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p h otos COVER: Riley Cunningham INSIDE COVER: Abbey Griscom, Joanna Wang, Emily Patrick and Adrienne Jackson RIGHT: James Carter, Jessica Manzano-Valdez, Yoonho (Brian) Reigh, Karime Saad and Misha Copeland BOTTOM: Stanton Dossett, Avery Sell and Dickie Dossett

2 Headlines 3 Consummate Servant-Leader 4 The Importance of Annual Giving 5 Seniors Learn the Gift of Giving 6 Frame the Future Update Honoring the Class of 2013

8 Upper School Graduation 16 Middle School Graduation Reaching Out in Service to Others

5 head of school

18 Cultivating Hearts for Service 8

Robert E. Kirkpatrick


19 Service Learning in Action 20 A Service Project as Big as Texas

Anne Marie Becka

21 The Potential of Emerging Scholars

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22 The Science of Changing Lives

Lou Porter Bailey ’71

23 Middle School Students Pitch In

design Ellen Buckmaster, Bucko Design

24 Spartan Life


30 Class Notes

Yvonne Adams Christine Aubrey Lou Porter Bailey ’71 Hayden Blood Kristine Brown Sherry Buchanan Chris Caselli ’82 Helen Field Driftmier Kristin Eitel The Rev. Todd FitzGerald Liz and Eric Goldreyer Emily Hummel ’86 Bob Kirkpatrick Brenda Lindfors ’80 Kim Maguire Jon McCain Miriam Murtuza Elizabeth Moon Cheryl Savage Nita Shuffler Sarah Todd Johnny Wilson


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Off The Hill My weekly e-missive to our professional community, “On the Hill,” is clearly campus centered, highlighting weekly news and events of consuming interest to us here. This is, after all, a remarkable place: this 370-acre parcel of Hill Country; these classrooms, theaters and playing fields; these talented and multi-faceted students, teachers and staff; these engaging events and activities; this vibrant residential community; this hub of life for so many. The Hill is home to a marvelous, unique educational experience and has been for more than 60 years. But the “St. Stephen’s experience” extends well beyond the confines of this lovely campus, well beyond our comfort zones, and well beyond what is immediately known and understood. Some of the most meaningful learning experiences for all of us occur away from this place, off The Hill. For example, my trip to Asia last fall to visit St. Stephen’s families and alumni and my first service trip to Haiti and our partner school St. Etienne in March had a profound impact on me and my traveling companions. The trip to Asia underscored the need to find ways to maintain connections with and understand the needs of our international families. And while the grinding poverty and appalling conditions found in Haiti can be mind-numbing, we can also see signs of hope in the incredible resilience and spirit of the Haitian people and in our own humble actions, one community, one school, one church, and one child at a time. Increasingly, therefore, we find that living into who we are as an Episcopal school, including reaching out in service to others, pursuing what is right and just, seeing beyond ourselves, and making a difference in the world, often calls for us to leave the relative safety and comfort of The Hill. The skills, attitudes and values honed here often are tested and enhanced by what our science teachers would call “field” work or what others might know as community service. Applying out in the world our


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knowledge, beliefs and skills, we hope to assist others in need. This looking beyond ourselves also helps to develop in our students the ‘whole person,’ yielding a mature, balanced, selfconfident, self-directed contributor to the well-being of all. In this summer issue of Spartan, we not only honor our graduates, the Class of 2013, but also celebrate what they take with them as they leave The Hill. How much of who they are today was developed here and, of course, nurtured at home? How much growth was classroom-based, and how much of it was learned in the “classrooms” of Budapest on an orchestra trip, of Haiti, El Salvador or Nicaragua during service trips, or right here at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin, El Buen Samaritano or ABC-Ceden, for that matter? Outreach — whether in community service trips to Haiti, field studies in West Texas, MLK Day activities at the Texas Capitol, or a Saxena summer internship in math, science and technology — is a growing and invaluable part of what we view as essential to the St. Stephen’s experience. These successful forays into the world and our communities by our students inspire all of us and affirm our belief in the value of the work begun here on The Hill. It is incredibly uplifting to know that the world can be a better place off The Hill with more Spartans in it! — bob kirkpatrick, head of school

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consumate service leader:

Clarke Heidrick

St. Stephen’s may have no better


friend than Clarke Heidrick.

hat statement, by Head of School Bob Kirkpatrick, perfectly encapsulates Heidrick’s relationship with St. Stephen’s. This spring ends his six-year stint on the board of trustees, having served as executive chair for the last three. Heidrick is a member of the Class of ’68 and father to four graduates. Although an active member on the boards of several community organizations, he always has had time and energy to spare for work on The Hill. “I love the school; I think when you’re called to serve something you love, you try to respond,” explained Heidrick. And respond he did. During Heidrick’s tenure the board developed a vision statement to guide the school’s progress while staying true to its founding mission. That goal of graduating students who “possess sharp minds, great and humble hearts, and strong spirits” drives the school’s efforts to attract exceptional faculty and grow responsibly. Under Heidrick’s leadership, the board developed a strategic plan and focused on maintaining financial discipline, including reducing debt and budgeting tightly while keeping tuition increases tied to the cost of living. Heidrick also aided efforts to support the school’s top priority: a faculty that delivers excellent teaching every day. Fellow trustee and friend Mike McKetta believes Heidrick is a great leader because he is a great servant. “To Clarke, leadership is about service and about achievement; it has nothing to do with self or ego,” McKetta noted. “He inspires by his example and by his humility. He can see a need that is invisible to others until he points it out, and then he rolls up his shirtsleeves to move us forward with great progress.” McKetta also believes that “Clarke’s faith is his compass and his source of confidence.” As such, helping the school live into its Episcopal identity has been a priority for Heidrick, as well as the board. As an Episcopal school that embraces and practices Christian traditions, St. Stephen’s respects other faiths and strives to make everyone feel included. “Getting that right I think will always be a challenge, and yet it’s at the very heart of our values,” Heidrick said, adding that living a Spartan life means sacrificing for one’s brothers,

sisters and community and investing in other people. “I think that’s lived out on this campus. God lives in this place for me.” Heidrick’s passion for the St. Stephen’s experience has fueled his role as an effective fundraiser. “I enjoy fundraising because you’re basically talking about what you believe in and why you love something,” he said. “I get to talk about how much I love the school and how much it has meant to me as a student and as a parent — and what its values are. I think they’re enduring values.” He hopes the Frame the Future Campaign to build a new dorm and faculty housing, an art building, pedestrian green, dining hall/student center and fitness center will have lasting significance for the school. “That has been an effort where the entire board, staff and many parents have worked really hard,” he said. “I think our Advancement staff has done a fantastic job. Ellen [Osborne ’86] Ray has done a fantastic job. Bob Kirkpatrick is very good at talking about this school in a way that makes people want to give — and for the right reasons. To me, that’s the key.” Heidrick has long been an advocate for, and an example of, the qualities that set St. Stephen’s apart from other schools. “Clarke is a passionate supporter of the school's mission, a thoughtful visionary committed to the best future for St. Stephen’s, and a loyal and persuasive advocate for the people, programs and initiatives of the school,” said Kirkpatrick. “Through his kindness and benevolence, he is a person who brings out the best in all who work with him.” We thank Clarke Heidrick for his invaluable efforts in support of our school community. —emily hummel ’86, trustee


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Heartfelt Thanks for Your Generous Support as this year's parent chairs of annual giving , we want to enthusiastically thank all of the volunteers for participating in a very successful fundraising effort. Your giving well exceeded our parent goal, raising more than $600,000! This amount strengthens the yearly operating budget for our school to ensure that our kids receive an outstanding education, and it provides the extras that make an important difference in their experience. The campaign was a community effort, bringing everyone together to support our students. We had an amazing set of class captains and parent callers that contacted all of our families and resulted in a remarkable participation — 92 percent of St. Stephen’s families gave to this campaign! The high participation shows the confidence you have in our school, its teachers and the administration. We feel very blessed and fortunate to be in such a caring community — one that continually exhibits, through words, actions and donations, a strong commitment to our kids. If you see these Annual Giving campaign class captains around this summer, please make an effort to thank them for the wonderful job they accomplished this year. — liz and eric goldreyer, 2012-13 parent chairs Parents of Nick ’16 and Allie ‘18 and Gracie (4th grade)

6th grade:

Angie Hashman and Chris Hicks

7th grade:

Heatherly Ayres and Terry Quinn

8th grade:

Cheryl Parra and Kathy Keig

9th grade:

Robyn Gill and Erin Almanza

10th grade:

Liz Mewborne and Annie Dooley

11th grade:

Tess Peters and Tricia Altamirano

12th grade:

Kacy O’Hare and Vicki Zagrodzky

Why We Give “We keep giving to St. Stephen's because the school keeps giving back to us. Every day we see in our sons all that the school has nurtured in them: scholarship, friendship, self-confidence and compassion for others.”


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“We give to help close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of education so that the school can continue to offer all the programs that make it such a special place.”

“I faithfully give to Annual Giving because I feel so fortunate for the education and experience my children get at St. Stephen’s. I am happy to do what I can to help make those opportunities available to others.”

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Gift of Giving

p h oto s TOP TO BOTTOM Incoming Board of Trustees executive chair Mike McKetta with Annie Nordhauser; Matthew Wong, Grace Mitchell, Yasmeen Farra and Adrienne Jackson; Mehek Gagneja and Sebastian Provenzano


n April 23, the St. Stephen’s board of trustees honored the Class of 2013 at the school’s annual Gift of Giving dinner. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Mercury Hall, a historic town church built in 1904, the evening saluted seniors for their many accomplishments and contributions to The Hill and turned the page on their next chapter of Spartan life — becoming alumni. Following dinner, Clarke Heidrick ’68, executive chair of the board, welcomed the Class of 2013 to their new role as Spartan alumni. Aaron Silberman ’13 gave a moving address that described the unique ways his classmates have impacted our community during their time on campus. Among the many contributions celebrated that evening was the senior philanthropy campaign to raise funds for Annual Giving. Senior philanthropy has become an important tradition at St. Stephen’s that not only allows seniors to leave a final legacy on campus, but also explains the important fundraising efforts that sustain our school. Alumni help to shape our school every day as members of our board of trustees, faculty and staff, volunteers, parents, donors, and everyday ambassadors of St. Stephen's around the globe. An active alumni culture is critical to the success of St. Stephen's. The Advancement Office, which hosted the dinner, promises the Class of 2013 many more years of fun as young alumni. We look forward to seeing how these Spartans will continue to impact our school in the years beyond graduation. Congratulations and thank you, Class of 2013, for your innumerable gifts to St. Stephen’s.

— kristin eitel, advancement officer


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Kick-Off Party! Members of the St. Stephen’s community came together on April 11 to celebrate the topping out of the new Dining Hall and Student Center and officially kick off the public phase of the Frame the Future Campaign, having secured 90 percent of the $25 million goal. People sipped signature cocktails compliments of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, danced to music provided by More Cowbell, and enjoyed a lively presentation from Head of School Bob Kirkpatrick and Clarke Heidrick ’68, executive chair of the board of trustees. Bob Ellis, a longtime member of the board and parent of three Spartans, made a special guest appearance. Guests toured the site and even got to witness a little construction first-hand! N. Carolina

Alumni Roadshow the frame the future alumni roadshow is coming to a city near you! We want to visit with alumni and share our plans for campus updates, so we’re planning numerous trips this summer. Check out our website for the full list of cities and dates on the tour at  


FITing all students: our new athletic addition

it 's not your mother's p.e. department anymore... We’re stepping up our game. St. Stephen’s plans to build an athletic addition that will enable our professional athletic staff to maximize the services they bring to the school community. This new addition will emphasize health and wellness by adding a strength and conditioning room, sports medicine center, and athletic administrative offices. “It’s about tapping into the wholeness of what each person is, allowing for a greater understanding of the self through problem solving and understanding perceived limitations while building character, discipline, perseverance and motivation,” said Strength and Conditioning Coach Jay Patterson. These are ambitious goals — ones that go way beyond teaching kids proper form for shooting baskets or kicking a soccer ball. The new strength and conditioning area will accommodate a large number of students in a big, light-filled room, allowing Patterson to keep his eyes on and coach more students as they build stronger, healthier bodies. In addition to increasing their range of motion, students will build core strength. 6

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In the event that a student athlete is injured, Head Athletic Trainer Kathy Rainey is on hand to apply professional screening and treatment. Rainey and Ricky Biediger, a trainer and strength and conditioning coordinator, aim to attend every home varsity game to supervise immediate diagnoses and treatment of injuries, from contusions to concussions. The new athletic addition will provide them with a professional athletic training and treatment center, allowing Rainey and Biediger to function efficiently and effectively as allied health care providers for the prevention and cure of athletic injuries. “Everyone will benefit from this new space,” said Jon McCain, athletic director. “It will promote a community culture of strength and fitness.” Planning for the new athletic addition is currently underway. Show your support for this great new facility benefiting all Spartans by making a gift to Frame the Future today.

—christine aubrey, director of advancement

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Student Time Capsule Placement

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On friday, may 17, students and faculty gathered with members of the board to place a time capsule in the new park space behind the Dining Hall and Student Center. Students and faculty submitted more than 60 items for the capsule, which will be opened in 2038 for the 25-year reunion of this year’s graduating seniors.


We have almost completed fundraising for the new Dining Hall and Student Center and are in the process of fundraising for the athletic addition, but we still need your support. Every student will benefit from these projects, and we hope every family will participate. Every gift matters! For more information on giving opportunities, please contact Christine Aubrey, director of advancement, at or Hayden Blood, campaign director, at, or visit We greatly appreciate your support!

Dedication Please plan to join us for the dedication of the new Dining Hall and Student Center on Labor Day, Sept.2, 2013.

This new addition will emphasize health

and wellness by adding a strength and conditioning room, sports medicine center, and athletic administrative offices.


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We all needed the rain, but our graduates would have preferred it to have fallen on another day…. The morning of Saturday, May 25 provided a dark and stormy backdrop for an otherwise glorious event. Clad in rubber rain boots and huddled together under umbrellas, proud parents, families and friends slowly sloshed their way to the Chapel to celebrate St. Stephen’s 63rd graduation exercises, honoring the Class of 2013. Following opening prayers by the Rev. Todd FitzGerald, Head of School Bob Kirkpatrick welcomed graduates and guests to this year’s commencement ceremony. In his remarks, Kirkpatrick reminded the outgoing seniors of their duty to improve the lives of others and their communities. “Just as we honor and owe those who have come before us a great debt of gratitude, we look forward to the day when we can say, ‘Thank you, Class of 2013, for making this world a better place for all of us,’ for making St. Stephen’s an even better school, but more importantly, for making this a more just, humane and equitable world in which to live. “You and your generation will be defined in relation to how effectively you address the unmet needs of this world and,


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in so doing, turn aspirations into reality and make hope and history rhyme. We are counting on you!” English Teacher Ben Hines ’91, who was selected by the graduates to speak at the ceremony, presented the commencement address. Grandson of the school’s founding bishop and an alumnus, Hines said, “The funny thing about graduation is that when you’re sitting there, you don’t completely realize that you’ve spent the last few weeks only looking forward to leaving and not considering exactly what it is you’re leaving behind…. “No one tells you that after the ceremony, you will experience a definitive ending to your professional connection to the school and that even though you will be laughing with your friends outside, hugging your family and shaking hands with the faculty members, eventually the crowd dissipates and there you’ll be, expected to start living your life... expected to make your mark on the world. “You can’t make a mark by ‘following your dreams’ or whatever people tell you at this juncture in your life. Dreams by definition are too nebulous, too ephemeral. They aren’t specific enough to provide you with direction. Instead,

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find and follow your passion and let beauty guide you. But to do so, you have to really look. And you will find that most often in life, if you look closely enough, it’s the ordinary that becomes extraordinary. Only then will you find something meaningful.” Following Hines’ speech, the Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and chair of the St. Stephen’s board of trustees, presented diplomas and special awards to the 103 graduates of the Class of 2013 with assistance from Doug Dickson, head of Upper School, and Kim Garey, academic dean. A longstanding tradition at commencement is selection of the senior speaker, who is elected by the senior class to speak for them at graduation, summing up their collective experience. Adrienne Jackson, who attended St. Stephen’s for seven years, presented this year’s senior speech. Addressing her classmates, she said, “In 6th grade, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed they didn’t receive a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m still a little bitter. However, we would soon find out that


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this school and its teachers are just as magical. “I hope everyone receiving a diploma today realizes how prepared we are to take the next step. Our experiences here have gifted us with skills that we couldn’t have acquired anywhere else. We’ve had countless opportunities to experience the world, different backgrounds and different cultures, not only through the incredible service trips and other travel opportunities, but through the wonderful cultural smorgasbord, if you will, that we encounter every day on The Hill. I’m really glad that my Hogwarts acceptance letter obviously got lost in the owl post.” The graduation ceremony ended with a recitation of the St. Stephen’s school prayer and the closing benediction, led by Bishop Harrison. p h otos opposite page: The Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison and faculty this page clockwise from top left: Colin Spears and Riley Cunningham behind Ursula Cedillo-Johnson and Sebastian Provenzano; Jessica Harmon, Brooke Leafa, Spencer Dunkerley-Offor and Mehek Gagneja; Fernando Benavides, Jaime Cueva, Kofi Asante, Denzel Bazard, Misha Copeland and Nickoloz Snovely


photos CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Staying dry with school spirit; Adrienne Jackson, senior class speaker; Fumiya Kitaura, Sarah Todd and Aaron Silberman; Head of School Bob Kirkpatrick, Bishop Dena A. Harrison, Jim Crosby and Clarke Heidrick ’68


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p h otos CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Yoonho (Brian) Reigh, James Carter and Benjamin Joseph; Laura Polanco and alumna Denise Owusu ’12; a highly prized St. Stephen's diploma; Noah Schwartz; Alexa Haverlah


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Medals and Honors Named for the founding headmaster, The William Brewster Medal was established in 1960 by the St. Stephen’s faculty to recognize a member of the senior class who has made the greatest total contribution to the life of the school. The recipient is an engaged and talented student — strong across all disciplines and genuinely interested in “the life of the mind.” Danielle Strasburger was named the 2013 Brewster Medal recipient. The Bishop John E. Hines Medal is named after John Hines, founder of St. Stephen's Episcopal School, who was a man of extraordinary vision and bold action. The Hines Medal is awarded to the member of the senior class who maintained the highest academic standing throughout his or her junior and senior years. This year’s Bishop Medal was presented to Emily Patrick. The Dobbie Leverton Fenton Medal is awarded annually to a member of the senior class who promotes the values of social justice. The 2013 Dobbie Leverton Fenton Medal was awarded to Jessica Manzano-Valdez.

Diplomas with High Honors Yoonho (Brian) Reigh

Diplomas with Honors

Ursula Rachel Cedillo-Johnson Riley Kelly Cunningham Gabriella Kanter Eisenberg Hadie Debar Evarts Yasmeen Mariah Farra Mehek Gagneja Reid Lewis Gallagher Hailey Elizabeth Garber Alexa Katharina Haverlah Adrienne Ryals Jackson Diane Kim Kallie Sara Klein Jessica Lizett Manzano-Valdez Patrick Taylor O'Hare Emily Joy Patrick Katherine Bianca Pringle Yuxi (Caitlin) Qian William Gray Randolph Caroline Carmel Sandall Nikhil Shamapant Paul Harold Shaunessy Aaron Michael Silberman Trent Randall Skinner Kathryn Marie Snyder Kelly Anne Sooch Danielle Olivia Strasburger Tianyun (Maria) Xu Julia Rose Zachary Chloe M'Lynn Zagrodzky

Highest Standing in the Senior Class Emily Joy Patrick Danielle Olivia Strasburger


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The Catherine Elliott Montgomery Prize is awarded by a committee of senior teachers to a member of the senior class whose creativity, character and scholarship give promise of a contribution in history or the social sciences. The 2013 Montgomery Prize was awarded to Noah Schwartz. The Rev. Charles Abram and Virginia Sumners Music Award is presented annually to a member of the senior class who has made the greatest overall contribution to music at the school. The 2013 Sumners Award recipient was Yee Sang (Fiona) Wong. The Velberta Asher Towner Award in the Performing Arts is named for “Bert” Towner, a member of the St. Stephen’s faculty from 1958 to 1984 and a long-time chair of Fine Arts. St. Stephen’s honors her contributions with this award, which is presented to the student who has excelled in the performing arts — music, drama and dance. The 2013 Towner Award was presented to Maxwell Green. The Anne Dewey Guerin Award is awarded each year to the member of the senior class who has made the greatest contribution to the theatre program. This year’s Anne Dewey Guerin Award was presented to Garrett Jester. The Don Cunningham Memorial Award is presented to a female and a male senior who have lettered in three sports in their senior year and have demonstrated outstanding talent, leadership, dedication and sportsmanship. The 2013 Cunningham Award was presented to Hadie Evarts, who earned 12 varsity letters during her time at St. Stephen's, and Colin Spears, who achieved excellence in multiple sports during his senior year.  

Cum Laude Society

Hadie D. Evarts Yasmeen M. Farra Mehek Gagneja Reid L. Gallagher Diane Kim Kallie S. Klein Patrick T. O’Hare Katherine B. Pringle Emily J. Patrick Yuxi (Caitlin) Qian William Gray Randolph Yoonho (Brian) Reigh Nikhil Shamapant Paul H. Shaunessy Trent R. Skinner Aaron M. Silberman Kelly A. Sooch Danielle O. Strasburger Tianyun (Maria) Xu Julia R. Zachary Chloe M. Zagrodzky

p h otos TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: Emily Patrick and Danielle Strasburger BOTTOM: Jessica Manzano-Valdez

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Senior Book Prizes English 12

Danielle Strasburger

Advanced European History Danielle Strasburger

Social Science Seminars Emily Patrick ph oto s TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: Joanna Wang, Maddy Blankenship, Grace Mitchell, Abbey Griscom, Gabi Eisenberg and Caroline Sandall BOTTOM LEFT TO RIGHT: Ted Heydinger, Nick Rutledge, Kaydee Reese, Trent Skinner and Paul Shaunessy

Statistics and Selected Topics Joanna Wang

AB Calculus

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Multivariable Analysis National Merit Finalists Yasmeen M. Farra Mehek Gagneja Jeremy T. Hall Caleb B. Kress Patrick T. O’Hare Emily J. Patrick Nikhil Shamapant Aaron M. Silberman Danielle O. Strasburger Jennifer D. Sturley

National Merit Scholarship Winners Emily J. Patrick Danielle O. Strasburger

National Hispanic Scholar Katherine B. Pringle

National Achievement Scholar Ursula R. Cedillo-Johnson  

Spiritual Leadership Award Jessica Manzano-Valdez

International Student of the Year Lu (Max) Miao

National Chinese Honor Society Jonghyun (Andrew) An Karime Saad Julia Zachary

Classics Awards

Yoonho (Brian) Reigh

Caleb Kress Yuxi (Caitlin) Qian

Environmental Science

The Elizabeth Hughes Hoey Award in Creative Writing


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Tianyun (Maria) Xu

Proctor Medals

Advanced Visual Studies Yuxi (Caitlin) Qian

Kofi Asante James Carter Sally Chang Jaime Cueva Ruijie (Jerry) Gan Jessica Harmon Travis Hood Diane Kim Jung Hyun (John) Kim Sooyoung (Sarah) Kim Jessica Manzano-Valdez Lu (Max) Miao Andrés Orozco Laura Polanco Yoonho (Brian) Reigh Karime Saad Noah Schwartz Trent Skinner Yee Sang (Fiona) Wong Sijie (Andrea) Wu Tianyun (Maria) Xu Yutong (Travis) Yao

Hadie Evarts

Advanced Art History Alexa Haverlah

Chinese III

Jonghyun (Andrew) An

Chinese V

Julia Zachary

Latin VII

Caleb Kress

Spanish VII Emily Patrick


Mehek Gagneja Benjamin Joseph

National French Contest Award Spencer Dunkerley-Offor

Mathematics Awards Tianyun (Maria) Xu Chloe Zagrodzky


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Fine Arts Awards Ceramics Award

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Photography Award Abbey Griscom

Outstanding Drum Student Maxwell Green

Outstanding Guitar Ensemble Members Adrienne Jackson Caleb Kress

Outstanding Piano Student Nandi (Oscar) Huang

p h otos TOP TO BOTTOM: Shao-Yu (Timothy) Chang, Kristin Eitel, Nandi (Oscar) Huang and Nita Shuffler; Yee Sang (Fiona) Wong; Maxwell Green with Elizabeth Moon

Director's Award for Orchestra Diane Kim Yee Sang (Fiona) Wong

Dance Awards

Dana Duren Lillian Kazanoff Jessica Manzano-Valdez

Eli Black Person-Up Award for Film Annie Nordhauser

Theatre Focus Red Door Awards Brooke Becker Maxwell Green Garrett Jester Patrick O’Hare William Gray Randolph Jennifer Sturley

Scholastic Arts Awards Gold Key Recipients Yuxi (Caitlin) Qian

Scholastic Arts Awards Silver Key Recipients Yuxi (Caitlin) Qian Yee Sang (Fiona) Wong

Scholastic Arts Awards Honorable Mention Jessica Manzano-Valdez Tianyun (Maria) Xu

Scholastic Arts Awards American Vision Nominee Yuxi (Caitlin) Qian


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The RISD Book Award Sooyoung (Sarah) Kim

Southern Teachers Agency Student Art Contest Award Yee Sang (Fiona) Wong

Creative Challenge and Persistence Recognition Tianyun (Maria) Xu

Outstanding Choral Student Julia Zachary

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Athletics Awards The David Paschall Award James Carter Hadie Evarts Yasmeen Farra Colin Spears Danielle Strasburger

Athletic Leadership Award Yasmeen Farra Matthew Wong


MIP: Colin Spears


MVP: Kaydee Reese, Caroline Sandall


MVP: Emily Patrick, Amanda Schlegel

Field Hockey

MVP: Danielle Strasburger

ph oto s Don Cunningham Memorial Award winners Colin Spears (with Jon McCain) and Hadie Evarts

Special Faculty and Staff Recognition During the Baccalaureate Service and the 63rd Graduation Exercises, several special presentations and awards of excellence were made to outstanding St. Stephen’s faculty and staff: Hildeyardo Ramirez, foreign language department chair, was named the Dean H. Towner Master Teaching Chair. English instructor Vicki Woodruff was named the John D. Gerhart ’61 Master Teaching Chair. Chinese instructor Sylvia Lin was named the Master Teaching Chair in Critical Languages. English instructor Colleen A. Hynes, Ph.D. received the US Teacher Excellence Award. Math instructor Jennifer Anderson received the MS Teacher Excellence Award. Ling Allen, library assistant and international adviser, received the Staff Excellence Award.

Girls Basketball

MIP: Christina Durkin

Girls Soccer

MVP: Chloe Zagrodzky

Boys Soccer

MIP: Jaime Cueva

Girls Golf

MVP: Adrienne Jackson

Boys Golf

MVP: Fernando Benavides

Boys Crew

MVP: Reid Gallagher


MIP: Noah Schwartz


MVP: Spencer Dunkerley-Offor

Senior Athletes Celebrate National Signing Day

In early February seven St. Stephen's seniors celebrated National Signing Day by inking with their chosen collegiate programs in the St. Stephen's Chapel. Hadie Evarts signed to play lacrosse for the University of Michigan. Amanda Schlegel inked with Marist College for volleyball. Her Spartan teammate, Emily Patrick, will play volleyball for Dartmouth College. Benjamin Joseph and Alexis Martinez signed to play collegiate soccer with Southern Methodist University and Rollins College, respectively. Jessica Harmon accepted a scholarship to play soccer for Louisiana Tech, and Yasmeen Farra committed to Trinity University to play soccer.


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p hotos CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Lily Sperling, Delia Stephens, Grace Thigpen, Sydney Starkes, Lisa Schulmeyer; Jack Schiffman and Jamie Turner; Head of Middle School Magnus Maccow; Ellie Metni, Mae Mouritsen, Mary Margaret Burniston, Felicia Chang and Abby Breckwoldt


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p h otos CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Thomas Wang; Nihar Gagneja and Ethan Nguyen; Ingrid Villarreal and Kailey Hicks; Carina Greenberg, Felicia Chang, Ruby Bowman and Nikki McAllister; Yvonne Adams, Kindy Verderber and Vicki Woodruff


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Cultivating Hearts for Service

After having worked for more than 13 years in Episcopal school ministry, I am increasingly grateful for the way that I learn about good practices in schools from those who graduate and come back to visit. Certainly those of us who are privileged to teach at St. Stephen’s learn a great deal from our current students. But our graduates, in particular, have something unique to teach us about how we are doing our work simply by the lives they live when they leave The Hill. Recently, I was fortunate to meet a St. Stephen’s alumna who is in her last year of college. After having been personally affected by cancer, she has devoted great time and remarkable effort to fight the disease. This summer she will join other dedicated and generous cyclists on the longest charity ride in the world — from Austin to Anchorage. As a new member of the St. Stephen’s community, it is inspiring to meet these graduates who are making a positive difference through selfless service. Developing students who see service to others as essential to a full life is one of the primary goals of our community service program, and it is encouraging to meet graduates who first encountered the joy of volunteering while at St. Stephen’s. From the outset, the school’s founders envisioned a community where young people would be formed into caring adults who were inspired to give back to the larger community. In a pamphlet prepared for the 100th Diocesan Council in 1949, the Rt. Rev. John E. Hines explained that the burgeoning school would attempt to graduate young people who would “…appreciate the world community… as an unavoidable Christian responsibility.” Hines believed that St. Stephen’s graduates should give back generously and selflessly to their communities. This belief, that we have a responsibility to help others in the world, remains an essential part of our Episcopal identity and is among the most important aims of our community service programs. This is clearly stated in our vision statement, in which we articulate that “…graduates will possess sharp minds, great and humble hearts, and strong spirits.” In other words, students should leave


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St. Stephen’s with robust intellects and kind hearts that compel them to show respect for others and practice compassion for their fellow human beings. Recently I attended a meeting about community service at St. Stephen’s in which we discussed ways that we might more effectively pursue our mission in this area. During the conversation, one longtime faculty member reminded us that we have a gold mine in our school prayer. As she pointed out, reciting the prayer is one ritual that is highly valued, as evidenced by the fact that almost all members of the community know it by heart. In this prayer, which is recited most days in our common worship, we pray that God will “…empower us to make a difference in the world.” Although this petition could include making a difference in a myriad of ways, it certainly includes the hope that we will send young people out into the world empowered to build a more just, peaceful and loving society. And when they come back to see us, we will be encouraged to continue these programs that develop both head and heart. — The Rev. Todd FitzGerald, chaplain

Students who see service to others as

essential to a full life is one of the primary goals of our community service program, and it is encouraging to meet graduates who first encountered the joy of volunteering while at

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Service Learning in action

d u r i n g s p r i n g b r e a k , s t. S t e p h e n 's o f f e r s A week-long service trip to our partner school, École St. Etienne, a small, K-8 school of 250 children in Haiti. Built in 2003 with funds raised by the St. Stephen's community, the school makes a lasting impression on the students who participate in the service program — many of whom develop longstanding relationships with the Haitian students they meet on the trip. “Our work with St. Etienne reinforces the mission of our school to create global citizens,” explained instructor John C. Wilson, who organizes the trip and annual Haiti on The Hill event at St. Stephen’s. “These experiences transcend the trip and students’ time at St. Stephen’s; service becomes a part of their lives and even their careers.” That certainly was the case for senior Kelly Sooch, a twotime participant in the spring break service program. “Going to Haiti made me realize what I want to do with my life,” she said. “In Haiti, I found my passion for helping others, and I know that I will incorporate giving into whatever I end up doing later in life.

“The conditions were just heartbreaking,” she added. “However, despite the obstacles they face every day — the serious dearth of clean water, shelter and educational opportunities — what stood out to me more than anything was their happiness and optimism about life. It was really eye-opening to see how genuinely happy they could be with so little. “I learned so many things from my time in Haiti, but the most important would be that no matter how bad things may seem in my life, to never lose optimism or gratitude for what I have.” Richard Li inside a classroom INSET: École St. Etienne


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Stewarding Texas Lands

for future generations

Carter Smith ’86

of the countless challenges that carter smith ’86 faces in his role as executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the issue that concerns him most — the one that keeps him up at night — is that of “relevance.” “People protect what they value,” said Smith. “Texas lands and wildlife are a tremendously important part of our identity and heritage. They inform our sense of who we are as Texans, and they are critical to our livelihood, as well as to the social, physical and economic well-being of current and future generations. “As our state has become more urban, we now have a population that is less connected to the out-of-doors than any previous generation,” he explained. “Helping people find meaningful opportunities to connect with the state’s natural assets and resources is our most Herculean challenge and the most important work of this department. “As an agency, we measure our work in generational terms,” he added. “We are working to ensure a quality of life for generations of Texans who have not even been born yet. That is why it is essential that we protect our natural resources like the crown jewels that they are.” In addition to bringing people closer to the land, Smith’s responsibilities involve juggling a broad range of complex, often contradictory, issues. Fortunately, he possesses the rare ability


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to reconcile conflicting needs and to help people find common ground — both literally and figuratively. Case in point: 95 percent of Texas lands are privately owned, yet Smith is charged with preserving and protecting these lands for the public good. To accomplish this goal, he works closely and cooperatively with private landowners to motivate them to steward their natural resources, both for their own benefit and for the benefit of others. He also works hard to balance the interests of people who want to enjoy Texas wild spaces for hunting and fishing with the need to protect the state’s wildlife and natural habitats. Smith is actively engaged in securing funding, mitigating increased pressures on Texas lands and wildlife, and addressing issues related to water supply and demand, a subject he described as “the defining natural resource issue for this state and century.” While the challenges he faces may seem daunting, Smith finds his job deeply meaningful. “This is exciting, important work we’re doing,” he said. “It’s a privilege to do something you love.” An Austin native who spent his youth exploring his family’s farm and ranch lands, Smith credits St. Stephen’s with helping to strengthen his interest in land and resource management. “The open environment at St. Stephen’s was very conducive to learning, and the school provided such a strong sense of place,” he said. “I’m sure that helped me to create a more defined conservation ethic.” After graduating from St. Stephen’s in 1986, Smith’s path took a circuitous route, alternating between school and conservationoriented pursuits. He went on to earn a wildlife management degree from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in conservation biology from Yale University. So what advice does Smith have for St. Stephen’s students today? “Don’t think you have to have all the answers now, and don’t be constrained by someone else’s ideas of what you should do,” he said. “Take time to explore and to discover. Don’t be afraid to follow your heart when considering a career in public service. Above all, don’t be afraid to fail.” Encouraging words from a man whose job is as big as Texas. — brenda lindfors ’80

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Unleashing the Potential of emerging scholars

when adria and brian sheth met at the university of Pennsylvania in the late ‘90s, neither could have predicted that they would be instrumental in helping other bright, promising students achieve their dream of attending college. Yet a decade later, living 1,600 miles down the road in Austin, the Sheths helped forge the Emerging Scholars Program at St. Stephen’s, providing financial aid to academically advanced, low-income students with the potential to be the first in their families to attend college. “For us, Emerging Scholars presented the opportunity to show kids that they are worth investing in, that they will go on to do great things,” said Brian Sheth, explaining the couple’s decision to give $1 million to St. Stephen’s to participate in the Emerging Scholars challenge grant made by program founders and former St. Stephen’s parents Carolyn and Jack Long. Together, the two families have contributed $3 million for this vital initiative at St. Stephen’s. Other donors have contributed more than $1 million, for a total of $4 million for Emerging Scholars from our donor community. “We were so impressed by Jack and Carolyn,” said Brian, whose family gift was made through The Sangreal Foundation. “They were so sincere and earnest in their desire to help these kids that we had to join them! Their passion is incredibly inspiring — as is Bob Kirkpatrick’s commitment on behalf of the school to make this program a success.”

Originally called Stephen’s Kids and conceived as a weekend outreach program for low-income students, the program was significantly reenergized in 2008 when the school partnered with Breakthrough Austin to provide the personal and academic supports needed for these potential first-generation college graduates. The Emerging Scholars Fund provides full tuition for three to four Breakthrough students each year through all four years of high school at St. Stephen’s for a total school enrollment of 12 to 16 Breakthrough students any given year. “Thanks to this program, students can work hard at St. Stephen’s and get into an excellent college with a healthy financial aid grant. Colleges love Emerging Scholar students because they are so talented and have been exceptionally well prepared at St. Stephen’s,” noted Sheth, president of Vista Equity Partners in Austin. “My parents always made it clear to me how I was able to attend Penn,” said Sheth, whose own college tuition was covered by full financial aid from the university. “Both Adria and I received benefits throughout our youth from community-based programs and philanthropic-minded people. We want to provide those same opportunities to the next generation of college-bound kids. “We also hoped that our gift would help raise awareness about Emerging Scholars and encourage others to support the program.”

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Adria and Brian Sheth

Since its inception in 1995 Stephen’s Kids and now the Emerging Scholars Program has been coordinated by Yvonne Adams, the school’s Emerging Scholars liaison and director of diversity. Throughout the years, she has seen first-hand how the program can change children’s lives. “A lot of the kids come from low-income families and have not had access to many things other St. Stephen’s kids take for granted.” To ease their transition, Adams regularly meets with the students to help them acclimate to life on The Hill. “Over time, they grow confident in their abilities and with sharing their talents," she said. “Compared to their peer group back home, Emerging Scholar students are more independent, better advocates for themselves, and ready for the world because they have been exposed to so much of it at St. Stephen’s,” she noted. “Emerging Scholars closes the gap in access to the things that lead to a successful life.”


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Saxena Internship Program

the science of changing lives l a s t s u mm e r , t h r e e s t. s t e p h e n ' s j u n i o r s , Katie Snyder, Caroline Sandall and Mehek Gagneja, had the rare opportunity to take their education from The Hill, to the workplace, and back to campus again as part of St. Stephen’s new Saxena Internship Program. Funded by Manoj and Shubhada Saxena (parents of Shilpa ’16 and Maya ’12), this special program was conceived to provide St. Stephen’s juniors interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math with hands-on, extracurricular learning opportunities outside the classroom. “I have always loved math and science, but I wasn’t sure how I could apply that to a profession,” explained Sandall. “I went into the internship hoping to gain a better understanding of what it is like to pursue the sciences as an occupation, and I also hoped it would help me decide what I should major in at college.” The application process involved submitting formal applications and participating in on-site interviews with the participating organizations. “The process provides an important learning opportunity related to career readiness,” said Kurt Oehler, faculty adviser for the program. “In order to join the workforce, students need to be able to talk to adults about their goals and interests in an articulate way. The Saxena application process gives students a chance to develop and practice this skill.” After being selected for the program, Snyder and Sandall shared a summer internship at Silicon Labs, where they worked alongside professional product/test engineers conducting research and evaluating data. “Going to work the first day was nerve-wracking,” Sandall admitted. “I didn’t want to do anything wrong around such smart people. However, all of our mentors were incredibly reassuring and treated us like their equals. “The best part was getting to see what engineers do on a dayto-day basis, which is something that many high school students are curious about, but never really get the opportunity to do,” she continued. “The hardest part was retaining all the information.” Snyder agreed. “I learned many engineering concepts that weren’t accessible to me in high school,” she said. “Many of the tasks I was asked to do initially were beyond my level of comprehension, but I still enjoyed figuring things out! And all


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of the employees were very welcoming and happy to explain things. I felt like I had a real job!” While Snyder and Sandall worked at Silicon Labs, Gagneja participated in the University of Texas at Austin Summer Research Academy, where she worked on a genetics project exploring why the information encoded in genes shows up the way it does. As part of her research, Mehek had the opportunity to isolate her own gene. “The experience was awesome!” exclaimed Gagneja. “I felt like a college student because I was working with professors and graduate students in a university setting. “In high school you learn from the past by doing experiments that have been done before and that have expected outcomes,” she added. “My internship at UT allowed me to explore and discover things that are new and unknown, which made me very excited about the future. The internship solidified my interest in pursuing research.” As a result of their internships, all three young women have decided to pursue college and career paths related to the sciences. Following graduation in May, Gagneja will attend Rice University, where she will continue to explore research projects in the natural sciences. Sandall will attend the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas and plans to major in physics. And Snyder has signed on to study biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University and plans to enroll in medical school after college. “This internship definitely affected my plans,” Snyder noted. “It not only gave me experience with interning and interviewing, but it taught me about engineering as a possible career path. Thanks to the internship I decided to pursue a degree in engineering.” Sandall concurred. “Being in an atmosphere filled with people just as passionate about math and science as I was made it clear that I needed to pursue an occupation involving these subjects,” she said. “I am so happy that I have chosen a career path involving the subjects that I love.” Although they were the only students to participate in the inaugural summer internship, the greater St. Stephen’s community has benefited from their experiences. After returning to campus for their senior year, the students shared their learning through

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p h otos top left to right: Kurt Oehler, Caroline Sandall, Katie Snyder and Mehek Gagneja middle Grace Thigpen bottom Mason Evarts

classroom and lunchtime presentations, special Chapel programs, and educational posters displayed in the science building. The enthusiasm that Sandall, Snyder and Gagneja brought back from their summer internships has been contagious. Five new St. Stephen’s juniors will participate in the program this summer. Several of them will work at Silicon Labs, which found such great value in our students’ work that it has expanded its internship program for high school students. Other students will join research teams at UT’s main campus and the UT Pickle Research Center or will intern with doctors to learn about the medical profession. “The Saxena Internship Program was a great experience,” Sandall concluded. “I would encourage everyone to do it. It’s not easy, but nothing this great is!” — brenda lindfors ’80

In high school you learn from the past by

doing experiments that have been done before and that have expected outcomes. My internship allowed me to explore and discover things that are new and unknown, which made me very excited about the future.

—mehek gagneja

Middle School Service-Learning Projects

D-Term is an experiential and interdisciplinary service-learning project for eighth-grade students. The program is named after former head of Middle School Linda Douglass, who originally spearheaded the project. The chosen topic for 2012–13 was the environment. During the fall and winter terms, students conducted research on an environment-related topic (pollution, energy, conservation and preservation, urban spaces and parks, food, or education). They also heard 11 chapel talks on the environment from speakers within and beyond the St. Stephen's community. After writing research papers about their specific topics, students formed task groups that included reporters, photographers, videographers, artists, webmasters and presentation coordinators in order to document their experiences. In the process, they learned valuable lessons about the importance of serving others and protecting our planet.


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Literary Festival Draws Stellar Lineup of Writers to Campus On April 10, Becker Library hosted the 2013 St. Stephen’s Literary Festival. All students attended two sessions to hear about the craft and profession of writing from those who use writing in their own careers. Through presentations and workshops, students and staff were treated to intimate discussions with practitioners in film, journalism and literature, including singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, historian David Oshinsky, filmmaker Richard Linklater, news correspondent Steve Harrigan, and alumna and writer Elisabeth Sharp McKetta ’97. The event concluded with a special lunchtime presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter and journalist Lawrence Wright. Special thanks go to festival chair Evan Smith, Nita Shuffler and the Becker Library staff, and the many parent volunteers for making this wonderful event possible!

Welcoming the Year of the Snake The St. Stephen's International Program, together with the Mandarin Chinese language students and the Chinese Culture Club, heralded the Lunar New Year 4710 with a special Year of the Snake celebration. Activities included a special buffet dinner and chopsticks contest, a vibrant Lunar New Year chapel service with songs and games, and a history quiz at all lunches.

ph oto s Literary festival, clockwise: Festival chair Evan Smith and Emily Ramshaw; Head of School Bob Kirkpatrick and Elisabeth Sharp McKetta ’97; Steve Harrigan and Jeff Cohen; Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright Year of the snake, left to right by row: Zane Hassoun, Luca Ring, Sylvia Lin, Hai Zheng Olefsky, Chris Peng and Sarah Todd second row: Edward Du, Sally Chang, Ruochen Wang, Jasmine Zhu, Grace Mao, Maria Xu, Crystal Lin, Bertha Chui and Angelica Tao third row: Anwen He, Max Miao, Anique Toscano, Alyssa Epstein, Jenny Wang and Andrea Wu fourth row: Sean Cai, Troy Yu, Jerry Gan, Eric Liang, Miles Grossenbacher, Gregory Lastrapes, Timothy Chang, Oscar Huang and Ling Allen


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Celebrating King’s Legacy Every January St. Stephen’s celebrates the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. — not by taking the day off, but by actively seeking ways to educate students about King’s legacy. This year’s MLK Day was truly inspiring. Sixth, ninth and 12th grade students, faculty and trustees joined the Austin community in a march from the Capitol to Huston-Tillotson College. Other students enjoyed a morning filled with nonviolent defense demonstrations and screenings of civil rights documentaries. When our marchers returned to campus, Upper School students participated in more than 30 educational seminars, which covered such topics as the intersection of class and race, stereotypes in sports, affirmative action, musicians of the civil rights era, King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and international freedom of speech. At the end of the day, the entire school community joined together for a special chapel service honoring King, reflecting on his courage and conviction, passion for peace, and tireless quest for justice.

p h otos clockwise from Top left: Trustees Ricky D. Green ’86, Kathy Caldwell and Emily Hummel ’86; Sofia Burnett, Kyla Scott, Lila Ellis and Maya Sampleton; Tyler Wong, Timothy Bridgeman, Ben Sabra, Ethan Machen and Ben Przybocki; Elise Wilson, Shilpa Saxena, Claire Zagrodzky, Jordan Katz and Tarah Van De Zande; Annie Nordhauser, Spencer Dunkerley-Offor, Kaydee Reese and Katie Snyder; Jacob Hale


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Showcasing St. Stephen’s Young Artists “Where’s ISAS next year?” It’s the question I’m asked most often in April… and May… and August…. ISAS is the acronym for the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, our accrediting association. But for more than 3,000 students across a five-state area, it is the name by which the ISAS Fine Arts Festival is known. The festival, held annually since 1967, is the largest of its kind, bringing together young artists, musicians, dancers, actors and filmmakers from 35 schools in Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Mexico City. Each year it is hosted by a different ISAS school, and we quickly learn our way around the host campus, newly transformed to include 14 performance venues and a gymnasium-sized 2D and 3D art exhibition. The ISAS Fine Arts Festival is one of the highlights of the year for St. Stephen’s students who are involved in arts ensembles, classes or the lessons program. Of course, it requires a great deal of work to “take this show on the road,” but students and teachers alike benefit greatly from seeing the work of their peers. Every performance and exhibited artwork or film is critiqued by a professional artist, and thanks to the additional workshops, master classes and other special events provided by the host school, students have creative and artistic ideas to talk about all the way home ... and for months to follow. It’s a measure of how much students anticipate this spring activity when they speak enthusiastically about the extended bus trip (as far as Albuquerque or Wichita!), the new friends they make both on the bus and at the festival, and the valuable feedback they receive from visiting artists, other students and teachers. This year the trip was short, as we were hosted by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School right down the road from St. Stephen’s. So “Where’s ISAS next year?” St. John’s in Houston is putting the finishing touches on their new arts facilities in preparation for our arrival on April 3, 2014! And “When does St. Stephen’s host ISAS again?” Mark your calendars for St. Stephen’s to host in 2019!

— elizabeth moon, fine arts chair

p h otos clockwise from top: Aaron Kazanoff; Jeb Politte; Salvador Castillo (guest critic), Samantha Richards, Campbell Chupik, Maria Xu, Caitlin Qian and Jerry Gan review artwork by Richards; Thunder drummers Isabel Mendiola, Caroline Jones, Megan Nater and Mattie Mouton-Johnston


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Hadie Evarts Receives 2013 Jackie Pitts Award

Spartans Win Big at SPC What an outstanding finish to a great season in track and field! St. Stephen’s took 24 athletes to SPC, the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship, and came back with some of our best times of the season, a few more school records and a second place finish for the boys! We were able to beat St. Mark's School of Texas by one point. It was truly a team effort, where every place mattered and every leg of a relay was important. The second place finish represents the best SPC finish for a St. Stephen’s track team in school history!

Senior Hadie Evarts was named the Central Texas 2013 Jackie Pitts Award winner on April 27, capping off an outstanding final year of play at St. Stephen’s. According to US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, the Jackie Pitts Award “recognizes a graduating senior in each chapter who truly honors the game of lacrosse, is invested in the development of the game in her community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve her game, and is an exemplary member of her team. She exemplifies the spirit of the game, on and off the field. Academically, she is an outstanding student and a valued role model in her school.” Congratulations, Hadie!

Here are the meet highlights: Girls who achieved their best times of the season (PRs) included Isabel Mendiola in the 3200M and 1600M, Morgan Robinson in the 100M and 200M, Kyla Scott in the long jump, Nesi Sheriff in the 100M hurdles, Elizabeth Sturley in the 100M, Lexi Templeton in the 1600M, Ellie Thompson in the 3200M and Helen Tschurr in the 800M. The girls’ 4X8 team of Isabel Mendiola, Ellie Thompson, Lexi Templeton and Helen Tschurr also ran their best time of the season. The boys’ results for PRs included William Hooks in 300H, James Carter in 200M, Zach Richards in 100M and Matthew Wong in 3200M. The following athletes placed in the meet: William Hooks: eighth in the 110H (PR) Joey Carter: third in 400M (PR, all SPC) Ben Warren: third in 800M (new school record, all SPC), 2nd in 400M (all SPC) Ben West: second in 1600M (all SPC), first in 3200M (new school record, all SPC) Spencer Dunkerley-Offor: fifth in Long Jump, third in 200M (all SPC), second in triple jump (new school record, all SPC), first in 110H (new school record, all SPC, maybe new SPC record if not wind aided…) The relays were key to our success. We placed in all three relays and were all SPC in two of them! The 4X400: William Hooks, Joey Carter, Spencer Dunkerley-Offor and Ben Warren earned the crucial fourth place we needed to edge ahead! The 4X800: Ben West, Matthew Rice, Josh Mosier and Ben Warren earned second place and all SPC. The 4X100: James Carter, Spencer Dunkerley-Offor, William Hooks and Joey Carter earned third place and all SPC. — jon mcCain, director of athletics


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Starry Night on The Hill

ph oto s clockwise from top left: Kim Coates and Gracie Renbarger; Sue Kirkpatrick and Megan Lyon; Henry Lucid and Rosalind Martz; Kim Ballard Ray ’88 and Emily Hummel ’86; Lin Yu Chang and Kevin Hsu


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On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Parents’ Association invited the St. Stephen's community to step back in time for a magical evening in 19th century Paris at the ninth annual Spring Swing event, Starry Night on The Hill. More than 480 people attended the art-inspired gala, which drew inspiration from Vincent van Gogh for ambience and showcased the talents of the school’s many great student performers. Proceeds from the event, which included both a silent auction and an exuberant live auction, will help fund financial aid to qualified students and faculty development projects to enhance academic programs. In addition, a wide array of Make It Happen auction projects ranged from upgrading the campus hiking trails and building creative play equipment for the Middle School to sponsoring new technology bundles for classrooms and erecting a new granite cross at the Brewster Memorial. This exciting event was organized by Kim Coates, Spring Swing chair, and by Gracie Renbarger, who led the Make It Happen auction program.

A Genuinely Grand Day! This spring St. Stephen’s welcomed grandparents and grand friends to campus for a special day on The Hill with their favorite St. Stephen’s students. Grand Day, a capstone event each year, enables students to share the rich academic and cultural life of the school with their grandparents and honored guests. This year’s Grand Day kicked off with an opening salute by the school’s popular Thunder Drumline. Visitors then accompanied students to an array of classes, followed by a special chapel service in which Head of School Bob Kirkpatrick recognized the important role that grandparents play in the lives of their grandkids.

p h otos clockwise from top right: Marilyn Whitman and Hailey Wozniak; Ed Fancher and Jim Old; Jack McClish and Brenda McClish; Cameron Watkins and Kenneth Hall; Charles Felger and Ben Joseph; Nick Hatton and Jane Stott

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Class Notes 1951


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Class Rep Ellen McCorquodale Martin began “with a sad note — the death of Sterling Miller on April 10,

‘Hi’ and he then said, ‘I just saw your sister, your twin sister [Ria Winterbotham Brewer], you look a lot alike. Of course, you've had a lot more sun than she has.’ Zing. The second happened yesterday morning when I went to the kolache shop for the weeks’ rolls. The daughter of a friend was there. At 7 o’clock in the morning she was absolutely beautiful with no make-up at all. She asked if

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2013, in Houston and his burial in Glenwood Cemetery. I

I was still playing tennis. I answered, with a bit of pride,

recall his handsome and graceful self in high school, and

that yes I was — about three or four times a week. She

he always reminded me of his gracious grandparents,

said, ‘I hope I can still play when I get old.’ Double Zing. I

Royce Drake told us that his “daughter Roxanna and

Gov. and Mrs. Ross Sterling, who lived next door to us

have no illusions left!”

her family are returning from Texas by June and all of

and let my brothers and me roller skate on their cement

our families will be in Charlottesville, Va., for a change.

driveway, the longest in the neighborhood.”

2012, I traveled to Tanzania with Overseas Adventure

All weekends will be taken up with our four grandchildren.” Royce also sends his best to Dean Towner.

Ellen is still working at Ben Taub Hospital and supporting the concept of patients’ rights in health care and is

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Carol Wortham Anspacher told us that “in October

excited about being asked to present her research in animal-assisted therapy at a research conference in July in Chicago.

Travel on a safari. Seeing the animals in their natural habitat was fantastic, but the interaction with the people is all I talk about. The bonding with a Masai woman when we couldn’t speak each other’s language will always be remembered. I leave soon to return to Africa with OAT to the countries of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Africa is a magical, spiritual place. In

It was a treat to hear recently from Anne Knight Hoey,

October, I will become a snow bird and live in Green

Dan Lane reported that he is “surprised to have

now retired from active ministry, but still doing occasional

Valley, Arizona, just south of Tucson. Growing old is a

lived long enough to have a 60th anniversary of my

supply work. Anne wrote, “For the last few years I’ve

wonderful experience!”

St. Stephen’s graduation. There’s no way I can hide the

taken services at missions in Alpine and Marfa out in the

fact that I'm now in the era of being an ‘old man.’”

far West Texas, where my husband Bill and I built a straw

Ann Weaver wrote, “I'm trying to move out of Albuquerque

bale house. An added attraction to St. James Alpine is

to the surrounding canyon/mountain area ... but it

Bob Scott reported that “our only grandchild, Brandon,

that Dallas Baxter ’60 and husband Jerry Mitchell are

has decided to begin his freshman year of college at


Tufts University, which is where I received my bachelor of fine arts degree. Dale and I are very happy that he

Nancy Hines Smith keeps busy with her lovely garden in

will be coming to school here in New England.”

Austin and the stray animals she feeds and cares for.

stayed very cold until now and not much real estate activity is going on yet. I'm making note of the Reunion dates, as the Class of 1956 needs to attend ALL reunions. Our numbers are few, and the years are many. Austin alumni need to be there, too! Everyone that attended last year’s event said the Austin classmates were no-shows!”


Ria Winterbotham Brewer and husband Earl still have the travel bug; in the past year they visited Iceland,

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Norway, Greece, Italy and Croatia. Add to that a trip to


Australia with sister, Anne Winterbotham Pratt, to see

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the Tennis Open Championships.


Harris Husted and his wife, Leska, were headed to Spain

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on May 3 when I talked to them. Harris recently ran a 5K.

I did not ask if he won, but he did comment, “I survived.” Anne Winterbotham Pratt has “had a couple of experiences recently that have brought me back to


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John Price’s big news was that “Harper’s put my book on sale, “Revealing Heaven: the Christian Case for Near-Death Experiences.” It is the only book on the neardeath experiences by a pastor who has spoken with hundreds of folks who have either been resuscitated or who spontaneously came back to life. Sales are brisk and the book can be found at Barnes & Noble, Walmart

earth in terms of my thinking I was looking pretty good

and online sellers. I'm available to come speak on the

for age 74. The first involved a man I know who just

many areas of implications I see arising from these

celebrated his 100th birthday. I went up to him to say


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Ruth Wilson Witten “was pleased to see in Spartan

Ecky also talked recently to Genie Winterbotham

magazine that St. Stephen’s is supporting a school in

Ratliff, who is based in Witchita Falls but travels

Haiti. I just returned from a four-day fact-finding trip to

quite a bit, sometimes with her four children and

Haiti. Our diocese supports St. Andre School in Mithon,


Haiti, and as a member of our diocesan task force on Haiti missions, we were there to see the site of a new

Page Allen wrote, “On April 12, 2013, I had the great

school building we will be funding. I can report that the

privilege of being in the audience to watch Sarah

Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is fully invested in growing its

Ford Terrey ’61 give a wonder-filled, one-woman

already extensive network of schools throughout Haiti.

performance of “Georgia & Me” at Hines Hall. It was

Perhaps on my next visit there I can visit the St. Stephen’s

beautiful, expressive, sublime and very professional.

school there.”

Sarah wove an incredible tapestry of words and dance movements that combined her life experiences


with those of Georgia O'Keefe. It was autobiographical and biographical all at the same time. Sarah re-

J. P. B ryan

ceived a standing ovation that lasted more than two,

minutes, and she deserved every bit of it. I felt hon-

Page Allen '60 and Trustee Greg Hicks '68 at the new Dining Hall/Student Center topping out party

ored to have been in attendance. Thank you, Sarah,

Pat also joined friends Page Allen and Becky

John Terrey came to Austin with his wife, Sarah Ford

and thanks to all those who were involved in making

Marshall Hawener ’61 at the stunning performance

Terrey ’61, for a performance of her one-woman play

that happen. After 40 plus years, I was delighted to

of Sarah Ford Terrey ’61 in her one-woman show,

“Georgia & Me” in Hines Hall on the St. Stephen’s

become reacquainted with my ‘big sister’ Celia

“Georgia & Me,” at St. Stephen’s. Jeannette Cook

campus. After the performance, Jeannette Cook hosted

Jones ’58 who also attended the play.

’58 held a mini-reunion at her home for Sarah, her husband, John Terrey and their friends.

a mini-reunion at her home for Sarah and John, Celia Jones, J.P. Bryan, and other St. Stephen’s alumni and

“One last brag: In 1983, I was commissioned by


St. Stephen’s to do a sculpture for the dining hall


to hang over the fireplace. It was a metal sculpture


of my beloved Hill Country. Since the ‘old’ dining

S teve J olly

hall has been torn down, my sculpture has been

T om Rombe r g

relocated to the most sacred place I can think of ...

the Chapel! Needless to say, I'm thrilled beyond mea-

Mary Pilatt Felter “retired Oct. 31, 2012, and

sure. Thanks so much to the powers that be! What an

recently volunteered for the Public Image Commit-

incredible blessing!”

tee of Rotary International, Zone 33, Mid-Atlantic


region. We will be trying to get the word out about

Pat Fatte r B lack

Page also attended the Frame the Future Topping Out

Rotary, which joined with the Bill and Melinda Gates

party, held at the construction site for the new dining

Foundation and the World Health Organization to

hall and student center in April. She reconnected

eradicate polio in the world. We raised more than

with her old childhood friend, Greg Hicks ’68.

$300 million for this campaign, with only Nigeria,

Dallas Baxter was delighted to sell her brainchild,

Afghanistan, and Pakistan to finish up! Visit rotary.

Cenizo, a journal of arts and events in the Big Bend area, which she created four years ago. She has returned to

Nancy Hopwood, the succinct physician wrote, “I

being a master gardener with no deadlines.

am doing well — had great photography trips to

org for more information.”

Columbia and Cuba so far this year and will return to

Jim Romberg will be having a one person exhibition

Ecky Wyatt-Brown Malick described herself as a

Namibia in May. Still seeing patients one day a week

of his ceramics and inkwork at the Galerie Mediart,

“geriatric postulant” for the Iona Program of the Diocese

at the University of Michigan.”

109 rue Quincampoix, Paris, beginning on Sept. 12, 2013.

the program and John Bentley is a teacher. When she

Pat Black wrote, “I still love to travel and sing. I went

Sarah Ford Terrey presented her fabulous one-

graduates, she will either be a permanent deacon or a

to France in early fall to visit a third grade friend who

woman show “Georgia & Me” at St. Stephen’s on April

pro bono priest for small churches in the diocese. She

has a home in Eze (between Nice and Marseilles). I

12. The play won the 2011 Outstanding Production

attended the funeral of Lucy Alexander on March 18.

spent a thrilling afternoon at the Chagall Museum

of a Solo Show or Special Event Award at the 2011

Ecky said, “It was colorful as was Lucy, a marvelous

in Nice. He really paints my soul. Then I was on to

Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York.

sendoff which she herself planned with her son, Cass.

Salzburg, where I sang with the Berkshire Choral

A synopsis of the play: “A woman thinks she has it all.

Thomas Sumners ’63, Becky Marshall Hawener ’61,

Festival in the Basilica in Mondsee (Julie Andrews

Then the spirit of renowned painter Georgia O'Keeffe

and Lou Bailey ’71 were there. We were given seeds

got married there in the “Sound of Music”) and in the

breaks down her door and challenges her to pick up

from Lucy’s garden to plant. I don’t know if they are

Dom (cathedral) in Salzburg. Lovely conductor and

the project she abandoned years ago. It's never too

annuals or perennials, but as I write, I have luxuriously

small but fun group of singers.”

late to find out who you thought you were.” To learn

of Texas. She’s so pleased that Sam Todd is dean of

blooming colors of flowers whose names I know not ...

more about the play, visit

thank you, Lucy.”


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Chris Phillips wrote, “Meg and I are in Italy. Our tiny


David S ande r s

apartment in Casperia is not a villa, although it does

H elen T hompson

have a small garden that is about to come into its

own, as the antique roses we planted are beginning to

Helen Miller still maintains a web page for the class at

Duncan E. Osborne, partner of Osborne, Helman,

bloom. Meg retired from St. Stephen’s last June, and I

Knebel & Deleery LLP, was named president of the

ceased my commercial litigation practice at the end of

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

last year. Now I focus only on arbitrating construction

In the last issue we reported that our classmates

on March 10, 2013. ACTEC is a national organization of

and commercial disputes and will continue to serve as

seemed to be on the move, and David Barnett

approximately 2,600 of the most competent and

St. Stephen's lawyer for the time being — or as long

continued the trend with a recent trip to Germany. He

distinguished lawyers in the trusts and estates field.

as they will have me, what with us spending spring

wrote: “We are headed to Germany next week. As we

His core practice is domestic and international estate

and fall in Italy. At least that's the plan.

drive south after visiting Berlin we will be going by the

planning with an emphasis on asset protection

museum at Nuremberg (highly recommended), which

planning. Duncan is one of the pioneers in the field of

“We jump-started my semi-retirement in late January

covers the era of the Nazi rise to power. Nuremberg,

asset protection and conceived and was the original

with a four-week trip to Uganda. I wanted to show

as you may recall, was the site of the huge rallies that

editor and contributing author of the four-volume

Meg where I had lived and worked as a volunteer in

were held for the Nazi faithful.”

treatise, “Asset Protection: Domestic and International

the late ’60s, and we both wanted to investigate

Law and Tactics,” published by West Group in 1995 (a

vocational training schools to see where we could

Jay Millard, when he takes time off as a director of the

loose-leaf service updated quarterly). He was also

Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series, also has taken

founding chair of the American Bar Association’s Asset

provide some E. direct support Duncan Osborne ’62 to outfits that work with at-risk kids in need of ways to support themselves that

Protection Committee.

don't involve drugs, prostitution or theft. We found

I have expanded my service opportunities in the U.S.

some very eligible outfits that we have committed to

Coast Guard Auxiliary to the Aviation Program and

help via scholarship aid and some help with materials.

have been flying missions ranging from simply around

We also had some time to have fun — from the

Manhattan to Upper Lake Champlain! I have just quali-

J ulia C autho r n

traditional game parks to bird watching to spending

fied as an air observer and am currently working on the

some time with the mountain gorillas in far southern

next qualification as air crew.” You can see photos of

Uganda, along its border with Rwanda and Congo. It

some of his adventures on Jay’s Facebook page.


to the air: “Hello, classmates from 1500 feet in the air.

John “Mo” Hines reported that he is “looking forward

was an exhausting trip, but exciting. Last time I was

to visiting The Hill in the fall for the 50th reunion of

there was 1969, when I hitched a ride with Idi Amin

Helen Miller is busy with her goat and cattle business,

the Class of ’63. Our daughter, Bekah, is still teaching

while en route to the Rwenzori Mountains. Uganda has

while continuing to close down the equestrian busi-

in Austin at Casis School (where I went back in the

changed a lot, in many ways, but is still unchanged in

ness. “My big push,” she wrote, “will be BooBooGoop

Middle Ages), and son Josh is working at getting the

a number of others, including the depth of poverty so

Skin Repair Salve and Miller’s Equine Wound Care

‘new’ Jeffrey’s restaurant up and running in Austin as

many of its citizens are experiencing.”

products, which I hope will form the basis of a secure

well. Maria and I continue our ‘bi-hemispheric’ lives

retirement phase for me.” All St. Stephen’s alumni may

between our property in New Zealand and Louisville/

Natalie Bayless and her husband, Joe, now live in

North Carolina.”

Asheville, N.C., to be near the kids and a grandchild. They are still searching for the perfect retirement

Richard Fullerton reported that his son “Colin Fullerton,

home after moving there last August.

soon to be a rising senior at the Schwob School of Mu-

email her for samples at

1967 Randy Pa rten

sic of Columbus State University, took first prize in the

From Class Rep Pat Booker: “I've had cataract and

guitar category of the senior division of the American String Teacher’s Association Competition, held in New

gall bladder surgery and am gradually getting back on Nancy Scanlan ’59 and Betty (Bachman) Osborne ‘62 John Stiles reported that he “married Linda Gurene on track, but at least I see the track more vividly. I had a

York City in early April. He also received a scholarship

wood stove installed in my fireplace after my fireman/

Feb. 5, 2013, in San Antonio. We have acquired a few

to participate in this summer’s Aspen Music Festival in

chimney sweep expressed continued (and growing)

acres north of Boerne, near Welfare, and will build our


concern that the house might one day go up in flames,

presidio!” Congratulations, John and Linda!

given the fireplace's distinctive, but sub-functional,


design. (That, plus the fact that when I started the first fire last season, a truckload of firemen arrived


J oine r C a rtw r ight J r .

to vent the house with giant fans.) Now I’m learning

Would you like to be the Class Rep? We still need

the fine art of fire-building so that flames are visible

one for the Class of 1968.

through a clean and clear glass door — not as easy as


it seemed in theory.”

Ellen O’Brien told us that “as of Sept. 8, 2012, I retired from my full-time job as the director of our

Pat B ooke r

small town library. I am able to spend more time with

my husband since Duane retired in July! I did keep a part-time job as a reference librarian at Brookdale


St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Spartan Magazine

Community College in nearby Lincroft, N.J., so I will

A Little Discomfort Can Be Good

still be able to call myself a librarian. So far, we’ve spent time hiking in Maine and Watkins Glen, N.Y., and

There I was practicing with my high school volleyball team at St. Stephen’s when the drama teacher

biking around here in New Jersey. Life is good and full

tapped me on my shoulder. He was casting “Blithe Spirit,” a play by Noel Coward, and he wanted me to try

of wonder!”

out for the lead. My first reaction was surprise. I had never been in a play, never thought about being in a play and was


comfortable playing volleyball. Being in the play would mean leaving the team. And it would be difficult to memorize all those lines. But then other thoughts took over — this would be something different. Trying

J osh H a r r ison

something new and unfamiliar might be good. I said “yes” and decided to step out of my comfort zone. I

landed the part and delivered a crowd-pleasing Madame Arcati. At 16, I had not begun to realize how much I already had started to step out of my comfort zone. I was


spending my second year at a boarding school at which I was one of only seven African Americans among 225 students.

E llen J ockusch

Preparing for college, I wanted to go to a part of the country that I had never visited. I spent four years at

Wellesley College outside of Boston. And what did I major in? French, of all things, because I loved literary analysis and analyzing literature in another language was more challenging. I earned my master's degree in

Liz Burke Taylor wrote, “Hurray, my breast cancer

comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, another part of the country that I

treatments (chemo and radiation) at MD Anderson are

had never visited.

finally over, as of March 1. While staying with a cousin

Unknowingly, I had started down the path of embracing the unfamiliar, of putting myself in situations

in Houston for six weeks of radiation, I was cheered up

outside my comfort zone. This behavior has served me well. When I moved to Florida after I was married,

by visits with Jack Welch and Nixon Wheat ’71. Pam

I had the confidence to walk into the local newspaper office and apply for a job as a reporter. I had never

Runge Wood and Sean Gardner Turner were great to

taken a journalism course and had never written a news article. But I had the confidence, the strength and

call and send cards and e-mails of encouragement to

the drive to try something new. I landed the job as the education reporter. During my years there, I had the

me throughout my ordeal. Now, I’m impatient to get my

opportunity to interview Coretta Scott King, Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan.

strength back. I’m pretty weak and tire easily.”

In my formative years as a public relations professional in higher education, I grabbed the opportunity to add different skills to my experiences, drafting speeches and interviewing


University of Maryland alumna Judith Resnik, who later lost her life in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

K ath ryn M ille r A nde r son

Now, as vice chancellor for communications for the University System

of Maryland, I often look back at my childhood in Houston and my years at St. Stephen's. My ability not only to survive but to thrive in situations

Mark Clark became a grandfather for the second time

outside of my comfort zone has served me well. As a result, I have had

on Feb. 19, 2013, when Taylor Coleman was born.

wonderful opportunities and have been amazed by what I’ve learned about my potential and abilities. I challenge others — especially young people —to

Kathryn Miller Anderson reported that “Larry and I are now grandparents! Our daughter, Emily Meador ’00, and

dare to be more than what they already know.

— anne johnson moultrie ’69, trustee

her partner, Natasha Barker, have a new baby, Tatiana Barker-Meador. Natasha gave birth to Tatiana on Jan. 14, 2013. Jennifer and Dee Meador ’70 are also grandpar-

Used with permission of the Afro-American Newspapers Archives and Research Center, revised.

ents, and Nancy Meador ’04 is an aunt. Other relatives of Tatiana are Margaret Miller Pierce ’72, Tom Miller ’77, Rachel Walker ’04 and Ricky Meador Walker ’68. Being a grandparent is better than I ever imagined.” Lisa Carver Collins “married a very special man, David Collins, who is from Wellington, New Zealand. We were married on Feb. 25, 2013, in Auckland, New Zealand. My hope is that David can come to live in the United States, at least part of the time, and for me to live in New Zealand part of the time. But at the present time, I am petitioning our government for permission to bring David here, while this process takes place. It can be perhaps a year for this petition to be addressed.” LEFT TO RIGNT: Gwin Steph '71, Reta McKelvey '71, Prosser Stirling '73, and Jamie Stirling '67 in Monterrey, Mexico, for the wedding of Jamie's son, Caleb


alumn i n ews

Summer 2013

Julie Buckthal Person and her husband Will Person,

Kathy Gamble “published my memoir in August. “Expat

Claire McKay, and Hank Ewert ’70 spent a few days in

Alien: My Global Adventures,” available on Amazon and

April in Boston and at Echo Lake in the White Mountains

Barnes and Noble. I write a column for the Baltimore

of New Hampshire.

Post Examiner. Also have a blog at My son’s father died in January. My son has one more year

Reta McKelvey wrote, “What a wonderful, wonder-

of high school. Hoping to do some traveling this year.

ful day! My heart burst with the greatest of joy to see

Still living and working in the D.C. area.”

Prosser Stirling’73, Jamie Stirling ’67 and Gwin Steph in my little corner of the world. Jamie’s son is marrying a

Michael Morris Peters sent “Cheers to all. My wife

girl from Monterrey, Mexico. It's amazing how past years

retired at the start of the year, which has improved the

are erased in a nanosecond.”

quality of life for both of us. Although I'm still working for the foreseeable future, we're doing more hiking and

Don Wreden is currently in the midst of a career

dining at home, and enjoying each other even more.

transformation. He is the new chief medical group trans-

Hurray! Marrying one's best friend is sound policy!”

formation officer. As part of the announcement of his new position to take effect in August, the CEO of Sutter

Bebin Cypher reported that “potting, gardening, skiing,

Health stated, “With the appointment of Dr. Wreden to

playing music and trying to get my house in order take

this new role, we believe Sutter Health jumps ahead of the curve nationally in bringing physician organizations closer together around promising new models of patient

Joe Pool '73 with Tom Grayson and his wife

up all my time these days. Paco and I had a marvelous trip to Chile last fall and stayed with Laine Powell and his wonderful wife, Patricia Gonzalez Powell. Stunning

care. Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Wreden


has for the past 12 years served as president and CEO

C hip A nd r ews

me on Facebook to see the photos. I remain the only Be-

of Sutter Medical Group (SMG), based in Sacramento,

bin Cypher, to my knowledge, so I am not hard to find.”

Joe Pool recently got together with former faculty

Carter Hobbs’ “big news is that Janet and I became

member Tom Grayson and his wife. A good time was had

grandparents! Carter Taylor Frolow was born Sept. 20,

by all. The Graysons live in Magnolia, Texas.

2012. All the superlatives you’ve heard about being a

home, stunning country and very gracious hosts. Friend

where he has practiced since 1985.”


grandparent are actually true — it’s magical.”

M a r got C la r ke , L i z F oste r Luc z ycki ,

Darrell David “spent an awesome four days hiking

Chip Andrews is retiring after many great years as Class Rep. We are looking for a volunteer. Please contact

Kelley Snowden said she is “still in Texas, still at Ste-

Lou Bailey at if you are interested.

phen F. Austin State University as a research associate with the Center for Regional Heritage Research and as

the state parks between Carmel and Big Sur alone last fall. Felt God's presence at every turn, in every breeze. Can't wait to return, probably this summer.”


adjunct faculty. Our place is coming along — now we have a functioning guesthouse, which will also double as

A nn Rhodes M c M eans

my studio where I can assault canvases with paint. My

husband is currently fencing off what will be my garden so maybe by this fall I will have something to show for

Paul Talbot reported, “My daughter, Catherine, is

it. All our animals are fine and still spoiled rotten. (Our

graduating from the Episcopal School of Dallas and will

big pig, Nugent, celebrated his fifth birthday recently.

be attending the University of Denver this fall. My daugh-

He got two mini-angel food cakes smeared with peanut

ter, Anne, is finishing the 8th Grade at Dallas Lutheran

butter. The peanut butter got all over his piggy face. It

School, and my son, Christopher, the 6th at ESD. Laura

was adorable!)”

and I are spending our time getting the kids through the school year and Catherine across the graduation finish

Will Goetzmann is “a finance professor at the Yale

line. I’m working away lawyering for a small company,

School of Management, which I love. Teaching is excit-

and Laura is teaching at ESD and preparing to travel to

ing, as is my research on investment management,

Russia with her mother and brother this summer.”

real estate and financial history. My wife Mariko and I just launched our daughter Zoe into Sarah Lawrence

Will Person, Julie Buckthal Person '71, Hank Ewert '70 and Claire McKay '71 at Echo Lake in New Hampshire

Michael West Mehaffy said that “our foundation just

College, and I am a huge fan of that school. It is both

started a publishing arm, Sustasis Press, and we just

intellectually rigorous and deeply caring. My sister Anne

sent our first book off to the printers yesterday! We will

(a St. Stephen’s summer school alumna) runs the Austin

publish textbooks and other books on sustainable and

School of Film and is having fun organizing a cross-

resilient cities. Very much in the spirit of Jane Jacobs,

cultural tele-novella series.”

if you know her work. I continue to consult, write and teach, and play often with my four grandkids!”


St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Spartan Magazine

Michael Emery ’71 and Andy Fraser ’71



M a ry B r andt,

C ha r lotte S tuckey B r igham

S ylvia M c I nty r e - C r ook , E r ica P ete r s S taffo r d

Mary Brandt, M.D., professor of surgery and

pediatrics and associate dean of student affairs at Baylor College of Medicine, was awarded the

Wiley Flowers married Penny L. McKenzie on Feb. 16,

2013 Graduating Class Outstanding Faculty Award.

2013, at the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Ga.



K im Fai r ey

W endy W hite Naughton

Despite his clean-shaven appearance in his

Jon Schwartz told us that his son, Jack Schwartz, will

Facebook photo, Dan Norton was sporting a beard

attend St. Stephen's as a boarding student this fall.

at the Texas French Bread dinner on April 28. “I'll need at least a mustache for my next role, Inspector Belsize of Scotland Yard, in “Night Must Fall” at


the Dougherty Arts Center in June,” he explained.

L au r a M ea r s M i r ecki

Audrey Wozniak ’10 Wins MIT Concerto Competition

This spring St. Stephen’s alumna and Wellesley


Class Rep Laura Mears Mirecki wrote: “Thirty Years!

College student Audrey Wozniak ‘10 won the

Robe r t E ttinge r

The class of ’83 celebrates graduating from high school

MIT Concerto Competition as a solo violinist.

30 years ago! I want to thank everyone for becoming my

Wozniak is one of only six Wellesley students

“friends” on Facebook this last year. It does keep us con-

to participate in the 110-piece orchestra. She

Robert Ettinger and wife, Lorena, went to San Francisco

nected very effectively. I have to count, but it seems that

has served as concertmaster since joining the

in March. “We met up with Evan Judd and Mika and did

a majority of our class of ’83 has said ‘Hi.’”

orchestra as a freshman. As first chair violinist,

a limo driven Napa Valley tour. Had dinner with Maury

she leads the string section of the orchestra,

Domengeaux and Yuki layer that night. A couple of

Laura also said, “Staying in touch with my high school

conducts string rehearsals and often performs

days later Evan, Maury and I had lunch during which

roommate, Caroline Blake Faris, she said that she and

solos with orchestral accompaniment.

we discussed our continuing inability to communicate

her family have moved back stateside from many years

with wives.”

of living overseas. They are enjoying all that D.C. has to

A double major in East Asian studies and music,

offer. She is also enjoying her job as a college counselor

Wozniak is actively engaged in Wellesley’s

at her sons’ school in Virginia.

vibrant music scene. She is a current member


of the Wellesley College Chamber Music Society “This year my daughter Jessica graduates from high

and an honors recipient in the music depart-

school, and I know quite a few of our classmates have

ment. Before attending Wellesley, she was

We are saddened to report the death of Kathy

sons or daughters graduating too. My other daughter,

a member of the Texas All-State Symphony

Norwood. Please read her memorial notice at the

Amy, got her ‘temps’ and can’t wait to get her license!

Orchestra and a participant in the National High

end of Class Notes. Please contact Lou Bailey at

Reunion is October 18 to 20. Check the St. Stephen’s

School Honors Orchestra.

Penny L. McKenzie and Wiley Flowers ’81

In addition to her music endeavors, Wozniak

K athy N o rwood if you are interested in continuing her good work as your class rep, especially in helping to plan your 35th Reunion activities.

was an Albright Fellow at the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley,

1979 C a r r oll L ively Reese r

and she has interned at ABC News in the Beijing Bureau.

—helen field driftmier

1980 M iles W r ight

Reprinted with permission of Wellesley College, 2013


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1985 L ibbie Walke r A nsell

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Joe '18 , Jayna '16, and Jaclyn '14 Horton with friends, Jamie '14 and Jake '16 Molina website or my Facebook page for updates on all the details

and strategies to successfully move from Point A to

as we get closer to the fall. I won’t be able to attend

Point B.” Follow Kate on Twitter at @attorneycareers.

Reunion, so I need someone to volunteer to get the class

Her offices are in Washington, D.C.

together the Friday night of Reunion. Keep in touch!” Florence Moreman Krupnick wrote, “You have heard Amy Everett Crawford reported that “I have been

the saying, ‘You can take the girl out of Texas, but not

married to a wonderful man for two-and-a-half years.

the Texas out of the girl!’ I read Texas Monthly online

We ride motorcycles on the weekends. I just got my own

and get regular updates from my folks, Robert and Gail,

bike (2003 Harley Dyna Low Rider), and I'm a beginner

who live out in the Hill Country. We visit as often as we

but love it! My kids are growing up. The oldest is suc-

can so that my children will know their roots. They have

cessful in sales, my middle is in college and my youngest

definitely gained an appreciation for horses, guns and

will graduate high school next year! I have a beautiful

cactus via trips to Texas! Jack, my husband of 20 years

5-year-old granddaughter, too!”

and a University of the South (Sewanee) graduate and I, a Hollins University graduate, have been settled in

Kristi Lem Albrecht told us she is “still living in Northwest

beautiful Asheville, N.C., for the last 14 or so years. We

Arkansas (18 years now.) I took on a new challenge last

had our third child, Jon Michael (14) here right after Jack

August by joining Triad Retail Media. I have been in

started his job with the Emergency Medicine Department

the marketing biz for the last nine years, and Triad has

at Mission Hospital. Jackson Thomas (18) and Katherine

afforded me the opportunity to work purely in digital

Caroline ‘Katie’ (16) blessed us earlier during an intern-

media which has been enlightening. I am managing

ship in Knoxville, Tenn., and a residency in Jackson,

all digital advertising for I have two

Miss. Jackson will graduate this May and is headed

sophomores this year: one in college at University of the

to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Obviously, I have

Ozarks and one in high school. Both are growing up so

had my hands full handling the domestic engineering

fast! My husband, Bob, celebrates his 23rd anniversary

of our extremely busy household. Among other things

with Walmart this year, working in their IT division. You

related to church and school, I try to make time for trail

can only imagine the changes he has seen! Overall, life

running and cycling and doing what I can to preserve

is grand!”

the beautiful mountains and farmlands of this region to leave a lasting legacy for future generations by serving


Conservancy and The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation. I have really enjoyed connecting with some

of you through Facebook! If any of you have plans to visit western North Carolina, then please feel free to contact

Kate Scurria Neville continues her work as a career

me at! I would be happy

consultant in her own firm. “Now entering its seventh

to share ideas that would make your trip memorable! ”

full range of their professional options and develop tools


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Class of ’86 reunion, as many of our classmates passed on the Spartan experience to their children. Coach Chris Breckwoldt and wife, Gayden, are on campus with Abby (9th grade), Emma (7th), and new student George, who will enter the 6th grade. Joie and John Horton have three boarders: Jayna (10th grade), Jaclyn (a senior!) and new student Joe (8th). (see photo above) Remi and Shannon Ratliff’s daughter Caroline enters the 7th grade this fall. From Mark and Ellen Osborne Ray: “Sixth grader James upholds the family legacy on campus as sister Natalie spends her sophomore year in England.” Natalie will miss her friend and classmate Lily Provenzano, daughter of Jamie and Kathy Burrows Provenzano. Special congratulations to graduate Sebastian Provenzano ’13: he's headed to University of Colorado at Boulder.

1987 C athe r ine H oey Randall

on the boards of the Southern Appalachian Highlands

S u z anne C anta r ino P feiffe r

year, Neville Career Consulting helps clients identify the

The next Parents’ Day at St. Stephen's may resemble a

1988 M a r k Rowe

Catherine McKay Araiza said that “life’s full in the Araiza family, Shell keeping me extremely busy, regular travel to London and Singapore in May, kids are 8 and 6 now. Considering a move back to Austin in the next

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year or so. My children help keep my mother, Lucia

a practicing Emergency Room doc. I still keep in touch

McKay, very busy too. She helps with homework (math

with Aaron Wentworth and Steve Graham from time

especially) and continues to work as math textbook

to time.”

editor/writer. Recently caught up with Jimmy Bohart in Houston.”

Eva Radke reported, “Things are going swimmingly at Film Biz Recycling, the nonprofit I founded to funnel

Jeff Norrell is “in the process of moving back from the

props and set dressing to New Yorkers in need (and

Pittsburgh, Pa., area to Columbia, S.C., for my job. I

makes for a pretty cool Prop Shop). May 2013 marked

moved up north for my last role with Westinghouse

our five-year anniversary, and we celebrated with our

as the global manufacturing quality director. I’m now

first annual Golden Dumpster Awards. I was incredibly

the director of global product design. It’s funny how

lucky to be featured in the May issue of O Magazine

the world works sometimes — I’m now responsible for

as well! My husband, Stephen Pitalo, is a music video

leading the organization I started in almost 14 years ago.

historian and is nearly finished with his first book. Our

If any Spartans are in the South Carolina area, give me a

son, Hudson, is almost 7; he's smart, outspoken, fearless

This spring, St. Stephen’s teamed up with I

ring. I would love to catch up. Anyone interested in

— everyone's favorite and always in trouble! I hope any

Live Here I Give Here and more than 300 local

buying a very nice house in Cranberry Township, Pa.?”

Spartans in the film industry in New York City contact

nonprofits for Amplify Austin, the city’s first-

me! I come back to Austin about once a year. I was in

ever online giving festival. Amplify Austin was

Austin for SXSW and hung out with Amanda Walker,

a 24-hour online giving campaign designed to

Suzanna Walker, John Hines and Landis Armstrong.”

highlight local community needs and bolster


St. Stephen’s Helps Amplify Austin!

philanthropy across the city. We are proud to

L au r a S canlan C ho

After two years in Madrid, Maria Bergh and her family

say Spartans did their part, raising more than

moved to Fort Worth, where she got to reconnect with

$6,000 to support Annual Giving at the school.

Congratulations to Jenny Cook, who was elected

Erin Price Poulson and Tad Bird, who is the headmaster

In total, more than $2.7 million was raised for

president of the St. Stephen’s Alumni Association and

at All Saints’ Episcopal School, where her two daughters

local nonprofits in a single day. We were thrilled

is loving being back involved with the school. Jenny

are students. Maria reported that her family is planning

to be part of this inaugural event and proud to

also serves on the board of trustees as the alumni rep-

a move to The Woodlands this summer and she hopes to

receive such strong Spartan support.

resentative. Jenny wrote that she is “still on sabbatical

reconnect with Spartans in the Houston area.

The Advancement office would like to offer

(please let me know if you hear of any legal real estate job openings in the Austin area),” and reported that “a

Sara Hinkley wrote, “Still in Berkeley, still working on my

special thanks to our Amplify Austin donors:

real live New York agent” is reviewing her novel, “The

Ph.D., hoping to be done by our 25th reunion and back

Kathryn Miller Anderson ’71 and Larry Anderson,

Heart of Annie.”

in the real working world. My kids will be 7 and 4, terrific

Christine and Charles Aubrey, Davis Baldwin ’93

baseball fans (go Giants!) and happy-go-lucky guys. My

and Donna Baldwin, Lou Porter Bailey ’71 and

Christina Lowery reported that the film she has been

brother and his wife live in Dallas, so we've spent some

Scott Bailey ’70, Mike Bryant ’88, Tina Mabley

working on for more than four years has finally come

time in Texas this year. We're looking forward to our

Carson ’88 and Chris Carson, Margot Clarke ’72,

out. “Girl Rising” — a hybrid documentary/feature

month on the East Coast this summer, otherwise I miss

Jeannette Schaleben Cook ’58, Jenny Cook ’89,

which is at the heart of a global campaign to educate

hot summers. Hope everyone is well!”

Rebecca Hollis Diffen ’99 and Daniel Diffen ’99, Sarah Driskill ’88, Sam Ferris ’94, Mary Furse,

girls —premiered on March 7 and is now being shown around the world. The film is being distributed theatri-

Ramzi Nassar “moved back to Houston after seven

Gail Gerhart, Barry Gilbert ’70 and Janice Gil-

cally through a demand-based distribution model,

years in Dubai. Working with Citi in their Global Energy

bert, Rudolph H. Green ’71 and Joyce Christian,

which is a fancy way of saying that if you can get enough

Investment Bank. Would love to reconnect with everyone!”

Melody and Chris Harman, Nancy Hart ’72, Constance Hicks, Michael Hines ’54 and Grace

people to agree to buy a ticket in a given location, the film will come there! Christina wrote, "It's been exhausting and exhilarating to

Jonathan Quander is currently living in the Washington,

Hines, Anne Knight Hoey ’56, Emily Hummel ’86,

D.C., area, but moving back to Houston in late June.

Anita and Don Knight, Robert Knight ’59 and

He’ll be living in Bellaire.

Elizabeth Knight, Patsy Woods Martin and Jack Martin, Kathi Murphy and Robert Mayberry,

get this film out there in the world. I hope all you Spartans go see it! I live two hours north of New York City, in

Rebecca Clegg Pearce wrote that she is “still living in

Julie Buckthal Person ’71 and Will Person, Ellen

the Hudson Valley, with my husband and three kids Zane

Fort Worth. I am a yoga instructor and Thai Yoga thera-

Osborne Ray ’86 and Mark Ray, Gracie and Bob

(7), Lucy (4) and Hayden (16 months). I’ve seen no one

pist. I primarily focus on yoga therapy, energetic healing

Renbarger, Marcia White Roberts ’69, John

for years, but hope now that the film is out to see much-

arts, and holistic wellness coaching. Love Life, Be Well!”

Smither ’86 and Cissy Smither, Suzanna Walker ’92 and Andrew Holcomb.

missed New York-based St. Stephen-ers.” Class Rep Laura Scanlan Cho “is having a great time as Andy Rutherford was happy to report that he is “mar-

a new St. Stephen’s parent — my daughter Callie Cho

ried to a lovely woman (Kristin Rutherford), living in

is a 6th grader and is enjoying being among the first

Dallas, has two kids (Austin, 6, and Sydney, 9), and am

wave of third generation Spartans that started a few


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Summer 2013

1995 Rhea B enbow T homas B eth C ocke r ham M ack S eth A lley , A nn S t r ause r Palme r H awkins L i

Ben Chan visited the St. Stephen’s campus in April and attended the Topping Out Party celebrating and raising money for the new dining hall. Ben made a new friend, Liz Fleming Powell ’91

Tito Beveridge of Tito’s Handmade Vodka fame. Tito is the father of two current St. Stephen’s students.

years ago. She absolutely loves St. Stephen's, which is


great fun to watch. She has become close friends with

M onica P owe N elson

Elizabeth Rowe (daughter of Patricia Henna Rowe ’89

and Mark Rowe ’88) and Caroline Ratliff (daughter of

1996 E li z abeth A nne S ykes Rains

Remi and Shannon Ratliff ’86). It's a small world and

Andres Gutierrez reported that “we are in the process

great fun to reconnect with Spartan alumni back on

of opening our next kidney dialysis center in Mexico.

S hannon P owe r s F lahive

campus in our new role as Spartan parents! I also serve

We opened our first in Queretaro, Mexico, about 2.5

as the school-wide Alumni Association Annual Giving

hours from Mexico City and 45 minutes away from San

chair, so if you have not made a contribution to Annual

Miguel de Allende. This April also marked our first

Billie Waite Pennington “will be starting my fifth year

Giving, please do so!

anniversary of working with the Mexican Healthcare/

teaching physics and coaching field hockey at SSES this

Social Security Ministry (IMSS), and we celebrated our

fall! The biggest new addition this year is that Corey and

treatment of 10,000 patients without major incident.”

I welcomed our first child in the spring. Pierce Michael

“If you are not yet a member of our St. Stephen's Class

Pennington was born in March and has brought endless

of 1989 Facebook group, please search it on FB and request to join — we are looking to get the whole class

joy to our lives. We love him SO much and can't wait for

signed up before our next big reunion year. We have


about half the class on right now. Finally, the Class of

Davis B aldwin

’89 is looking for a new class representative; it is time

him to meet the other little Spartans that roam campus.”

for me to pass the torch. It's a great way to get back in touch with your classmates, and I promise it's not a big

1997 C ame r on B eesley

time commitment. Please contact the Alumni Office if


you are interested or message me through FB.”

G r etchen C onnally D oyle

On April 10, 2013, Elisabeth Sharp McKetta gave a talk

as part of the St. Stephen’s Literary Festival hosted


Jean Miller Mariner reported, “I read your bulletin with

by Becker Library. All students attended two author

J oseph F r is z

great care and curiosity about where your lives have

sessions during the festival to hear about the craft and

taken you. I'm still a math teacher and — well, remem-

profession of writing from those who use writing in their

ber that baby that I had? He's now 18 and going to be at

own careers. During the year Elisabeth teaches writing

Denver University next year. Emma Lia is a sophomore in

workshops in Boise, Idaho, focusing on memoir and myth.

high school, and Eliza is in 7th grade. All are well.”

She teaches writing at Harvard each summer. Check out


Elisabeth’s website at

L i z F leming P owell

Tito Beveridge and Ben Chan ’95 Liz Powell’s photo appeared in an article in The Texas


Tribune, which was picked up by The New York Times

Ja r ed H ockema

in April. The article was about senior services under

the new government plan.


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Tiffany Wallis Parcher and her husband, Daniel, moved from Los Angeles to Boulder, Colo., last year, where Tiffany now works as in-house patent counsel for Covidien, a medical device company. Tiffany wrote, “On Dec. 21, 2012, we welcomed our first child, daughter Jenna, whose birth appears to have averted the otherwise impending apocalypse.” Eric Camp and his wife, Karla, will be relocating to Nairobi, Kenya, for her first post as a foreign service

Lou Porter Bailey ’71

officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development. While in Kenya, Eric will continue practicing oil and gas law in his firm’s new Nairobi office (the spare bedroom). They will be in Kenya for two years and then off to another foreign post.

Q&A: What Will Your Legacy Be? What is the Legacy Council?

Natalie Heberling wrote that “After receiving a couple

Legacy Council members have included St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in their estate plans. These people

of master’s degrees, I have stayed in Albuquerque and

are alumni, parents of students, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of the school—anyone who

do GIS [geographic information systems] and cartogra-

wants to help nurture and preserve the mission and values of St. Stephen’s.

phy for the Cibola National Forest. I have been teaching at the University of New Mexico, as well as keeping some

What are St. Stephen’s core values?

contract projects going on the side. Visit Heberling

• Rigorous academic environment that encompasses active inquiry and fosters a love of learning

Solutions for all your mapping needs! I am also a foster

• Balanced offering of academic programs, athletics and the arts; students are encouraged to discover and

parent, and while I have had many children through

develop their individual gifts and passions

my home short term, I have had the same two girls (4

• Dedicated faculty committed to an educational experience that transcends the classroom

and 7) with me for the last year. This has been a very

• Spirit-centered community that respects and honors all faiths, grounded by daily worship in the

positive and rewarding experience for me, as well as an

Episcopal tradition

extremely interesting look at the social services world in

• Unique community of residential and day faculty, boarding and day students

New Mexico. I give a lot of credit to this state for working

• Sense of service as a part of one’s rule of life

hard on a broken system and now running one of the

• Continued commitment to a diverse, inclusive community that respects the dignity of every human being

most impressive systems in the nation. On a final note, I

• Fierce attachment to, and stewardship of, our 370-acre campus located on the Balcones escarpment

just returned from a trip to the Galapagos Islands. They

overlooking Lake Austin

lived up to every stereotype I had in my head and more.” What is an easy way to leave something to St. Stephen’s? Julia Weems continues her work as fashion school

Two of the easiest ways to provide for St. Stephen’s in your estate plan are:

director at IED Barcelona Escola Superior de Disseny, where she is responsible for the official undergraduate

1. Give St. Stephen’s a fixed amount of money or a percentage of your assets in your will by including a

degrees in fashion design and fashion styling (taught

statement that says: “I give, devise and bequeath to the permanently restricted St. Stephen's Episcopal

in Spanish) and the BA Hons Fashion Design Program

School Endowment Fund (or Annual Giving or current financial aid) of Austin, Texas, the sum of $_________

(taught in English) and validated by the University

(or a percentage or a description of the specific asset), for the benefit of St. Stephen's Episcopal School

of Westminster. Her little girl starts school next year

and its general purposes.”

and will go to a Swiss school and learn five languages (German, Spanish, Catalan, English and French), one of

2. Make St. Stephen’s the beneficiary of your IRA or other financial account.

the wonderful things about Europe! Julia reported that Barcelona is still wonderful.

Who can I talk with at St. Stephen’s about planned giving? Please contact Lou Bailey, director of alumni relations and planned giving, at 512.327.1213 or email her at


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T r acey H e r man S hababo

K ean T onetti

Selina Strasburger

2006 S a r ah C r omwell

Kwasi Agbottah reported, “My wife and I just came out with our first spoken word CD project! It's a collection of


poems based on the theme of intergenerational healing

W ynn M ye r s

and reflections on five years of marriage. There are videos

and blogs attached to the website to better give context to the poetry. It's at Enjoy!”

Rose Robertson has been busy planting cotton and running the family farm. She has been planning her wedding in May 2013 and is super excited!


Leslie Vaughn completed her first year at Notre Dame

Lauren Beck is currently teaching visual language, a

B r ian K aufman

drawing and theory course, at the University of Chicago.

change Commission in Washington, D.C., this summer

She had her second New York solo show this past Febru-

Law School. She will intern at the Securities and Exand plans to pursue a career in international business transactions. She plans to study in London next spring

Drew Harrison works for

and is also planning a future trip to China. She is look-

Rhythm and Hues Studios (, winner

ing forward to spending the summer enjoying all the

Valerie Herd Parker’s son, Harrison, just turned 5, and

of an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for “Life

amazing things D.C. has to offer and socializing with

her daughter, Avery, just turned 3.

of Pi.” She has a new web site,,

non-legal friends to regain her sanity.

ary at Newman Popiashvili Gallery.

with a detailed resume (and perhaps secrets of the art Alexis Asher went to Thailand in May to fight Muay Thai

of visual effects). Here’s what she said about her work

and work for six months. She reported that “Life is good.

on the movie: “I created textures for many of the flavors

I moved from New York City to Salt Lake City and just

of the tiger asset, such as the young tiger and the three

bought a house.”

sick flavors leading up to the emaciated tiger with one additional texture painter. I took over this asset from

Rebecca Row wrote that “after graduation I spent 1.5 years in Germany, then spent some time in Austin taking the GRE, then moved to Vegas to do a three-month Americorps stint, working on a trail crew in the Spring Mountains. Now I am living in St. George, Utah, and am working for Second Nature Entrada, a wilderness

Melissa Stratton Potapova lives in Houston and works

another artist, and I worked on it for the last half of the

at Vinson & Elkins in international arbitration and oil

“Life of Pi” production. I was mainly responsible for the

the wilderness of southern Utah with adolescents and

and gas litigation. She and her family went to Russia in

facial features on the base tiger, which were seen full

young adults who have mental health issues ranging

October to baptize their 17-month-old daughter, Elea-

screen and often back-to-back with cuts of an actual

from depression, eating disorders, substance abuse,

nora. The orthodox priest was a former communist party

tiger. There were more than 100 maps created and in-

nonverbal learning disorders and personality disor-

official who got a huge kick out of baptizing the daughter

tense scrutiny from the VFX supervisor to get it as close

ders, among other things.”

of an American.

to the actual tiger as possible. I worked very closely with the fur groomer to get the stripes and patterning in the

Chris Mihm founded Enviromass (,

exact position. I also created several displacements and

a recycling and environmental consulting firm in Los

masks to create the life-like feel of the skin on the fur

Cabos, Mexico.

transitional areas.” After graduating from St. Stephen’s, Drew earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interactive Design

therapy program. I am a field instructor working in

Matthew Fischler is still in Chicago (a city that gives Austin a serious run for its money) working for Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a member of his policy team. Eating a lot of tacos and having a lot of adventures. (see photo next page)

Victoria Schiller Givens and her husband bought a

and Game Development from Savannah College of Art

Spencer Craven got married this June! Since Spencer

house in D.C. in May.

and Design in Georgia in 2008.

studies all the time to become a “medical doctor,” Matthew Fischler, John McKetta, Mark VanMid-

Tracey Herman Shababo and her husband, Ben, welcomed their daughter, Noa July, in March and are really


hoping she will be big enough for a trip to Schlitterbahn

Rachel K at z ,

this summer.

S ha r ina L offlad ,

dlesworth, Neil Baron, Walter Heymann, Michael Goldberg and Nick Le decided to kidnap him — and treated him to a surprise weekend in New Orleans. Chelsea Fullwood graduated from Baylor Law School

2001 J uliet F r e r king


St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Patrick Incerto graduated from UT Law School in May 2013 and plans to work for Vinson & Elkins in Houston.

in May and will spend the summer in Austin preparing for the bar exam and looking for a job. Jack Hale is a total beast and ran 100 miles in under 24 hours.

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Emily Aragona works in downtown Austin and is thoroughly enjoying her experience thus far working for RetailMeNot, a web-based coupon marketplace. Trey Jennings has been looking forward to completing the Graduate Program in Finance at the University of Texas in May (master’s degree). After graduation, Trey will move to Houston to work for BHP Billiton’s rotational program. Mark Jackson is pleased to announce his acceptance to the Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Global Marketing program in Glendale, Ariz. He is also building Members of the Class of 2006: Mark VanMiddlesworth, Nick Le, Neil Baron, John McKetta, Walter Heymann, Michael Goldberg, Matthew Fischler and Spencer Craven Selina Strasburger is still kickin’ it in Singapore, play-

Kristine Cruz, who lives in Washington, D.C., is pleased

ing the advertising game, eating immense amounts of

to announce her engagement to Thomas Marchhart.

delicious local food, and spending too much money on

Kristine and Thomas are looking forward to moving back

indulgent trips to countries in the region. She'll prob-

to Texas in the fall for law school.

ably be here for another year or so, so if you want a free couch to crash on you better head out soon!

Natalie Blankenship and Ryan Wolfe have been counting down the days until their June 8, 2013, wedding.

Sophie Foreman “got engaged in December to James Mann, a fellow Austinite, whom I met through

Raiza Aguilar has been looking forward to her graduation

mutual friends right after college. We’re currently

in May from Boston University, after which she will move

busy planning a February 2014 wedding in Austin. I'm

back to Austin to work with the Austin Aztex.

especially excited to celebrate the big day with several classmates as members of the wedding party: JoDee

Raiza’s fellow BU classmate, Daniel Taylor, is thoroughly

Debes, Callie O'Neill, Meredith Martin, Ali Jones,

enjoying his life in Boston. Daniel works in manufactur-

and Megan Trainor.”

ing consulting for Green Beacon Solutions, located in Newton, Mass.


Justin Patrick, who lives in Boston, reported that he

A nne B uckthal ,

is “surviving” his first year at Harvard Law School and

C ole A r ledge ,

is looking forward to this summer, where he will be splitting his summer between working for a professor in

Aaron Moten appeared on Broadway playing His reviews were outstanding, and he was

Seve Garza recently moved back to Austin and is now

nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award in the

pursuing a career in stencil art and long exposure

category of Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

photography. His portfolio and information about his process can be found at, and several of his pieces have been on display at Amy’s Ice Cream’s 6th Street location.

A manda K ushne r

educate readers on how to travel wisely and inexpensively. Speaking of traveling, after graduating from Hamilton College in May 2012, Caitlin Livsey spent two months in Costa Rica doing volunteer work and working on a sea turtle conservation project. After returning from her trip to Costa Rica, Caitlin spent a few months stateside before moving to Australia, where she is currently spending six-and-a-half months working and traveling. She is looking forward to returning to the states this summer and starting the Graduate Program in Geosciences at Penn State University this fall. Ashley Robert has been accepted into several law schools and has not yet decided which school to attend. “I'm also excited for a 10-day trip to Ireland that I'm taking in May!” Chris Hooks wrote an article for the The Texas Tribune that was also published in The New York Times entitled “Aiming to Serve Free Breakfasts to All Students in Poor Areas.” Read this and other articles by Chris by searching the name ‘Chris Hooks’ at

Boston and for a law firm in Houston.

‘Avery’ in the new Annie Baker play, “The Flick.”


up his travel site, The Travel Playbook, which aims to

Claudia Iao is back in Austin, working for Swinn, a startup that designs and sells compression sports bras.

Alyssa Posey recently moved to Farmington, Conn., and works in the marketing department at the Edible

Hillary Metcalfe works for Bury + Partners in downtown

Arrangements International Headquarters, located

Austin and is enjoying living within walking distance

in Wallingford, Conn. She is looking forward to her

from the Whole Foods headquarters at 5th and Lamar.

upcoming wedding to Sean McDermott, which will take

Ashley Toscano, who works in downtown Austin, is

place in the spring of 2014.

enjoying her new position as business development

2009 J. J. B otha C hantal S t r asbu r ge r

Jen Nordhauser will be at UT one more year to finish degrees in biomedical engineering and art history, as well as serve on the National Association of Engineering Student Councils as vice president of conferences. This past year she interned at SXSW Inc. in interactive production for the second year in a row, and she plans to apply to medical school this summer! She can't wait to see everyone at the five-year reunion this year!

coordinator at LatinWorks.


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Daniel Allen has been excited to graduate in May with

Hayley Blundell graduated from Salve Regina University

Christopher Sullivan graduated magna cum laude

a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University

with a double major in anthropology and sociology and

from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service

of Colorado. After graduation, Daniel will head west to

double minors in English communications and psychology.

with a degree in international politics in May. In June, he

work as part of the production crew for the AMGEN Tour

She has been hired by Brooks Marine Group, a recruit-

attended Vanderbilt University's Summer Business

of California. Still as crazy about bicycles as ever, Daniel

ment agency for the marine industry, as a head recruiter

also has been trying out other endurance sports with an

for the summer. Next May she will move to London with

Ironman on his race schedule in August 2013.

her boyfriend, where she will apply to law school, focusing on social justice for indigenous cultures.

After being initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Institute. Nicole Martin graduated in May from Washington University in St. Louis, where she has majored in psychology, minored in biology and finished her collegiate soccer career as a scholar All-American.

in the spring of 2012, Rachel Beth Reznick spent the

Erika Dahl-Stamnes reported, “This May I will have

summer in Los Angeles as a scripted series development

completed my studio art degree, and next year I will

Wisconsin-Madison in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in

intern for the Lifetime Television Network. In May 2013,

finish my degrees in biology and environmental studies.

educational psychology.

she graduated summa cum laude from the University of

This summer I will be part of a field research program

Arizona with a B.A. in media arts with an emphasis in

(School for Field Studies) in Turks and Caicos. Next year

Julianna Gardner graduated from Middlebury College

producing. She also received the 2013 School of Theatre,

I will continue with my internship at the San Antonio Zoo

in May with a degree in biochemistry. This summer she

Film and Television's Most Outstanding Senior Award

in the reptile department.”

will head back to Texas to start her first year at Baylor

She will attend graduate school at the University of

College of Medicine.

at the commencement ceremony and completed her terms as chief justice of the Greek Standards board and

Since graduating from Columbia, Alex Park has started

scholarship chair for her chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Soror-

work as a software development engineer in Microsoft

ity. She recently was named an official nominee for the

in Seattle, Wash. “If you ever find yourself in the Pacific

Producer's Guild of America Debra Hill Fellowship Award

Northwest, be sure to drop me a line!”

and plans to move to L.A. permanently sometime in the

Chantal Strasburger is both thrilled and terrified to have graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.F.A. in fashion design and a minor in Chinese. However, she could not be more excited to be interning at NYLON Magazine in New York City

fall of 2013 to pursue a career in network television de-

Chetan Panda graduated Phi Beta Kappa from George-

this summer so that she can continue her passion in

velopment. Until then, she plans to spend the summer

town University in May. Following graduation, he plans

fashion publications (check out armourmag.blogspot.

months in Tel Aviv, Israel, working for the New Fund for

to work in Austin for Dimensional Fund Advisors.

com). She couldn't have asked for a better four years of college, but still hopes that the best is yet to come.

Cinema and Television as an international financing and distribution intern.

Adam Long graduated from Pomona College this year with a B.A. in environmental analysis with a focus on

Lucy Wagner graduated from Middlebury College in May

geology. He has taken elective courses related to food,

and will be moving to Boston in August to start working

agriculture and education and has been spending much

for Analysis Group as an analyst doing economic con-

of his free time working at and organizing an on-campus

sulting. She will be in Austin for part of the summer and

organic farm. Adam is excited to build on his work at the

hopes to reunite with some of the Class of 2009!

Pomona College Organic Farm with his appointment as the full-time farm manager starting in July. He can't wait

Natcha Techachainiran plans to work in Bangkok

to catch up with his St. Stephen’s classmates.

next year.

2010 C a r lotta G a r z a , O ma r Yaghi , Ryann Y oung ,

Audrey Wozniak ’10 spent her summer as a reporter at ABC News covering events in China. Check out her story “In Beijing, Doubt Grows as Thousands Struggle to Rebuild After Floods” and many others. To see other articles by Wozniak go to and search for ‘Audrey Wozniak.’

Caitlin Watkins graduated from Pitzer College in May with a degree in Environmental Analysis and Art. She recently won the Napier Award for Creative Leadership


from Pilgrim Place, a retirement community for social

L indsay Redman,

justice activists in Claremont. After graduation, she

G r ay T wombly,

will continue to develop her project of starting a social

H en ry S ikes ,

enterprise for formerly incarcerated women to make

A lia Yahgi ,

value-added products from local, seasonal produce in order to provide employment and entrepreneurial skills for the women. She plans to move to the San Francisco Bay area to pursue a degree in landscape architecture and urban planning.


St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

Lorelei Strasburger works after school as an instrucDuke graduate Mark Dougherty '09, surrounded by (from left to right) his aunt Molly Dougherty ’68, his father Chrys Dougherty ’69, his mother Mary Ann Dougherty and his brother John Dougherty ’05

tion intern/teacher for a middle school drama club. Along with her interning endeavors, she is excited and getting ready to go abroad to Granada, Spain, this fall!

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decade. She attended Westover School and Vassar

Helen Elizabeth Old,

College. Anita was a school administrator, dormitory

C a r oline P r ingle ,

supervisor, teacher, coach and mentor to young people

Jake P olitte ,

at schools as diverse as Westminster in Simsbury,

Y osua A diyasa ,

Conn., Garrison Forest in Baltimore, M.D., The Hill in Pottstown, Pa., St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin,

Lydia Kolda wrote that she is “studying the music

Texas, and Kent Place in Summit, N.J. While working

industry at Loyola University New Orleans, where I have

in those capacities she spent much of her time serving

started a band currently called Lydia Kolda & Work For

as a member of boards for nonprofit organizations. She

Hire (subject to change). We have worked with the Vital

was a board member of Westover School, Agnes Irwin

Sounds Recording Studio on campus to produce an EP,

School and Peck School. She was a trustee at the Church

titled ‘All That I Know’ and are now working on a second

of the Ascension on Upper Saranac Lake, a member of

EP soon to be released.”

the women’s board of the Austin Symphony, a board member of Planned Parenthood of Austin, a member of

the board of directors of the Austin Repertory Theatre, Lucy Marshall Alexander ’60

Forme r Fac u lt y

and on the YMCA Board in Summit, N.J. Westover School awarded her the Westover Award, the highest award the

Andrew is survived by his parents, siblings and other

school offers in recognition of accomplishment

Laura Camp has completed her first year of retirement

relatives. A memorial and celebration of life honoring

and service.

from St. Stephen’s. She has been working in the

Andrew was held Dec. 28, 2012, at Gambardella's Pasta

St. Stephen’s archives with photos and films and hopes

Bella. It was “standing room only” as friends and loved

She was married for 60 years to the late Archibald R.

to make these items more accessible to all Spartans.

ones joined to honor and remember Andrew.

Montgomery III, head of school at St. Stephen’s from

Lucia McKay stays busy with her grandchildren,

Lucy Marshall Alexander ’60 passed away on March 7,

us that we could, perhaps, bring something unique to a

now 8 and 6. They are the children of Catherine McKay

2013, after a long illness that she courageously fought

particular school by working as a team, and as the years

Araiza ’88. Lucia helps with homework (math

for many years. She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas,

have gone by, I think we are both satisfied with that de-

especially) and continues to work as a math textbook

on Dec. 18, 1942. Mother to Celeste Moon (Randy) and

cision. It has been a real source of satisfaction to bring


R. Casselman Lutes (Elizabeth Ann), grandmother to her

whatever energies, talents, creativity and commitment,

precious William Alexander Lutes and Emma Celeste

especially the latter, to our challenge of the moment as

Lutes, sister to Clyde Alexander (Jean), Jean Alexander

a team…. Finally, after 32 years, we are of the opinion

Wright (Ken) and Kay Alexander Schroeder (Dale). Lucy

that though our society has changed quite markedly, the

In Me m o riam

loved her many nieces, nephews and cousins.

youngsters of 1982 are fundamentally the same as those

Andrew Cecil Lloyd Quainton ’94, of Fairbanks,

Lucy went from starched pinafores to billowing ball

in 1949. We care about them just as much, and they

Alaska, died Dec. 24, 2012, at Fairbanks Memorial

gowns, to a barkeep's apron to finally settling on an

continue to be just as good, just as bad and equally as

Hospital. Andrew was born April 14, 1976, in Evanston,

exquisite piece of soil in her beloved Hill Country. She

much fun.”

Ill. He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago,

was the proud owner of Hye Acres, which was home to

with a bachelor's degree in urban studies. After several

all make and manner of dogs and more guinea hens than

Anita was predeceased by her husband and by her

years split between New York and Chicago, he moved

she could count.

daughter, Catharine Elliott Montgomery ’80. She

1973 to 1980. Anita once wrote: “It was clear to both of

young men and women with whom we were working

is survived by her son, Archibald R. Montgomery IV

to Fairbanks in 2003, where he attended graduate school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. From June

After graduating from St. Stephen’s, she attended Sullins

of Asheville, N.C.; daughter Anita Porter Montgomery

2004 to October 2011, Andrew worked in development

College, The University of Texas at Austin, and Trinity

of Seattle, Wash.; daughter Eliza Montgomery

and membership at the Museum of the North. From

University. She was a voracious reader and world trav-

Zimmerman ’76 of Chester Springs, Pa. and daughter

November 2011 to July 2012, he was development

eler. Lucy served as a member of the University of Texas

Carolyn Clothier Montgomery-Forant ’82. Services

director for the Interior AIDS Association of Alaska.

McDonald Observatory board of visitors, was an alumna

were held Saturday March 16, 2013, at the Church of

From July until recently, he worked with the Fairbanks

of Leadership Texas and a friend of Bill W. She was an

the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Concert Association as operations director.

active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Cypress

Andrew was active in the Fairbanks community. He

Mill, Texas, and loved those members who nurtured her

Mary Kathleen Norwood ’78 died on March 23, 2013, in

in her faith journey.

her home in Charlotte, N.C. She was very active in her community and served as class representative for the St.

served as a board member, and later as development director, for the Interior AIDS Association; vice chairman

Anita Packard Montgomery, born to George R. Packard

Stephen’s Episcopal School Class of 1978. Kathy was part

of the Fairbanks Opera Guild; board member of the

and Anita Clothier in Philadelphia on March 30, 1929,

of the 7th grade class that started the Middle School.

Interior Democrats and other charitable organizations.

died on March 10, 2013, surrounded by family at Waverly

She was a top athlete in multiple sports throughout her

Heights, Gladwyne, Pa., where she lived for the past

St. Stephen’s years. She was always the driving force


alumn i n ews

Summer 2013

of the Class of 1978, especially to get people to attend

Duncan; and his daughter, Dr. Alexandra Miller. He is

reunions and was already talking about getting class-

also survived by his sisters, Norma M. Williams of Hous-

mates to gather this fall for the 35th reunion. Kathy most

ton; Marianne ‘Mazie’ Miller Parish ’59 of Glen Rose,

recently visited Austin during the Christmas holidays of

Texas; and Carol ‘Kazie’ Miller Perkins ’60 and her

2012, where she spent time with many friends and family

husband, Willie Perkins, of Willow Springs, Mo.

members. She is survived by her son, Chris; her daugh-

Sterling was buried in Houston’s Glenwood Cemetery

ter, Nikki; and four grandchildren (Nikki’s children). She

on April 14, 2013.

is also survived by her sister, Deborah, and her mother, Shirley Norwood. Should you wish to send your condo-

John Laurence (Larry) Dent ’63, publisher and editor,

lences to Shirley, please contact Alumni Director Lou

age 68, died on May 7, 2013, in Toronto, having lived

Bailey for a mailing address.

there for the past 30 years. He is predeceased by his parents, Charles H. and Mary Dent; his brother, Charles

Sterling Gunter Miller ’56 died at the age of 76 on April

Dent; and his partner, Leo Goldsmith. He is survived by

10, 2013. He was born Feb. 7, 1937, in Corsicana, Texas, to

his former wife, Nikki Smith, and his daughter, Sabrina

Norma Sterling Miller and Cleo Gunter Miller. He was the

Dent. He died peacefully after a long illness under the

grandson of Gov. and Mrs. Ross Sterling.

compassionate care of Fairfield Residential Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Sabrina

Sterling attended Montrose, Lanier and St. Stephen’s

wrote, “He was a deeply proud St. Stephen's alumnus

Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, where he excelled in

and spent many of his happiest days at St. Stephen’s.”

football and track. At The University of Texas, he became a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he graduated from the University of Houston. As a petroleum landman, he was known for his broad knowledge of the early Texas oil industry. He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Duncan; her husband, Dr. Christopher Duncan; their son Sterling


Join Your Classmates Online

Recent Alumni Gathering in Austin Brothers Murph Willcott ’79 and Ben Willcott ’87 welcomed Austin alumni to their restaurant, Texas French Bread, on two Sunday evenings this spring. On

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contacting your class rep or to submit news directly,

1970s enjoyed a delicious meal and excellent conversation in the relaxing dining room. On May 5,

please contact Alumni Director Lou Porter Bailey ’71 at 512.327.1213 x112 or To find your rep

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gathered at the restaurant’s outdoor dining room and playground for great food and fun. Many St. Stephen’s

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p h otos from top: Karen O’Quin and Bill Tamminga ’65; Randy Parten ’67 with Director of Advancement Christine Aubrey; Ellen Smith ’91

Please Join Us Back on Campus for Reunion 2013 October 18, 19 & 20

All class years are welcome, as we celebrate the following milestone reunions: 60th Reunion | Class of 1953

30th Reunion | Class of 1983

55th Reunion | Class of 1958

25th Reunion | Class of 1988

50th Reunion | Class of 1963

20th Reunion | Class of 1993

45th Reunion | Class of 1968

15th Reunion | Class of 1998

40th Reunion | Class of 1973

10th Reunion | Class of 2003

35th Reunion | Class of 1978

5th Reunion | Class of 2008

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