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leif tilden ' 83 gautam chopra ' 98 charlie harrington ' 75 dena gwin braden joe ' 17

nYU TISCH ALUMS FOLLOW-up oscar wahlberg ' 17

movie review by jim king P ’ 01 , ’ 04 , ’ 06


faculty & staff favorite films




Joanna Skoler Gilman '86 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF




Rebecca Delaney


Joanna Skoler Gilman '86


Melissa Tuthill Forger '92



Rebecca Delaney Paul W. Kahn CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Craig Salters '86 Jim King P ’01, ’04, ’06 PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHERS


Paul W. Kahn,, Charlie Harrington CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

Neeta Beepath, Christine Dahlheimer, Rebecca Delaney, Rick Foresteire P '19, '21, AnnMarie Leonard P '03, '06, Tina Lim, Matt McGuirk '92, John Murphy, Brad Peterson '11, Donna Richardson, Roseanne Shannon, Kevin Steuer, Rachael Rouvales Vassalotti '79 P '07, '11, '12

FALL 2017 HIGHLIGHTS Homecoming 2017 October 21

6th Grade Grandparents' Day November 21

US/MS Diversity Celebrations October 23/24

The Semi November 21

General's Council Dinner November 15

Thanksgiving Recess November 22-24

US Musical: Pippin November 16-17-18

Winter Recess December 16 - January 1

MS Drama Performance November 20

For a complete listing of events, go to

Alumnus Contributing Writer

Craig Salters '86

Craig is a veteran newspaper reporter and editor. His work has appeared in the Boston Herald, MetroWest Daily News, Patriot Ledger, and Cape Cod Times newspapers as well as the Boston Business Journal. After years as an editor for a string of weekly newspapers on Cape Cod, Salters turned his attention to freelancing and his own writing. He and his wife, Tracy, have two sons and live in Sandwich.


On page 39 of the last issue of Thayer Magazine, we forgot to include Tobechi Nwokeji ’17 as a third Varsity Football captain in the 2016 Fall Highlights section. Nwokeji finished his Thayer football career with a number of honors and accomplishments, including being named ISL MVP, All-New England Award, All-ISL Award, and a member of the Patriot Ledger All Scholastic team. Nwokeji will be continuing his football career at the University of North Carolina. See where some of his fellow NCAA athlete classmates are headed on page 43. We also erred in listing the girls' cross country team as winning 19 contests in a row (page 38). That achievement was actually the girls' track and field team - who wrapped up their 20th consecutive ISL championship and 19th consecutive New England Championship this spring. See page 41 for a profile on coach Browne and for more on the girls' track & field team's success.


Dear Thayer Community,

I hope this most recent issue of Thayer Magazine finds you and your families well during this busy fall season. I am always proud of our student and alumni achievements in the arts, and I’m happy to share with you this latest issue, which focuses its lens on some of our community members who have excelled in the field of film. The wealth of alumni who now work in film is astounding, and I found it quite interesting to see how each alumni, student, and teacher found their own niche in the field, whether it’s directing, acting, scouting or like Middle School Arts Department Head, Dena Gwin, creating compelling video art. As the head of the Middle School arts program and as the Upper School film teacher, Dena has helped shape many students’ aspirations in the world of film over the years, and she continues to inspire both Middle and Upper School arts students as they push the boundaries of their creativity. We’ve had a busy start to the school year. We recently announced that Thayer is opening a 5th grade class in the Middle School for the 2018-2019 academic year. Over the summer crews were hard at work building the new Collaborative Design Lab at the Middle School where students will learn through hands-on projects across all disciplines. And, later this fall, Project RISE will officially became part of Thayer Academy. You can learn more about this exciting news in the pages of this magazine. We hope you enjoy this issue and I wish students, families, and alumni the best at the start of this school year.


Ted Koskores '70 P '10, '13 HEADMASTER, THAYER ACADEMY

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Table of Contents

Leif Tilden '83 catches up with Thayer teacher Jim King P ’01, ’04, ’06

and Chris Kerr

’00 prior to

the Los Angeles

Thayer Alumni Screening of his feature film, 1 Mile to You.



Melissa Bayer Tearney P ’14, Chair

Danya Abrams Sr. P ’20, ’22

Thomas M. Kent P ’00, ’03, ’09, Vice Chair Linda Hooley P ’06, ’08, ’13, ’16, Secretary

James Cashman ’73

Daniel Budde P ’10, ’12, Treasurer

Julian H. Cherubini ’53

Bill Stephenson Assistant Treasurer Thayer Academy Business Manager


Donavan Brown ’01

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P ’19, ’21

Robert F. Daylor P ’02, ’13 Elaine DeLuca P ’20, ’21

Sean Doherty P ’19, ’20

Mike McNally P ’22, ’24

Darren Donovan P ’17, ’20

John Morey P ’11, ’13

James J. Ferrera ’81

Maureen Pace P ’19

P ’09, ’12, ’15, ’16

Kevin Gill P ’11, ’13

Fergus Shiel P ’13, ’15, ’18

Kathy Horgan P ’20 Michael Joe P ’17, ’20

Ted Koskores ’70

Brenda Lyons P ’12, ’14, ’18 Brendan McDonough ’87

P ’10, ’13, Headmaster

Tom Shanley ’97 Ex officio as P ’18, ’22

President of the Alumni Board

Letter from the Headmaster

Ted Koskores ’70 P ’10, ’13


Photos Around Campus


TA Highlights


Campus News & Highlights


- Introducing 5th Grade at Thayer (2018-19)


Announcing a new class for the fall of 2018!

- For the Common Good


On-campus symposiums; 8th Graders host St. Coletta's

- A New Partnership: Project RISE & Thayer - Thayer Student Programmers - Two Visiting Authors at Thayer

think that "Icollaboration

happens everywhere at Thayer. There's an immediate connection to everyone because it's so intimate and small - like you are part of a small family. I just think that it's an inspiring place.


Leif Tilden '83 Director, 1 Mile to You

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THE FILM ISSUE: FEATURES & STORIES 12-25 A Preview of What’s To Come 13

About the Heart

Faculty & Staff Film Survey 13

The Professor Behind the Camera

Braden Joe ’17 and Oscar Wahlberg ’17

Favorites from Thayer’s community

A Profile of Director & Professor Gautam Chopra '98

The Curious & Collaborative Journey of Leif Tilden 14-16 A Profile of Director Leif Tilden '83

Where Are They Now?


A Movie Review of "1 Mile to You" by Thayer Faculty Member Jim King P ’01, ’04, ’06


A follow up on NYU-Tisch Thayer grads


Dena Gwin: Directing Student to Success 19-20 A Profile of Thayer Faculty Member Dena Gwin

Thayer End of Year Review

- Last Chapel, Recognition Day - Commencement - Senior Class Profiles - Class of 2017 College Matriculation

Thayer Arts

Location, Location, Location


A Profile of Location Manager Charlie Harrington '75

What is it like...?


A handful of incredible film experiences of a few alums

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- From SCAD to the CFA


- Arts Photo Gallery


Partnership with Savannah College of Art & Design

Thayer Athletics


- 500! A(nother) Milestone for a Legend - Thayer Student-Athletes in the NCAA - Winter/Spring Photo Gallery


Alumni News & Highlights


- Reunion 2017

Alumni Awards Luncheon 2017 Honorees 2017 Reunion Classes

Class Notes

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46 47 48-51


Thayer Babies 55 Thayer Weddings 58-59

In Memoriam Remembering Mike McHugh ’22

Alumni Giving 2016-17 Annual Report of Giving Thayer enjoyed a record-breaking year in giving! See the report attached on the inside back cover of this issue.

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Phyllis Rubin ’57 on why she gives

The Final Word The script that started it all...

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The Cabral sisters - Felisha ’18 and Felice ’17 - perform for the final time together on the Hale Theater stage during the Spring Music Concert. See more about Felice and a few of her classmates in the Senior Class Profiles on pages 32-33.


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Tony Chamberlain ’62, Van Whisnand ’62, Frank Tenore ’62, and Jeff Ross ’62 returned to campus wearing their Thayer Varsity Football sweaters. To see more about the celebration that was Reunion 2017 and the record-number of alumni who came, go to page 44.








With a rousing rendition of a song from La La Land alongside Emily Briggs ’17, senior John Lucas '17 sealed the deal and was named "Mr. Thayer 2017" in April.


Claire Fideli ’23, Ava O’Brien ’23, Jovanna Walker ’21, Caroline Driscoll ’23, and Alix Abelard ’23 perform during the Spring production of Showstoppers. For more pictures from the stages of Thayer go to page 37.




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Middle School students make their way past the oak tree and to the CFA for Recognition Day. To see photos from all the end of year Thayer events, go to page 26-31.





Last Chapel speaker Matt Dunne shows his Thayer Tiger school spirit during a moving speech. See page 26 for more from Last Chapel.


COMMENCEMENT 2017 (See pages 28-31)


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The start of



5 Grade th

at Thayer Middle School

Thayer Academy is excited to announce a new 5th grade class in the Middle School, starting in the 2018-2019 academic year! Fifth graders at Thayer will dive into an exciting program that includes Latin, Roman history, a hands-on science curriculum, a rigorous math program, as well as writing-intensive assignments throughout the year. Students will also:  Work on creative, interdisciplinary projects in the new Collaborative Design Lab.  Participate in Declamation, a Thayer tradition in which all Middle School students learn a poem, speech, or piece of literature and dramatically perform the piece in front of their classmates.  Receive a solid foundation in study skills and executive function—laying the groundwork for a successful academic experience throughout their years at Thayer.  Have the opportunity to compete in interscholastic sports and participate in Middle School clubs, and arts such as drama, music, and chorus.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year!

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Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges gives a keynote reading.

On May 18, 2017, Thayer hosted Portal to Ayiti: A Symposium on Haiti's Future in the Hale Theater. The event featured a keynote reading from the Boston Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges, followed by two panel discussions on education and healthcare in Haiti featuring leaders and practitioners in those fields. Participants then watched Bending the Arc, a documentary about Partners in Health doctors and activists who have worked in Haiti for more than 30 years.

“It was invigorating to assemble so many thought leaders and activists who devote their energies to Haiti,” said Aidan Rooney P ’07, ’15 Thayer foreign language faculty and one of the event organizers. “Since the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has become a case study for the failure of governance and governments, of NGOs and non-profits, as well as philanthropic and private interventions, to adequately respond to the needs of the Haitian people. The more these agencies coordinate their efforts in partnership with each other the greater the chance for success will be. By focusing on the education and healthcare sectors, twin pillars of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, we were able to rally local, national, and international organizations around causes that will bring greater social justice and equity to the Haitian people.”

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Top: One of the up-cycled oil-drum wall-art pieces by Charles Eneld. Middle Left: Writer, artist, and curator of Roxbury’s Ayida Gallery, Doumafis Lafontan, speaks at the symposium. Middle Right: Attendees mingle among the art and photographs in the O’Toole Lobby in the Center for the Arts. Bottom (L-R): Rev. Jean Gustave Miracle, Aidan Rooney P ’07, ’15, Jim King P ’01, ’04, ’06, Danielle Legros Georges, Gertrude Delsion, Doumafis Lafontan, and Napoleon Lherisson ’06.


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Syrian Refugee Crisis: GREECE ON THE FRONT LINES

Featured panelists His Eminence Metropolitan

Methodios of Boston, Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Dr. Vasileia Digidiki, and Dr. Panagoula Diamanti-Karanou.

For his Senior Project, Michael Babanikas '17 organized a conference on Greece's response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The conference was held at Thayer's Center for the Arts and featured Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou, Visiting Professor of Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School at Tufts University; Dr. Vasileia Digidiki, Visiting Scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University; Dr. Youly Diamanti-Karanou, Lecturer of Political Science at Northeastern University; and His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, the spiritual leader and Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of New England. The speakers discussed the geo-political context of the refugee crisis, the challenges refugees face in Greece, and the church's stance on the crisis and how to respond.

8TH GRADERS HOST ST. COLETTA'S STUDENTS In May, Thayer 8th graders hosted a carnival for the students of St. Coletta's School, a school in Braintree for students with intellectual disabilities and other challenges. The event, called St. Coletta's Day, has been a Thayer Middle School tradition for 26 years. Thayer students led games and activities such as a beanbag toss, face painting, t-shirt design, parachute, and a dance party in the Alumni Gym on the Thayer campus. Thirty-four students from St. Coletta's participated, and a great time was had by all! “Our students went out of their way to make sure the kids from St. Coletta's had an amazing time,” says Andy Gibson P ’21, ’22, ’25, math teacher and Middle School Academic Dean. “Every year I am always so impressed at the way our students step up and think beyond themselves to host a great carnival for our visitors. Thank you to all of the students in the class of 2021 and their advisors for a great day.”

“This Symposium on the Syrian Refugee Crisis that we hosted last week was my favorite part of my Thayer career,” said Mike. “It wasn't just the night that made this event so special, but also the six months of work that was put into this event, and the opportunity to work with and be mentored by such prominent academic and religious figures. I am incredibly thankful to each and every one of them for both agreeing to speak at the symposium and more importantly for mentoring me, alongside Mr. Dunne (Director of Studies Matt Dunne).”

New Faculty & Staff 2017-18 Kiley Horne ’08

( â clockwise from bottom left)

Upper School Science

Selene Carlo-Eymer

Jorge Chavier II

Upper School Registrar

Database Administrator

Amy Hawkins

Matt Ranaghan

Middle School Math

Upper School History

Maryann Shafter

Middle School Hale Learning Center

Sara Kelley-Mudie

Michael Babanikas ’17 addresses the seminar in Hale Theater.

Upper School Director of Studies

Danny Seymour

Upper School Librarian

Rishika Jain

Lynette Sumpter

Middle School Collaborative Design Lab Coordinator

Middle School History History Department Head

Chantal Gonzales Middle School Spanish

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A NEW PARTNERSHIP Rob Dixon ’79 P ’03


Later this fall, Project RISE (Respect, Integrity and Success through Education) will formally join Thayer Academy—making official a partnership that’s benefitted both RISE and the Academy over the years. Project RISE has operated at Thayer Academy every summer since 1993, when Thayer history teacher and alum Rob Dixon ’79 P ’03, ’16 created the program to provide academic support and instruction to students from some of Boston’s underserved neighborhoods. “Project RISE already has a storied history of providing meaningful opportunities for disadvantaged youths to develop skills and practices that will strengthen them further as they move forward in their lives. For decades, Thayer Academy has hosted RISE on its campus in support of Rob Dixon’s vision, and the Academy has benefitted from the contributions to school life made by the numerous Project RISE grads who eventually enrolled at Thayer,” said Headmaster Ted Koskores ’70 P ’10, ’13. “The Board of Trustees and I look forward to even more fully integrating the vision of RISE with the mission of Thayer Academy.” While Project RISE will formally exist under the umbrella of Thayer’s 501 (c)(3) charter, it will retain its core identity and will be selfsustaining through the modest tuition it charges students, and annual


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donations. Dixon will be the Executive Director of RISE and a new Board-level sub-committee will be established, populated by a mix of Thayer administrators, Trustees, and friends of Project RISE, who will identify and implement ways to take full advantage of the synergies that exists between the mission of Thayer and the vision of RISE. Both Ted and Rob say the partnership will help broaden both the school’s and program’s missions and provide a path to success for students from various Boston-area neighborhoods. “RISE will continue to provide opportunities for children from Greater Boston and allow students to have an academically enriching summer experience that will encourage greater college expectations,” says Rob. “I’m hoping RISE will contribute to the cultural inclusion of the Thayer community and with the joining of the two it is our hope that this new partnership will be a model for other institutions in the area.”

For more on Project RISE, visit:



The team poses in front of the NASA-CalTech sign

THAYER STUDENT PROGRAMMERS REPRESENT IN CALIFORNIA COMPETITION A group of Thayer students competed in the American Computer Science League All-Star Competition in California in June, finishing 8th in their division of 20 schools. Thayer Academy was invited to compete in the all-star competition based on students' performance in regular competitions throughout the year. Highperforming schools from throughout the country and world were invited to participate, including schools from Romania, Croatia, and Canada. The full-day competition consisted of a 3.5hour programming competition and a 1-hour written test. Dat-Than Nguyen ’17, Matthew Gilbert ’17, Daniel Torney ’17, Loan Anh Tran ’18, Caleb Farwell ’18, and Drew Kelner ’18 represented Thayer in the competition. Matt, Drew, and Caleb each won individual awards for their high scores on the written test. The group along with two teachers (Kevin Cedrone P ’22, Mathematics and Computer Science Department Head and Priscilla Yu, science teacher) also toured the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, and visited with former Thayer headmaster Eric Swain. “The students were enthusiastic, curious, and hard-working,” said Kevin. “They brought intensity and heart when they needed it and laughter and fun throughout. I was proud to be associated with them as they represented Thayer and Thayer’s CS program.”

DEREK GREEN The inaugural Bailey-King Author Series successfully kicked off in March with a visit from author Derek Green. Green, who teaches at Yale, is the author of New World Order, a collection of interlinked short stories. In addition to his work as a fiction writer, he has written screenplays for Warner Bros. and Carousel Productions, and has co-created, written, and presented television projects at many major studios including HBO, AMC, and Sony Productions. While on campus Green spoke to the sophomore and junior classes in the Center for the Arts, and then held writing workshops with smaller groups of students throughout the week. During the workshops Green discussed key elements of creating characters and led students in a collaboration to create two characters. Established in 2016 through the generous support of Todd Slawsby ’88, the Bailey-King Author Series endeavors to celebrate the written word through annual author events at Thayer Academy. Named in honor of long-time English faculty members Betty Bailey '63 and Jim King P '01, '04, '06, the Bailey-King Author Series will host highly regarded authors on campus to educate budding student writers about careers in writing and inspire them to seek new depth in their own voices.


Luke Reynolds, author of The Looney Experiment, spoke to the Thayer Middle School in May and visited with students in classes. The Looney Experiment is about the middle school adventures of Atticus who finds the courage to face the challenges of homework, the cruelty of a nasty bully with influential parents, the difficulties within his own family, and the strong feelings he has for a girl in his class. Reynolds spoke to students about writing, rejection, and his own experiences becoming a published author.

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A PREVIEW OF WHAT’S TO COME... Graduates Braden Joe ’17 & Oscar Wahlberg ’17

Oscar Wahlberg ’17 & Braden Joe ’17

Opening up this feature section on Thayer alumni in film and the movies, we begin with two recent graduates, Braden Joe ’17 and Oscar Wahlberg ’17. Both members of the Class of 2017 are beginning their post-Thayer film education at Chapman College (Los Angeles) and Pace University (New York), respectively. Braden has known he’s wanted to be a director for some time, and is currently enrolled in a BFA in Film Production program with an emphasis on directing. You probably remember seeing Oscar in a few places already. He played the role of a friend to lead actor Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea, as well as the young man who chatted with Tom Brady in the legendary Shields MRI commercial. The two have

already worked together - with Braden filming a short movie (called Values) with Oscar as the principal actor; and with Oscar giving Braden an opportunity to work as an intern on the set of another short that his father, Bob Wahlberg, was working on - leading to an internship over this past summer. The two friends have a couple of friendly bets going between them. First, who will be the first among them to win an Oscar? And second, who will be the first to be forced to sleep on the other’s couch because of lack of housing post-college? Stay tuned to see what opportunities in film come up for these bright young stars.

Read more about Braden and other seniors on page 32

The Thayer Faculty & Staff

45 Thayer faculty & staff members chimed in with their opinions on movie favorites and more...


Stand and Deliver 17% Dead Poets Society Finding Forrester

15% 4%

Mr. Holland's Opus


School of Rock


Movie you're ashamed to admit you love:



The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside) El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) The Square Ladri di Biciclette La Lengua de las Mariposas Cinema Paradiso A Beautiful Life Volver

None/Not ashamed of any movie! * Justin Bieber: Never Say Never The Notebook You've Got Mail The Beastmaster Can't Buy Me Love

* Most popular answer (by far!)




FUNNIEST MOVIE YOU EVER SAW? Best in Show Liar Liar Borat Dumb & Dumber Some Like it Hot

FIRST MOVIE THAT MADE YOU CRY? Old Yeller Bambi Brian's Song Love Story Terms of Endearment

Chocolat Der Untergang (The Downfall) The Comedian Harmonists Como Agua Para Chocolate Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nerios Tambien la Lluvia Mi Vida Sin Mi 和你在一起 (Together With You) 活着 (To Live)









Good Will Hunting 43% Fever Pitch 13% The Departed 10% The Town 8% The Verdict 5% Other* 28% *Between the Lines, The Boondock Saints, A Civil Action, Gone Baby Gone, Johnny Tremain, Mystic River, Spotlight, The Fighter, Parent Trap, ‘I don’t watch them because the accents are horrible’

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In the spring of 1983, when English teacher and theninterim theater director Jim King P ’01, ’04, ’06 decided to put on his own original play, The Surprise Party, there was no doubt who would portray the main character — a complex, monologueriffing, 'tortured soul' who planned his revenge party. Of course the lead would be senior Leif Tilden. Leif was the precocious kid who made his dramatic lead stage debut in that production, in turn snapping witty one liners with characters-both real and fictional (including Batman, John Wayne, and Tarzan) - for their perceived betrayals and bad influences, while also playing a violin at times. Even more prescient with this production was that Leif - along with many of the students in the play - actually had a substantive hand in direction of the action itself. The script (which Jim King still has a mimeograph copy of - see


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“The Final Word” on page 80) is replete with handwritten workshopped edits made during rehearsals. Changed lines, reworked scenes, fresh ideas. Fast forward a few decades to April of 2017, and a screening of Leif ’s feature film debut, “1 Mile To You” in West Hollywood, California. It might seem like a straightforward narrative to declare this moment as the culmination of a story begun on the Frothingham stage those many years ago at Thayer. But that wouldn’t be telling even a fraction of the story of the journey that is Leif Tilden. If you ever have the good fortune to spend a few hours with Leif, you’ll soon discover a story - and a life - as complex and rich and tragic and redemptive and philosophical and surprising as any. Leif ’s path to Thayer Academy was a circuitous one. Though born in Boston, he moved following his parents’ divorce to Berkeley, California with his mom - but then following her devastating death by suicide, ended up back with his father in Massachusetts. He bounced from town to town, ending up in Duxbury by way of Marshfield and Wellesley. At this point in life, he was a directionless early teenager; in his words, “a complete stoner, listening to Zeppelin non-stop and reading Nostradamus with a buddy, thinking we were really smart.”


While dealing with his struggles following the loss of his mother, Leif credits his father’s directive hand in changing the course of his life at this point. Though Leif recalls wanting to go to more of a performing arts school, “my dad said, ‘you’re going to Thayer. You’ll get your artsy on your own, I’m sure. But you need structure.’” And so he landed at Thayer. “It was instantly completely different,” he remembers. “No longer was I in a class of 40, 50 kids; rather, I was with 12, 14 kids, and it was like, oh my God, I have to be present - there’s nothing else to do but pay attention. The pressure’s on; I have to do well to stay. There were other motivations too, like I want to be on the soccer team and I want all these other things. There was a real awareness that now was a time I’d better do well in school.” Thankfully he found an immediate connection with several of his teachers, not only Jim King, but Steve Branfman P ’00, ’02, William Searle P ’85, ’87, Fernand LaChance, and Dan Levinson. It was at Thayer that he discovered a world of learning and opportunity greater than he had imagined, he says. Perhaps above all else, what he discovered at Thayer was collaboration. “I think that happens everywhere at Thayer,” he recalls. “There’s an immediate collaboration because it’s so intimate and small - like you are part of a small family. I just think that it’s an inspiring place.” It was in these environs that Leif was introduced to Salinger’s Holden Caulfield, Dick Gregory’s jarring and challenging writing, forays into experimental painting, and of course, the theater. “The Surprise Party was about someone confronting their influences as a child,” Leif recalls, “their demons, stuff that influences you as a kid growing up. I really clicked into that for a few reasons. First, I was into psychology - my dad had introduced me to Joseph Campbell - so that really keyed into my own personal journey because I was already thinking a lot about who influences us.” Moreover, for this particular play, Jim King had his students help him craft a number of scenes and lines - more of that collaborative atmosphere that influenced Tilden. “When we were writing the play, I remember thinking it

Actors Graham Rodgers and Billy Crudup go over a scene with Leif Tilden ’83 on the set of 1 Mile to You. was the coolest thing. And I also remember having an itching to be a performer at the same time. Thayer gave me a platform to learn and to organize my thoughts, and to learn how to learn, learn how to absorb. And it didn’t carve me into becoming something I wasn’t.” For Leif, his education on the stage of Frothingham naturally flowed into his attending NYU, gravitating towards the film department and experimental theater. “I wanted to be in New York City, which ended up being a lot of what my education was about - being in New York. And I learned about becoming a storyteller - it was a storytelling place. If I never did The Surprise Party, I never would have discovered that.” Speaking of storytelling, the tale Leif tells of how he began the first chapter of his career is quite a doozy. A year after graduating, while scraping to make ends meet at odd jobs, he noticed a Village Voice ad about a Sesame Street Studios weekend puppet workshop. On the morning of the workshop there was a huge snowstorm that had closed the subway, but undeterred, Leif woke up early around five in the morning, walking in the snow for three

hours. Not surprisingly, he was the only one who showed up. Surprisingly, the two people there to meet him were none other than Jim Henson and Frank Oz. “I played in the studio with them for two days, training with puppets.” That began a relationship with the Jim Henson Company that led him to being a costume actor playing Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. “Jim came up to me and said, ‘Hey, you’re the right size for this Ninja Turtle thing - we’re doing all the costumes, and I think you should try out for it.’” From there, he worked on other projects, including portraying Robbie Sinclair in the sitcom Dinosaurs. But the thing he took away most about his time with the Jim Henson Company was what he learned from Jim himself. “He was a child at heart - and I’m saying that in the most powerful way possible. He demanded collaboration and was so invested in what other people were doing and thinking and imagining - for him, it was always, ‘tell me, what do you think?’ But most of all, he was all about the heart - his biggest priority was about loving each other.” 

LEIF TILDEN ’83 Black & Orange Assistant Editor, Prologue, Drama, Track, Wrestling, Chess Club, JV Soccer, Varsity Soccer (captain), JV Baseball

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Moviemaking Advice There's a great saying about editing. You never finish editing your movie. You just stop. Or you are forced to stop. You're never ever done. Woody Allen was asked, "do you like any of your movies? What movies?" He was like, "I hate all my movies. I'm disappointed in all my movies."

Leif Tilden ’83 introduces the screening of his film 1 Mile to You to a group of friends and Thayer alums.

In conversation, you see in Leif this innate, insatiable, child-like curiosity - the kind that drove Jim Henson also clearly drives him. Well-read, he draws from from Carl Jung, Stanislavski’s seminal book on acting, and Walt Whitman’s thoughts on the soul. He chats casually about Japanese Kabuki Theater, tying in Leonard Cohen’s quote on “not thinking about yourself ” - which he sees as the ultimate goal for acting. It is from this well of curiosity, and collaboration, and life experiences that Leif has crafted his first feature film, 1 Mile to You. “I tell people that this is personal for me. It’s personal, it’s not flawless. I tried very hard to stay out of its way,” he explains. “This is trying to get inside a teenage boy’s heart and the attempt in making this movie knowing that our responsibility is for an audience, not a critic audience, not an avant garde audience, but just a simple audience. Not trying to curb it for a certain type of viewer.” Art often imitates life, and that’s the case with Leif ’s film. The movie was ten years in the making, full of the same sorts of winding paths that his own life has carried him along. After reading the novel (Jeremy Jackson’s Life at These Speeds) upon which the movie is based, he doggedly sought out the author and rights holders for the book. After explaining his vision for the story, he was soon attached as a director. As frequently happens, the casting of a film (particularly the attaching of particular actors to different roles) often delays


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whether a film is greenlighted or not. Leif ’s good friend, actor Sam Rockwell, was first booked for five years to the film. Later, however, Rockwell pitched the idea that actor Billy Crudup should play the role of the coach - particularly since his turn as legendary long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the 1998 film Without Limits. Soon afterwards, Billy was the one who was attached to the film - a role perfectly suited for him.

Leif Tilden ’83 gives advice to Braden Joe ’17 and his mother Holly P ’17, ’20.

Even having a star like Crudup on board didn’t make the movie palatable enough for studios. “We could have made the film eight years ago, or six years ago - but the ones who were going to give the money, they wanted to change this and that and make it into something very different - it wasn’t going to be a good fit. But it’s hard to say no,” recalls Tilden. A challenging predicament for any director, but for Leif, a welcome one. “I wouldn’t call it a struggle - because that means you’re buying into fear. No, it’s a challenge, just

For me, you see all the choices when you watch your movie. You see the choices you never made. You see things that didn't work out as planned. It's very torturous to look at that movie because every moment in that film is where you could have spent so much time on. Thousands of moments you could spend more time on. Am I satisfied? No. Am I proud of it? Yes. Two different ideas. I'm happy with it.

like finding the right relationship, or partner, or friend can be a challenge. It’s a miracle it happens. Any movie or anything that’s made is miraculous.”

r The culmination of The Surprise Party was that all of the invited guests come to realize that their host is a nefarious one, and that their being brought together in the presence of Leif ’s character would be for a comeuppance for their perceived crimes. Back to the West Hollywood hotel screening room on that April evening—here, a very different gathering of people have been brought together for Leif this time. For today is a party not of surprise, but of celebration, one of achievement and perseverance, and most of all, collaboration. Fittingly, some of his closest friends are in attendance, showering Leif with smiles and laughter, foremost among them, Tatiana Roza, his loving partner (and as of this August, his wife!). Thayer alumni from many different decades are in attendance, as is a soon-to-graduate Thayer senior, Braden Joe ’17 in L.A. on a visit to a film school he’ll end up attending following a lengthy, heartto-heart conversation with Leif about embarking on a career in film. And of course, there is Jim King, the teacher who was there for the first party, and who addresses the assembly to kick off this one, decades later. The lights dim, and Leif ’s movie begins.


Thayer teacher Jim King P ’01, ’04, ’06 reunites with Leif Tilden ’83 in Los Angeles.


A MOVIE REVIEW OF 1 MILE TO YOU BY JIM KING P ’01, ’04, ’06 Thayer English Teacher

In 1 Mile to You, Leif Tilden has directed and told an old and familiar story, and done so with curiosity, attention, humor, and compassion. Kevin (Graham Rogers) is a talented track star at a small high school in a small Mississippi town. In opening scenes at a spring track meet, we see him enjoying life — comfortable and happy with his friends on the team, and falling deeply, if somewhat tentatively, in love with one of his teammates, the coach’s daughter. Then, an accident changes everything. In an instant Kevin’s young sense of the world and his place in it is swept away. In September he’s at a new high school, different town. Different life. Unknown, uncertain, unfriended… and carrying a lot of fear and anger. We watch him flounder with no sense of purpose, wary in a guarded shell as he meets and offends and worries new students and school personnel. He’s pressured by a pragmatic principal to join and help the school’s ailing cross-country team— for Kevin, a very fraught and negative arrangement. At first. The core of the film shows Kevin fighting himself and others who reach out to him for reasons both generous and self-centered. We see all the confusion and heartache of teenagers trying to figure out and reconcile themselves to the adult world, while for Kevin grief colors everything.

Leif the director has offered deft guidance and plenty of free reign to his talented cast. Many of the film’s young actors get the tricky adolescent mix just right— bravado, self-doubt, tenderness, yearning— while the veterans provide admirable ballast. Tim Roth as the track coach communicates volumes in a single gaze. Peter Coyote plays the principal with economy and brilliance— a many-layered man with mixed motives and hopes. Billy Crudup’s portrayal of Kevin’s new coach is a joy to watch: he’s part Yoda and Mr. Miyagi, part Cool Hand Luke, part Bowerman and Prefontaine. And— part Kevin himself. “Coach K” learns from Kevin also, even as he struggles to mentor the young runner into running with and from his heart, not against it. A small, beautiful moment in the film shows a still-tormented Kevin visiting the father of a close friend who died in the accident. The father’s calm reverence for his son’s life shines through the quirky mourning-and-remembrance shrine he’s constructed. Though he says very little, the father’s humble dedication to this little project is palpable. His love for his son— and for Kevin— is everywhere in the scene. In this quiet moment, he gracefully embodies the hard work of acceptance and healing. It’s a turning point for Kevin, about to face his moment-of-truth in the film’s climactic scenes. So. It’s an old story— told and heard and needed before. There’s friendship and love; trauma, loss and heartbreak; disorientation and anger. Memories surfacing to challenge and shape new experience. Joy and sorrow dance and merge. Echoes and transformations. Seasons and spirits passing through us as we pass through them, handing each other along. A beautiful telling.

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For Gautam Chopra ’98 his career in film began in a large closet that used to house Thayer’s first video arts class. “They cleared out a big closet and put in VHS tape decks that we would edit on,” he explains. Dena Gwin was the teacher, and Gautam credits her for igniting the spark that started his career in film and documentaries. “Dena was very open and encouraging, and it was the first thing that kind of clicked for me.” Gautam had always gravitated toward artistic endeavors. He came to Thayer Middle School in 7th grade from Sharon. Dena was his art teacher in Middle School, and when he crossed the street to the Upper School, he signed up for her first video arts class. “Before getting into film school she was really supportive and wonderful,” he says. “When I started her video class later I thought, ‘All right, this might be something.’ Over the years in college and grad school my career’s developed into what it is now.”


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Today Gautam balances a busy career as a film director, screenwriter, editor, and film studies and production professor at Boston College and Emerson College. With his company, Riding Shotgun Productions, he edits and directs a variety of films such as a documentary titled Who Takes Away the Sins, about the clergy abuse crisis, and Kenya: Passing the Baton, about the unrest around the election in Kenya in 2007. He also works on his own projects such as a short film he recently finished called Licorice about a teenage girl who hits a dog with her car, then searches for the dog’s owner in an unfamiliar and unfriendly neighborhood. He’s currently sending it around to film festivals. His next project is a feature film that he’s written and is hoping to raise money for and film over the next two years. After Thayer Gautam attended the University of Chicago where he majored in English and film. “It was really more like art history. It wasn’t practical filmmaking,” he explains. From undergrad he decided to take the leap into filmmaking and apply to film school, but he hadn’t shot a film since Thayer and he needed one to apply. He approached Dena Gwin for assistance. “I shot something and Dena let me use the editing suite over at the Middle School all

He ended up at Columbia University where he earned his MFA in film directing from the Graduate Film Program. He went on to teach at the New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi, which later led to teaching jobs at BC and Emerson. “Watching the kids always inspires me to keep going and make my own films,” he says. “The kids keep you honest, in a way.” Teaching has become an important part of his career, he says. “Teaching has really become so integral. I can’t imagine not doing it.” Besides Dena, Gautam also points to English teacher Jim King P ’01, ’04, ’06 as an influence during his years at Thayer. “He’s a pretty brilliant guy,” says Gautam. “He was also really supportive all the time of my filmmaking.”


Moviemaking Advice

In Mr. King’s English class, “he would integrate film into his class a lot,” he says. “He showed us the movie Grand Canyon with Kevin Kline and Danny Glover, and we’d talk about it the same way we talked about a book. Before that movies were just entertainment, but Jim would ask, ‘why is the director making this choice or that choice? What is happening beneath the surface?’ and had us watch from a different angle. That stuck with me.” Gautam ran track and cross-country at Thayer, but his primary focus was art and writing. “That’s a great thing about Thayer: I had the freedom here to just shoot something and see what happens -- to indulge in my creative whims. In a way, I’m still trying to get back to those early days when filmmaking was more about the process than the outcome. ” he says. “It sounds a bit dramatic, but I really don’t know that I ever would’ve discovered my interest in film if Ms. Gwin didn’t have that class.”


summer to work on it and finish it,” he says. “She helped me with my recommendations and made it clear that she believed I was taking the right step.”

Gautam on the set during the filming of his short film, Licorice.

Embrace your own point of view. One thing I see all the time is people who have a lot of passion and energy but think that their opinions and perspectives aren’t important or interesting. They end up making films they think others want to see, and not films that represent how they actually see the world. Anyone can read a user’s manual and learn how to operate a camera, but the main advantage you have over everyone else is your unique personality, story, and history. Watch a lot of films and start to notice how a movie is making you feel what you’re feeling. Is it because of where the director puts the camera or if she decides to move it? Is it because of when an editor decides to cut to another shot or if he decides to keep it on-screen even longer? Filmmaking is a language, so you need to learn the grammar of how shots are composed and interact with each other. Then you’ll start developing your own style and voice. If you like a movie or a scene , just keep watching it over and over and you’ll start to understand why it’s working. As a director you’ll have to start making those decisions too. You’ll be on set with 20 people looking at you, all of them asking, “how do you want to take the words in this script and turn them into a living, breathing thing? Tell us how to create this world.” You have to have a clear idea about what you want to communicate to the audience and why.

GAUTAM CHOPRA ’98 Honor and High Honor Roll, Tiger’s Eye, Class Officer, Drama, Omega, Model UN, Varsity Cross Country, JV Basketball, Varsity Track

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Dena Gwin helping student Ted

Sullivan ’95 edit a video in the space under the Middle School stairs. (1995)




Feature Story: Thayer and the College Search

THE 3RD ANNUAL THAYER ACADEMY VIDEO FESTIVAL festival, To view 8 films from the visit: including the four below,


Love &’12,War P. Lizza ’12, P.J. Leddy ’12 Dir. H. Bacon

Study Film 6 Thayer Grads us Tisch School for the Arts at NYU’s Prestigio

The word on the street is “Nobody each have The six Thayer/Tisch students in film, and different reasons for their interest aspects of they each want to focus on different common thread film production, but there is a is Thayer’s video holding them together, and that all started their arts teacher Dena Gwin. They arts class. “All of film work in Ms. Gwin’s video at the Upper these students studied video arts Gwin. “In the School for three years,” says Ms. them unofficial third year, I appointed all of help younger teaching assistants, so they could they had already students. This reinforced what see film making learned, and allowed them to in new ways.”

students That being the case, Thayer Academy in the last four really must be exceptional. For accepted to the years, six students have been up with that? film department at Tisch. What’s

all. The mission Thayer isn’t an arts school, after balanced by arts is to provide excellent academics in the Arts, and athletics. Except for Foundations art courses a required course for all freshmen, of Thayer Upper are electives. Nevertheless, 90% the arts program School students participate in during each - many of them taking art courses of their twelve Upper School terms. a basic necessity, For some students, art becomes to focus on it in almost like food, so they decide Thayer alumni college. As mentioned above, six Institute of have enrolled in the Maurice Kanbar of the Arts, Film & Television at the Tisch School they “create where, according to their website, for artists, an extraordinary training ground entrepreneurs.” scholars of the arts, and creative artists are: Alex Included in this group of Thayer Rick Swenson Fofonoff ‘09, Evan Metzold ‘09, J. Bacon Harrison ‘11, Richardson ‘10, Tyler ’12, and Patrick Lizza ’12.


Gwin’s success is Some say that the secret to Ms. that lend to her expertise in the various elements all of these an outstanding video reel. She guided of distinctive students through the preparation Three videos to submit with their applications. on even more of the six students concentrated videos for this process by choosing to produce their Senior Projects. “what was most Alex Fofonoff remembers that was the freedom important in video art classes having to censor and trust Ms. Gwin gave us. Not because yourself at a young age is so important,

gets into Tisch.”

running you’ve got so many ideas and thoughts them need to get through your head, that you just As you see them out there in one way or another. get more becoming visualized, your thoughts what that feels collected, and you can say, “that’s different.” like, let me try something completely ridiculous, So as sophomore, you may make need to get it goofy stuff, but you have to; you back junior out of your system. Then you come an unrequited year and decide you want to make a big help with love story. Of course, she was but it recommendation, her with my reel and she created in was the exploratory environment to grow strong her classes that really allowed me roots as an artist.” in his sophomore Tyler Richardson ‘11 is currently in film and year at Tisch, where he is majoring year, Ty studied television production. In his first - camera, sound different elements of filmmaking directing, design, screenwriting, performance, always a thrill film history, and criticism. “It’s I know walking into Tisch,” says Ty. “Because from - I mean, who has come out of the school to Philip Martin Scorsese to Alec Baldwin Lee. On a good Seymour Hoffman to Spike alums in the day, you’ll see one of these famous opportunity to lobby or the elevator. I’ve had the

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Story by Barbara Browne ’09, Video Arts Bacon ’12, Evan Metzold – all Festival (L-R): Harrison ’11, and Patrick Lizza ’12 At the 3rd Annual Video Fofonoff ’09, Tyler Richardson and alums. Instructor Dena Gwin, Alex current Thayer students festival, along with other contributed films to the

of the Thayer work on film shoots with all three Metzold, Alex students who preceded me: Evan All of my fellow Fofonoff, and Rick Swenson. respect, and that Thayer alumni treated me with environment. I really helped me adapt to my new learn something absolutely love it at Tisch. I truly stuff I’m learning new every day, and I feel like the an artist.” is fulfilling me as a person and of the factors Dena Gwin points out that one rate at Tisch Film in Thayer’s 100% acceptance starting in 2009 School is that “All of our students, have done with Alex Fofonoff and Evan Metzold, eager to to accept so well at Tisch that the school is Arts Program.” students from Thayer’s Video of College Thad Robey, Thayer’s Director say that the Counseling, observes “I would points to the fact Tisch phenomenon at Thayer both artistically that our students are talented of the premier and academically. Tisch is one some of the best performing arts colleges, enrolling a strong emphasis young artists, and there is still So that speaks to on portfolios and auditions. arts program in the strength of Thayer’s video These are cultivating the abilities of our students. pursue their craft passionate students who also in summer film outside of Thayer by participating programs at a college like Emerson.”

is now at Tisch Harrison J. Bacon ‘12, who did just that. “In specializing in dramatic writing, “I took a fivethe summer of 2011,” Harry noted, program at week, eight-hours-a-day college-credit the Feature Film. Emerson College titled Writing hard and took It was strenuous, but I worked very a lot away from the course.” always enjoy “The Thayer/Tisch students new work to returning to Thayer to show their to talk about their our current video students and says Dena Gwin. experiences in film school,” students and it “This is inspirational for current that we’ve sustains the tradition of peer teaching Gwin organized established here.” Last spring, Ms. Video Festival the Third Annual Thayer Academy alumni and to showcase the work of both Thayer current students.

Just a Couple of Men ’09 Directed by Evan Metzold

All Boxed In

Directed by Patrick Lizza

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Directed by Ty Richardson








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festival, To view 8 films from the visit: including the four below,

In the 2012 issue of Thayer Magazine, six Thayer-Tisch students were profiled. In their own words, here’s what a few of these bright young filmmakers are doing now!

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I had a really wonderful experience studying at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where I focused on directing and producing. I interned for Blue Bloods on CBS, and then for the world-renowned commercial production company SMUGGLER. I spent hundreds of hours on all kinds of different sets, and formed a network of talented collaborators and friends in the process. Eventually, I began to see the path towards a life in the arts. After gaining production experience at Atlantic Records while in school and freelancing for a while following graduation, I was ready to explore a more personal side of filmmaking. That continues to be what drives me today. Last summer, I gathered some of my favorite cast and crew and dove into a narrative-driven short film called Tether. Despite the film's very short runtime, the process was long. I made it in between other responsibilities and as production resources became available. Equal parts psychological thriller and mysterious

dream sequence, Tether helped further define my sensibilities as a filmmaker and storyteller. It premiered online over at Film Shortage and will soon be headed into the festival circuit. I currently work as the New York pitch artist for an international, advertising-focused production and design studio called The Mill. As the pitch artist, I work closely with our roster of in-house directors and designers to create director's treatments, pitch books, and other pitch materials for all kinds of different projects. The position demands that I tap into my abilities as a writer, director, designer, visual thinker, and all-around creative. It has been a huge learning experience. I'd be remiss if I did not circle back to the place that started it all: Thayer Academy. Ms. Gwin's video art class changed my life. I have no idea what I would be doing if it weren't for the fact that TA made a proper arts education available to me at a young age. Fostering that at Thayer and beyond is something that is really, really important to me. Pursuing my passion has been, and still is, a joyful journey in which every day is different. I couldn't ask for any more. I currently live in Brooklyn. You can see some of my work at

Gwin came to Thayer in 1979 to teach Middle School Visual Art after graduating from Connecticut College with a degree in studio art and later studied video production at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In 1994 she started teaching the Video Arts class for Upper School students in a small space under a stairwell in the Middle School. The class grew in popularity and was moved to the Center for the Arts into a spacious studio with top-of-theline equipment. While exhibiting her own video art projects, she joined VideoSpace, a group of 7 artists who curated performance art screenings in the Boston area. In 1994 she received a New England Fellowship/National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Media Arts which she used to fund a multi-monitor video and sound installation titled IT NEVER HAPPENED that was exhibited in the Thayer Gallery. The exhibit addressed issues around lying and denial. The installation and elements from the show were also shown at several galleries in the

Boston area and in New York City. Several of Gwin’s single-channel videos were chosen by the Alternative Museum in New York City for its National Showcase two years in a row in 1995 and 1996. Today Gwin is working on a comedic screenplay about a weekend away on a farm with friends and animals. While she’s collected accolades for her art outside of the Thayer campus, Gwin is also proud of her students who have gone on to great success in film after graduation (See Gautam Chopra ’98 on page 18 and profiles below). “Over the years, several Thayer video/film students chose to study film in college and every student who has applied to the highly regarded NYU Tisch School of Film has been accepted,” she says, adding that students have also gone on to other prestigious film schools such as Northwestern University and Columbia University. “Their successful A few of the many films and directors applications are a result of that Dena Gwin admires include: The the careful, creative, and Lives of Others (F.H. Von Donnersmarck, individual attention that 2006); After Hours (Martin Scorcese, 1985); Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody each student spent while Allen, 1986); the original version of assembling and editing their The Manchurian Candidate (John required reel of narrative and Frankenheimer, 1962); and Citizen Kane experimental works.” (Orson Welles, 1941).

Dena’s picks


From issues of family dynamics, women and food, and lying and denial, there’s no subject that Dena Gwin is afraid to tackle in her video art. The Thayer Middle and Upper School art and film teacher has a flourishing career outside of the classroom exhibiting and curating works in galleries and museums in Boston, New York, and elsewhere.

RICK SWENSON '10 After graduating NYU Tisch in 2014, I worked at Endgame Entertainment as an assistant to the president of production, then, in early 2016, moved to New Orleans to work as a producer on a clip show called Kids Do the Craziest Things, a show is in the same vein as America's Funniest Home Videos. My job is to find the clips we use in the show and structure them into segment categories, which writers then write around it's a lot of fun! I also write and produce independent work. My thesis film at NYU, Sweetlings, was a two part horror/ comedy series about three sisters who always seem to fall into dangerous supernatural situations. My video Milk and Honey,

which started out as a class assignment about internet virality, actually ended up going viral. It was written about on Gothamist and featured on Comedy Central's @midnight. Currently I'm working on a short film, Mud, about a woman who gets stuck in the mud wearing heels. I'm hoping to complete it in the next couple of months, in time for an LGBTQ film festival in New Orleans. I also write, perform, and make short films with a sketch group called Night School, at The New Movement, which is a comedy theater and school in New Orleans. We have a monthly show, which is typically a combination of live performance and short comedic videos.

HARRISON BACON '12 I graduated in 2016 with degrees in Screenwriting, Philosophy, and French from the Department of Dramatic Writing, which is a division of Tisch School of Film & Television. While at school, I wrote and produced two short films. Marvin was about a boy who spends four years in juvenile detention after taking the fall for his older brother, which premiered at the Harlem International Film Festival. The Spotter followed a criminal in a dystopian future who is offered the opportunity to help a rebel group flee from an oppressive government, and premiered at the Montecatini International Film Festival in Italy. I was lucky enough to work a few jobs in the industry while at school; as a research intern at the Dramatists Guild of America; and as an acquisitions intern and then as a script reader at The Weinstein Company. Since graduation, I've worked as a script reader at Amazon Studios - reviewing feature length screenplays and writing reviewals and script coverage for the Acquisitions & Development department.

I have written one feature length screenplay, titled Muscle, that is traveling the screenplay festival circuit currently (from the Austin Film Festival, to Sundance, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences). I am also currently developing a second feature length script, titled The Competition, with an independent producer, formerly a creative assistant at Warner Bros. Most recently, I've been commissioned in my first television writing gig by the producers of Birth of a Nation (2016) and Sully (2016) to develop the pilot and story of an eight-part series about Big Pharma and America's current opioid epidemic. In my free time, I write and perform in the sketch comedy troupe, Partners in Climb, which includes fellow Thayer 2012 alumnus Patrick Leddy; and I write song lyrics for producers and fellow NYU music performance graduates.

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Sometimes being in the right place at the right time is having the good sense to see it. Take Charlie Harrington ’75. In the early 1970s the 16-year-old was a bellhop at the Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard. There, he became intrigued by a large film crew taking over the hotel to make what he imagined was “a Channel 88 late-night horror movie.” He got a job on set and soon found himself in the middle of the action; that even meant partying inside the movie’s mechanical shark, which was constantly breaking down. Yes, shark – as in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, as in the summer blockbuster which created the idea of the summer blockbuster, as in, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Harrington had a relatively small impact on Jaws, but the movie had a big impact on him. He was, shall we say, three-barrels-hooked on Hollywood. “I said, ‘This is what I want to do,’” Harrington recalls. Cut to 2017 and Harrington, a Cohasset native now living in Dennis, is one of Hollywood’s most respected location managers. He’s worked on The Last Samurai, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Drugstore Cowboy, and The Spanish Prisoner, to name a few. He’s also the undisputed guru of location managers for Massachusetts movies. Think: Black Mass, Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone, and A Civil Action. In fact, of the 20 or so location managers currently working in Massachusetts, Harrington has trained most of them.


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Despite the impressive resume, Harrington insists a location manager is only as good as his or her last movie. “Even now, you have to make sure you do a great job,” he explains from a deck chair on a gorgeous summer day at the Dennis Yacht Club. “Every six months, you’re working for a different studio. If you don’t do a good job, you don’t work.” One of Harrington’s latest projects is Detroit, a look at that city’s summer of turmoil in 1967. The movie was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and was filmed locally. “We basically turned Brockton and Lawrence into Detroit of the 1960s,” says Harrington. “We built sets and then burned them down.” Harrington smiles when he mentions the film’s release date – Aug. 4 – because his daughter, Lily Mae Harrington, also has a film (Some Freaks) debuting the very same day. “We’ll actually be competing against each other,” he says. Harrington is married and has four children. While Lily Mae is an actress, another daughter is currently getting her Ph.D. at the University of TexasAustin. One son is a stand-up comedian and comic writer in Los Angeles. The youngest son sails back and forth between Provincetown and Key West, Florida, where he performs as a street musician. “He’s making a fortune,” says the proud dad. “I simply can’t convince him to get ‘a real job.’”


Charlie Harrington ’75 surrounded by crew on the Mass Ave Bridge, shut down during the filming of 21. (2007)

Harrington says several former Thayer teachers – Bailey, Choate, McGoldrick – served as helpful guides, but he singles out Mr. Wilson of the English Department for particular praise. “He encouraged my writing,” says Harrington. Later, he adds: “Thayer definitely shaped me in many ways -- particularly, in the importance of organizing and writing an essay.” Coming in with several other South Shore hockey players at the old Cohasset Winter Gardens, Harrington fondly remembers skating varsity as a Thayer freshman when the squad earned a title. He also played some football and soccer. He feels sports helped to develop his personality, at least the social aspects of it. “Back then I was known as ‘Chuckie,’” he offers. After Thayer, Harrington earned a communications / film degree from Boston University. Meanwhile, he kept hustling, even making rock videos in the early days of that genre with the likes of The Cars and The J. Geils Band. He landed a job with The Witches of Eastwick because it was being filmed in his hometown. One opportunity led to another

until it was time for a proverbial leap of faith. “My baby was six-months-old when we moved to L.A.,” he says. Harrington, who often works out of his car and always has a camera or two on hand, says the job of location manager is not only about having “a good eye” but also about organization and keen attention to detail. That means that on top of being responsible for finding and securing locations to film, there is also the logistical grunt work of contracts, permits, insurance, waivers, etc. “The fun part is finding the location,” he says. “The rest of it is working out the kinks.” Three decades in Hollywood have given Harrington too many great stories to mention. If you see him, ask him about the time he was sent around the globe to find the world’s most beautiful waterfall... or flying around the Caribbean to scout locations with Johnny Depp... or falling in love with the city of Venice... or finding New Zealand’s Mount Taranaki (used as a Mount Fuji stand-in on “The Last Samurai”) in a coffee table book... or taking over Hog Island to film The Crucible.”

Charlie with daughter, Lily Mae Harrington, star of Some Freaks (2017).

CHARLIE HARRINGTON ’75 From the 1975 Black & Orange Okay, one story: While filming What’s Eating Gilbert Grape in Texas, Harrington and some crew members spotted a house with a beehive, perfect for an upcoming scene. Harrington knocked on the door and was greeted by a pajama-clad housewife with kids running all around. He explained his needs, only to be told to wait one moment. “She returned with a shotgun and asked, ‘Now, what is it you wanted?’” Harrington remembers. 

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Charlie in Taranaki, New Zealand,

doing some helicopter scouting for The Last Samurai. (2003)

A sample of the nearly 50 movies Charlie Harrington '75 worked on as Location Manager Witches of Eastwick (1987) Drugstore Cowboy (1989) What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) The Crucible (1996) Good Will Hunting (1997) A Civil Action (1998) The Cider House Rules (1999) Thirteen Days (2000) All the Pretty Horses (2000) The Shipping News (2001) The Last Samurai (2003) Gone Baby Gone (2007) 21 (2008) Knight and Day (2010) The Wolverine (2013) Captain Phillips (2013) Black Mass (2015) Ghostbusters (2016) Detroit (2017)


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While the Texas story is clearly not an example of right place at the right time, it’s an exception. More typically, Harrington can speak of his work on The Last Samurai, where filmmakers had to create entire villages in New Zealand for thousands of samurai and imperial soldiers. They also had to train horses to roll while not getting spooked by constant explosions. “None of the horses were harmed,” he says. “We had one mechanical horse, which cost $1 million dollars, and that was for Tom Cruise.” Harrington calls that movie the most complicated he’s ever worked on. However, when pressed, he calls The Cider House Rules his favorite. “On that movie, we used real locations. It had to have the look of World War II,” he says. “I really think it has a great feel.” While Harrington is comfortable telling stories of the past, he becomes more animated discussing upcoming projects. For instance, he just completed work on White Boy Rick, another movie set in Detroit and slated for release in 2018. The movie tells the story of the last white kid in an otherwise black neighborhood. Harrington raves about Richie Merritt, the young actor selected for the title role, and adds that Matthew McConaughey plays the boy’s father. It’s clear Harrington wants to discuss the new movie more than what happened on the set of Jaws all those decades ago. In other words, Harrington still finds himself in just the right spot. “I think I’ll be doing this for a while,” he says.

Charlie's Moviemaking Advice Let’s be clear: Charlie Harrington has nothing against a film degree. Heck, he received a communications / film degree from Boston University in 1980. However, when it comes to movies, the Thayer alumnus and veteran location manager says there’s really nothing to it but to do it. “Don’t get bogged down in student debt to get a film degree if you’re able to,” he advises. “No one has ever asked me if I went to film school or even what my major was in college. If you want to direct something, then direct something.” What’s more, young filmmakers no longer have to go to Hollywood to learn their craft. Thanks in part to the Mass Film Tax Credit, many big-budget films are shooting right here. “It used to be one or two films every three years,” says Harrington of the time before the state tax incentives. “Now they’re shooting six or seven at a time.”



During the filming of Good Will Hunting Charlie Harrington ’75 found himself driving around Boston Common with Robin Williams. As they (ALONG WITH A approached the State COUPLE OF ACTORS House, they noticed YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF) another film crew was filming there - in fact, it was Steven Spielberg filming scenes from Amistad. Robin Williams insisted that they pull up so he could say hello. At the time, he had a full beard and was wearing a hat - so a lot of fans who had assembled thought he was Steven Spielberg when he got out of the car. Of course he started signing Steven. And of course, he walked right onto the set and completely ruined a scene that was being filmed with Anthony Hopkins.




In 1990, Leif Tilden ’83 (above, left) donned the getup of Donatello, one of the four “heroes in a half-shell” for the first two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action movies. What was that experience like? “Wearing the turtle costume was like wearing a nerf football after it has been laying in the bottom of a pool,” Leif recalls.

Charlie likes to recall the first time he told the story to a group of actors, who all marveled at what an amazing tale this was. All except for one. Ben Affleck then chimed in with “Of course it’s an amazing story, but you forgot to mention that Matt (Damon) and I were in the back of the (expletive) car!”


OSCAR WINNING DIRECTOR? As is often the case for actors who have non-starring roles, Oscar Wahlberg ’17 didn’t see the movie he was in until he bought a ticket and watched it in a theater. Moreover, all he knew of the movie - in which he portrayed Joel, a friend of actor Lucas Hedges’s main character Patrick - was that it was about a kid whose father passed away. The movie - BestPicture nominated Manchester by the Sea - would end up netting much critical acclaim and an Oscar for director Kenneth Lonergan. Oscar was thankful for his time on set and noted that working with Lonergan was instructive. “He wasn’t intimidating even though he’s one of the best directors there is. He was super personable as well, and during filming it always felt like we were just having a conversation with some friends, but with just a few cameras around.”



Nate Richman ’07 has certainly made the most of his burgeoning acting career. In his first feature film debut, Nate portrays a bar room bully that takes on The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) in 2016's Central Intelligence, and not surprisingly, ends up getting knocked out. “Obviously, the punch wasn't real,” noted Richman, “but my arm and shoulder were very sore for a couple days having to block his initial punch take after take.” Look for Nate in recently released Boston Marathon movie Stronger (as Jake Gyllenhaal's character’s cousin).

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Marilyn Legg P ’88 and Matt Dunne prior to Last Chapel ceremonies.

2 Dan Nguyen ’17, Aliyah George ’17, and Dana Baker Tubbs ’17.

3 Emily Briggs ’17 and Jon Lucas ’17. 4 Maria Theodore '18 receives the Latin III award from Thayer faculty member Marc Rando P ’18, ’20.


5 Lauren Bennett '18 thanks Thayer faculty member Kate Hayman as she receives the Junior Essayist Award.

6 Adam Fogel ’19 shakes the hand of Thayer faculty member Kevin Cedrone P ’22 while receiving the Algebra II prize.

7 Matt Dunne begins his emotional farewell speech to Thayer as the Last Chapel speaker.



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Top Scholar Vinh Tran ’21 gives the Farewell Address at Recognition Day while Middle School Director Carson Smith looks on.


Middle School counselor Jarvis Wyche pins a flower onto Andy Collins ’21.


Caitlin Hayes ’21 and Melanie McCue ’21


Justin DeLuca ’21 and Quinn McConnaughey ’21


Middle School Director Carson Smith addresses the graduating 8th graders and parents.


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COMMENCEMENT 2017 Members of the Class of 2017 stand at attention during Commencement festivities.

Faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered on Thayer's

and I allowed it to guide my actions and show me what

main lawn to celebrate the Class of 2017 at the

I needed to do to fulfill my ambitions...Now that high

Academy's 140th Commencement.

school is over, and the rope that has towed us along is about to be cut, we must look ahead to the future, and

Class Speaker Molly Greenough '17 applauded her class

seek a new purpose to guide us forward."

for their "zest for life," and told them to carry that zest with them when they leave Thayer. "Carry it with you

Congratulations once again to the Class of 2017!

your whole life," she said, "and you'll undoubtedly better each community you join, as you have bettered ours." In his address Valedictorian Dat Thanh Nguyen '17 reflected on his time at Thayer. "Everything I did, whether inside my comfort zone or outside my boundaries, I did in pursuit of my goals," he said. "I clung to that purpose,

(Top Left) Abigail King '17 and Alexandra Rooney '17 share a hug prior to the start of Commencement ceremonies. (Left Three Top-Bottom) Jordan Mello-Klein ’17, Matt Gilbert ’17, and Oscar Wahlberg ’17 receive their diplomas. (Far Right) Mairead Anderson ‘17 flashes her newly given diploma as she walks off the stage.


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(Top Left) Aliyah George '17 gives the invocation; (Top Right) Patrick Kennedy '17 gives the benediction; (Above) Dat Thanh Nguyen ’17 delivers the Valedictory Address to his fellow graduates.

The senior class voted Molly Greenough '17 to be the Senior Speaker.

Finley Mullally '17, Casey Carreau '17, Brendan Lee '17, Tyler Green '17, Nicholas Sexeney '17, Michael Seoane '17, Ryan Farley '17, and Peter Sullivan '17.


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At Commencement 2017, a few alumni and their children gathered for a Thayer Legacy photo on the steps of Main Building. ​ ront Row (L-R): F Lori Tregoning Donnellan '90 P '17, '19, ‘21, Lexi Donnellan '17, Alexandra Rooney '17, and Lisa Forger Rooney '88 P '17, '22 ​ ack Row (L-R): B Tom Griffin '86 P '17, Ben Griffin '17, ​Nolan Pizzi '17, and Kevin Pizzi '81 P '14, '17

"This is a time when your dreams determine the future of our nation." Commencement Speaker

Miniard Culpepper P '08, '09 Thayer Academy Board of Trustees member and Regional Counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Darby Melia ’17 Varsity Ice Hockey (Captain), Varsity Field Hockey (Captain), Track & Field, Peer Advisor, Peer Tutor, Lead Tour Guide Hometown: Scituate /// Attending: Brown University Through Thayer, I travelled to the Pine Ridge Reservation (SD) with Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder during my Junior year, and that sparked an interest in psychology that I might pursue at Brown. Upon listening and observing psychologists' interactions with children and camp counselors, I was interested in the methods they were using. Taking a psychology class at Thayer this year allowed me to explore the basic principles of psychology which I found to be very fascinating and made me want to keep exploring and learning.

Braden Joe ’17 Voice Magazine, Theater, Film Club (President), Humans of Thayer (President), Tour Guide, Culinary Club, Peer Advisor, Jazz Combo Hometown: Westwood /// Attending: Chapman University Mr. Dixon has been a huge influence on me. He was my freshman history teacher and he's been my advisor for the last 3 years. On the secondto-last day of school we went out to breakfast and it didn't feel like I was talking with a teacher. He was a friend. Thayer has let me dream beyond what I thought I could do. The connections I've made with alumni and with teachers really opened my mind to the different opportunities out there.


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Matt Gilbert ’17 Mathletes, Soccer, Varsity Tennis (Captain), Science Club (President), Games Club (President), Tech Fellow, Trivia Team Hometown: Hingham /// Attending: Harvard University One of my favorite classes at Thayer was Data Structures in Computer Science. It was a small class, so we became close and the teacher didn’t just take us through the material — we were able to work on some fun projects.

Felice Cabral ’17 Allies Club, President; OMEGA Club; Theater; Jazz Combo; Choir; Peer Advisor Hometown: Boston /// Attending: Emmanuel College When I was involved with the musical my first semester of 9th grade, it really helped me see where I fit in the high school. Through the arts, I've connected with a lot more people and I love doing it every day, so whenever I get to come to school and do the arts with some of my favorite people, it's definitely my favorite part.

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Mairead May Anderson Michael Nicholas Babanikas Dana Baker-Tubbs Nicole Ann Barrett Samantha M. Bloom Amanda M. Bradley Emily Jade Briggs Amanda Paige Britko Danielle C. Browne Felice Cabral Patrick E. Carbone Casey Carreau Thomas Carroll Emma Elizabeth Casey Brianna Cedrone Charles Cella Alye Chaisson Brian Chanicka Beryl Chen Christian Ciffolillo Grace P. Corcoran Juliet Craffey Nicholas Michael Croke Lexi Donnellan Connor D. Donovan Javaughn Edmonds William Englander Myles Fagan Ryan Farley Alannah Kate Finlay Peter Finnegan



College of the Holy Cross Trinity College Lehigh University Providence College The George Washington University Boston College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Villanova University Tulane University Emmanuel College Colby College Boston College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trinity College Bowdoin College New York University Syracuse University Bentley University University of Pennsylvania Bentley University Boston College Elon University Elon University University of Miami Boston University Southern New Hampshire University Bolles School University of Massachusetts, Amherst Endicott College University of Massachusetts, Amherst Providence College

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Aliyah George John Michael Geraghty Matthew Gilbert Regina Goldenberg Lauren Goldfarb Marisa Goolgasian Tyler S. Green Molly Ann Greenough Benjamin Griffin Fiona Griffin Erin Haley Michael Fitzgerald Harris Quanzhao He John Huntington Healey Alexa K. Henriksen Charles Anthony Hume Caroline Tracey Hunnewell Sadie Hyde Emma Elizabeth Jaeger Braden Joe Kevin Kearns Caroline Elizabeth Kelleher Rhyland Keller Jack James Kennedy Patrick Michael Kennedy Torian Kidd Abigail Cady King Owen Kingsbury Dante Knight Cooper Kream Sarah Anne Kretschmer

Boston College Providence College Harvard University Wake Forest University University of Richmond Northeastern University Saint Joseph’s University University College Dublin Syracuse University University of California, Los Angeles Vanderbilt University Loyola University Maryland University College London Providence College Gap Year and Hockey The George Washington University Chapman University Trinity College Bucknell University Chapman University Miami University, Oxford Tulane University Wagner College Champlain College Trinity College University of Hartford Connecticut College Syracuse University Worcester Polytechnic Institute University of Denver Syracuse University

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Brendan Lee Sydney Lee Peyton Margaret Lessard John Lucas Lara MacIntyre Holly Cameron Maher Lauren Maroney Leah Margaret Marsh Katherine Mashikian Kristen Mashikian Tessa McCabe Jack McDonough Abby McGrath John L. McMahon Katherine Meehan Darby Melia Jordan Mello-Klein Brandon Mercer Tai Miller Emani-Jahkye Morrison Erin Muldoon Finley Mullally Rheem Danielle Nessralla Dan Phuong Nguyen Dat-Thanh Ngoc Nguyen Steve P. Nguyen Elliot Nichols Tobechi U. Nwokeji Abigael Osmanski Eamon Joesph Osmanski Lauren Petrie

Trinity College Boston University Gettysburg College New York University Boston University College of Charleston Elon University Union College New York University Brown University Kenyon College University of Massachusetts, Amherst Manhattan College Boston University Saint Anselm College Brown University Bentley University Hampshire College Bridgewater State University University of Hartford Providence College Massachusetts Maritime Academy Fairfield University Wentworth Institute of Technology Brown University University of Massachusetts, Amherst Bucknell University The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bowdoin College Providence College University of Wisconsin, Madison

Nolan Albert Pizzi Elizabeth A. Pontes Sarah M. Power Clara Quillen Lindsey Anne Quinlisk Jordan Robey Molly Robin-Caplan Alexandra Joan Rooney Annie G. Rozewski Daniel Scapicchio Madelyn Nicole Schwandt Michael Seoane Nicholas Sexeny Zheqi Shen Parker St. Jean Jiayi Su Peter James Sullivan Andrew Swift Elizabeth Tangney Michael T. Tesauro Isabelle Thompson Daniel Torney Camden W. Vassallo Jamari Venter Noah Michael Vienneau Julianna Vinke Paulina Vo Oscar R. Wahlberg Therese Wilson Anzaer Wumaier Thomas G. Zhen

Elon University New York University Tulane University University of Richmond Wake Forest University Roosevelt University University of Miami Boston College Bucknell University Carleton College College of Charleston Quinnipiac University Providence College Emory University Wake Forest University Carnegie Mellon University Providence College University of Denver Babson College High Point University Babson College Virginia Tech Duke University Merrimack College University of Pittsburgh Emory University University of Massachusetts, Boston Pace University American University Lesley University Northeastern University

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Thayer students had a once-in-a-lifetime experience working with the Thayer’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher had a complicated set with a large pirate ship set on casters. How the set came to grace the stage of the CFA was a once-in-a-lifetime experience in and of itself. Drama teacher Kelly Hines P ’18, ’19 heard that Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Georgia was performing the same play, and would be interested in donating their set when they were finished. When the movers she hired cancelled at the last minute, Kelly had to fly down to Savannah, load up a truck with the set and costumes, and drive the 1,020 miles from Savannah to Braintree. Then, she ran an extensive, 2



hands-on workshop with SCAD faculty and graduate students for Thayer drama students (as well as students from other South Shore schools). At this workshop, students reconstructing the set, worked with SCAD’s lighting and costume designers, and participated in sessions on singing, dance, movement for actors, yoga, and audition technique. By all accounts, the workshop was a resounding success. Following Thayer's performance on April 27, Kelly hoped to continue the cycle of goodwill. ‘‘It is our hope that this beautiful design work and construction will be passed on to the next set of storytellers, and enjoy a life far beyond SCAD's stage, and beyond ours,’’ she says.


(L-R) Hanna Stern ’18, Oscar Wahlberg ’17, Ruby Lippert ’19, Emily Briggs ’17, and Mimi Post ’19


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In this scene, Lord Aster explains to his daughter the magic of Starstuff, in the language of Dodo.



Jack Manning ’18 and Molly Greenough ’17 share a moment in front of one of the beautiful set pieces.


Tessa Schneider ’17 and Emily Briggs ’17 in Peter and the Starcatcher.

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Conor Mannion ’23, Serena Lei ’22, Jonah Torres ’22, Nicole Henderson ’22, John Carbone ’21, Conor Walsh ’22, Declan Hocker ’23, and Tatianna Allen ’23 play an ensemble piece during the Spring Music Concert.





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TUESDAY, MAY 23RD, 2017 7:00 PM | HALE THEATER Directed by Tara Corcoran ’88 P ’19 Vocal Direction by Charlotte Browne Choreography by Alison Neill Accompaniment by Sara Barkon Set Design by Elizabeth Persing


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 Nicole Joffe ’23

 Ty Manini ’23

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 Connor Donovan ’17

 Alexandra Rooney ’17

 Dan Nguyen ’17

 Mike McHugh ’22

For the second straight year, Thayer’s school calendar highlights some of the most interesting, original pieces of art to come from the creative minds of Middle and Upper School students. To view this year’s collection of artists (along with artist statements by each of the students), please visit:

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If not for his wife, Barbara, Head Track Coach and Arts Department Head Jeff Browne P ’04, ’05 might have missed a coaching milestone. At the start of the season, Barbara was helping him update the team stats spreadsheet when she noticed that the 500th regular-season win was on the horizon. “It was never on my radar screen,” he says. “It wasn’t a goal, because we focus on developing through the season to peak at the championship meets.” And while the 500th victory at Tabor Academy was sweet, Browne said “It was the team celebration afterwards that was truly special and totally unexpected for me.” The three alumni coaches, Christina Anastos ‘09; Chizoba Ezeigwe ‘05; and Brittany Reardon ‘10, said a few words and organized the team to spell out a gigantic number 500 with their track shoes. “Hearing what our three alums had to say was really heartwarming. I’ll always remember that part,” said Browne. Later that season Browne’s girls’ team won their 20th consecutive New England championship and 18th consecutive ISL championship. (The boys’ and girls’ teams have won a combined 47 ISL and N.E. championships since he took over as head coach in 1994.) He attributes the streak to “a lot of hard work, a lot of help, and having athletes focus on achieving their personal best, which is what they can control.” He especially appreciates former coaches Peter Robarts P ‘01, ‘04, ‘06 and Tom Chiari P ‘20, P’20; and current coaches Steve Branfman P ‘00, ‘02; Nellie Brennan Hall; David Callum; Larry Carlson P ‘02, ‘05, ‘10; George Chatman; Callie Schneider; Paul McCarron; and the three alums, Anastos ‘09; Ezeigwe ‘05; and Reardon ‘10, for contributing to the team’s history of success. Browne himself has a storied track background. He ran hurdles and sprint events for Wakefield High School and was recruited for track at UMass Amherst where he was part of the Division I New England Championship team. “I learned a lot there,” he says of UMass. “I had great teammates and great coaching.”

THE NEXT GENERATION... Jeff Browne with the 8th and 9th grade girls who competed on the team and scored points at the 2017 ISL Championship Meet. These students are the core future of the team moving forward! (L-R) Judith Walker ’21, Kendall Roland ’20, Sola Osinubi ’20, Maddie Broderick ’20, Stephanie Joe ’20, and Ali Deegan ’20, Alumna coach Chizoba Ezeigwe ’05 stands next to Jeff. (Not pictured: Lilly Bradley ’21.)

After teaching and coaching at Hingham and Norwood High Schools, Jeff came to Thayer in 1991 to start the instrumental music program. The following year, Jeff worked with Coach Richard Sawyer in his last year before retirement. He then took over as head coach of the boys’ team and in 1997 became head coach of both the boys’ and girls’ teams. He also coached indoor track at Wheaton College in Norton for 6 years. Looking back at his 24-year career coaching track & field at Thayer, Jeff has many great stories to tell. One of the more dramatic moments took place at the New England Championships in 2005. Thayer had to win the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay. Chizoba Ezeigwe ’05, running anchor, got the baton in 3rd place, ran the race of her life, and caught the leader with 10 meters to go. She won the race and clinched the championship. Also, in 2003, Jeff watched his daughter, Sophie ’04, break the school record in the pole vault. “The coach and athlete became dad and daughter,” he says with a smile. “I was the official for the event that day, and it was my job to measure each attempt. It was a powerful feeling to measure my daughter’s record-breaking vault.” For Jeff Browne, coaching athletes who are new to the team (99 percent of whom have never done the sport of track & field before) and watching them progress is an annual highlight. “It’s a measurable, goal-oriented sport but the level of confidence the athletes accrue as they improve is immeasurable.”

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NCAA STUDENT ATHLETES FROM THE CLASS OF 2017 Highlighting the Thayer Academy student-athletes who will be playing on NCAA fields and courts this fall around the country.


Mairead Anderson Holy Cross | Lacrosse

Patrick Carbone Colby College | Baseball

Casey Carreau Boston College | Hockey

Javaughn Edmonds Southern New Hampshire University | Basketball

Ryan Farley Endicott College | Lacrosse

Tyler Green St. Joseph's University | Lacrosse

Rhyland Keller Wagner College | Football

Patrick Kennedy Trinity College | Soccer

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Thayer Tiger Student Athletes in the NCAA from the Class of 2017

Abby King Connecticut College | Field Hockey

Peyton Lessard Gettysburg College | Soccer

Abby McGrath Manhattan College | Lacrosse

Darby Melia Brown University | Hockey

Jordan Mello-Klein Bentley University | Basketball

Tai Miller Bridgewater State University | Track & Field

Abby Osmanski Bowdoin College | Track & Field

Daniel Scapicchio Carleton College | Football

Jamari Venter Merrimack College | Football

To see a full list of Fall Sports award winners, please visit:

Katy Meehan St. Anselm College | Hockey

Tobechi Nwokeji University of North Carolina | Football

Paulina Vo UMass Boston | Track & Field

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The Varsity Boys basketball team poses on center court at the home of the Celtics, TD Garden, January 8, 2017.


Brittany Raphino '19 drives the lane in the Girls Varsity basketball team’s 55-44 victory over Pingree at TD Garden, January 8, 2017.


Thayer’s ski team enjoyed a successful season. Here, Kendall Bryant ’20 takes in a run down the slopes.


The Varsity Girls Lacrosse team celebrates a goal during a match in the rain.


The Varsity Girls Hockey team listens to the national anthem prior to a game.



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Cole Roland ’18 fires a fastball during a game.


Anna Howley ’18 gets ready to fire a ball across the diamond from the hot corner.


Peter Kip ’20 (#23) and Henry Rentz ’19 (#2) during a varsity lacrosse game.


Varsity golfer Nick Sexeny ’17 takes a practice swing during a round.


Varsity crew skulls on the waters in Quincy.





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Watch the 2017 Reunion recap video online:

Despite the inclement weather on Friday, Reunion 2017 ended up having the largest turnout in Thayer history - with 418 attendees enjoying a weekend full of reconnecting and making new friends. From the Friday afternoon Memorial Service and the honoring of four distinguished alumni during the Alumni Award Luncheon (see next page) to the individual classroom parties in Main, the O’Toole Lobby, and Southworth, the sounds of laughter resonated in the halls of dear, old Thayer.


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Robert A. Sunshine '62 received the Achievement Award for his long-time and key roles at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). He first joined the staff in 1976, just one year after its founding, and during that period, his work and his leadership have helped to establish CBO as an indispensable source of objective, high-quality budget and economic analysis for Congress, and as the gold standard for parliamentary budget offices throughout the world. In 2007, Bob became CBO’s Deputy Director and served in that position—under three Directors—for almost nine years, the longest anyone had ever held that position.

Dr. Jeremy Goverman '92 was awarded the Humanitarian Award for his work as part of the multidisciplinary team of burn care providers at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center and the Fraser Outpatient Burn Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, who can handle the most complex burn injuries. He also worked to treat some of the burn victims during the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy.


Geoff Goodale '62 received the Loyalty Award for his more than 30 years of service to Thayer as a teacher, coach and - for the past three years - an active member of the Alumni Board. Geoff began teaching English at Thayer in 1981. Through the course of his career he served as the Acting Head of the English Department, Secretary to the Cum Laude Society, Junior Varsity Tennis Coach, Middle School Wrestling Coach and Advisor to Black & Orange, Thayer’s yearbook. He retired from the Academy in 2013 after 32 years.


Kelly Amonte Hiller '92 received the Achievement Award in honor of her remarkable success as the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Northwestern University. She transformed a program that had not competed at the varsity level in over a decade to a remarkable seven women's lacrosse national championships in the past ten years. She is the winningest lacrosse coach in NCAA history. While unable to attend live because of coaching duties, Kelly thanked the Academy and those in attendance via a video message.

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Here are the Thayer classes (“2s” and “7s”) who came back to campus in May of 2017.

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Front Row (L to R): Elaine Zuckerman Nelson, Elizabeth 'Sam' Storrs Givner, Jo Steutzer Duval, R ​ eva Korim Castaline, Virginia 'Vee' McLeod Westbrook, Joanna Smith Cahoon, Betsy Foote Gersley, Doug Simmons, Graham Hird Middle Row (L to R): Jane Swartz Newman, Joe Doyle, John Dean, Anthea Hemery Bruffee, Nancy Newcomb Dail, Michelle Hunter McRae, Leslie Wind, Debby Rubin Berger, Peter Keefe, Marcia McKelligan, Dan Pratt Back Row (L to R): Bob Wax, Stephen Marshall, Peter Cahall, Janice Oliphant Lantz, Paul Archibald, Ed Smith, Jim Heller, Bob Leatherbee, Kevin Coti, Bob Dean, Chris Kirkland Hunt, Bill Wagner, Doug Lamb, Justine McGuirk Lambroschino, Bill Fleck, Jennifer Damon Badger, Frank Badger

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Front Row (L to R): Jim Hunt, Maureen Bosteel Fleming, Phyllis Frogel Rubin, Susan Wheatley Carr, Deborah Pavan Langston, Bob Hunt, Barbara Ellis Nyberg, Deborah Keith Ramsdell Back Row (L to R): Ann Douglas Wood, Bruce Nightingale, Nancy Hayes Sweetser, Joe Cunningham, Fred Carson, David Larkin, Robert Hatfield, Susann Hayes Hoke, Perry Collins

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2012 Front Row (L to R): Giovanna Pickering, Melissa Piacentini, Gina Ubertini, Jaclyn Flaherty, Serena Pang, Nancy Bai, Cindy Le, Angela Vassalotti, Morgan O’Brien, McKenzie Hunt, Sarah Reynolds, Megan Greeley, Joe Ferrera, Nikki Ayoub, Sam Valentine Bottom Middle Row (L to R): Audrey Fitzpatrick, Michaela Scanzillo, Pat Finn, Sam Henken, Cassie Mahar, Molly O’Brien, Mckenzie Eck, Shweta Kumar, Mitchel Pini, Olivia Dilorati, Ari Fleming, Anna Kenyon, Samantha Martin Top Middle Row (L to R): Tristan Lombardi, Shane Donovan, P.J. Leddy, Derek Keough, Julia Coombs, Emily Matthews, Madison Chambers, Katherine McManus, Margaret Webster, Harrison Bacon, Peter O’Marah, Peter Fitzpatrick, Chippy Kennedy Back Row (L to R): Lexi Smith, Tom Logue, Brendan Norton, Drew Caron, Jeff Durkin, Matt Parent, Billy Curley, Jay Matthews, Tim Giarusso, Julie King, Kyle White, Mike Pratt, Yannis Barros, Sam Falkson, Reilly Carey

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2007 Front Row (L to R): Alicia Hemmingway, Danielle Walsh, Ali Anderson, Maggie Suprey Middle Row (L to R): Cathal Rooney-Cespedes, Devin Cahill, Chelsea Rader, Chelsea Tyler, Kristen Coneys, Taylor Hamilton-Trudeau, Kristen Vassalotti, Emily Humphrey, Steve Anastos, Siobhan Sweeney, Raha Moussavi, Dave Piesco-Putnam, Pat Marr Back Row (L to R): Nick Wiggins, Finley Merrill, Arthur Phinney, Nate Richman, Eric Durell, Mike Burns, Bryan Sullivan

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2002 Front Row (L to R): Steve Gaziano, Logan Ramseyer, Lindsay (Teittinen) Hoyt, Laura (Glassanos) Callahan, Matt Stolper, Kendra King, Michael Derderian Middle Row (L to R): Meghan Haggerty, Leigh-Anne (Walsh) Wuori, Stephanie (Sullivan) Letts, Leah (Snyder) Kabrhel, Nicole (Greenstein) Andersen, Louis Sorgi, Greg Mullen Back Row (L to R): Andy Golabek, Adam Tokarz, Billy O’Dwyer, Alex Richman

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1997 Front Row (L to R): Liz Lundgren, Andrew Heller, Danielle Bello, Kristin Cotter Middle Row (L to R): Nancy (Smyth) Ruggeri, Erika Cunha, Sean Kelly, Alissa Karlsberg, Joanna Converse, Neala (Lee) Martin, Peter Fernquist, Jared Converse, Bridget (Wilkinson) Fernquist, Sara (McInnes) Baldwin, Julie (Ryder) Lammers Back Row (L to R):Mike McGuirk, Ed O’Brien, Jarrad Glennon, Dave Goldberg, Tom Shanley, Eric LeClair, Sean Lane, Dave Murphy, Troy Coady, Doug Goodale

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1992 L to R: Michael Frates, Jennifer MacDonald, Michael Piscitelli, Pat Gerety, Matt DiFiore, Mike Greenberg, Wally Swanson, Jamie (Allison) Brown, Kevin Kane, Melissa (Tuthill) Forger, Deidre Kerr, Bill Vernick, Matt McGuirk


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1982 L to R: Chris Griswold, David Kuhn, Sue (Doherty) Young, Scott Ford, Elizabeth (Goldthwait) Donohue, Julie Mehegan, Dominic White, Amy (Brock) Austin, Kristin (Noterman) Sickorez, Lynn Healy-Hutchinson, Ann (Kingston) McDonough, Caitlin (Tollefson) Brown, Doug Lally

L to R: Phil Mason, Pam Wakefield Mason, Jennifer Asiaf Bern, Jon Jensen, Barbara Tagaris Alavi, Tom Crowley, Margaret Happy Wilkinson Jacobs, Randy Bern, Jeff Toussaint

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1977 Front Row (L to R): Jim Whelan, Patti Sherman, Nancy Briggs Reynolds, Martha Hoefer, Joan Fitzpatrick, Stan Campbell Back Row (L to R): Joe Kelley, Dana Curhan, Neil McLaughlin

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1962 L to R: Anthony Fiorentini, John MacLennan, Eileen Cutler, Paula Nobili, Susan Fuller Alamgir, Bert Robbins, Ginny Burns Graham, Martha Blanchard Twigg, Richard Leach, Van Whisnand, Frank Tenore, Jeff Ross, Bruce Alemian, Mitch Goldman, Randy Repass, Tony Chamberlain, David Hemery, Win Aldrich, Geoff Good​al​e, J​ on Verdun​, Robert Sunshine

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1952 L to R: Al Wills, Lee Merrill, Madeleine Browne Tierney, Marilyn Brooks Wey, Gail Purdy Buccini, Naomi Stone Cohen, Cynthia Bryant McCue Thayer Magazine /// Summer / Fall 2017



We welcome all your class notes and updates! Please send any and all class notes via email to Brad Peterson '11 at

If you have pictures you would like to send, please be sure they are hi-res (300 dpi or higher) photographs — otherwise we might not

Thayer Alumni at the Wedding of Rochelle Ballin ’04 From L-R: Kyle Rodgers '11, Donavan Brown '01, Hunter Austin '01, Amanda Kelly Silberman ‘04, Sean Rodgers '08, David Ballin '01, Brandon Odom '04, Rochelle Ballin ‘04, Sandra Pina '04, Tanisha Francis Howard '04 and Emely Orellana de Bautista '03

be able to use them.



1943 IT'S YOUR



1948 MAY






Esther Kaplan Braun ’43 Esther had a wonderful 90th birthday gathering with four generations of family and old friends in March.


1947 Helen Young Dolan ’47 Helen writes, "My husband, Jim, passed away in November 2016. I remain here at the Franke at Seaside Retirement Community. We are across the river from Charleston, SC."


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C. William Carson ’48 William writes, "Finally quit the housing business this year. We have a terrific life. A great business, lots of travel. June, my wife for 50 years, great kids, and little health problems until about five years ago when June had a stroke in Galway, Ireland, and I developed heart problems. Still we are happy for our life. Remember Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, hiking Mt. Everest. We covered great spots through the world, but missed Australia. I was lucky Thayer and MIT pushed me into my vigorous life."

Phyllis Glynn Huebner ’48 Phyllis now has two great-grandchildren: Matthew Huebner, 10, and Emmaline Huebner, 11 months.

John writes, "Learned to draw at Thayer library, RISD ’52. Illustrator for Bob Books." CLASS OF

1949 Arthur McCann ’49 Arthur is still enjoying retirement after 22 years.

David Turner ’49 David writes, "This spring the Class of ’49 will celebrate our 68th anniversary. Hopefully, we will meet for lunch, share a few memories and renew old friendships. Yes, the years have been kind, full of challenges, not without sorrow, and too quickly moving. Love to everyone."

CLASS NOTES: 1940s-1950s

Matthew Cushing ’49 Matthew writes, "Wife passed away in August 2016. Sold home in December 2016. Living with son, pending rental of condo in Harwich, MA."


1950 Janet Field Kyne ’50 Janet writes, "Love visiting and praying with patients in our health care center as part of our spiritual care team. Also serve on the forum's interior design committee and knit lap robes for verterans in the VA Hospital and caps and scarves for homeless people."

Alfred Petterson ’50

L-R: Judy Brown Barros '54, Sandy MacDonald Ingmanson '54, and Betty Coleman Lincoln '54 gathered at Fort Revere in Hull.

Diane and Alfred ’50 write, "Spend seven months in Florida, five months in Maine. Catch a few lobsters during the summer months. Volunteer for hospice for several years now...Enjoying the woods and water both north and south!"




1951 Natalie Settimelli Small ’51 After 50 years in Florida, we are at Lasell Village on Lasell College campus in Newton. We are enjoying being close to family, having an amazing retirement community, and taking intergenerational classes to maintain our interst in working with students. My best to the Class of ’51.

John Arapoff ’54

Gail Barton ’55

John writes, "Just completed restoration for the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society of an oil on canvas floral painting by Elizabeth Weber Folop. She was the artist in residence at the King Caesar House in the late 40s and 50s. Also finished restoring an oil on canvas portrait of my great-grandmother circa 1850s, painted by S. M. Brown (Sir Maxwell)."

Diane Woodworth Petterson ’55

Judy, Sandy MacDonald Ingmanson ’54, and Betty Coleman Lincoln ’54 all gathered at Fort Revere in Hull for a picnic with family, friends, and Sandy's two big beautiful sheep dogs. They all turned 80 in 2016! Folks came from many states for a happy birthday lunch, then capped the day with a ride on a carousel and a little line dancing, ocean-side. See picture above.

1953 65th REUNION!




Barbara Stuetzer Lauterbach ’53

Mary Lee Pace England ’54

Barbara writes, "Traveled with Anne Vonckx Weaver ’53 to Aix en Provence, France in October. Three-week language class to "brush up" on our French. Moved to a "senior" residence in November. No more shoveling New Hampshire snow!

All is well on the farm! My granddaughter graduated from Ohio State University. But no job yet! I have a two year old great-grandson now. He is so much fun to be around now that he can talk!

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1955 Gail writes, "I'm enjoying my career as an artist and am gaining recognition with art shows and galleries. Life is better since cataracts removed and plastic lenses implanted. Working on strength and balance in physical therapy to regain full function since a CVA."

See Alfred Petterson ’50.

Judith Brown Barrows ’54






1957 Ann Douglass Wood ’57 Ann writes, "Enjoyed our 60th reunion. Good to see so many classmates!"


1959 Sally Donner Briers ’59 Sally and her husband Ken continue to live in the same Washington D.C neighborhood where they met, and travel often to the eastern shore on the weekends. Sally also

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CLASS NOTES: 1950s-1960s

stays in touch with her classmates and enjoys getting together annually with Joyce Dibona ’59, Mary Burke Terpak ’59, Linda Claff Bailit ’59, and Roz Ossen Loiter ’59.

William Delehunt ’59 William writes, "I am currently serving as the interim director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School."

Frank Tenore ’62

Joyce DiBona ’59

Jonathan Verdun ’62

Joyce writes, "Ken & Patty Commoss ’59 are returning stateside after living six months in the Czech Republic, where they spent their 50th wedding anniversary. I just heard from Ken who said they've spent their last 3 weeks touring Slovenia, the Croatian coast, Montenegro, Venice and Saltzburg. Sad to hear of the loss of the brother of Sue Rose Spurling ’59, Ed Rose ’57. Thanks to Marilyn Dixon Jackson ’59 who helped raise support for Thayer and happy to report that the Class of 1959 has good participation numbers. Thank you all who contributed and helped keep the Thayer spirit alive and well. Is it too early to plan for our 60th reunion in 2019? Email me ( so I can update the next issue of class notes!" CLASS OF

1960 Valerie Swanson Grant ’60 Valerie writes, "I am enjoying operating my art gallery of photos and paintings on Cape Cod, where there are both beautiful places and beautiful people!" CLASS OF

1962 Mitchell Goldman ’62 Mitch writes, "I am having a great time in my second career! After finishing as Chairman of the University of Tennessee Medical School Vascular Department and having an outstanding vascular and transplant surgery practice - there wasn't anything I couldn't do when I quit—


along with a thriving funded research lab—over 200 publications—I stopped operating, gave the lab to junior faculty, and am working half-time doing wound care and helping to build the research portfolio of the Center."

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Frank writes, "Enjoyed our 55th reunion and seeing you all there!"

Jonathan writes, "Enjoying retirement playing lots of music, golf, and tennis. Daughter Caylee and her husband have moved to Melrose from New Hampshire. Nice to have them closer."

hosting family and seeing friends up there. A windjammer trip and exploration of Monhegan with a grandson are next!" CLASS OF

1966 Kristin Herzog ’66 Kristin writes, "I'm still having fun with my painting career. One solo show opened here in Virginia in December and another one opens in January in D.C. Artist Magazine had one of my paintings in its March ’17 issue." CLASS OF



1965 Linda Verdun Hirsh ’65 Linda ("She Who Makes Memories with Light") writes, "I've sailed smoothly through hip replacement surgery, regained full mobility and am now re-focused on proposing and curating some exciting collaborative projects and exhibits (in CU and the U.S.). Our older son, Adam, who works in the field of renewable energy, has moved to Israel with his wife and their four sons ’for the foreseeable future.' Our younger son, Dan, is a music curator-promoter and lives in Chapel Hill. Gary and I enjoy visiting both locales and other parts of the world, when possible. Last summer we were in Delft, Netherlands and Scotland; in 2018, we're aiming for Iceland. We are semi-retired and actively using our skills. Gary does system dynamics consulting focused on healthcare/social systems (e.g.: education; incarceration; and drug abuse). I organized guest activities for the 60th Annual International System Dynamics Society conference (July; Cambridge). Gary is active in the health facet of the Society. I continue applying my skills in psychology, photography, photojournalism and meditation. Together, we promote social justice, locally and globally, to enable others' lives. Relaxing for longer stretches in Maine has become a long-awaited pleasure. We look forward to

Janice Oliphant-Lantz ’67 Janice writes, "Enjoyed seeing many of you at our reunion in May!"

Robert Wax ’67 Bob continues to enjoy living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL with his wife Susan and had a great time visiting with many of his TA classmates at his 50th reunion in May.


1968 IT'S YOUR





Roger Sakolove ’68 Roger continues to live in Boynton Beach, FL with his wife Scotti. He enjoys playing lots of tennis and enjoys performing standup comedy and acting in the area. His wife, Scotti, is also acting and recently completed a musical in March that she took part in writing, producing, and acting in for the Boynton Beach community.

Thayer Babies Welcoming the newest members of the Thayer community!

Sienna Aiello BORN: March 15, 2017 Anthony ’05 & Becca Aiello

MIa CAROLINE CAPOZZOLI BORN: March 30, 2017 Peter ’91 & Kristin Capozzoli




BORN: May 27, 2016 Emmett ’02 & Ann Carlson

BORN: August 22, 2016 Melissa Twombly ’93 & Thomas Gove

BORN: February 27, 2017 Mark '93 & Liz Melevsky

Blake Steven Odom

Cooper joseph herbert reid

BORN: January 19, 2017 Brandon ’04 & Tamara Odom


BORN: May 25, 2017 John & Heidi Schonland '97 Reid

BORN: May 10, 2017 Tom '92 & Jeri Stafford

New Parent? Share the good news with your fellow Thayer alums! Email us your newborn’s full name and date of birth - and be sure to include a high-res (300 dpi or higher) photo to:

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1971 Bruce Minevitz ’71 On September 9, 2016 Bruce and his wife Katherine's son Jake ’07 was married to his Thayer classmate Laura Feloney ’07. See photo on page 59.


Jake Minevitz ’07 who were married on September 9, 2016. Included in the photo are Jake's parents Bruce ’71 and Katherine Minevitz P ’07. See photo on page 59.

Kathryn Claff Knudsen ’72 Kathryn writes, "I retired from the field of child care after 22 years at The Children's Center. I am the proud grandmother of five little girls."

Laura Pineo Macs ’72 Laura writes, "Just celebrated 36 years at Dedham Savings. Still enjoy it and continue to learn each day."



Mark & Courtenay Frame Romaine ’86

Kevin Pizzi ’81 Kevin and his wife Andrea's son Nolan ’17 graduated from Thayer in June and started at Elon University in the fall.

Classmates Courtenay and Mark's son, David, entered the ninth grade at Thayer's Upper School this fall.

Andrew Chase ’81

Craig Salters ’86

Andrew's daughter, Ava, is a new ninth grade student at Thayer's Upper School this fall.

Charlie Harrington ’75 See profile on Charlie on page 22.

Craig has written two pieces for this issue of the magazine (Profile of Charlie Harrington ’75, page 22; and Profile of Phyllis Rubin ’57, page 70).







Thomas Griffin ’86 Tom and his wife Dawn's son, Ben ’17, graduated from Thayer in June and is attending Syracuse University this fall.




Jeffrey Toussaint ’82 Jeff was celebrated at this year's Middle School Recognition Day in honor of his twenty years of service to Thayer where he has worked as an English teacher and Varsity Football coach.

James Roderick ’87 James is General Manager of his family's business, AEI (Abby Enterprises, Inc.) Concrete and Asphalt Recycle Center, Marshfield (


1983 IT'S YOUR




1988 MAY









1977 Joseph Monastiero ’77 Joe is the Founder of nFlate/See It Buy It (changing the way people shop for fashion on mobile devices). He has 3 children: a 30-yearold son and 16- and 13-year-old daughters. He currently lives in the Bay Area. Still the biggest displaced Boston sports fan. CLASS OF

1979 Sara Brandenburg Feloney ’79 Sara and her husband John Feloney are proud to share a wedding photo with their daughter Laura ’07 and her new husband,


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Peter Kaslauskas ’83 Peter's son, Devin, isa new seventh grade student at Thayer's Middle School this fall.

Leif Tilden ’83

Lisa Forger Rooney ’88 Lisa and her husband Paul's daughter, Alexandra ’17, graduated from Thayer in June and are attending Boston College this fall.

See profile on Leif on page 14. CLASS OF

1989 John Costello ’89 John's daughters, Kelly and Mary, are new sixth and seventh grade students, respectively, in Thayer's Middle School this fall.

1990 Lori Tregoning Donnellan ’90 Lori's daughter, Eden, entered the ninth grade at Thayer this fall joining her older sister Ella ’19. Lori's oldest daughter, Lexi ’17, graduated in June and will be attending the University of Miami. CLASS OF

1991 Peter Capozzoli ’91

Stine Aasland who sold her waffle business in Norway to bring her amazing product to the US in 2014. These are no ordinary waffles- they are thinner and are best with savory toppings. She was looking for a COO to help build her brand and presence in the US. After meeting Stine and tasting her waffles, I knew this was the next step for me. The culture of Norway where people come together to share an experience over good food comes to life with what Stine is introducing with her brand. I began this new adventure this spring, and I can tell it will be amazing!"

Mark and his wife, Liz, welcomed their first baby, a daughter named Erin Christine Melevsky, on February 27, 2017. See photo on page 55.

Ryan Thornton ’93 Ryan opened his second restaurant on the South Shore - Perch 143 in Cohasset. His first restaurant, Crow's Landing, in Hingham continues to be busy. Ryan's day job is in investment management at Putnam Investments in Boston.

Tom Stafford ’92

Pete and his wife, Kristin, welcomed their second child, a daughter named Mia Caroline Capozzoli on March 30, 2017. She weighed 8lbs 7oz and was 20.5 inches long. See photo on page 55.

Tom and his wife, Jeri continue to live in New York City and welcomed baby boy, Franklin into the world on May 10th of 2017. See photo on page 55.

Alex lives in Los Angeles where he works as the Senior Editor and Producer at The Propeller Group, an advertising agency. Alex edits movie trailers including those for the blockbuster release of Disney's Beauty and the Beast this year.

Doug is living in Miami, FL with his wife, Jessica, and two children. Doug is working at Rex 3, a successful commercial printing company based out of Sunrise, FL.


Matthew Straus ’91 Matt is living in San Francisco where he owns the restautant Heirloom Cafe. Matt and his restaurant were featured in the New York Times’s "36 Hours in San Francisco."



1994 Welcome to Louie as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board!


1995 Justin Murphy ’95

1993 th REUNION!


Louie Bello ’94

Douglas Tobins ’92

Alexander Sadof ’91




Justin Murphy is now engaged to his girlfriend, Emily Johnson. He proposed in Jamaica in January 2017.




Melissa Twombly Gove ’93

Krista (Severson) Peterson ’92 Krista writes, "Thirteen years ago my career at Caribou Coffee began in one store. It was a job that wasn't a job, but a passion and love for coffee and the teams I was lucky enough to lead. In December, I left Caribou as the Vice President of Operations, with a legacy behind me and many great relationships that will last far beyond the doors of Caribou. It was time to take on something new. I took some time to unwind and be with my family and friends. During that time, I happened to come across an opportunity that I was drawn to. Nordic Waffles was founded by

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Thomas (Mark) Melevsky ’93

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Melissa Gove and her husband, Thomas, welcomed a baby girl Skylar Rose Gove on August 22, 2016. See photo on page 55.

1996 Kevin Caulfield ’96

Mike continues to live in San Francisco with his wife, Solange, and their son.

Kevin continues to live in Hingham with his wife, Kate, and two daughters and he recently accepted a new and exciting opportunity at Compass Real Estate as a Managing Director.

Frank MacDonald ’93

Kerri Mulligan ’96

Frank and his wife, Susan, welcomed a baby girl to their family. Martha Ivy MacDonald was born on January 23, 2017 at 12:03pm. She was named after her grandmothers - Margaret and Ivy. She was 5lbs, 12 oz and 19 inches long.

Kerri continues to live in Washington D.C. and is a Managing Director at Cushman and Wakefield. Kerri's two daughters, Claire and Sloan, are doing extremely well and enjoy all that the Washington D.C. area has to offer. Kerri has also joined Thayer's Alumni Board.

Michael Leahy ’93


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Richie Aylward ’10

Matt Evans ’08 Matt married Tricia Coyne on June 10, 2017 at the New Seabury Country Club in Mashpee, MA. Many alums attended the wedding including his sister Micayla ’13, brother Michael ’06, Miniard Culpepper ’08, Anthony Melchionda ’08, Duncan Payne ’08, Sean Rodgers ’08, Ian Vieira ’08, Mike Signorelli ’08, and Harrison Slutsky ’08.

Richie married Katie Vatalaro on August 20, 2016 at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich, MA. Alums in attendance included: Kayla Florence ’10 (bridesmaid), Kerri Aylward ’06 (bridesmaid), Isabella DiRado ’10, Jackie Cox ’10, Rob Geary ’10 (groomsman), Brian Donovan ’10, Tim Sprague ’10, Jake Ratti ’15 (groomsman), and Dillon Ratti ’15 (groomsman).

Joe Zimo ’10 Allison Smith McFall ’09 Allison married Brendan McFall from Poolesville, MD on July 16, 2016 in Hanover, MA at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church with a reception at The Atlantica in Cohasset, MA. In attendance were her brother Matthew Smith ’07, cousins Greg Smith ’04 and Lauren Smith Camera ’01, and her aunt Judy Smith ’74 and uncle William Smith ’68.

Joe married Jessica Evelyn McIntire at Granite Ridge Estate in Norway, ME. Groomsmen included Tom Koskores ’10, Eric Hagman ’10, and Max Hoffman ’10. Also in attendance were Nick Taylor ’10, Paul Monahan ’10, and Allie Menard ’10.

Carrie Richman Tiberi ’05 Carrie married Brett Tiberi on November 19, 2016 in Harwich, MA. Her brothers Alex ’02 and Nate ’07 served as groomsmen and co-officiants.



Share the good news with your fellow Thayer alums!

Victoria Martin ’01 Tori was recently married to Tim Mackenzie on Memorial Day weekend 2017 at her family home in Mattapoisett. In attendance were Samantha Martin ’12, John Ambrosino ’97, Michaela Martin ’10 and her mother, Donna Ambrosino ’70 P ’01, ’10, ’12.

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Megan Daly Mulkern ’08 Megan was married to Lucas Mulkern on November 12, 2016 at the Wequassett Resort in Harwich, MA.

Rochelle Ballin ’04 Rochelle married Allen Roberts on Saturday July 1, 2017 at the L' Andana in Burlington, MA. Tanisha Francis Howard ’04 and Emely Orellana de Bautista ’03 were bridesmaids, and in attendance were Kyle Rodgers ’11, Donavan Brown ’01, Hunter Austin ’01, Sean Rodgers ’08, David Ballin ’01, Brandon Odom ’04 (his son, Brandon Jr. was the ring bearer), Amanda Kelly Silberman ’04, and Sandra Pina ’04. See group picture of Thayer alums on page 50.

Matt Salloway ’96

Laura Feloney ’07 & Jake Minevitz ’07 Laura and Jake were married on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Boston with a spectacular reception at the Omni Parker House. Also pictured is John and Sara Brandenburg ’79 Feloney P ’07 and Katherine and Bruce Minevitz ’71 P ’07.

Rob Johnson ’08 Rob married Brenna Kearns on May 28, 2017 in Ogunquit, ME. Pictured left to right: Connor Henley ’08, Kenny Carberry ’08, Eric Hsiao ’08, Mike Raszmann ’08, Brenna Kearns, Rob Johnson ’08, Claire Castleman ’08, Maura Carberry ’08, Erin Carberry ’12, and Lizzie Johnson ’13.

The latest film Matt has worked on as an Executive Producer, “Rebel in the Rye” hit theatres on September 15, 2017. The biopic about the life of JD Salinger stars Nicholas Hoult, as a young Salinger, and Kevin Spacey as the Professor who encouraged him to write “Catcher in the Rye”. Matt produced the film working with award-winning Writer/Director Danny Strong. Matt is credited as a Producer/Executive Producer on seven films including Lee Daniels’ Academy Award winning film, The Butler. Matt is currently working as Executive Producer on “The War With Grandpa”, starring Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken


1997 David Leahy ’97 Dave and his wife, Emily, and two children reside in Norwell. Dave continues to teach History at the Woodward School in Quincy and recently was awarded the Head Boys' Varsity Soccer Coach position at Whitman High School.

Heidi Schonland Reid ’97 Heidi and John welcomed their son, Cooper Joseph Herbert Reid on May 25. See photo on page 55.

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1998 IT'S YOUR



Mark Selby ’01 MAY



Mark started a new position as Sales Director at Fitch Solutions in New York City.

Gautam Chopra ’98

Rochelle Ballin ’04 Rochelle Ballin ’04 married Allen Roberts on Saturday July 1, 2017 at the L' Andana in Burlington, MA. Emely Orellana de Bautista ’03 and Tanisha Howard ’04 served as her bridesmaids. See photos on page 52 and 59.



See profile of Gautam on page 18.


Christopher Bowman ’02

Craig Paster ’98 Craig is enjoying living in Hanover with his wife, Sarah, and his two daughters. He is now working as a Senior Consultant at Beacon Hill Legal in Boston, a placement agency partnering with law firms and corporations offering the very best legal contract staffing solutions, document review services, and direct-hire and executive search resources, placing the legal market's top attorneys, paralegals, and legal support professionals.



Emmett Carlson ’02 Emmett writes, "My wife, Ann, and I welcomed our first child on May 27, 2016. Mason Alexander Carlson was 17 3/4 inches and weighed 4 lbs. 6 oz. He is now 14 lbs. 5 oz. and doing great!" See photo on page 55.

Ryan Crane ’04


2003 IT'S YOUR





Bradford Dunn ’99

Ryan Ashton ’03

Brad and his wife, Michaela Sewall, welcomed a baby boy, Charlie, to their family in May 2017.

Ryan is joining the cast of The Young and the Restless! He has been cast as Zack. He is an actor and writer who has also appeared in Allegiant, the third film in the Divergent film series.

Scott O'Brien ’99 Scott and his wife, Laura, welcomed their daughter Julianne Elizabeth to their family on Valentine's Day! CLASS OF

2001 Victoria Martin ’01 Tori married Tim Mackenzie on Memorial Day weekend 2017 at her family home in Mattapoisett. In attendance were Samantha Martin ’12, John Ambrosino ’97, Michaela Martin ’10, Donna Ambrosino ’70 P ’01, ’10, ’12. See picture on page 58.


Chris is living in Norwell and is doing well in medical device sales at Zimmer, Inc. with a focus on spinal solutions for doctors and patients. Chris is also an assistant coach for Thayer's boys varsity lacrosse team.

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Alison Bavaro Bevilacqua ’03 Ali and her husband Keith's newest restaurant, PORT, is on a beautiful corner of the Greenport, NY waterfront with a view of the North Ferry and Shelter Island from an outdoor bar by the water. Their plan for PORT is in line with what they do at their first restaurant, SALT - family friendly, with an innovative menu.

In late 2016, Ryan and Austin Gallagher ’04 co-founded a new startup with the mission of bringing a revitalized sense of health, wellness, and environmental ethic to the beverage space. Their venture, called "Tempo," is a line of healthy, organic, sparkling teas featuring zero calories, no added sugar, and ingredients with scientifically-supported health benefits. The new entrepreneurial venture will also deliver real-world sustainability initiatives in the form of conservation missions related to ocean issues. They will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in late October to raise money for their endeavor. Close friends during their 6 years together at Thayer, Austin and Ryan bring to the table nearly a decade each of experience in environmental sustainability and investment banking, respectively. The team recently closed their initial seed round of financing and will be launching their beverages in premium grocers such as Whole Foods in Chicago in late 2017. Austin also worked with a group of Thayer Seniors this year on their Senior Project researching the effects of the presence of large predators (sharks) on the striped bass poulation of Chatham. See photo above.

See Ryan Crane ’04 and photo on previous page.

2006 David Carson ’06

Brandon Odom ’04 Brandon and his wife, Tamara, welcomed their second son, Blake Steven Odom, on January 19, 2017. He was 19 1/4 in and weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz. See photo on page 55.

David is working at Applied Fundamental Research, LLC in Cambridge as a Director of Business Development and is enjoying living in Boston.

Kathryn Conti ’06 CLASS OF

2005 Anthony Aiello ’05 Anthony and his wife, Becca, recently moved back from London and are now living on the South Shore. They welcomed their first daughter, Sienna Grace, on March 15th. See photo on page 55.

Mark Mangurian ’05 Mark got engaged to Alexandra Lee of Cape May, NJ. Mark attended the Stern School of Business at New York University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Finance. In 2015, Mark earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Mark is currently employed as a manager with Fareharbor in Denver, CO. Alex and Mark are avid skiers and met in Alta, UT. A summer wedding is planned in Keystone, CO.

Michelle Mani ’05 Michelle married Dinko Slavov on November 12, 2016.

Dave Marr ’05 Welcome to Dave as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board!

Andrew Orpik ’05 Andrew received the 2017 Boston College Hockey Humanitarian Award!

Carrie Richman ’05 Carrie married Brett Tiberi on November 19, 2016 in Harwich, MA. Her brothers Alex ’02 and Nate ’07 served as groomsmen and co-officiants. See photo on page 58.

Kayt was recently promoted to Manager, Standards and Practices at Nickelodeon in New York City.

Tai Diamond ’06 Tai and her husband Chris welcomed their first child.

Mathieu Frechette ’06 Matt and his wife, Alexa Emanuel Frechette ’06, have moved back from San Francisco and are now living in Quincy. Matt continues to work at Natixis Asset Management as an Investment Consultant.

Nate Richman ’07 See short profile on page 25.

Nicholas Rugnetta ’07 Nick is the new Head Coach for Thayer's Girls Varsity Soccer team. Nick returns to Thayer after two years as the Head Coach of the Dedham High School Varsity Boys team, and after a very successful club, high school and college soccer career as a player and coach.



Austin Gallagher ’04

Jared Tokarz ’07 Jared is the Founder of "The NFL Draftinsider." His work has been featured all across the globe and on media outlets such as ESPN, FOX Sports, and CBS Sports.

Richard Vazza ’07 Ricky moved to Washington D.C. to work for SunTrust.


2008 IT'S YOUR

Thomas Greeley ’06





Tommy ran his first Boston Marathon in support of the Corey C. Griffin Foundation.

Lisa Trubiano ’06 Lisa married Jeff Thomson on May 20, 2017 in Boston, MA.

Kristen Aiello ’08 Kristen is an Assistant Coach for the Girls JV Lacrosse team at Thayer.

Kenneth Carberry ’08 CLASS OF


Kenny and his wife Kate are expecting their first child in December 2017.

Matt Evans ’08 Cian Desmond ’07 Welcome to Cian as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board!

Laura Feloney ’07 Laura and Jake Minevitz ’07 were married on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Boston with a spectacular reception at the Omni Parker House. See photo on page 59.

Matt married Tricia Coyne on June 10, 2017 at the New Seabury Country Club in Mashpee. Many alums attended the wedding including his sister Micayla ’13, brother Michael ’06, Miniard Culpepper ’08, Anthony Melchionda ’08, Duncan Payne ’08, Sean Rodgers ’08, Ian Vieira ’08, Mike Signorelli ’08, and Harrison Slutsky ’08. See photo on page 58.

Robert Johnson ’08 Emily Humphrey ’07 Emily is the Director of Revenue Management at Highgate - Taj Hotel Boston.

Jake Minevitz ’07 See note on Laura Feloney ’07, above, and picture on page 59.

Rob married his fiance Brenna Kearns on May 28th, 2017 in Ogunquit, ME. In attendance were Connor Henley ’08, Kenny Carberry ’08, Eric Hsiao ’08, Mike Raszmann ’08, Brenna Kearns, Rob Johnson ’08, Claire Castleman ’08, Maura Carberry ’08, Erin Carberry ’12, and Lizzie Johnson ’13. See photo on page 59.

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Megan Daly Mulkern ’08

Nicholas Cannon ’10

Megan was married to Lucas Mulkern on November 12, 2016 at the Wequassett Resort in Harwich. See photo on page 59.

Nick is Manager of Planning and Analysis at Q Drinks.

is the championship for the East Florida Collegiate Hockey (EFCH) Conference. Mike was the assistant captain for the team.

Grace Curley ’10

Ryan Vayo ’11

Grace is a producer and sometimes on-air contributor to The Howie Carr Show.

Ryan is the Founder/CEO of It is the first pet adoption website designed to match adopters with the perfect pet waiting in a shelter/ rescue either nearby or throughout the US.

Michael Signorelli ’08 Mike is living in the Seaport District in South Boston and sees many of his TA friends all of the time. He is also enjoying working in finance at Columbia Management as an internal wholesaler.

Harrison Slutsky ’08 Harrison continues to enjoy living in Boston and continues to work for the Boston Red Sox. In fact, Harrison was recently promoted to Assistant Director of Pro Scouting for the upcoming season. CLASS OF

2009 Alfred Ferrera ’09 AJ proposed and Hannah Mulvey ’10 said "yes" while being photographed by Nicki Pardo at Boston College!

Christine Healey ’09 Welcome to Christine as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board!

Allison Smith McFall ’09

Kayla Florence ’10 Kayla ran the Boston Marathon in support of the Cardinal Cushing Centers of Boston.

Mary McAlister ’10


Mary accepted the wedding proposal of classmate Jack Turgeon ’10 on April 7.

Kunal Agrawal ’12

Jack Turgeon ’10

Kunal started a new postion as software engineer at Quantifi in Indianapolis, IN.

Jack proposed to fellow classmate Mary McAlister ’10 on April 7.

Patrick Finn ’12

Joe Zimo ’10 Joe married Jessica Evelyn McIntire at Granite Ridge Estate in Norway, Maine. Groomsmen included Tom Koskores ’10, Eric Hagman ’10, and Max Hoffman ’10. Also in attendance were Nick Taylor ’10, Paul Monahan ’10, and Allie Menard ’10. See photo on page 58. CLASS OF


Carrie married Brett Tiberi on November 19, 2016 in Harwich, MA. Her brothers Alex ’02 and Nate ’07 served as groomsmen and coofficiants. See photo on page 58.

Shane Cote ’11

Kassandra Sullivan ’09

Luke Ernst ’11

Kassy is engaged to Michael Desmond ’09.


Shane is living in NYC and got engaged to his girlfriend Ellen Deninger in December 2016.

Luke is playing lacrosse for the East Fremantle Lacrosse Club in Perth, Western Austrailia.

Pat graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a degree in Industrial Engineering where he played lacrosse all four years. He is now working for Ernst & Young in New York City.

Megan Greeley ’12 Welcome to Megan as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board!

Giovanna Pickering ’12 Gi was the co-captain for the Babson College women's basketball team that just won the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular-season championship for the second year in a row.

Emma Taylor ’12 Emma is now the overall crew program director and head coach for the girls program at Thayer! CLASS OF




Lindsey Galligan ’11 Lindsey started a new position as a Meeting Planner at Health and Wellness Partners in New Jersey.

Richard Aylward ’10

Matthew Lerner ’11

Richie married Katie Vatalaro on August 20, 2016 at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich, MA. Alums in attendance included: Kayla Florence ’10, Kerri Aylward ’06, Isabella DiRado ’10, Jackie Cox ’10, Rob Geary ’10, Brian Donovan ’10, Tim Sprague ’10, Jake Ratti ’15, and Dillon Ratti ’15. See photo on page 58.

Matt was promoted to Business Development Manager at Suffolk Construction in New York City.

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Michael Pandolfo ’11 Mike is currently attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. His hockey team won the Sodexo Cup, which

2013 IT'S YOUR






Kelcie Finn ’13 Kelcie is currently playing two sports at Trinity College - field hockey and hockey. She helped the team to a 13-5 record and the Bantams went to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. She had a record 68 points, leading the country in per game

Maren was named CEO and leads a team of 14 colleagues at Babson College. Ms. Mellen is also an Advanced Placement (AP) scholar and member of the Babson Lacrosse team.


contest and was awarded funding to start an on campus venture called Babson Graphics which provides design and advertising services to local businesses.

The Finnegan family at Commencement 2017 (L-R) John Hand, Lisa Finnegan P ’15, P ’17, P ’24, Sara Finnegan ’15, Katie Finnegan ’24, Peter Finnegan P ’15, P ’17, P ’24, Evelyn Finnegan P ’70, Peter Finnegan, Jr. ’17, Rosemary Lisky, Katherine Finnegan, Alex Finnegan, Mary Finnegan, Mike Lisky, and Paul Finnegan

average. She set school records with 138 shots and nine game-winning goals.

selected to the 1st Team All NESCAC and received the honor of 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year!

Christine Gill ’13 Christine had a successful senior lacrosse season at Babson earning a spot on the 2017 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse All-Sportsmanship Team and winning the NEWMAC Championship.

Stephen Gorson ’14 Stephen is a junior at Boston College and lives with fellow alum Dylan McManus ’14.


Alexander McKeon ’13 Alex is a baseball writer for Hardball Scoop, part of Scout Media, as well as a national writer for Total Sports Live.

2015 Sara Finnegan ’15 Sara attended the graduation of her younger brother, Peter ’17, on June 10th. Peter joins Sara at Providence College. Next in line will be Katie ’24, who is attending Thayer Middle School as a 6th grader this fall! See photo above.

Bryan Vieira ’13 Bryan is a two-time First Team AllNESCAC selection. A junior at Trinity College, Bryan averaged 23.9 yards per catch last season.

Alums! Know fellow Thayer alumni who are doing something interesting or amazing? Do you know of someone who continues to live out our





Tyler Blaisdell ’14 Tyler was recently named to the First-Team All-Ivy League Team. Tyler is currently a senior at Princeton University where he plays goalie for the lacrosse team.

Nicolas Falkson ’14 Nick has been gaining national attention on the baseball field at Tufts University. He was

"3s" & "8s": IT'S YOUR REUNION YEAR!





Maren Mellen ’16 Maren was named to the Dean's list at Babson College in recognition of her hard work and overall outstanding academic accomplishments. Babson College is recognized nationally as the #1 school for entrepreneurship and return on investment. She was a winner in Babson's new business


motto by inspiring others to excellence or their many contributions to the common good? Let us know so that we can feature them in these pages!



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IN MEMORIAM Former Thayer Faculty & Staff Nancy (Keach) Paine Nancy (Keach) Paine of Randolph, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 10, 2017. Nancy was a graduate of Lasell College and worked for many years as a business secretary for Thayer. She performed with the Bell Choir at the First Congregational Church in Randolph. She also enjoyed square dancing. Nancy was 95. Beloved wife of the late Carroll Paine. Loving mother of Alan Paine ’77 and his wife Mary of Randolph. Dear grandmother of Christopher Paine of Randolph.

Louis J. Volpe Louis J. Volpe, age 97, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully on January 10, 2017, at the Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Louis was born in Quincy on July 8, 1919, to the late Luigi and Felicetta M. (Susi) Volpe. He was raised in West Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School where he captained the football team. He was also a graduate of Colby College where he also captained the football team and later earned a Master's degree from Bridgewater State College. He had lived in Quincy for the past three years and previously in Braintree for sixty years. He was a retired history teacher and guidance counselor at Thayer Academy and earlier at Archbishop Williams High School for many years. During his career he was also a well-known football coach at both schools. He was a member of the Quincy High School Football Hall of Fame.


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As a young man, Louis worked in the monument industry with his late father and brothers at the former L. Volpe and Sons Monument Company in Quincy. He was a proud veteran of World War II having served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a member of the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post 294 in Quincy, and at the time of his passing was the oldest past commander. He enjoyed gardening and was an avid Boston sports fan. Louis was proud of his Italian heritage and most especially proud of his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Beloved husband of the late Ella A. (Gendreau) Volpe for over fifty-five years, he was the devoted father of Susan Hely and her husband, Charles, of Needham; Louis Volpe and his wife, Carol, of Canton; Thomas Volpe ’69 and his wife, Elizabeth, of San Francisco, CA; loving grandfather of Carolyn Hely and her husband, Scott Lenhart; Stephen Hely; Michael Volpe and his wife, Elizabeth; Andrew Volpe and his wife, Kate Watkins; Katherine Canavan ’98 and her husband, Joseph; Chad Volpe and his wife, Emily; Drew Volpe and cherished great-grandfather of eight. Louis was the youngest of four siblings and was predeceased by Antonio Volpe, Oliver Volpe and Philomena Phyl Volpe and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Bradford Yaggy Bradford Yaggy, 84, of Bozeman, Montana, passed away on May 10, 2017. Bradford was born on June 7, 1932 in Pasadena, CA. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania before moving on to attend Dickinson College. There, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, History, and Biology and graduated in 1955. Bradford started his career teaching social studies and science at Carlisle Junior High School in Pennsylvania while also coaching football and track. He then went on to teach at the Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire where he taught social studies and mathematics. At Cardigan, Bradford took on more administrative roles including the Director of Studies, Director of Admissions, and Dean of Students. Towards the end of his tenure there, he earned his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Lehigh University. In 1970, he became the Headmaster at the Friends Academy in Dartmouth, MA. Then, in 1977, he made his final move of his career to Thayer as the Principal of the Middle School. Bradford spent 15 years at Thayer teaching U.S. History and coaching football and tennis. At Thayer, he is remembered as an outstanding history teacher, and as someone who would do anything to improve life in the Middle School. Always greeting students, faculty, staff and parents with a smile, a big hello and his often used “dear heart.” Outside of being an amazing teacher and coach throughout his 37 years in education, he enjoyed reading, gardening, jogging, and woodcarving. Bradford is survived by two sons, David and Douglas, their wives, and two granddaughters.

Harriett ‘Happy’ (Sargent) Fitts ’38 Harriett Sargent Fitts of Kennett Square, PA passed away at the age of 97, on October 23, 2016. She was born to Rufus and Rachel (MacLean) Sargent in Swampscott, MA. Harriet graduated from Thayer Academy in 1938 where she was famed for her beautiful handwriting as well as her leadership and appreciation in reading club. She entered every activity with interest and enthusiasm. After her time at Thayer, she went on to graduate from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Harriett was active as a tour guide at Longwood Gardens, as a volunteer at the Brandywine Tourism Bureau, the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society and the Church of the Advent. She was a loving mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother and will be missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; her son Edward Payson and brother, Dana L. Sargent ’43. She is survived by her children Carolyn (James) Bowman and Rebecca (Edward) Lawson; her sisters-in-law Sally (Dana) Sargent ’46 and Vera Sjolander; grandchildren Rachel (Curtis) Davis, Margaret (David) Prothero, Amy (Jeremy) Danko, Katherine (James) Vaughan, and R. Barrett (Regina) Lawson and nine greatgrandchildren.

Victoria (Sears) O’Gorman-Thaler ’38 Victoria O’Gorman-Thayer, a retired psychiatric social worker passed away at the age of 97. Born in Boston, and brought up in Braintree, she lived most of her life in Chestnut Hill, summering in Wellfleet. Known professionally as Mrs. Thaler, and to close friends as Vicky, she graduated from Thayer Academy where she participated

in numerous sports including hockey, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and bowling while also in the riding club. She then went on to graduate from Walnut Hill School (South Natick, MA) and The Erskine School, before graduating from Tufts University. She earned a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. A pioneer in the field of Social Work, (an original LICSW), Mrs. Thaler cared passionately about the elderly, and for thirty years managed the Doane Fund, (while also Director of Social Services at The Home for Aged Women, now Goddard House, in Jamaica Plain) to lend financial support to retired/disabled nurses and other needy women in greater Boston. An excellent tennis player and strong sailor, Mrs. Thaler opined that “learning to sail also taught me about ‘staying on course’ in life. It taught me how to steer through obstacles while keeping the markers and goals in focus. The course can get rough. You’ve got to trim your sails to get the maximum wind to keep on course. Everyone is in the race together. You have to maximize what you have to reach your goal on water and in life!” Having been widowed at a young age, she raised her five children with this strong sense of optimism, reflecting that “difficulties are opportunities.” She found time to help others, was a courageous woman, cognizant of her Yankee roots and determined to give to society as best she could. In her “retirement” years, she ran Golden Years Counseling Service out of her home in Chestnut Hill. She made house calls, just as her late husband, Dr. Thaler had done. She was a loving mother, who, some said, “conducted from the orchestra pit,” taking enormous pleasure in her progeny and the enduring friendship of her brood’s peers, due to her unfailing kindness to all--young and old. She often referred to an anonymous quote: “Look at yesterday with gratitude, today with pride and tomorrow with hope.” She is survived by her five children and many nieces and nephews including Joan Sears Porta ’62, and four great-nieces and nephews: Benjamin Sears ’89, Aimee Sears ’00, Samantha Sears ’10, and Danielle Sears ’11.

1944 Thomas F. Clark ’44 Thomas “Cap” Clark, of Peterborough, formerly of Amherst, passed away on March 2, 2013. Cap graduated from Thayer Academy in 1944 where he was an honors student who played football and baseball. He went on to graduate from Harvard in 1948 after serving two years in the U.S. Navy. He spent his professional career with New England Telephone/Verizon in the New York, Boston and Northern New England regions. Tom and his wife have lived in New Hampshire for 41 years. He greatly enjoyed life with his family and friends and remained active with travel, golf, tennis and skiing. His friends knew him as Cap, which came from his lifelong love of the water and sailing.

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He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; three sons and daughters-in-law, including Thomas F. Clark, Jr. ’71; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

1945 Anne (Halloran) Gallagher ’45 Anne Halloran Gallagher, 89, of North Falmouth and Norwell died at home on March 30. She was the widow of John J. Gallagher Jr., who died in 1982. She was the daughter of J. Frank Halloran and Anna P. (Hanrahan) Halloran. Mrs. Gallagher lived in South Weymouth for most of her life and summered in Megansett, where she was a longtime member of the Megansett Yacht Club. She was a graduate of Thayer Academy and Lesley College. Anne was one of five siblings who graduated from Thayer. She had a love for the arts, being involved in the Camera Club as well as Verse Speaking Choir. She also played field hockey for three years.

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Mrs. Gallagher began her professional career as a 5th grade teacher at the Donald Ross Elementary School in Braintree. When her sons were growing up, she served as their Cub Scout leader and taught CCD. Mrs. Gallagher secured her real estate sales license in her 60s in order to help her sons in their home-building business, J.P. Gallagher Construction. She did landscape design for them for more than a decade and could often be seen carrying large plants and shrubbery in spite of her slight size. Her passion was landscape design, and she designed the exteriors of many of the homes her sons built for more than a decade. She was educated at Harvard Graduate School of Design's landscape design program, belonged to the Weymouth and Osterville garden clubs, and was a master designer in the Garden Club Federation. She attended the Boston Flower & Garden Show the week before her death. Ms. Gallagher participated in the annural Fourth of July parade in Megansett. She leaves her two sons, John J. Gallagher III ’75 of Norwell and Paul T. Gallagher ’81 and his wife, Kathy Gallagher, of Norwell; her grandchildren, Johnny Gallagher, Andrew Gallagher, Gretchen Gallagher, Mary Kate Gallagher and Jack Gallagher; and extended family. She was predeceased by her siblings, Richard F. Halloran ’41, Patricia (Halloran) Murray ’42, Frances (Halloran) Crowley ’44, James P. Halloran ’52, Kathleen (Halloran) Brennan ’55.

Robert D. Harvey ’45 Robert D. Harvey, of Marshfield, passed away on July 18, 2015, at the age of 88. Robert graduated from Thayer Academy in 1945 where he was the Class Treasurer and also a member of the Glee Club and Art Club. After Thayer, Robert graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and enjoyed painting and sculpting throughout life. He was a member of the North River Arts Society, South Shore Art Society, Duxbury Art Association, and Plymouth Guild for the Arts. Robert was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked as a designer/builder


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for many years on the South Shore and also taught woodworking at the Museum School and Silver Lake Vocational School in Kingston. Husband to the late Carolyn S. (Brenan) Harvey. Dear father of Douglas Harvey ’70 of Lakewood, OH, Diana Harvey ’72 of Marshfield, Dana and Laura Harvey of Marshfield, Davison Harvey ’84 and Mariann Harvey of Swansea, NH. Grandfather of Olivia Harvey, Alexander Harvey, and Tom Lloyd. Brother of the late William Harvey. Robert is survived by a sister Ann McGraw of Brenham, TX, five nieces and nephews and one greatniece.

Robert F. Slavin ’45 Popular Cape Cod restaurant owner Robert F. Slavin, 89, of Brewster, MA, died in Florida on March 16. Bob graduated from Thayer Academy prior to graduating from Boston College. At Thayer, Bob was a terrific athlete playing hockey, baseball, and football. On top of that, everyone in his grade knew about his love for sailing. After college, he served in the US Navy during World War II. In addition, Bob worked many years for the Weyerhauser Corporation and Harbor Millwork before moving to the Cape and buying the seasonal clam shack, Cobies. The restaurant has been a Cape Cod institution since 1948. For the past 31 years Bob and his eldest son, Rob, have kept the tradition alive, and generations of workers consider him “a legend.” Bob was a member of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce as well as the National Restaurant Association. He was part of the faith community at Our Lady of the Cape Parish. In his younger years, Bob enjoyed several outdoor sports, especially golf and sailing, and continued to be an avid fan of all Boston professional sports teams. In his brief final illness, he was lovingly cared for by his devoted partner of many years, Mary Joyce of Eastham. Bob, also known to townspeople, customers,

and crew as “Cobie,” leaves behind one brother, Joseph Slavin ’45 of Annandale, VA. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary Delaney Slavin and their daughter, Karen. Bob will be much mourned by five surviving children and their spouses: Rob and Elin Slavin of Brewster; Tom and Loretta Slavin of Norwell; John and Susan Slavin of Conway, SC; Mary Elizabeth "Beth" and Larry Desrosiers of Bridgewater; and Anne Marie "Amy" and Joe Magerowski of Holbrook. Two grown granddaughters, Danielle Slavin of Norwell and Noelle Slavin of Brewster will miss their beloved grandfather. A grandson, Thomas R. Slavin, died suddenly in 2015, shortly after his son, Nicholas R. Slavin, Bob's only greatgrandchild, was born.

1946 Dorothy “Dottie” (Frizzell) Williams ’46 Dorothy “Dottie” (Frizzell) Williams, 88, of Wynnewood, PA and Jonesport, ME, died on March 26, 2017. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on February 23, 1929 to parents Dorothy (Spear) Frizzell and James Frizzell. She spent her early childhood in Penn Wynne, PA, then moved with her mother to Braintree, MA. She graduated from Thayer Academy and from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster, MD. While at Thayer, Dottie was a great field hockey and basketball player. Her teachers and classmates described her as companionable, kind, and always smiling. Artist, crafter, skater, mother, and friend, Dottie embraced life fully with enthusiastic curiosity. With her outgoing personality and zeal for meeting new people and learning new things, she was never without something to do or somewhere to go. She was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them during holidays and summer vacations. Her great passion was figure skating, which she pursued at the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society for over 50 years. She was an ice dancer and a founding member of the Club's first adult competitive

Survivors include daughter, Ann Williams, and great-godson, Ja'Kai Daniels, of Bedford, MA; son, David Williams, daughter-in-law, Flore Williams, and granddaughters, Sabine and Annick Williams, all of Hartsdale, NY; Ann and David’s sister, Jennie Williams and her family, of Pittsburgh, PA; and stepchildren Melanie Mathews of Hazel Crest, IL, Jeffrey Todd of Ashville, NC, and Linnea Todd of St. Joseph, MI and their families.

1947 Paul M. Pratt ’47 Paul M. Pratt, Navy Veteran of New London, NH, died at his home on February 1, 2017 at 87. He was the son of Mildred and Merton Pratt and raised in Braintree, MA with sisters, Sarah and Connie. Paul spent four years at Thayer Academy where he was known as the Sergeant in the class play. He also played football and baseball. He then earned a scholarship to join the Navy, serving at the end of WWII and for three years during the Korean War. Paul was offered a four-year tuition scholarship to Cornell University and an appointment to the Naval Academy. He chose Northeastern University for a degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's degree in Education. He began his career at Northeastern University as

a Civil Engineer Coordinator in the Co-op Department and retired as a fulltime Professor and Dean of the Co-op Department. Paul was a serious duplicate bridge player, an American Contract Bridge League Silver Life Master, and certified bridge instructor and director. He enjoyed saltwater fishing from Triton and a good game of golf. As a member of The First Congregational Church in Sharon, MA for 34 years, he served in many ways. In 2002, Paul and Ruth moved to Hilltop Place in New London, NH. He was husband to Ruth; Dad to Ari and his wife, Joyce; to Cyndi and her husband, Dave; Grandpa to Becky, and Ben and his wife, Lindsey; to Bob, Amanda and Emily Almquist; and Great Grandpa to Eli Pratt.

David F. Wright ’47 Dr. David F. Wright passed away peacefully at his home Sunday morning, July 10, 2016. He and his wife, Marita, had just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2016. David was born February 19, 1929 in Quincy, MA. He graduated from Thayer in 1947. During his four years at Thayer Academy, he was an honors student, shining in math and chemistry as well as participating in track and orchestra. After Thayer, he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Tufts University in Medford in 1951, and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1957. After a working for a time with DuPont in Virginia, David served as Professor of Chemistry at Ohio Northern University and Mount Union College in Ohio. Then he became chairman of the Department of Basic Sciences at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He was a member of honorary societies Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Pi. He was an active member and co-founder of the Lima, OH section of the American Chemical Society. He was a member of the Stetson Kindred of America, the Nye Family of America, the Sandwich Glass Museum, and the Gilbert and

Sullivan Society of London. David and Marita first met as undergraduates at Tufts University. In their life together, after teaching in the winter they would retreat to the northern mountains in the summer. They climbed the 100 highest mountains in New England by map, compass, and altimeter, and were honored by the small group that did this in the Appalachian Mountain Club. He also did volunteer work collecting and analyzing water samples for the National Forest Service in New Hampshire and serving as a fire tower lookout for the Maine Forest Service. David's lasting joy was the parish choir and Cabaret of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Tucson.


synchronized skating team. Dottie was also passionate about art in all forms. She taught art for a number of years at the Media Elementary School, where she and her students covered the corridor walls with colorful and gigantic supergraphics. After retiring from teaching, she opened a design studio in Devon, PA. Eventually she moved her studio to Jonesport, ME, where she spent many glorious summers creating and selling fused glassware and jewelry, visiting with friends and family, and eating as many lobsters and blueberries as possible. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother and a caring friend, and she will be greatly missed.

David is survived by his wife, a sister and niece in Brooklyn, NY, and a nephew and family in New Jersey. His son, Christopher, died in 2008.

1949 Richard Edward Welch ’49 At age 86, Richard E. Welch passed away peacefully Friday morning, February 17, 2017 in his home in Concord. Born April 7, 1930 in Quincy, Dick grew up on the South Shore in Weymouth and Cohasset. After graduating from Cohasset High School, he attended Thayer Academy for one year. He joined the Camera Club and played baseball and basketball. He then went on to Harvard College where he met “Cliffie” Alice Carbonaro (Acey). He then served in the US Army’s military police during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge from the service, he attended Boston University earning a Master's in history and a Master's in education. In November of 1955, he and Acey married. Two years later, they moved to Concord and in 1960, they moved into the little red house on Old Road to Nine Acre Corner where they had remained ever since. Dick's early career started in education, teaching History and Math at Middlesex School and as a lecturer at Boston University,

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Boston College and Salem State College. He followed that with jobs in the photo industry, circling back to a career that began in high school while working for his father at Welch's Camera Center in Wollaston. He spent most of his later years working at Creative Camera in Maynard and had his own small business specializing in classic camera restorations and repairs. His interests revolved around photography, history, and outdoor activities. He was a member of the Photographic Historical Society of New England, the Maynard Historical Society, and the Concord Country Club. He marched in parades and joined in reenactments with the Concord Minutemen; a highlight was participating in the Arnold Expedition to Quebec in 1975. He was a longtime Boy Scout Leader of Troop 131 in Concord. He enjoyed bird watching and hiking across Concord's fields and trails and canoeing the Concord, Assabet and Sudbury rivers. Richard is survived by his wife, Acey Welch, and his children and grandchildren Terence Welch and his partner Kyle Conley of Quincy, MA; Elise Welch and her husband Norman Johnson of Albuquerque, NM; David Welch, his wife Michele and their daughters Alexandra and Casey of Lake Wylie, SC. Dick was an only child preceded in death by his parents Louise Levis and Richard A. Welch, and dear cousins Edwin Welch and Peggy Welch Southerland.

Dorothea Jeanne (Hillier) Werner ’49 Dorothea Jeanne Hillier Werner was born in Braintree to John Arthur and Dorothea (Folsom) Hillier. She graduated from Thayer Academy and Endicott College. Jeanne was very involved at Thayer where she participated in many clubs such as Senior Middle School Play Committee, Dance Committee, Glee Club, and Chapel Choir. She also took part on the athletic fields playing basketball, field hockey, and softball. Jeanne is remembered as being at her best in choir and Glee club, but she also impressed many with her badminton skills. Jeanne taught nursery school for several years, was a Girl Scout leader for many years, and retired from Cumberland


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Farms as an administrative assistant. Jeanne loved swimming, knitting, quilting, and playing the piano. She loved music and was a member of the Sweet Adeline's for many years. She was a member of the Altar Guild and sang in the choir for several years at the church of the Advent in Medfield, MA. Jeanne leaves her husband of 32 years, Douglas; a daughter, Dee Ayrton, and her husband Allen of Londonderry, NH; a son, Christopher Greely and his wife Mindy of Bridgewater, MA; a daughter, Lisa VanNess and her husband Stephen of Plymouth; seven grandchildren: Amanda and husband Joe; Jim and fiancée Lisa; Jonathan and wife Jessica; Michael and wife Melanie, Caitlin and husband Matt; Stephen; and Andrew; five great-grandchildren: Jacob, Benjamin, Elise, Jackson, and her newest joy, redhead Benjamin Robert. She also leaves four step-children: Mark, Allen, Hugh and wife Jackie, Nancy and husband Wendell Pineo, along with their children Nicholas, Christopher, David, Alison, Kimberly, Alicia, Eric, Scott, and great-grandchild Rowan.

1950 Harriet (Minchin) Esposito ’50 Harriet Minchin Esposito Of Belmont, (formerly Cambridge and Rome, Italy) born September 30, 1932 in New York City, passed away February 18, 2017, in Cambridge. She graduated from Thayer Academy in 1950 where she was an energetic cheerleader and a very talented singer, shown in her role in the “Novettes.” She went on to graduate from Colby Sawyer College. She had an unbounded love for literature and music and a rare sensibility. A kind and loving person, she touched many lives deeply. She is survived by her husband of 55 years Raffaele, her daughters Silvia, Claudia (with Marco and Lea), Pamela, and her sister Eunice Pikuzinski ’46.

William K. Richards ’50 William “John” Richards of Southampton died on November 3, 2016. He was 85. Mr. Richards, a native of the Boston area, graduated from Thayer Academy, Boston University, and Hofstra University. He was known as John during his days at Thayer where he played football, ran track, fenced and had a love for writing and journalism. After working as a journalist at Newsday and as an editor at Scholastic Magazine, he settled in Southampton in 1980. Mr. Richards is survived by his wife, Dr. Ruth Ferguson Richards, of Southampton; three children from a previous marriage, Karen Richards, Brian Richards, and Ned Richards; as well as four grandchildren, Danielle Pepe, Paul, Phoebe, and Lorenzo Richards. He was predeceased by a grandson, Ian Richards.

Henry S. Robohm ’50 Henry S. “Bucky” Robohm, 85, of Easton, passed away on August 14, 2017. A 1949 graduate of Abington High School, he attended Thayer Academy and Norwich University. Henry served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Norton VFW Post 8049 and American Legion. He worked in construction for many years and retired as a head custodian for the Brockton School System after 15 years. Upon his retirement, Henry drove school buses for First Student, Bloom, and the Carver School System. He had previously resided in Brockton, Taunton, Norton and South Meadow Village in Carver. He enjoyed activities with his family including vacationing on the Cape as well as in the mountains of New Hampshire. Henry was the husband of the late Eda (Giovanello) Robohm with whom he had four children and a grandson; brother of Viorine Valicenti ’51 of E. Weymouth and the late Barbara Gray ’50 and Robert Robohm. Henry also leaves greatgrandchildren and nieces and nephews including Sherry (Valicenti) Banks ’75, Ron Valicenti ’75, and Dale Valicenti ’77.

Sally (Chipman) Greely ’51 Sally Lou (Chipman) Greely of Norwell, passed away on April 2, 2017. She was the daughter of the late William Cedric Chipman and Bessie Lee (Clark) Chipman. Born on May 12, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, she grew up in Hingham. She graduated from Thayer Academy in 1951 and continued her education at Endicott College, graduating in 1953. At Thayer, she played field hockey and softball and was part of the Glee Club and Ring Committee. More importantly, she met her sweetheart, Philip Greely ’51, at the "Get to Know You Social" and they never parted, marrying in 1954, and remaining so until her passing. Soon after marrying they started a family, eventually growing to four boys, who were raised in Duxbury. She worked in the family laundromat business before working as an aid at Cohasset Knoll Nursing Home where she extended her compassionate ways to the residents there. She finished her career at Serono in Norwell. Upon retiring, she and Phil resided in Hull with their beloved cat, Smoky. In retirement she traveled and sang with the Fine Arts Chorale. She is survived by her husband; son, Wally, his wife Kathy, and their son, Michael; son, David, his wife Linda and their son, Jason; son, Chuck, his wife Patricia and their son, Christopher; son, Ted and his partner Fred Florendo; her beloved sister, Nancy McRae, her husband Carl and their son, Ian; grandsons: Jason Greely, Michael Greely and Christopher Greely, granddaughters in law: Keri Greely and Lindsey Greely, great grandchildren: Ryan and Trevor; Ian's wife Julie and their children, Marcus and Morgana. She loved her boys and was a devoted mother.

Barbara Knutson ’51 Barbara Knutson passed away on January 29, 2017 in her longtime Hingham home. Barbara graduated from Thayer in 1951. She was an honors student who had a great balance with her involvement in the arts and athletics. Barbara was a member of the Art Club, Glee Club, Chapel Choir, and Dance Committee, while also playing field hockey, basketball, and softball. She was also a premier artist of portraits under Louise Pennock. After Thayer, she went on to Colby Junior College

graduating seventh in the Art department. Then she went on to Tufts Dental School and became a dental hygienist. She was faithful to her Thayer friends. Barbara has three sons and four grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sister, Melissa Knutson Anderson ’56.

1953 Jay Dings ’53 Jay Carleton Dings, 80, of Canadensis, died on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Born in Brockton, he was the son of the late J. Frank and Alice M. Dings. Jay graduated from Thayer in 1953. His classmates thought highly of him as he served as the Manager of the basketball team. A graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, Jay studied German and was a proud member of the Chi Psi Fraternity. After college, Jay went to work for Prudential, where he retired as VP of Field Systems. After retiring, Jay spent many years traveling and had visited more than two dozen countries. He was also an avid reader and history buff.

1957 and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1958. In 1961, Bill moved to Washington, D.C., and joined the State Department as an assistant science adviser. He met his wife, Josephine Salmon, through a mutual friend in 1965, and they were married in 1967 in New York City. They settled in Arlington, VA., though Bill later returned to MIT in 1969 to earn a Master of Science Degree in Management Science. Bill retired from the State Department in 1986 to take on the position of executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering, where he stayed until his retirement in 2000. After “retiring,” Bill spent time working with the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) as secretary/treasurer. During his retirement years, Bill built a lake house just outside Fredericksburg, VA., where he loved to gather his family for golf and water skiing. Serendipitously, Bill met Ann Boehm in 2013, and spent the rest of his time traveling and enjoying life with her.



1955 Joseph F. Morrison ’55

He is survived by his two daughters: Glenda Robair and her husband Kurt of Wallingford, CT, Pamela Dings, of Wallingford, CT; two grandsons: Zachary M. Spivey of College Park, MD, Joshua M. Spivey of Wallingford, CT; sister-inlaw: Sandy Dings Clausen ’56 and her three children and six grandsons. He was preceded in death by his brother, John "Jack" L. Dings ’55.

William C. Salmon ’53 William “Bill” Cooper Salmon, 81, passed away on July 27, 2017, in Williamsburg, VA., of heart disease. Bill was born in New York City on September 3, 1935, to the late Chenery and Mary Salmon. He lived most of his early years in Hingham, MA., where he attended Hingham High School and then Thayer Academy. Bill went to MIT for college where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in

Joseph Franklin Morrison, 81, of Orrington, ME, passed away peacefully after a long illness on June 29, 2017 in Bangor, ME. He was born January 8, 1936 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son and third child of Annetta and Frank Morrison. During his youth, he moved eastward as his father took various positions for business - from Grand Rapids he moved to Kalamazoo, Detroit, Niagara Falls, Springfield, and later Cohasset, MA. Joe graduated from Thayer Academy in 1955 where he ran track and was a key member of the Glee Club. He then attended the University of Maine at Orono, and studied education, history and science. There he met Alola Giffin, Pi Beta Phi and nutrition student from Norfolk, VA. He earned a BS degree in Education in 1959 from the University of Maine, and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega (Beta Upsilon) Fraternity where his two sons Mark and Ken would

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also later join. Soon after graduation, Joe worked a few years in the Boston area for his father at the Frieden Corporation selling business machines. Then in 1962 he followed his passion and was soon appointed Teaching Principal at the Glenburn Consolidated School in Glenburn, ME, as the start to his career in education. Joe earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Maine in 1967. From 1966 to 1996 he held several positions within the Bangor School System, first starting as Vice Principal and Science teacher at the then 5th Street Junior High School for 6 years. In 1972, he became the Principal of the Fruit Street Elementary School for 16 years and was later tasked with reopening the Mary Snow Elementary School in 1988 where he worked for another 8 years until his retirement. He thoroughly enjoyed his time as an elementary school principal, working with the students, teachers and parents as he strove to create and maintain a positive environment for learning throughout his 30+ years as an educator. Joe had a strong love of family and was happiest at the many gatherings and events over the years. He especially loved Fall and the Thanksgiving holidays spent with his parents and sisters and their families in Kennebunk, ME and Plymouth, MA and later here in Central Maine with the greater Clewley clan. He was happiest outdoors landscaping, moving giant boulders by hand, gardening amidst blackflies, working in his woodshop, fishing, sailing and raking his forest. He enjoyed the family cottage at Pushaw Lake in Orono during the summers with his three dogs Barney, Casey and Comet. Joe will be greatly missed as he touched many lives. He was a strong and caring, man who could always be counted on in a time of need. He was the consummate humble professional whose wisdom was often sought. His impact to the community was his advocacy for children and their education. He will be remembered for his resilience, positive attitude and very dry and witty sense of humor.


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Joe is survived by his loving wife Alola Giffin Morrison of 56 years, their two children, and 5 grandchildren.

1956 Barbara (Gramstorff) Wintle ’56 Barbara J. Wintle, 77 passed away November 4, 2016 at her home in Florida. She was born in Boston, on January 5, 1939, the daughter of Chester and Edith Peterson Gramstorff. Barbara graduated from Thayer Academy. While at Thayer, she was a member of Theta Alpha and was a horseback rider. Barbara also worked at Boston Children's Hospital. On October 11, 1958, she married Ambrose Wintle in Randolph, Mass. The family moved to Hollis in 1965. Barbara trained and showed Morgan horses throughout New England. She was a member of the Maine Morgan Horse Association and the Morgan Horse Association. Her quote in her senior yearbook expressed how deep her love for horse went, even at a young age, "God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses." Barbara was a stay at home mom who loved her family deeply, especially her grandchildren, who meant the world to her. Barbara is survived by two sons Scott Wintle and his wife Melanie of Hollis and David Wintle and his wife Bonnie of Hollis, and a daughter Deborah Wintle of Hollis, five grandchildren Matthew, Ashlyn, Jayme Dayton and Reagan. She was predeceased by her husband Ambrose Wintle in 2005; her parents; and a brother Fred Gramstorff.

1957 Edward D. Rose ’57 Edward D. Rose, died peacefully in his sleep on May 28, 2017. Ed and his wife, Eleanor, lived on Martha's Vineyard for

many years until moving to Sandwich, five years ago. Ed graduated from Thayer Academy in 1957, where he was in the Cum Laude society and was the recipient of the Thayer Distinguished Service Award. Ed went on to Princeton University, graduating with an AB degree ’64 and from there went to Jesus College, part of Oxford in London, England. He received his Master’s Degree from Boston University. Following College and Officer Candidate School (OCS), he served in the US Navy. Ed was a teacher and organist, and as of late, the organist and Choir Director at The Union Chapel in Hyannis Port. Early on in his career, he taught at Thayer Academy from 1964 to 1966. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Eleanor, his sister, Susan Rose Spurling ’59, two nieces, and two nephews. He is predeceased by his son, Douglas Huntington Rose, in which Edward donated a Hammond Organ for the Chapel at Thayer in his memory. He is also predeceased by his mother, Myrtle Douglas Rose ’33.

1958 Paul Volpe ’58 Paul Volpe, 76, of Wareham, died July 3, 2017 in Tobey Hospital, Wareham. He was the husband of Carol (Girton) Volpe and the son of the late Sabestino Sam and Ethel (Doyle) Volpe. He was born in Weymouth and lived in Braintree and Wareham for many years. He attended Braintree schools and graduated from Thayer Academy in 1958. At Thayer, he found a love for the arts and athletics as he joined the band, orchestra, and play committee while playing football and golf. He attended the University of Maine. He served in the Massachusetts National Guard. Mr. Volpe was vice president for his father’s company, S. Volpe & Co., Inc., General Contractors in Boston for many years. He worked at

Survivors include his wife, Carol (Girton) Volpe; his stepdaughter, Jil Reed of Wareham; and a sister, Ann Gallentine ’57.

1959 Robert Ellis Bachman ’59 Robert Ellis Bachman, 75, passed away on May 13 from complications of ALS. Robert was born in Quincy, MA, and was a member of Thayer Academy’s Class of 1959. Robert was very involved at Thayer. He was on the yearbook staff; a member of glee club, the football team, the baseball team, the track team, and was on the honor roll. Robert went on to graduate from Bowdoin College in Maine. Robert served in the Vietnam War as an officer in the U.S. Navy. After obtaining an MBA from Columbia University he embarked on a long and varied career as an entrepreneur, starting at Anheuser Busch, then Lehndorff USA, and founded USGT Investors with his longtime business partner, Deborah Randall. He took great pleasure in mentoring graduate students at the SMU Cox School of Business. Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Kay, and his loving daughters, Elizabeth Bachman Caruthers and Kristina Bachman Jung (Michael). He also leaves behind his adored grandchildren, Mary and Robbie Caruthers, and his dear sister, Nancy Engleman (Tom). He was predeceased

by his parents, Ruth and Ellis, and his brother, Peter Bachman ’62.

In addition to his loving wife Julie of 36 years, Walter is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Robert E. Devlin ’59 Robert E. Devlin Jr., 72, of Somerville, died August 3, 2014, at The Neville Center in Cambridge after a period of declining health. Born in Quincy, he was the son of Janet Devlin and the late Robert Devlin. Robert graduated from Thayer Academy in Braintree where he was on the wrestling and track teams. He went on to work at General Dynamics in Quincy. He was a holistic healthcare advocate and an enthusiastic outdoorsman. Rob is survived by his wife Anne Devlin of Pembroke and children Christopher Devlin of Pembroke, Scott Devlin of Abington, and Danielle Peppino of Rockland, and by his siblings William Devlin of Vt., and Katherine Casey ’65 and Joel Devlin of Mass., and their families. He also leaves his dear friend Lew Budd of Somerville.

1961 Walter V. Zurosky Jr. ’61 Walter V. Zurosky Jr, 73, of Mashpee, passed away suddenly on November 7, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Julie (Hallinan) Zurosky and son of the late Walter Sr. and Leona Zurosky. Walter graduated from Thayer in 1961 where he played on the football team and sang in the Glee Club. He also graduated from MacMurray College with a Bachelor’s degree and attended St. Louis University School of Medicine. Walter was a commercial airline pilot and flew for Executive and Zantop Airlines. He also owned and operated Holiday Pools for over 30 years. He was an avid hunter and tuna fisherman and was a man known for his smile. He was a loving husband and friend and will be dearly missed by all who loved him.


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the Round Hill Golf Club in Sandwich until it sold. For 34 years, he was a prominent member and leader of the Wareham-New Bedford Lodge of Elks #73. He volunteered time and offered donations to countless charities. Paul was an animal enthusiast who passionately raised and bred Hereford cattle on his farm in Onset. Paul was a true entrepreneur, philanthropist and proud American.

David Ford Drake ’62 [ Obituary written by classmate John MacLennan ’62: ] David, 71, Henderson, NV, died September 17, 2016, of pancreatic cancer. Dave, or “Cupcake” as he was affectionately known, was from Marshfield and came to Thayer in 1959 as a sophomore. He was a joiner, played midfield on the Soccer Team, sang with Mrs. Thayer’s Glee Club and the Boys Vocal Group, was a starting forward on the Class B Final Four Basketball team, and was the first outstanding Pole Vaulter for Coach Sawyer’s rapidly developing Track and Field program. Dave always knew that he wanted to be a veterinarian from his youngest days, and he made that dream come true. I had the surprise and privilege of meeting up with Dave in, of all places, the Officers Club of Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, in the winter of 1969-1970, where I was flying Air Force missions and Air Force Captain David was the base Veterinarian, in charge of scores of Sentry Dogs, ALL of the US Meat Products that came into the numerous kitchens on the base, and for USAID missions to the villages of Vietnam to treat the cattle of the local farmers. He told me of the trouble he had when being feted by the village elders in thanks for the work he had done for them- the main course being served was sometimes roasted dog! He served three years in Vietnam with the Air Force. Dr. Drake subsequently worked in San Jose, CA, before moving to Massachusetts, where he owned Driftway Animal Hospital in Scituate, and a small animal emergency hospital in Marshfield. He moved his practice to

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Henderson, NV; the following is a quote from a local business associate: “Most of the time I came in early, he was already in the front his place playing with his office pets. He worked 6 days a week, every week, and always seemed to be working before I got in at 8 am. As to his career, he retired to his small practice in Las Vegas after selling his very successful practice in Massachusetts. He partnered with other vets to form the first after hours emergency veterinarian clinic in Vegas. In addition to his home in Vegas, he had a home at an exclusive section in Lake Tahoe and enjoyed sailing (of course). But when did he take the time to enjoy it? His office was filled with pictures of his time in Vietnam. His office pets continue to run around the office looking for their daddy and sniffing his chair and other possessions. You knew he was an amazing person! David co-owned A Cat Hospital and St. Francis Animal Hospital in Las Vegas with his wife, Dr. Trish Auge (Oklahoma State ’83). Dr. Drake also served as a consultant and was involved in practice sales. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Adrienne ’90 and Devon, and a son, Remington Drake, a third-year student at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Also surviving are a sister, Susan Drake Newell of Scituate MA and a brother, Stanley Drake, and his first wife, Linda. “Good nature is one of life’s greatest gifts.”

community. She was member of Theta Alpha and the Girls Athletic Association (G.A.A.), and also played on the field hockey, badminton, softball and tennis teams. She worked at the Home For Little Wanderers before leaving on a lengthy tour of the United States with a friend and finally settling in San Rafael. She was employed as a very popular bartender at the Overflow in San Francisco for over 30 years. She endeared herself to everyone with her quick wit and vast knowledge of news and sporting events. Gail had a very kind and giving soul and was always the first to help in any and every way that she could. Gail loved her family and many friends, her naughty cats, a sunny day on the beach, radio talk shows, Willie Nelson concerts, the ponies, and she especially enjoyed having a cold one! Gail lived a full and good life. She loved, laughed, and was loved! She leaves a sister, Susan Emerson ’61 of Brockton, MA; and nephews, Paul Flathers of Bridgewater, MA, Peter Flathers of Brooklyn, NY, and Michael Flathers of Brockton, MA; in addition to many beloved friends and relatives.

James F. Keohan ’62 James F. Keohan, age 70, of Moody Heights, died at the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, MA after a long illness. He was born July 9, 1943 in Weymouth, MA, the son of Dr. John and Dorothy (Reilly) Keohan. He worked many years at IBM before working for the United States Postal Service. Jim served in the United States Army, was a member of the VFW and Commander of the American Legion Quint-Cheney Post #87 in North Berwick from 1995-2011. He was very dedicated to his post.

Gail Emerson ’62 Gail Emerson, of San Rafael, CA, beloved daughter of the late Caroline and Philip Emerson and cherished granddaughter of the late Caroline Wild MacBarron died suddenly at home. Gail was a graduate of Thayer Academy and Nasson College in Springvale, ME, where she majored in psychology. Gail was an active member of Thayer’s


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1964 Robert A. Jope ’64 Robert A. Jope, Sr., age 70, of East Freetown passed away Sunday, January 8th, 2017, at home after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his loving family, including his devoted wife Lorelei, to whom he was married for 46 years. Raised in Randolph, Massachusetts, the

son of Robert C. and Irene Jope, Bob graduated from Thayer Academy. He was a part of the debate club, the ice hockey team, the baseball team, and the wrestling team during his time at Thayer. He served in the Vietnam War as a US Marine, attaining the rank of Corporal. After his service, he married Lorelei, his beloved high school sweetheart. He worked as a welder before starting his own welding company, which he grew into a prosperous business. He was an avid golfer, and for many years belonged to a league at Acushnet River Valley Golf Course. Bob also enjoyed fishing and playing guitar. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by two sons, Robert Jr. and his wife Linda of New Bedford and Brian and his wife Jennifer of Middleboro; three brothers, Richard and his wife Harriet of Randolph, Randy of East Freetown, and Roger of Poland, Maine; five grandchildren, Hannah Faith and Elijah Gabriel Jope of New Bedford and Charlotte Isabella, Sophia Lorelei, and Henry Nathan Jope of Middleboro; and many nieces and nephews.

1967 Gary Cook ’67 Gary succumbed to brain cancer on January 15, 2015. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1949, and graduated from Thayer Academy in 1967. At Thayer, he participated in Summer Science, Library Service, and played on the soccer and track team. Gary graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in chemistry in 1971, and went on to earn his master's degree from the University of Oregon three years later. Gary then moved to California and spent most of his life working in the area of environmental science and research. Gary was very well-read and almost impossible to beat at Trivial Pursuit. In his retirement, Gary greatly enjoyed

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda Holloway; his brother, Andy Cook ’69; and a large and loving extended family.

1974 Myles Vernon ’74 Myles "Kenny" Vernon, Jr, 59, passed away on September 17, 2015. Myles graduated from Thayer in 1974 where he was the captain of the Track team and played football. He is survived by his wife, Karen (Harper) Vernon; two sons, Myles K. Vernon III and Douglas A. Vernon of Spring, TX; two sisters, Heidi Parent and Holly Vernon of Massachusetts, mother-in-law Eiko Harper; brothers-in-law Richard and David Harper and numerous nieces and nephews.


1996 David Gove ’96

Andrew Leach ’94 Andrew Patrick Leach, age 41, of Milton, formerly of Scituate, passed away suddenly on June 2, 2017. Born and raised in Scituate, Andrew graduated from Thayer in 1994 and went on to earn his BS in Economics from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania in 1998. In 2013, he completed his MBA at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. Andrew was employed by S&P Global in Boston as a Regional Investment Consultant and was one day away from taking his third and final exam to become a Chartered Financial Analyst. Andrew had a zest for life and loved the water, boats, and fishing. A lifelong athlete, he had a passion for sports and fitness and excelled in football, wrestling, track, pole vaulting and golf. He was loved by everyone that had ever met him and will be greatly missed. He was the beloved husband of Amanda (Kelsay) Leach, with whom he exchanged vows on August 30, 2015. Andrew was the loving son of Richard ’62 and Jacqueline (Hart) Leach. Cherished brother of Matthew Leach and his wife Maryellen (Gill) Leach of Brockton and loving uncle of Henry Richard Leach. Also survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins and numerous friends from throughout his life.

David T. Gove, 38, formerly from Centerville, MA, passed away in Pittsburgh, PA on April 5, 2017. David graduated from Thayer Academy where he was an Honor Roll student and played hockey and baseball at the varsity level. He was a member of the Boy’s Athletic Association and the recipient of the Thomas J. Berry III Award.

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spending time outdoors golfing, camping, skiing, bike-riding, and travelling. He was a very enthusiastic supporter of the Bay Area Ridge Trail organization, spending many years hiking and fund-raising with them in order to complete the trail around the bay. They are now just 100 miles short of their goal. However, Gary's favorite recreation was to spend quality time with his family, both young and old, whom he loved so deeply. To him they were all precious, and Gary was passionate about ensuring that each of them got his special attention. His devoted family will be holding a private ceremony on the Bay Area Trail, which offers a special place of beauty, peace, and reflection. "If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you." A.A. Milne

David then went on to be a standout hockey player at Western Michigan University. David recorded 22 goals and 37 assists for 59 points in just 39 games during his senior year. As an undrafted free agent, he played in the minor leagues after college until making his debut for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. He was part of their Stanley Cup journey, and he was able to hoist the Cup and be pictured in their Stanley Cup Champion team picture. He played professional hockey up until 2009 when a back injury forced him to retire. After this injury, David began his coaching career as an Assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins and most recently coached for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL. David will be remembered as a valued teammate, a great leader, and a loving and caring man. David is survived by his parents, Joseph and Donna Gove, and his son Cullen.

The Andrew P. Leach ’94 Memorial Fund was established in his memory by his parents Jackie and Richard Leach ’62, family, and friends. This fund will support financial aid and faculty professional development at Thayer.

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Michael was the personification of grace,

Justin A. Lloyd ’12 Justin A. Lloyd, of Milton, age 23, passed away peacefully on August 3, 2017 following a long battle with cancer. Justin was the beloved son of Kenneth and Jeanne Lloyd of Milton. Brother of Jonathan Lloyd of Cambridge and Jared Lloyd of South Boston. His puppy RAI was named after the catchphrase motto that Justin lived each and every day: “Rise Above It.” Justin was raised and educated in Milton. He graduated with high honors from Thayer Academy. Justin was an exceptional scholar-athlete who fulfilled his dream of playing college baseball at Union College in NY. He eventually transferred to Boston College to be closer to home for treatment at MGH. Even while on chemotherapy, he thrived as an Economics Major at B.C. During his summers, Justin worked for Fallon Ambulance and John Hancock Financial Group. Recently, he joined Team Impact; an organization dedicated to connecting children with life threatening illnesses to collegiate athletic programs around the country. Justin battled cancer with dignity and grace and was always respectful of others. His infectious spirit touched everyone he met. Justin will be remembered for his quick wit, athleticism, leadership, competitive spirit, and his love for family and friends. He was an inspiration that taught all of us to appreciate life as it is, and every moment we have.



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Michael Caleb McHugh ’22 Michael Caleb McHugh, of Milton, an incredible son and loving brother, passed away on August 5 as a result of Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.

perseverance, courage, goodwill, and, perhaps most of all, toughness. Although Michael was very sick and often in tremendous pain, he nonetheless remained a vibrant and constant presence in the life of the Middle School

Michael was diagnosed only 15 months ago yet endured countless battles in an effort to live as much and as full a life as possible. Michael would not want to be remembered for the disease he endured but more for his humor, his boundless compassion and great love of Boston sports. Michael attended Tucker Elementary School and then came to Thayer Academy. A high honor roll student at Thayer, he performed in the winter play on stage in Thompson Hall, and suited up for the basketball team. At Recognition Day, Michael was honored with the Bradford Yaggy, Jr. Prize at Recognition Day for his efforts in all aspects of school life. Michael is survived by his father Michael McHugh Sr. ’87, originally from Scituate, MA, mother Kari (Bornhorst), originally from Acton, MA, and sister Brooke.

from the first day of school until the last. He earned a spot on high honor roll, performed in the winter play on Thompson Hall’s stage, and was a member of the basketball team. Michael completed his final exams with his classmates in May and June, and he was honored with the Bradford Yaggy, Jr. Prize at Recognition Day. All the while, he was the same Michael we remembered from before his illness - kind, smart, funny, good-humored, and respectful. As always, he loved our Boston sports teams and relished coming to school in the morning and comparing notes with friends and teachers on a Patriots or Celtics game. He was a good friend to all and never spoke ill of a fellow student. He was a joy to teach and know, and it was humbling and aweinspiring to bear witness to the heroic way in which Michael lived this past year.

Carson Smith Middle School Director

A Poem by Michael McHugh ’22 Written for 7th Grade English, May 2017 I am from more than just places, I am from early Christmas mornings to late night bedtime stories


A Man Could Hardly Ask...

Finding seashells by the seashore never ending car rides And black Adidas sneakers with wild colored laces. I am from the light breeze on the sunny streets of Cotuit buffalo wings and mandarin oranges from the old brick house on the corner fuzzy blankets and ceiling fans. I am from excessively competitive family game nights chicken cutlets and chocolate milk from Tino’s Pizza From the fiery burning of scraped knees and elbows Wearing my shirt inside out and backwards And the smell of wood burning. I am from the roar of the crowd at Fenway, peanuts and Cracker Jacks And the dirt that slowly accumulates under my nails as I play outside From the blistering heat of the cement that presses against my bare feet on hot summer days And the pleasant combination of birds chirping and sunlight that wakes me. I am from freshly cut watermelon that melts on my tongue And the foamy blue wall of danger that destroys the sand castles we worked so hard to make I am from the sweet smell of a backyard barbeque And from not ever letting the bedbugs bite A man could hardly ask to be from more.

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Phyllis (Frogel) Rubin, Thayer Academy Class of ’57, cherishes the great times she’s had with her classmates. Some of those memories go back decades, and others come up in the course of daily life. For instance, she and her husband, Dr. David Rubin, have plans to attend lunch in Hyannis with five classmates who were unable to attend the 60th Reunion celebration. "We all knew each other," says Rubin, a Braintree native who now lives in Falmouth. "It was that close a class." So close, in fact, that the Rubins have made provisions for Thayer in their estate planning through an IRA.


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"Thayer has always been very important to me, and, over time, it's become very important to my husband," says Rubin. "I feel honored that we have the opportunity to do it." Rubin's connection to Thayer began with her sister, Barbara (Frogel) Rippa, a 1951 graduate, and her cousin, Marvin Frogel, a 1953 graduate. All three family members were strong academically although Rubin touts the skills of both her sister and her cousin. She describes herself as "not a sports person," but she contributed to the school in other ways. "I was the typist for both the newspaper and the yearbook," she recalls. Rubin credits her typing teacher, Hilda Donner, a mainstay of the Thayer community and the wife of famed athletic director Ward Donner.




Rubin attended Goucher College in Maryland. She and her husband settled in the Raynham / Taunton area before moving to Falmouth two decades ago. The couple has seven grandchildren. Rubin worked 18 years as a fundraiser for Easter Seals Massachusetts. She calls the work "rewarding" and still volunteers for the organization. Her efforts earned her Thayer's Humanitarian Award, an honor she says both thrilled and humbled her. "In our class, we had people who graduated from Yale, M.I.T., and Harvard, people who have made great strides in their chosen fields," she says. "I've always been impressed by what my classmates have achieved." Looking back, she refers to Thayer's faculty of that era as "legends," offering Miss Osgood; Mr. Seymour; Mrs. Saul; Mr. and Mrs. Lane; Miss Emerson; and Mr. Tower as examples.




"We still talk about them and remember them -- the way they approached teaching and their love of the subjects they taught," she says. "They instilled in us a curiosity." The Rubins have many options when it comes to planned giving but know the funds will have a real impact at Thayer. "It will make a difference," she says. Ever the skilled fundraiser, Rubin even reminded classmates "not to forget Thayer Academy in their wills" at a recent reunion dinner held at The Neighborhood Club in Quincy. She also told her classmates that one doesn't have to be a millionaire to consider giving. "If people are in the position to do it, I would hope that their support of Thayer would translate into financial support," she says.

We invite you to consider planned giving as a means to supporting Thayer while creating a personal and meaningful legacy. Planned gifts can often provide valuable tax benefits and, in some cases, income for life to the donor. Whether you use cash or other assets, such as real estate, artwork, or stock, the benefits of funding a planned gift can be significant. By including Thayer in your estate plans, you can help strengthen Thayer while preserving your existing assets. Individuals who make a planned gift to Thayer are welcomed as members of The Southworth Society. Planned gifts can be tailored to the unique circumstances of each donor, and some typical options include bequests, charitable trust, annuities, or a life insurance policy with Thayer as the beneficiary. To find out more about how you can benefit from including a planned gift to Thayer in your financial planning, contact Melissa Tuthill Forger '92, Director of Development at 781.664.2501 or or Rachael Rouvales Vassalotti ’79 P ’07, ’11, ’12, Associate Director of Development at 781.664.2504 or

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2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 10:00am–4:00pm:

Campus Store Hours Cahall Campus Center


Alumni Basketball Game Memorial Gym [ Rain: Alumni Gym ]


Family Fun In and Around the Big Tent [ Rain: Memorial Gym ] Carnival Games, Barn Babies: Traveling Petting Zoo


More Family Fun In and Around the Big Tent [ Rain: Tiger’s Den ] Face Painting, Merchandise Sales, Bake Sale.


Complimentary Concessions Under the Tent Food Truck Fare Parking Lot near the pools


Hall of Fame Luncheon Cahall Dining Hall - by invitation only


Post-Game Reception - 21+ only - hosted by the Thayer Academy Alumni Board Southworth Library

All Athletic Games on Main Campus! 11:00am Girls JV Field Hockey (v. Lawrence) 12:00pm Boys JV Soccer (v. Lawrence) Girls JV & Varsity Volleyball (v. Lawrence) 12:30pm Girls Varsity Field Hockey (v. Lawrence) 1:30pm

Boys Varsity Soccer (v. Lawrence)

2:00pm Girls JV Soccer (v. Lawrence)

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2:30pm Boys Varsity Football (v. Roxbury Latin) Girls Varsity Soccer (v. Lawrence) 3:00pm Boys & Girls Cross Country (v. Nobles, Groton & Rox. Latin)


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The Final




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