Mini Issue: Graduation, Reunions and Alumni News
Meredyth M. Cole Head of School Stewart Lathan Assistant Head of School for External Affairs executive editor Courtney Fowler Director of Communications and Marketing editor Lindsey Wohlfrom Communications and Marketing Manager 2
designer Jennifer Boomer Graphic Designer associate editors Lara Kauffman Director of Alumni Programs Starr Pollock Assistant Director of Alumni Programs
contributors Nancy Black, Caroline Rollins, Jessica Sant, Perry McIntyre ’71, Dylan Shapiro ’19 on the cover Carol Clair Horlock ’19, Class President
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The Lovett School The Lovett School Board of Trustees, 2018–19
R. Reid French, Jr. ’89 Chairman John O. Knox ’88 Vice Chairman John C. Staton III ’84 Finance Committee Chair David B. Kahn ’81 Secretary Active
David B. Allman ’72 Yetty Levenson Arp ’64 Katherine J. Bayne Katherine Rowland Boudreau ’91 Frank H. Briggs III Harold M. Cohen Malon W. Courts Sylvia L. Dick Elise Blitch Drake Michael S. Hardee, M.D. Raymond J. Kotwicki, M.D. Donald M. Leebern III Anne Helms Marino James B. Meyer Eileen Keough Millard ’80 James T. Mills, Jr. ’74 Wade Wright Mitchell ’88 C. V. Nalley IV ’90 Carla Y. Neal-Haley, M.D. David W. Rice, Ph.D. Irma Shrivastava John Keith White ’83 Burke W. Whitman ’74 Nancy Brumley Robitaille ’84, Ex Officio Emeriti
David F. Apple, Jr., M.D. Charles R. Arp, Jr., D.D.S. ’62 Thomas A. Avery ’71 C. Duncan Beard Avril Beckford, M.D. Brian M. J. Boutté Gordon A. Buchmiller, Jr. J. Donald Childress Bradley Currey, Jr. Sallie Adams Daniel ’68 John M. Darden III Richard A. Denny, Jr. Bruce L. Dick Margaret Denny Dozier ’73 Daniel M. DuPree Russell R. French William B. Fryer Thomas C. Gallagher John T. Glover Deborah Hodge Harrison William F. Henagan ’76 J. H. Hilsman III LL ’57
New Trustees Dorothy Smith Knox Hines ’69 Jeffrey F. Hines, M.D. John R. Holder ’73 Dabney Mann Hollis Clayton F. Jackson ’77 Harrison Jones II Michael L. Keough ’74 Frank Kinnett Amy Rollins Kreisler ’88 Kathryn McCain Lee Robert C. Loudermilk, Jr. ’78 C. Knox Massey, Jr. Jane Kerr Mathews James M. McIntyre ’83 C. V. Nalley III Robert E. Peterson Elizabeth Dykes Pope ’79 Mark C. Pope IV ’68 Jan N. Portman Alfred R. Roach, Jr. ’62 William H. Rogers, Jr. Arthur W. Rollins ’77 F. Blair Schmidt-Fellner Christian B. Schoen ’79 Richard F. Smith Richard W. Sorenson John R. Wells Elizabeth B. West Gerald J. Wilkins Frank L. Wilson III ’72 Alumni Executive Board, 2018–19
Seale Arnold Lindsay ’90, President Thaddeus Rolle ’04, President-Elect Tyler Caswell ’04, Past President Kurt Hohlstein ’76 Larry Jackson ’77 Franklin Thomas ’80 Jessica Jordan Walmsley ’84 Hakim Hilliard ’85 David Lee ’87 Kate McIntosh Pearce ’90 Rebecca Warner Strang ’93 Ali Dick Blaisdell ’02 Preston Davis ’04 Cameron Bagley Zakem ’07 Maggie Dozier Carr ’07 Stuart Coleman ’09 Ex Officio
Randy Coley ’65 Chair, The Golden Lions Society Meredyth Cole Head of School Lara Kauffman Director of Alumni Programs Starr Pollock Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Tricia Brock Madden ’96 Annual Giving Manager
by lindsey wohlfrom Communications and Marketing Manager
Garry Capers A graduate of Morehouse College and The Wharton School (MBA), Garry Capers currently serves as the Senior Vice President/ GM of NAS Comprehensive Outsourcing Sources at ADP. Garry and his wife, Myla, are parents to two Lovett students: Remy ’23 and Gisella ’25.
Nikunj “Nick” Lakha Nick Lakha, an Auburn University graduate, is the President of Paramount Hospitality Management. He and his wife, Priti, are parents to two Lovett students: Ishaan ’23 and Megha ’26.
Alison Lewis Alison Lewis, Global Chief Marketing Officer for Johnson & Johnson (consumer products), has been a Lovett parent since 2012. She and her husband, Robert, have three sons at Lovett: Jameson ’19, William ’22, and Drew ’24. Alison is a graduate of Queen’s University, Ontario.
Leonard Wood, Jr. ’94 Alumnus Leonard Wood serves as a director of Trammell Crow Residential. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Leonard and his wife, Kira, are parents to four Lovett students: Caroline ’24, Liam ’26, Sawyer ’29, and Charlotte ’31. The Board of Trustees is also pleased to welcome back Amy Rollins Kreisler ’88 (served 2007-2017) as an active member.
A Message from the Head of School
Dear Lovett Community:
It seems to me that the end of a senior year is a time when observing tradition is at its most meaningful and poignant. Clearly the pond jump is a much-anticipated rite of passage for a Lovett senior—but there are so many others, big and small, that mark the end of not only high school, but childhood. From shedding those once-coveted senior uniforms, to singing “Rise and Shine” for the last time in chapel, to signing the wall in Loridans House...I have been so touched by these totally unique traditions and their importance to our graduates and families. No other school sends off their seniors like Lovett. And what a group this Class of 2019 was! The senior awards night showcased just how outstanding these students were. Many of the award winners at the ceremony were Lovett “lifers,” and I can’t help but correlate this with the really impressive accomplishments of those honored. Our multidimensional award winners personified the benefits of a whole-child education, exhibiting great strength of character in addition to intellectual ability and sense of purpose. The event also highlighted how well our faculty know the students, how they challenge and give them amazing opportunities, and how much they love and respect our children. It was an uplifting occasion and one that left me feeling very hopeful for the future! This spring represents a rite of passage for me as well, as my first year as Lovett’s Head of School draws quickly to a close. It has been my privilege to meet so many members of this vibrant community over these last months, and I feel at home and well-aligned with the institution, its mission, and its community. I could not have asked for a warmer welcome. I have been extended grace, goodwill, and patience. I continue to feel enormous gratitude for Billy and his leadership—we move forward from a position of strength as a result of his thoughtful direction. I also want to express my deepest thanks and best wishes to two administrators who left us at the end of this school year in June. After 20 years of devoted service to Lovett and to learning, Assistant Head of School for Academics Marsha Little will embark on a new career path as an educational search consultant. This is a move that she has been considering for quite some time, and I am thrilled to support her as she looks forward to this exciting professional change and challenge. Athletics Director Steve Franks also departed this summer, retiring after 15 years of loyal and dedicated service to our community. Steve’s impact on the school’s Athletics program and campus—as evidenced by the numerous awards he and our programs have received—has been nothing short of transformative. I am extraordinarily grateful for the guidance both have offered this past year. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the person who has probably had the most impact on me this first year on the Riverbank: Eva Edwards Lovett. Her whole-child philosophy and ideas regarding progressive education are at the heart of my calling to be here. Mrs. Lovett’s vision and leadership—and our students—serve as my daily inspiration. Sincerely,
Meredyth M. Cole Head of School
The Class of 2019
Lovett seniors have much to celebrate at graduation: the beginning of a new journey, but also the end of many months of effort toward determining the college experience that will be a “The Class of 2019 might be good match for them. Although this process can be stressful at the most easygoing graduating times, it’s wonderful to witness students approach it with such class in Lovett’s history. They’ve thoughtfulness and care—focusing on finding new homes that are without question, the right fit for them. taken care of each other; they’ve The Class of 2019 proved to be explorers, willing to take also taken care of Lovett. risks and consider campuses far beyond the Riverbank. This The Class of 2019 is a lovely, year, Lovett’s newest graduates will attend colleges across 24 states, the District of Columbia and the UK, enrolling in 73 lovely group of students.” colleges out of a class of 168! Forty-five percent of those students will enroll in colleges outside of the Southeast. For the -Dan Alig, Upper School Pricipal first time in a four-year cycle, we’ll send students to Cal Tech, Holy Cross, Denison, Harvey Mudd, Eckerd, Washington University, Rice and Trinity College. Thirteen class members will compete in NCAA varsity athletics, and three others will pursue a post-graduate year to play Division 1 lacrosse at Notre Dame and Dartmouth in 2020. The great state of Texas will welcome more Lovett graduates this fall than any other besides Georgia. Speaking of our home state, the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech remain popular options. While both institutions reported the most competitive and largest applicant pools in their histories, Lovett seniors enjoyed acceptance rates above the national averages. The University of Virginia and UNC-Chapel Hill also attract a great deal of interest every year; similar to our flagships, Lovett students outperformed both institutions’ out-of-state acceptance rates! Congratulations and thanks to our newest graduates for their accomplishments and many contributions to Lovett. It was a privilege to support each one through this important journey. —Jessica Sant, Director of College Counseling
Avery Gipson and Sarah Followill
Scott Williams, Gracie Womack, Olivia Yabroudy, Sophia Yan, Nick Yang
Mel Saint-Cloud, Suzanne Schouest, Ansley Schipper, Henry Sharp, Joe Sear
Diplomas with Distinction
Ten members of the Class of 2019 were awarded diploma distinctions in Global Studies, Service & Leadership, and Sustainability. These students spent five semesters selecting courses and activities to support their distinction, documenting their work in a digital portfolio, completing outside reading, and presenting a senior capstone project or thesis. 2019 marks Lovettâ€™s fourth year graduating students from this program, akin to a college major.
Global Studies Sophia Darling Carrano Joseph Paul Sear Sustainability Chloe Isabelle Dinkle Anna Rae Jarrard
Service & Leadership Elizabeth Anne Collingsworth Kenneth Tyrant Huggins, Jr. Schaefer Roddey Jackson Ryan Matthew Pratt Carl-McKendree Alexander Stimmel Jared Edward Yarmowich
Chloe Dinkle received her diploma with a Sustainability disctinction.
Please visit www.lovett.org/graduation2019 to view photos from all graduation events.
Congratulations, Class of 2019 Alyssa McKenzie Abraham Jonathan George Aris Samantha Janaye Austin Ahad Ameen Badruddin Andrew Mark Balser Loren Hannah Bass-Sanford Sarah Katherine Baxter Charles Fulton Bayman Lance Bernard Beck, Jr. Natalie Rose Beck Samuel Amir Toussaint Bell Sanders McKeithen Black Floyd Thomas Boudreau V Glenn Lassetter Brady John William Bray, Jr. Stephen Adam Briglevich Randolph McLeod Buckham-White Merrill Elizabeth Buczek Carson Douglas Calahan Jameson Andrew Carnegie Sophia Darling Carrano Irene Chang Leslie Rollins Chapman Bella Chopra Georgia Louise Cohen Elizabeth Anne Collingsworth John Stuart Creighton, Jr. Madison Charmie Leigh Crenshaw Julia Phillips Davis Rosemary Francis Desloge Chloe Isabelle Dinkle Aashil Dixit Aayush Dixit John Coppedge Dulin Bianca Jaiprekash Dullabh David Neely Eckardt, Jr. Reid Harrison Edelstein Mary Kathryn Edwards Gabrielle Kathryn Elve Catherine Grayson Fallon Alexandra Noel Fassnacht David Galvin Feroleto Caroline Sterne Fleetwood Sarah Spence Followill William Vaden Formisano Cooper True Geralds Robert Hartley Ghirardini Avery Townsend Gipson Abigail Rebecca Goldberg John McCullough Googe Wesley Tyre Graham Elizabeth Jane Grant Virginia Anne Grant Leo Jag Gray Mary English Greene Cooper Thomas Griggs
Donald Robert Hammond III Michael Edward Hardee James Henry Harrison Charles DeRoy Hicks Andrew Cooper Higgins Charles Patrick Higgins Alexandria Hope Hohlstein Noelle Christine Hoke Haley Elizabeth Hooper Carol Clair Horlock Anna Louise Howell Emory Ann Howell Julia Bailey Howell Kenneth Tyrant Huggins, Jr. Nicholas Sanders Jackson Schaefer Roddey Jackson Anna Rae Jarrard Aidan Montgomery Johnson Isabel Hattie Cheryl Johnson Sydney Rae Johnson Sophie Porter Jones Shelby Levering Jordan Tara Savita Joshi Harry Michael Kahn William Joseph Kandzari Peter Alexander Kessler Melissa Aleene Kight Samuel Charles King Margaret Sidney Kollme Carter Jones Kreimer Ansley Grace Kreisler Madison Pamela Kreisler Kai Naima Jean Lacefield Byron Satish Lathi Colin McMullen Legg Marcus Jacob Lewinstein Jerry Douglas Lindauer III Berwyn David Lu Andrew Scott Maddock Liana Victoria Malinowski Robert Bailes Malone III William Porter Marino Reagan Day Marshall Ware Lewis Martin Hailey Nerissa Mason Charles Knox Massey IV George William Mathews IV Emma Elizabeth Mayfield Colton Grant Mays Megan Ann McCartney Megan Elizabeth McGean Charles Jackson Thomas McTier Challen Kindred Morgan Aidan Trivett Murphy Jean-Jacques Dikembe Mutombo, Jr. Christina Antonia Nastopoulos
Elizabeth Paxson Neal Virginia Ruth Nelson Ryan Quinn Oâ€™Donnell Chloe Alexandra Park Dhruv Sandesh Patel Joshua Michael Patrick Katherine Walker Poindexter Robert Edwards Poindexter Aaron Christian Powell Ryan Matthew Pratt Katherine Lang Pritchard Brooks Eugene Rackley Pearson DeLaney Rackley Harrison Brent Rodriguez Norman Alexander Rolader Frederick Walcott Saint Myritney Vioray Saint-Cloud Ansley Eloise Schipper Suzanne Sullivan Schouest Madison Christian Schroeder Vaden Howell Scott Joseph Paul Sear William Kelley Seiler Sarah Grace Selby McKenzie Caroline Selig Dylan Michael Shapiro Sahana Sharma Cyrus Henry Sharp IV Annalise Fields Shaw David Craig Shepherd III Thomas Jennings Smith Ryan Alexander Spears Carl-McKendree Alexander Stimmel Caroline Ashley Stubbs Grace Allison Sutherlin Owen Scott Taylor Madison Ingraham Thompson William Cothran Tindall Megan Elizabeth Tinkler Jackson Barrow Tracy Kendal Zane Vassar Kendall Lybrook Wade Kayle Thomas Wallace, Jr. Frances Marie Wargo Mary Alston Whitaker Catherine Judith Wilby Candler Louise Williams Isabella Grace Williams Scott Douglas Williams Grace Lynn Womack Olivia Anne Yabroudy Chuer Yan Haochen Yang Jared Edward Yarmowich Rainier David Oâ€™Neal Young
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10 college or university they attend without expressed written consent.
Oh, The Places Theyâ€™ll Go!
Auburn University Samford University The University of Alabama
Northwestern University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Arizona California Institute of Technology Harvey Mudd College Loyola Marymount University University of California (Los Angeles) University of Southern California
University of Notre Dame* Xavier University of Louisiana
Colorado State University University of Colorado at Boulder
Boston College Boston University College of the Holy Cross Deerfield Academy Northeastern University Tufts University
Trinity College Yale University
Michigan State University University of Michigan
Denison University Miami University, Oxford Ohio Wesleyan University The Ohio State University
University of Oregon
Lehigh University University of Pennsylvania
Clemson University College of Charleston University of South Carolina Wofford College
Washington University in St. Louis
Belmont University Rhodes College Sewanee: The University of the South Vanderbilt University
Georgetown University Eckerd College Florida State University University of Florida University of Miami
Augusta University College of Coastal Georgia Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University Oxford College of Emory University University of Georgia University of North Georgia
Dartmouth College* Phillips Exeter Academy
Barnard College Columbia University New York University School of Visual Arts
Duke University Elon University North Carolina State University The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wake Forest University
Rice University Southern Methodist University The University of Texas, Austin Texas Christian University
College of William and Mary University of Virginia Washington and Lee University
University of Bristol (UK) *Three students will enroll in a post-graduate year to pursue Division 1 Lacrosse in 2020: one at Notre Dame and two at Dartmouth
Embrace Discomfort, Class of 2019 Dylan Shapiro, valedictorian for the Class of 2019, delivered his address during the Commencement Exercises on May 19. An excerpt from his speech is below.
a head start as we go out into the world—by simply Well, we made it. And I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t ignoring these questions altogether. It’s not pleasant to mention that not only are we graduating, but we’re have conversations about these topics, because often the graduating without losing anybody in the past 13 years conclusions we draw from them are deeply disconcerting. for the wrong reasons. Of course, we didn’t make it here But by refusing to have them and listen to their outcomes alone; no one ever does. We owe our parents, teachers, with open minds, we silence those without our advanadministrators, and school faculty more than we can ever tages by denying them the opportunity to tell their repay. And while she’s only just joined us, we’re all stories, and we preclude thankful that Mrs. Cole has been with us ourselves from working for our senior year. with them to ensure those Finally, although he who come after us start wasn’t with us this off on a more equal year, I think we also footing than we did. owe Billy Peebles for Discomfort is natural, but the wonderful job he it is a defense mechanism did as headmaster against the unknown. As and the climate he set. we go and face a whole When I think lot of unknowns in about the best college and beyond, I opportunities Lovett hope that we lower those has provided me, a defenses for ourselves, very specific moment and that we do all we can with Mr. Peebles to tear them down when comes to mind. After those around us raise the minor controversy them up against us. surrounding Nikki These conversations “I’ve seen how we’re capable of bettering aren’t about to get any Giovanni’s invitation to speak at Lovett last each other through hard, honest dialogue, easier as we head off year, I reached out to across the country and and I hope we’ll enter this next stage Mr. Peebles to voice world. Lovett’s exposed some concerns I had us to many different ready to continue asking and answering perspectives, but our about how the school had handled the community represents these difficult questions.” situation. As headsuch a tiny fraction of the master, he was under viewpoints we’re all no obligation to going to encounter. No explain his or the school’s actions to a student, and he one’s going to be hovering our shoulders to push us to could easily have ended the conversation. Instead, he have these conversations as we leave here, but I’ve seen carved out time in his day to sit down with me in person how we’re capable of bettering each other through hard, and listen to my concerns, even when it wasn’t a comfort- honest dialogue, and I hope we’ll enter this next stage able conversation to have. ready to continue asking and answering these difficult This practice of leaning into discomfort instead of questions. using the privileges of one’s position to avoid it is Thank you, Class of 2019, for making it with me here emblematic of what I hope we’ll all strive for as we leave today, and to everyone who came out to support us today this school. It’s all too easy to avoid hard questions— and every day these past years. We’ve come so far such as whether our private school education and the together, and I’m excited to see where we all wind up communities we come from give us innate privilege and next.
Class of 2019 Honors and Awards Valedictorian Award: Dylan Michael Shapiro Salutatorian Award: James Henry Harrison Emily Dunn ‘06 Memorial Scholarship for International Gap Year Studies: Suzanne Sullivan Schouest and Haochen “Nick” Yang Mathematics Department Awards: AP Calculus: Ahad Ameen Badruddin Multivariable Calculus/Linear Algebra: Samuel Charles King AP Statistics: Emma Elizabeth Mayfield History Department Award: John McCullough Googe Marvin Howard Floyd Awards in Science: Biology: Samantha Janaye Austin Chemistry: Isabella Grace Williams Physics: James Henry Harrison Environmental Science: Alexandra Noel Fassnacht Modern Foreign Language Department Awards: Spanish: Kenneth Tyrant Huggins, Jr. Chinese: Sophia Darling Carrano Simone Cronk Award in French: Peter Alexander Kessler Catharine Louis Lovell ’66 Award in Latin: Charles Knox Massey IV Gwynne Adams Burrows Award in English: George William Mathews IV James E. Warren Award in Creative Writing: Megan Elizabeth McGean Computer Science Award: Byron Satish Lathi Bible and Religion Award: Tara Savita Joshi
Athletic Department Awards: Senior Girl: Haley Elizabeth Hooper Senior Boy: Lance Bernard Beck, Jr.
Principal’s Awards: Carol Clair Horlock and Catherine Judith Wilby
John A. Rabbe Scholar-Athlete Award: Alyssa McKenzie Abraham
Senior Class Faculty Award: Ms. Angela Morris-Long
William C. Conley Distinguished Athlete Award: Nicholas Sanders Jackson
Parent Association Award: Sarah Spence Followill
Montague Laffitte Boyd, Jr. Award in Choral Music: Loren Hannah Bass-Sanford Vinita Therrell Leake Art Award: Sarah Spence Followill Friends of the Arts Awards: Performing Arts: Frances Marie Wargo and Harrison Brent Rodriguez Visual Arts: Charles DeRoy Hicks Kate Flournoy Edwards Art Award: Zelle Barry Westfall
Four Lovett seniors—William Formisano, Sam King, Berwyn Lu, and Isabella Williams—were named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These students were honored as top scorers in the junior year PSAT.
The Bobby Train ’83 Friendship Award: Colin McMullen Legg
Alumni Association Award: Harrison Brent Rodriguez Dan Dalke Award for Character: Cooper True Geralds Faculty Award for Service: Kai Naima Jean Lacefield Vernon B. Kellett Award in the Humanities: Dylan Michael Shapiro The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cup: Randolph McLeod Buckham-White The Eva Edwards Lovett Founder’s Medal: Loren Hannah Bass-Sanford
William Formisano was also named as a finalist in the program.
Faith and Leadership Award: Olivia Anne Yabroudy This year, 31 Lovett seniors participated in senior projects, an opportunity to pursue an educational objective or experience outside of Lovett’s curriculum. Visit www.lovett.org/seniorprojects to explore their work!
Honoring Our Own Thanks to the generosity of many donors over the years, a number of awards have been established to honor members
of the Lovett faculty and staff at the end of each school year. Congratulations to these deserving recipients, who have our community’s appreciation and admiration for their talents and commitment. To learn more about the annual faculty and staff awards, please visit www.lovett.org/facultystaffawards. To make a gift in support of the awards, please contact Elizabeth Pearce at email@example.com.
Retirees: Steve Franks (15 years), Tricia Buce (21 years), Donna Becker (28 years), Buddy Warren (16 years), Head of School Meredyth Cole, Mike Sanders (26 years), Susan Wingate (25 years), Nancy Skinner (16 years), Cynthia Frazier (10 years), and Matt Callihan (3 years). Not Pictured: Jordan Clark (9 years)
Jay Freer ’78, Deb Ulrich, Meredyth Cole, Beth and Ray Chenault
Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award Andy Sayles
Stephen Award for Excellence in Teaching Mary Elizabeth Notario
Dinos Middle School Master Teacher Chair Anne Sams
Surdyk Award Ashley Sharpton
Chenault Fine Arts Teaching Award Deb Ulrich Loudermilk Family Foundation Coaching Award Billy Maldonado Alumni 50th Class Reunion Award for Excellence in Teaching Jeff Wierzba Outstanding Co-Teacher Award Daniel Ko
Meredyth Cole, Andy Sayles, Patti Clark, Graham Clark Mudd ’04
Woodward Awards for Excellence in Teaching LS – Lizzie White MS – Christina Smith US – Rachel Norwood At large – Conway Brackett Head of School’s Leadership by Example Award Amy Murphy Exemplary Service Award Melody Dotson-Carter
Charles E. Oakley Service Award Michelle Pope Loyal Lion Awards Carlos Grimaldo Rodney Moreland O. Wayne Rollins Quest for Excellence Grants 10 Years Cat Chartier, Mac Malsnee, Nolan Morris, Jennifer Murphy, Scott Russo 20 Years Juli Fleming, Lara Kauffman, Stacie Penland, Andi Rountree 30 Years Andrea Morgan 40 Years Lynn Elliott
Lions for Life
Welcome, Parents of the Class of 2019! by nancy black Development Manager for Stewardship and Events Lions for Life is a Lovett organization created to help parents of Lovett alumni remain connected to the school—and to one another—following the graduation of their last Lovett student. Twice a year, Lovett invites parents of alumni to gather together at an activity or an event. This past fall, Lions for Life hosted an event at the Atlanta History Center to introduce parents of alumni to Head of School Meredyth Cole. More than 120 guests gathered to meet Ms. Cole and tour the newly installed Cyclorama. Lions for Life also welcomed current parents whose last Lovett student would be graduating with the Class of 2019. This spring, parents of alumni gathered together for happy hour at Local Three. Over 50 parents of alumni of all ages attended the event—from parents with children in the Class of ’89 to parents with children in the Class of ’19. Information about Lions for Life events are communicated through email and on Lovett’s website. If you would like to receive Lions for Life notifications, please contact Nancy Black in Lovett’s Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda and Bill Candler, parents of Vallie ’15 and Willie ’15, and Mary Jo and Gray McCalley, parents of Catherine ’06
Brian and Jennifer Boutte, parents of Matthew ’16 and Marilyn ’18
John and Sue Staton, parents of John ’84 and Wendy ’87
Denise Mitchell, parent of Ty ’12 and Cal ’18, Carol and Jim Kelly, parents of Mary Louise and Georgia Ware Margeson ’84, parent of ’89 and CJ Kelly ’97, and Lynn Elliott Freddy Hutton ’18
Athletics Reunions Football and Cheerleading September 28, 2018 Football and cheerleading alums re-
turned to the Riverbank, solo and with families in tow, on a beautiful fall evening. The group met up at the annual LionBackers’ picnic, then headed to the Glasser Gymnasium for alumni news and remarks by alumni board member Hakim Hilliard ’85, Head of School Meredyth Cole, Athletic Director Steve Franks, and cheerleading coach Rachel Chou. The Lions faithful capped off the reunion at Kilpatrick Stadium, where they cheered the varsity football team on to victory over Towers High School.
Wrestling November 20, 2018 Alumni wrestlers and Mat Lions,
coaches past and present, and several parents of alumni gathered together for the third annual Wrestling Reunion, held in the Rogers & Westmoreland Activity Center. A special thanks to Beth Garrett, Lovett’s long-time athletics trainer, for serving as point person and coordinator of this very special evening. The Alumni Association plans to cohost this event each year on the Tuesday evening of Thanksgiving week. If you were part of Lovett’s wrestling program and are not receiving notices about this reunion, please let us know. Send an email to alumni@lovett. org, and we will put you on the list. Be sure to include your current contact information.
Fine Arts Reunions FOTA’s Faculty and Alumni Art Show November 6, 2018 Parents, alumni, and Lions for Life
Dory Womack ’10
Maddie Martin ’12
Perry McIntyre ’71
Sally Rogers Mitchell ’79
enjoyed the opening reception for the Faculty and Alumni Art Show & Sale in the Lovett Galleria. The show featured works by Lovett Fine Arts faculty and alumni artists including Perry McIntyre ’71, Sally Rogers Mitchell ’79, Dory Womack ’10, Maddie Martin ’12, and Shad Sodel ’13.
Shad Sodel ’13
6th Annual Choral Reunion at Lessons and Carols December 13, 2018 Alumni members of the Lovett Choirs reunited for a reception fol-
Jerry Ulrich, Mary Stewart DeLong ’16, Vallie Candler ’15, Chip Fankhauser ’17, and Deborah Ulrich
Rhoda Freer, Jay Freer ’78, and Vanessa Moore ’88
Peter Thomas ’84, Jessica Jordan Walmsley ’84, and David Walmsley
lowing the annual Candlelight Service for Lessons and Carols at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
Katie Ashenden ’12, Grant Fergusson ’12, and Ashley Green Moss ’09
Alumni Advantage Business Speaker Series October 5, 2018
Glen Jackson â€™81, co-founder and partner of Jackson Spalding, spoke to fellow Lovett alumni and faculty/staff as part of the
Alumni Advantage Business Speaker Series in October. Jackson went into depth on his most recent book, Preeminence: What It Means and How to Sustain It, imparting wisdom on how organizations can reach and sustain preeminence, as well as how individuals can achieve this in their personal lives. Attendees received a complimentary signed copy of Jacksonâ€™s book.
Homecoming Game and Barbecue October 26, 2018 It was a rainy evening by the Riverbank, and alumni met in the Wallace Gym for the first indoor Homecoming Barbecue
since 2012. Kids activities also shifted inside, with face painting and balloon artists bringing their usual form of delight to the little ones while bean bag tic-tac-toe and a jumpy castle provided them an opportunity to play. With the kids occupied, alums enjoyed a Lowcountry barbecue, camaraderie, and a photo booth before heading over to see the Lions defeat Redan High School. At halftime, past homecoming queens and kings joined the current court in celebration of this long-standing school tradition.
Fall Reunions The 2018 fall reunions marked the end of an era, with the Lovett Alumni Association shifting all 10th-45th Reunion celebrations* to the last weekend in April. (See Spring Reunion Weekend on pages 26-28.) Fabulous reunion parties were organized around Atlanta by devoted alumni volunteers who worked tirelessly to welcome back their classmates from near and far. *The 5th Reunion will continue to be on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. The 50th/55th Reunions will be held on the Friday evening of Golden Lions Weekend in the spring, which next occurs April 3 & 4, 2020.
Class of 1973 - 45th Reunion
Class of 1983 - 35th Reunion
Class of 1988 - 30th Reunion
Class of 1993 - 25th Reunion
Class of 1978 - 40th Reunion
Class of 1998 - 20th Reunion
Class of 2003 - 15th Reunion
Class of 2008 - 10th Reunion
Class of 2013 - 5th Reunion
50th Reunion: Class of 1969
The Class of 1969 began their reunion weekend with a party at the home of Richard and Wawa Smith Hines ’69. On
Saturday morning, classmates returned to the Riverbank for a food truck lunch and a tour of the Upper School. Later that evening, the Class of 1969 was welcomed to the Golden Lions Society at the Gala.
The 50th Class Reunion Endowment Fund This fund, founded by Roger Moister ’63, Glenn Smith Kincaid ’63, and their Class of 1963, has grown substantially through the leadership of all 50th Reunion classes and their devoted volunteers. Proceeds are used to provide an annual award to a Lovett teacher to recognize his or her excellence in classroom teaching and overall contributions to The Lovett School community. If the fund grows beyond what is necessary to sponsor this annual faculty award, the proceeds may also be used to support curriculum development. While the fund is designed to accept gifts from Lovett alumni on the occasion of their 50th Class Reunion, members of all 50th+ reunion classes are invited to make a gift at any time, or take advantage of a five-year window to fulfill pledged gifts. Would you like to make a gift to the 50th Class Reunion Endowment Fund? Please contact Director of Alumni Programs Lara Kauffman at email@example.com or (404) 262-3032, ext. 1213.
Jeff Wierzba received the inaugural 50th Class Reunion Endowment Fund award from Head of School Meredyth Cole and Roger Moister ’63.
5th Annual Golden Lions Gala April 13, 2019
The Classes of 1962–69 gathered at Cherokee Town Club this year, kicking off the celebration with cocktails, warm
greetings, laughter, and lively conversation. Guests later convened to the dining room for dinner and to officially “admit” the newest class of Golden Lions, the Class of 1969, by raising glasses for a good-humored toast in honor of the youngest alums in the room. A running slideshow of photos from years gone by and past galas provided giggles, gasps, and memories for all. New Head of School Meredyth Cole was introduced to the Golden Lions and, in keeping with the spirit of the evening, offered thoughtful remarks before staying to dine side-by-side with her most experienced alumni. The 6th Annual Golden Lions Gala will be April 4, 2020 at Capital City Country Club in Brookhaven.
Class of 1962
Class of 1963
Class of 1964
Class of 1965
Class of 1966
Class of 1967
Class of 1968
Class of 1969
Spring Reunion Weekend April 26-27, 2019
Finding an optimal weekend for fall reunions has been challenging over the years, so Lovett and the Alumni Association decided it was time to provide all alumni with a consistent, predictable date for their class reunions. With the 5th Class Reunion proving the benefits of a consistent reunion date (held the Saturday after Thanksgiving) and the 50th Reunion having its own spring weekend, Lovett has now set a firm date for the 10th - 45th reunions: the last full weekend in April. Feel free to flip ahead in your calendars—years in advance—and mark your next reunion weekend today! In addition to reunion parties, the Alumni Association is building toward a full array of events for Lovett’s spring reunion weekend and offered two fun opportunities in this inaugural year: the Rock ’n Roast and Run ’n Lovett.
Riverbank Rock ’n Roast Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Baseball/Softball Complex Alumni rocked it out with the 12-piece Uncle Mike Band, featuring Mike Henry ’78, and enjoyed a Lowcountry oyster roast complete with fried chicken, peel-and-eat shrimp, pimento cheese, deviled eggs, mac ‘n cheese, roasted corn, green salad, and peach crisp with homemade ice cream. Meanwhile, their kids ages four and up played at the complimentary Reunion Camp staffed by Lovett employees.
Run ’n Lovett Saturday, April 27, 2019 Alumni Association volunteers welcomed nearly 500 runners, walkers, and fans to the 27th Annual Run ’n Lovett
2K/5K race. New to the event this year was a scenic 5K course along the Chattahoochee River at the Paces Mill unit of the National Parks Service and a partnership with the Kyle Pease Foundation, which brought eight wheelchair teams to this year’s race. Each team included Lovett alumni and student volunteers who took turns helping to push the wheelchair athletes from start to finish. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Reunion Scholarship Fund, providing need-based financial aid to Lovett students.
Spring Class Reunion Parties Saturday, April 27, 2019 Alumni from near and far gathered to celebrate their latest milestone together. Thank you to the many volunteers who
worked countless hours to welcome their friends back to the Lovett family.
Class of 1974 - 45th Reunion
Class of 1984 - 35th Reunion
Class of 1994 - 25th Reunion
Class of 2004 - 15th Reunion
Class of 2009 - 10th Reunion
Alumnae Networking Event May 8, 2019
More than 60 alumnae of all ages gathered at Capital City Club in May to socialize with Head of School Meredyth
Cole, who spoke about the hurdles women face in the workplace and the extraordinary example Mrs. Lovett set in overcoming so many personal and professional challenges in her own career. The event was organized by Kate McIntosh Pearce ‘90 and Rebecca Warner Strang ‘93, who co-chair the Business Events Committee of Lovett’s Alumni Executive Board.
Head of School Meredyth Cole shares stories with alumnae
Katherine Lacy Robinson ’05, Jesslyn Rollins ’10, Sandra Thomann ’05, and Lynn Bazzel Wilmouth ’05
Grace Chun ’92, Kathryn Jones Edmunds ’92, Leigh Faulk Cummings ’93, Rebecca Warner Strang ’93, Marie Faulk Thomas ’91, Kate McIntosh Pearce ’90, and Kristi Kinnett Roche ’89
Carrie Frazier Andersen ’98, Drew Powers ’98, Erin Beacham ’98, and Molly Dana Childers ’99
Seale Arnold Lindsay ’90, Savannah Lee ’14, and Kate McIntosh Pearce ’90
Alumni Congratulate Their 2019 Graduates
Kelly Rowland Boudreau ’91 and Thomas
Glenn and Amanda Glenn Brady ’88
Tricia Sineath Thornton ’90, Carson, and Susan Sineath Calahan ’87
Leslie and Marlyn Rollins Chapman ’81
Amy Brown Edelstein ’87 and Reid
Catherine Sterne Fleetwood ’90 and Caroline
Emily Jenkins Followill ’88 and Sarah
Carol Fox Formisano ’86 and Will
Robert and Kathy Crawford Ghirardini ’84
Lesee Whitaker Googe ’87 and Jack
Kerri Gallagher Griggs ’92 and Cooper
Kurt Hohlstein ’76 and Alex
Noelle and Leigh Hallman Hoke ’89
Baxter Jones ’75, Sophie Jones, and Jiong Yan
Carolyn Jones ’85 and Carter Kreimer
Rob Jordan ’87 and Shelby
Harry and David Kahn ’81
Rob Kight ’80 and Melissa
Shannon Lientz Kollme ’89 and Sidney
Ansley, Amy Rollins Kreisler ’88, and Madison
Knox and Knox Massey ’81
George Mathews ’83, George, and Karen Apple Mathews ’83
Cindy Jones Neal ’81 and Eliza
Elizabeth Abernathy Poindexter ’87, Katherine, and Robert
Virginia Seiler ’11, Will, and June Bishop Seiler ’78
Blake Selig ’90, McKenzie, Stephanie Sanders Selig ’90, and Parker
Lila Campbell ’81, Cot, Brady ’17, and Tom Tindall ’79
Megan and Pam Perry Tinkler ’81
Scott Taylor ’84 and Owen
Joe Tracy ’88, Nancy White Tracy ’90, and Jack
Liz Forsyth Williams ’87 and Candler
Shay Womack ’80, Gracie, Dory Womack ’10, and Stacy Sodel Womack ’80
Reach out to your Class Secretary and Class Leaders with notes, or visit www.lovett.org/alumninews.
1962 To celebrate their 70th birthdays, Mike and Linda Murphy Stone took their kids to Alaska. They began with a five-day excursion to Denali National Park. “We didn’t see all six million acres, nor the one million glaciers, but we saw enough to respect in awe the vast wilderness of this magnificent state. Then, we cruised south for a week in Vancouver. A wonderful adventure with our kids Scott, Elizabeth, Jamie Stone Rogers ’98 and husband Geoff, and Todd Stone ’00 and his fiancée Audrey!”
Bill Blalock was selected to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 2019. He was among the four distinguished men named to this honor. He has given more than 40 years of volunteer service to the Georgia State Golf Association (GSGA), maintaining the highest standard of service and stewardship to the GSGA since being elected to its Board of Directors in 1984. Bill has served on 14 different GSGA committees and chaired at least 10, serving as the Association’s president in 2000-2001. One of Bill’s true passions is the GSGA Foundation, which provides educational opportunities through scholarships. Most recently, Bill 32 served as Foundation President in
2017-2018. In recognition of Bill’s many years of devotion to the charity, the GSGA Foundation presented the first $100,000 endowed scholarship in his name. On the golf course, Bill has maintained his skills as a player ever since teeing it up for the Yellow Jackets at Georgia Tech. He has won three GSGA titles, including the Atlanta
Amateur Match Play Championship (1976, 1988) and the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship (2011). He represented Georgia three times in the Billy Peters Cup Matches (1989, 1993, 2007). Ginny Fancher Phelan married Don Lange on June 1, 2019.
1974 Burke W. Whitman is completing his active uniformed service as a reserve Marine Corps officer in order to return to lifelong civilian service activities and priorities. Several years ago, at the request of the service, he took a temporary break from his primary career as a corporate chief executive officer of a Fortune 500 company in order to return to full-time military service, which included multiple combat deployments. That temporary break lasted so long that he ended up serving in every leadership role, including the most senior rank in which one can serve as a reserve Marine. As a major general, he served as the commanding general of the 4th Marine Division and the commander of Marine Forces Reserve, the largest command in the Marine Corps, before moving to the Pentagon to serve with the Secretary of Defense. Serving, leading, and fighting with American service members has been deeply rewarding, and he is grateful for the privilege. During this period, he also delivered the commencement address at The Lovett School in Atlanta, gave the annual military and veterans address at Harvard Business School, and received Dartmouth College’s first James Wright Award for Distinguished Service, named for a president of the college and awarded annually to an alumnus who “over the course of a lifetime has exemplified the ideals of service, college, and country.” Now, he’s returning to lifelong activities and priorities in corporate and civic service. He has rejoined the boards of directors of some publicly-listed corporations, accepted appointment as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense, launched a program of formation for theological service, and will soon commence a new primary leadership commitment. With Atlanta as his home once again, he looks forward to catching up with friends and family.
Friendship at its Finest: Lloyd Brown ’75 July 27, 2015 may not seem like a notable date, but the Class of 1975 should write it down. It is the day that Lloyd
Brown founded the Lovett Class of 1975 Facebook group. While some groups gain traction during the months around their reunion, this one has kept the party going ever since. It seems that Lloyd Brown’s brand of friendship is contagious, and, through wit and love, he has curated a true homage to friendship. His posts attract and engage through a steady blend of gut-busting humor, introspective gratitude, compelling classmate photos, and fond memories of days gone by. Lovett’s request for quotes from classmates provided more than we can print in this magazine. While Lloyd will personally receive the full measure of his classmates’ tributes, today we offer this selection: “Lloyd is the glue that holds our class together. He updates everyone with sad and happy news and is the volunteer who has organized most, if not all, of our reunions. Through our Facebook group, he has engaged many who have not come back to Lovett since they graduated and those who moved away or changed schools. It is wonderful to have someone in our class who cares so much to keep us connected and updated.” — Mary Timberlake ’75
“As our class of ’75 has moved away in time from our Lovett days, you would expect that relationships and memories would have begun to fade. Lloyd Brown has managed to reverse that truth.” — Connie Sorenson Davison ’75
“You have been the consummate friend for many years. As team manager for the mighty Lovett football and baseball Lions, our awareness of your dedication to team and friends began to emerge. Lloyd, thank you for keeping our class connected. We know it comes from your heart, and we are thankful for this. This picture (below) is the only time where you were front and center, Lloyd, but it was because those pictured with you knew it was where you truly belonged.” — Clayton Burrous ’75
Lions Football team manager Lloyd Brown ’75 (bottom row, center) and friends.
“As the manager of the football team, Lloyd quietly attended to whatever needed to be done. As a typical self-absorbed teenager, I did not see or appreciate his self-sacrificing leadership. Later in life, when medications I was taking began to fail, I contacted the Epilepsy Foundation for guidance and Lloyd happened to be the man in charge. He brought the same empathy and direct action as he had so many years before. Soon, I was receiving care from the most preeminent physician in Atlanta, if not the United States. I will be forever grateful for Lloyd’s timely guidance and assistance. In this frenetic society, Lloyd’s humble, other-centered approach is a welcomed gift to all.” — Hal Wright ’75
Proud Grandpa Larry Jackson (left) and proud uncle Brian Jackson ’05, with Larry’s daughter (Brian’s sister) Katie Jackson Riley ’06 and new addition, Hunter Riley.
1980 Lisa Rich Barr and family are still on the farm after almost 25 years! Her husband David raises, trains, and shows cutting horses while trading cattle. Her oldest son, Tucker, is a junior at UGA and has studied abroad three times. Duncan is at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, a beautiful town. He spent spring break doing a Denali prep course on Mt. Rainier. Lily is 15 and into performing arts. Lisa enjoys volunteering at Lily’s school and working in the yard.
1984 Joseph Devlin continues his work as a music therapist dealing with the population of special needs children and adults. He has also begun officiating weddings as of 2018. He has had the chance to impact over 80 couples as they chose to bind themselves to each other in matrimony.
Guy Fulwiler & Lois McKeown Fulwiler went on their fourth mission trip to Kenya, touching many lives. “The work we accomplished on this trip in no way compares to the love, faith, and grace we received from the Kenyans. Clean water (over 2,300 families given water filters); school
construction, including a new library with over 700 books; 110 fish and loaves bags given (food for a month for a family); school uniforms and healthcare are just a few of the things we did in our 10 days. We even made the national news.” Baxter Gillespie, wife Mollie, and Kala (a labrador, border collie mix) spend their time sailing to beautiful and exotic locations on “Terrapin,” a 1982 Valiant 47. November news from Baxter, “We just left Lagos, Portugal this morning to sail for five days to The Canary Islands, where we will wait for a month before sailing to the Caribbean. We might be back in the U.S. in April but, then again, might get too caught up in scuba diving in the warm water. Our dog, Kala, has been to 29 countries and lived on a boat most of her life, but I think she loves running on beaches more than the actual sailing. I work from the boat as a partner in a technology company, so she gets plenty of time ashore when we need WiFi.” The couple keeps a blog on their travels here: http://sailingterrapin.com. Adrienne Slaughter was named this year’s recipient of the Woman of the Year Award from the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau. Among the reasons Baxter Gillespie ’84 aboard the sailboat “Terrapin.”
for her selection, the Chamber noted: “Adrienne’s energy and attitude allowed her to tap into Hermosa’s civic spirit. She joined the Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach, which helped her establish Adrienne’s Search for Children’s Cancer Cure. Childhood cancer is a philanthropic cause close to Adrienne’s heart, because at the age of 14, she overcame a cancer diagnosis that forced the amputation of her leg.” Scott Taylor and Bob Peterson (Trustee Emeritus, Parent of Alumni, and Lovett grandparent) are leading the development of Summerhill, formerly Turner Field. This $800 million mixeduse development includes a rich and diverse collection of academic, athletic, residential, retail, hospitality, and commercial uses, all reborn in one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods. More at: www.summerhillatl.com.
is featured in an article titled “Coastal Classic” in the April 2019 issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine and was beautifully photographed by Emily Jenkins Followill ’88. Liz and Elizabeth had a ball working together to create this dream home!
As reported by Class Secretary Owen Irvin.
This past October, Adam Cole was invited to present at Hebrew University in Jerusalem on the subject of music and math notation and its impact on the learner. Adam is the Co-Director of the Grant Park Academy of the Arts. The video of his presentation and a transcript can be found at http://www.acole.net/the_feldenkrais_method/.
Proud parents Paige Tabaka Vohs and Derrick Vohs ’87 share that the Lovett Team MADLION, led by Lovett juniors Price Doherty and Stockton Vohs, was recognized with three awards at the Student of the Year Gala for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, held in March at the Georgia Aquarium. Price and Stockton received the Citizenship Award for Volunteerism, the Team Fundraising Award (raised over $162K, exceeding their goal of $150K), Runners Up for Students of the Year, and recognition with Student of the Year honoree Loren Bass-Sanford ’19. “Thank you so much for your support. We are very proud of Stockton and Price and the efforts of their team.”
The coastal classic home of Elizabeth O’Callaghan Brunson ’87, designed by Liz Forsyth Williams ’87, and photographed by Emily Jenkins Followill ’88 for the April 2019 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine.
Liz Forsyth Williams and her team at Liz Williams Interiors recently worked with Lovett and new Head of School, Meredyth Cole, to revitalize the interiors at Loridans House. She was honored to work on this nostalgic project! Liz also recently designed the interiors of Trey and Elizabeth O’Callaghan Brunson’s new home in St. Simons Island, Georgia. The home
Tricia Sineath Thornton recently made a dream come true and opened a private counseling practice called Tricia Thornton Therapy in Nashville, Tennessee. Her mission is to use play therapy to help develop the heart, mind, and soul of children ages 3 years to 11 years. After almost 20 years of marriage and continuing to parent her now 12 and 15-year-old girls, she is putting her life expectancies into practice.
Randolph Schmidt started a new role as a cyber consultant, helping clients reduce their risk of being hacked. Randolph states, “Cyber insurance is a viable option for companies seeking to reduce their cyber risk.” His family is taking weekend trips around the Southeast for their 8-year-old son’s soccer tournaments. He has taken some international trips with friends in recent years - Peru, London, Belgium, Luxembourg, Greece, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. He has also taken a spin in the amateur car racing circuit, running in the “24 Hours of Lemons” race series with his 1999 BMW 328i. Check out the Road Atlanta video from 2017: https://youtu.be/wB5SKgvAcfg. Chris Smith and his wife and are expecting a second child in May: a girl. Jim Woodward and his family will be moving to Athens, Georgia this summer. “We’ll miss Atlanta, but we are looking forward to the change in pace of life.” Ginny Tabaka Walthour has been living in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Perry, and two daughters, Fleming and Amelia. She was recently promoted to VP, Strategic Communications & Public Relations at Burdette Ketchum, an integrated marketing agency. She loves having visitors, going boating with her family, and being close to the beach.
For a little over a year now, Todd Slutzky has been leading the Atlanta office of Anthem Worldwide (differentanthem.com), a global advertising agency. In his role, Todd directly leads creative, strategy, and business development. He and his team do advertising and marketing work for Home Depot, Comcast, ADP, Manhattan Associates, and other companies. Todd and his three kids still live in Smyrna and enjoy getting into various shenanigans around the city. Having coached softball in the fall and basketball over the winter, Todd recently completed his 10th season as a head soccer coach. Through it all, he still considers himself an artist and most certainly not an athlete. Owen Irvin lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife, Katherine, and son, Grey. The family enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains and trips to the beach in the summer. In his spare time, Owen volunteers with local law enforcement, riding patrol with officers as a South Carolina State Constable.
As told by Wes Bradshaw.
Charles Watson, Region Champ and Final Four quarterback and punter for the Lions, was promoted to CEO of Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The company plans to hit $1 billion in sales by 2023. Tropical Smoothie wants to reach 1,500 locations in the next four years, noting: “Charles has the tenacity, vision, and passion this brand needs to continue our upward trajectory and will ensure the success of our franchisees is at the center of every decision we make,” said Scott Pressly, Tropical Smoothie’s chairman of the board, in a statement. “He has been instrumental in developing the culture of Tropical Smoothie Cafe and earning the trust of our franchisees. We look forward to realizing Charles’ vision for the company.”
1997 Todd DeFeo is publishing a pair of railroad histories this year. The first, a history of the Western and Atlantic Railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee, releases on July 1, while the second, chronicling the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railroad in Middle Tennessee, is scheduled for later this year. His book on the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railroad is believed to be the first full-length book ever published about the railroad. DeFeo, the founder of The DeFeo Groupe, a content creation firm in the Atlanta area, is the editor of Railfanning.org, one of the most popular websites dedicated to the railroad industry and the hobby of train-watching. Will Lovell has left his partnership at Hartman Simons & Wood LLP, where he practiced commercial real estate law, to go run the national business development office at Stewart Title Guaranty Company in Atlanta.
Class of 1994 alumni Kaseem Ladipo and George Lombard in Los Angeles at a Dodgers Gala.
Kaseem Ladipo recently launched The KAL Firm, an advisory firm that specializes in social impact solutions for nonprofits, foundations, corporate social responsibility departments, and philanthropists. He also officially announced in April that he is running for Mayor of College Park.
On June 11, 2018, Elijah Levitt began his term as a Miami-Dade County Court Judge after his appointment to the judicial bench by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Prior to his appointment, Elijah served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, prosecuting white collar federal crimes, and as a Miami-Dade County Assistant State Attorney, where he advanced to the Gang Prosecution Unit and prosecuted murder cases and other violent crimes. Elijah is up for election to retain his judgeship in 2020.
’98 Outdoor Club Reunion with Angela Morris-Long.
Miami-Dade County Court Judge Elijah Levitt ’96.
A friendship that continues along with a mutual passion for real estate! Kimberly Wright ’99 is in real estate sales and Lindsey Prather Sanders ’99 is in real estate litigation.
Summit Charter School, a tuition-free K-9 public charter school in the Cashiers-Highlands plateau of North Carolina has selected Kurt Pusch as its next director, effective July 1. In making the announcement, Edward Cole, Board of Trustees chair and search committee co-chair, said, “We consider ourselves very fortunate to have someone of Kurt’s award-winning experience as an administrator and educator. He has spent the past 15 years with KIPP, the nation’s largest and highest regarded network of public charter schools.” Cole continued, “Kurt’s demonstrated ability to lead a school to high ranking academic achievement, increase faculty retention, and decrease student attrition is quite impressive. He is well-versed on the advantages of a charter school, has a passion for outdoor education, and aligns well with Summit’s place-based and whole child approach to learning.” Perry Offen Yates is the new K-2 grade librarian in the Lower School. She loves being back at Lovett!
In February, Chris Tuff released his new book The Millennial Whisperer: The Practical, Profit-Focused Playbook for Working With and Motivating the World’s Largest Generation. In the book, Chris puts into context the ways millennials differ from previous generations and shares practical steps companies and leaders can take to immediately boost productivity.
Hollis Livezey Younger’s story of her incredible battle to overcome breast cancer was featured in the winter edition of Jacksonville Magazine’s Your Health. In the article she shares, “I believe the best is yet to come—for me and for others.”
2001 In her professional role as a program officer at the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Trina Bolton works with U.S. Embassies and other bureaus to manage public diplomacy programs and sports exchanges for delegations from every corner of the world. Within her portfolio, the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, the flagship espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program, and Sports and Sustainability Initiative have emerged as her key areas of focus. Overall, the Sports Diplomacy office taps into the power of sports to increase dialogue and cultural connectivity between people around the world—with the goal to promote U.S. foreign policy-making and positive social change worldwide. In early 2016, Trina was on detail with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. She has used this experience to encourage the use of sports as a platform to push the department’s international drug demand reduction efforts. Trina is currently on a three-month rotation with the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations to address extremism in Sub Saharan Africa. From February to April of 2019, she is working to bridge this bureau’s work with that of her sports diplomacy team. Her inspiration to pursue a master’s degree in Science & Public Policy Management from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College and current work position are rooted in her attraction to global policymaking. After earning a degree in international affairs at George Washington University, Trina grew her knowledge in this arena with a job of three years at the Brookings Institution. Before graduate school, she worked and traveled for Global Atlanta, a journalism firm covering international relations as they apply to Georgia. Originally from Atlanta, the 1996 Olympics and Paralympics first sparked her fascination in the power of mega-sporting
events. She has since run with this interest through various projects related to her academic and work capacities. Among her projects in this arena is her co-authorship of, “Bidding for Development: How the Olympic Bid Process Can Accelerate Transportation Development.” In her academic capacity—separate from work at the U.S. Department of State—Trina teamed up with Carnegie Mellon colleagues on the publication to further explore the intersection between urban development, the IOC bid process, and the resulting legacies experienced by bid city losers.
2003 Blakely Sasser Engel ’03 and her family recently moved to Milledgeville, Georgia, where her husband Ryan owns and operates Supply Leaf tree nursery. Blakely enjoys her work as a VP/Senior Credit Underwriter for JPMorgan’s Corporate Client Bank in Atlanta. When Ryan and Blakely are not working, their two little boys (James, 3.5 years old, and William, 1.5 years old) keep them pretty busy!
From left: William, Blakely Sasser Engel ’03, Ryan Engel, and James.
2002 Originally a classically-trained cellist, Frank Bell later expanded his instrumental arsenal as a way to further express himself as an artist. As an outlet, Frank began posting videos of his songs on YouTube, which brought him international attention and 800,000 video views (in four days) after being featured on their homepage. Shortly after, he flew to Canada to record his debut EP “On Passion and Reason,” a folky, neo-soul acoustic rock album which would later be released independently worldwide with famed producer Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane, Jason Mraz, and more). In 2010, Frank was named the HATCH Groundbreaking Musician (HATCHexperience.com), where he recorded a song with Matt Morris (Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera) on an original track aboard the John Lennon Tour Bus. Recent appearances on MTV, at the Sundance Film Festival, a Times Square New Year’s Eve Concert, IdeaJam, moderated by Ashton Kutcher, and sold-out shows in Europe continue to grow Frank’s awareness and fan base. Frank is also in tune with global needs. In March of 2010, Frank could be seen on CNN and ABC World News
with Dianne Sawyer, and other international news outlets, for a “We are the World” collaboration he participated in to aid Haiti relief efforts. In March of 2011, Frank led multiple ventures for Japan Tsunami Relief. He continues to work closely with non-profits and other charitable organizations as his career progresses, believing fully in social responsibilities and helping to raise awareness of what’s going on in the world. Since August of 2010, Frank found himself back and forth in Bozeman, Montana, where he teamed up with producer Deej Hofer to begin recording the highly anticipated full length LP “Everything Falls Into Place,” which was released October 11, 2011. In March of 2014, Frank was announced as the official Music Brand Ambassador for Skype, which since has led to his participation on a panel at TED2014 with fellow artists Amanda Palmer and Imogen Heap. In the following years, Frank turned his focus inwards, stripping down his sound and rediscovering the foundation of his passion: connecting with people through song. Spending extended periods of time in New York City, Boston, and at sea, Frank has been hard at
Frank Bell ’02, taken by acclaimed photographer Blaise Hayward for his “The Honest Portrait” series.
work listening, building relationships, and refining his voice to speak to an increasingly diverse and disparate community. Always a heartfelt, insightful lyricist, his next big challenge is finding the words to match the world we live in today.
his amazing career at Lovett with 187 goals and 103 assists, leading the team in scoring all four years. He was a two-time team MVP selection and captained the squad during his senior season. Neal’s outstanding performance in the 2006 National Senior Showcase earned him MVP recognition for the South.
Harriott Kelly participated in the 2018 USATF Marathon Championship held in Sacramento, California on December 2. Her time of 2:43:02 qualifies her to compete in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials to be held in Atlanta in February 2020.
A Mammoth Solution: Trevor Martin ’07
Reagan and William Knapp now live in Okains Bay, New Zealand with their nearly one-year-old daughter Arwyn, born July 4, 2018.
A few short years ago, Stanford biology Ph.D. Trevor Martin happened upon one of the hottest technologies in biotech: an enzyme called CRISPR. Rather than using it as a method for genetic editing, new research showed it was possible to use it as not only a pair of scissors, but as a genetic search engine. This discovery led Trevor to co-found the Silicon Valley biotech startup Mammoth Biosciences, where he serves as CEO. “The company’s vision is to provide a CRISPR-based platform on which an infinite number of tests can be built by both ourselves and our partners - democratizing access to an endless variety of tests for biosensing in healthcare, as well as across industries such as agriculture, manufacturing, forensics, and more.” To make this vision a reality, Mammoth is pioneering the world’s first CRISPR-based platform for disease detection providing accurate, affordable, and consumer-friendly testing able to detect 99% of common diseases, and they’ve raised +$23M in funding from top venture capitalists to make their dream a reality. Need a CRISPR primer? Check out Mammoth’s website for an explanation that all of us can follow: https://mammoth.bio/how-it-works.
Inductee Neal Hicks ’06 and his wife, Heather, at the Hall of Fame ceremony for the Georgia Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.
In February, Lovett’s own Neal Hicks was named to the Georgia Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame as its first-ever inductee. In his days playing for Lovett, Hicks was a four-time letter winner, leading the team to state championships in his sophomore and junior seasons. He was a threetime All-State selection and two-time All-America selection, and received the most votes among the All-American prospects in 2006. He capped
’07 classmates at the wedding of John Courtland in August.
2010 Callie Wamsley, a key player behind the openings of Charlotte’s hottest restaurants and stores including Bulla Gastrobar, Undercurrent Coffee, and Life Time Athletic Charlotte, was named as one of the town’s 30 Under 30 by the Charlotte Agenda.
2012 Cameron Armstrong launched her own company, Kitty and Vibe, in May 2018. “Kitty is reinventing the way women feel about shopping for swimwear by tackling the common frustrations many have with bathing suit shopping: inconsistent sizing and uncomfortable fitting rooms. Our New York-based brand offers better fitting swimsuits with revolutionary sizing at an affordable price. All Kitty suits come to your doorstep with a curated playlist to match the vibe of your new suit. Kitty meets you on the dance floor of your bedroom. You already have the confidence, we just bring the vibe.” 2012 classmates George Spencer and Hugh van Heesewijk hiked along the coast of northern California in late March. After spending three years living in the Arabian Gulf, Nana Koranteng will be moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts this fall to pursue a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Lovett Classmates Austin Scott and Dylan McIntyre got engaged!
2014 Sam Logun is happily working as an Account Executive for iHeartMedia in Atlanta.
Shivam Daftari recently founded his own public advocacy firm called Forge Advocacy Inc. in South Carolina. His company lobbies for different issues relating to youth engagement, sexual assault, education, taxes, and gerrymandering on the state level in South Carolina and Georgia, as well as on the federal level. Recently, his company introduced different bills such as allowing internship wages to be tax exempt, mandating foreign language and personal finance classes, and overhauling university transportation systems statewide. Shivam is joined by Farhan Hoodbhoy ’15 and James Bronsted in this new endeavor.
2014 In March, Savannah Lee was named a Fulbright Scholar to cover her tuition and living expenses as she earns her MBA in international human resources at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei from fall 2019 through spring 2020. Fulbright, established in 1946, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. to foster bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of different countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Since graduating from Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering in December 2018, Savannah has worked as an academic and mentorship coordinator in Georgia Tech’s Excel Program, a four-year Savannah Lee ’14 and her student, Natalie Jackson certificate program for students with intellectual and de(left), who had just received her certificate in indepenvelopmental disabilities. She first began volunteering with dent living. the program during its inception in 2015, serving in roles including mentor, life coach, teacher’s assistant, friend, and president of the student advisory board. In applying for Fulbright, Savannah emphasized that the experience would merge her interest in Chinese language and foreign cultures with her passion for helping those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). She says her end goal of learning how to better run businesses and organizations “would be to use these skills to work in the disability rights community to further opportunities for those with IDDs.” She began thinking about disability representation in Asia during a study abroad experience in Korea, where she attended a wheelchair rally. While watching thousands of wheelchairs traverse through downtown Seoul, she contemplated ways that she could apply her unique skill set and become a leader in the field. While at Georgia Tech, Savannah worked improve her Chinese language skills by regularly conversing in the language with Chinese members of a professor’s laboratory, where she worked for seven semesters as an undergraduate researcher and earned co-authorship credit on two published studies.
Sarah Corning ’16 investigated the plight of migrant women leaving Central America. Her work is featured in the University of Virginia’s UVA Today. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications)
University of Virginia third-year political and social thought major Sarah Corning spent last summer in Tapachula, Mexico, a small city in the Chiapas province roughly a half hour from Guatemala. She was researching the experience of women who cross the border from Guatemala into Mexico, having received a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award to fund her study. Sarah worked with the United Nations, which has a small office in Tapachula, and shared her findings with the UN. Read more on Sarah’s story and findings here: https://news.virginia.edu/ content/road-fraught-danger-femalemigrants-uva-student-research-finds.
Grace Mabon Barnwell ’08 and Mat Barnwell ’04 March 23, 2019 Allison Bond Wilson ’11 and John Wilson March 9, 2019
Kat Williams Courtland and John Courtland ’07 August 25, 2018
Amanda Dunn Willig ’09 and Jon Willig May 19, 2018
Sarah Brook Williams Austin ’11 and Paul Austin ’11 with Lovett friends August 11, 2018
Meghan Kanter Dozier and Graham Dozier ’05 with many Lovett friends September 15, 2018 Ronké Essien ’90 and Ben Heard November 11, 2018
Neal Hicks ’06 and Heather Donohoe Hicks September 1, 2018 Jenny Liles and Phillip Link ’09 December 15, 2018 Katie Madden Sharpton ’05 and Scott Sharpton December 15, 2018 Schaefer Marks ’08 and Camille Condrey February 23, 2019 Brandon Sullivan and Amanda McDaniel Sullivan ’15 March 30, 2019
Meredith Herbert Spear ’10 and First Lieutenant Jordan Spear with their wedding guests: Payal Shah ’10, Alexandra Horst ’10, Samuel Hempel ’10, Parker Leinbach ’10, Henry Nalle ’10, Aleha Saleh ’10, S.E. Spencer ’10, Sonia Forudastan ’10, Cedric Heckel-Jones, ‘10, William Herbert IV (Brother of Bride and Lovett attendee), Christian Edwards ’10. November 10, 2018 Caroline Smith Wendt ’08 and Christopher Wendt with many Lovett friends November 17, 2018
Cenna Chhabra Desai Sept 19, 2018 Jasmina and Siddharth “Bintoo” Desai ’95 Augustin “Gus” Collier Douglas July 18, 2018 Rory and Laura Belle Kearns Douglas ’02 Charles “Charlie” Frazier Duvall November 16, 2018 Chas and Caroline Madden Duvall ’07
Anna Rose Howell Fleetwood August 27, 2018 Hunter and Kate Richards Fleetwood ’03
Wells Odom February 16, 2018 Henley and Bailey Peterson Odom ’04
Elliott Sebastian-Pope December 11, 2017 Chilton Pope ’96 and Julie Sebastian
John Cameron Powell June 6, 2018 Chandler and Stephanie Altenbach Powell ’02 Penn Macdonald Radford with big sister, Cora June 30, 2018 Alexandria and Zach Radford ’97
Hunter Alan Riley October 17, 2018 Chris ’06 and Katie Jackson Riley ’06
Mary Kyle Ross May 10, 2018 Greg and Lane Jenks Ross ’09
Eva Taylor Ferrara August 26, 2018 Nick and Leigh Songy Ferrara ’05
Alden “Ward” Caswell October 22, 2018 Maggie and Tyler Caswell ’04
Forrest “Five” Lee Champion V January 22, 2019 Forrest and Haley Gage Champion ’03
Emma Duke Bleke September 20, 2018 Campbell and Michael Bleke ’04
Eleanor “Ellie” Montgomery Williams September 25, 2018 David and Mary Nell Falgoust Williams ’03
In Memoriam* Mark Brennan Parent of alumnae
JoAnn Unger Lacy Parent of alumni, grandparent of alumni
Robert Jennings (Rob) Brindell III ’74
Helen Chantler Thomas Marchman Parent of alumni
Mary Ann Brindell Parent of alumni Stephen Mann Brooks ’85 Parent of alumni, parent M.E. Costello Parent of alumni, grandparent
Lowell Tracy Olmstead Sibling of current student Julia Duncan Park Parent of alumna
John. R. Crenshaw Parent of alumni, grandparent
Suzanna Askew Roberts ’62
Louise D’Anjou Parent of alumni
Clyde Satterfield Parent of alumnus
James Clarence “Jim” Edwards, Jr. Parent of alumna
Cherie Schofield Former Faculty
Debbie Felker Parent of alumni
Lucy Waters Scofield Parent of alumni
Wilton Lindsay Ferguson Parent of alumni, grandparent
Sara Margaret “Sally” Smith ’62
Owen Green ’09
John King Snellings Parent of alumni, grandparent of alumni
Eben Hardie III Parent of alumna
Vandona S. “Dona” Sorenson Parent of alumni
Elizabeth “Betty” Cason Harmon ’64
Scott Tullier Parent of alumna
Martha Johns Hawk Parent of alumni Michael Horten Parent of alumni Walker Talbott Houk ’86 Parent
*As of press time
Anne Lee Mitchell Parent of alumni, grandparent of alumni
Elizabeth Ventulett Parent of alumni William Voegeli Parent of alumni David Wade ’75 Parent of alumna
Katharine Zeigler Jones Parent of alumnus
BeBe McIntyre Watson ’67
Vaughan Kilpatrick ’66
Ruth T. Wells Former Faculty
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The Lovett School is a community that seeks to develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.
Founded in 1926 by Eva Edwards Lovett, we continue today as an Atlanta independent school serving children in Kindergarten through Grade 12. With an emphasis on the whole child, we provide integrated experiences in academics, arts, athletics, and service through an education grounded in learning, character, and community. Learning Lovett faculty and staff inspire our students to love learning. We help them discover how to think critically, communicate effectively, engage creatively, and collaborate purposefully. We create opportunities for them to grow in all dimensions—intellectual, emotional, physical, aesthetic, moral, and spiritual. Character Lovett teaches the qualities of servant leadership and sound character—honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, courage, and integrity. We celebrate the uniqueness of each individual within an intentionally inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment. We honor God in an atmosphere that is rooted in Judeo-Christian beliefs and is further enriched by a variety of religious traditions. Community Lovett is a dedicated community of students and teachers, joined by loyal parents, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends. We are committed—with shared purposes and principles—to improving our school, our city, our society, our environment, and our world. approved by the lovett school board of trustees, february 2012
The Lovett School Character Pledge
We, who are members of the Lovett community, seek to live lives of good
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