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says of her time there, even alumni who were four or five years younger. “There’s this underlying passion, creativity, and exploration with Cathedral alumni. It’s a place where you learn self-acceptance,” which can lead to greater confidence and selfesteem, certainly traits that encourage long-lasting friendships. A famously close group is the Class of 1999, where, for a while before weddings and career trajectories intervened, several alumni lived in the same Brooklyn apartment building. This group always gets together on New Year’s Eve to reminisce about their time at Cathedral. One year,

they even dug up an old VHS player to watch their 8th grade musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. “Do you know how hard it is to find a video player?” Madeline Rumely asks. New York City-based members of the Class of 1999 still get together at least once a week. Madeline feels “much closer to my Cathedral friends, then to my friends in high school or college.” Dr. John Arbo ’85, now Chief of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center, was a dedicated chorister during his time at Cathedral, is also part of a tight-knit Cathedral class. He considers his

classmate, Maxim Weintraub ’85, his best friend, and he’s in contact with most of his Cathedral classmates. In fact, there was a recent class dinner in New York and more than half of his classmates showed up, from as far away as Atlanta. Which class is the closest? Well, members of the class of 2012, 2004 and 1999 all claimed that title. Perhaps, as Claudie Mabry says, the most important thing is to “know that my closest Cathedral friends will always be there, and there for me, no matter where life takes me, no matter how far in distance we all are.” s

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Cathedral Magazine (Winter 2017)  

Cathedral Magazine (Winter 2017)