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A TIME OF PROGRESS Black & Gold Goes Green Energy efficient lighting is introduced to campus P. 03

What’s it like to... Brett Leonard ’04 on playing in Frozen Fenway P. 11

Thinking Outside the Box How entrepreneurs like Tom Burgess ’83 got their start at Tilton School P. 12



To read more about Eric O’Neil ’97, Tilton School’s +5 Arts & Culture Program Director, visit



The Clements Era: A Time of Progress Tilton School celebrates the retirement of Head of School Jim Clements and his wife, Bev, after 14 years of leadership. On the cover: Jim and Bev Clements pictured on campus in October 2011.


What’s it like to... Brett Leonard ’04, the first Vermont native to captain UVM’s Division I men’s hockey program, recounts playing in this year’s Frozen Fenway.


Thinking Outside the Box Tom Burgess ’83 is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. He credits this success to the lessons learned at Tilton School— and passes on advice to three student-entrepreneurs.


02 From the Tower

17 Alumni News

03 Campus News

18 Alumni Connections

16 Alumni Profile

24 The Last Page


Eric O’Neil ’97, Tilton School’s +5 Arts & Culture Program Director, coordinates the school’s Artist in Residence Program.





A New Chapter... honoring


and every student has been the foundation of the

colleagues at Chapel Hill—Chauncy Hall

school’s philosophy. This commitment shapes

School. While standing in line to get a drink, I

each day on the Hill and I am sure will continue

struck up a conversation with the gentleman in

to do so in the future.



front of me. I asked him what his connection to

Fourteen years of memories cannot possibly

the school was and he responded by saying he

be captured easily. It is safe to say our time at

was the proud parent of a

Tilton has never been dull.

10th grade student. He then

Stories regarding individual


students, groups of kids,




association with the school

and events, thousands of

and I said I used to work

interactions with alumni, the

there. He asked my name

chance to travel around the

and I answered Jim Clements.

world, work with the board

He paused thoughtfully and

of trustees, admiration for

then asked, “Are you the guy

the extraordinary dedication



of the faculty and staff,

Room is named?” I said yes.

friendships with many from

He again paused, then looked

the town of Tilton, the



straight at me and said, “Gee,

My last advice is the

some years of service can produce a variety of reactions. However, let me be clear, I

same as I have given

rare opportunity to watch

for years—Work

experience of my own two

Hard, Play Fair, and Have Fun!

schools, it seems time to step away from the

you have done to make it all possible. My last advice is the same as I have given for years—Work Hard, Play Fair, and Have Fun!

our house, and celebrating the marriage of our oldest daughter, we will be taking an extended

while exploring a variety of professional and volunteer activities.

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160 years. It is in great hands moving forward with Peter Saliba arriving early this summer to become the 26th head of school. Peter and Rachel Saliba, along with their three kids, will bring energy and excitement to the campus. The


Kirk G. Wheale, Chair Sarah S. Bird ’87, 1st Vice Chair J. Terrill Judd ’70, 2nd Vice Chair Mark A. McAuliffe, Secretary Jamie A. Rome ’80, Treasurer Richard A. Ammons Stephen M. Anderson ’65 Larry D. Bartell ’76 Thomas E. Callahan ’58 James R. Clements P’01, ’03, Head of School Timothy K. Cloudman P’95 Tyson R. Conrad, Faculty Representative Ellen H. Finn P’00, ’03, ’05 Robert M. Graham ’73 Philip M. Hamblet ’65, P’94 Melanie I. Marken ’83, President, Alumni Council John M. Morton ’64, P’05 Lawrence A. O’Rourke P’86 Charles A. Patten ’65, P’89 Bridget Pliskin P’09, ’10, ’14, President, Parents’ Association Robert J.S. Roriston P’13 Mark S. Rudd ’69 James M. Salter ’60 Sharon Spanos P’08, ’11 Donna Welch P’12 Dr. Robert O. Wilson 1845 E D I T O R S

Alumni & Development Office: Kristie Gonzalez, Sandy Hollingsworth P’06, ’09, Paula Taylor Communications Office: Gavin Faretra ’00, Andrea Gosselin Contributing Writers: Gavin Faretra ’00, J. Terrill Judd ’70

Square Spot Design 1845, the magazine of Tilton School, is published twice a year by Tilton School, 30 School Street, Tilton, NH 03276. Phone: 603-286-4342. Letters and editorial submissions are welcome and should be addressed to the Tilton School Communications Office. © 2012

the trip, we will be residing in Grantham, N.H.

Tilton has been a great school for more than




trip to Europe in the fall. Upon returning from


hold a special place in my

and wife, Bev, thanks so much for everything

In addition to moving, putting an addition on


daughters all weave together

at Tilton and 35 years working in small boarding demands of the 24/7 world of boarding schools.


heart forever. To my partner

other pursuits. After 14 years


close up the high school

to create a tapestry that will

am not dead—Bev and I are just moving on to try some

chance to know fellow heads from other schools, and the

I thought you had died.” Leaving a school after



enduring commitment to the well-being of each



James R. Clements P’01, ’03

Some years ago I was attending a reception the


James R. Clements Head of School


Tilton School challenges students to embrace and navigate a world marked by diversity and change. Through the quality of human relationships, Tilton School’s faculty cultivates in its students the curiosity, the skills, the knowledge and understanding, the character and the integrity requisite for the passionate pursuit of lifelong personal success and service.


Black & Gold Goes Green Tilton School wanted to get a little greener around campus. And it was rewarded for that effort with a little green in the process. After performing a campus lighting efficiency

The cost benefit of the financial

audit during the summer of 2011, the school

investment is a $67,000 annual

executed a plan intended to reduce energy and

savings in operating electrical

upgrade campus lighting needs.

costs, resulting in a return on

“Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH)

investment of 31⁄3 years.

reviewed our plan and supported our interest by

The project was initiated in the

introducing us to electrical contract services that

early stages by current trustee

were recognized by PSNH to perform and certify

and Tilton School alumnus Jim

completion of the detailed scope of work,” said

Salter ’60 who had worked on

Director of Facilities Fred Heath.

similar projects during his professional

The result was a $22,927 rebate check offered

career and had seen both the immediate and long-term impacts such a lighting upgrade

by PSNH and presented to Heath. “That check was part of an incentives program

could offer.

that we offer to move toward a higher cost

The school is also looking into a recent audit

energy-efficient lighting,” said PSNH Account

performed by the Economic Research Service

Executive Paul Hausman.

(ERS) that was also done in the MacMorran

The campus lighting efficiency upgrade

Fieldhouse, site of Tilton’s hockey rink.

project was performed on several campus

Among the recommendations is to replace the

buildings, including Moore Hall, Pfeiffer Hall

25 horsepower brine pump, which circulates a

and Plimpton Hall, resulting in a total reduction

brine solution underneath the ice to freeze it. It

of 267,391 kilowatts per hour annually. This

would be replaced with a variable-frequency

reflects not only a reduction of energy usage and

drive (VFD), a system for controlling the

cost but also a reduction in environmental

rotational speed of an AC electric motor by

impacts as required to generate electrical energy.

controlling the frequency of the electrical power

The generating facilities reduced demand

supplied to the motor.

equates to a reduced oil consumption of 18,450

Installing a Low-E ceiling and a central ice rink

gallons per year; a reduced power plant

control system are also among the recommended

emissions of CO2 (Green House Gas) equal to

upgrades to further improve energy efficiency.

296,002 pounds per year; SO2, a cause of acid

The installation of these measures would cost

rain, of 468 pounds per year; and Nox, a cause

around $74,000, but the annual cost savings

of acid rain, equal to 144 pounds per year.

would hover somewhere around $22,000,







approached with three focal points: to reduce electrical usage, to upgrade to effective and efficient lighting, and safety.

OIL CONSUMPTION REDUCED BY: 18,450 gallons/year GREEN HOUSE GASES REDUCED BY: 296,002 pounds/year SO2 (a cause of acid rain) REDUCED BY: 468 pounds/year NOX (a cause of acid rain) REDUCED BY: 144 pounds/year ENERGY COSTS REDUCED BY: $67,000/year

meaning the school will see a return on its investment in fewer than four years. “Tilton School would probably never embark on something like this unless it’s a good investment,” Hausman said. “And this is no

efforts,” said Heath, “but we also addressed

doubt a good investment for the school

lighting shortfalls and reduction in electrical

now...and in the future.” T

Reduced Environmental Impact + Reduced Energy Costs

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“Not only did we address environmental

operating costs.”

ENERGY REDUCED BY: 267,391 kilowatts/hour



Tilton School Hosts Northern New England Wrestling Tournament

Campus News by the Numbers AROUND



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A complete archive of Tilton’s events can be accessed at


students named MacMorran Scholars in February

teams that advanced to the finals of NEPSAC tournaments during fall & winter


school-sponsored Spring Break Trips (Costa Rica, Japan, Europe)

High School Cube Launch In late January Tilton School joined more than 250 schools nationwide to use the popular streaming service High School Cube. Using this technology, the school broadcast a combination of varsity and JV contests for boys’ and girls’ ice hockey and basketball during the winter, and Head of School Jim Clements hosted a nearly hour-long conversation on school life with student and faculty panelists. Moving forward, the technology will be used to broadcast academic and athletic awards, arts events, athletic contests, and future conversations with the head of school. The service has allowed alumni and parents worldwide to tune into life on the Hill through the Internet.



Once every three years Tilton School plays host to the Northern New England Wrestling Tournament. On February 4, 15 schools and more than 200 wrestlers descended on campus for the day-long event. And in the end it was a great day to be a Ram. Tilton finished third overall, earned the event’s Sportsmanship Award, had two wrestlers crowned Northern New England Champions (David Welch ’12 and Pat McInnis ’12), and three more advance to the finals of their respective weight class. Veteran Head Coach Jon Rand was joined on the mats this season by storied Tilton wrestler Joe Harbour ’04.


points scored by George Niang ’12— Tilton’s first 2,000 point scorer



toys collected by the sophomore class as part of its annual holiday toy drive





diplomas awarded through 2011


buildings constructed under Jim Clements leadership


all-school tubing trips—a favorite student activity of Jim’s


WEB EXTRA: Visit for updated news, photos and video.


As we see in the case of Captain Francesco Schettino, his titles,

his family background, his good education and individual achievements did not automatically shape character. Character is developed when we stand at our posts and serve one another as part of a human community. This is one of the lessons I have learned at Tilton...When we

Math Team Equals Success

serve in this way,

For the second consecutive year, the Tilton School math team was crowned Lakes Region champions.

character is shaped

The team secured the title during a meet in February—the fifth in a series of competitions dating back to October 2011. The team is led by co-captains Yinghua “Kelly” Shen ’13 and Zhenbang

in us—a character

“James” Cheng ’12. Additionally, three Tilton School students qualified to participate in the American

that will shape our

Invitational Mathematics Examination in late March. The prestigious exam is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.

future destiny. It is what I believe that Dr. Martin Luther King called the ‘content of our character.’ ” - S E N I O R O R AT O R Y S E L E C T I O N FROM CALEB UNNI ’12 1845 | 5

the clements a time of It’s a typical academic day at Tilton School as students gather in the head of school’s office to rummage through bowls of fruit and candy and to briefly socialize before darting off to classes. By Terry Judd ’70

That’s exactly what Head of School James Clements had in mind when he concluded his office should be located on the second floor of the new academic building, “smack in the flow of the school.” “My goal has always been to get more students in here and make a visit to the head of school’s office not a trip to the woodshed,” Clements said. This emphasis on openness and trust toward teenagers is just part of the defining



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legacy Jim and Bev Clements will leave as


they prepare to retire in June after 14 years of service to Tilton School—a time during which their own two daughters, Caitlin ’01 and Laura ’03, grew up on the school’s campus. (continued on page 9)

era: progress

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Reflections from Tilton and the community...

“Jim sees learning as actually going out in the world and taking your knowledge and skills and doing something with it. Jim’s own words he often sends to students are ‘What can you do every day to make the world a little bit different, a little bit of a better place?’ And I think these principles that he lives by in his own life actually have permeated the program of Tilton School in that way.” - Tilton School Academic Dean Dr. Margaret Allen

“Jim really has been an enlightened, enthusiastic and inspirational leader to the board of trustees. More than anything, he took the shroud off the school and allowed us to shine in a way we never had thought in the past was possible. And for that, I’m forever grateful to him.” - Former Tilton School Board of Trustees Chair Stephen M. Anderson ’65

“There’s a quote, ‘A rising “The fact the Spaulding Youth Center board had so much faith in Jim Clements as chair, that it was willing to take a huge risk to find resources to build a new school, speaks of him as a person and a leader. Jim gave them the confidence that we could pull this off.” - Susan S. Calegari, chief executive officer and president of the Spaulding Youth Center

“If you have to describe a quality that’s befitting of Jim, it’s that he pulls the best out of people and compels them to do well and, along the way, he compels them to do better than they would have done without him being around. It really is infectious.” - Pat Clark P’99, ’01, Tilton-Northfield Fire District commissioner and Spaulding Youth Center trustee

“One great attribute of Jim is that his level of choosing to reach out to new school heads is phenomenal. The support and mentoring he provides for our professional colleagues is exceptional. We will miss him.” - Doug Cummings, executive director of the Independent Schools Association of Northern



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New England


“We were fortunate to have Jim Clements as head of school and Steve Anderson as board chairman at the same time. To get the school in the right place took five years. We had the right team at the right time.” - Tilton School Trustee Philip “Flip” M. Hamblet ’65

tide raises all boats.’ Well, Jim has helped raise the tide up here and I think all of us and our schools are better for it.” -PHILLIP PECK, HOLDERNESS HEAD OF SCHOOL

(continued from page 6)

Peter C. Saliba, the Berwick Academy upper school director who will replace Clements as Tilton’s 26th head of school, said he has watched Tilton’s stature among Lakes Region prep schools dramatically improve because of Jim and Bev Clements. “When I walk around campus, it is clear the school has taken on Jim’s energy and sense of purpose,” Saliba said. “Tilton truly is a place that reflects Jim’s hard work and vision.” Clements’ personal style and touch can be seen in virtually all aspects of Tilton School, whether it’s enrollment, academics, athletics, the successful Campaign for Tilton or relationships with the town of Tilton, surrounding secondary schools or the Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield. “Frankly, he did a hell of a job,” said H. Alan Hume, who was chairman of the board of trustees when Clements was hired. “But he never lost sight that it’s all about the growth and development of young kids.” Bev Clements also was involved in the effort to improve the Tilton campus. In addition to her time as a ceramics teacher in the Art Department and her role as special events coordinator, working with a three-person aesthetics committee, Bev helped to select exterior and interior materials and colors for the new academic building and senior girls’ dormitory. She also reconfigured the first floor of the Daly Creative Arts Center and orchestrated needed signage throughout the campus. Among the trustees, Jim Clements long will be remembered for coaxing the board to raise the school to a higher level. Former Chair of the Board of Trustees Stephen M. Anderson ’65 remembers 2002 when the school faced an unexpected drop in enrollment and a $600,000 deficit. Clements gave the board three choices: stay the same, shrink the school or grow the school through new initiatives. By 2004, the board had launched the Campaign for Tilton to grow the endowment and build two new buildings. “We chose the hardest course, which was to move the school forward,” Anderson said. “It really was a watershed moment.” While Clements was improving the campus, he simultaneously sought to improve relations between faculty and students after detecting reliance by staff on rules and sanctions to control teens rather than the belief in mutual trust. “Fundamentally, it said to the kids, ‘You’re not trustworthy. We really don’t respect you,’” Clements said. “Philosophically that was contrary to what I believe. I would say that over time, some of that changed.” Clements also questioned the school’s traditional lecture-based classrooms and the dreaded three-hour comprehensive exams given to all students in the dining room. Academic Dean Dr. Margaret Allen praised Clements as being an early proponent of “Understanding by Design,” advanced by a then relatively unknown educator, Grant Wiggins. “The Understanding by Design piece intrigued him,” Allen said. “Because Jim saw how learning could develop an understanding of concepts, of ideas, of information skills that you can apply to new what you have learned in one situation.”

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situations, as opposed to rote learning in which you can only give back



Reflections from Tilton and the community (continued)

“I’m a bit impatient and when I was chairman, I wanted to move Tilton ahead as quickly as possible. I would say, ‘Let’s do this and let’s do that.’ But Jim would want to lay back a bit and think about it. In looking back, he was right and I was wrong. You have to make political capital before changing the world.” - Former Board

the school’s mission of

next head of school

“The most profound advice Jim has ever given me as a head of school is to keep it in perspective—do your best, serve your school, but remember, it’s a job and it’s not about you. He reminded me that ego has no role in this job. Being an effective head of school is communicating well and putting your ego in the backseat. That consistently was the message he modeled and shared for me.” - R. Phillip Peck, head of Holderness School

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“positive history of Tilton

“To be consistent with

“Filling Jim’s shoes will be a big task. I’m not scared of it and I’ll be bringing my own shoes to the party. But I’m comforted in knowing Jim really has brought Tilton to a neat place. I feel lucky to be succeeding Jim in this role because I know the school is in great shape.” - Peter Saliba, Tilton School’s

“Jim and the board had a vision for the next stage of Tilton School. Jim was such a driving force making the Campaign for Tilton happen. He could deliver the Tilton story like no one else. And that’s why the Campaign was a success.” - Nick Zaharias, former Tilton School director of development

“There are eight heads

“Jim is highly

up here who would give


- Tilton School Athletic Director Ken Hollingsworth

Hampton School



student-athlete recruitment.

“When you do this work as head of school, there are times it can be lonely. And to be able to know that there is a guy just down the road who you can break bread with and gain some really insightful wisdom from is something these days that is increasingly valuable to all of us. Jim is just a really good person those at Tilton and I—from somewhat a distance—will miss terribly.” - Andrew Menke, head of New



“There has been a great jump in the level of athletics because of Jim. The program evolved, the level of coaching improved. He really enjoys the concept of winning.”

of Trustees Chair H. Alan Hume


In athletics, Clements sought

participating in sports” by improving coaching and

respected beyond belief by his peers.”

identical stories about the role Jim has played in our lives and our schools,” Peck said. “There’s a quote,


‘A rising tide raises all boats.’ Well, Jim has helped

encouraging personal success and service, it

raise the tide up here and I think all of us and

seemed to me that means doing well in

our schools are better for it.”

athletics,” Clements said. “And for athletic teams, that means winning is okay.” Athletic Director Ken Hollingsworth said

New Hampton School Head Andrew Menke and his wife, Jennifer, said the Clements





Clements’ greatest impact on Tilton sports

friendship to them when they arrived at New

simply has been his consistent attendance at

Hampton in 2005.

games and practices.

“Jim has been a tremendous source of

“Just his participation, his walking down

support for me and by extension, to New

to the field, standing on the sidelines and

Hampton School,” Menke said. “He is a

watching a practice or a game, means a great

person who believes fully in independent

deal to the kids,” Hollingsworth said. The Clements legacy also extended beyond campus to the town of Tilton, where he

boarding schools. I am very appreciative of my relationship with him. He’s one of the best school people I know—bar none.”

offered Tilton facilities, staff and equipment

On a regional level, Clements is respected

for specific events. He encouraged students

for his two-year stint as chairman of the

to perform community service in the town

Independent Schools Association of Northern

and he became active in service clubs.

New England.

Each year, Jim and Bev Clements spearhead

“Jim is highly respected beyond belief by

the distribution of Christmas food baskets to

his peers,” said Doug Cummings, executive

needy families. They also serve Christmas

director of ISANNE. “He surely is seen as a

brunch to residents of the Spaulding Youth

great role model for school headships and has

Center, a non-profit academic and residential

tremendous analytical and strategic planning

treatment school in Northfield for youth

abilities. That has been proven at Tilton.”

with emotional, intellectual and behavioral

As he prepares to leave Tilton and the

challenges. Clements has served as chair of the

surrounding area, Clements said he is most

board at Spaulding, where he guided trustees

proud that Tilton continues to “respect and

to build a $5 million classroom building.

honor” its 167-year history while at the same

“People with big hearts become very attached to this organization,” said Spaulding

time “acknowledging that history and its power is in the future, not the past.”

CEO and President Susan S. Calegari. “And

More importantly, he leaves what he calls a

Jim has been a great leader because he has a

“student-centered school,” which was always

heart and believes in the mission.”

one of his major goals.

Clements also reached out to other Lakes

“I do think Tilton places the experience of

Region private secondary schools. He was the

the student at the center of our conversation,”

only head of school to attend the induction

he said. “Whenever schools do that, and are

of R. Phillip Peck as Holderness’ head of

willing to look at the student experience in a

school in 2001. Peck said that simple act of

genuine and authentic way, this tends to lead

support fostered a friendship he and his wife,

to better schools. So I’m happy and proud

Robin, continue to have with Jim and Bev.

this has occurred at Tilton.” T

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{ w h a t ’s i t l i k e t o } “Wow. I wonder what that’s like” is exactly what the 1845 staff finds ourselves asking as we meet with alumni and parents around the globe. One of those experiences is recounted here. Play with UVM at Frozen Fenway...

privilege of being announced in the starting

Playing at Fenway Park was an unbelievable

lineup was a tremendous honor. My experience

experience that I will surely remember for the

as a whole at Vermont, a school I dreamed to

rest of my life. The experience of playing out-

play for my whole life was amazing. I committed

doors in front of 30,000+ fans was incredible.

to Vermont my senior year at the Tilton School,

The outdoor feel of playing that game brought

and I owe a lot of gratitude and thanks to the

me back to my childhood, growing up playing

whole Tilton School family and especially coach

a lot of hockey on my backyard rink, which is

Pat Norton in his countless support of helping

surreal to describe. Being part of the ceremonial

me make my dreams a reality. T


puck drop as the captain of the team and the

Imagine yourself here. It’s no secret that those connected with Tilton School have long been making a global mark in nearly every field imaginable, collecting plenty of stories—and photos—worth sharing along the way. We invite you to send us those stories and photos, whether it’s a particularly out-of-the-box, adventurous volunteer experience or a business you’ve managed from the ground up. Share with us at or continue the conversation online. 11

By Gavin Faretra ’00 Tilton School staff writer

It wasn’t a business that sparked Tom Burgess’ interest in start-up companies. It wasn’t a project or a conversation that led him to the man that he is today. No, it was a much simpler task that led the 1983 graduate of Tilton School to become one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. “I was given the ability to run one of the student

thrown at me and I had to figure out how to

houses by a gentleman by the name of Bob

succeed at it.

Whitehead,” said Burgess, who is the driving

“That’s what Tilton School did for me.” résumé. He has started five different companies

and offer delivery technology patents. “It’s those

and has bestowed impressive returns on a

independent, ‘hey, go run this,’ directions that

consistent basis to investors. He was recently

were more impactful to me. Something was

inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for


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Burgess certainly boasts an impressive

solutions and holds numerous direct response


force behind an array of innovative advertising


entrepreneurship thrives at tilton

superior performance by Blue Chip Ventures. Burgess founded his first

“You can’t be afraid to fail.”

company, Third Screen Media,


that’s such an overused term—but I think like others and then I add something onto it,” Burgess said. “I look at existing markets and

in 2001. The company became the world’s first

opportunities and existing models and try to

mobile advertising network and set the standard

innovate beyond them.”

for wireless advertising. In 2007 it was acquired by AOL. The buyout delivered a return of 10 times the original investment.

Using what he calls the disruption philosophy, Burgess explains it as the key to his success. “You can’t be afraid to fail,” he said.

During the last decade Burgess has started four more companies, including, 9th

student-entrepreneurs at tilton

Square Inc. (now, Inc.), an

It’s that mentality that Burgess offers as sound

e-commerce and advertising software and

advice for a trio of student-entrepreneurs at

services company, and Echomedia, Inc. All have

Tilton School. Sarah Dolloff ’12, Ryan Curtis ’12

gained positive returns for his investors. “What’s made my career successful has been a combination of thinking outside the box—

and Ian Hill ’14 have each ventured into their own businesses, and all three have found success through their start-ups. 1845 | 13


‘Sarah’s Sensations’ { a catering co. }




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{ a non-profit helping those in need }



and an arts show in Plymouth, N.H., for Eric

company in 2011 called Sarah’s Sensations

O’Neil ’97, an arts teacher at Tilton. Dolloff






( Ryan Curtis ’12 has run a

even received assistance from Art Department

non-profit called Good Earth (,

Chair Remy Steevensz, who helped her design

an organization that takes interest in providing

and print business cards as part of a graphic

assistance to the needy and the sick, with two of

arts class.

his middle school friends since 2005. And Ian Hill

“For me, it’s not about the money but about the

’14 is part-owner of a family business called Ian’s

experience I can get while doing this at this point

Wicked Good Donuts (,

of my life,” Dolloff said. “It’s great that I can do

which began operation in 2007.

this and make Tilton a part of it in some way.”

sarah dolloff ’12

ryan curtis ’12

“I talked to my mom about starting my own

Curtis began his company because he wanted to

catering company,” said Dolloff, who will study

make a positive difference in people’s lives. So,

Culinary Arts and Culinary Nutrition at Johnson

with the help of a couple of his childhood

and Wales in the fall. “It all happened so fast, but

friends, Curtis began Good Earth. Over the last

I’ve always had a passion for cooking, so this is

several years, Good Earth has raised more than

just another way for me to express that passion.”

$25,000 for various charities and organizations.

Dolloff has started small, working business

Good Earth’s annual walk-a-thon and road race

breakfasts for her father, socials for her mother

is a huge money raiser.


‘Ian’s Wicked Good Donuts’ { homemade donuts } “The real inspiration (to start Good Earth) came from a woman that lived next door to us. She has Lou Gherig’s Disease and we started getting to know her on our weekly route of

“I scare the heck out of my management teams

things dramatically and test it,” he continued. “I like to push down a path

because I’ll go in and suggest something that nobody’s ever done...”

and test things in the


to other people. I think

delivering flowers around

real world and if it doesn’t work I want to know real soon. That’s the key to advice I give people are nervous they

the neighborhood,” said Curtis, a four-year day student. “Working with

can’t make it happen, so they go back to what’s

her has been a miracle of its own and to this day

comfortable. I don’t.”

we still visit her. She has been through so much,

Even planning a family trip a few years ago

and that helped us push forward to take a stand

used that atypical thinking. “Let’s sail around

in the community.”

the world, that’s something we’ve never done before,” Burgess said, recalling a sailing trip he

ian hill ’14

and his family took. “For some people that

Hill’s business serves several outlets in the

would seem crazy or just not normal, but not to

Lakes Region, as well as a substantial online

me or my kids or my wife. Not a lot of people

customer base. The donuts have also become a

were doing it.” Not a lot of people do things like Burgess. But

favorite Saturday morning treat of Tilton School students.

given his track record, maybe they should.

“I think it’s something we can maybe expand

Nevertheless, Burgess hasn’t forgotten what

remarkably,” said Hill, who like Burgess was

Tilton School has done for him and how it has

when at Tilton, is president of his class, “or

shaped not only his career, but his life. “You know, I owe it to a lot of people like Mr.

something that will get me through college and then pass it on to another kid.”

Whitehead and Mr. (Ken) Hollingsworth. They

For his part with the business, Hill was

really had an impact on my life,” Burgess said.

recently spotlighted by presidential candidate

“College didn’t do (anything) for me. I’m not

Newt Gingrich’s campaign as “an example of

saying I didn’t get a good education or it wasn’t

how the entrepreneurial spirit in America is

worth my time, but as far as planning for me for

often learned early.”

the real world, Tilton was all of that and college

Certainly selling donuts online is the sort of

was none of it. “My wife says that Tilton saved my life, and

outside-the-box thinking that Burgess uses to ignite his companies off the ground.

while that might be a bit over the top, she’s right about that fact that it completely changed my

advice from tom { sail around the world? }

confidence and my independence,” he said.

“I do this a lot, I mentor entrep-

“When I got to Tilton you either succeeded or

reneurs,” Burgess said. “I have

failed and it was all on you, and that’s the

opinions, so I often put up front that

biggest piece of what Tilton did for me.” T

and doesn’t work for everybody. “I scare the heck out of my management


my advice is based on my opinions

Check them out online!

Sarah’s Sensations: Good Earth:

that nobody’s ever done and I suggest we change

Ian’s Wicked Good Donuts:

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teams because I’ll go in and suggest something



Ryan Sarver ’99 on...



I joined Twitter early in 2009 when the company was about 40 employees and we have since grown to over 900. I spend most of my day talking to other startups and investors about how to properly partner with Twitter and how to best use the services we offer. The job has been an amazing opportunity that allows me to work with some of the smartest people in our industry on things that have huge global impact. It has been an incredible learning experience.


Read more about Ryan at




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Jim Watt ’81 and his son, Griffin ’13, following Griffin’s football game during Fall Family Weekend.

L E AV E A L E G A C Y . J O I N T H E T I LTO N S O C I E T Y . 1930s


Jack Crawford was on campus for Veterans Day. He spoke movingly to the entire student body about the importance of being lifelong learners and the importance of service to one’s country through jobs that focus on giving back, such as teaching and the military. He also led the school in a spirited Tilton fight song, which they sang before they took the fields and reclaimed the Powder Keg.

Planning ahead has played an important role in the growth and success of Tilton School. The Tilton Society honors all those who have included Tilton School in their estate plans through a bequest, a life income gift or other planned gifts. When you make a planned gift to Tilton, you become a member of the Tilton Society for life. Planned gifts have supported many things including scholarships, faculty endowment, buildings for classrooms and labs as well as enrichment opportunities for faculty and students. This special group is recognized at Alumni Weekend each year.



Bob Hunter is still running. He recently gave a speech extolling the benefits of “more mature” runners getting off the roads and instead, running on turf.

For additional information or to let us know you have included Tilton School as part of your estate plans, please contact Sandra Hollingsworth, director of development, at 603-286-1749 or visit our website at



Steve Kates writes, “I am enjoying being involved in the Alumni Council and recalling many fantastic memories of Tilton School. One of my favorite memories was when I summited Mount Washington as a student leader with boys from the younger Forms and barely made it to the cabin before falling victim to a snowstorm. Those were the days.”



Dick Nutter writes, “Happy to see Dick Ryerson inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 12. Talked to him afterward and he was thrilled. On a sad note, Sherm Prouty lost his 11-year battle with a blood disorder and passed away on Sunday, November 13. We will all miss him.” Arthur Wilband writes, “Thank you to everyone who made the 50th Reunion fantastic. It was great seeing all the guys again. Looking forward to our 55th. Please keep in touch.”


John Morton was inducted into the Vermont Ski Hall of Fame in October 2011. Congratulations, John!


Steve Anderson writes the following, “I have stepped down from the chairmanship of the Tilton board but will remain a board member. I celebrated 43 years with my beloved wife, Mary, this year. We have two daughters and three grandchildren. I have begun to do some woodworking and am about finished with a 7' replica of an antique Chris Craft for the grandchildren to ride around in (continued on page 20)

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Fred Mullins stopped by campus this fall with his beautiful wife, Mary, on their way up to see the leaves. Since then Fred and Tom Leidner have been busy rounding up the troops for another fantastic Reunion Weekend.









Alumni Connections View more photos of past alumni events at

1: Erica Costanzo ’06 and Jamie DiGiulio ’06 with Head of School Jim Clements at an alumni and parent event at Solas Irish Pub in Boston, Mass. on March 1. Despite inclement weather, more than 25 alumni and parents were in attendance. 2: Alumni gathered at the Press Club in San Francisco in January hosted by Signe Furlong Kurian ’87. Pictured are Bill Paulsen ’73 and wife, Patricia, and Paul Schlegel ’01. 3: Class of 2011 alumni showed up to catch an afternoon of games at Powder Keg 2011 including Chad O’Brien, Chris Perry, Will Brewster, Charlie Weinmann and Jill Monaghan. 4: Elaine and Stan Rosenfield ’66 pictured at an alumni and parent event at the Beverly Hills Country Club in January hosted by M. Emmet Walsh ’54. 5: Varsity boys’ ice hockey coach and admissions associate Pat Norton welcomed former boys’ ice hockey coach and athletic director Richard “Dick” Ryerson back to campus in October. Ryerson was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on November 12, 2011. 6: Margie and Dr. David Doane ’39, P’66, ’69 visited campus in October. Dr. Doane spoke at School Meeting in the morning, and the couple visited the Medal of Honor display in the MARC in honor of their son, Stephen ’66. 7: Alumni gathered at the Press Club in San Francisco in January hosted by Signe Furlong Kurian ’87, pictured at left with David Clark ’89, Kathleen Ruffle ’89, Ryan Sarver ’99 and Emily Stewart ’00. 18




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8: Pictured at the Boston event in March are Bridget Bridgman P’04, Lil Lane P’72, G’04 and former trustee Ted Bridgman ’72, P’04. Lil is the mother of Ted Bridgman ’72 (pictured) and grandmother of Teddy Bridgman ’04. 9: World War II veteran Jack Crawford ’37 visited campus in November to help the school honor Veterans Day. He attended School Meeting and led the student body in singing the fight song, with the assistance of Athletic Director Ken Hollingsworth P’06, ’09 (left). 10: In February, parents, alumni and prospective families attended a reception at the home of Vincent Chippari and Deneen McQueen-Chippari P’12. Their daughter, Victoria ’12, is pictured with Head of School Jim Clements.

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this summer. I serve on the board of the University of Southern Maine Foundation and volunteer for Camp O-AT-Ka on Sebago Lake here in Maine. We winter in Naples, Fla. where we are in the same neighborhood as Flip Hamblet ’65 and Mike Sayles ’65. I have been retired from my investment career for seven years...and just love retirement.”

If you could offer thanks to Jim for one contribution, what would it be? 68 Melissa Thompson Currier ’90: It has been my joy to see how you have helped the small school I remember become more of a community than ever before. Although the number of people on campus has not changed all that much since my days there, the school seems bigger somehow. The energy has been both focused and contagious. The collective student and faculty experience is broader and deeper. The alumni network is more engaged. The impacts of programs and activities are greater and promise much more to come. Tilton, and all those who it has touched, are better for your able presence and contributions. Sarah Barrett ’96 (Alumni Council Member): Among the many things Jim has accomplished over the past 14 years, I’d like to thank him for embracing the alumni community—and especially the alumni who preceded him. By championing the involvement of past students through the Alumni Council and other channels, he has truly made incredible strides in strengthening the Tilton School fabric. Thank you, Jim. Francis Gros Louis ’48: Although many of us attended Tilton School long before you joined the list of distinguished headmasters, we are aware that you have been a good example to colleagues, contemporaries, disciples, students and even other prep school administrators. Your career at Tilton School has been an excellent commentary on your character and you are now retiring with the knowledge that you have truly made a positive difference for the future of our beloved Tilton School.



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If you could offer first-year Head of School Peter Saliba one piece of advice, what would it be? Visit to share your thoughts.

Keith Lovell recently launched “Colors by Number,” an application for exploring the perception and interaction of color, now available on the web and for iPad on the iTunes app store.



Gil Latz writes, “I am leaving Portland, Ore., to accept the appointment of Professor of Geography and Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Associate Vice President for International Affairs for Indiana University Bloomington. I am excited about the prospect of identifying areas of common international interest between Portland and Indianapolis and with colleagues around the world in the year ahead.” Ernesto Solis-Lugo attended the Tilton International Fair on Sunday, January 22. He and his wife made a Puerto Rican dish, arroz con pollo, to share with the community. Thanks, Ernesto!



Mike Mayo writes, “Greetings! This past summer the class of 1981 celebrated its 30th Reunion. Joining in the festivities were Bob Claridge, Jill “Buzz” Thwaits Anderson, Dale Johnson Cunningham, Greg Wenckus and myself. The inclement weather kept some away but we had a great time and Coach Willis drove up and joined us for lunch. Everyone looks great and we had plenty of laughs. Andy Soutter and his family didn’t end up joining us due to the weather, but we enjoyed his lobster dinners just the same. Thanks, Souts! I met up with John Lacey and Melanie Marken for breakfast around New Years and I am happy to report John is alive and well, still living in Winchester, and the father of two grown sons. I had the opportunity to drive my kids up to a Tilton basketball game in January and it was a great time for my kids and me. For those of you who don’t know, Tilton is a basketball powerhouse and is nationally ranked. I encourage everyone to come up and check out a game sometime next year.

Please stay in touch. I am on campus regularly as a member of the Alumni Council, and Tilton has grown. It is an impressive academic institution. Stay in touch and send me your updated contact information.”


Melanie Marken writes, “Another busy year crisscrossing the country in 2011 for Peet’s Coffee and Tea. It’s still a job I love as I enter my 12th year. 2011 brought me new responsibilities at work, such as a larger team of people to manage, and additional national partners to manage as well. But, I also travel for fun, which has included another trip to Greece, and two weeks in Turkey this fall. Over the holidays I enjoyed a night out with Bob Segal and PJ Cambo. We are all a little bit older, but the laughs kept on coming. My volunteer work for Tilton as Alumni Council president and special trustee keeps me busy and back and forth to campus. Bobby Segal and his girls, Allison Sawyer Fox and her husband, Tom, and kids, Dylan and Natalie, along with Mike Mayo ’81 and his son, Mike Jr., went up to campus to see a boys’ basketball game. I also crossed paths with John Izzo a few weeks back. John lives in Peabody with his wife, Christine, and works for Boston Probation. John is an avid runner, sharing the road with his son and daughter. Mike Cole also writes, ‘I still live in New Hampshire, just south of Tilton, near Winnisquam Lake.’ Mike stays in touch with his class via email, and has been known to show up at Tilton and show his son where he spent part of his high school years. Mike describes the ice rink as ‘looking like the TD Garden.’ I agree it has come a long way in 30 years. Jack Klein writes from Denver, Colo., where he has been a full time resident for the past nine years and now sounds like he is a Tebow believer! Eve Camp Capetola has been continuously busy with her clan of five kids, all aspiring hockey stars. Eve and her husband, David, are working together with his own medical supply company. Bob Segal has completed his MBA, (congratulations!) and is an avid runner. Bob writes, ‘I still work for my family business and am busy with my family, including daughters Libby and Allison.’ And I would be remiss if I did not mention that June 2013 is our 30th Reunion. Mark your calendars!” CLASS SECRETARY: MELANIE MARKEN, MMARKEN2000@COMCAST.NET


Carl Frank came by Tilton with his wife, Robin, and two children on their summer vacation to visit family in Weirs Beach. They wanted to see the new buildings and the


Jessica Whitticom Dade ’92 daughter Katharine and Sam Claridge ’10 pose for a photo at Homecoming/Powder Keg 2011.

Chapel. He is teaching at St. Paul’s Academy in Bellingham, Wash. where his wife is the assistant head of school.



Melissa Thompson Currier writes, “We are back in New England! We found a wonderful antique colonial, circa 1767, in need of some love and attention in Stratham, N.H. You can check out the house at The Seacoast is a great place to live and raise our family. Charles and Eleanor, now five, are enjoying romps in the woods and lots of exploring at Great Bay and at local farms. Our “vintage” early-20th century kitchen is cramping my cooking style a bit, but it’s hard to cook anything badly when it’s fresh and local. Did I mention we love it here? We get down to Wellfleet often and are anxious to get back to some sailing (here, there, anywhere) now that we are reasonably settled. I just finished the master gardener program through the UNH Cooperative Extension and will spend the winter developing teaching materials on heirloom gardening and

edible plantscapes. I look forward to joining the team at Strawberry Banke in the spring to improve/expand the children’s garden and programs there. Finally, my mom is retiring from our family business in antique reproduction lighting, so I will be attempting to fill her very capable moccasins in the New Year. Somewhere in there, we are hoping to attend a hockey or basketball game now that we are local. Go Rams!”


Nick Dambrie writes, “I am living in Maine running my real estate team and sailing when I can. I recently got engaged to my soon-to-be-wife Hadley. We are planning a fall wedding in St. Lucia and a sailboat racing trip to Mexico in March. I’ll be spending a weekend in March with Pat McTigue, who still lives in Florida. He and his wife just had a baby girl in 2011!” Eric Tolbert Kilchenstein was named as a member of the New Hampshire steering committee that will take an active role in leading the Obama campaign here in New Hampshire.


From Tilton, Eric O’Neil writes, “I am a faculty member in the Art Department

William Danforth’s sent in a photo taken at his office of Emery MacFarlin’s ’43 daughter wearing her father’s 1941 Tilton Varsity Sweater.

and a member of the Alumni Council. Life is good as my wife and I are fostering-to-adopt a 12-year-old girl, and we’re loving our new life with her. I recently had my first solo art show at a gallery in Plymouth, N.H. It was great to see a number of Tilton faculty and alumni there in support! CLASS SECRETARY: ERIC O’NEIL, EONEIL@TILTONSCHOOL.ORG


Eric (Dongkyu) Jang writes, “It was so great to click on Josh’s email and see so many familiar names. It made me happy to remember all of my friends from Tilton. I am living in Korea, got married, have one lovely daughter and...what else? Just getting older year by year and reminiscing about old memories. Last year I had a chance to contact Tilton for the first time since 1998. My cousin applied for admission, and he’s now a freshman. I’ve talked to Mr. & Mrs. Hollingsworth, Mrs. Jones, and Mrs. Landroche by email and phone. All I really want to say is I miss Tilton so much and wanted to say thank you for letting me have such great times while in Tilton. I’ll try to keep in touch, and please do the same.” CLASS SECRETARY: JOSH POUPORE, POUPORE@GMAIL.COM

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Gavin Faretra and Lauren Landroche Faretra ’02 celebrated the birth of their first child, Gabriella Anne Faretra born in December 2011.


Danny DeMarco is currently an assistant coach for the Stonehill College men’s lacrosse club team and always looking for a fellow Ram to join his team. Tyler Fillion writes, “I married my wife, Mauri, in February 2010, and I currently live on Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., with my wife and two dogs. I am a Staff Sgt. in the Army and serve in 3rd Ranger Battalion. I am about to complete my 36th month of overseas deployments to combat zones.”


Hannah Epstein married Jamie Pelletier in a beautiful service nestled in the White Mountains in North Conway at the Red Jacket Resort. Gwen Darnell writes, “I married Shelby Andrew Pitman in Dallas, Texas, in September 2011. It was a gorgeous mid-day ceremony, and we were overjoyed to have spent it with our families. Both of us are in

Gwen Darnel ’04 and Shelby Andrew Pitman were happily married in Dallas Texas in September of 2011.

school and working full-time, so it was very hectic trying to pull everything together, but it all turned out perfect!”


Aaron Christian, a senior from New Bedford, Mass., and member of the Knights basketball team, thrilled the spectators during a regular season game as he downed a triple-double; the first triple-double accomplished by a St. Andrews player in over 10 years.


Danny Organ had a great year as captain of the Hobart men’s ice hockey team.


“Ella” Faretra born December 2011 to Gavin Faretra ’00 and Lauren Landroche Faretra ’02.


Katie Watson won one of her classes at The Worlds Championship for Miniature Horses on Friday, September 23. She is now a world champion! Mike Deschene writes, “Everything is going well for me at West

Danny Organ ’07 pictured as he took the ice for Hobart during his last season for the Statesmen.

(l to r): Mike Ducshene ’11 and Supawit Wongissares ’11 at the Army/Navy Game.

Point, and although it is tough academically, I’ve been pushing through. Supawit and I caught up before the Army/Navy game, and I was able to snap a picture of both of us. Keep in touch! CDT PVT Michael Joseph Deschene.”

IN MEMORIAM Alumni/ae Allan S. Beale ’34 Pross W. Toine ’37


Earle C. Kerr ’38


Elwin H. Chapman ’39


Mary E. Baker Colby ’39


John B. Davis ’40


George T. Hamilton ’42


John W. Corbett ’42


Eric C. Colen ’47


David F. Colt ’47



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George W. Lagerstrom ’47



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Aristotle A. Mavrofrides ’48


David L. Carpenter ’53


George T. Liamos ’54


Sherman M. Prouty ’61


Raymond E. Johnson ’62


David E. Traister ’67


Charles C. Helmle ’72


John B. Griffin ’78


Join the winning team. Are you up for the challenge? Want to help continue Tilton’s long history of academic accolades, artistic accomplishments and athletic successes? HERE’S HOW If you have never given a gift to the Annual Fund, your inaugural gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to the $100,000 match. If you increase your last gift to the Annual Fund, the increase will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to the $100,000 match. TO MAKE YOUR GIFT Visit or call 603.286.1740

Thank you!


We asked a current faculty member, an alum and a student: ‘What is your favorite Jim Clements memory?’ Here is what they had to say... t

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During my first year, the girls’ basketball team had just earned the number two seed for NEPSAC playoffs and went to grab a bite to eat. While we were there, Jim walked in to pick up his takeout. He didn’t say anything to us, just a wave from afar, and walked out the back door. We were finished and getting ready to pay our bill, the waiter brought us a note on a napkin and said our bill was taken care of. The note said, “Congratulations! Now the fun begins.” It is still hanging on my fridge three years later to remind me of the belief and support he has in us. I look at the note every morning for motivation.






I am always amazed by how truly personable

My favorite memory of Jim Clements is when he was

Mr. Clements is. During the time I have been a student

asked what he would remember most about his time

at Tilton, Mr. Clements has always remembered to

here. No brainer, I thought, knowing that opening the

wish me a happy birthday, known my parents’ names

new academic building was monumental. Nope. He said,

by heart, and always asks how my day is going when

“Sitting around the campfire with the kids on the senior

I pass him around campus. It is Mr. Clements’ true care

trip.” It’s always been about the kids for him.

for his students that will forever be cherished by the Tilton community, as well as myself.

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Alumni Weekend June 8-10, 2012 HIGHLIGHTS All-Class Reception to Honor Jim & Bev Clements Welcome Incoming Head of School Peter Saliba Casino Night New England Lobster Dinner Alumni Awards Presentation

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