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SPRING 2017 DATES Cum Laude Dinner April 24 @ 6pm Middle School Exhibition Night April 25 @ 6pm The Last Hurrah! May 4 @ 6pm Thayer Reunion May 5-6 General's Open Golf Tournament May 8 Memorial Day Chapel May 26 Thayer Prom June 7 Recognition Day Middle School June 8 @ 10am Last Chapel June 9 @ 8:30am Commencement June 10 @ 9:30am

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Joanna Skoler Gilman '86 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Paul W. Kahn



TED KOSKORES '70 P '10, '13




Joanna Skoler Gilman '86 Melissa Tuthill Forger '92 DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT





Jon Butler, Paula Collins P '10, '21, Don Donovan P '10, '13, Rick Foresteire P '19, '21, Carter Harrison, Kelly Hines P '19, '21, Fari Khalili P '99, '07, '11, Jim MacVarish, Matt McGuirk '92, Erin McGurn, Peter Robarts P '01, '04, '06, Aidan Rooney, Skip Schneider P '20, '22, Natalie Young, CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

Rochelle Ballin '04, Neeta Beepath, Tina Chung, Christine Dahlheimer, Rick Foresteire P '19, '21, Mynetta Jones P '04, AnnMarie Leonard P '03, '06, Matt McGuirk '92, John Murphy, Donna Richardson, Rachael Rouvales Vassalotti '79 P '07, '11, '12


BOARD OFFICERS Thomas M. Kent P ’00, ’03, ’09, Chair Melissa Tearney P ’14, Vice Chair Paula L. Becker P ’12, ’14, Secretary Daniel Budde P ’10, ’12, Treasurer

BOARD MEMBERS Jeffrey Allen P ’15 Donavan Brown ’01 James Cashman ’73, P ’19, ’21 Julian H. Cherubini ’53 Miniard Culpepper, Sr. P ’08, ’09 Robert F. Daylor P ’02, ’13 Darren Donovan P ’17, ’20 James J. Ferrera ’81 P ’09, ’12, ’15, ’16 Kevin Gill P ’11, ’13 Linda Hooley P ’06, ’08 ’13, ’16 Kathy Horgan P ’20 Michael Joe P ’17, ’20 Brenda Lyons P ’12, ’14, ’18 Brendan McDonough ’87, P ’18 Mike McNally P ’22 John Morey P ’11, ’13 William Parent P ’12, ’15 Tom Shanley ’97,

Dear Thayer Community, I am always struck by how fully each edition of the Thayer Magazine captures the dynamic interactions that give shape and meaning to the Academy’s mission to inspire a diverse community of students to moral, intellectual, aesthetic, and physical excellence so that each may rise to honorable achievement and contribute to the common good. The centerpiece of the Winter/Spring 2017 edition is, of course, the enduring vibrancy and relevance of the Academy’s Science programs. Alumni profiles of Chris Myatt ’87 and the Ambrosino-Martin family point out the connection between our students’ experiences at Thayer and their career paths. With sharp focus on the here and now, Upper School Science Chair Don Donovan P ’10, ’13 outlines the contours of the newly developed integrated science approach in Grades 9 and 10 and discusses the continued refinements of the Academy’s much heralded Independent Science Research offerings. In addition, Middle and Upper School science teachers recount some of their more important instructional areas of focus. The enduring vibrancy and relevance of the Thayer experience is documented in this issue in other ways as well:  The dedication of the basketball court in Memorial Gym to Robin Dixon acknowledges the role this remarkable educator played in the lives of so many young people.  The amazing breadth of involvement of our students in the arts is showcased throughout and further underscored by this year’s General Council’s Reception held at the MFA. The Reception both highlighted the arts at Thayer and thanked donors for a level of support that makes so much of what our students experience possible.  The value of global education and involvement is mirrored in the first Peru Service Trip reunion (Perunion) that brought together alumni who have participated in one of Mr. Diamond’s last twelve senior projects to Peru—all of which have blended together so tightly the Academy’s commitment to global education and service. Additionally, a poignant essay written by one of our international students from China, Zheqi (Jessie) Shen ’17, reveals some of the challenges and rewards of a global education; and the Academy’s ongoing relationship centered on providing relief for the residents of Haiti is manifest in Mr. Rooney’s article about the “Art of Ayiti Exhibit.”  Read, too, about Athletics, school spirit (beware there is a new Tiger in town!), and the many ways alumni stay connected to Thayer through activities as varied as Career Day, class notes, and upcoming reunions. In sum, bound before you, is a sampling of how a Thayer education continues to provide abundant and varied opportunities that deeply enrich the lives of students while they are here and offer inspiration and direction for the years ahead of them. Sincerely,

Ex officio as President of the Alumni Board

Fergus Shiel P ’13, ’15, ’18

Ted Koskores '70 P '10, '13 Ted Koskores ’70, P ’10, ’13, Headmaster Bill Stephenson, Assistant Treasurer; Business Manager



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Table of Contents Chris Myatt '87


A Laser Focus on Science - Alumni Profile



Ambrosino/Martin Family 16 A Family Affair - Alumni Profile

The New Curriculum 18 Independent Science Research Sidebar


What We Are Teaching 20 Upper School Sciences Middle School Sciences Inspiration & Reading List

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Examining the Past This microscope was used by Thayer science students during the 1910s in their classes. While the equipment has been upgraded quite a bit, the thirst for learning and scientific inquiry remains as strong as ever in the classrooms of Glover.


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Letter from the Headmaster


Ted Koskores ’70, P ’10, ’13

Photos Around Campus


TA Highlights


A New Tiger 9

Campus News & Highlights


- Coach Rob Dixon Court Dedication


- For the Common Good


- New Faculty & Staff 2016-17


- From Haiti to Thayer


Memorial Gym basketball court renamed in his honor

Winter Wars 2017, Habitat for Humanity, M5 Regatta



Aidan Rooney's story on the Thayer Gallery exhibit

Thayer Arts

- Les Misérables


- Middle & Upper School Arts


Photo gallery

Photo gallery

- Student Art Upper School Middle School

Photo gallery

- Thayer Student Voices 37 The Second Home of a Traveler Essay by Zheqi (Jessie) Shen '17

Thayer Athletics



Alumni News & Highlights

Dr. Tori Martin '01 Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Mass General Hospital for Children

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- Faculty Art 35

- Fall Highlights 2016





Photo gallery

- Sports Hall of Fame 2016 The 2016 Inductees




- Perunion


- Career Day



An Evening of Fond Memories & Appreciation

Bringing Alumni Together with Current Students

- Academy Snapshot

Football Films Club in the Middle School

General's Council Reception 2017 44-45 At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Class Notes


Thayer Weddings 52 Thayer Babies 57

Celebrate the New Thayer Tiger

In Memoriam


The Final Word


Catch & Release Taxidermy Essay on a Found Art piece by Faculty Member Carter Harrison

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A Brighter Space. Several recent campus improvements included a new, brighter entrance at the Middle School.

The Girls Cross Country Varsity Seven just before the ISL Championship race begins. See page 38 to see how the girls fared. L to R: Abby Osmanski '17, Emma Casey '17, Katherine Stanwood '18, Meghan Webb '20, Cassie Kearney '18, Lilly Bradley '21, Annie Huycke '18


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Mingling with the Masterpieces. Kate & Ken Carberry '08, Jim '81 & Susan Ferrera P '09, '12, '15, '16, AJ Ferrera '09, and Hannah Mulvey '10 chat among the paintings at the annual General's Council Reception enjoyed a night at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (See page 44 for more on the event)

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From Oil Drums to Sublime Art. Detail of one of the beautiful handcrafted Haitian art pieces from the Thayer Gallery exhibit (See page 12 for more).


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A New Tiger! Thayer unveiled a redesigned Thayer Tiger during the Upper School Winter Wars in February. Students cheered as the new Tiger was revealed in the gym during the first day of Winter Wars. To celebrate the new Thayer Tiger, that day the bell that rings to signal the beginning and end of classes was a tiger roar and both Middle and Upper School students were treated to delectable tiger cupcakes at lunch. The new Thayer Tiger also made an introductory appearance at the Valicenti Cup—the annual hockey game against St. Sebastian’s. Go Tigers!

« Be sure to check out the inside back cover for your very own Thayer Tiger car magnet!

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t On Friday, January 20, 2017, Thayer Academy honored alum, parent, History teacher, and former basketball coach Rob Dixon ’79 P ’03, ’16. The school dedicated the Memorial Gym basketball court to Rob for his work in promoting diversity and inclusiveness at Thayer Academy and beyond, and for the countless hours he spent on the court as an athlete, teacher, and coach. The gym was packed with members of the Thayer community, and several former players of Rob's attended the ceremony including John Hightower ’95, who spoke during the dedication ceremony. Rob thanked Thayer, his family, and his former players. "This court is a testament to all the players who came through this program," he said. "It’s not about me." In addition to his achievements at Thayer, Rob founded Project R.I.S.E. (Respect, Integrity, Success, and Education) in 1993, and has since dedicated his time, energy, and passion to the organization. Project R.I.S.E is a non-profit that provides students with a high-quality academic program at Thayer during the summer weeks with the goal of promoting self-efficacy.

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Winter Wars 2017



The Thayer Community giving back

Habitat for Humanity The Senior Class of 2017 took the Winter Wars championship this February. The much-beloved annual intra-class competition also has a great giving back component, collecting items for various charities. This year, a total of 753 canned food items (Braintree Food Pantry), 910 toiletries and 813 white socks (South Boston Neighbhood House), 158 multivitamins (St. Rock in Haiti), and $1055 (Last Chance for Animals and the Humane Farming Association) was raised by Thayer students.






New Faculty & Staff 2016-17 Christopher Allen

Brad Peterson '11

Neeta Beepath

Xiaomei Pierce

Jon Butler

Roseanne Shannon

Alex Doyle

Steve Sirrico P '98, '03

Doug Foss

Amanda Taylor

Blodine Francois

Jarvis Wyche

Amy Hawkins

Priscilla Yu

Upper School Science Development

Middle School Science Upper School Hale Learning Center Food Service Director (Returning) Middle School Librarian Middle School Math

Beth Marat


Middle School Mandarin Development

Middle School Science (Returning from retirement) Upper School Math

Middle School Counselor Upper School Science

Thayer Upper School students built a home in Stoughton with Habitat for Humanity. Emma Steffan ’18, David Moscoso ’18, Tessa Schneider ’18, Pat Shiel ’18, Molly Greenough ’17, Sarah Fitzgerald ’18, Lauren Bennett ’18, Matt DiRico ’18 and Jack DiRico ’18, along with faculty advisor, Maryam Lombardi, devoted a Saturday to building the home. The next project for the group is slated for later this year.

Eighth Annual M5 Regatta Another successful M5 Regatta was held at Thayer this past November, with a total of 2.7 million miles "rowed" both on campus and around the world (with alums getting involved from as far away as Cambridge, England!) Over $6,000 was raised in support of the Matt Healey Fund, the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House Boston, the New England Center and Home for Veterans, and the Warrior Canine Connection.

Upper School Spanish & French

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Foreign language teacher Aidan Rooney and Assistant Director of Admissions Napoleon Lherisson '06 often travel with Thayer students to Haiti to volunteer in the medical clinic funded by the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation. Recently Aidan and Napoleon helped bring Haitian oil-drum art to the Thayer Gallery for a unique and moving exhibit. Here are Aidan's reflections on how the exhibit came to Thayer.

The Genesis of the Exhibit Napoleon and I have been traveling to Haiti during spring break for a good many years now, mostly on medical outreach trips with the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation (SRHF). While challenges faced by the Haitian people remain formidable, their great resourcefulness inspires us to a fuller commitment and an appreciation of all that is resilient and beautiful in their culture. Artistic heritage is a good example of this. Several years back, we visited the artistic community of Noailles, not far from the capital city of Port-au-Prince, and were immediately captivated by the upcycled, oil-drum art being produced there. It is a day trip worth making. Dulcet, hypnotic notes of hammers banged on iron entrance the ear, and you can spend hours traipsing from workshop to workshop transfixed by the sheer intricacy and silver patinas of the artwork. At that time, we were expanding SRHF’s educational initiatives in various directions, and it was there and then in the workshop of one particular artist that we took a shine to the idea of an art exhibit back home. The Thayer Art Gallery struck us immediately as the natural venue for all sorts of good reasons, and when we approached Gallery Director, Karen Koskores P ’10, ’13, a full year before the exhibit went up, she was instantly supportive.


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Creation of the Art It is not just the finished products from Noailles that are visually stunning. The method of production appeals to deep, worker instincts in us, impressed as much by the labor-intensive concentration involved as by the forging of beauty from raw materials, in this case, discarded oil-drums from the nearby capital’s refineries. All of it, start to finish, is hand-done. The drums are incinerated to remove paint and residue, the cap and bottom are removed, and the cylinder is unfurled and beaten flat. The artist draws a chalk template that an apprentice takes a chisel to, and the work advances to the painstaking final stage of embellishment. The predominant technique, known as repoussé, is to strike patterns into the metal using nails and other implements appropriate for the desired effect. It is fascinating to watch. Eye and hand conspire at every turn, and the artists give free range to their imaginations, incorporating not only Haitian mythological, Christian, and Vodou motifs into their work, but whimsical elements and fantastic beasts. A man might be half-mermaid, half-goat, and play a convoluted flute. Angels are a recurring theme in the work of the artist we chose to feature. Much of it reminds me of the Golden period in Irish art in the 8th century: the mix of figurative and abstract; the sense of spaces asking, like time, to be filled; the importance of spaces left unfilled.

Funds Raised for Haiti One hundred percent of funds raised from the sale of artwork in the exhibit will go to support educational programs in Haiti under the auspices of SRHF. In recent years, thanks in large part to a generous grant from the Flatley Foundation, we have expanded our sponsorships of elementary and secondary school students to include university scholarships. In light of this growth, SRHF is exploring new ways to support teacher training and professional development, as well as proceed with two school reconstruction projects. While health delivery remains the primary mission of the SRHF Foundation, educational development joins the ever-rippling outward range of programs designed to enhance and sustain development.

Thayer's Connection to Haiti More than ever before, it seems, young people are attuned to global challenges. At Thayer, they figure increasingly in our curricula and club offerings, in our Global Scholars Program, and the need we all feel to address them lies at the very core of our humanity. While it is naïve to think that humanitarian intervention alone can solve a broken country’s problems, and some will argue that only economic and political reform can do that, there is an onus on us who have so much to help those who have so little. Which brings us to Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, right on our doorstep, long ravaged by self-interested French and U.S. foreign policies, political violence and corruption, the 2010 earthquake and, more recently, Hurricane Matthew. In step with the Milton-based

SRHF, Thayer’s Hope for Haiti club, now active for over ten years, recognizes the particular direness of need in Haiti, and the particular weight the ethical imperative I mention should have. One way that engagement has evolved is in realizing that service to countries poorer than our own should not just alleviate poverty. Programs to promote sustainable development are satellitic but essential to the core mission of providing primary medical care, and outreach trips to Haiti highlight the importance of these programs.



Alé Là (Go There) from the Haitian Kreyol of Tontongi

Go there, where you know yourself you should, before the sad sack of your heart withers tighter than the skin on a drum.

When one of the students in my Global Scholars Capstone class asked Dr. Eloy–the medical director of the SRHF who now visits us annually–“how can we help,” he replied, “come visit my country.” He added: “Read our literature, study our history, appreciate our art.” At Thayer, I am glad that we are responding to these calls in thoughtful ways, making Haiti a case study for holistic engagement and for the establishment of best practices in those engagements.

Alé là, go there, even if you’re ticked off

To underscore that reply from Dr. Eloy, let me close with a translation of a poem by the poet Tontongi. It is called Alé Là "Go there." I like that title because it calls not just on the literal – go there, come visit my country – but on the figurative interpretation – go there, dare to ask for social equity, for social justice.

the world’s poor endure

at policy, even if you turn to salt at the who’s-who, fundraiser feast. You have to go there, dear brothers, sisters, where nobody gives the destitute the time of day, where no light lights their day with hope. Alé là, Go there, bring your zeal to bear on the happiness of other people, fight and right the wrongs as if they’d no business being here at all, here where, with plenty, the splendour falls. Alé là. You have to go there, stay there, join us if only with a soft smile on your mouth. O my sisters, brothers, we’re needed there to plant together, without any more shenanigans, oranges and corn and friendship

For more information on trips under the auspices

for all of us on earth who need relief.

of SRHF, please contact Sarah Gleason:

Poet Tontongi and faculty member, Aidan Rooney.

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Typical summer jobs for high school students often bring to mind scooping ice cream, sitting by a pool as a lifeguard, or working with kids as a camp counselor. However, Chris Myatt’s ’87 summer job that he found with the help of his Thayer science teacher, Jack Foley, helped inspire a lifelong passion and successful career combining science and entrepreneurship.

“Here I am a high school kid working at an engineering firm in Cambridge next to MIT, it was awesome,” recalls Myatt. “It sparked a lot of my interests.”


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That spark brought Myatt down a road of rigorous scientific work and late nights starting two companies of his own. Today he’s the founder and CEO of MBio Diagnostics, a company that’s developing sophisticated diagnostic tools to test samples of food, water, or blood and receive results quickly. Myatt grew up in Bridgewater and attended Thayer starting in 9th grade. He played football and basketball and excelled in math and science classes. “I had a great time at Thayer, I really enjoyed it,” he says. He fondly recalls science teachers Bill Elliott, Fernand LaChance, Marshall Litchfield, and Jack Foley, who helped him secure the summer job in Cambridge. “My Thayer teachers gave me a solid foundation,” he says. “Bill Elliott was my Chemistry teacher, he was terrific—he had the crazy Einstein hair,” recalls Myatt. “Mr. LaChance was an old school kind of teacher and

Chris Myatt's 1987 Black & Orange yearbook photo. A four-year football and basketball player, he also was a three-time High Honor Roll and Cum Laude member while at the Academy.

After Thayer, Myatt when to Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas where he majored in Math and Physics. Later he earned his PhD in Atomic Physics at the University of Colorado. “They were doing similar work in laser physics to what I had done as an undergrad, and I got in with some up-and-coming professors there,” he says. Little did he know how up and coming—his advisor, Carl Wieman, went on to win the Nobel Prize for Physics. Later, for his post-doc he worked on the atomic clock and helped build the rudiments of a quantum computer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, “There are now startups beginning to commercialize the technology, and they are being built on the foundation my advisor [Dave Wineland] laid. I added a few bricks along the way.” Again his advisor, David Wineland, also later won the Nobel Prize for Physics. “I would like to say that correlation implies causation, but that’s not the case,” he jokes. After his post-doc work he started Precision Photonics with his wife, Sally, whom he met in college. The company was successful creating laser technology for medical devices, telecommunication, and the defense sector, and was purchased by IDEX in 2012. While his first company was ultimately a success, he warns that entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. “When you are starting a company you have to be a little naïve about what you’re getting into,” he says. “If people truly knew what you were signing up for, a lot of them wouldn’t get involved. But it’s been a wonderful time.”

Myatt with MBio's diagnostic tool

Part of the difficulty of running his own business is balancing his scientific background with his entrepreneurial bent. While Myatt’s background and training is in science, he says he now considers himself an entrepreneur who collaborates with scientists and doctors. “As a scientist, there are a few factors that add challenges to starting a business,” he explains. “You have very little exposure in school to business and commercial issues, so you are learning all this on top of getting a

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technology developed. Further, as a scientist you are trained to be quite open about results, data, and methods. In business, you need to be much more guarded about information. These issues aren’t insurmountable, but just provide a different point of view going from science in the lab to starting a company,” he says. After IDEX purchased his first company, Myatt began to look for his next challenge. The decision to form MBio, he says, was borne from his scientific training. “Fundamentally, I am a measurement scientist, and my first company was built around precision measurement,” he says. “Some of our scientists and I were thinking through our strategy, and asked, what is the most valuable measurement? What do we value? And the answer was natural—our health and well-being.”


was sharp in Physics and got me interested in that, and Mr. Litchfield taught me to dissect frogs in 9th grade Biology. I can still smell the formaldehyde!”

Myatt and his colleagues then met with the head of infectious diseases at the University of Colorado Medical School to discuss opportunities in medicine for ultra-sensitive detection with low-cost equipment. “The rest is history,” says Myatt. MBio creates diagnostic tools that use a patented LightDeck technology that directs laser light through a so-called “waveguide” to generate exquisitely sensitive fluorescent signals when reactions occur. Built out of plastic, the test cartridges can be very inexpensive to manufacture. Currently MBio is using these tools for water, food, and veterinary testing and is working toward human use in 2018. Myatt and his colleagues at MBio are working toward a goal of using these tests on highly prevalent infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and influenza. MBio recently shipped tests to a US Army research station in Kenya for use in studies on malaria, and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital announced a collaboration with MBio to develop rapid testing for patients with sepsis. “The mortality rate with sepsis is way too high,"says Myatt. “Especially in pediatrics.” As for the future, Myatt says he and his wife have several new ideas. “We’ll see what comes from them,” he says. “For now, my focus is bringing MBio to great success. We’ve had a great year, and I expect some big progress over 2017. Ideas are a dime a dozen—what really matters is execution.”

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Helping others through science and medicine is a family affair for the Ambrosino/Martin family. Donna Ambrosino ’70 P ’01, ’10, ’12 and her husband Howard Martin, modeled successful medical careers for their three daughters, who—each in her own way—follow in their footsteps. Donna has had an illustrious career in science and medicine, but she says a career in science wasn’t on her radar in high school. “When I graduated from Thayer, I was really hoping to be a sports announcer,” she says. One college interviewer didn’t agree with her career choice, but Harvard didn’t mind and she matriculated there. While at Harvard she says she enjoyed all her classes, but ultimately science began to pique her interest. “Science always interested me. My father was a doctor, and it was something that enticed me.” After she left medical school she assumed she would work as a clinician— seeing pediatric patients, like her father. “Never did I dream of what I would end up doing,” she says. She did see patients at Boston Children’s Hospital, but Donna worked primarily as a researcher focused on immunology and the development of medicines for twenty years. This led to her next career as the first female Executive Director of Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories (MassBiologics), an institution that was founded in 1895. “I had the opportunity to oversee 400 people and develop medicines from idea to development, to manufacturing, to reaching the patient,” she says. Two products she helped develop will soon be available to patients—Rabishield (a monoclonal antibody for the prevention of rabies) and Zinplava (a monoclonal antibody for the prevention of C. Difficile disease). “This was all very exciting, and yet way different than being a sports announcer,” she says.


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After 13 years at MassBiologics, she moved to ClearPath Vaccines, where she is the Chief Medical Officer. ClearPath works with biopharmaceutical companies to help accelerate product development. Here, Donna is working on a vaccine to prevent hospital-acquired infections. At Thayer Donna says her favorite teacher was Betty Bailey—not in the classroom but on the basketball court. “I never had Betty for English, but what she taught me about sports, teams, and leadership was probably as important to my future as was my understanding of biology and chemistry.” Donna’s eldest daughter, Tori Martin ’01, is a pediatric gastroenterologist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. When she’s not seeing patients, she teaches at Harvard Medical School and conducts research on the developing infant microbiome and its potential role in gastrointestinal food allergic diseases. Tori’s sister, Sam ’12, is a first-year medical student at UMass Medical School. Michaela ’10, is a first-year law student at Boston College Law School. Michaela was a Biology major at Bowdoin, and before starting law school she used her science background from college to work on a medical device defense case while working at a Boston law firm. Tori credits her parents as a major influence in her career path. “I was lucky enough to be a child of two brilliant physicians who really loved what they did,” says Tori. Her father, Howard, is an orthopedic surgeon, specializing in the spine. “There was no real pressure to follow their career paths. I grew up watching them, and just thought to myself, ‘what better job is there than helping people be well and get better?’”

When she’s not studying Michaela plays squash (she played for the varsity team at Bowdoin) and performs as a singer.

“I think part of what is amazing about Thayer is that I have equally fond memories of the teachers who taught me English and Spanish as those who taught Biology,” she said. Recently Tori presented her research at the World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition in Montreal. At the conference she spoke about cow milk protein allergies in infants, and how the allergy is more common than originally believed. She has also published research in medical journals such as The Journal of Pediatrics, Vaccine, and Infection & Immunity. “Allergies to foods are a massive and growing problem, particularly in the developed world. Our hypothesis is that a young infant’s microbiome, which is shaped by how and where they are born, what they are fed, and many other factors, may be participating in the education of their immune system around what to recognize as harmless (food) or as dangerous (allergens),” Tori explains. “Our research aims to better understand (a) the pathophysiology behind infant cow’s milk protein allergy, (b) whether that includes a significant role for the microbiome, and (c) whether we can prevent or treat the ‘allergy’ by manipulating the infant’s gut flora. Our hope is to be able to easily prevent or treat cow’s milk protein allergy of infancy without having to change the infant’s diet.” In her rare downtime, Tori is planning her upcoming wedding and also likes to cook, read, and hike with her dog, Bailey. Michaela ’10 is taking a different route— using the science she learned at Thayer and in college in the field of law. “My love for the biological sciences was cultivated early at Thayer, beginning in the Middle School and continuing through my senior year in which I took both AP Biology and Anatomy, and was of course heavily influenced by my parents’ and my older sister’s career in medicine,” she says. Michaela also notes

Tori at her research lab in Charlestown

that several Spanish and Science teachers were influential in her decision to pursue both Biology and Spanish in college, including Jodoin, Collins, Khalili, Marc Rando, Terri Lukens, Jake Diamond, and Gloria Blanco. Michaela says after graduation from Bowdoin, she realized she didn’t want to become the fifth doctor in the family, and she took a job at the Boston law firm, Nutter McClennen & Fish, which she calls “one of the best decisions of my life.” There she worked on the medical products liability defense team, defending a major medical device company in a mass tort litigation (similar to a class action) in which plaintiffs alleged that the company’s prosthetic hips were defective. “What I loved most about my job—and what eventually inspired me to apply to law school—was the high degree of scientific literacy that the medical products liability team at Nutter had, which was integral to the successful litigation of our cases,” she says. “I watched trials in which the conversations about science were so high-level that it was difficult to distinguish between the attorneys and the medical experts they were examining,” she says. “Perhaps the most important lesson I learned—and this is something that I didn’t realize while at Thayer or even while at Bowdoin—is that the fact that I loved science didn’t necessarily confine me to a career in research or medicine,” says Michaela.

The youngest Martin sister, Sam ’12, majored in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard and is attending UMass Medical School in Worcester. She says she’s also drawn to specialize in pediatrics, but may perhaps focus on developmental disorders, such as autism. Starting at Thayer, Sam volunteered with organizations that worked with children with special needs, and at Harvard Sam served as president of an autism awareness and outreach group, which organized weekly social events for teens and young adults with autism and other special needs.


She also points to Thayer as an influence on her career choices. She mentions Betty Bailey, Steve Sirrico, Karen Jodoin (“when I think of basic genetics, I think of her”), Paula Collins, Don Donovan, and Fari Khalili.

She says her interest in medicine came on slowly, and also cites her parents as well as her older sister, Tori, as inspirations. “My role models in the sciences possessed such an infectious passion for their respective areas of expertise that my younger self couldn’t help but share their enthusiasm and be inspired by it. My parents and eldest sister were among the earliest and strongest such role models.” Sam also points to her science teachers at Thayer as instrumental in her future plans. “Ms. Jodoin, Ms. Siegel, and Ms. Khalili immediately and fondly come to mind, as all three of them impart as much passion for their field as they do knowledge of it to their students.”

From the Black & Orange (clockwise, from top L):

Donna '70, Tori '01, Michaela '10, & Sam '12.

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This year Thayer students are experiencing a dramatically new science curriculum—one that integrates Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. For the past ten years I have had the opportunity to teach a juniorlevel elective called Independent Science Research (see sidebar). In this class students learn about current scientific research going on at the universities and hospitals in our area. They read about and visit a variety of labs and eventually work at one of them during the summer between junior and senior year. One of the overriding observations while visiting the labs with the students and overseeing their work is that there are very few pure biologists, chemists, or physicists anymore. For example, biologists studying great white sharks have to know chemistry to understand the sharks’ blood work, and physics to understand how the tagging systems work. An engineer at MIT studying water desalination has to understand the chemistry of water, the physics of electric charge, and the biology of what is in seawater. The old curriculum served our students well, but students had a tough time seeing how the three “major” sciences were interrelated. They would be better off knowing more about light (traditionally physics) to help them better understand the modern models of the


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atom (traditionally chemistry). Knowing the ideas behind chemical bonds helps students better understand how the cell works. We want our students to be able to use the skills and knowledge from their science classes in many circumstances outside of their science classrooms. By teaching things in a “silo”-type way moving from Physics to Chemistry to Biology, our students weren’t seeing the applicability of scientific thinking, except in those specific classes at those specific times. We would like to teach students to become scientists before they specialize as biologists, chemists, or physicists. When the department began to discuss changing the curriculum, each science teacher listed topics they felt a student in their discipline should know, no matter the level. We looked at the Next Generation Science Standards, Project 2061, and the Massachusetts Frameworks; with an eye for common themes of content and skill. Upper School Science teacher Karen Jodoin P ’19, ’22 reworked the curriculum during her sabbatical in the 2014-15 academic year, and we now teach an integrated approach to science in the first two years at the Upper School. The 9th and 10th grade classes now look at different topics physically, chemically, and biologically. The skills required are scientific in terms of observation, measurement, hypothesis, and reasoning.

It’s been an exciting fall semester in the science department, as teachers and students alike adjust to the new curriculum. I am confident these changes will help prepare our students to see the cross-disciplinary connections that exist throughout science— leading to a rich scientific education now and when they continue their studies after Thayer.

With this change, there is greater opportunity for student choice in the junior and senior years. If a student wants to delve more deeply into one of the traditional sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics will be available. If they are academically ready, they could take the

Previously students followed a more traditional path with the following course offerings:

9TH GRADE: Physics or Physical Science 10TH GRADE: Biology (or Honors Biology) 11TH GRADE: Chemistry  (or Honors Chemistry or Environmental Science or Independent Science Research) 12TH GRADE: A  P Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Advanced Topics, Marine Science

Starting in the 2016-17 school year, students now follow this curriculum:

9TH GRADE: Integrated Science 1 (or IS-1 Honors)



AP level of those classes, or AP Environmental Science, so some students can now take two AP courses over two years instead of doubling up during their senior year.

The topics for the 9th and 10th grade classes include Patterns and Change, Cause and Effect, Health and Human Performance, Survive and Thrive, Weapons and Warfare, and Animal Behavior. These topics will cover the concepts of ecology, energy, motion, the cell cycle, solutions, and periodicity—all of which we feel are important for all students to know as a base.

10TH GRADE: Integrated Science 2 (or IS-2 Honors)

11TH AND 12TH GRADES: B  iology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Advanced Topics, Marine Science, Ind. Science Research MULTI-GRADE ELECTIVES: Collaborative Design Lab, Robotics

MULTI-GRADE ELECTIVES: Collaborative Design Lab, Robotics


Invasive species on the area coastline, visual similarities between people with ADHD and autism, and micro and nano fluidics -- these are just some of the topics Thayer juniors have been able to delve into during their work in the Independent Science Research (ISR) course, led by Don Donovan P ’10, ’13, head of Thayer’s science department. More than 90 students have participated in the class -- which has run since the 2007-2008 academic year. In this full-year course students spend the first semester “researching research,” says Donovan. They learn about the various research opportunities available in the Greater Boston area, write letters of introduction to scientists and labs, and visit labs in local universities and hospitals to see where they would like to perform research. They also work on their presentation techniques. All students give PowerPoint

presentations to the class about their research interests, and if they have already secured a lab placement, during the spring students will begin preparation for their summer experience. This can entail building things (like crab traps or underwater video systems), reading more about the current research done in their area, learning about safety rules in the lab, and practicing other skills they will need in the summer. The ISR program has valuable working relationships with several labs in the area, such as the MIT micro and nanofluidics lab, MIT Device Research Lab, NOAA in Scituate, and the Lemere Lab and the LaVoie Lab at Brigham and Women’s. “We have also had success working in house on various projects,” says Donovan. After they find labs and projects, students begin their research in the summer. Last summer,

Danielle Brown ’17 worked at the Boston University Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology and, with two other students, developed a test using eye-tracking software to diagnose children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Danielle says she chose the ISR course with her future career goals in mind. “I knew that I would like to go into science or scientific research, and I thought that the class would help me experience first-hand what it would be like to work in a real science lab,” she says. Danielle says the hands-on experience provided valuable insight into how a real lab works. “Having the opportunity to work in a lab showed me that a very large part of lab work requires sitting and doing research on a computer before you can actually start putting the more exciting things in action,” says Danielle.

“Although it’s not that exciting, I learned that this is truly a crucial step to making any experiment run correctly, and that real labs aren’t just full of people working with chemicals and beakers like I had originally thought.” This summer Mary O’Donnell and Rachel Kraan ’18 plan to research invasive green crabs in Cohasset Harbor and study habitat, population, and sex ratio. “We are going to drop four traps for a twenty-four hour period to see what we are able to capture,” explains Mary. The girls met with Dr. Alyssa Novak, a coastal ecologist who works at Boston University and studies the green crab. “She has helped us map out our research and decide our area of focus,” says Mary. “Right now we are just gathering supplies and preparing for the summer!”


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PAULA COLLINS P '10, '21 In AP biology we study transport of nutrients across the cell membrane using three different models. Each model has its strengths and weaknesses, and it's great for the students to be able to generate different kinds of data and compare the models. The potato core model allows us to look at osmosis (water transport) in plant cells. The dialysis bag model compares the concentrations of the surrounding solutions and how that affects the "cell." We also use gelatin-like blocks in different sizes to compare how the size of a cell affects the ability of nutrients to get in and waste to get out. This model has a beautiful visual; you can watch the "cell" change color as the nutrient diffuses in. The students really see why cells must stay small. These lessons lead to other lessons in cellular energy usage and cell division.

FARI KHALILI P ’99, ’07, ’11 GHOST EGG MACHINE This fall, I had the pleasure of running a science demonstration at the Upper School open house in October. One of the demonstrations was making giant “ghost” eggs using dry ice and soap water. These giant, touchable, foggy bubbles are made when the CO2 gas produced from the sublimation of dry ice changes directly from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid phase. The following change will take place when a piece of solid dry ice is dropped into the hot water.


→ CO


The carbon dioxide gas is then run through soapy water, and the gas is trapped in a thin film of soap, creating gigantic bubbles. This is one of my favorite demonstrations because it lets you explore science at home, and I believe anytime is the right time to explore science. This easy, fun science activity is suitable for any age and occasion—especially Halloween parties.


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SKIP SCHNEIDER P '20, '22 One of my favorite lessons over the years has been examining the idea of Risk Assessment in AP Environmental Science. It is a really good lesson in regards to people’s perceptions about what could cause them harm. There is graphing, sharing, examining, contemplation. I absolutely love the way the students engage and embrace all of the topics (from nuclear meltdowns to flying to air pollution). They come in thinking one thing and leave being aware of so much more.





In chemistry we have spent some time focusing on clean energy. For example, during our unit on nuclear radiation, we learned about fission and fusion and then watched a very interesting PBS documentary called "Uranium, Twisting the Dragon's Tail." The documentary shows the aftermath of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters. It gives the students a lot to think about. The areas around these nuclear disasters are still exclusion zones, which has an emotional impact on survivors, but there was very little loss of life, none in Fukushima from radiation, in fact. So, I asked the students to consider the risks versus benefits of this sort of fuel. The class was divided. Some students felt that dangers of nuclear energy (long-term storage of radioactive waste and the potential for meltdown, terrorism from nuclear weapons) were too much to risk. Others noted the importance of nuclear medicine and the positive fact that nuclear power plants do not generate greenhouse gases. We also created miniature solar cells when we learned about electrons. Our version of these solar cells used blackberry juice. Because blackberries contain a dye that allows electrons to move through the solar cell, an electrical current can be generated. We measured the current using various light sources ( the sun, iPhone flashlights, a salon nail dryer, an incandescent light bulb, a laser pen) and could read the current produced on a voltmeter. We compared this cell to the traditional solar cell, which is produced using some harmful chemicals in comparison to this "greener" version of the solar cell. We also considered how many of these mini solar cells we would need to combine to power household items. It was interesting to see that not many were needed for things like watch batteries or calculators, so there is an application here.


SHORTCUTS THROUGH SPACE Investigation into the mystery of wormholes


Explaining the workings of Cherenkov’s discovery


A look into Tesla’s most famous inventions


Observing and examining cosmic rays and their origins


Exploring the future of prosthetics


Discovering new ways to duplicate Earth’s lifeforms


Detecting and locating dark matter


Searching for new elements in the island of stability


Students in Erin McGurn's Science Club produced their very own Science Magazine - Eureka! - an incredible electronic publication full of articles researched and written by students. The club meets every other Thursday and members conduct experiments, while off weeks are spent discussing the magazine. Co-Presidents Matt Gilbert '17 and Tess McCabe '17 lead the club, with Matt spearheading the organization of the Magazine. Dat Thanh Nguyen '17 tackled the design of the magazine.



Read the student science publication online here:

JIM MACVARISH P '11, '13 This fall we studied the phenomenon of Free Fall in Integrated Science I. The Annual Great Pumpkin Drop ties in heavily to this lesson. We have the students calculate the height of the Bell Tower and the final velocity of the pumpkin based on the time it takes the pumpkin to travel from bell to base. We assume that the pumpkins are in freefall since the pumpkins are massive enough that air resistance is negligible.

Vf = Vi + at (where Vf = the velocity of the pumpkin just before it hits the ground; Vi = the initial downward velocity which is zero; a = free fall acceleration on Earth, 9.8 m/s/s; and t = the time it takes the pumpkin to drop which was timed by the kids).


d = 2 at2 (where d = the distance the pumpkin falls)

See the full slow-motion film of the Pumpkin Drop online at

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(6th Grade Science) Over the past few days students in 6th grade science have been studying about sea turtle threats and conservation using actual research data from Folly Beach Turtle Watch Program and South Carolina scientists. Sea turtles have very unique reproduction and birthing processes that humans impact greatly. From beachfront construction to global climate change, sea turtle survivability is declining and populations are threatened towards extinction. Thus, we have been analyzing the data provided by the Folly Beach Turtle Watch Program to study the nests, hatchlings and strandings of each species. Using this data, we have been able to evaluate whether or not conservation efforts have helped to ensure their survival from extinction. A particular population of Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) native to Folly Beach, South Carolina has been our primary focus. This lesson has forced students to think about the impact they have on the world around them and as we continue, we will think of ways to support the efforts of Folly Beach and other programs around the world.


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We have been learning about the scientific method, working through multiple activities and experiments to become more familiar with the process. The scientific method is more than just a set of steps to be memorized; it is an ever-evolving process used by scientists throughout the world. We started with an observation; students were shown a petri dish of milk containing several drops of food coloring. A Q-tip, dipped in soap, was then placed in the middle of the petri dish. Students then researched what was happening; they found that the soap reduces the surface tension of the milk by dissolving the fat molecules. The surface of the milk outside the soap drop has a higher surface tension,

so it pulls the surface away from that spot. The food coloring moves with the surface, streaming away from the soap drop. As a class, they wondered what would happen if they used different types of milk (goat’s milk, rice milk, coconut milk, etc.), different amounts of fat in milk (whole, 1%, 2%, skim, etc.), or different types of soap (shampoo, dish detergent, laundry detergent, etc.).



(7th Grade Science)

Groups then created a question around one of those ideas, hypothesized about what they thought would happen and developed an experiment to test it. After several days of experimentation, in which they recorded their results, students were able to analyze their data and determine if they proved their hypothesis. Overall, students found that the fattier milks worked the best!

PETER ROBARTS P '01, '04, '06 (8th Grade Science)

Presently students are investigating the skeletal and muscular systems. Each year, a lab is conducted to demonstrate the interaction of these systems, in particular, and other systems of the body, in an effort to understand their interactions. Students are guided through a sequential dissection of a typical chicken wing. They are looking at, observing and identifying the different anatomical parts of the wing. They are associating these parts of the wing to the corresponding parts of the human arm. Once the careful dissection is completed, students separate the muscles from each other and begin to see the physiology of the systems. Students are fascinated when they pull on a muscle and see the wing bend or extend. They also can see what happens when a ligament is injured, as we cut the ligament of one of the joints and observe the looseness of the joint that results. By participating in this lab exercise, students get a real life understanding of these systems.

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Science Faculty Inspiration Some historical influences from Thayer Academy science faculty members


I've always been a fan of the the British scientist Michael Faraday. He was born poor in the late 1700s and rose from modest beginnings to honorable achievement in the field of electricity and electromagnetism. He was an experimental genius and his work paved the way for other greats such as James Clerk Maxwell and Albert Einstein.


I spent six years in the lab of my thesis advisor, Reid Gilmore, and he taught me so much about thoughtful, thorough, careful lab work. Charles Darwin's work on evolution is inspiring. All of biology makes sense to me in light of evolution. Science teaching has and still is evolving. Karen Jodoin and Don Donovan inspire me to evolve as a teacher.


Over the years I have always loved the writings and stories of Dr Richard Feyman, in particular his book, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!. It was the first true science book that I ever read, and it has always held a special place in my education.


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Some faculty members share what science books they've read or are reading in their free time.


I am currently reading What If - Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Monroe. It's entertaining and informative. I frequently get asked absurd hypothetical questions by my students and this book has already proven to be an excellent resource. I also just finished re-reading The Martian by Andy Weir. The science is solid and it is very entertaining.


What We're Reading


I am currently reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, a fascinating story about the cell line known as HeLa, and the poor black woman who unknowingly "donated" her cells that went on to aid in numerous medical discoveries.


I recently read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. It was an interesting look at one woman's life in lab science. A good read! Right now I'm reading Why Teach? by James Nehring. I like to think about the science that I teach and also the craft of teaching it.


Currently I am reading The Martian by Andy Weir as well as rereading Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything.

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Thayer ARTS More than 150 students (over 20% of the student body!) took part in the fall musical production of Les MisĂŠrables.

Director's Note



Since its publication in 1862, Les MisĂŠrables has been heralded as one of the greatest works of literature ever written. The musical has been performed continuously throughout the world since its debut in London in 1985, and we are honored to be able to add our voices to this profound story of love, redemption and sacrifice. 26

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Over 150 people devoted their time and energy to this production, from building and painting scenery, designing lights and sound effects, perfecting seemingly endless lyrics and staging, and spending many hours in peasant clothing doing homework on the floor of the CFA. Much as we build our Barricade on stage piece by piece, with each unique object of repurposed barn board adding strength and character

(without which the structure could not stand), so every member of the cast and crew has given of their time and talents and creative energy. Les Misérables felt like a crusade for many of us, undertaken with gratitude for the privilege of being able to tell this story in this beautiful place with people that we love. We will choose to let these lessons



fuel us to live these values everyday: protection of the vulnerable, devotion, kindness, and stubborn optimism striving in the face of oppression and intolerance. We firmly believe that love always wins, and that art can unite us by helping us remember the best of our humanity.

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Cast members rejoice at the final curtain call following their first performance.


John Lucas '17 (Jean Valjean) listens as Braden Joe '17 (Javert) confronts the man he knows as "Prisoner 24601."


Abby Browne '19 (Eponine) sadly observes the blooming love between Logan Clancy '20 (Marius) and Annie Huycke '18 (Cosette).


Revolutionaries led by Jack Manning '18 (Enjolras, holding the flag) entreat the sold out audience "Do you hear the people sing?"


Jacob Comeau '18 and Danielle Browne '17 (The Thernardiers) steal the show with their brilliant comic antics as the hapless, greedy couple.


Ben Hussey '20 (Gavroche) sings about the plight of the "Little People."



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Backstage, a French flag post-it note wall of encouragement set up by student director, Hanna Stern '18. Every cast member was given three names of other cast members, and took the time to write a specific and meaningful compliment for each for the wall. They were encouraged to watch each other's interactions and performances and come up with something kind to say. This process helped everyone get to know each other better and feel appreciated for their individual contribution to the process.



Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Somewhere beyond the barricade, is there a world you long to see? Do you hear the people sing? Say, do you hear the distant drums. It is the future that they bring when tomorrow comes. 5


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Middle School students sing the final number of The Wiz to wide applause at the newly updated Thompson Hall.


Zac Gondelman '22 poses as the Scarecrow in The Wiz.


L-to-R: Ashley Roycroft '22, Grace Muir '21, Tatianna Allen '23, Cassie Jin '22


Back Row (L-to-R): Mia Matos '23, Abigail Broderick '22, Julia Pickel '22, Jordana Hersh '22, Izzy Amonte '23; Front Row (L-to-R): Declan Hocker '23, Marguerite Greene '23


Group photo from the 2016 Greek Myths play.

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Performing during the Winter Dance Concert on the CFA stage are (L-R): Jacqueline Gilpin '18, Annie Huycke '18, Dana Baker-Tubbs '17, Felisha Cabral '18 (hidden), and Sadie Hyde '17.


Braden Joe '17 and Thomas Briggs '20 rock out during the Winter Music Concert.


Violist Virginia Thompson '23 focuses on the music during the Middle School Ensemble's performance.


Vinh Tran '21 performs on the keyboard during the Winter Music Concert.



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The Drexel University Westphal College of Media Art & Design in Philadelphia recently chose photography by Ari He '17


Still life painting by Loan Anh Tran '18


Painting of the Eiffel Tower by Fiona Griffin '17


and Maggie Skillman '18


Three of the ten Thayer art student pieces that participated in the Art Association of New England Preparatory Schools exhibition at Lesley University. The show's theme was "Identity."



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to be included in the school's High School Contest Exhibition.



Arianna Urekew '18


Zheqi "Jessie" Shen '17


Felice Cabral '17

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Brian Cui '19 recently won two Massachusetts Scholastic Art Awards (Gold and Silver Key Awards) for his photography. The awards are presented by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Judges looked for originality, technical skill, and personal vision. All regional Gold Key award-winning art is submitted to New York for a national contest, which will be judged in March.




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Student ART


Leila Chapman '21


Vinh Tran '21

Shaye Haggerty '21

Caitlin Hayes '21

Oliver Vonnegut '21

Katie McDevitt '21

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Alenka Cetkovic '23

Claire Fideli '23

Claire Fideli '23

Mikaila Kitchen '21

Matt Sullivan '21

Jefferson Driscoll '21

Olivia Noreke '21

Megan Kream '21

Ellen Fideli '21

A few highlights from the Thayer Faculty & Staff Art Show, which ran from January 9 through February 3 at the Thayer Gallery.

Allynn Lodge - Middle School Faculty "Subway Car" - Oil on Wood Painting

This is my favorite painting. The idea came from a magazine ad that showed different people sitting next to one another on a subway car. I put this painting in the final Visual Arts showcase in college in 2004.

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Karen Koskores - Upper School Faculty, Gallery Director "Flowers with Oriental Bowl" - Oil on Canvas

This painting is from a series of flower still-life paintings I did last summer. My challenge in this painting was to create a balance of detail and suggestion, vibrant color with quieter areas, soft and hard edges that allow your eye to wander throughout the canvas. Each composition and subject matter presents its own unique combination of issues that never fail to challenge and inspire me.

Jim King - Upper School Faculty Untitled Black & White Photograph

At the Mothers' Day Walk for Peace, the mood is very upbeat. We can easily forget, but then remember, that these thousands of walkers have all been touched by violence, directly or indirectly, and remain defiant. This plucky little kid, walking-not-riding, seemed like all that determined spirit in one little body-- innocence and determined advocate, both.

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Faculty ART

Dena Gwin - Middle School Faculty Untitled Acrylic Painting

In this painting, umbrella parts and changing color values interact. This painting is about color and shape. Henry Miller - Upper School Faculty Cardboard Model & Architectural Plans

Design of a "big, little house" - while only 860 sq. ft, because of the full height windows and loft ceilings, it will feel a lot bigger than that square footage would imply.

Richard Iskra - Middle School Faculty Sarah Corey - Middle School Faculty Pysanky Eggs

This Pysanky egg was created in a Middle School activity and depicts grapes, berries and flowers. The process begins with a white egg and wax is used to cover whatever is to remain white. The egg is dyed with progressively darker dyes and the desired design is covered with wax with each successive color. This design was inspired from my family's summers on the Finger Lakes of New York surrounded by rows of grapevines.


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Untitled Linoleum Print of Honus Wagner

Sometimes I am struck with an idea first, then I try to choose a medium that will allow me to render that idea best. Other times I first choose a medium with which I will work, then I try to come up with a concept that will allow me to make the most out of this medium; these ink prints resulted from the latter process. I decided that I would create a linocut, then I decided to try my hand at rendering a baseball card (a well-known form of mass production and of popular Americana), and finally I chose to replicate one of the T206 set, the one featuring Honus Wagner's likeness, the rarest of all baseball cards.


The Second Home

of a Traveler ESSAY BY ZHEQI (JESSIE) SHEN '17 L: Jessie with her host sister Maya and host parents Martha & David Slocum (aunt and uncle of Camden Vassallo '17). R: Jessie at her first trip to Disney World in Florida.

Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival in China. I would have sat at a round table with my family, eating mooncakes and appreciating the perfectly round moon at the balcony, but I am here, in a strange land, alone. I look up at the sky, which is like a dark blue velvet blanket bedecked with a few pearls. The thin layer of mist does not fully conceal the radiance of the full moon, and even stars lose their brilliance in comparison. Occasionally, a cool breeze brushes birch leaves against each other, creating a rustling sound along with the chirp of crickets. Sitting in the middle of the backyard by myself, I cannot help thinking of my family and homeland on the other side of the world. Then, a sound of plastic dragged on the cement ground interrupts my wistful mood. They are all walking in my direction. My host mom is carrying several chairs, Daddio is collecting firewood, my host sister is holding a tray of hot tea and a plate of snacks, and Caio is running towards me with his fluffy ears flapping in the air. As they place their chairs near me, the small fire grows bigger and starts to emit heat. The warmth comes in from my toes and fingertips and gradually flows to the other parts of my body. Our smiley faces glow from the reflection of the flames. Sparks jump out of the fire pit and fly around us like fireflies. If I could draw this scene, it would be one of the most moving drawings I’ve ever seen. My host sister hands me a stick with a jumbo marshmallow and says: “I remember you said that making s’mores was on your bucket list. We’ve done snow angels, apple picking, and an Easter egg hunt together, and now we have one more down.”

After Mom tells me all the detailed instructions on how to prepare a perfect s’more, I lay the marshmallow right onto the flames. While I am waiting for it to turn golden brown, they teach me some slang like “rocket science” and “smarty pants.” We are joking, laughing, and enjoying the warmth on a fall evening. Suddenly, Mom screams, “Jessie, your marshmallow is on fire!” Panicking and at a loss, I decide to put the burnt marshmallow in between the two graham crackers and a piece of chocolate in Daddio’s hands. Because of the wind, it’s difficult for me to hold the stick steady, and the marshmallow is dripping everywhere. It is chaos, but all of us are giggling. I eventually have a big bite of my first s’more, and the sweetness and a hint of bitterness from the dark chocolate quickly fills my mouth. This taste best represents my feelings at this moment: a little loneliness from living in a foreign country and plenty of happiness for having such an understanding host family. Family is not merely defined as people with blood relations. Love is an all-encompassing power, so no matter what my identity is and where I am in the world, as long as I am willing to give and receive love, even the strangest land will become home and the strangest people will become family members. According to historian Daniel J. Boorstin, I consider myself a traveler in the United States because my appreciation of this country doesn’t stay on the surface. I don’t go up to the Empire State Building just to take a picture. I don’t go to the Walk of Fame just to put my hand on celebrities’ handprints. Instead, I look for the most authentic and genuine experience, even though it doesn’t seem glamorous.

Jessie Shen '17 is a Thayer student from Shanghai, China who has lived with a host family in Norwell. Thayer currently has 21 international students, half of whom live with host families. To learn about hosting an international student for half a year or a full academic year (August-June), contact Jenn Welch at or 781.664.2219.

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19 and counting!

Cross-Country ISL Champions for the 19th straight year - and for the second straight year - both ISL & New England Champions!



Carrying with pride their ISL and New England Championship trophies at the Girls Cross Country Awards ceremony are (L to R): Meghan Webb '20, Lilly Bradley, '21, Katherine Stanwood '18, Emma Casey, '17, Abby Osmanski '17, Annie Huycke '18, Cassie Kearney '18, and coach Jeff Browne P '04, '05.


Kendall Roland '20 lines up a jump serve during a volleyball match.


Field Hockey Coach Alison Soule encourages the team before a game.


Zachery Vienneau '19, Jamari Venter '17, and Rhyland Keller '17 get ready to take the field.


Eoin O'Sullivan '18 dribbles towards the goal.


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Thayer ATHLETICS 2016 FALL HIGHLIGHTS: FOOTBALL • JV Football finished with a 5-3 winning record. • Led by captains Jamari Venter ’17, Rhyland Keller ’17, and Tobechi Nwokeji ’17, Varsity Football lost close battles to Groton, St. Thomas Moore and Roxbury Latin, but captured an exciting victory over Middlesex.

FIELD HOCKEY • JV Field Hockey finished with a 7-4-3 record. • Led by captains Darby Melia ’17 and Abbey King ’17, Varsity Field Hockey finished 6-12. Highlights included a 5-0 Homecoming victory over Dana Hall, a dominating win against Cushing, and a 2-1 league win against Groton.

SOCCER • The Boys JV and 3rd Soccer teams never gave up and continued to work hard throughout a difficult schedule.


378 yards rushing

• Led by captains Patrick Shiel ’18, Eoin O’Sullivan ’18, and Patrick Kennedy ’17, the Boys Varsity Soccer season was highlighted by an impressive Homecoming draw with Roxbury Latin.

(single game record) Senior Jamari Venter '17 runs for four

• Girls JV Soccer finished with a record of 6-8-1. • Led by captains Amanda Britko ’17 and Peyton Lessard ’17, the Girls Varsity Soccer team finished with a mark of 7-6-4, which is the program’s best record since 2010. Key victories were against Milton, St. Paul’s, Lawrence, and St. George’s.

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VOLLEYBALL • JV Volleyball finished with a .500 record. • Led by captains Nicole Barrett ’17 and Lauren Goldfarb ’17, Varsity Volleyball captured its best overall record in program history.

CROSS COUNTRY • Led by seniors Chris Ciffolillo ’17 and Eamon Osmanski ’17, Boys Varsity Cross-Country continued to make strides by finishing 5-9-1 overall, culminating in a 7th place finish at the ISL Championship. • Led by seniors Dana Baker-Tubbs ’17, Emma Casey ’17, Abby Osmanski ’17, Sarah Power ’17, Lindsey Quinlisk ’17, Kristen Mashikian ’17, and Maddie Schwandt ’17, the totally dominant and record-setting Girls Varsity Cross-Country team made history for the second straight year by capturing both the ISL and New England Championships.

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

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Karen A. Jodoin P '19, '22 (far left) reunites with members of the 1996 Girls Varsity Basketball team that she coached (Team members L-R: Robin Shone Hutton '98, Andrea Sorgi Spano '99, Tricia E. Leahy '98, Meg Mullin Harney '96, Katie Lambert Conover '99, Becky C. Smith '96, Katie M. Marshall '98, and Nancy Smyth Ruggeri '97 ) during their induction to the Thayer Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2016.

Thayer Academy Sports Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees For the first time, the Thayer Academy Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held during Homecoming in October 2016. This year’s esteemed honorees included three-sport (football, basketball, track & field) stars and classmates Donavan Brown ’01 and Richmond Pittman ’01, along with the 1996 Girls Varsity Basketball Team coached by current Thayer faculty member Karen Jodoin P ’19, ’22. Receiving a Special Achievement Award was Karen Geromini, who was Thayer's Athletic Director from 1992-2001 and served as the Academy's Lacrosse and Field Hockey coach as well. Donavan Brown '01, Karen Geromini, and Richard Pittman '01 are all smiles with their Thayer Sports Hall of Fame plaques.


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Silvia "Chivi" Usacamalta and Julio Lopez del Aguila reunite with Peru alumni and meet students coming this summer.

Steve Anastos '07 and Harrison Slutsky '08 reminisce about past Peru excursions.

“Perunion” More than 85 alumni and current students and their parents recently gathered at Thayer to welcome husband and wife Julio Lopez del Aguila and Silvia “Chivi” Usacamaita, along with their daughter Alu Lopez Uscamaita, all the way from Peru as part of the first Thayer Academy “Perunion.” Julio, Silvia, and Alu have welcomed and hosted Thayer students in their town of Cusco, Peru for the past 11 years, and this was the first time they had visited Thayer. Under the direction of Spanish teacher Jake Diamond P ’06, ’09, a group of seniors travel to Peru each spring to volunteer at an orphanage in Cusco.

Remy Diamond '09 and Morgan O'Brien '12 chat about their shared experiences in Peru.

Headmaster Ted Koskores ’70 P ’10, ’13 presented Julio, Silvia, and Alu with a pewter Thayer Academy Revere bowl as a token of the school's appreciation for all of their hospitality over the years. In turn they presented Mr. Koskores with a gold Inti, the Incan symbol of the sun to express their appreciation for the service and donations Thayer has provided.

Later Peruvian music played as guests feasted on a dinner that included both classic New England fare, including Duxbury oysters, and traditional Peruvian food. It was a very special night filled with fond memories and enormous appreciation.

Following Chivi and Julio’s emotional thank you to the Thayer community, Jake shared highlights from the 11 trips he has led, while photos from those trips played on a loop in the background.

Silvia and Julio speak to the crowd after receiving a pewter Thayer Academy Revere bowl.

For more on the Peru Senior Project trip and other international programs at Thayer, visit:

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John Kelleher P '17, Daryl Andrews '93 and Gregory Deschenes '80 P '08, '09 chat with students on the Law Panel in Main.

Career Day 2017 The group of more than 40 alumni and parents first met in the CFA for a welcome reception and lunch with Headmaster Ted Koskores ’70 P’10, ’13. The visitors then gave presentations and answered questions from students on how they decided on their career, pros and cons of their jobs, and the path they took to success in their respective fields. Other careers represented included government, medicine, architecture, and sports management. Thayer Academy thanks the alumni and parents who shared their valuable time and knowledge to inspire Thayer students.


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Career Day at Thayer brought several alumni and current parents to campus to give Thayer juniors and seniors the inside scoop on careers in fields such as education, marketing, business, and the performing arts—among many others.







marketing & public relations







To see a full list of those who spoke at Career Day, please go online to:

Jeff Burnett '65 (NON-PROFIT), Suzanne Szak P '22 (SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY) and Thomas Bowman '97 (GOVERNMENT) were among the over 40 alumni and parents who shared their career and life experiences with students at Thayer.


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SNAPSHOT THURSDAY, 1:36 PM Thayer Academy Middle School Room #214

Football Films Club BY PAUL W. KAHN

Jeff Toussaint ’82 has just wrapped up a day of teaching sixth graders at Thayer, his classroom in Room 214 ripe with evidence from the discussion he was having with his students about the Trojan War in Homer's Illiad - copies of the book on desks, the names of Helen, Paris, Achilles, et al on the board.

BREAKING DOWN THE "MESH" A sneak peek into Jeff Toussaint's "Football Films" Middle School club FS

But at 1:36 on this Thursday afternoon in January, Toussaint is no longer focused on the plight of Menelaus. Instead, he now redirects his attentions to the plight of the “Mike” linebacker in the “Mesh” and begins diagramming a different sort of war on the whiteboard. On Tuesdays and Thursdays each week during the winter term, Jeff puts on yet another hat—or rather, helmet—at the Middle School. Having taught at Thayer since 1997, many in the community also know him as “Coach,” as he's been Thayer’s Varsity Football coach since 2004. Moreover, he himself was a star football player during his time at the Academy from the eighth grade through graduation, 1977-1982. It is this additional area of expertise that comes into play now for the eight Middle School boys who come in for this twice-weekly club activity. This is “Football Films” club—one of many unique offerings at Thayer for students—whereby Coach Toussaint discusses the behind-thescenes aspects of the game of football, diagrams plays, and shows video from past Thayer Varsity games breaking down where things worked or didn’t work. For the one-hour period, Toussaint often commands the room as he does the gridiron during the fall, his stentorian voice and keen gaze surveying a play on the screen as it unfolds. “Today I want to teach you about the ‘Mesh,’” he intones, using one of a dozen football terms that might as well serve as a foreign language (see sidebar). “This is born from a coach named Mike Leach, and is a progression read pass pattern play—meaning the quarterback has an ordered progression of reads from Z to F to X/Y to H (see Mesh diagram in sidebar).” Afterwards, Toussaint explains that the Football Films club started around 10-11 years ago. “It was just an idea I had, where I thought kids might want to talk football and learn some more,” he notes. “Particularly in the winter, when football is in the playoffs and is fresh in their minds.” Using a telestrator-type computer program called HUDL makes the session much easier—it’s the same program that he and his fellow coaches use with football players to analyze and isolate individual plays and players. Toussaint often reverts to his playing days during the session as he breaks down plays. He emulates the quarterback dropping back, holding an imaginary football. Later, he crouches down to emulate a linebacker in pass or run coverage. In addition to the personal enjoyment and additional avenue for teaching for Toussaint, the club has also benefitted a number of students who later went on to play on Thayer’s varsity teams. “It’s given them a better understanding of the game as they rise to the Upper School and play Varsity Football,” he says.

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QB takes three big steps from his position in shotgun; first read: looks for Z (wide receiver) running on the strong side


Second read: QB looks for F (fullback)


Wide receivers X and Y criss-cross in the middle of the field (who slap left hands as they cross to ensure closeness) creating a coverage dilemma for the middle linebacker


QB then "Reads the Mesh" and throws to X or Y (whoever is not covered)

5 QB's final read is to look for H (halfback)

FOOTBALL TERMINOLOGY A few football terms from Coach Toussaint "MIKE" LINEBACKER The middle linebacker "SAM" LINEBACKER The strong-side linebacker "WILL" LINEBACKER The weak-side linebacker "CANADA" A play with four receivers running vertical routes STATE NAMES (I.E., "NEW JERSEY") Different types of drop-back play-action passes

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General’s Council Reception 2017


celebrating the importance of


the Arts

in a Thayer education

This past November, around 200 Thayer alumni, parents, faculty, and friends gathered among the masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to celebrate the arts at Thayer and to honor Thayer donors who have given more than $1 million cumulatively. The donors (see sidebar) were inducted to the Thayer Academy Tower Society in recognition for their generous support. The evening began with a welcome from Tom Kent P ’00, ’03, ’09, Thayer’s Board of Trustees Chair; Headmaster Ted Koskores ’70 P ’10, ’13; and Lis Tarlow ’66, Chair of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Board of Trustees. Keynote speaker Jeff Browne P ’04, ’05, Thayer’s Arts Department Chair, spoke on the value of the arts in education. Attendees then socialized and took docent-led tours of the William Merritt Chase exhibition.

Jeff Browne P '04, '05 eloquently articulates the value of the arts in education generally, and at Thayer Academy.


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Hannah Mulvey '10 & AJ Ferrera '09 are all smiles at the event.

Lis Tarlow '66, Patron of the Arts & Chair of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Board of Trustees, addresses her fellow alumni at the museum.

In recognition of the

2 0 1 6 tow e r s o c i e t y i n du c t e e s

transformative support of the  Anonymous [3]

 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Flatley

Academy, the Tower Society

 Peter S. Cahall ’67

honors the significant lifetime

 Mr. & Mrs. Jay M. Cashman ’71

 Judith (Bryant) ‘56 & Robert T. Hale

most generous donors to Thayer

philanthropic investment of our supporters who have given more

 John & Cyndy Fish P ’10

 Sally-Christine Rodgers & Randy Repass ’62

than $1 million cumulatively. Tower Society members have contributed to the advancement of Thayer Academy’s mission through their generosity.

Around 200 of Thayer's donors enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of the museum with Thayer faculty.

Karen P '10, '13 & Ted Koskores '70 P '10, '13 at the General's Council Reception

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Class Notes A L L T H E L AT E ST N E WS F R O M T H E T H AY E R CO M M U N I T Y

We welcome all your class notes and updates! Please send any and all class notes via email to If you have pictures you’d like to send, please be sure they are hi-res (300 dpi or higher) photographs — otherwise we might not be able to use them.

GATHERING FROM THE CLASS OF '55 From L-R: Judy Tower Doe, Dorothy Connell Stephenson, Judy Scott Stolp, Anne McCusker Peirce, and Virginia Keith Marr.


1947 IT'S YOUR


1953 MAY



Paul Pratt ’47 Paul writes, "First great grandchild was born October 8, 2015, on my birthday Eli Henry Pratt. He came from Colorado with dad, Ben, and mom, Lindsey, to visit me in February. Ben is a captain for Delta Airlines."

Joanne Rhoades Storrs ’47 Joanne writes, "Have been in Florida for 20 years. Time flies! Still playing 18 holes of golf twice a week, water aerobics 3 times a week and play bridge 4 times a month. Have 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. I am fortunate to have my daughter close. One son is in New Hampshire, one son is in South Carolina, and sad to say two in heaven. Hope everyone is well - I am so fortunate - God Bless."


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Robert (Pat) Andrews ’53 Pat writes, "Retired physician (Tufts Medical) Radiologist, trained at MMC, Practiced in MS (Bangor), still skiing and active. Love to all! Really enjoyed Thayer Magazine. My time there started me on a very happy and successful life as a physican and also flight surgeon in the Maine Air National Guard."


1955 Judy Stolp ’55 Judy hosted a lunch for several members of the class of 1955 in Sandwich, Cape Cod. See photo above.


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Susann (Hayes) Hoke ’57 Susann attended a Hayes family reunion hosted by her nephew Robert F. Hayes III '88 and his wife Maureen P '21 at their Scituate home the weekend of July 30. There was a strong Thayer alumni presence during the celebration. See note and photo on next page.

Nancy (Hayes) Sweetser ’57 See photo on next page.


1958 Robert F. Hayes II ’58 See photo on next page.

CLASS NOTES: 1940s-1960s


1959 Joyce DiBona ’59 Welcome to Joyce as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board. Joyce writes, "Ken '59 and Patty Commoss have sold their home in Marblehead after 46 years and are moving to Prague, Czech Republic to live for a year or so. They met an exchange student through one of their sons and have visited Prague a few times in the past. Enjoyed a "farewell" dinner with them and Ken looks younger than ever with a new knee and a pacemaker to keep him going. Sending peaceful thoughts out to Charlie Pratt '59 in San Diego who is having some health issues. Thrilled to be on the Alumni Board and welcome any comments or news through the website, classnotes. If you can update your profile, that would make it easier for me to keep in touch with you. Thank you!" CLASS OF

1961 Pamela Cooper Ammons ’61 Pamela writes, "Just a brief note. I finally decided to downsize and move into an apartment. It is just me and my Lhasa Apso, Maddie so there was no need for a four-bedroom house. After living in that big house for 30 years I found that I had accumulated enough to fill all the spare rooms with 'things' of every size and shape. What a chore it is deciding what to do with everything. Who should get what and who wants what. Now that it is over I can heave a huge sigh of relief and get on with retirement. I have been active at my church and volunteering in the USO lounge at the Tampa International Airport. What a great place they have provided for traveling military and their families. I really enjoyed being a part of it, including 'homecoming' celebrations. Lately poor health has sort of put a crimp in some of my activities which include that portion of my volunteer work.

HAYES FAMILY REUNION - HOSTED BY ROBERT III '88 AND MAUREEN HAYES P '21, SCITUATE JULY 2016 L-R: Robert F. Hayes II '58, Rebecca Hayes '95, Nancy (Hayes) Sweetser '57, Robert F. Hayes III '88, Susann (Hayes) Hoke '57, Ellen Hayes '61, Joseph Hayes '64, Patricia (Hayes) Gordon '68, Chauncy (Hayes) Cunning '90, Elizabeth (Hayes) Schrader '66, Kristen (Hayes) Kosicki '93, Michael Hayes '68, Kate Hayes '90, and in front of the banner Caitlin Hayes '21.

I would like to do some traveling if only to visit family. I have a son and daughterin-law in Oklahoma, a daughter in Texas, a son here in Florida and grandchildren and great-grandchildren scattered around three states. The youngest greatgrandchild will soon be a year old and I haven't seen him yet. Better hurry up while he is still little. Congratulations to the Class of 2016. Things that you have learned at Thayer Academy will stay with you for the rest of your life. The bonds you have created with friends and faculty will strengthen over the years. Good luck to all of you in all of your endeavors."

Ellen Hayes ’61 See photo above. CLASS OF

1964 Joseph C. Hayes ’64 See photo above.


1965 Cynthia (Ciani) Anderson ’65 Cynthia writes, "I still reflect on our reunion in May 2015 and on how heartening it was to see my classmates, regardless of how well I knew them in school. It was especially a high point to see Mike Ahearn '65 --that was a gift. Another gift for me was meeting my brother's classmates for the first time--at the Saturday dinner where our reunion classes ('65 and '70) shared a room, and the photographer asked me, "Did you have a brother?" After the reunion, a flurry of emails put me in touch with Bill Meyer '65, who put me in touch with Shakespeare Sonnets, which were pretty much unknown to me in spite of all my English courses. I can now recite Sonnets 73, 29, and 30. My main audience (other than myself ) is my husband (Eric Anderson '62). Eric, at the age of 71, is close to nailing Sonnet 73. We ourselves are close to "That time of year." (My softball playing days are

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finally over. I played my last game in 2013, at the age of 66. I was playing third base, my head in the path of a line drive which I didn't see coming off the bat--I managed to duck, allowing the ball to go through to the outfield and averting injury or death on the field. I did give much of my life to softball, metaphorically though). Back to Shakespeare—this past summer I went to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as the guest of my sister Judith '61. (My sisters Mary '60 and Suzanne '64 were also there...Ruthie '74 couldn't make it--too bad!) Hamlet, Timon of Athens, The Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night, and Richard II--one Shakespeare play a day for five days. We were able to keep up, with help from Shakespeare for Dummies. Eric and I have had the pleasure of Tommy Likos '65 and wife Annie visiting us in Cushing (Maine) by sailboat two summers in a row, last year and the year before. I see Gail Williams Herson '65 at least once a year probably. Every now and then I meet up with Peter Reynolds '65. Of course, Liz Anderson '65 is my sister-in-law, so I see her often. I am in Cushing about four months a year now, and an hour away from Cushing, in Belfast, through the winter-I just moved from Cushing back to Belfast today. We have 3 grandchildren in California: Juanito, Xavi, and Ana Luisa, presently ages 5, 3, and 1. I have learned a modicum of Spanish from them, such as el camion de basura-garbage truck. We have two daughters in their thirties--one a Gen X and one a Millennial--we learn so much from them. My dog, Jolly--another present from my sister Judith, is 11 or 12 now. He is part American Eskimo. I learn so much from him as well--I call him my spirit guide. He is asleep on my yoga rug as I write. Thanks to Jeff for keeping us all connected."

Robert & Barbara Alexander ’65 Bob and Barbara write, "We continue to enjoy our retirement, with time to spend with our children and their children, and to do some traveling. Lately, we are doing what many folks of our age are doing: downsizing. Our plan is to sell


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our Marshfield house next spring and move to our summer cottage by the pond in Plymouth. We have been working on the cottage for the last few years to make it comfortable for the two of us from early spring through late fall. We spend the colder months in our condominium in South Florida."

Jeffrey Burnett ’65 Welcome to Jeff as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board! Jeff writes, "In September, I had the honor of officiating the wedding of my children's long-time babysitter from back in the day. My daughter Sarah was one of the maids of honor. By the end of the ceremony, I had managed to bring laughs to the bride and groom. I had indeed married them and I hadn't embarrassed my daughter—too much. I was asked by the venue owner if she could place me on their JP preferred vendor list, and I had some fun. Success by all measures! To the extent my health and state of being have allowed, I've managed to see Mike Ahearn '65, Jack Coleman '65, Ken Dillon '65, Lois Hirshberg '65, John Reid '65, Bruce Thayer '65, and Bob Wagner '65. You can see some proof in pictures at our Facebook TA '65 site. I'm thinking of adapting "Where's Waldo" to "Where's Jeffy" to capture my classmate visits! And Rick Aldrich '65, Bruce Thayer '65, and Jeff Hall '65 visited with Ralph Pope '65 in Maine during the summer. I expect to visit with Rick soon - my daughter Sarah is working as a paid intern at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, across the river from West Lebanon. In addition to the visits, I'm very grateful for the phone, messenger, and email conversations that I've had with so many more classmates. Talking with Lois and Bruce in early October, we floated the idea of a mini-reunion next Fall on the Cape - there are a good number of '65s living on the Cape or within driving distance - if we ignore traffic. If you're interested, let me know!

Robert Cappiello ’65 Robert Cappiello '65 writes: "The year 2016 has been a milestone in my life. This Spring my latest book was published in Spanish "En busca de Cano Cristales," followed by a 5-city, 8-event book tour in South America. My Father passed at 99 after living a full and fabulous life that I can only try to imitate. And while I retain my home in South Florida I have taken up residency in Madrid, Spain where I am researching and writing a new book. For aficionados only -- my novillero is about to receive his alternativa. I managed to purchase a Gibson acoustic guitar and I play every day much to the chagrin of some neighbors. I have also taken to re-reading many of the classics we read in Mr. Benelli's English class. I consider it a privilege to have been taught by him."

Linda (Verdun) Hirsch ’65 Linda writes, "Greetings to the loyal class of '65! I regret that my mom's demise and related matters prevented my enjoying our 50th reunion. Life goes on and here I am, feeling blessed to re-connect. Since my first immersion in Cuban culture (2001), I have continued photo-documenting and deepening my understanding of its vital facets (faith; family; and community), with a particular focus on the shrinking Jewish presence, within the broader context of an island in great transition. Over the past 5 decades, I've also opened more creative portals within myself and others. My training in Child Study and Psych. has merged with experience and training in Photography, Photojournalism, Soul Trait study, meditation, frame-drumming and movement. Gary and I celebrated 45 years of marriage in August in Ogunquit, ME, after a wonderful exploration of Scotland and a brief System Dynamics conference in Delft, where we reunited with artist friends and business colleagues from around the world. Our tribe joined us in Ogunquit; our two sons presently live in NC and Israel. Dan (39), is a Curator of Performing Arts, who promotes cuttingedge musicians and has organized film Fests (e.g.: MFA; MSU; 3S Artspace; Duke U.). Adam (44) and Abigail have


Nia-Sue Mitchum ’65 Nia-Sue writes, "2016 has been a challenging year for our family. We have all had a series of health problems. I had foot surgery last October to build an arch. It was not successful, and I am now in more pain than I started with. Our son Mario had pneumonia in February and was diagnosed with diabetes and spent a week in hospital at the beginning of September. He is now taking insulin and doing well. Angela had a massive heart attack and triple bypass surgery in February. Starting on Labor Day weekend, Angela came down with a serious infection in her nose and eye. After several trips to the ER, she was hospitalized, diagnosed with MRSA, and treated with antibiotics and pain killers. She was discharged after 3 1/2 weeks only to be readmitted with high blood sugar and pain. She suffered a second heart attack while in hospital. She has just been discharged and is in rehab where she is receiving cardiac care. Please send us good thoughts and prayers. It's been quite overwhelming. Best to you all!"


extended their 1-year Israeli Sabbatical for the "foreseeable future", and remain there, with their 4 sons (16, 14, 12, and 4), Abigail's sister and family. We spend a lot of time flying to visit them all and expanding our world-wide perspective. Wishing all of you a healthy, productive year!"

The Reunion efforts of the Class of '66 reached new heights as they celebrated their 50th Reunion last May! At their celebration dinner Warren Pierce represented his class and presented Headmaster Ted Koskores with a check for $83,945 to establish the Class of 1966 Endowed Fund. This fund will support financial assistance to deserving students at Thayer. Their efforts have continued and now the Class of 1966 Endowed Fund has over $111,000 in commitments!

Michael C. Hayes ’68 See note and photo on page 47.

Mark Jennings ’68 Mark writes, "Sorry to hear that John Cross '68 passed away. He was very talented and a very good friend. He will be missed."



Please take a moment to write to Grace, just to say hello or perhaps share:  Your favorite books that Grace introduced you to  How Grace had an impact on you  Your favorite memory of Grace  Where have you been, what have you done since your Thayer days Please also include a current photo. Please email your responses to Rick directly via email:



Alan "Rick" Colton ’69

Kristin Herzog ’66 Kristin writes, "Sorry to miss reunion. I was at a painting residency in Pluchow, Germany."

Elizabeth (Hayes) Schrader ’66 See photo on page 47.

Alan and Lynne (Gronich) Edwards '70 traveled to Maine in October to visit with Grace Bernen Edwards, who was the Head of Thayer's English Department from 1964 - 1986. Rick shared that ""Grace is in her mid 80s now and still kayaking around Vinalhaven, Maine!" See photo on right. Moreover, Rick and Lynne would like to compile a memory book for Grace. Because Grace treasures her Thayer days, it would mean the world to her to hear from her past students!


1968 Patricia (Hayes) Gordon ’68


See photo on page 47.

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CLASS NOTES: 1960s-1980s

Jeffrey Penn ’69 Dr. Penn stopped by campus this summer on his way to Martha's Vineyard. He had not been back since graduation. He had a chance to look through the 1969 yearbook, which he had not seen in years. He and his wife live in Nova Scotia where he is a Psychologist. CLASS OF



1975 Mark McLaughlin ’75 Mark McLaughlin '75 is now teaching Reading and English at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline. He was previously teaching English at Saint Agatha's in Milton. CLASS OF


Donna Ambrosino ’70

Mike Sheehan ’78

See Alumni profile on page 16-17.

Mike Sheehan '78 ended his three-year term as the CEO of the Boston Globe, having overseen the establishment of the Globe's new Taunton print operation and plans for a future move of the newsroom to downtown Boston.

Lynne (Gronich) Edwards ’70 See Alan "Rick" Colton '69; see photo on page 49. CLASS OF

1974 Nina Lombardo Barros ’74 Happy Birthday Nina Lombardo Barros! Several friends from the Class of '74 and others got together at Lombardo's in Randolph to celebrate Nina's Birthday with a special Halloween bash! See photo with Nina Lombardo Barros, Barbara Quinn '74, Ruth Ciani Brower '74, and Judy Smith '74." See photo below.


1980 Kevin & Karen Scholl Anzuoni ’80 Karen and Kevin Anzuoni '80 write: "Danielle, now 28, was married to Matthew Keogh in July 2015. She has her masters from BU in psychology and is working for the Department of Public Health. Ashley, 22, graduated from Bridgewater State University this past Spring with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Kaylee just turned 22 and is attending Salem State University."

Cheryl Weaver Bach ’80 Cheryl (Weaver) Bach '80 writes: "It has been wonderful to reconnect with TA through Facebook. It has meant a lot over the years. Since 2010 our family has been living in CA where I work at UC Davis in institutional research. My husband Fred and I have two teenagers. Hi and best wishes to all!"

Seana Kelley ’80 Seana Kelley '80 began her second term on the Thayer Academy Alumni Association Board in May 2016.


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Seana writes, "Greetings class of 1980! Hope all had a wonderful holiday season. I was able to catch up with a few classmates this past fall. Please feel free to reach out to me and share any news... it's always fun to share what former classmates are up to. As for myself, I recently opened a Woman Owned Business with my brother Gene Kelley '81, specializing in Marine Construction. Sue Marks '80 also works on our team. It is challenging but we always manage to laugh throughout the day. My daughters Sophie '07 and Rachael '09 graduated from college and are working and living in Boston."

Lauren Zieper Harrison ’80 Lauren writes: "Life takes us all in many directions and mine has led me to Boston Children's Hospital where I serve on the Board of the Trust as well as President of Boston Children's Hospital League. I have been involved in the League for over 16 years. We are an all-volunteer organization with over 500 members working to make the lives of children and their families a little easier through funding patient services such as Pet Therapy, the Big Apple Circus Clowns and Music Therapy. We also help doctors with studies and programs by providing them with seed money to start up their projects. Visit our website at Three children keep me busy. Alanna (21) and Max (19) are both studying at Tulane University and Noah (16) is at The Rivers School. We had the amazing opportunity to visit Cape Town, South Africa this summer where Alanna was studying and enjoyed two safaris in this beautiful country."

Katharine Walker ’80 Katharine Walker '80 writes: "Enjoying life traveling with my new job! Hope to see classmates over the holidays."

James Wheeler ’80 Jimmy Wheeler '80 works at the World Trade Center and lives in the Marina Bay Area.


The program has helped hundreds of kids reach academic achievement, including several Thayer alumni.

Charles Downey ’82 Chuck Downey '82 met up with Dan Levinson for breakfast in New York City this past summer. Chuck was an editor for the Tiger's Eye while at Thayer, working under Mr. Levinson's direction. See photo below.

Chris Myatt ’87 See Alumni profile on page 14-15.

1988 Robert Hayes ’88 See photo on page 47.

Lisa Forger Rooney ’88 Lisa and her husband Paul's youngest son, Will '22, started at Thayer this fall as a 7th grader.


1989 Tony Amonte ’89

1983 Shaun O'Sullivan ’83 Shaun's son Luke '23 is a new 6th-grade student at the Middle School.


Tony will be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame for a second time. He is being honored along with the rest of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team. Tony was first inducted to the USHHOF in 2009.

Dan's daughter Marguerite '23 is a new 6th-grade student at the Middle School.

Mark O'Sullivan ’85 Mark O'Sullivan '85 still keeps in touch with many of his classmates and is enjoying the successes of all ten of his siblings and his many nieces and nephews. Mark is also very busy as a financial advisor and he enjoys coaching hockey for various camps and clinics. CLASS OF

1987 30th REUNION!


1990 Chauncy (Hayes) Cunning ’90 See photo on page 47.

John Gallagher ’90 According to the Pelham Daily Voice, John is an investor in a new Mexican restaurant called Cantina Lobos in Pelham, NY. In addition, John continues to work as a lawyer in New York City.


1991 Josh Cohen ’91 Josh is enjoying raising his three sons in Canton with his wife, Megan. Josh still keeps in touch with his Thayer friends and is working in financial services and is a financial representative for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Dan Greene ’89



Tiffany married Peter Needham on December 17.




Tiffany Williams ’89




Brendan McDonough ’87 Brendan McDonough '87 celebrated the 20th anniversary of his mentorship program, Project DEEP this summer.

CLASS NOTES: 1960s-1990s


Kevin Sullivan ’89 Kevin was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule to come to Thayer on September 19th to address the Upper School students and faculty in a Monday morning meeting. Kevin shared his motivational story about his successes as a world renowned ultra-runner. Kevin is now very busy at home with his wife and three children and he is also a managing partner at the law firm Weil, Gotshall, and Manges in Boston. For now, a few marathons a year will have to do(!) while he balances his family and career obligations. Maybe some day we will see him back on the ultra-running circuit. Thanks again, Kevin, for coming back to campus and sharing your story with our community. You inspired our students to follow their dreams and to achieve at the highest level.


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Jeremy Goverman ’92 Jeremy, a burn specialist at Mass General, was awarded a Dermal Tissue Grant from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation and Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) for his research project "Perfusion Decellularized Skin Flap as a Dermo-Epidermal Scaffold." The grant is intended to provide support to research projects focused on dermal allografts, transplant science, biologic reconstruction of tissues using grafts derived from dermal tissues. He also received a PSF Pilot Research Grant for his project "Prognostic value of neutrophil extracellular traps in human

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Jonathan Slawsby '94 Jonathan married Lisa Marie Oseychik on April 9, 2016 at Caneel Bay in St. John. L to R: Jared '94 and Rebecca Baker, Eric '94 and Kelly Fleming, Jenna and Kyle DeValerio '94, Brad Chapman '94, Lisa and Jon Slawsby '94, Amelia and Todd Slawsby '88, Mark Chaffee '94, Matt Heller '94, Carrie Chaffee, Greta and Jeff Messina '94.

Joe ’01 & Heather Costello Joe married Heather McGrath on July 2 in Greenfield, MA. Joe's siblings Robbie '10, Dan '13 and Caroline '16 were all members of the wedding party.

Elizabeth (Iannessa) Trofatter ’03 Congratulations to Elizabeth and her new husband, Tyler Trofatter! Elizabeth '03 and Tyler were married at the beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA on September 10, 2016. It was a beautiful wedding by all accounts and the day was perfect. Photo by Chris O'Brien '03.

Marty Courage ’06 + Franci Ryan ’06 Marty married Franci Ryan '06 on August 27, 2016 in Boston. Jess (Luccio) Hull '06, Tarah O'Brien '06, Lis Trubiano '06 and Sara Trubiano '06 served as bridesmaids. Packie Devine '06, Drew Goldfarb '06 and Kevin Signorelli '06 all served as groomsmen

Tai Diamond ’06 Tai Diamond married Chris Trovato July 16, 2016 in Kennebunkport, Maine. In addition to Tai's father, longtime TA Spanish Teacher and Coach Jake Diamond, and sister Remy Diamond '09 other TA guests included Kendra (Demakis) Broussard '06, Courtney (Oliver) Lewis '06, Kate (Stangl)

Driscoll '06, Ryan Driscoll '06, Leah (Harrington) Dexter '06, Kristie (Gillooly) Dean '06, Molly (McCarthy) Quesada '06 and Kati Swenson '06. The couple celebrated their wedding with a honeymoon in Italy.


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Amanda (Goulston) Shields ’93

Rebecca Hayes ’95

Amanda is back on campus regularly teaching yoga to students once a week.

See note and photo on page 47.

Josh & Lesley (Leibowitz) Snyder ’93 Josh and Lesley's son Jack is a new 6thgrade student at the Middle School.

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1993 Kristen (Hayes) Kosicki ’93 See photo on page 47.

Chris McGuirk ’93 Chris and his wife Sarah continue to enjoy raising their three children in Norwell. Chris enjoys great success with his lacrosse program, having recently merged with the Boston Kings. Attached to this, Chris is also the proud new owner of the Plymouth Sports Complex, previously known as the Plymouth Jungleplex.

Mark Melevsky ’93 Mark continues to live in Arlington and is enjoying his new dentistry practice in Marshfield. He and his wife Liz are expecting their first child in February!

David Rudnick ’93 David "rode" into Thayer potter/teacher Steve Branfman this year at the Pan-Mass Challenge in August. Dave was riding as part of Team SpinnerG while Mr. Branfman led Team Kermit in honor of his son Jared '00. See photo below:

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.

Carmelo Travieso ’93 Carmelo's son Kevin is a new 8th grade student at the Middle School. CLASS OF





burn wounds." This grant is intended to foster plastic surgery innovation in the areas of basic science, clinical outcomes, and translational research. These grants provide seed funding which is intended to allow investigators to begin work on preliminary research projects related to the plastic surgery sciences.

Mike Mottau ’96 Boston College retired Mike's number on November 27 at the BC Hockey game vs. Minnesota. Mike became the 13th Eagle to have his number retired in Boston College hockey history. Mike is BC's career record holder for the most assists (130) and most points by an Eagle defensemen (157). He was the captain of the team for the 19992000 season and was the second Eagle to win the prestigious Hobey Baker trophy. See photo below. MIKE MOTTAU '96

Jonathan Davis ’94 In April Jonathan proposed to his girlfriend Shauna Lee on a vacation to Aruba—she said yes!

Jonathan Slawsby ’94 Jonathan married Lisa Marie Oseychik on April 9, 2016 at Caneel Bay in St. John. Several TA alumni were in attendance: Todd Slawsby '88, Kyle DeValerio '94, Jared Baker '94, Eric Fleming '94, Brad Chapman '94, Matt Heller '94, Jeff Messina '94, Mark Chaffee '94, and Chris Silva '94. See photo on page 52. CLASS OF


1995 Jeffrey Gulko ’95 Having previously worked at The White House, several Federal Agencies and run a Presidential Campaign in 2008, Jeff presently provides public relations services for an array of corporate and luxury lifestyle clients and has become a voting member of both The Country Music Association and The Academy of Country Music and manages Radio Disney Breakout Artist Jessie Chris.

Matt Salloway ’96 Matt lives in New York City and is doing well as a lawyer at Salloway Law Group. He continues to be very busy and has found great success as a producer in a number of films. Most notably "The Butler" in 2013 and just recently, "The Family Fang" featuring Justin Bateman, Nicole Kidman, and Christopher Walken.

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John Ambrosino ’97 More than 30 Thayer community members came out to see John star in the Boston Lyric Stage Company's production of Company. During the run, John came to campus to talk with current Upper School theatre students about his career and also watch a rehersal for the fall production of Les Misèrables. John is currently working on adapting the TV movie Trevor, that launched the Trevor Project, to the stage.

Neala (Lee) Martin ’97 Neala is married to Patrick Martin and lives in Bronxville, NY, where she is enjoying raising their two daughters. Neala is also a Real Estate Originations Manager at National Equity, Inc.

Brad Mills ’98 Brad and Brian Sullivan '99, two former TA hockey players, were fortunate enough to stand with the infamous Stanley Cup at the Marshfield Country Club this past August. See photo below.



1999 Jared Porter '99 As Director of Pro Scouting, Jared was instrumental in building the 2016 Chicago Cubs - the team that finally gave Chicago its first World Series victory in over 100 years (see photo below from the pitching mound in Cleveland following Game 7 of the Series). In November, Jared stepped down from his position with the Cubs to become the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dan Rice '99 Matt McGuirk ‘92 recently visited with Dan ‘99 and Toby ‘00 Rice, owners and founders of Rice Energy in Cannonsburg, PA. Matt describes his visit to their headquarters: “I had a great visit with Dan and Toby at their corporate headquarters. As I sat in the waiting room, my eyes fixated on a picture of Toby in catcher’s equipment and his father, Daniel, at home plate at Pirates Stadium. I realized that Toby’s dad had thrown out the first pitch at a Pirate’s game to Toby behind the plate. This picture, along with the many local, regional, and national awards in the lobby made clear the impact and recognition



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Brian Sullivan ’99 See note for Brad Mills '98 and photo to left.


2000 Paul Archibald, Jr. ’00 Paul stepped down after one term on the Thayer Academy Alumni Board. Thank you to Paul for three years of service.

Jonathan Nickles ’00 Jonathan and his wife Renee have a two-year-old son, Connor, and they live in Texas.

2001 Donavan Brown '01 Congratulations to Donavan and his wife Lauren as they recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary in Nantucket. Donavan was inducted to Thayer's Hall of Fame at this year's Homecoming. He also joined Thayer's Board of Trustees, as the youngest trustee in the Academy's history.

Joe Costello '01 Joe married Heather McGrath on July 2 in Greenfield, MA. Joe's siblings Robbie '10, Dan '13, and Caroline '16 were all members of the wedding party. See photo on page 52.

Jen Fichter '01 Jen and Keith Kloczkowski were married on Saturday, October 1 in New Hampshire.

Eric Lane '01 Eric and his wife Lindsey welcomed their first child Bennett Robert Lane on July 2. He was 6 lbs 14 oz and 18.5" long. See photo on page 57.

Tori Martin ’01

Tracy Wong '03 Welcome to Tracy as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board!



CLASS NOTES: 1990s-2000s


that Rice Energy has received in just eight short years. Rice Energy came onto the scene in 2008, and Dan and Toby talked about how challenging and risky it was to break into a business where so many big energy companies ‘ruled the kingdom.’ There were many sleepless nights over make-or-break decisions, and times that others might have questioned their logic, but ever since they took Rice Energy public in 2014 (NYSE: RICE) the company grew from a few employees to 400 and they continue to grow. In fact, Toby pointed out the new building being constructed in the distance due to the surge in employees now at Rice Energy. Toby said, ‘We outgrew our old building the day we moved into it.’”

Rochelle Ballin '04 Rochelle became engaged to Allen Roberts and they are planning a July 1, 2017 wedding! After over 4 years at Thayer serving in the Development Office, Rochelle has taken a new job at Great Hills Partners in Boston, a venture capital firm.

Kristen (Barry) Beecher '04 Kristen and her husband Rich welcomed their first child, Elle Muriel on August 6. See photo on page 57.

Sophie Browne '04 Sophie recently won a World Title in the Fit Body category in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation's World Championship show in Los Angeles. See photo below. SOPHIE BROWNE '04

See Alumni profile on page 16-17.

Chris McPherson '01 Chris and his wife Calli welcomed their first child, Clery James on September 27.

Jess (Conahan) Leaver ’00 Jess and her husband Tom welcomed their third son, Ryan, on November 11. See photo on page 57.

Jessica (Stanton) Poliquin ’00 Jessica and her husband Brent welcomed baby McKenna Elaine on October 16, 2016.

Toby Rice ’00 See note for Dan Rice '99 above.

Jonathan Witt ’00 Jonathan and his wife Amy welcomed their second daughter Penelope. She joins big sister Liliana.


2003 Elizabeth Iannessa '03 Congratulations to Elizabeth and her new husband, Tyler Trofatter! Elizabeth '03 and Tyler were married at the beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA on September 10. See photo on page 52.

Joeanna (King) McPherson '03 Joeanna welcomed her second daughter, Alana Camille, with her husband Michael. She weighed 6 lbs and 14 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Alanna joins big sister Layla. See photo on page 57.

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Ransom Cook '04 Ransom married Mari Silipo on August 6 at Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, MA. Ransom's brother Will '06 served as a groomsman.

Janine (Roynane) Godfrey '04 Janine and her husband Ryan welcomed their first child Cooper Daniel on September 7th.

Michael Greeley '04 Mike and his wife Rebecca welcomed their first baby George Corey Greeley on Sunday October 23.

Tom Humplik '04 Tom recently got engaged to Martha Miller. They are planning an August 2017 wedding.

Pat Mathews '04 Pat was elected to a second term on the Thayer Academy Alumni Association Board in May.

Merete McCarthy '04 Merete married Brett Giurlani on September 3 in San Diego, CA.

John McVarish '04 John writes: "Hello everyone - I am now living in Wellesley with my wife, Natalie MacVarish, and our two dogs Wally and Nelly. I'm the head of New England Sales for a software company and my wife is the head of Mid Atlantic Sales for a plastics company. We celebrated our two-year anniversary this September."

Tevin Murray '04 Tevin is now engaged to Leo Reardon. They plan to wed in 2018.

Bryanna Tokarz '04 Bryanna married Steven Delf on September 17th at the White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth. Jessica Tokarz '09 served as the maid of honor, while Adam '02 and Jared '07 were groomsmen. CLASS OF

2005 Tim Arcand '05 Tim and his wife Ashley welcomed their second child, Julian, on Father's Day weekend. He joins big sister, Teagan.

Kristin (Gabriel) Cronin '05 Kristin and her husband John have welcomed their second child, Abigail Marie. She weighed 9 lbs, 1 oz and was 21 inches long. She joins big sister Kelsey.

Jesse Errico '05 Jesse married Joanna Lustig on August 20 in Princeton, NJ.

Jen Mohns '05 Jen was married on September 10 to Frank Doyle. A beautiful reception at Willowbend followed their ceremony. Her sister Becky '07 served as her maid of honor.

Erin Phares '05

Ali Schmidt '04 Ali married Matthew Davis on June 25, 2016 in Park City, Utah. Kerri (Aylward) Besinger '06 served as a bridesmaid.


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Sam married Lyman Bullard on July 2 in Milton, MA with a reception held at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Marty Courage '06 Marty married Franci Ryan '06 on August 27, 2016 in Boston. Jess (Luccio) Hull '06, Tarah O'Brien '06, Lis Trubiano '06 and Sara Trubiano '06 served as bridesmaids. Packie Devine '06, Drew Goldfarb '06 and Kevin Signorelli '06 all served as groomsmen. See photo on page 52.

Lisa Crawford '06 Lisa married Brian Matthews on July 23 at the Alden Castle in Brookline, MA.

Kristie (Gillooly) Dean '06 Kristie and her husband Archie welcomed their second child, Penelope Lee on August 5. She weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and 19 inches long. She joins big sister Sunny! See photo on page 57.

Kendra Demakis '06 Kendra married Doug Broussard on June 11, 2016 at the Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake in Maine. Courtney (Oliver) Lewis '06 served as the maid of honor. Alumns Tai Diamond '06, Ryan '06 and Kate (Stangl) Driscoll '06, Kristie (Gillooly) Dean '06, Leah (Harrington) Dexter '06 and Tim Demakis '91 were all in attendance.

Leah (Harrington) Dexter '06

Erin married Christopher Compean on August 27 at the Milton Hoosic Club.

Leah and her husband Kyle recently welcomed their first child, Brock Basile.

Tiffany (Kelly) Thornton '05

Tai Diamond '06

Tiffany and her husband Matthew welcomed their first child, Selah Grace on August 19. She weaighed 8 lbs and 9 oz and was 21 inches long.

Ryan O'Dwyer '04 Ryan and his wife Heather welcomed their second child, Owen on August 16. He joins big sister Ellie.

Sam Colton '06


2006 Ashley Baughns-Jaundoo '06 Ashley and her husband welcomed their second daughter, Alanna Rae Oguadimma on July 27. She weighed 8lbs 10oz and was 21 inches long. She joins big sister Alyssa. See photo on page 57.

Tai Diamond married Chris Trovato July 16, 2016 in Kenebunkport, ME. In addition to Tai's father, longtime TA Spanish Teacher and Coach Jake Diamond, and sister Remy Diamond '09 other TA guests included Kendra (Demakis) Broussard '06, Courtney (Oliver) Lewis '06, Kate (Stangl) Driscoll '06, Ryan Driscoll '06, Leah (Harrington) Dexter '06, Kristie (Gillooly) Dean '06, Molly (McCarthy) Quesada '06 and Kati Swenson '06. The couple celebrated their wedding with a honeymoon in Italy. See photo on page 52.

Thayer Babies Welcoming the newest members of the Thayer community!

Bennett Robert Lane

Alanna Rae Ogudimma

BORN: July 2, 2016 Eric ’01 & Lindsey Lane

BORN: July 27, 2016 Ashley Baughns-Jaudoo ’02 & Ashley Aguadimma

Penelope Lee Dean

E lle Muriel Beecher

Alanna Camille McPherson

BORN: August 5, 2016 Kristie Gillooly ’06 & Archie Dean

BORN: August 6, 2016 Kristen (Barry) ’04 & Rich Beecher

BORN: August 12, 2016 Joeanna (King)’03 & Michael McPherson

Brock Basile Dexter

Cooper Daniel Godfrey

BORN: August 18, 2016 Leah (Harrington) ’06 & Kyle Dexter

BORN: September 7, 2016 Janine (Roynane) ’04 & Ryan Godfrey

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:


RYAN CONAHAN LEAVER BORN: November 12, 2016 Jess (Conahan) ’01 & Tom Leaver

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Mike Evans '06 Mike and his wife Ariel welcomed to their family a beautiful baby girl, Claire Rose born on September 16.

2007 IT'S YOUR


Danielle Walsh '07 MAY



Drew Goldfarb '06 Drew married Alexandra Pierce on July 16 in New York.

Matt Gregg '06 Matt married Kelly Joy on Saturday, June 18 at the Captain Linnell House in Orleans, MA. Brother Dan '06 was his best man and Judd Smith '06 was also a groomsman.

Steve Anastos '07 Steve was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Venture Capital (see the listing here:

Lauren was married to John Coppo on Saturday September 17 at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill followed by a reception at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Laura Feloney '07 Laura and Jake Minevitz '07 were married on Saturday, September 10 in Boston with a reception at the Omni Parker House.

Jon Kilmer '06 Jon is living in LA., working as a filmmaker. He is currently appearing in the Esquire Network series "This is Mike Stud."

Dan McVarish '06 Dan recently moved to Quincy with his fiance, Vanessa Hansen. Dan works as an insurance broker in the family business and Vanessa is an HR Specialist at Santander. They plan to wed next year on the Cape.

Jamie Neely '06 Jamie married Alex Reed on July 3 in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Joe Rosano '06 A special thanks to Joe for putting together a great dinner at the Park Street Tavern in New York City with TA grads Kati Swenson '06, Kevin Signorelli '06, JB Marecellino '06, and Matt McGuirk '92. It was a great evening reminiscing about all things Thayer.

Franci Ryan '06 See note for Marty Courage '06 on page 52.

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2008 Joe Comras '08 Joe married Audrey McGonigle on May 14 in Washington DC.

Roberto Cordero '08

Lauren Hooley '06


Danielle recently became engaged to her long-time boyfriend Greg Brownstein.

David Piesco-Putnam '07 David was married to Jillian MacLean of Easton at the Granite Links Golf Club on Saturday August 6. Included in David's wedding party were both his brother Greg '01 and close friend Bryce Tedeschi '07.

Nate Richman '07 Nate married Tessa Trainor at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY on June 25, 2016. His brother Alex '02 was the best man while Pat Marr '07, Bryan Sullivan '07 and Peter Gooding '07 served as groomsmen. His sister Carrie '05 was a bridesmaid.

Nick Romano '07 Nick and Mary Diebold married on October 15 at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI.

Bryan Sullivan '07 Bryan was married on June 18 to Meaghan McCotter at Christ the King Catholic Church with their reception at The Downtown Club in Philadelphia, PA. Bryan's brother Rick '05 served as the best man, while Nate Richman '07, Pat Marr '07, and Mike Burnes '07 were all groomsmen.

Roberto was elected to the Thayer Academy Alumni Board and recently promoted to Associate on the Retail Brokerage at CBRE/ New England.

Matt Evans '08 Matt proposed to his long-time girlfriend Tricia Coyne during the Fourth of July weekend—she said yes!

Katie Keady '08 Congratulations to Katie who married Mark Callahan at the Wychmere Beach Club on July 2, 2016.


2009 Tom Darling '09 Tom recently became engaged to his girlfriend Ashley Braun.

Geeda Houranieh '09 Geeda is now engaged to Michael Maddaleni.

Emily Rooney '09 Emily was named the head coach of the North Quincy High girls' soccer team.



Brendan Shiel '13

Tom Healey '10 Tom was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Energy (see the listing here:

Brendan interned with the Alumni Office from mid-July to the end of August 2016. He made phone calls to young alums to remind them of their pledges, scanned 2-years worth of applications into the Raiser's Edge database, and was a joy to have in the office! CLASS OF

2016 Michaela Martin ’10 See Alumni profile on page 16-17.


2011 JD Govoni '11 JD has a new job as an Account Executive for BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

Emma Fitzgerald '16 Emma won the women's heptathlon with 5,451 points at the USATF Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High's Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, CA. She also captured the New Balance Nationals Outdoor title with 5,464 points, making her the only American Junior heptathlete ranked in the top 20 in the world this year.





P R E L I M I N A RY S C H E D U L E FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017 • Memorial Service in the Sculpture Garden: 10:45am • Alumni Awards Luncheon in the CFA Lobby: 11:30am ’ “Thayer Today and in the Future” Headmaster Ted Koskores ’70 P ’10, ’13 ’ Special Recognition for Golden Tigers (classes of ’42, ’47, ’52, ’57, ’62, ’67) ’ Presentation of Alumni, Loyalty, Humanitarian, and Achievement Awards • Student Performance in the CFA • Campus Tours ’ Check out the most recent updates and additions to campus! • 50th Reunion Celebration: 5:30pm ’ Reception & Dinner to honor the Class of 1967 ’ 50th Reunion Class Photo


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• Alumni Lunch & Lawn Games: ’ Join fellow alumni for this family-friendly event! Enjoy lunch and have fun relaxing on the fields while the current Tigers go for the win!

McKenzie Hunt '12 Welcome to McKenzie as a new member of the Thayer Academy Alumni Board!

Samantha Martin ’12 See Alumni profile on page 16-17.


2013 Domenic Quade '13 Domenic had a great season as the starting goalie for Trinity College's men's soccer team. His .71 goals-against average is good for the fourth-best ranking in the NESCAC. He also has the second highest save percentage (86%) and is number one in saves per game (5.25).

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

• Athletic Games on Campus 3:00pm • Campus Tours ’ Tour the Center for the Arts complex, Student Commons, Fitness Center, the renovated Southworth Library, and more! • Reunion 2017 Celebration Cocktails: 6:30-8:00pm ’ Cahall Campus Center Dinner: 8:00-10:00pm ’ Main Building ’ Class photos will be taken during the dinner



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IN MEMORIAM: 1930s-1940s

In Memoriam 1934 Barbara Converse Trask '34 Barbara Converse Trask passed away Saturday, Nov. 5. She was born in Bridgeport, CT, to Harold B. and Mary S. Converse. She lived most of her life in Braintree and Barnstable, until moving to Schooner Estates in Auburn, in 2004, and then to Clover Manor in September 2016. She graduated from Thayer Academy in 1934, and attended Middlebury College for a year before transferring to Boston School of Occupational Therapy (now a school within Tufts University). As a student at Thayer Barbie, as she was known to her classmates, played field hockey and basketball. She was a part of Theta Alpha and Glee Club as well as a member of the yearbook staff. They remembered her with, "Our quiet and lovable Barbie always has been the 'guardian angel' of the class of '34. Her sincerity and efficiency have set an example for us all. She succeeds in astounding us daily by her disgusting knowledge of math. Are you still rooting for Harvard, Barbie?" Her brother Donald graduated in 1927. After graduating in 1937, she worked as an occupational therapist at Boston State Hospital until her marriage in 1939 to Gordon E. Trask, also of Braintree. She was very involved in church and community activities, especially those involving the history of Braintree. Her hands were always busy with knitting or craft projects. She liked singing and playing board games, and was happiest surrounded by the family she loved so much.


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Barbara is survived by her two children, Judith Johnson of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Elwood (Susan) Trask of Auburn; four grandchildren, Peter (Christine) Trask of North Kingstown, R.I., David Trask (Kim Roth) of Auburn, and James (Nancy) Johnson and Sara (Clayton) Cardinal of Edmonton, Alberta; two step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband.

1939 Lois Cary Beals Sheldon '39 Lois Cary (Beals) Sheldon, 94, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Newfield House in Plymouth. A resident of Centerville for the past 30 years, Lois was born April 6, 1922 in Brockton. The daughter of Arthur Loring Beals, MD and Helen Sophia Andrews, Lois was nicknamed "Billie" to friends and family growing up, a name her father gave her since he had wanted a son. Lois attended Brockton High School until her sophomore year then transferred to Thayer Academy where she graduated in 1939. While at Thayer Lois was an active particpant in several clubs including Theta Alpa, G.A.A. and Glee Club. In the yearbook, her classmates wrote, "We have all marveled at Lois's short stories, and we have also enjoyed her drawings done in idle moments. Lois has been a valuable classmate." She attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston and was hired by New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. There she met and married the love of her life, Herbert Edward Sheldon, also from Brockton. On the Cape, Lois had

been an active volunteer at the Cape Cod Hospital, as well as a member of the Hyannis Garden Club and a student at Cape Cod Community College. She was preceded in death by her husband (d. 1975) and her sister, Bettina Marston Kyper (d. 2013). Lois is survived by her children, son, Robert George Sheldon (Precy) of Duxbury, her daughters, Jean Sheldon Rose (Michael) of Overland Park, KS and Susan Cary Allender (John) of Shreveport, LA and her grandchildren, Kathleen Cary Rose of Baltimore, MD and Ian Herbert Sheldon of Duxbury. As well as nieces and a nephew in Seattle, WA, Minneapolis, MN and Washington, DC.

1944 Gordon Landess '44 Gordon Landess, 90, of North Eastham passed away on June 24, 2016 at Danbury Hospital after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's. His last days were spent peacefully with his family by his side. He was born in Dover, DE on December 12, 1925. He graduated from Thayer Academy in 1944. While at Thayer, Gordon was a member of French Club, Aeronautics, Glee Club, Dramatics, Hi-Y, Student Council, Yearbook and Camera Club. His classmates called him "one of the swellest fellows we know" and "...he often unwittingly keeps us in hysterics with his

John "Dalton"Gribbin '49

antics, we nevertheless think a great deal of him." After Thayer, Gordon graduated from Tufts University and served in the U.S Army during World War II. After a successful career in engineering, he retired to the Cape to enjoy fishing, clamming, a few oysters and the good life. He became an expert with stained glass design and created a home brew that family and friends referred to as Lobsterbrau. He was the founding father of the Friends of Monomoy, an active member of Eastham United Methodist Church, and a volunteer for Eastham Library. He loved hosting the annual family reunion with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren each summer. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen, on February 14, 2008. He will be dearly missed by his daughters, Judy Pelletier (wife of the late Vincent Pelletier) of St. Charles, IL, Barbara Sarabia and her husband Alfredo of Bethel, CT, Susan Towne and her husband, Roger of Holden, and son Scott Landess and his wife Marsha of Richmond, VA; grandchildren; Chad Morris and wife Sarah, Andrew Morris and wife, Emily, Elizabeth Sarabia, Michael Sarabia, and wife, Louise. Gordon Towne, Jack Landess, and Sam Landess; and great-grandchildren, Diego Sarabia,Teagan Morris, Rowan Morris, and Camdan Morris.

John Gribbin, 85, of Flatwoods, KY passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at his residence. John was born June 20, 1930 to the late Vinton and Hazel Dalton-Gribbin in Boston, MA. He grew up in Milton and graduated from Thayer in 1949. While at Thayer, he was involved in the Glee Club, the yearbook, and the Senior Middle Play. His classmates remember him in his senior yearbook as "An excellent artist with a great future is Dalton. His paintings have been the high-spot of several art exhibits, and his imaginative humor has given us many laughs."

the graphic arts department of NBC News in Washington, D.C. His artistic skills emerged in grade school, and as one of his classmates I could appreciate them on up into junior high school in Milton and then at Thayer. His attending the Rhode Island School of Design also attests to his artistic accomplishments.

John proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a graphic artist for NBC News from which he retired in 1992. After retiring, John took to painting commissions, wildlife, petlife, aircraft portraits civil and military. When he wasn't painting he was flying, having earned his private flying license in 1993.

In his retirement, living in Flatwoods, Kentucky, where his married children lived, he became a friend of some ex-military pilots. He got his own pilot's license at age 66 and thoroughly enjoyed flying all the way back to New England, among other places. Plus, he continued his artistic work by doing pictures of his pilot friends' planes, as well as portraits of various friends' dogs. And all these paintings were very good. Dalton cherished his youthful days in Milton in the late 1930s and early to mid-1940s, riding bikes everywhere, ringing neighbors' doorbells at Halloween, and going to the State Theater in East Milton on Saturday afternoons and paying twenty-five cents to see two movies, plus a newsreel and a serial. As he aged, Dalton looked back on that life in Milton and Thayer with deep affection."

John's classmate Lincoln Furber '49 shared these thoughts of his dearly missed friend, "Dalton never seemed to realize what a good artist he was. He would rarely discuss and usually deprecate his excellent talent, but he eventually did get proper recognition, including in the job he held for many years in

One sister, Joann Meldon precedes him in death. Left behind to cherish his memory are his children Deborah (Jeff) Hensley of Ashland, KY, Todd Gribbin of Flatwoods, KY, Neal Gribbin of Raceland, KY, and Scott Gribbin of Dallas, TX, and eight grandchildren.

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IN MEMORIAM: 1940s-1950s

Charlotte White '49 Charlotte Adrienne White died peacefully at home July 15, 2016 after a long illness. Born in Braintree in 1932 she lived in Massachusetts until 1962 when she moved to California. Charlotte graduated from Thayer in 1949. She was a solid athlete as a member of the basketball, softball and tennis teams. Her classmates remembered her in the yearbook as "... prominent in all activities. She is a tennis champ and a vigorous cheer-leader. Her chic ensembles make her the envy of all the girls." After several years of office management employment, she established her own accounting firm in the late 1970s. She also had considerable success as a businesswoman investing in real estate. She retired in 2005. In 1989 she and her daughter Suzanne T. White '70 established the Emma H. Croke Scholarship for women who excel in mathematics or the arts at Thayer. She is survived by her daughters Suzanne, an artist who lives in Maine, and J. Anne Kent of Waltham, MA.

1950 Virginia Lee 'Gini' (Smith) Brenton '50 Virginia Lee 'Gini' (Smith) Brenton passed away peacefully at home in Hanover surrounded by her family on Friday, June 24, 2016, at the age of 83. Gini was born January 28, 1933 in Everett. She graduated from Thayer Academy in 1950. She was a member of the basketball, softball, tennis and badminton teams and sang in the Glee Club. Her classmates wrote of her, "Gini goes about her work very efficiently at school; and her bright, wide smile seems to make happy all those whom she meets."


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After Thayer Gini attended Colby Sawyer Junior College. She married Donald L. Brenton in 1957 after having run the Mary-Anna in Braintree as function director for many years. Gini was a 50-year parishioner of St. Mary's and St. Helen's. She dedicated her life to her 5 children and her family. She was an avid crossword puzzler, loved making her famous iced-tea and always enjoyed writing beautiful cards and poems to spread her loving thoughts and sometimes just to say hello. Gini is survived by her husband Donald; children John A. of Los Angeles, CA, Robert K. and his wife Julie of Plymouth, Mark F. of Hanover, Michael A. of Hanover and grandchildren Robert K. Brenton Jr. and his wife Jillian and Tyler M. Brenton, all of Plymouth. She was preceded in death by her son Donald L. Brenton Jr., parents Charles J. and Blanch V. (Tornquist) Smith, brothers Arthur, Charles J. Jr., Robert J. '50 and his wife Anne (Peterson) Smith and her sister and best friend Jane F. '54, wife of John M. Feeley of Scituate. She was the loving aunt to many, many nieces and nephews.

Wilfred E. FitzGerald '50 Wilfred E. FitzGerald, age 86 of Easton, formerly of Canton passed away July 6, 2015 at the Copley at Stoughton surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston, he was raised in Wollaston and graduated from Thayer Academy and Burdette College. He was a Navy Veteran of WW II and the Korean War and was the owner and operator of Cut-All Tools Inc. in Stoughton for many years before retiring. He was a member of the American Legion Post #24 and the Phoenix Masonic Lodge in Stoughton. Beloved husband of Nancy G. (Giles). Father of Lynne FitzGerald of Vermont, Paula Connor of Canton, Gregg FitzGerald of Norton and Jill FitzGerald of Dennis. Brother of Kenneth FitzGerald of Vermont. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

William Richards '50 William 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 worked as a yearbook staffer. His classmates memorialized him with these words, "Fleet-footed and very quick of mind, John is a fellow whom we are glad to have had with us these last three years. His gains on the track paths were very helpful, and his cleverness in writing assures us that he'll be very successful in 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 and Paul, Phoebe, and Lorenzo Richards. He was predeceased by a grandson, Ian Richards.

1953 Janice M. Kinne Hanson '53 Janice M. Kinne Hanson, 82, passed away on July 23, 2016 at RedingtonFairview General Hospital in Skowhegan surrounded by her family. She was born on March 7, 1934, the daughter of Erald I. and Natalie (Bailey) Kinne. She was educated in the schools of Massachusetts and graduated from Thayer Academy in 1952. Janice was a member of Theta Alpha, G.A.A. and played golf and softball.

Janice is survived by her daughter, Brenda Hanson of Skowhegan; granddaughter, Heather Davis and husband Jason of Cornville; grandson, Jason Sears of Skowhegan; two great granddaughters, Cortlynn Davis and partner Bryan Lapointe of Skowhegan, Liberty Davis of Cornville; great grandson, Benjamin Davis of Cornville.

1954 Barbara Allen Woodbury '54 Barbara A. Woodbury, 79, a resident of Ogunquit, ME and formerly of Billerica MA, died May 25, 2016, at her residence following a 7-year battle with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Barbara was born July 7, 1936 in Weymouth, MA, the daughter of Morrill Radcliffe and Dorothy Avery Allen (1919). She grew up in Braintree, and was educated at the Perkins Primary School, and Thayer Academy. She made the most of her two years at the Academy, particpating in Theta Alpha, G.A.A., Glee Club, Play Committee, cheerleading and playing basketball, sofball, and badminton. For her quote in the yearbook, she selected "A merry heart maketh a joyful countenance" from the book of Proverbs. Following her time at Thayer, Barbara graduated from Bridgewater State Teachers College.

While vacationing in Ogunquit with her family, she met the love of her life, Peter, who was working as a bellhop at the Graham Hotel where she was staying. They were married several years later in Braintree.








Briefly residing in various states as Peter served in the Navy, they settled in Billerica, where they raised their family. She was a Girl Scout Leader for many years and later was employed by GSA as a trainer of volunteers. Her love of gardening and flower arranging led her to operate a small floral business, ForgetMe-Not Bouquets, for several years. She was also active in the Billerica Historical Society, the Billerica Garden Club, and the League of Women Voters.

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Moving to Ogunquit in 1998, and after several years as curator of the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, she became an active force in the Ogunquit Preservation Commission. Also as chair of the Winn House Restoration Committee, she continued her historical involvement until the Ogunquit Heritage Museum and Dorothea Jacobs Grant Common were completed.

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Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Peter R. Woodbury of Ogunquit; a son, Bruce A. Woodbury and his wife, Barbara of Westford, and a daughter Brenda R. Finn and her husband Stephen of Dracut; two grandchildren, Patrick and Nicholas Woodbury, both of Westford; and a sister, Eleanor Driver '43 of North Andover. Barbara is predeceased by a sister, Cynthia Allen Stewart '42.


After Thayer, she continued her education at the University of Virginia. She was employed for many years as a hotel manager at Hyannis Holiday Motel in Hyannis. and the Trade Winds in Centerville. As a child, she belonged to Rainbow Girls in Cohasset, and as a teenager she loved riding her fivegated Morgan horse in Vermont and New Hampshire. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, spending summers on Cape Cod with her grandchildren, spending summers after retiring with her great grandchildren camping, riding bikes and swimming at the lake.

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

Barbara J. Gramstorff Wintle '56 Barbara J. Wintle, 77 passed away Nov. 4, 2016 at her home in Florida. She was born in Boston on January 5, 1939, the daughter of Chester and Edith Peterson Gramstorff.

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

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IN MEMORIAM: 1950s - 1970s

Barbara graduated from Thayer Academy and worked at Boston Children's Hospital. On October 11, 1958, she married Ambrose Wintle in Randolph. 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 horses 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.

Richard "Dick" S. Schultz '56 Dick S. Schultz, age 78, passed away on August 25, 2016 at his home in Falmouth surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Myrna (Natol) Schultz, daughter and son-inlaw Marni and Andrew Schwartz, of Sharon, and son and daughter-in-law Alan and Alisa Schultz of McLean, VA, his adoring grandchildren Samantha and Ben Schwartz, and Ellie and Toby Schultz, and his sister Joanne Frolich of Lexington. Dick was born in Brockton in 1938 to the late David and Blanche Schultz. He graduated from Thayer Academy in 1956, where he was a two-sport athlete playing both basketball and tennis as well as a member of the yearbook staff. His quote in his senior yearbook reads: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."


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Following Thayer Dick graduated from Norwich University in 1960, and Boston University School of Law in 1963. Dick served on active duty from 1963-1966 with the U.S. Army as a Captain with the 2nd Armored Cavalry on the West German/Czechoslovakian border. Upon completion of his service, Dick returned to Brockton, where he established a very successful general law practice. Dick was very active in professional and community organizations and received several awards for distinguished service. He served as President of the Plymouth County Bar Association, the Brockton Kiwanis Club, and the South Area Jewish Community Center. He also served as Chairman of the Brockton Consumer Advisory Commission and was a member of the Brockton Board of Zoning Appeals, the Brockton Planning Board, and the Brockton Conservation Commission. Dick retired to Falmouth in 2000. He remained active there, and was elected President of the Ballymeade Property Owners Association. He was an avid golfer with the Ballymeade Men's Golf Association. Dick was an ardent supporter and booster of his alma mater, Norwich University. He was appointed as a member of the Norwich Board of Fellows and both he and Myrna were named as Life Members of the Norwich University Partridge Society. He was further honored at his 55th reunion by Norwich University with its Sustained Service Award. He organized the Norwich Club of Cape Cod to welcome newly admitted students into the Norwich Family. In both his long professional career and many years of devoted community service, Dick lived up to the great Norwich University tradition of the ideal "citizen soldier."

Paula Dickinson (Blackmur) Young '56 Paula Dickinson Blackmur Young, 78, formerly of Cohasset, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at her home. Paula was born February 16, 1938, in Cohasset. She was the daughter of Paul and Martha (Snow) Blackmur. Paula graduated from Thayer Academy in 1956. In her senior yearbook, her classmates highlighted her singing ability saying, "Thy voice is like a celestial melody." She was a four-year member of the Glee Club as well as the Chapel Choir. Paul was also an athlete, playing field hockey, golf and softball. She participated in Theta Alpha and G.A.A. After Thayer, Paula went on to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1961. She went on to earn her MEd from Johnson State. Paula was preceeded in death by her husband Stewart Young.

1975 Richard Nicholas Fairclough '75 Richard Nicholas Fairclough, passed away peacefully on February 15, 2016. He was the brother of James H. Fairclough IV (Shirley) of Hull, M. Drew O'Neil (Paul) of Weymouth, William H. Fairclough (Faith) of Wilmette, IL, and Amy F. Buhl (Larry) of North Haven, CT. Nick was a beloved uncle to twelve nieces and nephews. Nick was born August 22, 1956, in Boston, to the late James H. and Miriam D. Fairclough III. He attended Thayer Academy and Scituate High School.

Tara Marie O'BrienQuinn '76 Tara Marie O'Brien-Quinn, age 58, formerly of Rockland and Scituate, died peacefully, Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital- Plymouth, surrounded by her loving family. Tara was born in Quincy, May 31, 1958, to the late Richard E. and Barbara A. (Spadorcia) O'Brien. She was a cum laude graduate of Thayer Academy. The quote she selected for her senior yearbook was, "May you live as long as you like and have all that you like for as long as you live." She followed her time at Thayer as a member of the Bentley College, Class of 1980. She had lived in Bonita Springs, FL, Rockland, and Scituate. Tara was a wellknown real estate agent and consultant on the South Shore for many years. She enjoyed photography and was an avid Boston sports fan. Tara was devoted to her family and especially to her cherished nieces and nephews. Beloved wife of the late Peter J. Quinn, Sr., Quincy Fire Department, she was the devoted sister of Kathleen A. Wirtz '73 of Weymouth, her twin sister Laura J. O'Brien '76 of Bonita Springs, FL, Lisa A. Pickering '83 of Hull, Richard E. O'Brien, Jr. of Acton and Kirsten O'Brien of New York City. Tara is also survived by many nieces, including Giovanna Pickering '12, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

1983 Cynthia Basler Mertens '83 Dr. Cynthia D. Basler, 51 years old, of Alexandria, VA and Hingham, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones, in Plymouth after a long battle with cancer. Cindy was raised in Hingham. Known for her quiet elegance, determination, grace and beauty, her smile lit up a variety of the many places she touched during her lifetime; mascot for the Hingham High Cheerleading Squad at 8 years old, runway model at 18 and Thayer Academy graduate in 1983. She was also known as an accomplished lifelong athlete. Cindy was inducted into Thayer Academy's Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for her record-breaking tennis accomplishments; playing undefeated number one in singles and doubles for 3 years, and considered one of the best female tennis players in Thayer's history. Cindy went on to play on full scholarship for Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida. She was the number one singles and doubles player and earned multiple NAIA Division I All American Honors along with Sportswoman of the Year at UNF in 1987 and was inducted into the University of North Florida's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Cindy went on to earn her Master's degree from the University of South Florida in 1998 and her PhD in Psychology from the Eisner Institute in 2013 to pursue her lifelong calling and passion for helping others. She was a therapist for Coastal Behavioral Healthcare in Sarasota, FL, earning their Leadership Award for Outstanding Service to her clients. Cindy continued her career into private practice and was a well-respected and much loved psychologist in Sarasota, FL and Alexandria, VA.

She will be deeply missed by her parents James and Carol Basler '47 of Venice, FL and Hingham; her sister Valerie Basler, brothers; James Basler and Robert Basler, sister-in-law Beth Basler, niece Liza Basler, nephews; John Basler, and Nate Basler, grandnephew Devon Basler, stepdaughter Kirsten Mertens, and her very special friend Pamela Boucher.

IN MEMORIAM: 1970s - 1980s


1987 David P. Tierney '87 David P. Tierney, of Weymouth, age 47, passed away on October 12, 2016 David was a lifelong Weymouth resident. Mr. Tierney was a supervisor at Guard Force Management Company in Quincy. He graduated cum lade from Thayer Academy. His quote in the yearbook was, "Finis coronat opus. Finis instrumenta fas facit. Ad terminum perveniebam" - which translates to: "The end crowns the work. Divine will fashions the means of the end. I arrived at the end." David studied at Colgate University where he also taught CCD. He was an avid sports fan of the Boston professional teams, especially the Bruins. He was the beloved son of Arthur E. Tierney Jr. of Weymouth and the late Geraldine V. (Murray) Tierney. Brother of Mark M. '88 of Canton, and loving uncle of Allyson and Ryan Tierney.

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The Final



Catch & Release Taxidermy While late spring and early summer on New England trout streams provide fly-fishers opportunities, the fishing slows by mid-July. August is often fruitless. Midmorning on what was becoming a hot August day, I donned my fishing gear, clambered into the Connecticut River in Northern Vermont, and waded across a shaded section to the New Hampshire side. Fishing is about much more than catching fish, I reminded myself. After a short walk downstream, I found a long, bent pool below a gravel bar, the bend cut into the wooded Vermont side. Farmland well behind me rattled deep in corn, but riverbank second-growth crept into that farmland about twenty yards, buffering my presence. A few generations ago, according to that growth, the field had bordered the river. Given the month, time of day, and air temperature, it seemed unlikely fish would rise to my fly. But the water level wasn't low, its temperature didn't lack chill, and the current provided a clear feeding lane that gave me hope. Forcing August out of my mind, I let my fly ride in those bubbles and sometimes just beyond - nearer and nearer to the Vermont bank. Later, after catching and releasing three good-sized brown trout, commitments called me elsewhere. Leaving this lucky pool, I found at its head an old horseshoe in a few inches of water. Probably thrown from a farm horse when the plowed land reached the riverbank, this was no talisman to ignore. I kept it and the memory of that morning. Some fishermen have trophy fish mounted over their fly-tying desks. I have a trophy horseshoe. No consensus exists among forklorists on whether a lucky horsehow is best mounted open-side up or down. I chose up - looks a smile.


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