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the gunnery The Entrepreneurial Spirit 4 CT Science & Engineering Fair 10 Celebrating Faculty 13 Printing to Learn 16

Letter from Head of School Trustee News On Campus



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Supporting The Gunnery Class Notes


Planned Giving



relationships All boarding school alumni know that relationships determine their experience at school.


elationships with friends and peers come to mind first—the people with whom you labored through classes, competed, performed, shared meals, roomed, and with whom you created the most lasting memories when breaking school rules or sticking it to “the man.” But while students spend from one to four (sometimes five) years on campus, faculty are the people who create and embody the school culture within which students live, move, and have their being. And, while some faculty last only a year or two, others, the ones who shape student experiences most deeply, who leave a generational imprint on school life, who get invited to former student weddings and sometimes attend their funerals, who teach the children of former students, and who are the first people alumni seek out when returning to campus, stay for one, two, three decades—or even more.

As Mr. Gunn knew, a school is only as strong as its faculty and “the life energy” that emanates from them. – Peter Becker

Whether their names are Buxton, Golembeske, Whittle, Lemcke or Rowe, when faculty retire who have given so significantly to the school, as three of The Gunnery’s longest serving faculty are doing this year, we celebrate them and thank them. Senior Master Russ Elgin, Hugh Caldara, and Terry Clark have served the school for 104 years combined. They’ve served in every conceivable role, from the obvious— teacher, coach, advisor—to the less obvious—Zamboni driver, doctor, late night watchman, cheerleader, life coach, therapist, and career counselor. In these pages, while we celebrate the many exciting things happening on campus these days, we also celebrate the dedication and service of these three teachers and, by extension, of all the faculty who create the context within which students learn and Russ Elgin

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grow. The departure of Russ, Cal, and Terry emphasizes the importance of cultivating and finding great teachers and role models who will shape future generations of Gunnery graduates. In doing so, we are doing nothing less than identifying educators who will embody and perpetuate the example of Mr. and Mrs. Gunn and their unique emphasis on developing both the heart and the mind, the character and the intellect of their students. As Mr. Gunn knew, a school is only as strong as its faculty and “the life energy” that emanates from them. Russ, Cal, and Terry, on behalf of generations of alumni and parents, thank you.

Peter W.E. Becker Head of School Gerrit Vreeland ’61 Chairman Joan A. Noto P ’97 Vice President David E. Kaplan ’81, P ’13 & ’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

Stephen W. Baird ’68 Sarah A. (Scheel) Cook ’82 Duncan “Dick” Ebersol P ’08 Gretchen H. Farmer P ’05 James R. Gallop P ’15 Beth Glynn Peter R. Houldin ’92 Jonathan S. Linen ’62 Francis X. Macary ’77 & P ’03, ’05, ’07 & ’15 Kirsten Peckerman Eugene A. Pinover P ’01 Richard N. Tager ’56 William T. Tolley P ’08 & ’14

TRUSTEE EMERITI Leo D. Bretter ’52 & P ’88 David N. Hoadley ’51 Val J. Prevedini ’69 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CO-PRESIDENTS John M. Greenwood ’71 Laura Eanes Martin ‘90 BOURNE ADVISORY COUNCIL Peter W.E. Becker William S. Smilow ’82 Stephen P. Bent ’59 Jonathan M. Tisch ’72 Leo D. Bretter ’52 & P ’88 Gerrit Vreeland ’61 Edsel B. Ford II ’68 Roy S. Walzer ’65 & P ’86 Jonathan S. Linen ’62 GUNNERY COUNCIL R. Whit Matthews ’98 – President Charles W. Allen ’94 Elizabeth Soderberg ’91 Peter Lorenz ’03 Jonathan P. Sullivan ’98 John H. Anning ’90 Tara Friedman ’03 Andrea L. Marron ’04 Krystalynn M. Schlegel ’96 Patrick V. Baker ’89 Bobby Gordon ’87 William McKee ’06 Omar Slowe ’97 Peter J. Bergen ’84 Scott A. Schwind ’89 Nicholas Molnar ’72 L. Michael Hersom ’89 Sheila M. Boyd ’91 Van Wilshire ’89 Brian R. Saltzman ’84 Jin Young (Clifford) Yang ’98 Alessandra L. Carlin ’97 PARENTS FUND CO-CHAIRS Rick and Lisa Judd P ’14, ‘15, & ‘17 COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE CONTACT Michael Marich Director of Marketing and Communications, Editor E-mail:

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ALUMNI AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE CONTACT Kiersten C. Marich Interim Director of Alumni and Development E-mail: ADMISSIONS OFFICE CONTACT Jed Stuart ‘02 Director of Admissions E-mail:

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The Entrepreneurial Alive and Well at The Gunnery and Beyond...


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A topic on everyone’s lips these days seems to be the crucial role of the entrepreneur in stimulating the long-awaited economic recovery.

Inc. online featured an interview with the CEO of FUBU, John Daymond, speaking about the need to “teach” the skills to become a successful entrepreneur as well as the need to develop the character and ambition to actually carry it off.


he same week that this interview appeared, Min Ki Kim, a senior from South Korea, wrote an article for The Highlander, The Gunnery’s student newspaper, about how he would design a course to teach “The Entrepreneurial Spirit” were he to become a professor at Goizueta Business School. At The Gunnery, we have long felt that the fostering of the individual and his character was an essential part of our DNA inscribed into our mission by the founder, Frederick Gunn. He himself was an iconoclast, basing his school on the home school method rather than the Anglican cold shower/loyal citizenry model, espousing abolitionism before it was socially acceptable in Connecticut and establishing student selfgovernment in place of the hickory switch prevalent in the Victorian era. Building on his legacy through

the 164 years since, The Gunnery was one of the very first schools to institute independent study projects as a for-credit class in 1969; eschewed economies of scale and chose to remain small in order to better serve our individual students; allowed faculty to follow their own passions in designing course offerings in order to capitalize on the inspirational examples; developed courses in public speaking and presentation which would prepare students to get support for their ideas and ambitions, and, more recently, instituted a four-year curriculum of leadership training. In confirming that the idea of independent study projects for the seniors was quite novel in 1969, former headmaster Michael Eanes pointed out that a faculty committee which included Wally Rowe came up with the idea to allow students

to exercise their passion and present its results either on or off campus. “Most seniors were stimulated by the opportunity to address real world situations and some students who had long struggled within the confines of a classroom were able to find themselves in that pursuit … Between a third and a half of the class used to participate,” he said. Whether our students came to The Gunnery to exercise an entrepreneurial ambition and graduated with the tools to carry it out or were inspired in their course of study or a faculty member to follow an entrepreneurial path in a particular discipline or acquired here some of the knowledge and confidence to take risks and follow their passions later in life, we are proud of the accomplishments of The Gunnery’s present day iconoclasts and entrepreneurs.



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We think some stories from alumni, faculty, and students will prove our point: Val Prevedini ’69 Trustee Emeritus and former member of the Bourne Council gave this author her first clue to this asymmetrical thinking when he joined the committee preparing for the celebration of the sesquicentennial in 2000. “I think we should choose the Roman scribe as our theme,” he said with a glint in his eye. “In this new information age, when people are charging money to write letters for those unable to compose their thoughts, we are bent on not only teaching students to write, but think, read, and act critically, resourcefully, and flexibly in the face of all manner of challenges.” In the end, the barefoot scribe on the street corner with a clay tablet and a stylus did not carry the day, but Val’s analysis of that aspect of a Gunnery education has been revealed over and over in the students, faculty and alumni we have encountered.

As Val said about his first entrepreneurial experience, “The Gunnery introduced its independent study program in 1969 during my senior year. It gave the students wide freedom to design and implement a course of study without curricular boundaries, but with defined goals and timelines. My project involved designing, financing and building a closed circuit television system that would provide live broadcasts between the science building lecture hall and the infirmary (Van Sinderen). What seemed like a simple endeavor at the time proved a more complex challenge financially, technically and logistically involving coordination and team-building among various companies, students, faculty, and staff. That “simple” project gave me the confidence to think laterally and dynamically in social and technical ways that I had never experienced in the classroom. Forty-five years later, I look back at my career as an architect

and development consultant working on several continents, and I recognize that my passion for and insights into this work started with The Gunnery’s willingness to let me try my hand as an entrepreneur.”

Alison Lufkin ’86

Even as a child absorbing her surroundings, Alison was interested in antiques and color, frequently re-decorating her room. But she didn’t really know in which artistic field she would land after college. Now, with her own successful interior design firm in San Francisco, Alison Lufkin Design, she is hard put to define herself as an entrepreneur, “I am an artist, doing what I love.” She defines an entrepreneur as someone who builds and organizes a business, risking loss; that she has done … “However, you really need to love what you do.” After she had worked in a few design jobs and was mentored by Michael Tedrick working as his assistant and moving up to become a design associate at Tedrick and Bennett, in 1993, she founded her own business, Sullivan and Company, to design elegant, effective and warm rooms to accommodate pets and children—challenges she herself was facing. Lately, she has kept up with changing face of design, moving into catalogs and developing a sophisticated and vibrant web presence. “But the roots of my business, just decorating, are still strong. I am not a big firm, my strength is a hands-on approach and attention to detail.” Alison’s Gunnery experience was difficult at first; she was not enthused about going off to boarding school. She found that she loved the art classes and really enjoyed Jeff Scanlon’s history classes and an English class on Utopias, which introduced her to the viewpoint of many different societies.

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Randy Ashton ’96 confesses that while at the Gunnery he was, “an average C student who rarely did anything right the first time. The Gunnery never gave up on me and taught me to never give up on myself. I spent a lot of time in extra help.” He went on to experience early success as an entrepreneur with two coffee table books of his photographs about fishing, but he wanted to put more of his passion and resources toward protecting the environment. The answer was the founding of Collared Greens, a manufacturer of environmentally conscious, fashionable mens’ and boys’ wear. He was thus able to combine two of his passions: the environment and the revival of American manufacturing. “The keys to publishing two photography books and launching an American-made clothing brand were all the wonderful teachers in my life and at The Gunnery who taught me to never give up and outwork my opponent … Now 15 years later I love what I do and have come to realize that you learn more from failures than you do from successes.” Randy elaborated on the last statement with a new way to look at failure, “Collared Greens looks at setbacks as “setforths.” A “setforth” means all options have been explored and it’s time to move on, which is exciting—in order to be a successful entrepreneur you must see the positive in all situations and outcomes.”

Yea Weon Kim ’12 moved from her first love writing to drawing when she was quite young. “Drawing calms me,” she says. By the time she arrived at The Gunnery, she was such an accomplished artist that Cornell University Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design awarded her second place in its annual national High School Student Fashion Design Competition when she was only a sophomore. Yea Weon would go on to win two more Cornell design awards as a senior. She credits her Visual Arts teacher Brian Lillie for pushing her to submit her creations. Nick Benson’s creative writing class was also inspirational. Having finished all The Gunnery’s graduation requirements by the end of her junior year, Yea Weon was able to pursue her passion for design her senior year. In an independent study winter term and as part of a documentary film seminar taught by Mr. Lillie and Mr. Benson, she designed, constructed and sewed her

own commencement dress with the help of Theresa Layman P ’11 a Vogue pattern maker and seamstress of regional renown. Now at Parsons in NY, Yea Weon is a committed designer who single-mindedly pursues her craft. “Parsons is very competitive,” she says. “I have to focus on my own work and not get caught up in that.” As a senior at The Gunnery, she did a Capstone project involving correspondence with Korean fashion designers seeking to find out how they incorporated traditional Korean dress into their designs; this winter she followed up her past contacts, visiting the studio of one of the most prominent Korean designers, Lei Sang Bong. “It was exciting to be in the presence of such professionalism,” she said. In no sense, a one-sided person, Yea Weon is applying for a summer mission trip to China through her church and was reminded of the inspiration of nature at a recent church retreat.



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Brandon Dufour ’02 owns

Nick Benson English faculty, is multi-faceted

All-Star Driver, a driving school headquartered in Watertown, CT. “I acquired the assets of a defunct driving school in 2009, rebranded it and brought it back to life.” He gives credit to his staff for the ongoing success of his business. “I have a wonderful group of leaders who believe in our mission and vision and work hard every day to be better. It is the best part of being a leader, watching my people flourish.”

and fully engaged, not only with his students, but also in his personal interests. In addition to teaching creative writing and AP English Language, and managing the two student writing publications, The Highlander and the Stray Shot, he is a nationally recognized translator of Italian poetry with two books to his credit and he loves coffee. Having begun to roast his own beans in 2006 with a small “roastery” in his barn, he is ready this year to bring his operation up to code and share his passion with local restaurants like the Community Table and other venues, which are appreciative of coffee that is shade-grown and chemical free. “I was an avid consumer and I liked cooking,” he says. “The idea came to me during a faculty meeting and I doodled a logo for the ‘zero prophet man.’” Since then he has shared his passion with numerous colleagues and friends and is now ready with an LLC to take his passion to the next level. “The best place to start,” the teacher in Nick says, “is your kitchen stove with an old-fashioned popcorn popper. That way, you can learn by trial and error because you can smell, hear, and see everything that is happening to your beans.” Nick is quick to point out that the internet is a wonderful tool to learn about all the possibilities of a coffee bean venture. “The smaller bean suppliers like Sweet Marias in Oakland, CA and the Coffee Shrub share so much information about their beans and their processes, not to mention the attributes of the individual harvests. … It’s important to locate an importer whom you trust. I deal with people who literally pick up their product at the farm’s gate.”

Brandon appears to have had a lively time at The Gunnery, keeping his teachers, advisors and coaches hopping since he credits the school with where he is today. “The hard part about entrepreneurs is that the public education system doesn’t exactly cater to our personality traits: high strung, lack of focus on any one subject, jittery, disruptive, etc. Instead of medicating me and putting me in a special class, The Gunnery faculty recognized my traits and helped me to best utilize them. There is no box at The Gunnery; there is only ‘what can we do to make YOU the best that you want to be?’”

Michael Cohen ’13 was drawn to a special program at Lynn University in Florida which seemed tailored to his aspirations: a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. The key according to the school’s website is the opportunity for hands–on experience and an internship, working with the challenges of a small business. Michael has had plenty of examples to draw from throughout his young life: he is the 4th generation to work in the family business, Hudson News, a magazine wholesale and distribution company. He defines an entrepreneur as, “an individual who uses an idea that he or she may have, along with the maximum amount of resources available to them at the given moment, and turn that into a business.” Speaking of his Gunnery experience, he says, “I acquired the personal structure from Gunnery that allowed me to become more of an individual in the business world. Gunnery’s sense of individuality played the largest part in helping me to aspire for individual success in the business world. I am now confident enough to speak my own mind and enact my own business ventures.”

Kori Rimany ’14 a current student, embodies her definition of an entrepreneur, “An entrepreneur is someone who takes an idea and the passion of an idea and springs forward with a plan to activate that idea and make it a reality.” As a sophomore, she launched an organization “to support other young women (ages 11–19) who have been diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS. With the money raised through fundraising campaigns, I put together care packages in Vera Bradley tote bags filled with comfort items that are sent out to young women across the United States.” Now a senior, Kori feels that The Gunnery has helped her along her chosen path, “I arrived on campus a shy and soft-spoken freshman girl and have emerged as a senior who is comfortable in her community and looking to expand that community further than the walls of The Gunnery. 

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My education at The Gunnery has helped me develop the organizational skills to run an organization, but the impact the community at The Gunnery has had on me is even larger—the love and support that surrounds me everyday inspires me to take my organization further and take the risks of confidence necessary to make that happen.” Kori is currently contemplating turning her organization into a non-profit to improve its fundraising capabilities. She recalls the impact of her first speech at school meeting to begin a fundraising campaign, “Before that speech at school meeting, I had not spoken to any of my new Gunnery friends or classmates about the pain disorder I live with, as I feared it would define me and I wanted to move past that point in my life. Although it took about a year, I finally realized that The Gunnery’s community is one in which individuality and differences are welcomed.  The community has helped

me realize that the pain I have lived with is not merely a physical disability, it is a measure of strength and has changed my outlook on life.”

Min Ki Kim ’14 a current senior, had examples at home upon which to pattern himself. His father founded his own bank in South Korea, Woori Bank and stressed the importance of contributing to society, consistently donating 5% of the profit to charity. In his article on “The Entrepreneurial Spirit” for The Highlander newspaper, Min Ki chose to highlight the success of the micro loans provided by the Grameen Bank as well as the bank itself. As the imagined professor, he said, “I strongly believe that the essence of entrepreneurism lies not just in the pursuit of profit but in vouchsafing an ethical contribution to society, so I would encourage my students, not only to comprehend, but to act upon the conviction that entrepreneurs need to know the consequences of their decisions and their social responsibilities as the heads of corporations.” A veteran of both micro and macro AP economics, Min Ki will have an internship at the Woori Bank in Korea this spring as part of the spring semester ISP program. “You need to know about financial entrepreneurship from the bottom to the top,” he says. “I will be keeping a detailed journal for my advisor, Mr. Sisk.”

With the knowledge, that we have barely scratched the surface of our unique alums and students and their entrepreneurial ventures, we invite anyone who wishes to submit a logo and a couple of sentences describing their business, to do so. If we get enough submissions we’ll publish a map of your wide-ranging work to demonstrate that The Gunnery spirit of adventure is still operating. Send your submissions to

The Herrick family: Catherine, Ana Christina, Dr. Charles and Grace

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aturday morning, March 15, Grace Herrick ’17 (daughter of Dr. Charles and Mrs. Ana Cristina Herrick of Sandy Hook), remained calm despite the growing suspense at the Awards Ceremony of the annual Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University. It was her third trip to the Finalists’ circle, her first year as a high school student representing The Gunnery. She was happy that her younger sister, Catherine, a seventh grader at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown, had also qualified for both Special and Finalist Awards. The whole family was with her. This year she was competing against all high school grades, which was especially daunting given the high level of competition.





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When the award ceremony concluded, her project, “Evaluating the Performance of a Model Solar Concentrating System using Thermoelectric Generating Technology” had earned Grace both Special and Finalist Awards. She was named Meyerand Young Woman Scientist Award and received an invitation to the prestigious Genius Olympiad sponsored by United Technologies in Oswego, NY. Those were Special Awards. Among the Finalist Awards, Grace 1) was a medalist in the Dominion Nuclear Connecticut Physical Science Awards for senior high students, 2) received third place finish in the People’s United Bank Mathematics Award for high school students, 3) received a second place in the Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Awards for high school students, 4) received a second place in the EnergiseCT/UT/ eesmarts/Alternative/Renewable Energy Awards and 5) received a United Technologies Corporate Award. The Gunnery’s Science Department Chair, Steve Bailey, Grace’s project advisor, said of his advisee, “She is a truly gifted student. She has an enormous amount of perseverance and a real passion for wanting to make a difference in the world. Her deep convictions and desires motivate her to pursue sustainable energy initiatives that she might like to engage with, not only in the future, but right now as a student.” The CT Science and Engineering Fair represent the culmination of a yearlong effort on the part of about 10,000 participants at school, local, and regional fairs. At the state Fair there were 648 students from 130 schools with 544 projects (teams of up to three students may submit projects). From these, a group of about 350 judges awarded about $173,000 in awards and prizes to 203 finalists

Genius Olympiad Nominees L. to R.: Grace Herrick (The Gunnery), Lauren Low (Engineering and Science University Magnet School), Kenneth Dorian (Greenwich High School), Robert Wisner, Director of the CT Science and Engineering Fair, Sylvia Zambrzycki and Meeshali Patel (Hill Regional Career High School)

in 18 scientific disciplines. Grace’s project was considered under Applied Technology, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Transportation, Environmental Management, Environmental Analysis, and Mathematical Sciences. Grace was greatly honored by the awards, saying, “I am proud to represent The Gunnery at the CT Science and Engineering Fair. I value the opportunity the CT Science and Engineering Fair gives me and other students to pursue our dreams of making the world a better place.”

celebratingfaculty Russ Elgin: An Uncommon Man


arlier this year I shadowed Russ Elgin as he ran errands preparing for Commencement. The bitter cold of February still had our attention, but Russ was planning ahead. As Commencement grew nearer, Russ’s list of things to do grew shorter here, this in contrast to his retirement activities which loomed larger on the horizon. As Russ completed a long list of ‘lasts’ here, I was frequently asked: how many classes has he taught? How many cross-country meets has he scored? How many teachers have come and gone during his tenure here? How many Heads of School has he had the pleasure to serve? How many papers has he corrected? How many teacher comments has he written? How many tons of ice has he managed to scrape off the Linen Rink ice surface during his Zamboni tours? While the numbers vary to answer each of these questions, the answer I gave was always the same. Lots.

Of all the numbers that serve as answers to the questions posed, the only number that has any significance, however, is the number one. That number represents the number of employers that Russ Elgin has had in the last thirty-nine years. His entire teaching career has been spent right here in Washington, Connecticut. As a younger faculty member I had always looked to Russ Elgin as the quintessential role model. As an aging faculty member I still look to him as the quintessential role model. Good role models are simply the best way to teach others how to respond to difficult situations. Our business is a dynamic one, where transitions are expected and necessary. What Russ Elgin may have set in motion during his tenure here may end up being someone else’s legacy to the school. He championed the students’ causes during times when it wasn’t popular to listen to what they had to say. He made reasonable compromises when less student-friendly adults were lobbying for stricter controls. He found and used his voice to speak for those who did not have a forum. He managed to bring to administrative meetings a moderating presence when dizzying demands were about to be placed on our students and faculty. While future classes and faculty will not know whom to thank, those you leave behind will. For all that you have done for the students in your charge, for all the support that you have unconditionally given this community during your tenure, and for loyalty to a school who could not have asked for a better servant, we—and I—give you thanks.

Ed Small March 2, 2014

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Terry Clark: Joy in the Journey


une 2014 will mark another new road for The Gunnery’s longtime mathematics teacher, Terry Clark. He will be putting down the chalk (white board marker) after 29 years of teaching algebra and geometry to countless students. Terry’s teaching style embodies much of his personal persona. He is clear, crisp, direct, and forthright in all that he does. He leaves little doubt about his expectations either in the classroom or on the basketball court or the soccer field. Over the years at The Gunnery, he has coached basketball and soccer at all levels for both boys’ and girls’ teams. His style encouraged his athletes to be always aggressive, and he could often be heard shouting from the sidelines “Take the shot!” Before games, his message was very consistent: “To win we need points (goals) and to score points (goals) you have to shoot (kick) the ball.” It was this same type of philosophy which he brought to the classroom where he would consistently encourage all his students “to try.” His message was clearly akin to Gandhi’s “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.” Terry has influenced many at The Gunnery through his work in the classroom or the playing fields, or as the long term Gunnery Fire Marshall. However, unbeknownst to many, he is a true outdoorsman. If you have to live off the land, you should choose

Terry as your companion and you will likely gain weight. He knows where the best wild mushrooms and fennel grow and where the first-rate fishing spots are along the Shepaug River (and he won’t tell). Furthermore, he is an excellent and varied collector (his wife Julie might say “hoarder”) having found many local artifacts which have been on long term display in The Gunnery’s Tisch Library. His search for artifacts has led to several amusing adventures one of which involved fellow Gunnery teacher, Rod Theobald. Apparently, while on a fishing trip in the wilderness out West, the two were making their way to a river when Terry spotted what he thought might be a plum location to look for Indian arrow heads. Rod has quite the story to tell of the hours he spent searching for his “lost” friend who had become totally enthralled with a search for Indian relics. We are all happy that Terry was not lost, but merely searching; and he leaves a legacy for all to remember to continue to search. As Terry would likely say, ”there are many times more joy in the search than in the result.”

Steve Bailey March 19, 2014

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Hugh ‘Cal’ Caldara: Cheering from the Other Side of the Glass


very boarding school has, at least, one. Every boarding school alum remembers one. Though they may not be mentioned on tours, they are discussed in dorms, locker rooms, and especially at alumni cocktail parties. When returning for reunion weekend, they are the first person alums look for. Legendary faculty members are a part of the folklore of every boarding school. They are known for their personality as much as they are for their impact in the classroom, dorm, or athletic field. They are beloved by students and peers alike for who they are, as much as for the work they do. Here at The Gunnery, we have “Cal”. After 37 years as a faculty member, Cal is retiring. In his time here, Cal has done it all—history teacher, Athletic Director, football coach, hockey coach. It is for the concrete things, like his 100+ wins

among the student body, Cal worked to foster an awareness of the world beyond The Gunnery’s walls. However, it is in the hearts of those who know him where Cal will truly be remembered. Whether it is his exploits in the “Goph-mobile” or his calculating of girls’ hockey playoff scenarios, Cal always brings a smile to all of our faces. It is at faculty meetings, at the dinner table, in the dorm, and in the athletic realm that Cal will truly be missed.

on the football field and his multiple NE Girls Hockey Championships, that the institution will forever remember Cal. We also cannot forget Cal’s contributions in the academic realm. In his time here, Cal has taught everything from Ethics and Public Speaking, to US History and Foreign Policy. Always one of the most popular teachers

In a recent email, Cal wrote to me, “Though I cannot replace this part of my life, I will continue to cheer from the other side of the glass.” The same holds true for us; we cannot replace Cal but we cheer him on from “the other side of the glass” as he enters the next phase of his life.

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Printing to Learn 3D Printing in the Classroom

This past January, Computer Science Department Chair Elliott Fisher bought new and influential pieces of technology for use in the AP Computer Animation classroom: 3D printers.


he printers came in kits that the students assembled. Said Mr. Fisher, “By buying the kits, we thought the students could get some practical, hands-on skills, plus it is fun to watch something like that come together. Assembling the kits ourselves also cut down the costs, so we were able to buy two printers.” Evan Hirsh ’14 agreed, “Building the 3D printer was a great learning experience, but much more difficult than building a computer.” And he should know; he has built three.

Fatema AlMeshqab ‘14 and Evan Hirsh ‘14 work to build a 3D Printer

While 3D printing technology is not new (it was developed in the 1980s), the price of the printers has dropped rapidly over the last few years making 3D printing more available to consumers and educators. “3D printer technology is the up-and-coming technology for manufacturing, and is a big component of the maker/inventor push, particularly in schools,” added Mr. Fisher. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. The process works by having the machine read the design and print the image with layers of resin or liquid to build the model. The possible applications for 3D printing in the classroom are limitless, from printing and studying organs in biology class to printing prototypes in design and engineering class.  Mr. Fisher agrees, “The animation class will be using them first because the models we create in class are immediately printable. The students will enjoy creating something digitally and, then, get to actually see it in real life.”

3D printer kit waiting to be assembled

The printers will allow the students to experiment and develop design skills and bring their concepts to life in real time. “I think there are real benefits to teachers. For example, history teachers could talk about a topic, say the Titanic, pull up a picture of it, print a physical model of it, and hand it to students. It really allows for hands-on learning,” said Evan. Fatema AlMeshqab ’14 echoed his statement, “The 3D printer makes it easier to get a better view of what the model looks like instead of depending on a flat screen to tell you what it “should” look like.” Mr. Fisher added, “Getting to see and hold something is always better, in my opinion, than just looking at it on a screen. Creating a quick prototype is what 3D printers are designed for; you can design almost anything, and then print it up quickly to see if your design is practical. When asked if they thought that the printers will help generate more interest in STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) areas, Mr. Fischer, Fatema and Evan all agreed, summarized by Evan “Yes, especially in the field of animation and computer science. If the students realize that science and math are not only numbers and concepts, but for things that can be put into practice, they might be more interested in pursuing this kind of study in the future. Mr. Fisher added, “I hope so, if for nothing else than the cool factor!”


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TRUSTEEnews The Gunnery Salutes Stephen W. Baird ’68


teve Baird ’68, is no stranger to building a culture of excellence. His career in Human Resources taught him the importance of recruiting, developing, and retaining talent in organizations. Since 2002 when he became a trustee, and in April 2006, when he was appointed Board Chair, Steve has been a role model to all and has worked tirelessly to share his talents and experiences with The Gunnery to lead it forward. During his time as a trustee, Steve served on every major committee and provided much needed stability and leadership; guided The Gunnery through the worst recession in the post-war era; and directed the seamless transition from esteemed head Susie Graham to Peter Becker. Said Head of School Peter Becker “I would like to thank Steve for all that he has helped The Gunnery accomplish during his time on the board.  His drive, vision, dedication, leadership, and generous contributions have helped The Gunnery make great strides toward becoming the best small boarding school in New England.” ​

Trustee Christine Stonebely P ‘99, former Board Chair Stephen Baird ‘68 and his wife Sue

Trustee Jonathan Linen ‘62, former Board Chair Stephen Baird ‘68, Peter Becker, former Board Chair Roy Walzer ‘65 & P ‘86 and current Board Chair Gerrit Vreeland ‘61

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ONcampus New College Counseling Building Dedicated


n a beautiful fall Saturday, October 26, 2013, the new College Counseling Office was dedicated in front of trustees, parents, and students. The new building, adjacent to Bourne, will be home to College Counseling, Marketing & Communications and several Admissions counselors. Built in the Tudor style of Bourne, it already looks like it has been part of the campus for many years. For the first time in recent memory, the College Counseling staff has the space to help students and their parents navigate the college entry process with some degree of

Director of College Counseling, Seth Low, Trustee Joan Noto P ’97, and Head of School Peter Becker watch as Ron Lipetz ’58 officially opens the College Counseling Building

privacy. The former college office, the Wade Room, named after Trustee Beth Glynn’s mother, is now a meeting room to be used for a variety of purposes including hosting over 100 visits from college representatives. Director of College Counseling, Seth Low, remarked, “We are grateful for the generosity of the donors who allowed this project to become a reality, and for The Gunnery’s Board of Trustees and administration who recognized how

essential it is to have an effective space for meeting the various constituencies in the college counseling process. Our new space will allow us to deliver more personalized counseling that will foster growth and character-development in our students and will impact generations of Gunnery students to come.”    




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Polar Plunge Megan Salerno ’14, Lily Hedley ’14, Shambu Sahai ’14, Kaitlyn McNamara ’14, Kori Rimany ’14, Nick Weinstein ’14, Olivia Judd ’14, Andrey Yuzvik ’14, Caroline Judd ’15, Tim Cervera ’17, and Sean Dowd ’16 all participated in the Washington Montessori School Polar Plunge at Lake Waramaug

Winter Semi Formal Despite the ice, snow, and frigid temperatures, a great time was had by all who attended the Winter Semi-Formal

Poetry at Yale Mr. Benson, Shambu Sahai ’14, Kitty Yang ’14, Sherry Cen ’14, and John Cho ’14 visited Yale University to hear poet Dana Gioia

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Holiday in Depot

Cultural tours at The Gunnery’s International Fair Zafar Mirzaliev ’14 and Mr. Stebbins discuss Uzbekistan at the International Fair held in Solley Hall

Gunnery Troubadours at the “Holiday in the Depot” in Washington. Jennifer Wojcik, Performing Arts Chair, led the group of a capella singers through the brightly lit stores and around the Bryan Memorial Hall Green. The Troubadour members are: Spencer Cannon ‘14, Timothy Cervera ‘17, Emily Herrup ‘14, Fiona Hines ‘16, Tessa Mackey ‘16, Matthew Miniccuci ‘14, Nicholas Nemergut ‘14, Veronica Raleigh ‘14, Oliver Williams ‘17, and Kitty Yang ‘14.

The Gunnery visits West Point

Freshman class trip to Lake Placid The freshman class had a wonderful time on their annual class trip to Lake Placid, NY participating in activities like bowling, broomball, and skiing

Friends of the Green JoAnne Torti & ASAP were honored with the “Friends of the Green” Award at the annual Holiday Party. L. to R.: Vanessa Hammond, ASAP Program/Business Manager; Rachel Domoff, ASAP Social Media and Marketing Coordinator; Addie Avery, ASAP Program Coordinator; JoAnne Torti, ASAP Director; Jill Lloyd, ASAP President of the Board of Directors, and Peter Becker

History Chair Bart McMann’s senior class on the History of Washington (CT) spent a day touring at West Point. L. to R.: Mr. McMann, Brandon Garzione ’14, Tom Malooly ’14, Stanley Wolpiuk ’14, Alec Cornell ’14, Henry Palmer ’14, Darrion Bunce ’14, Evan Hirsh ’14, and Marshall Millette ’14




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BEHIND the scenes

Charlie’s Bench

Many things go into making The Gunnery the special place it is. We are proud to offer you a behind the scenes view of Charlie Finnemore. Charlie has been a fixture at The Gunnery since August of 1984. He is a master carpenter, a locksmith and the keeper of all school keys. Whether it’s fixing a broken window, patching and painting a dorm room wall, or building a custom desk for an office in Bourne, Charlie’s work is careful, creative, and enduring.


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OFFcampus Boston, MA

Jay Bauer ’08 and George Moseley ‘58

Scott and Barbara Greenstein P ’07 with Jennifer Wojcik, Performing Arts Chair

Peter Howell ‘73 and Bob Bellinger ‘73

New Haven, CT

Scott Wynn ‘79 and Susan Wynn with Frank Macary ’77, P ’03, ’05, ’07 & ’15

Seoul, Korea

Above: Dinner Reception Alumni gather before New England Boys Ice Hockey Championships

Peter Becker and Clifford Yang ’98

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New York City, NY

Sarah Macary ’07 and Kiersten Marich

Hostess Trustee Beth Glynn addresses alumnae at her home. L. to R.: Emily Zyko Rukobo ’98, Christine Stonbely Trustee and P ’99, Amy Julia Becker, Laura Eanes Martin ’90 and Co-President of the Alumni Association, Peter Becker, Elizabeth Riordan Newman ’93, Ellen Joy Liburt ’81

Christine Stonbely P ’99 and Peter Becker

L. to R.: Alumni Co-President, Laura Eanes Martin ‘90, Marley Goldfein ‘90, and Rebecca Weisberg ‘90


Alumni, friends and former faculty gather at The Ritz in Sarasota: L. to R.: Gary Stoffel, Cindy-Ann Hersom, Bob Mortell ‘55, Mikey Hersom ‘89, Sarah Whittle Stoffel, Fred Powell ‘75, Michael Eanes, Caroline Mortell, Carol Rowe, Peter Becker, Carol Whittle, Wally Rowe, Ron Whittle, Reginald Fawcett ‘60, Mackenzie Longueuil, Don Longueuil ‘95, Kiersten Marich, Denny Grubbs

L. to R.: Ann Rush P ’08, Peter Becker, Amy Julia Becker, Kitty and Clay Simpson P ’89, Phil Farmer P ’05, Jack Rush ‘08, Steve Bent ‘59, Len Rush P ‘08, Gretchen Farmer Trustee & P ’05, hosts: Barbara and Sherm Hotchkiss ‘63




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The Gunnery visits MASS MoCa Students enjoyed a class trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the largest centers for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country, in North Adams, MA

Kent Art Association Student Show Matt Siemon ’14 and Shambu Sahai ’14 display their work at the 18th Kent Art Association Student Show. Laura-Delight van Tartwijk ’15 won for her drawing “Lady”

2013 Connecticut Scholastic Arts Awards Visual Arts Chair, Andy Richards and Caroline Judd ’15 celebrate Caroline’s regional Gold Key and a national Silver Medal in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Gunnery Students Perform with Connecticut Orchestras In February 2014, Jeremiah Yoon ’16 performed with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra  and Jenna Lee ’15 performed with the Norwalk Youth Symphony Orchestra 

The Fall Play The Gunnery Drama Society gave an immensely successful three-night showing of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)!” The play, a parody of the Shakespeare plays, was performed in shortened form by three actors; Nick Weinstein ‘14, Henry Gough ‘15, and Tim Cervera ‘17

United States debut of Fairy Tale Ending: The Big Bad Family Musical The Gunnery Drama Society had the audience in stiches performing the United States debut of Fairy Tale Ending: The Big Bad Family Musical. The show played to four packed houses, including a special matinee for local schoolchildren, in the Emerson Performing Arts Center.




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For the second straight year, The Gunnery’s field hockey team made it to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) championship game. After winning last year’s tournament, The Gunnery finished second to Holderness School this year

Fall 2013 Athletic Award Winners: L. to R., back row: Allen Jing ’14, Sarah Hughson ’14, Amanda Payne ’14, Patricia Theobald ’14, Andrey Yuzvik ’14, Katlyn Paiva ’14, Moira Compton ’14, Veronica Raleigh ’14 and Skyler Clark ’14; front row: Thomas Malooly ’14 and Gerald Kahari ’14

Winter 2014 Athletic Award Winners: L. to R.: Casey Cullen ’14, Mason Pollock ’14, Andrey Yuzvik ’14, and Trevor Schrier ’14

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The Gunnery ski team had another successful season, finishing second in the Berkshire Hudson Ski League

Boys Varsity Hockey competed in the New England “Elite 8” Championships for the fifth time in 6 years, losing to Salisbury 3–2 in overtime in the championship game at Yale’s Ingalls Rink

Trevor Schrier ’14 competed in the Western New England Wrestling Championships taking 4th place in the event

Back-to-Back Championships! The Gunnery Girls‘ Hockey team had a flair for the dramatic in the New England Championships, needing overtime to earn victories in their semifinal and final match-ups to repeat as champions. The Highlanders defeated #1 seeded Rivers School 3–2 in overtime, in the semi-finals, and, then, Brooks School 4–3 in double overtime to claim their second championship in as many years. Team members of The Gunnery’s Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey team include: Dana Cerone ‘14, Claudia Cohen ‘15, Alyssa Cooke ‘16, Caitlyn Darosa ‘15, Morgan Dow’16, Sarah Hughson ‘14, Claire Lee ‘17, Cassidy Lefebvre ‘15, Meghan Lembo ‘14, Brittney Longo ‘16, Hayley Lunny ‘17, Tessa Mackey ‘16, Kayla Meneghin ‘14, Mikayla Michals ‘16, Jocelyn Mongillo ‘14, Katlyn Paiva ‘14, Amanda Sabia ‘16, Kayla Walewski ‘17, Samantha Walther ‘14, Ashlee White ‘17, and team manager Grace van Tartwijk ’17.







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RECOMMENDEDreading Eileen Kelly-AGuirre Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman

Newark high school, who grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father’s glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede’s beautiful American luck deserts him.

In SPARK, John Ratey, MD embarks upon a fascinating journey through the mindbody connection, illustrating that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer’s. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, that has put the local school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), SPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run.

Bart McMann



American Pastoral by Philip Roth

As the American century draws to an uneasy close, Philip Roth gives us a novel of unqualified greatness that is an elegy for all our century’s promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss. Roth’s protagonist is Swede Levov, a legendary athlete at his

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

“The war tried to kill us in the spring.” So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-oneyear old Private Bartle and eighteen-yearold Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

In the small village of Edgecombe St. Mary in the English countryside lives Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson’s wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, the Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum,

and a properly brewed cup of tea. But then his brother’s death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

TOM HOLLINGER The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate

No one predicted success for Henry Ward Beecher at his birth in 1813. The blithe, boisterous son of the last great Puritan minister, he seemed destined to be overshadowed by his brilliant siblings—especially his sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, who penned the century’s bestselling book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. But when pushed into the ministry, the charismatic Beecher found international fame by shedding his father’s Old Testamentstyle fire-and-brimstone theology and instead preaching a New Testament-based gospel of unconditional love and healing, becoming one of the founding fathers of modern American Christianity.




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Looking for a gift for your favorite Gunnery fan? The School Store has many great new items in stock, call or email Deborah Doody at 860-868-7334 x223 or, she can tell you about additional items and help you place your order in time for the summer.


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A Message from the Alumni Association

Dear Fellow Alumnus, As our first year as co-presidents of The Gunnery Alumni Association begins to wrap up, we thought it important to remind you about what we perceive our goals to be and let you know what steps we’ve taken to achieve them thus far. Our objective is to serve as liaisons between the Alumni and Development office and you! Ultimately, all of our goals should help fulfill the mission of the school. We hope to serve as ambassadors to the many alumni across the world, prospective families and friends of the school. One of the many things we are asked by our fellow alumni is “how can I help? What can I do?”  We believe it comes down to three things that all alumni can do to help promote the vibrancy of the school and get the message out that we are the best small boarding school around.   Connect The Alumni and Development Office has many tools to help you connect not only with The Gunnery, but also with your classmates.  By connecting with the office and ensuring that your information in the Alumni Directory is current, you are guaranteed to never miss a communication and will always know about all of the exciting things that are happening here at the school. Visiting the Washington CT area? Make sure you visit the school, or better yet, make sure you attend Reunion and Homecoming Weekends. Lastly, the Alumni and Development team travels regularly. If they are coming to your area for a reception or visits, attend or meet with them one-on-one. Share Once you connect with the school, share all of the great things that are happening at The Gunnery with your friends. Did you know that the number one way prospective families discover schools is through word of mouth? Talk to your friends about your time here and share what you know about the school now. If you are active on Social Media, connect with our school pages and share stories that interest you with your network. 

John Greenwood ’71

Laura Eanes Martin ’90

Give Make a gift to The Gunnery Fund or to the endowment. Whether it is $50, $5,000 or $50,000, your support helps make the educational experience at the school enriching for the students now and in the future. The Gunnery would not be the incredible institution it is without the generous and loyal support of our alumni, parents, and friends. Contact the Alumni and Development office today to learn about the many ways you can support The Gunnery. As you will see from the pages of this Bulletin, alumni connect, share, and give to The Gunnery in countless ways already. One of the most rewarding things for us is to reconnect with those of you who may have been less involved for whatever reason and then return to the mix—and almost always say “why has it taken me so long to do this?” As an alumni body, we are small enough to feel that sense of community far beyond the walls of campus. However, our impact, as a group, is far-reaching and has the power to help shape the future of The Gunnery. So don’t wait…connect, share and give to our great school today! And as always, thanks for joining us in being ambassadors for The Gunnery.

Warmly, John Greenwood ’71 Laura Eanes Martin ’90




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Historic Gift Redirected To Endowment


t its October 2013 board meeting the Board of

gift was earmarked for the endowment, over the years

Trustees, with the support of the Tisch family,

the funds have been used to renovate Tisch Library and

committed the final 40% of the Tisch’s historic $7MM

expand The Schoolhouse, the school’s core academic

unrestricted gift to the school’s endowment. That

building. After the renovation, the building was renamed

translates into an additional $2.8 MM for the endowment

the Tisch Schoolhouse and Tisch Family Library.

and signals the trustees’ commitment to fiscal discipline and significant future growth for this key piece of the

“Endowments are essential to provide the capital

school’s future. The original $7 million dollar gift, given

necessary to pursue critical initiatives and enhance

by Joan H. Tisch and sons, Steven E. Tisch ’67 and

our ability to be a leader in education. This gift along

Jonathan M. Tisch ’72, is the largest gift in the school’s history and reflects the family’s lifetime support of the

with others made to the endowment provide stability

school. “We always valued The Gunnery’s influence in our

for the future and help The Gunnery attract families

children’s lives and, now, my sons and I are pleased to be

and retain our top faculty. We are extremely grateful

able to contribute to the school’s impact on current and

to the Tisch Family for their generous support.”

future generations,” said Joan Tisch about the significant

donation to The Gunnery. While an initial portion of the

— Peter Becker

endowment (noun) • a  large amount of money that has been given to a school, hospital or other organization and is used to pay for its creation and continuing support

• the act of providing money to create or support a school, organization, etc.


he Gunnery has experienced profound growth over the course of the last two decades, growing from a student body of 175

in 1991 to 300 students today. Few schools have seen similar growth, and we are proud of our ability to offer an excellent academic program without sacrificing our commitment to inspiring and equipping students to reach their greatest potential. As that growth relates to our endowment, in 1991, ours was $3 million and today that number has grown to $20 million. The endowment is an important source of income to many schools. As we look to compete with our peer schools to attract the best faculty and families, while controlling tuition increases, it has become critically important.

Here are some questions and answers about this critical source of income and why it is so important for the school.

What is the Endowment? An endowment refers to assets invested in perpetuity, unlike operating funds, which are typically used for immediate needs. Endowments remain fundamental to the financial stability of educational institutions, large and small. The Gunnery is no exception to this. These funds provide a steady, predictable source of income, on which the school can build its programs and offerings to its students. As The Gunnery’s endowment grows through prudent investment management practices and additional gifts, the endowment will ensure the strength and stability of The Gunnery for years to come.

What does the Endowment do? The Gunnery has three main sources of income to its operating budget. Tuition provides 89%. Annual support from alumni, parents, and friends provides 6%. A prudent allocation of investment income from the endowment provides the remaining operating revenue. The average rate of return on the investments in the endowment over the past five years has been 9.2%. Endowment gifts come in two main forms, restricted and unrestricted. Restricted gifts support scholarships, faculty positions, or programs, as specified by the donors. Unrestricted gifts allow the Head of School and the Board of Trustees to decide how to spend the income from the gifts and enable The Gunnery to meet the most immediate needs and invest in new opportunities and initiatives that are in the best interest of the students and the future of the school.

“Serving on the Board and Investment Committee, I’ve seen firsthand how a gift to the endowment can mean impressive, sustainable support for the long-term—every school needs donors to this important effort. It’s the future of the school and if we can continue to build this important financial foundation, the opportunities for Gunnery students in the future are endless.”

— Jay Sheehy ’73, Board Treasurer and Investment Committee Member

What is the difference between Annual Giving and Unrestricted Giving? Gifts given to The Gunnery Fund are accepted—and spent— each year. An unrestricted gift to the endowment is typically a larger, one-time gift, which generates annual income, and is accessible to the school in perpetuity.

Why is the Endowment so important? A strong endowment allows The Gunnery faculty and administration to create and maintain unique initiatives and programs that allow our students to prepare for the future by learning that, in the words of the school motto, “Vir bonus semper discipulus est—A good man (person) is always a student.” A healthy endowment allows the school to offer programs and opportunities to faculty and students beyond what tuition alone makes possible.


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What are some examples of unique initiatives and programs? ENDOWMENT NAMING OPPORTUNITIES Faculty Support

Funding Distribution

Sabbatical Program



Department Chair



Departmental Fund for Instruction

$ 500,000


Faculty Professional Development Fund

$ 250,000


Faculty Summer Study/ Travel Fun



Community Service Fund



International Baccalaureate Fund



Global Studies Experiential Travel Fund



Speakers’ Fund



STUDENT AID Full Scholarship Fund



Brinsmade Scholar



Gibson Scholar



Highlander Scholar



For more information on The Gunnery’s endowment or to speak to the Alumni and Development Office about a gift, please contact Kiersten Marich, Interim Director at or 860-868-7334 x271.

How do donors benefit from the Endowment? Alumni, parents, and friends of the school who make endowment gifts are attracted to the opportunity to ensure that the institution, or a particular program or activity, will endure. In most cases, there is personal motivation for each endowment gift —a way for someone to say thank you for their own educational experience, honoring a beloved faculty member, or to support initiatives important to them.




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February Face-Off


n February, Gunnery young alumni once again participated in the interscholastic fundraising competition called the February Faceoff. This year, the classes of 1994 through 2013 were eligible to compete against Avon Old Farms, Berkshire, Hotchkiss, Millbrook, Salisbury, Taft, Westminster, Williston Northampton, and Trinity-Pawling. Thank you to the 116 donors, including 20 first-time donors, who participated, securing us 8.1% participation and putting us ahead of Williston Northampton and Trinity-Pawling! For a full list of donors, please refer to our Annual Report due out this summer.

Young Alumni gather in Boston: L. to R. Jenny Sullivan, Jonathan Sullivan ’98, Kristopher Matthews ’99, Jamie Haines, Anne Deger Matthews, Whit Matthews ’98

Young Alumni gather in Washington D.C.: L. to R. Chelsea Stuart, Liz McKenna ’06, Matt Vredenburgh ’04, Joe Solosky ’04, Kat Danziger ’05, and her fiancé Chip Lazenby

Young alumni gather in New York City: L. to R. James Estreich ’06, Altan Sadik-Khan ’06, Macaulay Bogdanovics ’09, Emily Sandefer ’08, Middle row: L. to R. Alex Harrow ’06, Nicole Julich ’09, Bottom row: L. to R. Lane Goldberg ’03, Ryan Broderick ’05, Will Sutherland ’09


HomeComing 2014

October 25, 2014 Mark your calendars and plan to come back to campus on October 25, 2014 for Homecoming! Bring the family; connect with fellow classmates and interact with students, trustees and parents, and experience a fall day in New England, complete with football, apples, hot cider, donuts, chili and kettle corn. Please check and The Gunneryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Facebook and Twitter pages for more updates.

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Play Ball! Most alumni have heard that The Gunnery has what is

Although baseball has not changed as much as some other

considered the first photo ever taken of a baseball game

sports, the formation of the National Baseball Association

in progress. Mark Rhoads ’04 did a much-thumbed Gunn

in 1871 provided some conformity in ball size—5¾ to 6

Scholar project about the origins of that photo. Did you ever

ounces and 9¾ to 10 inches; and a ball–seller advertised all

wonder what the team looked like in those early years of

yarn without rubber with a sewn leather cover, creating the

photography on campus? This photo is from the magazine

“dead” ball era, which favored good fielding teams. The first

produced for the tenth anniversary of The Gunnery

documented use of a baseball glove was Charles Waitt in

Association (1892–1902). It shows the 1871 team; and was

1875, an outfielder for the St. Louis team.

the first photo ever taken of a Gunnery team. It was called the Oriental Team, which may have derived from the arrival of our first Chinese students on campus that year.


Jim Hughes has also found it hard to step

Jim Ward called to say that he had a mini-

reunion at the Yale/Cornell football game in September with Ed McHugh, Len Lombardi, and Al Anderson. He said the game was really secondary to their chance to meet and relive their Gunnery past. A great time was had by one and all although they missed Joe Hyde who had a last minute change of plans.


55th Reunion

1955 Watch for reruns on public television of the marvelous documentary of Rowland Sherman’s iconic photographs “Eye on the Sixties” produced by Chris Szwedo. Our history in pictures presented with flair and appreciation.


down from work—“too easy and fun”—but admits that his wife Charlene, two daughters and four grandchildren are the real “precious commodities” in his life.

Braving Maine year-round is Tony Kilburn, who lives with his artist wife, Jan, in the small town of Damariscotta. “She dragged me up here kicking and screaming 18 years ago,” he wrote, but now happily considers it home.

Mark Alter wrote from Portland, Oregon,

Jack Miller has moved to Glenmoor Retirement

where he has lived since 1970, working with at-risk youngsters and for improved race relations in concert with the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Resort in St. Augustine, FL, the oldest town in the country, having retired from a teaching career. He welcomes visitors (We hope you don’t regret that, Jack), has developed a passion for bridge and to give you some idea of his other passion, has the following email address:

George McElroy announced the arrival of a

new grandson, followed by the news that he “now drives the golf ball 142.6 yards.” George summers in northern Michigan and winters in Florida. “I’ve had it with the long Maine winters,” Richard French wrote from his new perch

in Marina del Ray, CA, where he plays golf daily. He still maintains an antique shop in Wiscasset, ME.

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Jack’s old New Milford pal, Jonathon von Ranson and his wife Susan continue to work on their great love—fostering a simple, environment-friendly life, first in the country and now in the village of Wendall, MA, where they are working with state and local officials on legislation that will allow “economical, low-tech and non-electric” homebuilding. He can be reached at

Class of ’57 mini-reunion

Like many of us, Don Levy will be attending his 50th college reunion this summer. A 1964 graduate of Trinity College, he is currently vice president of the residential management firm Brown Harris Stevens in New York. “Since nobody ever accused me of being overly bright, I am still working,” he wrote. Jeff Marsted is another who has so far avoided

retirement, still thriving as the principal of the financial management firm of Bradley, Foster and Sargent in Hartford. He was able, however, to take a “rare vacation” this past winter to South Africa with his wife Marcia in pursuit of their beloved pastime of fly fishing. Kudos, as well, to Joel Gratwick who not only remains in the workforce but helps others find jobs through his staffing centers in Maine and New Hampshire. In his off-time, “I am still playing the cello, working on old cars, sailing small boats, and biking.” Bruce Butler seems to have flunked retirement.

“I found myself wandering golf course after golf course without any improvement, so hooked up with the PBS Station in St. Louis in Development/Corporate Underwriting. It’s a totally different culture than the commercial television world.”

Attendees were: Sandy and Charlie Smith, Cotton Damon & Sandy Orluk, Lou Allyn, Bill & Sally Maxwell

The “Bay Boys” of California meet from time to time so the “Boys of the Northeast” decided they should have a mini-reunion as well. Sally and Bill Maxwell were our gracious and generous hosts at their second home on Rangely Lake in Maine. We did a lot of chatting, eating, hiking around Belgrade Lakes, and talking about ways our class can help The Gunnery. A high point of the weekend, in addition to watching the Red Sox, was a visit to the D.E.W. Animal Kingdom & Animal Sanctuary (see I wish I had a video of Kendra fully grown male lion, roaring as loud as he could from about 25 feet away. It did indeed make our chests vibrate, as well as scaring some of the newer animals to death.





“I am very happily retired, enjoying life as best I can with doses of grandchildren, golf, wife, and travel, in no special order,” reported Sandy Gilbert. He added: “I still recall how terrific our 50th was at The Gunnery … Can’t imagine 55th being better, but we might try.”



Jeff Farrington retired from his management

position at San Francisco International Airport in 2006, but has kept busy in volunteer work with the city’s homeless residents and mission work with his church. He also looks forward to our next reunion. Andy Littauer still keeps a home in Bucharest, Romania, after basing there with the U.S. Treasury 20 years ago. Amidst his frequent travels, Andy said he hopes to put The Gunnery on his itinerary next year. George Krimsky has hung up his journalist’s

hat after half-a century in that “alleged profession,” but is doing some ghostwriting for friends who want to record their family histories.  He said he couldn’t miss his 55th even if he wanted to.  He lives in Washington with his wife, Paula, who manages Gunnery’s archives. Sam Herrup noted that he has often visited the campus because his twin daughters, Abigail and Emily, have been students at The Gunnery for the past three years. “It’s been a very positive experience,” said Sam, who lives in Sheffield, MA.

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The second book in Dick Wolf’s Jeremy Fisk series, The Execution, was published by William Morrow in January 2014. The first novel in the series, The Intercept, was published in May 2013.

2 Dick Colton ’60 and former trustee got together with Peter Becker in New Orleans to trade stories about their mutual home town


3 He enjoyed showing Peter the sculpture he had commissioned showing The Gunnery as part of his life experience

Social Justice Week in January and, in preparation, we learned this current and very succinct news about him from his website: Now I’m a grandfather with two grown sons and my wife Joginder of 35 years. I have sold my primary business and devote most of my time to writing, speaking, and trying to develop solutions to the world’s problems.

4 L. to R. Frank Macary ‘77, Steven Macary ‘15, Steven Cornell ‘77, and Alec Cornell ‘14. Steven and Frank were roommates both Junior and Senior years and Steven and Alec rowed in the same boat this fall


50th Reunion

5 John Quayle ’66 caught and released 2 largemouth bass (7.25 and 5.25 lbs.) ice fishing this winter

Ralph Singh spoke at The Gunnery during

John Quayle ‘66 wrote that ice fishing and

skiing are two great ways to reconnect with nature during a long New England winter.

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Sally Houldin Cornell â&#x20AC;&#x2122;82 sent along a photo of husband Steven Cornell and Frank Macary who were roommates both junior and senior years at The Gunnery. Steven Macary â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;15 and Alec Cornell â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;14 rowed in the same boat this fall. A neat twist on being a legacy!






Pamela Shad has joined the psychotherapy

practice of LCSW-R Judith Kieber working in Putnam and Westchester Counties, NY. Her practice specializes in working with people who are homebound on issues that range from chronic and serious illness, anxiety and depression, agoraphobia and coping with pain. She uses an eclectic and integrative approach of psychodynamic and mindfulness-based psychotherapy as well as neuro-feedback techniques to help with pain management.



Fiona Miodownik (Rawson) sent along a photo of her two boys, Fred and Arthur, who happened to both put on their Gunnery t-shirts purchased at the 2012 30th reunion. Â â&#x20AC;&#x153;A truly international picture since my two are very English, the picture was taken in our garden in France and they are sporting their US t-shirts.â&#x20AC;? Mark Lazarus received the 2014 Cynopsis

Sports Media Legacy Award on April 17th. This award honors top sports media executives for their innovative and transformational work in the industry. Mark is currently the Chairman of NBC Sports and was instrumental in the production of the Sochi Olympics.


30th Reunion


Johannes Esser brought his wife and two daughters to visit The Gunnery in October 2013. Johannes and family were visiting New York and decided to come up and see the

Our Alumni in the News t3PXMBOE4IFSNBO1#4GFBUVSFEB documentary of his photographs, Eye on the 60s, produced by Chris Szwedo. t%JDL8PMG5IFTFDPOECPPLJO his Jeremy Fisk series, The Execution, was published by William Morris in January 2014. t3BMQI3BLJFUBO4JOHIQVCMJTIFE his inspirational book, A Path to Follow, a Life to Lead. t1BUSJDL#BLFS)JTNPWJF Honeymoon premiered in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Midnightâ&#x20AC;? program of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas in March. *O"QSJM JUQSFNJFSFEJO/:T5SJCFDB Film Festival. t/JDL1BUOBVEF/JDLQVCMJTIFEIJT ďŹ rst novel, First Aide Medicine. t+PTI+PIOTUPONBEFIJT#SPBEXBZ debut in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Pearl Theatre.

7 6 Fred and Arthur Miadownik, sons of Fiona Rawson Miadownik `82, sport Gunnery ďŹ nery from her 30th reunion 7 Patrick Baker â&#x20AC;&#x2122;89 and his wife EsmĂŠ welcomed Otis to the family on November 10, 2013








Lizzie Fischbein and her husband Dr. Andy

Brown welcomed daughter Sadie in October 2013. Sadie joins son Jasper, 2. They are living in NYC. 

1993 Via Alex Ince, Liz Riordan Newman emailed her thanks to the Gunnery folk “a great time Saturday (at Homecoming/Parents Weekend) as anyone who watched Jack dance at the football field would agree! This was right before an epic meltdown from Thomas, they were both exhausted from the day.” Courtney Febbroriello wrote to thank people for the support of her and her husband Chris Prosperi’s restaurant, Metro Bis. They moved from Middlebury to the Simsbury 1820 House last September.


school. They made a point of buying some Gunnery souvenir clothing at the school store. They were flying back home to Germany the next day.


15th Reunion

Patrick Baker and his wife Esmé welcomed Otis into their world on November 10, 2013. Patrick has had a full year as he was invited to premier his film Honeymoon in the ‘Midnight’ Program at SXSW this year.

8 Doug Baker ’89 has redeployed to Afghanistan after moving to North Carolina with wife Kate 9 Liz Riordan Newman ‘93 emailed this photo of her boys, Jack and Thomas, at Homecoming in October 2013

“It’s a great festival and the midnight section is often the craziest with fans and festival goers as it only features eight to ten films. It’s truly a Gunnery affair: Daniel Troiano ’77 and Brandon Dufour ’02 are executive producers/ investors in the film so they flew in for the premiere. Honeymoon made its debut in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014. Mikey Hersom and his company Ignition, Inc organized the Olympic Torch Relay for the Sochi Olympics. His company will also be working with key clients for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Mikey and his wife Cindy-Ann live in Sarasota, FL with their son Andre.


20th Reunion

Amanda and Geoffrey Zampiello had a baby girl named Morgan Anne Zampiello. She was born on December 8, 2013. Geoffrey wrote with great news about a new patent, “in a 1994 Information Superhighway Class (at Trinity) I learned of a particular problem that the nations telecommunications infrastructure faced. The problem was when a cell phone goes beyond the signal limits of a tower there is a dead zone created until you enter the coverage of the next cell site. A professor named Ning mentioned that there was room for a major contributor to this space and the persons that solved this problem would stand to benefit a great deal. I have completed the task with an associate and the help of my company and have been assigned a US patent.” Charles Allen wrote that he recently joined Bitcoin Shop, Inc. as their Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

He explains, “Bitcoins are a relatively new type of virtual currency. Although Bitcoins are growing in popularity, there are limited ways in which to spend them. Bitcoin Shop, Inc. ( is seeking to address this problem through our ecommerce website founded by two NASA engineers. We enable holders of bitcoins to choose from over 400 categories and make purchases from approximately 140k products online.”


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Major Doug Baker, USMC, is on deployment in Afghanistan.

1998 Junghyun Matthew Yang, son of Clifford Yang (Yoon Hee and Jin Young Yang) was born on December 12, 2013 at 5:27 p.m. at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, IL. He weighed 8.55 pounds and was 20.07 inches long.



15th Reunion


Kate and John Eren welcomed a baby girl on September 30, 2013. Her name is Avery Elizabeth.

2000 Nicholaus Patnaude and Sarah Kushwara have been living and working abroad in Istanbul for the past few years. Read about Nick’s novel in the alumni in the news section.

2001 Tom Hollinger ran across Sophia Rickevicius’s mother who said that Sophia is an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, hoping to become a nurse practitioner. She is also a volunteer with the Bethlehem, CT fire department and an EMT.


10 Dean Matthews ’57 and Whit Mathews ’98 brought the latest Gunnery recruit, Alistair, to the boys’ varsity hockey championship game in New Haven


11 Avery Elizabeth born to Kate and John Eren `99

John Collins wrote a summary of his last

few years: “After two years of umpiring professionally in Minor League Baseball (2008-09), I relocated to New York City and attended Fordham Law School. I received my J.D., cum laude, in May 2013. During law school, I served as a Notes & Articles Editor on the Fordham Urban Law Journal and interned at the United States Attorney’s Office. I spent my 1L summer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, working in the Royal Courts. Currently, I’m a law clerk to a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Afterwards, I’ll join the litigation department at Sullivan & Cromwell.”

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12 Josh Johnston ‘09 with members of the Acting Company Repertory Theater and also with his mom, Patti Lupone, in NY

Chas. Hollinger had a one-man show in Chilmark, MA at The Bank of Martha’s Vineyard in September 2013. He displayed 10 paintings with sky themes derived from long nights and early mornings fishing during the Striped Bass and Blue Fish Derby on Martha’s Vineyard in 2012.

13 Chas. Hollinger ‘04 at the opening of his art show in Chilmark MA

Joseph Solosky was accepted to Duke

‘Competition Operations’ position at the organization in the Vail Valley that runs the GoPro Games every summer, Birds of Prey Ski World Cup every December, and the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek.”

University’s MBA program for next fall. The program allows me to work full time at the FBI, take night classes, and do a half-dozen international residencies over the span of the 16-month program.

2008 Erin Kelley wrote, “I am working a





2013 Anton Frondelius was named Walsh Electric student athlete of the month as a freshman golfer at Wagner College. The Wagner Seahawks featured him in a four-minute YouTube video.

Both Krista Lamoreaux and Caroline Beckmann continued their winning field hockey ways in college. Krista is playing for Skidmore and Caroline is playing for Williams. Tommy Burger in his first year at Indiana University will have an internship in the advertising and marketing department for Compass, who does food for airlines, major companies, and sports teams. “It coincides with my minor in Telecommunications in case a career in history doesn’t work out.”

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Alex Anbarcioglu is living in Annapolis, MD and working for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. He graduated from Washington College last spring.

We learned from that Josh Johnston made his Broadway debut at the Pearl Theatre in The Acting Company’s repertory productions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Hamlet.



14 Wyatt Clark ’13 met with Peter Becker at the “other” Tisch Library at Tufts University 15 Josh Johnston ’09 performs on Broadway 16 Caroline Beckmann ‘13 played freshman varsity field hockey at Williams this past fall 17 Krista Lamoreaux ’13 was a standout on the varsity field hockey team at Skidmore earning Liberty League Rookie of the Week


5th Reunion

From a Norwich University Release, Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Bob Norton announced on February 6 that 18 players had been named semi-finalists for the 14th Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the Division II-III level. Senior forward Shane Gorman will look to become the third Norwich University men’s ice hockey player to win the prestigious award. Gorman is enjoying a breakout final season in the Maroon & Gold, tallying eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points. He leads the team in assists this season and just recently played in his 100th career game last weekend against New England College. Gorman has 28 goals and 49 assists for 77 points in his career.

Julius Firnhaber is missing The Gunnery already and sent news to his classmates: “Besides getting ready for my final exams, I’m playing tennis and am especially spending a lot of time on politics. Since last summer, I am in a youth organization of a political party and have found it to be extremely interesting. In September, there were elections in Germany. Happily Angela Merkel won them! Having been a part of a political campaign was a great experience and I got to go to many discussions with German politicians.

In December 2013, I was a candidate for the “youth parliament” of Heidelberg (Jugendgemeinderat Heidelberg). The Jugendgemeinderat consists of 30 boys and girls between the age of 14 and 21 who are elected by the teenagers of Heidelberg to represent them. I formed a little team with three of my friends and we had our own little “campaign”. We printed flyers and went to the different schools of Heidelberg and gave them to the teenagers. On the flyers were our pictures with our names as well as our goals. Our campaign proved to be successful as we not only all were elected, but I got the most votes, and my friend Kamacay got the second most votes! I still can’t believe the results of the election, as I didn’t even dare to think that all of us would make it into the Jugendgemeinderat! In Germany you can only really start looking at Universities when you have your final grades because no University will except you without the grades of Abitur. However, I don’t

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19 want to go to University directly after my Abitur, but instead do a social gap year. Social gap years are in Germany quite common. The idea of a social gap year is to go to a foreign country with an organization and help them with their work. Common work for teenagers doing a gap year is teaching children English, math etc. in LDCs or helping build a well, houses… After spending a year at GUNN it’s really important for me to do such a social gap year, as I know that what I have experienced and what opportunities I have had in the past years, especially at The Gunnery is something that only very few people can experience and so I want to give something back by doing such a gap year.

Current Faculty Jeff Trundy was at the Hot Stove Event in

Falmouth MA in January representing his other life with the Cape Cod Baseball League. Jeff has been making lots of news lately after his award from Maine last year, the Falmouth Commodores of which he is the coach were featured in the August New England Baseball Journal as representative of the “most prestigious summer baseball league,” the Cape Cod League. We think there’s something in the water—it is delicious!

18 Avery Jo Badger and Maggie Mary Badger were born October 14, 2013


19 At the Hot Stove Event in Falmouth in January: l. to r. Matt Hyde, Peter Gammons, Jeff Trundy and John Farrell 20 Cali Elizabeth Stebbins joined Ryan and Selah in the Stebbins household September 15, 2013 21 Sara Lynn Leavenworth’s (newly appointed Director of Admission) two sons, Hayden & Justin got a jump on joining the Gunnery community when they attended The Gunnery championship game in New Haven in their new sweatshirts

Craig and Jenn Badger had twin girls

on October 14, 2013: Avery Jo Badger (named after Jenn’s mom Arlyn Jo): born 12:30 p.m., 4lbs 7oz, just over 17 inches long and Maggie Mary Badger (named after Craig’s mom Marcia Mary): born 12:31 p.m., 4lbs 11oz, also over 17 inches long. On September 15, 2013, Ryan and Selah Stebbins added Cali Elizabeth to their family. She weighed 7lb 7oz and was 20” long. Our new dining hall manager, Sara Bye sent along news of the birth of Dillon on January 23rd, he joins his older brother Jackson







boys more interested in the arts. I have recently renewed a friendship with another one of those folk-singing, peace-loving 60s students, Peter Cree ‘71, 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.”

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In MEMORIAM The Gunnery community is saddened by the loss of many cherished sons this past year and sends its condolences to their friends and families:


Michael E. Brice ’11 10/6/2013 Seth W. Burchard ’27 1/11/2003 Kurt Graetzer ’65 6/13/2013

Former Faculty Anjanette and Krys Perry (former faculty) announced the birth of their son Sebastian Thomas. Krys is teaching at the University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Jian (Johnson) Wu (former faculty) and his 22 English teacher, Anna Carew-Miller used her own young adult book Buddha as an example when teaching “the hero’s journey” concept in freshman English

wife Linda sent news of the birth of Jacinda in September 2013. Sarah Auchincloss ‘14 was able to see them when she took a semester in Shanghai this fall.

23 Linda and Johnson Wu sent a photo with their new daughter Jacinda

Hank Mixsell (former faculty) wrote at length

24 Sara Bye, our new dining hall manager sent along a stunning photo of new baby Dillon born January 23, 2014 with his big brother Jackson 25 Krys Perry, former faulty, sent along a photo of Sebastian Thomas

about his time at The Gunnery and added information about contacts with former students, “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 ’80 and George Kurten ‘73—receive the Alumni Award for Excellence in the Arts. Both of them were excellent choices, I believe, since their gifts, talents, and passion were fostered and encouraged at a time when many all-boys schools continued to support the “good old boy” machismo, athletics-centered personality type and eschew or totally ignore

William Greenberg ‘47 3/12/14 John F. Hubbard ’62 8/8/2013 Dr. Mason R. Schaefer ’71 12/27/2013 Stephen F. Schoen, Jr. ’74 5/24/2013 Geoffrey R. Webster ’63 1/6/2014 Dr. Ronald G. Zeffiro ’54 2/28/2013

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Download The Gunnery Alumni mobile app today 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 Gunnery 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.





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PLANNEDgiving Bill Oman ’67


n December, Bill Oman informed the school that he and his partner Larry have recently named The Gunnery as the beneficiaries of their IRAs. We are indeed grateful for their generosity. Individuals who have

IRAs should consider that, by naming The Gunnery as the beneficiary of their IRA, they will remove the money in the IRA from their estate totals, possibly saving their heirs from inheritance or estate taxes. Bill and Larry have chosen to give back to The Gunnery and honor the teachers whom Bill found so important to his Gunnery experience. He recently sent the following; “Great teachers and mentors like Norman Lemcke, Clark Simms and Ned Swigart were major influences and made a lasting difference in my life. I am forever grateful for the personal, moral and educational foundation The Gunnery experience gave me.” — Bill Oman ’67

Make a Difference in The Gunnery’s Future by Acting Now! Honoring the school in your estate plans can be as simple as indicating that a sum of money be given to the school or that a residual percentage of your estate be set aside for The Gunnery after all other beneficiaries are taken care of. A charitable trust is a vehicle to consider for those who might be concerned about passing larger assets on to heirs and avoiding tax implications. For example, in recent years, the charitable lead trust has been a very popular option which allows those wanting to pass assets on to their heirs and also make gifts to charities. The Gunnery would receive the revenue of the trust for a period of time after which the assets could pass to your heirs with little if any tax consequences. It is possible to leave to the school real estate, art, and antiques. If you are considering any of those kinds of gifts, please notify

the school. It is worth noting, that in the case of real estate it is possible to donate now and retain life tenancy of a home or second home. Recently a number of alumni have chosen to name The Gunnery as partial or sole beneficiary of their IRA. This has the benefit of taking the IRAs out of their estate calculations and thus reducing the taxable portion of their estate. It can clearly be a benefit to heirs because they will not be responsible for the taxes. For more information and other possible options, call Tom Hollinger Associate Director of Planned Giving and Leadership Gifts 860-868-7334, ext. 204

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