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The Hillside South Kent School Magazine |

Winter 2009

The Hillside Winter 2009 Volume XLVII Number 1

Editor: Mark Berghold Director of Communications

Back to the Future

Copy Editor: Mary Flemming Brown Contributors: Paul Abbott Laura Brande Carol-Ann Bruen Gonzalo Garcia Steve Klots David Parker Design:

Send address changes and class notes to: South Kent School 40 Bull’s Bridge Road South Kent, CT 06785-1199 (860) 927-3539 x299 email:

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 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 self-reliant 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.


or years, I have been concerned about the fate of Hatch Pond and curious about the role the 200-acre dairy farm on the north shore played in contributing to its demise. The farm is owned by Detlev Vagts, a retired law professor, but farmed by the Arno family. I always thought that if Hatch Pond were to be saved, South Kent School students and alumni would have to take the lead. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of F.K. Day ’78 and his wife Leah, we will now get our chance. After a year of complex negotiations, F. K. Day, Jeff Rosenberg ’80, Chairman of the South Kent Board of Trustees, and Matt Gardella ’87 have arranged for the Days to purchase 130 acres of the farm. The remaining seventy acres will be split, with roughly fifty acres deeded to South Kent School as a gift, and the remainder going to the Kent Land Trust. The Days are not about to become Connecticut dairy farmers, but they are interested in supporting my vision for South Kent’s future. So, together, we will establish The Center for Global Innovation, Inquiry & Entrepreneurship at South Kent School, being designed to enhance our traditional curriculum, not replace it. The purpose for the new Center will be to encourage students to inquire into the many facets – past, present, and future – of the dynamic interplay between human creativity, intuition, and technology. The goal for the Center is to prepare SKS students for global leadership roles in a world challenged by accelerating technological change, resource restructuring, rapid and profound environmental change, and global conflict. The Center’s curriculum will eventually include courses in social entrepreneurial studies and maintain three major programs—The Stewardship Program, The Program for Applied Technology, and The Program for Human Creativity & Communication (to be launched in two years). The Stewardship Program will be launched this fall and will be based primarily on the former dairy farm property. The Stewardship Program’s purpose is to encourage students to inquire into the reciprocal relationships between humans, animals, technology, and the land. We aim to have students learn how to reclaim and heal the land, revitalize Hatch Pond, and produce organic food for the dining hall. The Applied Technology Program, also to be launched this fall, will work closely with the Stewardship Program to apply concepts from mathematics, robotics, physics, biology, and engineering to solve South Kent’s need for sustainable green energy. This program will be tasked with finding ways for South Kent School to be carbon neutral by 2020. These are indeed exciting times for South Kent School as we move back to the future together.

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A young stargazer on a recent South Kent visit to the John J. McCarthy Observatory. Photograph by David Spagnolo

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Andrew J. Vadnais

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Volume XLVII, Number 1 Winter 2009

“It was like watching someone do Kung Fu in the net.” see page 10



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For the Love of Lax

Letters to the School

A few years ago, South Kent helped Vinnie Ricasio develop his talent for art and his lacrosse skills. Now part of Manhattan’s art scene, he has found a way to combine both of these passions.


Board of Trustees New Faces Fall Athletics School Notes



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ALUMNI Alumnus Profile Alumni Authors Annual Report The Fossil Report Class Notes

Hatch Pond


As a venue for crew races, fishing, skating or general adolescent mayhem, Hatch Pond has often left an indelible impression in the memory of South Kent alums. Hayward Chappell ’71 shares some of these with The Hillside.


To read this issue online, please visit

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Not Exactly... [Just as The Hillside was going to press, the School was saddened to learn of John Matthews’ death. An article about his life begins on page 28] Dear Editor: First of all, Congratulations! Congratulations on boiling down my rambling account of my days at South Kent. I thought the illustrations were fine – particularly that gold football. The one of Rob Boyd’s store will convince them I’m recalling horse-and-buggy days, but they’ll only be off by a couple of decades. Never mind that readers will not be able to commit to memory the famous Bleeker Dee song, or hear the “Dicker” (Mr. Dingman) tell a crushed and sobbing youngster on the football field to “walk it off!”, or see Bill Healy administering punishment to wayward boys by having them scrub the kitchen floor with steel wool and lye, “square foot by square foot,” or learn of Lester (“Wuz”) Wittenberg’s Broadway connections, or be subjected to the “myth” that in the 1940’s the boys actually ran the school and most of the disciplinary system. Comparisons are usually odious and, anyway, it was a long time ago. What is left reads well and has enough juice to interest most readers. So again, congratulations and many thanks. Cutting to fit is a thankless task, and you have done a very professional job. Cheers. John Matthews ‘47 Princeton, New Jersey To the editor: I was very pleased to receive the latest issue of The Hillside. My husband Phil started his teaching career at South Kent in 1932 and left during the war years to go into a firm doing war work and to help his newly widowed mother. He later went back into education, his real metier, becoming headmaster of Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA. He died in 1994. We were married in 1939, and I joined him at SKS. We both loved our 2 • The Hillside Winter 2009

years there but eventually lost touch with the School. I particularly enjoyed the article by John Matthews because that described the era we were there. I think I am correct in recalling that Phil created the first library...for which I made window curtains, and started a glee club. I do remember our hours moving rocks to create a downhill ski run. We had two babies while we were there and Sam Bartlett had the structure, (called the “wart” or “birdcage” by the students) attached to our bedroom window to hold our crib... It had housed his own babies. I am looking forward to receiving the next installment from the School. Many thanks, Sarah W. Stevens Jensen Beach, Florida

Dear Editor, The redesigned South Kent School magazine is superb in most every way one can consider. The content is good, the arrangement and order is good, etc. As in a restaurant, if you have excellent food, quality of service and perfect ambiance, you have everything, and that is how I would grade The Hillside. However, and this is a very small point, I see no e-mail address for submitting class notes, and that is why I am using you as a conduit for my thoughts and class notes. The excerpts from John Matthews’ memoirs are excellent. Everything he has to say is “the way it was,” and it really was a superb way for a young boy to spend a key part of his life. John captures it all. I surely did not understand at the time what a wonderful place it was for an adolescent, but I surely have as the years have rolled by. Walter Strohmeyer ‘46 Orient, New York

Thank you for pointing out the omission. In this era of email and Facebook, we neglected to inform our readers how they might submit class notes. Please email news to or send notes via the school’s website.

Campus nuptials Dear Editor: I really enjoyed “Not exactly...”I am the older Henry daughter and never knew why Dad was called “Doc” or why so many penguin statues arrived at our house! His students meant the world to him..I was unaware they were referred to as “Scholar,” but I knew at Sunday dinner each boy had an affectionate nickname. Getting the library was a dream come true for him. Well done,

Gail Henry Stewart Durham, New Hampshire

Dear South Kent Friends: Just over a half century ago – April 18, 1959 – the South Kent family showed special and wonderful kindness to one of its erstwhile students. My parents were separated and my fiancee, Barbara, had just arrived from Germany and had no family here. We wanted a warm and welcoming spot for the wedding. The idea of South Kent arose. So I talked to Lester “Wuz” Wittenberg about it. Wuz was not only immediately enthusiastic about the idea, but he offered his “Wit’s End” home up the hill for a reception after the wedding. The minister I knew so well from my school days, the Rev. Alonzo Wood, not only agreed to perform the ceremony at St. Michael’s Chapel, he and his wife

Elizabeth provided a place for us to stay the night before. Richard Cuyler (my old Latin teacher and academic mentor) and his wife Ellen offered a reception and buffet lunch at their home before the ceremony; then he took Barbara’s arm and escorted her up the hill to the chapel. My favorite history professor, Charlie Whittemore, and incredibly supportive friend and debate coach Sam Woodward (with Betty and Alice) came to the wedding. Martin Henry, another of my favorites, was there with his wife Adelaide, as well as Fran and Elizabeth Cady, and Pat Humphrey and his wife. Also attending was Amy Lyon, the legendary school nurse I’d come to know and love (we had hours of good conversation during the two years my “job” was cleaning the infirmary). Several of my Class of ‘50 classmates – Joe Foote, David Powell, Tom Maytham and Doug Martin – came back to school for the wedding, too. Talk about the warmth and kindness of the South Kent family! Warm regards. Neal Peirce ‘50 Washington, D.C.

To Reach Us... Editor’s Note: We welcome any correspondence that you might be willing to share with us. Please email letters to the editor to You can also send mail to Hillside Letters, South Kent School, 40 Bull’s Bridge Road, South Kent, CT 06785. All letters may be edited for content. Letters received by The Hillside will be considered for publication unless otherwise stipulated by the sender.

The Board of Trustees

Sustainability South Kent’s Chairman of the Board Jeffrey Rosenberg supports the School’s push for innovation. Mr. Jeffrey G. Rosenberg ’80 —Chairman of the Board General Partner Bila Family Partnership Florida, NY


s we move forward in these challenging economic times, I can’t help but think about sustainability and what that means to our constituents, to SKS and to me. I find myself asking the following: Can SKS create sustainable growth? Can we continue to sustain our annual giving levels? Can we sustain the quality of our student body? Can we sustain the quality of our education? And as I struggle to answer these and many other questions, what I really want to ask is not only how do we sustain our way of life, but how do we grow, change and invent. How do we thrive and prosper? How do we offer cutting-edge education? How do we innovate? How do we offer a competitive advantage over our peers? Change and grow. Think outside the box. Innovate. All of these contribute to sustainability. Now is the time for SKS to move into the future and embrace change, embrace innovation and create a competitive advantage. We have had great success on the athletic field. We have added AP classes and enhanced our educational offerings. We now need to move expeditiously toward the next phase. Andy Vadnais has laid out a vision for the future of SKS, a vision which I believe will not only provide sustainability but will provide innovation, change and growth. The economic environment is difficult and challenging, the competition for good students between different alternatives is fierce, but I believe that we have started the process to create a competitive advantage over our peers and provide the excitement, participation and buy-in that has the potential to be game-changing. I encourage each of you to think about what the school is attempting to achieve, and to be a part of this exciting process. Please contact Andy or me if you would like to help in this exciting venture, and let’s create the future of SKS together!

Jeffrey G. Rosenberg

Mr. Douglas B. Sharpe ’74 —Vice President Concord, MA Dr. Richard K. Tompkins, Jr. ’58 —Vice President Mill Creek, WA Mr. Kai J. Chin ’67 —Treasurer Vice President Wells Fargo Bank Louisville, CO Mr. Andrew J. Vadnais —Secretary Head of School South Kent School South Kent, CT Mr. Harold W. Bogle, ’70 Managing Director Credit Suisse New York, NY Mr. Rodney L. Burton ’58 University of Illinois Professor of Aerospace Engineering Champaign, IL Mr. Richard Cohon C. N. Burman Co. Hackensack, NJ Mr. Jeffrey W. Conover ’76 Senior Vice President The Northern Trust Company Lake Forest, IL Mr. Frederick K. Day ’78 Product Development SRAM Corp. Chicago, IL Mr. Calvin S. Frost ’59 CEO Channeled Resources Group Lake Forest, IL

Mr. Matthew J. Gardella ’87 Partner Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge, LLP Waban, MA Ms. Susan Hecken Gardner ’80 Darien, CT Mr. James M. Garnett, Jr. ’74 Head of Risk Oversight Citi Darien, CT Mr. Charles G. Rosenberg ’87 President and CEO Cherrybrook Kitchen Weston, MA Mr. Peter S. Seltzer ’03 President Green By Design, LA New Orleans, LA Mr. Taylor B. Stockdale ’81 Assistant Head of Schools Webb Schools Claremont, CA Mr. Charles F. Wreaks IV ’81 President and CEO The Wreaks Media Corp. Zionsville, PA Mr. George H. Bartlett —Emeritus Mr. Legare W. Cuyler ’58 —Emeritus Mr. John S. Farber —Emeritus Mr. John C. Farr ’58 —Emeritus Mr. Noble F. Richards ’49 —Emeritus Dr. Charles P. Whittemore ’39 —Emeritus Ms. Sally Wister —Emeritus

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New faces on the Hillside

Dave Burger was welcomed to the Hillside this year as the School’s new Network Administrator. Dave is a graduate of University of Central Connecticut with eighteen years of experience in computer technology, nine of which have been spent working specifically with schools. Dave has worked with South Kent as an independent contractor for the last six years and is excited to have the opportunity to work with the School on a full-time basis. “Technology at South Kent has come a long way in the last few years, and I am looking forward to keeping pace with the everchanging technology landscape and the inevitable challenges that will present themselves.” Dave lives with his wife Gail in Canaan, CT. J. Scott Farley joined the Hillside this fall as a mathematics teacher. In addition to teaching AP Calculus, AP Statistics and Precalculus, Scott coordinates the Robotics component of the School’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. Previously, Scott worked at Ridgefield High School and Bethel High School in Connecticut. Prior to becoming a teacher in 1993, Scott worked for Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, NY. He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from Stanford University. Scott resides in Ridgefield, CT, with his wife Susan and young son Patrick. Dan Kupper comes to the Hillside from Trinity College. He is a teaching intern in English and assisted Coach Owen Finberg on a very successful Varsity Soccer season. Dan is a 2005 graduate of Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield, CT, and a 2009 graduate of Trinity College [Hartford]. While in high school, he won two state soccer championships as a team captain. He led the CCC West in goals (25) in 2004 and was named to the AllState team. Dan was also captain of the varsity basketball team, which was a state runner-up in 2005. He continued playing soccer at Trinity and was team captain his senior year when the Bantams were nationally ranked in the top 25 and finished with the best record in school history. Dan graduated from Trinity with a degree in English and a minor in Italian Studies and was honored with a NESCAC All-Academic selection in 2007. 4 • The Hillside Winter 2009

Eric Soltys joined the community this year as Head of Hockey Operations. Eric brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Hillside after coaching and playing at all levels of hockey. Eric most recently served as head coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Before entering the professional ranks, Eric was an assistant coach and scout for the RouynNoranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He also spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Maine, one of the top NCAA Division One hockey programs. Eric started his coaching career in the prep ranks where he was Director of Goaltending and an assistant coach for ShattuckSt. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota. At Shattuck, Coach Soltys helped the school to two Midget AAA national championships and worked with players such as Zach Parise and Sidney Crosby. He also served as head coach at Gilmour Academy, a Cleveland area prep school. Alex Woodhouse joined the SKS faculty this fall teaching African-American History and Analytical Writing. Alex also brings extensive basketball experience to the SKS prep team as Basketball Coach Kelvin Jefferson’s assistant coach. Alex is a 2009 graduate of Colgate University, where he majored in African Studies with a minor in Sociology. He was a key member of Colgate’s varsity basketball team and was honored to be part of the All-Patriot League tournament team. The School also welcomed two younger faces to the community. Weighing in at 9.6 lbs. and 21 1/4 inches, Odin Howard Bonis was born on June 2, 2009 to Patrick and Buffy Bonis. Kacie Ann Darrin (7 lbs, 8 oz; 20 inches) joined her 14-month-old sister Kaelyn and mom and dad, Phil and Kelli Darrin on October 23, 2009.


Fall Athletics

Congratulations 2009 NEPSSA Champions! Varsity Soccer

Theo Grayson

It was an historic year for the Varsity Soccer Team, who set a number of records throughout the season in addition to winning their second consecutive New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (NEPSSA) Class B championship. The Cardinals came away with the Ray Brown Cup as Class B Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association (WNEPSSA) Regular Season Champions for the second year in a row as well. The team also topped the mark for most wins in program history, set at seventeen last year, with a record of 20-21. In addition, they set the record for consecutive wins without a loss at twentyone in a row, which carried over from 2008. In just its second season as a member of Class B, South Kent proved yet again that they are one of the elite programs in all of New England. South Kent finished first out of all 49 teams in Western New England, the first time that a Class B school has had that honor. This marked the fifth year in a row that the Cardinals won a trophy as regular season champions, and it was the third New England Title in the last four years, with a victory in the Class C Championship in 2006. South Kent dominated the first seven games of the regular season, with big wins coming against Class A powerhouses Northfield Mount Hermon and local rival Hotchkiss. The Cardinals weathered the storm while playing cross-town rival Kent and were able to score in the final minutes of the match to come away with a tie. Despite going down to both Bridgton

Several members of the Varsity Soccer team pose with the NEPSSA 2009 Championship trophy.

Academy and St. Benedict’s Prep at the end of October, South Kent came out victorious in every other match and rolled into the playoffs with the School’s first ever #1 seed. An experienced South Kent team came out on fire in the opening round of the tournament and defeated Williston Northampton by a score of 2-0. In the semi-final match, the Cardinals put on an offensive show while defeating Roxbury Latin 5-2. The Championship match saw South Kent score two goals in the first half and put on a dominating performance to defeat 2007 Class B Champion Kimball Union Academy 2-0. Fabio Pereira, Sal Borea, and goalkeeper Tahj Bell were all selected to play in the 23rd annual WNEPSSA All-Star Match at Westminster School and were named to the WNEPSSA Select Team, with Luca Gimenez and Tre Ming earning honorable mention. Borea, Bell, and Bernardo Ulmo were also named to the NEPSSA Senior All-Star Team. Pereira, Bell, and Gimenez were named to the All-State Team by the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association.

The following awards were presented at the Fall Athletics Banquet: Golden Glove Award to Tahj Bell, Most Improved Player Award to Todd Bertrand; Coaches’ Award to Marco Bordon, Sal Borea and Brian Lutz; Golden Boot Award to Luca Gimenez and Most Valuable Player to Fabio Pereira. All twenty-five players put together a great team performance throughout the entire year and will be remembered as one of the greatest squads to play on the hillside. Submitted by Assistant Coach Dan Kupper.

Football The 2009 Football Team battled valiantly through adversity over the course of the season. Between H1N1, several season-ending injuries to key players, and an inexperienced young team, the 0-5 Mighty Cardinal fought hard each week. The season had many bright spots: Running Back Paul Armstrong had a solid season on both sides of the ball, and QB Kevin Butler grew stronger each week, Winter 2009 The Hillside • 5

Paul Armstrong in an early football match against Dalton; Fifth former Andrew Jansen takes the lead at the start of cross country’s home race against Marvelwood; Fall Crew participants Evan Zhou, Patrick Fleming, Ben Gardner, Billy Speight and Ben Bruen.

taking over for injured veteran QB Tom Conover. First year player Dan Levine was a solid defender and had the league’s best average in kickoffs and punting. Shousuke Ashizawa was one of the leading tacklers on the team along with fellow captain McKinnon Tompkins. The offensive line was led by captains Nate Zaccara and four-year player Brandon Oglesby. This was my first year as head coach and fifth overall with the program, and I was proud of all the hard work and effort made by our team and wish them well. It was an honor and privilege to coach this year’s squad. Each young man grew in many different ways over the course of the season, and we are very excited for the 2010 fall season to begin. Submitted by Coach Ray Pennucci.

Cross Country The Cardinal cross country team started the year with a slew of new runners and a lot of promise, but the squad ultimately fell short of achieving its goal of reclaiming the HVAL Championship 6 • The Hillside Winter 2009

Steven Bruen

Fall Athletics

Phoot by Paul Abbott

and a top-five finish in the New Englands, primarily because of the devastating impact of the flu on many runners. Winning medals in the Oakwood Friends Invitational, the Marianapolis Invitational, and the O’Connell Invitational at Cheshire Academy, fifth former Andrew Jansen was the top finisher in all meets for South Kent. During the school’s medical hiatus due to the flu, Jansen was South Kent’s sole representative in the HVAL Championships, where he earned All-League honors with his third place finish. Jansen finished the season by earning All-New England honors with his third place finish in the New England Championships at Berwick Academy, running an outstanding race to finish ahead of competitors from Chase, Marianapolis, and Watkinson who had repeatedly bested him during the regular season. Despite not being able to compete in the league championships, several novices also ran well during the regular season. Ray Vincent, Rong Xin Wang, Junghyuk Lee, and Howard Guo filled out South Kent’s top five and led the team to strong finishes at the Oakwood

Friends Invitational and the Marianapolis Invitational. Still lagging from the flu break, the Cardinal nonetheless raced to a brave but muddy twelfth place finish (out of 21 schools) at the New Englands. At the end of the season, Father Klots and Mr. Funk, the team’s coaches, were pleased to award the Funnell Cup for Most Valuable Runner to Jansen and the Brown Cup for Most Improved Runner to Hyundo Im. In addition to the top five, Ryan Clark and Ho Yuen Lau also earned varsity letters for finishing in the team’s top seven in over half of the meets. With six letter winners returning, the prospects for 2010 look good. Submitted by Coach Steve Klots.

Fall Crew The South Kent fall crew team consisted of a small group of talented and driven individuals. There was only one racing boat, but it contained some of the most technically sound and focused oarsmen the school has seen in years. The season began with two weeks of land workouts during the opening days of the academic

year. Following this land training, the boys took to the water to hone their ability to work together as a cohesive unit before the racing began. On the water, our first boat quickly melded into a swift and clinical force. The first race of the season was the Head of the Connecticut Regatta in Middletown. The weather cooperated on this first race day, with brilliantly sunny skies, warm temperatures, and a light tailwind. The boys competed well, finishing 15th out of 20 in a highly competitive heat. They looked clean and composed as they rowed through the finish of the challenging three mile course. Their overall time of 18:20.9 beat last year’s result at this regatta by over four minutes and marked a huge improvement for the boys. The racing season culminated at our annual trip to the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, New York. The Head of the Fish is known for many things: the large number of competitors (nearly 1500 boats competing over two days), the trophies made from taxidermal fish heads, and horrible weather. This year was no exception. The boys bravely

fought pouring rain and cold temperatures to compete in this year’s regatta. Following a lengthy lightning delay, when the boys had to dock upstream and take shelter on land, the South Kent crew battled its way down the course to a 26th place finish. The boys were wet, exhausted, and cold but undeniably proud of their efforts. The fall crew season has set the stage for what promises to be a successful spring season. With most of the boys returning from the fall, and some additional experienced oarsmen joining the squad, look for some big wins for South Kent Crew this spring. Submitted by Assistant Coach Sean Murphy.

JV Soccer The JV soccer team had a fantastic season compiling an undefeated record of 13-0. The team scored an astounding 64 goals while only giving up 16! The teamwork and unselfish play was evident in every match. South Kent played a ball control, “give and go” style of soccer which made for very enjoyable soccer to

watch. Some of the highlights of the season were defeating rivals Our matches against Trinity-Pawling and Canterbury presented our most difficult games. In each of these contests the boys had to fight deficits in the second half in order to secure eventual victories against powerful rivals. Our Captains for this year’s team were James Gabrione and Jack Riley. Both of these young men served their duties well and were great leaders, both on and off the field. As the season progressed, Curran Forgue also took on a leadership role and was instrumental in our final three games to secure our undefeated season. Shayne Gostisbehere played in goal all season and was stellar in the net. Gabrione was the team’s leading scorer followed by Forgue and the man we dubbed “Finland,” Rasmus Reijola. The defense was held together by the brilliant play of Andonis Vassiliadis at sweeper. This year’s awards are as follows: Most Improved Player, Garrett Fox, and MVP Andonis Vassiliadis and Jack Riley. The Sportsmanship award goes to “JC” Chothia and David (Jonghyuk) Lee. Submitted by Coach Leo Pereira. Winter 2009 The Hillside • 7


Bits & Pieces Got Milk? In an ongoing effort to increase the amount of locally-produced food that is served in the dining hall, the School has entered into an agreement with Hudson Valley Fresh (www.hudsonvalleyfresh. com) to provide local, organic milk to the School. The small cooperative of dairy farms delivers 70 gallons of organic low-fat, skim and chocolate milk each week. “The School is very pleased to be able to both support local dairy farmers and offer high quality products in the dining hall,” comments Head of School Vadnais.

Eight Smart Boards™, which combine the simplicity of a whiteboard with the power of a computer, were installed in classrooms this fall. Teachers and students are very pleased with the new classroom technology. Emily Bonis, who uses a Smart Board in her math class, found that students retain more because they are more actively engaged with the material. “They collaborate with classmates to solve problems, and everything on the board can be saved on the SKS network for later review,” comments Mrs. Bonis. Sean Murphy uses the technology extensively during his Art History class. Confesses Mr. Murphy, “While I felt initial unease scribbling on the projected images of Renaissance master works, the Smart Board allows me to illustrate linear perspective, chiaroscuro and features of artworks in a way that makes it very accessible and intelligible to my students.” 8 • The Hillside Winter 2009

Students in Mr. Darrin’s Small Business Management course learned that 2031 orders of french fries, 1710 slices of pizza and 752 cheeseburgers go down a little easier with 3,150 cans of soda/ Snapple. The eight boys in the class inaugurated “The Perch” this fall, a student-run snackshop which is an integral component of the course. Although food prep and ordering is done in concert with the School’s food service, the boys are learning valuable life-lessons as they adjust the menu and pricing to address the tastes of their hungry peers without straining the wallet. While some evenings have been slower than others, the class is on track to make back startup costs and cover ongoing food and labor costs. With those goals in sight, the boys have decided to initiate a program to donate a percentage of their profits to support a local charity. Despite some initial glitches, the initiative has been a tremendous success in its first 70 nights of operation.

The dining hall was the venue for a recent “International Festival”. Dishes representing six countries were prepared for the meal which included Sancocho (a chicken soup from Panama), Diri Jon Jon (a mushroom and rice dish from Haiti), Kelewele (a recipe for deep-fried plantains, from Ghana), Bulgogi (a spicy Korean beef dish), rabok-e (a Korean dish made with three kinds of noodles), a Chinese “Hot Pot” consisting of several kinds of meat, fish and vegetables in a spicy broth, and a Brazilian dish with sausages and beans. American dishes (mac and cheese, pulled pork, red, white and blue-frosted cupcakes – and more) were contributed by several local parents. Thanks to all the boys and parents who prepared these meals and thanks to Chef Mike and the rest of the Flik Dining Services staff for their support, and Ms. Jody Lampe, International Student Coordinator, for her organizational support and gentle prodding.

Eyes on the sky... Third Form Dean, Mr. Galusha recently treated some of his charges – with the addition of a few faculty children – to a visit to New Milford’s John J. McCarthy Observatory for an evening viewing. Using the observatory’s Schmidt-Cassegrain reflecting telescope with an aperture of 0.41 meters (16 inches) and a focal length of just over 4 meters (13.3 feet), the boys were able to examine Earth’s moon, several of the Galilean moons and the Andromeda galaxy located 2.5 million light years from South Kent, CT. Give or take a few billion miles.

Trash Talk. The Varsity Soccer team didn’t just clean up on the playing field this season. The twenty-five members of the squad, accompanied by their coaches and some SKS faculty children, spent a good part of an afternoon collecting trash along Bull’s Bridge Road. The boys collected seven contractor bags of garbage while doing their part to keep the community looking sharp.

Fifth Form Dean Tim Bonis kicked off an outdoor leadership program this fall for members of the form councils and prefects. Two very successful trips have taken place along the Appalachian Trail with more planned for the rest of the year. The boys were faced with new challenges – map reading, meal planning, camp setup and breakdown – which forced many of them out of their comfort zone. “The overall goal of the program is to develop the confidence and skills which may help these young men become more effective leaders on the Hillside, perhaps as future prefects, and beyond their time here,” commented Mr. Bonis on the new initiative.

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inperson Alumnus Profile

For the

For Vinnie Ricasio, art most certainly imitates life. Contributing writer David Parker recently caught up with Vinnie and traced a circuitous

love of


route from the art galleries of Milan to NYC’s art scene.

All illustrations courtesy of Vinnie Ricasio.

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By David Parker


rize Day at South Kent in 1996: along with his diploma, seventeenyear-old Vincent “Vinnie” Ricasio of New York receives individual honors representing two quite different fields – the Art Prize and the Lacrosse Cup. Ricasio remembers to this day his art teacher, Andrew “Andy” Richards, “sternly telling me after we shook hands in the courtyard, ‘do not just rely on your talent!’” That admonition, says Ricasio, “turned out to be the best bit of advice I ever got.” Flash forward: where is thirty-one-yearold Vincent Ricasio today? He’s back in New York City combining those two passions he developed as a four-year boy at South Kent. An artist and an entrepreneur, he has established The Art of

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Alumnus Profile

Vinnie, defending the net against rival Salisbury School, in his final game

Lax, a graphics studio for his own custom lacrosse-themed works. He is also partner and creative director in Luv Lax, LLC, an off-the field fashion apparel company for female lacrosse players. Meanwhile Ricasio is a stand-out athlete in postgraduate lacrosse league play. Having had no opportunity to play the game at art school, he returned to it in his early twenties and is today recognized as an athletic – sometimes acrobatic – and dominant goalie, both in the city and at northeastern summer tournaments. The story of Vincent Ricasio the artist begins in Italy in the early 1980s, specifically in Milan, where he spent his early childhood. “My parents had a great appreciation for culture and diversity,” he recalled in a recent interview. “I learned to speak Italian and visited the many museums of Milan.” As a three-to-fiveyear-old, Vincent “found the museum trips time-consuming and boring, but I remember trying to replicate what I saw with crayons and markers. . . . When we returned to New York, drawing and art appreciation was ‘automatic’ in grade school, and the art room was my second home. I was known as ‘the artist.’” Life in the city, as in Milan, meant continued exposure to arts and culture.

people around – a noisy and busy environment. Those hectic things were my comfort zone. At South Kent my surroundings were grass, trees and dogs roaming around without a leash, and then the quietness of night. I knew from the moment my parents dropped me off I was in for a life-changing experience.” Then there was the radically new daily routine: up at 6 a.m. and straight into a daunting schedule of activities, from dorm duty, chapel and sit-down meals to room clean-up, sports and homework. Plainly, the 14-year-old third former realized, this would be “a very challenging experience.” What he remembers most sustained him was that “your friends were always there, and that was the best part of school.” In Manhattan, Vincent had been surrounded by museums – “I could literally spit at the Guggenheim, walk to the Met and the rest of Fifth Avenue’s ‘Museum


S EARLY AS FOURTH GRADE, young Vinnie was introduced to lacrosse at a recreational level, and by eighth grade he was gaining interest in the sport. At that point, his parents decided, “boarding school would benefit me.” Two Massachusetts schools were in the running, but South Kent won out. Among its selling points for young Vinnie: it was closer to the city and, he suspected, in western Connecticut he’d discover “more loyalty to New York sports teams” than he’d find in the Bay State. The change in his environment hit him as near total. “I was used to walking fast on concrete, riding the subway, bus and ferry to and from school with so many 12 • The Hillside Winter 2009

Mile’ after school.” At South Kent this side of his life centered in the school’s art room. His teacher Andy Richards introduced the boy to a wider range of mediums and techniques. “Vincent was an especially nice kid, and very talented,” recalls Richards, who now

teaches at The Gunnery and was delighted to hear his former pupil has managed to sustain and combine his loves of art and of lacrosse. At South Kent Vincent couldn’t leave his art in the studio. “My notebooks in class became sketchbooks, especially when a subject didn’t grasp my attention.” His friends took note and asked him to draw them playing hockey or soccer, and soon these sketches were hanging in dorm rooms around campus. John and Sandy Farr were Vincent’s dorm parents in his first year on the Hillside. “He was a pleasant and friendly boy who got along with everyone,” John recalls. “He broke his leg twice that year. We would open our apartment after the evening study hour, and he would spend hours with our greyhound sitting on the floor reading our collection of SKS yearbooks which went back to 1953. He seemed to carry a lacrosse stick with him at all times.” The Rev. Stephen Klots, one of his coaches in Vincent’s fifth and sixth form years, remembers him as “a very passionate and intense player,” South Kent’s starting goalie and co-captain his last year. “He demanded a lot of his teammates, but he was hardest on himself,” said Klots. During his four years, Vincent was part of some very strong teams, as the Cardinals battled a schedule heavy with bigger, powerhouse opponents to reach the New England Championships in the spring of 1995. With just a handful of experienced returnees, however, SKS endured a very different season in Vincent’s final year. The 1996 yearbook records one victory (over Marvelwood by a single goal) and 13 losses, several by scores of 20 – 0. “Calling it a rebuilding year is an understatement,” says Vincent. “Our joke was ‘Oh well, what do we have to lose?’” At the same time, he adds, as goalie and co-captain “I had the opportunity to start every game and take charge and respon-

I knew from the moment my parents dropped me off I was in for a life-changing experience.

sibility. And regardless of any score that season, I still had a ton of enthusiasm for the game.” That sixth-form year saw the young artist/athlete with his sights set on the next stage in his education. While for most classmates that meant applying to traditional four-year colleges, Vincent already knew his career goal was to become a professional artist. With that in mind he pursued art schools, with Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute his first choice. Schools required a portfolio of work from each applicant, and Andy Richards still recalls Vincent facing a “portfolio crisis” and needing

to come up with 25 pieces of work in specified and various areas. “I think he spent that whole month in the Art Barn,” Richards recalls. The effort paid off: the young graduate headed to Pratt (and back to his home city) in the fall of 1996. Art school proved more than a bit disappointing. It wasn’t just that Pratt didn’t field a lacrosse team. Pratt seemed academically “one-dimensional,” and lacked a sense of community and school spirit. Most students didn’t have the variety of interests and backgrounds that characterized South Kent students. Vincent, resolved to make the best of his time at one of the nation’s top art schools, “just focused on perfecting my craft and getting as much out of Pratt as possible, regardless of missing out on other things.” Emerging in June 2000 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in communication design and experience from internships in many industries, Ricasio quickly found work in the city. “I went into education, publishing, sports marketing, PR, branding and advertising,” gaining knowledge, skills and contacts before launching his own studio. The player in him re-emerged in 2002. Ricasio joined a team in one of New York’s thriving postgraduate lacrosse leagues. As goalie he has earned the respect and admiration of fellow-players, most of them veterans of the collegiate play Ricasio sacrificed in his commitment to art school. One who has taken notice is Kyle Devitte, head lacrosse coach at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire and an analyst and writer for New England Lax Journal. As Ricasio’s teammate on the Stu Funk travel team in summer tournament play, he rates him highly. “There is no doubt in my mind – as a college coach and professional lacrosse analyst,” he said in a recent interview, “that Vin could have played Division One lacrosse. He has all the tools.” More remarkable than those individual Winter 2009 The Hillside • 13

For the Love of Lax

tools, Devitte said, is the fierce spirit the SKS alumnus brings to goalie play. “One instance that comes to mind is a game we played two years ago against the FCA – Fellowship of Christian Athletes – that went into OT. On a breakaway, Vin did a split and made a kick-save one-on-one and somehow managed to scream like a wild animal as he did it. It was incredible. Then he saved the rebound. It was like watching someone do kung fu in the net.”


LAYING GOAL IS A SPECIAL experience, Ricasio says, hard to appreciate for anyone who hasn’t done it. “A goalie is, by default, a leader on the team. It is the hardest job on the field because projectiles made of solid rubber are coming at 90-plus miles per hour; you have only a fraction of a second to make a decision. The goalie’s mistakes end up on the scoreboard for all to see, making it very hard to clear your mind. You really learn a lot about yourself in those hectic situations. A goalie ‘playing on his head’ can inspire a team, while a poor mind-set and performance is infectious and can cause a team to fold like paper.” Ricasio embraces this challenge. Seven years after getting back into action, he’s on the field weekends three out of four seasons a year. “I will play this game until my body tells me otherwise,” he told Devitte during his Lax Journal interview last summer, “and will always be part of it one way or another.” One way in which he might be part of it would be to carry out a project that he first conceived at Pratt a decade ago. “My senior thesis was entitled ‘Lacrosse: An Experience Through History.’ It was a series of original illustrations, lacrosse paintings and drawings from the early Native Americans to the present day game, compiled into a book format.” The idea got “shot down” back then, he said, “but I’m slowly uncovering a market now. I would like to get the book idea that I’m slowly doing with one of the greatest 14 • The Hillside Winter 2009

players who ever played the game, Brooks Sweet, published and onto the shelves. I think it’s time for a book.” That’s looking ahead. Asked to look back to his days at South Kent, Vincent Ricasio says they’ve already proved invaluable in getting through art school and establishing his career. “I realize I am the person I am today because of the lessons, hardships and the overall challenges faced at SKS.” By the time he entered art school, unlike most of his peers there, he’d already experienced the multi-dimensional demands and rewards of learning to take on new and varied responsibilities, to work with and learn from others from different parts of the world and, importantly, to manage his time. That experience gave him a huge advantage over many of his Pratt classmates, and later, in launching his career Ricasio says he still remembers Headmaster Noble Richards’ Prize Day talk to his class in 1996. “He cited One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitzen, a somber description of one man’s survival in a Russian “gulag” or labor camp. He reminded us that SKS gave us the necessary tools in everyday aspects to face any challenges, and of the importance of being able to adapt under all circumstances.” ■


Alumni Authors

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Breakout Martin Russ, ’49

Century of the City Neal R. Peirce, ’50

Red Stag Guy de la Valdéne, ’63

On General Douglas MacArthur’s orders, a force of 12,000 U.S. Marines was marching north to the Yalu River in late November 1950 . These three Marine regiments of the 1st Marine Division – strung out along eighty miles of a narrow mountain road – soon found themselves completely surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Despite being given up for lost by the military brass, the 1st Marine Division fought its way out of the frozen mountains, miraculously taking their dead and wounded with them as they ran the gauntlet of unceasing Chinese attacks.

One in every ten people lived in urban areas a century ago. Now for the first time ever, most people live in cities. By 2050, the United Nations projects, almost three-quarters of the world’s population will call urban areas home. Around the world, unplanned urban expansion is multiplying slums, overburdening housing, transportation, and infrastructure systems, stifling economic growth, and leaving millions vulnerable to new environmental and health threats.

Set against the backdrop of a lush estate in Normandy, France, in the 1960s, Red Stag is a novel of desire, of murder, and of chilling revenge.

This is the gripping story that Martin Russ tells in this extraordinary book. An unforgettable portrayal of the terror and courage of men as they face sudden death, Breakout makes the bloody battles of the Korean hills and valleys come alive as they never have before.

To help manage and plan for this accelerating urbanization, the Rockefeller Foundation convened an exceptional group of urbanists for the Global Urban Summit at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. This book shares their diverse perspectives, creative approaches, and urgent agenda for harnessing the vast opportunities of urbanization for a better world.

Vincent, a boy who has grown up in the shadow of a Count’s estate, has just turned nineteen. As the son of the Countess’s maid, his childhood was one of ambiguous privilege. But his father’s identity remains a mystery, and the villagers shun and fear him for his questionable heritage. As the novel opens, Vincent has just returned from his last year of boarding school for the summer, when his uncle, the estate’s gamekeeper, is brutally murdered. Vincent vows revenge, and along with his best friend sets out to find the murderers. Atmospheric and exotic, Red Stag is textured by the wildlife and the rivers and woods of Normandy. It is beautifully written, suspenseful, and utterly unforgettable. Winter 2009 The Hillside • 15




n my first year on the Hillside I have been impressed by both the commitment of the School’s faculty and the focus of the administration. The School remains dedicated to upholding the principles on which it was founded 87 years ago. This is a formula that has worked well. I know this as I look around the school today and see how we are impacting the lives of our young men. I know this as I visit with alumni around the country and listen to what they have to say. While not everyone has been touched in the same way by their time on the Hillside, I am often moved by the SKS “experience” as shared by the various folks I meet, as well as by the loyalty that this experience has engendered in many. I do hope and encourage all members of the South Kent family to remain in touch and to consider getting more involved with the School today. This involvement could be by volunteering as a class agent, hosting a regional event at your home, or referring a prospective student to SKS. Of course, continued participation in the annual fund is critical to our school. No gift is to too large or small to have an impact here at South Kent. All gifts, regardless of size, are helping to support a yearly shortfall of approximately $8,000 per student. Annual giving remains the foundation of the fundraising program at South Kent. Your support is critical as we move the School forward toward the goals laid out in our strategic plan. For those of you listed in the following Donors Rolls, I thank you. As we look forward to 2009-10, I hope that more parents, alumni, and friends will get involved and reconnect with South Kent. I am pleased to report that we had a successful 2008-2009 fundraising year. I would like especially to thank Dick Tompkins ’58, energetic Chair of the Development Committee, for his service, passion and enthusiasm for South Kent. He has set a fine example as a volunteer and member of the Board of Trustees. I would also like to extend our thanks to the entire Board of Trustees, Class Agents, and Parent Volunteers for their energy and enthusi16 • The Hillside Winter 2009

asm for our development efforts. Special thanks also to Carol-Ann Bruen, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, for all of her help and support during a transitional year in our office, and to Paul Abbott, our new Alumni Secretary who will be heading up our reinvigorated Class Agent program. The School reached a five-year high in dollars raised to The South Kent Fund, totaling $953,186 from 717 donors. Total giving, to all areas of support, was $1,931,682 from 807 donors. This included gifts for current operations, endowment, capital needs, and special projects. I anticipate completing the funding for our last major capital project, Gilder Hall, by the end of 2009. Another highlight of the year came when the Class of ’58, in honor of their 50th Reunion, contributed to the Sharpe Family Technology Fund to help purchase our new SMART Boards. Special thanks also to Mr. Kai Chin ’67 and The Sharpe Family Foundation for their help with this project. These SMART Boards are allowing the school to enhance our students’ learning experience in the classroom every day. Your continued partnership is appreciated and essential as we continue to make South Kent School a stronger institution. We have several critical capital priorities that are in need of funding. These include updating our hockey rink – which is now 40 years old – renovating student and faculty housing, and building 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,

Timothy J. von Jess Director of Development

Recognition Societies The Cardinal & Black Society was founded to recognize those donors whose leadership gifts have contributed to South Kent’s mission in a significant way. The revenue from the Cardinal & Black Society serves as the foundation of our annual giving program which supports South Kent’s outstanding faculty and students.

The Cardinal and Black Society – Leadership Giving Founders

Recognizing gifts of $25,000 or more

Mr. Ian M. Baer ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Bogle ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Neilson Brown II ’63 The Patricia A. Brown Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Catherine Evans McCampbell Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. Kai J. Chin ’67 The Crail Foundation Mr. Frederick K. W. Day ’78 and Ms. Leah Missbach Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln W. Day ’83 Mr. William S. Farish IV ’83 Ambassador William S. Farish III ’58 The William Stamps Farish Fund Mr. James M. Garnett, Jr. ’74 Mr. Richard Gilder, Jr. The Gilder Foundation, Inc. Dr. Richard Gilder III ’80 Ms. Kimberley Granger Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. MacLean Ms. Laura M. Pfanz Mr. and Mrs. Douglas B. Sharpe ’74 Sharpe Family Foundation Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Mrs. Miriam Wallach

Spooner Hill

Recognizing gifts of $10,000 to $24,999

Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Allan ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bicknell III ’64 Ms. Mary Bartlett Bryson and Mr. Charles Bryson ’75

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Conover ’76 Mr. Lawrence G. Creel ’81 Mr. and Mrs. David J. Erskine Mr. Hani M. S. Farsi ’86 Mr. and Mrs. David D. Fitch ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Calvin S. Frost, Jr. ’59 Mrs. Susan L. Gardner ’80 Mr. Jeffrey L. Heath ’71 Mr. Henry H. Hitch ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Lawrence, Jr. ’74 Mr. Sungho Lee and Mrs. Miyoung Han Mr. Mark W. MacLean ’92 Dr. and Mrs. Mick S. Meiselman Mr. Michael P. Molnar ’79 The Overlook International Foundation Rita Allen Foundation Mr. Jeffrey G. Rosenberg ’80 Wells Fargo Matching Gift Program William M. & Miriam F. Meehan Foundation Mrs. Joan Wister

Headmaster’s Circle

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Everett III ’49 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fazio Mr. Robert E. Gibbons ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Goddard ’53 Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Hamilton ’53 Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Ianniello Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. John S. MacLean Mr. Samuel L. Morgan ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Mulligan III Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. Neal Peirce ’50 Mr. David G. Powell ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Noble F. Richards ’49 Mr. William S. Rowe ’88 Mr. and Mrs.Cortright P. Sandstrom ’85 Ms. Kelley Seymour Dr. Richard K. Tompkins Jr. ’58 and Ms. Bryna Webber Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Utting Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Waldner ’58 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Winter

Recognizing gifts of $5,000 to 9,999

Anonymous (3) Mr. A. R. Allan III ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Katsushiro Ashizawa Bank of America Bicknell Fund The Community Foundation of South GA Mrs. Barbara D. Currier Mr. Irwin Epstein and Mr. Thomas Woodruff Mr. Robert S. Gilliam III ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Hayes Mr. Hyung-Uk Im Mr. and Mrs. John P. Matthews ’47 Mr. Tomas Petru ’92 The Woodruff Family Foundation

Cardinal & Black Members Recognizing gifts of $2,500 to $4,999

Anonymous Baldwin Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Myung Soo Bea Mr. and Mrs. Mark Berghold Mr. and Mrs. John P. Carey III ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Chance ’53 The Reverend and Mrs. Peter Chase Mr. and Mrs. Young Tae Choi


Recognizing gifts of $1,000 to 2,499

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Abbott Mr. Paul T. Addison Mr. and Mrs. James A. Baker III The Reverend Francis Bancroft III ’52 Mr. Mark W. Barker ’90 Mr. Thomas R. Bernard ’72 Mr. Peter S. Boone ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Brewster ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Brown Mr. Raymond H. Bryan ’90 Mr. Derick B. Burgher ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Rodney L. Burton ’58 Mr. and Mrs. Kimberlin P. Butcher ’84 Mr. and Mrs. John Butterworth ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carter ’57 Mr. Harmon M. Chapman, Jr. ’59 Mrs. Frederic Courtenay Mr. Frederick Cressman ’74 The Dickson Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Marcia K. Dorst Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Egan Mrs. Myrna Fishman Fawcett Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Fein Flik Independent Schools

Mr. Joseph Foote ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Gardella ’87 Mr. Ira Garr General Re Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Gereg, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard O. Gibbons ’57 GlaxoSmithKline Mr. James S. Golob ’72 Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Hopper ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Rich M. Horosky Mr. W. S. Horton ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Willard P. Hunnewell, Jr. ’82 Mr. John D. Hunter ’68 Mr. Finnius Ingalls ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Jansen Mr. and Mrs. Seong-Kweon Jeong Mrs. Ann W. M. Jones The Janet Stone Jones Foundation Mr. Jackson Kemper IV ’60 Dr. and Mrs. Jong Woong Kim Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Koetter ’53 Mr. Mauri E. Kotila ’67 Mr. Barry A. Kuehl ’69 Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Kurtz II ’37 Mr. Andrew D. Kurtz ’72 Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Lampe II Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Langenberg ’63 Mr. and Mrs. Joung Man Lee Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lockwood Mrs. Anne J. Logan Dr. and Mrs. Tariq Mahmood Mr. Timothy H. Mitchell ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey E. Moore ’59 Mr. Stephen Nahley ’86 and Ms. Susan J. Dubin Ambassador and Mrs. Robert B. Oakley ’48 Mr. Ki Ma Park and Mrs. Hyeung Ran Bai Mr. Allen R. Perrins ’45 Mr. and Mrs. Carey J. Quigley Please note: All gifts noted in this report were received between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009. Gifts received after June 30, 2009 have been credited to the next fiscal year and will appear in the 2009-10 Annual Report. In spite of our sincere efforts to achieve accuracy, errors occasionally occur. If you were a contributor during the 2008-09 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.

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Mr. Peter R. Ramsey ’67 and Dr. Isabel B. Phillips The Reverend William C. Riker, Jr. ’59 Mr. Charles G. Rosenberg ’87 Mr. Stephen W. Rule ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Scott III ’50 Ms. Gloria Simon Mr. William R. Soons Ms. Mary Alice Stephenson Mr. Taylor B. Stockdale ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Thorne ’53 Mr. Kenneth Tummel ’54 Dr. David J. Tweardy ’70 Mr. Andrew Vadnais and Ms. Nancy Lyon Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. von Jess Mr. and Mrs. Bennie H. Wallace, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Watkins ’58 Mr. Frederick B. Weitz ’78 and Ms. Cynthia S. Thorland Mr. William M. Wetherell ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Whittemore ’39 Mr. James Y. Whittier ’44 Mr. Phillip M. Wilson ’57 Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Wood, Jr. Mr. Shanrong Zhou and Mrs. Yang Ke


Recognizing gifts of $500 to 999

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Aiken ’78 Mr. Jaye H. Beebe Mr. Peter C. Blake ’54 Mr. Gordon L. Brekus ’47 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrance A. Brown, Jr. ’45 Mr. William K. Brown ’65 and Ms. Rebecca Wright Mr. and Mrs. David W. Budding ’59 Mr. and Mrs. George W. Burnes Mr. Colin M. Butts ’70 Mr. William N. Capozzi Dr. John L. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Coes ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Guy de la Valdene ’63 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Denham ’65 Mr. Gerard Dewers Mr. and Mrs. James R. Dimon, Sr. ’54 Mr. Marshall D. Doeller ’71 Essex Meadows, Inc Mr. and Mrs. John C. Farr ’58 Mr. Frank Forester III ’60 Mrs. Barbara R. Forester 18 • The Hillside Winter 2009

Mr. James H. Funnell ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Garber, Jr. ’42 Mr. Godfrey A. Gregg, Jr. ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Hunter W. Groton ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Hamill Mr. Weng-Po Han and Mrs. Pao Yi Peng Lt. Col. and Dr. Wallace Hastings, Jr. ’48 Mr. S. B. Hickman ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hoyt, Jr. Mr. Dudley Hughes ’49 Katie Brown, Inc Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kay II Dr. Charles Klein Mr. Derek C. Krull ’92 Ms. Cynthia Lasker Dr. and Mrs. Robert M. Laughlin ’52 Mr. John T. Lawrence III ’70 Mr. Richard H. Lawrence Mrs. Anne I. Lawrence Mr. Sterling Lord Mr. and Mrs. James R. Lowe, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William G. Millar ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Molnar ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Moody III ’56 Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Murray, Jr. ’82 Mr. R. D. Musser III ’82 Mr. and Mrs. John L. Myles, Jr. ’54 Mr. O. Richard Nottidge Mr. Mitsuo Ogata ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Bernard O’Hara Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Pepe ’73 Mr. Steven C. Pickman ’79 Mr. and Mrs. David W. Quigley ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Vincente R. Ricasio Mr. Jonathan F. Richards ’58 Mr. and Mrs. John P. Richardson ’56 Mr. and Mrs. Luis E. Rinaldini ’70 Mrs. Kate Rowe Saint-Gobain Corporation Mr. Stephen P. Scheer ’61 Mr. and Mrs. Donald N. Sentman, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Shapalis Mr. and Mrs. Roger Shepherd Mr. James D. Smith ’46 Mr. Snowden Smith ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Eric E. Stoll ’70 Mr. Duane W. Stone ’69 Stop & Shop Foundation Mr. Charles L. Taylor III ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Townsend ’53 Mr. Taylor S. Walker ’84 and Ms. Jane M. Timberlake

The Reverend and Mrs. Christopher L. Webber ’49 Mr. William White III ’60 Mrs. Cecile Brown Whittemore Mr. Thomas M. Williams ’68 Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Williamson Williamson Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Willing, Jr. ’80 Mr. Thomas A. Winter ’80 Ms. Sally Wister Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Wood ’79 Mr. Ralph C. Woodward ’47 and Ms. Corinne Ross Mr. and Mrs. Alan B. Worthington ’43

Patrons Recognizing gifts of $250 to 499

Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Bartlett ’77 Mr. and Mrs. William D. Berghold Mr. and Mrs. Henrik H. Bull ’47 Mrs. Robert P. Bushman, Jr. Mr. Aldis P. Butler, Jr. ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Todd Byers Mr. and Mrs. Rafael Cabrera ’49 Mr. David H. Camins ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Kent Carrington Judges Peter J. and Rosemary H. Cass Mr. Daniel L. Chapman ’89 Mr. and Mrs. John W. Clark, Jr. ’47 Mr. Anthony C. Corcoran ’50 Mrs. Caroline B. Cressman Riggs Mr. Peter E. Dayton ’52 Mr. and Mrs. William F. Detwiler ’81 Mr. John C. Doughty ’54 Dr. Bennett Dyke ’51 Mr. Irwin Epstein and Mr. Thomas Woodruff Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson T. Etting Mr. and Mrs. Victor Fink Mrs. Barbara Fitch Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Fleming Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Forsyth Mrs. Yvonne W. Foster Mr. and Mrs. William B. Funnell ’52 Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Gardella Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Garzi Ms. Peggy E. Gilder Mr. George H. Gilliam ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Todd A. Green ’81 Mr. Wade Greene ’50 The Right Rev. and Mrs. Donald P. Hart ’55

Mr. Bradley H. Holley ’79 Mr. and Mrs. David A. Hoyt ’89 Mr. and Mrs. John Hubner ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Jackson ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Toby H. Kempe ’72 The Reverend Steve Klots Mr. and Mrs. James H. Kochman ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Kovac ’85 Mrs. Alfred Kuehl, Jr. Mr. Thomas A. Lamb ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ledyard ’45 Mr. Robert B. Lee ’55 Dr. and Mrs. James R. Lovell ’55 The Reverend and Mrs. William H. Low Mr. Jeffrey A. Lyttle ’78 Ms. Diane H. MacKnight Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Main ’79 Mr. Shipley C. Mason ’65 Mr. John A. Mason, Jr. ’62 Mr. Andrew T. Mauck ’79 Mr. Wolfgang C. Mayer ’63 Mr. Gordon W. McCoun ’70 Mr. Mark G. McDermid ’87 Merck Company Foundation Merrill Lynch and Co. Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Laurent Michel ’44 Mr. and Mrs. Craig Moore Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Payne ’76 Ms. Leslie Fay Pomerantz Mr. Craig L. Pritchard ’55 Mr. Christopher K. Quinn ’70 Mr. and Mrs. George S. Richards ’46 Mr. Timothy J. Richards ’75 and Ms. Margaret E. Clarke Ms. La Vern Rivera Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Robertson IV ’66 Mr. Robert F. Sandbach, Esq. ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Sanford ’57 Mr. Robert J. Sauers ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius V. Sewell, Jr. ’48 Ms. Janet Snapp Mr. and Mrs. Alix H. Stanley ’70 Mrs. C. P. Stephens The Torrington Area Foundation Mrs. Nancy Viola-Garrison Mr. William H. Walker III ’65 and Dr. Judy Marie Perkins Mr. Philip N. Walker ’67 Mrs. Anne T. Waller Mr. Edward W. Warwick ’39 Mrs. Valerie Watson Ms. Traci Weaver

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Weir Mr. David E. Wheelock ’57 The Very Rev. H. L. Whittemore, Jr. ’35 Mr. Robin S. Willing ’81 Mr. Jeffrey D. Woods ’74 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Woodward ’53 Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Wreaks IV ’81

Alumni Donors Class of 1935 Charles C. Gillispie J. Wesley Pullman H. Lawrence Whittemore Class of 1937 Alan Edmunds Paul B. Kurtz Wallace C. Murchison Class of 1939 Edward W. Warwick Charles P. Whittemore Class of 1940 James G. Bellows (dec.) Edwin de F. Bennett Russell Gifford Class of 1941 John T.A. Ely Clarkson B. Farnsworth Class of 1942 Samuel M. Garber Class of 1943 William M. Hale Frank H. Lamson-Scribner James M. McHugh G. Blake Sabine Alan B. Worthington Class of 1944 John Jay Hughes Laurent Michel James Y. Whittier Class of 1945 Lawrance A. Brown Thomas Cochran Buell John Butterworth Peter C. Dodd Stephen H. Garnett Donald R. Lawson Richard Ledyard F. Kent Mitchel Allen R. Perrins

Class of 1946 Richard D. Crittenden James G. King George S. Richards James D. Smith Walter J. Strohmeyer Class of 1947 Robert P. Adams Gordon L. Brekus Henrik H. Bull Duncan D. Chaplin John W. Clark William W. Edwards Charles S. Hodgman John P.C. Matthews Ralph C. Woodward Class of 1948 Richard L. Aiken Howard R. Hansell Wallace Hastings Philip R.B. McMaster Roy C. Megargel Peter G. Murphy Mason W. Nye Robert B. Oakley William A. Reynolds Cornelius V. Sewell David G. Williams Class of 1949 Rafael Cabrera G. Gordon Coughlin D. Frazer Crane Robin J. Disston Richard Everett Harvey W. Hobbs Dudley Hughes Richard W. Martin Noble F. Richards Travis G. Walsh Christopher L. Webber Class of 1950 Robert H. Beveridge Anthony C. Corcoran Joseph Foote Wade Greene Henry H. Hitch John Hubner James P. Lee Thomas N. Maytham Thomas E. Molnar Theodor Oxholm Neal Peirce Peter M. Pirnie David G. Powell Richard S. Pyne

Joseph A. Scott William P. Squire Russell B. Wheeler Class of 1951 David G. Angus Lewis C. Cuyler Bennett Dyke William C. Gardiner Harry M. A. Hart Seth R. Jagger Douglas H. Lyon Paul C. Matthews Christopher Plumley Paul Tison Class of 1952 Francis Bancroft Robinson W. Callender Peter E. Dayton William B. Funnell Robert M. Laughlin Charles E. Welles Class of 1953 Charles T. Chance Anthony K. Crossley Nathaniel Goddard Jeffrey A. Gorman Henry D. Hamilton Michael G. Koetter Burnley L. Miles Frederick G.P. Thorne Thomas H. Townsend Paul L. Veeder Robert A. Whiteside John H. Woodward Class of 1954 Douglas P. Addison A. Russell Allan Robert R. Barry Peter C. Blake William D. Chapple James R. Dimon John C. Doughty Richard L. Farr Alan L. Greener John L. Myles Stephen W. Rule John B. Severance Henry D. Steele Kenneth Tummel Class of 1955 Ernest H. Cady James K. Finch Robert E. Gibbons John E. Hansen

Donald P. Hart Robert B. Lee James R. Lovell Craig L. Pritchard Charles L. Taylor William F. C. Taylor Foster S. White Class of 1956 Thomas T. Allan Arthur M. Moody John P. Richardson Class of 1957 Richard Carter Roger S. DeVore Leonard O. Gibbons Alfred A. Maybach R. Theodore Posselt Robert T. Sanford David E. Wheelock Phillip M. Wilson Class of 1958 Rodney L. Burton William S. Farish John C. Farr Archie Q. Frost Peter E. Moon Thomas M. Rianhard Jonathan F. Richards Richard K. Tompkins Robert B. Waldner Charles B. Watkins Class of 1959 David W. Budding Harmon M. Chapman Rufus P. Coes Blaise B. Colt Calvin S. Frost Stephen H.B. Merrill Geoffrey E. Moore William C. Riker David C. Welsh Roger E. Wheeler Class of 1960 J. Roy Burton Aldis P. Butler Robert G. Comstock Frank Forester George H. Gilliam William B. Heuss Jackson Kemper Christie J. Lyttle William White

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Class of 1961 J. Craig Heuss Norman H. Lowe Gilbert B. Norman Stephen P. Scheer Mark B. Thompson Class of 1962 John L. Logan John A. Mason Class of 1963 Neilson Brown David R. W. Butts Donald L. Cleveland Derrick H. Davis Guy de la Valdene Thomas A. Dingman Jay H. Greener Nicholas A. Hill Peter M. Langenberg Wolfgang Carl Mayer Leland D. Potter Michael deR. Strong George D. Wrightson Class of 1964 Warren Bicknell Porter D. Broughton Williston B. Case Samuel H. Coes Michael Corrigan Peter A. Fletcher Robert S. Gilliam Walter L. Johnson Peter C. Keck Peter F. Kirkpatrick Robert P. Martin G. William C. Whiting Nedland P. Williams Andrew H. Zeman Class of 1965 William K. Brown Duncan F. Brown Douglas M. Denham Charles N. Flagg H. Randolph Glennon Charles H. Hollinger Robert R. Leighton Shipley C. Mason J. Frederick Merriman William H. Walker Class of 1966 Benjamin Brewster Matthew Jeffrey Coes John M. Kochman Robert W. Nielsen 20 • The Hillside Winter 2009

Charles N. Robertson Wyman R. Stone John B. Westcott Peter D. White Charles P. Williams Class of 1967 Kai J. Chin Gordon A. Clapp Barton W. Emanuel Henry M. Farrington Paul S. Giarra Thomas H. Hollinger Mauri E. Kotila Lawrence J. Newhall Mitsuo Ogata Peter R. Ramsey Robert J. Sauers Philip N. Walker Class of 1968 Thomas T. Baldwin John D. Hunter James H. Kochman Thomas A. Lamb James O. Michel Samuel H. Simmons Henderson Talbot William M. Wetherell Thomas M. Williams Class of 1969 Fontaine C. Bradley C. Paul Cox Samuel M. Hoagland Barry A. Kuehl M. Bruce Severance Duane W. Stone Peter S. Winder Class of 1970 Harold W. Bogle William C. Burton Colin M. Butts Jay C. Fernandes Godfrey A. Gregg Robert W. Hernandez John T. Lawrence Gordon W. McCoun William G. Millar Christopher K. Quinn Luis E. Rinaldini Snowden Smith Alix H. Stanley Charles P. Stephens Eric E. Stoll David J. Tweardy

Class of 1971 Peter S. Boone David P. Brion Hayward H. Chappell Marshall DeF. Doeller David R. Hall Jeffrey L. Heath W. Peter Henderson John C. Hill T. Craig Jackson Dean B. Krafft Paul B. Kurtz Class of 1972 Thomas R. Bernard James S. Golob Toby H. Kempe Andrew D. Kurtz Scott C. Mitchell Whitney S. Mitchell Class of 1973 Michael Chin Christopher deMurias Eliot W. Denault Nathaniel B. Eddy David D. Fitch Gregory J. Pepe Laurence B. Wood Class of 1974 Donald F. Beck Derick B. Burgher John P. Carey Frederick Cressman James M. Garnett Richard H. Lawrence Robert H. Mitchell Samuel S. Richards Douglas B. Sharpe Jeffrey D. Woods Class of 1975 Mary Bartlett Bryson Hunter W. Groton Philip B. Lloyd Thomas J. Mason Timothy J. Richards Class of 1976 Stephen B. Collins Jeffrey W. Conover Joseph H. Goodrich Edward P. Humphreys Reed C. Martin Timothy H. Mitchell Stephen W. Payne Augustine S. J. Rhodes

Class of 1977 Peter S. Bartlett Peter Dahl Green Joseph E. Swan Class of 1978 Andrew M. Aiken Philippe A. Aubry Frederick K. W. Day Stephen F. Hale Henry M. R. Holt Robert A. Kay Jeffrey A. Lyttle James F. Richards Scott F. Rogers H. Edward Stick Frederick B. Weitz Class of 1979 James H. Funnell Edward W. Gore Richard H. Gregory Bradley H. Holley Geoffrey McD. Lewis Thomas B. Main Andrew T. Mauck Michael P. Molnar Steven C. Pickman James J. Tooher Maureen C. Tracy Robert J. Wood Class of 1980 Susan L. Gardner Richard Gilder III W. Scott Horton Stuart H. May Jeffrey G. Rosenberg Peter L. Secor Charles G. Willing Thomas A. Winter Class of 1981 John D. Bennett Lawrence G. Creel William F. Detwiler Ronald C. Erickson Anne H. Funnell Todd A. Green Thomas E. Oakley Taylor B. Stockdale Hans E. Vaule Robin S. Willing Charles F. Wreaks Class of 1982 Frank V. O. Brown Timothy A. Dodge Peter B. Hopper

Willard P. Hunnewell Edward W. McKinney R. Nelson Murray R. Daniel Musser Class of 1983 Bradford B. Czepiel Lincoln W. Day David F. Eilers William S. Farish Maureen Brady Goldman John M. McDonald David W. Quigley Class of 1984 Kimberlin P. Butcher Louis DeVos Christopher C. Farr William M. Holman Edward R. Jackson Edward E. Rhoda Taylor S. Walker Class of 1985 Paul D. Kovac Samuel L. Morgan Cortright P. Sandstrom Andrew D. Strawbridge Class of 1986 Hugh Uhalt Ames Hani M. S. Farsi Stephen Nahley Richard D. Wood Class of 1987 Matthew J. Gardella S. Bruce Hickman Finnius Ingalls Mark G. McDermid Charles G. Rosenberg Class of 1988 Richard A. Brande Jeffrey Moore William Stanhope Rowe Robert F. Sandbach Class of 1989 David H. Camins Daniel Lawrence Chapman David A. Hoyt James B. McIntyre Class of 1990 Mark William Barker Raymond Hoiles Bryan Ryan Charles Xavier Carpentier

Todd M. Dougherty Christopher Philip Spaeth Class of 1991 George Deanes Gornto Class of 1992 Derek Charles Krull Mark Wilder MacLean Tomas Petru Class of 1994 Corey E. Atteridge Class of 1995 Alexander Sealey Brown Class of 1999 Anonymous Class of 2000 Ian McCampbell Baer Christopher Nelson Greene Class of 2002 Brian Thomas Buonomo David Patrick Szydlowski Class of 2003 Jesse Hargrave Quinn Peter Stephen Seltzer Class of 2004 Ross Nathan Grubin Class of 2005 Samuel Douglas Maxwell Class of 2006 Benjamin Jerome Cohon Class of 2008 Anthony Benjamin Camardi

Current and Alumni Parents Mr. and Mrs. Paul Abbott ’82 ’84 The Reverend Richard L. Aiken ’78 Dr. and Mrs. Richard P. Albertson ’89 Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Allen III ’85 Mr. and Mrs. Moises A. Alvarez ’82 ’84 Mr. Rick Angell ’08 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Armstrong ’10 Mr. and Mrs. Katsushiro Ashizawa ’10 Mr. and Mrs. James A. Baker III ’79 Mrs. Janet Baldwin ’68

Mr. and Mrs. George H. Bartlett ’75 ’77 ’79 ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Myung Soo Bea ’09 Mr. and Mrs. William D. Berghold ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Berman ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Russell Berry ’06 Mr. and Mrs. Reynold Bookman ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Marleau Borsack ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Porter D. Broughton ’89 ’94 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Brown ’95 Mr. and Mrs. William P. Brown ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert D. Brown ’06 Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Bruen, Sr. ’04 ’06 ’09 ’11 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Brunson ’91 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Buonomo ’02 Mr. and Mrs. George W. Burnes ’96 Ms. Janice Burt ’05 Mr. and Mrs. Rodney L. Burton ’98 Mrs. Robert P. Bushman, Jr. ’73 Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Butterfield ’92 Mr. and Mrs. John Butterworth ’76 Mr. David R. W. Butts ’85 ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Todd Byers ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Steven Camardi ’08 Mr. and Mrs. Kent Carrington ’03 Judges Peter J. and Rosemary H. Cass ’82 Mrs. Patricia Chappell ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Andre Chartrain ’09 ’10 The Reverend and Mrs. Peter Chase ’76 Mrs. Mary W. Chin ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Young Tae Choi ’09 Mr. Paul Church ’06 Dr. John L. Clark ’95 Mr. Scott Clayton ’97 Mr. and Mrs. Craig M. Clement ’10 Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Collins ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. Conover ’10 Mr. and Mrs. James Cornelius ’88 Mrs. Sylvia R. Corrigan ’95 The Reverend Michael Corrigan ’95 Mrs. Frederic Courtenay ’82 Mrs. Caroline B. Cressman Riggs ’74 Mrs. Barbara D. Currier ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Cuyler ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Czepiel ’83 Mrs. Agnes Dalley ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore D’Amato ’07 Mr. and Mrs. Murdoch Davis ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Denham ’91 Mr. and Mrs. James R. Dimon, Sr. ’92

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence T. Drakes, Jr. ’08 Ms. Pamela J. Dugan ’03 Mr. and Mrs. Ransom H. Duncan ’86 ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Egan ’10 Mr. F. F. Eilers, Jr. ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Filmore Enger ’04 Mr. Irwin Epstein and Mr. Thomas Woodruff ’04 Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Erickson ’72 ’75 Mr. and Mrs. David J. Erskine ’99 Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson T. Etting ’11 Mr. and Mrs. William C. Everett ’86 Ambassador William S. Farish III ’83 Mr. and Mrs. John C. Farr ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fazio ’03 Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Fein ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Victor Fink ’05 Mrs. Barbara Fitch ’73 ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Fleming ’10 Mrs. Barbara R. Forester ’60 Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Forgue, Jr. ’11 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Forsyth ’08 Ms. Stacy Fredericks ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Funk ’00 Mr. and Mrs. William B. Funnell ’79 ’81 Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Gardella ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Neven Gardner ’02 Mr. Ira Garr ’09 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Garzi ’09 Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Gawel ’07 Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Gereg, Jr. ’78 ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Leonard O. Gibbons ’84 Mr. Richard Gilder, Jr. ’80 Ms. Peggy E. Gilder ’09 Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Giuliano ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goldsholl ’09 Ms. Kimberley Granger ’06 ’09 Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grubin ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Guss ’03 Mr. and Mrs. Jerrier A. Haddad ’73 The Very Rev. William M. Hale ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Halliwell ’99 Mrs. Davis Hamerstrom ’64 Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Hamill ’05 The Reverend Lisa Hamilton ’08 Mrs. Barbara B. Hamlin ’68 Mr. Weng-Po Han and Mrs. Pao Yi Peng ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Mark T. Hanley ’07 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Hayes ’07 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hoyt, Jr. ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Huggins ’99 Winter 2009 The Hillside • 21



Mr. Dudley Hughes ’82 Mr. James P. Humphreys, Jr. ’76 Mr. Hyung-Uk Im ’11 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Jansen ’11 Mr. and Mrs. Seong-Kweon Jeong ’11 Mr. and Mrs. Allyn C. Jones ’91 Mrs. Ann W. M. Jones ’75 Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kay II ’78 Mrs. Pamela H. Kempe ’72 ’78 Dr. and Mrs. Jong Woong Kim ’12 Mrs. Frederic B. Krafft ’71 ’80 Mr. and Mrs. David Kratovil ’08 Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Krull ’92 Mrs. Alfred Kuehl, Jr. ’69 ’72 Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Kurtz III ’05 The Honorable Lynette D. Lang ’85 Mr. Richard H. Lawrence ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Lawrence ’97 Mrs. Anne I. Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ledyard ’70 Mr. Sungho Lee and Mrs. Miyoung Han ’09 Mr. and Mrs. Joung Man Lee ’11 Mr. and Mrs. Wesley R. Liebtag ’65 Ms. Myriam Limage ’11 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lockwood ’08 Mrs. Anne J. Logan ’88 Mr. and Mrs. James M. Lombardo ’04 Mr. and Mrs. James R. Lowe, Jr. ’83 Mrs. Susannah Lusk ’82 Ms. Diane H. MacKnight ’08 Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. MacLean ’92 Mr. and Mrs. John S. MacLean ’10 Dr. and Mrs. Tariq Mahmood ’98 Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Main ’79 Ms. Judith Marienthal ’94 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Markowski ’08 Mrs. Anne Massey ’79 ’83 Mr. and Mrs. John P. Matthews ’75 Mrs. Emily C. McWhinney ’78 Dr. and Mrs. Mick S. Meiselman ’10 Mr. and Mrs. Laurent Michel ’68 ’71 Ms. Cathy Miller ’08 Mrs. Shirlee S. Mitchell ’72 ’76 Mr. and Mrs. William Moeller, Sr. ’98 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Molnar ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Owen Moore ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Craig Moore ’09 Mr. and Mrs. John L. Myles, Jr. ’86 Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Nahley ’86 Mr. and Mrs. James C. Neill ’94 Mrs. Kathryn Neuhaus ’87 22 • The Hillside Winter 2009

Mr. O. Richard Nottidge ’87 Ambassador and Mrs. Robert B. Oakley ’81 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. O’Connor ’08 ’10 ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Bernard O’Hara ’07 Ms. Maria F. Ozorio ’11 Mrs. Linda W. Palmer ’91 Mr. Ki Ma Park and Mrs. Hyeung Ran Bai ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Payne ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Neal Peirce ’86 Mr. and Mrs. Scott Pelletier ’09 Mrs. Florence L. Peters ’78 Dr. and Mrs. Donald H. Peters ’82 Ms. Laura M. Pfanz ’00 Mr. Ken Pierce ’10 Mr. and Mrs. Stewart N. Pool ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Carey J. Quigley ’09 Mr. Christopher K. Quinn ’03 Dr. and Mrs. Bruce A. Ratcliff ’83 Mr. and Mrs. Bartholomew Rebore ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius J. Reid, Jr. ’83 Ms. Denise Reid ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Vincente R. Ricasio ’96 Mr. and Mrs. George S. Richards ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Noble F. Richards ’75 ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Derek Richardson ’07 Mr. and Mrs. Wilson H. Rider ’73 Mrs. Cynthia D. Rockwell ’78 Mr. and Mrs. John J. Rose ’99 Mrs. Kate Rowe ’88 Dr. and Mrs. L. R. Rubin ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Carlos A. Ruiz Moreno ’09 Ms. Mary Lou Sapone ’88 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Scott III ’76 Mr. and Mrs. Donald N. Sentman, Jr. ’08 Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius V. Sewell, Jr. ’80 Ms. Kelley Seymour ’11 Dr. and Mrs. Robert Shapiro ’08 Mr. and Mrs. George Sharp ’99 Mr. and Mrs. Roger Shepherd ’11 Mr. and Mrs. William Silengo ’08 ’09 Mrs. Anne Ward Smith ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Laird K. Smith ’87 Ms. Janet Snapp ’00 Mr. John G. Snow ’66 Mr. William R. Soons ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Douglas H. Spadaro ’09 Mr. and Mrs. Karl H. Spaeth ’90 Mr. John P. Spain ’87 Ms. Carlene Spencer-Darrell ’10

Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Steele ’85 Mrs. C. P. Stephens ’66 ’70 Mr. Walter J. Strohmeyer, Jr. ’81 ’90 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Szydlowski ’02 Ms. Susan Tebolt ’07 ’08 Dr. James B. Thomas ’71 Mrs. Eleanor W. Thompson ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Chris Tompkins ’10 Dr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Trufant ’64 Dr. David J. Tweardy ’06 Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Utting ’09 Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Veeder II ’84 ’87 Mrs. Nancy Viola-Garrison ’99 ’88 Mr. and Mrs. George B. Vosburgh ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Waldner ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Bennie H. Wallace, Jr. ’01 Mr. Edward W. Warwick ’64 ’69 Mrs. Valerie Watson ’99 Ms. Traci Weaver ’10 The Reverend and Mrs. Christopher L. Webber ’77 ’82 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Weir ’08 ’11 Mr. Charles E. Welles III ’79 Mrs. Cecile Brown Whittemore ’65 Mr. James Y. Whittier ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Philip O. Widing ’80 Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Williamson ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Winter ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Wolf ’01 Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Wood, Jr. ’86 Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wright ’09 Mr. Shanrong Zhou and Mrs. Yang Ke ’11

Faculty and Staff Mr. and Mrs. Paul Abbott Mr. and Mrs. Mark Berghold Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Bonis Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bonis Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Brande Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Steven J. Bruen, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Steven Camardi Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Darrin Mr. Owen Finberg Mr. John Funk and Ms. Theo Grayson Mrs. Geraldine Haase The Reverend Steve Klots Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Lampe II Mrs. Trisha Laundry The Reverend and Mrs. William H. Low Mr. David H. Macomber

Mr. Donald Mousted Mr. and Mrs. Derek Richardson Mr. Andrew Vadnais and Ms. Nancy Lyon Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. von Jess

Grandparents, Former Faculty and Friends Anonymous Mr. Paul T. Addison Ms. Patricia Agaliotis Ms. Marta Alvarez Mr. Jacob Andrews Ms. Susan B. Arnold Ms. Catherine T. Auger Mr. Jan Austell Mr. and Mrs. James A. Baker III Mrs. Patricia Barnes Mr. and Mrs. Martin R. Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Bartlett ’77 Mr. Jaye H. Beebe Mrs. Keven Bellows Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bennett Mr. Omar Branch Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Brown Dr. Margaret W. Burhoe and Dr. Richards H. Burhoe Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Butler Mr. Jason L. Butler Mr. William N. Capozzi Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Chance ’53 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Chapman Mr. Bradley Christmas and Ms. Tara Flynn Ms. Suzanne S. Collins Mr. Pascal Conforti Mr. Joseph Constantine Mr. and Mrs. Gregorio Cordero Ms. Cynthia Cruz Mr. and Mrs. Edward Curran Ms. Nancy Daly Mr. Peter E. Dayton ’52 Mrs. Marie S. Dee Mr. Gerard Dewers Mrs. Mary Dingman-Abel and Mr. Christopher Abel Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Diskin Ms. Melody Doering Mrs. Gretchen Doolittle Mr. and Mrs. Edwidge Dorelien Mrs. Marcia K. Dorst Mr. William W. Edwards, Jr. ’47

Mr. James E. Fain Mr. and Mrs. Christopher C. Farr ’84 Mrs. Myrna Fishman Fawcett Mrs. Yvonne W. Foster Mrs. Helen Frattura Ms. Anne H. Funnell and Mr. Robert A. Schmidt ’81 Ms. Martha Garvey Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Gereg, Jr. Mr. Richard Gilder, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Goddard ’53 Ms. Michelle M. Golphin Mr. and Mrs. Alan L. Greener ’54 Mr. N. B. Groton, Jr. Ms. Luesta Haggie Mrs. Cordelia Haines Mr. Thomas F. Hartch Ms. Loretta Henry Mr. Alan Hirschberg Ms. Jean Hodge Mr. and Mrs. Rich M. Horosky Mr. and Mrs. Mark S. Howland The Reverend John J. Hughes ’44 Mr. James P. Humphreys, Jr. Ms. Catherine H. Hunt Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J. Ianniello Ms. Edith Ince Ms. Mary Alice Jennings Ms. Jacqueline Johnson Ms. Wilhemina A. Jordan Mr. and Mrs. John F. Judge Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Keck ’64 Ms. Patricia M. Kinney Dr. Charles Klein Ph.D Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kolpak Mr. and Mrs. H. Kosh Ms. Elizabeth K. Kreuter Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Kurtz II ’37 Ms. Cynthia Lasker Mr. Lewis R. M. Lawrence Ms. Joan B. Lawson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ledyard ’45 Ms. Vivienne Legore Mr. Sterling Lord Mr. Michael Lugano Mrs. Susannah Lusk Mrs. Carol Mackay Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mallon Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Mancino Ms. Ann Marshall Mr. and Mrs. James Martinez Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin L. Mason

Mrs. Carol L. H. Matzke Mr. Wolfgang C. Mayer ’63 Dr. George Mc Auley and Dr. Mae K. Mc Auley Mr. Mark McGuire Mr. Enrique Molina Mr. James J. Montanaro and Ms. Marcia Tugendhat Ms. Jennifer Moorin Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Mulligan III Mr. Robert W. Nielsen ’66 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. O’Leary, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jason Omenn Ms. Louray F. O’Neill Mr. and Mrs. James Pearce Mr. Colin Pease Ms. Dolores Pendergrass Mr. Christopher L. Peters Ms. Leslie Fay Pomerantz Mrs. Marco N. Psarakis Mrs. Nora Reissig-Lazzaro Mr. Nick Rescigno Mr. and Mrs. James F. Richards ’78 Mr. Joey Riddick Ms. Diane Riegger Ms. La Vern Rivera Ms. Laura A. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Anthony R. Romain Ms. Barbara Rose Ms. Madelyn R. Rossi Ms. Martha Ruff Mr. and Mrs. Philip Russ Mr. Antonio Sesin Mr. and Mrs. John B. Severance ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Shapalis Mr. and Mrs. Scot Shuck Mr. Jeff Silverman Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Simmons ’68 Ms. Gloria Simon Mr. George H. Smith Mr. Jeffrey L. Sonking Mrs. Eleanor S. Speers Mrs. Elizabeth S. Sproule Ms. Mary Alice Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Tomingas Dr. Richard K. Tompkins Jr. ’58 and Ms. Bryna Webber Dr. Hester Turner Mr. George Cominskie and Mr. John Turner Mrs. Anne T. Waller

Ms. Sydney Waller Ms. Jeannee Waseck Ms. Joan Wellman Mr. David E. Wheelock ’57 The Reverend Roger B. White Mrs. and Mr. Charles P. Whittemore ’39 Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Williams Ms. Phyllis A. Williams-Hunter Mrs. Joan Wister Ms. Sally Wister Mr. Errol I. Wright Mr. Steven Zaleta

Corporate and Foundation Giving AIG, Inc. The Baldwin Foundation Bank of America The Bicknell Fund The Patricia A. Brown Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Catherine Evans McCampbell Charitable Trust Citigroup Foundation Community Foundation of South Georgia The Crail Foundation Davidson Holdings, Inc. Delizia at 92nd Street Restaurant Dickson Foundation, Inc. Essex Meadows, Inc The William Stamps Farish Fund Flik Independent Schools General Re Corporation Gilder Foundation, Inc. GlaxoSmithKline The Janet Stone Jones Foundation Katie Brown, Inc MassMutual Financial Group William M. & Miriam F. Meehan Foundation Merck Company Foundation Merrill Lynch and Co. Foundation, Inc. MSG Sports Teams Northwestern Mutual Life Foundation The Overlook International Foundation Pepsico Inc. The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Rita Allen Foundation Saint-Gobain Corporation Sentry Insurance Foundation Inc The Sharpe Family Foundation

Stop & Shop Foundation Torrington Area Foundation Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., Inc. The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Wells Fargo Matching Gift Program The Williamson Family Foundation The Woodruff Family Foundation

Gifts-In-Kind Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Garzi Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Gawel Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Lampe II MSG Sports Teams Mr. Jeffrey G. Rosenberg ’80 Mr. Andrew Vadnais and Ms. Nancy Lyon

Honor and Memorial Gifts In Honor of Alexander Bartis ’10 Ms. Traci Weaver In Honor of George Bartlett Judges Peter J. and Rosemary H. Cass In Memory of James Bellows ’40 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bennett Mr. Bradley Christmas and Ms. Tara Flynn Mr. James E. Fain Ms. Mary Alice Jennings Mr. and Mrs. H. Kosh Ms. Cynthia Lasker Mr. Sterling Lord Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Mancino Dr. George Mc Auley and Dr. Mae K. Mc Auley Mr. and Mrs. James Pearce Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Shapalis Mr. and Mrs. Scot Shuck Mr. Jeff Silverman Dr. Hester Turner Mr. George Cominskie/Mr. John Turner In Memory of Benjamin Bradley ’00 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Funk In Honor of Scott Brodie ’36 Ms. Susan B. Arnold In Memory of Bryce Broughton ’89 Mr. Daniel L. Chapman Winter 2009 The Hillside • 23



In Honor of Derrick Brown ’12 Ms. Catherine H. Hunt

In Memory of Jane Humphreys Mr. James P. Humphreys, Jr.

In Honor of Daniel Walker ’52 Mr. Robert A. Whiteside

In Honor of Benjamin Bruen ’11 Mrs. Helen Frattura

In Memory of Edward Lebens ’63 The Family of Edward S. Lebens

In Honor of Julius Waller ’35 Ms. Sydney Waller

In Honor of Jesse Bruen ’09 Mrs. Helen Frattura

In Memory of William Mackay ’44 Mrs. Carol Mackay

In Honor of Charles Whittemore ’39 Mr. David F. Eilers Mr. Robert F. Sandbach

In Honor of Matthew Bruen ’06 Mrs. Helen Frattura

In Honor of Robert McNamara ’75 Mrs. Ann W. M. Jones

In Honor of Steven Bruen, Jr. ’04 Mrs. Helen Frattura

In Memory of John Miles Col. and Mrs. Burnley L. Miles

In Honor of Brian Buonomo ’02 Mr. Joseph Constantine

In Memory of Gary Moon ’57 Mr. Peter E. Moon

In Honor of Logan Byers ’12 Mr. and Mrs. Todd Byers

In Memory of Simon F. Nottidge ’87 Mr. O. Richard Nottidge

In Memory of D. Clayson ’54 Mr. John C. Doughty

In Memory of John Phyllis Lawson ’40 Mr. Donald R. Lawson

In Memory of John H. Haines ’58 Mrs. Cordelia Haines

In Memory of Michael Sandoe ‘71 Mr. Jeffrey L. Heath Mr. T. C. Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Kurtz III

St. Michael’s Society

In Memory of Theodore Dane ’43 Mr. and Mrs. Alan B. Worthington In Memory of John Dorst ’44 Mrs. Marcia K. Dorst In Honor of John Enger ’04 Mr. and Mrs. Filmore Enger In Honor of John Farr ’58 Mr. David E. Wheelock In Memory of Frank Forester, Jr. ’33 Mrs. Barbara R. Forester In Memory of A. Fox ’55 Mr. Robert E. Gibbons In Memory of Benjamin Franklin ’45 Mrs. Janet Baldwin In Memory of Francis Glennon ’67 Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Glennon III

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In Honor of Elliott Smith ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Laird K. Smith In Memory of William Smith ’52 Ms. Suzanne S. Collins In Memory of William Speers ’41 Mrs. Eleanor S. Speers In Memory of Joseph Swan Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Swan III In Honor of David Szydlowski ’02 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Szydlowski In Honor of Richard Tompkins ’58 Mr. and Mrs. Jason Omenn In Honor of Andrew Vadnais Mr. Benjamin J. Cohon Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Guss

The St. Michael’s Society honors members of the South Kent School family who have made arrangements for a planned gift or a provision in their estate plans to the School.

Anonymous Mrs. Aurellia Baker Captain and Mrs. Roger S. Betts ’52 The Reverend and Mrs. Robert H. Beveridge ’50 Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brodie ’36 Mr. and Mrs. 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 The Reverend and Mrs. Peter Chase Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Cleveland ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Cole, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Blaise B. Colt ’59 Mr. William C. Corbin ’87 Mrs. Barbara D. Currier Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Cuyler ’48 Mr. James R. Dimon, Jr. ’92 Mr. Robert S. Drew ’44 Mr. and Mrs. David J. Erskine Mr. and Mrs. Dean H. Faulkner ’37 Mrs. Myrna Fishman Fawcett Mr. David B. Ferguson ’77 Mr. and Mrs. William B. Funnell ’52 Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Gorman ’53 Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Green ’77 Mr. Godfrey A. Gregg, Jr. ’70 Mr. James P. Groton, Sr. ’44 The Reverend and Mrs. Hobart H. Heistand ’46 Mr. W. S. Horton ’80 Mr. Dudley Hughes ’49 Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kay II Dr. and Mrs. Adrian Kiehn ’87 Mr. Derek C. Krull ’92

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon A. Kuehl ’72 The Honorable Lynette D. Lang Mr. Eon-tak Lee and Mrs. Hs-hyung Park The Reverend and Mrs. William H. Low Mr. Douglas H. Lyon ’51 Mrs. Carol Mackay Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Martin ’49 Mr. Reed C. Martin ’76 Mr. John A. Mason, Jr. ’62 Mr. and Mrs. John P. Matthews ’47 Mr. and Mrs. Stuart H. May ’80 Mr. and Mrs. John M. McDonald III ’83 Mrs. Emily C. McWhinney Mr. John G. Mosher ’52 Mr. Stephen Nahley ’86 Mr. Sean T. Nighbert ’89 Mr. O. Richard Nottidge Mr. Derek T. Peters ’90 Mr. Steven C. Pickman ’79 Mr. Allen M. Powell ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Andrea Raffaelli Mr. Peter R. Ramsey ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Reese, Jr. ’62 The Reverend William C. Riker, Jr. ’59 Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Robertson IV ’66 Mr. Stephen W. Rule ’54 Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. Mr. David B. Skillman, Jr. ’55 Mr. James D. Smith ’46 Mr. and Mrs. Elliott L. Smith ’87 Ms. Janet Snapp Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Steele ’54 Mr. and Mrs. William P. Stephens ’66 Mr. Charles P. Stephens, Jr. ’70 Mr. Walter J. Strohmeyer, Jr. ’46 Dr. Richard K. Tompkins Jr. ’58 Mr. Thomas P. Townsend ’35 Mr. Andrew Vadnais and Ms. Nancy Lyon Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Veeder II ’53 Mr. Robert B. Waldner ’58 Mrs. Anne T. Waller Mr. Roger E. Wheeler ’59 Mr. William White III ’60 Mr. Foster S. White ’55 Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Whittemore ’39 Mrs. Bette Widney Mr. Phillip M. Wilson ’57


The Fossil Report

Dear Friends: While the heading “The Fossil Report” will make sense for some of you, it does need some explanation. John Farr started the tradition that the Senior Master would also be known as the Resident Fossil! I love the title because it is a play on words that describes longevity on the Hillside. And while some days as a living fossil may pose its challenges, something quickly happens that reminds me how lucky I am to still be here. I am writing to all of the South Kent family under my new hat as Alumni Secretary. Last September Andy Vadnais asked me to re-invent myself one final time. I passed on the academic responsibility to the capable stewardship of Phil Darrin who is now the Dean of Academic Affairs. He is going to be a dynamic and energetic leader – just what the boys and the faculty need for the exciting initiatives South Kent has planned for the next decade. Rather than head home and retire – something my dear wife does not want me to do as I would drive her crazy organizing the house – I agreed to work with the Development Office. I have been charged with trying to activate a strong class agent system for fund raising and for reunion planning. As I close out my 45th year on the Hillside, I am in the unique position of being the one member of the community who can remember faces and experiences of most of our graduates. We have about 2,200 living alumni. Between those I knew personally as students and alumni, and earlier graduates I have come to know, I can do the “do you remember when…” for most of you, such as: only football in the fall, skating on the pond, potatoes flying though the air, Halloween in the Playhouse, busting pizza runs, Nativity Plays, methane generators, Salisbury hockey games, making cider and drinking too much of it, growing crops in strange places, frozen pipes, Little Bill singing on the tractor, April Fools jokes, Sixth Form teas… These are a few of those wonderful things that made the years so meaningful. I will be trying to get greater participation in our Annual Fund, and the Capital Campaign that is now in the planning stages. The generosity of our extended family has been, and will continue to be, the life line that allows us to do the things that make us special. It is amazing to me that year after year we raise in the neighborhood of a million dollars to fuel our needs. This “Human Endowment” comes each year because all of you believe what you experienced enriched your lives and must continue to be at South Kent for future generations. But if my job is just about money, I do not want it. I have complete confidence in what the Head of School and the Trustees are planning for South Kent’s future. I believe that the fundamental mission of this school is as important today as it ever has been. Rather than have us stand still, however, Andy Vadnais has challenged us all to work with the changes the world has thrust upon us and to grow. The differences now from the way things were in your day are less dramatic than you may think. We are still a place that takes young men as they are and helps them develop the confidence and skills to become useful members of their communities and their country. So my job will be to help all of you understand that “Bull Mountain is still here.” Although we do some things differently, we are providing for today’s young men in the same fashion we did for you. I hope that my efforts can engage all of you in the life of the school. Along with fund raising, I hope to increase your confidence in what we are doing. And, by the way, today’s boys keep us all young with antics that match anything your class ever did! Keep in touch. If you are in the area, the coffee pot is always on.

Paul L. Abbott Alumni Secretary Senior Master Winter 2009 The Hillside • 25

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A current SKS boy enjoys a late afternoon pond skate on Lew’s Lagoon. Photo by Leo Fan ‘12

Hatch Pond


here are few delights of winter quite like a frozen pond. I eagerly anticipate it as the days get colder and stay that way for long enough to change the state of H2O. Since my childhood, a pond has been a place to escape, to fly, to explore, to sweat, to race — to scrunch, jumble, bump and slash. That “what if” moment hovers when you approach the pond, skates in hand, wondering if the ice is frozen enough to hold you. Other people on the ice are always a good sign. The surface reflects a patchwork of 26 • The Hillside Winter 2009

by Hayward Chappell ’71

whites and grays placed where the ice is silky smooth, and wind-blown sections where the snow piles up, promising danger for your blades. Ice fishermen, joint-partakers of the ice, frequently sabotage the pond by laying their mines throughout the glass. This makes it very difficult to skate backwards for fear of blowing over some wooden flag or catching your foot in a spot less frozen than the rest. I never pay attention to the “No Skating” signs that vainly prohibit people from skating.

Sitting down on the side of the pond, I survey the surface. Maybe you develop an instinct for knowing when it’s all right. I’ve never fallen through, although I’ve cracked the ice — testing. It’s often thinnest at the edges. The first few steps are usually slow and test-y. It’s a funny, scary thing about ice: it can be twelve inches thick and plenty cold out, but you’ll get halfway out there and there’ll be this great rumble, a subterranean belch, below your feet. A bit unnerving at first, but as far as I know, it doesn’t mean the ice is cracking. Just settling. There are lots of long cracks all over the pond. I’ve never seen one appear. They are just there. Perhaps they all burst out at night, or they wait until you skate by them to pop up. They do keep you on your toes and sometimes send you flying if you don’t stay vigilant. Excited, I hurry up the ritual of lacing up my skates. They are old, stiff, and brittle, prehistoric beings from a time over twenty years ago when hockey was my daily jog. My high school life fermented at South Kent, a small prep school lost in the hills of western Connecticut, inhabiting the remnants of a farm. The motto of the school was “simplicity of life,” and we lived it. Hockey was the only winter sport and we all had to play, but I don’t remember minding because I always loved it. I still do. It was the only sport where, unlike football, the practices were as much fun as the games. A lot of hard work, but fun. We were a team and we worked together. Unlike the other prep schools who had emerged from the dark ages, we had no hockey rink, at least for the first year or two of my time there. This meant that in order to skate, we had to trek down to Hatch Pond – a good fifteen minute roll downhill, but an aching eternity up Hell Hill after practice. If the water has frozen solid before a snowfall, the ice is a skater’s dream. Black Ice they call it. A sense of suspended darkness, frozen night, like looking into a congealed galaxy. It’s dark with the impression of infinity, and yet there are all these things suspended beneath: air bubbles, bits

of twigs, leaves and little pebbles. Closer scrutiny reveals the story within. Bubbles of life from fish below, captured before they reached the daylight. A layered chronology of recent changes from liquid to solid, from a realm where freedom and movement were the daily routine of pond life to a world where some become suspended relics in an icy museum. Others are relegated to a sub-stratum limited in scope and set apart from the sphere of light and air once theirs to explore. Sometimes there’s a tree trunk which has attempted to escape, thrusting its arm out of the ice in a plea for help. Black Ice is incredibly smooth, and with sharp skates you can fly. The air races by your ears and you’re off into the wilderness with the scrunch, scrunch, scrunch of your blades throwing you into the wind. The world of the pond, previously unobtainable unless you were an incredible swimmer or had a canoe, is now yours to explore. Back and forth, side to side, end to end, a wonderful sense of freedom is vitalized by the crisp, cold air which freezes your nose and makes it run. A beautiful ride across the fabric of the pond. A myriad of textures, shapes, and objects fly below your feet like the view from a plane. I like to race from one end of the pond to the other and then loop around a few times, crossing one leg over the other, gliding and listening to the sounds. Then I head back the way I came which invariably seems to be into the wind. The marks of my previous trip decorate the ice. Cut, cut, slash, slash. Jump over the crack. Watch out for the hole. Not too close to the edge. Brrretch. The ice belches beneath me. Though not afraid, I’m glad I’m moving. Though I’ve never fallen through, I have imagined it a hundred times or more. I saw a movie once in which some boys, though advised not to, played hockey on potentially thin ice. Sure enough, they fell through. An underwater scene revealed the horror of plunging bodies slipping through the icy pocket. Then the frantic scrambling, weighted down by chains of soggy equipment. Where’s the hole?! The current pull-

ing them beyond freedom, trapped within the frozen tomb. I often like to skate, especially when I’m alone, with a hockey stick in hand. I figure if I ever were to fall through, I could thrust the stick horizontally above my head, stretching it across the hole to catch myself. It’s a plan that gives me confidence. At South Kent, when snow covered the ice, we had to clear it off to make the hockey rink. We celebrated it as a school project. Classes ended early and we all paraded down to the pond. We had big squeegees, black rubber blades on broom handles, and shovels to clear away the snow. Beskated boys lined up behind one another, slightly to the inside of the one ahead, to sweep around in circles pushing off the unwanted white. Then we shoveled it all off to the sides. For the boards, someone built frames out of two-byfours and chicken wire which we set into the ice with rods. Victor Deak, the do-anything maintenance man and a South Kent legend, fine-tuned the surface. A homespun genius, Victor invented the predecessor to the modern Zamboni, a mechanized dinosaur which prepares the ice. He attached a large tank full of hot water to the back of his ancient tractor. A tube from the tank ran down into a long, horizontal pipe filled with holes. A long squeegee ran behind the whole thing. Victor drove the tractor around the newly constructed rink. The hot water ran down the tube and out through the holes onto the ice and the squeegee leveled it off. It was a great process to watch. In a matter of hours our playground and battlefield was complete. Although by no means as fancy, protected, or comfortable as indoor ice rinks, our rink on Hatch Pond was part of us. We had built it, a world within a world beneath the glorious roof of the heavens no man could make. The young skater now had a choice: the fenced-in world of sticks, pucks, and sweaty boys, or the open frozen wonderland of Hatch Pond. I loved them both. Hayward Chappell ’71 originally wrote “Hatch Pond” for a Masters Program in teaching English. A Christian minister for over 25 years. Hayward and his wife live in the hills of southeastern Ohio. Winter 2009 The Hillside • 27


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John P. C. Matthews

The following article was adapted from a longer piece written by Jean Stratton in 2005 for “Town Topics”—a publication concerned with the Princeton community.


ohn P. C. Matthews is Princeton-born and bred. Indeed, his Princeton lineage – town and gown – is impressive, spanning several generations. Family portraits include leaders in the clergy, law (a U.S. Supreme Court justice), education, and journalism. Mr. Matthews has followed in their footsteps – not in choice of career, but in his engagement in the world, actively seeking ways to make a positive difference. Born in Princeton in 1929, he was the second son of Thomas S. Matthews and Juliana Cuyler Matthews, members of two well-known Princeton families. Three brothers, Thomas, Paul, and Alexander completed the family. Young John’s life was one of privilege. As he recalls, “My father’s family was wealthy. My grandfather, Paul Matthews, was the Episcopal Bishop of New Jersey, and my father was managing editor of Time Magazine from 1942 to 1949. We spent every summer near Newport, R.I. at my grandfather’s house. We’d sail, go to the beach, and have wonderful summers there.” He was especially close to his Cuyler relatives, in particular his uncle and godfather Lewis B. “Buzz” Cuyler. “I saw a lot of him,” recalls Mr. Matthews. “I admired my father, but I didn’t see him as much. As editor of Time, he had to be at the magazine a lot, and sometimes I’d only see him two or three hours a week. Then in 1952, he went to live in England, and ‘The Barracks’, the Cuyler house, became home to us. “I greatly admired my father and his writing,” continues Mr. Matthews.” He was definitely the best editor the U.S.

John Matthews in an undated photo from the School’s archives.

produced in the 20th Century, but we had many fights, and I didn’t always like him.” He has especially warm feelings for his mother, however, who died in 1949 when John was in college. “I loved my mother very much. She introduced religion to me.” He has many enjoyable memories of his mother reading all the children’s classics to her boys. “I went to Miss Fine’s School through the fourth grade and then to Princeton Country Day until 9th grade,” says Mr. Matthews. “I grew up on Hibben Road, and I remember we’d rush home from school on our bikes to listen to the radio, especially “The Green Hornet”, “Jack Armstrong”, and “The Lone Ranger.” “We also loved the movies and went to the Playhouse and the Garden for $.35! We had favorite movie stars like Errol Flynn and Clark Gable. “I enjoyed school,” he continues. “I was occasionally on the honor roll, and I also enjoyed sports and acting. In my senior year at PDS, when I was 12, I played the lead in ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’. I also played soccer, ice hockey, and baseball.” John had an older brother, Tom, to keep an eye on him. “He would often break the ice. He’d always say to the older kids, ‘Do you mind if I bring my little brother along?’, and I’d tag along. At 14, I went

with him one summer to work on a cattle ranch in Montana where I learned to smoke and roll my own!” Growing up in Princeton, then a town of some 7,000 to 8,000 people, Mr. Matthews especially remembers the years during World War II. “We heard about Pearl Harbor when we were ice skating on Sunday afternoon at Baker Rink,” he recalls. “Most of the town skated there on Sunday.” “There was a lot of military around during the war,” says Mr. Matthews. “The Army and Navy training programs were on campus, and the Marines were at the Graduate College. I remember hearing them play taps at night, which was beautiful. There was also a Belgian refugee who played the carillon, and that was lovely.” Albert Einstein lived nearby, he adds, and “we’d often see him walking, and I was introduced to him. Those were good days.” When he was 14, John followed family tradition and went to South Kent School in Connecticut, which had been co-founded by his uncle, Richard Cuyler.


iven his family history, it was a forgone conclusion that he would spend his college days at Old Nassau. As he says, “Attending Princeton University was the path of least resistance. My paternal grandfather, my father, my brother Tom, and four Cuyler uncles had all gone there. All together, at that time, eight members of my family had attended Princeton. “Also, who knows – if I had applied to Yale or Harvard, I might not have gotten in!” “When I came to Princeton, I was something of a jock. At South Kent, I had played on the undefeated football team, Winter 2009 The Hillside • 29

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rowed, and was captain of the hockey team. One football game stands out as a highlight of my life. We beat another undefeated team after we were down 20 to 6 in the fourth quarter.” While at the University, he played freshman and varsity hockey, and also rowed on the crew team. In addition, he enjoyed singing in the glee club. At Princeton, he also continued his friendship with Ralph C. Woodward, who had been his roommate at South Kent. It is a friendship which has remained close through the years. Mr. Woodward, now living in Massachusetts, recalls, “Johnny and I spent the summer before going to Princeton cycling in England. We went over on a converted troop ship with our bikes. It was a marvelous trip. Johnny had great connections through his family, and we met everyone from servants and working people to dons at Oxford and dukes and duchesses.” In 1949, Mr. Matthews met Wellesley student Verna Damon. “I met her at Harvard, and for me, it was love at first sight! We got married in 1951 before graduation, after I had finished my thesis. The most important thing I ever did in my life was proposing to her!” Career plans were up in the air after graduation, he reports. “Having spent one summer at the Princeton Herald, where I had the privilege of working with guys back from the war, I was thinking of going into journalism. But I wasn’t really committed. If there had been a Peace Corps then, I would have gone right into it. I wanted to convey the values of American freedom to others.” As it turned out, he joined Radio Free Europe (RFE) in August of 1951. “Radio Free Europe was put together by a number of private people who had been in and out of government, and it was backed by the U.S. government. I got a job writing the news, which was translated by exiles and then transmitted to countries in Eastern Europe.” 30 • The Hillside Winter 2009

The Matthews lived in New York City for two years during this time but then returned to Princeton – “My wife and I are ‘country’ people” – until 1954, when they relocated to Munich, Germany, headquarters of RFE.

At the start of 1989, no one in the West imagined that the Iron Curtain would fall by the end of the year.

“My heart was set on going to Munich,” he recalls. “It was exciting to be where the action was. We loved Munich and had an apartment, which was full of exiles who spoke no English. We spoke a little German, but as it turned out, English was becoming the ‘lingua franca’ of all the exiles.” Mr. Matthews remembers those days with much pleasure and as the beginning of his fascination with mid-20th century Eastern Europe. One of the Americans Mr. Matthews worked with in Munich was journalist Les Whitten, Jr., later a respected reporter with The Washington Post. Now retired and living in Washington, D.C., Mr. Whitten recalls Mr. Matthews’ scrupulous care and attention to the work at hand, and his integrity. “I’ve known John since he went to RFE in the ’50s, and we were all in the newsroom together in Munich. John is a very

careful editor and very responsible writer. He did wonderful work. Also, we could always count on John when it came to journalistic ethics or any ethical matters. We could bounce them off him and be sure of getting a pure answer. John was in a sense the purest of us all.” Reflecting on those days, Mr. Matthews recalls being very absorbed in the work. “I was wrapped up in the Cold War, interested in understanding Communists and what was going on behind the Iron Curtain. I was especially fascinated by a speech Kruschev made in 1956 and did an analysis of it. I decided that it was a very defensive speech, and that our work was being effective.” In 1956, still in Munich, Mr. Matthews became editorial advisor to Free Europe Press (FEP), which was part of the Free Europe Committee, consisting of print, radio, and exile departments. “Early on, there was an FEP balloon leaflet campaign containing condensations of Western news directed to Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Hungary,” explains Mr. Matthews. The leaflet program stopped at the time of the Hungarian Revolution in October of 1956, and another program which had already begun was emphasized. This included mailing actual books and magazines to designated individuals, especially intellectuals, in various Eastern European countries. Eventually, says Mr. Matthews, more than 10 million books, magazines and periodicals were put into the hands of key individuals living in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. “A Marshall Plan for the Mind”, as he describes the project, it did not focus on propaganda, but instead emphasized the best of the West’s ideas in literature, art, philosophy, economics, etc. “At the start of 1989, no one in the West imagined that the Iron Curtain would fall by the end of the year, or that the Soviet Union would disappear two years later.... The chasm between East and

West had finally disappeared.... Reality, filtering through that Iron Curtain in a hundred ways, replaced the unnatural and ultimately irrational Communist system. Intellectuals in the East understood intellectuals in the West because they had been reading the same books.” In 1959, Mr. Matthews and his family, now including three sons – Philip, John, and Christopher – returned to the U.S., where he served as Program Director of the Foreign Policy Association’s World Affairs Center in New York.


is experience at the Foreign Policy Association’s World Affairs Center led to a four-year stint at Princeton University’s Development in International Affairs program. “Allen Kassof, Professor of sociology, was an expert on Soviet Youth,” explains Mr. Matthews. “He and Professor Cyril Black headed the Critical Languages Program at Princeton in which students from other colleges would come here to study Japanese, Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, etc. I was involved in administering this program and raising funds for it, and also as backup to Professor Black.” Then, it was back to New York, where at the invitation of Professor Kassof, who had founded the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Mr. Matthews headed its East European operations. A scholarly exchange program, it involved 160 colleges and universities, he explains. Soviet and Eastern European scholars came to American universities, and Americans traveled to universities in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Scholarly research, not teaching, was emphasized. “We worked with the Department of State, the Ford Foundation, and educational ministries of the foreign countries,” says Mr. Matthews. “I was with this organization for 13 years, and that was when

John Matthews (second row, second from the left) in a team photo, Fall 1945.

I first went behind the Iron Curtain and to all the East European countries. I got a much better feeling about the situation by actually going to these countries.” In fact, Mr. Matthews has traveled to Eastern Europe more than 70 times and, on each occasion, he has kept a journal. After his retirement, he seriously began to consider writing a book based on his observations, experiences, and knowledge of Eastern Europe in the 1950s. “I wanted to do a book about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, but when the Iron Curtain fell, there were hundreds of books on it,” he says. “But none tells the whole story. I brought home a trunkful of material from the Central Newsroom in Munich, and I decided to do a book when I retired.” As it turns out, he wrote a different book, Tinderbox: East-Central Europe in the Spring, Summer and Early Fall of 1956 first. This was the result of a conversation he

had had with a young Hungarian scholar. “I was telling him about an incident in Czechoslovakia in the spring of 1956, when the students held their annual ‘Majales’ (meaning May in Latin) parade on the first of May. An ancient custom, it was banned by the Communists in 1948, but in ’56 they let the students have it in Czechoslovakia. Although they clipped their wings, they didn’t arrest anyone. It was an exciting incident, and the Czechs were delighted. “The Hungarian fellow didn’t know about this, and it became the crux of an article for me: ‘Majales’, which was published in the Cold War International History Project of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Out of that came Mr. Matthews’ book Tinderbox. Having witnessed turbulent times during his life and career, Mr. Matthews is strongly involved in the peace movement, and he is a founding member of the CoaliWinter 2009 The Hillside • 31

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John Matthews (seated, far right) in a prefect photo, 1947

tion for Peace Action in Princeton. “I have worked with them and am a member of 20 other organizations working for peace,” he explains. “I am an activist for peace.” Not surprisingly, many of the people Mr. Matthews most admires are those who have also sought to advance peace in the world. “I admire Lech Walesa, Ghandi, Adlai Stevenson, and Martin Luther King. They are all heroes to me.” Now Mr. Matthews is working hard on his upcoming book, Explosion: The Hungarian Revolution of 1956, which he hopes will be published in 2006, the 50th anniversary of the event. [This book was published in 2007.] “Things are hopeful in Eastern Europe now, but many of the same people who were oppressing the Eastern Europeans are still in the woodwork – the Secret Police, Communist officials, etc. But things are getting better. The European Union is a major step. The young people think of themselves as Europeans today.” Mr. Matthews has written in the Inter-

national Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence: “In an age of ‘war on terror’ and a seeming clash of cultures, it is comforting to look back and consider that precedents for our problems do exist, that what seem like intractable problems do get solved, and implacable foes can be turned into people who understand and respect one another when communication is genuine, avoids propaganda, and is conducted on a truly cultural level.”


rinity Church remains a significant part of Mr. Matthews’ life. “I believe I am the oldest congregant in terms of continuity,” he says, with a smile. “The

church is very important to me. It was founded by my 3-times great grandfather, John Potter, on the Cuyler side. He owned the land the church is on and gave it to them. “He is buried in the churchyard there. So are my father, mother, my grandfather, and my infant son. I will be buried there, too. It is home. It is very meaningful to me.” ■

A Tradition of Service While those of us who have spent many years on the Hillside often tend to miss the significance of world events, there is one place where the message comes through loud and clear. At each of our school chapel services we pray for the safety of those graduates who are serving in our military and are in harm’s way. That list now includes our international students from countries like Korea which have universal military training for all their young men. It pulls me up short. Many South Kent graduates, both men and women, have served with distinction in our armed forces. Today, despite the fact we do not have a universal military requirement, our graduates are no less involved. Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia, all have had boots on the ground or in the air from our community. In thinking about their service, it struck me 32 • The Hillside Winter 2009

that we should honor those who have served and are presently on active duty. Writing an article about these men and women runs the risk of leaving some deserving mention on the sidelines. So we are asking for your help. If you have a story to tell, and perhaps pictures to share, please forward them to We will react to what we receive and then bring you on board as we assemble the information. I have a hunch that what will develop will be interesting to all of us and become a meaningful part of our School’s history. Finally, we want the story to span the entire life of the school. Wherever and whenever you served, we want to hear from you.

Paul L. Abbott Alumni Secretary


Class Notes

Please remember to send in your class notes by mail, by email ( or by using the form on the alumni page of the School’s website.


Julius Waller ’35: “At 91 and 93, Nancy and I have decided to stay on our upstate hilltop this winter. As always, we enjoy hearing from old friends and past scholars!”


Walter Strohmeyer ’46: “My 60th Reunion at Yale comes up June 2010. I keep more than busy now as Board President of the Oyster Ponds School Board of Orient, NY. It is a small public school. I now have an excellent understanding why public education at the grammar school level is in serious trouble on both an educational and financial basis. Not having made the biggest ‘pot’ in this world, I do most of the yard work myself. Swim daily during the summers (still at it) in one of God’s swimming pools, the Long Island Sound.” Richard Cuyler ’48: “I am still active as a clown/juggler. My newest venture is going on my church’s mission trip to Freeport, Bahamas, to work with Haitian refugees.” Chris Webber ’49 was installed as Vicar of St. Paul’s Church in Bantam, CT, on January 13, 2010. Chris is

Top right, Head of School Andrew Vadnais with former Headmasters George Bartlett, Noble Richards and John Farr at the Boston Reception hosted by Matt Gardella ‘87; Margaret and Bill Heuss ‘67 at their November wedding; right, George Worhington with President George Bush

currently writing American to the Backbone, the biography of the fugitive slave James W.C. Pennington who escaped from slavery in 1828. Illiterate at the time, the 19 year-old Pennington eventually became an influential civil rights leader.


George Worthington ’56 had the honor of presenting President George H.W. Bush with a medal from the non-profit “Stefan Banic Parachute Foundation” for his support of the sport of skydiving. The medal was presented at President Bush’s office in Houston this past Martin Luther

King Day. George Worthington serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.


William Heuss ’60: “Margaret Anne Johnson and I were married on November 21 at her home church in Marshfield, MA. I’m retired after 40 years in Episcopal Church parish ministry, most recently here at St. David’s in South Yarmouth. Margaret Anne is a retired VNA and hospice nurse, mother of two and grandmother of four. I am active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary here on the Cape and am vice commander of the Nauset Flotilla. We go to Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans now, where we see lots of SKS alums: Nat Goddard, Rusty Funnell, Bill and Ken Gardiner, and Frank Bancroft.” Gordon Clapp ’67: “My devotion to Robert Frost which began 42 years ago at SKS has inspired a one-man Winter 2009 The Hillside • 33


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show entitled “This Verse Business.” We’re still developing the piece, but we hope to get a full run sometime in the coming year.”

Clockwise from top left; Tom ’68, Charlie ’66, Peter ’74 and Ned Williams ’64 gather for a group photo; Tim Richards ‘75 and his wife, Meg Clarke, Sam Simmons ‘68, Amanda Henderson Cannell-Boone, Peter Boone ’71, Mary Minor-Henderson and Peter Henderson at the Boones’ June wedding; Nick Kipp ‘78 and Eric Stoll ‘70 at the January Indianapolis Indoor Rowing Championships.

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Tom Williams ’68: “Until June 2008, I had spent thirteen very enjoyable years as a 6th grade math teacher at the Pingry School here in New Jersey. Then, after about 30 years in NJ and with our two sons in their 20’s and out of the house, my wife Muffin and I decided we wanted to move to Massachusetts, closer to where her family lives and closer to the mountains and other outdoor opportunities found in New England (and not in NJ, really). So, I quit my job at Pingry, and we were ready to move. But, not so fast! Muffin said, “What’s the rush? Let’s take a year off!” And that’s exactly what we did! On our year off, we hiked in the western national parks and did a lot of biking, too – biking trips to Vietnam, Thailand, Czech Republic, as well as a circuit of Lake Champlain, and we also biked the length of the Erie Canal. Not to mention lots of fun activities in NJ: hiking, biking, playing ice hockey (Muffin is a talented hockey player – I’m not as talented, but...), going to concerts and museums in NY and NJ – what a fun year! At some point in the year, we realized that we really didn’t want to move away from NJ! So, I started

looking for another teaching job and was very fortunate to find a middle school math teaching job at The Willow School (www.willowschool. org) in Gladstone, NJ. Willow is even smaller than SKS! It’s a wonderful and very interesting new school, with grades Pre-K through 8. I’m the entire Middle School Math Department! I am really enjoying myself. I really enjoyed my SKS 40th reunion, especially our well-attended dinner at the Bull’s Bridge Inn. And, I’m proud to be working with Paul Abbott as my class’s agent for annual giving.”

70s Eric Stoll ’70: “Hope all is well on Spooner Hill. I recently ran into Nick Kipp ’78 at the Indianapolis Indoor Rowing Championships at the International School of Indiana late January. Nick won his event (Masters 30-50) and I didn’t get to race due to a shoulder injury that’s kept me off the erg for two weeks. Our family was represented as my wife Deb won her third consecutive Masters 50+ award at this event. Obviously Nick and I never knew one another at SKS, but we met at this race last year and then discovered we were SKS alumni after the race. It turns out that we are

both involved with Indoor Rowing, me with Rowbics at our gym, and Nick has started a program he calls Rowercise. I look forward to getting back there for reunion in June. It’s a little disconcerting to realize that with this reunion I’ll be the same age as the “original scholars” who had their reunion my third form year. They seemed so old.Tempus fugit.” Peter Boone ’71 and Amanda Cannell-Boone were married on June 20, 2009 in Arlington, VA. Several South Kent friends and alumni attended the wedding (see photo, right). Joseph Swan’77 wrote that he is currently SR IT Manager at Wellpoint Systems where he is responsible for analytical software deployments. Mark ’79 and Bradley Hastings ’83 travelled to Portillo, Chile, for some summer skiiing together. The weather brought fifteen feet of new powder the week they were there! Mark continues to practice law at AEGON USA, an insurance company in Baltimore. He and Yi-Wen live in Clarksville, MD. Bradley’s businesses, “Raining Cats and Dogs” and “The Crate Escape” in Cambridge, MA, continue to grow. They now have 125 dogs daily in their day care facility. Bradley and Stephanie have recently moved to Belmont, MA.


Tom Winter ’80 is presently controller for ADM/Brazil and lives in São Paolo. His eldest daughter is a freshman at Emerson College in Boston. Both came to Tulsa for Thanksgiving with his parents and siblings. A great time was had by all. Bill Wreaks ’81and Samantha are pleased to announce the arrival of Toler Booraem Wreaks II. Toler was born on March 12, 2009. Bill and Samantha are also happy to share that they are expecting their fourth child in June. Jonathan Wilson ’84 lives in Sylmar California with his wife Nela, and stepson Andrew (15). “I run a thriving business designing and building guitars. Not the usual fare, these are a hybrid of guitar and viola (bowed guitar). I used to dream of these when I would haunt the Hillside at full volume from the “chicken coop” which used to exist 100’ away from Bringhurst once upon a time. My clients are typically top shelf film composers, and my instruments can be heard from “300” to “CSI Miami”. Recently, I did some sessions for a popular video game called “Borderlands” (which won some cool points with our game expert son!). A pend-

ing album with Lakeshore Records is also in the works. Life is good, even during these challenging times. Sometimes a life requires many years to arrive at a viable niche. My message to those attending South Kent: stay true to your vision no matter what. It is always good to hear from any of you and hear of your journeys. Cheers! (bowedguitar@” Richard Brande ’88 and his classmate Jeff Moore once again met up at this past summer’s Pan-Mass Challenge. The two-day, 170 mile bike ride is a fund raising event for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Forest Bookman ’89 and his wife Kristen are pleased to announce the birth of Justin Charles on October 20, 2009. Justin joins Hanna (9) and Tyler (6). The family lives in in Chagrin Falls, OH. Forest is the President of Forest Corporation which produces point of purchase and print on demand communcation material.


Howard Brande ’93 is pleased to announce his engagement to Jennifer Lyn Sheldon. A May wedding is planned. The couple reside in Arlington, VA, where both Howard and Jennifer work for the Department of Defense. Jennifer, who is also an Army reservist, is currently serving as a Military Historian in Basrah, Iraq. Robert Patton ’93 earned a masters in International Business at UMUC in Maryland. Rob and Kathryn are expecting their first child in early April 2010. Gender will be a surprise. Dave Watson ’94 is busy getting a farm started an hour away from New York. To date “we have 22 raised beds and are growing an organic farm with plans to expand. Prepping for next spring, we are now building

Clockwise from top left: Jon Wilson ‘84 shaping wood for a bowed guitar in the making; Toler Booraem Wreaks II, the newest member of Samantha and Bill Wreaks’ ‘81 family; Howard Brande ’93 and fiancee Jennifer Lyn Sheldon.; the day after Leslie and Mike O’Brien’s ‘98 wedding – with Ian Goodman, Josh Dwyer, the Rev. Steve Klots, Mike and Leslie O’Brien, Matt Donoghue, and Rich Jennings; Rich Brande ‘88 and Jeff Moore ‘88 at this past summer’s Pan-Mass Challenge.

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an eco-cabin for people to come and stay for a weekend. Check out the cabin project (http://www.kickstarter. com/projects/961034734/werebuilding-a-cabin). You are more than welcome to volunteer in helping us farm in the spring!”

Matt Donoghue, along with school chaplain, the Rev. Steve Klots, were in attendance. Mike and Leslie work and live in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Mike is always happy to put up any visitors to Newfoundland from South Kent.

Mike Gagliardi ’95 and his wife Mandy are pleased to announce the birth of their first child. Matthew Lorne Gagliardi arrived weighing in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. and just under 20 inches.

Sumner Crawford ’99: “Hey SKS! Currently I’m working for the Norfolk Admirals Hockey Team as their Director of Game Operations. We are the AHL affiliate to the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. If any fellow SKS alums are ever in the Norfolk, Virginia area, look me up! Hopefully I’ll be back to visit the Hillside soon. Go, Cardinals!

Ian Gerrior ’96 is one of the partners at Aquidneck Wealth Management, a financial planning firm he started in Newport, RI, this past May. He has been in the financial services industry for ten years. After graduating from URI with a degree in finance, he started with Putnam Investments as a Portfolio Tax Accountant. He has been working with John Hancock Financial Network for the last five years. When he is not working, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, golfing, boating and traveling. He resides in Portsmouth, RI. Mike O’Brien ’98 was married to Leslie Cole at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Colliers, Newfoundland, on July 17, 2009. South Kent classmates Ian Goodman, Rich Jennings, Josh Dwyer, and

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Ben Stoddard ’99 and Sophie Tyler were married on August 15, 2009, at the Denver Country Club in Denver, CO. School chaplain, the Rev. Steve Klots, officiated at the ceremony, and Ben’s South Kent classmate, Bryant Johnson, was in attendance with his wife Erica. Ben and Sophie are living in Charlestown, MA. Ben works in boat design in Marblehead, MA, for CW Hood Yachts, and Sophie is a nurse midwife at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Bryant and Erica are living in Los Angeles, where Bryant is finishing up his degree at California Lutheran University. At the wedding, upon seeing Father Klots – who was his third form dorm

parent in McCoun – for the first time in over ten years, Bryant promptly exclaimed, “I want you to know that I am so sorry for everything I put you through when I was a freshman.” Bryant and Erica have two children.


Shaun Matejcek ’00 and Jennifer Lados were married on August 1, 2009, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Langton, Ontario. Classmate Trevor Erdelac and South Kent’s chaplain, the Rev. Steve Klots, were in attendance. Shaun and Jen

Above, Rev. Steve Klots with Jennifer and Shaun Matejcek ‘00; below, Daniel Rheinbay with his girlfriend Ann-Katrin during a 130foot freefall in Rotura, New Zealand; lower left, Rev. Steve Klots with Michelle and Michael Merrick ’94 and their daughter Maggie, at the Boston reception.

corporate banking for Commerzbank AG. Stefan invites classmates to let him know should they find themselves in Frankfurt. You can contact him at Nate Tulli ’00 and his wife Jessica are pleased to annouce the birth of their daughter Samantha Marie Tulli, who was born on November 28, 2009. Nate and Jess continue to live in Palmyra, PA, and Nate works nearby in the Information Technology Department of Lebanon Valley College.

live in Delhi, Ontario, and are hoping to make it to this year’s Alumni Hockey Game. Stefan Schratz ’00 is living in Frankfurt, Germany, with his wife Andrea and beautiful fourteen month-old daughter, Amelie Clara. Since graduating from South Kent, he has been back to the States several times. He writes that he recently received his diploma in business administration from Goethe University Frankfurt and University Paris Dauphine and is working in the field of


James Woike ’02 is currently stationed with the 62nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Hood in Texas, where his son Kaycyn was born on July 14, 2009. Woike was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and was at Fort Hood during the tragic massacre of November, 2009. He survived both of these without incident and is expecting to re-enlist.


Tyler Smith: “My fiancee and I are living in Chicago and plan to get married in a year or so. I have been working as the manager of a sporting goods store but plan to attend culinary school in January.” While Tyler was expected to be a movie celebrity based on his stellar performance in an early AMG production, he admits that he has not been able to leverage that experience. Seho Park recently graduated from Emory as a Psychology and Linguistics major. He writes: “I loved my

Clockwise from top left: Andrea and Stefan Schratz ’00 with their daughter; John Richardson ’56 and wife Joyce flank Myrna Fawcett, who graciously hosted a recent Washington, DC reception; Amanda Cannell-Boone, Peter Boone ‘71, Head of School Andrew Vadnais, Barbara Peirce and Neal Peirce ‘50 at the Washington DC, reception; Chip Rosenberg ‘87 and Doug Sharpe ’74 at the Boston Reception hosted by Matt Gardella ’87.

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four years in Atlanta as much as I did at South Kent (though they were quite different experiences). I am still in Atlanta, working at a Cognitive Linguistics Systems lab as a under/pre-graduate researcher. I am preparing to take the LSAT in June and will continue my academics in the States for a couple more years. Due to my bad knee I was unable to fulfill my service in the military. Doo, Sung-Wook,and Paul Oh are all in the army and... Doo looks different now. Like Todd Gennings. You might not be able to recognize him at the first sight. My best to all my SKS teachers. I would love to come by for this coming five year reunion, but I won’t be in the States to join in. However, I will be eventually coming to the Hillside.”

environment. Hope to see everyone this summer!”

Daniel Rheinbay visited South Kent this summer. He writes: “I figured it was about time to show my girlfriend the place where I spent one of the most wonderful years of my life :) We spent a couple of days with Andrew Fink in Boston, a few days in Manhattan, spent a week with Tano DiMarco and his wife in Rome, NY, took a day trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, and finally headed back to Kennebunk to take a whale watching tour. I was enrolled in a corporate-linked study program and majored in business information systems which, among other things, took me to Auckland for four months last winter. I received my B.S. in September and decided to stay with the corporation, so I joined the IT Governance Department of Daimler in Stuttgart. I am hoping to make it to the Hillside for my five-year reunion. I’m thrilled to find out what everyone’s been doing during the past five years. I would love to see South Kent re-join the ASSIST program. I’ve served on the board of the ASSIST Alumni Club for the past five years and have met quite a few South Kent ASSIST alumni, all of whom would love to see South Kent giving ASSIST scholars the opportunity to spend a year in such a wonderful learning

Will Goldsholl continues to follow his broadcasting trajectory initiated with South Kent’s Advanced Media Group (AMG). “Though this time,” he notes, “I’m getting paid for it! Unfortunately this is so low-tech compared to what the South Kent’s AMG guys do that I work solo with just a mic and comp, and the webcasts are practically impossible to watch. Nothing near AMG calibre but still fun. Caught a few casts this year from the SKS guys. You all just keep getting better. Not sure how you do it!”

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Kyle Berry: “I am currently in my final semester at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. On the golf team for the #1 ranked Division 3 team in the country. Following a seven month internship, I will graduate in December 2010 and be a certified PGA Professional.”


Byron Vega played a significant role on the University of Kentucky’s nationally ranked men’s soccer team this fall as a freshman. Byron balanced his responsibilities to the tune of a 3.5 GPA and was accepted into the school’s engineering program.

Former Faculty Doug Denham ’65: “I am busier now than I have ever been before… it’s not supposed to work out that way when one is nearing retirement, but such is life and the circumstances I’m in at the moment. Not only am I teaching a full load, but I’m also Dean of the ninth grade at AA (174 squirrelly ones that I watch over)… and coordinator for the 8th and 9th grade Spanish teachers to boot! Was in SKS in early July spending a night with the Browns. Visited the School for a couple of hours. The place looks great. New dorm (next to my old abode) was awesome! Dina is in San Francisco with her husband and two kids and holding their own rather well. Bill is in Washington shepherding congressional and senate VIPs to far off lands and doing things he’s not supposed able to talk about too much. He’s now a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF. All is well here. “ Christopher Hurshman is in the second year of his graduate program at Yale in comparative literature. “I continue to learn more and more about less and less and, before long, I will know all there is to know about nothing. Until that point, I watch anxiously as the job market for humanities PhDs collapses.” Former faculty Pixie and current faculty, Woody Brown, recently returned from a four-month teaching exchange with the Guang Ming High School in Shanghai. More details and beautiful photography are available on their trip blog, at http://woodpix. Chad Mills lives with his partner, Robyn, and dog, Ruby, near Hanover, NH. He writes: “I have to admit that the first place I look when I get the SKS magazine is to see what students have done after they left SKS. So now it is my turn. I left South Kent to follow a passion and do an in-depth study of organic farm-

Former faculty member Chad Mills enjoying a reflective moment on a beach in Tulum, Mexico.

ing. I spent two season teaching at the Farm School in Athol, MA. I spent many hours with my hands in the dirt, driving tractors, and tending to sheep, pigs, chickens, and cows. In March as I was helping to bring a lamb into the world, I felt I was understanding nature. Then in August we had a freak hail storm that destroyed half of our crops. I realized that I still had much to learn. I continued my study of organic farming on a 50-acre vegetable farm in Vermont with a farmer who started the Vermont organic movement 30 years ago. Again I realized I had much to learn. This fall as the farm wound down, I took a job teaching at Hartford Career and Technology Center in Hartford, Vermont. It is great to be back in the classroom but a little difficult to be inside, away from the natural world. After four months as a public school teacher I had a recurring thought: there was still so much that I wanted to learn. The moral of this story? It is never too late to learn something new. Do it well.”

In Memoriam

1935 Thomas P. Townsend died peacefully on Dec. 31, 2009, at Sharon Health Care. He was 92. Tom was the father of Joanne Taber of Lakeville, Hunter Townsend of Meriden, NH, and Elizabeth MacDonald of Atlanta, GA. Tom was born on March 28, 1917, in Bryn Mawr, PA. After graduating from South Kent, Tom attended the University of Pennsylvania. He was a CPA and worked as an accountant and eventually as CFO for several different mining companies. He served in the Navy as a supply corps officer on a destroyer from 1942–1945. Tom lived a life of service, helping others whenever and however he could. He was particularly active in the ARC, the United Fund and Americares and served as a South Kent Trustee for many years. Tom was an avid sailor and enjoyed cruising up and down the East Coast on his boat, Seabird. He was a competitive athlete, playing tennis and golf and skiing throughout his life. He was predeceased by his wife Laura and two sons, Tommy and Stewart. His three children, his 10 grandchildren and his eight greatgrandchildren will miss his brave and cheerful disposition.

1959 Daniel Walker of Wellfleet, MA died March 6 at Cape Cod Hospital. He was 75. A former actor, director and teacher who, 25 years ago, joined five others in creating the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Daniel’s passion for acting began at

age 6 when he played Jack Frost in a Christmas play at Wellfleet Elementary School. Theatre became his passion, whether on the Cape during the summers or while at South Kent. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and, after serving in the peacetime Navy in Boston, he ventured to New York to pursue his lifelong dream of a theatre career. All of Mr. Walker’s family is in “the business.” He met his future wife, the designer and playwright Dina Harris, when both were working on a pair of horror movies. In the mid-1970s he took a position as drama director at The Brearley School in New York City. There he taught acting and stagecraft for 19 years. Besides his wife, Daniel is survived by his son, Sheafe Walker, and his daughter, Daisy Walker.

1947 John Potter Cuyler Matthews, 80, died January 29, 2010 at his home in Princeton, NJ. Born in 1929, John was the son of Thomas S. Matthews and Juliana Cuyler Matthews. Like his brother Tom before him, John was a South Kent graduate; from there he went on to Princeton, graduating with a degree in English in 1951. In the 1950s, he worked for Radio Free Europe, first in New York City and then in its Munich, Germany, headquarters. He later worked for Princeton’s Development in International Affairs Program, and as deputy director of its International Research and Exchanges Board. Inspired by his extensive work in foreign affairs, John was author of two books on recent Eastern European history, Tinderbox: East-Central Europe in the Spring, Summer and Early Fall of 1956, published in 2005, and Explosion: the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, published in 2007. He was very active in Trinity Church in Princeton, serving on the Vestry, in the Hospital Visitors program, and the Prison Ministries. He was a longtime

member of the Princeton Coalition for Peace Action. John was predeceased by two sons, Thomas and Philip. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Verna Damon, two sons, Cuyler and Christopher, and four granddaughters.

Barbara “Mick” Simmons, wife of Sam Simmons ’68 (SKS faculty ’78’98) died October 26, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Mick’s family, Sam and her children, Molly Simmons, Becky Cooke, Tom Simmons, and Katherine Simmons, son-in-law, Peter Cooke, and granddaughter Madeline Cooke were a source of incredible joy to her. Mick used her many gifts to better the community and the world around her. As an avid gardener, wonderful cook, and creative talent, Mick shared her love of life with others. She will be remembered for the beaming smile and warmth that she brought to the Hillside. During the Simmonses’ twenty years at South Kent, Mick never hesitated to open her heart and home to countless boys who will forever remember her wonderful cooking and tremendous energy. Whether chasing one of her four children or cheering on the South Kent hockey team, Mick always made a point of saying hello and offering one of her trademark hugs. Winter 2009 The Hillside • 39


50 & 25 Years Ago

The Pigtail, June 4, 1960

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The Pigtail, January 29, 1985

John G. Mosher ’52


Member of the St. Michael’s Society

y father was born and raised in China. His schoolmates in Wusih were all Chinese. In 1915, fluent in Chinese, he was shipped off to Kent School, whose legendary headmaster was Rev. Frederick H. Sill, O.H.C. The boys called Dad “Chink”. His schoolmates included Sam Bartlett and Dick Cuyler – who became his roommate at Princeton. After serving as a naval officer in Singapore and New Guinea, 1947 found him teaching at the National War College with the idea that I might follow his path. I was twelve. We drove to Kent, Dad with memories of white wood buildings and Father Sill. We found a large, prosperous brick plant under Father Chalmers. It was not the same. Dad then took us the 4½ miles south to visit his schoolmates Bartlett and Cuyler, who had started a second school under the guidance of Father Sill. This was what he remembered. I was enrolled in the second form, spent one month homesick, then fit in. The school operated on a shoestring, but under the fiery, firm leadership of Sam Bartlett, the boys and faculty did everything, hoeing potatoes, building hockey rinks on the lake, and later, after clearing a forest, on land next to the chapel which we flooded overnight in shifts. We kept the whole school clean, cleared snow, performed kitchen duty, put on musicals, dug footings for a new chapel wing. Outdoor team sports taught the boys competition and teamwork, while keeping them physically sound. The spartan Chapel gave me five years of knowledge from the Bible, and humility in the best way. Academics were serious. We were taught how to think, rather than – even in very proud American universities today – what to think. I had five years of Latin before majoring in Latin and Greek at Princeton. Fifth form Spring Term, having raced through our math

curriculum in the Fall and Winter Terms, we could choose extra subjects. Roger Betts and I learned celestial navigation on the hillside, before he went to the Naval Academy, and I won the Navy navigation prize at Princeton. At 12 or even 17 no boy can imagine what lies ahead, but some sixty years later, it became clear to me that the three plain principles of that school, Simplicity of Life, Self-Reliance, and Directness of Purpose, have carried me though life, thick and thin, unyielding as ever, their grip ever firmer. A life I could never have imagined. Naval officer in Japan, sudden deaths of both my parents, not yet 60, writing books on Kyoto, Japan, and German intellectual history, teaching skiing at 40 below zero in Canada, and later in Austria, where the winter seemed “warm”, restoring a run down farmhouse high in the Alps above the Salzkammergut, stock market busts in 1969 and 1973, singing in the opera in Salzburg, invited to the Reagan administration in 1983, directing the worldwide expansion of Special Olympics, with Sargent Shriver, four years until 1992, patience through national or personal boom and bust years, relearning Japanese to take my wife across northern Japan in 1998, recent deaths of family members and dear friends. Each of these – as many more – deserves its own exegesis. Not a one of them could be foreseen by the South Kent boy of twelve or even seventeen. The three principles have only strengthened as I grew older. The School is now thriving under the leadership of Andy Vadnais, who knows both what Sam Bartlett created then, and what can keep it viable now in this very different and precarious age. Recognizing all this, my wife and I made the School the central beneficiary of our wills. No cause deserves such help more; I would never trade what it gave me.

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