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Choosing a College


The Gunnery Alumni App


Meet the Prefects


Senior Capstone Projects


Memories of Pam Taylor

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Head Prefect, Ian Riley leads the Class of 2013 onto the Green.

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A Message from the Head of School


chools—boarding schools in particular— depend on generational faculty. These are the teachers, coaches, and dorm parents who stay through a school’s ebb and flow, who commit themselves and their families to a place, and who become the institutional memory. As The Gunnery’s 164th year begins, we mourn Pam Taylor’s passing and know that we’ve lost an irreplaceable English teacher, colleague, and friend. We also know that we have one final year with two other devoted teachers, Senior Master Russ Elgin and Terry Clark, both of whom decided long ago that 2013–2014 would be their last on the faculty. Among them, Pam, Russ, and Terry have 102 years of teaching experience. They’ve seen five of the school’s eleven Headmasters come and go and thousands of students graduate. For many alumni, The Gunnery isn’t The Gunnery without them (and in some cases that’s literally true as “The Gunnery” was, and will always be, simply “Gunnery,” as it was when Pam, Russ, and Terry started teaching here). We have this year to celebrate their dedication to our school. To say that they’ve seen it all doesn’t do justice to the nature of life at a boarding school—they’ve held nearly every position possible and have selflessly pitched in too many times to count. Mr. Elgin, as Senior Master for 29 years, has devoted, quietly and in his own humble way, countless hours to ensuring that each Convocation and Commencement ceremony is just right, to giving his opinion at administrative meetings about possible changes to school life, and served on two Head of School searches. And yet, as the school hymn says, “Time like an ever-rolling stream bears all its sons away,” as legends leave us, we welcome new members to our community. Not only do we welcome new faculty, but we also welcome a new Chief Financial Officer, Bill Zekas, and a new Director of Marketing and Communications, Mike Marich. Both of them are dedicated to helping The Gunnery confront the timeless challenge to stay true to our school’s “soul,” as one alumnus put it last year—to Mr. Gunn’s original vision—a commitment to educate for character first; to be a caring and intimate community, one that “feels like home,” as I’ve heard so many of you say, and one that allows students to explore, innovate, grow, and learn with integrity; to develop life-long learners (a cliché these days, I know, but that’s our motto, literally—”Vir Bonum Semper Discipulus Est”) who are actively engaged citizens, whether their home is Boston, Ridgefield, or Beijing—all while competing with other great schools. I am exceedingly grateful that faculty like Pam, Russ, and Terry choose to make their lives here as we confront these and other opportunities. It is perhaps appropriate that in the year that the school introduces iPads to the classroom, these departing faculty, who arrived at the school before the founding of the Apple computer company, remind us that all the technology in the world can’t replace great teachers.

Peter W.E. Becker Head of School Gerrit Vreeland ’61 Chairman Joan A. Noto P’97 Vice President David E. Kaplan ’81, P’13 & P’15 Vice President Jay B. Sheehy ’73 Treasurer Peter B. Slone ’73 & P’11 Secretary Patrick M. Dorton ’86 Jonathan M. Estreich P’06 Christine B. Stonbely P’99 Peter S. Twombly ’74 Members at Large

Stephen W. Baird ’68 Sarah A. Scheel Cook ’82 Duncan “Dick” Ebersol P’08 Gretchen H. Farmer P’05 James R. Gallop P’14 Beth Glynn Peter R. Houldin ’92 Francis X. Macary ’77 & P’03, P’05, P’07 & P’15 Kirsten Peckerman Eugene A. Pinover P’01 Richard N. Tager ’56 William T. Tolley P’08 & P’14

TRUSTEE EMERITI Leo D. Bretter ’52 & P’88 David N. Hoadley ’51 Jonathan S. Linen ’62 Val J. Prevedini ’69 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CO-PRESIDENTS John M. Greenwood ’71 Laura E. Martin ‘90 BOURNE ADVISORY COUNCIL Peter W.E. Becker Val J. Prevedini ’69 Stephen P. Bent ’59 William S. Smilow ’82 Leo D. Bretter ’52 & P’88 Jonathan M. Tisch ’72 Edsel B. Ford II ’68 Gerrit Vreeland ’61 Jonathan S. Linen ’62 Roy S. Walzer ’65 GUNNERY COUNCIL R. Whit Matthews ’98 – President Charles W. Allen ’94 William McKee ’06 John H. Anning ’90 Nicholas Molnar ’72 Patrick V. Baker ’89 Brian R. Saltzman ’84 Peter J. Bergen ’84 Elizabeth Soderberg ’91 Sheila M. Boyd ’91 Jonathan P. Sullivan ’98 Alessandra L. Carlin ’97 Krystalynn M. Schlegel ’96 Tara Friedman ’03 Omar Slowe ’97 Bobby Gordon ’87 Scott A. Schwind ’89 L. Michael Hersom ’89 Van Wilshire ’89 Peter Lorenz ’03 Jin Young (Clifford) Yang ‘98 Andrea L. Marron ’04 PARENTS FUND CO-CHAIRS Rick and Lisa Judd P’14, P’15, & P’17 COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE CONTACT Michael Marich Director of Marketing and Communications, Editor E-mail: ADVANCEMENT OFFICE CONTACT Laura D. Eldridge P’12 Director of Institutional Advancement E-mail: ADMISSIONS OFFICE CONTACT Jed Stuart ’02 Director of Admissions E-mail: CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Laura D. Eldridge P’12, Tom Hollinger P’01 & P’04, Paula Gibson Krimsky, Kiersten Marich, Chelsea Stuart PHOTOGRAPHERS Coffeepond Photography, Phil Dutton ’81, Anna Kjellson

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Brianna Goldstein, Rachel Caron, Tristan Kishonis, Wyatt Clark, and Ian Riley atop Senior Rock

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Choosing a College is an Education in Itself Like their counterparts everywhere, students at The Gunnery contemplate the college application process with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. They are looking forward to the independence of the next step in their student lives and they fully recognize that they will be making a choice that may significantly impact their lives.


ut they don’t go through this process alone. At The Gunnery, the faculty, advisors, and administration, as well as their parents and guardians, have been working throughout their high school years to prepare students to make this decision and how to deal with the consequences. “It was a great year for college admissions for the class of 2013,” said Seth Low, Director of College Counseling at The Gunnery. “Graduating seniors have been accepted at a wonderful group of colleges. Perhaps more importantly, each student involved in the college process has grown markedly. The growth that can occur during the college search and application process can often be as important as the outcome,” said Mr. Low. “If students are fixated on one school that they want to attend, they may be missing the crucial self-assessment aspect of the process. Students’ success at the next level isn’t about the school they choose to attend; it’s about what they do when they get there.” This past April, when the acceptance process was largely concluded, we sat down with several of The Gunnery’s

seniors to review the experience from their perspective. The enthusiasm and sense of relief was palpable during interviews with the three young men and two young women. Ian Riley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Riley of Waterbury, was last year’s head prefect, the highest elected student position. Ian applied to six colleges and decided on the University of Virginia. What was his first criterion for choosing a college? “It needs to be warm,” he laughed. Ian wants to study politics and pre-law, both of them UVA strengths. “I was impressed with the friendliness of the people on the UVA campus—it was the same reaction I had when I first visited The Gunnery. The historical aspect of the school and the fact that Edgar Allen Poe went there clinched it.”

“Dealing with rejection is humbling; it makes you take a step back and see yourself better.” – Ian Riley

He was also accepted at William and Mary and Vanderbilt. When first contemplating his choices, Ian remembered the advice given to him four years earlier by then Head of School Susan Graham when he applied to The Gunnery: “She said that choosing your school was like choosing a shoe, the right fit was very important.” He also expressed gratitude for the support he received from the college counseling office. “I never felt lost in the process,” he said. “Mr. Low tells it like it is. If he doesn’t think you have a chance, he tells you… Dealing with rejection is humbling; it makes you take a step back and see yourself better.”





Brianna Goldstein, daughter

of Mr. and Mrs. Brad Goldstein of Bridgewater, aimed high in her choices, armed with an outstanding academic record and considerable achievement in lightweight crew. While at Shepaug Valley Middle School, her mother, an eighthgrade math teacher, tutored Brianna Goldstein Brianna in geometry, so that she was able to enter Algebra II honors as a freshman at The Gunnery. Already a champion swimmer, she took up crew and trained in the summers with the Junior National Sculling Team. In the fall of her senior year, with the encouragement of Gunnery’s head crew coach, Kevin Garrity, she contacted the coaches at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and MIT. In view of her academics, they all responded positively. Since middle school she had wanted to go to Harvard, but, in the end, she determined it was not a good fit. Having watched her race, the coach at Stanford, which has the No. 1-ranked lightweight crew in the nation, called her after the Head of the Charles crew race in Boston in late October to urge her to include Stanford in her mix. “I went out on an official recruiting trip. I liked the team and the school and the coach, so I applied there.” She was accepted and has an eye on majoring in chemical engineering. She was also accepted at MIT, but the California trip swung the decision for her. Wyatt Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs.

Frederick Clark of Woodbury, started out with several criteria: the college had to have a full campus, but not in the middle of nowhere; it had to be at least two hours from home, and he wanted a liberal arts college with a good science department. “But there’s an unquantifiable thing,” he Wyatt Clark added, “you feel like home when you visit there. That’s why Colgate made my cut even though the campus is quite isolated.” Wyatt ended up applying Early Decision 2 to Tufts University outside Boston—a process in which you apply at the normal time in December, but hear early in February rather than April and, if accepted, are committed to go. He made that decision on the day the application was due. “I’m a deadline type of person,” he said; “I also wrote what I consider my best college essay that day, ‘Friendship is like Gravity.’”

Wyatt’s mother, Terry Clark, said later: “I was against Wyatt’s last minute decision to apply Early Decision 2 and, in the end, I had to admit I was wrong.” Like many parents, Mrs. Clark agonized along with her son. “Parents really need a course to weather this process; you need to learn to recognize the things you can control and the things you can’t … the Counseling Office was always there for us. … I can’t say enough about The Gunnery’s support; that’s why I have been very active on the Parent Council.” Rachael Caron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Caron of Woodbury, also had several criteria in choosing a college: It had to have a sailing program, and along with that a long warm season. She also wanted a mid-sized school and “a friendly campus.” She applied to 11 schools, all of them highly Rachael Caron selective, but College Counselor Emily FitzHugh encouraged her to add some additional choices. Ms. FitzHugh explained her reasoning this way: “We knew Rachael had a stellar record and would do well wherever she went, but in today’s college climate, that is no guarantee. The number of applications at each college is overwhelming, and the colleges can be very specific about what they need on their campus.” Once the first acceptance came in, “we were able to relax a bit.”

Rachael’s love of history eventually led her to William and Mary, which is located “right in the middle of colonial Williamsburg,” although her career aspirations are more in the sciences, particularly environmental engineering. By her own admission, Rachael has to work harder for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines than for English or history, but “I really like it; I guess I’ll just work harder.” Tristan Kishonis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Kishonis of

Watertown, frequently earned top scholar status in his class during his time at The Gunnery and distinguished himself as a prefect and in cross country running. In his search for the right college, he visited 19 campuses, primarily in the northeast. “Some of the schools, like Cornell, were amazing— a great group of students, had wonderful reputations, but were for someone else, not for me,” he said. Tristan was interested in some Catholic schools like Boston College and Villanova.

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Tristan Kishonis

He put Colgate on his list because he thought it resembled The Gunnery in that it was a small, strong community accomplishing big things. His friend Ian Riley visited the University of Virginia and was surprised by how much he liked it, so Tristan added UVA to the mix and ultimately decided to enroll there.

“Two things I heard during my visit really aroused my interest,” Tristan said. “The admissions guide said that UVA educated not just students, but leaders and he told a story about the honor code which showed it was a living, breathing part of the university’s community. It gave me a good feeling; I can picture myself there.” Tristan wants to go into neuroscience research and continue to a doctorate. He recounted the agony of waiting for the college envelopes during spring break, but good news arrived with acceptances from Villanova, BC and UVA. “Waiting is the hardest!”

College Matriculation for the Class of 2013 Assumption College Babson College Barry University Berklee College of Music Boston College Boston University Bryant University Clark University Colby College College of the Holy Cross (2) College of William and Mary Colorado College Connecticut College Curry College

Dickinson College (2) Eckerd College Elon University Emory University Endicott College Fairfield University (3) Franklin and Marshall College (2) Georgia Institute of Technology High Point University Hobart and William Smith Colleges Indiana University at Bloomington Lasell College Lesley University

Lynn University Manhattanville College Merrimack College Miami University (Ohio) Michigan State University Nichols College Northeastern University Pace University Providence College Quinnipiac University Rhode Island School of Design Rhodes College Roanoke College Rochester Institute of Technology

Rutgers University Salve Regina University Savannah College of Art and Design Skidmore College (3) Southern CT State University Southern Methodist University St. Lawrence University Stanford University SUNY College at Cobleskill Syracuse University (2) Tufts University Tulane University

Union College (2) University of Delaware University of Denver University of Maine University of Richmond University of South Carolina University of Vermont University of Virginia (2) Vassar College Wagner College Washington University in St. Louis Wesleyan University Williams College







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The Class of 2013 in Bourne Garden Cole Richard Anderson Samuel Miller Anderson Isabela Beata Bagi Joel Roth Beck Caroline James Beckmann Anthony Mark Bird, Jr. Thomas Alan Burger III Carrie Miranda Cameron Hanna Shirrell Carlin Rachael Danielle Caron Michael Stryker Casey Marc Kingston Cibelli Wyatt George Clark Michael Spencer Cohen Sagine Corrielus Kellen Winslow Croce Robert Richard Darrar Christopher George Davis David Morris DiGiorgi

Justin Warren Dunn Diego J. Duran-Ballen Dwayne O’Niel Ellis, Jr. Kai Brandon Frankville Maxwell Webb Freeman Anton Johannes Frondelius Simon Galligani Brianna Grace Goldstein Micaela Carol Grogan Yan Guo Jacqueline Rose Hagopian Ria Han Jonathan Lin Hay Jonathan Edwin Hill Tzu-Ling Ho Gillian Gerli Horn Jo-Anna Rose Jacobs Xiaojin Jin

Jessie Grayce Kaplan Rachel A. Kaplan Mary Jane Kessenich Tristan Curtiss Kishonis Charles Batcheller Kissel Krista Emily Lamoreaux Won Jun Lee Oleg Olegovich Lipovetskiy Albert Emerson Lussier IV Anthony Michael Luzzi Jeremy Miles Marks Tess Emily Mindham Falon Mary Moran Molly Rice Moseley Harris Jed Owens Jake Hamilton Hertberg Paron Nathan Michael Patch Katherine Elizabeth Quinlan

Ian Paul Riley Sean Thomas Rogerson Natalie Kay Ross Martin Henry Rubin Paige Victoria Silengo James Thomas Smith Brandon Taylor Solomon Kathleen Joy Songco Dawson Charles Sprigings Charlotte Ruth Stevens Erin Marie Sullivan Erik Paul Swan Paloma Vega Gonzalez-Ruiz Yingmao Wei Matthew James Williams Daria Zaporozhets Maria Zaporozhets Boya Zhao


Legacies in the Class of 2013: Harris Owens, David DiGiorgi, Maxwell Freeman, Jonathan Hay, Mary Jane Kessenich, Hanna Carlin, Jessie Kaplan, Katherine Quinlan, Micaela Grogan, Sean Rogerson and Albert Lussier

Faculty members Hugh Caldera, Pamela Taylor and Edward Small before the ceremony

The Gunnery faculty

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Peter Becker presents the Brinsmade Prize to Prefect Paige Silengo





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The Commencement procession

Kathleen Songco, Hanna Carlin, Tess Mindham and Isabela Bagi

Harris Owens and Simon Galligani before the ceremony

Prefect and top scholar in the Class of 2013, Tristan Kishonis, receives the Head of School Prize from Peter Becker

The commencement procession, led by Prefects-elect Amanda Payne and Andrey Yuzvik


Katherine Quinlan ’13, Krista Lamoreaux ’13, Kori Rimany ’14, Ariana Dominicus ’14, Jacqueline Hagopian ’13 and Kelly Kessenich ’16 with their faculty advisor Kate Marek ’05

Peter Becker presents The Gunnery Cup to Head Prefect Ian Riley

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Head Prefect-elect Luke Perda ’14

Seniors Yan Guo, Yingmao Wei, and Xiaojin Jin with other members of the International Club

The Gunnery chapter of the Cum Laude Society: (front row L to R) Brianna Goldstein ’13, Ria Han ’13, Tristan Kishonis ’13, Ian Riley ’13, Sumana Al Gharbi ’14, Kori Rimany ’14, Xiaojin Jin ’13, Isabela Bagi ’13, Dawson Sprigings ’13, and Zilun Jing ’14; (second row L to R) Anna Kjellson, Kate Merritt, Caitlyn Cotton, Eileen Kelly-Aguirre, Seth Low, Matthew Daylor, Mark Conklin, Jarrod Sisk, Alison Frye, Alisa Croft, Amy Paulekas, Steven Bailey, and Christopher Baudo; (back row L to R) Craig Badger, Shannon Baudo and Russ Elgin





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Andrew Richards presents the Percy B. Wightman Prize to Simeon Giraldo ’14

Athletic Director Jon Russillo presents the Athletic Cup Awards to Isabela Bagi ’13 and Robert Darrar ’13

Senior Master, Russ Elgin, presents the McClellan Citizenship Prize to Paloma Vega Gonzalez-Ruiz ’13

Academic Dean Chapin Miller presents the Michael N. Eanes Award for Greatest Scholastic Improvement to Gillian Horn ’13

Visual Arts Chair Brian Lillie presents the Elizabeth Kempton Memorial Award for Excellence in Art to Boya Zhao ’13

Science Department Chair Steven Bailey presents the School Science Prize to Brianna Goldstein ’13. Brianna also received the Bourne Advisory Council Leadership Award and is a member of the Cum Laude Society

Nicholas Benson presents the Stray Shot Prize for excellence in prose to Xiaojin Jin ’13. Xiaojin also received the prize for Excellence in Economics, the Anthony Golembeske Award for Excellence in Mathematics, and the Raymond W. Reich Award for Excellence in Physics. He was also inducted into the Cum Laude Society

Craig Badger presents the Hillman Prize in American History to Luke Perda ’14

The 2014 Gunn Scholar, Olivia Judd ’14, with the 2013 Gunn Scholar, Thomas Burger ’13, and their teachers, Paula Gibson Krimsky and Thomas Hollinger

Sagine Corrielus ’13, recipient of the Jerome F. MacCarthy Arts Award, performs at Prize Night

Head of School Peter Becker and Trustee Dick Ebersol P’08, present the Teddy Award to Samuel Joslin ‘16 (to the right of Mr. Becker), along with the previous recipients (L to R: Logan Adams ’15, Andrey Yuzvik ’14, Ian Riley ’13 and Tristan Kishonis ’13)

introducing The Gunnery Alumni mobile app One of the best things about boarding school is no doubt the connections that we make with friends and faculty. By just being here you have a built-in connection, a common bond. As the years pass, we stay in touch with some people and lose touch with others. Is an Alumni Weekend on the horizon and you’d like to reconnect with old friends? Are you moving and long to see a familiar face in a new town? Ever wonder who else is in finance, marketing, education or engineering? Whatever your reason for reaching out, now there’s an easy way to do it! The Class of 2013, through their Senior Class Gift, has made possible a Gunneryy Alumni app. This will be the go-to place for locating and connecting with fellow alumni. The app is available by searching for “The Gunnery” in the Apple App store and Google Play. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android devices. For a detailed guide to downloading and using the app, please visit the alumni portal of our website.





NEWtrustees New Gunnery Board Chair Installed Longstanding board member, Gerrit Vreeland, was installed as The Gunnery’s new Chairman of the Board on Alumni Weekend. At the same time, Steve Baird was recognized for his seven years of service as chairman of the board. Steve guided the school through the worst recession in the post-war era, Gerrit Vreeland ‘61, orchestrated a smooth and successful Chairman of the Board transition from longstanding and revered head Susie Graham to new head Peter Becker and oversaw the raising of nearly $20 million dollars in annual, capital and endowed funds during his tenure. As we look to the future, Gerrit believes that the board should provide prudent support of Mr. Becker’s efforts to fulfill the mission of the school and support the vision of where The Gunnery belongs in the landscape of New England boarding schools. To this end, he believes that it is his job to develop the tools and the environment that allow the board to find the time they spend working for The Gunnery both fulfilling and rewarding. “In four years’ time, no one will ask who or what The Gunnery is. They will know us by name and by reputation. The Gunnery will be among the best small boarding schools in New England.”

Beth Glynn, Jon Linen ’62 and Whit Matthews ’98 Join the Board of Trustees


he Gunnery is pleased that Beth Glynn and Jon Linen have agreed to come out of retirement and put their prodigious talents to work as new members of The Gunnery Board of Trustees. Whit Matthews ’98 will also join the board during his two-year term as President of the Gunnery Council. Beth Glynn was on the board from 2001–2012 and served in many capacities, in particular, on the Finance Committee. A resident of New York City, Beth is retired from her longtime career as a partner

and managing director at Neuberger Berman. Among the other boards she has served are: The Metropolitan Opera, the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania Board of Overseers and the Washington National Opera. Chairman of the Board Gerrit Vreeland says: “Beth is exactly what our board needs at this point in time. She is thoughtful, and always prepared to ask the tough, challenging questions as every good leader should. Jon Linen ’62, Trustee Emeritus

and distinguished Bourne Advisory Council Member brings enormous perspective as a former Board Chairman and a longtime generous supporter of The Gunnery. Through the years, Jon has remained involved, supporting many initiatives including the Linen Hockey Rink. Jon retired as Vice Chairman of the American Express Company in January 2006, and has since served as the Advisor to the Chairman. During his 37 years with American Express, Mr. Linen ran almost every business in the company. He was the President and CEO of the Travel Related Services Group, which included the global Card and Travelers Cheques Divisions. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Shearson Lehman Brothers and, as Vice Chairman of American Express, led the company’s efforts to develop additional strategic business opportunities. Whit Matthews ‘98 was recently

appointed President of The Gunnery Council and in this capacity, serves as a voting member of the Board of Trustees. Whit comes from a long family legacy at The Gunnery. His father, Dean is class of ’56 and his brother, Kris, is class of ’99. He has remained highly engaged with The Gunnery since graduation, serving as a class agent and reunion chair. Whit is an Investment Director with SL Capital Partners in Boston. SL Capital Partners is a global private equity fund of funds affiliated with the Edinburgh, Scotland-based Standard Life Investments. Prior to joining SL Capital Partners in 2009, Whit worked for the University of Pennsylvania Endowment where he focused on a variety of alternative investment strategies. 

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t was a special day last spring when The Gunnery’s varsity ty tennis teams welcomed a group of about 20 young people le from the Special Olympics of Northwestern Connecticutt at the courts. Faculty member Andy Richards and Rebecca Brookshire, Program and Volunteer Coordinator for the Special Olympics, put their heads together to arrange the day. The Police Athletic League (PAL) of Waterbury sent along some police chaperones and generously provided transportation for the event. Tennis coaches Jed Stuart and Jen Hart and their teams provided some one-on-one tutoring along with group practice sessions and games. Amy Julia Becker brought her daughter Penny to join the fun. It was a lively group of mixed ages who still had the energy for a rousing game of Sharks and Minnows after the lessons were done.

A tennis clinic

Penny Becker joins the fun

A souvenir photo for the whole group

Izzy Bagi gives a private lesson to one of the visitors

Any leftover energy was used up in a rousing game of Sharks and Minnows






The Gunnery Hosts 54th Founder’s Day Regatta member Anna Kjellson and provided by the new sponsors for this year’s regatta, Peter Becks Village Store of Salisbury and Collared Greens of North Carolina. Peter Becks is owned by Peter Feen ’99 and Becky Belcher Feen and Collared Greens is owned by Randy Ashton ’96. At the end of the day, the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (OH) was the winner of both the boys’ team and girls’ team overall points trophies.

Matt Daylor, Nick Solley, Poppy Baldwin ’80, Brianna Goldstein ‘13, Girls’ Varsity Captain, and Peter Becker at the dedication of the Katharine L. Conroy Cup


he weather was perfect and provided a great day of racing at the 54th Founder’s Day Regatta at Lake Waramaug held on Sunday, May 5th. The Gunnery hosted 25 high school and boat club teams from as far away as Cincinnati, OH, with over 1,000 student athletes and one hundred seventy-seven boats entered. Head of School, Peter Becker, head crew coaches, Kevin Garrity and Matt Daylor, and the crew teams gathered at the Waramaug Park beach at the midday break to dedicate the new Katherine L. Conroy Cup for the winner of the girls’ first boat grand final event. Nick Solley was on hand to represent the Conroy/ Solley family and Geraldine “Poppy” Baldwin ’80 represented the group of crew alumnae who donated the cup: Lisa N. Smith WR, Betsy Milas Trieber ’79, Ann Watson Lipham ’79, Lexi Lipham ’10, Beth Meyer Kelley ’92, Ali Kagan ’00, and Libby Peters ’02. (Look for Poppy Baldwin’s memories

of the first girls’ crew team on the athletic section of the website.) At the same dedication ceremony, Andrey Yuzvik ’14 poured a bottle of sparkling cider over the bow of the new crew shell donated by his parents, Mr. Alexander Yuzvik and Mrs. Nadezhda Ivanova. The boat was christened Avery Mecha. Andrey and his parents chose the name, a character in a short story Andrey wrote and illustrated in an art class, because the project exemplified the passion, hard work, and perseverance that Andrey has demonstrated both academically and for the crew team. A close-to-capacity crowd, which included many parents and alumni crew members, was on hand to support the rowers at Waramaug State Park. In addition to the colorful hospitality tents and team banners, the crew supporters quickly bought up the popular commemorative Patagonia fleeces, tee shirts, hats, and ties, designed by faculty

The George H. Lorenz Memorial Trophy went to Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club, winner of the boys’ first boat Grand Final with a time of 04:48.3. Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club also won the Katherine L. Conroy trophy for the winner of the girls’ first boat Grand Final with a time of 05:23.3. The Gunnery girls’ first boat placed 2nd in the Petite Final with a time of 5:46.7. The boys’ first boat placed 3rd in the

The Katherine L. Conroy Cup


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The Gunnery team races by its fan base

Petite Final with a time of 5:04.5. The Gunnery boys’ second boat placed 6th and the girls’ second boat placed 4th in their respective Petite Finals. The races are held on a six lane, regulation high school 1500 meter course. Heats begin at 9:00 AM in the morning and Grand and Petite Finals are held in the afternoon. At least a hundred volunteers comprising coaches, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and friends of Gunnery’s crew program manage the launch, the start, the finish and everything in between. Participants this year included: The Gunnery, Berkshire School, Blair Academy, Brewster Academy, The Bromfield School, Brunswick School, Canterbury School, Chase Collegiate School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club, Greenwich Academy, Kent School, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, CT Boat

Andrey Yuzvik ’14 christens the Avery Mecha with sparkling cider as Kevin Garrity and Peter Becker applaud

Club, Miss Porter’s School, Pomfret School, Riverfront Recapture, Rumsey Hall School, Salisbury School, South Kent School, St. Mark’s School, Taft School, Thayer Academy, Valley Regional High School, and Westover School.

For additional information about individual race times and placements, go to NetCommunity/founders.






Gunnery’s Varsity Lacrosse Team Has Stellar Season Gunnery’s Lacrosse team had an outstanding season (13–4), losing only two league games, both to topseeded Canterbury. They were ranked #2 in the league and lost in the playoff championship finals to Canterbury. Max Romm, who is beginning his career in Division I at Hobart, had 100 points on the year and played on the 1st team all stars for WNESSLA. Returning defenseman, Nick D’Elia, was a stand-out at shutting down top offensive players. Nick D’Elia ’14, Lacrosse Defenseman

Max Romm ’13, Lacrosse Midfielder

Highlanders at the Spring Athletic Banquet The Gunnery’s spring athletic award winners, all-stars and varsity captains were honored with a dinner in Virginia Hamilton Solley Hall, followed by an awards ceremony in Ogden D. Miller Memorial Athletic Center. Athletic Director Jon Russillo welcomed the students and faculty to the awards ceremony and congratulated all the teams and co-curricular groups on a great spring term. A special surprise followed — a visit from the Highlander “Army”, the student mascot group who led the entire school in an enthusiastic “Let’s Go Gunn!” cheer.

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NEWfaces William J. Zekas, Business Manager


f you’d like to meet The Gunnery’s new Business Manager, Bill Zekas, you won’t have far to look. He’s everywhere. Bill joined the school on July 1st and he’s been on a massive factfinding, meeting and greeting mission ever since. Bill says, “At my last job, I was the one who could answer all the questions; I expect, for a while at least, to be the one asking all the questions.” Having spent ten years as the Chief Financial Officer of the Indian Mountain School, Bill is well acquainted with the culture of independent schools, but he is spending his time learning how The Gunnery ticks since his job covers almost every aspect of school life. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

with a degree in accounting and also a CPA, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Sue, and they settled in Vermont where he worked for The Vermont Country Store and where Bill also served as chair of a public school board. In 1998, the family, which now included their daughter, Kelly, moved to Litchfield County, where Bill added technology and telecommunications to his vast repertoire in a three-year association with White Flower Farm. After managing all the finances and accounting for the LaBonne supermarket chain, Bill then joined Indian Mountain in 2002. While there he worked on a number of buildings and grounds projects with Gunnery alumnus Sam Posey ’62, a board member there.

Mike Marich, Marketing and Communications Director


he Gunnery has been enriched with the hiring of dynamic couples who work together for the success of the school: Chris and Shannon Baudo, Chapin Miller and Anna Carew-Miller, Rod and Karoline Theobald, and Jed and Chelsea Stuart to name a few. Thus, it was with Mike Marich anticipation that The Gunnery welcomed Mike Marich as the new Director of Marketing and Communications joining his wife Kiersten Marich, Assistant Director of Major Gifts on July 1. A graduate of Hofstra University where he majored in Business Management and was a member of the lacrosse team, Mike came to us from Citibank in Manhattan where he and his team

Bill and Susan Zekas

Bill really believes in the value of independent schools and his favorite part of the job is “being an important part of a team which is working to realize the vision for the institution.” Business managers are known for their tight rein on expenditures, but Bill says he doesn’t just say “no” reflexively. He doesn’t want to “jump on the latest fad,” but he likes “the challenge of finding ways to say ‘yes’.”

managed the technology used and marketing produced to recruit college students into the firm. He started his career in admissions at Hofstra University where he first met Kiersten, who was working in the same field for St. Lawrence University. While working in banking, Mike and Kiersten always knew that they wanted to return to their first love, education. Having started a family which now includes Caroline, 7, and Will, 8, in South Salem, NY, they took day trips up and down Route 7 attending sports and other public events at various independent schools and spent the better part of the last three years networking to find their niche school among the many schools in the region. Mike says, “Our experiences thus far have confirmed our choice of The Gunnery as the special place it is.” And, he has ambitious goals for his department, “I’m looking to use all the platforms we have in traditional and social media to reach and engage all our constituencies. Our history and traditions combine to make us the school we are today and it is the job of our department to make sure that all of the wonderful things we do as a school are told.”





Prefects for 2013–2014: Megan Salerno, Kori Rimany, Timothy Reitman, Luke Perda, Andrey Yuzvik, and Amanda Payne

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he Prefects for 2012–2013 were elected in April: Luke Perda (Head Prefect), son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Perda, Woodbury; Amanda Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Payne, Bridgewater; Timothy Reitman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Reitman, Middlebury; Kori Rimany, daughter of Mrs. Heather Hastings, Kent; Megan Salerno, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Salerno, Bethlehem; and Andrey Yuzvik, son of Mr. Alexander Yuzvik and Mrs. Nadezhda Ivanova, Moscow, Russia. To prepare for the vote, the whole school gathered to hear the candidates explain their positions on school leadership. We include brief excerpts of the winning candidates’ speeches: Luke Perda: The number 10

has played a significant role in my life. For instance 10 years ago I first stepped foot on The Gunnery’s campus after my family moved 6 times in 10 years. I enrolled at The Gunnery in 2010 and I am 5'10"…Ten years ago when I stepped onto the Gunnery campus and thought the hockey rink was the coldest place on Earth, Logan Adams and his family still warmly welcomed me as 3'10" mite hockey player. Who would have thought that 10 years later I would be standing here given the opportunity to be a leader at this very place? I believe this is because I have become a more culturally aware individual, a better communicator, and someone who strives to improve in all aspects of life. I hope to see this same improvement for our whole community. Ten years from now, when we all come back as Gunnery alumni, I hope to see a school that is better than we could have imagined, and that, 10 years from now, we will all have left a lasting impact on one another.

Timothy Reitman: A Gunnery prefect is an individual to whom a student can go talk about practically anything and ask for advice. A prefect is someone who wants to help guide students through the everyday challenges that we are presented with. A prefect is someone who wants to be a leader regardless of the title or the perks that the position comes with. Such a leader wants to make their school a better place than it already is, making it the best it can possibly be. When a community such as ours wants to achieve a goal, the prefects are there to make it a reality. I believe that a prefect is an instrumental part in moving the school forward, with all of the students and faculty working together, we can make The Gunnery the best it can be each year. Kori Rimany: As a member

of this community, I want my classmates and teachers to love this school as much as I do. This campus is where you live, where you eat, where you learn, where you play sports, where ultimately you will develop as a person, a student, and an athlete. You should love where you are, but that’s not to say you do. So, we need to change that. Like all leaders, I aspire to get things done. I want to graduate knowing I have been a part of projects and programs put into place for the betterment of this school. More importantly, however, I want to leave after four years and be able to say I listened to every single person who wanted to talk. Because the moment each of you stepped foot on this campus, you became a member of a tightly-knit community, one in which your voice matters and is heard if spoken. Conversation is where change begins, and change is one way we can help you enjoy your time at The Gunnery.

Amanda Payne: High school is easily the most difficult time

Megan Salerno: The job of a prefect is to be that person

of a person’s life, it’s awkward and scary, and most of us still haven’t figured out who we are or what we believe in. However, I truly believe that we have created a community that encourages people to explore who they are and be themselves and I want to keep that trend going. Being at The Gunnery has made me into the person I am today and I want to be part in helping others find themselves as well. Being a prefect is about being approachable, honest, and fair. I cannot promise to make drastic changes to the physical aspects of our school, but I can promise to embody those characteristics no matter what. I want the opportunity to give back to The Gunnery and be part of the group of prefects who will lead our school next year. We have a strong foundation already, and I want to be part of the next chapter for our school.

who can bring groups together no matter the circumstance to achieve goals and make the community stronger. I want to be a prefect because I want the opportunity to not only listen to your ideas, but to put your ideas into action and be a leader on campus who is approachable and sincere. Andrey Yuzvik: One of our ski team coaches, Mr. Gould

always says “Ski team is a team sport, because everyone has to finish their run. If everybody puts at least a little bit of effort, the team as a whole can achieve great results.” Same goes here. We all want to bring your ideas to life as much as you all do, but in order to accomplish some of those difficult tasks we will need your help. Six people alone cannot make next year better. It is simply impossible. Let’s not wait for them to go through the struggles alone and make a difference together.






Gunnery, are the culmination of four years following the LEADS (Learning for Engagement, Action, and Dedicated Service) curriculum. Based on the mission of the school, LEADS represents a four year progression that aims to teach stewardship, character and community engagement. The focus builds each year to the point where as seniors, all Gunnery students have learned enough about themselves to risk acting upon their core beliefs within the wider community.

Veronica Raleigh ’14, Jared Tolley ’14, and Emily Herrup ’14 were advised in their recycling project by Gary Richardson at the Biddeford Pool Land Trust (shown here with Veronica, Emily and their friend Samantha Buttrick)


really enjoy getting to know those students whom I have not taught nor coached nor lived with during their years here,” said Senior Dean, Morgen Goepel Fisher. “Reading the proposals for their senior capstone projects gave me a window into their

value systems, their passions, and their maturity. They’re all so very different and they approach the tasks and requirements from such different perspectives.” As the name suggests, the Senior Capstone Projects, a requirement for graduation with a diploma from The

This year (2013–2014) will be the first year that all seniors are required to participate in the Senior Capstone program. They submitted proposals in April and May which were reviewed to ensure they conformed to the goals of the program. They had to be centered on service, involve at least 30 hours of volunteer work (of which 20 could be accomplished in the summer or during vacations), and they have to be built around a single theme which the student has chosen. Independent witnesses or advisors have to confirm their work logs, journals have to be kept of their project’s progress, and there is a self-evaluation component. Although the grade is a Pass/Fail, the completion of the project is crucial

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in the eyes of the school to test the character and leadership mettle of the students. An honors track is available for students committed to service which has a 50 hour requirement and a presentation. “Three senior students voluntarily prepared Capstone projects this past year in a pilot program: Wyatt Clark, Jessie Kaplan, and Rachel Kaplan,” said Dean Craig Badger, who headed the capstone segment with Morgen. “They prepared PowerPoint presentations of their accomplishments for their peers this past spring. The diversity of their subject matter was predictive of the plans for the rising seniors.” Jessie Kaplan’s entire project was accomplished on a trip to Guatemala with her aunt and cousins in the summer of 2012. Together they built a house (with the help of some construction experts). At the end of their stay they handed the key to a family who had been waiting from five to eight years for a place to live. “For me, this trip was eyeopening,” said Jessie. “I had never seen such poverty.” Jessie plans to continue her philanthropic work at Tulane University. “I chose that school because they work so closely with their community.” This year, there are so many interesting projects that the seniors have chosen, it’s hard to only highlight a few. As this story is being written, Jake Mandl is really “hitting the books.” Since the end of May he has put more than 200 hours of study and practice into becoming an EMT volunteer for the town of Washington. He said,

Jessie Kaplan ’13 did her pilot Capstone Project on a trip to Guatemala

his schedule next year so that he can be on the ambulance volunteer roster. “This is a great leap of faith in our students,” Morgen says about the program, “it’s a very adult thing to schedule a volunteer commitment with specific goals into one’s life without a regular class block or specific time commitment. For that matter, choosing a volunteer pursuit which demands commitment beyond your own sphere is a big step.”

“It has gone beyond what I could have imagined. I have always wanted to help my community and this has given me an opportunity to give back and aid with those around me both medically and emotionally.” The course is taught by Susan Wallace Wyant who will witness for his commitment log. If he passes the state exam, he will be certified in Connecticut. Jake will plan

Some of the students have honed in on similar interests and joined forces to expand their reach. For example, Veronica Raleigh, Jared Tolley, and Emily Herrup are interested in the preservation of the environment. They reported over the summer that they had already raised $110 through the sale of recycled trash in Biddeford, ME which has no recycling. The bins are based in the local general store. “Their advisor, Gary, at the Land Trust






John Cho ’14 went on a missionary trip with his mother to Lebanon and Jordan

Khalil Rogers ’14 helped to restore a statue ruined by Hurricane Sandy

sent the following glowing report, “First of all I want to thank you on behalf of the Biddeford Pool Land Trust for your work on this project. You have not only helped the Land Trust with a generous contribution, but you have raised awareness about recycling in Biddeford Pool.” Sam Levin is also volunteering in Maine this summer. He chose as his theme “Preserving history and the heritage of Boothbay, Maine.” He is helping to restore the Cuckolds’ Fog Signal and Light Station under the auspices of the Boothbay and Southport Marine community.

“I chose to work at a hospital (Yale New Haven) for two main reasons,” said Josh DiMassa. “First, I love working with new people and experiencing great things. Lastly, my grandfather was a great volunteer and he passed away. I am stepping up to the challenge and filling his shoes.” Josh hopes to do an honors project. John Cho accompanied his mother

and sister on a missionary trip to Lebanon and Jordan. He had several days of missionary training in Korea to prepare for the trip. His three week stationing included working with

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the handicapped, cooking, helping doctors, playing with children, teaching English, and dancing in the community. In his proposal he said, “I know helping one person in the entire world may not change anything. However, to the people we will be helping, it will mean the entire world to them.”

She said in her proposal, “Now that I have the use of my legs, I want to give back to the hospital. Most Fridays I plan to visit the Quantum House (in West Palm Beach, FL) where I will try to provide happiness for children who are suffering and discouraged. The rehabilitative process (for limblengthening surgery) is depressing and exhausting.” Meghan Lembo plans an ambitious drive for the Southington, CT Youth Services project, “Kristen’s Kloset.” “Kristen’s Kloset is a program that supplies prom dresses and suits to local youth in need at low cost or no cost. I will organize several collection drives to gather clothing for the Spring 2014 Prom/Formal season.”

Khalil Rogers has joined a group at

the Lighthouse Church in Trenton, NJ to restore a statue “The Angel of Faith” which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. PG students have not been part of the preparatory process the last several years. Nevertheless, Darren Bunce has completed an impressive proposal for his projects working in Veterans Administration hospitals: “My aunt, Lynda Griffin, is the Supervising Rehabilitation Therapist and Volunteer Coordinator for the CalVet Veterans Home of Ventura, CA. She is very willing to have me as a volunteer in several departments at this facility during the busy holiday season.”

Having mobilized The Gunnery community to sponsor a program of support for teenage victims of chronic pain, a disease from which she herself suffers, Kori Rimany is taking her organization to the next level. Besides preparing gift bags generously donated by The Vera Bradley Company through Joanie Hall P’10 daughter of company co-founder Barbara Baekgaard GP’10, and mentoring victims in the Hartford Medical Center and Yale New Haven, Kori plans to establish a non-profit and expand its reach. She reported in June, “I have sent out bags to three young women in CA, RI, and MO, and worked to maintain a social media connection with the 27 patients I have sent bags to since the start of the organization nearly two years ago.” Lily Hedley is also turning her

challenges into a project to help young people afflicted with similar trials.

Kori Rimany ’14 continued her successful philanthropy on behalf of teenage sufferers of chronic pain






ONcampus Gunn Scholar to Research Beecher Family Relationship with The Gunnery


livia Judd, daughter of Frederick and Lisa Judd of Litchfield, has been appointed The Gunnery’s Gunn Scholar for 2013–2014. She has chosen as her topic, Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher family’s relationship with The Gunnery. The children of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her brother Henry Ward Beecher were students of Frederick Gunn in the 1850s and 1860s. And the Gunns maintained a relationship with the Beecher family well into the 1880s.

“My interest in American history was piqued as a middle schooler when I attended a National Young Leadership Conference in DC,” said Olivia. “We went to Harper’s Ferry and visited every monument in the area, I think. After that, my grandfather, John Drescher used to take me to history lectures around Litchfield. I particularly remember one at the town hall in Bantam and at the John Brown Memorial site in Torrington.”

Olivia Judd ’14

Olivia is looking forward to using the original correspondence and documents available in The Gunnery’s archives, the archives of the Gunn Memorial Museum, and the extensive collection at the Litchfield Historical Society to fill out the story of this remarkable family. Additionally, Olivia will be working with Brian Cofrancesco, Program Coordinator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. Mr. Cofrancesco is assembling a Connecticut tour guide for sites of interest in the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her family.

When it came time to choose a topic for her Gunn Scholar proposal, Olivia was already fascinated by her hometown heroes, the Beecher family. “I knew about the historical sites in Litchfield which were important to the Beechers.” The Gunn Scholar program is in its 12th year. Each year a rising senior is chosen to pursue some subject relating to the history of The Gunnery as a piece of original research. Other subjects students have pursued include: camping, the Gunn curriculum, architecture, and baseball. Students have also chosen to highlight Gunnery alumni such as Ehrick Rossiter, Class of 1870, and Benjamin Foulois, Class of 1893, who founded the army air corps at the beginning of the 20th century.

Public Recognition for Gunnery Arts Program In addition to the much anticipated Arts and Letters exhibit at The Gunnery in the spring, Andy Richards seeks out other more public venues such as The Silo and The Kent Art Association. The Gunnery’s Boya Zhao ’13 won a Kent Art Association award for her pencil drawing of Homer’s head. Several students accompanied Visual Arts chair, Brian Lillie, and art faculty Andy Richards to the opening reception on February 23rd. In addition to Boya, the following students exhibited in the show: Diego DuranBallen ’13, Falon Moran ’13, Ria Han ’13, Fatema Al Meshqab ’14, Brianna Goldstein ’13, Micaela Grogan ’13, Jennifer Hylwa ’16, Rose Michalik ’15, Matt Minicucci ’14, and Taylor Pottbecker ’14.

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The Finding of the Stray Shot


o doubt, the avid Stray Shot hunters and hiders from Gunnery’s alumni classes have been waiting to hear the latest outcome of the of the errant cannonball presented at school meeting in January 2013 by Patrick Baker ’89, Van Wilshire ’89, Scott Schwind ’89, Alie Noto Carlin ’97 and Brandon Dufour ’02. It was, of course, immediately stolen from the meeting by the Gunnery prefects. A merry chase ensued with diabolical clues concerning obscure facts about places in Gunnery’s history provided by the hiders-in-chief: Tom Burger, Tristan Kishonis, Wyatt Clark, Paige Silengo, Erin Sullivan, and Harris Owens.

Skyler Clark, Alec Cornell and Olivia Judd dug up the Stray Shot at the Pinnacle in Steep Rock

There were several very competitive teams skulking around the extended campus including Steep Rock and Wykeham Rise: the Joslin brothers, Nathaniel ’15 and Samuel ’16, of New Fairfield were “apprehended” in the archive cave by a surprised Mrs. Krimsky, another amorphous group of freshmen girls were determined, but hampered by lack of experience of the school’s history, and Matias Nadal, Trevor Schrier, and Tom Malooly were a third group which stumbled on the final clue.

Perseverance and courage as well as extensive research gave the prize to an intrepid group of juniors comprised of Skyler Clark, Alec Cornell, Olivia Judd, Jacob Mandl, and Luke Perda. The senior hiders did a spectacular job of handing out one clue a week at school meeting. The clues became progressively harder as the weeks went on. The teams had to solve every clue because each one provided a word needed in the sentence with the final solution. Midway through the hunt, a nefarious trick compromised the clues which the seniors had prepared and they had to re-hide the ball, plan new clues and take the teams in a different direction. Scary moments, night forays and near misses as well as false trails and tricks are all a part of the fun. The team spent the summer planning this year’s quest, which began when they showed off the Stray Shot at Convocation in September and set the game in motion.

Gunnery Performers Recognized at The Halo Awards It is reminiscent of the Tonys, only much louder and more enthusiastic. The Palace Theater in Waterbury was jammed with cheering high school theater groups in the finest evening dress for the Tenth Annual Halo Awards ceremony presented by the Seven Angels Theater. Nominated for nine awards were The Gunnery students of Performing Arts Chair Jennifer Wojcik and Elizabeth Hawley ‘08. Sagine Corrielus ’13 received the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play as “Amanda” in Glass Menagerie. The Gunnery ensemble received the award for Best Specialty Ensemble for their execution of “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” in Avenue Q.






OFFcampus Founding Schools Attend ABC’s 50th Anniversary Gala It was indeed a glittering event at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York when A Better Chance (ABC) celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 11th. Head of School Peter Becker and Alex Ince, Admissions Associate, were in attendance to receive a Legacy Award as one of the 16 selective independent schools which founded the program in 1963. Peter Becker with ABC Board Chair, Peter R. Pressman

Alumni Connect at the Lilac Ball Omar Slowe ’97 celebrated Sagine Corrielus ’13 Monday June 10th, at the annual Lilac Ball. Presented by Prep for Prep, this event showcases the leadership development program that offers promising students of color access to a private school education and life-changing opportunities. Sagine, a four-year senior from New Windsor, NY, will attend Vassar College next year. While at The Gunnery, she excelled in the arts. This year Sagine received a regional high school theater HALO award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama for her role in the Glass Menagerie as well as The Gunnery’s Jerome F. MacCarthy Arts Award for achievements in artistic expression. Omar, a fellow Prep for Prep alumnus and proponent of the organization was happy to congratulate Sagine and is proud of Gunnery’s ongoing support of the program.

Omar Slowe ’97 and Sagine Corrielus ’13

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Martha’s Vineyard


San Francisco Cruise

Dave Bancroft ‘55, Peter Becker, Fred Fields ’57, Sev Marsted ‘57 Susie Graham, Dick Ebersol P’08, Peter Becker and Amy Julia Becker meeting to discuss one of their favorite places other than Martha’s Vineyard

Jim Graham and Barbara Greenstein P’07 and Hostess Christine Stonbely

Annie Gilpin, Susan Saint James P’08, Liz and Steve Funk P’09

Baxter Lehman ’05, Sev Marsted ‘57

Cheryl Bancroft (wife of Dave Bancroft ‘55), Dave Coburn ’68 and Chelsea Stuart






Albert Stiles ’48

The parade of Alumni

The Class of 1963 Salutes The Gunnery with a Spectacular 50th Reunion Gift


he weekend of June 8–10 proved to be a very successful Alumni Weekend filled with reunion celebrants, nostalgia, recognition and transition. Classes ending in 3s and 8s planned their gatherings over the entire past year to ensure a good turnout and fun for all. Highlights included the piper-led parade of alumni up to the Church on the Green, barbecues, sporting events, rowing on the lake, robotics class with faculty member, Elliott Fisher, and a Gunn Scholar presentation on Army Air Corps Founder Benjamin Foulois, Class of 1893, by Tommy Burger ’13. Along with friends and retired faculty including Wally Rowe, Ron and Carol Whittle, Bruce Bradshaw and Rusty Chandler, the esteemed Class of 1963 celebrated their 50th with the

largest group of classmates returning and by making a significant gift of $145,150 to the school. The Class of 1963 Endowed Fund for Faculty was established in honor of the faculty who taught them and those who carry on this great tradition of teaching to this day. Leading the successful gathering was the reunion committee of Sherm Hotchkiss, Tom Hambury, George Wanty, Lon Holmberg, Otto Kinzle, Geoff Webster, Bob Zavorskas and Mike Greenwood. They have spent the last year calling and genuinely reconnecting with everyone. Forty classmates made the trek, and some had not been back to campus since graduation. Their faculty members were a perfect ‘hook’ and the group nearly took over the famous Hopkins Inn with their sheer numbers.  

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The Inductees into The Gunnery’s 2013 Halls of Fame


t this year’s Alumni Association meeting The Gunnery continued its tradition of honoring outstanding alumni in the areas of the art and letters and athletics. A group of eight alumni were inducted into the two Halls of Fame.

The Arts and Letters Hall of Fame With many years of experience in the art world and currently holding the Executive Director spot at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, Peter Sutton, Class of 1968, is known as one of the preeminent curators and art historians in the country. He has written numerous articles on Dutch and Flemish art. Also from the Class of 1968 is Chris Babcock, an organist with an international reputation. Chris has served high profile churches in New York as well as chairing The American Guild of Organists Centennial Convention in 1996. George V.S. Kurten, Class of 1973, was an accomplished artist even as a student at The Gunnery, winning prizes and ultimately a scholarship to The Pratt Institute. After a stint at Disney animation, George has returned to the world of fine art with his digitally enhanced photography for the decorative arts market. Adam Schrimmer, Class of 1998, exhibited a strong talent for the arts while attending The Gunnery and has pursued an artistic career, a pretty amazing feat for one who is colorblind. Adam found his medium in charcoal and his work is characterized as Emotional Expressionism.

The Athletic Hall of Fame The foundation for life-long athletic interest for Harry T. Jones, Class of 1953, was laid during his four years at The Gunnery. But it was post college where he made his mark; he has been a runner for the last 40 years having run over 100,000 miles. He has been a member of cross country and soccer teams; has participated in numerous cross country cycling events, and played in a men’s hockey league for 30 years. Bob Zavorskas, Class of 1963, was a three-season athlete in soccer, basketball and baseball. He continued at Bucknell University where he played on varsity basketball and baseball earning the A.E. Humphrey Most Outstanding Multiple Sport Award. He had a career in the Cape Cod Baseball League and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. Joe Kerr, Class of 1963, credits his Gunnery coaches for much of his success. He received nine varsity letters and captained the varsity baseball team. He pitched for four years at the University of Michigan. Joe has devoted his life to teaching and coaching high school students and athletes. Katie DeForge, Class of 2003, played four years each of varsity field hockey, ice hockey and softball, earning 12 varsity letters. and playing all-star softball all four years. She played four years of varsity softball and earned numerous honors and records at The University of Vermont. Kate has coached high school and college ice hockey and softball teams which have been ranked nationally.






The Class of 1963 celebrates its 50th reunion (row 1 L to R): Norm Polk, Scott Brooke, Rob Rosenwald, Bill Horn, Walter Solomon, Ray White, George Wanty; (row 2 L to R) Mike Greenwood, Jim Pickerstein, Dave Sperry, Sherm Hotchkiss, Joe Townsend, Lon Holmberg, John Herrick; (row 3 L to R) Bob Fountain, Jim Slocum, Bob Zvorskas, Tom Hambury; (row 4 L to R) Otto Kinzel, David Littlefield, Bill Snydacker and Paul King

Joe Townsend ’63, Bob Fountain ’63, Dave Sperry ’63, crew coach Graeme Calloway and coxswain Callie Carew-Miller ’12 docking at alumni row

George Kurten ’73 with his high school painting, which he donated to The Gunnery

David Hoadley ’51, Gerrit Vreeland ’61, John Greenwood ‘71 and Peter Becker

Sherm Hotchkiss ’63, Amy Julia Becker, Peter Becker and Norm Polk ’63

Derick TeeKing ’85 with his brother Dennis TeeKing ’83 and Liam TeeKing

Chelsea Simpson ’08, Zach Grossman ’08 and Director of Admission Jed Stuart ’02

Members of the Class of 1978 with faculty member Hugh Caldera (center) at the GW Tavern

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Wykeham Rise dinner at the GW Tavern

Members of the Class of 1998 with families and friends: (front row L to R) Whit Matthews ’98 (with son Alistair), Anne Deger Matthews (with daughter Ainsley), Clifford Yang ’98; (back row L to R) Jonathan Sullivan ’98, Jenny Sullivan, Emily Zyko Rukobo ’98, Tendai Rukobo

Members of the Class of 2003: Tara Friedman, Katie DeForge, Vanessa Vallarino, Claude Kershner, Beth Laughlin, JP Collins, Peter Lorenz, Bill Gregory and Tim Lilley

The Class of 1948: Ed McHugh, Ross Daniels, Jim Ward, Frank Stolzenberg, Len Lombardi and Al Stiles at the Curtis House

Alumni peruse The Gunnery archives

Alumni work in the ceramics studio with faculty member Andy Richards

David Hoadley ’51

Gerrit Vreeland ’61 & Steve Baird ‘68 passing the mantle at Alumni Weekend






David Hoadley ’51 Retires as Alumni Association President


he Gunnery took the opportunity of Alumni Weekend to celebrate the lifelong commitment of retiring Alumni Association President, David Hoadley. Laura Eldridge, Director of Advancement said, “David is the most loyal alumnus. He has served on numerous committees in so many capacities: from first-in-line at countless phonathons to orchestrating the construction of Buxton Alumni Center in 2000.” David is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame, he has been a participant and a supporter at athletic events, performances and attends every alumni get-together he can. Having chaired The Gunnery Fund for the last 28 years, he has faithfully contributed his time and talent and worked tirelessly to bolster support and participation among not only his classmates but alumni of all eras. David, rightly so, believes it is a privilege to ask for gifts to our school. David was named a Trustee Emeritus at the spring Board of Trustees meeting and deserves this great honor. David Hoadley ’51

David Hoadley at bat in 2001

Baseball Captain David Hoadley at Compton Memorial in 1951

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New Co-Presidents of the Alumni Association and Laura Eanes were appointed as CoPresidents of the Alumni Association succeeding David Hoadley. John Greenwood ‘71 Martin ‘90

John served as a trustee of The Gunnery for twenty years from 1993 to 2013, participating in every major committee. At the annual Alumni Association Meeting in June, Peter Becker and Gerrit Vreeland recognized his devoted service to the school with the Gunnery Alumni Award. “I am thrilled to be working with Laura to engage all alumni and spread the word of the first class school that The Gunnery is.” Laura, daughter of former Head Michael Eanes, and recipient of the Headmasters Prize at graduation, grew up at The Gunnery and has held a variety of roles here on campus; having worked in admissions and financial aid and taught math. She has been a tireless class agent and has worked as faculty agent for the Advancement office. “It is an honor to

John Greenwood ’71

Laura Eanes Martin ’90

be asked to serve as Alumni Association Co-President following David Hoadley’s long and dedicated tenure. As I begin yet another chapter in my life-long association with The Gunnery, spreading the word about The Gunnery today under Peter Becker’s leadership will be a pleasure.”

In their roles, John and Laura will act as a liaison between the alumni and Advancement Office with their goal being to carry out the mission of the school. Having been so generous with their time and talent to date, John and Laura will surely contribute a lot to helping The Gunnery stay strong and vital in the years ahead.

Frederick and Lisa Judd, New Co-Chairs of The Parents Fund Frederick “Rick” Judd and

his wife Lisa are busy Gunnery parents. With three—yes, three!—children currently enrolled, Rick and Lisa make many trips between their home in Litchfield, CT and campus. In addition to supporting the many activities of Olivia ’14, Caroline ’15, and Ben ’17, Rick and Lisa have been active volunteers within The Parents Council for the last three years.

Rick & Lisa Judd

As loyal supporters of The Parents Fund, the Judds believe in the importance of every family’s participation. Together with fellow parent volunteers, Rick and Lisa will ask you to join them in making The Parents Fund a success in the coming year.





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The Gunnery Fund: Year in Review Dear Members of The Gunnery Family, e have decided this year to provide you


Getting Together

with a summary of the highlights of our

We’ve had a remarkable year and I am particularly grateful

community’s generosity toward The Gunnery

to so many of you who took the time to send your gift, visit

in place of the customary annual donors’ report. Our

campus or attend any one of the regional events. We were

gratitude extends to more than a list of names, but rather

particularly happy to greet the many people who came out

to the people, their stories, and generous displays of

to meet Peter Becker. There are more events scheduled in

support and care for The Gunnery.

the coming year and I urge you to take the time to meet with

On behalf of the students and faculty, I want to thank

us when we travel to your area. As Peter’s vision for The

not only our contributors at every level, but also the host

Gunnery unfolds, we look to our alumni, parents and friends

of volunteers—board members, class agents, parents

to contribute their opinions and perceptions of the school as

committee members, Gunnery Council and reunion

he and the Board of Trustees build for The Gunnery’s future.

committee volunteers who make calls, send emails, attend

In turn, we want to keep you apprised of The Gunnery’s

regional events, use social media and/or personally visit

plans and goals. The world of education is changing and

families and friends. The Gunnery needs its community

the school needs to thoughtfully respond while valuing the

to carry on the great educational tradition Frederick Gunn

traditions and sense of identity which make our school so

began in 1850 and this would not be possible without all

desirable and so unique.

of the support you continue to give. Thank you.

Join us on this exciting journey! Sincerely, Laura Eldridge P’12, Director of Advancement


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The Gunnery Fund

Capital and Endowed Gifts

Thanks to 1,120 donors, we are proud to announce that The Gunnery Fund achieved $1,142,393 this year, surpassing our goal of $1,125,000! As a community, we immediately see the benefits of this success and want you to know how much we appreciate your partnership in advancing The Gunnery on an annual basis. The Gunnery Fund directly contributes to the student experience, supporting financial aid, faculty and academic programs, athletics, the arts and our life together.

Our community also contributed $1,787,078 in pledges and gifts for Capital and Endowed purposes. These gifts significantly impact the long-term direction of the school and the people and programs that define The Gunnery.

Class participation among the younger classes, 15 and fewer years out, reached 18.8% participation thanks in part to the friendly competitive incentive with other area schools during the month-long February Faceoff challenge. The Class of 2013 achieved 100% participation for their senior class gift—a first among our senior classes in recent years. Thank you to the following classes for keeping The Gunnery a priority and helping us work towards our potential by being this year’s Gunnery Fund Award winners: Kenneth J. Browne 1911 Award Largest Class Gift: Class of 1968—$46,164 Margaret P. Addicks H’02 Award Highest Class Participation: Class of 1944—83% Susan G. Graham Award Young Alumni, (10 years out) Highest Class Participation: Class of 2003—34.7% W. Russ Elgin Award Young Alumni (10 years out) Largest Class Gift: Class of 2007—$1,775

Some highlights of the pledges, gifts, and projects include: tThe 50th Reunion class contributed $145,150 to endow The Class of 1963 Endowed Fund for Faculty in honor of their teachers and to support the current faculty. The 50th reunion gift effort is becoming a tradition which we encourage future celebrants to continue. tSeveral projects were brought to completion this summer including the renovation of the soccer/lacrosse fields across Route 47 and the College Counseling Office addition to Bourne. We also received additional gifts towards The Graham House proposed dormitory, a major gift initiative underway thanks to the $1M matching challenge by Jon ’72 and Steve Tisch ’67. tThe H. Willets and Samuel Jackson Underhill Bequest Society continues to grow in membership. A special recognition reception was held on Alumni Weekend in the Bourne Reading Room. In the coming year, we will hold educational sessions in New York for those interested in learning about how to establish a will, charitable remainder trust and understand the tax benefits and the significance of including The Gunnery in one’s estate plans.







1943 John R. Lyman writes, “At age 88, still here with spouse of 66 years with the oldest retiring from business at 63 to enter Peace Corps with his spouse in Kenya.

1948 Al Stiles wrote last spring that he is “still

active working with high school kids building another 36 foot, six oar pilot Gig for lake or ocean racing. I have worked on 5 Habitat for Humanity houses and will complete the 6th house next month.” He also maintains local trails.

1952 Tom Hollinger visited with Dave Renkert who still lives in Canton, Ohio. He is semi-retired but still keeps his hand in the insurance field. Dave visited with Roger Walters and his cousin, Bruce Bradshaw ’51 in Florida over the winter. Dave also remains involved in civic affairs in the Canton area.

Off to Lunch Built in 1925, Brinsmade was the first addition to the campus during the administration of Hamilton Gibson, who needed more space to accommodate more students. Mr. Gibson planned to increase the enrollment from 60 to 90 boys in a four-year period. With Adrian Van Sinderen as Chairman of the Trustees and Richard Henry Dana, Jr. as architect, Mr. Gibson proposed to turn the school away from Rte. 47 (with the advent of automobile traffic — there were 25 cars in Washington) and form a quadrangle of homogeneous Colonial Revival architecture to accommodate the growth of the school. The exterior of the building was gray stucco with white trim and a weathered cedar shingle roof. The building was designed as a dining hall with maids’ rooms on the second floor. It was decided to put screens on all the windows because of the proximity of the Van Ingen and Ney horse barns. In 1962 when Browne Dining Hall was completed on the site of the Bourne Carriage House, Brinsmade was enlarged and renovated. The first floor became the Rennie library and included student services such as the post office and a common room. Downstairs was the school barber shop. At the same time dormitory rooms were added on the second floor (no more maids!!). In 1978, through the generosity of the Tisch family, a comprehensive student center was installed and dedicated after the library was moved to the Schoolhouse. The 2000s saw the conversion of the first floor to language and math classroom space and the top floor to a girls’ dorm when Browne Dining Hall was expanded and enlarged to include the new Bretter Student Center and the Solley Dining Hall.

1953 Alexander Langolius wrote from Berlin that he is still active in several international non-profits which bring him to the US from time to time. At the time of writing he had just returned from the Denver Spring Forum of State Legislatures. His older son and his family live in New York State and his grandson just graduated from UMassAmherst.


60th Reunion

1955 Alan Bain received the “Inside Broadway Beacon Award” June 17th. Inside Broadway is a charitable organization that introduces NY city school children to the theatre not only from the perspective of an entertainment medium but as an employment vehicle as well. They attend the theatre when it is dark but many of the cast and back stage personnel are there to explain their roles. “The day following the award ceremony, Katy and I flew to Scotland where I received an Honorary Degree from Edinburgh based Heriot-Watt University”, he reports.

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Pomona College has announced that it will name the sculpture studio in its new arts building after Norman P. Hines, the founder of the art department. Internationally renowned for his creative achievements in sculpture and ceramics, Norman recently retired from the College faculty. One of his best-known projects is Caelum Moor, a multi-acre site for Stonehenge-type inspiration in Dallas TX. Charlie Smith attended the Gunn Scholar presentation on Benjamin Foulois in May

as a rep of the class of ’57. Peter H. Smith is this year’s recipient of the Kalman Silvert Award from the Latin American Studies Association, an international organization with more than 7,000 members, in recognition of intellectual and professional contributions over the course of his career. Smith is the author of more than twenty books and well over one hundred articles.

The Bay Boys of ’57 held a spirited lunchtime gathering in downtown San Francisco on May 10. Present were Fred Fields, Sev Marsted, Bruce Owen, Peter Smith, and newcomer John McBride. Dave Oberweiser was unable to attend, but vowed to come the next time




In April, the Ober Gallery in Kent held an exhibition of the paintings and sketches of Sam Posey. Laura Eldridge our intrepid photographer couldn’t make her way through Sam’s throng of friends and had to settle for photos of his fine work. Ron Ober has known Sam and his wife Ellen for 20 years.

55th Reunion 1964

50th Reunion

Meyer Lifschitz recalled fondly his

wrestling days at The Gunnery in a letter to Head of School Peter Becker. He also updated the school on his current life: “Our children (3 sons) all became religious Jews and moved to Israel to study, marry and live. We too became religious and about 10 years ago we followed them to Israel. We now live in Jerusalem and I spend my mornings learning Jewish texts and doing Nephrology in the afternoons and evenings. At the present we have over 20 grandchildren. Being a grandfather is a wonderful experience. It keeps you active and alert. We would be happy to hear from classmates who might be coming to Jerusalem.”


1966 Ben Lyster wrote, “Last December, John Quayle and I attended the alumni reception in NYC where we rendezvoused with world traveler Bill Post. The three of us spent a great evening catching up.”


45th Reunion

1973 Jeff Bruemmer and his brother Kevin from

Berkshire, return faithfully each year to watch their rival teams — Gunnery and Berkshire vie for the McKee Cup Title in the lacrosse game. This year, Laura Eldridge traveled to Berkshire to cheer Gunnery on with Jeff from the sidelines. Gunnery put up a terrific fight although the score was not in their favor.

1 Bay Street Boys of ‘57 2 Meyer Lifshitz ‘59 with grandson Shmuel 3 Sam Posey ‘62 has May Exhibit in Kent








Kiersten Marich visited with Chris Hill at the New York City office of weworks, where he serves as Chief Operating Officer overseeing their locations across the United States.

1983 Nell Hardee Nicholas is busy as an

international meeting planner. She still lives in Cornwall, CT with her husband Rob. Both of her boys, aged 14 and 16 attend Northfield Mount Herman School.


30th Reunion

1986 We read about the activities of Doug Sternberg, a graphic designer by trade, in


4 Jeff ’73 and his brother Kevin Bruemmer from Berkshire at the McKee Cup 5 Jay Freeman ’77 at his surprise 60th 6 Wells, William and Josephine, children of Julia Alling ‘81


40th Reunion

1975 Bob and Laurie Wiesenberg are enjoying their “empty nest” as youngest son, John, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower.

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Jay Freeman sent along a photo taken at his recent 60th surprise birthday party. “My wife, Cindy pulled out my old Gunnery jacket to see if I could still get into it. After 36 years, it fits!”


35th Reunion

1981 Julia Alling sent along an updated photo of the kids. “How about this one! We are moving west, really west — Colorado. I am going to work for Will Webb at Fountain Valley. I will be his director of development — go figure.”

the local papers. Doug was touched by the horrible tragedy at Newtown and created a T-shirt with a rallying message, the sales of which go the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

1987 Tom Hollinger visited Laura Sherwin at her home in Willoughby, Ohio. She lives there with her daughter and son, they attend the Hershey Montessori School. She has recently gone on the Board of the Sherwick Foundation and has enjoyed getting to know the programs of the grant proposal candidates. The foundation gives in northern Ohio. Tom Hollinger had lunch with Bobby Gordon in Green Tree outside of Pittsburgh. Bobby works for the family business, Gordon Terminal. They manufacture products for Conoco Philips, Exxon, Auto Zone and other companies. Bobby has recently gone on the Board of Trustees for Sewickley Academy. He also continues to serve on The Gunnery Council.


25th Reunion

1992 Tom Hollinger traveled to Canton, OH to visit with Steve Vitale. He helps run the family business with his dad who is still the CEO. Steve has done a lot of thinking about how to run a better, more efficient company and has instituted a whole raft

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Jane Breene Kenny ‘73, Laura Nettleton ‘73 , and Jenny Cushman ‘72

Wykeham Rise Reunion Attendees

For 27 Wykeham Rise Alumnae, their return to Washington this summer not only provided a time to connect with friends both old and new, but also signified two important milestones: the first official gathering of WR alums since the formal organization of the Wykeham Rise Alumnae Association and the 50th Anniversary of Wykeham’s

50th Anniversary Dinner at Carol Peck’s

WR Alumnae Classes of ‘71–‘73

of management techniques. He is very passionate about the company and the expansion that they are now embarked on. He told Tom about the growing number of projects across the United States that they have been able to get involved with. His wife has started a high-end consignment shop in the Pepper Pike area of Cleveland and it looks to be a big success. Steve has two small children and is a devoted father. He loves his business and his family and is also committed to Canton.


reopening in 1963. Alumnae from the classes of ’67–’88 came from as nearby as Woodbury and as far away as Japan, to celebrate in high fashion and cap off the weekend with an incredible meal and fantastic time at Carole Peck’s Good News Café on Saturday night. 

20th Reunion

Congrats to Charles W. Allen and his wife Jennifer who recently welcomed a baby girl, named Helen Meredith Allen.

Ann Atwater Bourne, ‘74 and Lasya Silberman, ‘88



Katie Holmes Kraft is planning a HUGE reunion for her class with Ali Noto Carlin hopefully next year. She lives in Tampa, has a one and three year old, and is a jewelry designer and stay-at-home Mom. She says Gunnery shaped her as a person and she will be forever grateful. She is also friends with Eddie Zykko and Randy Ashton. She does not use Facebook but has been reconnecting with her Gunnery friends by Instagram.

A large contingent of Gunnery alums and faculty were in Washington for the wedding of Josh Feil and Nell Solley. They, of course, took the obligatory Gunnery memory photo (#10).

1997 Dan and Andrea Calore welcomed their son, William Anthony Calore, to the family April 26, 2013. Everyone is happy and healthy.

Ali Kagan had a great conversation with Laura Eldridge and said that 19 of 20 girls in her class went into education and are living all over the world. She is getting her PhD in International and Human Relations with a focus on children’s welfare. Her experience studying in India while at Gunnery transformed her life. Her journals from that time or portions thereof have been published in her college magazines. She mentioned that Ed Small was among the faculty who influenced her.










The quiet summer at The Gunnery was livened up on Saturday, August 17 when Bevin Titcomb married Zachary Mehrback from Lyme, NH in the Bourne courtyard. Bevin has just finished her Masters in Child Development at the Erikson Institute in Chicago and has one more year to go for her dual masters at Loyola. Zachary is adjunct faculty in the film and video department of Columbia College in Chicago and an independent filmmaker. The couple will live in Chicago. Jesse Soffer made news playing Travis

Alexander, the murdered boyfriend of Jodi Arias in the Lifetime movie Dirty Little Secret broadcast in June. Thirty million viewers tuned in. He was filming a spin-off of “Chicago Fire” this past summer. 7 Helen Meredith, daughter of Charles W. Allen ‘94 8 Jessica Cheever ’02 and new husband Steve Bottini 9 Matt Whitney with Josh Green ‘03 10 Feil-Solley Wedding 1st Row: Jim Graham H’12, Nell Solley (bride), Josh Feil (groom) ‘98, Hugh Caldera, Joanne Caldera, Nulty White ‘03, Emily Wierdsma ‘96, Trevor Ogden ‘00, Pete Feen ’99. 2nd Row: Clai White ‘06, Dean Scherza ‘97, Jon Estreich P’06, Susie Graham H’12, Laura Eanes Martin ‘90, Ariel Pasch ‘98, Clark Wierdsma ‘96, Jesse Terry ‘97, John Eren ‘00

Daren Daniels received his Master of Laws

1999 Sam Barber married Katherine Thrum on

September 21st in Stamford, CT. Sam is a financial advisor for Charter Oak Financial in Stamford.


15th Reunion

2002 Sarah Sebastiano and Ethan Blaszczak were married June 15, 2013 in Stamford, CT. Jessica Cheever married Steven Bottini in

in Environmental Law with Highest Honors from The George Washington University Law School. He is an environmental attorney at the Department of JusticeEnvironmental and Natural Resources Division on behalf of USIS-Labat, Inc. in Washington, DC. Great friends and classmates Matt Whitney and Josh Green have found lots of reasons to get together recently according to Matt’s father, Admissions Officer Peter Whitney. This summer Matt was in Josh’s wedding to Megan Herens and Josh will be returning the favor when Matt gets married on New Year’s Eve.

Nantucket in June.



10th Reunion

Vince McCall and his wife Meredith

welcomed baby Ella Kennedy McCall. All sound, happy and healthy.

Kyle Bertolone is now engaged to Jackie Effren.

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CLASS Bart Conant married Carolyn Conant. Mark Rhoads continues working with the

Rhode Island treasurer’s office and he does volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity.

2005 Mark Lauretano wrote that his classmate, Greta Murphy, has severed two of her

fingertips in an accident and the surgery to reattach them failed. She is now a candidate for a new tissue regeneration therapy that might actually allow them to regrow — pretty cool stuff!

2006 Perry Costello and Matt Helderman ’97 were married in June at the Carneros Inn in Napa.

2007 Simone Greenspan is a first year law

student at Brooklyn Law School. She stays in touch with Sarah Macary and Alyse Dufour. Gus Ryer is working in commercial real

estate in Danbury, CT.

2008 Judy Greenspan graduated with honors

from UConn and is looking for a position in marketing. Greg Jack is working in Madison,WI. Priyanka Shetty is studying at Cornell in a

graduate program with an eye to going to medical school. Lindsay Orszulak is working at her college

alma mater Western New England College in Springfield, MA.

John O. Vazzano graduated from the University of Vermont this spring.



5th Reunion

Victor Bogachev has graduated from college

and is looking for opportunities in oil and gas investments. He recently met with Charlie Allen ’94 to learn more about the business end. Luke Cheever has just graduated from

Bryant University; he will work in Nantucket for the summer and travel to Europe. He reported that his sisters, Kylie ’06 and Alex ’04 are working in NY. Alex Anbarciogulu called to say he was looking forward to Alumni weekend this past June. He graduated from Washington College in May and is hoping to find a job in international finance. He sees Maizie Theobald, John Gould, and Joe Stevens who also go to Washington College.


2010 Natalie Merin is on the Dean’s list at Bucknell and spent her spring semester studying in Italy. Her dad, Neil went to visit her for 3 weeks and he sent along this photo in Tuscany (#13). Alex Vazzano is entering his junior year at

Sacred Heart University and is a member of the Men’s Ice Hockey Team.


2013 New graduate Justin Dunn was drafted #18 in the 37th round (1,114th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Major League Baseball draft. (See story on the website.)

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS We are seeking nominations from alumni for honorees into the Athletic Hall of Fame Nominees should have been outstanding athletes in one or more sports at The Gunnery; subsequent collegiate or professional achievement is key to the nomination and subsequent induction.

We are seeking nominations from alumni for honorees into the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame Nominees should have achieved recognition in one or more of the following disciplines: Visual Arts (all media), Performing Arts, Graphic Arts, Music, Literature, Science, Humanitarian work, or Education Please send nominations via email to the Alumni Office at:, ORBYMAILTO4HE!LUMNI/FlCEs4HE'UNNERY 'REEN(ILL2OADs7ASHINGTON #4

11 Ella Kennedy McCall daughter of Vince ’03 and his wife Meredith 12 The Wedding of Bevin Titcomb ’04 and Zachary Mehrback on Bourne Terrace 13 Natalie Merin ‘10 with her father, Neil, in Italy






may remember that Steve was able to partner with a school in Montreal, Canada on nearly the same longitude as The Gunnery through his connections at The Perimeter Institute. Jeff Trundy was inducted into the Maine

Baseball Hall of Fame in July as reported in the Maine Sunday Telegram. The judges cited his play in high school and at New Hampshire as well as his coaching at Cony High, The Gunnery, and Falmouth, part of the Cape Cod League. (see web story) Other important science notes are the

Justin Dunn ’13 drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers

CURRENT AND FORMER FACULTY Laura Eldridge was able to introduce Gunnery faculty member Alison Frye to Ken Foreman ’69 at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. They are both involved in research into Cape Cod Marine Biology: Ken as Program Director of the Semester in Environmental Science at the Woods Hole Biological Laboratory and Alison was Director of Marine Science for the Town of Duxbury, MA. She directs a summer long outside experiential marine program for students from pre-K through high school involving coastal aquatic life.

On January 31, Will Webb (former faculty) was named the new Head of School at Fountain Valley School in CO. Check the class of 1981 to see who will be his Director of Advancement. Besides taking her daughter Serafina to Disneyland, Jennifer Wojcik planned to spend her summer studying for her doctorate in international education at the University of Bridgeport. Caitie Cotton worked as the Assistant

Academic Director of the Summer School at St. Paul’s School in NH. Hank Mixsell sent a comprehensive letter

about his doings — [ed. note: I still regret that we were unable to come up with a working phonograph to listen to his singing group when he was on campus a few years ago.] My wife Sally and I just spent a couple of days reconnecting with Nancy Lemcke and son Norman. I continue to think of Washington as my second home and maintain many friendships with former students, faculty, and residents. In the last few years, I have seen two students of that era — Chris Young and George Kurten —

Morgen Fisher ’03 attended a class in

Newlyweds Kate Merritt and Kevin Garrity ’99

receive the Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts. I have recently renewed a friendship with another one of those folk-singiing, peace-loving 60s students, Peter Cree, and in the process have been extremely impressed with the level of skill he has achieved in the profession(s) he has chosen; wood carving, restoration of furniture and instruments, manufacture of art furniture, artistic finishing of instruments, and commissioned works of art. In 2011, I moved from Hamden, CT., where I had taught for 21 years at Hamden Hall Country Day School to Greenfield, MA., where my wife Sally has been Head of her Alma Mater, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, for the last five years. I’ve been teaching Spanish here and doing IT, video, and photography for the last two years. This spring I decided to retire, so that’s what I’m starting in two weeks. My e-mail is I’d love to hear from former students or faculty, especially now that I’ll have all this time on my hands.… Steve Bailey’s “Eratosthenes Project” for

calculating the circumference of the earth the old-fashioned way is going viral. This summer he was invited to present a poster session on his curriculum at the prestigious American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) conference in Seattle. “A lot of physics education programs at colleges showed interest in this very hands on and effective method for enhancing student learning. Arizona State University was particularly interested and will likely use our handout in performing a similar calculation out west during the autumnal equinox in September.” Readers

Forensics where she will apply her knowledge to the upcoming Forensic elective this winter. Elliot Fisher, chemistry and robotics teacher, has been dabbling in Hydroponics. Presently he is growing tomatoes inside the science lab using only a mineral nutrient reservoir. Kate Merritt and Kevin Garrity ’99 were married at the East Chop Beach Club on Martha’s Vineyard on June 29th. Gunnery attendees were: Jenn and Craig Badger, Shannon and Chris Baudo, Anna Kjellson, Matt Daylor, Chelsea and Jed Stuart, Becky and Peter Feen ’99, Susie and Jim Graham, Liz McColloch (former faculty).

IN MEMORIAM The Gunnery community is saddened by the loss of many cherished sons and daughters in the past few months and sends its condolences to their friends and families: Mr. William M. Bartlett ’48 5/28/2013 Mr. David L. Buttolph ’40


Mr. Samuel Chandler III ’53 12/2/2012 Mr. Andre R. Cita ’68


Mr. George Gund III ’55


Mr. Thomas S. Marshall ’51 1/15/2013 Mr. Samuel F. Meisenhelder ’41 5/2/2013 Mr. George L. Peck ’52


Mr. John M. Reposa, Jr. ’90 8/10/2013 Dr. Lawrence C. Schine ’52 4/23/2013 James E. Williams ’68


Mr. Harry Goldgar, faculty 7/30/2013 Pam Taylor, faculty


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Pam Taylor The Gunnery said good-bye to a community treasure August 27th when Pam Taylor, beloved and revered English teacher for 35 years, died of cancer. Having joined the faculty when The Gunnery went co-ed in 1977, Pam’s dedication, teaching genius, generous spirit and indomitable personality inspired generations of Gunnery students.


ast spring, when Pam retired to deal with her illness, we asked the community, both students and colleagues, to send remembrances of her. The outpouring was stunning! Teachers often talk among themselves about the intellectual and character awakening of their students, which makes the demanding career and limited salary worth the effort. Over and over, students and alumni spoke of changed and enriched lives, whether they understood it in the classroom when Pam threatened them with medieval torture for egregious grammar mistakes or not. So many spoke of daily reminders in their varied careers and activities of Pam’s influence on their critical thinking and writing skills; so many referred to her generous help in times of doubt and difficulty.

Colleagues spoke of her scholarship, as her appointment to the first recipient of the Tisch Chair for Excellence in Teaching demonstrates. They remembered her participation in Stray Shot capers as evidence of her fun-loving approach to life. And they talked about her passion for animals and for gardening. As we go to press for the Autumn 2013 Bulletin, we look forward to publishing some of these reminiscences in the spring edition of The Bulletin.





PLANNEDgiving Some Memories Live Forever By making a planned gift, you become a member of the H. Willets and Samuel Jackson Underhill Bequest Society. We are deeply appreciative of these individuals for their thoughtful generosity which will help to ensure the future strength of The Gunnery in the years to come.

Sherman R. Hotchkiss ’63: Gifts From an IRA


hen one thinks about planned gifts to The Gunnery, one may imagine giving a piece of art, acreage, a collectible car or an antique. … But, I have learned from advisors who really know

estate planning that an IRA is one of the best sources for gifting because it is taxed so heavily when a person passes. But beyond the significance of choosing the method of giving, I really want to support the school that has meant so much to me. My personal ties to the school remain strong to this day; I count many Gunnery alumni among my current circle of friends whom I see regularly. On top of that, there were the great teachers and coaches who influenced so many of us like Wally Rowe, Ron Whittle, Jim Haddick, and Rod Beebe, just to name a few. The life lessons learned from them have stood me in good stead all my life. So that is my plan. The Gunnery will be the recipient of a significant gift from my IRA at the time of my death. I am proud to contribute my name to the building of the Willets and Samuel Jackson Underhill Society rolls with such gifting. As you know, there are many ways to help the school; but building the endowment is critical.

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