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spring 2018

we are tabor Students, faculty, and alumni discuss tabor culture and values


Head of School John Quirk

Editorial Staff Nita Howland

Director of Advancement PJ O’Connell

Alumni News and Notes Deb Cohen

Director of Admissions Bobbi Krein Director of Communications Kerry Saltonstall

Staff Photographers Chris Kasprak Gary Lawrence •

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Tabor Today is produced by the Office of Communications in September and April. Please direct your comments, ideas, letters or address changes to Kerry Saltonstall at Tabor Academy, 66 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738 or call 508.291.8340 or e-mail Visit us at for timely campus and sports news or to send us news about you. We look forward to hearing from you! Cover photo: Student leaders impacting Tabor today, Gary Lawrence, photo Inside Front Cover: Rick DaSilva ’89 Geraldine Millham Design


spring 2018



Mind the Gap Andrew McCain ’84, Director of Alumni Affairs, is building connections for alumni back to Tabor

D EPA RTMEN TS 2 View from the Bridge John Quirk, Head of School


Building Student Culture Lily Coleman ’18, Co-Head of School, shares how student leaders impact school culture

4 Along Front Street 18 In Focus: The Arts 22 Making an Impact


Modeling Tabor Values

Alumni faculty discuss Tabor values now and then

Alumni Profiles 32 Athletics Highlights of our first ISL seasons 34


Juntos: A New Service Club Together, our students are building connections in New Bedford through service

Alumni Connections Tabor Day & Hall of Fame 2017 Event photos Class News and Notes 48 Words to Lead By Dan Fireman ’90

G i f t R eport C orrection In the Fall 2017 Gift Report, Mr. and Mrs. Sumner J. Waring III ’87 were credited correctly in the leadership circle listings as members of the Walter H. Lillard Circle ($100,000+), but Jay was accidently listed in the wrong giving circle within his 1987 Class List. Please accept our heartfelt apologies, Jay.



view from the bridge

careful balance balancing ‘we’ versus ‘me’ It is as predictable as the spring (though that’s been hard to predict this year!). As a student answering a revisit day question, an alum recounting memories at reunion, a Tabor parent talking about a child’s experience, or a long-standing faculty member articulating her profound connection to Tabor— ask what’s great about our school, and the words flow together as if they could not be separated: The Tabor Community. Usually following are descriptions about the care of this place and the special sense of belonging so many have derived here. Our shared community is among our best commodities. It is a real thing, though challenging to describe in the absence of experiencing it. Of all the things we’d never change, this is the one we most love. And so, this essential principle has been on my mind. That we have a strong community is unassailable, and I’ve wondered why this is. Is it intentional or organic? Does it serve us effectively as a tool for our learning? Is it a good community for everyone, or aspiring to be? And what does that mean anyway, good for everyone? In what way does the community bend to reflect the needs of our members, and in what ways do we expect the members to bend to reflect the community? Our current admissions catalogue poses a question about the balance of this—the “we” versus the “me”—and suggests, rightly I believe, that this is the critical fulcrum in the experience at Tabor. Too much “me” and we’re self-absorbed and unfulfilled. Too much “we” and we’re diluted and unable to find our center. But the right balance! Therein lies the point—a fulcrum of culture that balances the discipline of community commitment against the creativity of individual freedom, and which expectantly promotes the emergence of the “me” into the “we.”


As we consider what we do and the relevance of it to the lives our students will lead, I believe we have to think ever more intentionally about the active culture we are building and which we expect at Tabor. If we think of our community as the place where we’ll practice our habits and our inclinations, how important it is to ensure that everyone knows the expectations, and is asked to practice habitually as a condition of community membership. In this, the organic intuitiveness of the community can be balanced by the more purposeful agency of culture-building. If we want the students to be hard-working, ours must be a culture of hard-work. If we aspire for our students to be resilient, or tough-minded, or empathic, these inclinations must pervade our endeavors. If we desire to build a core of integrity or a thoughtfulness of rigorous citizenship, the habits of competitiveness or the wherewithal of self-reliance, our culture must voice those expectations. If our culture says that continuous improvement is important, students will say that too and believe it. Better yet, they will live it. And as we know, this Tabor experience is just a fraction of the lives they will live beyond. We have a mission at school, which gives us the foundation for our work and roots us in it. We have a Vision for Tabor, for what the school will look like a decade from now. These give us the “whats” of our work and the outcomes we reach for. We have a community to give us an atmosphere in which to do those things. We have a

by John H. Quirk, Head of School

culture, some part of which we inherit. Today at Tabor, however, we are honing our culture, and using the exercise to promote the best of our habits and inclinations. This is the “how” of the work (or as students might say, “How we roll at Tabor”). All of it leads eventually to the “why.” The “why” is in the promise of the students we have here, and the promise we make to the adults they will one day be—that they will leave this place of unending support knowing the strength and confidence of having grown up and into a culture of expectation and integrity, and that they are prepared for whatever they will encounter. This is the hard and good work of our school, and it is this you will see throughout this edition of Tabor Today. I hope you will be as inspired by our efforts as I am.


Faculty and S taff Honored for 10 and 25 Years of Service

Will Becker, Math; Becky Love, Advancement; and Kelli McSweeny, English, were each honored for serving Tabor for 25 years. At an All School meeting, colleagues shared memories and stories of their impact on life at Tabor. Each received a Tabor chair engraved with the Tabor Academy seal and their name and years of service. Additionally, Julie Salit, Associate Head of School, and Paul Salit, Math; Lauren Boucher, College Counseling; Chris White, English, and Yupin White, Tabor Shop;

Aaliyah Garcia ’19

and Sharon McGraw, Facilities, were honored for 10 years of service to Tabor.

along front street Aaliyah Garcia ’19

Will B ecker, Math

Former advisee and current colleague, RJ Swift ’08, History, spoke on behalf of Will. “He has taken me under his wing ever since I was a student at Tabor. From coaching me on the cross-country team to now working together as colleagues, you have always made time for me even though you were only my advisor for my senior year. Mr. Becker, I thank you for your 25 years of service here at Tabor. Without you, I would not have made it, and I know countless others would say the same.” Kelli McSweeny, English B ecky Love, Advancement

English teacher Helene Sughrue said, “For twenty-five

Over the past 25 years, Becky Love has been the face,

years, Ms. McSweeny has been dedicated to this

voice, and mastermind of Tabor events including

school—to its mission, to its ideals, and, most

planning and running a three day Reunion Weekend

importantly, to its people. Her dedication inspires us

each June for upwards of 500 alumni and guests.

all to emulate her: We, too, want to run far and fast,

Dorelle Zahn, Director of Parent Programs, spoke for

to read deeply and diversely, to teach and learn

Becky sharing, “The legacy of Becky’s great work is

enthusiastically. We may not yet be able to keep up

evidenced in the countless hugs, smiles, conversations,

with Ms. McSweeny or to match her dedication to all

and true Tabor friendships she has built over the

that she does, but we are grateful for her generous


spirit, her boundless inspiration, and, yes, her infinite energy.”

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Global E ducation

Julia Pardo ’18

Suzuno seki ’19

We enjoyed our first exchange visit with Rysensteen Gymnasium (Copenhagen) seniors in early October. The group of 27 Danes, who had a specific interest in math and science, spent four days in our classrooms learning how we teach different topics and doing some group projects. While here, they participated in an open forum about their educational system. Our students were surprised to learn that Danish students are paid a stipend to attend college. Tabor students completed the exchange in March, and enjoyed learning first-hand about the Danish education system. Another group of students continued our exchange with RDFZ Xishan School in Beijing, now in its third year, and enjoyed language and culture exploration. These schools are great partners for us in our efforts to further global education.

along front street G raboys Leadership Symposium Enters 5th Y ear

Ten A thletes O f f to P lay Division 1 S ports

We celebrated ten athletes at a signing ceremony on November 8. Three seniors from the girls’ varsity hockey team, Kelly Browne, Jillian Fey, and Olivia Finocchiaro, will continue to be teammates at Boston College. Senior Erin Hill will head to Yale University and continue to play basketball, while her teammate and co-captain, Emma Squires, will set off to play basketball at the University of Richmond. Three boys from the boys’ varsity lacrosse team will head off in the fall to play at the next level as well: Patrick Daly to Villanova, Matt Shaffer to the University of Vermont, and Lance Pfeninger-Racine to St. Anselm’s. From the girls’ crew program, Mari Daly will join the team at the University of Texas at Austin and Hannah Strom at the College of the Holy Cross. “This group of ten dedicated student-athletes represent the commitment that many of our athletes have to their passions, a commitment to excellence,” said Associate Director of Athletics Kelly Walker. “It speaks highly of our coaches and the depth of our programs, and to the athletes at Tabor who have put in an incredible effort to put themselves in a good position to continue playing at the next level.”

We celebrated our fifth Graboys Symposium with a keynote speech by Tim Sullivan, Executive Coach, followed by debriefed group exercises which emphasized different personality styles and how they can affect our interactions with others in group situations. Learning that our styles can be situational, and that we can have control in our interactions with others were great take aways for the students.

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Suzuno seki ’19

Julia Pardo ’18

along front street black box shows remain popular

P artnership with S pecial Olympics Continues

In our third year of partnership with Special Olympics MA, our students are more committed than ever. We hosted another School Day Games this fall and our second annual Polar Plunge in January. The winter young athletes program and Basketball Tournment has thrived. We anticipate another service day at Tabor this spring. The word is getting out about Tabor and Special Olympics, and more and more

Two shows went up in the Black Box this fall. The shows were unique and similar at the same time, both seeking answers to life’s common questions about our human role and purpose on this earth. Rock City and Other Destinations was unique in that it was a musical, rare for the Black Box. A faculty/student band accompanied the student actors. In the case of The Diaries of Adam and Eve, the members of the cast were almost all new to the stage. In fact, most of the actors were members of the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. It was terrific to see them branch out in a new arena. They did a terrific job. Finally, this winter, students wrote “The Lost Play” with input from creative writing classes and members of the community. Using material based on the theme, “things that can be lost,” actors wrote and performed a uniquely funny and poignant play. The house is always full in the Black Box.

athletes are coming to work and play with our students. It is a beautiful partnership in every way.

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College representatives from more than 100 colleges participated in one of two College Mini Fairs at Tabor this fall. This program not only allowed our students to meet college representatives without missing valuable class time to travel, but also offered the representatives time for more meaningful conversations with students and counselors, and to learn more about our unique school by the sea.

Suzuno seki ’19

Suzuno seki ’19

College Counseling Offers Mini Fairs at Tabor

along front street Science@Work Lecture Series

Our popular science lecture series continued this year kicking off with shark expert Dr. Greg Skomal, who packed Fireman Auditorium with his timely discussion of why we are seeing more sharks near Cape Cod. He was followed by Michael Retelle, a paleo-climatologist from Bates College who researches ice cores for clues to climate change. Finally, Heather McRae Tabisola ’01 shared her work as a research project manager with the University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean under the auspices of NOAA and the new tools they have helped to engineer to study the oceans. These lectures bring in the public and enhance our marine science and engineering programs. It’s been a great series! Pulitzer P rize Winner R ichard Ford Visits T abor

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It is not everyday that a Pulitzer Prize winning author comes to campus, but that is just what happened this fall when Richard Ford joined us at Tabor for a day. He visited with classes, had lunch and extended time with students who were identified as some of our most talented and interested writers by their teachers, met with English faculty, spoke at All School, and shared a reading with the public and over 100 English students in the evening. Unassuming and approachable, Ford answered many of our students’ questions with stark honesty. “Actually being able to discuss stories with the author is so unique and something I’ve never been able to do before,” said Anna Douglas ’19. We hope to be able to continue this experience for our students.

Six students and five faculty members continued Tabor’s representation at the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Los Angeles this winter. Two of our faculty were engaged as leaders at the conference this year, one as a presenter and the other as an student affinity group facilitator. We are proud of Tabor’s participation in this work.









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t has been nearly a year since I began my new responsibilities as Director of Alumni Relations. My charge was pretty straightforward, to improve alumni engagement. It is clear to anyone who spends time speaking with alumni that there is a gap between their affection for the school and their sense of engagement with Tabor. Let’s call this the engagement gap. Closing that gap is the work of the Alumni Relations Office.

Tabor’s newly formed Alumni

Association Board had their

first meeting at Gillette

Stadium just before our Tabor

Together New England event

on February 11th.

Good schools are experts at building community. Great schools are experts at maintaining community after graduation. In order to fully meet our aspirations, alumni engagement is essential—and not just for philanthropic reasons. A well-engaged alumni body builds a sense of tradition, creates opportunities for students to learn from alumni, helps build enrollment opportunities, and gives alumni a chance to enhance the value of their own social network. While alumni of all ages will benefit from our engagement work, a fully mature and successful program is a decade away, so really, today’s work is for the benefit of our younger alumni and future graduates. Think of a barn-raising where people come together sharing various levels of expertise, a communal bond, and an agreed upon goal. Each lends a hand where they can, and together they leave the legacy of their work for future generations. And so it goes with building a strong tradition of alumni engagement. It is work we can all do, and it is made easier by the efforts of many. When done, there will be something left for the benefit of others. I hope you’ll lend a hand. 8

But lend a hand in the building of what exactly? If we are to build, there has to be a plan and a structure. There needs to be something around which to marshal our obvious and yet underutilized enthusiasm for our school. The plan and the structure we have landed on is a combination of some of the strongest aspects of previous efforts at engagement with new initiatives as well. First, a revitalized Alumni Association will be represented by an Alumni Association Board which held its first meeting on February 11. The Board’s singular mission is to improve alumni engagement. Their annual project goals will be determined at their winter meeting and communicated to the Alumni Association in the spring edition of this publication. The following spring they will report on their progress. Next, we have reorganized our group of about eighty Tabor volunteers into a Class Representative structure. Our hope is that adding definition and focus to their work will make it more compelling

and rewarding. Increasing the ranks of Class Representatives is one of our office’s engagement initiatives. There is a range of work to be done. Class Reps could help find lost alumni, or pick up the phone to drum up attendance at reunion, or make peer-to-peer solicitations for the Fund for Tabor, or post class news on the website. I bet the average Class Rep might spend ten hours a year for Tabor. I hope you will consider becoming a Class Representative.

college age alums serve as their college’s ambassador to Tabor students who have questions during the application process, and later welcome newcomers to campus in their first year. Also, we have started career path initiatives using alumni less than ten years removed from Tabor to talk about the job path they took to where they are today, hopefully a mutually beneficial program.

A lumni B oard members David Barker ’72 Chris Dowley ’76 David DeFilippo ’84 Jenn Noering McIntire ’84 Thomas Mottur ’84 Greg Nourjian ’84 Jacqueline Shire ’84 Rob Fawcett ’87

With these structures in place, the next phase will be fully populating these groups, as well as a few We’ve heard that rather than the larger scale “all in” Alumni Affinity Groups. The ultimate hope is that events we hold a few times a year, a better approach by bringing as large, diverse, and inclusive a group as possible under the tent, we will generate a spirit to engaging alumni would be more frequent, of connectedness, to both the school and to each smaller, alumni-conceived and executed events. other. We have started Area Alumni Associations to help us engage alumni regionally. By the end of the year, We are convinced that with alumni time, talent, we hope to have Area Alumni Associations in New York, Chicago, Cape Cod, Washington, DC, and a growing interest in the effort, we will be successful in bridging the engagement gap. We San Francisco, and Boston’s North and South hope that ten years from now, Tabor will have an Shore. If you would like to start an Area Alumni alumni community that is as engaged as possible. Association in your area, just give me a call. When that engagement and enthusiasm is tapped The more the merrier! into, when the gap is closed, Tabor will truly be the great school we know it can be. Finally, we continue the good work of our Young Alumni Leadership Council. Recently, they have started a College Ambassadors program whereby 9

Saran Mignott-Cadet ’91 Nicole DeBlois Greene ’95 Maija Scarpaci ’95 David Keeffe ’99 Eric Shabshelowitz ’01 Lindsay Worrell White ’01 Jaquelyn Scharnick ’02 Alissa Assad ’04 Emily Schnure ’04 Nate Walton ’04 Martica Wakeman Otto ’05 Carolina Cesar-Levesque ’06

Aaliyah Garcia ’19

A Culture of Care and Support by Lily Coleman ’18, Co-Head of School

Everyday at Tabor Academy, our student body is bustling from the Stroud Academic Center to the Fish Center to Braitmayer and Hoyt and MANS, all aiming to achieve their individual goals while learning, having fun, and supporting one another. Throughout the academic day, Ms. Smith and Mr. Mogilnicki can be found in the Braitmayer Art Center helping students perfect their latest acrylic piece or ceramic work. Later, around 3:45 in the afternoon, Mr. Walsh and Mr. Leary are hustling from game to game ensuring that everything is going well, that everyone has what they need, and to cheer on their student athletes. When everything is winding down and students are preparing for study hall, Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Bride may be preparing nachos and brownies for the dorm as a special treat (thank you!). Regardless of what time it is, Tabor Academy is at work fostering an environment for students to flourish in whatever it is they love to do, encouraging students to learn more about what they might like to do, or just helping them improve. No matter what it is that makes Tabor Academy so special to each student, teacher, or family, there is a niche for every individual to find success. C o u l d i t b e tha t t h e r e is s o m e t h in g in t he w at er ? M aybe.

While individuals at Tabor Academy all have different goals and standards for themselves, each are supported by a unique campus culture to reach and perhaps surpass their initial objectives. Advisors, teachers, coaches, the academic resource center, the counseling staff, and many other adult resources at Tabor provide encouragement for students to engage in their interests and truly focus on what they hope to achieve. But, our peers also inspire us. Students at Tabor are ambitious. There are those students who strive to become captains of our varsity teams, those who hope to one day land the lead roles in our annual musical or those who seek to try out new ways to build Tabor’s engagement in the wider world through service. 10

From athletics to service to fun around campus, our students feel the support and encouragement of their peers and faculty.

When I arrived at Tabor, I feared my own personality quirks and academic interests might set me apart from others and limit my place at school. I could not have been more wrong. In fact, I witnessed that each student is valued for who they are and that cliques don’t limit students from trying new things and moving between groups. Students here are focused on building a community of learning with one another, rather than going it alone and competing against each other. We try to be positive, and help each other reach higher. As one of the co-heads of school this year, I enjoyed a conversation we held at our student government meeting in the fall where we discussed and tried to define student culture at Tabor. Olivia Finocchiaro ’18 observed, “Everyone embraces everyone’s different individualities.” When asked why, she said she had been trying to piece it together since her arrival last year as a new junior, “It just happens with the group of people we have here.” Tristan Mulleavey ’18 commented, “In each dorm there is a familial essence.” He also felt strongly about the importance of our Chapel program in establishing culture. At these schoolwide meetings, Tristan says, our culture is elevated through listening to the speeches and advice we hear from students and teachers. For Christopher Mills ’19, it was the vertical housing program in the dormitories that best described our culture and helped smooth his transition into Tabor, “It was like having a bunch of older brothers to look up

Hannah Strom ’18

Julia Pardo ’18

Still others are knee-deep in our marsh collecting study samples while their friends solve Post-AP Calculus problem sets in the Math Wing or build a new robot for the upcoming robotics challenge. Individual interests, ideas, skills, backgrounds, intentions, and goals help create an inspiring learning community, but it is our special brand of camaraderie and our culture of support for each other that makes Tabor’s learning community so unique.

to.” This kind of culture where older students look out for younger ones and encourage them is rare in high school, but recent classes of Tabor students agree that this is what we value the most. It is clearly seen in the work of our team captains, our student proctors, and all of our student leaders involved in student government. I’ve also see it through the welcoming actions of our student admission tour guides, our service day organizers and helpers, and at any time a student is asked to represent Tabor to others, whether at alumni or admission events. We have established a unique culture of care.

Above: Brian Lee and Lily Coleman are this year’s Co-Heads of School

Top photo: The Boys’ JVB “Legends” Game is a great tradition where all the past JVB players join together

Agreeing with Tristan, I must say our Chapel meetings are some of the brightest, warmest moments the student body can share on campus. Most days, students are delighted to hear Mr. Horne play one of his preludes, and if it’s not his melodies ringing throughout the chapel, it’s the voices of student chorus groups, such as the Madrigals. Other times, we are asked to join in singing the Tabor Alma Mater, singing alongside Mr. Quirk, the morning’s chapel speaker, and Ms. Gardiner, our chapel coordinator. What happens next is always special: 11

for one more glorious game!

In one of these Chapel talks, a student shared with us how his family had noticed how he had matured and branched out during his short time at Tabor. While his story was unique and enjoyable to hear, the message was applicable to so many more. 12

Stuart Wemple ’20 Isabelle Reid ’18

Stuart Wemple ’20 Hannah Strom ’18 Aaliyah Garcia ’19

The entire student body hears the words and sentiments of one of our students or faculty members, giving their undivided attention and total support. In these speeches, I do not only hear the reader but also the silence of the audience and am overwhelmed with the love I have for our community. Oftentimes, the speech will be about Tabor and why it means so much to the student: lifelong friends, incredible teachers, and even just sitting by the waterfront are recurring themes. Students who love community service speak fondly of the elementary school students they helped to learn Spanish, others share with humility what they have learned through failure and how to embrace faults, and those who believe in social justice fight for what they believe in. No matter what the topic, the student body hears it, respectfully and supportively. Through these special moments our community values are reflected and reinforced.

When Tabor students leave after nine months of challenging, rewarding work for summer break, they leave as better people and kinder humans. Eventually, these same students will graduate as stronger leaders and understanding individuals. In my own experience, I have developed an understanding of gratitude and service at Tabor Academy, and am beyond lucky to have had such a rare, unique education. As I face graduation, it is bittersweet to be leaving those I love the most. It seems each day my peers and faculty make another small but remarkable impact on my life, and I will miss their influence on me. For now, I receive each and every “Good morning, how are you doing,” (which actually means something here), and every walk to the dining hall, and every sunset by the waterfront with a happy heart. As I leave Tabor, I am leaving my home, but I am eagerly holding the door open for an incoming freshman who I know will love this place just as much as I do.

Modeling Tabor Values There are 1 3 T abor alumni working at our S chool by the Sea . they are split pretty evenly between teaching / administrative faculty and administrative sta ff, representing Tabor through advancement and admissions. Ta bor Tod a y thought it w ould be interesting to ask a few of these alumni about their perceptions of the school culture, how their status as alumni influences them, and what it means to have alumni leading the school on so many critical f ronts .

How are the school’s values different or the same today vs. your day at Tabor?

“When I was a student the values of responsibility, leadership, and accountability were important, and they remain so today,” said Rick DaSilva ’89. “We are a great community of learners looking to take advantage of what is around us. We are always trying to do more together, and in that way, I guess, I think the faculty are more involved with the students than ever. Through that involvement and mentorship, we have built a more empathetic and compassionate culture, though we need to be careful to balance it with the discomfort of challenge, because challenge brings out the best in who we are.” Christian Garris ’05 said, “I was struck as a student by Tabor’s ‘traditional’ stance. It seemed to me

we were a bit behind culturally and technologically. Today, both are much improved. I was pleased to see on my return to Tabor a 100% increase in domestic students of color, an expansion of the International Center’s mission to include trips abroad, more campus speakers, and a true investment in technology from equipment to personnel to student spaces like the Maker Lab, and digital music and art offerings. Tabor has modernized and opened up to the world.”

Contributors : Bob Mogilnicki ’76 Art Department

Christian Garris ’05 Associate Director of Admissions, Student of Color Recruitment

Rick DaSilva ’89 History Department, Associate Director, Center for

DaSilva agrees: “Today, we represent the world so much better than we did then. We are in a really exciting place now as a school with a great opportunity to be specific about our direction as we move forward. We are building expansive programs in global citizenship and cultural competency. The student culture is also so much more cohesive. 13

International Students

R.J. Swift ’08 History Department, Director of Student Activities

Julia Pardo ’18

Rick DaSilva ’89 with his group of Danish exchange students from Rysensteen Gymnasium.

No longer is it so class specific: grades and backgrounds collaborating and filling the fishbowl, that same space people feared passing through in my day. Now, all students feel they belong due to the work we have done on school culture.”

influence on me, and I think we do a good job pulling the weight together and supporting each other.”

Bob Mogilnicki ’76 discussed how his mentor, Lucien Lavoie, influenced his life and work. “I am one of thousands of students whose lives were Finally, RJ Swift ’08 put his finger on the baseline value most everyone associates with Tabor through- touched by the creative and unique spirit of Lucien Lavoie who served Tabor’s arts and athletics out the decades and which has allowed these positive changes in culture to occur: the value we place departments from 1954-1994. In my early 30’s, I came to know him as a respected mentor and on powerful relationships. “Relationships are still colleague and the dearest of friends. It was his key at Tabor. This is so important as students will benefit from the ability to build and nurture honest influence that led me to art school, art education, relationships throughout their lives.” and a thirty-five year career in the arts. I knew from an early age that what he had done for me, as he Who influenced you most at Tabor? And how does had done for countless others over his 40 years of teaching, was important and worthy of my that influence impact your teaching/work here dedicating my life to, as he had.” today? “Dennis Herer and Steve Carey were my mentors,” shared DaSilva. “As a new faculty member, Jay Garris took a different tack, equating the Houck helped me get acclimated to the Dean’s community and generosity he found at Tabor to Office, and now Steve Downes mentors me in mentorship. “Something as little as walking into a my current role in the International Center. dorm parent’s apartment and feeling welcomed to But my colleagues influence me every day: Wes sit down on their couch and just talk about grades, Chaput with his energy, Jonathan Sirois and Anne relationships, math problems, sports, college, etc., Gardiner through their commitment. The work really shaped my perspective about what it meant to be a part of this community. I bring this between colleagues and our camaraderie is impressive and fun. Our connection pushes Tabor awareness to my work in admissions and in the dorm everyday.” forward. Every single person here is an important 14

Erica Judd ’19

How do you work as a faculty member to mentor

In what ways do you feel you carry on Tabor

R.J. Swift keeps a watchful eye

students and to support a positive student culture?

traditions and values to today’s students?

during lacrosse practice with

“I push the kids a lot,” says Swift. “We have clear rules in place so that they know what is expected of them everyday. I just try to educate my students on making sure they treat people the right way so that they can have an experience that they will remember in a positive way. I want to show the students that their experience is in their own hands, that hard work conquers all, and that their attitude and effort will make it what it is. This is how my Tabor experience guides my work each day.”

“The values and traditions remain the same at its core,” shares Swift. “The people who inspired me to do this work are still doing the same things, preaching the same ideals that make Tabor great.” Today, Swift is following their lead working to instill high standards of achievement, a love of lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and care for others through extolling the value of persistent effort. “Hard work is key. That’s what it comes down to every time. If you are willing to put in the work, good things will come your way!”

Paul Salit.

What are the advantages of alumni faculty leading in so many key areas?

DaSilva shared, “It is incredibly important to have individuals return with a perspective that is a little different than everyone else’s, and with some knowledge of traditions and how things work behind the scenes. But it is our appreciation, passion, and loyalty, this innate connection to our experience, that is so important, and also so rewarding.” Perhaps Garris said it best, “I think having alumni come back and work as faculty members proves just how much of an impact Tabor can have on students. A huge part of my aspiration to work here was being in a position to help today’s students understand the perspective that my Tabor faculty gave me.”



A New Service Club is Formed Last fall, Jonathan Sirois’ Spanish class began visiting the Community Economic Development Center (CEDC) in New Bedford to explore ways to be engaged with the large immigrant population there. Now, over 30 students visit the center twice a week in what has become one of Tabor’s largest student clubs. Wanting to expand Tabor’s connections to the city in a way that would be mutually impactful, Sirois discussed with the CEDC having Tabor students help teach English as a Second Language to the immigrants coming there for assistance. He hoped this opportunity would allow students a chance to develop intercultural competence. “Meaningfully connecting with others and enriching the lives of all parties involved is the ultimate goal of language. While our students have the opportunity to use some Spanish when working with immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries, their partners are often from Cape Verde and other places where Spanish is not spoken. However, all students involved, no matter their background, use language-learning skills to facilitate authentic communication,” said Sirois.

Photos by Chris Kasprak

Last spring, Sirois’ Spanish 3 Honors class undertook a major project: surveying ESOL students at the CEDC in order to determine which lessons would most meaningfully enhance their lives. Options were bountiful including how to order food in a restaurant, how to buy a bus ticket, how to call in sick from work, and how to make small talk with new friends. Next, the students prioritized lesson themes and worked in teams to produce bilingual, didactic videos, aimed at teaching high-frequency vocabulary and language structures. Their lessons are based around the real-life scenarios from the survey, and ESOL students can practice further at home with the videos. The project was a huge success. In fact, Sirois and his students Georgia West ’18 and Chris Mills ’19 presented the work the class did to the Massachusetts 16

Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) conference in Springfield, MA, in October. “Attending the MaFLA conference was a rewarding experience. I am so passionate about this work, and being able to share stories and information about this program to help inspire others was incredible,” stated Georgia. On campus, as students got wind of the project, Chris and Georgia formed a new club called Juntos (“Together” in Spanish and Portuguese), involving over thirty student participants. Run by a student board with faculty support from Sirois and a crew of loyal faculty drivers, student tutors travel two nights a week to the CEDC in New Bedford to work with primarily recently-arrived immigrants from Central America, Cape Verde, and beyond. While many of the students participating in Juntos are Spanish language students, it is not a requirement of the club to speak Spanish. Chris Mills said, “The work ranges from teaching a thirty-year-old how to ask for a raise at work to teaching a little boy how to tell a girl she is pretty. For me, seeing the development of their English skills is the most rewarding. You begin work with people who can barely say the alphabet, and after a few weeks they are having a full conversation with you. To have the opportunity to help these people, who work so hard every day and still make the effort to learn English, is so inspiring.” Sirois added, “The most inspiring part of this endeavor has been the deep level of connectivity among the Tabor and ESOL students. They interact joyously and thoughtfully, both parties aware of the far-reaching implications of their time together.” Mills concluded, “It is rewarding to see the impact our program is having. But the best part is, every Thursday night I am not only inspired by the dedication and hard working spirit of the immigrants we help, but given a new sense of appreciation for my own life as well.” 17

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Over 2 5 different classes involving over 300 students in both Tabor’s V isual A rts and S panish departments collaborated to bring the traditional Mexican celebration

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of Día de los Muertos or “D ay of the D ead” to li fe on Tabor’s campus.

Día de los Muertos is celebrated from October 31 to November 2 across Mexico and in a few other Latin American countries, as well as in areas of the United States with large populations of people with Mexican ancestry. The holiday honors loved ones who have passed away. People visit cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of their deceased loved ones. Tabor’s version of the holiday involved a large display of artwork in the Braitmayer Arts Center with ofrendas—a collection of objects traditionally placed on a ritual altar in honor of loved ones— and a reception in the gallery during Fall Family Weekend with food, drink, and music. It was an impressive interdepartmental undertaking that began at the start of the school year. Coordinated by Tricia Smith, Arts Department Chair and Jonathan Sirois, Modern & Classical Languages Chair, Spanish and art students learned from the Arts Department how certain symbols have gained their meaning, both historically and culturally. Students learn the “visual culture about something they’re not familiar with and examine, explore and adopt the iconography of it into their works,” explains Smith. Spanish II classes made sombreros in the style of La Catrina, one of the most recognizable icons of the day. Spanish IV students worked in Tabor’s MakerLab with Dr. Karl Kistler to create their own luminarias


(engraved paper lanterns) using equipment in the lab. Other projects included having Zora Turnbull Lynch’s AP Spanish Literature class craft text in Spanish explaining the holiday. The Digital Arts students then used that text to design posters that advertised the evening reception. Kevin Arnfield’s Visual Thinking class sculpted frames in which to put photos of loved ones. It required students to contact parents or friends to ask questions about the person they chose to honor. Many students became closer to and gained a better understanding of the people they were honoring just by doing the research. At the reception, many students participated in face painting and ate traditional Colombian arepas. “It was fun. It was a cool scene—it was lively and upbeat, and exactly in the spirit of the Day of the Dead,” said Sirois.

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Tricia Smith presented herself as La Catrina at an All School Meeting to highlight the events around Dia de los Muertos.


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A True Tabor Boy It would be challenging to find someone with longer and deeper Tabor connections than Jack Braitmayer ’48.

by Maura King Scully

A summer resident of Marion and son of the school’s first female trustee, Marian Schoeffel Braitmayer, Tabor was a part of Jack Braitmayer’s life even before he first stepped onto campus as a student 74 years ago. As Braitmayer moved on into his life as an entrepreneur, he served the school himself as a trustee from 1969 to 1994, and chaired the board from 1978 to 1986. He currently serves as a trustee emeritus. To say he’s been a loyal donor would be an understatement. Braitmayer has made a financial gift to Tabor every year since his graduation, supporting both the annual fund and endowment. He was a leading volunteer during Tabor’s first comprehensive campaign, Tabor Tomorrow, which raised over $41 million, and has given to almost every capital project the school has undertaken since. You won’t hear any of this from him, however. Asked why he’s been so involved with Tabor, the humble Braitmayer says, “Why does anyone get connected with their prep school? Those are your formative years.” Last fall, he elaborated a bit 22

more for Tabor Today: “Tabor fostered my love of sailing,” he explained, “starting with my First Mate’s role on the Tabor Boy in my senior year, which taught me leadership and the responsibility of giving back. I also have been influenced by my mother, being the first woman trustee, and by my good fortune to have the resources to help worthy causes.” Not much for blowing his own horn, luckily others are more than willing to sing Braitmayer’s praises. “When Jack was chair of the board, he oversaw two major changes: longtime head Jim Wickenden retired and Peter Webster came in, and Tabor became coeducational,” says fellow past board chair Bill Blasdale ’61. “Both were extremely significant in the life of the school.” As board chair, Braitmayer also started quadrennial board retreats, a chance for the board go offsite for planning and team building—a practice that continues today. Braitmayer has made a special effort to support Tabor Boy—both the schooner and the program— throughout his life because of the lessons he learned

under Cap Carlson. Recently, he made a gift to refurbish the Carlson Room, a waiting area outside the head of school’s office, to allow a display of Tabor memorabilia. He also presented the induction of Carlson, in memoriam, at Tabor’s inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame banquet in 2016.

is always true: leaders lead. And the best leaders lead by example. Mr. Braitmayer, thank you for your decades of leadership.”

“Having the opportunity to go on the Braitmayer Fellowship last year has been my most fulfilling experience at Tabor,” added science teacher Amelia Two additional projects close to Braitmayer’s heart Wright. “The fellowship allowed me to work on include endowments established by the Braitmayer courses ranging from neuroscience of the teenage family for student scholarships and faculty profesbrain to tropical marine biology, and to engage in sional development. In December 2017, Braitmayer research. I gained some much-needed perspective on who I am and who I want to be as an educator. had the chance to hear from recipients of both at the Leadership and Legacy gathering Tabor held for I owe this opportunity for such invaluable growth to Jack Braitmayer.” its most loyal donors where he was presented with the first 1876 Founder’s Society Award. Speaking for all those who know and love this special graduate, Wright concluded, “I am so grateful “Tonight, we honor Jack Braitmayer and the for your commitment to making Tabor, and those seemingly endless desire he has to help when he who love it, the best possible place it can be. Thank sees potential,” said Colleen Coyne ’89, a member you for your support of our School by the Sea.” of the 1998 Olympic gold medal women’s hockey team. “As a recipient of the Braitmayer Scholarship, I was able to experience what I otherwise would not have, and for that, I will forever be grateful. Throughout my career, I’ve found one thing that 23

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Call of duty: One alum’s response to those in need

Using leadership, technology, and organizational skills, Jenna Barnes ’06 quickly ramped up a way for boaters to organize a response for this fall’s Caribbean hurricane victims. by Michael Blumfield

As long as there have been sailors, there’s been an unspoken ethic: When one is in trouble, others rush to assist. “It’s the law of the sea,” says Jenna Barnes ’06. “Sailors all over the world know that it’s a small world and everybody pitches in and helps.” Last September, Jenna found herself honoring the ancient code in the most modern of means: Using social media to help bring relief to those ravaged by Caribbean hurricanes. She was living in Newport, RI, at the time but had a strong connection to the area. Her boyfriend, Joey, was from Antigua. She’d first visited the area on a sailing expedition with her parents when she was 13, and returned while a student at Tabor taking part in the Caribbean Studies program in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands aboard Tabor Boy. So Jenna watched with particular interest as the swirling storms advanced toward the small land masses thousands of miles to the south. 24

Hurricane Irma skipped by Antigua, but slammed into the British Virgin Islands with 185-mph winds. The hurricane pit her parents had used to strap down a boat they moored there proved no match—like so many others, it was destroyed. “You sit there feeling helpless,” Jenna said. Instead she started a chat session on Facebook for those who had lost a boat in the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour and wanted more information. Quickly the number of people who wanted to participate topped the 150 maximum for chats, so she created a Facebook page to address what was happening in the BVIs. The page rocketed to a thousand members in no time. At the same time, she heard about Victoria Fine and Jon Vidar, a young couple based on a boat in Puerto Rico who wanted to bring supplies to hurricane victims in the British Virgin Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands. Knowing that the Newport International Boat Show was coming up the following weekend, Jenna scrambled to secure a

Below is a link to the video our alumni team made. We are proud of their efforts!

booth to raise awareness and solicit donations for Fine and Vidar’s newly formed group, Sailors Helping. With help from Jenna back in Newport, the group was providing updates about ports as well as rushing assistance to the islands ravaged by Irma. Then another hurricane—Maria—knocked out Puerto Rico and much of Sailors Helping’s supplies. Undaunted, they kept going, launching a website ( nine days after the Newport event, guiding scores of sailors to do what they could for all of the affected islands. Individuals shared plans to help individual islands and asked others to join on the group’s ongoing Facebook page. The goal of the group, Jenna says, is to be a massive flotilla version of Habitat for Humanity.

then Chief Marketing Officer Dan Cooney ’83 and Chief Executive Officer Jack Gierhart ’83, asked Jenna to visit their headquarters and make a video describing their work. Following the video, Jenna and Joey spent some time in the Caribbean before departing for Malta where they crew a private sailing yacht, as cook and captain respectively. As Jenna was working in the booth at the Newport show in support of Sailors Helping, she talked to a woman named Anna who was also volunteering. The conversation rolled along until they asked each other about their sailing experiences. Eventually, they realized they’d been on Tabor Boy on the same trip to the Caribbean 12 years earlier. Anna had been the cook on that expedition. Here they were, reunited thanks to a combination of a crisis, modern technology, and the lingering ethic that when they’re needed, sailors respond.

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Penning laugh lines for a living A n avo w ed television junkie , A le x andra D ecas ’ 0 5 no w cra f ts comedy scripts in H olly w ood

by Lori Ferguson

Alexandra Decas ’05 says she’s a television junkie and has been since childhood. It’s a confession she makes freely and without apology. Decas is also a passionate wordsmith, with a degree in film and television from Boston University (BU) and fond memories of every English class she took at Tabor. Her twin passions dovetail beautifully in her current job as a television comedy writer in Los Angeles, where she has worked on such shows as the 2017 Golden Globe award-winning sitcom Black-ish. Decas moved to L.A. in 2009 to enter BU’s post-graduate ‘Writer in Hollywood’ program. Following the completion of two program internships, she began working as a personal assistant and searching for writing opportunities in the industry. A lucky break won her an introduction to writer and producer Jonathan Groff, who was just coming off the ABC sitcom Happy Endings. “I met Jonathan for coffee and told him that I wanted to write,” Decas recalls. “Two weeks later, he called and offered me a job as a writer’s assistant on the show Eagleheart.” Although nervous about leaving a full-time job to work on a fledgling project, Decas decided to make the leap. It was the right call. “I learned a lot, and shortly after Jonathan left the show, he called and offered me a job as his development assistant.” One year later, when Groff moved from development work to a position as executive producer and show runner for Kenya Barris’s new ABC series Black-ish, he took Decas with him. It was the break she had been looking for. “I started as Jonathan’s personal assistant, and then he promoted me to writer’s assistant,” she says. A writer’s assistant is essentially a stenographer for the show’s writing team, says Decas. “You sit in a room with the writers and you write…furiously,” 26

she explains with a laugh. “The goal is to capture their ideas—you try to jot down everything they say in an organized manner, then you hand them your notes and they go off and write up the story that’s been discussed.” The role of the writer’s assistant is challenging, and the position—although tough to land—is coveted, according to Decas, because it often paves the way to a staff writer’s position, which is exactly what happened for her. After two seasons with Black-ish, Decas was hired as a staff writer for a DreamWorks Animation project. She was joined on the project by her writing partner, Melanie Kirschbaum, whom she met on the Black-ish set. “We share an agent and go to every job as a team,” Decas explains.

“I originally dreamed of being a drama writer, but comedy has captured my heart,” says Decas. It would also be fun to move into the director’s chair at some point, she admits, but for the time being, writing remains her primary interest. “The goal of most television writers is to develop your own materials and eventually sell your own pilot.” For now, however, Decas is happy crafting the story. “Even on tough days, it’s fun. I’m surrounded by really funny people, and I laugh all day long. What could be better?”

During their year with DreamWorks, Decas and Kirschbaum wrote 6 of 26 episodes for the program. “It was an incredible learning experience,” says Decas. Then the pair received a request to return to ABC and write for Barris’s new spin-off, Grown-ish. They jumped, and on January 3, excitedly watched the show’s premiere. Decas is grateful for the opportunities she’s been afforded thus far and credits Tabor’s faculty and staff for setting her on the path to success. “I loved all of my English teachers—Mr. Tyler, Mrs. WalkerJohnson, Mr. Howland—they were incredible teachers and taught me so much about language. And Joan Roller, my college guidance counselor, was instrumental in encouraging me to explore all my options in communications; in fact, she’s the one who first told me about film and television writing.”


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If you build it,

A ndrew McIntire ’ 84 arrived at Tabor A cademy in the f all o f 1 9 8 0 having never touched a lacrosse stick. E ight years later he w as w rapping up a D ivision I lacrosse career at H oly C ross . B ut f or A ndre w , lacrosse hadn ’ t run its f ull course in college , and a f e w seasons o f men ’ s lacrosse didn’t fully scratch that itch either. by Andrew McCain ’84

Ten years ago, when Andrew wanted to get his children involved in lacrosse and there was very little programming, he started Old Rochester Youth Lacrosse (ORYLAX) here in Marion. From its humble beginnings with just twenty U9 boys, a field carved out of a little league outfield, and an underdeveloped website, ORYLAX has grown to be fully coed with over 400 players coming out each spring from Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Fairhaven, and Acushnet. From the beginning, Andrew’s goals were accessibility and sustainability. He kept costs low and had a come-one-come-all approach to sign ups, starting with the youngest kids to ensure the program’s growth over time. As the earliest youth players reached high school, area public school teams were formed. Younger siblings have followed older siblings into the program, and high school players now help coach and referee younger teams.

When and how did you decide to start lacrosse in your area? A M: I wanted to get my kids involved in the sport, but the closest town program was closed to out-oftowners, so I trucked Mary Kate ’16 and Thomas up to Lakeville to play. The next year, with the help of Chris Donley ’84, I started ORYLAX for our local tri-town kids. Now Mary Kate is playing at Union, Thomas is committed to Holy Cross, and Brendan will hopefully be playing at Tabor next year. TT:

Did you envision your program being one of the largest in the state? A M: I knew that lax was the fastest growing sport in the country, but there was no way I could have known that ORYLAX would grow into what it is today. TT:

Did Tabor help at all with this project? Well, for starters, I learned to love the game at Tabor. Coaches Carey, Sheehy, O’Brien, and O’Neill were all passionate coaches and great role models. Secondly, Tabor has been so generous with their great facilities, from renting field space to using the gym for coaches’ clinics. But the greatest contribution has been the incredible commitment and engagement of Tabor faculty, staff, and alums, especially with limited numbers of local parents TT:

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From a singular idea, and the humblest of beginnings, Andrew started a program that has offered hundreds of young athletes the opportunity to be active, be a part of a team, build skills, set goals, and find a role model. Tabor Today enjoyed speaking with Andrew about his efforts: 28

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willing to coach. Faculty and staff include Andrew McCain ’84, Nicole and Rick DaSilva ’89, Paul Salit, Eric Long, Kate Howard Marvel ’87, Ian Patrick ’84, and Mark Aimone ’86 who have each given of their time and energy. Other area alums have helped out with coaching: Scott Robertson ’83, Brian Dunn ’83, Abby Smith Derrig ’92, Robin Arms Shields ’90, and especially Chris Donley ’84. Tabor parents have jumped in too: Peter Francis, Kristen Feeney, and Rob Sudduth. But Chris Donley ’84 merits special recognition as a founding member of the organization. What principles are you trying to instill in your players? AM : Like most sports, lacrosse is a vehicle for important life lessons such as perseverance and humility. And, as lax can be a pretty physical game, there is a premium on sportsmanship, both for your opponent and the referees. Then, of course, there are the lessons of teamwork, diligence, and commitment that every team will teach. TT:

What advice would you give your fellow alumni with regards to creating a sustainable community service organization? AM : I have realized, perhaps later in life than most, that I have never been so happy and fulfilled as when I am doing something for others. Get out there and volunteer for your community, serve others. TT:

Tell us a bit about your lacrosse experience at Tabor? A M: My junior year, 1983, we had a really talented team that enjoyed a lot of success on the field: Jim Guthrie ’83 and Barry Fraser ’83 went on to be college All-Americans. Following that, our ’84 squad was a great group of guys with wonderful chemistry: Mark Finley, Chris Hampson, Nat Saltonstall, Andrew McCain, Mark Peluso, Ian Patrick, Chris Donley, Pat Sherbrooke, Tony Pace, and “Bruiser” Williams. Also, there were some great underclassmen including Peter Tortorella ’85, RJ Sheer ’85, Larry Klaff ’85, Ron Willett ’86, Pete Way ’85, and Tim McElligatt ’85. I still see and talk with many of these guys, most of whom are still active in lacrosse and giving back and growing the game. The Tabor lax network is great. TT:

After all these years, do you ever see yourself stepping away from youth lacrosse? A M: I know I look forward to every spring, meeting a new group of players, seeing the progress and growth of returning players, working with coaches and referees to grow the game. Getting out there every afternoon and working with kids seems more like a privilege than work, and as long as that’s the case, I don’t know why I’d stop. TT:

When he isn’t coaching or organizing ORYLAX, Andrew is as a wealth manager and partner at American Research & Management in Marion.


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The Long by Jackson Hawkins ’17

The Appalachian Trail is a nearly 2,200-mile footpath that roughly follows the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains, beginning on Mt. Katahdin in central Maine and ending on Springer Mountain in northern Georgia. This past summer and fall, my friend, Lulu Russell ’17, and I hiked from one end of it to the other. It all started our first year at Tabor following a presentation on studying abroad in Tabor Foundations (now called the LEAPS Seminar). Filled with ideas for grand adventures, Lulu and I discovered our shared goal of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. We decided then to do it together, and the plan stuck with us all through high school until we finally set out at the beginning of July. Due to the timing of seasons, we hiked the Trail from north to south. This is unusual, as the vast majority of thru-hikers start in Georgia and end in Maine. In the end, we were very glad that we chose this direction as the trail was not flooded with hikers, making it easier to find shelter space, as well as to get privacy when needed. Additionally, we encountered north-bounders immediately after starting and were able to glean important advice 30

from them that made our hike more enjoyable. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is a great way to see nature. Along our way, we passed across spectacular alpine ridges and through lush river valleys. I saw three black bears (Lulu saw four), a handful of lumbering porcupines, and countless graceful deer. While the animals and vistas we encountered were breathtaking, the greatest part of hiking the Trail was the people we met. Between Maine and Georgia, Lulu and I met a former New York investment banker, a Naval Intelligence Officer turned massage therapist, and a twentysomething from Norway. While there were countless people we only saw once, Lulu and I had a core group of friends, or Trail Family, by the end of our hike consisting of five other people. This group of friends helped to make our hike exponentially more exciting, and our hike would not have been the same without them. We are all still in touch and are planning more hikes in the future. Life on the trail is vastly different from living at home or at Tabor, and the first few weeks of our hike felt strange and unnatural. Countless aspects

Jackson Hawkins ’17 and Lulu Russell ’17 conquered the Appalachian Trail!

Walk of our way of life changed. The only thing we did all day was walk. We went to bed and woke up with the sun. Our biggest concerns were where we were going to sleep that night and if it was going to rain. We also started going by different names. On the Appalachian Trail, as with other long-distance hiking trails, it is customary for hikers to take on trail names. These monikers often are bestowed by fellow hikers and stem from a funny story or trait of the individual. My trail name was “Granola,” due to my affinity for the snack, and because I found free granola in a handful of shelters and was given more from passing hikers. Lulu’s trail name was “Small Steps.” Going into the hike, she was recovering from leg surgery and was not fully healed. The biggest piece of advice Lulu’s doctor gave to her for the hike was to take “small steps,” and that seemed like an obvious choice. “Small Steps” was later shortened to “Smalls” because it was easier to say. Despite all these changes, Lulu and I eventually became accustomed to trail life. Things that were once unnatural to us, like filtering all of our water, became normal. In fact, we became so used to life

in the woods that living at home felt foreign to us on our return. While there were certain things about hiking that were always uncomfortable, like using our headlamps to hike at night or setting up our tents in the rain, there is not a thing we would change about our experience. The direction we chose gave us the perfect balance of nature and human interaction, and the friends we made on trail are some of the best we have. We experienced only a few days of all-day rain, and conditions were exceptionally cold or hot even less. The only snow we experienced was an inch or less. When it was all over, Lulu and I hiked 2,190.3 miles from July 7, 2017 to December 5, 2017— a total of 152 days. At the beginning, we usually walked between 10 and 13 miles per day, compared to 18 to 22 miles per day at the end of the trail. When combined with nine rest days without any hiking, our average daily mileage was just under 14.5 miles per day. This trek was a fantastic way to end our high school career, and we are both proud to have conquered the challenge. Now, on to the next! 31

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Finding Success in the ISL The fall of 2017 was an historic one for our school as the Seawolves entered the Independent School League. As an ISL member school, Tabor now has the opportunity to compete for league championships, to honor its athletes through the league, and to work in concert with fifteen other schools like ours to promote sportsmanship and the highest ideals of sport among our coaches and studentathletes. All our teams have enjoyed great seasons as they moved into the ISL.

Varsity Records Fall 16-3-0 Boys’ Cross Country 6-11-1 Girls’ Cross Country 8-9-0 Field Hockey 2-6-0 Football 2-12-2 Boys’ Soccer 11-3-3 Girls’ Soccer 4-9-0 Volleyball Winter 17-7-0 Boys’ Baskteball 19-2-0 Girls’ Basketball 11-12-3 Boys’ Hockey 22-5-0 Girls’ Hockey 11-11-0 Boys’ Squash 6-9-0 Girls’ Squash

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season. Earning an 11-3-3 record and making it to the semi-finals of the Class B tournament, our girls showed their skill and intensity and played great soccer! “The tournament game was exciting and the girls played some of their best soccer against tough opponents,” said Coach Sughrue. The girls are rightly proud of their season.

As we moved into the winter, the Fish was packed every game day with fans enjoying wrestling tournaments and all the great action on the courts and In addition, Tabor enjoyed our first season of inter- ice. Our strength across all our winter sports makes it such a special time for our whole community to scholastic Volleyball for girls. Initially, upwards of come together to enjoy the action and support the fifty girls tried out! The teams learned a great deal with Mrs. Kennedy and Mr. Becker leading the var- teams come what may. sity, and Mr. Salit and Mr. Cassista leading the JV. Alumni enjoyed our first “Seawolf Saturday” this winter. Young alumni returned to cheer on all In cross country, our boys and girls ran in their the home teams, but especially the Boys’ Varsity first ISL Championship race with the girls besting Hockey Team playing for the Travis Roy Cup. their seed of 11th going in to finish 9th. The boys finished 5th, with junior Aly Hussein finishing first They managed to keep the trophy away from St. Sebastian’s for another year! To put the cherry on overall and setting a new course record at Groton by thirty seconds. The following weekend we com- top of this festive day, Kelly Browne ’18, who was playing hockey in Moscow for TeamUSA U18 peted in the Division 2 New England Championagainst Sweden in the finals, won GOLD! Twitter ships where the girls finished 13th and the boys in exploded across the Fish as we learned together, in 2nd, with Hussein finishing 2nd overall. real time, that they had won. Just days before, we had watched Kelly, live from Moscow, as she scored The field hockey, football, and boys’ soccer teams the tying goal in the semi-finals, enabling the team all competed hard against talented teams. The varsity field hockey team showed its potential with all a chance to play in the finals in a shoot out! its leading goal scorers being juniors and freshmen. Girls’ hockey had a great season with a strong line The fall highlight was Girls’ Varsity Soccer heading of senior players. In fact, the three captains, Kelly Brown, Jillian Fey, and Olivia Finocchiaro, are off into NEPSAC tournament play at the end of the 32

Girls’ Ice Hockey and Basketball: Our First ISL Champions! to Boston College to play together next year. The team made a run in the Division 1 NEPSAC tournament and lost a heartbreaker 4-3 in the semifinals to Williston Northhampton.

ended in the Class AA NEPSAC finals with a 59-54 loss to Worcester Academy. It was a hard fought game and the team is to be congratulated on their performance and fantastic season!

Beyond the Travis Roy Cup victory, boys’ hockey enjoyed a late season 8-4 win over periennial powerhouse Belmont Hill. Led by captain Patrick Daly ’18, the team has many returning underclassmen who will look to improve on this year’s results.

In boys’ squash, Aly Hussien ’19 (pictured top left) continued his winning ways going undefeated and retaining his New England Championship by beating Aly El Enien of Brooks School. These two young men are amazing, and so fun to watch! Hussein is currently the #1 high school player in the country, living out the Tabor mission to “instill a passion for the highest standards of achievement” and “fostering care for others and committed citizenship.” As a co-captain, along with Lian Bai ’18, Hussein constantly pushes himself and helps his teammates to improve and play their best.

The wrestling team hosted a number of tournaments including the ISL’s Kelsey Graves Championship, as well as the New England Championship tournaments. Captain Isaiah Bailey ’18 earned a second place in the New England championships in the 160lb weight class. Underclassmen Adam Mendes ’20 and Hobie Jamieson ’20 placed 5th and 6th in the Kelsey Graves in their weight classes.

The girls’ squash team ended their season with a strong showing at the New England Interscholastic tournament finishing in 6th place, higher than their seeding, with Cat Shakin ’19 coming in 2nd overall in her bracket. The team also had three girls finish in 5th place in their respective brackets. The team was led by senior Liliana Vasquez, a four year member of the squad.

Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were in the NEPSAC tournament as well. The boys earned the eighth seed and showed their Seawolf spirit as they upset number 1 seeded Loomis, earning a chance to play Choate in the semis. Choate proved a tough team as the Seawolves dropped the game by The final highlight of the winter was our first ten points. But their season effort, led by captains ever ISL Championship titles for Girls’ Basketball Noah Fernandes ’19, Chris Herren ’19, and Angel and Girls’ Ice Hockey this winter! Way to go, Santiago ’18, was truly exceptional to watch. Seawolves! The girls’ team, led by captains Erin Hill (Yale) ’18, Congrats to our Champions Nirel Logubo ’19, and Emma Squires (U of Richmond) ’18, had a phenomenal season which



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Hall of Fame

T abor Day & Hall of Fame 2017

The second annual Tabor Athletics Hall of Fame luncheon inducted five athletes, one coach, and two teams on October 7, 2017. The annual

designed to kick off our work with alumni and parent volunteers, and invite alumni, parents, and friends to campus for an afternoon of great sports, including congratulating our Hall of Famers!

Aaliyah Garcia ’19

induction is a major feature of Tabor Day, a day

the football game.

Inducted in 2017 were: Aaliyah Garcia ’19

Chet Hill ’37: Football, Basketball, Crew Ted Kakas ’60: Football, Wrestling, Crew Connie Deneault ’64: Football, Basketball, Baseball Jennifer Sherbrooke Palmer ’86: Field Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse Ali Brewer ’96: Soccer, Ice Hockey, Tennis, Lacrosse Coach Jim Gowing: Track, Soccer The 1971 Varsity Boys’ Hockey Team The 2004 Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team


Aaliyah Garcia ’19

It all ends with a fun reception at the Quirks’ after

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GE T I N V O LV E D! We have gathered for several events so far this year… enjoy the photos! J oin us f or these U pcoming Events : May 5:

May 26:

Alumni Sailing Regatta

Alumni Lacrosse Game

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Premiere of

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A documentary made by Jack Gordon ’17. After the film, a panel discussion

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and reception will follow. Join us!

Reunion Weekend 2018: 3’s and 8’s Celebrate!


gillette stadium

boston leadership & L egacy event

Isabelle Reid ’18

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10s Aidan McEnroe ‘17


is aboard the research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to spend six weeks in the Caribbean studying the region’s environment, culture, and history. Aidan is enrolled in SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, a multi-disciplinary study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, MA. Anaelle Ndoye ’17


I am currently attending Clark University and am looking forward to the next 4 years. I’ve traveled a bit to visit family before starting college. I recently joined the Clark University Dance Society and finished the fall season with a successful show. Additionally, I’ve started to train in martial arts with the Association of Martial Artists at Clark (AMAC). Overall, I’ve been having a great time since graduating and am looking forward to this next chapter of my life! Hope all is well in Marion. Paul Houle ’16

Paul had a touching spot in the Apple Watch “thank you” video shown during the Winter Olympics. The video showcased how the Apple Watch has altered or, in this case, saved lives. Molly Little ’16 (1)

In February 2017, Molly Little was named Rookie of the Week in the America East Conference in collegiate lacrosse.


David Marshall ’15 (2)

David Marshall and fellow Tabor alumni enjoy a Tabor night out at Dartmouth College. Sara Kourtesis ’15

I currently row at the University of Alabama and, in 2017, made the SEC (South Eastern Conference) Academic Honor Roll with the completion of my freshman year. Kelsey Shakin ’15

Last fall, I was given the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) where I was able to get hands-on experience in labs, on reefs, and around the island by working with researchers and scientists. We were able to scuba dive on coral reefs every week for our classes to collect scientific data. For the first three months, I took three classes, and for the last month I did an independent research project. I studied data analysis on baitfish landings in Bermuda from 1991 to the present time for the Bermuda Department of Natural Resources with the hopes of getting significant results so the government will be able to create beneficial policies to support the fishing community. After completing my program, I returned to Roger Williams University for the spring semester where I continue to sail on their nationally ranked team. Maddie Jamieson ’14 (3)

Maddie had a fantastic season competing on Scotland’s national dance team placing 8th in the world in Pom and 11th in the Hip Hop division at the ICU World Fran Ward ‘15, Lulu Ward ’16 and Championships. She has successfully Connor West ’15 This trio has been active with Rockflower auditioned to be part of the 2018 team in both jazz and pom. Congratulations, Foundation as members of their Youth Advisory Board. They have raised funds to Maddie! support initiatives to assist women and girls throughout India, Pakistan, Nicaragua, Class of 2013: 5th Reunion in June! and Kenya toward economic sustainability. Additionally, Taylor Washburn and Emily Mackenzie Cooper ’13 Congrats to Mackenzie Cooper who Chandler ’05 have been named Global Ambassadors for Rockflower. Learn more was part of the British University Sailing Association (BUSA) All-Stars after particiat pating in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup regatta in August 2017 in Bermuda. 38



Gia Doonan ’13 (4+5)

Eliza Kennedy ’10 (7)

Gia had a big fall in rowing: She was in the “A” boat for the US National team in the Championship Eights, winning silver behind “the Great 8” comprised of scullers from many different countries! The World Championships were held in Sarasota, FL. Congratulations, Gia!

Eliza met young alums Max Rose ’14, Caroline Bracken ’15, and Finn Cashel ’16 on her trip to Charleston, SC. The group enjoyed dinner together.

Yangzirui “Zirui” Fu ’13

I graduated from Brandeis University in 2017, currently live in Melbourne, Australia, and am studying for a master’s in biotechnology at University of Melbourne, class of 2019.


Erica Larence ’10

Erica recently started her own law firm, the Law Office of Erica L. Larence, LLC. She focuses her practice on estate planning and real estate.

00s Kathryn Faucher Browning ’09

Oliver Palmer ’13

Oliver recently graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is performing in David Mamet’s American Buffalo, directed by John Gould Rubin, with Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis. Abigail McBride ’11

Abigail received a master’s in business administration and management from Salve Regina University in August 2017. Jaycob Megna ’11

Jaycob was called up to play for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the National Hockey League five years after he was drafted in 2012. “It’s everything,” states Megna. “The whole experience. You’re playing against guys you see on TV every night, and you find yourself lined up against them. It’s special.” Alex Rosetti ’12

Alex won the Lake Placid Ironman for his age group and qualified for the Kona Hawaii Ironman! Congrats to Alex! Meaghan Sullivan ’11 (6)

Meaghan and her father, Rick, were both inducted into the LeBaron Hills Country Club (Lakeville, MA) Hall of Fame on November 11, 2017. Meaghan won her fourth club championship during the 2017 golf season, and is the club’s youngest Hall of Fame inductee. Congrats, Meaghan!

and Alexander O. Browning ’10 (8) welcomed their son, Robert Charles Browning, 8lbs 7oz on December 14th, 2017. Carson Drake ’09 (9)

I’ve been at Uber since 2014 and recently spent the duration of 2017 building our UberEATS delivery platform across India. This photo was taken during launch day in Delhi! Class of 2008: 10th Reunion in June! Shaelyn O’Reilly and Sean Bouchard ’08 (10)

Shaelyn and Sean got married on October 8 in the Wickenden Chapel. Emma Schlitzer ’08 was Maid of Honor and Adam O’Reilly ’11 was a groomsman. Shaelyn is a physical therapist in Newport, RI, and Sean is an attorney in Middletown, RI. Harrison Lyman ’07

Harrison, an apparel designer, had his shirt design featured as the number 6 item in People Magazine’s list of “Valentine’s Gifts Every Guy will Love.” This was a feat as his company, SSBD Apparel, is new and they had only just launched their website! Well done, Harrison! Harrison, an artist at Tabor, is a masters candidate in design at NC State University.

(10) William O’Neil ’07

Will recently signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League, after playing for 11 years in the minors. Jenna Barnes ’06

Jenna assisted the Caribbean islands this winter by coordinating supplies for those affected by the recent hurricanes. It’s a wonderful effort after the destruction of so many homes and lives. Watch this video ( to learn more about her disaster relief efforts and read her story in this issue of Tabor Today.


Taylor Cambal Ciancio ’06

Not only did Taylor Ciancio and her husband, Steve, share news that twins, Hayden Grace and Steven Dominick Ciancio Jr. were born on July 18, 2017, but Taylor, along with her teammates from the ’04 Girls’ Soccer team, was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2017.


Perry Dripps ’06

Last winter, I graduated with a master’s degree in sustainability from Harvard. I spent the fall working at an environmental education center in Yonkers, NY, while completing my thesis paper, “Helping K-12 Students Develop Systems Thinking Skills on the Hudson River.” I would like to thank all my teachers and everyone at Tabor for preparing me for a grad school experience. I could not have


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gotten through it without all their support when I was a student there.

’04. Bonnie is now working at Tabor as an Advancement Officer.

Kearsley Lloyd Sweeney ’06 (7)

Class of 2003: 15th Reunion in June!

My husband, Edward, and I welcomed Edward “Quade” Sweeney IV in April 2017. We still live in Bermuda.

Kristen Gold ’03

Andrew Roque ’06

My wife and I traveled to South Korea in February 2018 to attend the Winter Olympics. Neither of us had been to Asia before. Emily Chandler ‘05 (1) (2)

Heather McRae Tabisola ’01, a marine scientist, wrote in to share that she and Emily Chandler met up by chance at the Oceans 2017 meeting in Anchorage, AK. Emily had just disembarked from the USCG Healy for a research cruise. Emily is a SeaGrant Knauss Fellow working with the Oceanographer of the Navy doing research on the changing food supply in the Arctic. Read more about Emily’s research in these two articles: http://bit. ly/2E9z6ln and Kara Walsh Palley ’05

We are excited to announce our family is growing by 1! Baby Palley #2 is due to join the party April 2018. Our family still resides in Winter Park, FL. (3)

Courtney Beal Scalice ’05

On December 2, 2017, Courtney Leigh Scalice (Beal) married Salvatore Joseph Scalice at the United States Coast Guard Base in Staten Island, New York. The two are living in Brooklyn until Salvatore’s next transfer in Summer 2019. Bonnie Duncan ’04 (2)

Bonnie Duncan married Jay Punsky on August 12, 2017. To help celebrate, the following Tabor alumni were in attendance: Suzi Duncan Cervino ’99, Sophie Hemmerdinger ’03, Randolph Duncan ’79, Candace Whipple ’05, Bob Duncan ’75, Bonnie Duncan Punsky ’04, Jay Punsky, Peter LePage ’04, Bob Mogilnicki ’76, Hanley Johnson Scott ’04, and Hunter Nadler


Kristen has started her own company, ARISE, the self-care gift box to nourish your loved one’s mind, body and soul so they can shine bright again. As an alternative to flowers and traditional food gift baskets, ARISE offers hand-curated products to support those who are grieving or just burnt out. Learn more at www. By day she manages employee volunteer programs at EY, and on nights and weekends, she’s packing gift boxes in her tiny NYC apartment. Jeanette Lofsky ’03

Jeanette received her MBA at Rollins College Crummer School of Business in December 2017. Daniel Ryan ’02

Dan and wife, Nicole, welcomed their first child, Charles Daniel Ryan, on January 5, 2017. Happy parents say he is “a happy baby and doing well.” Kristi Miller Mahoney ’01 (6)

Kristi and Bobby Mahoney welcomed Tabor’s newest Seawolf on September 14, 2017. Meet Robert Fitzgerald Mahoney, class of 2035! Heather McRae Tabisola ’01 (1)

Heather had a chance encounter with Emily Chandler ’05 when they bumped into each other at a conference in Anchorage, AK. Small world, great pic! (See Chandler ’05 note)

90s Gerry Berberian ’99 (3)

Gerry Berberian married Maigan Williams on April 1, 2017. The wedding was in Plymouth, MA, and was attended by family, friends, and co-workers. They currently live in Boston, MA.

Carl Hall ’94

I am still living in Boston’s North End. I’m working on a start-up that focuses on using health savings accounts as a supplemental retirement vehicle or “Healthcare 401k.” We complement the account with big data analytics related to price transparency in healthcare and hospital quality reviews. Check us out! Tim Herzog ’94

Tim Herzog is a Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, and the former head coach of the Boston College Sailing Team. He recently wrote an article for Sailing World magazine about practicing mental skills necessary to achieve success not just in sailing but in any sport. Read the full article online: Shane Borman ’91


Lindsey Burke Higgins and her husband, Sean, welcomed a baby boy on October 3, 2017. Sean R. Higgins, Jr. joins big sister, Madelynn. Lindsey, Sean, Madelynn, and Sean Jr live in Boston.

record’s release and a chance to bring this music on the road to you.” The record is released, and they are now on tour. Find a date to see them on their Facebook page: The Barr Brothers, of course!

Melissa De La Vega ’97 (4)

Grace Culley Adamson ’94

On the heels of an outrageously fun 20th reunion in June, I was thrilled to go on my annual girls’ weekend in the fall with fellow class of ’97 friends Emilie Ball and Liz Hurley. My family and I just moved to Harwich, MA, and I’d love to connect with any and all local alumni!

I am doing well, living in Vermont with my husband, Matt, and 4-year-old son, River. I was a lawyer in Washington, DC, for over 10 years and then decided to go a totally different direction and become a doctor! I am now in my fourth year of medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and planning on becoming a primary care/family medicine doctor, hopefully specializing in both women’s health and palliative care. My family and I are much happier with the pace of life in Vermont than we were in DC, and made a furry addition to our family this last year with our dog, Rosa Barks! You’ll find all of us, including Rosa, at any given time out in the mountains biking, hiking or skiing, or on the lake swimming or boating. Come visit us sometime!

Lindsey Burke Higgins ’97

Class of 1993: 25th Reunion in June! The Barr Brothers Andrew ’95 and Brad Barr ’93 and their band, The Barr Brothers, launched a new album on Secret City Records called “Queens of the Breakers.” In their pre-release announcement they stated, “With low-end contributions from bassists Morgan Moore and Mishka Stein, the golden voices of our friends in Lucius, and several other Montreal accomplices bringing the haunt, we heartily await the

My wife, Laine Monaldo-Borman, and I celebrated the birth of our second child. Saylor Corson Borman was born on June 13, 2017. We also have a 3-year-old girl named Sloane Louise Borman. Kimberly Clayton Cohen ’90 (5)

Happily living and working in NYC with husband, Lior, and three kids. We have a 5-year-old girl, Noam, and 2 1/2 year old twins, Eytan and Libby. I’m still working at Ralph Lauren and doing lots of travel for work and fun! Robin Arms Shields ’90

I am so excited to be a Tabor parent now that my daughter, Abby Shields ’21, is a freshman day student at the school. So much has changed, and yet it is still the same amazing place! So many memories! I am living in Marion and working locally to raise money for the restoration and future sail training and educational programs for the historic schooner Ernestina-Morrissey out of New Bedford.



bib notes Shane Borman ’91 girl, Saylor Corson, June 2017 Lindsey Burke Higgins ’97 boy, Sean R. Higgins, Jr., October 2017 Kristi Miller Mahoney ’01 boy, Robert Fitzgerald, September 2017 Dan Ryan ’02 boy, Charles Daniel, January 2017 Sarah Bender Merrick ’04 and Christopher Merrick ’04 twins, Lucy and Harrison, July 2016 Taylor Cambal Ciancio ’06 girl and boy, Hayden Grace and Steven Dominick Ciancio Jr., July 2017 Kearsley Lloyd Sweeney ’06 Edward “Quade” Sweeney IV, April 2017 Kathryn Faucher Browning ’09 and Alexander O. Browning ’10 boy, Robert Charles, December 14, 2017 (7)

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80s Class of 1988: 30th Reunion in June! Doug Coupe ’88


Doug Coupe produced a feature film called Warrior Road, which recently struck a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures. In the story, three young men in the waterlands of Charleston, SC, rob a rural juke joint and flee up the coast to Myrtle Beach. The film was shot mostly in the Charleston area, as the distinctive South Carolina landscape has a key presence to the story, especially its more spiritual aspects. The film is now available through major streaming and on-demand platforms. Congratulations, Doug! See you at Reunion in June! Dalton Menhall II ’88


In November 2017, I was inducted into the Union College Athletics Hall of Fame for Ice Hockey. I am very humbled and honored! It was an awesome experience and I was blessed to have my parents from California, my wife, Kristen, and my boys, Tripp and Cam, attend the ceremony with me. We are still living in Grafton, MA, and I am looking forward to our 30th reunion in June! John Cockrell ’87


John Cockrell has had an exciting last few years! He and his wife, Theresa, and their son, Theo, continue to carry the flag for Boston sports of every sort, deep in the heart of Yankee Nation—Staten Island, NY. “We wear our various championship gear every place we go. It’s all kinds of schadenfreude-y fun.” Bouncing between coasts, John spent the last couple years in Los Angeles, writing and producing the short-lived CBS legal drama Doubt. “Working with Katherine Heigl, Elliot Gould, Dule Hill, and Judith Light, who is undeniably and forever ‘the boss,’ was a ludicrously fun and positive time away from home.” His time away included


visits with his sister, Stephanie ’84, but he’s now happily tucked back into the East Coast fold. As he continues developing his own projects, in both the TV and feature space, John was recently tapped to create a kickoff media campaign that will launch, in Spring 2018, a new streaming network called ‘Stage.’ “The Stage Network/App is, basically, the Food Network but for theatre, on a streaming platform like Netflix.” He adds, “Here’s hoping our not-too-distant future sees the whole Cockrell clan back at Tabor, meeting up with old friends and staring down memory lane while marveling at the view!” Laura Wilson Pino Kimball ’86

In September 2017, I completed my MBA in Finance from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. With a legal degree and an MBA behind me what could be next? Medical school probably. Mark Parsons ’86 (1)

Mark Parsons’ installation art “Big Burr” received two notable recognitions: President’s Award—American Society of Landscape Architects, and the top award for the Montgomery County, MD, Planning Department’s Design Excellence Award Program under the open space and landscape category. Learn more about his work here: http://bit. ly/2s0uSHX. David DeFilippo ’84 (2)

David DeFilippo, Chief People & Learning Officer, and his team at Suffolk Construction, garnered four national awards this fall. The team won three Learning in Practice awards and one Optimas for various human capital solutions focused on accelerating the development of Suffolk’s talent. Peter Bidstrup ’82 (3)

Peter has begun a new company called BLG Advising focused on the needs of students and parents as they navigate high school. Bidstrup believes “student counseling needs to go well beyond the

typical ‘rat race’ of the college admissions process. So, we approach our mission from three fronts: We combine our comprehensive model for assisting families with the college or prep school search and admissions process with mentoring and counseling strategies focused on the development of a student’s confidence and leadership skills. By fostering a positive mindset among students we help, we energize them to rally their own selfmotivation.” Faculty Emeritus Richard Roller has joined Peter in this new venture. Christopher Snow ’81 (4)

A recent meeting of the Class of 1981 Recovery Group was held in Quincy, MA, in attendance was (l-r) Chris Snow, Tom O’Toole, Dan Russell, Matt Hayes, Dave O’Donnell and Greg Hefler. Rob Atkinson ’80 (5)

Kit Hayes ’64 and I met this past fall in Charleston through our involvement with Veterans on Deck, a non-profit sailing program that provides therapeutic challenges of resilience and community integration for vets with PTSD issues. We have two boats in province experiences in Charleston Harbor four times per week. David Wilson ’80

David Wilson has been named Director of Athletics at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA.

70s Matt Twomey ’79 (6)

The good ship Virginia Rose departed Tracy’s Landing, MD, early Friday morning Sept. 8, 2017 bound for Annapolis with five souls aboard under the command of Jamie Hutton assisted by M. Twomey, G. Kennedy, D. Allen, and G. Anastos. Upon completion of provisioning at Annapolis, the vessel transited smartly ESE across the bay to the hamlet of St. Michael’s, MD, completing a satisfactory test of a new spinnaker pole on a south-


erly run into this protected portion of Chesapeake Bay. Crabs and oysters were found to be abundant and readily available at this location, and were joyously consumed in large quantities by the crew. Previous reports of the natives being amicable in this area were verified and determined to be true. All enjoyed sharing many memories from their time at Tabor, and plans were drafted to stand up an expedition to Nantucket and the environs associated with the friendly shores of the Sippican as early as June 2018. A larger representation from the Class of ‘79 can be conscripted in that location. All-ATaut-O! Mark Heartfield ’77

Mark just completed his 30th year as the Head Golf Professional at Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket Island. Mark occasionally sees classmate Tim Chapin on the links. Christopher Dowley ’76

The years since my cancer diagnosis and bone marrow transplant have been challenging from a health standpoint, however, I have not let those challenges impede my zest for life. I still play hockey with Tabor classmate, Walter Landergan and chat with Dana Smith and family from time to time. I am representing our class on the council forming the Tabor Alumni Association and look forward to bringing all alumni into a greater collaboration with the school. I continue to live in gratitude. Jim Henry ’75 (7)

Last summer, Jim met up with Mike Finn ’74 at Dick Duffy’s 80th birthday celebration. “Finny and I were teammates at Tabor in football and crew—until he switched to lacrosse, at which, predictably, he also excelled. I followed him to UNC, where he played varsity football for the Tarheels. We also worked together on the Tabor Summer Camp swim dock, summer of ’76.” Jim also met up with wrestling coach and mentor Tim Walsh. “Coach Walsh always knew just what to

say as I was about to step out on the mat against a bigger opponent—which is to say all of them, since he moved me to heavyweight my junior year: ‘Now, I don’t want you to worry about this guy. Sure, he’s big and he’s strong, but he’s fast, too!’”


well as a research assistant. On July 4, 2017, we welcomed our first grandchild, James Thomas Shore! Trish continues to enjoy working as a florist when she’s not at home keeping an eye on baby James. Life is good! Fritz Mueller ’73 and I stay in touch and try to get together whenever we can.

Rick Ferris ’74

My wife of 32 years, Kelly, and I live just outside Wickford Village in North Kingstown, RI. We have been busy raising two boys, both in their 20s. Mike has a certificate in Computer Desktop and works for PCW. John had taken a hiatus after one year of college, worked in digital marketing but then was offered a scholarship opportunity to go back to school at Montreat College where he is studying business marketing and serves as a captain of their new lacrosse team. After 10 years in the optical business, I started a company, Source Technology Group, that provided temperature control packaging and specimen shippers to the Bio/Pharma industry. I sold that company in 2008 and launched a faith based CEO round-table, The C12 Group Center of New England, in 2009. Now serving 26 CEO’s in groups held in Portsmouth, NH; Framingham, MA; Norton, MA; and Newport, RI. In summary, love working hard—having a blast—all is good.

Nathaniel Stout ’71


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I am now living and working in Narragansett, RI. We moved from the neighboring town of South Kingstown after 25 years to downsize when we had the chance to buy on the water. My wife, Trish, and I will celebrate our 32nd anniversary in May 2018. We have 3 wonderful adult children. Our oldest daughter, Allie, is getting married in June of 2018. She works alongside me at Bay Realty, the firm I purchased back in 1981. Our daughter, Kelsey, is working in NYC, and is an Executive Assistant at a NY based hedge fund. Our youngest—son Taylor— is at UVM pursuing his master’s degree and working as a teaching assistant as

I’m so thrilled about returning to Tabor for reunions with my daughter, Kerrin Falk Forsyth ’04, ever since she moved to Hingham. Both of us have such fond memories and made wonderful friendships at Tabor, it’s always so wonderful to return. Kerrin has been developing her innovative Falk Jewelry Designs. As for me, I’m mostly active in brokering individual high value works of art through my Private Art Transaction Alliance, LLC and developing rediscovery exhibitions for artist estate collections through my Artist Discovery Group. It’s even more gratifying on those occasions when I’ve had the chance to advise Tabor grads.

Sharon and I celebrated our daughter’s wedding in Enfield, NH, in the summer of 2017, and are joyfully awaiting our son’s wedding in September 2018 outside Seattle. We downsized this summer from downtown Keene, NH, to the countrified part of town and love our country bumpkin lifestyle. Freddy Cicerchia ’70

This year I completed my 20th consecutive year of riding the two day, 192-mile, Pan Mass Challenge Cycling Fundraiser as Captain of Team Martignetti. As a team, we raised $300,000; and the Pan Mass Challenge this year raised $51 million with 100% of all funds going directly to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The total raised since the inception of this two-day ride is $600 million. please see our WebSite

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David Taylor Johannesen ’64

David shared this poem with us, “Celestial Schooner—Alexandrine,” dedicated in memory of James Wickenden. It is a part of a collection of poems to be published next year. His “Vespers East & West”

(3) Jeff Allen Young ’69 (1)

Adrian Grant ’66

After building a boat in my garage in Loveland, CO, I finally finished it! The boat is now on the border of Florida and Alabama. We have taken it to New Orleans and Apalachicola. Hope all is well at Tabor!

I am pleased to announce that my new book “Arthur: Legend, Logic & Evidence” was published in December 2017. I believe that I am the first person to address the legendary hero “king” Arthur with no axe to grind. The result is that I have been able to identify his father, his birthplace, and the locations and approximate dates of the 12 battles. In the process, I have been able to resolve many other riddles in British history from that period of history, identifying how so many mistakes were made. I found the research very exciting! (Note: Thank you, Adrian, for donating your book to our Tabor Authors Collection.)

collection, published in 2011, was inspired by Tabor Vespers. He also has a new novel in the works: “A Wife From Scotland,” now with his editor. David said, “I wrote ‘Celestial Schooner’ to offer Tabor Boy something of an eternal quality—she having reached a centennial in 2014—and as a sequel to my essay that year in Tabor Today.”

Celestial S chooner : Ale xandrine

Abrupt seamen threw their lines at close balding cleats As the schooner hove into its sought-after berth; Mizzen and main dropped together, glad to complete A voyage from far off seas to dowager Earth.

Captain pledged two day’s sail to the Outer Banks: Two weeks on, wind worn, bereft we struggled to port. “For those in peril on the sea…” we give our thanks For red skies at night, no further storms to report.

A keen relationship of wind, sails and sea: Desire to find a course by dead reckoning Without a sextant—affinity for the lee— Is merely allurement to Poseidon’s linking?

As we lead a flotilla across Buzzards Bay

Class of 1968: 50th Reunion in June! Louis Wolfe ’68

Last summer, seven members of Tabor’s 1967 finalist Princess Elizabeth Henley Regatta crew met for our fiftieth reunion at Henley on Thames, England, during the Regatta. We watched races together and had a celebratory dinner at Leander Club, where Tabor has a guestroom named after the school. Tabor has been competing at the Regatta for about 90 years. Attending were Bill Reed ’68, Wiley Wakeman (Asst. Coach) ’68, Dave Borden ’67, Ken Foster ‘67, George Linzee ’69, Tim Sanders ’67 and Lou Wolfe ’68 along with spouses, many family members, and friends. Tabor’s crew competed as well so the entire event was fun for us all. Joe Murphy ’67

The latest news from our family is that my son will finish his PhD this spring and my daughter just got her MS in nursing, allowing her to move up from RN to nurse practitioner. I am looking forward to attending the 2018 reunion!

Past shallow hills of Falmouth down to Nantucket

Bert Rappaport ’66 (3)

After my 50th Tabor Reunion in 2016, I took the “Admiral” status literally and took to the sea last June. Terri and I sailed out of Copenhagen for a 22-day bucket list trip. We cruised up the coast and through the fiords of Norway. Then cruised back down the Norwegian coast and entered the Baltic Sea, visiting Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. We spent three days in beautiful St. Petersburg. The little bit of Russian I picked up in Mr. Charest’s class back in 1963 wasn’t that helpful. Nyet! We visited Lake Tahoe in February to ski Kirkwood and Heavenly with our daughter, Amy. We are off to Ireland for a two-week trip in May. Dasvidanya!

Andy Ford ’66 (2)

We stop by Hyannis to honor JFK: In his centennial we should never forget.

Towards another realm schooner broadens its reach, where Andrea Doria went down,—‘fifty-five? We throw garlands and wreaths from deck to beseech Protection of mariners’ memories to thrive!

—David Taylor Johannesen ’64, 11/23/17 Dedicated in memory of Headmaster James Wickenden


Enjoy this photo of the recent wedding of Sebastian Arrazola ’04, son of Guillermo Arrazola ’66. Sebastian and his wife were married and honeymooned in Ireland in November 2017. The occasion caused me to remember Guillermo’s visit to my parent’s home in Ireland in 1975 when Guillermo flew a prop plane across the Atlantic to Ireland in order to sell it. He had to put extra fuel tanks on it to make it across! Pictured (l-r): Eduardo Arrazola, Sebastian ’04 and his bride, Guillermo ’66 and his wife, Maria.

Barry Shuman ’66

I’ve been retired from teaching English at Brookline High School for nine years, and everything I do now is intentional! It took me many years to discover my true skill, and retirement is it! This year both kids were married: Seth moved home from Tampa where he worked with The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He now joins The Boston Red Sox using his expertise in group sales with the youth market, so if any of you have school-age grandchildren on teams or in schools interested in going to a


game, please reach out! My daughter, Alyssa, lives in San Diego where she is Manager of Corporate Sponsorships for The San Diego Padres. Sally, the woman I still introduce as “my first wife” has been by my side for 40 years. I turned 70 on New Year’s Eve 2017. Best wishes to all other “survivors”! Connie Deneault ’64

This past October 7, 2017, I had the humbling experience of being inducted into Tabor’s Athletic Hall of Fame. My wife, Gigi, and I were joined by our son Tyler and his wife, Crispin, and best friend, Ed Lulay. We were joined by classmates Ron Johnson, David Hirsh and Bill Schuler. Ron Johnson introduced me at the ceremony. Ron Mycock ’66, a teammate, and his two grandchildren were at our table helping us celebrate. Christopher “Kit” Hayes ’64 (5/p42)

Rob Atkinson ’80 and I met this past fall in Charleston through our involvement with Veterans on Deck, a non-profit sailing program that provides therapeutic challenges of resilience and community integration for vets with PTSD issues. We have two boats in province experiences in Charleston Harbor four times per week. I have been on the VOD since 2013 while Rob just joined this year.



what I can provide! All that said, I’m planning on retiring and moving back to the Marion area in June 2018. I miss New England, and especially sailing, which I plan to do a lot of. Richard Savignano ’64

In October 2017, my dear classmate from California, David Johannesen, and I spent a relaxing weekend at my recently purchased 1805 farm house in East Topsham, VT. We did nothing but sit around the wood stove reliving great memories from our time at Tabor. Class of 1963: 55th Reunion in June! Ware Fuller ’63

I am still enjoying retirement. I spend a lot of time maintaining my small sailboat and airplane. Also spend a lot of time at our second home (cabin) in Marion, so I get to see a bit of Tabor. Robert Ridge White ’62

Ridge White has decided with reluctance that it’s about time to slow down from active employment to semi-retirement. He has stopped sales of nautical and weather instruments and instead is repairing and calibrating marine sextants, barometers, and barographs. The new company is Robert White Instrument Services. Ridge continues to contribute to the Eldridge Peter C. McDonald ’64 Tide and Pilot Book, a family publication I’ve been enjoying my ministerial work as for 144 years, now officially in the capaa Chaplain at Delaware Hospice for the ble hands of his daughter, Jenny, and her past couple years, ministering to people husband, Peter Kuliesis. The further news at the end of their lives, and their families is that he is engaged to Louise Rothery as well. This is the fourth hospice I’ve and moved his residence and workshop worked at over the past 7 years, and it is to Marblehead in March 2018. While he by far the best and most fulfilling of all. has sold the lobster boat he moored in I’ve never felt such love, appreciation, and Marion for years, he and Louise have a support anywhere else. The hospice also boat and plan to do some sailing out of provides in-service training and education Marblehead. for all staff members. They recently asked Jim Calvin ’61 (4) me to do two of those—one on the use I’m writing to pass on a big THANKS to of meditation both on and off the job, and one on grief and how to help family all at Tabor who honored veterans this members and patients through the griev- Veterans Day. I served 27 years in the US Navy, eight of which were with the ing process. So, they must like me, and

Marine Corps. At 74, I continue to teach part-time, over the Internet, and will continue to teach well into 2018. As an International Visiting Professor in the Graduate Psychology Department of the American University of Central Asia, in the Kyrgyz Republic, I teach clinical psychology courses. I enjoy spending time with our three great-grandchildren. And I’m writing my family history and autobiography. Hope to see classmates maybe next June!


Robert Kraemer ’61

I think the only ’61 classmate that I’ve been in contact with this year is Fernando Cajale, and last heard he was doing well. Unfortunately, it has been a life-changing year for me. I took a fall on some ice while shoveling the driveway in February 2017. I suffered a severe spinal cord injury and was paralyzed pretty much from neck down. I do have some movement now and can use a walker to get around. Interestingly, I met Travis Roy ’95 at Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Boston where I spent two months. Amazing what he has done with his life. I am staying hopeful—haven’t sold my skis or J/24 yet. John Cederholm ’60 (5)

John ran his 35th Mt. Washington Road Race and was inducted into the Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame on June 17, 2017. He was introduced to running while at Tabor and still runs about three or four times a week. Congratulations, John! Robin Dripps ’60

I continue to teach design and advanced spatial computing at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Last year, I was invited to Sao Paolo, Brazil, as part of an award ceremony where students I had taught were finalists in a major international design competition. This fall, the Design Intelligence survey of architecture schools in North America listed me as one of the 25 most admired


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(1) I n M emoriam The Alumni Office has recently received news that the alumni listed below have died. The Tabor community extends condolences to the family and friends of those listed.

Mrs. Marjory Chesney (wife of Duke Chesney ’27) Nancy Bommer ’38 George Wiswell ’44 Bob Adams ’48 John Parks ’48

professors of architecture. This is especially satisfying since it appears that I am one of the elder professors and as such would not be expected to be part of the current discourse. Lucia and I enjoy living in the Virginia countryside where we grow most of our food and use the land for research on new modes of architecture and landscape architecture. Our son, Lionel, runs voter participation projects throughout the country. Finally, our efforts to regain the world land speed record that we established several years ago on the Bonneville Salt Flats has been hampered by the diminishing crust of hard salt making high speed stability something quite elusive. So, all in all, life seems to be going well.

Herbert K. Wheeler ’48

Dick Hill ’60

George Graboys ’50

Meryl and I still live in the family home in Bath, ME. Just celebrated our 50th anniversary. Enjoy advising my clients when they call. Spend some summer weeks at our Popham Beach cottage. Our three kids and grandkids all live in the Portland area (very lucky). Always ready to welcome visitors. Enjoying good health and still playing baseball in summer 45+ and 60+ leagues. Every November, I play (pitch, 1b) on teams in the Roy Hobbs World Series. This January, I went to my third Atlanta Braves Fantasy camp; last July, the camp was held in the new major league park in Atlanta, incredible experiences. For a 75 year old, I held my own with the young kids. Had both knees replaced 7 years ago; running better than when I was 40.

Neale Birdsall ’51 Randolph Hayes ’51 Edward Washburn ’51 William Wundram ’53 Jules Worthington ’56 James H. Burns ’57 H. Lee Heap ’57 Charlie Pierce ’60

enough to Graz, Wien, and Budapest from which to venture. I am twice-widowed, however, three grown children are not unreasonable compensation. Superb health without infirmities has been my greatest boon. I started playing Rugby Union in 1971 for Richmond FC in London, a game which, without doubt, is the greatest amateur team sport on the planet. My rude health enabled me to play at sequential slower paces in five calendar decades across five Continents. My primary interests are enlightenment non-fiction reading (Shakespeare and Dickens aside), horticulture, cooking, music and truth-seeking. I view with increasing alarm the rapid decline of the product of secondary and higher education, especially in the United States. It is my earnest hope that Tabor is able to incorporate and maintain serious levels of rigor in subject study, stimulate wholesome community citizenship, and undergird the challenge of proactive humanitarianism. (We are doing our best, Mr. Wainwright!) Class of 1958: 60th Reunion in June! Fred Hill ’58

Kenneth Briggs


Jerome “Bennie” Deane

H. E. Wainwright ’59

Marty and I spent two and a half weeks driving through the Pacific Northwest in September and early October 2017. Luckily just missing fires and early snow from Grand Tetons and Yellowstone to eastern Washington and Columbia River Gorge before ending up in San Francisco where our son Alex lives. I had pretty much covered the globe in my newspaper /government career, but realized I had not visited the far NW except for an earlier trip to the Williamette Valley of Oregon.

Following graduation from the University of Virginia and a longtime career in international private investment and development including risk management and strategic planning, I am modestly semiretired, but with both hands involved in private agriculture development projects in Iraq and Tunisia for my sins. My base is my home and office in Felsoszolnok, the westernmost village in Hungary, but close

I enjoyed a visit to the campus last May to donate copies of my two books to the library. Spoke to five history and English classes on everything from writing nonfiction to the Cold War and the Middle East. The students in all classes asked smart, tough questions. I was honored with a copy of Joseph Smart’s history of Tabor. Mr. Smart had a lot to do with my

Lee Jenkins ’61 Lane Mabbett ’63 Sandy Aubin ’65 Stuart Gladstein ’72 Thomas Foley ’78 Katherine Graham ’01

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writing skills. I am now completing a new book on an adventurous Maine seaman that my son and I are writing together— with a title from Conrad’s travels in same 19th century period. Will try to get to the reunion! Harvey Felton ’57

I am still working full-time as a sales rep in New England selling toys, sporting goods, and ski accessories. Recently, I had a knee replacement to allow me to return to the tennis courts full time. Even though the Detroit Tigers finished in last place this season I still support them as I did when I was attending Tabor. I’m living in Newton, MA, single, and spending lot of time in Boston, especially in the new, new, and newer Seaport District. Sidney Boorstein ’55

I am living in Boston with a friend of almost 40 years, whose husband passed away over two years ago. My wife, Hon. Beverly Weinger Boorstein, passed away 18 months ago. As I am sure you are aware, my life long roommate and great friend, John McGrath died earlier this year. He donated his body to Harvard Medical School, and after their medical use, he wished his ashes scattered over Marion Harbor for their final resting place, indicating his love for his years at Tabor. I would love to hear from some 1955 classmates! Class of 1953: 65th Reunion in June! Alan Golub ’53

I am happy and healthy, doing a lot of traveling, spending part of the winter in Colorado skiing, and in the summer in the Hamptons on the golf course. Life is good! I’m looking forward to my 65th reunion and catching up with my classmates, as well as seeing how Tabor continues to develop. Hank Haskell ’52

I turned 84 in December, along with my twin sister, Mercy Wheeler. I live on Hilton Head Island with my wife of 60 years, Patricia. I became a writer in the early 1980s and have written and pub-

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lished nine books, including one written by my brother Peter Haskell ’57, who also graduated from Tabor. My senior roommate at Tabor, Ken Longe, lives in Maine close to where we have a summer home. We see lots of each other and both of us remember our Tabor days as fun, stimulating, and a good preparation for our lives. Neale Birdsall ’51, former faculty The Tabor and Marion community celebrated the life of Neale Birdsall ’51 on September 12, 2017. Neale retired as Tabor’s Director of Alumni Relations after 20 years of service in 1992. For many years, Neale was pretty much a one-man show, serving as the face of Tabor to alumni around the country. Undoubtedly, his career was the cornerstone of the foundation upon which our current more robust advancement efforts now reside. We are grateful for Neale’s service to our school. Many of you will no doubt remember him from early reunion programs he managed or his travels near and far to share Tabor news. We will remember him well! Stephen Clark ’50

Steve Clark and his wife, Virginia, moved to Granite Hill Estates in Hallowell, ME, next to Augusta, in June 2014. G.H.E. is a small retirement community, operated by Maine General Hospital, with 46 cottages and a large Maine Lodge with apartments; total population about 200. He would enjoy hearing from any friends at David Clough ’50 (1)

Hi! From the beautiful, rock-bound coast of Maine! I recently celebrated my 86th birthday and I am grateful for all of the things in my life that have given me the gratitude I feel today. My four years at Tabor Academy provided me with a beautiful foundation for life. Am I slowing down and retiring? No! I am still pursuing my artistic endeavors at full speed. I continue to paint, travel, write, and enjoy a life of sobriety, married to a lovely lady, Janet. View all my artwork at

George Graboys ’50

The Tabor community was sad to learn that George passed away on December 16th. Through the years, George was a loyal and active volunteer, helping to promote class reunions. He served as a member of the Headmaster’s Council. In recent years, we so enjoyed his engagement with students and faculty through the annual Graboys Leadership Symposium, created in honor of George and Lois Graboys by their children. We will miss our friend, George.

40s Chuck Trefrey ’46

I am still in school and about to turn 90. I’ve been affiliated with St. John’s College, in Annapolis, MD, since retiring here in 1994. I’m somewhat disabled and can no longer get to campus, so four years ago I started the “Bay Woods of Annapolis Campus” of St. John’s. My classmates are fellow residents who are “Life long learners.” We study for discussion works from the undergrad curriculum, the “Western Canon” upon which western civilization stands. Tabor got me off to a great and wonderful start!

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20s Mrs. Marjory Chesney ’27 passed away in December at 107 years of age. She was an honorary member of her husband Duke’s class and one of our oldest living supporters. She was blessed with a long and full life, enjoying time with four children, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren, including two Seawolves, Lucy ’17 and Chris ’19 VanderMel, and their mother Eleanor VanderMel who kept the Tabor connection alive. What a wonderful legacy!


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dan fireman ’90

Dan Fireman is Managing Partner of Fireman Capital Partners

What were your Tabor years like? How did leadership roles at Tabor impact you?

I remember my years at Tabor fondly. Everything from the athletics to the academics were challenging and nurturing; it was a fun place to be. I can see now, looking back, that those years were the ones that helped shape who I am today. I had the opportunity as head of school to see how exciting and compelling politics can be. Campaigning, the election process, and ultimately winning, sparked the love I have for current events and the way this country is run. I learned that I prefer to be an integral part of the work behind the scenes, not the one in the spotlight. Who were you most influenced by at home or at

Ultimately, I was put in charge of our professional sports teams in the Southeast, helping them with retail driven strategies. How do you continue to learn in your life and career?

I try to absorb as much as I can from the media, conversations, and my relationships. I read multiple publications a day and develop my own point of view. I try to push myself, and I say yes to uncomfortable situations to see if I can succeed. What are some of your outside interests?

I spend a lot of time with my family. I try to do the same thing my parents did for me and give them the gift of my time.


The biggest influences in my life were my parents, and they still are today. My mother has always been the voice of reason. Calm, cool, collected, she always nurtured me and believed in everything (I thought) I could do. My father, I idolized. I still do. He included me in whatever he was doing and did his best to understand who I was and how best to help me succeed. At Tabor, I had several people looking out for me. I had teachers like Gerry Larson, Coach Roller, Silipo, and others who had my best interest at heart and who helped when I needed some real guidance. I also had a very tight network of friends. To this day, those same friends still have my back. Tell us about your first management role after college? What did you learn?

What are the key leadership lessons you live by?

Be authentic, be someone that you admire, and always live up to your word. I believe in working smarter, not harder. You should be judged by the process and not just by the results. I also believe in paying things forward. Relationships are everything; you need to surround yourself with people who understand you and you understand in return. What kinds of traits are you looking for in a new hire?

I do not believe your academic education defines who you are. All things being equal, personality and fit are the differentiating factors. To develop a culture within an organization, you need people to trust each other and be able to work as a team. There is no place for arrogance or intolerance.

I was in Atlanta working for Reebok. The Summer Olympics were a year away, and Reebok wanted What piece of advice would you share with a recent to have a presence in the metropolitan area. I Tabor graduate just starting their career? developed a retail strategy leveraging their Olympics Life is short; don’t wait to start doing what you’ve marketing and hired 11 interns. For the first time, always envisioned yourself doing. Work hard. It’s I took one of my crazy ideas and made it happen. worth it. And it worked! We hit it out of the park that year, and I was awarded with the opportunity to take that model and work on the Super Bowl. 48

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Mr. Carmine A. Martignetti ’71 Officers

Mr. Paul J. Murphy ’75 Vice-Chair Mr. David A. Barrett ’70 Treasurer Mrs. Elizabeth Welsh Eyler ’87, P ’15 ’17 Secretary Trustees

Mr. Clement C. Benenson ’00 Mr. Stephen Daniel P ’18 Mr. G. Eric Davis ’89 Mr. Anthony G. Featherston IV ’80 Mr. Peter T. Francis P ’14 ’16 Mrs. Kristiane C. Graham P ’16 Mr. Angus H. Leary ’95 Mr. Kenzo Matsumura P ’17 Mrs. Jennifer C. Noering McIntire ’84, P ’16 Mr. John H. Quirk P ’20 (ex-officio) Mr. Travis Roy ’95 Mr. Garrard K. Schaefer ’72 Ms. Regina Shakin P ’15 ’17 ’19 Mr. Jack B. Smith Jr. ’76 Mr. Stephen Sprague ’68 Mr. James A. Tomlinson ’83 Mr. Sumner J. Waring III ’87, P ’13 Mr. Louis S. Wolfe ’68 Mr. Geoffrey H. Worrell P ’01 ’03 ’10 Trustee Emeriti

Mr. R. William Blasdale ’61, P ’85 ’90 Chair 1991-2006 Mr. John W. Braitmayer ’48 Chair 1978-1986 Mr. Keith N. Browning ’79, P ’06 ’10 ’11 Chair 2006-2014 Mrs. Deborah C. Clark P ’95 ’97 Mr. John F. Fish ’78, P ’15 Mr. Albert Fried, Jr. ’48 Mr. Lee Pokoik ’63 Mr. Phillips G. Smith ’65 Mr. John F. Swope ’56, P ’88

Plan Your Greatest Gift If you valued your time at Tabor as much as I did, you may be looking for meaningful ways to support its mission. Certainly, a gift to the Fund for Tabor each year provides crucial support for Tabor’s programs, but what if you have a larger impact in mind? What if you could make a significant gift to Tabor without affecting your lifestyle? You can. Consider making Tabor the beneficiary of your IRA or 401(k) plan and leave other, less tax-burdened assets to your heirs. This allows you to use the assets during your lifetime for your income needs and later pass some or all of the funds on to Tabor. Consult your financial advisor about the benefits including:

Control and ownership of the plan during your lifetime

Bypasses income tax to your heirs

Helps reduce potential estate taxes

Tabor receives the assets income tax free

This can be done outside of a will or trust and is one of the easiest ways to leave a legacy. Talk to your financial advisor and join me in making a difference for the next generation of students at Tabor. —Chris Dowley ‘76

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