Lyttle John B. Marks Scott F. Rogers Thomas K. Saxe Hugh B. Scott Michael R. Stafford Alexander G. Thomson Frederick B. Weitz William C. Young
Class of ’79
Keith I. Gallagher Edward W. Gore Michael S. Hamilton Geoffrey M. Lewis Kathleen B. Lindenmayer Thomas B. Main Michael P. Molnar James J. Tooher Maureen C. Tracy
Class of ’80
Richard Gilder III W. S. Horton Stuart H. May Samuel A. Reid Peter L. Renehan Jeffrey G. Rosenberg Peter L. Secor
Class of ’81
Benjamin L. Bartlett David P. Coles William F. Detwiler Anne H. Funnell Carl A. Klemme Thomas E. Oakley Howard W. Penney Christopher L. Rhodes Alexis Uspenski Hans E. Vaule Robin S. Willing Charles F. Wreaks
Class of ’82
Elizabeth V. Bartlett Kevin M. Brady Frank V. O. Brown Sean M. Driscoll Peter B. Hopper Geoffrey L. James R. N. Murray R. D. Musser David A. Potts
Class of ’83
Gregory H. Baer Bradford B. Czepiel Lincoln W. Day David F. Eilers William S. Farish Andrew P. Fowle Bradley J. Hastings James R. Lowe John M. McDonald Robert D. Weeks
Class of ’84
Peter D. Davis John W. Dixon Christopher C. Farr Curtis J. Himy Richard R. Kolpa David B. Ottley
Class of ’85
James C. Butts Christopher Casey Paul D. Kovac Francis P. McFadden
Class of ’86
Henry G. Brownell Geoffrey G. Christian Ransom E. Duncan Keith J. Fanneron Joshua Hanfling Richard A. Hart William P. Mix Stephen Nahley Michael L. Poole Richard D. Wood
Class of ’87
John N. Butts William C. Corbin Matthew J. Gardella
Class of ’88
Benjamin J. Logan William S. Rowe
Class of ’89
Matthew I. Dickson David A. Hoyt Misha Lee
Class of ’90
Todd M. Dougherty
Class of ’01 Micaah F. Morris
Class of ’03
Drew K. Barber Bence Kovats Christopher M. McKenna Carl S. Morse Jesse H. Quinn Kealan M. Rooney
Class of ’04
Dillon A. Duncan Matej Kenda
Class of ’05
Class of ’91 Adam J. Butler
Matthew J. Balke Todd M. Gennings Fitz G. Robertson
Class of ’92
Class of ’06
Michael W. Butterfield Derek C. Krull Paul E. Sain
Class of ’93 Sean T. Walker
Class of ’94
Corey E. Atteridge John L. Garceau Michael G. Merrick
Class of ’95
Christopher C. Clark Gonzalo L. Garcia-Pedroso Benjamin A. Miller
Class of ’96 Horace A. Baker
Class of ’99
Richard D. Halliwell
Class of ’00
Ian M. Baer Myles L. Bolling Christopher N. Greene
Benjamin J. Cohon Marcus F. Cooper Parker M. Knight Joshua T. Reinhold Scott A. Wolfe
Class of ’13
John Christensen Brian T. Farrell Anthony J. Florentino Nicholas Iafrate Cole M. Karklins Kyle Leeds Cameron P. Loomis Anil Ozer Nicholas Pezza Maxwell Rothston Jason Salvaggio Jonathan H. Zaskorski
Class of ’14
Dominic J. Blad Nicholas J. DeVito Daniel P. Dupont Shihao Hu Chase Priskie Ryan T. Sweeney
Class of ’15
Anthony B. Camardi Patrick D. Crowley John E. Rooney
Joshua S. Boyko Brandon A. Crawley Matthew J. Creamer Dominic C. Dockery Sergey Goldobin Grayson Makris Aaron K. McPheters Avery Steele Connor Sundquist
Class of ’10
Class of ’16
Class of ’08
Class of ’11
Sotirios Athanasopoulos Trevor J. Berry Benjamin W. Welton Tyler J. Wilson-Menting
Qizheng Duan Alexandre L. Limoges Muzhi Liu Yongtai Wang Xingwen Wei
Class of ’12
Thomas Coleman Joseph R. Deveny Patrick J. Magliano Jesse W. Schwartz
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Gifts in Honor Mr. Carl S. Morse III ‘03 in honor of 14 Lines of Canterbury Tales
Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of Mr. M. W. Lampe II
Mr. and Mrs. James MacRae in honor of 2013-2014 Prep Soccer Team
Mrs. Linda Hall in honor of Mrs. Priscilla Loomis
Mrs. Cynthia D. Rockwell in honor of Mr. Timothy P. Anderson ‘78
Mrs. Susannah Lusk in honor of Mr. Eric B. Lusk ‘82
Mrs. N.L. Baker in honor of Mr. Horace A. Baker ‘96
Mrs. Susannah Lusk in honor of Mr. Nathanial A. Lusk ‘01
Mrs. Polly Bartlett Bryson ‘75 and Mr. Charles Bryson in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Bartlett
Mr. and Mrs. James MacRae in honor of Mr. Kyle J. MacRae ‘14 Mr. Timothy H. Mitchell ‘76 in honor of Mrs. Shirlee S. Mitchell
Mr. Justin Latici in honor of Mr. George H. Bartlett Nahom Family Foundation in honor of Mr. Jackson D. Nahom ‘15 Ms. Cynthia White in honor of Mr. Patrick Beer Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. Pereira in honor of Mr. Zachary M. Pereira ‘15 Mr. and Mrs. Reynold Bookman in honor of Mr. Forest R. Bookman ‘89 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Roth in honor of Mr. David W. Peters Dr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Buell ‘45 in honor of Mr. Lawrance A. Brown, Jr. ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of Mr. Max Pfeffer Mrs. Patricia Brownell in honor of Mr. Henry G. Brownell III ‘86 Mrs. Alexandra P. Pool in honor of Mr. Hugh E. P. Pool ‘83 Mrs. Marian Browning in honor of Mr. Viacheslav A. Browning ‘16 Mr. R. T. Posselt ‘57 in honor of Mr. Noble F. Richards ‘49 Mrs. Anne H. Bushman in honor of Mr. Robert P. Bushman III ‘73 Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Derek Richardson Mr. Bradley J. Hastings ‘83 in honor of Cardinal Team Mr. and Mrs. Scott Roberts in honor of Mr. Jake G. Roberts ‘18 Ms. Pamela J. Dugas in honor of Mr. Jayson L. Cash ‘03 Mr. William A. Darrin III and Ms. Karen E. Fink in honor of Mr. Fitz G. Robertson ‘05 Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of Mr. Richard Chavka Mr. and Mrs. Laird K. Smith in honor of Mr. Elliott L. Smith ‘87 Mr. and Mrs. Luis Brill in honor of Class of 2016 Ms. Lynn Mellis Worthington in honor of South Kent School Faculty Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Horton ‘80 in honor of Class of 2016 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stephan in honor of Mr. Matthew J. Stephan ‘18 Mr. and Mrs. Lance Loomis in honor of Class of 2016 Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of Dr. Joseph Struckus Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Lupardi in honor of Class of 2016 Ms. Ann Betters in honor of Mr. Kyle Warren ‘16 Mr. and Mrs. Jackson T. Printz in honor of Class of 2016 Mr. Thomas Javery in honor of Mr. Abel Watson ‘15 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Steele in honor of Class of 2016 Mr. and Mrs. John L. Logan ‘62 in honor of Mr. Charles P. Whittemore ‘39 Vianda Williams Foundation in honor of Class of 2016 Mr. and Mrs. John B. Severance ‘54 in honor of Mr. Charles P. Whittemore ‘39 Mr. Ruiguang Zhang and Mrs. Hong Chen in honor of Class of 2016 Mr. Mark B. Thompson ‘61 in honor of Mr. Charles P. Whittemore ‘39 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Roth in honor of Mr. Patrick D. Crowley ‘08 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Coelho in honor of Mr. Taylor J. Williams ‘16 Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of Mrs. Kelli Darrin Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Brownell III ‘86 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Farr ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Murray, Jr. ‘82 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Farr ‘58 Ms. Cynthia White in honor of Mr. Calvin S. Frost, Jr. ‘59 Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of Mr. Gonzalo L. Garcia-Pedroso ‘95 Mr. Timothy J. von Jess in honor of Mrs. Geraldine Haase Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of Mr. Tim Henderson Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kay II in honor of Mr. Robert A. Kay ‘78 Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. in honor of The Reverend Steve Klots
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Gifts in Memory Mrs. Judith Allan in memory of Mr. A. R. Allan III ‘54
Mrs. Cordelia Haines in memory of Mr. John H. Haines ‘58
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Allan ‘56 in memory of Mr. A. R. Allan III ‘54
Mrs. Helen F. Hale in memory of The Very Rev. William M. Hale ‘43
Mr. and Mrs. Boylston A. Beal II ‘54 in memory of Mr. A. R. Allan III ‘54
Mr. Duane W. Stone ‘69 in memory of Mr. Alfred L. Hart II ‘69
Mr. Justin Latici in memory of Mr. Samuel S. Bartlett
Mr. and Mrs. David P. Chamberlain ‘62 in memory of Mr. Edward S. Lebens ‘63
Mr. and Mrs. William F. C. Taylor ‘55 in memory of Mr. Samuel S. Bartlett
Dr. Robert E. Gibbons, DDS ‘55 in memory of Dr. James R. Lovell, M.D. ‘55
Mr. Duane W. Stone ‘69 in memory of Mr. Derreck Bell ‘69
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Macbeth in memory of Mr. Kevin Macbeth
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bicknell III ‘64 in memory of Mrs. Warren Bicknell
Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Matthews ‘51 in memory of Mr. Thomas S. Matthews, Jr. ‘44
Mr. Douglas H. Lyon ‘51 in memory of Mr. Richard M. Booth
Mr. Peter M. Wise ‘55 in memory of Mr. Clement F. Merrill ‘33
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Funk in memory of Mr. Benjamin T. Bradley ‘00
Mr. and Mrs. William Moeller, Sr. in memory of Mr. William Moeller, Jr. ‘98
Mr. Christopher Downs in memory of Mr. Ken Brown
Mr. Duane W. Stone ‘69 in memory of Mr. David R. Murchison III ‘69
Anonymous in memory of Mr. Ken Brown
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Funnell ‘52 in memory of Mr. Christopher H. Murphy ‘52
Mr. Justin Latici in memory of Mr. Joseph J. Brown, Jr.
Mr. Thomas E. Oakley ‘81 in memory of Ambassador Robert B. Oakley ‘48
Mrs. Anne H. Bushman in memory of Mr. Robert P. Bushman, Jr. ‘40
Anonymous in memory of Ambassador Robert B. Oakley ‘48
Mrs. Lynn Cabrera in memory of Mr. Rafael Cabrera ‘49
Mr. Charles C. Reid ‘55 in memory of Dr. Gordon V. K. Reid ‘54
Mr. and Mrs. William Austin in memory of Mr. Kivin L. Chin ‘67
Anonymous in memory of Mr. and Mrs. George S. Richards ‘46
Mr. Samuel H. Coes, Jr. ‘64 in memory of Mr. Samuel H. Coes ‘40
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Collins ‘76 in memory of Mr. Peter E. Slason ‘76
Courtenay Foundation AGT in memory of Mr. Frederic Courtenay
Ms. Deborah S. Sullivan ‘77 in memory of Mr. Peter E. Slason ‘76
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Dingman ’63 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Dingman
Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Martin ‘64 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Smith
Mrs. Mary Dingman-Abel and Mr. Christopher Abel in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Dingman
Mr. James J. Montanaro and Ms. Marcia Tugendhat in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Smith
Mrs. Myrna Fishman Fawcett in memory of Mr. Arthur H. Fawcett, Jr. ‘47
Mr. Mitsuo Ogata ‘67 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Smith
Dr. Robert E. Gibbons, DDS ‘55 in memory of Mr. A. S. Fox ‘55
Mr. Lawrence A. Smith ‘73 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Smith
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Buell ‘45 in memory of Mr. Benjamin A. Franklin ‘45
Ms. Suzanne S. Collins in memory of Dr. William D. Smith, Jr. ‘52
Mr. Jeffrey L. Sonking in memory of Mr. Anthony L. Funnell ‘51
Mr. Jesse H. Quinn ‘03 in memory of Mr. Charles E. Speight ‘03
American Express Foundation in memory of Lacey W. Gallagher
Dr. Joseph Struckus in memory of Mr. Edward J. Struckus
Mrs. Sally B. Garnett in memory of Lacey W. Gallagher
Mr. Peter M. Thompson ‘67 in memory of Mrs. Eleanor W. Thompson
Mr. Keith I. Gallagher ‘79 in memory of Lacey W. Gallagher
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Addison ‘54 in memory of Mr. John A. Toye ‘54
Mrs. Sally B. Garnett in memory of Mr. J. M. Garnett ‘43
Mr. William Tyler in memory of Ms. Barbara Tyler
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Garnett ‘45 in memory of Mr. J. M. Garnett ‘43
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Funnell ‘52 in memory of Mr. Daniel S. Walker ‘52
Mrs. Lucy Girard in memory of Mr. William H. Girard, Jr.
Mr. Robert A. Whiteside ‘53 in memory of Mr. Daniel S. Walker ‘52
Mrs. Gloria Haeseler in memory of Mr. William Haeseler III ‘48
Mr. J. F. Merriman, Jr. ‘65 in memory of Mr. Julius E. Waller ‘35
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Auction Donors Anonymous in memory of Mr. Julius E. Waller ‘35 Mrs. Sonya Wheeler ‘50 in memory of Mr. Russell B. Wheeler III ‘50 Mr. William K. Brown and Ms. Rebecca Wright ‘65 in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore
$5,000 - $9,999
$100 - $249
Mr. Jeffrey G. Rosenberg ‘80
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Coelho
Mr. Tarek Sultan and Ms. Muna AlMousa
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dalton
Mr. Lincoln W. Day ‘83
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Diefendorf ‘53 in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore
Mr. Jesse Brennan
Mr. and Mrs. William Hurlburt Mr. and Mrs. David Johnson
$1,000 - $2499
Mr. and Mrs. Paulo Laranetto
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cafeo, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Lupardi
Ms. Anne Groton in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald B. Cain
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Mollenthiel
Mr. Thomas H. Hollinger ‘67 and Ms. Kathryn Coe in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Roth
Mr. and Mrs. David Spagnolo
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stephan
Mr. Duane W. Stone ‘69
Mr. Stanford C. Stratton
Ms. Rui Sun
Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Goddard ‘53 in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore
Mr. Justin Latici in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore Mr. Andrew McInnes, Jr. in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore Anonymous in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore Mr. and Mrs. John B. Severance ‘54 in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore Mrs. Diane Woodward in memory of Mrs. Cecile B. Whittemore Mr. and Mrs. John B. Severance ‘54 in memory of Mr. L. W. Wister Anonymous in memory of Mr. John H. Woodward ‘53 Mrs. Ruth M. Worthington in memory of Mr. Alan B. Worthington ‘43
Ms. Angela Watts
$500 - $999
Ms. Holloway McCandless and Mr. Andrew Belt
Ms. Muna Al-Arfaj
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bringmann
Mr. and Mrs. Adonia Ayebare
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Brown
Mr. Michael Delehanty
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Conover ‘76
Mr. Timothy H. Mitchell ‘76
Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Garbe Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalo L. GarciaPedroso ‘95
up to $50
Mr. Fitz G. Robertson ‘05
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. DeCubellis
Mr. Lawrence A. Smith ‘73
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Karcz
Dr. Joseph Struckus
Ms. Anne Swan
Mr. Andrew Vadnais and Ms. Nancy Lyon
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Walkom
$250 - $499
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Berghold Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Darrin Mr. Barry Enis and Ms. Miri Knight Mr. and Mrs. Robert Giampietro Mr. and Mrs. Paisley Gordon Jr. Mr. Robert H. Hacker Ms. Caterina Boldarin and Mr. Claude Hamelin Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Hannan Mr. and Mrs. Callaghan O’Herlihy Mr. and Mrs. Derek Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Francis Scarlotta Ms. Cynthia White
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$50 - $99
The St. Michael’s Society
Honors those who have made provisions or arrangements in their estate plans for a gift to South Kent. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Ault Mrs. Aurellia Baker Mr. and Mrs. James G. Bellows ‘40 Captain and Mrs. Roger S. Betts ‘52 The Reverend and Mrs. Robert H. Beveridge ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Bogle ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brodie ‘36 Mr. and Ms. Neilson Brown II ‘63 Mr. Raymond H. Bryan ‘90 Mr. and Mrs. John Butterworth ‘45 Mr. and Mrs. Rafael Cabrera ‘49 Mr. and Mrs. David P. Chamberlain ‘62 Mr. Peter Chase Mr. Albert W. Chillson ‘44 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Cleveland ‘70 Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Cole, Jr. Mr. Francis D. R. Coleman ‘57 Mr. William R. Coles Mr. and Mrs. Blaise B. Colt ‘59 Mr. William C. Corbin ‘87 Mr. David A. Cowan ‘37 Mrs. Barbara D. Currier ‘50 Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Cuyler ‘48 Mr. H. D. Dawbarn ‘33 Mr. Peter E. Dayton ‘52 Mr. James R. Dimon, Jr. ‘92 Mr. Robert S. Drew ‘44 Mr. and Mrs. David J. Erskine Mr. and Mrs. Christopher C. Farr ‘84 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Fawcett, Jr. ‘47 Mrs. Myrna Fishman Fawcett Mr. David B. Ferguson ‘77 Ms. Barbara Forester Mr. and Mrs. William B. Funnell ‘52 Mrs. Caroline Gilliam
Mrs. Elaine R. Gordon
Mr. Derek T. Peters ‘90
Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Gorman ‘53
Mr. Steven (Sarge) C. Pickman ‘79
Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Green ‘77
Mr. Allen M. Powell ‘73
Mrs. Sheron B. Green
Mr. and Mrs. Andrea Raffaelli
Mr. Godfrey A. Gregg, Jr. ‘70
Dr. Isabel B. Phillips and Mr. Peter R. Ramsey ‘67
Mr. James P. Groton, Sr. ‘44
Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Reese, Jr. ‘62
Mr. Jeffrey L. Heath ‘71
The Reverend William C. Riker, Jr. ‘59
The Reverend and Mrs. Hobart H. Heistand ‘46
Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Robertson IV ‘66
Mr. and Mrs. David M. Heminway ‘44
Mr. Robert D. Robinson
Mr. William M. Holman, Jr. ‘84
Mr. Stephen W. Rule ‘54
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Horton ‘80
Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr.
Mr. Arthur L. Howard ‘42
Mr. David B. Skillman, Jr. ‘55
Mr. Dudley Hughes ‘49
Mr. and Mrs. Elliott L. Smith ‘87
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kay II
Mr. James D. Smith ‘46
Dr. and Mrs. Adrian Kiehn ‘87
Ms. Janet Snapp
Mr. Derek C. Krull ‘92
Mr. Jeffrey L. Sonking
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon A. Kuehl ‘72
Mr. David S. Speck ‘86
The Honorable Lynette D. Lang
Mr. and Mrs. Talcott Stanley
Mr. Edward S. Lebens ‘63
Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Steele ‘54
Mr. Eon-tak Lee and Mrs. Hs-hyung Park
Mr. Charles P. Stephens, Jr. ‘70
The Reverend and Mrs. William H. Low
Mr. and Mrs. William P. Stephens ‘66
Mr. Douglas H. Lyon ‘51
Mr. Walter J. Strohmeyer, Jr. ‘46
Mrs. Carol Mackay
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Thorne ‘53
Mr. Alexander D. Mallace ‘48
Dr. Richard K. Tompkins Jr. ‘58 and Ms. Bryna Webber
Mr. Paul D. Martin ‘50
Mr. Thomas P. Townsend ‘35
Mr. Reed C. Martin ‘76
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin S. Tully, Jr. ‘51
Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Martin ‘49
Mr. Andrew Vadnais and Ms. Nancy Lyon
Mr. John A. Mason, Jr. ‘62
Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Veeder II ‘53
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Matthews ‘47
Mrs. Anne T. Waller
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart H. May ‘80
Mr. Edgar A. Werner ‘39
Mr. John M. McDonald III ‘83
Mr. Roger E. Wheeler ‘59
Mrs. Emily C. McWhinney
Mr. Foster S. White ‘55
Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey E. Moore ‘59
Mr. William White III ‘60
Mr. and Ms. John G. Mosher ‘52
Mrs. Bette Widney
Mrs. Marian Murphy ‘52
Mr. Phillip M. Wilson ‘57
Mr. Stephen Nahley ‘86 and Ms. Susan J. Dubin
Mrs. Joan Wister
Mr. Sean T. Nighbert ‘89
Mr. L. W. Wister
Mr. and Mrs. O. Richard Nottidge
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inbusiness Alumnus Profile
SKS to SF: a Profile of Perry Butler ’60 S
outh Kent School has a long history of outstanding alumni that go on to do incredible things when they graduate. Perry Butler ’60, in many ways, is the epitome of South Kent success stories. But the sheer scale and longevity of his accomplishments make him shine even in a community full of stars.
erry Butler was born in the town of Waccabuc, NY, far away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. His father worked in the advertising business during Perry’s younger years, but when Perry was halfway through seventh grade, change came upon his family suddenly. Because of a request from his father’s company, Perry and his family relocated to Birmingham, Michigan: a suburb of Detroit. The move was jarring for him, taking him from the small tight-knit community in which he had grown up and thrusting him unceremoniously into bigger schools and areas in which he did not feel comfortable. After an unhappy second half of his seventh grade year in Michigan, his father saw the discontent in Perry and offered him exactly what he had been dreaming of: an opportunity to go back East to finish his schooling. Perry jumped at the chance and said yes before he even knew what school he would be going to. Because Perry’s father was himself an alumnus of South Kent School, Class of 1932, and stayed in touch with the original founders, the school young Perry would be coming to was none other than our own humble Hillside.
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That fall Perry Butler returned to the East Coast as a Second Former, spurred on by his supportive father who was already a South Kent success story and wanted the same for his young son. Perry was one of only six people in the Second Form that year, a uniquely small group even for that form, and began his five-year Hero’s Journey in the comfortable, tight-knit community that he was lacking in Michigan. It wasn’t easy from Day One though. Leaving his family halfway across the country at such a young age was no simple task, but it was one that bred independence in him early on. He admitted to feeling that initial boarding school fear that many students face when they first come to the Hillside, not knowing anyone, suddenly having chores and heavier responsibility and, of course, the most obvious fear of homesickness. Although adaptation was hard at first, Perry soon became a part of the Hillside thanks to the community’s closeness and felt that it became like home. He played football (the only sports option in the fall), hockey in the winter and baseball in the spring where he began developing his leadership abilities. Not only did he become
Perry relaxing during his 6th form year on the Hillside
Headmaster L. Wynne Wister
captain of the first hockey team but he was also the football quarterback, literally leading his fellow students into battle behind him. These leadership roles were important building blocks that culminated with what Perry considers his most important moment at SKS, and one of the defining times in his entire life. He describes the event perfectly in this excerpt from his biography.
Perry: Front row, second in from right
“The seminal experience at South Kent, and one of the most significant in my life, occurred in late spring of my Fifth Form Year. My job that particular morning was raking leaves in front of the Old Building, after breakfast and before the morning assembly. One of the Masters, as teachers were called at South Kent, sidled by and passed me a note. In the Headmaster’s hand writing, the note requested that I meet him in the basement of the school Infirmary that morning at 11:20. I read the note in a state of shock because, given the time of year, it only could mean one thing – I was going to be asked to be a Prefect! It was precisely the time each spring that the next school year’s Prefects were secretly chosen by the faculty, to be revealed in a highly charged ceremony days later, so the note was incredibly significant. The alarming thing about it was that I was just one of the guys - a pretty good student, a pretty good athlete, not a troublemaker, but not a student council member or campus leader type. Yet it appeared I was about to be plucked out of the pack of students to serve as a Prefect. At 11:20, Headmaster L. Wynne Wister was waiting for me in the Infirmary basement, sweat pouring from his brow on a very hot, humid May morning. I was sweating also, in places less obvious, and very, very anxious. “The faculty and I met last night, and you are our unanimous choice to be Head Prefect of the school for next year,” he said. With that sentence my life changed dramatically. Of course my answer was yes! Mr. Wister emphasized the ultra-secret aspect of our meeting until the public ceremony a few nights later; I thanked him and exited the Infirmary basement alone. Most remarkably, I was no longer just one of the guys, I was the Head Prefect-to-be at South Kent School, an incredible honor and an awesome responsibility. In a few days and for the entirety of our Sixth Form year I would be the leader of the student body, which, in the context of this small school, was a very big deal.”
Prefects: Richard Lampett, Perry Butler, Hendrik Woods
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www.perryssf.com Perry went on to be a sensational Head Prefect in the upcoming year despite admittedly being overwhelmed by the nomination. After mentally preparing all summer for the immense responsibility ahead, he found deep within the person the Headmaster knew he could be and embraced it. Although he already had some leadership roles on the athletic side of things, being Head Prefect suddenly gave him sizable control over the running of the campus. He embraced the opportunity and became someone that could be in charge and remain likeable, relatable and fun. Above all else, he learned how to be self-sufficient. Rather than relying on others to judge him and guide him, he became his own harshest critic. He set higher standards for himself the moment he was appointed and followed through at every turn to uphold them.
Perry and his family outside one of his restaurants
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pon leaving SKS in 1960, Perry Butler received the Headmaster’s Cup, the Scholastic Improvement Cup and a trip to prestigious Dartmouth College as rewards for his hard work. Dartmouth fanned the fire that South Kent started, and soon the entrepreneurial Butler began the legacy he is now known for: his restaurants. His first, simply named “Perry’s”, opened in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco, California in 1969. The San Francisco standby has been part of the community ever since it opened: a warm, cozy bistro providing an environment as invigorating as the food. It only took the industrious Perry Butler four years to repay the twenty-year note he originally took out to start the business, and as time went on he opened even more locations. Currently there are 5 different restaurants, with the newest one being only a few months old, located in the Marin County town of Larkspur. Though his success in the restaurant business is something to be proud of in and of itself, Perry says that the thing he is most proud of after his 73 years on this Earth is having a restaurant that has stood the test of time and meant so much to so many people. San Francisco used to be a town with only a few hundred restaurants, but even now, with thousands of competitors, Perry continues to succeed. His original location houses not just a thriving business but the pulse of the community around him. Locals have personal moments and special memories linked to it. With 4 more locations open, these moments
will only multiply for the Bay Area population. The love and care behind the locations never will fade. Four of Perry’s five children work in the management of the restaurants and are already continuing the excellence their father started. Even though he never pushed his children to have a role in the restaurant business, they chose to because they saw what a positive place it was, not just on the balance sheets, but in people’s hearts. He couldn’t be prouder to have them involved and knows that the future of Perry’s is destined to be as prolific as its past. Entrepreneurs come and go. Innovators are much rarer. Perry Butler is the latter. He jumped into the restaurant business like many before him but did so with incredible leadership abilities, sharp intellect and undeniable charm. And although he may have been born charming and gained knowledge from a variety of sources including Dartmouth, he pinpointed his leadership abilities and independent spirit as coming directly from the Hillside. That sweaty summer morning when the Headmaster appointed him as Head Prefect, young Perry Butler didn’t just become a leader of others, but in charge of his own existence. He grew into someone who could lead, such a rare trait, and he used that trait to build a restaurant empire that has survived for over 46 years in the highly competitive San Francisco market. We wish Perry continued success at all of his locations and are proud to hear that such a successful, wonderful person can trace the epiphany that shaped his proud life to the Hillside.
inprint Alumni Authors College for Every Student by Rick Dalton ‘67
College for Every Student shares best practices for raising college and career aspirations and increasing educational opportunities for underserved and diverse students in rural and urban districts. Providing guidance for educating your students and organizing communities for expanding educational opportunities, this is a must-read for every school leader and counselor interested in promoting educational uplift. This comprehensive guidebook offers a wealth of resources and tools for educators and professionals to help students build essential college and career readiness skills. College for Every Student gives you the research-based, proven strategies needed for promoting the core student skills essential for college and career readiness: aspiration, grit, perseverance, adaptability, leadership, and teamwork.
Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital by John Richardson ’56
With Alexander Robey Shepherd, John P. Richardson gives us the first full-length biography of his subject, who as Washington, D.C.’s public works czar (1871–74) built the infrastructure of the nation’s capital in a few frenetic years after the Civil War. The story of Shepherd is also the story of his hometown after that cataclysm which left the city with churned-up streets, stripped of its trees, and exhausted. An intrepid businessman, Shepherd became president of Washington’s lower house of delegates at twenty-seven. Garrulous and politically astute, he used every lever to persuade Congress to realize Pierre L’Enfant’s vision for the capital. His tenure produced paved and graded streets, sewer systems, trees, and gaslights, and transformed the fetid Washington Canal into one of the city’s most stately avenues. After bankrupting the city, a chastened Shepherd left in 1880 to develop silver mines in western Mexico, where he lived out his remaining twenty-two years. In Washington, Shepherd worked at the confluence of race, party, region, and urban development, in a microcosm of the United States. Determined to succeed at all costs, he helped force Congress to accept its responsibility for maintenance of its stepchild, the nation’s capital city. Recently published? Please let us know, and please consider donating a copy of your book to The Martin A. Henry Library’s “Alumni Authors” collection. Not only will our students be impressed by the scholarly and literary accomplishments of alumni, but we will gratefully list your publication on the SKS website’s “Alumni Authors” page! All book donations are considered gifts-in-kind to the School. Please visit www.southkentschool.org/authors to see a more complete list of alumni authors’ works as well as purchasing information.
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inpractice Alumnus Profile Charley Sung ’94
Charley graduated from SKS in 1994 and currently lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Heidi, and his sons Oliver and Felix. He is the managing partner of the law firm of Sung & Hwang LLP founded in 2009 and has offices in both Columbia, Maryland, and Centreville, Virginia. His firm recently garnered a lot of media attention during the April 2015 Baltimore Riots. Sung & Hwang LLP was retained to represent approximately 65 of the business owners whose businesses were looted and/or destroyed during the riots that followed the death of Freddy Gray, who is alleged to have died as a result of misconduct on the part of the Baltimore Police Department. They are involved in lawsuits on behalf of those business owners against the City of Baltimore, the Baltimore Police Department and against the State of Maryland, and expect that it will be widely covered by national media.
How did you come to attend SKS? What were some of your best memories?
Charley: I can truly say that I am a product of the boarding school system. My father was a Korean diplomat, so I spent most of my youth in Africa (Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia). As a result, I went to my first boarding school at the age of 10 in Nairobi and was subsequently in and out of boarding schools. I started high school at a boarding school in Palo Alto, California, called the Woodside Priory. I was a very troubled teenager with anger and discipline issues. I was expelled from the Woodside Priory after an altercation with a teacher. I enrolled at Kent School my sophomore year, and I was expelled during my junior year after an altercation with another student (which resulted in the school getting sued by the parents of that other student). And that’s how I ended up at SKS. I arrived on the Hillside with a lot of anger and resentment - my parents were upset with me and my future seemed bleak. I felt discarded - written off. But the warmth with which the SKS faculty, particularly Noble Richards and his wife, welcomed me to the School gave me a sense that I was safe and protected there – that I would not be similarly written off if I made a bone-headed mistake. And as much as I would like to say that I turned over a new leaf the moment I arrived at SKS, I did continue to cause a lot of mischief. But I was given second chances and opportunities to think about and learn from my mistakes. It was reassuring that teachers, like Jaye Beebe, always reminded me that their doors were always open if I needed to talk (or . . . confess). I improved academically as well. The class sizes were small (my Spanish class had four students), so there was no flying under any radar. The personal care and attention in and outside of the classroom at SKS was important to me. I needed that to find myself again and to feel reassured that my success (academically and otherwise) mattered to someone other than myself. 30 • The Hillside Fall 2016
How have your experiences at the Hillside impacted you? I treasure my time at SKS. I went through a maturity growth spurt during my time there. The small classroom settings and the encouragement from faculty helped my grades improve, and I gained a lot of confidence in my capabilities and potential. I graduated from SKS ready to take over the world. Living on a secluded campus with 100 or so other students was truly a unique experience. There was a lot of mischief and stories that I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you. Those experiences made for lifelong bonds with friends that helped me always find my place amongst my peers. Without my experiences at SKS, I don’t think the twists and turns in life would have landed me where I am now.
What have your experiences been since leaving the Hillside? Upon graduating from SKS, I went on to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where I graduated in 1998 with a degree in economics. During my last year of college I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with my life or what the future held for me. But coming from a typical Asian household, I knew I needed to go to either law school or medical school or my parents would consider me, in some small way at least, a disappointment. I had absolutely no interest in medicine, so by default, I decided to enroll at the George Washington University Law School in Washington DC and went on to graduate in 2001. I was lucky enough to graduate from law school during the height of the “dot com boom.” Large mega-law firms were scouting students right out of law school by the droves, and entry level salaries were skyrocketing. I jumped on the mega law firm bandwagon and joined the Washington, DC office of the law firm of DLA Piper LLP, which has over 3,000 lawyers across the world. I specialized in commercial litigation and franchise litigation. After about seven years, I left DLA Piper LLP and joined the law firm of Gilbert Randolph LLP, where I spent about a year specializing in class action litigation. I was pretty burnt out after about eight years of practice. I had just started a family and had my first child, and the thought of continuing to put in the long hours was no longer realistic. In fact, I was ready to walk away from practicing law altogether. A unique opportunity presented itself when I ran into a family friend at the gym. She was a business broker and asked if I knew anyone that might be interested in purchasing a successful nightclub in DC. I heard a bottle of Dom Pérignon pop in my head. I was in my early 30s at the time and was no stranger to the nightclub scene. I truly believed that the stars had aligned themselves and the chance meeting was nothing short of fate - I was destined to be a lawyer turned nightclub owner. Looking back on it now, it was a terrible idea, but at the time it seemed like the perfect opportunity. So I resigned from the law firm, cleaned out my 401K, put a down payment on the business, and started spending my nights at the nightclub familiarizing myself with the business. While I was spending late nights at the nightclub watching drunk, fist-pumping twenty-somethings, I had nothing to do during the day. At the suggestion of my cousin, I decided to put out some advertisements in the local newspapers to see if I could practice law part time to fill the time until the nightclub deal was finalized. To my surprise, the calls started pouring in, and the practice began to grow. At around the same time, I witnessed a very serious fight at the nightclub that ended up with someone getting stabbed. My nightclub dreams went up in smoke, and I focused on growing the law practice. Seven years later, here I am. The twists and turns that life takes you on seem so chaotic and nerve-wracking at the time, but when you look back on it, there is always a serene order to things that gives you the feeling that there was a guiding hand through it all. Fall 2016 The Hillside • 31
inuniform Alumnus Profile
George R. Worthington
orn in Louisville, Kentucky, George came to South Kent School on September 24th, 1952. He had never seen the campus prior to his first day, one that was uncharacteristically hot for the start of autumn in New England. The School’s British culture was foreign to George, who suddenly found himself needing to wear a shirt, tie and shiny dress shoes. He had to wake up at 6:30 am and begin the SKS lifestyle of the time. He was expected to be clean-shaven and done with breakfast by 7:00 am, when classes would begin. He adapted to the daily routine from that early wake-up all the way through evening study hall, a requirement for first year students. But as his time went on at SKS, he learned so much more than routine. He learned about himself and his capacity to be more. Although he participated in many sports and had excellent experiences during athletics, one of his most memorable moments was purely academic. During his second year on the Hillside, George found himself feeling unmotivated after dinner. Unlike first-year boys, all other students could go back to their dorms and do their work solitarily rather than attending a mandatory study hall. But what was supposed to be a time of productivity sometimes turned into fooling around and distractions in various forms. George, realizing the importance of what was being skipped, went to talk with the Head of School and requested to be put back in Study Hall. Thanks to the independence and accountability learned here at SKS, George knew what he needed and saw an immediate improvement in his grades after making the change. He cites it as a pivotal moment on the Hillside. “It was the first of many life-long lessons of survival. It may not have been the easiest or the most fun path, but it was the right one.” The Hero’s Journey rarely puts SKS boys on the path of least resistance, but it wouldn’t create excellence any other way. His excellence shone brightly the rest of his time on the Hillside, where he became a prefect along with his roommate Tom Allan and won the Scholastic Improvement award on Prize Day.
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USN (Ret.) ’56
eorge joined the Navy as an 18-year old during his third year at SKS and stayed on as a stand-by until his graduation. Upon matriculating from SKS, he moved on to the Naval Academy. “Life at the Academy was demanding, but SKS prepared the path,” said George. “Most challenges devolve to one decision on the road ahead. The important thing to remember is that the most uncomfortable path is always the right one.” His naval career skyrocketed with the same upwards momentum that his time on the Hillside did. After a year at Brown, he was commissioned from the Naval Academy in June of 1961 and applied for Underwater Demolition Team training, which he graduated from in 1965 after his initial tour of duty. He served as the Operations and Executive Officer on Team ELEVEN of the Underwater Demolition Team, completing two different deployments to Vietnam. He went on to lead in the military by completing Naval Destroyer School Department Head training. George served a multitude of command tours all over the world. Since retirement, Worthington has served on the boards of directors of ZODIAC North America, makers of operational rubber raiding craft; WESCAM-Sonoma, makers of high-resolution stabilized camera systems used on the Predator UAV; and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit foundation providing college scholarships for orphans of deceased Special Operations personnel. He is a member of the board of advisors to High Technology Solutions in San Diego, a government services firm. He worked two years with WarRoom Research (Maryland) on war room design and security. He currently consults with IFG, Ltd. for littoral warfare craft requirements. He has written the SEAL chapters for anthologies titled, “The Navy” and the forthcoming “United States Special Operations Forces.” Despite being retired, he still actively supports and interacts with the military in all aspects of his life. George Worthington is the perfect example of a man who came to SKS, learned how to be independent, strong, and a leader, and then applied those lessons to life. We wish George all the best and thank him for not only taking the time to talk with us, but for being such a wonderful part of the SKS family.
inprint Alumni Authors Now the Day Is Over:
Five Years in a New England Boarding School by Paul Matthews ’51
Noted painter Paul Matthews looks back on his preparatory school years at the South Kent School in Connecticut. “The Christian values taught and held to with word and example by Sam Bartlett and Dick Cuyler, the founders of South Kent School, though they made us feel at times like living anachronisms, even then, have held me and my classmates in good stead all our lives. In writing about my five years at the school my idea was to record, as honestly as I could, what it was like to be there then—to get it down before I or my memory vanished; and more specifically to describe the complicated position in which I found myself as a kid who was already part of the ‘South Kent family’ before he even went there (as some others also were) and the effect this had on me; and to show the ways in which South Kent differed from other New England boarding schools (including its parent, Kent, with which to this day it is confused.) Despite the perpetual guilt of failing to keep to the ideals set forth there, South Kent gave us “an ever fixéd mark.” And the deprivation , hardship and discipline we lived with there helped us cleave harder to what we loved most. Writing Now the Day Is Over also gave me the chance to express my gratitude for what was then and still is now a unique experience.” —Paul Matthews, class of 1951
Navigating with A Few Good Men by Robert S. Gilliam III ’64
Autobiography of an enlisted man determined to do more for his country by becoming an officer in the United States Marine Corps and by leading a rifle platoon in combat in Viet Nam. It begins in Parris Island, SC, the infamous boot camp where boys grow up and become proud United States Marines. This is the story of a college drop-out who made good serving his country, rose to become Commanding Officer of Foxtrot Company 2nd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment, and was honorably discharged as a Captain. He went on to complete college funded by the G. I. Bill, became an innovative international corporate banker on Wall Street, plowed through unemployment following the hostile takeover of his bank, and changed careers mid-life to become a highly regarded financial counselor and life insurance salesman. A consummate do-it-yourselfer, he completed his dream retirement home when his builder failed. His success story is filled with irreverently humorous and politically incorrect anecdotes as well as stinging caricatures. It is told with candor in the vernacular of the times with flash-backs to his teenage years when he was a farm hand and a caddie between his four years at South Kent School, at the time a spartan, character-building boarding school in rural northwestern Connecticut. Veterans of Viet Nam will relate well to his vivid descriptions of life in the bush, of receiving communion in the field before his first jump from a helicopter into a hot zone, and of learning the ropes as a boot 2nd Lieutenant. After Viet Nam while a student at Columbia University’s School of General Studies, he blew the whistle on rampant cheating, survived bitter retribution from its faculty, and went on to graduate with bona fide Honors. Here is a relentless champion of doing the right thing. Most importantly, this is a tribute to more than A Few Good Men who helped him succeed and forge his own moral code. Fall 2016 The Hillside • 33
incelebration Alumni Recollections
Y R A S R ANNIVE 1966 N.E.I.R.A. Title
aturday, May 28, 2016 marked an important anniversary for South Kent School. That day, fifty years ago, the South Kent School Crew won The New England Interscholastic Rowing Championship Title after posting a 32-5 record throughout their standout season. The rowing team at the time included First Boat boys Charlie Robertson, Freddie McCoun, Russ Pope, Frank Whitney and Rob Bauer and Second Boat boys Captain Jeff Coes, Skip Newhall, Phil Walker, John Dunn and John Blunt. The team was coached by Bruce Small and Charles “Chick” Willing. Bruce Small was recently called a “genius” by the men who once were under his tutelage. Some of this genius is more apparent than it might seem, as the #1 boat going into the season ended up being the #2 boat at the end, with the coach making the vital change that eventually led to their impressive win.
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1966 Crew Head Coach Bruce Small
he 1966 Crew season took place as many had before it, with the boys conditioning themselves constantly on nearby bodies of water. It was a humble program, far smaller and less funded than those of some of the schools they would face off against, but the boys weren’t fazed.When the team was first assembled, the biggest guys were initially put in the First Boat. But it became clear that their power wasn’t always helpful. The boat would sometimes drift to the starboard side of Robertson and McCoun because they were stronger than the Portside combination of Bauer and Pope. Bruce Small, being the excellent coach that he was, adjusted accordingly. The coach also outfitted the Pocock shell they had with a new Italian rig that, along with the shifting of positions for the boys, had immediate impact. Rob Bauer spoke about the noticeable difference the changes had. “Right after the change, we started to fly down courses in a straight line. We also suddenly had perfect balance. It was the only boat I ever used in my 5 years at SKS that allowed us to all have our oars out of the water and still stay straight.” Rob and the other members of this new Second Boat soon started to become faster than the first, and thus, overtook them as the lead boat. With this change made early on in the season, the boys soon became unstoppable. The boys set records en route to the New England Interscholastic Rowing Championship Regatta held at Lake Quinsigamond on May 28, 1966 including winning the Founder’s Cup for the second year in a row. Despite National Championship team Haverford being present at the Regatta, the SKS boys still felt little competition as they beat that team and many others by 3 lengths or more. “The outcome was never in any doubt, “said Crew Captain Jeff Coes. “We were superbly conditioned due to countless
hours on the water. We could sustain our strokes per minute during the stretch drives when the other boats were fading, and with Bruce Small’s devotion, including bringing innovative boats and oars to the School, we had no doubts that we could secure the title.” Both the First and Second Boats for SKS crossed the finish line before any other boat in the competition, and the boys had captured the title as a team. After winning the tournament, there was but one challenge left: The Wyfold Cup in England. The boys trained hard for several weeks on the Housatonic River before making their way across the proverbial pond. For many crew members, it was their first time overseas. The Wyfold Cup was an event for coxless fours from various colleges and clubs. During the event, the boys went back to using their conventional rig rather than the Italian one they fell in love with earlier in the season because the coxless four setup used a boat that the Italian rig was not compatible with. Though this change led to some hiccups, none were too hard for the superbly conditioned group to overcome. The team defeated several college-age teams and only lost to one group during their races in the quarterfinal round. Though they couldn’t capture an international title that year, they came tantalizingly close and still had the most impressive season in the history of the Crew Program. Some of the boys from the team, now men, wonder if the outcome would have been any different had they been in the same boat and rig setup they used the rest of the season. Sadly, we will never know. But despite that last loss at such a high level, the season itself will never be forgotten. Attaining a NEIRA title with a first and second place finish in such a competitive sport with a small program like ours will go down in history as one of SKS’s proudest athletic achievements.
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JUST CHECKING IN
RETIREMENT BIG MOVE BIRTH
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We’d love to hear from you! 1941
Clarkson B. Farnsworth
Winslow C. Shoemaker
Passed my 90th. Still in reasonably good health (but eyes are going.)
I made a donation to the South Kent Fund in memory of Ben Franklin and in honor of Larry Brown, my senior roommates. Our room was opposite to SSB’s study so he could keep an eye on us!
Stephen H. Garnett
At this time of my life, no news is good news!
James G. King
In my 89th year, a bit rusty but still up and about every day. After 66 years in Alaska, I think I’m here to stay. Come see.
1948 To read the full article visit: http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2015/apr/11/national-welding-grouphonors-scotia-man_wp/
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Rev. Richard L. Aiken
Visited the G. H. B. family this summer. David P. Coles ‘81 lives with me.
Roy C. Megargel
Still alive, well and sailing.
Richard R. Cuyler
Alive and well, thriving in West North Carolina mountains.
(Ret) Lt. Col R. S. Pyne After 55 years of marriage, Alice and I are still active but not moving quite as fast.
Really enjoyed our 65th reunion this summer.
Delighted by P.C. Matthews memoir - As age slows us down, Alice and I depend more and more on each other.
Stephen W. Rule
Continuing to enjoy the lifestyle offered here in The Villages. There’s no other place like it!
Henry D. Steele
In addition to our real estate business, in July 2014 we started Staging The Desert, a home staging and decor company. Both companies are starting to do well and we’re optimistic about the future.
We welcomed our 4th grandchild in 2016. Enjoying our retirement in Durango, Colorado.
John (Sandy) Mason, Jr.
This is at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club last May showing Dorothy and me at my Club. Since then we had the Louis Vuitton series of three races in Bermuda last October. All very exciting. The Cup will be raced for in Bermuda in June 2017. Talk and see my brother Leonard ‘57 often; we are truly blessed. Anon.
B. D. Colen
Still painting and teaching classes.
Charles (Chad) Lockwood
Lani and I continue to enjoy our seasonal employment at Kenai Fjords National Park as interpretive rangers.
Kiwi that Robert Gibbons won for mile race while at SKS
David P. Chamberlain
Life on Cape Cod is great.
Dorothy and Bob Gibbons at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club in Bermuda
At age 74, I’m still working full time, traveling the world on business and playing touch football with my grandchildren. Much to be thankful for. (Although Wuz is looking down telling me not to end a sentence with a preposition!)
William B. Heuss
Celebrated 6th wedding anniversary to Margaret Anne. Visited ex bro-in-law Jake Severance and wife Sylvia in Savannah, GA. Saw Forrest Gump on our trolley tour!!
Class of 1966 Gathering Photo by B. D. Colen
I’m planning to retire from the day job at Harvard sometime sooner rather than later and emigrate to Canada - really, but I’ll probably commute to Cambridge to continue teaching at MIT. Photography, which beginning in the School House basement I thought was going to be my life’s work - until I was sidetracked by writing, has over the past 20 years resumed its rightful place, and I just completed my 15th year of teaching documentary photography at MIT. Look for me on Facebook, where I post photos constantly and pontificate upon the festering state of the body politic. Donald Trump? Really?
Peter M. Thompson
Retired from U.S. Foreign Service in 2014. With previous Navy career, 43 years of continuous commissioned Federal service. Have bought a home in Salisbury, MD.
SKS oxen photographed during alumni weekend. Photo by B. D. Colen
Stephen still lives in Cody Wyoming. 20 years as Director of Public Works. He’s an outstanding fly fisherman year-round; he knows what’s open and running.
Michael Molnar ran in the 2015 New York City Marathon. NYC was his 4th Marathon…NYC twice, London, Nashville…eclectic list.
Michael ‘79, his son Nick and Dad, Tom Molnar ‘50.
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J. Patrick Slavin
Cheswa Gabriella Slavin was born on March 23, 2016 at Medcross Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. The proud parents are Patrick and Kalumba Slavin. Cheswa translates from the Bemba as “clean sweep.” Patrick is posted to Zambia by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, where he serves as Chief, Communications.
Thomas Winter Cheswa Gabriella Slavin
After spending 3 years in the USA, Tom will be transferring to Europe in 2017.
David F. Eilers
I am living and working on Nantucket Island. I am serving as a museum interpreter at the Nantucket Historical Association. I also offer coaching services to a young man with a developmental disability. I am grateful to be living in such a mellow place; it reminds me of life on the Hillside. Merry Christmas and peace in the new year.
Liz and Chris Farr visited with Dan Musser ’82 and his wife Marlee Brown at their hotel, The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Adrian Kiehn Liz Farr, Chris Farr ‘84, Dan Musser ‘82, Marlee Brown on the porch of The Grand Hotel
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We have moved with our Venture Capital Firm and the whole family to Berlin. Now, Alice and I with our kids Alexis (15), Albert (13), Amelie (9) and our Labradoodle Abbie discover this fascinating city. We live in Dahlem right next to the American Embassy (from where General Clay once organized the American air bridge to save West Berlin against the Russian blockade) and meet a lot of Americans. If anyone from SKS comes to town, I would love to
take him for a tour! Next summer (2016), we will make a grand US West Coast tour; any leads welcome!
employed on campus in the Niswonger Aviation Building scheduling office.
Just completed his first year at Colby-Sawyer College
Sean gave a lecture at Oxford and addressed Parliament’s House of Commons in October of 2015.
Will be starting a new job as a K-8 Music Teacher in Half Moon Bay at the Sea Crest School this fall.
I’m currently a student at Wentworth Institute of Technology. I live in Boston and am currently a Construction Management Major.
Cameron McFarlane Entering my senior year at Hampton-Sydney College
Kyle has achieved President’s List at Bentley University and will be a finance intern this summer at United Technologies Corporation (UTC)!
Max Enis, a sophomore at Purdue University, recently earned his commercial pilot rating in aviation and was appointed ambassador at the School of Aviation Sciences at Purdue. He will be traveling throughout the country as a recruiting representative for the School’s aviation program. In April 2016, Max was awarded the Outstanding Leadership and Academics Award by the Black Caucus Assn of Purdue, and received the Wiscaver Scholarship for both his freshman and sophomore years. He is currently
Max Enis sitting in the pilot’s seat
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Undefeated and United Four members of the 1946 football team, Noble “Nobby” Richards ‘49, Ralph Woodward ’47, William “Bill” Edwards ‘47, and Richard “Dick” Aiken ‘48, came back to the Hillside to commemorate the 70-year anniversary of their victory over The Gunnery on November 9, 1946. They spoke to the whole student body about their victory over The Gunnery’s football team and about the importance of teachers/coaches, friends, and the School in their lives. Students were told about how both the SKS and Gunnery teams had gone undefeated in their seasons, with the Gunnery team actually having had no points scored against them, when they met on that fateful day here on the Hillside. Students, faculty, and fellow alumni were equally entertained by the tale of that historic game. The victory over Gunnery, and bringing home the Gunnery Cup remains to this day a momentous point in the School’s history and also in these men’s lives.
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ESPN Notes a Trio of SKS Alumni Drafted to NHL In a recent article discussing New Englanders selected in the most recent NHL draft, ESPN noted that Andrew Peeke, Chase Priskie, and Jake Ryczek, three of the seven selected, came from South Kent School.
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intouch On the Road
Back Row: Peter Henderson ‘71, Mary Minor Henderson. Phyllis Oakley - Alumni Widow ‘48, Regina Printz P’16, Neal Peirce ‘50, Melvin Green Jr. ‘03 Barbara Peirce, Amanda Cannell-Boone, Peter Boone ‘71, John Richardson ‘56, Thompson Gerke ‘76, Mark Hastings ‘79, Wen Hastings, Tom Oakley ‘81 Front Row: Jack Printz P’16, Andy Vadnais at the D.C. Gathering
Alumni and friends gathered in the VIP section of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, during a Flyers/Senators game to watch alumnus Shayne Gostisbehere ‘11. They met with him following the game for pictures and signing opportunities as well.
Priscilla Loomis, Kristen Usich, Curt Himy ’84, Andy Vadnais, Richard Lawrence ’74, Alex Hawley ’84, R.Ted Posselt ’57 and Dee Lawrence at the San Francisco Gathering
A group of SKS alumni and friends, hosted by Tim Mitchell ‘76 and Polly Bartlett Bryson ‘75, gathered at the Union Club in Boston, MA, on Wednesday, October 2, 2016. Everyone was delighted that George and Maggie Bartlett were there for everyone to reconnect with.
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Tyejae Burchall ‘17, Anthony Hunter Jr. ‘11, Vernon Perinchief ‘06, Jai-zel SmithDeShields ‘17, Robert Gibbons ‘55, Toby Kempe ‘72, and Leonard Gibbons ‘57 at the Bermuda Gathering
Mark Cornwell ‘79, Dillon Duncan ‘04, Curt Himy ‘84, Director of Selects Academy at South Kent School Devin Rask and J.B. Westcott ‘66 at at the USAH National Championship in San Jose, CA
Alumni Weekend June 16-18, 2017
ALL ALUMNI ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US HERE ON THE HILLSIDE! Campus and Center for Innovation Tours Alumni Hockey Game in Stockdale Arena Class Dinners • Alumni Reception and Dinner
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intouch Alumni Weekend Class of 1951 - 65th Reunion The Class of ’51 celebrated its 65th reunion, June 17-19. Six alumni (of an original class size of 21), along with three of the wives, enjoyed a few days renewing old acquaintances, reminiscing the “good old days” and remaining active by attending several events. Walking up the Hillside was taken as an event but a challenging one. Our reunion Class of ’51 (along with some others) was designated as “Old Guard” which entitled us to a few privileges (e.g. free meals and “no expense”campus accommodations) not enjoyed by other classes. Honors go to Jennifer Haase and her understanding staff for organizing EVERYTHING. We were the recipients of truly grand efforts. Enthusiastic kudos to the chefs, kitchen staff and other personnel who provided all the quality breakfasts, lunches and dinners to all reunion classes and who performed all the chores related thereto. We are truly grateful. The Alumni Schedule offered many opportunities for all alumni. These included campus tours (buses available) and hikes to the North Campus Farm, the Brown Gymnasium, the Stockdale Arena and even to Kent. The farm on North Campus offers students the ability to participate in a “farm to table” experience. Currently, there are a few cattle, goats, chickens and a productive looking vegetable garden. Plans are underway to construct a culinary arts building to finalize that experience. Eventually, with the possible exception of some meats, there is an expectation that the farm will supply the School with all of its culinary needs. At the Stockdale Arena (a state-of-the-art professional hockey rink) we were favored with an intra-mural hockey game (I believe it was a Cardinal victory). We were told that 1 or 2 of the SKS players are under contract with 1 or more NHL franchises (provincial as I still am, I’m compelled to boast of a renowned and star Boston Celtic named Isaiah Thomas, who is a recent SKS graduate). Some alumni presentations were offered, including a talk by Paul Matthews (SKS ‘51) on his recently published book Now the Day is Over. This is a memoir of his experiences as a student. It is also a statement of his respect and admiration for the “Old Man”, Samuel Slater Bartlett, the first headmaster. Emphasis is placed on the principles he held (and practiced) as reflected by those well known standards of simplicity of life, selfreliance and directness of purpose. The book is a quality effort and a should read for graduates. Head of School Andy Vadnais impressed with an inspiring talk on the highlights of the past school year. He talked about admission policies, explained the reason for the School’s relationship with the NCAA, described general life at the School today, what’s expected of each student, the need for effective and meaningful communication (he would like to throw all iPhones into the pond) and approaches taken in developing young gentlemen to prepare them for leadership roles in the future. Yes, that SKS “trilogy” does live on. And what also 44 • The Hillside Fall 2016
Back row - Kiko Cuyler, David Angus Front row - Doug Lyon, Paul Matthews, Tom Tison, Bill Gardiner
came out loud and clear with his presentation is that Andy Vadnais loves his job. Golf, basketball, fun runs, a ground-breaking (the Farr Field), several cocktail gatherings (always an excuse for them), class dinners held mostly off-campus, and those all-important class photos pretty much complete the list of activities and events. Fittingly, Chaplain Stephen Klots led the alumni in a moving memorial service at St. Michael’s Chapel during which the names of each deceased alumnus was acknowledged. The finale was a “jacket and tie (optional but no vests)” reception held at the Brown Gymnasium Saturday evening. In addition to a superb spread, the emcee referenced several past headmasters, teachers and other key retired and present personnel (most of whom were in attendance) for their past and continuing services to the School. The event also allowed for good conversation. And Sunday, a Eucharist and sermon by the chaplain at St. Michaels sent us on our way. Bill Gardiner ’51
Class of 1956 - 60th Reunion South Kent School held its annual alumni reunion the weekend of June 17-19, 2016. The Class of ’56 was represented by Tom Allan and John Richardson. Regrettably, Terry Moody, who was planning on attending, took a fall the night before and called the School from the hospital Friday morning to cancel. (Terry had been scheduled to give a preview Friday afternoon of his “The First Century” project, already underway). We wish Terry a full and speedy recovery (maybe already). Early hopefuls who were also unable to come were George Worthington and Bruce Banning. The weather was perfect: sunny and not hot. The School was spiffed up and looked great. Drinks were served informally in the Old Building courtyard Friday before dinner, and Tom and I had dinner at the Fife’n Drum in Kent, where we were staying. Although the restaurant and the gift shop/rooms building are not aesthetically exciting, the restaurant is pleasant, and the food was good. (It’s also an advantage not to have to drive home after a full dinner.) The first event Saturday morning was a short tour of the well-known School buildings. One of the most noticeable differences was that the Martin Henry library, to which the student body had relayed all the books before it opened during our time, has gotten rid of many of its books and has replaced most of the rest with IT equipment (more on this subject later). Perhaps the most engaging event of the weekend was the “State of the School” program in the Schoolhouse mid-morning Saturday. Headmaster Andy Vadnais gave an upbeat and intriguing report on where things stand. Although the event was also billed for alumni reminiscences, the audience was more interested in hearing about, and discussing, what’s going on at the School today. SKS today has about 180 enrolled students, about 70 of whom play for one of the Elite sports teams and some 30 of whom are foreign students, mainly from China; Andy noted that the latter group come with impressive mathscience skills. Andy made one comment in particular that caught the group’s attention: he sees the Elite Sports Program primarily as an “enrollment driver” and not as a “be-all and end-all.” He explained that when he took over as headmaster, it was clear that the School’s attempts at surviving and stabilizing were not working. The Elite Sports Program, which now puts SKS at or near the top at the national high-school level in soccer, basketball, and hockey, has been a success, not only with a number of graduates going on to play in the professional leagues but also in bringing SKS wider attention and appeal to the more traditional type of student and his parents. It was obvious to the alumni that under Andy Vadnais’ leadership, SKS is moving in several directions unfamiliar to the old grads, including a commitment to technology and IT, the Elite Sports Program, and the Center for Innovation, now known simply as the North Campus. In the first category, every student is equipped with an iPhone and a tablet, with all school work done without the use of hard-cover books; there is an active robotics project, with SKS competitive in regional rivalries; there is widespread student
Thomas Allen and John Richardson
use of video technology, and (no doubt) additional specialties that escape me. While the IT sector (Sustainability of Design) is a key component in the Center for Innovation, it is housed on the main campus, while the agricultural component (Sustainability on Earth) is based at the old farm at the end of Hatch Pond, whose 130 acres two alumni generously purchased for the School, including a 22-acre piece that provides a land bridge between the two locations. The farm has resident populations of chickens, goats, pigs, and oxen and has a “production farm” that we did not visit, along with a demonstration farm whose wide variety of vegetables and whose animal production have extensive student involvement. The farm managers noted that some of today’s students – all of whom cycle through the farm – are ignorant of where their food comes from, and the farm gives them practical involvement with the School’s “plow to table” approach. Andy also addressed the issue of so-called “helicopter parents,” who have 24/7 access to their sons (and vice versa) by cell phone. While most parental interventions concern a grade their son was given, parents of an Elite Sports student have been known to pull him out of SKS because e.g., he wasn’t being played on the hockey line they thought he should (and which could influence what schools would accept him after graduation). Andy described the virtual boundary around the School of our era, when there was one pay telephone in the Old Building for emergency calls, a letter home was one’s ticket to mandatory Monday breakfast, and we were stuck at school between major holiday breaks, except for away team games and the occasional glee club concert in Hartford. Andy did note, however, that he is slowly expanding the areas that are “iPhone free,” now including the Schoolhouse and the dining room; he hopes to recapture additional spaces to push back against the spread of total communication. After lunch in the dining hall, there was an informal ceremony down the hill to dedicate the John and Sandy Farr soccer field(s), purchased by an alum and named in honor of ’58 graduate John Farr, who taught at SKS and served as headmaster for several years. The Fall 2016 The Hillside • 45
next event was the alumni hockey game, which showcased the talents of a number of relatively recent SKS graduates and looked, to this observer, like a university-level game. Skating and stickhandling were almost professional, at least to the eyes of this former “Tripod” skater who came to SKS too late (5th Form ) to become a good skater. Tom Allan and ’51 grad Kiko Cuyler had issued a challenge before the weekend for a double-sculls (?) race, but no one showed up to take them on. Tom admitted that for almost the first time in his multidecade rowing experience, something about the configuration of the SKS boat made it impossible for him to be seated properly. (In a way, this could be a metaphor for the decline and likely collapse of competitive rowing at the School, due primarily to the shrinking of the Hatch Pond racing course by silt and vegetation fueled by years of manure runoff from the farm (now the North Campus). Late afternoon Saturday featured drinks with the headmaster in the Schoolhouse, which permitted continuation of the discussion begun with him that morning. Always the seeker, Andy asked each of us to say a few words about what we had learned during the weekend to date. The comments were positive, and several circled back to comment favorably on Andy’s earlier description of the Elite Sports Program as an enrollment driver that permits attention to the core parts of the School’s message, which he repeated in a number of different ways. The alumni attended a memorial service in the chapel, at which the names of former students who have died were read (at some point in the future, this will become a major challenge). Saturday evening there was a spectacular, buffet-style dinner in the gym, with a full bar and serving tables featuring everything from sushi (the only catered entry) to fresh tacos to cheese and fruits, to roast beef and barbecue, with servers offering spiced squid and shrimp skewers. The executive chef, who has been at the School for 16 years, said that his objective is to provide a substantial amount of the dining-room fare from the North Campus farm in the future, including meat and eggs. The dinner pretty much wrapped up Tom’s and my program, and we both pushed off from our hotel early Sunday morning for the drive home. Comments: Altogether a positive and encouraging experience. Andy Vadnais is a bold innovator who has a blueprint of where he wants to take the School, and results to date are encouraging. As previously noted, the plan is different in many respects from what we remember from our time, but the old values continue to play an important role in the contemporary scene, with continuous efforts to integrate the Elite Sports athletes into the life of the “regular” students (and vice versa). SKS offers a one-year, post-graduate program that presents a special challenge to effective integration (consider combining sports demands, classroom obligations, college/university applications, along with figuring out a brand-new social and study environment – all in one year). John Richardson ’56 46 • The Hillside Fall 2016
Back row - JB Westcott, Tom Tompkins, John Kochman Front row - B. D. Colen, Jeff Coes, Stephen McGraw, Ben Brewster
Class of 1966 - 50th Reunion
It was a great weekend. It was fun seeing my old classmates again after all these years. Vivian and I had a wonderful time and were able to see first-hand what SKS is up to. It was very enlightening, and I was impressed with many of the things I saw, such as the Center for Innovation Program. I also enjoyed meeting a number of the people at South Kent who work to make the School run smoothly, and who did a tremendous job in helping to make the weekend such a great experience. We appreciate your hard work and effort. JB Westcott ‘66
Back row - Tim Mitchell, Steve Collins Front row - Reed Martin, John Wisnieff, Jeff Conover
Back row - Will Mix, Josh Hanfling, Henry Brownell, Ransom Duncan Front row - Stephen Nahley, Hani Farsi, Keith Fanneron, Geoff Christian, Tim Farrell
What impressed me most about Alumni Weekend was seeing and hearing the excitement emanating from each and every reunion class. Andy’s infectious enthusiasm for the CFI, North Campus, SUPA, athletics and our unique curriculum speaks clearly to how vibrant SKS is today. Our same mission lessons - Simplicity of Life, Self Reliance and Directness of Purpose – are in force with the addition of teaching modern-day Sustainability, Resilience and Wholeness of Community. For those of you who have not had an opportunity to tour the North Campus, do yourself a favor and stop in. Tim Mitchell ’76
There is always so much anticipation and anxiety around reunions. Depending on your perspective on your years on the Hillside, seeing old friends and the campus brings back memories and feelings that are undeniable. Thirty years is a long time. The core group of friends that I have remained in touch with throughout the years is always wonderful to see and to once again have in physical proximity; seeing them keeps me coming back reunion after reunion. However, the backdrop of the School, with its positive growth, energy, creativity, faculty, and of course, Andy Vadnais, is quickly becoming an equal draw to reminiscing about the “old days.” What stood out for me this year was not the incredible hockey facility dedicated to the Stockdales, which was truly a must-see and historical read, but was the familiar camaraderie between classmates, now fully evident in the recent classes. I always relished seeing it in the older classes and fully embraced it within my group of friends, the ease of seeing each other and falling right back into that comfort which only comes from the shared Hillside experience. The memories may be of different jobs or hours or teachers, but the close-knit feeling of mutual experience is alive and well at South Kent. Being able to spend time with some of the more recent classes, and hearing their stories made me hopeful for the future of South Kent, beyond what Andy, the faculty and the administration are clearly doing already to advance the School and keep to its core values, which has been a tremendous accomplishment. The School was a wonderful host all weekend long putting on top-notch events, discussions, golf, cocktail hours and dinners. My only regret is to not get more of my Class of ’86 classmates back to the “Farm”, to see for themselves, and to rehash those old memories and stories. We may be getting grayer, heftier and balder, but that sense of the School and that mutual experience remains alive and well. So thank you, Andy and thank you, South Kent for a wonderful 30th reunion. Stephen J. Nahley ‘86
Class of 1976 - 40th Reunion
Paul Abbott, Terese Abbott, Woody Brown, Liz Richards, Noble Richards , Adam Butler
Class of 1986 - 30th Reunion
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Back row - Tom Oakley, Alex Uspenski, Ben Bartlett Front row - Chris Rhodes, Bill Wreaks, Bill Detwiler, David Coles, Annie Funnell, Betsy Bartlett
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Scott Wolfe, Josh Reinhold, Parker Knight, Marcus Cooper, Ben Cohon
The John and Sandy Farr Field
Back Row:Trevor Berry, Sotiri Athanasopolos, Nick Iafrate, Jesse Schwartz, Tom Coleman, Chase Priskie, Brandon Crawley, Josh Boyko, Matt Creamer, Dan DuPont, Jack Christenson, Dom Blad, Pat Crowley Front Row: Nick DeVito, Jason Salvaggio, Joe Deveny, Nick Pezza, Cole Karklins, Brian Farrell, Pat Magliano
Richard Chavka, Chris Farr ’84, Sandy Farr, John Farr ’58, Andrew Vadnais
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J. W. Pullman III ’35 passed away April 21, 2014. Gordon Stafford ’39, passed away March 15, 2016. Richard A. Stadler ’41, passed away on April 26, 2016, after a short illness, in Stuart, FL. Born in Urbana, OH, he is survived by his wife, Mimi Stadler; his daughter, Sarah Snyder of Palo Alto, CA and son Richard A. Stadler, Jr. of Columbus, OH; three stepdaughters, Kitt Cappella of Port St. Lucie, FL; Christy Cappella and Kerri Cappella, both of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. He was a veteran of WWII having served in the Philippines.
They will be remembered as we knew them in the full freshness and vigor of their young manhood. And as the years roll on and the seasons come and go, each evening the school will gather here for its few minutes of worship, prayer and praise. And each morning some will be here to celebrate the great sacrifice which carries with it the hope of the world. -Samuel S. Bartlett, 1952
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F. Bailey Laughlin ’43, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2016, at the age of 92 years. He was a long-time resident of Chelmsford, MA and, most recently, of Concord, MA. Born in London, England, on January 27, 1924, he spent his early childhood in Paris, France, and Florence, Italy, then moved with his family to Mamaroneck, NY. He attended South Kent School where he served as a prefect and excelled in numerous varsity sports, including hockey, baseball, and football. In 1942 Bailey enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific in Guadalcanal and Oki-
nawa. After returning home safely from the service, he entered Brown University, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. It was at Brown where he met his beloved wife, Janet Virginia (French) Laughlin. They were married in 1948 in Lowell, MA and settled in Chelmsford, MA where they worked and raised their 5 children. Bailey was the owner and President of A.F. French & Co., in Lowell, MA, manufacturer of paper boxes. He was active in his community, serving on the board of trustees of Lowell General Hospital, the Lowell Cemetery, and the Central Savings Bank. He was a longtime member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chelmsford. Bailey loved being active. He was an accomplished tennis player, and a founding member of the Chelmsford Swimming and Tennis Club. He was also an avid skier. Bailey spent many blustery days on the slopes of Wildcat Mt, NH and was a much-loved president of the Wildcat Ski Club. Music was also an important part of Bailey’s life. As a young teen, he discovered jazz greats in the clubs of NYC and cherished those memories of seeing the likes of Monk, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Lester Young. In some circles, he was also known as a great dancer. He relished the opportunity to share his passionate appreciation of all kinds of music with his children and grandchildren. Most importantly, Bailey was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. Mason W. Nye ‘48, age 85 of Palm Harbor, FL passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016.
John Hubner ‘50, a distinguished Marine aviator and fighter airplane squadron commander in the Vietnam War, died peacefully at his home in Bellingham, WA on January 4, following a courageous struggle with cancer. Julie, his wife of 30 years, was at his side. During the Vietnam War, John served as commanding officer of Marine Fighter/ Attack Squadron 542 (VMFA542). He flew 275 combat missions, most of them dangerous low-level flights in support of Marine ground troops. John was awarded many individual medals and citations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, which recognizes “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.” He was also awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V, 18 Air Medal Flight/Strike Awards. His lifetime Flight Log Book showed that he was qualified in 82 different aircraft. Early in his teenage years, John showed a spirit of independence. Sent to an elite private boys’ school in Connecticut, he excelled in math and the sciences, and displayed early proficiency in writing and an exceptional command of English. John had bigger things in mind, however, than a likely career on Wall Street. At the close of his junior year, he left school
to work on a ranch in Colorado and begin a lifetime of charting his own course. John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, fulfilled college requirements to be an officer, attended Officer Candidates School in Quantico, VA and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He earned his wings at Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL. In the following years, as he rose through the ranks, he served in Marine line squadrons, was a test pilot at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD and an advanced flight instructor, and was made a landing signal officer (LSO) aboard the carrier USS Coral Sea. Retiring from the Marines with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, John was then employed by the Department of Defense to assist in developing the next-generation Marine fighter plane - the vertical takeoff and landing AV-8B Harrier II. He represented the Department at the Rolls Royce Company in England, which designed and built the Pegasus jet engine for the Harrier. After his second retirement in 1997, John and Julie moved to Bow, WA where they resumed their passion for flying (Julie is also an experienced pilot and flight instructor). They owned a number of different airplanes, many feeding their delight to explore the skies in all three dimensions and others that gave them the freedom to crisscross the USA. The couple led in organizing air shows at their local airport and were involved in programs for introducing young people to aviation. John’s last aircraft was a low-hour classic 1943 Stearman open-cockpit biplane that he enjoyed flying over the farmlands of the Skagit Valley and the bays of Puget Sound until shortly before his final illness. Fellow pilots and staff at
Skagit Regional Airport valued his generosity, humor, and graciousness. He was a mentor to many pilots and an advocate for the Airport. His presence and influence at the Airport will be sorely missed. Russell Wheeler III ‘50, Russell Barclay Wheeler III, 82, of Cape May (via Springfield, Missouri and Camp Hill, Pennsylvania) passed away on September 6th, 2015, after his long struggle with Parkinson’s. Russ was born in Flushing, NY to Russell B. Wheeler II and Eileen Groves Wheeler. He attended South Kent School, Trinity College and the University of New Mexico where he studied psychology. He loved sports and was a competitive hockey player at one point in his life. Russ also loved to play golf and enjoyed bicycling and traveling with his wife Sonya. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War, and throughout his lifetime he had a diverse career in sales and sales management within various notable corporations. He was a member of Mensa. Russ loved to perform in community theatre, especially in musicals, and had a beautiful baritone voice. He spoke French fluently, was an avid antique collector, and enjoyed a good Mint Julep during the Kentucky Derby. He lived life like a poet; he was an armchair philosopher and kind-hearted soul. Russell is survived by his “bride” of 42 years Sonya, his son and daughter-in-law, Shane and Maria Wheeler; his daughter, Kris Garnier; his granddaughters Elise, Laura and Elena Wheeler, and grandson Clark Garnier. He is so deeply missed and so dearly remembered.
James Bertrand Nutter ‘53, age 80 of Natchez, MS died Friday, April 24, 2015, at his residence. Mr. Nutter was born October 10, 1934, in Washington DC, the son of Charles Perry Nutter and Eleanor Estel Haldeman Nutter.
Frederick G.P. Thorne ’53, died peacefully on August 13, 2016, at Kaplan House in Danvers, MA surrounded by his family. Born in London, England on July 18, 1935, he was the son of Lt. Col. Gordon Calthrop Thorne and Pamela Grant Thorne. He came to the United States in 1941 to live with his grandmother, mother and sister. Fred attended the Peck School in Morristown, NJ, graduated from South Kent School in 1953, and went on to Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, Class of 1957. Fred began his career in finance starting in 1957 and continued in that field until his retirement. Fred was active in many philanthropic endeavors. His greatest devotion was to Bowdoin College as an Overseer of the College, Chair of the Board of Trustees to Trustee Emeritus. Fall 2016 The Hillside • 51
He generously volunteered his time and energy to Bowdoin as a Class Agent, a Bowdoin Club President, a Regional Chair for two Capital Campaigns, and as a Chair of the New Century Capital Campaign. In 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters. Fred will be remembered for his contributions and commitment to many organizations over the years such as The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Beverly Hospital, Northeast Health System and World Peace Foundation to name a few. Golf and fly-fishing were among his favorite pastimes. For a number of years he was a Governor of the Essex County Club, serving as its President from 1975 to 1978. He won the Essex County Club Invitational Four Ball in 1964 and the Men’s Golf Club Championship in 1967. Fred served as President of the Francis Ouimet Caddie scholarship fund in the early seventies and remained a Trustee for many years. He was a member of the United States Senior Golf Association and served on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Golf Association. Fred joined the Tabusintac Club of New Brunswick, Canada in 1979 and served as President and Chairman for over 25 years. Fred is survived by his wife, three sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A.Russell Allan, III ‘54, died peacefully on December 23rd, 2015, with members of his family at his side. He was eighty years of age. He had been afflicted with pulmonary fibrosis for nearly a decade. He was married in 1973 to Judith Greene. He 52 • The Hillside Fall 2016
is also survived by a brother Tom (SKS ‘56) and his spouse Elizabeth of Charlottesville VA and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Russ, initiating a family tradition, spent six years at SKS when it was a five-year school. He entered the second form in 1948. After graduating from South Kent, he attended St. Lawrence University. Following that he enlisted in the U.S. Army Security Agency (ASA) and attended the Army Language School in Monterey, CA where he studied the Czech language. He was then reassigned to West Germany where he was stationed for two and a half years. Returning to civilian life, he followed his life-long compassion for people and spent a year in Mississippi as a member of the Voter Registration Drive. Following that he graduated from Columbia University and found employment as a French teacher in Rutland, VT. Russ’s passion in life was the study of language and foreign cultures, especially French.
William D. Chapple II ’54, passed away July 9, 2014. John Doughty ’54, passed away September 19, 2016.
Roger Martin Prior ’54, devoted husband, beloved father and grandfather passed away on August 12, 2016. Roger was born on September 11, 1935, in Stamford, CT and was a graduate of South Kent School, an Episcopal preparatory school. He then attended Oklahoma University and transferred to Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX where he studied economics. While at both Oklahoma University and SMU, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Social Fraternity. He was a charter member of Christ Church in Plano, TX, a former Vestry member and Junior Warden. He was a member of the Church for 31 years and involved in Finance, Steering and Building Committees. Roger was an avid golfer and belonged to many men’s golf associations and enjoyed travel. He did volunteer work throughout Collin County, serving as Vice President of the Collin County Unit of the American Cancer Association and the Gunslingers Ball. He worked with the Collin County of Youth Charity and the St. Timothy Academy Golf Tournament. He was employed by Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, later working at Preston
State Bank implementing the automation of their demand deposit system. In 1964 Roger joined the Unisys Corporation and spent the next 32 years with this company. His first assignment with Unisys was at Amarillo Air Force Base, providing training in large scale computer systems for 256 AF bases around the world. While in Washington, DC he became the Director of Education for Federal Systems, providing a staff of systems analysis to do worldwide training. He later worked in Memphis, TN with Univac in the commercial side of the business. Returning to Dallas in 1981, Roger completed his career as Univac’s National Manager of Communication Systems. C. R. Perry Rodgers, Jr. ’62, of Washington Crossing, PA and Vero Beach, FL, died peacefully at his home on August 4, 2015. Peter E. Slason ’76, of Woolwich Twp. NJ passed away June 2, 2016, at the Taylor Hospice Residence in Ridley Park, PA. Born in Bridgeport, CT, he had resided in Woolwich for 12 years. Peter was the owner -operator of JPS Express of Portsmouth, VA and a member of Trinity Methodist Church, Mullica Hill. He was a collector, especially of baseball cards, loved to read and enjoyed yard and garage sales and antique auctions. Peter is survived by his wife, Lori (Nee Noonan), a son, Joseph, his mother, Alfreda MacPherson and siblings, Debbie Sullivan ’77 and Shawn Slason.
A Tribute to Frederick Bartlett Rossiter ’62 (1942-2016) By Gordon Hayward ’62
Look closely at the SKS 1962 yearbook and you’ll find a lot of pictures of Fred Rossiter (September 20, 1942 – March 24, 2016). There’s the picture of Fred and our class of nineteen on the steps of the chapel, with Fred at the center; he was Sixth Form President. Then there’s his class formal photo, next to which are important facts about him: he was from Easton, Maryland; he had entered SKS in 1956 at the age of fourteen; and he was headed for Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida that September. Fred was one engaged young man. He was form president in 1959, Lieutenant of the Cardinals in 1961, Captain in 1962, a member of the Glee Club for two years and wrote for the Pigtail Newsletter in his sixth form year. He was a member of the camera club every year he was at South Kent. In 1961 he was its president and a year later became photographic editor for the 1962 yearbook. Fred was also in the Nativity Play in 1961 (not as an angel). In addition, Fred was my roommate in our sixth form year; we roomed on the third floor of the Schoolhouse where we looked after the 3rd and 4th Formers in our charge, every evening calling down to Giles Whitcomb, our Head Prefect, “All accounted for!” But all his cultural involvement pales before his interest in sports. In all six years: football, hockey, crew. Thumb forward in the yearbook – past pictures of Fred in either his madras or tweed jacket, standing (like all of us) steel-rod straight and unsmiling, as editor of this or member of that – and you come to the Sports Section. Football every fall; “Fearless
Fred” pictured checking a hockey opponent on Hatch Pond, but then there is the section on crew and that’s where Fred shines. Fred had rowed every year, perhaps because he grew up on the waters of Chesapeake Bay and knew how to sail before he could ride a bike. In 1961 Fred stroked the first boat; no opponent in New England beat them. They flew to England that summer to compete in The Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames. They were schoolboys, but there was no junior event for a four-oared boat at Henley, so they entered The Wyfold Cup competition; they lost in the final to National Provincial Bank, boys rowing against men. Fred kept in touch with the Provincial Bank crew, meeting them at a Henley pub on Thursday of race week every year. Being in England after Henley, and just across the channel from Europe, Fred, Chip Bettle and one John Ashby got themselves to France. With two motorcycles among the three of them, they headed out on a several weeks long trip on a $5-a-day round Europe tour. When I visited Fred last, in England in 2014, he still talked about that trip with Chip and John. Of note, Chip and Fred had 7 accidents. Fred won 4 to 3. Fred and I rowed together in the first boat our sixth form year, along with Walter Long, Rob Cady and our coxswain, Ran Glennon. We had a terrific year, but for Fred, the high memories of Henley remained palpable. So did the deep and abiding respect Fred held for Bruce Small, our crew coach (and history teacher) who
became, over Fred’s six years at SKS, a kind of father-figure for Fred, whose own father had died when he was only two. This extraordinary oarsman went on to an illustrious career rowing at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida from which he graduated in 1966. Until his death, Fred was in regular contact with his coach there, only a few years older than he. Jim Lyden ensured that Fred’s legacy would live on at Rollins by naming two eightoared shells after him. After graduating from Rollins, Fred joined the US Marines, but after some initial training he was seconded to train for the Tokyo Olympics, which had the advantage of excusing him from service for the war in Vietnam. Rowing at Henley had inspired Fred to one day live in England, from which his ancestors had emigrated in the mid-1600’s, eventually making their way to New York City and then down the coast to what is now Easton, Maryland. He enrolled at Cambridge University and, after two years, earned an M.A. In 1967, during those two years at Cambridge, he met and fell in love with one Judith Brown, a tall, slim and bright-eyed woman and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Land Economy, who had grown up in the south London suburbs. Upon earning his degree, Fred returned to a job in banking in NYC. A year or so later, and upon gaining her Doctorate, Judith flew to New York to join him. Father Peter Chase, the chaplain at SKS in 1962, married them in 1969 at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC. In attendance were Chip and Patty Bettle.
Fred Rossiter with the two eights named after him when he was inducted into the Rollins College Hall of Fame
Smitten by England (and Judith), he took the first opportunity he could and accepted a job offer at a bank in London. During that first year, they lived in the village of Clavering (between London and Cambridge) where their first son Harry was born. Fred hankered for an environment for Harry that more reminded him of his own childhood on the watery Eastern Shore of Maryland, and so they purchased a many-bedroomed house named Springfield, a house at the bottom of Horn Lane in the village of Linton, just south of Cambridge and on the banks of the Granta river (more of a stream by American standards). Fred commuted to London. Daughter Kate and son Tom soon arrived to fill the rooms of this big house. He was a devoted father to all three of his children, taking great pride in their accomplishments. Fred’s last trip to the US was in the fall of 2014 when he was inducted into the Rollins College Sporting Hall of Fame – such was his lasting impact on Rollins crew. Two of his three children, Harry and Kate, were with him to share this moment of glory. If you had the good fortune of knowing Fred, you knew his smile could light up a room. I can attest to that; he could so put a smile on your face. I will miss him.
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Edward (Ted) Hamilton ’08, passed away October 27, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. He was born March 13, 1989, in Pittsburgh, PA to Lisa Belcher and Scott Lane Hamilton. At age three, Ted moved to New Haven, CT, where Ted’s passions for downhill skiing and hiking were born. Ted was a 2008 honors graduate of South Kent School, South Kent, CT, where he was editor of the student newspaper, The Pigtail. Ted was an English writing major and a studio art minor at DePauw University, graduating in 2012. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Ted and his friends enjoyed having a weekly radio program. He worked as a cook, in apartment maintenance and, most happily, as a fish and coral expert in pet stores, with his own aquarium maintenance business. He was working towards becoming a clinical therapist. Ted was a fine and creative writer; an accomplished cook; an enthusiastic backpacker who had hiked part of the Appalachian Trail and planned to finish it; a dog whisperer; a loyal friend; an always-ready snorkeler or downhill skier; a source of knowledge on all things pertaining to aquatics hobbyists; possessor of sharp wit and clever humor; and an inveterate traveler who had traversed the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, Japan, and – his favorite – New Zealand. Larger than any of Ted’s passions, though, was his compassionate heart. By all accounts, he would have been a superbly caring and insightful therapist. Ted was a designated donor, and his organs are now giving new life to others. His family asks that others follow Ted’s example.
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Gathering in Remembrance of Coach William A. Stowe
Lawrence Smith ’73, Chick Willing, Hunter Townsend ’68, Whit Mitchell ’72
Coach Bill Stowe passed away on February 8th. Bill was an Olympic gold medal winner from the 1964 Toyko, Japan games and a great coach who played an important part in the success of the SKS Crews of the early 70’s. Stowe also worked as the ABC television commentator for the 1968 and 1971 Olympic Games. Bill, along with Chick Willing, started a summer rowing program called Litchfield Rowing Association which rowed on Hatch Pond and up at Kent on the Housatonic River. The LRA sent crews to compete in the Jr. World Championships for 3-4 years. A group of Bill’s former rowers along with co-coach Chick Willing attended the service in rememberance of Coach Stowe.
Clare Dingman Rhoades (Faculty Brat) passed away on March 3, 2016, after being struck by a truck while riding her bicycle in Tucson, Arizona. Clare was a New Englander, the third child of Alice and Thomas Dingman. She grew up in South Kent, Connecticut, where her father taught at South Kent School, spending her summers on Cape Cod. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, and earning a masters degree from the University of Massachusetts, she moved to Santa Fe in 1974. She was a talented artist, a skilled weaver and a ceramicist. She originally came to Santa Fe to work for the Southwest Outward Bound School but then embarked on a new career as a nurse. She later became part of the first graduating class at the University of New Mexico in UNM’s new nurse practitioner program. She retired recently after more than 30 years of caring for patients in northern New Mexico as a family nurse practitioner, including serving in Santa Fe’s first AIDS clinic. In the last few years, she renewed her interest in art, taking up watercolor painting. She loved theater, opera, music and dancing, and she was a superb and creative cook and entertainer. Clare was perhaps best known among her friends as an avid adventurer, hiking,
backpacking and running rivers all over the Southwest. She ran the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in a 12-foot inflatable kayak, much of it by herself. She trekked extensively in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, and was happiest when high above tree line. An expert skier, she participated last winter in a week-long ski clinic at Taos Ski Valley with a close friend, and was preparing for a summer expedition to Machu Picchu with her husband and daughter. In the last few years, Clare had become passionate about road-biking and joined the Seniors On Bikes group, affectionately known as the “SOBs,” with whom she was riding in Tucson. Clare is survived by her husband, Richard W. Hughes, her two adult children, Justin, of Los Angeles, and Caitlin, of Santa Fe, her brother Tom Dingman, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and sisters Mary Dingman Abel of South Deerfield, Massachusetts, and Lori Wadsworth of Cambridge. Clare lived without fear or hesitation and felt lucky to be surrounded by the community of friends who joined her adventures and shared her passion for life. She was a generous and devoted friend to many. Her vivacious spirit and compassionate heart will be deeply missed.
The Rev. William Harrison Low, 88, died at home in Canton, CT on September 19, 2016, following an extended illness. He was born on February 18, 1928, in Hyannis, MA to the late Alfred Leslie and Lillian Chase Low. Bill enlisted in the Navy in early 1945. While he never saw battle, he did get as far as Shanghai, China. Upon his return, he graduated from Rivers Country Day School (now Rivers School), then attended Oxford Business School. He had a career in business for a number of years. In 1962 Bill enrolled in seminary at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood in New Hampshire in 1965. In 1974 he was awarded the Masters of Sacred Theology from Yale. After serving churches in New Hampshire for two years, Bill came to Connecticut and served churches in East Hartford and Simsbury before retiring for the first time in 1993. In 1996 Bill decided he had read enough British mysteries and decided to serve as Associate Chaplain at South Kent, until 2013. A beloved presence on campus, Father Low was a loyal
fan of all South Kent athletic teams, and he especially enjoyed watching hockey from his perch behind the scorer’s table in Cuyler Rink. He was the recipient of the Robert and Anna MacLean Distinguished Service Award from the School in 2014. He continued to follow the School’s sports teams, especially the hockey teams, on his iPad until his death. Bill is survived by his wife, Salin Miller Low; by his daughter Sandra Kneen and her husband Frank of Dunedin, FL; and by his grandson Geoffrey Kneen of Tallahassee, FL.
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The Pigtail, November 15, 1946
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