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SUN DIAL Summer 2011

The Magazine of The Ethel Walker School

Walker’s and the World


Campus News • Commencement • Centennial Update • Out & About • Take Note

S AV E T H E D AT E S 2 0 1 1 August 31, 2011 Alumnae Event at US Open

December 16, 2011 Holiday Ride

September 8, 2011 First Day of Classes

February 18, 2012 Junior Family Weekend

September 24 – 25, 2011 Student Centennial Celebration

Head’s Day – It’s a Surprise!

September 25 – 26, 2011 Fishers Island Centennial Golf Tournament September 30 – October 2, 2011 Centennial Weekend September 30 – October 2, 2011 Reunion Weekend Centennial Mountain Day – It’s a Surprise! October 15, 2011 Simsbury Celebrates Centennial; Walker’s Horse Trials October 28–29, 2010 Family Weekend

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April 20 , 2012 Grandparents’ and Great Friends’ Day

The Ethel Walker School 230 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury, CT 06070 860.658.4467 |

Dogswood Day – It’s a Surprise!


June 8, 2012 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony June 9, 2012 Baccalaureate and Prize Night June 10, 2012 Commencement Fall, 2013 Reunion Weekend for Classes ending in 3 and 8 Dates are subject to change.

December 7–8, 2011 Chicago Event

Stay updated on Centennial events!

Bessie Speers


Vivian K. Elba,


Wendy Allerton, Sandra Baker, Eleanor Barnes, Kathleen Battiston, Kim Blanchard, Samantha Byer, Kate Coleman-Burns, Gwen Couch, Sarah Edson, Margy Foulk, Kitty Friedman, Lee-Ann Harris, Michele Harris, Courtney King, Heidi McCann, John Monagan, Kim Overtree, Ken Poppe, Dr. Sheri Schmidt, Cheri Soule, Diane Thomas, Laura Whiteman ’81, Dawn Zumbroski PROOFREADER



2011-2012 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Donya Nagib Sabet ’90

E. Kay Cowan

Letitia McClure Potter ’55, P’85




Margot Campbell Bogert ’60


Brooke Gaffney Redmond ’90


Clive DuVal III P’09



Lisa Pagliaro Selz ’69

Kathanne Fowler P’12



Gail Shelton P’12

Christopher L. Brigham, JD

Kate Crichton Gubelmann ’67




Deborah Williams MacKenzie ’55

Abigail Trafford ’57



Elizabeth Sivage Clark ’67, P’04 TREASURER CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Elizabeth Cromwell Speers P’16 HEAD OF SCHOOL SIMSBURY, CT

Harriet Blees Dewey ’60, P’86

Bethany Altschwager, Richard Bergen Photography, Vivian Elba, John Groff, Jill Harrington, Genie Lomba, John Monagan, Tom Speers ADDRESS CLASS NOTES TO:

The Development Office The Ethel Walker School 230 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury, CT 06070 Or submit via email to: SEND ADDRESS AND EMAIL CHANGES TO: DESIGN

John Johnson Art Direction & Design

Lynn Sheppard Manger ’59

Carol L. Watson, M.D. ’90


Sue Cesare



Lithographics, Inc.


Celeste Royall Niarchos ’64

Abra Prentice Wilkin ’60



Sarah Gates Colley ’75 CROSS RIVER, NEW YORK

ALUMNAE BOARD 2011-2012 Celeste Royall Niarchos ’64 PRESIDENT

Amanda Pitman ’90 VICE PRESIDENT

Nancy Hathaway Steenburg ’68

Elizabeth Borland Blodgett ’91 Leander d'Altifois Dolphin ’95 Nancy Flanagan ’93 Katherine Hypolite ’04 Mary Lotuff Feeny ’83

Mary Beth Rettger ’81 Deborah Rush ’77 Emma Simon ’89 OUTGOING PRESIDENT

Catherine Terry Taylor ’79




230 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury, Connecticut 06070 p 860 658 4467 f 860 658 6763 The Ethel Walker School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origins in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other School-administered programs.

Note From Donya Sabet ‘90, Chair of the Board of Trustees: It is an honor to lead the Board of Trustees during this most important time for The Ethel Walker School. The responsibility of our School is not only educating young women, but also ensuring that they assimilate the skills to become true leaders in their lives, whether it is in a career or just as important, in raising a family. I firmly believe that we have a unique opportunity to ensure the legacy of Ethel Walker, which is as important today as it was in 1911. I hope to see you at the celebration of our Centennial on the weekend of September 30th through October 2nd, 2011; I see our Centennial as an opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to Walker’s success these many years, but also, and perhaps more importantly, a time to launch a new beginning for our School, enabling it to continue in its mission with even more vigor and commitment for many more years. The buzz about our birthday among alumnae, students, parents, and teachers is palpable — everyone is counting down for the big weekend! I hope you all have made arrangements to be in Simsbury during this weekend; it’s a party not to be missed. I look forward to seeing many of you this fall. Happy Birthday Walker’s!


IN THIS ISSUE Message from the Head of School


On Campus & Beyond


Grandparents’ Day


Students Build and Renovate During Spring Break


Faculty Profile: Carolina Artacho


Dogswood Day 2011


Athletics Update


On the Stage




Walker’s & the World




Centennial Update


The Centennial Book


Alumnae News


Walker’s Out and About


EWS Legacies: Making Smart Decisions


Take Note Updates and news from your Walker’s classmates and friends


Supporting Walker’s







On the cover: Sahra Ibrahimi ’13, Vivian Sheng ’13, Jill O’Brien ’13, Sajia Darwish ’14, and Emilee O’Brien ’13 take some time off between classes and activities. Jill’s family is Sahra’s host family, and Emilee’s, Sajia’s.


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MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL Recently, the Hartford Courant ran a front-page photo of Walker’s students and faculty participating in the Connecticut Peace Walk led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Walk was organized in conjunction with the World Scholar-Athlete Games, which the state of Connecticut has the honor of hosting this year. The Walker’s community is participating in the Games and the corresponding World Youth Peace Summit. In preparation for the Walk, our students learned more about the life and values of Desmond Tutu. Heroes like Tutu are harder to come by in our students’ lives today. Tutu’s book Made for Goodness is testimony to his belief in love, reconciliation, and the power of young women in the peace effort. The book was co-authored by Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu, who serves as an Episcopal priest and chair of the Board of the Global AIDS Alliance. Too often, the images we see in the media imply that violence and war are the only ways to resolve conflict in this world. It is incumbent upon us as educators to lift up the lives of both men and women whose perspectives about world peace, global understanding, and our place in the world have inspired many and made a difference to all. As Tutu says, “Anyone can choose to cultivate compassion.” Walker’s is truly representative of the world, and no longer is it right to award a diploma to a student who has not experienced and contributed to our community, to Hartford, or to other parts of the world outside of our classrooms. Our students understand that they are receiving a Walker’s education to go out and make a difference, to learn more about themselves in order to contribute to the world around them. So Walker’s curriculum today includes terrific opportunities for students to be “of the world.” This edition of The Sundial is devoted to the many ways Walker’s is 2


now a school “of and about the world.” Walker’s boarding population includes students from 16 different countries. It is through this diversity that classroom discussions and shared perspectives are so very powerful. Ethel Walker’s vision for a school where teachers and students learn and live together is still the cornerstone of our ethos today. There is most definitely a global purpose to Walker’s mission; Walker’s students are well prepared to lead us towards peaceful solutions, ensuring that education is not a luxury but rather a right of all, especially girls and women in other parts of the world. You will read more about our two wonderful students from Afghanistan who have enriched our community and expanded our horizons. The pride they have for their homeland and their commitment to return to improve their country after receiving an excellent education is palpable as they contribute in so many ways at Walker’s. Our AP Economics course is popular not only because it engages our students in real-world application, but also because it provides a window into the interconnectivity of a global world. Our continued investment in technology enables students to connect and speak live with monks in Thailand. Our students understand that technology provides them with a

worldview and they must understand how to utilize it responsibly to learn, contribute, and communicate across borders and boundaries. Walker’s is exploring travel to Africa with a group called Plowshares that fosters global understanding. We have a family closely connected to a health initiative in Cameroon. There is a possible Costa Rica Exchange on the horizon via the University of Connecticut’s Global Training and Development Institute. Our history electives, such as African Studies, along with courses on the Caribbean, the Middle East, East Asia, and Russia, offer forums for an expanded worldview. Most important to Walker’s world mission is, of course, our faculty. They are the ones who understand the necessity of a broad lens. That as Ken Bain, author of the book, What the Best College Teachers Do, asserts, “The best teachers display not power but an investment in their students. Great teachers share their own awe and curiosity about life with students; they express a sense of humility about themselves and their own learning. They are fellow students — no, fellow human beings, struggling with the mysteries of the universe, human society, historical development. That humility, that veneration of the unknown, spawns a quiet conviction on the part of the best teachers that they and their students can do great things.” As we celebrate one hundred years of academic excellence, the confidence, courage, and conviction of our students and faculty “to do great things” ensures that Walker’s mission intersects with the world.

Elizabeth C. Speers HEAD OF SCHOOL

Welcome New Members of The Ethel Walker School Board of Trustees Sarah Gates Colley graduated from Walker’s in 1975. She went on to study at Duke University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Economics. Sarah worked as an investment banker at Chemical Bank and Goldman Sachs in New York City for almost twenty years. Sarah and her husband, Bryan, live with their two children in Cross River, New York. Harriet Blees Dewey is a Walker’s 1960 graduate. She and her husband, Robert “Bob” Dewey Jr., live in Ridgefield, CT. Harriet attended Bennett Junior College and earned an associate’s degree. She devoted her career to teaching elementary school at the Mead School and is now retired. Harriet has three children and her stepdaughter-in-law is Ashley Bourne Dewey ’82. Sarah Gates Colley ’75

Kate Crichton Gubelmann ’67

Kate Crichton Gubelmann graduated from Walker’s in 1967. Harriet Blees Dewey ’60 She went on to Rollins College and is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Kate has been a gallery owner and has worked with the New York auction house Christie’s. She now works as an art consultant in West Palm Beach, FL. Kate and her husband, James, have three children and live in Palm Beach, FL. Lynn Sheppard Manger graduated from Walker’s in 1959. She earned a degree from the New York School of Design. Lynn and her husband, Dr. William Manger, live in New York City and have four children. Lynn is founder and chair emeritus of NYC Parents in Action, Inc., former vice chair of the National Association on Drug Abuse Problems, board member of the Landmark Preservation Foundation, and a trustee at St. Andrew’s Lynn Sheppard Manger ’59 Dune Church and NYC Youth and Community Development. Lisa Pagliaro Selz graduated from Walker’s in 1969 and attended Goucher College. Lisa lives in Manhattan with her husband, Bernard, and their two sons, Alexander (16) and Andre (12).

From left to right: Margot Campbell Bogert ’60, Deborah Williams MacKenzie ’55, Letitia McClure Potter ’55, P’85, Emma Simon ’89, David Castellani P’09, Abra Prentice Wilkin ’60, Gail Shelton P’12, Sue Cesare, Celeste Niarchos ’67, Sarah Gates Colley ’75

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Campus Spruce-Ups

Maintenance of Walker’s vast and beautiful campus is an ongoing series of projects which require a keen eye towards timing, campus traffic, and of course, responsible budget management. Timing projects so as not to interfere with student and faculty needs is a delicate dance done throughout each and every year. With so many visitors expected at Walker’s for Centennial, campus maintenance projects have gone into high gear, much as one does that bit of extra housekeeping when company is expected.

The Constance Lavino Bell Library, thanks to a long-established, generous endowment by the Bell family, will undergo a multiple-phase renovation of the first and second floors, commencing this summer. This endowment provides income to the School on an annual basis, allowing for regular maintenance of the facility. In the past, it has provided funds for a new roof, painting of the interior and exterior of the building and various other projects. Since the ongoing maintenance is up-to-date, we are now directing the annual proceeds over the near term, as available, to the conversion of the building from strictly a library to a multi-purpose learning resource for Walker's students, including expanded learning space and state-ofthe-art technology.



The design board for Bell Library renovations, to be completed in early fall 2011


The Chapel has been painted, inside and out.

All seating in Ferguson Auditorium has been reupholstered.

A new audio and projection system has been installed in Abra’s for all-school viewing of live stream and other media.

Many other projects are under way as part of regular and special campus upkeep. Summer 2011





he 2010-2011 Big 7 have done outstanding work this year. The girls have successfully balanced academics, activities, responsibilities, and their college search processes. We have truly learned what it means to be strong and effective leaders (while maintaining our GPA’s!). I have personally learned that leadership isn’t just doing your job. One must always be positive and maintain a good image. I have realized that one must possess certain qualities, such as incredible patience, tolerance, kindness, and friendliness towards others at all times. Being on the Big 7 has allowed me to examine my interactions more closely. This year, my personal goal has been to train myself to stay positive in times of anxiety and pressure. I hope that my work has inspired others to do the same. As I look back on the year, I have pride in the successes we have seen. I am proud of my School and everything that it stands for. I am proud of hard work put in on the fields, on the stage, and in classrooms. Alex Grossman has worked hard as Vice President to be a leader in residential life. Ashleigh Stephan has been an effective and fair Judiciary Head. Sheron Torho, as Head of Activities, has graced Walker’s with her talent for planning activities and entertainment (and her amazing fashion sense!). Katie Pellon has perhaps worked the hardest to make our School’s community service program the best it has ever been. Riayn Rosenstock should be recognized as a tolerant and hardworking Senior Class President. And Jenna Truglio has succeeded as an excellent Head of Day Students, working to

The Ethel Walker School 2011 Cum Laude Society TOP ROW (l-r): Ashlyn Kersten ‘11, Emily Kessler ‘11, Jenna Truglio’11, Ashleigh Stephan ‘11, Kelsey Ballard ‘11, Jordana (Monet) Clarke ‘12 BOTTOM ROW (l-r): Xinyun Zhu ‘11, Chevaughn Wellington ‘11, Michelle Sexton ‘11, Sheron Torho ‘11, Alexandria Lee ‘11, Catherine Baker ‘11



ensure that day and boarding students are equally involved in the community. As the graduating Big 7, we all agree that Walker’s has had the most amazing influence on us all. The confidence we have in our leadership abilities will help us throughout the rest of our lives. I wish the best of luck to next year’s Big 7, and hope they have a blast. Thank you Walker’s, for being an amazing community in which we have grown and learned so much. Codyann Patrina ’11 President of the Student Body 2010-2011

The 2011-2012 Big 7 TOP ROW (l-r): Hannah Fasano, Head of Activities; Eleanor Thacher, Senior Class President; Kayla Monroe, President of the Student Body; Dele Odumosu, Head of Judiciary; Lainey Battiston, Head of Day Students BOTTOM ROW (l-r): Melody Altschuler, Head of Service; Marquita Amoah, Vice President of the Student Body


G R A N D PA R E N T S ’




Walker’s Family Shares with Walker’s Families On April 8, grandparents of Walker’s students from as far away as Nevada and as near to us as Bushy Hill Road in Simsbury joined their granddaughters to experience a spring day on campus. Over 70 grandparents and friends attended Morning Meeting, enjoyed lunch in Abra’s, and attended classes.

Our next Grandparents’ and Great Friends’ Day will be Friday, April 20. Be sure to gather your extended family for a day of fun and discovery with Walker’s students.

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Walker’s Walks for Peace As a kick-off to the 2011 World Scholar-Athlete Games taking place in Connecticut this summer, Walker’s students and faculty marched in the World Peace Walk in West Hartford on May 21, where Archbishop Desmond Tutu acted as parade marshal. The focus of the Peace Walks was for participants to demonstrate their commitment to peace-building on a

Archbishop Desmond Tutu



local and global scale. Funds raised via these events will provide scholarships to young leaders to attend the World Scholar-Athlete Games; several Walker’s students and coaches will participate in the Games. Additional Peace Walks took place throughout the world this same weekend.


Friya Bankwalla ’11 was one of the student organizers of Walker’s Centennial Day of Service in fall 2010. Following the event, Friya wrote, “The entire purpose of this day was to have the benefactors interact with the people they were helping, in order to see the difference they were making. While this project was laborious, it taught me many valuable lessons and skills that I will need for the future, like the importance of building new connections, communication between teammates, and the significance of organization. I am proud to say that this event has strengthened my passion and devotion for community service.”


Centennial Day of Service

The Concert for Bawa This spring, Walker’s hosted a concert to benefit the efforts to build a health clinic in Bawa, Cameroon. Walker’s Middle Schoolers have been raising funds for Bawa for several years, inspired by the commitment to the cause by the Richardson family, including Walker’s students Kate ’14 and Maggie ’15. The Richardsons have been generous with their time by educating the community about the challenges in Bawa, and with resources for participating in aid efforts. The concert featured the Grapes, The Connecticut Doctors Orchestra, Simsbury High School’s a capella singers and the First Church’s Women’s Praise Choir. The well-attended event raised monies not only for the health clinic but also for the provision of bed nets in Bawa. The Bawa Health Initiative is a non-governmental organization founded in 2005 for the purpose of reducing disease prevalence and improving overall general health and sanitation for the people of Bawa and surrounding villages.

Walker’s Annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser A virtual rainbow was up for sale again in April at Walker’s annual Empty Bowl fundraiser. For several months, art instructor Deb Altschwager guided students, friends, and families, including students from Avon Old Farms School, on the pottery wheels to spin a vast array of brightly colored bowls. The beautifully glazed bowls were then sold to benefit The Connecticut Humane Society and the Manna Food Pantry. The entire community gathered in Abra’s for a dinner of homemade soups and breads following the sale.

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Ethel Walker and Avon Old Farms Students Build and Renovate During Spring Break For the sixth year, Walker’s students traveled to renovate and build homes

for service organizations during their spring break. This year, they built homes with Habitat for Humanity in Columbus, GA (the location of their 2010 build), and renovated flood-ravaged homes in Nashville, TN with ServCorps, a Hartford-based organization founded by Walker’s alumna Ruth Grobe ’69 and her husband, Rich. Students from Avon Old Farms School joined Walker’s girls in Nashville. Faculty chaperones accompanied students on both trips, organized by Student Services Coordinator Kim Blanchard. In Columbus, Walker’s was again the only high school participating in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge, where they joined students from six colleges for a “Building Blitz.” Students visited with two homeowners whose homes they had worked on in 2010, and presented them with washers and dryers purchased with fundraising monies. A Walker’s alumna had generously donated funds to offset the cost of student and chaperone travel. In Nashville, students from Walker’s and Avon Old Farms were joined by 18 volunteers from ServCorps to rehabilitate homes damaged by flooding last spring. On their last evening in Columbus, the girls on the Habitat trip chose from a list of approved restaurants at which to dine. Four of the students, Marquita Amoah ’12, Abigail Demke ’11, Karen Macke ’13 and Sheron Torho ’11, chose a hibachi-style restaurant. During their dinner at the communal hibachi table, they chatted among themselves about their Habitat experience. Seated at the table were two couples that overheard their conversation. When the girls were ready to leave, one of the couples walked up to them, thanked them for their service to the community, and gave them a hundred-dollar bill! Later that evening the girls shared this experience with the rest of the group and donated the money to the Habitat Club.

of the most important things I “One learned was what a house is. I always thought it was just shelter, and that wood and nails were all you needed, but while I was there I wrote: “Where courage meets our daily lives; the people inside cherish; walls are not held together by nails but by the hope, faith, and love of the person nailing.


something I had never before witnessed and especially not when directed partially toward myself. Something I had always taken for granted — having a functional closet in which to keep my things — was entirely new to her and moved her to the point of tears. Knowing that I had helped with such a simple thing yet something that meant so much to her was an incredible feeling. Being able to make a difference in someone's life, no matter how small, is totally amazing and worth every bit of work it takes to get there.


working with ServCorps was very different from working “withAlthough Habitat, I loved using power tools and learning how to build. At my site we built two ramps and replaced the floorboards on the deck. I especially enjoyed socializing with Mary Anderson, the homeowner, who shared with us the life lessons she learned from her mother. My favorite moment from the week was on the last workday when Joe Stevens, a veteran, rode down the new ramp for the first time and his face lit up with a smile.


nail I hammered was special, and “I Every was giving these people the hope that life is not at an end point because they had lost something. Habitat is about strength, not only to build a house, but the strength to help others.


This summer, Walker’s, in collaboration with Hartford-based Servcorps, will be sponsoring an alumnae build on Cape Cod where participants will renovate 100-year old homes. The trip takes place in July, and we’ll be reporting on it in the next edition of The Sundial.

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Seeing the look on April's face the last day we were there is “ something I will never forget. Her extreme gratitude struck me, being



Physics Success for Girls Physics teacher Carolina Artacho understands how girls learn. A strong advocate of single-sex education, Artacho attended Bryn Mawr College and learned quickly that she needn’t compete to prove herself in a single-sex environment as she had at her co-ed high school in Madrid, Spain. There, she was fascinated by science, math and astronomy, and thereby became a participant in male-dominated classes. Taking classes at nearby Haverford College while attending Bryn Mawr, she became acutely aware of the different environments in the colleges’ classrooms: at Bryn Mawr, the classrooms were collaborative; at Haverford, competitive. Artacho parlays her understanding that girls learn in a collaborative manner into her teaching methodology at Walker’s, in a subject that has, and despite progress, continues to be, a male-dominated arena: physics. “In a co-ed classroom, to be a woman in physics, you have to work twice as hard to get half the recognition. At Bryn Mawr — and Walker’s — you don’t need to do that,” Artacho notes. By providing girls with opportunity and recognizing their learning styles, Artacho sees them developing a passion for physics. “The changes that need to happen in the physics field are so profound. The way we teach has to change based upon research on how girls learn science as opposed to how boys learn the subject.” According to the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), “Graduates of girls’ schools pursue careers in math, science and technology four times more often than their peers from other schools.” Specific understanding of girls’ learning methods is what all Walker’s faculty bring to their classrooms; bringing this understanding to science is a particular challenge, as, prior to their time at Walker’s, students learned in coed settings at other schools – and even at the elementary level, the distinction in learning styles is significant. At Walker’s, teachers are able to practice teaching methods that work specifically for girls. Looking for creative opportunity is a focal point of Artacho’s work. One such opportunity was formulating a Walker’s proposal to the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program. InvenTeams are groups of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants of up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve. They must keep the words “invention, innovation and creativity” in mind when developing their grant proposals. Artacho guided about 20 Walker’s students through the process, coming up with four possible projects for submission: Using magnets to prevent deaths in auto collisions, developing a touch pad for equestrians, creating an affordable way to dispose of cattle manure, and “The Human Hamster Wheel.” The group’s consensus was to 12 THE SUNDIAL

Carolina Artacho

develop their project around the design of magnetic automobile bumpers to increase road safety. In early May, Artacho received notification that the group’s InvenTeams application had been selected as a finalist, and students are invited to attend the organization’s EurekaFest at MIT in June. There, they will display their

Active participation is strongly encouraged in Artacho’s classroom.

Snow Dazed! Studying the physics of rollercoasters at Six Flags New England

prototype along with the other semifinalist teams, and see the winning collegiate projects. Artacho has taken her students to study the physics of amusement park rides at Six Flags New England, and has focused on project work and collaboration in the classroom. It is her goal to show girls the real-world applications of science, and that many of their futures can indeed include science. “It breaks my heart when girls don’t think they can succeed in science,” Artacho says. Yet, “When girls are offered the opportunity, they take advantage of it.” Artacho has also coordinated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming at Walker’s for local Girl Scout troops, with close to 60 attendees participating in February workshops run by Walker’s physics students. Collaboration with Simsbury High School, which participates in STEM’s Project Lead the Way, may also be on the horizon. For this dedicated advocate of women with a passion for science, Artacho has found a perfect fit at Walker’s.

Connecticut saw record snowfall this winter, with many public school systems experiencing at least a week’s worth of snow days. To keep Walker’s students safe as well as productive during heavy snowfall, day students were encouraged to stay home and connect with their classmates and teachers via Skype and other web-based tools, while their boarding counterparts participated in the same online discussions and projects from their dorm rooms or the library. Staying engaged via technology allows faculty members to keep their lesson plans on schedule, while bringing the classroom into students’ homes.

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The Walker’s Middle School “Experience” Middle School field trips at Walker’s have

evolved into essential components of the curriculum, forms of experiential learning that reinforce not only what the students have learned in class but essential wellness components of friendship and teamwork. During the third week of April, all students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades participated in either field trips or specially-designed on-campus experience, that exemplified these core foci of Walker’s Middle School. Eighth graders spent two nights and three days visiting historical and cultural locations relevant to their studies in the Washington, D.C. metro area as a culminating experience to their study of U.S. history via their American Identity course. Teacher and trip leader John Monagan said that this year’s group was “amazing” and he loved the ways in which the students made connections between the curriculum they have been taught and the locations visited on the trip, such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. The students were also taken on a private tour of the Capitol, and enjoyed a dinner theater show, Happy Days. The trip brought this year’s experience full circle, and students returned to campus a much closer group with memories that they will share forever. The seventh grade class participated in a threeday wilderness experience with The Wilderness School in northwestern Connecticut. They hiked to their campsite carrying on their backs all the items they would need for three days of camping. They challenged themselves, supported one another and came back, again, united but changed. In one journal entry, students wrote, “On the second day, we decided to spend the first five minutes complaining about everything. We quickly forgot about the complaining, though, and we hiked for longer and longer distances. We set up camp that night feeling more united, more like a family.” Sixth graders spent two days here on campus, during which they took a nature hike in Walker’s Woods and read some of Mark Twain’s work before taking a field trip to Hartford’s Mark Twain House, an excellent segue into their study of Tom Sawyer.


Office’s strategic plan is a concerted effort to recruit more students globally. We’ve sent representatives to fairs in Bermuda, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico this past fall and spring. We will be sending representatives to Saudi Arabia for the Saudi Aramco fairs in October, and plan to add Qatar, Kuwait and Turkey to our fall travel schedule. We’ve also been working to solidify and strengthen ties with U.S. educational consultants who have clients all over the globe. We will welcome students next year from Russia, Cambodia, Chile, Turkey, France, India, Bangladesh, as well as other countries not currently represented in our student population. Returning students will come from Mexico, China, Spain, Germany, Namibia, among others. Another critical element in the strategic plan is a commitment to recruiting domestic boarding students. Our







fall and spring travel has taken us to almost every state and we are encouraging applications from students in many of these states. At this time, we are projecting a significant increase in boarding students representing a broader population nationally and internationally. Our overall enrollment numbers are ahead of where we were on this same date a year ago, predicting that opening day numbers should be at or above budget. As always, word of mouth is one of the most effective recruiting/marketing tools available. We encourage each and every alumna to share the amazing experience she had while at The Ethel Walker School with her friends, acquaintances, family members, and colleagues. Walker’s women are accomplished, talented, and connected globally. Please help us spread the word about an experience that will change a girl’s life and turn her into someone who leads with integrity, confidence, courage, and conviction.

The Admissions Office • 860.408.4200 •

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One of the critical elements in the Admissions


It was the second consecutive year of overcast skies and intermittent rain, yet the “sun” shone through with a Suns win at Dogswood Day.

Dogswood Day 2011 T

he always highly anticipated day was announced by the Grapes at Big 7 induction the day before; Bessie Speers called the group up for what appeared to be an impromptu performance, always a special treat for the community, but instead, the Grapes exclaimed “Tomorrow is Dogswood Day!” to the delight of everyone assembled at Chapel. Spirited and friendly competition combined with tradition to set the tone of the day, as all students joined together at the Spirit Flagpole at day’s end. Hooray Sunray — and great thanks to all students, faculty, staff and parent volunteers who worked so hard to make this event another resounding success.



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Athletics U P D A T E

The Wildcats look back on a season of continued growth and success in athletics. The VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAM, hoping to return to the New England Tournament despite the loss of four impact seniors, experienced a shortened season due to weather but finished with a 7-3 record. Although coming up short of the post-season tournament, the Wildcats took on a tough schedule and earned great wins against Berkshire, Kingswood-Oxford and Willston-Northampton. The softball program has made an impact in the Founders League in their first few years of membership, and with only two seniors graduating from the team, expectations are high for next season. Every player on the JV SOFTBALL team learned and practiced the skills that will help them to contribute to the Varsity team in the near future. The team used the tools and knowledge they gained in practice to earn a great win over Kent and to fight hard in close losses to Choate and Westover. Most importantly, the JV players finished the season with a better understanding of the game. Newcomer Michael Louis led a young VARSITY TENNIS team to a great season. Despite having only one senior regularly playing singles, the Wildcats earned wins over Miss Halls and Chase Collegiate. Under the leadership of Louis, the program has high hopes for next season and the future. The JV TENNIS team featured progression and development this season through the ecstasy of victory and the disappointment of close losses. The team easily defeated Canterbury 6-1, with many firsttime players earning wins in their matches. Coach Matt Bavone taught the form and discipline necessary to turn the first-time players into future Varsity contributors.


The VARSITY LACROSSE team traveled to Disney's Wide World of Sports during spring break to get an early start on the season. Upon return, the team fared well against a difficult Founders League schedule. The team fought for good wins against Westover and Canterbury and learned the importance of teamwork and aggressiveness in close losses. Despite a season that ended without a victory, the JV LACROSSE team took solace in the fact that as individual players they grew to understand the value of working as a team. This growth was often due to the fact that, because of injuries on the Varsity team, JV members were asked to play on the Varsity team. The teamwork and unison developed in games that challenged the JV team to compete with a shortened roster. At the end of the season, while no victories showed up in their record, the girls felt that they had accomplished many of their goals during the season. Coach Darrell Carrington has seen many teams in his years at Ethel Walker, but perhaps has not seen a team on quite as much of a run as the GOLF program. Sisters Alexandria '11 and Amanda Lee '13 led the team to another fantastic season that was highlighted by a 3rd place finish in the Founders League. The team defeated, amongst others, WillistonNorthampton, Hotchkiss, Portsmouth Abbey and Loomis Chaffee this season. At the New England Tournament, Alexandria Lee was awarded the Marley Award, which recognized not only her accomplishments on the course but also her leadership off of the course. A rewarding spring on the fields, course, and courts led all students and coaches to a much deserved break over the summer. As the summer rolls on, however, our fall athletes will begin training, and the soccer balls, field hockey sticks and volleyball knee pads will start to come out of the closets at Wildcat homes in preparation for what looks to be a great fall season.


Coaching the Coaches

Varsity Basketball Team Makes History While snow accumulated on Walker’s campus at a record pace this past winter, the Varsity Basketball team sparked a fire and kept it inside the gym. For the first time in School history, the Varsity Basketball team was invited to participate in the New England Tournament. Of all of similar-sized prep schools in New England, the Wildcats were seeded fifth and traveled to play a first-round game at Canterbury. Fighting a tough home crowd and seeking to avenge an early-season loss to the Saints, Walker’s defeated Canterbury behind great leadership and solid team defense. The win gave the Wildcats a semi-final game against number-one seeded Tilton in a game played at Rivers School. In a hard-fought battle, Walker’s lost to the eventual Tournament champions. This team and its six graduating seniors leave behind a great legacy. They have brought the basketball program to a level it has not seen before, and returning players will benefit from their leadership and dedication to the sport.

In late March, Walker’s athletic coaches gathered for a presentation by Dr. Richard Ginsburg, a former college athlete and coach at independent schools who is now Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Sport Psychology Program and a faculty member at Harvard University. He is a co-author of Whose Game Is It, Anyway? A Guide to Helping Your Child Get the Most from Sports, and a consultant to athletes of all ages and to teams at all levels. His challenge to the coaches was framed with a series of questions, including: • How does the mission statement of Ethel Walker guide us? How can we integrate the values of integrity, confidence, courage and conviction into our plans? • What makes a great coach? • How can you coach competitiveness? • What are our priorities and how can we share them with our players? • How do we measure success? Working in small groups, coaches discussed traits that allow a coach to be flexible, skilled, patient, passionate, positive, and goal-oriented. A coach is someone who can motivate, teach, and be a role model. Ginsburg reminded the coaches that adolescent girl athletes are collaborative, team-oriented, coachable, fun-loving, and caring about relationships. It was a thought-provoking presentation and a muchappreciated opportunity for coaches to have an opportunity to learn and to share.

Jacinta Lomba '13 swims butterfly at a swim meet at Cheshire Academy. Jacinta swam as a member of Walker's inaugural swim team, which debuted this year.

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Equestrian U P D A T E

Walker’s head trainer Hillary Rheinheimer experienced continued success with our students this winter in Ocala, FL. Heather Carey ’13, Maru Jaime ’12, Hannah Meehan ’13 and Kristen Wrigley ’14 competed in the jumper arena, and all of the riders were consistently in the ribbons. Maru Jaime rode her new horse Corton to a blue ribbon out of 75 competitors, which included professionals. This was Maru’s first A-rated competition in the United States. Ellie Bell ’12 rode her pony Northwind Sting at Ocala and was Reserve Champion two weeks in a row. Bell was also Champion at The Old Salem horse show in North Salem, NY, qualifying her for the National Pony Finals in Lexington, KY this summer. On the local front, students continue to compete successfully, some showing for the first time with trainers Hillary Rheinheimer and Kit Gustafson. The team is looking forward to showing in Saratoga, NY, Westbrook, CT and and Fieldstone, MA, as well as locally later this spring.

Rolex was the draw this April for Heather Carey, Samantha Eley, Catherine Flanagan ’14 , and Hannah Meehan along with event trainer Mckenzie Rollins. They were five of the over 100,000 spectators who watched the best horses and riders from all over the world compete in Lexington, KY, in the three phases of competition: dressage, cross country and show jumping. Rolex is the only CCI4* in the Western Hemisphere, signifying the zenith in eventing competition in the US. Congratulations to Katherine Bilgore ’12, who was selected to participate in The Emerging Athlete Program at Westbrook, CT this spring. Students are Katherine Bilgore ’12 selected based on merit, competition record and recommendations. The mission of the program is to develop complete riders by having a system to identify and nurture talented young riders and provide them with support to achieve their full potential.

Event trainer McKenzie Rollins and students Samantha Eley ’11 and Haley Glofka ’14 headed to Aiken, SC over March break. This was Walker’s first trip to Aiken to compete with the guidance of Rollins, where they stayed with Jim and Susie Gornall. The students did two events and a schooling show and audited several Boyd Martin clinics.

The Walker’s stables hosted an Admitted Students Visiting Day breakfast for incoming equestrians in the tack room in early April. The prospective equestrians and their families eagerly engaged with trainers Hillary Rheinheimer, Kit Gustafson and McKenzie Rollins, barn manager Sarah Rogers, and Director of Riding Kathleen Battiston. The students also observed a private lesson given by head trainer Hillary Rheinheimer, and many of them returned in the afternoon for lessons of their own.

Walker’s riders at Rolex

We are proud to announce that Hillary Rheinheimer was inducted into the Hollins University Athletic Hall of Fame on June 4. The Athletic Hall of Fame honors members of the Hollins community who have demonstrated superior athletic accomplishments at Hollins, as well as sportsmanship, character and leadership at Hollins and/or in their community. Hillary is a graduate of the Class of 2000.



Shakespeare Fest All the world was a stage in April when English Department students and faculty delighted the community with the triennial Shakespeare Festival. Performing a series of comedies, sonnets and tragedies, this fourth Festival featured performances by students in all grades, as well as by the Grapes, American Studies students, and the dashing and dramatic “Villainous Faculty Players,” who performed a scene from The Most Excellent Comedy of Twelfth Night, or What You Will. A “terrific trial of toxophily between the Suns and Dials” drew spirited responses from the all-school audience. Parting is such sweet sorrow, as we look forward to 2014, when The Ethel Walker Shakespeare Fest once again returns to Simsbury’s own version of The Globe Theatre

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A Time to Dance: Celebrating 100 Years T

his year’s dance concert paid homage to Centennial with a unique historically-themed performance, directed by Cheri Soule. Four scenes depicted Walker’s Maypole dancers, modern dancers, jazz dancers, and dancers of today. Early on in the School’s history, Walker’s dance program strongly emphasized folk, interpretive, and May Day dance. The School’s first two dance teachers, Ms. Darling and Ms. Miner, joined Walker’s in 1911 and retired after 47 years. Today, we continue the tradition of the Maypole Dance during the opening ceremony of Dogswood Day. As the world of dance evolved, so did the School’s dance program. In the 1960s, the dance curriculum mirrored what was happening in dance both professionally and at the college level. Instructor Elizabeth Olsen Marshall

introduced the study of choreography, modern dance and ballet in addition to founding the School’s first dance company, Dance Workshop. Modern dance continues to be one of the primary styles taught today at Walker’s. Succeeding Ms. Marshall, Dorothy Silverherz introduced jazz, tap, and Broadway styles to the dance program. She choreographed the School’s musicals, and founded the Middle School dance program. Today’s dance offerings at Walker’s include ballet, modern, hip-hop, Broadway and more. As Cheri Soule eloquently wrote in the concert program, “The respect for traditional dance forms and those who came before us keep the performers walking, running, and dancing forward towards another 100 years of Ethel Walker dance.”

“The respect for traditional dance forms and those who came before us keep the performers walking, running, and dancing forward towards another 100 years of Ethel Walker dance.”



Rope Rope is a 1929 British thriller written by Patrick Hamilton, which faculty director Gwen Couch adapted to a modern New York City setting. Rope is based on the true story of Leopold and Loeb. In the late spring of 1924, two well-to-do University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and murdered a fourteenyear-old neighbor, Robert Franks. When pressed by the police and scoop-hungry journalists, the two confessed. They said they had done it for the exhilaration of planning and executing “the perfect crime…” For this production, Ms. Couch employed the theatrical realist convention of the “fourth wall,” an imaginary wall across the front of the stage. This type of set design and staging allows the characters to be unaware of spectators and gives the audience a peek into the “real” lives of these characters. It extends the distance between the actors and the audience, even in a small theater such as Little Ferg. Many in the audience commented that the production felt like a college-level performance. Brava to Ms. Couch and her actors and production team!

Classic Chinese Novel Brought to Life in Little Ferg Students in Qi Yang’s Advanced Placement Chinese class presented a chapter from the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West Heaven, one of the most well-known literary works in China. Students performed the chapter “Monkey King Subdues the Evil” entirely in Chinese. Performing with the students were faculty members Rich Prager, who portrayed the demon-transformed father, and Ali Puffer, playing the demon Lady White Bone, the country girl, and the mother.

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Wonderland! On March 3rd and 4th, the Middle School theater department presented Wonderland!, a ridiculous and silly adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. The music was jazzy, the characters were outrageous, and yhe storyline was unconventional. Although many familiar characters were included in the production, there were many new faces. Characters ranged from a “country fried” Humpty Dumpty to some very clumsy (yet polite) knights, creating a challenge for the actors. How would they look beyond what they thought they knew about the story, and remain open to this inventive adaptation?

“When I first found out that I was cast as Alice, I thought, ‘Oh, good! The little girl who falls down the rabbit-hole!’ This was so different from what I thought when I got the script, since (despite the name of the play) this was an adaption of Through the Looking Glass, not Alice in Wonderland. At first, I was a little disappointed because this was not at all the traditional version of the story, until I realized that traditional might not necessarily be better…I learned that you just have to try things out, even if they may seem a little uncertain at first. They might just turn out to be as fun and successful as Wonderland!” — NELLIE SPEERS ’16, ALICE “The new version of Alice in Wonderland, Wonderland!, created a challenge for me as an actor. To deal with our new production, I pretended that Wonderland! had absolutely no connection with the original Alice in Wonderland. In fact, in the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, there is no White King, so the characteristics of the king were new to me, and I was very eager to portray the role well. In the end, the musical was hilarious and very quirky. It was a musical I would love to do again!” — LIAN NICHOLSON ’16, WHITE KING 24 THE SUNDIAL


Noises Off This year’s spring production was the well-known British farce, Noises Off by Michael Frayn. The production plays on the fact that often a play is funnier from backstage than for the audience. The second act of the piece is just that, a view of the show from backstage. Via an innovative set that rotated to show backstage, the audience was taken on an adventure reminiscent of a comedic silent film complete with slapstick elements. Director Kim Overtree wanted to engage the physical in her actors by choosing a play the blocking of which is more often described as choreography rather than straight blocking. The challenge of such a production, from the choreographed blocking to the rotating stage, was bravely met by a cast of talented actors, some new to the stage and others seniors in their fourth year in an Ethel Walker production. Such a challenging production is rarely attempted on a high school stage, making its overwhelming success no less than triumphant.

Middle School Night of Excellence The Walker’s community enjoyed a display of excellence in the arts at the Middle School Night of Excellence. Studio artists displayed their work, dancers, singers and musicians performed. We are proud of how our Middle Schoolers continue their tradition of excellence!

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JUNE 5, 2011

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ommencement for Walker’s Class of 2011 took place on Beaver Brook Circle this year, with a spectacular view of Beaver Brook Academic Center, the Senior Class Gift Commencement banners, and of Talcott Mountain in the distance. Close to 1,000 attendees enjoyed this majestic setting on a perfect late spring day. A historical milestone, this event marked the ninety-ninth commencement exercises at Walker’s. Following the formal procession of students and faculty, seniors in their traditional white dresses processed around the Circle, and prior to stepping on the red carpet, each received a rose from a member of the Middle School student government, who wore Walker’s Maypole Dance dress. Head of School Bessie Speers welcomed the seniors, their families and their friends, and introduced President of the Student Body, Codyann Patrina, who referred to the School’s motto “Nullas Horas Nisi Aureas” when she called it a “golden” community. She applauded her fellow graduates, saying they “each bring something different to campus,” and that she loves and appreciates each of the girls for who they are. Commencement’s keynote speaker was Broadway producer Nelle Nugent, herself a strong supporter of single-ex education and a graduate of Skidmore College. “Raising your hand and taking a risk is very important as you move forward,” Nugent told the graduates. “Going to a single-sex school teaches you not only that girls can, but that girls do.” Nugent offered further advice: “PPO: Persistence Pays Off,” referring to her own success, and that she wouldn’t be where she is today, a highly acclaimed theatrical producer, if she hadn’t been persistent. Later in the service, one by one, seniors approached the podium to receive their diplomas from Speers, President of Walker’s Board of Trustees David Castellani



continued learning — and laughter — as they begin their journeys at their new schools this fall.

P’09, and Dean Wendy Allerton. As they turned away from the podium with diplomas in hand, our seniors became alumnae to rousing applause and cheers from the audience. Speers’ Charge to the Class of 2011, whom she called a “dynamite” class, included these concluding words:

“Care more about inclusivity than exclusivity; reject elitism and embrace equality. Pay attention to ways that you can combine your intelligence and intellectual might with compassion and humility, for it is in this combination that you will help transform the world.”

*Denotes Cum Laude Society †Denotes Big 7

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We congratulate the Class of 2011 and wish them

Savannah Marie Alvarado Kayla Rae August Catherine Marie Baker* Kelsey Anne Ballard* Friya Adil Bankwalla Kelsey Alexandra Bayley Alexandra Maria Bölke Cassandra Rose Brignole Kelsey Alexandra Byrne Danbi Choi Monica Natasha Cortazar Abigail Anne Demke Alissa Marie Dzis Whitney Ann Edwards Samantha Eisner Eley Gianna Marie Gerace Shannon Elizabeth Glenn †Alexandra Ruth Grossman Taylor Brooks Hardy Madison Elisabeth Hilali Charlotte Hart Hughes Alison Elizabeth Jackman Sara Elizabeth Kamillatos Ashlyn Désirée Kersten* Emily Rae Kessler* JungYoon Kim Elizabeth Lyon Krieger Candace YuYiu Lai Alexandria Jimi Lee* Min Sun Lee Christine Elisabeth Ligato Julia Helaine Lloyd Hallie Elizabeth Lutz Ammara Malik Lauren Marie Mamuszka Allison Belle Margolis Jessica Noelle Miller-Khalil Jesse Ann Nestor JeeIn Oh Jennifer Abigail Ortiz Shin Young Park †Codyann Brittania Patrina †Katherine Jill Pellon Olivia Marie Quick Jaclyn Rose Marie Reis Samantha Ross Remillard †Riayn Halle Rosenstock Emily Victoria Sawicki Michelle Anna Sexton* Wonjin Son Samantha Marion Sorbaro Ashleigh Nichole Stephan*† Samantha Elizabeth Thomas Kaleigh Tierney Tiffany Alexia Toppazzini Sheron S. Torho*† Jenna Lynn Truglio*† Constance Kasmira Wall Guan Wang Haley Elizabeth Weiss Chevaughn Donna-Marie Wellington* Xinyun Zhu*


Student Awards & Prizes THE AMY C. REHFUSS AWARD This award is presented each year to a versatile and sensitive young woman. Her grace and gentle manner complement her many talents. JORDANA MONET CLARKE THE CAROLINE WALKER HONOR SOCIETY Awarded to a student who has shown warmth of character by exhibiting kindliness, loyalty, courage and humility. MONICA CORTIZAR CHRISTINE LIGATO THE PRIZE FOR SCHOLARSHIP CATHERINE BAKER THE BEATRICE HURLBURT MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR CHARACTER AND INFLUENCE CODYANN PATRINA

BRANDEIS BOOK AWARD The Brandeis Book Award recognizes an outstanding junior who demonstrates a commitment to civic engagement, community service, political activism, social justice or volunteer work. KAYLA MONROE THE BROWN BOOK AWARD Awarded to a junior selected by the English Department who demonstrates the best combination of academic excellence with clarity in written and spoken expression. EMILY FEAREY


THE WELLESLEY BOOK AWARD Honors a high ranking student in the junior Class who has demonstrated intellectual curiosity and excellence in scholarship. COURTNEY MEHERAN

THE YALE BOOK AWARD Awarded to a member of the junior class who has outstanding personal character and intellectual promise. MARIA JAIME

THE HARVARD BOOK AWARD Awarded to an outstanding member of the junior class who has displayed excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with her achievements in other fields. JORDANA MONET CLARKE


THE DARTMOUTH BOOK AWARD Awarded to a sophomore who has demonstrated outstanding academic and leadership qualities and whose character, imagination, and concern for others have had a positive impact on our school. JACINTA LOMBA THE SMITH BOOK AWARD Awarded to a junior who exemplifies the academic achievement, leadership and concern for others that characterize the thousands of women who have graduated from Smith College. DEBORAH PLACE THE ST. LAWRENCE BOOK AWARD Awarded to a junior who has displayed significant commitment to community service. MELODY ALTSCHULER THE TRINITY BOOK AWARD Awarded to a junior for high scholastic standing and service to her school. DELE ODUMOSU

THE MADELINE SALA CHOIR GIRL OF THE YEAR Awarded in recognition of a student in the choir who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication and willingness to cultivate and maintain a high standard of musical excellence. ASHLYN KERSTEN THE VIRGINIA CHILDS RAMSEY HINMAN PRIZE Given to a student who has made outstanding contributions to the choir and Grapes, and has given her talent freely to the Music Department. TAYLOR HARDY THE THEATRE PRIZE Awarded to a student who has demonstrated talent, discipline and commitment to theatrical productions during her time at Walker’s. EMILY SAWICKI SHERON TORHO THE TECHNICAL THEATRE PRIZE Acknowledges the work and commitment of the “Techies,” without whose backstage efforts no theatrical production would be possible. KELSEY BALLARD


THE PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT PRIZE Awarded to a student who excels in at least two of the three disciplines offered within this department. In addition, it is awarded to a student who has contributed extensively to the artistic life of The Ethel Walker School community. KELSEY BYRNE THE VISUAL ARTS PRIZE The 2011 Visual Arts prize recognizes three principal characteristics of a promising artist: genuine inquisitiveness, the passion for invention, and a consistency of purpose. ALEXANDRIA LEE THE DOROTHY SILVERHERZ DANCE PRIZE This prize is awarded to a student who is dedicated to the art of dance, studying for all three seasons. JEEIN OH THE ELIZABETH OLSON MARSHALL DANCE PRIZE Awarded in honor of Elizabeth Olson Marshall, the first head of dance at The Ethel Walker School and the founder of Dance Workshop. ELIZABETH KRIEGER SAMANTHA THOMAS THE VOORHEES CUP For the all-around athlete who has also shown good sportsmanship and school spirit at all times during her years at The Ethel Walker School. EMILY KESSLER THE MERITORIOUS EFFORT CUP Honors a senior who has worked conscientiously towards improving her skills in athletics. She has outstanding spirit, enthusiasm and determination. CHRISTINE LIGATO

THE WILLIAM C. LICKLE ATHLETIC CUP Awarded yearly to a student whose skill and accomplishment in athletics has brought recognition to herself and to the school. ASHLEIGH STEPHAN THE WILLIAM C. LICKLE RIDING CUP Awarded annually to a student for outstanding achievement in riding and scholastic endeavors. MARIA JAIME THE MARY SCOULLER NELSON ENGLISH PRIZE Given each year in honor of Mary Scouller Nelson, who taught English at the school from 1963 to 1987. XINYUN ZHU THE CHINESE PRIZE HEEJIN HUR THE FRENCH PRIZE KELSEY BALLARD THE LATIN PRIZE ABIGAIL DEMKE THE SPANISH PRIZE EMILY KESSLER ASHLEIGH STEPHAN THE HISTORY PRIZE ALLISON MARGOLIS THE SCIENCE PRIZE CATHERINE BAKER THE MATHEMATICS PRIZE Awarded annually to a student who has excelled in advanced courses offered in the department. It is awarded for creative, effective problem solving, intuitive insight, persistence and intellectual curiosity. XINYUN ZHU

THE RPI CERTIFICATE Awarded to the junior with the most outstanding academic record in mathematics and science, who demonstrates potential for success in a science or technologically oriented profession. MARIA JAIME THE COMMUNITY SERVICE PRIZE Awarded in recognition of the student who contributes substantially to the Community Service program at Ethel Walker over the course of her career here. FRIYA BANKWALLA KATHERINE PELLON THE DAY OF SERVICE AWARD Awarded to a student who has satisfactorily completed her annual service requirement every year and completed at least 24 hours of community service during the current year. HOLLY BARDEN, EDA BELL, KATHERINE BILGORE, ALEXANDRA BOELKE, JONELL BROWN, CAROLINE CALANDRO, JULIA CASTRO, LOALES CRUZ, CARLSON GIDDINGS, ALEXANDRA GROSSMAN, TAYLOR HARDY, CHARLOTTE HUGHES, ALISON JACKMAN, MARIA JAIME, EMILY KESSLER, CHAI LIN KIM, YA LIU, AMMARA MALIK, MADISON MORSCH, DEVIN PAFUMI, TARA PATRINA, SAMANTHA SIEGEL, TIFFANY TOPPAZZINI, SAMANTHA TRESSY, OLIVIA VACCARO THE FACULTY SERVICE AWARD Awarded to a student who has satisfactorily completed her annual service requirement each year and completed at least 40 hours of community service during the current year. MARQUITA AMOAH, LAINEY BATTISTON, ADRIANA BORGES, BRITTANY CAMACHO, AMY CRESCIMANNO, STEPHANIE CRUZ, ABIGAIL DEMKE, KELLY DYSON, EMILY FEARY, CHELSEA HILL, KENNEDY HILLIARD, HANNAH JONES, SARAH KERNAN, JULIA LLOYD, HALLIE LUTZ, KAREN MACKE, ALLISON MARGOLIS,

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HEIDI ODENWAELDER, DELE ODUMOSU, CODYANN PATRINA, OLIVIA QUICK, EMILY SAWICKI, MICHELLE SEXTON, ASHLEIGH STEPHAN, ABIGAIL SYMES, HANYE ZHANG THE HEAD’S SERVICE AWARD Awarded to a student who has satisfactorily completed her annual service requirement each year and completed at least 75 hours of community service during the current year. CASEY BROTTMAN, MONICA CORTAZAR, GIANNA GERACE, SHANNON GLENN, SARA KAMILLATOS, SHERON TORHO THE PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, BRONZE LEVEL Awarded to a young adult who has completed 100 or more hours in a twelvemonth period. FRIYA BANKWALLA, LAUREN MAMUSZKA, KATHERINE PELLON, SAMANTHA THOMAS, JENNA TRUGLIO THE PRESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, SILVER LEVEL Awarded to a young adult who has completed 175 or more hours in a twelvemonth period. MELODY ALTSCHULER THE CICERONE SOCIETY PRIZE This young woman demonstrates the passion and dedication that is necessary to be a superb Cicerone. ADRIANA BORGES MADISON HILALI

THE MARGARET MALLORY CUP For the “New Girl” whose spirit in work, conduct and athletics has been most distinguished. LISA VOLG THE BRUNHILDE GRASSI CUP For the student who has shown the most sustained good spirit in academic work, athletics and community living. CARLSON GIDDINGS THE CLARISSA GREEN CUP For the “Old Girl” who has done the most toward creating good school spirit. KAYLA MONROE THE HELEN BLAIR MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR RARE QUALITIES OF CHARACTER Given to a senior who has shown gentleness, serenity, and sensitivity during her time at Walker’s. JACLYN REIS THE BARBARA AND ELIZABETH BYRNES MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR EFFORT AND ACHIEVEMENT Awarded to that senior who has always tried to do her best, who has shown unusual determination and resourcefulness, and who as left her mark in many areas of school life. CHARLOTTE HUGHES

THE EMILY CLUETT PRIZE FOR COURAGE AND FORTITUDE Awarded to a senior who has the courage to stand up for truth and the fortitude to meet the challenges of everyday life. JESSICA MILLER-KHALIL THE CUMMINGS PRIZE Awarded to a senior who has made a contribution to the school, especially among the underclasswomen, by encouraging, through example, an atmosphere of willing helpfulness, courtesy, and friendliness. JACLYN REIS THE ISABEL JACKSON MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR FAITHFULNESS AND DEPENDABILITY Awarded to a young woman who has shown a strong sense of responsibility and who has lived up to her obligations in all phases of school life. KELSEY BALLARD THE CATHERINE HENDERSON MURTAUGH PRIZE Awarded to a student who has acted on her potential by demonstrating transformation, by discovering the ability to transcend earlier patterns or limitations. She has achieved intellectual and scholastic transformation, emerged and contributed in leadership and service to the community, and enhanced her own life from a passion that gives her pleasure. AMMARA MALIK THE CARY PAGE MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR VERSATILITY Awarded to a student who uses her aptitudes generously for the good or pleasure of others. ALEXANDRIA LEE THE HENRY B. SARGENT MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR KINDLINESS AND GOOD FELLOWSHIP Awarded to a senior who is happy, generous, outgoing, and constructive and who uses her gifts positively for others. KATHERINE PELLON THE ALISON STONE MEMORIAL PRIZE Awarded to a student who has recognized the resources of the school and who has challenged herself fully within our community. ASHLYN KERSTEN

Middle School Promotion Ceremony Sixth and seventh graders congratulate new Middle School graduates following their promotion to Upper School. Family and friends of the graduates attended the lively service on June 3. 30 THE SUNDIAL

THE TRUSTEES’ PRIZE 2010 The Trustees’ Award goes to a girl who embodies the attitude with which we hope every Ethel Walker student carries herself. This award recognizes not only participation in many aspects of school life, but also outstanding achievement in these areas. This year, the Trustees’ award goes to a student who embodies excellence in not only her academic record, but also in athletics, service to the community, and her role as a student leader. Whether hammering nails on a Habitat trip or spikes on the volleyball court, her enthusiasm for school life is felt by all. She has given herself to the school in many ways, and for this gift, we are honored to present her with the Trustees’ Award. JENNA TRUGLIO


The Class of 2011 – College Bound BOTTOM ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Whitney Edwards, Eckerd College; Jaclyn Reis, Quinnipiac University; Sheron Torho, Amherst College; Allison Margolis, Vanderbilt University; Riayn Rosenstock, Brandeis University; Sara Kamillatos, Fordham University; Haley Weiss, Dickinson College; Alexandria Lee, Wellesley College; Xinyun Zhu, New York University; Kaleigh Tierney, Connecticut College; Won Jin Son, Washington University

TOP ROW: Christine Ligato, Purdue University; Samantha Eley, Hood College; Samantha Sorbaro, Roger Williams University; JungYoon Kim, University of Michigan; Shin Young Park, gap year; Jenna Truglio, The George Washington University; Ashleigh Stephan, Hamilton College; Kelsey Ballard, University of Connecticut; Ashlyn Kersten, New York University; Jennifer Ortiz, Southern Vermont College; Jessica MillerKhalil, The University of Alabama

SECOND ROW FROM BOTTOM: Candace Lai, Michigan State University; Charlotte Hughes, Franklin and Marshall College; Catherine Baker, Dartmouth College; Samantha Remillard, Assumption College; Emily Kessler, Muhlenberg College; Kelsey Byrne, Villanova University; Ammara Malik, Trinity College; Monica Cortazar, Bentley University; Lauren Mamuszka, Skidmore College; Emily Sawicki, Providence College; Guan Wang, University of California at Davis; Constance Wall, The University of Scranton THIRD ROW FROM BOTTOM: Olivia Quick, Saint Joseph College; Chevaughn Wellington, University of Connecticut; Abigail Demke, Villanova University; Hallie Lutz, Belmont University; Taylor Hardy, Southern Methodist University; Alison Jackman, Whittier College; Michelle Sexton, University of Vermont; Samantha Thomas, Bates College; Friya Bankwalla, University of Connecticut; Gianna Gerace, Salve Regina University; Shannon Glenn, Suffolk University; Tiffany Toppazzini, Suffolk University; Julia Lloyd, University of Kentucky FOURTH ROW FROM BOTTOM: Kelsey Bayley, To Be Determined; Alexandra Grossman, High Point University; Alexandra Boelke, To Be Determined; Elizabeth Krieger, University of Colorado at Boulder; Min Sun Lee, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; JeeIn Oh, New York University; Codyann Patrina, Trinity College; Katherine Pellon, Wofford College; Alissa Dzis, University of New England; Savannah Alvarado, Hamilton College; Cassandra Brignole, Michigan State University; Madison Hilali, Clark University; Danbi Choi, University of California at San Diego

The Class of 2011 conceived, designed, and presented the School with a series of commencement banners as their Senior Class Gift. Kelsey Ballard ’11 led the design team in the execution and production of the banners, which will grace Beaver Brook for future Commencement celebrations. Summer 2011 31


Walker’s & the World



Long gone are the days when the mention of attending an independent school inspired images of a homogeneous, privileged student population, one that was insulated from the diversity, riches, and challenges of the “outside world.” Today, schools invite and welcome the world, as it were, onto campus in its infinite forms. Walker’s has made it a priority to incorporate access to today’s global culture into the education it offers. Bringing the world to Walker’s via classroom curriculum, a diverse student body, exchange programs, Chapel speakers, and more affords the girls opportunity to learn about the diverse world into which they will enter upon graduation. The School’s Admissions team continues to expand its travel and scope, recently adding Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, for example, to its itineraries. A diverse on-campus population benefits each and every member of the Walker’s community, from learning about one

Countries Represented by Walker’s Student Population

another's cultures and challenges to, very often, appreciating their cuisine.

UPPER SCHOOL 2010 – 2011 Today’s students have increasingly extensive opportunities to study abroad or to travel for service or leisure. Certainly, upon graduation from college, more and more students choose careers in far away places. Semesters abroad are commonplace, and today’s youth travel to destinations like China, Africa, or Australia more than ever before for internships and exploration.

In Walker’s & the World, we feature a few examples of how we “bring the world to campus” for the benefit and learning of our students. The more they know about our global economy and culture, the better prepared they will be for their futures.

Afghanistan Bahamas Barbados China (including Mainland China, Hong Kong & Taiwan) Dominican Republic Germany Japan Lithuania Mexico Namibia Philippines South Korea United States

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Sahra Ibrahimi and Sajia Darwish prepared Afghan cuisine at a host family home.

Sharing cuisine is a great way to learn about different cultures. Abra’s regularly features tastings of international cuisines. Our students from Germany recently prepared “Kaiserschmarn” (an Austrian pancake dessert) with Executive Chef Scott Iwanicki to share with fellow students.

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any of our students have traveled widely, with their families, Ashley Washburn ’79 told us about her work in Tanzania to improve educational opportunities for young people. Dr. and Mrs. Dennis during their Junior/Senior projects, or on our exchange programs to Richardson, parents of Kate ’14 and Maggie ’15, have presented Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand; but learning about the world several programs on their is not only experienced via initiatives to provide clean water travel. Walker’s encourages its and to build a health clinic in community members to enhance Bawa, Cameroon. Middle teaching and service experience Schoolers have joined in those via visitors to campus and efforts with various programs to regional field trips. raise funds for Bawa. Local field Many exchange program trips bring the world closer, as students, or those who have when students in the World performed service abroad, visit Religions class visit Buddhist and classes upon their return to Sikh temples or Muslim mosques campus to share their in the region. Finally, we are experiences. In African Studies fortunate to have a large number class this fall, Cassie Brignole of international students at ’11 and Ali Margolis ’11 talked Walker’s (this year we have girls about their internships in Ghana from Afghanistan, Bahamas, during the summer of 2010. Students who presented at Veteran's Day Chapel Barbados, Canada, South Korea, Student-to-student sharing of Japan, China, Germany, this nature is most effective, as Philippines, Mexico, Lithuania, Namibia, Spain and the Dominican the girls are at similar stages in their lives and can relate at the Republic) who expose our students to the wider world by sharing same level. stories of their lives in their homelands, or by joining the chefs in Walker‘s also brings the world to campus with special Abra’s to prepare their favorite foods to share with their classmates. programs during weekly Chapel meetings. In March, for example,


Walker’s celebrates its diverse student and faculty population in many ways. During Veteran’s Day Chapel, international students presented information on their homelands and explained the meaning of their nations’ flags.


Veteran’s Day Chapel

Pequot Culture Coriene Smith '13, a member of the Western Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, along with her uncle Wayne Reels and cousin Jeremy Sabastian, presented a Chapel on Pequot culture to the community. Coriene and her family performed traditional dance, with drum and flute accompaniment by Kenny Merrick Jr.

the Classroom Teachers often host visitors in their individual classes to enhance curriculum. Recently: • The Language Department has arranged many opportunities for students to learn about summer programs abroad, some focusing on community service. Through well-organized resources, Walker’s students have studied or volunteered in Italy, Thailand, Costa Rica, Fiji, Spain, Tanzania, and Ghana. During the 2011-12 academic year, one of our students will study in France, and we expect several Walker’s girls to join Simply Smiles on a service trip to Mexico later in the year. • Students in AP Spanish participated in a videoconference with a Colombian army officer who is in the United States helping wounded soldiers who were involved in combating the drug trade. Students spoke with some of those wounded soldiers during the conference. • Science classes heard from a UCONN student who had studied in Cuba and was pursuing a career in health care. • Holocaust survivors have visited with World History classes to talk about their personal experiences. • Connecticut State Representatives Linda Schofield and Kevin Witkos have visited thegovernment class during election years to discuss the challenges facing our state, our nation, and the world. • Elizabeth Hillmeier, a volunteer in the library, visited with World History students to share the story of her

family’s challenges during the Armenian tragedy in Turkey after World War I. In the Russian Studies class, several parents have shared personal connections with 20th century events. Helen Charov, mother of Katia ’10, related stories of her mother’s experiences during the German invasion of Russia in the 1940s. Nanette Rudowski, mother of Larisa ’10, shared her collection of Russian arts and crafts. Muriel Makharine-Toppazzini, mother of Tiffany ’11, spoke of her family’s experience during the Russian Revolution. • In the Asian Studies class, Christine Wall, mother of Connie ’11, spoke about American business leaders who had an impact on Toyota and other companies in the 1950s and 1960s, paving the way for the Japanese dominance of the automobile industry. Working a special visit or presentation into curriculum as the opportunity presents itself can be a challenge, but a welcome one. The goal, of course, is to provide “tactile” experiences that will lead to a keener sense of history, and to global awareness and understanding as students prepare for the future.

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Afghan Students Share Culture – And a Message of Peace Sajia Darwish ’14 and Sahra Ibrahimi ’13 joined the Walker’s community in September. They were

Sajia and Sahra

Bringing Their World to Walker’s

connected with the School through Seeds of Peace, an international organization dedicated to empowering young people around the world, with a focus on students from the Middle East, South Asia, and the United States. Their tuition and expenses have been underwritten by generous alumnae. Sajia and Sahra live on campus, and with the families of Walker’s students (their host families) when campus is closed during holidays and breaks, thus allowing them to enjoy life in American homes as part of their experience. Not only have Sajia and Sahra thrived academically and personally at Walker’s, they have brought an understanding of their homeland to the community, thus putting a personal stamp on what students read and watch about Afghanistan in the news.


“If I had magic powers I would make the world be like a garden where the flowers of all types and colors live together in peace, and are fed from the same river.” –Sajia Darwish Fifteen-year-old Sajia Darwish may not have magic powers; however, that won’t stop her from planting seeds of peace wherever she goes. She and sixteen-year-old Sahra Ibrahimi have brought their own kind of magic and a message of peace to The Ethel Walker School this year. Sajia and Sahra came to Walker’s in September 2010 from their homes in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is not the first time Sajia and Sahra have been to the U.S. During the summer of 2009, following a rigorous selection process, they participated in the Seeds of Peace camp in Maine. The threeweek camp, dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence, was a life-changing experience for them. Interacting with other students at the camp inspired them to dedicate their lives to working for peace, and a meeting with the Afghan Ambassador to the United States gave them the inspiration to take the first step in that direction by returning to the U.S. to study. Sahra, a tenth grader with a strong passion for knowledge, desires to learn “everything there is to know.” Her favorite subject is science; she particularly likes biology and aspires to be a physician. She hopes to return to Afghanistan to practice medicine and to demonstrate to her countrymen and women that women can do everything men can do. She also aspires to be Prime Minster of Afghanistan, a role that will allow her to help her country in many ways, including changing the misconceptions many people have about Islam.


When she was younger, her dreams of becoming a doctor and a leader of her country seemed very distant. Now that she has accomplished her goal of studying in the U.S., that far-off dream feels much more attainable. A highlight of Sahra’s year was learning to ski during a December trip to Vermont with her host family. After two days of lessons she learned to enjoy the sport and is looking forward to improving her skills next winter. Sahra loves the School’s Suns and Dials traditions, and is very proud of her new identity as a Dial! The fourth of eight daughters, Sajia Darwish enjoys her Global Studies class, where she learns how history has a direct impact on what is happening in the world today. “We are learning what is happening in the world now and that it is our responsibility to help change it.” Sajia would also like to be a doctor someday, and although she plans to eventually settle back in Afghanistan, she is intrigued with the possibility of traveling the world in this role through a program such as Doctors Without Borders. Among her favorite experiences this year was the presentation she and Sahra gave to the Walker’s community entitled “Our Lives in Afghanistan.” After the presentation, “relationships we had were stronger and everyone knew more about our culture, but also the many similarities that we have — it helped us show how we are all the same.” Sajia is a talented artist and poet and has enjoyed learning to play field hockey and lacrosse, both of which were completely new to her when she arrived on campus. In addition to speaking to the Walker’s community, Sajia and Sahra have become seasoned speakers before other audiences. They have traveled to the Pine Point School in Stonington, CT to speak about their lives in Afghanistan. They were also featured speakers for The Bushnell Theater’s “Literature to Life” series, and at Central Connecticut State University’s Global Women's Issues Forum, “Women and War in Afghanistan.” Sahra also participated in panel discussions about religious identity at both Walker’s and the Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford. Sajia and Sahra welcome more opportunities to share their experiences and perspectives with others. Both students are dismayed by the prevalent stereotype of Muslims as terrorists and would like everyone to know that true Islam is about love and about being a good and useful person to this world. Attending Walker’s has allowed Sajia and Sahra to live and learn not only with students from the United States, but also with students from around the world. They are just two of the 47 international students attending Walker’s during the 2010-11 school year. Having students from so many countries provides a variety of worldviews from which all of our students can learn. These multiple perspectives enhance our curricular rigor and our relevance to the real world, helping us shape leaders of tomorrow who have learned to value and understand cultural perspectives different from their own.

Dogswood Day 2011

Addressing the audience at Hartford’s Bushnell Theatre.

Learning to ice skate!

For more information on Seeds of Peace, visit

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Exchange Programs Open the Doors to the World More and more, attending Walker’s provides students the opportunity to travel via exchange programs. Walker’s exchange programs have given our students the chance to study in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland, and we, in turn, welcom students from these schools to Walker’s campus. Last year, Walker’s campus and community hosted the first group of exchange students from the Nga Tawa School in Marton, New Zealand. Nga Tawa is a girls’ school with an emphasis on rigorous academics, athletics, riding, and strong character. Walker’s mission is a great fit with

Nga Tawa’s, and the exchange has just finished its second successful year as a result. Two students from Nga Tawa spent six weeks with us this winter — the snowiest any of us can remember — and enjoyed classes, participated in extracurricular activites, and even got to experience a good old American tradition: the snow day! Two Walker's students will travel to New Zealand this summer to enjoy time on the Nga Tawa campus. Two schools in Scotland (Dollar Academy and The Loretto School) will also host six girls from Walker's this

Diverse Cultures/Diverse Friendships Learning about the world can happen right in Walker’s own backyard, the greater Hartford area. Grace Academy, the tuition-free, independent middle school for girls in the city of Hartford, continues to be an important partner for our own Middle School in Simsbury. Through shared work on the Day of Service


program in November, our girls have gotten to know one another and to grow more and more comfortable spending time together. This spring, the girls from Grace Academy and the Ethel Walker sixth and seventh grades participated in a program called “Diverse Cultures/ Diverse Friendships.” This program, coordinated by the education department of Hartford’s Bushnell Theater and led by Yolande Spears, a former Walker’s Middle School parent, brings students from urban and suburban schools together for shared programming in the arts and in character education. The first of the three programs took place on Walker’s campus and focused on African drumming and dance as methods by which to express feelings and bring people together. These non-verbal communications methods have always been central to Walker’s Middle School mission, which guides girls to develop their communications skills by building confidence through

the arts. All students enjoyed a session using our own collection of African djembe and conga drums (one of the best school collections in the state) and dancing on our stage with professional dancers. The second session was held at Grace Academy and focused on a study of the lives of celebrated singer Marian Anderson and of our own founder, Ethel Walker (a contemporary of Ms. Anderson — although we are pretty sure they never met) and participation in activities that help all the girls begin to visualize themselves as leaders. The final third of the shared program joined Walker’s and Grace students at the Bushnell for a production of Barrio Grrrl!...a literature-to-life play about a strong girl growing up in the barrio. The world can be as close as the next town or two over, and the continued relationship between Walker’s and Grace Academy seeks to span the distance between not only the two schools, but between their diverse communities.

Walker’s students travel from their exchange school campuses to learn more about their host countries, as do visitors to Walker’s during their time in Connecticut. Trips to New York and Boston, major league sporting events, tours of Yale University, shopping at the ubiquitous American mall, along with movies and dances at other schools, allow these students a glimpse of life in the States. The cultural exchanges that take place on both sides of the ponds enable students from all schools to learn about different cultures from their newfound friends, here or abroad.

The Sounds and Flavors of Barbados KELSEY BAYLEY ’11

On a Thursday evening, the backbeat rhythm of Reggae music drifts from the open windows of Beaver Brook as Walker’s Reggae Dance Club dances to “Where Dem a Run Go” by Vybz Karetl. The Club was founded in the fall of 2010 by Tahara Jordan ’12, Kelsey Bayley ’11, and faculty member Mary Georgis, who teaches the School’s Caribbean Studies course. Reggae, which has its roots in American rhythm and blues and traditional Jamaican music, is not the only Caribbean influence on campus. Thanks to Kelsey Bayley, students have sampled the Barbadian version of “roti,” a flatbread delicacy with meat and vegetables, frozen and brought to Simsbury directly from Kelsey’s home in Barbados. Kelsey grew up and spent her early school years on the island nation. Many Barbadian students leave the tropical paradise to attend high school in North America, with a majority attending schools in Canada. Kelsey chose Walker’s for several reasons, its riding program a major impetus in her decision. Kelsey started riding with friends and her father at the age of six, and soon recognized her passion for the sport. When she was based in Barbados, she traveled regularly to South America to compete. Kelsey has had enormous success as a member of Walker’s riding team, and has competed in the jumper divisions at Wellington. In 2010, Kelsey represented Barbados at the first ever Junior Olympics in Singapore. The event brought together

more than 5,000 athletes and officials from over 200 countries. “I was competing against World Cup competitors!” Kelsey says the Olympics were a life-changing experience. Kelsey will continue her international travels in college, commencing studies at Reading College in the United Kingdom and working with well-known Kelsey warms up at the equestrian trainer James Fisher. Junior Olympics She will compete in England as Courtesy Barbados Advocate well as on the European continent. While she will major in business at university, her ultimate goal is to become a professional rider. Kelsey has shared stories of Barbados with the Caribbean Studies class, teaching them about the language. “Our main language is English,” Kelsey explains. “But our dialect is ‘Bajan,’” which is used in informal occasions such as when speaking with a friend or neighbor. She has spoken with the class about the culture on the island, its geography, and of course, its music. Kelsey graduates shortly, but the sounds of the Caribbean on campus will continue as the Reggae Dance Club carries on.

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summer for four-week-long exchanges. Students from Loretto School spent four weeks with us in February, and students from Dollar will arrive in Simsbury in October, 2011. The School’s Australian exchange program has been running successfully for several years now, under the direction of faculty member Jill Harrington. Our Australian sister school, St. Katherine's in Melbourne, welcomes Walker’s girls with open arms every other summer, and Walker’s hosts students from St. Katherine’s every other fall.


History teacher Ken Poppe hosted Tom Deeds’ World Religions class for a Skype session with Mr. Poppe’s son David, who is in Thailand working on a project that brings Western volunteers to teach conversational English to local monks and children. The monks at the temple David works at have a strong desire to meet and interact with native English speakers. Mr. Poppe and his son designed “Monk Chat” to bring new knowledge to Walker’s students about Buddhism and life in Thailand, but also to help the monks improve their English by conversing with students.

www Technology and Global Education

For decades, teachers and librarians have equipped their

learning spaces with maps, globes, textbooks, periodicals, audio, video, and art with the hopes of enabling their students to connect with the world around them. Indeed, during the first hundred years of The Ethel Walker School, faculty members have used these resources to their fullest potential to help fulfill the School’s mission to prepare our girls “to make a difference in the world.” However, with the exponential growth of the world wide web and greater access to it on more portable devices, we are now better poised than ever to empower our girls to connect globally and apply their learning in meaningful, authentic contexts. Supplementing all the resources on which learners have relied for years, today’s Web allows a Walker’s girl to access a wealth of valuable, up-to-date information, connect to experts and fellow students, and actively participate in global conversations and collaborations dedicated to making the world a better place. No one will argue with the fact that content on the Internet ranges greatly in terms of quality. Myriad publishing platforms allow anyone with an internet connection to create and share information. Consequently, ignorance, boredom, or poor intentions can result in misinformation, vacuous rants and slander, not to mention egregious errors in spelling and grammar. This ugly cross-section of the Web, however, should not eclipse the treasures offered by reputable institutions of education, research, and culture, as well as those individuals who partake in open scholarship and choose to share their learning rather than hoard it.


Organizations, such as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, NASA, MIT, Stanford, Yale, and many others are publishing video lectures, course materials, primary sources, simulations, and other rich multimedia learning resources in online spaces such as iTunesU (, YouTube EDU (, and the OpenCourseWare Consortium ( That Walker’s girls have at their fingertips a galaxy of information on virtually any topic compels us to nurture and strengthen their information fluencies and digital literacy. To this end, through inquiryand project-based learning, we are striving as a faculty to help Walker’s students improve their abilities to effectively and efficiently search for information and evaluate its credibility. In addition to teaching them strategies for using popular search engines like Google and Bing, we introduce our girls to academic search engines, like SweetSearch (, that research experts have designed specifically for students. By nurturing our students’ intellectual curiosity, helping them to generate compelling questions, and empowering them to seek out valid answers from sources worldwide, we are positioning Walker’s girls to develop into confident, curious, self-directed, lifelong learners. However, we must not limit students’ view of the Web to merely a giant information source. It is, in fact, so much more than that. Veteran educator and digital learning consultant Dean Shareski reminds us, “If you generally think of the Internet as a place to ‘look up stuff,’ you’re missing the best part.” Indeed, beyond content, the Web offers


A Quest for Knowledge: A Call to Action We are excited to introduce a new course at Walker’s, commencing in fall 2011. A component of the successful, grade-specific seminars offered by the School, the new tenth grade seminar is entitled, “A Quest for Knowledge: A Call to Action.” A team of Walker’s faculty and outside speakers will facilitate this one-semester, required course. In the first quarter, “A Quest for Knowledge” students will learn about the critical issues women face around the globe, including oppression and child marriage. Topics covered will be human rights issues, in particular as they relate to women, and will be taught primarily using current events and online media as teaching tools. Additionally, a series of guest lecturers from within the School along with outside speakers will provide a depth of understanding in each area. In the second quarter, “A Call to Action” students will learn collaboration skills in order to choose a cause towards which they will direct their energies and efforts as a group. Financial literacy skills, philanthropy, micro lending, and social entrepreneurship will be the elements taught in conjunction with the execution of a culminating project. Michele Harris, one of the seminar’s creators, says, “This course is designed not only to educate the girls about the critical global concerns facing women today but also to empower them with the skills they need to make a difference. Walker’s already does a fine job instilling in the girls a sense that they need to use their time and talents in the service of others; this course will help them identify the causes about which they feel most passionate and to augment their financial savvy in order to be more fully prepared to make a financial difference for that cause.”

Sarah Edson, Academic Technology Analyst, discusses search engines with students in Bell Library’s multimedia room.

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tremendously powerful opportunities for connecting people and creating learning communities uninhibited by geography and time. Online tools, such as wikis, allow for multiple students to edit and publish web pages from any Web-connected device. Teachers can discover one another and embark on multi-classroom wiki-based projects on such websites as The Global Education Collaborative, and the Flat Classroom Project There, teachers connect and cooperate to leverage tools like wikis to facilitate collaborative research, peer review, and cultural exchange. In turn, students from different parts of the state, country, or world gain the chance to learn from one another, communicate effectively, practice responsible citizenship, and develop their capacity for empathy. Scheduling becomes less of a barrier because wiki editing need not be simultaneous. Classes may log in and contribute their efforts at any time. The end product may be showcased and shared online, and the process is one that students can appreciate for its authenticity, reach, and impact. In addition to wikis, video calling tools like Skype™ create opportunities for making global connections. Walker’s Spanish teacher Pilar delCacho used Skype to connect her students with native Spanish speakers and leaders of a non-profit humanitarian organization that her class had been studying. Students were given the chance to ask questions, convey their reflections, and inquire about how they could continue to support and learn from the organization. Through Ms. delCacho’s vision, creativity, and courage to experiment, her students were able to apply their language learning in a real-world context, make international connections, and discover the relevance and reward of their classroom studies. By connecting Walker’s students to valuable information, real-world experts, and fellow global citizens, we enhance their engagement in the learning process, raise their awareness of global issues, strengthen their belief in their own potential, and better poise them for higher-order thinking. Building upon fundamental knowledge and comprehension, students can leverage the Web to apply their learning, analyze issues from multiple perspectives, synthesize information from various sources, and ultimately create their own product from which others can learn. It is this experience of deep, active, connected learning that we aim to design for our students. Ultimately, we hope that when they graduate from this close-knit community, they will feel connected to the breadth of human experience and empowered to carry on that Walker’s tradition of making an invaluable difference in the world.


Alumnae in Philanthropy Compiling our last Sundial Magazine, featuring Walker’s & Philanthropy, found us in a challenging position. It is impossible to cover the philanthropic accomplishments of Walker’s women in one feature section of one magazine — there are simply so many who have given of themselves in so many ways. To that end, we’ve decided to make Walker’s Alumnae & Philanthropy a semi-regular feature in The Sundial. We surely can’t manage to cover each alumna who has performed acts of generosity and caring, but we will continue to share stories like the ones on these pages with our readers. Walker’s women are inspirational. The hope and care they have given others, whether through donations of time or money, or knowledge and expertise, is remarkable. Walker’s women have truly made a mark on the world.

Scouts’ Honor — Lighting a Fire for the Scouts MARGOT CAMPBELL BOGERT ‘60 Margot Campbell Bogert is carrying on a family tradition; one could say scouting is part of her heritage. But carrying on a tradition implies doing the same thing that has always worked. Not true; Margot gives her time, talent and treasure to Scouting organizations around the world through her non-profit World Scout Fund USA, which sponsors projects that have an impact on scouts’ lives. Margot’s mother founded a Girl Scout troop in North Carolina, where Margot grew up. Her father, William D. Campbell, was deeply involved with the Scouting organization; his great contribution was making community development a resource for troop activities, particularly in underdeveloped countries. Margot was the first woman to join the board of the Boy Scouts of America. Ultimately, she became involved with the International Scout Organization, which oversees Scouting in more than 150 countries; its headquarters is based in Geneva where the twelvemember executive board manages a $5,000,000 operating budget. Eight years ago, Margot went to Geneva with an idea: shift the organization’s emphasis from the national level to the local and community levels. She was met with underwhelming enthusiasm in

Margot with Scouts in South Africa.


Geneva, but went straight back to New York, created a 501(c)3 taxexempt non-profit organization, and built a board of directors with contacts from around the world. The World Scout Fund USA came to be thanks to Margot’s vision for what was needed by scouts today and to her ability to share that vision with donors who collectively contribute $40,000 to $50,000 a year to the Fund. This nimble organization worked until recently with only a parttime administrative coordinator. But, says Margot, “Commitment to the cause makes all the difference.” Margot secured donations of office space, computer support and annual report editing, and keeps operating costs to a minimum. “It’s important,” she says “that all funds raised are used to support the programs for which they were given — donors today need transparency and accountability.” The Director of Scouting in South Africa brought the Fund’s first project to Margot’s attention. He told her that scouting could reach so many more boys in South Africa if their Scout camp were handicapped accessible. When she arrived in Africa to oversee the project, Margot remarked that their camp was next door to a game preserve, but was told the Scouts had never seen it because the admission fee was prohibitive. The World Scout Fund USA’s first project was to make two major changes for scouts in South Africa: a ramp was built, and the scouts gained access to the game preserve. The next year, the Fund looked for a way to help Girl Scouts. In Sri Lanka, a project started through the Girl Guides Association to help disabled girls learn vocational skills was funded with great success. This project was followed by a successful effort in the Philippines to find safe housing for children living on garbage heaps. Not every effort by the World Scout Fund USA has been a success. Monies and equipment sent to Sierra Leone and Egypt seemed to evaporate. Margot cannot stress enough that when working overseas, non-profits must give only to organizations with existing infrastructures committed to reporting back to the donor. This accountability leads to a higher success rate and makes it possible to continue to raise funds. “We don’t give a whole lot of money,” says Margot, “but we need to know exactly where it’s going to go to be successful.”

Giving Back “A Better Chance”

Guiding Philanthropists toward Fulfillment MALLY COX-CHAPMAN ’69 How do you approach charitable giving? If you’re like most people, you have a pile of letters and envelopes that grows throughout the year, and you decide what to give between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Mally Cox-Chapman thinks giving can be much more fun than that. “Creating impact and joy for donors” is the tagline for Mally’s business, Benefactory LLC, and you can see the joy in her face and hear it in her voice when she describes her work. Mally primarily works with wealthy individuals and family foundations, but her advice holds true for anyone. “It doesn’t matter if you are giving away $500 a year or $500,000; it is empowering to have a focus. It will help you feel even better about saying yes, and less guilty when you say no.” As a philanthropic advisor, Mally helps people discover the purpose for their giving, along with the values that really matter to them. The best part of her job, she says, is educating clients about the possibilities for giving. “Creating a learning environment and widening someone’s field of interest are when we have fun.” This work is not what Mally originally set out to do. A writer and editor since her days at Walker’s and at Yale University, Mally was working on her third book when she discovered something new.

She was writing about people who had experienced a major financial gain or loss, and how it changed their lives. “I would be interviewing these people and they started asking me for advice. Of course as a journalist I couldn’t do that.” After conducting 35 interviews, Mally was bursting with ideas for people who were looking for guidance. Mally says her profession is part journalist, part teacher and part family therapist. “I remember talking to one family foundation and reminding everyone in the room that their opinions matter. One woman looked up, surprised, because she had typically let other, more vocal, members of her family take the lead in making decisions.” Mally’s work evolves each year; she now finds herself guiding many of her grantees and asking them, “What keeps you up at night? How much are you investing in your infrastructure? And what are you doing about social media?” Mally has high praise for fellow Walker’s alumna Abra Prentice Wilkin ’60, whom she has never met. “Look at the impact of her gift (Abra’s Dining Room at Walker’s)! She must care about people coming together, having fun, sharing thoughts, hospitality and a meal. Abra was asked to support Walker’s, and as a result gave in a way that reflects her personality and has a lasting impact.” Summer 2011 43


When a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles claimed the life of her 28-year-old brother, Silvia moved home to be with her family and SILVIA JOVEL ’85 asked herself many questions, some about her career. “Is this it?” she wondered. “There must Silvia Jovel was given “a better chance,” and be more I can be doing, something more now she is giving one back to each student meaningful.” That is when the idea of teaching she works with at Los Angeles’ Abraham came to her. Lincoln High School, where she is a guidance Not long after Silvia’s return to Los Angeles counselor for students pursuing careers in in 1991 came the riots that devastated the medicine and health. city. An emergency program was implemented As one of seven children who immigrated Silvia Jovel ’85 with students. allowing teachers without the usual to the States from El Salvador with their single credentials to work while they earned their mother, Silvia was a good student and certification. Silvia recalls her first years as a teacher in the attracted the attention of her teachers. One teacher in particular told elementary school bi-lingual program as humbling. “They basically her she would make a good candidate for “A Better Chance,” the said, here are the keys,” she recalls. With no organized curriculum, scholarship program that helps students from underprivileged Silvia taught in Spanish and tried to build her students’ English skills. backgrounds gain admission to the nation’s leading day, boarding, Now, as a school guidance counselor in the neighborhood and public schools. Silvia recalls applying to Walker’s without telling where she grew up, Silvia is responsible for academic, social and her mother, afraid she would not let her attend if she were accepted. disciplinary issues. She knows firsthand the pressures of the local Of course, Silvia did attend Walker’s. She recalls the warmth environment, and the peer pressure to stay with friends and not and support she received from the start. She had never been on an leave the area. “I’m not a stranger coming in. I hope they say, ‘If you airplane before she flew from Los Angeles to New York, where a can do it, maybe I can do it too.’ I push education like you wouldn’t Walker’s faculty member greeted her at the airport. Silvia recalls her believe!” Spanish teacher helping her purchase winter clothing. Living in the Silvia’s students might only consider attending community dorms, enjoying small classes, reading poetry aloud in Chapel; these college, but she encourages them to consider four-year colleges, and are just a few of Silvia’s fond memories of Walker’s. The School’s not just in California. “How about Connecticut, New York? support of education was new to her; before she attended Walker’s, “Education opens doors; it goes beyond the classroom.” “Education was not valued; it was not as much of a priority as Students have returned to thank Silvia and ask for more advice. getting a job, (by) my family or (in) my neighborhood.” Sometimes Silvia has her own doubts: “Have I succeeded?” She then Influenced by her English teacher, Bernita Sundquist, who answers her own question, saying, “They’re all my kids. I care; this is inspired her with poetry and gave her confidence, and encouraged to not just a job. I tell them all to come back and see me when they’re apply by History teacher, Phillip Deely, Silvia attended the University rich and famous.” of Chicago where she majored in English. After graduation, she This is L.A., after all. became a medical editor for Critical Care Magazine.


The Celebration of the Century! Even though Walker’s has been celebrating Centennial throughout the year,

the weekend of September 30 – October 2, 2011, with October 1 being exactly 100 years since Ethel Walker opened the doors to her trailblazing school, will mark the Celebration of the Century.

Your official Centennial invitations will arrive by mail shortly; be sure to RSVP at your earliest convenience, and to make your hotel reservations. The weekend will be one you’ll never forget.

To stay up-to-date, visit our Centennial website, at If you have questions at any time, please contact us at

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!


SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 2, 2011 Not only is this THE Centennial celebration that you do not want to miss, but it is Reunion Weekend for classes ending in 1, 2, 6, and 7, too! Some (but not all!) highlights of Centennial Weekend include:

• The Alumnae Academy Go back to the classroom and enjoy master classes with Walker’s faculty. • An Art & Literature Tour featuring the works of Walker’s Alumnae. Celebrate our alumnae poets, authors, painters, essayists, designers, dancers, photographers, journalists, musicians and actors during guided tours of their work. • A Piano Concert by Rosi Grunschlag • Breakfast in the Barn • The Centennial Alumnae Parade • The Centennial Maypole • Walker’s Woods Family Fun Run – Enjoy peak New England foliage — whether you run or stroll. • An Evening in Honor of Centennial A special evening befitting the importance of this historic event. Joining classmates, faculty and Walker’s extended family past and present will create memories you don’t want to miss.

Kids’ Club at Centennial! Children of all ages will enjoy Centennial Weekend just as much as the adults will. From toddlers through teens, activities, outings, and even supervised sleepovers will be available. Details will be included with your invitation.

Activities for Families Spouses, moms, dads, and significant others are priority guests during Centennial Weekend. While all of our activities are open to all celebrants, opportunities to enjoy televised sports and the outdoors will be offered at Centennial.

Stay up-to-date on Centennial Events: or call Alumnae Relations at 860.408.4259

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Centennial Weekend


We’ll be celebrating Reunion for the Classes of the 1s and 2s and 6s and 7s during Centennial Weekend. Special events just for Reunion attendees will be featured throughout the weekend.

REUNION GIVING AT CENTENNIAL What better way to celebrate and honor your Reunion during our Centennial year than by demonstrating your appreciation for Walker’s and your commitment to The Walker’s Fund for Annual Giving with a generous, multi-year gift? The Ethel Walker School challenges Reunion classes to reach their full potential. Classes ending in 1 and 6 and 2 and 7 have the distinct honor of sharing a Reunion with the Centennial celebration. How to ensure success: • Aim for a well-attended Reunion in conjunction with the School's Centennial Celebration, September 30 October 2, 2011. • Set your sights on increased giving and participation in the Annual Fund. • Encourage everyone in your Class to make their best possible multi-year gift/pledge in honor of their Reunion during our Centennial year by June 30, 2012.


The Ethel Walker School looks forward to applauding your Class on its participation! Multi-Year Reunion Giving Your Reunion is a wonderful opportunity to get reacquainted with old friends, extraordinary teachers and mentors, and reflect on the value of your Walker's education. It is also a chance to come together and once again be recognized as a class. In honor of your Reunion, we encourage you to participate in your Class Gift by renewing or enhancing your support of The Walker's Fund for Annual Giving. With the goals of increased alumnae giving and participation, the School's Reunion Giving program focuses on multiyear Reunion gifts to the Annual Fund. For more information about the Reunion Giving program, please contact Heidi E.V. McCann, Director of Centennial Reunion Giving, at 860.408.4250 or at

Outdoor Adventure is an athletics option at Walker’s which offers students the opportunity to hike, canoe, rock climb — and design trails! For the past several months, OA students have been working to clear and design a wooded trail linking Cluett and Smith dormitories. Guided by faculty members John Groff and Rich Prager, the girls have smoothed the terrain and removed debris and rocks. Benches will be installed for studying or enjoying nature or a good chat; dedication of the Centennial Trail will take place during Centennial Weekend.

CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM: FOOD FOR THOUGHT At press time, final preparations were being made for a unique conference to be held at Walkers. Food for Thought explores the methodology for encouraging food literacy and wellness practices in schools, and will be attended by school administrators, faculty, environmental and community leaders, members of the sustainable food movement, and food producers. Keynote speakers at the Symposium are Frances Beinecke ’67, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, and John Turenne, president and founder of Sustainable Food Systems and former Executive Chef at Yale University. Over twenty sessions are scheduled, including field trips to Walker’s collaborators Billings Forge Community Works and The Community Farm of Simsbury. Session titles include Agriculture and the Environment, Understanding the Impact of Choice, How Connecting with Schools Strengthens Ties Between Farms and Communities, Veggiecation: Successfully Linking Classroom Lessons to Mealtime Experiences, Meatless Mondays, and many more. Presenters include Walker’s faculty and representatives from a wide range of organizations, including the Farm-Based Education Organization, Sustainable Schools, The University of Connecticut, The State of Connecticut, and faculty from a wide range of independent schools. Full coverage of Food for Thought will appear in our Winter 2012 Sundial.

The Centennial Chemistry Penny Project Walker’s Science Department has collected one penny from each of the past one hundred years, with which Chemistry students are creating a timeline for display in Beaver Brook Academic Center. Centennial celebrants will be invited to visit the timeline, which will detail significant events and people of note in chemistry, biology, physics, earth science and psychology over the past century.

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One Hundred Years of Walker’s Women: The Ethel Walker School 1911 – 2011


of holding competitions. Walker readily agreed, knowing eorge Brown, son of Marian Morton Brown ’44, has that building camaraderie among her young pupils was written an exceptional historical account of The Ethel important. After she emphasized that each club “would be Walker School, including a biography of Ethel on equal footing...and would never become exclusive or Walker, her impetus for the founding of the School, long secretive,” the Sun and Dial clubs were born. hidden documents from the School’s archives, memories of These clubs are as vital to life at the School in 2011 as alumnae, and much more. The keepsake book details the they were when Gazzam and McBrier originally conceived School’s century of impact on women’s education via a them. As Walker recalled combination of prose and sixty-five years ago, “The archival and modern competition was keen and photography. One Hundred stimulating, but the clubs Years of Walker’s Women will were always on friendly and be released during Centennial appreciative terms with each Weekend and is sure to other.” become a keepsake for all those within the Walker’s The “Sin Slip” community. Three thousand Strict by-laws were the order copies will be produced, and of the day back in the early this 88-page, hard-cover, fullyears at Walker’s. Recalls color book will be available Catherine McIntire “Mackie” for only $50. Leslie, Class of 1937, “We The Bell family, one of had a slip of paper called a Walker’s most loyal and ‘sin slip.’ You’d report your supportive families, has sins, which included such generously sponsored the THE CENTENNIAL BOOK things as smiling at someone production of this historical between class or account. A heartfelt thanks to communicating in some way.” Asked whether girls actually the Bells, who have played such an important role in the turned themselves in for such infractions, Leslie replied history and legacy of the School. The family’s underwriting emphatically, “Oh, my word, yes. We were implicitly honest. allows us to offer the book at an exceptional discounted price. We were on our own personal honor.” Some excerpts from One Hundred Years of Walker’s Women: The Founding of the Suns and Dials

During the School’s first year of operation, Olivia Gazzam and Janet McBrier approached Ethel Walker about plans for creating two clubs within the student body for the purpose

Spell Check

Misspelling a word also meant Saturday detention. Violators were required to memorize all the words that everybody else had spelled incorrectly all week. Other transgressions were treated just as harshly.

All School Read The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back, by Kevin and Hannah Salwen, is their family’s story of selling their home and giving half the proceeds to charity. What prompted this change in lifestyle and worldview? Did the entire family embrace this radical idea from the start? What obstacles did they have to overcome? How did this act change the course of their lives? Students and faculty are excited to dive into this true-life account and continue the discussion with Kevin Salwen on September 14. Simulcast info will be available in early September to enable you to enjoy this special Chapel from home.


Centennial Chapel Series

Kevin Salwen — September 14, 2011 Kevin Salwen, co-author of our all-school read The Power of Half, will be sharing his family’s story on September 14. At age 14, Hannah Salwen asked her family to sell their $2 million home and donate half the proceeds to charity. Incredibly, they did. We invite you to read their story and then join us at Chapel or online via simulcast to learn more about the Salwen family’s experiences.

Wendy Smith ’87 — October 26, 2011 Wendy Smith ’87 joined her mother’s company, Schoolhouse Kitchen, as president in 2007. The gourmet food company shares its profits with educational initiatives such as farmbased education. Wendy will be speaking to our community on October 26, and you are most welcome to join us.

Centennial Online Store We’ll be opening the doors to our virtual Centennial merchandise store this summer. You’ll want to arrive at Centennial in all the right gear, so be sure to visit and shop among choices including Vineyard Vines totes and silk scarves, sweatshirts, hats, and other attire. You’ll find a link to the store on our Centennial website, at Merchandise will be available at Diddle’s Depot.

Shown at left,…The Limited Edition Centennial silk scarf

WALKER’S CENTENNIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AT THE PRESTIGIOUS FISHERS ISLAND CLUB September 26th, 2011* Join Walker’s alumnae, parents and friends at our Centennial Golf Tournament. Many of us know that the Fishers Island Club golf course is ranked 9th in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, but the clubhouse at the Fishers Island Club was also the temporary home of The Ethel Walker School after a fire in April, 1933 destroyed Beaver Brook and the Four Corners dormitory. We are thrilled to offer this event at a location with such historical import to Walker’s. This delightful day will include: • Early morning chartered ferry transportation to Fishers Island from New London, CT • 10:15 a.m.: Brunch at the Club • 11:30 a.m.: Tee-Off • 4:15 p.m.: Cocktails • 5:00 p.m.: Dinner and Centennial Program • Return ferry to New London Non-golfers are most welcome! Please contact Pamela Churchill in the Development Office for more details at (860) 408-4256 or via email at for more information. *Rain date: September 27

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CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS Top row: Eve Chilton Martirano ’79 Maureen Margolis P’12 Brooke Gaffney Redmond ’90 Leslie Hailand Newman ’66

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Bottom row: Elizabeth Nash Muench ’55 Donya Nagib Sabet ’90 Abra Prentice Wilkin ’60 Summer 2011 49


Walker’s Centennial Chapel series continues into the fall with two exciting speakers.


Walker’s Out and About

Palm Beach, FL

Hosted by Kate Crichton Gubelmann ’67 and Jimmy Gubelmann

Tom Speers, Henry Willard, Louise Brooks Willard ’46, Bingo Gubelmann

Stefan Laporte, Barbara Hillman Laporte ’75, Kevin Bradley P’85, Karen Richards

Bessie Speers, Tina Gibbons ’78, Abra Prentice Wilkin ’60

Kate Crichton Gubelmann ’67, Anne Sherer Paddock ’53, Betty Richards Tripp ’54, Tom Speers

Jim and Abra Prentice Wilkin ’60


Eleanor Barnes, Lynn Cunningham Maddock ’63, Kate Crichton Gubelmann ’67, Tom Speers, Bessie Speers, Bingo Gubelmann, Jay Maddock

Washington, DC

Sanibel Island, FL

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens hosted by Priscilla Reynolds Roosevelt ’59

Hosted by Mary-Dixon Peers ’55 and Michael Peers


Bessie Speers, Jill Dillon P’85, Debby MacKenzie ’55 Adele Harman Waggaman ’37, Janet Johnson ’57, Polly Shaw Dean ’52

Cindy Sebrell ’87, Jane Sullivan Reese ’59 signing the Centennial Maypole ribbons Mary-Dixon Peers ’55, Cynthia Mead Sargent ’56, Juliet Priebe P’80, David MacKenzie, Debby Williams MacKenzie ’55, Michael Peers, Bessie Speers

San Diego, CA Hosted by Susan Shierling Harding ’60 and Lee Mullowney Story ’56

David Krimmel P’78, ’80, Margot Krimmel P’78, ’80, Jennifer Krimmel Walther ’80, Mimi Gibbs Piper ’57, James Piper

Bessie Speers, Priscilla Reynolds Roosevelt ’59, Jane Sullivan Reese ’59, Polly Shaw Dean ’52, Cindy Sebrell ’87

Top row l-r: Heidi McCann, EWS staff, Susan Shierling Harding ’60, Glenna McMahon ’93, Dr. Thomas Thacher P’04, P’12 Borrom row l-r: Lee Mullowney Story ’56, Monique Friedler Kunewalder ’52 Summer 2011 51


Hosted by the Chicago Centennial Committee, at The Casino.

Bessie Speers with Steve and Holly Legler Cortes ’91

Barbara Merlin Neal ’77, Nora Conney Mara ’78, Brooke Hummer Mower ’80

Mary Fentress Grumhaus ’57, Katie Ryan ’90

Katie Ryan ’90, Leslie Hailand Newman ’66, Sissy Forgan Wheeler ’42, Bessie Speers

Katy Murphy Ingle ’69, Hillary Thornton ’77, Laurie Cherbonnier Nielsen ’69

Deb Williams MacKenzie ’55, Cynthia Mead Sargent ’56


Boca Grande, FL

Hosted by Cappy Shopneck ’72 and Polly Flobeck ’53

Gasparilla Inn & Club

Carol Stanwood ’56 and Tessa Stanwood Davis ’61

Nancy Gaffney P’90, Jean Armour ’45, Susan Whitlock ’62

Polly Sargeant Flobeck ’53 and Lonna Lord Davis ’67

Susan Whitlock ’62, Nancie Bourne ’53, Kim Bourne Fisher ’77

George Brown, Cappy Clark Shopneck ’72, Bill Sanders, Hilary McKeever Gerlach ’90, Polly Flobeck Sergeant ’53, Barbara McPherson Sanders ’68, Tessa Standwood Davis ’61, Caroline Stanwood ’56, Lonna Lord Davis ’67, Beth McGuinness ’88, and Lonna Davis’ daughter far right

Jean Reddy Armour ’45, Bessie Speers, Nancie Magee Bourne ’53, Kim Bourne Fisher, Susan Rand Whitlock ’62, Cici Spencer Ives ’63, Liz Jack Ghriskey ’63, Ginny MacMillan Lambrect ’57, and Nellie Speers ’16


Denver, CO

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Hosted by Alexandra Badger Airth ’81 and Jacqueline Badger Mars P’83 at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.

John Davies P’96, ’00, Leslie Davies Huguenin ’96, Sharon Davies P’96, ’00 and Alla Byrne ’96

Bessie Speers, Alan Airth, Alex Badger Airth ’81, Jacqueline Mars, Tom Speers

Mary Coyne Hayes ’82, Alex Badger Airth ’81, Lydia Dobbs ’83, Alan Airth

Tom Speers, Matt Bucklin, Arianna Rockefeller Bucklin ’01

Monique Friedler Kunewalder ’52 and Silvia Jovel ’85

Ashley Fisher ’92, Bessie Speers, Alex Badger Airth ’81

Leslie Davies Huguenin ’96 and Alla Byrne ’96


Tom Speers, Monique Friedler Kunewalder ’52

Arianna Rockefeller Bucklin ’01 and Pamela Churchill


Melissa Morgan Hildesley ’85 Honored at faces Gala In America, although epilepsy is as common as breast cancer,

it is neither as widely known nor as understood. However, the statistics are alarming: over 3 million Americans are affected by epilepsy — more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease combined. Epilepsy is a disorder that occurs due to a malfunction of electrical currents in the brain, resulting in seizures, loss of consciousness, and even death. Each year, approximately 50,000 Americans die as a result of their battle with the disorder. In spite of these sobering statistics, new advances continue to be made in the fight against epilepsy, and those individuals afflicted with the disorder can live productive and fulfilling lives. Melissa Morgan Hildesley ’85 is one such success story. Despite the challenges with which she has been confronted due to her struggles with epilepsy, Melissa has persevered and become a highly respected and effective educator. She is a true inspiration. On March 8, 2011, Melissa was one of two honorees at the annual faces Gala. Faces, an acronym for “Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures,” is the nonprofit arm of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Langone Medical Center. Katie Couric was the Master of Ceremonies for this fundraiser. According to the faces website, “Each year, faces honors distinguished individuals who have made extraordinary achievements in our community as we continue to advance our vital work in improving the lives for all those affected by epilepsy and seizures.” Melissa has not allowed epilepsy to stop her from reaching out to others through her work in education. A graduate of Middlebury College and Columbia University Teacher’s College, where she earned a master's degree in special education for the hearing impaired, Melissa’s work in education has been extensive and varied. Upon beginning her teaching career in 1992, Melissa was a teacher at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of the first schools in the United States to teach deaf students using American Sign Language.

Melissa Hildsley, C. Hugh Hildesly P’85, and Bessie Speers at the faces Gala

Melissa’s teaching career also includes working as a literacy coach for the Boston Plan for Excellence in Boston Public Schools, teaching graduate students in education at Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, and working in the academic achievement centers at both Dean College and Massachusetts Bay Community College. At the present time, Melissa is working with a Wellesley College professor to support a pilot study of single gender education among elementary and middle school children in South Carolina. “Managing seizures and side effects was the defining part of my teens and early twenties. Being normal was impossible. I was fortunate to find a way to seizure freedom more than a decade ago, but it has taken years to resolve the pain and anxiety epilepsy caused for my family and for me. Many are not as lucky. We need better treatments and we need much more understanding,” says Morgan. Thanks to faces for the organization’s continued endeavors to ease the struggles of those afflicted with epilepsy, Melissa Morgan Hildesley has had the opportunity to transcend her earlier challenges, pursue her dreams, and make a difference in the lives of others.

Despite the challenges with which she has been confronted due to her struggles with epilepsy, Melissa has persevered and become a highly respected and effective educator. She is a true inspiration.

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EWS Legacies: Making Smart Decisions Big decisions are just as tough to make as small ones, especially when they are made for our daughters. Three alumnae recently discussed about why they decided to send their daughters to The Ethel Walker School. Kelly Finn Mazo ’83, mother of Caroline Mazo ’14 “It's interesting to me that all of us are single mothers. From my own experience, I know that any decision I make with regards to my children is never easy and never quick. I was conflicted about Walker’s for Caroline for many different reasons — economically (this is a fairly big investment over the next four years), socially (would she be too isolated?), could her brother and I stand the separation happening so soon? As with both of you, our little family is a very tight unit. Being the sole decision maker has its benefits, but the drawback is that it all falls on our shoulders if things go south — and we all know that bad things really do happen to good people, so if you’re anything like me, you go out of your way to make good decisions. “The fact that all of our girls are at Walker’s comes down to a basic premise that we all believed that our daughters would be safe (my primary concern always), treated with respect, and allowed to develop their best selves at Walker’s. It occurred to me that Walker’s was the first place where I felt confident, smart, challenged, and where I fit in — and not because I ‘pretzeled’ my way into whatever form I thought might be acceptable to the group. When I left, I was truly ready — I believed in myself and my abilities...and that’s really what we want for them, ultimately, because of our own life experiences (and theirs)...we need for them to be able to stand on their own two feet, to trust their own judgment, and to be safe and able to take on the world when we can no longer do that for them.” Elizabeth Potter Giddings ’85, mother of Carlson Giddings ’13

“My thoughts echo Kelly’s. I could not have stated it better, the way she described the idea of self, myself when I graduated. I was ready. “When I considered Walker’s for Carly in fifth grade, I could not compare her experience with what I remembered at Walker’s because...fifth grade is (young). I knew from the beginning that her experience was going to be different. And it needed to be. For her, I wanted a place for her to grow. “When Carly and I attended an admissions visiting day at Walker’s, I felt like I was home. The floors creaked in 56 THE SUNDIAL

Top row (l-r): Kelly Finn Mazo, Betsy Potter Giddings and Laura Whiteman Bottom row (l-r): Caroline Mazo, Carlson Giddings and Artemis Talvat

some of the same places and memories of smiles echoed in my memory. Basically I felt warmth: the kind of warmth found through self-discovery. And I knew Carly needed to be part of it.” Laura Whiteman ’81, mother of Artemis ’14

“I wanted the best for Artemis; I wanted the best school where she would learn all the ‘readin’, ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmatic’ and how it applies in the real world; where she would meet bright, creative kids just like her who would become her best friends for life. I wanted her to stay the same, same smile, same laugh, same ideas, but be changed too. I wanted a place for Artemis where she would grow up with the confidence to take chances in life. “I now know that unstoppable confidence comes from experience, and experience combined with confidence begets expertise. But it all starts with an opportunity, and opportunity is truly a priceless gift to a young woman. Walker’s gave me my first opportunities to emerge as a leader; opportunities to excel flowed at Walker’s and I picked up as many of those opportunities as I could carry. After I left Walker’s, I had to make my own opportunities (surprisingly easy) and meet my own expectations (more difficult). But that said, like both of you, when the time came, I was ready to leave Walker’s and go into the world, because I had confidence to take whatever the world had in store for me. “Of course I want Artemis to be changed by Walker’s in the same way, but accept that her steps toward emerging as a leader will be very different from mine. I still have to remind myself that this is her experience, her turn, her life. I already had my turn and I need to watch her story unfold.”


experience, one which gave me the opportunity to think, work, and laugh with alumnae who graduated from Walker’s over a period of seven decades. Together, we have actively contributed to the fabric of community that makes Walker’s so special. As a Board, our primary goal is to engender and encourage relationships among and between members of the Ethel Walker community. One of our most memorable achievements is having helped to revitalize Reunion. Inviting alumnae back to campus, bringing them together to relive their school days and share their accomplishments with old friends and new, is a wonderful part of this role. Similarly, building an understanding about the value of the alumnae network for current students is a key component of our work. Today, we visit with the students on campus, send clever monthly care packages to the members of the senior class, and build personal

relationships via email between Alumnae Board members and seniors. We have continued to develop the Alumnae Perspectives program and annually welcome a group of talented alumnae to campus to speak to the students about their life experiences. Personally, I am proud of the work we did during our meetings and teleconferences, strengthening the group and providing better exposition of our contribution to Walker’s. We have reviewed and amended our bylaws, engaged in a thorough and thoughtful strategic planning process, and committed to helping raise not only friends, but also funds, for the School. The Strategic Plan, approved in 2010, takes a three-year look at the work of the Alumnae Board. As we usher in the second century of Walker’s history, it is particularly important that we maintain clarity around our mission and have a strong framework within which to operate. To paraphrase what I said upon first joining the Alumnae Board, it is because of my Walker’s education that I am prepared to tackle any challenge that confronts me. It has been an honor to serve as president of the Alumnae Board in the service of my School. I celebrate Walker’s Centennial with gratitude for all that I have been given and with pride for what I have given to our alma mater.

Emma has been a marvelous leader of our Alumnae Board; she has embraced the School’s goals and vision with enthusiasm and under her leadership, the Alumnae Board are a group of strong, talented women who understand the importance of fund raising and “friend raising” as we approach 100 years of Walker’s women! ~~~ Celeste will be a terrific leader; her loyalty, know-how, and dedication to her alma mater is extraordinary. We are fortunate to have her as our next president of the Alumnae Board. ~ Bessie Speers

WALKER’S WELCOMES NEW ALUMNAE BOARD PRESIDENT We are delighted to announce that Celeste Browning Niarchos ’64 accepted the nomination for this important position at a recent Alumnae Board meeting after Catherine Terry Taylor ’79 announced the difficult decision to resign as President Elect due to the responsibilities of her new job as Director of the Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs. Celeste is a successful family practice attorney in Salem MA, at her own firm of Legasey and Niarchos. After Walker’s, (Celeste’s mother Celeste Browning is a 1940 graduate), Celeste went on to Boston University, graduated cum laude and then graduated from Suffolk Law School in 1975. She is married to Tom Niarchos, who is also an attorney, and is mother to Michael and Zoe. Celeste has served on our Alumnae Board since 2006 and she previously volunteered to represent the class of 1964 as Class Agent. In addition to volunteering for Walker’s, Celeste was a founder of Help for Abused Women and Their Children (HWAC) and currently serves as a Trustee Emeritus for the organization. She is a founder and past president of the North Shore Women Lawyers Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Essex Bar Association. Celeste is very enthusiastic about creating opportunities for Walker’s alumnae to reconnect with one another and to be involved with the School. She said, “I look forward to leading the Alumnae Board and meeting the challenges and rewards of educating young women for the next Walker’s century.” Summer 2011 57


Serving as Alumnae Board president has been an enriching


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Class Correspondents & Class Agents: Vital Roles Alumnae involvement is essential to Walker’s. Two vitally important but very different roles alumnae can volunteer for are Class Agents or Class Correspondents. Class Correspondents write, call, or email all of their classmates twice a year to gather news about careers, marriages, births, moves, travel and get togethers with other alumnae. The Class Correspondent is also responsible for organizing and submitting her classmates’ news for the Take Note section of the School’s Sundial magazine. Class Agents fulfill the critical role of encouraging their classmates’ participation gifts to The Ethel Walker Annual Fund for Giving. In notes and follow-up calls twice a year, Class Agents’ generous volunteerism encourages classmates to tangibly demonstrate alumnae interest and support of Walker’s, helping to ensure quality education for future generations of young women. To learn more about becoming a Class Correspondent or Class Agent, contact us at or at 860.408.4259.



A story of serendipity and coincidence for the classes of 1939 and 1955:

Elizabeth “Betty” Vernlund Goodwin 70 Whitewood Road Torrington, CT 06790-4018 860-482-27074

At dinner, while a neighbor was “sugaring off” sap from her maple trees, Carol Large Calhoun ’55 met the neighbor’s dynamic mother, Bushnell “Bushy” Pearce ’39. The next day, Bushy had lunch with EWS roommate Jane Miller ’39, who lives in nearby Middlebury, VT.

Elizabeth “Betty” Carpenter Davis 745 Hollow Road Staatsburg, NY 12580-6327

Bushy now lives in Middletown, RI in a teeny house with a whopping view of the bay. Since leaving Walker’s, she has had a most interesting life. Besides being an accomplished painter and an all around very cool lady she is friend and mentor to many young and old.

On her 88th birthday, Diane “Didi” Newton Sumner writes: Congratulations to Walker’s! 100 years is impressive — my five years (forms I-V) have stood me in good stead throughout my life. My memories are “evergreen.” To all of my classmates on our 70th Reunion, “Be well. Be happy.”

1940 Elise Farley Higgins continues to live in California at a retirement community near her daughter Cindy Higgins Roby ’64. Her daily life is busy with a variety of activities including Tai Chi! Recent highlights include travel to first the East Coast, then the West Coast to celebrate the weddings of two of her granddaughters, Claire and Julie. Grandson Jay Roby is engaged. She reports that each of the new additions to the family is terrific.

I am enjoying my daughter’s lecturing in History of Art. That was my “thing;” I’m learning so much from her research and our great discussions. My son’s eldest daughter (age 14) started Groton this year and the younger one has been looking. My best and love to all!

1943 Caroline Berry Laporte Gypsy Trail Club Carmel, NY 10512-4241 845-225-4241 Dorothy “Dottie” Shepard Clements lost her husband a year ago but has three grandchildren and a greatgrandchild whom she sees often.

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Carel Berry Laporte and her husband, Cloyd, moved into a retirement community in Exeter, NH a year ago. It’s like coming home for Cloyd since he went to Exeter Academy. Carel and Cloyd are finding that the retirement community has many interesting people and lots of activities to keep them busy. Jean McIntire Leuchtenberg keeps busy reading memoirs and splits her time between homes in Essex, CT and on Fishers Island in the summer. She had a wonderful trip to Europe last year with her granddaughter. Dorothy McCullough spends lots of time bowling and on golf courses. Her sister passed away last year, leaving her the sole member of the McCullough family. Joan Woodford Russo splits her time between Shelter Island and New York City. She is excited about her granddaughter’s upcoming wedding and enjoys visits from her three grandsons. Barbara Straw Shawl is now a widow, but has three step-children who keep her company. Ronni Solbert is a sculptor and an ardent environmentalist. She is very concerned about the fallout from the atomic energy plants and is doing what she can to inform the public about these dangers.

1945 Martha “Molly” Darling Bell 363 East 76th Street Apartment 19C New York, NY 10021-2463 212-744-8264

Rosalind “Roz” Shaw Kornegay and her husband continue to work at Bridgeworks, a duplicate bridge club where they are both active players. A while back they took a trip on a well-designed boat on the inland waterways. The cruise started at Charleston, SC then travelled to historic Beaufort, SC, Daufuskie Island, Hilton Head, SC, and also Savanna, GA, which was a welcome port of call as Rosalind’s children winter there with their families. They enjoyed visiting with both families as well as a ride through the historic district in a horse drawn carriage. St. Simon’s Island, GA, Jekyll Island, GA, and Amelia Island, FL, were the last ports of call. What a wonderful trip that must have been for both of the Kornegays! Sally Whitely sent an e-mail relating that they have had a bone-dry winter in Santa Fe, NM. Martha “Molly” Darling Bell adds: That certainly is very different from our winter here. My son David says they have had nine snowstorms in Connecticut. My sister, Sarah “Sally” Darling Wimmer, and I enjoyed a visit with David and his family recently in Simsbury. Daniel, my oldest grandson, is going to Bates College in the fall. He got early acceptance and grabbed it. He was tired of waiting to find out where he would go. His brother Andrew, age 15, is shooting up to six feet and growing. His parents are pleased he can now wear shorts to Westminster so then can put off buying trousers till fall. While at my son’s we were joined for a visit by Tom and Bessie Speers who are both delightful and such an asset to the school. Hope to hear from more of you next time. Stay well!

Diana Dempsey Treco writes that she is moving to an attractive retirement spot near Cleveland. She will continue to winter in Naples, FL, avoiding the harsh Ohio winter and enjoying Margie and Maxine “Mackie” Porter Arnold ’44 among others. Margaret “Margie” Auger Kennerly still spends six months north in Connecticut and six south in Naples, FL. She recently discovered that Hope Nole Peek lives in the same apartment complex and they have had a nice luncheon together. Janice Tompkins Spurr joined Margie for a visit in Connecticut last fall with her sweet dog. Grace McGraw Parr sent a montage of pictures of our mini-reunion in New York last fall. She had just returned from a trip to Romania and Istanbul that she found fascinating, but a bit tiring “for this old lady.” 60


Dorothy “Dottie” Hirsch Loebl ’45 and her grandsons, “The A-Team”

1953 Susan “Susie” Kleinhans Gilbertson 18 Buttonwood Lane Rumson, NJ 07760-1008 732-842-0435 Susie Kleinhans Gilbertson sends her class’s updates: I spoke with Pat Hutchinson Robert ’52 and they have moved back from London. She looks as beautiful as ever! Also, I had lunch with Fern Tailor Narvaez ’51 earlier in the spring with a mutual old friend and she was such fun and full of grand tales of travelling with her grandchildren. She, too, looks fabulous! Ahh, these Walker’s girls! There was a Walker’s gathering during the winter at Kate Crichton Gubelman’s ’67 lovely home in honor of Bessie and Tom Speers. Betty Richards Tripp ’54 came down from Winter Park, along with Mary Schwerin Ritter, and me. It was also lovely to see Louise Brooks Willard ’46 there. There’s a lot of school spirit in south Florida! They showed a wonderful video of the girls’ intellectual and charitable endeavors. Mary, Betty, Annie, and I all had dinner together afterwards. Chris Yantis Downey was also here one day and hasn’t changed a bit; she’s just as attractive and hilarious as ever! Joan Grafmueller Grier sounded wonderful. They had just finished running a popular concert night that doubled as a fundraiser for PBS in Denver. They know some of the musicians involved so it must have been a blast. This was their second year running it so I think they deserve a good rest! I spoke to Bobbie Bennet and she and Bob are fine and just celebrated Bob’s birthday in New York with Jeannie Ballentine Reigel. I spoke with Molly Goodyear Gurney and her husband, Pete (A.R. Gurney), has had a new play running all winter, Black Tie. It opened to great reviews and they extended the run. There is talk of it opening in another venue sometime soon. Molly is still busy tutoring students in Harlem (she goes to and fro on her bike to get in her exercise!). She is planning more biking goals for when the weather improves. I spoke on the phone with Sally Mitchell Bass who spends a lot of time on the West Coast of Florida. And she sounded great, as did Anne Thurston Prendergast. Jeannie Ballentine Riegel was here in Florida for a short time, and Mary Schwerin Ritter and I got to see her briefly. Jeannie is busy working for a couple of

charities in NYC, but somehow manages to look younger than springtime! She sees a lot of her girls and grandchildren who live nearby. Her oldest grandchild will be graduating from Denison in May and Jeannie will be attending the big event. Diane Orlandini was here for a short visit and I saw her with Connie Neher Purcell. I (Susie Gilbertson) am returning to Rumson soon as I want to see my two oldest grandchildren play lacrosse. They are both varsity players and their teams are especially good this year. Matthew’s football team won the division championship in New Jersey last fall. It was very exciting and the Chris Yantis Downey ’53 and Susie Kleinhans Gilbertson ’53 in Palm Beach, FL in April 2011 kids and parents were thrilled! I hope everyone has a good summer and that I’ll see many of you in the fall. Suzanne “Suzy” Patterson sends: Had a wonderful trip in India — total luxury versus ghastly poverty viewed, seen, felt — feeling rather guilty about it, but anyway… That is what happens in that splendidly multifaceted country, as gorgeous wealth and all the arts contrast with the very lowest of human degradation. Apparently, there is now a quickly rising middle class, as well as some billionaires, thanks to some industries and electronics, of course. We saw many Indians in lovely jewels and silks enjoying the top Rajasthan sights, and dining in fabulous Palace hotel restaurants, the same time as we tourists did; it’s apparently a fairly new phenomenon. Paris is fine this April (early summer weather, long as that lasts). The French, thanks to Sarkozy, are at war, so to speak, trying to solve the awful and bloody Côte d’Ivoire civil war (the opposition party to President Gbagbo, who refuses to leave, won the last election). Sarkozy also contributed to NATO help for rebels in Libya, some diplomatic aid around Tunisia, Egypt and so on, and I can’t remember what else. You’ve seen all that already. The French are already present in small numbers in Afghanistan, and the French populace apparently hates that, as well as any warlike activity. President Nicolas Sarkozy’s polls are low for the next election in 2012, and Socialists are trying hard to present a more populist program contrary to the Summer 2011 61


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present UMP (Sarkozy’s moderate right-wing conservative party, Union pour un Mouvement Populaire). Also in the mix is the far rightist National Front party, now run by Marine Le Pen, the rather attractive but also quite racist daughter of National Front’s last (and bombastic) President, Jean-Marie Le Pen. The clever Dominique Strauss-Kahn, presently with the IMF (International Monetary Fund), is being spotted as a possible very popular candidate on the left for the PS (Parti Socialiste), to oust Sarkozy as President in the 2012 election, but so far has kept coyly mum on the subject.

“Shangri-la,” as we fondly refer to our house, and eventually will probably move to a nearby condo. It’s a big change of plans for us, and we are excited (not to mention relieved)! I’m afraid I won’t be able to attend the EWS Centennial events because we are hoping to be in Europe, but if plans should change, I’d love to come for Friday. Best to all our classmates!

Patricia “Trish” Sudler Stimpson is planning on coming to Centennial, September 30–October 2, 2011.

Q. Bloch Cook just returned from an “interesting trip to Cuba.” They’re off next to St. Petersburg, the Baltic States, and Copenhagen. She hopes to squeeze in a trip to Walker’s after all that. Q. has always been on board for our big events. Q. also dropped by Delray Beach, FL for a few days on the way to a Music Festival in Savannah, GA.

Nancie Magee and Jim Bourne were in Boca Grande this winter, which they love.

Mary Schwerin Ritter says, “No news!” But sent several lovely photos (below).

Nancy “Missy” Kitchell Lickle’s latest grandchild, Naia, was born in Hawaii on April 1, 2010 (our time) so she can celebrate two birthdays! And April Fool’s Day will always be fun! Elaine Rawlinson writes: All is well here with my family and me. My four grandchildren are all singers; and you may one day hear about one Delilah Montagu, as Sony wants to give her a recording contract. She and her mother, Angela, are in L.A. as I write. She is my eldest grandchild at 13-years-old and plays many instruments. Sophie is 7 and sings as clear as a bell and has been chosen to represent the school at Easter. Isadora, who is 8, plays the violin and sings, too. Peter, aged 6, makes up his own dance routines and sings. My life is very involved with opera; the Royal Opera House is my second home. I still live alone in my magnificent castle and am as content as I can be without the love of my life, who died four and half years ago. Any friends are welcome to visit if anywhere near Salisbury, which is about 40 minutes from me. Sadly, I will not be able to make the school trip. I would love to, but I am running a community event that hits at just that time. You will all be in my thoughts and I will remember all the fun and laughter on the last trip we had together. Annie Mitchell Morgan sends: My news is not about change, but rather about staying put! For about five years, Vance and I have been planning to move to a very lovely “life care” community south of Portland, ME on the ocean. But recently, when push came to shove, we mutually realized how much our friends and our involvement in the community of Kittery Point and environs (including lively Portsmouth, NH) have come to mean to us. So for the time being, we shall stay in 62


Mary Schwering Ritter ’53, Carl Gerdorff, son of Susie Kleinhans Gilbertson ’53, Susie, and Lisa Miller McIllhiny at the historic art deco Eden Roc Hotel in Miami, FL. April 2011


Mary Schwerin Ritter ’53 with her granddaughters at Hotchkiss Graduation 2010 with graduate Britta Ritter Armour, Georgetown ’14 (L) and Morgan Ritter Armour, Brown ’11

Letitia “Tisha” McClure Potter 44 Rockwood Lane Greenwich, CT 06830 203-869-6069 203-253+5653

Letitia “Tisha” Potter sends: Walker’s Centennial Celebration is September 30 through October 2 with a gala dinner October 1. So far, Terry, Debby, Liz, Meg,

Dickie and I with husbands have made reservations. I hear Suki and Betsy Broda are hoping to come. It promises be wonderful and will be even more festive to have more join us. This column brings bitter and sweet news of our classmates. We are a splendid group and continue to become more interesting as time goes on. I know you received the news about the deaths of Susan Findlay Cathey and Hope Hollister Swenson from the School. Also Sarah “Sally” Schutt Harrison’s sister, Caroline “Cookie” Schutt Brown passed away last summer. To Sally and to the families of Hopie and Susan we send our love and sympathy. I received a welcome note and a copy of the obituary from Laura Hollister ’78, Hopie’s daughter. The following is a compilation of a life well lived. Hopie married Ross B. Macdonald in 1957 and Laura was born. After a divorce in 1963 she married Roderic B. Swenson in 1968, who pre-deceased her in 1990. The Swensons moved to Ridgefield, CT from New York in 1975 where Hopie delved into the life of the town, involving herself in many volunteer projects. Concerned for and loving the natural world, she was a “Save the Elm Tree” activist, a past president of the Ridgefield Garden Club and the Garden Conservation Trust. She became a trustee of the Ridgefield Historical Society. At 55, Hopie discovered golf and became chairman of Nine Hole Golf at the Silver Spring Country Club. Devoted to the Ridgefield Library, for more than 30 years she served on and off its board, receiving the “Phyllis Paccadolmi Award” in 2009, which honors those whose commitment to the Library exemplifies Phyllis Paccadolmi’s spirit and exemplary dedication to that institution. Hopie also earned the title Emerita Director. The Assistant Librarian stated, “Hope was also a valued part of almost everything at the Library, serving on our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Capital Campaign Steering Committee and as one of our most loyal and active library users.” During her tenure on the Board of the Swenson family’s Swenson Land & Cattle Co. a further comment reports, “She was funny, often irreverent and definitely nonP.C.” After the death of Roderic Swenson, she met James B. Scudder, a Ridgefield widower, and they became constant companions before his death in 2005. Upon seeing a photo of Hopie, Carol Calhoun remarked, “’Hollister assumed a certain panache early on. Isn’t it incredible that we can ascribe to a 16-yearold ’panache?’ But I think she had it.” Hopie had many friends and enjoyed ’Lunch with the Ladies.’” She was

a lover of real books (but not e-books), dogs, and traveling. Her travels took her to England, Europe, Africa, China, India, Antarctica, Peru, Brazil, and in July 2010 to the Great Lakes on a cruise. So many will miss her humor and good companionship. Elizabeth “Betsy” Russell Broda responded to my email with news of her southern life. She is happy to be near her son, Russ, and his family in Georgia. Betsy goes to many hockey games, as both her grandsons Sage and Deacon are active in hockey programs. When not cheering for her boys, she is on outings with neighborhood friends and busy with various church ministries. “So, I am content with ’sweet tea and southern living’ where spring flowers arrived this year in late February.“ In May she will be in the Simsbury area, sitting for grandchildren Kaitlin and Jack, and she will have a chance to watch another grandson, Sam, play lacrosse at Loomis. Thrilled Betsy is hoping to come to the Centennial on October 1. I am happy to report that Barbara “Bobbie” Lehrman Weinberg called both Liz and me. We both were delighted to hear from her after such a long, long time. Bobbie feels she has experienced so much in life, both good and bad. She had a near-death experience some years ago, which has left her with limited eyesight in one eye, but she cherishes every day. She has a daughter and a son. In 1978, she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is a devoted member, as are her children and grandchildren. Matthew, a grandson, did his missionary service in Chile. A high point was when the whole family sang in the Tabernacle. With three grandsons, Mark, Matthew and Michael, whom she calls her “three M and M’s,” and one granddaughter, Jessica Rose, she feels blessed. I gathered art has been a passion, and she continues to paint. Those who see her work think it is wonderful, and one painting was in the running to be used for a U.S. postage stamp. I hope it is not too long before I hear from Bobbie again, for her life story is interesting and she has a lovely voice and is full of enthusiasm. As for Liz Nash Muench, she is very well. She confessed that the days seem to be getting shorter, as suddenly it is noon and she is just organized for the day. I can agree with that myself! Liz had news of Hopey Phelps’ daughter, Piki, who is moving to New York City this summer. Piki’s two boys, Adrian, age 16, and Olivier, age 15, will attend school in the city, while her husband, Guido, works at BNP Paribas in New York. Liz is wonderful as she keeps in touch with a myriad of people.

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Lindsay who does gymnastics and is on a rope jumping team. Morgan also is into gymnastics, and Taylor dances. Suki has had a spine stimulator put in her back to ease chronic pain. May it give you better days.

Marilyn Hodges Wilmerding ’60 and Liz Nash Muench ’55 flank Sam Webb, a mutual friend, at the Biltmore Estate in April 2011

Jenny Stewart Chandler and Bruce were able to spend some time in Bray’s Island this winter. She will attend her nephew’s wedding in San Francisco this September. Natalie Fesenmyer Emery is hard to keep up with. She continues to teach teenagers defensive driving and is going to the Virginia International Raceway in early June for a weekend get-together of her driving club with her BMW. She is in the advanced group, the highest level, and confesses that now that she is not racing she is driving faster and safer than before. She must have finely tuned herself as well as her car. Recently, she moved into an apartment in Warrenton, but is still keeping her lovely house in the country, which she built several years ago. Warrenton’s allure combines good friends and acquaintances with working opportunities and a great gym that she visits four to five times a week. Her daughter, Heather, has taken over her horse business. Both her son and daughter live nearby. Cheers for Deborah “Debby” Williams MacKenzie who is an effective, hard working Trustee for Walker’s. And more cheers as she is in remission again from her cancer. The winter in Captiva, FL has been wonderful and she is feeling stronger and “weller.” Good for you, Debby. This July all MacKenzies will gather in Bermuda for her husband, Dave’s, 80th birthday. I hope to see her grandson, Jake Stimmel, this summer when he plays polo for White Birch Farm, a team in Greenwich. Jake is one of Debby’s daughter’s four sons from Texas. During the rest of the year Jake is a student at Texas Tech. I heard from Suzanne “Suki” Holmes Welch who spends much time following sports games — soccer, hockey, and baseball — cheering for her grandchildren nearby in Maine. The others are farther away, including 64


Remember the super moonrise on March 18th? The moon was at its closest point to the Earth (the perigee) in 18 years, making it appear larger and brighter than at the other times. Terry Treman Williams and Joe went out on their deck to enjoy this phenomenon. Oops! Terry tripped and ended up with two broken bones in her ankle. By this publication, hopefully she will be mended. She is very cheery and getting a lot of reading done while she keeps her foot elevated. May your ankle be stronger than before. She is delighted to be living in Charleston, SC now, not far from daughter Margot. Carol Large Calhoun writes: At dinner, while a neighbor was “sugaring off” sap from my maple trees, I met the neighbor’s dynamic mother, Bushnell “Bushy” Pearce ’39. The next day Bushy had lunch with EWS roommate Jane Miller ’39, who lives in nearby Middlebury, VT. I have great news. My daughter, Clarissa Potter ’85, had a son on November 8, 2010 in Washington, D.C. at 43 years old. Ethan is strong and growing fast, and quite a charmer with many smiles. He joins my son Alex’s two boys Jackson, 8, and Miles, 5. I am learning a lot Tisha Potter’s ’55 grandson, Ethan about babies in this generation. No blankets in the crib, they must sleep on their backs, and car seats should be used for the slightest forward motion in a car, etc. My older grandsons have helmets for biking and helmets for skiing, which all add up to so much gear in the household. It is all much more complicated raising kids these days.

1956 Adrianne Massie Hill 2771 Peachtree Road N.E. #10 Atlanta, GA 30305 404-846-2321 404-790-6209

Adrianne Massey Hill sends her class updates: As we have all received and perhaps read the recent Winter 2011 Sundial, which included our class notes written last October, I hasten to start right away with a mea culpa to Margaret “Peg” Peck Blosser. An incorrect early draft sent to School by me referred to Peg’s husband as Blosser. Wrong! His first name, as I well know, is Denver. Peg and I had an immediate phone call when I saw this error, and picked up as if we had seen each other yesterday. Peg and Denver continue to enjoy travel both here and abroad, their golf games at the ready. Peg told me that her son, Matt, has just moved from California to the Washington, D.C. area, not far from Oakton, VA where Peg and her family had previously lived. Peg’s two daughters live in Charlotte, and it sounds to me as if she does a great job of keeping in touch with her family and Denver’s as well. Phoebe Haffner Andrew and I have been in touch recently about plans for the Centennial Celebration in the fall, and so I do know that she and Lucius have been in Mexico for part of the winter of strange weather all over the country. Mal and I hope to see the Andrews in July when we plan to be in Seattle. Nancy Lanphier Chapin should be appointed our “Class Detective!” We keep in touch throughout the year by email and phone, but most recently, Nancy has been investigating our Maypole dance and celebration. Apparently, there are not too many such occasions to be found, and so I hope when at School to learn more about what ours may be like in today’s world. The Chapins have always been involved with the history and life of Abraham Lincoln, and so in February they were involved with two important birthdays: Abraham Lincoln’s and Nancy’s husband, Chick’s. Nancy’s sorry not to be able to be with us this fall. Clarina Schwarzenbach Firmenich and I have always shared Christmas cards, and this year she sent one that was a collage of both her family and those of her companion, Susan Sidjanski, best of all a great picture of the two of them! Several of you have asked if Clarina could come back in the fall!!! Oh, we would wish! Sometimes I feel geographically challenged! The Southeast is a lot bigger than I had imagined, and so when I talk with Peg Peck Blosser in Aiken, SC or with Rosanne Blair Kelly who lives in Asheville, NC, I keep thinking that neither is really that far away! Not the case. For many years in the spring, Rosanne has gone to Isle of Palms, SC, with a group of tennis friends, this year’s trip coming up in a few weeks. When at home she continues her usual games of bridge, which she

enjoys, as do many of us. Serena, Rosanne and I were pulling for Tiger Woods at the Masters a couple of weeks ago! We hope to see Rosanne when we head west in June. We have some very nice husbands among our classmates, and as I have just talked to Max Geddes for the second time in as many weeks, I know that Aileen “Missy” Turnbull Geddes is well as is her family. The Geddes family was just in Hobe Sound for a holiday. Melinda “Linen” Miller Greenough and I have had several emails back and forth over the last few months, but most recently had a long telephone conversation. While we were reminiscing about this and that, all of a sudden Linen said, “A, I’ve got to go — there is a heifer that is calving right now!” And this after she had spotted a peacock in full array! Linen and her husband, Doug, are active ranchers in Sheridan, WY, and when time permits, enjoy traveling in their camper. A very special trip coming up next month is to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY, a beautiful spot. Branson, MO, home of great country music, may be on their itinerary in late summer, and I am hoping that Simsbury might be a possibility in the fall. Linen and I both share a great love for the Episcopal Church. In April, I received a very nice Easter note from Katharine “Kiki” Judd who lives in Larkspur, CA. Thank you, Kiki. Paper mail is fading fast. Barbara Bidwell Manuel and I had such a good time on the phone. Barbara has had a successful knee replacement surgery, and although contemplating the other knee for the same, is definitely planning to be in Simsbury with us in the fall, at least for part of the weekend, and then off to Italy shortly afterwards. Barbara said that the very excellent choir, Gloria Dei Cantores, with which she has been very involved for many years, is touring with the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Barbara’s daughter and son-in-law are both connected with the Choir. Mal and I heard them sing in Atlanta several years ago, and they are tops. Gail Sheppard Moloney had just returned from a visit in New York with her nine grandchildren (!!) when I spoke with her earlier in April. As you may recall from earlier notes about Gail, she gracefully manages to find time for her three daughters and their families, none of whom live near her, but never mind. In addition, visits with the Moloney family occur on a regular basis. That’s Gail! She and her husband, Phil, have been spending the winter at their home in Vero Beach, FL, and will spend the summer months in a rental in Connecticut near their former home in Greenwich. Gail is greatly Summer 2011 65


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looking forward to being at School in the fall for the Centennial Celebration. After some telephone tag Caroline “Carol” Stanwood and I had a long conversation one Sunday afternoon in April. Carol has recently moved from Aurora, CO to Denver, CO. She is still near her sister, Tessa, brotherin-law, their children, and in 2011, a new grandnephew, making Carol a great aunt! A milestone! Carol continues her counseling work with ongoing clients and most recently has been working for a crisis center two evenings a week. Singing continues to be her joy, and this year marked a first: she took part in a National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. Carol and her sister are both planning to come to School for the Centennial Celebration in September, and we are plotting about some singing and playing wherever we might be able to find a piano! Carol and I also discovered that she, as well as Dorothy Doubleday Massey, my husband, Mal, and I, have all participated in summer weeks of singing as part of the Berkshire Choral Festival at different times. Six degrees… Edith “Edie” Radley and I spoke on the phone in February as a longtime friend of ours and Gail’s died after a long illness. Edie sounded well and remains very close to her niece and family who live in Greenwich. Mary Laird Silvia was very thoughtful as she was settling into her new home in Pennsylvania. It looks lovely. She mailed me some good photographs, which I will bring to school, and then see if there isn’t a way to pass them on to all of you. (Scanning has not yet become part my skill set!) In addition to our pictures, Mary sent a set of more good pictures taken of her and her husband, Pete, on a fascinating trip to South America, a “dip down to the top of the Antarctic peninsula and a trip halfway up the Amazon.” Mary, if you could be with us in September, hint, we could hear more about this extensive journey. Mary and I had a wonderful visit here in Atlanta a couple of years ago, which I hope she might repeat! Serena Stewart and I are planning to drive to school from New York. Talked with her just the other day. She remains happily committed to Hope Lodge in New York, enjoys all that New York has to offer, and keeps my needlepoint straight! Adrianne writes: Our lives here in Atlanta have been filled with music of all kinds. Both of us continue to sing in the Cathedral Choir at St. Philip’s, and I in the smaller choir, Schola, which sings Evensong every Sunday afternoon from September until May. In January I was elected to the Chapter (vestry) of the Cathedral



and will serve a three-year term, representing the Choir as my constituency. We meet monthly unless there is something extraordinary, and even though I am definitely on the older side of the group of 18, I can’t say enough about how well the Cathedral itself is run, both spiritually and financially. Mal and I both continue as volunteers at the Cathedral in a variety of ways and each of us records weekly at the Georgia Radio Reading Service, an internet/special radio service for blind and print-impaired listeners. I have just finished Candide by Voltaire and will begin The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane next week. The dean of the Cathedral, Sam Candler, is an outstanding man, and as I write this, he is one of six candidates to be elected as the Bishop of Washington, D.C. I left Evelyn “Evie” Lisle Rooney a voice mail about Sam. Of course, we wish him well if elected, but personally, I hope that he will remain with us. Since I last wrote to you, a new Hill has come into our world! Charles Malvern Hill, called Charlie, was born on October 29, 2010 to our son, Mal, and his wife, Margaret. Charlie joins his sister, Caroline, who is almost 3. Last Sunday the Hills were here, and Mal and I had a chance to play our piano and cello, featuring “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” for Caroline! Mal has recently resumed his cello lessons, and so we hope to make a big musical impression on our grandchildren! Some of the other classes at school have thoughtfully paid tribute to their deceased members, and I would like to do the same in these notes. We remember very fondly: Evelyn “Evie” Bardeen Leach, Lynn Fentress Underhill, Connie Irwin Bray, Bonnie King Harrison, Anne Machold Rooks, Caroline “Cookie” Schutt Brown, and Nancy Sherwood O’Hearn. I wish each of you a very Happy Easter on Sunday and hope that some sort of peace and order may find its way to Japan, to the Middle East and to other troubled spots in the coming months.

1957 Sandra “Sandy” Lipson Ryon PO Box 378 6684 Phillips Mill Road Solebury, PA 18963 215-862-9307

showing, as we were at the school while Ethel Walker was still alive. Remember Dogswood Day at her home? So far Ann Middleton Buckley, Kate McNally Cote, Lucy Rosenberry Jones, Margaret “Meg” Lindsay, Lynn Sheppard Manger, Priscilla “Penny” Reynolds Roosevelt, Elena Miller Shoch are coming, with Jane “Janie” Sullivan Reese a very strong possibility. I think Sally Chapin Levin will stop in as she is nearby. It would be nice if a few more show up as well.

Elizabeth “Betsy” F. (Rauch) Rainoff ’53 at the Deep Run Hunt with Angelene “Angie” Varick Pell ’57 in September 2010

1958 Barbara “Barbie” Welles Bartlett 4853 Congress Street Fairfield, CT 06430-1751 203-259-2346 Co-Class Correspondent, Elizabeth “Libby” “Junior Birdman” Sturges asks her class: What was one of the funniest things you remember about being at Walker’s? I remember Miss Darling, the dancing teacher speaking to Posey, couldn’t say the word ’Wrape,’ so she called Posey ’Miss Wrape-eh.’


Martyn Smith Belmont was wonderful and answered so promptly, writing: So, what is new in my life? My oldest grandson will graduate from University of California at Berkeley in June and has been hired by Teach for America for a two-year stint. He has a double major in Spanish and Drama (say what?) in the stage production side and just won the Eisner Award for Technical Stage Production. So my plans for him to be a lawyer appear dead in the water and he plans to go to graduate school for drama after Teach for America. 50,000 graduates applied to Teach for America and they took 5,600! Twenty percent of the Harvard graduating class applied! His sister will be a freshman in high school next year. My daughter had her fourth child (help!!!), but after three darling boys she now has a girl, Paige. So all is well with her except figuring out how to pay for all these children. Fortunately, her husband works like a dog and she and a friend have a budding, quite successful interior design business. My Canadian group is doing well. My son, Bryce, is up for Chair of the English Department at the University of Western Ontario (the U.S.C. of Canada, he calls it). His wife published her second book, and Hannah will be a senior in high school, and Matt a freshman. I continue to sell a house here or there. It is neither as fun nor as lucrative as it used to be. Both buyers and sellers are annoying to deal with, and the banks…the words I have for them are unprintable. I’m the President of a little foundation in Pasadena and next year I will be President of the Pasadena Garden Club. I play tennis three to four days a week and see Elena Miller Shoch a lot. Life is good in Pasadena. I hope all is well with everyone.

Class Correspondent Lynn Sheppard Manger sent her class’s updates:

From another warm climate, Miami, FL, Esperanza “Pichi” Alfaro writes: My biggest news is that all three of us, my kids and I, have jobs…and in Miami! This is a great thing! In addition, we are all in great health! Otherwise, I have no exiting travel news, and my adult children are still single and I have no grandkids (not that I think I can handle any now). Sorry to be the everboring classmate, but I am very content with my life! My love to all! Pichi, we do hope you will come for the Centennial. We’s love to see you at our 40th.

The big news for this bulletin is the upcoming Ethel Walker School Centennial Celebration on October 1-2, 2011. I do hope our class will have a tremendous

Now from across the pond in Oxford, England, Elise “Sis” Becket Smith says: First of all, our 40th

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anniversary is on the 2nd of October, and we are taking our son and daughter and their spouses to Venice for the weekend; so I’m afraid Simsbury rather pales in comparison! [Sis, congratulations on 40th anniversary, we will miss you but understand your choice of Venice. – LSM] The (classical) music festival I started nine years ago continues to thrive ( and takes up quite a lot of time. The instrument collection I started in 1998 now has 54 instruments (mostly strings) for the study and performance of baroque and classical music; it is held at the Royal Academy of Music in London. We just published a very handsome catalogue of the Collection, and I am glad to say that it is already out of date; two more instruments have just been acquired. We moved from London to Oxford in September ’09 and are enjoying it very much. I am insinuating myself into the music scene here, but our main focus is on The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, part of Oxford University, which opened its doors in the autumn of 2008 and is doing some very interesting work. I can be seen bicycling around Oxford on a very handsome pink and green bike — the vehicle of choice even for black-tie dinners since 15th century town planning was not concerned with parking cars. Our children have produced three granddaughters and two grandsons for our amusement and pleasure. We are fortunate in that they all live reasonably close and we see them often. We still have the country house in Gloucestershire and split our time roughly evenly between Oxford and Tetbury. Long summer holidays are spent on Cape Cod, in Chatham — I have tried to unearth Wendy Willard, but so far without success! Most of us will be turning 70 this year — is 70 the new 40? Definitely!!! Margaret “Meg” Lindsay continues to paint and gets to New York City periodically, so we can catch up. Her news starts: This winter has been a challenge, as I was recovering from shoulder surgery to have a bone spur removed — very dull this coping with aging bodies! All is well now. At the same time I was continuing to do business representing a Hong Kong art book printer and also a New Hampshire art book printer, since the currency keeps fluctuating in Asia. Some of my paintings are on display at a special restaurant in Tarrytown, NY called Sweet Grass, which features fresh food from Stone Barns Farm on the Rockefeller Estate nearby. Since those paintings are of owls and sheep, they suit the restaurant. Gary is still teaching high school physics, and son Nick and family with three sons ages 12, 9, and 5, are doing well, still in Wellesley, MA. At this stage in life, it’s kind of funny to find myself at kids’ football games and trampoline birthday parties but I guess that goes with the territory of being a grandparent! 68


I also got to catch up with Kate McNally Cote in New York. She says she has not much news, but goes on to say, “Wish I could think of something to pass on.” She suggests I mention that her daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Pete, have bought a house in New Hampshire on Lake Kanasatka. Kitty will be celebrating her 70th with them and their two adorable boys. “I truly can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be!” From Colorado, Nancy Gerdau Graves writes: I went to Annie Dobbin Bailliere’s surprise 70th in Baltimore on March 5th. Her two daughters, Lisi and Alexandra, who flew in from San Francisco, and Tommie, Annie’s husband, planned it. It was in a private room of a downtown restaurant (forget the name) for about 50 friends and family, and in typical Annie form, she burst into tears when they opened the doors. Nancy goes on that she will not be able to attend EWS’s Centennial because she will be celebrating her birthday with her sisters and daughters on Martha’s Vineyard, thanks to a niece, who is giving them her boarding house for the celebration. A very happy birthday, Nancy. Maud Garver Greer, also from Colorado, says all is well with her, but no news. She is a fan of Henning Mankell, the Swedish author. Any other fans in our class? I just got the latest book, which will be the last Kurt Wallender. I cannot believe it. I always get a nice and colorful email from Nancy Rathborne. She is still loving Florida and keeping busy. Everything is well with her. Lynn Drury Womsley was also very prompt with her response and writes: There’s not much to report from my end. Rob and the girls drove to Dayton and gave me a wonderful surprise 70th birthday. We all stayed at the Marriott and just had a ball. There were friends there from all over. Rob picked the guests…some of Rob’s friends, some of Steven’s friends, and my very closest and dearest friends from Dayton and Tennessee. It was small, intimate, and laughter-filled…some of us hung in until 4:00 a.m. Other than that, not much is new. I spent several weekends in Chicago. McKay, my granddaughter, was in two incredible “Beatles” shows. She had five solos. She’s really got some talent and as long as her Mimi can drive, I do not intend to miss one single event! It has been a long snowy winter. I love the cold and snow but it is nice to once again have a warm house and the beginnings of flowers. I hope this finds you all well…I will look forward to our class news! Back to California, San Francisco this time, from Michele du Pont Goss: No real news here, particularly

anything of any interest to anyone else! No, we did not get to New York this year which annoyed me as I really wanted to go for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it is fun!!! Unfortunately, Richard had a ruptured disc in mid-January and he is stuck on the second floor of our house. So that’s about it. My news is getting a chairlift installed in my home. We are hoping to get to Fishers Island this summer. Since we are in Sandsong, the steps are no problem. Getting there is a bit much. Can’t wait to read what everyone is doing and sorry not to have more interesting news. Now to the Chicago area where Ann Middleton Buckley writes: Sorry I have been so remiss about responding to your requests for Take Note. I had a very nice dinner with Bessie Speers in Chicago and am hoping to be in Simsbury for Centennial Weekend. As far as news about me, I am still working as a travel consultant even though I sold my business several years ago to Valerie Wilson Travel in New York. My favorite place to travel is Africa. My last trip was to Zambia and I plan to return to Kenya in November. I have been fortunate that my business has taken me to distant corners of the world during the past 30 years. My family all live close to me. My two sons live in Wisconsin and my daughter in Chicago. Two are married and I have three grandchildren, ages 1, 3, and 7. At home, I have a standard poodle puppy, two Bengal cats, and a longtime friend who shares my enthusiasm for golf and travel. The Chicago Symphony and the Chicago History Museum and Chicago’s theater scene round out my cultural involvements. I would love to see any of our classmates traveling to Chicago. It has become a really exciting place to be! Also from the Midwest, I had a chance to speak to Lucy Rosenberry Jones recently. Her big news is that she married a wonderful man last November 20th. Her husband’s name is Jim Johnson. They had a very small ceremony with a larger celebratory dinner following. It was also the day of the horrendous ice storm, which luckily did not affect the two of them. They live in St. Paul for city life and have a place in Wayzata, MN on the lake. Lucy is also fortunate to be near her daughter and grandchildren, and she sounds absolutely wonderful. I get to see Roberta Downs Sandeman from time to time in New York. She writes: Just returned from spending the winter in Gstaad. It is great fun with all sorts of international types, as well as grandchildren — I now have three: one girl age 6, and two boys ages 4 and 2 who live in Zurich and St. Moritz. They are a delight, as I am sure everyone’s grandchildren are. I went to Azerbaijan and Georgia with European friends. If anyone thinks that the dollar has had it, it hasn’t. In

the most remote villages, the denomination of the US dollar from pay machines is $100.00! In June, I went to Paris for the celebrations at the Palace of Versailles where I once lived. Great fun! Then back to Paris in November for a friend’s birthday party at the Jockey Club. Best to everyone. Mentioning Paris brings us to Judithe Lange Bizot who writes: A few bits of news: I took Julie “Muffy” Jeppson’s daughter, Julie, my godchild, to Egypt with me! The timing was not ideal, but no refunds meant we had to go and it was wonderful. First, we went to the Red Sea to scuba dive (I do underwater photography as my new hobby). We spent ten days aboard ship and dove about three to four times a day, encountering sharks, turtles, tuna, and all sorts of other fish. Unfortunately, the Red Sea is not the most colorful, as it has only a few soft corals; and while the hard ones are interesting, they are not as beautiful. Nonetheless, it was good diving, and really we were about the only ones out there, due to recent events. We also spent two terrific days in Cairo. The graffiti work on the walls was so dynamic due to the inspiration of the “revolution” and the artists’ interpretations of the events in Tahrir Square. The Middle East is having its heyday and we’re hoping very much that the people will be on the winning side. Here in France we are watching the events very closely, and in any case, there were many very exciting moments for us girls in the streets of Cairo! Besides that, spring in Paris is here and I have my hands happily full with three grandchildren, all boys. Other than that, I’m hoping to become involved a bit with a French American International School (located in San Francisco, where my son went to school for a short while), as they are preparing for their 50th anniversary and I still feel quite involved with issues concerning bilingual education and cultural diversity due to my many years at UNESCO. Judy goes on: I had a note from Ann Wood Metelli, who is restoring a castle in Italy and doing all sorts of cultural events there. I went to see her last year and met her husband, who is a wonderful painter. I also saw Meg Lindsay last year, who looked good and is doing some great art work as well. Look forward to hearing all about the Centennial activities. Judy, I hope you will come. In the Washington, DC area, Jane “Janie” Sullivan Reese is doing well. She is seriously considering returning for the Centennial. She has seen Penny Reynolds Roosevelt, who, I understand, will be returning for the big weekend. We all had such a good Summer 2011 69


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time at our 50th, I know this will be even bigger and better. From our notes, you can see that several have celebrated or will celebrate in the near future a big birthday. Perhaps we can have a joint big bash for our 70th at the Centennial. I will supply the cake and candles. Again, the event is the weekend of September 30–October 2, 2011. I have booked a room at the Simsbury Inn along with several other classmates, so go to their website and book now. We will have a fantastic time. I would like to add that I received the best response from the classmates that have their email listed. The requests that I mailed, even with return envelope were ignored. So please give me your email in order to have your news included. Many, many thanks to all of you above who so kindly answered my request one more time.

1960 Phyllis Richard Fritts 910 Ladybug Lane Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-234-7096 From Clara Perkins Stites: This past Christmas produced a bonanza of grandchildren. Our daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Peter, had their first child, a son, born just before Christmas. His name is Zoeth Emerson Stites-Smith...quite an array of family names from both his parents. Then on January 9, our son, Page, and his wife, Sarah, had their second child, a girl named Hope Anne Stites. Hope is the sister of Ethan Page Stites, age 2. We feel very fortunate to have them living nearby. Ellen Corroon Petersen writes: I’m in Florida right now (April) at a Garden Club of America zone meeting. I haven’t run into any EWS women yet. Anne “Nanno” Carpenter Bienstock and I each took one grandchild to a dude ranch in Arizona last month. From her iPhone, Margot Campbell Bogert says: My husband is in retirement mode and we are spending more time in our house in Palmetto Bluff, SC. I am working hard for Walker’s and look forward to seeing everyone at our Centennial. Christy Hoffman Brown emails: I just returned from a wonderful 18 leisurely days in Rome, Lucca, Ravenna, Verona, and Venice. Unfortunately, I broke my collarbone just before leaving, which didn’t hinder my 70


raising a great glass of Italian wine each day. My ’sports injury’ will delay my playing golf this spring so I may put in more time at the Morgan Library where I volunteer. Harriet Blees Dewey writes: Nothing much new since our 50th except good news, which is everyone is healthy and all the “grands” (15 of them) are behaving appropriately. Three are off to college next year, one to Princeton and two to Middlebury; and the youngest two start first grade in the fall. It all keeps us on our toes and very happy. I love getting to know Walker’s better since our reunion. There is a lot of spirit there and solid mission to educate young women in our fast changing world. It feels good to be on campus. From Susan Shierling Riegel Harding: I just got back from a quick trip to Florida and Virginia. I had a lovely four-hour lunch with Patricia “Patty” Kelsey Schultz. We met in Charlottesille, half way between Richmond, where Patty lives, and Lexington, VA, where I was visiting my 101-year-old ex-mother-in-law. We had the kind of conversation I wish we’d all had time to have at the rather hectic 50th reunion. With the death of my 93-year-old friend, who was like a father to me, I now can do a bit more travelling and hope to schedule time to visit with some of you on the East Coast. And, I was able to host a luncheon for EWS folks in the San Diego area this month. Patricia “Patty” Connors Warrender emails: Life is busy and good here. Puppies born two weeks ago, which will keep me close to home for three months. The grandchildren and my oldest son were here for a long weekend, which is always a special treat for me as they live a few hours away. Hope is 14 and Christian is almost 12. We were all together on Great Exuma at Christmas enjoying the sun and incredible water there together with my youngest son, a Marine, who had just returned from Afghanistan. Looking forward to Montana in August, when I get to read all the books on my bedside table. Miss everyone and so enjoyed our weekend together to celebrate our 50th. I cherish the memories. We must try to get together more often. From Abra Prentice Wilkin: My news is short but all sweet, especially the March birth of my sixth grandchild, and first to my son, Anthony Anderson, and his wife, Eve. We’ve had a wonderful winter in warm and sunny Florida but did take in the tail end of the Chicago blizzard while Jim successfully recovered from surgery there. We’ve taken a few trips in and around Florida, some resort family reunions in Lake Mohunk and San Diego. We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, as well as Jim’s 70th birthday. Bea Banker joined me in Hobe Sound to help Alita Reed celebrate her 70th in May…most of us have that to look forward

to next year. I’m co-chairing the EWS Centennial in October and encourage all of you to return for that weekend and bring your fellas. Being back on the Board with fellow members of our extraordinary class (Margot Bogert and now Harriet Blees Dewey) has been a challenge, but also great fun to be part of the school’s growth and to see all that Bessie Speers is doing to return our alma mater to more glory days. Cheers to all!

smart, funny, loving, supportive — my dearest friend. Speaking of dear friends, I am also in good touch with Dane Nichols, Patsy Ladd Carega, Carla Meyer and had a great lunch with Suzy Sivage Borland when she was in town. Suzy says she is looking forward to the Centennial.


Elizabeth “Liz” Yinkey Moore and husband Chip’s travels this past year bring us some great class news. They saw Anne Brainard Schmitt and her husband, Steve, over the New Year at their home on Dataw Island, SC. She reports that ’Pooh’ looks great and must be one of the most active members of our class. She plays tennis, golfs and does yoga. Yinks also saw Susan Day Mechelli and her husband, Alberto, in Florence last spring. The Mechellis are now making their own olive oil and doing well. Their daughter lives in Milan. Yinks and her husband split their time between Chestertown, MD, Watch Hill, and NYC. They had a wonderful trip to Key West to play golf.

Cynthia Higgins Roby 40 Cable Roadway Sausalito, CT 94965-2302 415-332-6556 Patricia “Patsy” Ladd Carega reports: My second daughter, Alessia, will be married in San Francisco on April 30. Though the wedding is very small, we have lost one couple to William and Kate. No mugs, matches, or souvenirs for us! I will be in San Francisco for two weeks and, of course, am looking forward to catching up with my old roommate and unforgettable friend, Cindy Roby. I have two adorable granddaughters ages 2 years and 10 months; they are a handful for my daughter, Francesca, who lives in London and works at the Wellcome Trust. Alessia works for Saatchi and Saatchi S, which is their sustainability arm. She and her soonto-be husband live in San Francisco. Marco lives in Miami and works for Kroll Graphics. Livia is at Columbia Business School. How fun for me to have a child in the Northeast again! I had never been north of 96th Street and it is great to discover a whole new world in Harlem. Columbia is a wonderful place. My gallery has weathered the financial storm for another year. If anyone is in New Hampshire, please do call or stop by. Cindy Roby writes: My happiest news this year is that my eldest son, Jay, is engaged to Ali Christie. Although she is not a Walker’s girl, she is absolutely wonderful. Ali and Jay live and work in San Francisco. My youngest son, Nick, is also here. All three of them work incredibly hard at good jobs. It is wonderful having my sons back ’in the hood.’ Both went to school and worked on the East Coast. I have been retired now for a few years and I am volunteering in the community and writing a newsletter for a local non-profit. My favorite Walker’s girl, my mother, Elise Higgins ’40, lives at a local retirement community nearby and we see each other often. Even though she has to deal with the difficulties of Parkinson’s Disease, she is a marvel,

Carla Meyer sends: My latest news of the rialto is that I’m working with Leonardo DiCaprio on a Clint Eastwood film about J. Edgar Hoover.

Dane Nichols is busy in Washington, D.C. She has been involved with the annual Environmental Film Festival for years. This past year they showed 150 films in 13 days. As I write this note in March, she was looking forward to having dinner with Carla. Deborah Warren reports: Much of my focus is on my three grandchildren, all of whom live nearby — I’m lucky. I’ve published three collections of poetry and am doing a bit of writing these days. This year has been saddened by my sister Sarah’s death; we were a year apart and very close. My oldest daughter is 42, and my last child, 18, is a college freshman! Hope all’s well with you! (Deborah is a name I’ve graduated into over the years…) Dorothy “Dotty” Corbiere sends: I did try to call you months ago, but the days just fly by with so little time! I am still teaching math and robotics at a K-8 private school in Weston and involved in quite a bit of school related professional development. This allows me to see Karen Garrison at meetings! The rest of my time is spent doing a bit of private tutoring at the high school level, which keeps my math skills current, and doing a lot of grandmothering! My daughter ,Caitlin Salyer, has four really great kids and a saint of a husband and they live a mile down the road, so I am there every day after school. The two oldest go to Meadowbrook, so I see them in the halls and at lunch! I am still running/ swimming/biking to preserve my sanity. We spent a weekend in Lake Placid last summer where Caitlin did Summer 2011 71


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birthday. My sister, Wendy West Brenninkmeijer ’77, did a fabulous job of organizing everything and everybody (including writing a song), and we all had a super time being together! Suzanne “Suzy” Chapin Berl says she is looking forward to the Centennial. Between her and her husband, they have 10 grandchildren. Is that a class record?

Daughter Caitlin Salyer and grandchildren of Dotty Ferguson Corbiere ’64 at Lake Placid, NY

the Ironman — an insane feat! I think of many of my classmates, but never seem to get to Reunions. I used to see Anne Brainard on a regular basis as our now deceased mothers lived in the same nursing facility. Hope all is well with you. New York City is still home for Helen Vinton Lally, who continues her career as a fine arts appraiser. Her son, Matthew, 29, is pursuing a degree in creative writing at Columbia and daughter, Jess, 25, is with the natural history museum in Los Angeles. It’s a hula dance for Karen Johnson Garrison! Although she teaches math, science, and robotics at the Chestnut Hill School in Massachusetts, she also rents a house in Kauai, HI. Hawaii is a happy destination for her to rendezvous with her two West Coast children. Daughter Kate is a nurse and lives near Mt. Baker in Washington. Son Grant lives in Santa Monica, CA and works for the Pepsi Refresh Project, a grantmaking division of the company. Nancy West Hannah sends: Last summer my dad, John P. West, hosted a family reunion on Cape Cod for his children and grandchildren in celebration of his 90th

Wendy Frey Textor and George sound wonderful. They are still living in Seattle. Daughter Katie lives in NYC. She has just had second child, William, who joins his 3year-old sister, Riley. Los Altos, south of San Francisco, is the new home for Wendy’s son, Clinton, and his wife, Helen. They have two boys, Georgie and Charlie, and are thriving. Son Andrew lives in San Francisco and works for a company that is part of Fox Broadcasting and designs video games. Seddon Kelly Beatty writes: I retired from 32 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade in the Newton, MA public schools in 2005. Since then I have been busy doing all sorts of fun, challenging, and fulfilling things. Life is good. I started off my retirement by signing on to write preschool literacy curriculum to go with twenty “Between the Lions” shows for WGBH, the local PBS station. A few years later, I wrote science and social studies curriculum for one of Boston’s charter schools. For the past two years, through Wheelock College’s Aspire Institute, I have mentored a new Boston teacher. I also teach low-level readers at a correctional facility in Concord, MA. I recommend this to anyone; the inmates are thankful, attentive, and hard working. I have resumed my interest in pottery after a very long hiatus, and am beginning to give and sell some. I don’t think Miss B would enter any of it in an art show, but I will improve with time! I also do some desktop publishing for two organizations, as well as their annual slide show presentations. Remember all those photos I took of you? Now others are the focus of my lens. My summers are spent at Lake George. Because my husband has retired, we will be spending more and more time there. The swimming, boating, hiking, and community are wonderful and refreshing. Son James (Jamie to us) lives and works in D.C.


Family of Nancy West Hannah ’64 and sister, Wendy West Brenninkmeijer ’77, at their dad’s 90th birthday celebration on Cape Cod



Stephanie Burns 72 Campground Road Lee, NH 03824-9801 603-659-7030 603-969-9929

1967 Caroline Adams Muller 14 East 75th Street Apartment 6E New York, NY 10021 301-580-5459

1969 Katharine “Katy” Murphy Ingle 918 Windsor Road Glenview, IL 60025 847-724-8560 Cate Lord 30363 Hilltop Drive Everygreen CO 80439-8753 303-674-7419 Spring 2011 news respectfully submitted by your CoClass Correspondent, Cate Lord: Thanks to everyone who contributed to our class news; I particularly enjoyed hearing everyone’s favorite song choice. What a variety! On the subject of turning 60 this year — it seems our feelings about turning 60 run the gambit from “no big deal” to “OMG! What happened here!” Many of us have lost parents and are involved in the time-consuming details of settling estates. We are celebrating the births of grandchildren and the successes of children as we mourn our parents. Amidst the troubles, we remain strong and positive and continue to look to the future with humor and optimism. I was lucky enough to catch a lunch with Jill Reighley Christensen in Florida as she arrived and I left. She, Wes, her three handsome sons, wives and girlfriend, her grandchildren, and the rest of her family had all gathered to say goodbye to their father. Mr. Reighley, a kind and generous man, who many of you may remember from our EWS days, passed away peacefully at the age of 93. Jill sends her love to all of us and wants us to know that until last summer, her father had been in great health and the family continues to be grateful for that. Jill adds: I am currently working long hours as the Clinical Nurse Manager of a VA clinic. The work is challenging, rewarding and full of surprises. Kids and grandkids and my Mom are all well. Nice to have Mom still with us! I am putting the Centennial Celebration on my Travelocity alert.

In the final hour, Barbara “Barney” Arnold wrote: OK, you got me with this appeal. A little bit of news about me and my family: I still go by the nickname, Barney, but now am also known as Granny Barney. We have two young grandsons and a new granddaughter; and being a grandparent really is a joyful experience. I had a full left hip replacement last December, so between the grandchildren and a new spring in my step, I have happily begun my sixth decade. I continue to teach elementary school and have lately gotten involved in planning the third Massachusetts Poetry Festival ( Our last child began college in the fall, so my husband and I have rather painlessly adjusted to this new life stage, and since he is a poet (as well as small business owner), we are working together on the Festival. It’s nice to share a big, meaningful project. Does anyone remember memorizing Hamlet’s soliloquy for Miss Hunt (“Is this a dagger that I see before me?”) — and then listening to one student after another droning on with their memorization? The Festival is more fun and much more inspiring. Happy 60th birthday to all!” Mary Busch does not have plans for her 60th birthday as of yet, and continues to stay very busy writing. Mary Laub Cowen shared: Sixtieth birthday party! I went to Charlottesville with dear friends for the weekend, had a wonderful time at Monticello and Montpelier, thinking about the genius and honor of those two patriots who were also great friends. My best moment of the past 6 months include helping a struggling second grader read to my 2-year-old Bedlington terrier, Olivia, and then catching that indescribable moment when she figured it all out. Evie Cowles’ response is short and on point: Life is basically good and in my opinion it is all about family and friends. The saddest time this year was the loss of a close family friend and the happiest was visiting friends in England we hadn’t seen in a while. Mally Cox-Chapman shared wonderful news: Jim and I celebrated our 60th birthdays (we are a week apart) hanging out with our kids in Washington, D.C. Lucy flew down from Boston so that we could all see Jay’s new digs there, walk among the cherry blossoms, see the Gauguin exhibit, eat amazingly well, and spend time with the seven lion cubs at the zoo. Since it was also the fifth anniversary of Jim being cancer-free, we are abundantly grateful for birthdays. Katherine Robin Dresdner is yet another example of our classmates doing amazing work. She has no plans, yet, for her 60th and says her significant experiences are, “my mother’s serious health problems, difficulties Summer 2011 73


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with caring for her, her death this February and how my mother and father behaved throughout. The most stressful experiences imaginable.” Katherine also writes of her best experience: I argued an appeal before the New Jersey Supreme Court last October 2010, and in January 2011 the Court issued its opinion: I won the appeal! To explain further, I’m working to recover cognitive skills after the car accident; I was finally able to reinstate my law license and have been practicing on a very limited basis, working on my own from a home office doing pro bono public interest work. I am general counsel for a nonprofit corporation. It is a citizens’ environmental group made up of folks in the central New Jersey region who want to prevent a huge, 800,000 sq. ft. commercial office park development on environmentally-sensitive lands with category one streams (streams that are under the highest level of legal protection from any disturbance) in Hopewell, NJ. The developer has already polluted the streams. We filed a challenge to the land use municipality and its planning board. The case was initially dismissed on a procedural issue by the trial judge. I appealed and the New Jersey Supreme Court (NJSC) eventually accepted the appeal. The NJSC accepts very few appeals; only 2-3% of the petitions filed are accepted. The NJSC overturned the dismissal and remanded the case for trial. The trial will be this summer. Susan Ferriere, our beloved class secretary for so many years, and who we can always count on to participate, wrote: I have very little dramatic news to contribute this time around but I hope to do better next time since the “stay-at-home Ferrieres” are hitting the road! It seems that marriage is the theme of our year ahead and we will set off at the end of April for a series of three weddings of young people very special to us that happen to take place on no less than three continents and within thirty days. Travels range from Geneva to Jakarta — and not in any direct line. (That, in and of itself, should keep our heads spinning for some time…). But there are advantages to remaining close to home, if “home” happens to be NYC, a destination for nearly everyone at one point or another. In the past week, Patrick and I had the pleasure of getting together with Lisa Elkington Barr and her husband, Charlie, and this delightful reunion with a dear New Jersey and EWS friend was followed within the week by a lively ladies’ dinner with Ann Sprole Mauk, Andrea Marschalk Scheyhing, Jan Muller Finn, Lisa Pagliaro Selz, and Pennell Whitney Cremo. We had such a great time that we are determined to have these gatherings of area classmates on a regular basis from now on. What better way could there be to celebrate the year most of us will turn 60, something that I hope to do in no “big” 74


way but rather focusing on spending time with family and closest friends. Jan Muller Finn could not resist insulting her persistent co-class secretary. You betcha. Good Irish blood. Whinging is in the genes. Here is her great contribution. Says Jan: Hi Cate, I heard your whinging in the background of your newsletter and felt I could not ignore your pleas for help…so here it goes with the three things you asked for. What I plan to do on my 60th birthday: I do not hit the big 6-0 till 2012 and really have no idea how I am going to celebrate. I can tell you that there will not be a big party or soiree but hopefully just my family and I can get together to honor the milestone. I would say the happy far outweighs the sad in my life at the moment…and the happiest is that my three wonderful children have shown and continue to show remarkable perseverance and patience in pursuing their respective passions. Our eldest, Courtenay, is in the art curatorial field and is working for an exhibition space in New York. She absolutely loves what she does and in fact was curator for her own show last fall at another gallery. I marvel at how she finds the energy to juggle so many balls at the same time. Our middle child, Ashleigh, finished graduate school in Boston and decided to move to Denver. She only knew one person when moving there. She found a super place to live and after three months of dogged determination has landed herself a teaching job at a fantastic school where she will be developing a new curriculum in literacy for the fourth grade. She loves Colorado and has met many great people out there, especially while snowboarding the mountain trails! Our son, Tyler, also finished graduate school at NYU and is now working at the Organization of American States (OAS) in D.C. His area of interest is South America and he just recently returned from Haiti and Peru, where he participated in observing the Presidential elections that just took place in both countries. He is thriving on and loves the challenges of the OAS. The opportunity to observe and, on occasion, advise my three children has been simply wonderful. Blair Brown Hoyt sent the following: Plans for my 60th birthday include a late and loud swing party in New York for all the thong throngs! My best experiences of the last six months were finishing a collaboration on scientific/spiritual memoir with a brain surgeon (Circuits to Heaven) and bicycling in Vietnam and India. Guru Kirn Khalsa weighed in with her 60th birthday plans: I will probably go to San Francisco for a birthday party with family.” Her happiest event recently was “the graduation of our son, Har Rai Singh, from Lewis and Clark College.”

Sarah Wood Lewis writes: Much time has been taken up of late with dealing with my mother’s death last fall and subsequent sorting of her affairs. Among other things, she bought a house in Florida in 2006 at age 90, which she was never fit enough to live in, and with the current real estate situation there being awful, we are now having a very confused time selling it. On the bright side, my husband and I just took a short trip to LA to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. While there, we drove out to Riverside to visit Victoria “Vicki” Foertmeyer and her family. It was really nice to see her; it had been over 20 years since the last time. She has her hands full with three teens in the house. It would be nice to get to a reunion in September. Please keep me posted. Pamela Kelley Love is celebrating the joy of grandchildren these days. Sunny Amelie Nothnagel was born February 15, 2009, and Grace Mary Autumn Nothnagel was born February 27, 2011. From Jean Moore Edwards: For my 60th I spent the weekend with my best buddies from freshman year at Stanford. After a great weekend of hikes and wonderful food, I went off to show my horse in Southern Cal. I am truly blessed to have a wonderful husband and family and to live in a very special place. Thanks so much for keeping us all together. Ann Watson Bresnahan sends a photo of her children, Rick, Ibby, and David.

Katherine “Katy” Murphy Ingle writes: The big event in my life was Daniel’s marriage to Luci Gilbert in San Diego last November. It was a lovely and fun celebration with my family, Bill’s family, and Gina, my ex-husband and his new wife as well as his sister, who all came from Switzerland. We all got along great and it was a very healing experience, as it turned out. I can already say “I love Luci,” and I also love my two little step-grandsons (Luci’s from her first marriage); I just wish they didn’t live so far away. Gina is putting on her master’s performance in Bern this June and I will be there to see it and relieve my “Swiss homesickness.” And I hope to be at Walker’s for the Centennial in October! I turned 60 a week after Cate did, and Bill took me to an amazing luxury hotel, the once-famous West Baden Springs Hotel in southern Indiana. It’s been lovingly restored and it was an unforgettable — and unexpectedly incredible — experience and so made the BIG birthday less painful! Laurie Chebonnier Nielsen writes: News here is that Genevieve started at Davidson in the fall, and Emily graduates in May from Sewanee, the University of the South, in French literature. She wants to spend a few years working as a home-schooling advocate. I can put off the birthday party for a few more months, till the end of June, and do not know what we will do, probably just a family cake, as usual. I had a wonderful lunch with Katy Ingle last week, and will be visiting my parents in Hartford, CT in May after they get back from London, where they spend most of their time. All the best! Sandra “Sandy” Sweet writes: On my 60th, I had a lovely dinner only with family and a few close friends, but daughter, Marilla, flew in from Boston for the weekend, which made the event even sweeter. Don’t think 60 is as big of a deal as I felt 50 was!

Ibby, Rick, and David, children of Ann Watson Bresnahan’s ’69

Pennell Whitney Cremo writes: So as not to be the only one who didn’t share my news…I got married in 2009 to a terrific man, Edward Cremo, who is a composer. We spend most of our time in northeastern Pennsylvania where I’ve lived since 1977, but I do get into Manhattan almost every week. In March my eldest son, Sky, and his wife, Monique, had a baby girl, my first grandchild. They are organic farmers and live nearby which is a dream come true for me.

The last six months have been pretty hellish for me. My partner was diagnosed as an insulin-dependent diabetic and then with breast cancer. While she had a mastectomy and began chemotherapy, my mother had a severe heart attack, but refused the triple bypass and antidepressants recommended for her and still is a wreck with TIAs, anxiety attacks, listlessness, and memory loss, for starters. And since things come in threes, my dad was disabled for about six weeks with knee problems finally resulting in a knee replacement (and FYI, now every doctor routinely does minimally invasive procedures so my 83-year-old father is walking well without cane or walker less than a month after surgery). So, I have been a caretaker with a capital C; however, I have a new appreciation for lots of things as a result of the stress: my daughter who has been amazing for me, my friends (OMG), my brothers who stepped Summer 2011 75


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up when needed, and finding I have had the strength and the stamina to get through this. A little prayer would say that six months from now, everything looks brighter and saner and we are happily back in Mexico. You were always a trooper, Sandy. Thank you for sharing the tough stuff and your strength through it all. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Katy and I will keep you updated on developments for an impromptu reunion for our class the last weekend in September. Many of us have indicated we would like to be there. Much love to all. — Cate and Katy.

Carla Hall ’70 and family

1970 Gail Chandler Gaston 202 East 75th Street New York, NY 10021 212-744-0070 Leslie Brooks writes: I’ve moved again, hopefully to the last place. I’m living five minutes from my twin, so I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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Lee Sides ’70 and family

Kim Conway ’70 and family



Jean Hamilton 661 Bering Drive #201 Houston, TX 77057-2137 713-785-6817

Cynthia Elliot writes: Where to begin? For the past eight years I have been at Symphony Space, a multidisciplinary performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, first as Executive Director, now President & CEO. My husband, Doug Rice, owns a residential construction firm specializing in high-end apartments and townhouses. He’s also an artist and chair of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. My son, Jackson, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003, works at his dad’s company, and was married last September to wonderful Jennifer Smythe Rice. My daughter, Sasha, graduated from Bates in 2009 and now works at Planned Parenthood in NYC. We live in Soho and spend lots of time in Stonington, CT, and we have a lovely pit bull named Honey. What more can I say? If I come to Reunion in September, all the rest of you have to, as well! Nancy Schaefer writes: I’m living in NYC in a townhouse I’m about to sell as all three boys have left home: Tyler (26) is about to graduate business school and going into investment banking, Dewey (22) is still in college at William & Lee, and Will (16) is at Milton. I run a marketing consulting business in Soho that keeps me global, and am about to run the Paris Marathon. Cynthia “Cynny” Smith Evanisko sends: I’m going to do my best to get as many classmates to Reunion as possible. You all should know that you are more than welcome in Hilton Head or Boston any time, too. Now that we are grandparents, we are spending more and more time in Hilton Head, SC, as Libby, Mike and Molly live here. Deborah “Debbie” Seaman writes: If Jean Hamilton can spend the time looking up and sending us titles of 75 songs popular in 1971 that made up the soundtrack of our lives back then, I can manage to string together a

Twins Cameron, left, and Lachlan flank their father, Warren Lancaster, family of Debbie Seaman ’71

few sentences. I’m currently trying to launch a line of summer and resort wear, Barrier Reef Designs, whose prints are based on the colors and graphics of different species of tropical reef fish. I got the idea years ago when snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef and being struck with the notion that the fish were so beautiful that I wanted to wear them! It has been a struggle because of the terrible economy and the learning curve, but the response to the prints has been fabulous. If any EWS alums would like to order, contact me via, give your class year, and you can get wholesale prices. Meanwhile, my fraternal twin boys, Cameron and Lachlan Lancaster, turn 17 in July and have gotten their drivers’ licenses. (Alas, who stole my babies?) My husband, Warren, also has had a career change, leaving the business world to get a master’s degree in mental health counseling in order to become a substance abuse counselor. His day job is as a recovery support advocate at Silver Hill Hospital here in New Canaan, CT. On the EWS front, I’ve been able to see Jane Orndahl, Libby Grant, and Leila Baroody because Jane is one of the last great hostesses. Via email and Facebook, I’ve kept in touch with Betsy Ballenger Beale, Cynny Smith Evanisko, Tory Eyre Whipple, Donna Williams, and Kerry O’Keefe. I hope we get the biggest turnout ever at the Reunion in October! Jean Hamilton sends: I’m still working as a geologist at Marathon. Who would have thought one job, one company, this long? Marie Galante, Justinian, and I are looking forward to a two-week vacation at the end of May on the Outer Banks — this will be year 14 or 15 for this laid-back trip. Besides work, I’ve been really involved with the United States Power Squadrons (organized in 1914, it’s a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more fun) since the early 80s. At the end of January, I was elected as national secretary — first time ever to have a lady on the national bridge. Hard to believe we still have these kinds of firsts left in 2011 — Vice Commander! (My previous title was Rear Commander — I think Vice has a lot Marie Galante, top, and Justinian, dogs more potential than of Jean Hamilton ’71

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Rear!) Summer before last en route to Turkey for some fieldwork I had dinner with Christine Lloyd Schick in London. We had a terrific visit — two beautiful grownup children…and she was traveling a lot over to France and other “continental” destinations.

1972 Joanna Betts Virkler 15826 Lake Ridge Road Charlotte, NC 28278-7903 704-588-1959 Joanna Betts Virkler sends the following updates: From Joanna: We’re expecting our eighth grandchild in late fall — I’m so excited! Also, I have gone into business with a local caterer making and producing my brand of healthy, fresh food for take out and delivery, as well as specialty foods; Chef Joanna’s Southern Sugared Pecans is just one. Working in a large commercial kitchen has been a learning experience, to say the least. It’s not for the faint of heart and definitely meant for the young, but I’m giving it all I’ve got for as long as I can… Jane Hadden Geisse adds: I can’t believe you are expecting your eighth grandchild! Wow! None here in my camp, yet; though my oldest, Ali, is dating a guy she is pretty serious about, and he has a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old. I think the only new thing for me is that my father died at age 84 in November. He’d had a series of strokes over the last few years, and we were all surprised he lasted as long as he did. We all seem to be of that age now, with elderly parents. I have a vivid memory of lying in my bed in Beaver Brook sophomore year and thinking I would never graduate from EWS. It seemed eons away. Where does the time go?! We had an astonishingly long and cold winter this year in Ohio. Snow on the ground from December 1 through March. It snowed three out of four days during that time! I thought seriously of going out to the southbound lane of the highway and sticking out my thumb for a ride to warmer regions. I get the “snowbird” thing now! Hope all of you are well! Karen Brooks reports: It’s been a long and cold winter here, as well. I went down to Florida with the thought of buying a little place for the winters as I get older (my grandmother and her sisters all had a little house together in Daytona back when it was a quiet town). I am still waiting to hear, but if I do get it, I’ll let you all know, and you can go down for a week — it seems to make much more sense these days, doesn’t it? Anyway, spring is coming, lambs are being born (I have 78


five so far), and the chickens are out running around doing their thing: weeding my beds for me and stirring up the earth. Recently, I was honored to be a vocalist on Pete Seeger’s latest Grammy-winning album, and we did a concert a couple weeks ago with songs from the album, Pete Seeger and the Rivertown Kids. Whenever I feel like I’m getting old and I’ve missed my prime, I think of Pete, now almost 92, still writing new songs and shaking up the world and I have to stop feeling sorry for myself! I am so grateful to have had the freedom to be a part of this folk music scene and to be able to come home to a beautiful, peaceful place where I can grow tomatoes and corn and make salsa and good beer! Here’s to Walker’s for not stifling our creativity and encouraging us to give back to our communities! And here’s to our class for being strong enough to survive mediocrity! And from Roberta Roll: Well, it’s been a long snowy winter, and we still really don’t feel very spring-like here in the Hudson Valley! Not too much new to report. My son has almost finished his freshman year at Hartwick College — phew! Only three more years to go! I’m gearing up for the second season of our Farmers Market in Copake, NY. It was very successful last year and I’ve added a couple more vendors. It’s been wonderful to get to know all the farmers and small food producers in the area. I just finished performing in Crescendo’s spring choral concert of beautiful Renaissance music from Latin America and Spain. I stay pretty active and healthy, as I’m sure most of us do, but I try not to look too hard in the mirror these days! Come visit if you’re in the Hudson Valley. All the best. Victoria “Tori” Spaulding writes: I love winter! You can always put on more layers! It was a great ski season at Sugarloaf, ME this year although it was a lot of shoveling! I have one grandchild (but I am her primary caretaker). My oldest child is in Cambridge, second is married and in San Francisco, third is in the Army and currently in Oklahoma, and my fourth is at home and in college. I’m still carpooling as my granddaughter is in first grade. I am not ready to be a grownup yet! I cannot believe it has been almost 40 years. We did have fun. Catherine “Cappy” Clark Shopneck says: My major news is that after 30 some odd years, we are moving next week. Only six blocks away, but given how long I’ve lived here, the task seems very large. My new address is 785 Clayton Street, Denver, CO 80206. Our oldest son, Andy, is moving into our old house and will be renting it with a few roommates. Otherwise, life is good and after next weekend life will return to a more normal schedule.

And from Anne Boynton Hilton: I have been with Oliver Wight Americas manufacturing consulting and education company for 35 years! Still settling into a little tiny house in New Hampshire with big huge barn and a few horses. Our son, Christopher, is doing well and getting married in the fall. Our daughter, Lindsey, her husband and their daughter are living in Dover, NH. Our youngest daughter, Whitney, is working at Dartmouth Hitchcock in rheumatoid arthritis research and entering medical school in fall in Kansas. My husband, Mark, is still working as an optician and riding his road bike like a madman after getting a new hip last spring. Beryn Frank Harty writes: My husband, Rick, continues to spend about 60 hours every week in his volunteer position as President of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. I only put in a bit over 700 volunteer hours for them last year, so I guess that makes me a slacker...I’m one of their docents and help with a wide range of projects including a photographic catalog of plants, creating PowerPoint presentations, etc. I’ve written a few articles on native plants and butterflies of the Keys, as well as given a talk for Big Pine Key Botanical Society, tours on native plants, put together a small booklet on fruits of native plants which are now in every chamber of commerce, public library and school library Keys wide. Our latest project is an addition and remodel to our home in the Keys.

1974 Vanessa Guerrini-Miraldi Wilcox 580 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024-1723 212-877-3413

1975 Doris “Veda” Pendleton McClain PO Box 1722 Louisville, KY 40203 502-384-7041 Doris “Veda” Pendleton McClain sends on her class’s updates: Helen Potter Wagner writes: After 18 years of living in New Jersey, we are venturing north to spend more time in Boston. We have been dividing our time between NYC and New Jersey for a year and now my husband, Whit, will have an office in NYC and Boston. I very much look forward to catching up with EWS friends in the Boston area. Our three children, Lindsay,

Veda Pendleton McClain ’75 and family during the holidays

age 23, is teaching school in Jackson Hole, WY; Charlie, 20, is at Franklin & Marshall; and Henry, 17, is at the Brooks School. Look forward to seeing many friends at our Centennial Celebration in the fall at EWS. Veda sends: I still speak with Nyoka Knik Browno Woods on a regular basis. This is her 28th year of teaching mathematics to middle school students and she loves her job. She is proud of her two grandchildren, Zariah and Ace. Zariah may one day be a student at Walker’s. I recently spoke to Priscilla Elaine Fisher Casimir. She recently moved to Delaware. Elaine (Pris) has a daughter, a son, and a grandson. I’ve included with these notes a picture of my family that was taken when everyone converged on Louisville, KY, during the 2010 holidays. I have five children, five grandchildren, and two in-laws who get along well in small spaces. My second daughter, Lauren, who works for a Homeland Security sub-committee, left the day I am writing this on a trip to China to visit her cousin. My eldest daughter, Marian, is writing her dissertation at the University of Georgia. David works in the development office at Arkansas State University. Jenny continues to explore options in art, while Micah is looking forward to attending design school. Last month, Lady GaGa put on his jacket (he threw it on stage) at her concert in Louisville, and said she was keeping it for herself. He designed the jacket! I am continuing my work on other manuscripts and as an education consultant and parenting coach, providing parenting classes for different groups. On a sad note, I’ve been in touch with Nancy Stearns Simon for the past four years. Most of you may Summer 2011 79


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remember her as our tenth grade English teacher. In October 2010, her beloved son, Greg (remember him?), passed away in California. Greg was her only child and his wife, Heather, and their daughter, Macquarie, survive him. Nancy lives in New Hampshire. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you in September/October for the Centennial Celebration.

1976 C. Elizabeth Connery Mitchell 9 Pearl Street Marblehead, MA 01945-3417 781-631-2860 Lisa Weber Greenberg writes: I have decided to redirect my love for art into a new career as a fine arts appraiser. I attended a certificate degree program in appraisal studies at RISD and am currently working toward being accredited by the American Society of Appraisers. With only one child left at home, a freshman girl at Weston High School, I am hoping to expand my appraisal practice. My oldest is working in NYC in investment banking, and I have a son majoring in chemistry at Brown University, where my older daughter also attended.

1977 Michelle Turner 94 Saint Anns Court Somerset, NJ 088763-4407 732-214-9816

1979 Karen Polcer Bdera 24-03 86th Street East Elmhurst, NY 11369 718-429-7594 Karen Polcer Bdera sends on her class’s updates: Ashley Smith Washburn spoke at a Walker’s Chapel on March 30th; she is very excited to reconnect with the School, as her sister, nieces, and she all have very different memories of the School. Most of her time was spent in the “Study Hall” room and the barn, as she was a day student back in the days when there were more boarding students. What she sent to me is best expressed in her words: My own NGO started after I could not go on a volunteer trip to Kenya due to a breast cancer diagnosis. I ended up volunteering in 80


Tanzania later and finally realized I needed to do more. I founded Asante Sana For Education in 2009, incorporated in 2010, and am currently waiting for our 501(c)3 status here and our registration as a Tanzanian NGO. I find I am spending more and more time in a plane over the ocean going back and forth to Tanzania — sometimes for five days, eight days, or three weeks. Right now I am planning on taking about 10 – 12 high school students on a 3-week volunteer and safari trip this June. It is so rewarding for everyone. How I got here? After Walker’s, I went to Montana State University and majored in Business Marketing and Management. I worked for the City of Seattle for a year and then moved back east where I met my husband (23 years married in June — of course, I will be in Africa without him). I stopped working — a paying job — while I worked as a mom for my four sons and volunteered at their schools and in the community. I am now on the Board of Trustees at The Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT and The Covenant Preparatory School in Hartford — a tuition free, private school for fifth through eighth grade at-risk boys ( and, of course, Asante Sana For Education, Inc. ( And from Lucie Meyer Couture: My husband, Jon, and I have a commercial dive company in Maine. We do everything from recreational boat moorings to hydrofacility work, oil spill cleanup, ship hull inspection and remediation, and oil/gas pipeline work. We are awfully busy and Jon travels a lot. I am heavily into doing volunteer work (a family legacy!) concerning major oil spill cleanup in the Northeast. I work with federal, state, and local officials and put on an annual two-day training seminar. It is rewarding to know I assist in making it possible to clean up disasters to the best of our ability. Though it can be quite controversial, as you might imagine. We have two fabulous children, Emily (13) and Will (10), who are the best things going, as far as we’re concerned! Both are competitive swimmers and so we are at swim meets or practice all the time! It’s a great sport and they’re both quite good so it gratifying to see them progress and meet and exceed their goals. (We’re so grateful they have chosen the same sport and team!) I don’t see too many old Walker’s chums but stay in touch with Dina Cathay Millard a bit. I do love reading what people are up to, though. As I write this, I think back to Mrs. Nelson’s (aka Mary Nel) English classes and all those outlines, papers and grammar lessons. She was a tough one but I think some of her teaching may actually have rubbed off on me! I realize I started that second to last sentence with a preposition, but…!

Elissa Berall sends: I won’t be at Reunion, as I live all the way in Oakland, CA, where I am homeschooling my soon-to-be 9 year-old son. He plays cello and does martial arts. Karen Polcer Bdera sends: As for yours truly...As many of you know, I am working at God’s Love We Deliver in the development department. We are a nonsectarian organization that prepares and delivers meals to people who are in the midst of life altering illnesses, who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves. We offer our clients nutrition counseling as well. I work on special events (the event production end of it), and am glad to be in the not-for-profit world, where what I do has a significant impact on helping other people. I also continue to walk each year in the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer — since I started doing this event back in 2000, after a personal scare, I have raised over $165,000 to help in research and support for those dealing with breast cancer. My amazing husband, Nick, volunteers for the Walk, and supports me and 5,000 other people each year. I completed my 21st marathon last November, and am training for my 22nd this year. I am really looking forward to the Centennial Celebration at Ethel Walker this fall (as well as my own semicentennial in a few weeks). Every time I hear from one of my classmates, I am amazed at what a diverse group of women we have become and what an amazing place Walker’s was and continues to be. Keep those cards, letters, and emails coming!

new home is near the bike trail that goes all the way to Alabama; and based on her Facebook pictures, I think she makes good use of it. She also switched jobs and is now working at Ernst & Young in the Advisory Practice in consulting. Caroline Francklyn moved to Fort Collins, CO in 2009 and has been enjoying the “Colorado Lifestyle.” With all that hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, she lost 40 pounds in the past year and a half. For work, she was with the 2010 U.S. Census and then with an ecofriendly airport shuttle service. Since she has Caroline Francklyn ’81 snowshoeing moved to Fort Collins, in Colorado she has seen Elizabeth “Lelie” Carroll and Kate Pribor Shulte, both of whom helped her feel welcome.

1980 Deanna Washburn 908-272-4229

1981 Veronica “Roni” Leger 91 Fayerweather St. #2 Cambridge, MA 02138 Veronica “Roni” Leger writes: Yes, I’m back as the Class Correspondent! The biggest news I think is how many of our classmates are coming back for Reunion in the fall. Everyone I’ve talked to is coming back. Some, like Susan Turnier, have never been back since graduation! Can’t wait to see everyone! In the meantime, here’s what’s going on: Sue Kostick writes that she is living in Atlanta and purchased a gorgeous townhouse in Smyrna, GA. Her

Nicholas, Hudson, Jackson and Elsa Gray, children of Deb Loven Gray ’81

Deborah “Deb” Loven Gray now has four children ages 3 – 9, all attending The Bank Street School in NYC. She continues to live on the Upper West Side with frequent trips to Connecticut and Vermont, and summers on the Vineyard. She is fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, a small foundation supported by the Estée Lauder family.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Schreier Davis wrote while on spring break with her family in St. John. She took some time from snorkeling, sunning, and exploring to write that she has a new job as Registrar at Princeton Day School, where her son is a sophomore. Her daughter is a freshman at Oberlin College, studying computer science. And her husband, Tom, is working in Pennsylvania for Merck. Summer 2011 81


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Elizabeth “Bizzy” England is working on a male midlife crisis novel. She is also tutoring kids on writing and college/ high school Bizzy England ’81 and family. application essays, as well as teaching spinning — the bike kind, not the thread kind. Her daughter, Olivia, is a sophomore in high school, and her son, Cameron, is in eighth grade. Both kids are busy with homework, sports teams, Facebook, etc. She writes that her husband is working hard to float their boat, their new apartment in NYC, and their little shack in the Cornwall, CT woods. She writes, “In short, or long, all’s really good.” Leonarda “Narda” Boughton is a professional artist in Boston. This year, she has taken a sabbatical from teaching to focus on her art; she is preparing for upcoming exhibits and working on commissions. This July, she will be offering an art workshop in Tanzania through Thomson Family Adventures: family One workshop is booked, but there are still spaces in July — the more the merrier! This upcoming fall, she looks forward to showing at EWS. Check out her website, which is a work in progress: Marian Bradley-Kohr is now living in Berkeley, CA with her husband, Mark Kohr, and their two children, Camille, age 10, and Coke, age 8. Since she moved from Southern California four years ago, she hasn’t been working (for money, that is!). In her former life, she was an executive producer/producer for visual content at Sony Music. In other words she made music videos for close to 20 years! She and her family love to travel and are off to Europe this summer. Alison Bruce lives in Manhattan and has done so for 20 years now. She has three children: Flora is 16, Eliza is 15, and Tito is 10. Alison has a private practice as a child psychotherapist. Susan Turnier is teaching fifth grade in Fredericksburg, VA and loves it. She has been team teaching for the last few years, so she teaches math and science. She has two sons, Nick and Connor, who are 15 and 18 respectively. Connor is headed to college in the fall, and Nick will be a sophomore in high school. 82


Susan Turnier ’81 with sons Nick, left, and Connor, right.

Meleda Wegner Lowry writes that she and her husband, John, continue to enjoy Kansas City, KS. She recently became a Trustee of the Kansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and is excited to have an opportunity to help preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities in Kansas. Robin Lorton Danell writes: Tucker, 19, is a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines. Alex, 17, is about to graduate from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in June and will be starting his college journey at the University of Colorado in August. My husband, Dick, is well.

The Robin Lorton Danell ’81 family and dog, Ellie.

As for me, Roni Leger, this March was a sad month because my stepfather, Dean McDonald Hennessy, died. He married my mother right before our graduation in May of ’81, so they were just about to celebrate their 30-year anniversary. He was an amazing addition to our family and will be greatly missed.

1982 Eve Agush 77 Addington Road Brookline, MA 02445 617-216-6062 617-216-1643

Tracey Reifler and I will be roommates again during Reunion Weekend. It should be a blast. I am hoping we get a good turnout for the Class of ’82. Hope to see everyone in October!!

1985 Elizabeth “Betsy” Potter Giddings 6 Wellington Heights Road Avon, CT 06001 860-679-9593 860-841-5625 From Class Correspondent Elizabeth “Betsy” Potter Giddings: Happy Centennial Year, Walkerites! The colors purple and yellow flow freely, echoing sounds of celebration! All those connected to Walker’s need to listen for the chapel bells ring; “Ring on, ring on Dials, Suns, Ethel Walker, here’s to you.” Walker’s past includes the future! And this means you, thanks to all who have joined together to shape one hundred years of Walker’s wonder!

Harry and Theo, sons of Jill Keffer Crowe’s ’82

Jill Keffer Crowe writes: I am living in Winchester, VA, which is about an hour outside of Washington, D.C. I am a special education teacher at a middle school. I love my job, but it can be difficult at times. I have two boys, Harry, who is 18 and in twelfth grade, and Theo, who is 12 and in sixth grade. I am a single mom; I have been divorced for five years now. I seem to be on the go and busy all the time. I am hoping to catch up with some Connecticut Walker’s friends this summer when I go up to Connecticut to visit my Mom. Eve Agush sends a great picture from her classmate, Ashley Bourne Dewy.

News from the circle of Beaver Brook: Clarissa “Lissa” Potter shares the birth of her son, Ethan Philip Potter Schwartz, on November 8th, 2010. Lissa, Ken and Ethan are living in Ethan Phillip Potter Schwartz, son Washington, DC. of Lissa Potter ’85. Surina Khan writes: I recently accepted a position at the Ford Foundation as a program officer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. I will be leaving my position as Vice President of Programs at the Women’s Foundation of California next month and will move to New York later this summer. Vera Gibbons shares a wink and a smile [;-)]!! And I (Betsy Potter Giddings) am recently finding myself in the passenger side of the car because Carly has her driver’s permit! SNAP! Time flies! Healthy kids taller than me, schedules filled to the brim, and time to walk the dog…life as I know it. It’s all good! Hope yours is too!

The daughters of Ashley Bourne Dewey ’82, with sons of Emily Eckleberry Johnson ’82

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decided to pursue her dream of acting. I am living in Glenside, right outside of Philadelphia with my husband, Myron, and our children, Porsche (20) and Jordan (13), and our grandson (1). Yes, you heard correctly. I am officially a grandmother at 42 and absolutely loving it. I am still teaching fifth grade and am in the process of starting my educational consulting company. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the reunion. See ya soon!

Lamonda, Wendy, Sonja, Nichelle, Constance, and Adicia CohenJohnson ’86 in Brooklyn, NY, January 2011

1986 Micaela “Miki” Porta 204 Park Street #16 New Canaan, CT 06840 203-594-7288 Adicia Cohen-Johnson writes: I recently had a girls weekend with Sonja Neill ’85, Constance Kossally ’85, Lamonda Williams ’87, Wendy Martin ’87, and Nichelle Bussey Davidson ’88. We met in Brooklyn, NY and had a wonderful time. Sonja is busy opening new Sephora stores across the country while raising 2 year-old Chase. Constance is working as an attorney and she and husband, Phil, are enjoying staying young with the help of their daughter, Sana, and son, Isaiah. They are also enjoying their hobby of buying, rehabilitating, and selling properties. Wendy is a National Board-certified teacher, which is a very huge accomplishment. Her sons, Carlos (age 13) and Cameron (age 2), keep her busy running to football practice, mentoring programs, parks, etc. She is in the process of opening her own Charter School. Lamonda Williams is residing in New Jersey with her dog Bogie. You can look for her to soon be the next “go to” person in the entertainment industry. She has many years of successful radio broadcasting and programming experience, and her expertise has taken her to many parts of the country. She was featured in Billboard Magazine as a top program director. Look out for many great things to come from her. Nichelle is living in New York with her husband, Stephen, and their two children, Erin and Daniel. In addition to being an attorney, she has been featured in several commercials and has 84


Tahra Makinson-Sanders writes: Hi friends! I’m still enjoying life in San Francisco. In August of 2010, I finished my first Ironman in Canada. Not sure I have ever had my body in constant motion for 14 hours straight before! I am starting another season of triathlons this May and maybe another Ironman in 2012. I continue to work for Bella Pictures as VP of Photography (a national wedding photography company) and we are hoping to shoot 11,000 weddings in the next year…craziness! Hope everyone is well. Allison Carlin Carrabba writes: I am a consultant working primarily with an agency that focuses on direct marketing strategies that creates and develops hightouch customer experiences on the phone and face-toface for Fortune 500 companies. Aside from work, I keep busy with my 13-year-old daughter and with coaching marathon runners and walkers who are training with Team in Training and raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thanks to Facebook, I keep up with a lot more of the Walker’s folks, and I see Susie Politano LaRosa several times a year. We are godmothers to one another’s daughters. Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith Gleeson, after a second solicitation, writes (I believe, sardonically): Hmmm… What can I say about my life? I’ve settled into middle class mediocrity in Kentucky. The End. Miki Porta writes: This last update from Betsy I threw in to show how the more things change, the more they stay the same! See for yourselves how much/how little we’ve changed by coming to our reunion and catching up with one another in the flesh. Claudia Mesch Smith, Adicia “DC” Cohen-Johnson, and Christy Coyne are working on getting us all back together for a wonderful weekend; so keep your eyes peeled for mail from them. There is also quite a large group of us on Facebook (Ethel Walker School Class of 1986). Short bits of news from others include Christy Coyne’s impending move, leaving Fairfield County, CT for the green mountains of Vermont; a great fit for her and her hiking family. Congrats, Christy!

Amy Turner Fraterelli started a floral design business, Amy Fraterelli Designs. Check her out on Facebook. Daphne Church just accepted a position as a Senior Account Director at Bleu Marketing. I (Miki Porta) am living in New Canaan, CT since September of 2009 and our family has really taken to it. I enjoy connecting with friends from Walker’s on Facebook, and also in person. Jennie Pivirotto Altieri lives in New Canaan and we got together for tea to moon over her gorgeous baby boy, Sam, and to talk about her fascinating career as an airline pilot. I also just ran into Pammie Johnson Gammill in a parking lot when we were picking up our fourth graders after a field trip. She is the mother of FIVE boys, so we’ll definitely be getting together so that I can pick her brain.

1987 Lori Stewart PO Box 330774 West Hartford, CT 06133-0774 860-205-9920 Amy Wollman Wistreich writes: Carl and I just celebrated our two older daughters’ each becoming a Bat Mitzvah. It was a wonderful occasion for our family and I wanted to share the news with my old friends from Walker’s. We presently live in Longmeadow, MA, not too far from Simsbury. Our daughters are each very strong and independent girls, and Carl and I are so proud of them. We keep in touch with Maria Nevares Manley and Claudia Rocafort and have spent time periodically with them over the years. The strong bonds we developed during our years at Walker’s will be with us for a lifetime! All the best to all my classmates.

1988 Melissa J. Loree, D.V.M. Director of Education Canine Assistants 3160 Francis Road Milton, GA 30004 770-664-7178, ext. 205 (office) Melissa Loree writes: Being a Florida native, I’m enjoying the change of seasons living in Atlanta, especially with the arrival of all of the beautiful spring flowers. I continue to cherish my work at Canine Assistants, a non-profit service dog organization, and also volunteer from time to time at the Georgia Aquarium. My husband, Lee, greatly enjoys managing his company, Sleeptracker (, which manufactures a watch that wakes you up at the optimal time in the morning. It’s wacky but it works! Our son, Oliver, is 6 and will finish kindergarten this year. Amazing how time flies. My parents are still in Miami so we visit south Florida for a grandparent and beach visit whenever we can. I see Blair Beuttas from time to time as she also lives in Atlanta and get updates from Patricia “Patsy” Rosenberg, Amanda Bryan, Jai Rezac, Kara Sperling, and Constance “Connie” Kapp every once in a while. Wishing all of you a wonderful summer! Kara Sperling sends: I am living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and working as Principal of Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University Lincoln Center in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching. No longer riding horses, and living in New York City I am in my 6th year as an age group tri-athlete. Jai Smith Rezac writes: I am living in Bolton, MA with husband, Ron, and our daughter, Katie (6), who both ride. Still running our show stable and loving it; I founded a non-profit horse rescue two years ago, Lucky Horse Equine Rescue ( It has been very rewarding work rescuing orphan foals. Also doing a bunch of travel. Patsy Rosenberg is living close by. An oversight here at The Sundial caused us to fail to print the news of Jennifer “Shay” Graydon’s pregnancy, as well as her son’s birth! He was born October 4, 2010, and his full name is Leopold Graydon Daub.

Amy Wistreich ’87 and husband, Carl, with daughters Brooke, Rebecca, and Stephanie

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my Walker’s friends on Facebook. It’s a great way to stay connected to everyone no matter where they live. Carrie Christensen writes on behalf of Marsha Davis, Brice Barry Russian, Elizabeth “Betsy” Timken, Jen Alter Abt, and Stephanie Lee: Taunted by the empty white space below our class notes in the past three issues, I’ve risen to Fiona’s challenge to pen some amusing, informative and interesting news about myself and the classmates I have been in touch with. Time to put that writing degree to work…

Above: Paleologos Green ’87, Shay Graydon ’88, and Julie Wilcox ’87 at Shay’s baby shower last summer Right: Leopold Graydon Daub, son of Shay Graydon ’88

1989 Fiona Cox 7757 35th Avenue, NE Seattle, WA 98115-4812 206-568-2390 206-605-5355 Paola Aboumrad is an architect who does interior design and lives in NYC and Mexico. She apologizes for the shortness of her reply, but she’s jumping on a plane! Basma Aburida recently completed her postgraduate studies at Cornell, in International Human Resource Practices; she is currently a principal in a managementconsulting firm in the United Arab Emirates. She has two vivacious young boys, Billal is 7 and Omar is 8. They have an adorable cat, named Rufus, who her 7 year-old is convinced is his second brother. This summer, she’s hoping to take her boys to Euro Disney, if she and her husband’s schedules permit. Catherine Aurelio says: It’s been a crazy year! I started a new job as User Experience and Creative Direction Lead for Bunchball, Inc., which is a gamification company. I love every minute of working for a fastpaced startup. My partner, Andrea, is just about to graduate from Samuel Merritt University, which is a one-year intensive BSN program. I am still surfing, skiing, hiking, biking and generally enjoying life in Santa Cruz with Andrea and our pets. I also am really happy to have reconnected with some of 86


March 2011 marked my fifth year at Elsevier as their resident Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Publisher; March 2011 also marked my 15th year living in New York City. Fear not, this update will not recap all 15 years. Carrie Christensen ’89, Betsy The two pictures are a Timken ’89, and Marsha Davis ’89 brief flashback to May in New York City 2010 when six Walkerites from Connecticut, Illinois, Oklahoma, and New York managed to meet up in New York City for a fun-filled weekend. Betsy Timken, Marsha Davis, and I kicked off the weekend with a fantastic day spent at Yankee Stadium! On Saturday, Sarah Cannady invited Brice Barry Russian, Stephanie Lee, Jen Alter Abt, Betsy and Marsha to attend the Taste of Tribeca. Sarah lives in Tribeca and is a critical volunteer for the Brice Barry Russian ’89, Betsy Timken ’89, Stephanie Lee ’89, project. That evening, I Jen Alter Abt ’89, and Marsha caught up with the ladies Davis ’89 at Taste of Tribeca for cocktails and more reminiscing on the Upper West Side. Sarah Mendez planned to join, but could not stop teaching long enough to have a social life. I suppose that is how she became a Professor! Closer to present day, Emma Simon, Paula Vega, and I had a lovely Sunday brunch in New York City in March 2011. I’m not really sure which surprises me more: attending our 20th Reunion or the fact that it was two years ago! As all you Walker gals can attest, the friendships made at Walker’s pick up right where they left off, regardless if the last meeting was 20 minutes or 20 years ago. The presentation by the Fredericks at the statue, and the

scholarship dedicated in honor of their daughter, our friend and classmate, Dana, was deeply moving. Dana was taken from us all far too soon and she has inspired her classmates to be sure not to let 20 years pass again before our next meeting. All right Class of ’89, I took the first one for the team. Anyone else care to put pen to paper? Come on ladies: Dials 1 Suns 0 — hope to see you in October for the Centennial. With my best. Fiona Cox is still living in Seattle and loving it! She practices non-profit law and foreclosure defense. She is also on the board of three non-profits and still doing pro bono work. She has just returned from a visit to Africa; traveling there has been a lifelong dream. She had an amazing experience on safari in Tanzania and was able to visit distant relatives living in Arusha, and had fun in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with her daughter, Anoushka (19), who is volunteering at an orphanage there. She was lucky enough to see Basma Aburida in Abu Dhabi in the fall. It had been 22 Fiona Cox ’89 and Basma Aburida ’89 years, and it was like they never missed a day. She loved getting to know Basma’s kids, who are completely adorable! Anoushka will be starting at Macalester in the fall. And youngest daughter, Claudia, is in eleventh grade at boarding school in Australia — and now owns two horses! Fiona plans to marry Chuck Wolfe, an environmental and land use attorney, at the end of the year. Vanessa Johnson Harwood has recently accepted a new position as the Director of Customer Satisfaction at a learning management system company based in San Diego. After 17 years working at Aetna in Hartford, CT, this is a great opportunity for her both professionally and personally and she is looking forward to the change. On a personal note, she and her husband are keeping quite busy with their six children ages 3 to 14. Their oldest daughter is now a freshman in high school and their youngest child is in preschool. They are actively involved in many youth sporting activities, and she volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors for the local education foundation. Virginia Ivy has gone back to nature. She and her husband live in a hollow in the Ozarks and play music, garden, and dodge flash floods. She is the master of campfires. She telecommutes to a corporate travel agency in NYC.

Hilary Sweeny Karst and her husband have three kids, ages 8, 6, and 4, and an awesome black Lab, and now live in Greenwich, CT. Life is very busy among all of the kids’ sports, school, etc., but it’s all good! She spends a lot of time with Brice Barry Russian (they live very close by), so they are fortunate to have a lot of laughter in their lives! Their boys are in class together so it’s great fun. She had a great trip to Boston in January and spent the weekend with Aimee Murdock Burke and her adorable family. So funny to go through all of Aimee’s photo albums — she says “Did we really look like that!?” She sends lots of love to the Class of ’89 — Be well! Lisa Abdou Mauriello is employed by MassMutual Financial Group and resides in Simsbury, CT with her family, right behind the EWS campus! Courtney “Cort (or Sara)” Minard says: Just recently, I was offered (and accepted) a full-time professor position at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs where I have been teaching and researching since fall 2009. I start in July. I have been teaching there since I moved back to the US from France where I was living since 2002. I teach two courses for graduate students, one on Methods of Development Practice (project management) and the other on Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship for Development. I continue to consult for private sector and public sector organizations, mainly working in West Africa, and am finishing my dissertation in economics on social entrepreneurship and social capital in the informal economy (at Sciences-Po, Paris) this year. No other major news to report (maybe except that I now go by ’Sara’ or ’Cort’ but not Courtney ever since I was in the Peace Corps in 1998, but that might be TMI). All the best! Valencia Garner Wombone is the mother of one nearly 18-year-old daughter, Kaya Devon Turner. Valencia is a writer and lover, and the founder of a radical feminist land space. Rural communal living afforded her the healing and development to imagine and actualize autonomous space for those who cannot afford it. She participates in eco-feminist collaborative activism, sharing of stories, resources and creative energy. She is passionately motivated about sharing knowledge about composting and soil-making.

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Kate Graetzer writes: I can’t believe it has been almost a year since we were in Simsbury for our 20th Reunion. It has been so much fun catching up with so many of you, in person and on Facebook, during the past several months! Thanks to those of you who answered my call for updates — as new Class Correspondent, I will hopefully help the Class of 1990 to find it’s way back into Take Note on a more regular basis. Here’s what some of us are up to: Cristina de Molina Ramirez has been living in the Miami area for the past eight years. She and husband, Joseph, have two sons, Diego (5) and Felipe (4). After years in the business and non-profit worlds, Cristina is now a preschool teacher at a school on Biscayne Bay. She writes: Life, at this point, is hectic but wonderful! It has been great to keep in touch with so many people via Facebook. Hope everyone is well! Walker’s Trustee Donya Nagib Sabet is living in NYC with her daughter, Yasmeen, who will be a freshman at St. Paul’s in the fall, and her son, Habib, who will be in seventh grade at Collegiate. Newly divorced, she is trying to learn a new way of life. Donya thanks all of her friends, “most especially my EWS ones, as they are forever my rock, love and never-ending source of smiles.” Hilary McKeever Gerlach would like to thank everyone for the well wishes while she was diagnosed with and treated for thyroid cancer. She is thrilled to say that one year later, she is cancer free! Karen Quiros Holder reports: My husband, Paul, and I were thrilled to welcome Patrick Chase into the world in October. He has totally rocked our world and turned everything upside down, but all in a good way! Five days after he was born, we moved into a new house — two things I don’t recommend doing within the same week. Our daughter, Courtney, will be two-and-a-half in May and keeps me on my toes. She’s a great girl and she keeps me laughing, but I find myself saying things my mother said and didn’t understand; now I get it! I hope to see many of you at the Centennial in October. Amanda Pitman is in New York City, living on the Upper West Side and working at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is also in the process of getting an MS in Landscape Design at Columbia. She often sees Lauren Bathgate, Donya Nagib Sabet, Stephanie Bothwell Grillo and Nancy Del Percio Kaye ’91, and is really looking forward to seeing everyone else at the Centennial. Jenny Belknap and husband, Tim, are very happy to announce the arrival of their son, William Callaway 88


Kees, who arrived on January 19, 2011 (8 lbs., 11 oz. and 20"). After a maternity leave spent mostly in Florida, Jenny has just returned to work at Clinique, where she is VP of Global Skincare Marketing. She is trying to figure out how to juggle it all and welcomes advice from her EWS friends! Kerry Scott Pokorny writes: I’ve had a lot of changes over the last few months. In December of last year, my family and I moved out of the NYC area to Buenos Aires, Argentina. My husband was offered a great opportunity with his company, and we had always wanted to live overseas so we decided to give this a try. I had my second child in January, shortly after we moved here. Her name is Camille (Lily), and she joins her big sister, Caroline. I’m enjoying exploring the city, spending time with both my girls and am also taking Spanish lessons since I had never studied it before. Buenos Aires is a great city; if anyone makes a trip down here, please let me know! Freda Manuel gave birth six months ago to a baby girl, Mikayla, and is enjoying motherhood. She is living in NYC and runs her own firm, Link Realty Management, which specializes in real estate investment and management for investors and absentee owners. Freda can’t wait to catch up with everyone at the Centennial. Stephanie Bothwell Grillo runs her own real estate company in New Canaan, CT. Son Alexander is now 9-anda-half, and son Austin is 7-and-a-half. Stephanie looks forward to the Centennial, as she “always loves seeing and hearing from folks.” Heather Fay Dawson welcomed her son, Bodhi, in July. Bodhi joins big sister, Ruby, who turned 4 this year. Alexander and Austin, sons of Between changing Stephanie Bothwell Grillo ’90 diapers and trying to figure out how to function on no sleep, Heather continues to work on her songwriting. She is playing live shows in Connecticut and NYC and is writing new songs for an upcoming EP to be released in the Fall. Lauren Howard Sentuc has been living in Paris for the past 11 years with her husband, Xavier, and their three children, Etienne (8), Emmanuelle (6) and Raphaël (4).

On the professional front, Lauren has been coaching magazine executives/salespeople in business English for 10 years and also works as a marcomm consultant for a small software editor. Taking full advantage of the French tendency toward frequent vacations, Lauren and her family travel quite a bit between Europe and Morocco, where her husband grew up. They haven’t yet had many chances to visit the US, but they’re planning for a cross-country odyssey in the next few years. As for myself, Kate Graetzer, I am currently living in the Albany, NY area with my husband, Terrell, and our daughter, Piper (5). In October, we moved to a beautiful old farmhouse in Delmar, NY, about 15 minutes outside of the city…I’m ashamed to admit that we are still unpacking! Since April of last year, I have been working at the Community Health Care Association of New York State as an assistant to the Vice President of Policy. I am really hoping to make it to the Centennial in the fall — if I do, I will make sure to bring the infamous wig with me.

1991 Gabriela “Gabby” Porta Beecher 363 Main Street New Canaan, CT 06840 203-972-2121 646-702-6666 Dore Atwill Kesterson writes: I am making plans to attend our Reunion with my two future Walker’s girls in tow and the daddy who will foot the bill! :) We are doing well after moving to Alabama last summer following a job transfer for my husband. Just this week, we signed to close on our house in Arkansas after listing it last April. This is very exciting news!!! Hope all is well. Can’t wait to see you all!

Kerry Tharpe ’91 with her brother Jim Heneghan and his wife, Christine, Kerry’s husband, Wink, and Kerry, with children Colin, left, Hollis, center, and Maggie, right, at the Special Olymics of CT awards gala

Kerry Heneghan Tharpe was presented with the Special Olympics of Connecticut’s 2011 Unsung Hero Award. Says Kerry: I was truly humbled when nominated and selected for the 2011 Unsung Hero Award for Special Olympics CT. I have been an active participant with Special Olympics for over 20 years in many roles: Unified partner, Penguin Plunger, and coach. I was so proud to receive this award as a member of the Farmington Valley Special Olympics program and am truly blessed to be standing on the shoulders of the many who made this possible. How fortunate I am to spend one night a week, five weekends a year with some of my closest friends!

1992 Marie Mahmouzian Compton 580 Animas View Drive #3 Durango, CO 81301 970-759-3501

1993 Toan Huynh 7 Cavalier Drive Hamilton, NJ 08619 609-588-6807 Beau Daugherty, President of Special Olympics CT, Dan Widing, SOCT Global Messenger, Kerry Tharpe ’91, Sean DelGreco, SOCT Global

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Augusta “Mimi” Orr Morrison Harrison sends: I am currently working as a dietician, counseling patients before and after bariatric (weight loss) surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. I really love my job, mainly because my patients are so happy with the results, but also because the doctors who I work with are so great. I try to spend most of my time outside of work with my daughter, Carolina, who is now 3 years old. It is a tough age, but she makes up for it with her cuteness! I see Mandy Eastman often, and have been in touch with Jen Jackson less frequently. I would love to see anyone in our class in NYC! From Jasmin Marquez: Hi everyone! I am so excited to receive this email as it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen, heard, connected, etc. Where to begin? I have so much to say…So after Walker’s I was off to Washington, D.C. where I attended George Washington University (loved it). Between my junior and senior years, I interned at a record label in NYC. Once I graduated from GW, I relocated to work in Atlanta, GA at LaFace Records. My career in the music industry then brought me back to NYC where I worked in music licensing and publishing then moved into a creative role as a music video producer for the Island Def Jam Music Group. In 2002, my daughter, Chloe, was born and my music industry work/life took a back seat to my family. I officially left the music industry in 2004. In 2006, I returned to corporate America where I’ve been working at HBO in the Digital Products Group and launched the first national broadband product called HBO GO and MAX GO. If you’re an HBO or Cinemax subscriber its free with your subscription (sorry for the shameless plug!). Currently, however, I’m thinking of shifting gears again and moving into the marketing realm, so I’m searching for the next best step and may relocate if necessary. I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and work in Manhattan. I look forward to getting together with you guys so please keep me posted. Oh, I recently went to a Walker’s event in the city and saw Mr. Groff; he looks exactly the same! Please see below for my contact information. I’m on Facebook and my email is:

my horses at home. I get to travel A LOT all over the place, and I certainly enjoy it very much. Right now, I am a bit desperate, as I broke my foot and had surgery; I have three pins in it! I fell off one of my mares and had a pretty bad fracture, so I’m in Florida going to all these doctors. Hopefully, I make a full recovery! I think Facebook has been a great tool to keep Carmen Berrera ’93 after a spill in touch; we should try from her horse to contact each other more often. I saw Jen Jackson a couple of years back when she came to El Salvador with her boyfriend. I saw Kristin Carideo Flyer ’93 a long time ago in Atlanta. I was just on the EWS website the other day and realized that we are definitely getting old; I can’t even begin to think that it was almost 20 years ago that many of us saw each other for the last time. We need to really plan to attend our 20th Reunion! I’m glad you are all doing well. Take good care!

Carmen Barrera writes: Hey everyone! First of all, my email is: Other than that, it’s great to hear from all of you; I’m so excited! Thanks Toan for keeping us informed and hopefully next time you are in Florida, let me know and we can meet up! I still live in El Salvador. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful life. My kid is already a freshman in high school, just about to turn 16. I am still very much single. I dedicate 100% of my time to my National Equestrian Federation and in the little time I have left, I try to ride 90


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Beth Ullram sends: It is so great to hear from everyone! The years since leaving Walker’s have flown by so fast. I received my business degree in accounting from Bryant College and worked for several start-up

companies. I went back to Bryant to receive my MBA and now work as the Retail Accounting Manager for Swarovski North America located in Rhode Island, which is where we live. I absolutely love my job because the company is so exciting and the people are great. I am headed off to Germany in May to train with other Swarovski managers from all around the world; I am so excited! I have been married for almost six years to my wonderful husband, Josh, and we have a 4-year-old daughter, Leah. I attached a picture of Leah and me on a hayride this past fall. If any of you are ever in Rhode Island, I would love to get together! Glenn McMahon writes: Hi all! It’s so great to hear how everyone is doing! After I graduated from the University of Vermont, I packed up a U-Haul and drove across the country, and have been here ever since. I’m living just north of San Diego in Encinitas, CA. I have been working at a consulting firm here in town for 11 years doing environmental engineering, specifically the investigation and remediation of sites with contaminated soil and groundwater. In 2005, I got a certificate in life coaching and have been doing that on the side since then. I also spent several years training new life coaches after I completed my certificate. I bought a condo in 2005, just before the height of the market and subsequent crash, and have enjoyed seeing my property value decline! Not really, it will come back though...eventually... right?!?! I get back to Vermont on the holidays, and Pennsylvania to see my dad. It’s always great to be there, as I do miss the seasons! I was just in San Francisco a couple weeks ago to meet up with my mom, and I got to have lunch with and hang out with Lisa Metzke. It was great to see her. I’m sure she’ll chime in soon and let us know about her great life in Key West. Nancy “Nan” Flanagan sends: Things are great. My husband, Rick, and I are coming up on one year in our first home together. It’s been a fabulous year — roof leak aside — thanks to all the lovely snow we had this winter in Massachusetts. I’m still working in advertising in Boston at Hill Holliday (my four-year anniversary is approaching). Rick works in film production, so between the two of us we keep busy. I’m also on the Alumnae Board at Walker’s, a post that’s still fairly new to me. I’m loving it. The alumnae I’m meeting are fascinating and it’s a wonderful time to be involved with EWS. Many exciting things are going on at school and I hope all of you are staying connected. Hope everyone is doing well! I’m looking forward to seeing you Centennial Weekend!

Beatrice “Bea” Leachman Cope sends: Hope this finds everyone well! I am currently living in Richmond, Virginia. After graduate school (Vanderbilt University), I got married in the year 2000 and lived in Nashville, TN for seven years. I moved back home to Richmond, VA after the birth of my second child. I have a 9-year-old boy, Jack, and a 7-year-old girl, Lillie Bea. My husband, Greg, is a partner with Hunton and Williams. I met him while at Vanderbilt. I taught and coached field hockey and lacrosse for a while. While I am not working anymore, I am keeping up with my kids. Would love to gather at a reunion and catch up!! Kristin Carideo Flyer writes: Hi everyone! It’s so great to hear how everyone is doing! After I graduated from St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia, I began working at a mutual fund company called Vanguard. Through coworkers, I met my husband, Michael. I quit Vanguard after a few years to get my master’s degree and then began working at a business-to-business Internet commerce company called Vertical Net. After two years of dating, my husband and I got married in NYC and Amanda “Mandy” Eastman ’93 and Angela “Mimi” Harrison Morrison ’93 attended! Shorty after we got married, we moved to Atlanta for my husband’s job and have now been here 10 years! We have a 7-year-old daughter named Reagan, and a 5year-old son named Jake. We are hoping to move to Florida soon, depending on my husband’s company, and would be close to Allison Joyner, which would be great!! I got to see Carmen a few years back when she visited Atlanta and randomly ran into Ana Delgado-Phelps in the mall in Atlanta (I couldn’t believe I remembered her whole name when I saw her!!). Thanks for starting this email chain and if anyone knows of any Walker’s alumna who live in Atlanta let me know! Keep me posted on any news!! Patty Hill sends: Wow! I’m so excited that after so many years wondering what happened in everyone’s lives, we are now getting all of these emails! It’s great! What can I say? After Walker’s, I went to Babson College to study business, which made my father proud, but I didn’t really like business! I moved to a smaller college and ended up studying marketing and advertising and got a minor in computer graphics. I married my husband, Eduardo, right after graduating college! I was very young, I know, but we’re still happily married for 13 years. We have two daughters, Sofia (10) and Camila (7). I worked after college at a bank in El Salvador, but had to quit when Sofia was Summer 2011 91


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born. Then Camila came I didn’t work for three years. When Camila was 1, I found a part time job (very rare in El Salvador) in the marketing department of a foundation that promotes social responsibility. After three years there, I changed jobs; this one is not part time but “at my own time” at a worldwide organization called Young Presidents Organization (YPO) (where, quite often, I get to see my boyfriend during my time at Walker’s, since he’s a member there! It’s kind of odd). I have been working for YPO almost four years specializing in corporate business events. I love it! And I can spend time with my girls during the afternoon classes and activities. Has anyone heard from Hillary Carson? I heard she was in NYC. I wish the best to everyone!! Jen Jackson writes: Hi everyone! It’s amazing to hear everyone’s news! I copied Mandy Eastman’s current email addresses and Mimi Morrison Harrison’s, too. I’ve been lucky to stay in touch pretty regularly with Mandy, Mimi and Kim Edstrom Bivens, and to have seen Carmen in El Salvador two years ago! I agree that we should try to connect over Facebook since it’s such an easy application to use and you don’t have to worry about losing emails if they go to your junk folder. Gosh where do I begin? After Walker’s, I went to Rollins, but quickly transferred to American University to study International Affairs and Spanish. (Rollins was a little too much fun for me.) After college, I took a job in Ecuador for two years and then went to Spain for three months. I eventually made my way back to the States and have since created a career in communications and public affairs, which I love. I currently work as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC, and specialize in strategic communications and public affairs for international development. I’ve been lucky to have interesting client experiences, such as supporting government reforms in Abu Dhabi, as well as visiting the United Arab Emirates for four months; and I spent last March in Kiev, Ukraine (it snowed every day). I’m also involved in other projects with the State Department and USAID. I love the international assignments because they allow me to experience other cultures firsthand and I can travel to neighboring places in less time and at lower cost. Last year, I went to Istanbul for the weekend from Ukraine and it was incredible! I’m in DC and have been based here for seven years — it’s really grown on me. I would love to see any of you if you ever pass through!!! I hope all of you are happy and well! Hillary Carson sends: Hey y’all! It’s so great to hear what everyone has been up to since Walker’s. Jen, your job sounds so interesting! 92


As for me, after Walker’s and graduating from Carolina, I lived in Dublin, Ireland for a year and worked for Ericsson and then moved back to North Carolina for three years, after they messed up my visa. I tried to get an Irish passport but was a generation off. And I dated an Irishman for 7.5 years, but that didn’t work out, though that’s a whole other story… I moved back to Dublin to get my master’s in marketing and have been living in NYC since then, working in pharmaceutical marketing. I love living in NYC and running around like a crazy person, though I must admit it is challenging at times for a laidback Southern girl. If they would just stop the horn honking…! I did see Mimi and Christina Christie a few years ago at a Walker’s NYC event and I see Sam Calamari regularly. She now lives in Brooklyn and it’s so great to have her here. I just got back from Paris a few weeks ago and got to hang out with her Mom for a day! I am glad that everyone is doing well and please do let me know if you come to NYC! Shayna Cohen Luciani sends: Hi girls! It has been so great to here what everybody has been up to! Can’t believe the amazing accomplishments, careers and experiences! I am going to warn you now that my life is not nearly as exciting as what I have read about all of you, but here it is in a nutshell. After graduating from Drew, I coached women’s lacrosse for a few years at a couple of different colleges in New Jersey, and then I moved back to Connecticut to coach at Quinnipiac. I tried leaving coaching for a “desk” job at Cigna, but that only lasted a year — I can’t sit still that long; went back to coaching. I married in 2000. We had our first of four kids in 2002 and I have been home with them for the most part. Julia is 9, Claudia is 8, Ben is 5, and Nico is 3. Last summer, I got my personal trainer certification and have been teaching boot camp classes. We live in Simsbury and I drive by Walker’s quite often. I actually have two nieces in the middle school now! I see teachers in town — Dr. Leonard and Mr. Groff usually! They both look exactly the same! That is about it! Keep the updates coming — so great to read them! Hope everybody is well, and please let me know if you are coming to any of the upcoming reunions/events at Walker’s — I’d love to see everybody!! Toan Huynh writes: First of all, let me fill you guys in what’s been going with me. After Walker’s, I went to University of Pennsylvania, and after getting a degree in Economics and International Relations with Honors, I worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers,

1994 Alexandra Flood Alcoff 115 4th Avenue Apartment 8G New York, NY 10003 212-358-0687 646-413-8622 Alexandra “Alex” Flood Alcoff sends her class’s updates: Norah Lizotte Haje and her husband, Alex, welcomed their daughter, Zoe Alexandra Haje, into the world on January 4, 2011 at 1:43 p.m. She weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 inches long. Toan Huynh ’93 and Jan in Guatemala

then went on to become a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) specialist, and joined Citigroup to lead up their global CRM program in New York. After that, I took a year off and started my own restaurant and travelled the world — very fun! I got a chance to visit Greece, Italy, China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia...really one of my best years!! I finally decided to grow up and get back to work — and started a new consulting firm with a few of my friends; we are called GlobalOne and we are the first and only cloud computing consulting firm in the world. I am happy to say we are now in partnership with a private equity firm to possibly grow the company globally even more in the next three years, and expand past our operations in New York, Australia, and the Philippines. On the side, I am also working on an organic sauce company with my family; and oh yes, I am, at the ripe ol’ age of 35, engaged to a wonderful sculptor from Germany. We just moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn Cobble Hill area. Whew — anyways, I wanted to share with you what I have been up to because I am hoping to hear from each and everyone of you! Mimi, I think I saw you on 6th Avenue a few years ago. Carmen, I was just in your ’hood in Miami!! Katie, you look great on Facebook and I tried to get tickets to see you in Footloose when you were doing it, but they sold out (go figure!).

Blake Patterson Sakow received a master’s in Social Work Administration and is the Director of Operations for Paramount Rehabilitation and Health Care Centers of Texas. She wed Chris Glancy at the State Capitol in Austin, TX on October 10, 2010 Blake Sakow ’94 and husband, (10/10/10). Carryll Hua and her husband, Tony Chen, welcomed a baby boy named Tyler Chen in October.

Chris Glancy, just after their wedding ceremony

Christina “Chris” Christie has been a perfumer for seven years now and has made numerous fragrances for the fine fragrance, personal care and home care markets. She says: My career Carryll Hua ’94 and husband, Tony gives me the chance Chen, with their son Tyler Chen to travel all over the world and I have most recently returned from Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. My next trip will be to Paris, the birthplace of perfume. I will live and work there for two months starting in August. Summer 2011 93


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Chris also made the perfumes for both Alex Flood Alcoff’s and Amy Decko Forcier’s weddings.

1996 Drusilla Carter 308 South Cedar Street Pageland, SC 29728 843-672-3339 Drusilla Carter sends on her class news: Nombulelo Hammond married Chris Ochs February 28th, 2011. Leslie Davies Huguenin and her husband are expecting their first child. Camille Obering married Benjamin Musser September 18, 2010 in Jackson Hole, WY. Camille is an art advisor and curator. Ben is a musician and plays in the acoustic soul band Benyaro. We split our time between Jackson Hole, WY and New York, NY. Amanda Outerbridge Kellogg writes: I hope all is well. I had a baby girl in September. Her name is Somers Outerbridge Kellogg. My husband, daughter, and I are all living in Boston. Kristi Hackbarth Melvin and her husband have moved to Austin, where she works at the Austin Public Library. Kristen Milnes writes: I can’t believe it is time for our 15 year Reunion already! I would love to see everyone and catch up, but will be in Italy for September and part of October and will miss Reunion.

1997 Alicia Kelly Benedetto 6 Little Bear Drive Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 917-622-9946

1998 Brooke Berescik-Johns 118 West 75th Street New York, NY 10023 646-483-9383 212-868-7052



Jennifer “Jennie” Coombes Giorgio gave birth to her third son, Owen William on April 19th. Ipsita Das writes: Right now am a business banker for Chase Bank in Manhattan, live in Union City, NJ where I bought a condo recently, and currently am in remission (yay)! Benneth Phelps sends: I accepted a position as Program Coordinator for the new Berkshire Sustainable Agriculture Fund. It’s a program of the Carrot Project, a farm finance organization based in Somerville, MA, and focused on “slow money” for farm and food system development across New England. The job is part-time so it leaves space to continue my own search for a farm property with which to advance my vegetable and berry production. Our search area for settling down is around Western Massachusetts, and along the I-91 corridor into Vermont and Connecticut. My fiancé, Luke, works in the production side of solar energy, and his work affords us lots of travel opportunities, including frequent trips to San Francisco and other West Coast cities, as well as many parts of Asia including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. We’re grateful to visit exciting places and have plenty of miles to visit friends and make side trips. Rachael Rosselli writes: For over a year and a half, I’ve been living in the heart of Boston and enjoying every minute discovering this city. I moved up here for a position with Boston Ballet as Annual Fund Manager in the Development Office. (And I’ve been putting my graduate school education in Arts Administration to good use)! We’re in the throes of our spring season with several banner productions featuring worldrenowned choreographers like Forsythe, Kylian, and Elo (to name a few). Please let me know if you’re ever in the area and want tickets! I keep active in the Junior League and other social activities around town. Some travel plans include taking my first road trip out west to Red Rocks this summer and visiting Anna Heinze ’99 in Germany this September. The best part about being in The Bean is that there are so many schoolmates in the area; I frequently see Meredith Davison, Jackie Harris (who was my obliging skating coach the past two winters) and Jennifer Rodts ’86 (who works at Boston Ballet too)! I had such a great time catching up with Karen Crowe ’97 and Heather McConnell several months ago. And thanks to Laura Whiteman ’81, I was introduced to Leonarda Boughton ’81, a phenomenal artist and person. I hope all is well with the Class of ’98; judging by our Facebook status updates and photos, it seems that we’re doing just fine. Hooray, Sunray to the EWS Centennial; I’ll see you all there.

1999 Vivienne Felix 434 McCartney Street Apartment 1F Easton, PA 18042 484-597-0633 Class Correspondent Vivienne Felix sends her class updates: Sheng H. Davis is enjoying life in Virginia with her husband, Keith. Meaghan Kate Boisfeuillet will celebrate three years of marriage with her husband, Jonathan, in August. She also shares: I just met up with some of my EWS friends Brooke Berscik-Johns and Cerra Cardwell for my 30th Birthday in NYC. They managed to make turning 30 seem like turning sweet 16. I have also been baking/creating new recipes with local eggs from my mother-in-law’s neighbors and have been sending it onward to the EWS network. Nothing says “I love you” like fresh, giant cookies! Lizzy Heurtematte de Alfaro writes: I had a new baby on December 14, 2010. Her name is Dahlia Allegra Alfaro Heurtematte. She was born at home with a weight of 6 pounds, 14 ounces and length 50 centimeters. Lolita Perez Luzardo also has a new baby. Her name is Valentina! Marisabel Portillo writes: I am rocking Abu Dhabi the best I can. I am working for the Hamad Center for Special Needs as a Behavioral Case Manager in Abu Dhabi. As for fun, I’m rock climbing, running, kayaking, traveling, or eating. I spent Christmas in India, this summer I’ll head to Spain, and later this year to Turkey, New Zealand, and a few other places. Can’t really complain! Life is good and I’m loving the ride. Jessica Katz sends: Things are good on my end! I am currently living in Simsbury, CT and see Sara Esthus from time to time. I graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ in 2003 with a BS in Equine Studies. After working with different trainers and traveling to Florida and Vermont, I decided to take a new path in my life. I recently graduated from Tunxis Community College in May 2010 with an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. I became a licensed registered dental hygienist in August of 2010 and joined my father’s practice in West Hartford, CT. My sister, who graduated Tufts Dental School in 2009, joined the practice as an associate dentist in October of 2010. We

are all very happy and excited to have named our practice Katz Family Dental. Recently, my father was able to treat a Walker’s student from Afghanistan pro bono, allowing her to finally smile with confidence. It was a great way to reconnect with the EWS community! Vivienne Felix writes: In my corner of the world, all is well. I still work at Lafayette College and am constantly amazed by the energy of 18 – 21-year-old students. In my free time, I keep busy through volunteer work at the literacy center and my growing love of ice-skating. I also try to take time to connect with my closest friends in New York City and Philadelphia. Best wishes to all of you!

2000 Allison Quigley 151 Bunker Hill Avenue Stratham, NH 03885-2432 Allison Quigley reports: Things are going very well for me in New Hampshire. This year has flown by with nursing school (I finished up my psych rotation and just recently completed my first med-surgery rotation). I can’t wait until summer — I’ll be working, but I’ll be sure to find time for traveling, gardening, reading, and relaxing! It’s been fun to take over the role of Class Correspondent; so many of us keep track of one another through Facebook, but I’ve loved hearing more of the specifics while gathering our bulletin information. I’m so proud of everything that we are all accomplishing! From family, to work, to school; amazing things are happening for the Class of 2000! I look forward to seeing everyone who is coming to Centennial this fall. We had a very small showing at our 10-year Reunion last May, but it was still nice to catch up with those who did go. Sarah Heinemann, Jamiah Tappin, Bonnie Ewald, EJ Ross, and I had a fun time at the big Saturday night banquet. We saw Ms. Jackson, Ms. Langweider, Mr. Deeds, and Dr. Sheldon (and even caught up with Ms. Jones)! Hope to see you all soon! Our classmates share the following news: Tameka Cooper Hall writes: On March 30th, my husband, Jason, (along with our daughter, Janiah), and I welcomed the newest member of our family to the world, Justin Leeval Hall. After a long, cold winter, we look forward to spending the upcoming spring and summer months bonding with our precious little one! Summer 2011 95


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Piper Huntington writes: Thank you for the nudge to include something in the bulletin! I always forget to give my update, but I love reading what the gals from ’98 – ’01 are up to! I can’t believe how many of our friends are married and some even have children. Wow — it’s all so wonderful! I am currently living in Albany, NY and working as an account executive for a commercial printer near Saratoga Springs, NY. I serve on The Board of The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, which is the dance company of the Capital Region and I am very involved in the arts community in and around Albany. This summer, I’m looking forward to hiking an Adirondack high peak or two, and visiting friends near and far. Can’t wait to see everyone at the Centennial Celebration this fall! Kimberly “Kim” Wagner writes: I was awarded a full scholarship from Women Transportation Seminars (WTS) Greater New York Chapter to attend the Annual WTS Conference in San Francisco. Applicants were required to describe their past and present involvement in their chapter and any contributions made in furthering WTS’s mission, and how attending the conference would support their career goals and benefit the Greater New York Chapter. I’m the Corporate Relations Chair for WTS-GNY. Other than that I’m just excited for the warmer weather. Talk to you all soon! Elizabeth “Liz” Boozan Small writes: I started a new job as the graphic designer at Terry Bicycles (The Original Women’s Bicycle Company) back in August, and I absolutely love it! It is based in Burlington, VT; it’s great working for a female-owned company! My daughter, Savannah, is 2-and-a-half years old now and quite a silly girl. Eric and I are still living in Cambridge, VT and I recently found out that Libby Clark ’97 (who was my ‘Old Girl’) lives in the same town! Small world!


March 29th, 2011 (7 pounds 8 ounces, 19-1/4 inches). So we are keeping really busy and loving every minute of it! Lindsay Merbaum just moved to San Francisco after living in Ecuador for four years teaching English. She has an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College and has published several short stories in magazines and journals. She is now working as a personal raw food chef and administrative assistant, while also doing ghostwriting. Emily Cole-Chu completed her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and is looking forward to being back in the working world! She found herself back at Walker’s this past winter when they needed a mid-year house faculty member. She had a great time working in Smith Dormitory and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the girls. Samara Khalique graduated from medical school this spring, and will be heading down to Louisiana shortly thereafter. She will be starting a year at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, working in internal medicine and pediatrics! Bonnie Ewald graduated from New York Medical School in May, and is very excited to be headed back to Boston to start her intern year in internal medicine at Tufts Medical Center. She would love to get together with those who are in and around Boston! Jamiah Tappin writes: I graduated from UCONN School of Social Work in May 2011, with a concentration in community organization. Right now I’m working in Hartford doing some grassroots community development projects, helping some legislation get passed, and also working with youth groups on issues of racism and class...overall just fighting for social justice!

Siobhan Egan shares: I got married in September 2009, and Christine Hannaford was one of my bridesmaids. I recently left Polo Ralph Lauren, where I worked in the International Business Development Group. My husband, Tom, and I are moving to Geneva, Switzerland this summer, and I’m looking forward to traveling across Europe and writing this next chapter in my life. Unfortunately at this time, I don’t think I will be able to attend the Centennial events. I do miss everyone terribly; please send my love to all!

Amy Neidlinger reports: I am currently living in Manhattan, specifically Gramercy Park, where I have lived since graduating from college. I spent the last six years working for UBM where I started as a sales assistant and worked my way up to a national director where I had the opportunity to launch a new media brand into the market. Recently, I started a new job at IDG, a business-to-business media company, where I am the director of digital sales for the east coast. The position allows me to travel all over while still being able to enjoy living in the city and focusing on my other interests — building furniture and interior design.

Kara Oullette reports: Things have been crazy but fantastic around here! Our son, C.J., is 2-and-a-half years old now and our daughter, Hallie, was born on

Christine Hannaford reports: I graduated with a BA in Management from Simmons College, and I’ve worked as a buyer and a planner in the luxury jewelry industry


for seven years. I am currently pursuing an MBA at Simmons School of Management with an expected graduation date of 2012! In my time since our days at EWS, I’ve stayed in touch with Siobhan Egan and Ashley Jackson ’99, amongst others. Best wishes to everyone!

2001 Alicia Little Hodge 142 Hampton Avenue West Hartford, CT 06110 860-573-5136 Alicia Little Hodge sends her class updates: Jessica Chen writes that she, “can’t wait to return to EWS” for the Centennial. Leanne Miller is, “looking forward to the Centennial in September and catching up with everyone.” Melanie Schwab writes: I am happily settled in Cleveland and got engaged this past year; we are getting married in 2012. I am an associate at a law firm in the area of business law. Miriam Gluck Middleton writes: We are expecting a baby boy!! His estimated due date is August 2, 2011. As for the name, although we’ve already picked it, everyone has to wait on that one! Magda Michalak writes that she is, “soooooo psyched about Reunion!” Sasha Osbourne writes: I am enjoying my first year of pathology residency. I’ve been enjoying hanging out with Alicia when I have the time. We also had a big reunion dinner in NYC with April Bolton Mwangi ’00, Nicole Walker ’00, Tameka Cooper Hall ’00, Crystal Gist, Jarrea Youmans ’02, and Alicia Little Hodge. Alicia Little Hodge sends: I have finally settled back into the civilian life in Connecticut and have been enjoying it with my husband and our two dogs. I am still working as a clinician at an adult outpatient community health center; however, I have recently accepted an offer from the University of Hartford’s Doctorate of Psychology program, and will begin this fall! I have been able to keep in contact with many of my classmates thanks to Facebook and enjoy seeing all the pictures. I am very excited about Centennial and our 10year Reunion. I went to the Class of 2000’s dinner last year and it was nice to see some familiar faces at the

Reunion weekend. I have had the chance to catch up with a bunch of alumnae at a dinner in NYC and also met up with Margo Hanlan ’01 and Ashley Coster Harrison ’01 for lunch this past winter. Hopefully, we’ll have a great turnout this fall and make many new memories!

2002 Stephanie Caviglia 41 Turtle Rock Court New Paltz, NY 12561 914-456-5199

2003 Thara K. Mathews 7305 Quarry Chase Trails Plano, TX 75025 972-618-0741 Amanda Rosenberg writes: I received my master’s in History from the University of Maryland-College Park in May and I’m getting married in July in New York City. Thara Mathews writes: I spent the fall semester of my third year of law school in China and had an amazing experience. I was able to travel all around China to most of the major cities and even made a trip out to Hong Kong and Thailand! I’ll be graduating from law school this May and will be studying for the Texas bar all summer long! Hoping the Class of 2003 is doing well!

2005 Meredythe Goethe 155 Ayrshire Lane Avon, CT 06001 860-803-9320 Nicole E. Rougeot 2787 Torringford Street Torrington, CT 06790 860-489-7153 860-309-6443 Alexandra B. Tapley 58 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-441-0625

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Meredythe Goethe writes: After living in Southeast Asia in 2010 while working for a nonprofit, Children Art Foundation, I am getting my master’s in sculpture and installation from Pratt Institute. After graduating next spring, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. exploring gender and sexuality expression in art, literature, film, and contemporary media. GO DIALS! Emma Bedford is working for the District Attorney’s office in Manhattan and looking forward to a career involving women’s rights and families. She lives in Brooklyn with Meredythe Goethe and their amazing daschund-lab rescue dog, Oliver!

2006 Ebony Moses 303 Chadwick Avenue 2nd Floor Newark, NJ 07018 973-273-0456 Alle S. Colen 9609 Mockingbrid Trail Jupiter, FL 33478 561-744-7747

graduate school or continue my expat life in another country. On another topic, I am officially a cancer survivor, which is determined after five years after the last treatment and I’m feeling absolutely fantastic. I am still so thankful for all the love that I received from my extended Walker’s family. Leah Wawro is in London working as a project officer at the anti-corruption organization Transparency International. She’s on the defense and security team. Brittany Ross McClernon writes: I graduated in March 2010 from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Interior Design. I am currently working in Princeton, NJ for a modern Danish company called BoConcept, as an interior designer and design consultant. More importantly, I married Patrick McClernon, who I met in Pittsburgh, on March 27, 2011. We had a small wedding of close family and friends (around 100 people). The ceremony was held at Ardena Baptist Church in Howell, NJ, and the reception took place at the Stella Marina in Asbury Park. We are also expecting our first child on October 1, 2011, and are leaving the sex of the baby a surprise.

Andrea Coggins writes: I always wanted to work abroad and now I work at Wise Dragon, an English consulting company in Suzhou, China. I am learning how to speak Mandarin Chinese at the same time. After my year contract here, I plan to either go to

Brittany Ross McClernon ’06 and husband Patrick


Some ladies from the class of 2006 reunited for New Years 2011 at the Vigneau-Brit’s cabin in Maine, “The Looney Moose.” From left to right & top to bottom row: Diane LaPosta, Emily Sappington, Caitlin Lashnits, Emma Bogdonoff, Reema Dedania, Hailey Schofield, Marielle Vigneau-Brit, and Alle Colen



Mallory Moore sends her update from the Sunshine State: Hey everyone! I’m currently finishing up my senior year at Florida Southern College and will be graduating April 30, 2011. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and have loved every minute of it. I will be graduating with a BS double major in Public Relations and Advertising. I will remain in Lakeland, FL after I graduate. I am currently applying for jobs in the Tampa Bay area so keep your fingers crossed for me! I truly miss all of you and hope we can all see each other at the Centennial in the fall! Love you guys!

Samantha “Samie” Kelly Staubitz writes: Hey everybody!! I am currently a senior at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, and will be graduating on May 21, 2011 with a BS in Adventure Education and a minor in Art. This summer I will be traveling down to Brevard, NC, to do my internship at Wellspring Academy of the Carolinas, most famously known for the hit TV show, Too Fat for 15 on the Style Network. The school and adventure camp is a place where overweight teens and adults, ages 11 – 21, come for a summer or school year to get fit, eat healthy, and learn how exercise can be fun! After this summer of leading children through the woods, I will be Samie Staubitz ’07 (left) and Sarah Diedrick ’07 (right). Still ‘bookends’ as Ms. Mahoney moving to called us Running Springs, CA to work at the Pali Institute. I am so excited for all of my upcoming travels! I currently have no boyfriend, a pet frog, and I am growing my hair out until it reaches my feet, I miss all of you and can’t wait to see you girls at our Reunion! Sarah Diedrick writes: Hey y’all. I am a senior at UNC Chapel Hill, graduating this May with a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing. This summer I plan to take a breather after graduating; I am going to Bonnaroo and also going on some family trips. I am hoping to get involved in publishing in NYC eventually, and I have been thinking about getting an MFA in Creative Writing. I am passionate about writing and everything it has offered me. I am in a poetry class right now but I have been writing lots of fiction lately; hopefully one day I can publish my own novels. But before I get into a career or more school I want to travel because as my creative writing professors say, “Go out and live. You’re not going to have anything to write about if you’re young and in school forever!” Katherine Elizabeth Fréchette writes: Hey ladies. I am currently a senior at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. I am graduating in May with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. After that, I am working in the mental health field primarily with schizophrenics in York, PA and will be moving up there the day after graduation. In the fall, I am most likely attending William and Mary and working for their student affairs program. Hope everyone is doing well!

Kelly Tran sends: Hi everyone! I just finished playing my last season of field hockey at Washington and Lee University and will be graduating this May with a B.S. in Accounting. I’ll be sitting for the CPA exam this summer then moving down to Atlanta to work for a public accounting firm. Emily Casey sends: Hello beautiful Ethel Walker Students, Alums, and Friends! Presently, I am living — and loving — in Boulder, CO with my divine canine, a Shepherd-Lab mix, named Soma! Lately, I’ve been enjoying the majestic outdoors, climbing trees, scrambling about rocks, and splashing in streams. I study (with great vigor and intention) religion, and focus on eastern tradition, the body, movement, gesture, and how it all fits into the rapidly evolving digital world. I am an editor/writer for online publication at, home of mindful living. I’ve been blessed to carry on my soccer passion on an intramural team where I am always reminded of our glory days as the EWS Wildcats! Ha! Music and dance are abundant in my life and I can’t help but miss our spontaneous locker room/dorm/etc. boogie sessions! I am so excited and grateful to share with you that I am traveling to Bali, Indonesia in August to study with the Student International Training (SIT) abroad program and complete my final semester at CU Boulder. After I graduate in December 2011, I intend to teach in a rural village in Nepal with the help of an organization called Helping Hands. Katherine “Kat” Blanchard says: I graduated on May 8th. I plan to attend graduate school for social work and get my master’s in Social Work. Later, I plan to go to law school and work in the nonprofit/social services industry. I am currently passionate about technology, writing, and connecting with/to people deeply and widely. Check out the blog I just launched:, where I intend to inspire and be inspired through the multi-media wonders of the Interweb. I am working to embody a minimalist technomad goddess lifestyle and hope to encounter you all again on the way. Many blessings and thanks to the EWS community for being a foundational part of who I am and who I am becoming. Infinite joy and peace to each of you and hope our journeys cross soon. My contact is and I would love to reconnect/help anyone/everyone! Jeanette Claire Pelizon sends: Hi everyone! I am senior at Franklin College in Switzerland and will be graduating in May with a degree in Communication and Summer 2011 99


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Media Studies and a minor in Marketing. This summer I will be returning to the states after having an amazing four-year, travel-filled adventure in Europe. I will be moving to New York City to work in the fashion industry after interning at a jewelry company while studying at NYU last fall. I am interested in travel photography and hope to one day be able to pursue a career that will let me travel extensively.

2010 Colby Eisen loves Johns Hopkins University and is experiencing college life in a big way, attending “Spring Fair 2011 Kick Off Party,” the “Bubble-Blowing Flashmob,” and the “Student Alumni Society Homecoming Pre-Game Rally.” Abby Endler is far from Connecticut, living in Houston, TX, having a blast at Rice University and listening to a lot of country music. Ariella Freund is beyond happy at Wharton, although she says the work is hard. She continues to dance, and is part of an ensemble group at the University of Pennsylvania.

Stay Connected with Walker’s Wherever You Are The Ethel Walker School wants you to keep in touch! You can easily find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and on our own website at Catch up with old friends and discover new ones on Facebook by logging onto our page at This “Ethel Walker School Alums” page is perfect for staying up to date! Check back often to share your memories, and find out what your fellow alumnae are up to. This is where we regularly post trivia, news from campus, and notifications of alumnae gatherings. Follow us on Twitter @ethelwalkersch. Get your Walker’s news quickly and on-the-go! LinkedIn provides our alumnae with the perfect opportunity for networking, across sectors, across the country, and around the world. Find us at Ethel Walker Suns and Dials.

Bria McCurdy now lives in Fort Collins, CO and attends Colorado State. Dallas Thompson is living in Boston, looking beautiful, and totally loving Boston University. Laura Chotkowski is still riding horses at Stonehill College and loving school. Margie Alvarez is learning to speak French to add to her knowledge of Italian and Spanish. Elizabeth Greenberg drove from Elon down toward Charlotte, NC to meet with Liz Aboody at The Forks. Liz is a working student, and still rides and competes in cross-country riding. Mollie Roth still rides, as do Ramsay Hanson and Annie Lufkin. Mollie is studying Animal Science at Auburn, and Ramsay attends SMU. Nancy Vinal joined Global Vision International (GVI), an organization that has an alliance with over 150 project partners in over 30 countries. GVI allows volunteers to fill critical voids in fields of environmental research, conservation, education and community development. Nancy is teaching children in Copán, Honduras. She plans on attending the College of Charleston in the fall.


Prom 2011 Liz Krieger '11 and Ellie Bell '12 with their prom dates in May.



The Rev. T. Guthrie Speers Jr. The Speers family and the Walker’s community were saddened by the death of Tom Speers’ father, The Rev. T. Guthrie Speers Jr., on April 17. Mr. Speers was the founding pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, CT where he served for 36 years. During his time in New Canaan, Mr. Speers was deeply involved in the community and in national religious and moral issues. During the Civil Rights Movement, he joined the PHoto 72 dpi marches in Washington, D.C. and Selma, Ala., led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; he advocated for civil and women’s rights; he spoke out against the Vietnam War; he supported same-sex marriage because he believed simply that God honored and joined together those who loved each other. He advocated for low-cost housing for seniors in New Canaan; he traveled to Israel, Russia and Africa to preach and to reach out to others in the name of peace, nuclear disarmament and common humanity. He and New Canaan resident Stanley Resor founded the Coalition on Nuclear Arms Control in the 1980s. Mr. Speers was the chaplain and a commissioner for New Canaan Fire Company No. 1, worked with the local NAACP and started pulpit exchanges with other ministers and faiths in town. He opened discussions throughout Fairfield County, building bridges among Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish congregations. For many years he was head of the board of the Princeton Blairstown Center, a summer camp for city youth in New Jersey. He was a trustee of Union Theological Seminary, The Emma Willard School, and the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece. From 1962-1977 he served on the board of the New Canaan Country School. He preached at schools and colleges in New England and the Northeast, including The Ethel Walker School when Miss Ferguson was Headmistress, as well as preaching regularly at “Church Island” on Squam Lake in New Hampshire, his summer home and retirement residence. He was a long time family friend of Paul

Butterworth, the first chairman of the EWS Board of Trustees. Mr. Speers was a visible presence in New Canaan, walking to church daily, usually accompanied by his two mixed-breed dogs. For a while he did much of his calling on a bicycle — a commanding sight if you saw him coming down a hill at you, his family said. Rarely behind a desk, he spent the day visiting people in their homes, at work, and in the hospital. His pastoral calls involved listening and being a presence. His congregation never was merely Presbyterian: it embraced everyone, some of whom never came to the church on Sundays. He loved climbing mountains, especially with the Over the Hill Hikers, playing the violin at his family’s summer hymn sings, paddling a canoe, taking the trash to the town dump, and eating ice cream, his family said. He cried freely and joyously, claiming he was a member of Weepers Anonymous. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Susan Savage Speers, four children, and eight grandchildren.

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Births & Adoptions 1985 Clarissa “Lissa” Potter Ethan Philip November 8, 2010 1990 Karen Quiros Holder Patrick Chase October, 2010 1990 Jenny Belknap William Callaway January 19, 2011 1990 Kerry Scott Pokorny Camille (Lily) January, 2011 1990 Freda Manuel Mikayla Date: 1990 Heather Fay Dawson Bodhi July, 2010 1994 Norah Lizotte Haje Zoe Alexandra January 4, 2011 1994 Carryll Hua Tyler Chen October, 2010 1998 Jennifer “Jennie” Coombes Giorgio Owen William April 19, 2011 1999 Elizabeth “Lizzy” Heurtematte de Alfaro Dahlia Allegra December 14, 2010 1999 Lolita Perez-Luzardo Valentina 2000 Tameka Cooper Hall Justin Leeval March 30, 2011 102 THE SUNDIAL

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2000 Kara Oullett Lucht Hallie March 29, 2011

Faculty/Staff Births & Adoptions Jill Harrington, Science Teacher Seamus Vaughn February 14, 2011

Engagements 1989 Fiona Cox To Chuck Wolfe

Marriages & Unions 1959 Lucy Rosenberry Jones To Jim Johnson November 20, 2010 1994 Blake Sakow To Chris Glancy October 10, 2010 1996 Nombulelo Hammond To Chris Ochs February 28, 2011 1996 Camille Obering To Benjamin Musser September 18, 2010

In Memoriam 1934 EMILY STONE COCROFT, sister of †Barbara Stone Boyer ’35 and Lydia Stone Lauderdale, ’46 1938 DOROTHY BULLITT COLLINS 1938 SHIRLEY SILLECK HARRISON 1939 MARGARET SCOTT HERSLOFF, sister of †Mary Scott Kirkpatrick ’36 and aunt of †Polly Kirkpatrick ’64 †INDICATES DECEASED

1939 CAROLINE HEMINGWAY NORTON, aunt of Ann Watson Bresnahan ’69

DEAN MCDONALD HENNESSY, stepfather of Marion Leger Murphy ’80 and Veronica Leger ’81

1940 MARY LOUISE KLIPSTEIN SEE, mother of Beverly See White ’64

JEAN VAN VALKENBURG HEYNIGER, mother of Sage Dunlap Chase ’62


CLINTON R. HOAGLAND, husband of Janet Litchfield Hoagland ’61

1942 FRANCES LEAMAN ENGLEHORN 1942 JANE BUCKLEY SMITH, mother of Kimberley Smith Niles ’68, Talbot Smith Briggs ’70, Priscilla Buckley Illel ’74 and Jennifer Smith ’76; sister of Patricia Buckley Bozell ’44 and †Maureen Buckley O’Reilly ’50; aunt of Patricia O’Reilly ’77, Ann O’Reilly ’80, Anne Charlton Stone ’81 and Carol Charlton Ehreth ’84 1943 ELISABETH BLAKE LORING, sister of †Anne Blake Smith 1944 RUTH LEE SMITH 1946 SYLVIA HAYES COULING 1946 JOAN MARIE NEHRBASS STEVENS 1952 JUNE HALEY CURTIS

CAROL F. HUTCHINS, mother of Andree Devendorf Welsh ’74 and Marcia Devendorf Morrell ’78 BENJAMIN INGRAHAM, grandfather of Katherine Kahn ’98 RALPH W. “WOODY” JENNINGS, husband of Brenda Bench Jennings ’52 FREDERICK KAISER, husband of Susan Rodormer Kaiser ’57 DAVID KEEFER, husband of Cynthia Emerson Keefer ’70 JOHN R. LINNELL, husband of Cotheal Kleinhans Linnell ’61 and brother-in-law of Susan Kleinhans Gilbertson ’53 JOHN T. LOGAN, husband of Mary Hunter Logan ’47

1953 MAUDE URMSTON CHILTON, mother of Cecily Chilton Matthai ’77 and Eve Chilton Martirano ’79

ALIREZA PAHLAVI, brother of Farahnaz Pahlavi ’81

1955 HOPE HOLLISTER SWENSON, mother of Laura Swenson Hollister ’78

MARY PAYNE, grandmother of Caitlin Costa ’07 and Devin Costa ’09


DOROTHY LOUISE PEIRCE, wife of Richard Peirce, former Walker’s Head of School


SANFORD LESLIE REIFLER, father of Tracey Reifler ’82

In Sympathy AMELIA ROBIN AGUSH, mother of Eve Agush ’82 TED ALEXANDER, grandfather of Emilee O’Brien ’13

RICHARD MORGAN REYNOLDS, father of Dolly Reynolds Tavasieff ’82 CARMELLA RISOLO, great-grandmother of Allison Harris ’13 and great-mother-in-law of Lee-Ann Harris, Walker’s faculty member

JAMES E. (JIM) BELL, husband of Constance Lavino Bell ’48, father of Constance Bell Moser ’72, Deborah Bell Spoehel ’75, and Stuart Bell, former Walker’s trustee, and grandfather of Eda Bell ’12

BERNABE SANCHEZ MACIA, husband of Raquel Hevia Sanchez ’46 and brother-in-law of †Alina Hevia Felix ’48 and Ana Maria Gamba Sanchez ’47

MILTON ROBERT BIGHAM, father of Cindi DeMeo, member of the Walker’s staff

JEANNE FRANCES BALL SCHOEN, grandmother of Emily Sappington ’06

ROBERT J. CONNELL, grandfather of Kristen Weldon, member of the Walker’s staff

PHILLIP P. SIEGEL, grandfather of Samantha Siegel ’12

SUSAN L. DARLING, sister of Martha Darling Bell ’45 and Sally Darling Wimmer ’45 CERES ARANALDE DIAZ, grandmother of Micaela Porta ’86 and Gabriela Porta Beecher ’91 DAVID DREMAN JR, brother of Meredith Dreman ’07 ROBERTA K. FOGERTY, mother of Elizabeth Fogerty ’91

THE REVEREND T. GUTHRIE SPEERS JR, father of Tom Speers, father-in-law of Head of School Bessie Speers, and grandfather of Eleanor Speers ’16 R. FREDERICK WOOLWORTH, father of Pauli Woolworth ’95 and Carlota Woolworth ’92, and uncle of Ashley Kaye Bernon ’96 and Alexis Swanson Traina ’89

PETER EATON GARDINER, son of Robert Gardiner, former Walker’s trustee, and brother of Margaret Gardiner ’67 and Susan Gardiner Trespalacios ’74

MADGE YORK, grandmother of Alice York ’01

FRANCES (CALDWELL) GAVIN, grandmother of Katherine Gavin ’09

LINDA GAIL (SHEA) ZUMBROSKI, mother of Dawn Zumbroski, Walker’s staff member

JAMES YORK, grandfather of Alice York ’01

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Those hazy, lazy days of summer seem a

long way off as I pen this note, but the mosaic that is Walker’s continues to form and shift as another year closes. We’ve laid the stones of the Walker's mosaic together — parents, students, faculty and staff; each adding a bit of color to the memories of 2010-2011. The light cast reveals the joy of successful events like the True Colors Auction; a moment of shared humanity, expressed by the choir singing “Sakura” in memory of the tragedy in Japan; gathering in the Living Room to cope with multi-tasking and stress; the sadness of saying good-bye to seniors, ‘seven-year’ parents and our beloved Miss Couch; a book discussion led by Walker’s literary great Roger Cantello; molding of friendships ‘round the pottery wheel’; and always, the thrill of watching our daughters transform and reveal themselves through art and sports, on the stage, fields, and in the classroom. “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work,” is expressed by noted French author Émile Zola. The artistry of the Walker’s experience takes talent, dedication and commitment. Thank you for sharing your time and talents to enrich the Walker’s community. I encourage you all to continue to help weave the Walker’s mosaic, an invitation that extends to current, past and future parents. As parents, we have the chance to help ensure that the vibrancy of Walker’s is bright today, brighter tomorrow and always brilliant. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” said Winston Churchill. As the days of summer fade, we hope you will be eagerly awaiting news from your EWSPA on how you can get engaged in the kind of work that merges with play: the work of an EWSPA ambassador.


Maureen Margolis P’11 TREASURER

Kirsten Fuchs P’17 SECRETARY



Christina Febbroriello P’14 Cindy Vaccaro P’12 CO-CHAIRS, AUCTION

Renee Alexander P’13 Need






Carla Gregory P’13 Terry Crescimanno P’13 PRESIDENT EMERITUS

Anne Mainolfi P ‘12, Laura Patrina P’11, ’13, Susie Vanaria P’14 ALL-SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Upper School Class Representatives

Gail M. Shelton P’12 PRESIDENT, EWSPA

Gina Ballard P’11, Sarah Lloyd P’11, Dave Truglio P’08, ‘09, ‘11 CLASS OF 2011 – PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

Sophia Clarke P’12, ’17 CLASS OF 2012 – PARENT REPRESENTATIVE

Rene Daguerre-Bradford P’13, Melissa Regan P’13 CLASS OF 2013 – PARENT REPRESENTATIVES


Kerri Crowe P’13, Beth WoodLeidt P’13, Bill Leidt P’13 BOARDING PARENT REPRESENTATIVES



Supporting the Vision: The Walker’s Fund for Annual Giving In this Centennial year, I am so appreciative of the continued loyalty of our alumnae, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, friends and student communities, who have mobilized in the effort to achieve our ambitious fundraising goal of $1,500,000 for The Walker’s Fund for Annual Giving, a twenty-nine percent increase over last year. Since tuition alone does not cover the full cost of a Walker’s education, our annual fund provides unrestricted resources that are directed towards faculty and staff compensation, curriculum development, athletics, technology and campus improvements, which benefit every Walker’s student, every day. The reasons our donors contribute to the annual fund are varied, but signify a personal connection to Walker’s through an investment in the future of our School. What motivates you to give? • • • • • •

To honor a favorite teacher, staff member or friend To mark a Reunion year To celebrate the graduation of a daughter or granddaughter A gift in memory of a loved one In appreciation for your Walker’s education In recognition of Centennial

Whatever your personal reason is for giving, I hope that you will either continue your past support of the annual fund or will contribute your first gift to Walker’s in this milestone year. Our success in meeting the annual fund goal can only be accomplished through steadfast work from our corps of volunteers, including current students, who composed appeals, signed letters, participated in phonathons, sent personal letters or visited classmates. I appreciate the enthusiasm, energy and wisdom that each volunteer has shared, and extend a special thanks to our Class Agents and to Chairpersons John and Susie Eley P’11, Marie and Jeff Baker P’11, John and Marcia Hincks GP’13, ’15, Letitia McClure Potter ’55, P’85, Roger Cantello, Alyssa Jahn, Sue Smith and Sandy Baker. The April Challenges that propelled us forward would not have been possible without the vision of Sarah Gates Colley ’75, an anonymous donor from the Class of 1969, the Patrina Family and the Davis-Townsley Family.

Eight current students volunteered their time to participate in an Annual Fund Phonathon, contacting alumnae who graduated in recent years

Thank you for your generosity,

Diane R. Thomas Director of Annual Giving Summer 2011 105


MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Dear Walker’s Alumnae, Parents and Friends: As I write this, the world is filled with news of nations in turmoil, natural disasters, and rising fuel prices. Yet, despite every hardship, people strive to fulfill the purpose of their lives. Here in Simsbury, you might think that The Ethel Walker School is far removed from the events of the world. But this is not the case. The mission of the School is to develop a deep connection between our students and the world, so that they can participate in it in meaningful ways and make contributions that will outlast the duration of their lives. That’s what it means to leave a legacy. In the spirit of continuing this mission, and as we approach Walker’s Centennial, I offer this report. It is a story of generosity and progress and hope. The annual fund is going strong this year and we have every reason to hope that it will reach the stretch goal of $1,500,000 by June 30th. The generosity of two alumnae and four parents inspired us to work harder than ever on our April Alumnae and Parent challenges. Specifically, for the month of April, two alumnae from the Classes of 1969 and 1975 pledged $50,000 each for a $100,000 alumnae challenge. And, the DavisTownsley and Patrina families together pledged $50,000 to Walker’s if an additional $50,000 in new money or pledges was raised in April by current or past parents and grandparents. We not only met these challenges because of your generous response, but we exceeded both — with $159,000 in new gifts and pledges from alumnae, with 204 donors, and $61,000 in new gifts and pledges from our parents and grandparents, with 112 donors. Thank you all. Our True Colors Auction in February was extremely successful, raising over $70,000 for the School. Huge thanks go to the Co-Chairs Cindy Vacarro P’12 and Christina Febbroriello P’14, as well as to our dedicated EWSPA volunteers and Genie Lomba P’13 from our Development Office for their enthusiasm and hard work in putting together this enjoyable event. I mention these stories for two reasons. One is to paint a picture — an accurate one — of an institution that is progressive, positive, and backed by the strength of many people. But I also want to remind us all that in a world where women are too often dismissed, or marginalized, or silenced, the women of Walker’s stand tall and speak with eloquence, and their voices are heard far and wide. I encourage you to add your voice to theirs as we approach our Centennial.

Warm regards,


106 THE SUNDIAL a world where women are too often dismissed, or marginalized, or silenced, the women of Walker’s stand tall and speak with eloquence, and their voices are heard far and wide.


Roger Cantello, English teacher, Jeffrey and Diane Bilgore P’12, Diane Cantello P’14

Auction co-chairs Christina Febbroriello P’14 and Cindy Vaccaro P’12

True Colors Auction 2011

Joe and Laura Patrina P’11, 13

Tisha Potter ’55, P’85 and Helen Castellani P’09

Dave Castellani P’09 and Darrell Carrington, Math teacher

Hugh Hildesley P’85 and Dave Castellani P’09 Summer 2011 107


The Development Office The Development Office is always interested in knowing how we can best serve the alumnae, parents and friends of The Ethel Walker School. To help us keep our records up-todate, please contact the Office with address or email changes so that you continue to receive news about the School. We will continue to send our electronic alumnae newsletter to keep everyone informed of the most current news and events. If you are not currently subscribed to receive this communication, please email and we will add you to the list. If you have questions about making a donation to the School, please contact any of the staff listed below.

Pamela Churchill, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT 860.408.4256 | Sandy Baker, DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT SERVICES 860.408.4257 | Eleanor Barnes, DIRECTOR OF DONOR RELATIONS 860.408.4254 | Kate Coleman-Burns, CAPITAL CAMPAIGN ASSOCIATE 860.408.4258 | Kitty Friedman, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT 860.408.4253 | Lee-Ann Harris, CENTENNIAL COORDINATOR 860.408.4331 | Courtney King, MANAGER OF DEVELOPMENT, SPECIAL EVENTS AND PUBLICATIONS 860.408.4260 | Heidi McCann, DIRECTOR OF CENTENNIAL AND REUNION GIVING 860.408.4250 | Diane Thomas, DIRECTOR OF THE ANNUAL FUND 860.408.4255 |

Ways to Support Walker’s Cash, Check or Credit Card Many gifts are cash contributions that are made by check or credit card. These gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law and provide immediate funding for the School. Securities and Property Gifts of stock, other securities, or property benefit the institution and provide the donor with a tax deduction for the fair market value of the gift when it is made. Additionally, the donor does not have to pay capital gains tax on the appreciated value of the stock or property. Matching Gifts Many companies provide their employees with the benefit of increasing their gifts to certain organizations by matching those gifts. Please check with your employer about their matching gifts program. Planned Giving Gifts made through estate planning provide for the future growth of the School as these gifts, unless otherwise specified, are directed to the School’s endowment. The Ethel Walker Heritage Society honors those who have made provisions for Walker’s in their estate plans. Gifts-in-Kind Walker’s welcomes gifts in kind, including donations of goods and services that meet the educational and programmatic needs of the School. Special and Restricted Gifts Walker’s has a number of funds that have been established by donors for special purposes such as the support of educational programs, scholarships or endowment.

For further information about making a gift, please contact Pamela Churchill, Director of Development, at 860.408.4256.

Laura Whiteman ’81, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNAE RELATIONS 860.408.4259 | Genie Lomba, ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & PARENT RELATIONS 860.408.4252 | Dawn Zumbroski, DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT 860.408.4251 |


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s The Ethel Walker School looks forward to its Centennial, alumnae, parents, and grandparents, committed to the School’s mission and vision, are invited to consult with the development staff to make a planned gift. Through endowment fundraising, Walker’s will honor the ideals that have shaped the School since its founding, and that are necessary to fulfill its promise of an exemplary education today and in future years. A planned gift helps both the donor and the School. The donor increases her or his support and, at the same time, receives tax and other personal

financial benefits. The School receives a significant gift. Donors to The Ethel Walker School who make all or a portion of their gifts through their financial or estate plans (bequest, trust, gift of life insurance, real estate, retirement account, or life income agreement) are recognized as members of The Ethel Walker Heritage Society. The Society honors the School’s founder, who set the example for philanthropy by naming the School as beneficiary in three separate trusts. Her gifts are truly gifts that continue to support the institution long after her lifetime.

PROFILES IN GIVING Ruth Grobe ’69 loved her time at Walker’s and was eager to promote the School and support the new Head, Margaret Bonz, during the “One Vision, Many Voices” Campaign in 1995. With the help of the School, she purchased a life insurance policy with the School named as beneficiary. She received an immediate tax benefit and the School will receive a major gift. Life insurance is an excellent way to provide major gift support because policies can be structured with predictable annual costs for the donor and significant support for the School at the end of the life insurance term. A gift of life insurance allows you the satisfaction of making a significant contribution to the School now, without adversely affecting your cash flow.

Ruth Grobe

When making any philanthropic commitment to Walker’s, please be sure to include your attorney and/or financial advisor in the conversation to ensure the transaction is arranged with respect to your individual requirements.

If you are interested in making a planned gift to The Ethel Walker School, please contact Kitty Northrop Friedman at 860-408-4253, or email

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