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The Hillside South Kent School Magazine | Winter 2008

Battle Ready

A South Kent alumnus. A boat. Two long journeys. Clarkson Farnsworth ’41 and the USS Slater.

The Hillside Winter 2008 Volume XLV1 Number 1

Editor: Mark Berghold Director of Communications

The New Landscape

Copy Editor: Mary Flemming Brown

Contributors: Laura Brande Arthur Brown Carol-Ann Bruen Gonzalo Garcia Steve Klots Tom O’Leary Design: LHF & Co. Send address changes to: South Kent School 40 Bull’s Bridge Road South Kent, CT 06785 (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 other schooladministered programs. Mission Statement South Kent School is an independent, college preparatory school for boys. Since its founding, South Kent has maintained ties with the Episcopal Church. Three principles define the school: Simplicity of Life, Self-Reliance, and Directness of Purpose. We offer, by living simply, an uncluttered environment for lively and rigorous learning. We encourage our students to become 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.

Visit South Kent School’s website at

Cover Image: Detail of the USS Slater (Mark Berghold)


or good reason, the new economic landscape in which we all suddenly find ourselves has been the focus of everyone’s concern for the last six months. On the Hillside, we took strong evasive action when we first glimpsed the outlines of the impending catastrophe. For instance, we shifted a significant portion of our endowment into conservative positions. We trimmed over $300,000 from our operating budget. We imposed conservation measures across the campus. We postponed new major capital projects. At this time, it is still impossible to predict the many ways that the deepening recession and cascading unemployment will impact enrollment and annual giving in the 2009-2010 academic year. One prediction I do have, however, is that secondary school education will be very different after the current fiscal crisis finally ends. This is because a perfect storm scenario is emerging in which the natural evolution of technology is combining with looming economic shortages and widespread uncertainty. In short, educators and school boards across the country will be forced to innovate, in many cases by replacing faculty and staff and expensive textbooks with relatively inexpensive and widereaching digital technology. An old paradigm is ending and a new one is beginning. What will the new educational paradigm look like? How will prep schools, steeped in tradition and the liberal arts, respond? For a more in-depth analysis of this issue, please see my essay “Can Prep Schools Do It Again?” on our website ( or write or call me, and I’ll mail you a hard copy. I welcome your thoughts and will be happy to share some of them on our site.

Andrew J. Vadnais

The Hillside


Volume XLVI, Number 1 Winter 2008

“How come you guys always take the best things and leave the junk to us?” see page 8


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Pushing Pixels

Letters to the School

One part Self-Reliance, one part a loyal alum’s support, one part high tech tools. Meet South Kent’s Advanced Media Group.

Board of Trustees School Notes Fall Athletics


Worlds Away




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Alumnus Profile Annual Report Class Notes Alumni Authors In Memoriam


Two Fifth Formers share perspective-altering summer experiences working with local communities in Alaska and Peru.

To read several of this issue’s stories, along with supplementary material, please visit

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Reflections Dear Andy: Since I was unable to attend a recent reception and share these reflections with you in person, my compromise is to write you about what SKS has meant to me. The story began in June 1934 when my father came to pick me up on the last day of school. I was then attending Walnut Hills Junior High. I handed my father the form on which I had indicated what courses I wanted for the next school year. He said that it was not needed as I would be going away to school. There was no discussion as to whether this was something I wanted to do; it was simply their decision about my future education. In any event I wound up in the fall of 1934 arriving at SKS. I was driven there by my Aunt Jeanne, my mother’s older sister. The driving was actually done by William, her chauffeur and my childhood pal. We lunched, as I recall it, at a nice restaurant just above Kent village. Shortly after 3:00 PM, we drove down to South Kent. I recall the moment because William got out of Aunt Jeanne’s Packard limousine, got my luggage out of the trunk and headed for the porch of the Old Building. At that point I stopped him and said I would carry my own bags – a lesson in growing up. I don’t remember too much about those early days at SKS except that I was assigned a bed in the dorm and Hank Booth had the bed next to mine. I do remember that I had not a moment

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.

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of homesickness for reasons I do not now understand except that my parents must have done a good job of preparing me for this new life. And it was a new life: on the first morning, Larry Newhall, senior prefect, was not satisfied with our speed in getting up, resulting in the whole dorm running to Kent before breakfast. I had never played football so that, too, was certainly a new experience – baseball, yes, but no football. I was an only child so this type of discipline was new to me. Jobs were certainly new – my family had a wonderful

“ ” Larry Newhall, senior prefect, was not satisfied with our speed in getting up, resulting in the whole dorm running to Kent before breakfast.

cook and cleaning lady, so household duties were a novelty as was chapel, waiting on tables, always wearing a coat and tie, making my bed as well as doing my job and having it subject to rigorous inspection. I ended my third form year having led my form for all but the first marking period. I am happy to say that this continued throughout my SKS years. Crew was another new experience for me. I knew about paddling a canoe, but rowing in a shell was something I had never even heard of, much less done. Ice hockey was more of the same. Our home was in Cincinnati which had a relatively warm climate. I came back from Christmas vacation and put on skates for the first time in my life. The truth of the matter is that I never was a very good athlete, but at SKS you played on a team whether

you were any good or not. One of the big transitions for me was the teaching at SKS. It was good, and I don’t believe any of the masters had teacher training. The teachers I remember from those days – Dick Cuyler, Pete Cameron, Burt Cummings, George Knopf and Woody Woodward were outstanding men who inspired one to learn. Fortunately I came to SKS from good schools, and although I was the youngest member of my form, I did not have the problem of playing catch-up as did some of my classmates. Credit should go also to my parents, both of whom had strong academic backgrounds and were people of ability. This has led me to the belief that part of selecting the school population has to do with making judgments about the parents of the boys who are being considered for admission. I know that this is not easy when it is so necessary to have enough pupils so that the school can survive financially. I was fortunate to be at SKS when Sam Bartlett was headmaster. He was a leader of men and will always will be an inspiration to me. I regret that I shall not be with you all for the 85th Anniversary, but SKS has done a lot for me for which I shall forever be grateful. My concluding words to you are “keep on doing what you are doing – it’s great.” With very best wishes,

Under the auspices of South Kent, the boy continued his senior year. He learned to be self reliant, he learned directness of purpose, and he learned simplicity of life. Throughout the year he played on the Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse team. A handful of his classmates and he journeyed to Alaska to live with the Athabascans of Tanacross, an experience he will never forget. He spent long nights exchanging cultural differences with his classmates from the inner cities and from Africa. In the spring, he heard back from the University of Miami, his first choice, and decided to become a Hurricane. After four wonderful years, he graduated from college with a 3.5 and a double major in Motion Pictures and Art History. Picking up again, he moved to New York to start his first real job with Sotheby’s, the art auction house. Living in the East Village and working very hard, the teenage boy had transformed into a young adult. Like Joseph Campbell, author of Hero with a Thousand Faces, says, “Follow your bliss,” and he had. Thank you so very much, Mr. Vadnais and South Kent, for opening your doors and heart to “that boy.”You have no idea how SKS has impacted my life. I look forward to attending a reunion in the near future and send you my warm regards.

Duncan F. Brown, ’38 Shelburne, Vermont

Jake Coley ’04 New York, New York

Opening Doors


Just about four years ago a teenage boy, unsure of his future and uncomfortable in his own skin, came to SKS. It was his senior year, and he was asked to leave his former boarding school because of disciplinary reasons. Not knowing where to go or who to turn to, the boy and his father rented a car and journeyed across the state of Connecticut to interview at South Kent School. South Kent opened its doors to him where others had not. Little did this boy know at the time what the school had done for him.

It was a wonderful and most sucessful alumni weekend this past June. Thank you for all you did to make it so interesting and enjoyable. I enjoyed the two programs on Saturday: an update on the School and the academic program which seems to be right on track in this present time. I was also so impressed with how well the grounds and buildings looked. Again, many thanks for the wonderful weekend. Bill Hale, ’43 Marlborough, NH

The Board of Trustees

Answering the call... South Kent’s Chairman of the Board Jeffrey Rosenberg reflects on milestones reached and the road ahead. Mr. Jeffrey G. Rosenberg ’80 —Chairman of the Board General Partner Bila Family Partnership Florida, NY


t is with a great deal of pride that I serve on South Kent School’s Board of Trustees. It is a privilege to serve with the other board members, many of whom are also SKS alumni, as we help the School set a course through the next decade and beyond. I am also fortunate to head up the board after the capable leadership of my predecessor, Harold Bogle, who helped guide the school to accomplish many milestones: • the development of a school–wide strategic plan • the construction of the first new dorm in thirty years • an increased endowment and enrollment • an enhanced college list While these and other achievements have put the School on a strong financial and educational footing, we have much work ahead of us as we deal with the challenging economic and educational environment. We have plans to upgrade the facilities starting with a new dining facility, increasing the number of Advanced Placement classes that we offer, and improving life on campus for both faculty and students. In these difficult times it is imperative to preserve, and grow, the unique environment that South Kent School offers to all of its constituents. I encourage all of us to support SKS with any of the resources that we can offer: time, money or advice. The SKS way of life survives and thrives on our support. Let’s grow stronger together. Please contact Andy Vadnais or me with suggestions, comments or any other help you can provide to the School.

Jeffrey G. Rosenberg

Mr. Douglas B. Sharpe ’74 —Vice President Systems Engineer/Architect Raytheon Co. Concord, MA Dr. Richard K. Tompkins, Jr. ’58 —Vice President Mill Creek, WA Mr. David Erskine —Treasurer Wayne, PA Mr. Andrew J. Vadnais —Secretary Head of School South Kent School South Kent, CT Mr. Peter S. Boone ’71 Economist Regional Vice President Carana Corp. Arlington, VA

Mr. Calvin S. Frost ’59 CEO Channeled Resources Group Lake Forest, IL Ms. Susan Hecken Gardner ’80 Darien, CT Mr. James M. Garnett, Jr. ’74 Head of Risk Oversight Citigroup 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 & CEO The Wreaks Media Corp. Zionsville, PA

Mr. Rodney L. Burton ’58 Mr. George H. Bartlett University of Illinois Professor of Aerospace Engineering —Emeritus Champaign, IL Mr. Legare W. Cuyler ’58 —Emeritus Mr. Kai J. Chin ’67 Vice President Mr. John S. Farber Wells Fargo Bank —Emeritus Louisville, CO 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. 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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Fall Numbers... 374 The number of daffodil bulbs planted by several industrious fourth formers and a few faculty on a late-October Sunday morning. Most of the bulbs were planted around Gilder Dorm. Stay tuned for Spring images... 721 Led by South Kent Prefect David Benmocha, the student body raised $721 for the New Milford Social Services Food Bank program. Students were able to dress casually for one day in exchange for a $3 per person donation to the local charity.... 15 In a more accurate reflection of life off the Hillside than might be the case in another environment, the South Kent student body boasts representatives from fifteen countries. “This truly global perspective,” mentioned Headmaster Vadnais “may well be one of the greatest gifts we provide our boys”... 18 While the Associate Head of School’s campaign never truly seemed to gain momentum, eighteen students took part in the presidential campaign, casting their ballots with the rest of the country on election day...

4 Four different houses of

worship were the focus of two recent fourth form field trips. The boys visited a Roman Catholic church, Shaker Meeting House, synagogue, Buddhist temple and then South Kent’s St. Michael’s Chapel in an effort to understand the relationship between architecture and human values and belief systems... 125 Over 125,000 visits to South Kent’s website were recorded. The retooled site, which marked its one-year anniversary this fall, has been viewed in 67 countries. The largest number of visits on any given day was 1,850, recorded during last year’s AMG webcast of the hockey finals. 4 • The Hillside Winter 2008

...some new faces


his fall, South Kent opened its doors to seven new faculty and their families. Tim von Jess has been hired as the School’s Director of Development. Tim joins South Kent after a four-year term as Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at Brewster Academy. He served at Eaglebrook Academy in a similar capacity from 1999 to 2004. Tim, who holds a master’s in history from Colby College, joins the South Kent community with his wife, Jodi, and their sons Mason (7) and Sawyer (4). Matthew Baron joins South Kent to teach mathematics and science. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz. He also holds a master’s in education from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix. Kelvin Jefferson comes to South Kent with his wife Chiquita and children Jaedan (7) and Tyler (2), to be Basketball Program Director and coach of South Kent’s nationally recognized Prep Basketball Team. He received his degree in Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. Coach Jefferson joins SKS after a season as Assistant Coach of Colgate’s third-seeded Patriot League team. Bill Kelly arrives on the Hillside to


outh Kent currently boasts six faculty members who are also former South Kent students (pictured here, below their SKS yearbook photos). Rich Brande ’88, current Director of Admissions; Jon Bellonio ’03, media teacher and Associate Varsity Hockey Coach; Gonzalo Garcia ’95, Associate Director of Admissions and advisor to the Advanced Media Group; Franck Traore ’04, math teacher and Asst. Basketball Coach; Stan Vylet ’04, Director of Student Activities, Psychology teacher, coach of JV soccer, Varsity B hockey and tennis.

teach Algebra. Bill was an Assistant Football Coach during the fall and will be Head Lacrosse Coach in the spring. He is a graduate of Williams College. David Macomber joins the SKS faculty David Macomber, Kelvin Jefferson, Billy Kelly, Sean Murphy, Matt Baron, Tim von Jess, Cheryl to teach Spanish Moore and Walter Moore. and coach JV Soccer. He graduated from Bowdoin College and College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, holds a master’s from the University MA where he majored in English and of Massachusetts and a master’s in eduminored in Art History. He was an cation from Westfield State College in Assistant Crew Coach under Head Coach Westfield, MA. Jeff Galusha this fall. Cheryl L. Moore joins SKS as Art Franck Traore ’04, returns to South Department Coordinator. She is a gradu- Kent to teach mathematics and serve as ate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Assistant Prep Basketball Coach under Her husband, Walter Moore, also joins Coach Jefferson. Franck received a SKS as Sixth Form Dean. Walter teaches degree in International Relations from Fourth Form Biology and serves as Manhattan College. Associate Athletic Director and Assistant Stan Vylet ’04 also returns to the Baseball Coach. Walter is a graduate of Hillside this year as Student Activities SUNY Cortland, and holds a master’s Director. Stan is teaching Psychology to degree from SUNY Albany. the Fifth and Sixth Forms. A graduate Sean Murphy is teaching English to of Hobart College, Stan is an Assistant the fourth form boys and Art History to Coach for Varsity B hockey, JV soccer and the upper forms. Sean is a graduate of tennis. ■

...and some we’ve seen before

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The Next Best Thing To Being There Students in South Kent’s Advanced Media Group embrace the medium as much as the message. Contributing writer Peter Roche sheds some light on what the SKS “AMG” has been up to.


outh Kent’s Associate Director of Admissions Gonzalo “Gonzo” Garcia ’95 had a dream. A native of Miami whose father lives in Spain, Gonzo believed South Kent School, with its worldwide network of parents, alumni, and friends, could be linked in real time through the internet so the SKS experience could be shared by anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world. Today, that dream has become a reality and South Kent School parents and alumni are able to watch South Kent athletic events live, anywhere in the world, thanks to the initiative of a dedicated group of SKS students, Gonzo’s determination, and the generous financial support of alumni and friends of the school. Webcasts of the School’s athletic events are produced exclusively by students who signed up for a new School program, The Advanced Media Group (AMG). With Gonzo as Faculty Advisor to the group, AMG pushes the video from the School’s servers to be webcast via the School’s rede6 • The Hillside Winter 2008

signed website, www.southkentschool. org. AMG is also providing coverage for school activities including concerts, campus debates, the annual spring robotics competition, and other student performances. These are believed to be the first such student-produced webcasts by any school in the region and continue to be a model for a growing number of innovative SKS student projects in media, communications, engineering and environmental studies. “Other schools are trying to do something like this, but so far no one is as advanced as we are. We’ve even been asked to broadcast other school’s events,” Gonzo says. After one recent football game was webcast, a parent phoned in to tell Gonzo how grateful she was that both she and her father, the 97-year old grandfather of one of the players, were able to enjoy the game. “We live in another state, and he is not even able to leave his home. That you, through your program, were able to provide him with the opportunity to watch his grandson play football in real time was a tremendous gift to all of us.” The tearful mother of a member of the opposing team concluded, “Thank you for what you have done.”


onzo says he started the AMG program modestly. “First we started filming everyday things that happened on campus. From there we started making highlight videos of campus events, and went on to develop a media course, studying how to make and appreciate film. At that point we got the idea that we might be able to broadcast our games live and got an alumni grant to get it started. At that point we were forced to find out how to get it done!” “We see this as a model for innovative new courses and curriculum at South Kent,” Gonzo says. “We started with a club, let it develop into a course and are

now integrating it into the curriculum.” “The great thing about this is that a student-run enterprise teaches the boys the practical aspects of creating something, getting it up and running, and then maintaining it as a going concern. We are currently developing a new program to turn the Bringhurst theater into a student-run, profit-making enterprise,” Gonzo says. Both SKS students and faculty pitch in to produce the web broadcasts, providing game commentary, play-by-play and technical support. Among the faculty featured so far have been Headmaster Andrew Vadnais, Associate Head of School Rich Chavka, Gonzo, Athletic Director Owen Finberg and Board of Trustees Chairman Jeff Rosenberg. South Kent currently has the ability to broadcast basketball, football and ice hockey and soccer. “So far the reaction to the broadcasts continues to be overwhelmingly enthusiastic,” Gonzo says. Total webcast viewers have passed the 2,000 mark and now average more than one hundred per game, he says. South Kent parents and alumni have been tuning in to support the School’s athletes from all over the globe, and calls have come in from parents and grandparents thanking SKS for the technological breakthrough. “It is great hearing the calls come in,” says Gonzo. “Many of our boys’ relatives live far enough away that travel to games poses a serious challenge. While we love having fans at any game, these broadcasts give more families an opportunity to watch their boys live”. The students’ SKS game broadcasts are being picked up by local public access channel CATV6. Gonzo is also working with Marshall Miles of local radio station WHDD FM 91.6 to develop a hands-on internship program for students in the AMG program.


The tearful mother concluded, “Thank you for what you have done.”

AMG member and Head Prefect Jesse Bruen mans the controls at a live webcast of a recent basketball game.

Mark Berghold

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Alumnus Profile

one man’s

junk A South Kent boy’s journey and some of the treasures he’s found along the way. by Mark Berghold


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Mark Berghold

ong before thinning ozone layers, greenhouse gasses, and alternative fuels became the subjects of water-cooler and dinner table exchanges, Edith Hayes Taylor was recycling. It was 1943, the era of “Victory Gardens” and US Bonds. First Class Storekeeper Taylor was responsible for managing an evergrowing inventory of airplane parts at the “Assembly and Repair” unit housed in four World War I airplane hangars at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia. A&R’s challenge was significant for several reasons. Unlike a modern assembly line on which one model might be assembled per line, Norfolk’s A&R line needed to dismantle, repair and reassemble whatever airplane was towed in the door. An F6 “Skyray” might roll in one morning followed by an SB2C “Helldiver” bomber or a Grumman TBM “Avenger” torpedo bomber. Whenever possible, planes were repaired using parts

in salvage and then returned to service. At their peak, Edith Taylor and the squad of mechanics, electricians and metal workers at A&R were returning to service one plane per day. Serviceable parts from those less fortunate planes beyond repair ended up tagged and placed in many labeled bins which then became Taylor’s responsibility. Edith Taylor worked in a Navy-sanctioned “chop shop”. Second Class Aviation Metalsmith Clarkson Farnsworth was one of Assembly & Repair’s metal workers. He often found himself the supplicant, facing the attractive Taylor across a countertop in salvage, as he would make a request for a particular component from one of her many numbered bins. While she knew full well the critical nature of her role in A&R’s mission, the feisty Taylor could not help but respond to Clark one morning, “How come you guys take the best things and leave the junk to us?”


Courtesy of Tim Rizutto

lark Farnlection basket at sworth the chapel service enrolled the following at South Kent in morning. the fall of 1936 as a All edible second former. The purchases were fourteen year-old supposed to be had little say in the consumed by 10 decision to attend the PM. While the rustic prep school. A ice cream was friend of the famgenerally gone ily, whose son was by the return to attending, had highly campus, the candy recommended the was not and often school and its faculty had to be stored in to Clark’s parents. a secure location There had been no in the dorm. A discussion with their loose wall panel son about other in one dorm room schooling options, in “Roseland”, and from that day a larger room until Thanksgiving, on the second Clark’s only contact floor of the Old Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes: The “Aetos-01” after it was towed home from Greece and before its restoration and with his parents were rechristening as the USS Slater.” Previous page, Clarkson Farnsworth aboard the USS Slater. Building, served the weekly letters this purpose well, which travelled by mail between South Kent safe from all but the previous year’s inhabitants and the family home in Huntington, L.I. In who often returned to exact a sweet toll for their that first year on the Hillside, Clark slept in a silence. room shared with twenty-five second and third Clark completed his Third Form year at South formers on the top floor of the Old Building. Kent, but following the death of his father, Clark While the first few weeks of school were difand his family moved to Florida in 1938. Clark ficult, Clark credits his time at South Kent with completed his final years of high school there making his later transition to boot camp much and attempted to enter the Navy in the summer easier. It was difficult, he admitted, but “we just of 1941. Clark was initially rejected because of had to get accustomed to it.” The experiences an overbite, but the screeners were less discernand the expectations at South Kent “made it ing when he returned six months later to reapply. easier for boys like me who had gone to prep The December attack on Pearl Harbor had school to adjust after graduating.” brought the United States into the conflict, and Clark recalls that after Saturday’s dinner, in early 1942 Clark headed off to boot camp at usually beans and brown bread culminating the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia. Clark with Jell-O, he and his peers would write checks graduated and hoped to join the fleet in the Pafor twenty-five cents which would be cashed cific, but the Navy had other ideas. Recognizing at the school bank, a small office at the top of that the young Farnsworth’s metal-working skills the stairs in the Old Building. The boys would could be put to good use, officials sent Clark then walk across the RR tracks to the local groback to NAS in 1945 to serve with the 1,600 cery store, currently the US Post Office, where enlisted men and over 3,500 civilians working they spent twenty cents on ice cream, cookies at NAS’ “Assembly and Repair” facility. It was and candy. It was expected that the remaining there, during the two 10-hour shifts per day, five cents would be generously added to the colrunning seven days a week in order to meet the

I’ll be damned if I’m going over there and hang around for a couple of hours and not do anything.

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One Man’s Junk

At left, First Class Storekeeper, Edith Hayes Taylor. Below, official Navy photograph of the USS Slater (DE 766) dated April 8, 1945. Such images were classified not to hide the existence of the vessel, but to ensure that its distinctive paint job did not make it easier to recognize by enemy surveillance planes. Facing, Clark and Edith in February 1946 and the stern of the USS Slater currently moored in Albany.

Courtesy of Tim Rizutto

Courtesy of Clarkson Farnsworth.

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country’s goal of increasing the production of new planes by fifty percent, that Clark Farnsworth found himself before the sharp-tongued Edith Taylor and somewhat at a loss for words.


or the last eight years, while the shifts may not have been as aggressive and the need not related to a war effort, Clark’s metal-working talents are still being put to good use. and he still finds himself working with salvaged material – albeit on a much larger scale. During the opening years of WWII, convoys of merchant ships traveled from the United States to England carrying war material, food, and supplies. In addition to braving the hazards of Mother Nature over the three-week trip, these convoys would often fall victim to the German “wolfpacks,” small groups of U-boats which were able to sink ships faster than they could be built, thereby severing a critical link in the Allied supply line. In order to meet this threat, the United States initiated the production of “Destroyer Escorts.” While these small and inexpensive ships were highly maneuverable and well-armed, they were not expected to succeed at their mission as well as they did. Destroyer Escorts were manned by mostly teenaged crews with captains not much into their twenties. Nevertheless the DEs, which were considered somewhat expendable, not only protected their convoys, but served well beyond their estimated life-expectancy. Of the five hundred and sixty-three DEs produced in the United States during the war, twenty-seven were lost in combat. Many were scrapped at the conclusion of WWII, although a few served in the Korean War and through the conflict with Vietnam. One DE, the USS Slater was mothballed in 1947 only to be recalled to service in 1951 and transferred, under the Truman Doctrine, to the Greek Navy. In 1991 the Slater, rechristened Aetos-01 by the Hellenic Navy, and the last floating

Courtesy of Clarkson Farnsworth.

Clark’s been busy on the USS Slater ever since. Clark had completed his Navy service after a brief tour aboard the aircraft carrier USS Leyte. In June of 1947, Clark Farnsworth married Edith Taylor, the First Class Storekeeper he had first met in the Norfolk “Assembly and Repair” salvage office. Years later, the Farnsworths were sharing a meal with two other couples. Each of the men had worked at A&R and their wives had all worked in the salvage department. Recalling a younger Edith Taylor’s comment about “taking all the best stuff”, Clark turned to one of his buddies during the meal and blurted out, “Did you ever realize that we married salvage material?” He might have softened the awkward moment that followed by adding that he had, in fact, taken some of the best stuff. When Edith passed away in 1997, the couple had spent just shy of 50 years together. Clark continues to put in long days aboard the USS Slater. While he no longer works from scaffolding since a fall in June of this year left him with a fractured vertebra, the eighty-seven year-old is still “working his butt off”. A Destroyer Escort like the Slater was, to some degree, considered expendable and, noted Clark, “if it lived longer than thirty days, they’d felt they’d gotten something out of it.” Thanks to the talents, the effort and “directness of purpose” of Clark Farnsworth, we’ve all gotten so much more.


Clark turned to one of his buddies and blurted out, “Did you ever realize that we married salvage material?”

” Mark Berghold

destroyer escort in existence, was scheduled to be scrapped. By 1993 a small group of individuals making up the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association had made arrangements with the Greek government and raised $300,000 to pay for the towing of the Aetos back to US shores. Their goal since that time has been to restore the USS Slater (DE-766) to her original WW II condition using as much original material as possible. After berthing alongside the USS Intrepid in NYC for three years, the Slater was towed up the Hudson to Albany where she is currently moored. At a meeting of semi-retired and retired Navy Chief Petty Officers in 1999, Clark Farnsworth heard about the project to restore the Slater, which had begun two years earlier. Many of the restoration’s volunteers had served on board similar DEs and had an intimate knowledge of how the ships were put together. Others had special talents that could be put to good use in the restoration. As a skilled welder, Clark would be a tremendous asset to this group of dedicated volunteers. A friend described the project and suggested that they speak with Tim Rizutto, Ship Superintendent. Clark commented, “I’ll be damned if I’m going over there and hang around for a couple of hours and not do anything.” Rizutto challenged, “If you report on Monday morning, I’ll have you at work in fifteen minutes and you’ll be working your butt off the rest of the day.”

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Fall Athletics

Congratulations 2008 NEPSAC Champions! Varsity Soccer

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Mark Berghold

The 2008 Varsity Soccer Team proved that the Hillside is not only home to great soccer players and great soccer teams but also home to one of the best soccer programs in New England. The team set a new school standard for soccer excellence with a record of 17-2-1 while winning two major trophies: the Ray Brown Cup, as Class B Western New England Regular Season Champions, and the Class B New England Preparatory School Soccer Association Championship. South Kent had increased the strength of its schedule in each of the last four years, and after three consecutive Lloyd McDonald Cup wins as Class C Regular Season Champions and four straight Class C New England playoff appearances, including the 2006 New England Championship, the program moved up to Class B for the 2008 season. Winning the Class B title in its first season was a monumental accomplishment, but not unexpected for a team that was stellar all season long. The regular season saw South Kent dominate new competition with wins over Salisbury, Kingswood-Oxford, and Bridgton as well as annual foes Rye Country Day, Brunswick, and TrinityPawling. Heated matches versus Kent and Winchendon would see the Cardinals dominate play but come up just short on the scoreboard in their only two defeats in twenty matches. The lone tie would come against eventual Class A Champion Hotchkiss in a 0-0 stalemate on their Lakeville campus. A magical post-season run started with a dramatic 5-3 penalty kick shootout win

Coach Owen Finberg, Dominique Williams, Renel Bernadel, Michael Garzi, Pedro Andreoni, Curtis Weir, Hyun Ug Kim, Jose Godoy, Moses Watkis, Ryan Kaplan, Fabio Pereira, Jesse Seymour, Ji Hoon Wi, Tre Kayumba, Khimo Harrison, Tim Quigley, Do Eui Song, Byron Vega, Christian Craigg, Alex Bartis, Assistant Coach Jon Bellonio, Tahj Bell, Assistant Coach Hank McWhinnie.

over number five seed Berkshire after a 1-1 overtime quarterfinal match hosted by number four seed South Kent. In the semifinal, the Cardinals would avenge one of their two regular season losses with a great performance versus number one seed Winchendon in a 2-0 victory. The final saw South Kent jump on top early and win running away, 3-1, to take the School’s first-ever Class B crown over number two seed Rivers. The following awards were presented at the Fall Athletics Banquet: Mike Garzi, Coaches’ Award; Tim Quiqley, Most Valuable Player; Curtis Weir, Most Improved Player; and Moses Watkis, Golden Boot Award for leading scorer. With captains Mike Garzi and Tim Quigley accepted at Colgate and Quinnipiac Universities, respectively, and a host of other seniors being highly recruited, the 2009 Cardinals will have their work cut out for them. However, with a few key players returning and having lost eleven seniors heading into this season, there is only one goal on the Hillside – back-to-back titles. Submitted by Coach Owen Finberg.

Football The 2008 season was a season full of team building and history making. For the first time in five years, South Kent was able to field a full junior varsity squad that was led by a very strong group of III and IV formers. They opened the season with two games against Harvey that were hard fought and showcased some good old-fashioned football. Coach Phil Darrin took the helm as the JV Head Coach and led the little Cardinals to two very exciting games. Unfortunately they lost both games, but the boys gained a tremendous amount of experience and confidence that helped them understand the team’s philosophies and goals. On the varsity level, it took several weeks to put together a full offensive and defensive game that brought the mighty Cardinals out on top. It was in week six against the Forman Lions that the boys of South Kent dominated on both sides of the field. Although the Pride Bowl did not turn out in South Kent’s favor, there were several bright moments to reflect

on, both in that game and throughout the entire season. SKS had twelve seniors leading the team this year, the most in SKS history. For the first time in several years, SKS was able to have depth at most positions, creating a young, but potentially lethal, offensive and defensive squad. Several individual goals where met by the end of the season as well. Senior QB Mark Cruz was second in the league in passing yardage with 523 yards. Jordan Sprenger-Wilson was third in the league for total receiving yards with 224. Joe Esheyigba, Matt Moore, Zach Utting and Jordan Sprenger-Wilson were all in the top ten for total tackles this season in the Hudson Valley Football League. Zach and Jordan earned “First Team All League” honors and John Rooney, Joe Esheyigba and Matt Moore earned “Second Team All League honors. Zach was also nominated “All-New England” by all Class C coaches and won the Mankin Lineman Award. Jordan won the MVP for the season, Mark Cruz, Ethan Rebillard and Joe Esheyigba were voted Most Improved Back, Lineman and Defensive players, respectively. This year’s squad was led by co-captains Zach Utting and David Kellman. Other senior leaders were Joe Esheyigba, Mark Cruz, Yu Cheng Cao, Young Hoon Choi,

Steven Bruen

Mark Berghold

The South Kent squad faces off against NYMA at a night game early in October.

Jesse Bruen at the HVAL Cross Country meet.

Sam Garr, Eric Gekelman, Matt Moore, John Rooney, and Jordan SprengerWilson. A huge thank you goes to all of the seniors for their hours of dedication and practice. The underclassmen of 2008 deserve lots of credit as well. They are the future of this team, and they showed a lot of poise and character during each practice and during each JV game. Family, character and TEAM are the solid principles of this program. Submitted by Coach Kevin Vining.

Cross Country The Cardinal cross country team raced its way to a successful season despite being short in numbers and experience. The team was led by a small core of returning sixth formers—Blake Taylor, Jesse Bruen, and Byung Il Choi—who were joined in the top five by fourth former Andrew Jansen and sixth former Danqing Xie. After an inauspicious fifth place finish at the Oakwood Friends Invitational to start the season, the squad banded together and gradually began to improve upon its HVAL and New England Division V competition. Highlights of the regular season included the Marianapolis Invitational in late September, when a

diminished team still managed to finish eighth out of fifteen teams, and the second all-HVAL meet at Storm King School, when Taylor and Jansen swept the first two places and led the Cardinals to second place in the team results. The Cardinals were able to garner regular season victories over Chase Collegiate, Forman, and Marvelwood, but, despite the best efforts of Taylor and Jansen, were defeated by much larger squads from Salisbury, Berkshire and The Gunnery. South Kent ran its best races as the season ended with the HVAL Championships at Forman and the Division V Championships of the New England Preparatory School Track Association, held this year at Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, CT. Taylor, Jansen, and Bruen finished second, third, and eleventh respectively in the HVAL Championships to earn all-league honors and to help earn a fourth place team finish for South Kent. At the New England Championships, the small Cardinal team had its best race of the season, finishing eleventh out of twenty-two competing schools, with Taylor and Jansen winning All-New England honors with their eleventh and thirteenth place finishes. Most remarkably, South Kent finished ahead of several schools that had defeated Winter 2008 The Hillside • 13

Fall Athletics

the Cardinals during the regular season, including Hoosac, Hamden Hall, and NYMA. At the end of the season, the Rev. Steve Klots and Mr. John Funk, the team’s coaches, were pleased to award the Anne Funnell Cup for Most Valuable Runner to Blake Taylor and the Arthur W. Brown Cup for Most Improved Runner to Danqing Xie. Submitted by the Reverend Steven Klots, Coach.

Fall Crew

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Jesse Bruen

Fall Crew had its first workouts in the dying days of the summer. After two grueling weeks of land-training in the heat of early September, the boys hit the water for the first time in the middle of the month. For some, it was their first experience in a crew shell, and learning the various terms and commands of the crew-world proved a challenge in itself. For others, this was a return to the water and a comfortable transition into the boat. For all, the remainder of September was a time of learning on Hatch Pond; the novice oarsmen learned the basics of rowing, while the more experienced boys learned how to improve and work collectively. The team first competed at the Head of the Connecticut Regatta on Sunday, October 12th. The event was held on the Connecticut River at Wesleyan University’s boathouse. The Head of the Connecticut gave the first boat the perfect start to a new year of rowing. Conditions were ideal on the sunny and seasonably warm day. South Kent competed in the High School Fours event and had a respectable showing at the regatta, finishing the three-mile course in 8th place and beating Berkshire School. The boys also had the opportunity to experience the full spectacle of a fall regatta, with over 150 boats from local high schools and colleges competing in one day. The culmination of the Fall Crew season was the Head of the Fish Regatta in

Coxswain Logan Byers ’12 leads the first boat off the dock at the “Head of the Connecticut.” In order: Brian Shepherd ’11, Mark Graham ’09, Dan Levine ’10 and William Speight ’11.

Saratoga Springs, New York. The Head of the Fish is a legendary regatta, perhaps best known for its trophies that are made out of actual fish heads. It regularly draws a huge crowd and this year was no exception, with over 1450 boats competing over the two-day event. Both the first and second boats were brought on the overnight trip to upstate New York. After a BBQ dinner on Friday night, the boys awoke on Saturday morning to cold and wet weather. The boys did not let the elements dampen their spirits, but persevered through the dreary conditions. The first boat competed in the Men’s Junior Fours event, finishing in 39th out of 54 boats in a tightly packed heat. Their final time of 12:39 was only 90 seconds behind the first-place boat. The second boat made an impressive debut in the Men’s Junior Novice Fours event, and finished in 11th place out of 27 boats with a time of 13:55. Both boats competed well, rowed hard, and finished their seasons on a high note. Fall Crew successfully laid the foundation for what promises to be an exciting spring season. Submitted by Assistant Coach Sean Murphy.

JV Soccer The South Kent JV soccer team had a satisfying season ending with an 8-2-2 record. Three scheduled games were canceled due to adverse weather conditions. Some of the early games were high scoring affairs but as the team got into the middle of the schedule, the scores became closer and matches more evenly contested. The team learned from its two losses, and better defensive play gave us two very satisfying 3-1 victories over Canterbury and Trinity-Pawling to end the season. Co-captains Joe Tebano and Mike Pereira won the season’s “Coaches’ Award” and led the team in scoring, and forward Tim Glynn chipped in with some timely goals. The defense was led by goalies Chris Egan and Sam Locke and stopper Wil Goldsholl. Dylan Benz and Hwan Yong Jeong developed into dependable fullbacks. As the midfielders became more adept in marking opponents and understanding their defensive responsibilities, the team’s fortunes improved. Submitted by Coach David Macomber.



Recognition Societies The following list contains the names of all those who have donated to South Kent School from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. All gifts received after June 30 have been credited to the new fiscal year (2008-09).


Headmaster’s Circle

Cardinal and Black

Mr. Ian McCampbell Baer ’00 Mr. & Mrs. Harold W. Bogle ’70 Mr. H. Dunlop Dawbarn ’33 ‡ Mr. Frederick K. W. Day ’78 and Leah Missbach Mr. & Mrs. David J.M. Erskine Ambassador William S. Farish III ’58 Mr. William S. Farish IV ’83 Mr. James M. Garnett, Jr. ’74 Mr. Richard Gilder, Jr. Dr. Richard Gilder III ’80 Ms. Kimberley Granger Mr. & Mrs. Alan Joelson Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. MacLean Ms. Catherine Evans McCampbell ‡ Ms. Laura McCampbell Pfanz Mr. & Mrs. Luis E. Rinaldini ’70 Mr. Jeffrey G. Rosenberg ’80 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas B. Sharpe ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Ira D. Wallach

Mrs. Robert Aldrich ‡ Mr. A. Russell Allan III ’54 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas T. Allan ’56 Ms. Terry Andreas Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. Katsushiro Ashizawa Mr. & Mrs. Warren Bicknell III ’64 Mr. Joshua Boone Ms. Mary Bartlett Bryson ’75 and Charles Bryson Mr. Derick B. Burgher ’74 Mr. Jeffrey Burke ’85 Mr. & Mrs. Young Tae Choi Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey W. Conover ’76 Mrs. Barbara D. Currier Mr. Lincoln W. Day ’83 Mr. & Mrs. William F. Detwiler ’81 Mr. Irwin Epstein and Mr. Thomas Woodruff Mr. Hani M. S. Farsi ’86 Mr. & Mrs. Calvin S. Frost, Jr. ’59 Mr. Robert S. Gilliam III ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald J. Hayes Mr. William Wesley Higgins Mr. & Mrs. Peter B. Hopper ’82 Mr. & Mrs. David Kratovil Dr. & Mrs. Richard W. Martin ’49 Mr. & Mrs. John P.C. Matthews ’47 Mr. Michael P. Molnar ’79 Mr. Christopher H. Murphy ’52 ‡ and Marian Murphy Mr. Walter J. Strohmeyer, Jr. ’46 Mr. & Mrs. Frederick G.P. Thorne ’53 Mrs. Kathleen L.S. Turner Mrs. Joan Wister Mr. Jon A. Wurtzburger ’53

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Abbott Mr. Rick Angell Anonymous Mr. & Mrs. James A. Baker III The Rev. Francis Bancroft III ’52 Mr. Mark William Barker ’90 Mr. & Mrs. Myung Soo Bea Mr. & Mrs. Boylston A. Beal II ’54 Mr. Donald F. Beck ’74 Mr. & Mrs. William D. Berghold Mr. & Mrs. William M. Berghold Mr. Thomas R. Bernard ’72 Mr. Peter S. Boone ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Brewster ’66 Mr. & Mrs. Lawrance A. Brown, Jr. ’45 Mr. & Mrs. Neilson Brown II ’63 Mr. William K. Brown ’65 and Rebecca Wright Mr. & Mrs. Rodney L. Burton ’58 Mr. & Mrs. John Butterworth ’45 Mr. & Mrs. John P. Carey III ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Richard Carter ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Cashin Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Chance ’53 The Rev. & Mrs. Peter Chase Mr. D. Barr Clayson ’54 ‡ Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Jeffrey Coes ’66 Mrs. Frederic Courtenay Mr. Frederick Cressman ’74 Mr. Derrick H. Davis ’63 Mrs. John P. Dorst Mr. & Mrs. Richard Everett III ’49 Mr. & Mrs. John C. Farr ’58 Mr. Arthur H. Fawcett, Jr. ’47 ‡ and Myrna Fawcett

Founders recognizes gifts of $25,000 or more

Spooner Hill Society The Spooner Hill Society recognizes gifts of $15,000 to $24,999

Anonymous Mrs. Susan L. Gardner ’80 Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Lawrence, Jr. ’74 Mr. Edward S. Lebens ’63 ‡

The Headmaster’s Circle recognizes gifts of $5,000 to $14,999

Cardinal and Black recognizes gifts of $1,000 to $4,999

Please note: All gifts noted in this report were received between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008. Gifts received after June 30, 2008 have been credited to the next fiscal year and will appear in the 2008-09 Annual Report. In spite of our sincere efforts to achieve accuracy, errors occasionally occur. If you were a contributor during the 2007-08 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. Corrections will be published in the next issue.

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2007-2008 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Fazio Mr. Scott Fein and Patricia Martinelli Mr. Joseph Foote ’50 Mr. Archie Q. Frost ’58 Mr. David S. Fuller ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Matthew J. Gardella ’87 Mr. & Mrs. Albert F. Gereg, Jr. Col. & Mrs. Thompson A. Gerke ’76 Mr. Robert E. Gibbons, DDS ’55 Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Goddard ’53 Mr. James S. Golob ’72 Mr. Wade Greene ’50 Mr. & Mrs. Henry D. Hamilton ’53 Mr. & Mrs. Roger W. Hedman Mr. W. Peter Henderson ’71 Mr. Harley Higbie ’80 Mr. Henry H. Hitch ’50 Mr. & Mrs. Rich M. Horosky Mr. W. Scott Horton ’80 Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Hoyt, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Willard P. Hunnewell, Jr. ’82 Mr. John D. Hunter ’68 Mr. Finnius Ingalls ’87 Mr. W. Griggs Irving Mr. Jackson Kemper IV ’60 Mr. & Mrs. Jacy Kim Mr. & Mrs. Michael G. Koetter ’53 Mr. Barry A. Kuehl ’69 Mr. Andrew D. Kurtz ’72 Mr. & Mrs. Paul B. Kurtz II ’37 Mr. & Mrs. M. Willard Lampe II Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Langenberg ’63 Mr. & Mrs. Joung Man Lee Mr. Gerald M. Lodge and Molly Ashby Mrs. Anne J. Logan Mr. Benjamin J. Logan ’88 Dr. & Mrs. Tariq Mahmood Mr. & Mrs. William G. Millar ’70 Mr. Timothy H. Mitchell ’76 Mr. Peter E. Moon ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Craig Moore Mr. Samuel L. Morgan ’85 Mr. & Mrs. Arthur J. Mulligan III Mr. R. Daniel Musser III ’82 Amb. & Mrs. Robert B. Oakley ’48 Mr. & Mrs. Adebayo O. Ogunlesi Mr. & Mrs. Neal Peirce ’50 Mr. David G. Powell ’50 Mr. Peter R. Ramsey ’67 and Dr. Isabel Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Rianhard, Jr. ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Noble F. Richards ’49

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Mr. Timothy J. Richards ’75 and Meg Clarke Ms. Carol Robbins and Herbert Wolff Mr. & Mrs. George W. Rowe Mr. William Stanhope Rowe ’88 Mr. Stephen W. Rule ’54 Mr. Cortright P. Sandstrom ’85 Mr. James D. Smith ’46 Mr. William R. Soons Mrs. Helen Spencer McDermid Mr. & Mrs. Eric E. Stoll ’70 Ms. Nancy Tani Dr. Richard K. Tompkins, Jr. ’58 and Bryna Webber Mr. Kenneth Tummel ’54 Mr. William H. Walker III ’65 and Dr. Judy Perkins Mr. & Mrs. Bennie H. Wallace, Jr. Mr. Frederick B. Weitz ’78 and Dr. Cynthia Thorland Mr. William M. Wetherell ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Charles P. Whittemore ’39 Mr. James Y. Whittier ’44 Mr. Phillip M. Wilson ’57 Reverend Carey Womble Mr. George Wood ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Wood, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles F. Wreaks IV ’81 Mr. William C. Young ’78


Prefects recognizes gifts of $500 to $999

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew M. Aiken ’78 Anonymous Mr. Jaye H. Beebe Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. Blake ’54 Mr. & Mrs. Duncan F. Brown ’38 Mr. & Mrs. Steven Camardi Mr. & Mrs. Lien Sheng Chen Mr. Anthony C. Corcoran ’50 Mr. John J. Cumming ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas M. Denham ’65 Mr. & Mrs. James R. Dimon, Sr. ’54 Mr. Marshall DeF. Doeller ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Seymour Fein Mr. & Mrs. Victor Fink

Mr. Frank Forester III ’60 Mrs. Frank Forester, Jr. Mr. James H. Funnell ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Samuel M. Garber, Jr. ’42 Mr. & Mrs. L. George Gardella Mr. & Mrs. Leonard O. Gibbons ’57 Mr. Godfrey A. Gregg, Jr. ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Hunter W. Groton ’75 Mr. & Mrs. Robert T Hamill Lt. Col. & Dr. Wallace Hastings, Jr. ’48 Mrs. Joan von K. Hooper Mr. & Mrs. John Hubner ’50 Mr. Dudley Hughes ’49 Mr. & Mrs. Edward R. Jackson ’84 Mr. Chun-Min Kao ’64 Mr. & Mrs. L. William Kay II Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. Keck ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Gordon A. Kuehl ’72 Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Laughlin ’52 Mr. Richard H. Lawrence Mr. Robert W. McNamara ’75 Mr. Hartley Mead ’77 Mr. & Mrs. Laurent Michel ’44 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Molnar ’50 Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey E. Moore ’59 Mr. & Mrs. Charles Morgan Mr. & Mrs. John L. Myles, Jr. ’54 Mr. Stephen Nahley ’86 and Susan Dubin Mr. & Mrs. O. Richard Nottidge Mr. Mitsuo Ogata ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Bernard O’Hara Mr. Ethan F. Parker ’87 Mr. & Mrs. John F. Pollard ’82 Mr. & Mrs. David W. Quigley ’83 Mr. Vincent E. Ricasio ’96 Mr. & Mrs. Vincente R. Ricasio Mr. & Mrs. John P. Richardson ’56 The Rev. William C. Riker, Jr. ’59 Mr. Stephen P. Scheer ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Scott III ’50 Mr. & Mrs. M. Bruce Severance ’69 Mr. Snowden Smith ’70 Mr. Duane W. Stone ’69 Mr. Charles L. Taylor III ’55 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Townsend ’53 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth T. Utting Mr. Andy Vadnais and Nancy Lyon Mr. Taylor S. Walker ’84 and Jane Timberlake Mr. & Mrs. Julius E. Waller ’35 Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Watkins ’58

The Rev. & Mrs. Christopher L. Webber ’49 Mr. William White III ’60 Mrs. R. Tom Widney Mr. Thomas M. Williams ’68 Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Williamson Ms. Sally Wister Mr. Jeffrey D. Woods ’74 Mr. Ralph C. Woodward ’47 and Corinne Ross Mr. & Mrs. Alan B. Worthington ’43

Friend of South Kent Friend recognizes gifts up to $500

Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Adams ’47 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas P. Addison ’54 The Rev. Richard L. Aiken ’48 Dr. & Mrs. Richard P. Albertson Mr. Philip Allen ’89 Mr. & Mrs. Moises A. Alvarez Mr. Hugh Uhalt Ames ’86 Mr. & Mrs. Jack E. Angel Mr. David G. Angus ’51 Ms. Elizabeth Ansley Mr. Philippe A. Aubry ’78 Mr. Jan Austell Mr. Horace A. Baker ’96 Mr. John C. Baker ’79 Mrs. N.L. Baker Mrs. Janet Baldwin Mr. Thomas T. Baldwin ’68 Mr. John F. Bales ‡ Mr. Samuel C. Barrington ’78 Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Barry ’54 Mr. Benjamin L. Bartlett ’81 Mr. & Mrs. George H. Bartlett Mr. & Mrs. Martin R. Bartlett Mr. & Mrs. Peter S. Bartlett ’77 Mr. Robert D. Bartlett, Jr. ’42 ‡ Mr. Edwin de F. Bennett ’40 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Berman The Rev. & Mrs. Robert H. Beveridge ’50 Mr. & Mrs. Howard Bonis Mr. & Mrs. Reynold Bookman Mr. & Mrs. Fontaine C. Bradley II ’69

Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Brande ’88 Mr. David P. Brion ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Porter D. Broughton ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Eric Brown Mr. & Mrs. Frank V. O. Brown ’82 Mr. & Mrs. William P. Brown Mr. Steven Joseph Bruen, Jr. ’04 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald L. Brunson Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Cochran Buell ’45 Mr. & Mrs. Henrik H. Bull ’47 Mr. Brian Thomas Buonomo ’02 Dr. Margaret Waller Burhoe and Dr. Richards Burhoe The Rev. William A. Burke ’48 Ms. Janice Burt Mr. J. Roy Burton, Jr. ’60 Mr. William C. Burton ’70 and Laurel Wanrow Mrs. Robert P. Bushman, Jr. Mr. Aldis P. Butler, Jr. ’60 Mr. & Mrs. W. Patrick Butterfield Mr. Colin M. Butts ’70 Mr. David R. W. Butts ’63 Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Byers Mr. & Mrs. Rafael Cabrera ’49 Mr. Ernest H. Cady III ’55 Mr. William N. Capozzi Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Carlson Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Casey ’85 Judges Peter J. and Rosemary Cass Col. & Mrs. Duncan D. Chaplin III ’47 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Chapman Rev. Hayward H. Chappell, Jr. ’71 Mrs. Patricia Chappell Mr. William D. Chapple II ’54 Mrs. Mary W. Chin Mr. Michael Chin ’73 Mr. & Mrs. Adam G. Christian ’83 Mr. Gordon A. Clapp ’67 Mr. & Mrs. John W. Clark, Jr. ’47 Dr. & Mrs. John L. Clark Mr. George P. Clayson III ’52 Mr. Scott Clayton Mr. Donald L. Cleveland, Jr. ’63 Mr. Daniel J. Clifford and Shannon Morse Mr. James H. Cloud Mr. Rufus P. Coes ’59 Mr. Samuel H. Coes, Jr. ’64 Mr. Benjamin Jerome Cohon ’06 Mr. & Mrs. Peter J. Collins Mr. & Mrs. Stephen B. Collins ’76

Ms. Suzanne Smith Collins Mr. & Mrs. Blaise B. Colt ’59 Mr. & Mrs. William Conover, Jr. Mr. Joseph Constantine Mr. & Mrs. James Cornelius Mrs. Sylvia R. Corrigan Mr. G. Gordon Coughlin, Jr. ’49 Mr. C. Paul Cox III ’69 Mr. & Mrs. D. Frazer Crane, Jr. ’49 Mrs. Caroline B. Cressman Riggs Mr. Richard D. Crittenden ’46 Mr. & Mrs. Anthony K. Crossley ’53 Mr. & Mrs. Legare W. Cuyler ’58 Mr. Lewis C. Cuyler ’51 Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Cuyler Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Cuyler ’48 Mr. & Mrs. Bradford B. Czepiel ’83 Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Czepiel Dr. Carl Dann IV ’80 Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Darrin Mr. & Mrs. Murdoch Davis Mr. Peter E. Dayton ’52 Mrs. Marie Shaw Dee Mr. Eliot W. Denault III ’73 Mr. & Mrs. James G. Denham ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Dickson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas A. Dingman ’63 Mrs. Mary Dingman-Abel and Christopher Abel Mr. & Mrs. Kevin G. Dobby Dr. Peter C. Dodd ’45 Mr. Linsley V. Dodge, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Timothy A. Dodge ’82 Ms. Lucy Dombrowski Mr. & Mrs. Karl Domeisen Mrs. Gretchen Doolittle Mr. & Mrs. Edwidge Dorelien Mr. John Y. Doty ’51 Mr. Todd M. Dougherty ’90 Mr. John C. Doughty ’54 Ms. Rosalie Drakes Ms. Pamela Jane Dugas Mr. & Mrs. Ransom H. Duncan Mr. & Mrs. Gerald P. Dwyer Dr. Bennett Dyke ’51 Mr. & Mrs. Francis Q. Eberle ’72 Mr. W. David Eberle ’71 and Sara Hill Mrs. Elizabeth Tucker Eddy B. Gen. & Mrs. Alan Edmunds, USAF (Ret.) ’37 Mr. William W. Edwards, Jr. ’47 Winter 2008 The Hillside • 17


2007-2008 Mr. David F. Eilers ’83 Mr. F. Farny Eilers, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Barton W. Emanuel ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Filmore Enger Dr. & Mrs. John D. Erickson Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Erickson Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson T. Etting Mrs. Maria K. Ewald Mr. John S. Farber and Margie Anderson Mr. Clarkson B. Farnsworth ’41 Mr. Richard L. Farr, Jr. ’54 Mr. Henry M. Farrington ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Dean H. Faulkner ’37 Mr. & Mrs. James K. Finch II ’55 Mrs. Barbara Fitch Mr. & Mrs. Charles N. Flagg III ’65 Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Fleming Mr. & Mrs. Peter A. Fletcher ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Flynn ’90 Major & Mrs. John R. Folsom ’72 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Forsyth Mrs. Yvonne W. Foster Mr. & Mrs. David Francescani Mrs. Helen Frattura Ms. Linda B. Fry Mr. & Mrs. Charles Funk Mr. John Funk and Theo Grayson Ms. Anne H. Funnell ’81 and Robert Schmidt Mr. & Mrs. William B. Funnell ’52 Mr. William C. Gardiner ’51 Mr. Jonathan William Gardner ’02 Mr. & Mrs. Neven Gardner Mr. J. Mercer Garnett ’43 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen H. Garnett ’45 Dr. & Mrs. James Garvey Ms. Susan M. Gawel Mr. William C. Gawel ’64 Mrs. Margrit F. Geurts Mr. David L. Geyer ’42 Mr. & Mrs. James E. Giarra ’72 Mr. & Mrs. Russell Gifford, Jr. ’40 Mr. George H. Gilliam ’60 Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. Gillispie ’35 Mr. & Mrs. H. Randolph Glennon III ’65 Mr. & Mrs. George A. Goebel Ms. Maureen Brady Goldman ’83 and Scott Goldman Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. Goodrich, Jr. ’76 Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Gore III ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey A. Gorman ’53

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Mr. & Mrs. George Deanes Gornto, Jr. ’91 Ms. Edna M. Green Mr. & Mrs. Todd A. Green ’81 Mr. Christopher Nelson Greene ’00 Mr. Jay H. Greener ’63 Mr. & Mrs. Richard H. Gregory ’79 Mr. James P. Groton, Sr. ’44 Mr. N. B. Groton, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Louis Grubin Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Guss Mr. & Mrs. Hector Guzman ’80 Mrs. Geraldine Haase Mr. & Mrs. Jerrier A. Haddad Mrs. Cordelia Haines The Very Rev. William M. Hale ’43 Mr. David R. Hall, Jr. ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Halliwell Mrs. Davis Hamerstrom Rev. Lisa Hamilton Mrs. Barbara B. Hamlin Mr. James B. Hamlin ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Thomas Hanley Mr. & Mrs. Howard R. Hansell, Jr. ’48 Mr. John E. Hansen ’55 The Right Rev. & Mrs. Donald P. Hart ’55 Mr. Harry M. A. Hart ’51 Mr. Gordon S. Hayward ’62 Mrs. Mildred M. Heffer Ms. Karen Heimsoth-Miles ’75 Mr. David M. Heminway ’44 ‡ and Elizabeth Heminway Mr. & Mrs. Louis Hering Mr. & Mrs. J. Craig Heuss ’61 The Rev. & Mrs. William B. Heuss ’60 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Hever Mr. John C. Hill III ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas A. Hill ’63 Mr. Curtis J. Himy ’84 Mr. Andrew A. Hinds ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Harvey W. Hobbs ’49 Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Hodgman ’47 Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Hollinger ’65 Mr. Thomas H. Hollinger ’67 and Kathryn Coe Mr. Henry M. R. Holt ’78 Mrs. James Howland ‡ Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Howland Mr. & Mrs. John Huber Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Huggins The Rev. John Jay Hughes ’44

Mr. & Mrs. Edward P. Humphreys ’76 Mr. James P. Humphreys, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Humphreys Mr. James O.S. Huntington ’63 Mr. Francis N. Iglehart III ’69 Mr. & Mrs. Dale A. Jackson ’83 Mr. Seth R. Jagger, Jr. ’51 Mr. Lawrence H. Jenkins ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Chester Jennings, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Merrill K. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Allyn C. Jones Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Jones ’92 Mr. Anthony Jonklaas ’48 Mr. Robert A. Kay ’78 Mrs. Pamela H. Kempe Mr. & Mrs. Toby H. Kempe ’72 Mr. Gilson Killhour ’75 Mr. & Mrs. James G. King ’46 Mr. Peter F. Kirkpatrick ’64 Mr. & Mrs. David Kittredge Mrs. Audrey M. Knobloch Mr. & Mrs. James H. Kochman ’68 Mr. John M. Kochman ’66 Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Kolpa ’84 Mr. & Mrs. Paul D. Kovac ’85 Mr. Bruce W. Krafft ’80 Mr. Dean B. Krafft ’71 and Catherine Bargar Mrs. Frederic B. Krafft Ms. Elizabeth K. Kreuter Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. Krull Mrs. Alfred Kuehl, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Peter T. Kurtz Mr. Thomas A. Lamb ’68 Mr. Frank H. Lamson-Scribner, Jr. ’43 Mrs. Kim Larkin Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert S. Larsen, Jr. ’88 Mr. F. Bailey Laughlin, Jr. ’43 Mrs. Trisha Laundry Mr. George V. Lavino ’59 ‡ and Leslie Lavino Mr. Donald R. Lawson ’45 Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ledyard ’45 Mr. Robert H. Ledyard ’49 Mr. & Mrs. James P. Lee ’50 Mrs. Mary Clay Platt Lee Mr. & Mrs. Misha Lee ’89 Mr. Robert B. Lee ’55 Mr. Clifford Leonard, Jr. ’69 Mr. Alan Jay Levine Mr. Geoffrey McD. Lewis ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Wesley R. Liebtag

Ms. Myriam Limage Mr. Philip B. Lloyd ’75 Mr. & Mrs. James M. Lombardo Mr. & Mrs. Walter T. Long ’62 Dr. James R. Lovell ’55 Rev. & Mrs. William H. Low Mr. & Mrs. James R. Lowe, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Norman H. Lowe ’61 Mr. Justin Reginald Luis ’04 Mr. Hunt A. Lusk Mrs. Susannah Lusk Mr. & Mrs. George W. Luxbacher Mr. Douglas H. Lyon ’51 Mr. Christie J. Lyttle ’60 Mrs. Christie E. Lyttle ‡ Mr. Jeffrey A. Lyttle ’78 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher T. Mabley ’61 Mrs. Carol Mackay Mr. Christopher Francis Maher ’07 Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Main Mr. & Mrs. Thomas B. Main ’79 Ms. Judith Marienthal Mr. & Mrs. John H. Marks Mr. Reed C. Martin ’76 Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Martin ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin L. Mason Mr. John A. Mason, Jr. ’62 Mr. Shipley C. Mason ’65 Mr. Thomas J. Mason ’75 Mrs. Anne Massey Mr. & Mrs. Paul C. Matthews ’51 Mrs. Carol L. Hoffman Matzke Mr. & Mrs. Stuart H. May ’80 Mr. & Mrs. Alfred A. Maybach, Jr. ’57 Mr. Wolfgang Carl Mayer ’63 Mr. Thomas N. Maytham ’50 Mr. Richard J. McCarthy III ’78 Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. McClenahan, Jr. ’53 Mr. Gordon W. McCoun ’70 Mr. & Mrs. John M. McDonald III ’83 Mr. James M. McHugh, Jr. ’43 Mrs. Robinson McIlvaine Mr. Edward W. McKinney ’82 Ms. Rose McLaughlin Dr. & Mrs. Philip R.B. McMaster ’48 Mrs. Emily C. McWhinney Mr. J. Frederick Merriman, Jr. ’65 Col. & Mrs. Burnley L. Miles ’53 Ms. Cathy Miller Mr. Steven L. Miller ’78 Mr. & Mrs. F. Kent Mitchel ’45 Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Mitchell ’74

Mrs. Shirlee S. Mitchell Mr. Whitney S. Mitchell ’72 Mr. & Mrs. William Moeller, Sr. Mr. James J. Montanaro and Marcia Tugendhat Mr. & Mrs. Arthur M. Moody III ’56 Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Moore ’88 Mr. & Mrs. Owen Moore Mr. John G. Mosher ’52 Mr. & Mrs. Armando Mostachetti Mr. & Mrs. Frederick L. Munds, Jr. ’46 Mr. Wallace C. Murchison ’37 Mr. Jeremy N. Murphy and Barbara Ardell Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Murphy ’48 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald J. Nahley Ms. Patricia J. Nakano Mrs. Maynart Nantakwang Mr. & Mrs. James C. Neill Mrs. Kathryn Neuhaus Mr. Lawrence J. Newhall ’35 Mr. Duane H. Newton, Jr. ’47 Mr. Gilbert B. Norman ’61 Mr. Mason W. Nye ’48 Mr. Thomas E. Oakley ’81 Mr. & Mrs. David O’Brien Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. O’Connor Ms. Mary O’Donnell Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. O’Leary, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jason Omenn Mrs. Frederic E. Ossorio ‡ Mr. McGregor Douglas Ottley ’91 Mr. & Mrs. Theodor Oxholm, Jr. ’50 Mrs. Krystyna Pacholec Mrs. Linda Womrath Palmer Mr. & Mrs. Robert Putnam Patton ’93 Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Payne Mr. & Mrs. Michael M. Peacock ’72 Mrs. Edna C. Peet Mr. & Mrs. Scott Pelletier Mr. & Mrs. Henry B. Pennell III Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Pennington Mr. Allen R. Perrins ’45 Mr. Christopher Lamborn Peters Dr. & Mrs. Donald H. Peters Mrs. Florence L. Peters Mr. & Mrs. Peter M. Pirnie ’50 Mr. Christopher Plumley ’51 Mr. Russell E. Pope ’66 and Audrey Fortin Mr. Andrew M. Porter ’78 Mr. R. Theodore Posselt ’57

Mr. Leland D. Potter, Jr. ’63 Mr. & Mrs. David A. Potts ’82 Mr. Evan R. Powell ’51 Mr. Craig L. Pritchard ’55 Mrs. Marco N. Psarakis Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Puffer, Jr. ’55 Mr. J. Wesley Pullman III ’35 Lt. Col. & Mrs. Richard S. Pyne, USMC (Ret) ’50 Mr. Christopher K. Quinn ’70 Mr. Kevin Ramsey and Kim Saunton-Ramsey Dr. & Mrs. Bruce A. Ratcliff Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Reese, Jr. ’62 Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius J. Reid, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Gordon V. K. Reid ’54 Mr. William A. Reynolds ’48 Mr. & Mrs. George S. Richards ’46 Mr. Samuel S. Richards ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Wilson H. Rider Mrs. Cynthia D. Rockwell Mr. & Mrs. Clifford A. Rogers Mr. & Mrs. B. Boykin Rose ’68 Ms. Joan Rosenberg Mr. Kenneth A. Rubin ’88 Mr. Harvey W. Russ II ’45 Mr. G. Blake Sabine ’43 Ms. Anita F. Sander Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Sanford ’57 Ms. Mary Lou Sapone Mr. Robert J. Sauers ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Peter Schenk Mr. Stephan D. Sennert ’61 and Nancy McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. Ladd Seton Mr. & Mrs. John B. Severance ’54 Ms. Kelley Seymour Dr. & Mrs. Robert Shapiro Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Silverman Mr. J. Patrick Slavin ’80 Mr. Allerton G. Smith ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Laird K. Smith Mrs. Peter G. Smith Ms. Janet Snapp Mr. John G. Snow Mr. & Mrs. Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Mr. Vladyslav Solodovnyk ’00 Mr. Jeffrey L.G. Sonking Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Spaeth ’90 Mr. & Mrs. Karl H. Spaeth Mrs. Eleanor S. Speers Mrs. Elizabeth S. Sproule Winter 2008 The Hillside • 19


2007-2008 Mr. William P. Squire, Jr. ’50 Mr. & Mrs. Alix H. Stanley ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Henry D. Steele ’54 Mrs. C. Preston Stephens Mr. & Mrs. William P. Stephens ’66 Mr. H. Edward Stick ’78 Mr. T. Howard Stick Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Swan III ’77 Mr. & Mrs. William F. C. Taylor ’55 Ms. Susan Tebolt Dr. James B. Thomas Mrs. Eleanor W. Thompson Mr. James L. Thompson III ’78 Mr. Mark B. Thompson ’61 Mr. Alexander G. Thomson ’78 Rev. Paul Tison, Jr. ’51 Mr. & Mrs. John A. Tracy Ms. Maureen C. Tracy ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Arnaldo Traverso Mr. Peter True ’55 Dr. & Mrs. Samuel A. Trufant Mrs. Diane Tully Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas A. Turben ’87 Mr. & Mrs. Paul L. Veeder II ’53 Mrs. Nancy Viola-Garrison Mr. & Mrs. George B. Vosburgh Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Wadsworth Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Waldner ’58 Mr. Daniel S. Walker ’52 Mrs. Raymond W. Walker ‡ Mr. Brian Alexander Wallace ’01 Ms. Sydney Waller Mr. Travis G. Walsh, Jr. ’49 Mr. & Mrs. William Warren Mr. Edward W. Warwick ’39 Mrs. Nelson D. Warwick and Mary Warwick Mrs. Valerie Watson Mr. Matthew Scott Wautelet ’90 Ms. Traci Weaver Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Weeks ’83 Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Weir Mr. Anthony Weir Mr. Charles E. Welles III ’52 Mr. David C. Welsh ’59 Mr. & Mrs. Virgil E. Wenger James Patrick Whalen ’07 Mr. Roger E. Wheeler ’59 Mr. & Mrs. Russell B. Wheeler III ’50 Mr. David E. Wheelock ’57 Mr. Foster S. White ’55 The Reverend Roger B. White

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Mr. Robert A. Whiteside ’53 Mr. & Mrs. G. William C. Whiting ’64 The Very Rev. H. Lawrence Whittemore, Jr. ’35 Mr. & Mrs. Philip O. Widing Mr. Charles P. Williams ’66 Mr. & Mrs. David G. Williams ’48 Mr. & Mrs. John J. Williams ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Nedland P. Williams ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Willing, Jr. ’80 Mr. Robin S. Willing ’81 Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Witte Mr. Michael Henry Westall Witte ’89 Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Woerz Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Wolf Mrs. Susan Batch Wolf Mr. Peter B. Womble ’66 Mr. & Mrs. John E. Wood Mr. Laurence B. Wood ’73 Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Wood ’79 Mr. & Mrs. David R. Woodward ’60 Mr. & Mrs. John H. Woodward ’53 Ms. Eugenia Cuyler Worman Mr. & Mrs. William C. Worthington ’53 Mrs. Patricia C. Young Mr. Steven Zaleta The Rev. Andrew H. Zeman ’64 Mr. & Mrs. William S. Zeman

Honor & Memorial Gifts In Honor of Timothy P. Anderson Mrs. Cynthia D. Rockwell In Honor of Matthew Balke Ms. Janice Burt In Memory of Derrick Bell, Dave Murchison and Alfred Hart Mr. Duane W. Stone In Memory of William “Big Bill” Crouch Mr. & Mrs. George H. Bartlett Ms. Mary Bartlett Bryson Mr. William C. Burton Mr. William N. Capozzi Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Carlson Mr. Hartley Mead In Memory of Benjamin T. Bradley Mr. & Mrs. Charles Funk In Memory of Joseph J. Brown Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin L. Mason Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Martin In Honor of Steven, Matthew, and Jesse Bruen Mrs. Helen Frattura In Honor of Brian Buonomo Mr. Joseph Constantine In Memory of N. Radford Butts Mr. & Mrs. B. Boykin Rose Mr. Colin M. Butts In Honor of Hayward Chappell Mrs. Patricia Chappell In Memory of Kivin Chin 1967 Mrs. Mary W. Chin In Memory of Sam Coes Mr. Samuel H. Coes, Jr. In Memory of Mr. Frederic H. Courtenay Mrs. Frederic Courtenay

In Honor of Frederick Cressman Mrs. Caroline B. Cressman Riggs

In Honor of Andre Hooper Mrs. Joan von K. Hooper

In Memory of Richard M. Cuyler Mr. & Mrs. Richard R. Cuyler Mr. Lewis C. Cuyler

In Honor of David Hoyt Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Hoyt, Jr.

In Memory of Alice & Tom Dingman Mrs. Mary Dingman-Abel In Honor of Austin Drakes Ms. Rosalie Drakes In Honor of Jamison Etting Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson T. Etting In Memory of Theodore F. Farnsworth Mr. Clarkson B. Farnsworth In Honor of John & Sandy Farr Mr. William H. Walker III In Honor of John C. Farr 1958 Mr. John S. Farber In Memory of A.S. Fox 1955 Mr. Robert E. Gibbons, DDS In Memory of Mr. Benjamin A. Franklin Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Cochran Buell Mrs. Janet Baldwin In Memory of William P. Gillette Mr. James D. Smith In Memory of Don Gowan Mr. Stephen Nahley In Honor of Mark Graham Mr. & Mrs. Armando Mostachetti In Memory of Scott A. Green 1980 Mr. & Mrs. Hector Guzman In Memory of John H. Haines Mrs. Cordelia Haines In Honor of Owen Haller Ms. Joan Rosenberg

In Memory of Henry & William Kurtz Mr. & Mrs. Paul B. Kurtz II

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Schenk Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Hever Mr. & Mrs. Virgil E. Wenger Mr. Daniel J. Clifford Mr. George P. Clayson III Mr. Jeremy N. Murphy Mr. John G. Mosher Mrs. Margrit F. Geurts Ms. Anita F. Sander Ms. Elizabeth Ansley Ms. Linda B. Fry Ms. Mary O’Donnell Ms. Patricia J. Nakano Ms. Rose McLaughlin Swiss-American Assoc. of CT The Rev. Francis Bancroft III

In Memory of Anna M. Lawson Mr. Donald R. Lawson

In Memory of Robert S. Newhall Mr. Lawrence J. Newhall

In Honor of Christopher B. Lockwood Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Byers

In Memory of Simon Nottidge Mr. & Mrs. O. Richard Nottidge

In Honor of Rev William H. Low Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. O’Leary, Jr. Ms. Lucy Dombrowski

In Honor of Kieran Ramsey Mr. Kevin Ramsey

In Honor of Steve Klots Mr. & Mrs. David Kratovil In Memory of Henry K. Kurtz Mr. & Mrs. Peter T. Kurtz

In Honor of Mr. & Mrs. James C. Luxbacher Ms. Janet Snapp In Memory of William R. Mackay Mrs. Carol Mackay In Memory of Robinson McIlvaine Mrs. Robinson McIlvaine In Honor of John Miles, Jr. Col. & Mrs. Burnley L. Miles In Honor of Carl Spencer Morse Fentress Foundation Mr. & Mrs. William Warren In Memory of Chris Murphy Ernst & Young LLP Mr. & Mrs. David O’Brien Mr. & Mrs. Eric Brown Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Pennington Mr. & Mrs. Karl Domeisen Mr. & Mrs. Ladd Seton Mr. & Mrs. Peter G. Murphy

In Memory of Arthur R. Smith Mr. James J. Montanaro In Honor of Elliott Smith Mr. & Mrs. Laird K. Smith In Honor of Tony Smith Mrs. Peter G. Smith In Memory of William D. Smith Ms. Suzanne Smith Collins In Memory of William E. Speers, Jr. Dr. Peter C. Dodd Mr. & Mrs. John H. Marks Mrs. Eleanor S. Speers In Memory of Michael Thomas Mr. Roger E. Wheeler In Honor of Dr. Richard Tompkins 1958 Mr. & Mrs. Jason Omenn

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2007-2008 In Memory of John A. Toye Merrill Lynch and Co. Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Douglas P. Addison Mr. & Mrs. John B. Severance In Memory of Benjamin S. Tully Jr. 1951 Mrs. Diane Tully In Honor of Andy J. Vadnais Mr. Benjamin Jerome Cohon In Honor of Jerry & Nancy Waller Ms. Sydney Waller In Honor of Timothy C. Watson Mrs. Valerie Watson In Memory of Giles Whitcomb Mr. & Mrs. Walter T. Long In Honor of Charles P. Whittemore Mr. & Mrs. Frank V. O. Brown Mr. & Mrs. James R. Dimon, Sr. Mr. Thomas H. Hollinger In Honor of Coulson DeHaven Widney Mrs. R. Tom Widney In Memory of Clarence E. Williams Mr. Thomas M. Williams In Memory of Wynne Wister Mr. John C. Doughty In Memory of Lester Wittenberg Mr. Edwin de F. Bennett In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Hall Woodward The Reverend Roger B. White

Gifts-In-Kind Mr. & Mrs. Steven Bruen, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. David Kratovil Mr. Jeffrey Rosenberg ’80 Mr. Scott Thornton Mr. Andy Vadnais and Ms. Nancy Lyon Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wreaks IV ’81 22 • The Hillside Winter 2008


The following organizations made gifts during 2007-08 in suport of or in additon to the donors listed above.

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Rita Allen Foundation, Inc. Andreas Foundation Baldwin Foundation Bank of America The Patricia A. Brown Charitable Trust Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. Citigroup Foundation Community Foundation of South GA The Crail Foundation Davidson Holdings, Inc. Dickson Foundation, Inc. Ernst & Young LLP William Stamps Farish Fund Fentress Foundation Flik Independent Schools GATX Corporation Gilder Foundation, Inc. Glaxo Smith Kline Janet Stone Jones Foundation Marsh and McLennan Companies William M. & Miriam F. Meehan Fndn. Merck Company Foundation Merrill Lynch and Co. Foundation, Inc. Midshore Community Foundation, Inc. The Moody’s Foundation Northwestern Mutual Life Fndn. Overlook International Foundation Pepsico Inc. The Prudential Foundation Rockefeller Financial Services,Inc Sharpe Family Foundation Stop & Shop Foundation Swiss-American Assoc. of CT Target Texas Instruments Fnd. Susan & John Turben Foundation Thomson West Torrington Area Foundation Trustees Matching Challenge Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., Inc. Unum Matching Gifts Program Vianda Playter Williams Fdn., Inc. Wells Fargo Matching Gift Program Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation Williamson Family Foundation The Woodruff Memorial Charitable Trust

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Alumni Authors

Recently published? Please let us know, and please consider donating a copy of your book to The Martin A. Henry Library’s “Alumni Authors” collection. Not only will our students be impressed by the scholarly and literary accomplishments of alumni, but we will gratefully list your publication on the SKS website’s “Alumni Authors” page! All book donations are considered gifts in kind to the school. Please visit www. to see a more complete list of alumni authors’ works as well as purchasing information.

No Ordinary Fool John Jay Hughes, ’44

Mattasqwatt Island Thomas Temple Allan, ’56

Beyond Beowulf Christopher Webber, ’49

Why does a gifted boy from a privileged Establishment background decide, at the age of twelve, to spend his life as a priest? And what moves him, after six happy years in the Anglican priesthood, to enter the alien world of Roman Catholicism?

In Mattasqwatt Island, the modern members of the Mattasqwatt tribe are approached with a proposal to reclaim their lost land by dredging, back-filling, and introducing native flora and fauna from neighboring islands. Their tribal leader is suspicious, yet cannot resist the possible reclamation of his people’s native homeland. To fulfill his dream, he must deal with an unscrupulous contractor, a mystery owner, an ambitious attorney, a possibly criminal senator, a former police detective, and, perhaps most interestingly, his very own daughter.

Beowulf, the oldest saga in the English language, ends with Beowulf’s death and premonitions of disaster as his people face their enemies alone. For over a thousand years, the world has waited to hear what happened next. Beyond Beowulf provides the answer.

In a gripping narrative full of humor and self-directed irony, John Jay Hughes tells of the loss of his mother at age six, entry into the Catholic Church at the cost of estrangement from his beloved Anglican priest-father, his lifelong search for God in prayer, and his joy in priesthood, ’all I ever wanted from age twelve.’ [An excerpt from the book appears on page 36.]

In his debut novel, Mattasqwatt Island, Thomas Temple Allan has written a fascinating story, gleaned from real-life contemporary news events. With vivid descriptions and compelling narrative, the author weaves a tale of intrigue and high drama, one that is sure to have every reader turning page after page with anticipation.

Author Christopher L. Webber provides a flashback to one of Beowulf’s adventures in a voyage to the New World and an epic battle with a sea monster. In search of security, Beowulf’s people embark on a sea voyage that leads to encounters with trolls and hostile tribes as well as a peaceful reception by monastic communities along the English coast. But this is more than an adventure yarn; along the way the text also confronts us with the very modern problem of refugees and puts forward a poignant appeal for peace.

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Opening Doors

Beyond the Hillside Venturing

by Blake Taylor ’09 and Patrick Fleming ’08

Since 2004 South Kent has offered students a four-week opportunity for service work and cross-cultural immersion during the summer. Fourth and fifth form students compete for the annual $3,400 scholarships to participate in the acclaimed VISIONS summer community service programs at locations in North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, West Indies, and in Vietnam. Last summer, Sixth Former Blake Taylor traveled to Peru, and Fifth Former and the School’s 2007 Millennium Scholar, Patrick Fleming, worked in Alaska.


range glow. Smoky scents waft from embers and twigs as I stand, peering into the heart of the world, a campfire dancing with the night. I look above, toward the stars and forward into vast opportunities. Blake Taylor, Sixth Former The Earth is so big and I am so small. To this day I imagine the final campfire in the Sacred Valley of Peru; my group of twentysix kids sipped tea, toasted marshmallows and talked into the late hours. All the memories of our service trip were coalescing with the smoke and flame. July 2008: the most fulfilling month of my life. But let’s start where this story really begins. I grew up in the growing town of New Milford, Connecticut. I was involved with Boy Scouts and loved the drums. When I was introduced to South Kent School and went from a public school to a private school, my life was changed. After turbulent middle school years, I gained peace of mind. From my first day on the Hillside, I gathered myself together, prioritizing my studies at the top of my list, my Boy Scout troop second, and my music third. My life became quite simple: wake up, attend school, go to scout activities, and jam with my band. I found myself excelling in classes and, to my surprise, as a cross country runner, encouraged by teachers and coaches. A winwin situation, right? However, I found myself wanting more. I began wondering, “Is it possible to combine my passion for service, creativity, and academics?” No sooner had this thought arisen than my history teacher plopped a VISIONS bro-

chure in front of me. As my fifth form year paced forward, I practiced Spanish with my Spanish teacher during my free time. She was from Peru and told me of the earthquake that devastated many communities. She taught me more than just the language, for which I am forever thankful, for I developed a growing admiration for the Peruvian culture and wanted to be a part of it. After some time, I opened the VISIONS brochure and glanced at photos of far-away places: Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Alaska and more. Then I came across Peru – the photos sparked my imagination: camping, sightseeing, community service. Bingo! A wait was involved. I hoped my essay would earn a scholarship endowed by a South Kent benefactor, and anxiously waited, hoping for an acceptance letter. “Yes, no...” I wondered. “There are probably a lot of kids who want to do this…” Then Blake enjoys a reflective moment the news arrived. on an ancient wall at Machu Picchu. “Pack your bags.” I received an envelope filled with background information, safe travel procedures, and a packing list. My mom and I looked over the material and, as the year drew to a close, my bag expanded. I had never been away from family for more than a week; this would be a month. continued on p. 24 Winter 2008 The Hillside • 25

Venturing Beyond...

My departure grew nearer. My girlfriend, Danielle, was nervous and so was I. Before I came to South Kent, I never would’ve ventured anywhere, let alone Peru, but this time I was ready. I was ready to see the world.

Urubamba became a “home away from home.” However, this trip wasn’t a vacation. In Urubamba, my VISIONS community worked with talleres – bee-keeping, weaving, crafting pottery, jewelry, and learning carpentry – all the while maintaining a consistent work schedule at Paclamayo and Collanos, installing bathrooms, conrange structing adobe glow. Kids walls and digging gathered at the irrigation canals. Before I came to South Kent, airport and the sun blazed We also worked I never would have ventured anywhere, in local comon the horizon. I took a picture. My heart was munities install ready to go, and I could ing stoves and see sad acceptance reflectteaching English. ed in Danielle’s eyes and We hiked to tremendous heights, spoke in native Machu Picchu, in my mother’s as well. I tongues, and explored deep into the Incan culture, a young Peruvian friend, and Blake’s “sink or swim” looked at the unfamiliar as well as within ourselves. introduction to Peruvian apiculture faces all gathered together, I had never been so anxious to get out of bed. In turned and wished Danielle the cool mornings, I sipped tea with friends. Under and my mother goodbye. the afternoon sun and deep blue sky we worked, Joining the VISIONS and by the orange glow of a setting sun I would group, I was welcomed by sit in the backyard grass and write in my journal: students who were there for The painted sky, picture perfect. Beneath the moon the same reason as I – to pursue this passion for I entertained my friends with a hand drum that I service. bought in an ancient Incan market, Pisaq. Each day surged with Our plane ascended from city lights, flew into a dark night, the meaning of life: Make the most of it. In the end, I walked away and then descended into the ridges of the Andes, welcomed by from the orange glow of that final campfire, determined to leave a sun rising crimson on the horizon. Upon arrival in Lima, we a legacy that will serve and benefit humanity. rushed to a connector flight to Cuzco. The last part of our journey was a bus ride from Cuzco into Urubamba. As we descended the mountains into the Sacred Valley, it became evident that Peru was not only a different geographic location, but a totally different world. We unpacked bags and chose our bunks, and before we knew it the sun was setting. The first Peruvian night slumbered heavily upon towering mountains. Beneath innumerable stars, and worn y experience in Alaska out, I took part in my first Allyuh, or “community” in Quechua, with the VISIONS program this a local language bearing no relationship to Spanish. Sitting past summer had a profound with students from all across the United States, I met kids from impact on me, both in the way that I California to Florida. All twenty-six of us, including the counsel- view nature and in the way I view society. ors, introduced ourselves. A candle was lit and burned while we Although it may seem unlikely that only absorbed a new world within the villa. a twenty-eight day trip can influence one After just a few days, our diverse group became a family, livso drastically, I assure you that it has. The ing, eating, speaking with each other and simply being our true VISIONS program has a unique way of selves. I quickly made friends, playing pickup games of soccer integrating its applicants into the culture of and Jenga blocks. With Molly and Talia, friends from New York, the native people and giving each student a I sipped tea and discussed music, and with Courtney, a close new outlook of not just another life, but his friend from California, discussed our very similar home lives. or her own. Patrick Fleming, Fifth Former


let alone Peru.


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I will also never forget the powerful I accomplished things in Alaska that imagery and breathtaking views that I never would have done in my life. Alaska had to offer. Although I have I helped in completing a twenty-bycaptured many of these landscapes and twenty foot teen center, restoring a scenes behind the lens of a camera, shed to working condition, extensive nothing can truly substitute the handstrash clean-up, framing an Alaskan on experience that I was fortunate cache, stacking nearly a thousand pieces enough to have. There was one trip we of firewood, organizing visits to elders’ took where we went backpacking for a homes and a summer camp, building three day, fifteen mile hike to camp out benches for a local baseball team, sandin a river valley. Although the elements ing and painting picnic tables, shacks, were against us, and it was a grueling and protective shelters for the players, distance to walk, essentially uphill, I clearing rocks and weeds, and cutting had an amazing time. I saw everything down and stripping trees for building from flowing streams to mountains, a village smoke-house, alongside sixand stone river-beds to crystal-clear teen other amazing students and four ponds. It was during this trip that I remarkable staff members… and none learned not only how to build and of it felt like work. make a fire, but how to cook and eat Laboring beside the participants in moose meat and keep warm in the this program not only made me feel coldest conditions. wanted, useful, and diligent, but made The village I lived in over my stay in me looking forward to each day’s Alaska especially helped open my eyes work. I backpacked over ten miles and to a different outlook on life. Tanacross, Visions has taught me Alaska, is an extremely small Indian village, with a population of to another culture in the only way one hundred and eigh- teen people. However, I would have . as small as Tanacross was, it compensated many times over with its amount of camped out in the cold, Alaskan wilwarmth and compassion to visitors. derness on the side of a mountain and Wherever I was in Tanacross, I always climbed the Root Glacier, rappelling felt at home; people constantly walked fifty feet down a seven-hundred foot over to talk to me, to ask how our proj- fissure in the ice. I have nothing but ects were going, and to discuss how life good things to say about Alaska and the is in the “lower 48”. We would have VISIONS program. Not only was this weekly meetings with the village where the best summer of my life, but it was we had the opportunity to learn from one of the best experiences I have ever and observe some of their oldest tradihad. I had fun with an amazing group tions and participate in native songs, of individuals while completing projects dances, and artwork. By the time I had that will benefit many people for years to leave Tanacross, I felt such a flood to come. I have been bettered as an of emotion that it is hard to describe. individual and as a young man for havTanacross had truly become a second ing completed this trip and for having home for me, and only within four been in the presence of such a collecshort weeks. tion of people.

Patrick Fleming

Pat and some members of his VISIONS group ice climbing in McCarthy, AK.

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On Aug. 15th, 2008 Rev. Dr. John Jay Hughes ’44 published his 11th book, No Ordinary Fool: A Testimony to Grace In his chapter on South Kent, Jay writes about “a conscious feeling of well being, even euphoria, which would not return till I was past sixty.” See page 36 for an excerpt from Jay’s book. Clarkson B. Farnsworth ’41

remains active in his boating activities and investing his time aboard the USS Slater DE 766 as a welder. [Ed. See profile on page 8] Rev. Dr. John J. Hughes, ’44


Jake Severance ’54 and former faculty member writes “As lifelong residents of the Northeast, Sylvia and I cannot believe we don’t miss it in our new lives in Savannah.”

Dave ’83 and Amy Berghold with Connor (8) and Brenna (3) on a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park

Jay Swan ’77 writes that his daughter Rebecca will be graduating from Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY this spring. Jay’s son, Chris coaches Varsity Football at Pomperaug, Southbury, CT community college. Christopher W Wetherell ’77: “I am living in Charlotte, NC with my wife, Annie. Our blended family consists of a daughter, twenty; four sons ranging from thirteen to twentyeight; two daughters-in-law; and two grand-babies, both boys, a 6 year-old and a newborn. I am now in my eighteenth year as a Police Officer and still love going to work every day. I do a lot of teaching at our academy both in the classroom and on the driver training pad. Email and say hello.”


Steven Miller ’78, whose son John Miller completed a PG year in 2008, sends his greetings from Washington. “I am proud that my alma mater now has a point guard (Isaiah Thomas ’08) who was well-educated in the finer aspects of community and service... I suspect that Isaiah would have learned something endearing from a man called “Big Bill,” but, nevertheless, his heart shows big for the Huskies! I’m pleased to say that the South Kent program is working.”


John C. Baker ’79 writes in to remind his classmates that their 30 Year Reunion is coming up, so it’s almost time to reunite and talk about those years on the Hillside. “Let me know if we can count on you to be there ( Jim Tooher, Andrew Mauck have already confirmed. Hope we see you there!”

Tom Dingman ’63 continues as Dean of Freshmen at Harvard College – glad to help a new crop of students each year with the transition from home and high school. Summer visits with Neilson Brown ’63 and Mary have been high points for Nancy and him, “though keeping up on the golf course is out of the question.”

Greg Pope ’73 writes: “The law firm I helped found fifteen years ago has now twenty-five lawyers and is doing fine. Daughter Leah is a Sophomore at Bowdoin, Clay, 14 is in the 8th grade at Foote School in New Haven where my wife Ann is still the Director of Development.” Reed Martin ’76 is now in his twenty-second year of “tutoring” 28 • The Hillside Winter 2008

6th graders in mathematics at Saint Andrew’s School. He is loving life, his job and his new-life. “All good!”


Cole Everett Rosenberg

Mary and Jeff Rosenberg ’80 are pleased to announce the birth of Cole Everett. Cole joined siblings Zachary, Olivia and Zane on May 16, 2008, weighing in at 8 lbs, 21 inches. David Berghold ’83 will be celebrating eighteen years as owner of The Last Wind-Up, specializing in the repair and restoration of watches. “Amy is getting her master’s degree in Nursing while working part time at Bozeman Urgent Care. Family life is full with schooling and ranch/farm chores. Two dogs, one cat, twenty sheep, chickens, one goat and one llama keep us busy.” Matthew Last ’85 says “Cheers to you all!” and would love to hear from friends at Josh Hanfling ’86 recently spent the holidays with his old SKS roommate, Hani Farsi, in England.

Meredith Hyatt Corbin with big sister Prentiss (5)

Bill Corbin ’87 is very happy to share that he and his wife Katie Brown have just adopted a little girl, Meredith Hyatt Corbin. Chip Rosenberg ’87 is pleased to announce that he has been elected as an SKS Board Member and is looking

Newport. Look forward to hearing from other SKS folk.”

Bridget and Barton Gardella attend to their academic work at a recent Boston area alumni reception hosted by their father, Matt Gardella ’87.

forward to helping the school. Chip writes: “Our business, Cherrybrook Kitchen (www.cherrybrookkitchen. com) is continuing to thrive, and we now have 22 products available in over 6,000 stores across the country. We just recently acquired another Golden Retriever puppy to add to our family of one golden, two girls (Sara (13), Caroline (10) and my wife Patsy.” Sean Cassedy ’87 invites SKS folks to get connected on through the “South Kent Alumni, Family & Friends Group.” “This is a great way to network with other SKS professionals that can help you with your career by enhanced networking, advice or jobs.” Group Keyword: “South Kent” Chris Pinkerton ’87: “Amy and I received great news yesterday: not only did the Cleveland Browns destroy the NY Giants in a 35 to 14 rout, but we are expecting a boy in March to equalize our enchanted little three year old Lily. Best to all!” Kim Last ’87 is happy to announce that he and his wife are expecting again. “This will be our number three, joining daughters Oonagh and Phoebe.” Thomas Lewis ’87 writes that “the Lewis family is still enjoying life in Greensboro, NC. My wife, Kim, and our two children, daughter, Claire (10) and son, Bennett (8), are all doing well. Hope to see all the crew at the next SKS gathering... Mike Zahner, you better be there!” Mike Cowan ’87: “Since earning my Master’s in Teaching in March, I’ve certainly had more time on my hands.

To fill that time, I’ve been playing goal in two adult hockey leagues and, much more important, my wife and I just had a little girl on October 24 (four days after my 40th!). Courtney Pauline Cowan joins her four‑year‑old brother, Dougie.... Incidentally, “Pauline” comes from my grandmother, wife of Stu Cowan, class of 30‑something, and mother of Stu Cowan ’61, my father.... Sort of a loose connection to three generations (the 1st) of SKS Cowans.... “Courtney” was just a name we both liked.”

Alan Williamson ’87: ( ) Alan says hi to all and wants everyone to know that he has a 13 month-old daughter and is living in Mclean, VA. Rich Brande ’88 and SKS Webmaster Laura Brande rode the PanMass Challenge and raised money for Women’s Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. “We rode from Wellesley, MA to Provincetown, MA – more than 163 miles in 2 days.” Along the way Rich literally ran into a classmate, Jeff Moore ’88 who also rides the event.

Robert Sandbach ’88 is pleased to announce that he and his wife, Christie, had a baby boy, Dylan Chase Sandbach on April 4, 2008. Philip Allen ’89 writes, “I recently closed “Corliss Diesel,” a small business repairing diesel engines. I had started and was running it for the past six years. I have returned to operating Tugboats in NYC for Moran. Spent the summer vacation in Newport, RI restoring a Chris Craft “skiff” which I recently launched. I have enjoyed re-connecting with John Hamilton ’88 while in

Peter Browne ’89 reports: “After law school and 9/11, I worked for an Environmental Engineering and Consulting firm in San Diego, CA. I didn’t like it very much, so I took off down to the Caribbean to do some sailing. For two years I spent my winters in the Caribbean and summers throughout the Mediterranean crossing the pond back and forth doing charters, regattas, and deliveries on luxury yachts. Met a beautiful Italian woman while living in Spain and moved to Rome for two years where I taught English to Italians at the American Overseas School. I also started a bakery side business, making American recipe cookies, cakes, muffins, and quick breads (banana bread, carrot cake, zucchini bread, etc). I got tired of the Italians telling me that American food was inedible so I made them pay a lot to eat it – cheesecake for €30, three blueberry banana muffins for €8, etc. After almost five years abroad, I moved back to America last January for a job as a marine biologist in Hawaii. A tough life, but it’s better than working behind a desk, and I eat fresh fish (usually raw) almost every day. I hope to make it to the reunion this year to see my lost brothers from the Hillside. Love to you all and your families. Can’t wait to hear your stories. Please email me at”

Maggie Bartlett and Geoff Christian ’86, at the SKS Alumni Boston Reception hosted by Matt Gardella ’87 this fall

Jeff Moore ’88 with classmate and SKS Director of Admissions, Rich Brande ’88 at the PanMass Challenge


Jeremy Marks ’91 recently received his second Master’s Degree, this time in Educational Administration at Baruch in New York City. He is currently associated with Midwood High School in Brooklyn, NY. He is a counselor, a teacher and was just promoted to Quarterback Coach. Go Midwood, go South Kent. Howard Brande ’93 is a market analyst for the Department of Defense. Howard and Jennifer Sheldon are Winter 2008 The Hillside • 29


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pleased to announce their engagement. A fall wedding has been planned. Howard is looking forward to meeting up with other alums at this year’s Annual Alumni Hockey game on January 24, 2009. Gonzalo Garcia ’95 (the SKS student who never left the Hillside) and his wife Patty send their best to all alums. They continue to be entertained by their first child, Alejandro Javier “A.J.” who was born April 14, 2008.

A 5 1/2 month-old, Alejandro Javier Garcia‑Pedroso mugs for Daddy.

Pat Welch ’95 writes: “In addition to the great news about Varsity Soccer this fall, I was tracking the cross country team and was impressed to see that SKS had a couple of boys who routinely placed in the top ten of the races that the team ran. It’s great that the hard work earned them All-New England honors! Maribel and I are pleased to announce that our second child is due in June 2009. I ran into Chris Greene ’00 out here in Phoenix. After leaving SKS he went to Kenyon where he was in school with both my sisters. Small world ‑ we met up with him last month. My best to everyone on the Hillside.”

Geoff Palmer ’95 is living in Albany,

NY where he works as the legislative liaison for the New York State Department of Labor. Geoff and his wife Elizabeth Briand, a Syracuse graduate employed as the Director of State Government Relations for the American Red Cross of New York State, have two boys, Jacob, 3 and Nathan, 1. Geoff writes: “We recently got back from a vacation to San Diego, CA during which we visited Seaworld, Legoland, the San Diego Zoo and the beach. I would love to hear from other SKS grads; I have been reconnecting with some guys via Facebook. Since winter is quickly approaching, if anyone wants to go skiing somewhere in the Northeast give me a holler.”

Philip Tickner ’96 (cadcriva@msn. com) writes: “OK, so after leaving the retail industry being a general manager for PetSmart for three years, I went back to my true calling which has and forever will be restaurants. I was managing a McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurant in Reston, VA (just outside of Washington DC). I was turning 30 and was burnt out and working some insane hours, and I was determined I was going to be happy when I turned 30. So, I left management and decided to go back to waiting tables for a new restaurant that opened in the Reston Town Center called Passion Fish. It’s a non corporate global seafood restaurant that has opened from the creators of DC Coast (a K Street power house restaurant in Washington DC). Today I can say I am happy. The decision to leave management was a “no‑brainer” for me. I am enjoying my free time, having friends over for Sunday supper and catching up on sleep that I missed out on for the past five years.” Tom Clayton ’97 continues to live

in Charlotte, NC with his wife Kelley and daughter Charlie, though he is considering a move back to Rochester, NY to be closer to family. Tom is the owner and president of YDrive Charlotte (, a “designated driver” for hire service.

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Brian Glynn ’98 recently married and is living in Toyama, Japan where he has opened up his own English School. He also works for a Japanese International Trading Company as an English Consultant. “Loving life and this beautiful country!,” he writes.

Frankie Stevens ’98 writes from Wilmington, NC where he has started his own landscape company. “Wilmington is a great city that is growing and has a lot of history to it.” He credits SKS faculty member, Arthur “Woody” Brown with his continued interest in photography. Ben Stoddard ’99 is living in Charlestown, MA, having completed his studies in boat building and boat design at the Landing School in Kennebunkport, ME this past June. He is working in Marblehead, MA for TW Hood Yachts and is engaged to be married in August 2009, to Sophie Tyler, who is a certified nurse midwife at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. Rich Halliwell ’99 and his wife Jennifer are living in Fairfax, VA. The two were married in April 2006, at Montego Bay, Jamaica. Rich works as a personal trainer, and his wife is a first grade teacher in Washington, DC. They have two dogs – a German shepherd/ pit-bull mix and a Jack Russell. Says Rich, “I love what I do – helping people save their lives through weight-training, cardiovascular work, and nutritional improvement.”

Jeff Viola ’99 returned to the Hillside

Ian Gerrior, ’96 and his wife Amy are proud to announce the birth of their son Ethan Scott Gerrior on June 30, 2008.

Chris Barlas, ’98 and his wife Chrissy are pleased to announce the birth of their son Brayden Christopher Barlas on September 21, 2008. They continue to live in Washington DC where Chris works for the federal government.

Tom Clayton, ’97 with daughter Charlie

on October 11, 2008 to tie the knot! The groom and bride, the former, Sarah Flash, were joined by Jeff’s brother Jon ’88 and Josh Dwyer ’99. The Rev. Steve Klots, School Chaplain, officiated.


Drew Barber was named to the Law Review at UConn Law School. He will be interning this summer at a law firm in Boston. Drew is pleased to announce his engagement to Jeanne Hayes, who graduated with him from Trinity College and who is likewise a student at UConn Law School. The wedding will take place in the summer of 2010 after they have completed their studies. Current 5th Former, Will Donnnelly, Reed Martin’76, Gonzalo Garcia ’95, and Scott Wolfe ’06 at a recent SKS Alumni Reception in Miami

John Rose ’99 recently returned to South Kent for a brief visit. John is Assistant Coach for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL. He is currently living in Kearney, NE and is pleased to announce his engagement to Sara Oneto. The Rev. Steve Klots will officiate at their June 7 wedding. John may be reached at


Seth Epstein ’00 shares that he is engaged to his girlfriend of six years, still not having decided on an official date. Seth is working as an Art Director for an advertising agency in Atlanta. He will be happy to make it for future Miami receptions since he plans to move to Miami in May.


Jonathon Gardner is in the Master’s Program in Painting and Drawing at the School of Art Institute in Chicago. He will be graduating in 2010. Brian Kollatz, an ASSIST student at South Kent for the 2001 academic year, recently returned to campus for a visit and to spectate for a few games. Brian completed his law studies in Teubingen, Germany in 2006. He is enrolled at the Freie Universitaet in

Berlin where he hopes to complete his specialization in antitrust and tax law. He plans to take his first state board exam sometime in 2009. He may be reached at Dave Szydlowski is in the process of becoming a Massachusetts police officer. He hopes to make it down for the hockey playoffs. James Woike writes from Afghanistan: “Here I am now thousands of miles away from South Kent. Since leaving the Hillside I found myself doing lots of different things. I joined the Army in 2006 and have not looked back since. I am happily married to a wonderful woman, Faith. We have two beautiful daughters Zena and Safa. We have a third child on the way. We call Texas home, but I am currently serving with the 62nd Engineers in Afghanistan. I have been here since May 2008 and expect to return to the States in the summer of ’09. Since leaving SKS I have remembered my times fondly and proudly. Since leaving CT where I spent my entire life, it has been nothing short of a life-changing experience. I have kept in touch on occassion with Father Klots. I have kept in a regular contact with Vlad Solodovnyk ’00 who sends his regards from Phoenix, AZ. SKS was a time in life that made me into who I am today and I will never forget it.”

Jayson Cash: “My fiancee, Amy Bastian, and I eloped on Nov. 20th. We were married in Dayton, Ohio. I’m due to graduate in July 2009 from Wright State University and plan to continue playing hockey. I am working in real estate and look forward to visiting the Hillside soon!” Quintin Gabriel writes that he just had a daughter! Kahmya Erica Gabriel was born on November 14th. Quintin writes that he is has been working for the City of Boston for five years. He still DJs as a hobby which has helped him see the country. “In the past year alone I’ve played in Hartford, CT, Brooklyn NY, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami FL, Toronto Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, and Anguilla. It’s nice to travel and get paid for it. I currently DJ

Chris Casey, ’85 and Stephen Nahley ’86 at a recent alumni reception hosted by Bill Wreaks ’81 in New York, NY

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on the biggest urban radio station out of Boston, “Big City 101.3 FM”. I am attending classes at UMass, Boston, and I bought a house.”


Jonathan Guss writes that he is currently in North Bend, OR doing a community service with Americorps as the Education Coordinator of Coos Bay Maritime and History Museum. Chris Higgins graduated from Elmira College in May of 2007 and is just finishing his first year working for the Bank of New York Mellon in Manhattan as a Trust Associate. Henning Hüsch: “I live in the former capitol Bonn and am still at the University of Bonn. I’m a student of the “North‑American Program”, which is an (American) English major with classes in history, politics, geography, law, name it. Quite interdisciplinary. I’ve also been on the board of directors of ASSIST’s alumni club ResNostra. ASSIST is the organization that brought me and Bence to the Hillside. I served as treasurer for one year and president for three years but did not run again recently at our general meeting. I’m also always looking for internships overseas.” Peter Seltzer is proud to report his recent appointment to the South Kent Board of Trustees. He writes: “Next month I will be opening my own showroom and retail store. I will be selling green building products. My products can be used in new construction or renovation, and they are all more environmentally friendly than what’s commonly available. My product line includes solar panels, counter tops, flooring, LED lights, plumbing fixtures, and paint.”

Chris McKenna recently moved to Los Angeles where he has been working at a small school. “I’m hoping to do some coaching soon and look forward to return to school either this spring or next fall. Tell everyone I said hello and hope they’re doing well.” 32 • The Hillside Winter 2008

Dillon Duncan, Jeff Hill both ’04 are playing with the Danbury “Mad Hatters.”

Dillon Duncan is playing hockey for the Danbury Mad Hatters of the Eastern Professional Hockey League. He also played some this year with the Ladshut Cannibals of the German Professional League. He is currently living in New Fairfield, CT with teammate and SKS Varsity B team goalie coach Jeff Hill and two other members of the team. Cameron Gifford graduated from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL with Associates in Recording Arts and Show Production and Touring. Since then he became the monitor engineer at the House of Blues in Orlando. On the side he has been working as the Stage Manager at various music festivals in the Southeast (Trinumeral, Bear Creek, and STS9’s Regeneration). Keith McCurdy moved to New York in 2005 where he works as a tattoo artist at “Last Rites”. He adds that “all the hero’s journey stuff now seems to really make sense and while I didn’t buy it at the time when you told us we would miss SKS after leaving the Hillside, this is true every day more and more. I consider Mr. Vadnais, as well as many of the faculty at SKS, life-long friends and mentors... I hope all is well on the Hillside. Please give everyone my best.” Xufeng Wang: “I miss you guys at SKS very much, but I barely had the time to go back to New England in the

past several years. College has kept me very busy, and I only go back to Boston to visit a relative for about one week during summer break. I’m currently a first year electrical engineering PhD student at Purdue University. What I do with other guys is try to research and understand a transistor’s behavior in nanometer scale: a topic that is essential to the semiconductor industry companies like Intel and IBM. Life is really boring here in Indiana, and on top of endless research and course work, it’s like living in a cage. But when days go by, daily life routine begins to follow a simple cookbook, and I have learned not to think too much about the boring aspects. Don’t get me wrong though; I really like what I’m doing here, and I’m fortunate enough to work under the guidance of many prominent professors. I feel happy and satisfied from that perspective. I really don’t have the chance to do much nowadays. It is honestly at least 12 hours of solid work within the lab every day, excluding meals and including weekends/vacations. I guess things all have certain trade-offs, and PhD study certainly is among the most dramatic ones.”


Sung Jae Heo writes that he is attending college in China where he is a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering. “It’s awesome to be here and see how fast this country is growing. I continue to learn Chinese which I find much easier than English. I am in Beijing most of the time but have visited famous sites in China like You Lang (ancient China’s capital city), Tai shan (where the emperor goes to pray) and Cheng de where the emperor vacations. I have fond memories of my years at South Kent and hope to return for a visit when my studies permit.” Sungwook Hwang wrote from China in July during a 10-day trip to Beijing. He said he’d had the chance to visit quite a few places in Beijing and Xian (where the mysterious terra cotta

warriors are). He’s completed his third year of college and enlisted in the Korean army this summer to serve his two-year compulsory tour of duty as a Korean citizen. “I’m looking forward to this new stage of my life next.” Zarko Kuvalja, with whom, not long ago, Sung Jae Heo shared a wall in Bartlett, writes: “I’m currently at a university in the city of Varazdin, about 40 miles north of Zagreb. I study Information Technology and Organization, but you can count me out from becoming a programmer. I intend to eventually attend a more creative sort of college (multimedia, arts, design etc.) or perhaps medical school eventually. While studying I am trying to get a job in a local newspaper and am saving up for some photography equipment to pursue this new hobby. I’ve remained in close contact with Sean Granger, my former SKS roommate. He has visited me in Croatia once already and will be visiting again next summer. Thanks to Facebook, I get to stay in relative contact with some other people as well. You may be surprised to hear that Hokuto Katagiri ’06 is attending aviation school to become a commercial airline pilot. Kyle Marquis writes “I’m a junior now at Saint Michael’s College ( I have history class with Marcus Cooper (‘06)

and I see Todd Gennings every once in a while, too). Majoring in Business with a Marketing minor. I’ve earned thirty-five credits in the past two semesters which has kept me super busy. Hockey is going well; I made the transition to forward this year so I’m learning a lot lately. Coach likes me a lot up front. Our season began towards the end of November. The team looks really good this year.”


Kyle Berry is still at Methodist

University in the Golf Management Program. He writes that he hopes to return to the Hillside soon in order to see some familiar faces.

Matthew Bruen is spending a semester in Washington, DC doing an internship for class credit. “I am working at a lobbying/advocacy group called Common Cause. Here, we work with a network of other organizations to protect citizens against government. Our areas of interest range from Campaign Finance Reform, to protecting citizens’ votes, to uncovering members of Congress using unethical practices. As an intern here, I have attended and documented many House and Senate Committee meetings,

drafted press releases, done research into multiple Congressional members’ backgrounds, led efforts to protect the student votes, and more. In addition to my internship, I have had the privilege of meeting many members of Congress, former and current Speakers of the House, lobbyists, members of the FED, as well as many Executive Office members. This experience has only further pushed me towards a career in politics.” Marcus Cooper writes: “I’m having a good time up here at St. Michael’s College and staying very busy. I’m almost done with my music major and just picked up another major in philosophy. I’ve been an RA the past couple of years of here and have had an amusing time keeping track of kids who are sometimes older than me. I stayed up here this past summer on campus as an RA and worked with Todd Gennings (‘05) at various parks around the Burlington area. I’m also vice-president of a music club that books bands and plays music every weekend, and most recently have been able to play some gigs of my own. I even had a solo in a chorale concert. My hope is that after I graduate I can come back to the Hillside and teach music and rejoin the tradition that changed my life!” Herman Opoku writes that he has been quite busy with schoolwork at George Washington University. “I’ve been playing basketball well up to this point. I still have to step it up though!! Other than that, school is going very well and Trav is doing OK, too!”

Hokuto Katagiri ’06: pilot-in-training. Who said the skies aren’t friendly?

Kyle Marquis ’05 takes to the ice for St. Michael’s College.

Scott Wolfe is studying and working in Florida. He had a great time with the gang at the Miami alumni reception in November. He misses everyone and is looking forward to visiting at some point during the winter term. Mike Vaskivou writes that he is now playing hockey with HIFK Helsinki Sergiy Sorokolat ’06, Pat Kittredge ’08, Bill Silengo ’08, Tony Morrone ’06, “A.J.” Garcia-Pedroso (‘25?) and Dillon O’Hara ’07 at Manhattanville College

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where he finds that his style fits more of a European game. “It was just a great opportunity to play in the Finnish Elite League while I am able to continue my studies during the winter. I wasn’t really recruited; my family’s friend sort of convinced me to take a look at Finland because he knew the team, having played there once when he was younger. My goals are to find a role on the team first and hopefully make a mark in the league as the season goes on, hopefully find my way back to the US in the AHL, in hopes of reaching the NHL one day.”


Will Littlefield: “I got back from Australia this past summer from a study abroad program. I learned so much and it was an amazing time to see the world. Traveling halfway around the world is something most people never get to do, and I’m so excited that I had the chance to do it. Since I had such a great experience, I’m seriously thinking of doing a business internship in England in the summer or second semester of my junior year. As of now I’m continuing my Marketing major with a minor in Developmental Psychology, and Merrimack has been really fun. I’m a starting wing on the Merrimack rugby team and have a strong leadership role as Secretary of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. I am now in a fairly serious relationship as well, so initial thoughts of transferring have subsided, and I am growing to really like it here at Merrimack College. Hope the Hillside is doing well, and I can’t wait to go to this year’s graduation. I think about South Kent every day I’m at college. Thank you, guys, for teaching me some life-long lessons.”

Joe Pereira is currently pursuing a

degree in Business Management and Administration at Boston University. “I am also doing well in hockey. Our team is ranked second in the country and looking to continue to get better to achieve the ultimate dream of winning 34 • The Hillside Winter 2008

a national championship. If anyone is in Boston for a weekend and would like to come to a game, let me know. Miss everybody on the Hillside and wish you all well!!”


Edward Chiang writes that his class work at California College of the Arts has kept him very busy. “The school is good and very academically challenging, and I am happy with the progress that I have been able to make so far.” Will Finnerty is in his freshman year at Siena College, working hard and having a great time. “I have met a lot of fun people who have made my time up here in what seems to be the Arctic Circle much more enjoyable. I have declared as an Accounting major and am going to minor in Sports Journalism. I am currently carrying 18 credits which is 6 classes, so I am rather busy. Outside of the classroom I have a fairly busy schedule lined up for the winter/spring which includes working on the gametime staff for the men’s and women’s basketball games throughout the season. My schedule is going get much tougher as the year continues to move on, so golf will have to wait for now. After a meeting with the coach, the decision has been made that I will not be playing this season, but I should work throughout the summer so that I am lined up to play next year. I have met a ton of prep school kids who all know South Kent as THE school that truly teaches what it is to be a student, athlete and a gentleman, and I thank all of you back at school for your support through my years on the Hillside.” Brian Newsome has been twice named “Rookie of the Week for his play as the Curry College goalie in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. He writes that he is missing the Hillside and looks forward to hearing from other classmates at bnewsdawg@

Carol-Ann Bruen with sons Steven Jr., ’04 and Matthew ’06 at the recent Washington DC SKS alumni reception hosted by Ambassador Bob Oakley ’48 and his wife Phyllis.

John Miller writes, “Since my graduation at South Kent School, I have decided to continue my education as a broadcast major at Barry University in lovely Miami Shores, FL. The nice thing about being in Miami is that I can reward myself for doing all my work by spending a Saturday afternoon on South Beach. I’m still trying to learn Spanish so I can communicate with the other 95% of the population down here. It’s a slow but sure process. Lately I have adopted the name DJ Johnny Love for my weekly Thursday night radio show here on campus. It’s called the Vibe Hour where my co‑host and I entertain and play smooth late night jazz along with various R&B classics. When my mood permits, I come on the show as my alter-ego imitating the ladies’ man, Leon Phelps, from the movie “The Ladies’ Man” starring SNL’s Tim Meadows. I answer calls and give horrible dating advice. Other than that, I have been taking fifteen credits as a full time student and look forward to taking video production courses next semester.” John may be reached at

Former Faculty

Christopher Hurshman is a newly‑enrolled Ph.D. student in comparative literature at Yale University. Outside of the reading and writing he’s doing for classes in French, English, and Russian literature, he’s busy improving his first home and enjoying relative freedom from responsibility.

In Memoriam 1944 David Mason Heminway of Damariscotta, ME died peacefully at Cove’s Edge on July 4, 2008, after a long, courageous struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. David was born April 19, 1927. After his graduation from South Kent in 1944, he joined the Army. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Hobart College in 1952, he studied for his master’s degree at Columbia and alternated teaching at Harmon Hall in Maine and at the Peddie School in New Jersey with extended bicycle trips through Europe. While writing poetry and short stories outside Florence, Italy, he met Elizabeth Lincoln Hilgenberg from Baltimore, MD. They married in 1958 and lived in and around Florence where their two children, Olivia and Benjamin, were born. David became part owner of the American Language Center in Florence as well as a teacher in the Gonzaga University program. His first three books of poetry were published during this period. Eight years later, David and Betsy moved to Italy to live year-round. There, David worked on a novel and wrote numerous poems. His fourth book, It isn’t Every Day, was published in 2001. In 2003, David and Betsy moved to Damariscotta, a region they both had fallen in love with. David returned to South Kent School many times, where he conducted Poetry workshops, and he and his wife read for the students. 1948 The Very Reverend Canon William A. Burke, Jr. D.D of Westfield, NJ died August 18, 2008 in Summit. Born in New York City, he lived in Scotch Plains before moving to Westfield in 1966. The Rev. Burke attended St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary, was ordained in 1974 and served as Rector of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Plainfield for twenty-five years before retiring in 2005. He was elevated to

the office of Canon by Bishop John Walter Gaines, DE in 2007. He was predeceased by his wife, Marnie. Surviving are his daughter, Maren Burke Sugarman and her husband, Paul; his brother, Richard Burke; two granddaughters, Kate and Marnie; and beloved cat, Bootsy. 1948 John Glover Green of Hixson, TN died on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 in a local hospital. John was born in Boston, MA and graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, NY. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and then served with the U.S. Army. He was a resident of Chattanooga from 1964 and retired as an Insurance Executive. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Wright Green; daughter, Patricia (Sam) Jenkins; brother, Larry Green; sister, Lucinda Worthington and five grandchildren, Drew, Libby, Megan, Hannah and Laura. 1950 Arthur “Chip” Fawcett Jr., of Washington, D.C. died November 23, 2008 at George Washington University Hospital. An enthusiastic outdoorsman and lover of water and green space, he was president of Washington Parks & People since helping to found it 12 years ago. The longest-serving president of the Potomac Boat Club, he helped get rowing established on the Anacostia River, opened his group’s membership to non-whites and women, and fought attempts to build a freeway and bridge over the waterway. After graduating Cum Laude from SKS, he graduated from Princeton University and rowed on the university’s team. He served in the Navy during the Korean War, and then received a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina in 1956. He became rowing coach at George Washington University. In 1958 he took his crew to the Henley Regatta in Philadelphia, nine years after he himself had rowed there with SKS. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Myrna Fawcett of Washington

and Annapolis; a son from his first marriage, Miles Fawcett of Washington; a sister; and two grandchildren. 1959 George M. Lavino of Fermandina Beach, FL died on March 2, 2008. A native of Philadelphia, he had been a resident of the Swarthmore, PA area before moving to Amelia Island. He was a graduate of Lafayette College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Mr. Lavino worked as vice president of marketing in the multi-generational family business Lavino Shipping Co. He was a member of the Amelia Plantation Chapel. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Leslie, four children, Edward, Vail, George and Evan, and five grandchildren. 1961 Henry “Mac” Dawbarn, Jr., of Clearwater, FL died Oct. 4, 2008 at Evergreen Manor Home following a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Mac was a 2nd generation SKS alumnus and a former Trustee. He was the son of the late H. Dunlop Dawbarn, SKS ‘33 and Mary Dawbarn. Mac attended the University of Maryland and was employed by Camac Corporation in Bristol, VA. Mac is survived by his wife, June Scharra-Dawbarn, of Clearwater, FL; two daughters, Blake and Alison, a granddaughter, Lawton; and a sister, Carroll. 1984 Geoffrey Warren Gibbons, of Paget, Bermuda, died July 13, 2008 at his home after a courageous tenmonth battle with cancer. Geoffrey graduated from Washington College, Chestertown, MD in 1988. At SKS Geoffrey coxed the first boat for two years and continued his passion for crew at Washington College where, as a student, he became the Assistant Coach. In business Geoffrey was admired for his positive attitude. This contributed to his success as he and his wife purchased Bermuda’s largest moped company, Oleander

Cycles. He was an important and valued participant in Bermuda’s Tourism Industry having also been instrumental in introducing the trolley train to Bermuda. Geoffrey was a devoted son, brother, husband and father. He was a fine man, friendly, polite and caring, who will always be fondly remembered for his integrity and great sense of humor. Besides his father, Leonard SKS ’57, mother, Sally, and uncle, Dr. Robert Gibbons SKS ’55, he leaves his wife of thirteen years, Dianna, their son Lawrence; twin daughters Abigail and Danielle, and his sister Susan Gray. 1985 Nicholas William Green, of San Francisco, CA died October 10, 2008. Nick graduated from Hobart College. He was an engaging person, passionate about and always interested in the world around him especially when it came to politics and music. Nick was known for his athletic abilities and his independent spirit while at South Kent. He will be missed by all those who knew him. Nick is survived by his sister Christina, his nephews Finn, Balin, Ben and Will, his brothers Doug and Steve and the many friends whose lives he touched in his all too brief life. Former SKS Trustee J. Burchenal Ault of Santa Fe, NM died October 29, 2008 at the age of 82. Mr. Burch was married to Joan Mitchell on July 1, 1948 until her death on December 5, 1984. Together they raised five children: Marney; Nicholas Ault, SKS ’ 71; Andrew Ault, SKS ’74; David B. Ault, and Allie. All survive him, along with twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Burch was married to Louise Larocque Serpa for seven years, and on May 14, 1994 married Florence Hunter Monks, who survives him, as does his brother Bromwell Ault, Jr.

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Alumni Authors continued from page 23.

No Ordinary Fool: A Testimony to Grace Founded in 1923 by Sam Bartlett and Dick Cuyler, two alumni of Kent School, South Kent was a spartan institution. An oft told tale of the school’s early days recounted how a boy, wishing to demonstrate the quality of the school food, slapped an address label on a breakfast pancake and mailed it home. It arrived intact. The school’s distinguishing feature was the “self-help” system. Boys did all the cleaning and maintenance work inside and out, save that which required adult expertise. Our Headmaster, Sam Bartlett, explained that the object was not to save money. We did the work ourselves because it was philosophically right. “Gentlemen,” he would say, “what have you accomplished at age 15 or 16 or 17 that entitles you to expect adults to wait on you?” Bartlett’s lesson affected me deeply. The view of my place in the world which I learned from him was counter-cultural even then. Today it would rank right up there with the Flat Earth theory. How many of today’s parents would be willing to risk the disapproval of their peers, and the alienation of their offspring, by questioning the assumption that adults exist to maintain a taxi service for the young, and to finance their vacations and hobbies? Sam Bartlett was an example of New England Puritanism at its best, supported by the Anglo-Catholic faith he had learned as a schoolboy at Kent School. Bartlett was a daily communicant. When I was assigned cleaning duties in the chapel, I regularly saw him sitting for twenty minutes and more in the back pew before the evening chapel service, his unblinking gaze on the crucifix above the altar tabernacle. This helped me understand the story I read years later about the nineteenth century French priest, St. Jean Vianney, asking a peasant farmer what he did during his daily visits to the parish church in Ars, without prayer book or rosary, his lips unmoving. “I look at Him,” the man responded, “and He looks at me.” When I read that, I remembered my old Headmaster. I count it among the chief blessings of a richly blessed life to have achieved, past middle life, some approximation of this prayer myself. From age twelve I knew that I wanted to be a priest. Each time I served Mass I thought: “One day I’ll stand there. I’ll say those words. I’ll wear those vestments.” From the start I spoke openly of my own goal. For as long as memory runs, I have wanted to be different. Announcing my decision for priesthood was a way to satisfy this not entirely admirable desire. Refusing to smoke was another. My peers thought puffing on cigarettes made them look grown-up. I thought they looked stupid. Academic work came easily to me, and I got top marks with little effort. The only aspect of school life which I disliked was what I considered the overemphasis of athletics. If the school won a football game, euphoria reigned. If we lost, the atmosphere was grim, and the football jocks were in such a foul mood that no one could speak to them. With this sole exception, I loved my four years at South Kent. Indeed, I can remember a conscious feeling of well-being, even of euphoria, which would not return until I was past sixty. Never once was I homesick. I did find, however, that absence from home intensified my already strong love for my family, in particular for my father. I recall as if it were yesterday the frisson of excitement and joy I always felt when, coming off the train to New York at the end of term, I caught sight of my father in his shovel hat and clerical collar awaiting me on the platform of Grand Central Station.

This passage is excerpted with permission from No Ordinary Fool: A Testimony to Grace (Tate Publishing) by John Jay Hughes, SKS ’44.

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The Reverend Hobart “Hobey” Heistand ’46 Member of the St. Michael’s Society


n 1940, my dad (The Very Reverend John Thomas Heistand), soon to become The Bishop of The Diocese of Harrisburg, asked me if I would like to go to SKS. The only thing I knew about the school was that it was small and a selfhelp school. The reason Dad knew about the school was that his friend, Benjamin Rush, (one of the greatgrandchildren of Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Constitution), would help fund my education at South Kent. I agreed and came to the Hillside to meet with Mr. Bartlett. I was invited to start as a freshman, which meant that I would repeat the third form. I left Harrisburg early in September, arriving at SKS a week before any other students. I unpacked in the Schoolhouse and had my pick of beds. I took the one closest to the closet where clothes were hung, and closest to the washroom. The next day, I was off to the fields to help with the harvest! My “job”, other than keeping my personal space in order, was the Chapel, which I did for my years at SKS. What else for the son of a priest? Other jobs that were assigned to me included cutting wood with single and double bladed axes, and working a two-man cross-cut saw with Ray Anderson ’44. These chores helped me to “pay the way” for my SKS education. All in all, my years at SKS helped to form my life from 1940 to the present. Sam Bartlett, the faculty, staff and my fellow

classmates all were part of my education which enabled me to live through and enjoy my years serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, finishing high school after the war, and on to college, graduate school, and 37 years as an Episcopal priest in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Illinois. I retired in 1991 to Jackson, NH where I live with my wife, Jacquelyn. What do I do now? Hunt, fish, and teach (oldest substitute teacher in New Hampshire). I teach fly-casting and enjoy cooking, baking, and gardening. I also help in an antique store and exercise every day, (except Sunday). All of this because my upbringing, my family, my schooling and, in all honesty, my years at SKS gave me a solid foundation that has sustained me all these years. I also had, of course, my faith in a loving God, the example and teaching of Jesus Christ, and the ever present love of friends and family. I have made a provision in my estate plans that will benefit SKS as a way of giving thanks for the opportunities I had during my time on the Hillside and will benefit future generations at South Kent School. I can think of no school more worthy or deserving of my support. I invite others to join the St. Michael’s Society as well. This special society is for the members of the SKS family who have made arrangements for a planned gift to South Kent School. Our gifts will have a direct and lasting impact on the School.

For more information regarding planned giving options available at South Kent School, please contact Tim von Jess, Director of Development, at (860) 927-3539 x205, email him at, or visit the planned giving section of the School’s website at

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