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The Magazine for University Liggett School

Celebrating Creativity and Innovation

Literary Legacies


Fall 2016

HEAD OF SCHOOL Joseph P. Healey, Ph.D.

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For some years I taught a course with several colleagues on Creativity at Hobart and William Smith College. One of the fascinating discoveries we all made as we examined what in particular made anyone really “creative.” It is actually hard to say. We think of the creative often and especially in the arts – in literature, in painting, or in music. We call these “creative arts.”

Joe Healey and his new rescue dog, Rosco

Sometimes as a result, people separate the creative from the “hard” sciences – the things that really make the world “run.”

“In this issue, we profile

Of course it is a fallacy to think that the creative is not the product of great labors, intensive thinking, and a capacity to organize and make things.

who have achieved

In looking at the creative, we are examining a capacity to see what others do not. I had lunch recently with Bud Fruehauf and he talked about his father and grandfather who created essentially the hitch that allowed large transports to be linked into one vehicle. Now we would not necessarily put that into the same category as Picasso, Michelangelo or Herman Melville. But the creative is a fundamental part of the human experience. Indeed the human experience might even be characterized as the act of invention and discovery. For all of our human achievements were not simply the products of our genetics, but our imagination as well. In this issue, we profile some of our community who have achieved recognition for their creativity, innovation and their ability to change the perception of our reality. They have allowed us to see more than what we think and to imagine more that we might have thought possible. Enjoy this journey with them and recognize that your school is both a source and center of creative life.

Joseph P. Healey, Ph.D. Head of School

some of our community recognition for their creativity and their ability to change the perception of our reality. They have allowed us to see more than what we think and to imagine more that we might have thought possible.” – Joseph P. Healey, Ph.D. Head of School


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Honoring Muriel Liggett Merit Scholars Receive Fulbrights The Center of It All Literary Legacies Driving Innovation

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Around Campus Perspective: Advancement Perspective: Parent Perspective: Student Perspective: Alumni Class Notes Perspective: Lens

The Magazine for University Liggett School


Commencement 2016 Sunday, June 5, 2016

The senior class and the Liggett community came together to share in the excitement and celebrate the academic accomplishments of the graduates of the Class of 2016.

The Annual Fund

We Grow Together in

Community, Spirit, Innovation and Creativity Liggett’s new turf athletic fields don’t grow dandelions and weeds. That’s great news for the school’s groundskeepers, but not for pollinating insects like butterflies and bees. So this year on Earth Day, fifth-graders grabbed their shovels and spades and planted a large pollinators garden near the football field. This school year, please watch for more of these types activities as we kick off our 2016-17 Annual Fund theme, We Grow Together. The Annual Fund is the foundation of University Liggett School’s development program. It allows the school to bridge the gap between tuition and the total cost of a Liggett education. Your generosity has a direct impact on Liggett students and programs, allowing students and our school to grow in community, spirit, innovation and creativity. Every dollar makes a difference. To make a gift, visit

Celebrating Innovation and Creativity This year on Earth Day, fifth-graders grabbed their shovels and spades and planted a large pollinators garden near the football field.

Nicole Shammas Scholarship Rising sixth­-grader Summer Orlowski of Macomb Township is the 2016­-17 recipient of the Nicole Marie Shammas Memorial Scholarship at University Liggett School. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded for three years (sixth through eighth grade) of Middle School. Recipients of the scholarship must show an interest in the arts and academic promise. This is the 30th anniversary of the scholarship, part of the school’s endow4



ment program, which is made possible by a gift from the Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shammas family of Grosse Pointe Woods and others who knew Nicole Shammas, who passed away while in Middle School. Summer is a talented artist and performer who began attending Liggett this fall. “With this scholarship, Nicole is remembered throughout the Liggett community and especially in our Middle School,” says Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for advancement.


Liggett Honors the Late Shelli Elmer

With Parent Volunteer Award and Geoffrey ’19.

Shelli Elmer was committed to making University Liggett School a better place through her volunteer efforts. For many years, Elmer volunteered at school events such as Homecoming and the Upper School Treasure Hunt, and she worked hard to support the school’s Spring Raffle and Liggett Knight. Her efforts were very much appreciated, and she held leadership roles with the school’s parent associations. “Shelli was always happy to help out in every way,” remembers Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for advancement. “She always had a smile on her face, and she knew her service and leadership to the school made a difference every day. When you think of what it means to be a volunteer, you think of Shelli.” Elmer passed away in November 2015, leaving behind her husband, Mark, and two sons, Jonathan ’16


Last spring, Liggett honored her memory with the school’s first Shelli Elmer Parent Volunteer Award. The award was presented to her family during the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast in May. Beginning in spring 2017, the award will be given annually to a parent volunteer who personifies Elmer’s spirit of exceptional achievement, contribution, service and leadership in support of Liggett. “This award is a special way to remember Shelli,” Hamilton says. “Her spirit will be kept alive year after year when we honor other hardworking and dedicated parent volunteers who, like Shelli, are committed to serving our school. Shelli touched many lives here, and we are humbled to honor her memory in this way.”


1. Geoffrey Elmer, Jonathan Elmer, Mark Elmer; 2. Mark Elmer, Joe Healey, head of school; 3. Jonathan Elmer, Linda Gawal; 4. Louana Ghafari, Rima Ali Ahmad, Susan Azar; 5. Allison Isbey, Stacey Hall; 6. Susie Cooper, Cindy Banaszewski, Nicole Kopicki, Christine Alcantara





Read more about Ralph C. Wilson’s legacy of innovation on page 38.

Liggett Receives Grant to Support

Educational Programs for the Public University Liggett School will increase its community engagement initiatives and public programming this year thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. Liggett was one of 14 Michigan organizations to receive a grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan from three new permanent funds that honor the legacy of University Liggett School alumnus Ralph C. Wilson Jr. ‘36 DUS. The grant will help support educational programs for the Ralph Wilson Jr. ‘36 DUS public including the school’s popular Lunch and Learn seminars. The Lunch and Learn seminars, open the community, are taught by Liggett faculty. This year’s sessions covered a diverse range of topics such as technology, baseball literature and poetry.

Mr. Wilson, who passed away in 2014, was the former owner of the Buffalo Bills football team. A 1936 graduate of Detroit University School, one of University Liggett School’s predecessor schools, he remained committed to the Detroit area. In 2010, University Liggett School honored Mr. Wilson with its Distinguished Alumni Award, the school’s highest honor. “We are thankful for Mr. Wilson’s longtime generosity and commitment to Liggett and our community, and his spirit of giving back continues to make an impact on the community after his death,” says Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for advancement. “We look forward to growing our community engagement offerings in the coming year, and are grateful to have an opportunity to do that with this grant.”

Liggett Players Earn High Marks

at International Festival

Three Liggett students earned top rankings at the Educational Theater Association’s International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb. Liggett rising junior Antonio Cipriano finished with an overall Excellent Ranking in solo musical theater. Rising juniors Catey Elliott in solo musical theater and Grace Andreasen in solo acting events received Superior Rankings and gold medals, respectively, for their performances. The festival, held in June, brought together top talent from around the world, with troupes from the Pacific Rim, China and Canada participating this year.

Back Row: Quinn Nehr, Dr. Phillip Moss, Jackson Wujek, Andrew Backer, Antonio Cipriano. Front Row: Emma Leonard, Grace Andreasen, Catey Elliott, Jaycie Rickert, Skye Vreeken




Honoring Bob Wood Ninth-grader Ian Narva, Liggett’s first Robert G. Wood Endowed Scholarship recipient, stands beside Bob Wood ‘59 GPUS, for whom the scholarship was named. Established by Wood’s son Doug and daughter-in-law Beth, the Robert G. Wood Endowed Scholarship honors his many athletic achievements. Among Bob Wood’s many high school athletic achievements, he won the state tennis doubles championship three years in a row with his doubles partner, George Haggarty ’59 GPUS. After college in 1965, Bob Wood returned to Grosse Pointe University School, where he was the athletic director, tennis coach and freshman advisor for 37 years. Upon his retirement in 2002, the school’s tennis center was named in honor of his accomplishments and 52-year commitment to the school.


Class of 2016

Adrian College University of Alabama Albion College Alma College Aquinas College University of Arizona Baldwin Wallace University Belmont University Bluffton University Boston College Bowling Green State University Brown University Bucknell University Butler University Capitol Technology University Case Western Reserve University Castleton University Central Michigan University University of Chicago Clarkson University College for Creative Studies University of Colorado at Boulder Columbia College Chicago University of Connecticut Davidson College University of Dayton Denison University University of Denver DePaul University DePauw University University of Detroit Mercy Eastern Michigan University Eckerd College Elmira College Elon University Emmanuel College Ferris State University Florida Gulf Coast University Fordham University Furman University Grand Valley State University Grinnell College Hamilton College - NY

Hampton University High Point University Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hope College Howard University Illinois Wesleyan University Indiana University at Bloomington John Carroll University

University of Michigan University of Michigan, Dearborn Middle Tennessee State University Montana State University, Bozeman University of Montana, Missoula Morehouse College Northern Michigan University Northwestern University

The 63 seniors in this year’s graduating class were admitted to these colleges and universities. Kalamazoo College Kenyon College Kettering University Lake Forest College Lawrence Technological University Loyola University Chicago University of Maine Marietta College Marquette University Marymount Manhattan College Miami University, Oxford Michigan State University Michigan Technological University

University of Notre Dame Oakland University Oberlin College Ohio State University Ohio Wesleyan University Oklahoma City University Otterbein University Pennsylvania State University University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia University Pratt Institute Princeton University Purchase College State

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University of New York Purdue University Regis University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute University of Richmond Ringling College of Art and Design Rochester Institute of Technology University of Rochester Rollins College Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saginaw Valley State University Saint Louis University Savannah College of Art and Design School of the Art Institute of Chicago Siena Heights University Smith College University of South Carolina University of Southern Maine Southern Methodist University Southern New Hampshire University Spelman College Susquehanna University Thiel College Tuskegee University United States Military Academy The University of the Arts University of Vermont Villanova University Washington University in St. Louis Wayne State University Webster University West Virginia University Western Michigan University College of William and Mary University of Wisconsin, Madison Wittenberg University College of Wooster Worcester Polytechnic Institute Xavier University Xavier University of Louisiana Young Harris College

Watch this year’s video about the Academic Research Project at

Three-Day Celebration Showcases

Seniors’ Academic Research Projects

University Liggett School celebrated the passions and discoveries of its seniors who presented their Academic Research Projects to the public during the three-day Celebration of Research event May 24-26. The Academic Research Project is the cornerstone of Liggett’s Curriculum for Understanding and the culmina-




tion of a year and a half of research on a chosen topic. For their Academic Research Projects, students think about their own passions and interests, then pose and answer a relevant academic question. The project expands beyond the boundaries of the school – some students work with mentors at area universities, health systems and other organizations as well as conduct scholarly research online and off site.


Our Spring Athletes Received Many Honors.






Liggett Claims

Fourth Baseball State Title in Six Years The Knights dominated New Lothrop in the Division 3 state championship game on June 18 at Michigan State University. Liggett captured Division 4 titles in 2011 and 2013, a Division 3 title in 2014 and a Class D championship in 1979.

very rare.” By the third inning, Liggett had an 8-0 edge.

Liggett topped the Hornets, 12-0. The mercy-ruled contest was played in sunny, 90-degree weather at McLane Baseball Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.

After New Lothrop batted at the bottom of the fifth inning, the contest was called due to the mercy rule. A 10-run lead through five innings resulted in the game to end early.

In 2014, Liggett also won the Division 3 state title in commanding fashion by defeating Decatur, 9-0.

Junior Connor McCarron was proud to celebrate his second state title.

This year’s performance was reminiscent of two years ago.

“It feels the same way as the first one,” McCarron ’17 says. “It’s unbelievable and amazing.”

“It’s huge,” Head Coach Dan Cimini says. “This is a (New Lothrop) team that was down 5-0 in the quarterfinals and came back to win 6-5, so I told these guys to get a lead, step on them and to do whatever you can to score runs.

McCarron had three hits, three runs and two RBIs. Sean Fannon ’16 also scored two runs and two hits with a pair of RBIs. Matthew Gushee ’16 was the winning ace for Liggett.

“They did everything I asked of them and they did it well and that’s very,

The Knights baseball team will be making the leap from D3 to Division 1 this year.

Girls’ Varsity Tennis The varsity tennis team came in third at the state regional tournament, while Maddie Fozo ’18 captured the regional championship in the first singles flight and advanced to the state finals. Maddie reached the quarterfinals of the Division 4 state 1 singles tournament before losing to the defending state champion. For the second year in a row, she was selected for All-State honors. Hannah Homsy ’16 and Gaby Cavataio ’17 both competed in the championship round but were defeated by worthy opponents. 10











Liggett Girls Soccer

Wins Division 4 State Championship The girls’ soccer team beat Montrose High for first state title since 2005. The girls’ soccer team won its first state championship since 2005 with a 1-0 shootout victory against Montrose High in a Division 4 final June 17 on the campus of Michigan State University. The game was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation. The teams lined up for a shootout after two overtime periods ended in a 0-0 tie. Montrose failed to connect on two of its shot attempts, while Liggett was successful on each of its shots. Kate Birgbauer ’19 made what turned out to be the game winner, with her teammates, Kelly Solak ‘18, Maddie Wu ’17 and Alexis Wenger ’18 also connecting on their shots. Junior Kara Francis was Liggett’s starting goalie. Following the game, Liggett head coach David Dwaihy was trying to take in what his team had accomplished. “Winning in a shootout is extra tense,” says Dwaihy, who was an

assistant on Liggett’s 2005 championship team. “I feel for the other team. They gave us an amazing battle. I felt good going into the shootout, knowing that we had played as well as we did, and kept it as close as we did. It hasn’t really sunk in, but obviously I’m really, really proud of the girls and pleased with their ability to step up on the big stage and get it done in a very, very tense, pressure-filled situation like a shootout.”

harder. We’re such a team, and really the last game it felt like we won the state championship, but this was kind of just like closure.” Sophomore Annelies Ondersma was asked what she thinks she will remember most about Liggett’s championship season.

Madison Jerome ‘16 relished the opportunity to complete her senior season as a state champion.

“I think I would remember all the halftime talks that coach Dwaihy gave us, just to keep going no matter what and just to worry about having fun and playing hard,” she says.

“It feels absolutely amazing,” she said. “We’ve never worked

Liggett completed its season with an overall record of 19-2-1.

Nautical Education Foundation

Recognizes Liggett’s Sailing Club Liggett’s sailing club received a grant from the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation. The $3,000 grant will be used to offset the costs of dry suits for sailing club members. After dry suits are purchased, the remaining gift will go toward registration fees and coaching costs associated with the spring season. “This gift is a big boost to the sailing club,” says Athletic Director Michelle Hicks. “We’re hopeful that this will encourage more students to participate.” Liggett’s sailing club, which was formed last year with three sailors, is open to all Upper School students and sails out of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. With the support of the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation, the club is hoping to expand and sail during both the fall and spring sailing seasons. Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation supports eight metro Detroit schools and their sailing programs with partial funding, outreach programs, training activities and provision of sailing equipment. GPYNEF also organizes, promotes and sponsors regional, national and international regattas and training.




Girls’ Varsity Softball The softball team won its fourth consecutive regional championship with a 13-0 victory against Madison Heights Bishop Foley in a Division 3 final in June. The Knights defeated Riverview Gabriel Richard 4-2 in the semifinal round of the tournament. The Knights lost 2-1 to St. Mary Catholic Central in the Division 3 state quarterfinals to end their season.



Lacrosse Team Receives

‘Chocolate Milk’ Grant Liggett’s boys’ lacrosse team has been named one of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan’s Chocolate Milk: Nature’s Sports Drink grant recipients. The team was one of 43 Michigan high school sports teams to receive funds to purchase and provide low-fat or fat-free chocolate milk to help student-athletes get the nutrition they need for practices, games and competitions. Chocolate milk is a nutrient-rich beverage that is an excellent source of calcium, potassium, protein, phosphorus, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. The drink packs a powerful punch of nutrients – perfect for athletes and for good health.




Liggett Hires New Coaches University Liggett School has hired two new coaches to lead the varsity girls’ volleyball team and the varsity girls’ hockey team.

Arena, a teacher at Port Huron High School, has coached volleyball at Macomb Community College and Anchor Bay High School, where his team went 36-14-1 and won the District 28 Championship. With more than 17 years of coaching experience, ranging from youth developmental leagues to AAA level programs, Kuehnlein says she strongly believes in building each player’s confidence and appreciation for the game as well as skill development. “Anna’s passion and commitment to create a fun learning environment through positive reinforcement and teaching hard work and respect is definitely a key contributor to her success as a coach and mentor,” says Kirk Maltby, a former Detroit Red Wing, NHL scout and the owner/head instructor of 1118 Hockey. Kuehnlein has former players currently playing for U.S. Olympic Programs, NCAA Division 1 Teams and the inaugural season of the Women’s National Hockey League. “University Liggett School is very excited to welcome both coaches Kuehnlein and Arena,” says Michelle Hicks, Liggett’s athletic director. “We look forward to the continued success of both the girls hockey program and girls volleyball program.”

Track and Field The Knights track and field team had a solid showing at the regional championship with a total of six state qualifiers. Isaiah Hines-Bailey won the boys shot put with a throw of 44 feet 4 inches; Nick Brusilow placed second in the 300H in 43.35; Megan DesMadryl qualified by time in the 800 meters in 2:31.87 (3rd place); and the girls 4x800 meters relay team of DesMadryl, Alexandra Diggs, Emma Leonard and Julia Zehetmair won in 10:56.97.

High School League University Liggett School will join the Catholic High School League for athletics beginning in fall 2017. Liggett’s transition to the Catholic High School League will help to strengthen the school’s growing athletics program and allow student-athletes to compete in the league in every sport that Liggett offers. The Catholic High School League also hosts many tournaments at professional sports venues such as Comerica Park, Ford Field and Joe Louis Arena. “The Catholic High School League is arguably the best league in the state of Michigan, and we look forward to joining the league in fall 2017,” says Shaun McTigue, assistant head of school for athletics and wellness. “Our teams will have an opportunity to compete against some of the very best teams in the state at some of the best venues, and we are excited for this important next step in our athletics program.”








Alexis Wenger ‘18 competed in the 100 meter breaststroke at the U.S Olympic swim team trials in June. The junior came in eighth in her heat with a time of 1:12.75.

Liggett Will Join Catholic


Derek Arena will coach the girls’ volleyball team and Anna Kuehnlein will coach the girls’ hockey team.





“ Muriel embodies in some sense everything powerful and meaningful that this school embodies and has stood for in all of its history.” – Joseph P. Healey, Ph.D., Head of School

Honoring Muriel

The legacy of Coach Emerita Muriel Brock is celebrated as University Liggett School publicly kicks off its Sure Foundations campaign.

By Michelle Franzen Martin





University Liggett School launched a major fundraising initiative to name the new girls’ lacrosse and field hockey field in honor of Brock. The initiative is a part of the Sure Foundations campaign.

More than 250 people came out to celebrate the Sure Foundations campaign kickoff and Muriel E. Brock Field dedication in May. The milestone event publicly announced University Liggett School’s Sure Foundations campaign, which to date has raised more than $28 million of its $50 million goal, and honored legendary Coach Emerita Muriel E. Brock by naming the new girls’ lacrosse and field hockey field in her honor. “Walking around and meeting so many of you, I recognize just from a brief survey of everybody here how many generations of people Muriel Brock’s teaching has touched,” Head of School Joseph P. Healey told the crowd of alumni, friends and community members. “Muriel embodies in some sense everything powerful and meaningful that this school embodies and has stood for in all of its history.” University Liggett School launched a major fundraising initiative to name the new field hockey field in honor of Brock. The initiative raised more than $1 million and is a part of the Sure Foundations campaign. Alumna Lisa Black ’77 led the field fundraising effort by making a $500,000 gift toward naming the field in Brock’s honor. Black, who played field hockey and lacrosse under Coach Brock, says the education she received on and off the field gave her the foundation to be a leader in her professional field. “I often say to my friends and colleagues that where I am today, both personally and professionally, is in large part due to the days I spent here at Liggett and the countless hours I spent here on the fields … I played on,” she says. “Coach Brock was quite a mentor, also while teaching us


“ Coach Brock was quite a mentor, while also teaching us how to play the game (and) how to congratulate our opponents when on the rare occasions they actually beat us – and I do say rare occasions. But also to be gracious winners, so the life lessons of teamwork and camaraderie have stayed with me and, as I have said, I think have shaped me in ways that are immeasurable and that I reflect on, and thank Muriel and this entire institution.” – Lisa Black ’77

how to play the game (and) how to congratulate our opponents when on the rare occasions they actually beat us – and I do say rare occasions. But also to be gracious winners, so the life lessons of teamwork and camaraderie have stayed with me and, as I have said, I think have shaped me in ways that are immeasurable and that I reflect on, and thank Muriel and this entire institution. It’s meant a lot to me. I am thrilled to be able to give back to a place that has meant so much to me.” Many of the women whom Muriel coached over the years attended the event, including Susan Ford ’63 GPUS, who spoke on the stage with Black.


“I will be forever grateful to Muriel for giving me that team and giving me that love of the game,” Ford says. “She gave us the game with passion and without penalty. She seemed so naturally able to turn growing pains and strains into enthusiasm and achievement, to constantly remind us our strengths rather than our failures and to consistently not say no, favoring ‘we’ll see’ instead.”

The Sure Foundations campaign comprises three priorities: capital (including the fields and John A. and Marlene L. Boll Campus Center), endowment (including the Liggett Merit Scholars program) and annual fund. 3












1. Susan Ford ’63 GPUS, Biffy Fowler and Lisa Black ‘77; 2. Muriel Brock hugs Sheila Peck Pettee ‘75 at the Muriel E. Brock field dedication; 3. Shelly Tibbitts Tucker ’87, Laure Khelokian Byron ‘87, Dana Warnez ’89; Tricia Petzold Paisley ‘87 and Eva Dodds ‘87; 4. Joe Healey, head of school; 5. Bob Jewett ‘87; 6. John W. Stroh III ‘78; 7. Muriel Brock and Amy Ottaway Zambetti ‘85; 8. Andrew Fowler ‘07, Rory Deane ‘10, Brian Greiner and Pierson Fowler ‘09; 9. The Lower School Choir cheers as the scoreboard is revealed; 10. Muriel Brock; 11. Athletic Director Michelle Hicks; 12. Pete and Jane Dow ’51 CDS, 13. Martha Ford with Muriel Brock; 14. Lower School Choir ULS.ORG



Abigale Belcrest (above with her parents), a 2016 graduate of Williams College, and Zoe Hu, a 2016 graduate of NYU Abu Dhabi, received the prestigious research grants, which allowed them to travel to Morocco to conduct research on two unrelated projects.

Liggett Merit Scholars Receive

Prestigious Fulbright Grants

Zoe Hu ‘12

Abigale Belcrest ’12 and Zoe Hu ’12 conducted research in the Middle East. By Michelle Franzen Martin

Two Liggett Merit Scholars from the class of 2012 received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to conduct research in Morocco. Abigale Belcrest, a 2016 graduate of Williams College, and Zoe Hu, a 2016 graduate of NYU Abu Dhabi, received the prestigious research grants, which allowed them to travel to Morocco to conduct research on two unrelated projects. Both women were Liggett Merit Scholars while at Liggett and were part of the first graduating class of Liggett Merit Scholars. Belcrest, an Arabic studies major from Harrison Township, received a Fulbright research grant to explore the nafaqah, mutaa and compensatory divorce payments in Morocco. She previously conducted independent research in Morocco to better understand divorce procedure and the continued role of Maliki Islam in the religious traces of the family status code. 18



“My analysis raised many new questions that I hope to investigate more deeply with the Fulbright grant, specifically those surrounding the process of awarding mutaa and nafaqah, and the form of child support and custody more generally,” she wrote in her grant proposal. Hu, who grew up in Grosse Pointe Park, returned to Morocco after previously studying there as part of her NYUAD studies. She received the grant for her project on empowering women in the media, and will be studying at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. “Having studied abroad in Morocco as a junior at NYUAD, I’m really looking forward to returning and re-connecting with the people I met there,” Hu says. “I’m also grateful to the professors of NYUAD’s Arabic Studies Department, who have instilled in me an enthusiasm for Arabic since my freshman year. What I learned from them allowed me to take advantage of my experience abroad, and will be extremely useful when I return.”


In Her Words Abigale Belcrest ’12 returned to Liggett in May to speak at the Sure Foundations campaign kickoff event. She was part of the first class of Liggett Merit Scholars and recently graduated from Williams College. In an excerpt from her speech below, she talks about her experience as a Liggett Merit Scholar and her opportunity to further pursue her studies in Morocco on a Fulbright Fellowship.

After completing her research in Morocco, Hu plans to enroll in a dual international and world history program through Columbia and the London School of Economics. Belcrest recently returned to Liggett to speak at the school’s Sure Foundations kickoff event, where she shared how being a Liggett Merit Scholar shaped and influenced her and prepared her for Williams College. Belcrest says being exposed to Arabic studies through an elective class at Liggett shaped the direction of her studies at Williams College. She says she wouldn’t have ended up as an Arabic studies major without first being exposed to the culture and language at Liggett. The Fulbright Program is funded by the Department of State and is the largest international exchange program in the United States. It was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 and offers various grants in research and teaching for students, scholars, and professionals. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study or research projects and offers opportunities for students to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries. The highly selective Liggett Merit Scholarship seeks to attract students of exceptional academic strength and promise, with a diversity of extracurricular interests, and those who will take part in – and contribute to – the life of the school. The Liggett Merit Scholars Program grants approximately three full-tuition and three half-tuition awards to ninth grade applicants each year. Since 2008, Liggett has provided more than 40 students with the educational opportunity of a lifetime. The scholarship is renewable annually; therefore, recipients who demonstrate continued success both inside and outside the classroom will realize a total four-year value of $100,000.

“In the fall of 2011, my senior year, I tentatively enrolled in Mr. Hellebuyck’s new Middle Eastern history class, in lieu of one of the many standardized AP classes. Growing up in the post-9/11 Iraq War era, I was eager to learn more about the global region that continued to receive such extensive and typically scornful political media coverage. Mr. Hellebuyck’s dynamic syllabus immediately captured my interest, dismissing stereotypes and pushing all of us to critically engage with both historical and contemporary source texts. I still remember obsessively reading Al Jazeera at the end of the semester in preparation for Israel-Palestine simulated peace talks. Innovative classes like this truly made my experience at Liggett. It was that class in addition to the confidence I developed at Liggett to push my limits and seek academic challenges that pushed me to enroll in Arabic 101 the next year as a freshman at Williams College. Flash forward four years, and I am here today very proud to share that just Thursday I presented my senior Honors thesis in Arabic studies. What’s more, in a few short months I will be moving to Rabat, Morocco, to continue ongoing research fully funded by the national Fulbright Fellowship. I absolutely trace my success back to the environment of healthy academic intensity and community of support at Liggett. If you think my recent success is dismissible on an individual basis, well, I would direct you to another one of my closest friends who was also a member of that same class with Mr. Hellebuyck way back when. The wonderful Zoe Hu will also be moving to Morocco next fall as she too received one of the 12 national Fulbright Fellowships spanning undergraduate and graduate studies alike to conduct her own research. Zoe and I were both recipients of the Liggett Merit scholarship almost eight years ago. Though I can’t speak for her directly, I can state honestly and confidently that I would not be here today without the confidence in my academic capacities that the merit scholar program and the Liggett community more broadly granted me, and for that I am incredibly grateful. And knowing that the Sure Foundations campaign will ultimately allow more students to grow in a very similar way makes me very excited to see what the future holds for Liggett.” ULS.ORG



The Center of It All When completed, the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Campus Center will serve the entire Liggett community. By Michelle Franzen Martin

Imagine a place where Liggett’s unique history meets its vibrant future. Where ideas are tested, victories are celebrated and more than a century of school traditions are honored. That place is the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Campus Center. The Boll Campus Center, the centerpiece of the Sure Foundations campaign, is planned for an area next to the McCann Ice Arena and will provide much-needed classroom, gymnasium and event space. It will serve as a welcome center for prospective families, a home for the school’s archives and a lounge area for alumni who are returning to campus. With the generous support of the Liggett community, a groundbreaking for the Boll Campus Center will begin in fall 2017. The facility will be named after John and Marlene Boll, who made the largest one-time gift in the school’s history, at $4.25 million. It will include a gymnasium, made possible by a generous gift from the H. Richard and Janet Fruehauf family, a workout facility and multipurpose space. “The Boll Campus Center will enhance all of Liggett’s programs – athletics, physical education, academics, extracurricular and special events,” says Lower School physical education teacher Biffy Fowler. “The new Boll Campus Center allows Liggett’s PE department to strengthen and enrich its already outstanding physical education curriculum.” The additional gymnasium also will allow the school to be flexible with physical education class scheduling. Students are looking forward to the groundbreaking. 20



“I’m really excited about the new Boll Campus Center,” says 10th-grader Maria Pas, who plays basketball for the Knights. “I can’t wait to use it. Playing in a top-end facility makes the games more fun for the players and the fans. It will add energy to the games and push the momentum of the game in our favor.” Pas, who also plays softball, says she has enjoyed playing on the new fields and that the Boll Campus Center is the logical next step. “Liggett already has winning athletic teams, and it is only fitting that they play in the best facilities possible,” she says. Eleventh-grader Olivia Ponte agrees. “I am very excited to see the Boll Campus Center come to life,” she says. “Personally, I will feel more motivated training in a brand-new and improved facilty. I think a lot of other athletes will feel the same. It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait for it to be completed.” Supporting the Sure Foundations campaign helps to ensure that the Boll Campus Center becomes a reality. “We look forward to breaking ground on this beautiful facility, which will give the Liggett community a place to learn, play and grow,” says Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for advancement. “The Boll Campus Center is an important investment in our campus and ensures that our students and generations of students after them will have access to the building’s state-of-the-art facilities and have access to additional classroom space.” To make a gift to the Sure Foundations campaign to support the construction of the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Campus Center, contact Kelley Hamilton at or 313-884-4444.



This state-of-the-art gymnasium, made possible by a generous gift from the H. Richard and Janet Fruehauf family, will host competitive sports, special events and provide space for physical education.

WORKOUT FACILITY Exercise equipment and weights will offer students and other members of the school community a space for athletic conditioning.

MULTIPURPOSE SPACE Movable walls can open and close off space to be used for classrooms during the day and expanded for alumni and community events in the evening.

ALUMNI LOUNGE A home away from home for University Liggett School alumni – a place that celebrates our rich history and gives alumni a place to congregate.

SCHOOL ARCHIVES Memorabilia from our school’s long and impressive history will be displayed and historical documents will be safely housed.




Homecoming 2016 Saturday, October 8, 2016

Festivities will include bounce houses, face painting, a parade, tug-ofwar, the alumni cook tent and much, much more! Come see our athletic teams take on their rivals at Homecoming 2016. For more information, visit


Moving Forward,

Achieving Great Things You can’t fool Mother Nature. Sometimes she gives us warm sunny days, and other times she pelts us with rain, wind and cold. “Thank you for everything you have done to support the Sure Foundations campaign and we continue to move forward in our public phase.” – Kelley Hamilton Associate Head of School for Advancement

It was unseasonably cold during our Sure Foundations campaign kickoff on May 14. But the afternoon’s strong winds and menacing gray clouds didn’t keep away the hundreds of people who came to this milestone event, where we dedicated the Muriel E. Brock Field and publicly celebrated our $50 million comprehensive campaign. For Muriel, seated in the audience among generations of student athletes that she coached and mentored, the weather was reminiscent of the many chilly fall days she spent on the fields at University Liggett School. For those who came to the event, it was a special time to honor her legacy and thank her for the countless ways she shaped young lives on and off the field. There’s a superstition that rain on your wedding day brings good luck. I tend to agree with that as my husband, Chad, and I were married on a rainy day much like the one we had on May 14 of this year. As luck would have it, we will celebrate our 20-year anniversary this fall with our three daughters, Amanda ’15, Alyssa ’19 and Addison ’25. Certainly, as Chad and I can tell you, rain can bring much luck. And as we saw at the kickoff celebration on May 14, it also can bring wonderful memories, lifelong friendships and the momentum to move forward and achieve great things. Thank you for everything you have done to support the Sure Foundations campaign as we continue to move forward in our public phase.


Kelley Hamilton Associate Head of School for Advancement




Celebrating Creativity & Innovation

Literary Legacies From a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to children’s books, cookbooks and journalism, University Liggett School alumni are making an impact on the literary world. By Claire Charlton

‘ There’s more perspiration than inspiration with the process of writing novels.’ Even as a teen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides ‘78 knew he wanted to be a writer.

Since the early days at University Liggett School, students have prepared themselves physically and intellectually for their grown-up lives, each in his or her own time. Some waited until college to figure it all out. Others imagined themselves as physicians, CEOs or diplomats while still walking the halls of the school. Jeffrey Eugenides ’78 stood comfortably in the latter group. He knew he wanted to be a writer. Typical of a Liggett graduate, Eugenides achieved his desired goal, and more. Quite a bit more, as it happens. A multiple award-winning author of numerous short stories and essays, Eugenides is perhaps most recognized for his three novels: “Middlesex,” which earned several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2003; “The Virgin Suicides,” which was made into a major motion picture directed by Sofia Coppola in 1999; and “The Marriage Plot,” which was published in 2012, and may have a big screen life in its future. While he admits he didn’t anticipate the level of notoriety his literary celebrity has sparked, Eugenides remains motivated to achieve what he calls the “virtuous goal” of authentic self-expression about the experience of being alive. “The deepest pleasure you get is doing the work itself,” Eugenides says when asked if his career thus far has lived up to his expectations as a Liggett Upper School student. “You are trying to not die before you are able to figure out how to do it. In a sense, the goal is always eluding you and you are always pursuing it.”

Harder than he makes it look Eugenides’ work holds a certain creative quality that gives hope to writers looking to find success. He makes very difficult work look easy. The struggle to express complex thoughts is real, but this is the nature of writing, he says. “It’s like stuffing a very large elephant into a suitcase. What is it that you can cut away in order for it to fit?” Yet creativity is as much about hard work as it is about natural ability, Eugenides says. “When people think about creativity with regard to novel writing, they think in terms of inspiration. Certainly, a lot of it is unconscious and you need to tap into your unconscious to uncover what’s there. But you need to be extremely disciplined about it, too. There’s more perspiration than inspiration with the process of writing novels. That comes from sitting and thinking and working.”

A good day’s work A professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University since 2007, Eugenides balances his two jobs by adhering to a strict schedule of writing every day and teaching on Tuesday evenings. A productive writing day, while elusive, involves connection, Eugenides says.

“The deepest pleasure you get is doing the work itself. You are trying to not die before you are able to figure out how to do it. In a sense, the goal is always eluding you and you are always pursuing it.” – Jeffrey Eugenides

“Most days are engrossing, but tend not to be terribly fulfilling, and not necesULS.ORG



The Works of Jeffrey Eugenides

The Virgin Suicides “The Virgin Suicides,” published in 1993, chronicles the suicides of the five Lisbons sisters. The Lisbons are a Catholic family living in the suburb of Grosse Pointe, Mich., during the 1970s. The father, Ronald, is a science teacher at the local high school. The mother is a homemaker. The family has five daughters: 13-yearold Cecilia, 14-year-old Lux, 15-year-old Bonnie, 16-yearold Mary, and 17-year-old Therese. The novel is written in first-person plural from the perspective of an anonymous group of teenage boys whose lives were changed by their obsession with the Lisbons. Middlesex “Middlesex” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Jeffrey Eugenides published in 2002. The book is a bestseller, with more than 3 million copies sold. Its characters and events are loosely based on aspects of Eugenides’ life and observations of his Greek heritage. It discusses the pursuit of the American Dream and explores gender identity. The novel contains many allusions to Greek mythology. The Marriage Plot “The Marriage Plot,” published in 2011, concerns three college friends from Brown University—Madeleine, Leonard, and Mitchell—beginning in their senior year, 1982, and follows them during their first year post-graduation.




sarily include a great volume of pages. A good day would be when you are selfforgetful enough to not think about the process or of the usefulness of writing, but to connect with your material, and it flows out of you with a clip and excitement,” he says. “You prepare yourself with hard work and then, as with meditation, you forget you are doing anything at all and it comes out naturally. You lock into a rhythm.”

Mining the familiar If Eugenides appears intimately familiar with the situations, eras and locations in which he drops his characters, it’s because he is skilled at blending into his writing events inspired by his own life experiences and cultural background. And nothing, he says, is too personal to include. “Fiction is an attempt to be as honest as you can about yourself, and as impervious to embarrassment as possible. It affords you a mask to hide behind to confess things and is protective so you don’t have to embarrass yourself by revealing things you have experienced. When I create situations and characters, it allows me a necessary distance to judge my work aesthetically. I’m able to see it as a piece of art, rather than a piece of reportage,” he says.

Many Liggett influences The classical education Eugenides found at Liggett was a good fit for an aspiring writer, and he says he thrived in the classrooms of Eric Linder, Larry Field and other instructors. “They were all instrumental in turning my attention to literature and to what writers have to do to make a piece of literature. The entire experience allowed me to access the type of education which brings you out of a state of darkness into a state of understanding,” Eugenides says. Social and political unrest, distracted parents, and strong relationships forged with kindred spirits made the 1970s a fertile time for coming of age. “As a class we always felt we were at the school at a wonderful time,” Eugenides says. “The school was full of energy in the mid- to late-70s and our class was

great and we are still very fond of each other. I had an incredible amount of freedom in high school and at that time, we got to know our teachers very well, to the point where we socialized with them and got to know them as people, so our education continued in many other ways.” With his own teenage daughter, Georgia, in a similarly influential time in her life, Eugenides says she doesn’t experience the same level of freedom, hinting that this is a good thing. “I remember going up north with schoolmates and having a little riot, and also making friendships with people who were equally interested in books and in art. We spent time engaging in quite sophomoric, but no less deep and meaningful, conversations. We might have ended up having a terrible thing happen to us, and it’s fortunate we didn’t,” he says.

The right education at the right time As the world evolves, Eugenides says he’s relieved he never had to plan a Millennial’s life of multiple careers or figure out how to survive in a gig economy. “That would not have worked for me,” he says firmly. “One thing that I knew at 16 at Liggett was that I wanted to be a writer, and I have gone about that; it has filled my life with purpose. I can’t imagine parsing it out to different activities. I would not be suited to a gig economy. What I do is not suited to any economy, but certainly not that one. For that I’m grateful that I knew what I wanted to do.”

The next mountain While Eugenides is known to cloak his work in secret, he did share news of his next activity: an annual hiking trip to the Swiss Alps with friends from Berlin, training for which involves climbing the steps at the Princeton football stadium. “There’s always one mountain or another that I’m trying fitfully to climb,” he says. If strenuous activity is a path to selfdiscovery, what does Eugenides say he discovers from the experience? “I learn how out of shape I am,” he says.

Shoulder to Shoulder

The Good sisters, Wendy and Lylas, take different paths as authors. Wendy Good Kindred ’55 GPUS and Lylas Good Mogk ’56 GPUS are sisters with 16 months in age between them. As the elder set of four daughters, they felt a sense of responsibility in their family, and as scholarship students from Detroit, they felt the need to work hard as students at Grosse Pointe University School. Each followed a unique path through school and beyond, yet they recognize a shared sense of self-innovation in their career pursuits: Kindred, as an artist, author and college professor, and Mogk, as an author and leading ophthalmologist in the field of low vision and macular degeneration.

Wendy Kindred’s children’s books with whimsical tales accompanied by woodcut illustrations, and Lylas Mogk’s book on macular degeneration.

Wendy Good Kindred ~ ’55 GPUS Education in the 1950s, especially for girls, was never approached creatively, says Kindred. Instead, it provided “good academic background” to make students socially and intellectually capable. “Serious fields of study were not at all encouraged and hardly offered to girls,” Kindred says. “I studied art because it was easy for me and fun, and my parents wanted me to get a background in education so I could teach.”

Wendy Good Kindred ’55 GPUS

Each followed a unique path through school and beyond, yet they recognize a shared sense of self-innovation in their career pursuits: Kindred, as an artist, author and college professor, and Mogk, as an author and leading ophthalmologist in the field of low vision and macular degeneration.

Kindred earned an MFA from the University of Chicago, then travelled to Ethiopia with her husband, where she had twin daughters and taught at an art school in Addis Ababa. When she returned, she applied her creativity to books for children, writing clever, whimsical tales accompanied by woodcut illustrations. After her fourth book, Kindred and her daughters moved from New York to Maine, where she joined the faculty at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, heading up the honors program, and retiring after 30 years. Kindred’s experience in Ethiopia was serendipitous, given her artistic creativity. “Ethiopia’s culture has a strong tradition of oral poetry with layers of meaning. It’s not a visual culture, so it was interesting to teach art there. It’s a very verbally subtle culture…where the layers of meaning that are in the air are fascinating. It’s not a culture that encourages activity because it’s hierarchical. Those at the bottom do

the work, while those at the top do all the talking,” she says. During childhood, Kindred says she lived in her head, but recognized and encouraged her younger sister’s physical creativity. “Lylas had physical courage and stamina. She did things I only thought about. We had a swing set and I explained if she put her leg over, she could turn upside down. I didn’t have the courage to do those things,” she says. Mogk went on to excel in gymnastics, narrowly missing qualification for the 1960 U.S. Olympic team. Kindred says many teachers at school made her experience memorable. In addition to her art teacher, Kindred recalls Latin teacher Miss Ferguson, whom she met for profiteroles in Greece while on a summer exchange program, and the headmistress, Miss Richardson. “She was a very warm-spirited person, surprising because she could be very strict. Never mean, just strict,” Kindred says. “But for math, I had Miss Harvey. I liked her the best. She was so clear, and so inspiring about math.” The ability to do well in math is something Kindred and her sister share. “What Wendy didn’t tell you about math is that she got a perfect score on her SAT,” Lylas Mogk shares. Kindred feels fortunate she attended GPUS. “I got a good education there, in an integrated way. There was a lot of stress on how to learn, on being open to learning.”

Poetry Lunch and Lunch Alumni, friends and members of the community came together in April when Liggett hosted “Art of Poetry,” its third and final Lunch and Learn seminar for the school year. In honor of National Poetry Month, the interactive, discussion-based session featured poems by local writers with local themes. English department chair Jennifer Gaye and former head of Upper School Peter Gaines presented the session. Participants also had an opportunity to write a poem or two. 28



Lylas Good Mogk ~ ’56 GPUS

this program,” she says, noting that she worked hard to get Medicare to cover vision rehabilitation.

She didn’t set out to become a physician. That came much, much later.

Mogk recalls strong encouragement from both home and school to move beyond comfort and accept new challenges.

After graduation, Mogk pursued a degree in English from Vassar, and a master’s in education from Indiana University. She taught English in Kabul, got married, lived in Sweden, then New York. She also raised children and taught gymnastics at Wayne State University. After sixteen years at home with her family, Mogk looked for a career she could love. She pictured her life as if she had every option open to her, uncommon for a woman long told there was just a handful of careers available. “When I got serious about it, I had to pretend I was a high school boy. What would I want to be? I’d want to be a doctor,” she says. “I started pre-med at Wayne State. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I took science and math. I never took physics or the fourth year of math in high school.” Mogk was 34, and many professors questioned her choice. “I had to do so well in undergrad and on the MCAT that they’d have to interview me,” she says. She was offered several spots, and chose Wayne State, then interned at St. John Hospital in Detroit. When her Grosse Pointe ophthalmology practice joined Henry Ford Health System, she proposed and opened the Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center. In 1997, Mogk and her daughter, Marja Mogk, Ph.D., published “Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight,” which they updated in 2003. “My creativity has been in starting

“[My sister] Wendy was quiet, intellectual, serious. I thought OK I’m just going to go for it. And the school was so good. Along with home encouragement to not hold back because of fear, the high expectations and high performance standards dovetailed. It instilled a sense of personal responsibility,” Mogk says. “The way Lylas has turned her attention to her career has been so wonderful. It’s her creativity and innovation in life,” says Mogk’s sister, Wendy Kindred, who has worked closely with Mogk to find the best treatment for her own macular degeneration. “It’s so interesting to me that she has such skills in an area that has been so important to me,” Kindred says. The respect is mutual. “Wendy was always super creative,” Mogk says. “She looks at the world and and sees it differently than other people. Artistically and philosophically, she sees another dimension and always has.” Even as young girls, Mogk recognized her sister’s gift. “She’s half way between human and angel. She’s super smart and has a different take on things in a way that artists do, and scientists do,” she says. “I remember being in the car with our mother and I was babbling away, and she would quiet me to allow Wendy the chance to speak. Wendy would simply say, ‘Isn’t the sky beautiful?’”

Lylas Good Mogk ’56 GPUS

“When I got serious about it, I had to pretend I was a high school boy. What would I want to be? I’d want to be a doctor,” she says. “I started premed at Wayne State. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I took science and math. I never took physics or the fourth year of math in high school.” – Lylas Good Mogk ’56


Creative Courage

For Keith Richburg ’76 writing is about telling the stories of people’s lives. This fall, Keith Richburg ’76 starts a new job as director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. As former bureau chief for The Washington Post, Richburg is very much at home in Hong Kong, as he would be in Paris, Jakarta, Nairobi or Manila. Twelve-hour time difference aside, we Skyped with Richburg to learn how creativity shapes his work and his life.

Your book “Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa” was published in 1997 and is a memoir of your time working in Africa. What do you think of it now, as you look back? I went back in 2007 or 2008 and spent a few weeks in Africa, and wrote an updated foreword for the book. I feel the story held up very well. There were changes when China became a huge investor in Africa, and some countries moved toward democratic elections. The Ivory Coast was always very nice and a good springboard to recover from other things going on, and now it has descended into chaos. Sudan is still a mess. Somalia is still a mess. Zimbabwe has gone down. What are you working on now? I’m trying to focus on a few projects involving China. I’m still trying to find the sweet spot that stands the test of time. I reported on the explosion of social media and microblogs called weibo and how they 30



are changing China. But the government started cracking down and the bloggers are in jail or have left the country. So that didn’t stand the test of time. I’m working on a novel for distraction. Oh! What’s your novel about? A novelist never tells! You are a Pulitzer Prize finalist for your work covering events in Somalia. Is that a journalist’s pinnacle? Prizes are great, but it’s more about the stories you write and the reputation you leave with your work. If you can just leave behind a body of work that holds the test of time, that’s the real reward. When historians are looking back at the work I did covering Vietnam and Cambodia and Indonesia, having them cite it in academic work, that’s recognition. How do you report news creatively? My job was never to report the news as it was happening, because people have other access to that. I tell stories in a creative way and paint a big picture. I look at trends, not just

events. I write about the schoolteacher who had to become a fighter in Somalia, and it’s a factual story, but creative. There’s the same fact checking, the same basis of objectivity, but you draw people in by telling a compelling story. You went to the University of Michigan and were a political cartoonist for the Tell me about that. I got into journalism drawing cartoons, even back at Liggett for Periscope. I have always been a massive comic fan – Marvel, not DC – and as kids, my brother and I sat around and drew panels for hours, and then drew our own cartoons in the panels. Reading the dialogue in comics was fantastic for me. How do you protect yourself from internalizing the traumatic events you report on? When I see something inhuman or horrific, I write about it in the most emotive, powerful way I can. I expose it. Writing is cathartic.

Which teachers stand out for you? I don’t want to commit the sin of omission because all the teachers were excellent. But if I had to name standouts, Fred Woodhams, the creative writing teacher, was a strict grader and I learned a lot about writing. Richard Schwab gave us a really creative big space to work in, and for me it was drawing. Alfred Benavides, the Spanish teacher! I was covering bombings in Spain and I reached back into my head and saw Mr. Benevides talking about the rules of verb conjugation. But Mary Remillet got us interested in current events and history. I still use her essay-writing techniques when I take notes today. What else at Liggett influenced you? The whole place, really. I mean that sincerely. By the time I got to U of M, I thought it was a piece of cake because Liggett was harder. The investment I made at Liggett made college more fun. Plus, there were 76 of us in the Class of ’76.

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“Secret Spaces of Childhood” is a really important book for me. It’s not just a fort, but could also be a blank piece of paper. No two are ever alike; it’s the proverbial snowflake. It’s just that it’s yours and you protect it.” – Elizabeth Goodenough

The Power of Play

How children play is more than child’s play for Elizabeth Goodenough. Elizabeth Goodenough studies creativity and the unique ways children discover the world through their birthright, creative play. But she’s also learning just how rare that freedom to play has become. A Harvard-trained college professor of English and American literature, Goodenough, who attended Grosse Pointe University School in the mid-1960s, specializes in children’s studies, children’s literature and culture. In addition to numerous articles, she has authored and edited several books, including “Secret Spaces of Childhood,” a discussion on the value of the child’s “space” as a critical aspect of childhood. “I noticed that there are these iconic locales in books that are much more important than any one character. The bridge of Terabithia, Huck Finn’s raft, the Secret Garden,” Goodenough says. Her published work on the subject of secret spaces led to scores of exhibitions, workshops and lectures to educate people on this universal aspect of experiential learning for children. “Secret Spaces of Childhood is a really important book for me,” she says, explaining that the “space” for each child isn’t always identifiable to those on the outside. “It’s not just a fort, but could also be a blank piece of paper. No two are ever alike; it’s the proverbial snowflake. It’s just that it’s yours and you protect it.” In collecting research about secret spaces, Goodenough says she began developing an understanding about how different groups of children are growing up today without adequate access or time to play. “There is a lack of outdoor play and contact with living things. It can sometimes sound precious, alarmist. But different communities are suffering from this situation for a variety of reasons,” Goodenough says. “Maybe it’s not safe to go outside in Detroit. In Grosse Pointe, tutoring and extracurricular activities may keep you too busy for downtime to explore or create your own play. Some live in a cul-de-sac where children can’t leave easily and have to be driven everywhere. Then, in old-style neighborhoods, kids in some ways have more freedom. It’s a highly nuanced situation.” This is the topic for Goodenough’s multiple awardwinning 2007 PBS documentary “Where Do the Children

Play?” and its accompanying study guide. “The documentary was the culmination of a lot of work, where we got a lot of experts to talk on screen,” she says. Goodenough left GPUS in 10th grade to attend Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., but she speaks fondly of her “legendary” GPUS teachers and the love of learning she gained. “Elizabeth Ferguson, who taught Latin in seventh, eighth and ninth grade, was one of the best teachers I have ever had. I can’t say enough good things about her,” she says, recognizing that classroom fun helped her learn most effectively. “She encouraged me to discover Latin at age 12, and play with cool grammar tricks. Our brains were malleable and receptive and we could memorize anything at that age.” Goodenough even recalls a play written by Ferguson in Latin and performed by her seventh-grade class at Marygrove College. “How cool is that?” she says. At 16, Goodenough accompanied Ferguson and her 80-something mother on a Mediterranean cruise. “We visited the ancient ruins of Greece and Turkey. She was so attentive and loved learning. Just an amazing woman.” Today, Goodenough sparks creativity through her own unique instruction techniques as a lecturer in arts and ideas at the Residential College at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “My courses are based on experience in learning, beyond reading and writing. We develop our own models of learning based on my understanding that everyone has different learning styles,” she says. Performancebased learning, exploration and auditory experiences encourage students to listen to themselves and other people in Goodenough’s small seminars. Fundamentally, Goodenough encourages space to allow children to grow creative powers through play, absent of tight surveillance and bogus expectations. “If we did to adults what we do to children, took away coffee breaks because you need to be doing work, think about it. Young people are at risk.” Learn more about Elizabeth Goodenough, Ph.D., and her work at ULS.ORG



“She (Liggett teacher Jean Craig) gave us the fervor to move forward and to do our own thing.” – Valierie Oppenheim Hart

An Interesting Life Bounty

Valerie Oppenheim Hart ‘54 LIG’s love for all things culinary led to her publishing cookbooks. In 1954, when most co-eds planned to graduate, marry and spend their days attending charity meetings, Valerie Oppenheim Hart ’54 LIG was headed to Barnard College to study theater. Or so she thought.

blueberry farms, sustainable and organic farming, edible game and plants, and became a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation for preservation, I was hooked,” she says.

“My parents travelled and were sophisticated, but when Mother saw New York City, she wondered if I’d be safe. She made me wither and go to the University of Michigan and major in English,” Hart remembers.

Her next book was a creative blend of history and cooking through the eyes and lives of the elegant Sakie, a gourmet feline who shares her own adventures and those of cats who have changed history. Published in 2015, “My Best Life” features delicious recipes cleverly intertwined in Sakie’s autobiography.

So, she simply made her own adventures. During the summers, she attended Harvard, and studied in Paris as a junior. “I walked past the Paris Grand Opera and saw a sign for auditions. I got on stage, but couldn’t open my mouth,” she says. Gaining composure, Hart sang The Star-Spangled Banner. “I expected a rejection slip, but instead my slip said, ‘See you Monday at 9.’” Though she performed only once that summer, the experience was part of what Hart calls “an interesting and wonderful life.” After graduating from college, Hart moved to Miami and married Buddy, with whom she shared a successful 30-year wholesale furniture business that took them to Italy. The Harts had three children and eventually settled in Mount Dora, in central Florida, where she and Buddy now live. All the while, Hart found time to write and share the joys of good cooking. In 1988, while food editor of a Miami Beach newspaper, Hart published “The New Tradition Cookbook,” which was endorsed by the famed New York Times food editor Craig Claiborne. In 2004, Hart published “The Bounty of Central Florida,” a critically acclaimed cookbook organized not by meal, but by featured ingredient, and extends beyond the typical Floridian favorites to delicacies like venison, catfish and alligator tail, which Hart says tastes like “conch from the Keys, but more tender.” “When we moved to central Florida and I began to write about our citrus industry, corn and strawberry and




“It’s a kinky book,” Hart says. “It’s fun and philosophical, written by a cat that is sometimes too human for comfort.” Hart calls Liggett a “family tradition” and credits her solid educational foundation to one Liggett teacher in particular, Jean Craig. “She gave us the fervor to move forward and to do our own thing. She prompted a lot of us to go on and to write and continue to read and be viable people rather than just housewives,” Hart says. “Many will attribute their lifestyles not to college, but to Miss Jean Craig.” Technically in retirement, Hart’s creative spirit still hums, and she thrives in Mount Dora, an “artsy town with writers and musicians and artists.” She meets with friends to discuss books and critique their written work. “We are very frank with each other in a nice way,” she says, noting that she is 80,000 words into a romantic mystery novel and is looking for a literary agent. “You have to keep going, otherwise you stagnate,” she says. “My dad used to say that everyone is out there exercising their muscles to stay young, but the mind is a muscle that you should keep exercised. Liggett taught us that, too, by the way.” Find Valerie Hart at

Rock Solid

Geology became a passion for Martha Bryant Hopkins ’47 LIG after graduation. Martha Bryant Hopkins attended The Liggett School for her final two years of high school and graduated in 1947. She followed her interests avidly and sought an alternative to traditional jobs for women in post-World War II America.

Hopkins published a travel narrative of post-apartheid South Africa in 2000 called “Second Chances,” which focused on how the country changed and how it remained consistent during the political upheavals of the 1990s.

“Liggett honored learning and didn’t belittle curiosity,” she says, who was known as Punky back at The Liggett School. “I did well in math and science classes and loved being out-of-doors. I did not want to be an elementary school teacher and then get married, as so many women of my age and background ended up doing.”

“I did and do find just associating with similar people of similar backgrounds to be limiting or boring,” Hopkins says. “One needs to learn and have the willingness to learn made evident to people who speak a different language and have different customs. It’s not always comfortable, but is immensely rewarding. It’s important to know your own levels of tolerance and to know when and how to conclude or back out of a situation. Courtesy and humor will take you a long way.”

In 1951, Hopkins graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in geology. “I immediately went to work for the United States Geological Survey in Washington, D.C. I transferred to San Francisco and was one of the first occupants of the USGS in Menlo Park, California,” she remembers. She bought a Jeep and took a year’s leave of absence to spend time in Mexico and Central America before returning to marry David Hopkins. Throughout her life, she has lived in Alaska, Iceland, Africa, Ecuador and parts of northern Europe. In 1975, Hopkins self-published “A partial and un-official history of Menlo Park,” which she says is still in public libraries in California.

At Liggett, Hopkins says she was most influenced by Eva McKinley West and Etta Jean Craig, both English teachers. “Miss Craig once sent back a chatty friendship summer note that I had sent her with the spelling and grammar mistakes corrected,” she says. Today, Hopkins lives in Tucson, Ariz., which has the perfect climate and geological environment for her personal tastes. “I haven’t been a practicing geologist for many years, but do follow and attend some of the activities at the University of Arizona. I happen to love deserts and arid lands, so being in the heart of the Sonoran Desert is comfortable for me.”

“I did and do find just associating with similar people of similar backgrounds to be limiting or boring. One needs to learn and have the willingness to learn made evident to people who speak a different language and have different customs. It’s not always comfortable, but is immensely rewarding. It’s important to know your own levels of tolerance and to know when and how to conclude or back out of a situation. Courtesy and humor will take you a long way.” – Martha Bryant Hopkins




Liggett Hosts

Writers Week Celebration Nationally renowned broadcast journalist and Liggett alumnus Miles O’Brien ‘77 kicked off Liggett’s first-ever Writers Week in April. Writers Week brought in writers and journalists for a series of sessions with students, held both in person and over Skype. The school also brought in the community that week through its Lunch and Learn session, called “The Art of Poetry,” featuring Upper School Head Peter Gaines and Upper School English Department Chair Jennifer Gaye. O’Brien, the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour, joined the students over Skype. O’Brien is a writer, producer and director for other PBS shows including Frontline and Nova, and he spent many years as a space/ aviation correspondent for CNN. Other Writers Week sessions included presentations from the following people: Ronica Bhattacharya, a former Liggett English teacher and author of “Bijou Ray” (St.

Book Award

Winners 2016 Each year a select group of students are recognized with the Liggett’s highly prized book awards. Honored for the 2015-2016 school year were seven juniors. Back row from left: Antoni Dulac, Brown University book award; Sarah Galbenski, Cornell University book award; Andrew Wu, Harvard University book award; and Amelia Doetsch, Smith College book award. Front row from left: Lucille Alpert, Yale University book award; Madeline Wu, Williams College book award; and Tamara Ajjour, Mount Holyoke College book award. 34



Martin’s, 2010); father-son team John G. Rodwan Jr. and J. Gordon Rodwan (John G. Rodwan Jr. is the author of the essay collections “Holidays and Other Disasters” and “Fights & Writers”and a collection of poems; J. Gordon Rodwan is a prize-winning photographer whose work has been displayed throughout the region); Rosie Styczynski, a movie producer with some of Hollywood’s biggest films; Anna Clark, a Detroit-based freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic and Columbia Journalism Review; and Kelly Fordon, whose fiction, poetry and book reviews have appeared in the The Boston Review and other journals. Other presenters included Gail Howe ‘89 and Laura Adams, Kate Hanigan, Theresa Rizzo ‘80, Margaret Mason, Nora Baskin and a journalism panel with Ed Fitzgerald, Wes Raynal, Ted Craig and Nicole Chadwick.

Lambrequin showcases

Student Work

Liggett’s new literary and art magazine, the Lambrequin, showcases the talents of Upper School students. Here are a few of their submissions. How I Perform By Jovana Djokovic ‘17

After Last Chair Christian deRuiter ‘17

World of Broken Glass Lina Tate ‘18

In the Woods Sophia Kopicki ‘17

Change of Circumstance Carissa Knickerbocker ‘16

Flying Chamelons Caroline Caramagno ‘16

Exploring Journalism Summer intern writer is able to leave ‘something behind.’ By Aaron Robertson ‘13, Princeton Student

There are certain questions people ask when you tell them you enjoy writing and are pursuing a degree in Italian literature. One of the common questions is whether you plan to become a journalist. It’s one I’ve been receiving for years but hadn’t seriously entertained until this summer, when I interned with the Detroit Metro Times. Good long-form arts journalism exists, but it is rare. I decided that if I were to become a journalist, I’d want to bring attention to fringe cultural movements and the artists and thinkers who catalyze them. After writing news blogs and a couple of smaller arts features, I had the opportunity to pitch and write a cover story. I’d learned about something called the One Mile Project, whose co-founders worked from a refurbished mechanic’s shop in the North End neighborhood downtown. Turns out this neighborhood is a hub for radical artists and activists in Detroit, and somehow no other news outlet had covered them. These people fit into a complex cultural aesthetic called Afrofuturism, which I had first learned about in a college course. I did a little pre-reporting and knew that this was the kind of thing people would love to know about. I spent dozens of hours interviewing, photographing, transcribing, outlining, and writing. Not one second of it was dull. News reporting is difficult and, when done well, the results can be exciting. But I’ve always been drawn to a more narrative-based style of journalism. I’m grateful to have worked at what I consider to be metro Detroit’s most interesting publication, and it’s nice to have left something behind. Whether I decide to work as a journalist or as an editor in publishing, there’s little doubt that a life surrounded by writers is a fine one. ULS.ORG




INNOVATion From farming to football, University Liggett School alumni are inventing and innovating ideas and things that have changed the world.




Litle has been a problem-solver and innovator in the business world for decades. As owner of a catalogue company, he dealt with a major problem facing his peers: losing two percent of credit card sales where the card wasn’t presented in person (online or by phone). The simple three- or fourdigit number on the back of the card dropped that inefficiency down to 0.1 percent for a savings in the industry of more than $1 billion per year.

From GPUS to Business Innovation,

Tim Litle Found Solutions By Bruce MacLeod

Have you ever been asked to input the three-digit card identification number on the back of your credit card when making a purchase online or over the phone? If so, then your shopping world has been touched by former Grosse Pointe University School student Tim Litle. “Looking back, it seems excruciatingly obvious,” says Litle. “It was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time with the right experience.” Litle has been a problem-solver and innovator in the business world for decades. As owner of a catalogue company, he dealt with a major problem facing his peers … losing two percent of credit card sales where the card wasn’t presented in person (online or by phone). The simple three- or four-digit number on the back of the card dropped that inefficiency down to 0.1 percent for a savings in the industry of more than $1 billion per year. The origin of Litle’s idea came at an L.L. Bean conference when a representative of American Express asked for any suggestions and Litle shot back with his idea for the card identification number. American Express went with it and Visa soon followed. Litle’s transaction methodology expanded to include zip code and billing address. “I never thought of it as anything special,” he says. “Just looking at it and saying that it would work better this way.” Litle’s talent for improving systems showed itself earlier in his career when he developed the presort system that the Post Office still uses. Litle examined how only 70 percent of Christian Science Monitor subscribers were getting their paper delivered through the mail on time. Company mailers were stuffing the paper in sacks and hand-writing tags for a process that would lead to the sacks being sorted by hand at the Post Office and

dumped into other sacks. Litle came up with a system to computerize the labels by zip codes. The sacks were delivered to the post office presorted. On-time delivery soared from 70 to 92 percent. “The Christian Science Monitor was ecstatic,” he says. “It was a process that anyone could be trained on in 30 seconds.” One of Litle’s business school friends from Harvard, Bill Sullivan, met with Litle over lunch to discuss the presort system. The Post Office was saving money because of the new efficiency and it wanted to encourage more mailers to do the same. “It cost 9.6 cents to mail a catalogue, so I said, ‘How about 4 cents?’” Litle remembers. Eight months later, the Post Office had its Carrier Route Presort discount in place. Now about half of all mail is delivered that way. Litle’s path to business success started on Meadow Lane in Grosse Pointe Farms, where he grew up on a street with 46 houses and 115 children under the age of 15. “I thought it was like that everywhere, but as I grew up, I realized it was a special setting,” he says. After leaving GPUS after his sophomore year, Litle graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut in 1958. He earned a B.S. at the California Institute of Technology before receiving an MBA from Harvard in 1964. For all but six months of his career, Litle has worked for himself in various companies, including Litle & Company, Direct Order Sales Corp. and Information Services Inc. In March, Litle received the Distinguished Alumni Award from California Institute of Technology. His career summary on the award website reads: “Litle is being recognized for his revolutionary contributions to commerce. Through innovations such as the presorted mail program he developed for the U.S. Postal Service and the threedigit security codes on credit cards, Litle has made global business more efficient and secure.” ULS.ORG



“I am a very, very, very big risk-taker. Because if you don’t take a risk, you never get anything.” – Ralph Wilson

Ralph Wilson ’36 DUS:

American Football League Pioneer By Bruce MacLeod

Ralph Wilson used to keep a framed quote on the wall of his Detroit office that read, “On fourth and one … GO FOR IT!” Taking risks was always part of Wilson’s game plan and a reason why the 1936 graduate of the Detroit University School was successful as the owner of the Buffalo Bills. “That is my philosophy in anything I do,” Wilson told the Buffalo News in 1988. “That sums it all up right there. I am a very, very, very big risk-taker. Because if you don’t take a risk, you never get anything.” Wilson, who passed away in his Grosse Pointe Shores home in 2014, was not only one of the creators of the American Football League, he also helped shape the modern National Football League with his impact on the merger between the two leagues and football’s lucrative contracts with television networks. After growing up in Detroit and graduating Detroit University School, Wilson went on to earn a degree from the University of Virginia and attend the University of Michigan before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in World War II, seeing action in the Pacific. When he returned home to Michigan, Wilson joined his father in business, a venture that started with insurance and spread to television stations, mining, manufacturing and construction. By 1959, Wilson was a 41-year-old minority owner of the Detroit Lions when he became part of the selfdescribed “Foolish Club” – eight businessmen who founded the AFL. Wilson, who is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, invested $25,000 and after looking at several locations, founded the Buffalo Bills. The franchise was sold in 2014 after Wilson’s death for $1.1 38



billion, according to CNN. “A lot of people, including the NFL, really didn’t give us much of a chance to survive at the time,” said Wilson in the book “Legends of the Buffalo Bills.” The AFL, however, did survive and the Bills were one of the pillars of the league. Buffalo won back-to-back AFL championships in the league’s fifth and sixth seasons – the final two campaigns before an agreement with the NFL led to the Super Bowl being played between the AFL and NFL champions. Wilson helped keep the AFL in business before the merger, doing things like keeping the Oakland Raiders solvent with a $400,000 loan in 1962 and being a major force in negotiating a lucrative television contract in 1964 that brought the NFL to the table for talks of unifying the two leagues. The Bills have been part of the NFL since the AFL was merged into the fold in 1970. Despite early concerns that Wilson, who lived in Grosse Pointe Shores, would have problems owning a franchise where he didn’t live, he endeared himself to western New York. He kept the Bills in Buffalo despite flirtations from other cities to move the team. The Bills now play at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He also endeared himself to the Bills players. Steve Tasker told the story in his book “The Buffalo Bills: My Life on a Special Team” when he was approached by a man in the locker room after his first game and was asked if he could do anything for him. Tasker asked the team trainer who the man was, only to find out it was team owner, Ralph Wilson. “He treats each of us just like we’re one of his kids,” Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly told the Buffalo News in 1989. “And I think every player would like that. Nobody wants to see the white-collar person who just shows up during the course of the game with a tie on. He comes out to practice in his turf shoes. He catches passes. He’s just like one of us.”

Liz Prus Myers ‘88 is one of the

World’s Most Powerful Financiers By Bruce MacLeod

Finance wasn’t the family business, but it was part of Liz Prus Myers’ childhood in Grosse Pointe Farms. The graduate of University Liggett now is a titan in the financial world as JP Morgan’s Head of Global Equity Capital.

vard Business School. After completing that degree, she returned to JP Morgan, joining the equity capital markets group in 1997.

“When people grow up in family dinners some people talk about politics,” Myers told Business Insider. “We talked about companies and sometimes stocks. Even though neither of my parents were in finance, they were both interested in business.”

Myers is the only woman to head a global equity capital markets business at a Wall Street bank. She is one of five listed by Princeton for its students as a mentor in investment banking. Networking is one piece of advice that Myers emphasizes to young women.

Myers’ late mother, Judith Goodnow Prus, was an interior designer, founder and president of JGP Design Associates in Grosse Pointe Farms. Her father, Dr. Michael Prus, is an anesthesiologist.

“It is rare that if a younger woman comes to meet with me that I don’t follow up by introducing her to someone in the senior ranks,” Myers told American Banker.

But after leaving University Liggett School in 1988, Myers set out on her own career path in finance, earning her undergraduate degree from Princeton after shifting from a premed major to economics. Myers accepted a job offer from JP Morgan after graduating, a company for which she’s worked her entire career. “I came to JP Morgan because it was known for having the best training program,” Myers says. “I felt a strong affiliation with the culture, which was very client-centric — do the right thing for the client regardless of what the right thing for the bottom line is.” Myers’ one break from JP Morgan came in 1995 when she got her MBA from Har-

By 2014, Myers was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker. The publication said this about Myers: “In an uneven year for JP Morgan Chase, Liz Myers shines. Her global equity capital markets unit completed 469 deals in 2013 and generated $1.5 billion in fees – an increase of 46 percent over 2012.”

“As you look around, you realize that you’ve become … accidentally in some ways, a role model for others,” Myers told Business Insider. “So you sort of owe it to others to help out. I’ve had a lot of male mentors in my career and female mentors. I always encourage people to support both because you need both mentors and sponsors.”

Myers is the only woman to head a global equity capital markets business at a Wall Street bank. She is one of five listed by Princeton for its students as a mentor in investment banking. Networking is one piece of advice that Myers emphasizes to young women.

When Myers started at JP Morgan in 1992, she worked in mergers and acquisitions before moving on to corporate finance. By 2014, Myers had 190 bankers who reported to her, emphasizing global linkages. According to Institutional Investor, JP Morgan weathered the financial crisis by $94.4 billion worth of global equity deals in 2009, nearly $20 billion more than the second most active firm in that arena, Goldman Sachs Group. ULS.ORG



Nona Yehia ‘89 Creates a Marriage

Between Inside and Outside By Bruce MacLeod

Architecture isn’t about creating an interior space that keeps out nature for 1989 University Liggett graduate Nona Yehia. It’s about integrating inside and outside. Yehia has made her mark in her industry, first in New York then in Jackson, Wyo., for her innovative approach. “Recent investigations in the world of architecture and science lead us to a broader understanding of how what we build leads to an interaction with the environment at every level,” Yehia said on a TEDx video on YouTube. “Can we as architects envision a relationship with nature that is symbiotic or perhaps even productive. If so, we can push design beyond sustainability to literally sponsor new architectural landscapes that redefine the nature of the spaces that we occupy.” One of Yehia’s recent projects symbolizes that approach to architecture. Vertical Harvest is a three-story high greenhouse that is on the end of a parking garage. That it’s tall and slim means that it takes up just a tenth of an acre of space, but can produce as much food as five acres of food does. The Vertical Harvest will extend a four-month growing season into one that’s year-round. The greenhouse is capable of producing 37,000 pounds of greens, 4,400 pounds of herbs and 44,000 pounds of tomatoes per year, according to “We had to prove it was a feasible idea that would have enough community impact for the town to essentially




lease us the land for free,” Yehia, the company’s chief executive, told the New York Times. Yehia’s path to architecture began after she left University Liggett and got her bachelor’s degree in the field at the University of Michigan. From there, Yehia earned her master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Yehia spent the first five years of her career in New York City as a designer at Reiser + Umemoto architecture firm. Then, in 2003, her family made the move to Jackson Hole. Yehia’s husband, attorney Mark Sullivan, was familiar with the area and the family visited Wyoming often. “Mark has loved Jackson Hole since he was 11,” Yehia told Range magazine. “The first time he took me over Togwotee Pass. I’ll never forget that moment. It left an indelible impression and I fell in love with this place instantly. Every time we’d visit, I’d drive around pretending we lived here. Now that we do, I know that the community is every bit as inspiring as the landscape.” The Wyoming community is key to the Vertical Harvest project. “We have a certain number of hours of work and divide it up based on ability, desire, and skill,” Yehia told “The job is developed based on how many hours someone wants to work and can work.” Since her move to Wyoming, Yehia has been partner in E/Ye Design with Jefferson Ellinger.

John D. Evans ‘62 GPUS

on Communication By Claire Charlton

Our ability to connect, browse, chat and message comes to us with speed and ease, largely thanks to business executive and philanthropist John D. Evans ‘62 GPUS. From his earliest days at GPUS, Evans has been an innovator. In 1977, long before CNN, MTV, the Weather Channel and the Discovery Channel, Evans figured out how to link into the closed circuit TV broadcasts in the U.S House of Representatives and distribute the feed around the country via satellite, through living room cable boxes and into the TVs of millions of Americans. The co-founder of C-SPAN, Evans worked to advance cable telecommunications on a national level, bringing Americans close to the Internet connectivity we enjoy today. As innovative as that was at the time, C-SPAN is just one achievement on Evans’ professional resume. He has founded, led, organized, promoted growth, operated, represented and created through numerous communications entities. We caught up with Evans to learn more about his imprint in the communications industry.

You started at University of Michigan in the College of Engineering, and hoped to be a meteorologist. Where did this interest begin? I was a junior at GPUS and I got a National Science Foundation grant to study with Vincent Schaefer, who invented cloud seeding. One of the things GPUS did at the time was afford us the opportunities to have internships or summer experiences that shaped our lives. Calculus and the first law of thermodynamics sunk me, though, so I joined the College of Literature, Science and the Arts to become a speech major. I joined WCBN as their meteorologist. I became news director and was working on Nov. 22, 1963, when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I went to Washington to report back. What an extraordinary experience that was. How did you apply this experience to your future work? It was important for my work with C-SPAN because it showed me how under national distress, we

don’t go into revolution. We have a system of government that turns over the powers of the president. We grieved, mourned and were in shock. But it was a smooth transition in government. I made mental note of that. What work are you most proud of? I’m very proud of the work I’ve done with the HIV/AIDS vaccine. I was appointed by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, to the advisory board for the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland. In 2008, I received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the advocacy work I did on the vaccine. Also, in May this year, I was inducted into the Cable Telecommunications Industry’s Hall of Fame. Only 121 of us were inducted; I was truly honored to be recognized. You’re closely connected to higher education, and have been on the University of Michigan’s President’s Advisory Group for nearly two decades. Yes, and four years ago I was

John Evans was a lieutenant in the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam conflict. He served aboard the aircraft carriers USS America and USS John F. Kennedy, as television project officer for the “Sea Lab” project and on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.

elected to the board of trustees of Internet2, in the one seat allocated to industry. My colleagues elected me to represent six million students and faculty which are part of the Internet2 family. This is the leading effort for global trust and identification in higher education, one of the most sophisticated networks in the world, and totally separate from the commercial network we have. There are 400 members and the capacity is 8.8 terabytes per second. Research universities depend on it. How did your experience at GPUS prepare you for your career? GPUS created an environment that was spiritually, emotionally and physically safe, where we could evolve and make mistakes. We were able to interact with other students and resolve conflicts, and it set the stage for me, along with a very loving family, to go on and be successful in the rest of my life. One role it played was to challenge students without knocking them down. They provided that fine balance. ULS.ORG



Rudolf Dios Stussi is Inspired by Life By Claire Charlton

Rudolf Dios Stussi attended GPUS for grades six through nine between 1958-1962, but moved to Switzerland when his mother and stepfather divorced. He says he missed graduating from GPUS, but that his years there were formative. An award-winning artist, Stussi currently lives in Canada, Switzerland and Germany. In addition to painting, he animated the film Heidi, illustrated the book version, and continues to provide illustrations to the Heidi Village in Maienfeld, Switzerland. He worked with Laurent de Brunhoff, Albert Uderzo, Rosemary Wells, Maurice Sendak and William Joyce, familiar authors to those who have raised children. “Askew,” a book on Stussi’s work, was published in 2014 and highlights his unique “fifth perspective.” This summer, we caught up with him to absorb some of his creative spirit.

You are an oil, acrylic and watercolor artist, but also an illustrator and animator. What creative efforts do you apply to each? All these endeavors call for painstaking observation, a great knowledge of diverse styles, color, perspective, abstraction, tone, a lack of fear approaching the complicated, an “own vision,” an ability to simplify, as well as technical expertise brought about by long practice. As an artist you have to generate your own concepts and carry them through with conviction. It’s a lonely path that requires a lot of discipline, and it’s all on spec. An illustrator has to convert someone else’s concepts into visually compelling forms. … Animation is like the theater, which I was also involved with at university and in London, many people working together. If the people are good, patient with each other, and have fun doing it, it can be great. Otherwise it can be a nightmare. How do you invigorate your creative awareness? I look at other artists but also try to be aware of up-to-the-minute trends and issues in science, politics, architecture, society, fashion, etc. I follow the news avidly, and I love to read novels. 42



I always have a book or two on the go, in German or English, and very occasionally, in Italian. I’ve even read a couple in Spanish. I love languages. Oh yes, and I like hanging around in cafes. What do you remember about art education at GPUS? I was greatly encouraged by the then art teacher Mr. Vaillancourt. In his class I drew a pictue of people getting on a bus that was much admired. Much later, maybe 1984, the art teacher Jim Pujdowski invited me to show at University Liggett School and address the students. It was a great homecoming. When did you realize you wanted to pursue art as a career? An art career was almost always an option. My mother (Irma Anita Bebie-Dios, who illustrated four books, including the Swiss versions of “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn”) certainly encouraged it. But I studied English literature because I also wanted to be a writer; journalism because I wanted to travel; and also drama, working in London’s fringe theater. Incidentally, one of my friends in theater at university in Ottawa was Dan Ackroyd. It was only after that that I finally went to the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, with two

years in the off-campus program in Florence, where I met my first wife, a talented painter. Afterwards I also studied in London and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. What’s happening now in the world of Rudolf Stussi? I have a major exhibition, “Berlin Muse,” currently running in Berlin’s Theater im Palais. I intend to publish a book or possibly a calendar with my best watercolors of Switzerland. I would very much like to exhibit in New York again. I showed there for the first time in December 2001, poor timing in the aftermath of 9/11. I love painting that city! I will continue to promote my concept of the “Fifth Perspective,” which allows for outlandish distortion and dynamic movement yet still functions as a true perspective, with vanishing points and all. It lends my painting visual credibility, even when it’s wildly unrealistic. I also have to revive my activities in Canada. I’ve been in Europe too much the last few years. Stussi and his first wife raised two sons, Errol and Max, and now he’s raising his second family, Julian, 6, and Fabiana, 3, with his wife, Anke.

“... my concept of the ‘Fifth Perspective,’ which allows for outlandish distortion and dynamic movement yet still functions as a true perspective, with vanishing points and all. It lends my painting visual credibility, even when it’s wildly unrealistic.” – Rudolf Dios Stussi

“The (Math Corps) program could be tutoring in math and everyone works and gets an A and we all go home. But what makes it innovative is you’ve achieved an A, and you walk away with so much more. You can carry yourself in a different way. You aren’t afraid to fail. It’s more about the lessons on how to treat people that you walk away with. It’s about making sure kids feel OK to not be perfect.” – Taniesha Williams

For Taniesha Williams ‘13, it’s more than

Numbers By Claire Charlton

As Taniesha Williams ’13 begins her senior year at Vanderbilt University, she wonders if she has maximized her opportunities. While her peers have tapped in to study-abroad programs and internships, each summer for the last 10 years Williams has returned to Detroit and to a program she believes in, heart and soul: Math Corps. No doubt about it: Math Corps has prepared Williams for a future of making a difference for inner-city kids. Her major is human and organizational development, with a focus in community leadership and development. “When I graduate, I see myself doing something with young people in the inner city, preparing them for their futures. Helping them know what opportunities exist for them, beyond their immediate environment that they can see,” Williams says. Affiliated with Wayne State University, Math Corps is a six-week summer enrichment program that pairs groups of middle schoolers with high school students and college educators to boost skills, skyrocket confidence levels and heighten compassion, things that go far beyond simple math instruction. Seventh-grade students, for example, learn mathematical concepts, which they then apply to college-level material taught at a seventh-grade level. “They may discuss infinity and exponents and higher-level concepts, and then do an activity with some math thrown in. These are all creative ways for math to seem cool and fun for the kids.” It’s math surrounded by life experiences, journaling, assemblies, dancing and staff jokes-of-the-week, all specifically designed to take the pressure off what Detroit Public Schools students may be facing at home. “It’s not about math,” Williams says. “Of course, we focus on math skills for the next year … but the whole program was founded to be like a family. A place where you can take your mask off and find your greatness.”




In addition to raising test scores by 60 percent or more during the summer, kids learn lifelong values such as compassion, support and kindness. “The program could be tutoring in math and everyone works and gets an A and we all go home. It’s also about the lessons on how to treat people that the kids walk away with. It’s about making sure kids feel OK to not be perfect,” Williams explains. This summer, Williams applied to be a college instructor for a team of 10 students. But, when Williams was instead asked to become a grade supervisor, responsible for four teams of 10 students, she wondered if she was up to the task. “I’m still young. That was a tall order,” she says. “But everyone here encouraged me, and told me to go in and be myself, be a force and make it a great summer. I didn’t think I could do it. I’m still in college, and I am now overseeing people my age and older. It was that encouragement and support that made it possible. I knew that if I failed, it was OK. There would be people who could help me.” Do Williams’ Math Corps experiences shine as brightly as the swanky internship or international study? Absolutely. And it’s intertwined with what she learned as a high school student at Liggett. Williams says her Liggett ARP, or Academic Research Project, on the Detroit Public Schools’ effectiveness in preparing students for college was a pivotal experience in her education. “ARP was really a great segue into what I do now,” she says. And the future? “I don’t have concrete plans, but I will be in a community advocacy role, trying to make communities better for those who live there. Maybe in Detroit,” she says. “That was my plan at Liggett.”


State Champions! Congratulations to Liggett’s baseball and girls’ soccer teams! Both teams won the state championship this year. GO KNIGHTS!

Celebrate the ’Knight!’ Plan to Attend!

NOVEMBER 18, 2016, 6 P.M. @ DETROIT ATHLETIC CLUB Join us for Liggett Knight, University Liggett School’s premier fall fundraising gala that raises money for such as technology and academic initiatives, building improvements, athletic equipment and more. This fun-filled evening will feature the always-popular live, silent and fishbowl auctions. For more information or to donate an item, contact Lauren Blue at 313.884.4444, Ext. 418, or visit



For the Brusilow Family, Liggett is a Small School

With Big Opportunities

Cindy and Bill Brusilow enrolled their three children, Nick ’17, Sam ’17 and Isabelle ’19, at Liggett in 2007 after they had spent a year living in Italy. “Nick, Sam and Izzy attended a private British School in Padua for a year, and we really liked the small classes and personal instruction, so when we returned to Grosse Pointe, it was an easy decision to send them to Liggett,” Cindy explains. “We have been very pleased and impressed with the overall experience -- not just the teachers and classes, but the overall program including sports, music and other extracurricular options. With my own experience of attending a large public school, I can appreciate the many advantages of attending a small school where our children get very personal attention.”

“We have been very pleased and impressed with the overall experience – not just the teachers and classes, but the overall program including sports, music and other extracurricular options. With my own experience of attending a large public school, I can appreciate the many advantages of attending a small school where our children get very personal attention.” - Cindy Brusilow

Bill grew up in Baltimore where he attended a private prep school. “Liggett reminds me a lot of my old school, except it has the advantages of being coed,” Bill says. Nick and Sam will be seniors this year, and are starting the college application process. Nick has performed in school musicals and runs cross-country and track, and Sam competes for the robotics team and plays soccer and lacrosse. Both play in the school jazz band. Izzy runs cross-country and played on the state championship soccer team.




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“Attending University Liggett School is incomparable to any other school because it is an entire experience.” – Jovana Djokovic ‘17

A Liggett Education is Priceless STEM, robotics, orchestra and studies keep Jovana Djokovic ’17 involved and engaged. By Jovana Djokovic

I cannot imagine who I would be right now had I not attended Liggett for the past three years. I first discovered Liggett through my Aunt Gordana who thought I would be a good fit considering my academic record in middle school. I cannot thank her enough for bringing me the idea because, after researching and touring the school, I fell in love. Although I was eager to start the high school I had dreamed about for a while, I was also nervous that I would struggle to make friends because I knew my background would be different from many of my peers. On the first day alone, I met people with whom I would spend the next few years growing happily, both socially and academically. I am tearing up just writing this because I remember walking into the school that day thinking that I would be an outcast, like how I was treated in middle school, and then ending up babbling on to my mom for hours later about how it was the greatest day of my life. One of the leading reasons why I wanted Liggett was the fact that it offered an orchestra program. Before coming to Liggett I taught myself violin for two years, and I wanted to do something with my newfound love for the instrument while I attended high school. No other school I was looking at could give me what I wanted. Three years later I find it difficult to verbally express my gratitude toward the string ensemble teacher, Ms. Emmalyn Helge, for helping me grow my skills and my overall love for music. We often joke about how I came into the class on my first day quietly playing a short piece from the first Suzuki book to now playing far more advanced pieces and even assisting the younger orchestra

students. My experience with the school’s orchestra has inspired me to continue playing as I head into college. As for my experience with Liggett’s FIRST Robotics team, it was stressful, time consuming and challenging – but it was worth every second. FRC team 3175 is where I found the community to which I knew I belonged, and where I discovered my passion for STEM. I have been the computer programmer for the team for two years and this past year I was given the privilege of operating the robot during competitions. I have learned so much during my time and for this I thank our coach, Mrs. Kim Galea, and all of the mentors for guiding me. Coming into Liggett I had not the slightest clue what field of study I would want to pursue later on in my education, but my experiences with this team pointed me in the direction of engineering. I now want to use my problem-solving skills for the greater good of our planet. It also inspired my academic research project to be engineering related. Attending University Liggett School is incomparable to any other school because it is an entire experience. Although the academics play a large role in the experience, when I think of this school I think of what it has made out of me – and that is a member of a community. It has made me someone who gets out of bed in the morning to participate in activities where I can watch myself and others grow. It has taught me that you can learn without being in a classroom. It has taught me that I have to work hard and involve myself if I want to succeed. These lessons are priceless and I am forever grateful to have learned them from this beautiful school. ULS.ORG



S. Gary Spicer Jr.

Memorial Service May 14, 2016


The University Liggett School community came together during Alumni Weekend to remember S. Gary Spicer Jr. ’93, who passed away in January 2016. He was 41. The courtyard outside the Booth Library was filled with alumni, friends, faculty and family members who attended a memorial ceremony for Spicer, who was described as the heart of the class of 1993.


“Here we gather on a non-milestone year Alumni Weekend, and our reunion today is the largest gathering of our class since graduation,” longtime friend Amy Shanle ’93 told the crowd. “And yet here we are today, where so many people have made an effort to come in from far and near – all to pay tribute to S. Gary Spicer Jr. … Only Gary could draw this crowd.” Sergeant Spicer was a Scout Sniper in the U.S. Marine Corps. “He was all that we aspired to be,” said his sister, U.S. Marine Corps Major Katherine Spicer, who joined the Marine Corps because of her brother. “Gary was the most humble soul you’d ever meet,” she says. Upper School art instructor Karen Katanick and Faculty Emeritus David Backhurst also spoke during the ceremony. “I still feel his presence in my heart,” Katanick told the crowd. At Liggett, Spicer was a three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball and soccer and earned nine varsity letters and several post-season awards including co-captain, co-MVP and numerous All-State recognitions in soccer. In recognition of his accomplishments, a memorial patch with his athletic number will be awarded yearly on a selective basis to an upperclassman on the varsity soccer team who embodies Gary’s enthusiasm, spirit, sportsmanship, athletic excellence and commitment to others.

1. Rev. Peter Henry; 2. Katy Spicer ‘97 and Faculty Emeritus David Backhurst; 3. Glynn Conley ’59 GPUS; 4. Rev. Peter Henry and Amy Shanle ’93







Dear Alumni, I hope you are enjoying this “creativity and innovation” issue of Perspective magazine which features articles and profiles of just a few of our many wonderful and talented alumni. Just like when you were here as a student, creative thinking and problem solving are an important component of the education at University Liggett School and these skills serve our students well both here and beyond. It’s been fun for me to have the opportunity to connect with many of you for these past few Perspective issues – the different themes we’ve used have given us a fresh approach and frankly, in some instances, I’ve had to get pretty creative myself trying to reach out to some of you! (Where there is a will, there is a way!). So to those we’ve profiled in this issue: thank you for returning my tweets, emails, phone calls and Facebook messages because we are grateful, as always, for your support and participation and we are proud to tell your story. For the rest of you: I’m sure I’ll be in touch and I look forward to finding out more about the amazing ways you, our incredible alumni, are shaping lives and changing the world!

“Just like when you were here as a student, creative thinking and problem solving is an important component of the education at University Liggett School and these skills serve our students well both here and beyond.”


- Katie Durno Alumni Relations Director

Katie Durno Alumni Relations Director P.S. Check out all these event photos – it was a busy year and we loved seeing everyone!

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Alumni Events




North Palm Beach

1. Kelley Hamilton, Muriel Brock, Susie Fruehauf and Weezie Henkel Gates ‘77; 2. Janet Fruehauf ’50 LIG talking to John Grieb; 3. Jenny Fruehauf and Kelley Hamilton; 4. Rev. George Andrews and Muriel Brock; 5. Marianne Tompkins Kassab ‘72, Janet Peters Cotton ’78, Muriel Brock, Weezie Henkel Gates ’77 and Nene Henkel Brennan ‘72; 6. Marianne Tompkins Kassab ’72, Rob Shannon, Jenny Fruehauf, Ken Fruehauf ’85, Rev. George Andrews, Lynn Fruehauf Wood ’73, Meg Shannon ’63 GPUS




1. Jim Barnes ’57 GPUS and Jim Barnes ‘81; 2. Kristin Mighion ‘82 and Kelley Hamilton; 3. Jesse Lowe and Beth Seal ‘00; 4. Tim Simonds ‘87, Tom Robinson ‘80 and Joe Healey

March 2016


Chicago March 2016





Weekend May 12-14, 2016


Cocktail Party Distinguished and Alumni Induction of Richard Baron ’60 GPUS May 14, 2016







1. 2016 Distinguished Alumni recipient Richard Baron ’60 GPUS; 2. Paula Mighion Cornwall ‘84; 3. Kristen Feemster-Kim ‘91 and James Kim ‘91; 4. Muriel Brock and Laurie Khelokian Byron ‘87; 5. Ri Renaud ’41 LIG, Pete Dow and Jane Dow ’51 CDS; 6. Dana Warnez ’89 and Abby McIntyre ‘92; 7. Nancy Davis and Lowell Davis; 8. Anne Birgbauger ’62 GPUS and Mary Warren ‘81; 9. Phil MacKethan ‘86; 10. John Park ’71 GPUS talks with Jody Jennings ’61 GPUS; 11. Richard Baron ’60 GPUS and Bruce Birgbauer ’60 GPUS; 12. Spring raffle co-chairs Colleen Fitzgerald and Erika Combs ’90; 13. Susan Ford ’63 GPUS












Weekend May 12-14, 2016

Class of 1961 GPUS

Class of 1981

Class of 1986



May 14, 2016

Class of 1971 GPUS


Class of 1996

Loyalty Award Recipients

Giving Awards

May 14, 2016

Jody Jennings ’61 GPUS; Kirk Renaud ’71 GPUS; Chuck Wright ’66 GPUS; George Jerome ‘56 GPUS

Knights Circle Award Winner

This award recognizes alumni who are celebrating milestone reunions this year and who have donated financial gifts to the school for 20 or more years. For a complete list of all 2016 Loyalty Award recipients visit

Class Cup Winner

Class of 1991

Class of 1966 LIG

The Class of 1991 beat out the Class of 1956 GPUS in the Knights Circle competition with the highest dollar amount of donations to the Annual Fund with just over $52,800 donated. Thank you!

In a last-minute surge, the Class of 1966 LIG edged past the Class of 1951 CDS with 77 percent participation in the Annual Fund. Congratulations to the Class of 1966 LIG. Thank you!




Golden Knights

Dinner May 12, 2016 1






Alumni celebrating 50-year reunions or more enjoyed our inaugural Golden Knights dinner. 1. Kathi McCarroll ’66 GPUS, Head of School Joe Healey, Alesia Bicknell ’66 GPUS and Diana Galante McFeely ‘66 GPUS; 2. Gail Marentette and Ann Meader Cooper ’51 CDS; 3. Pete Dow, Paula and Dick Sutherland ’51 DUS; 4. Peter Durant ’66 GPUS and Alesia Bicknell ’66 GPUS; 5. Jody Jennings ’61 GPUS, Gail Marentette and Jane Dow ’51 CDS; 6. Mac Jones ’55 GPUS and Patricia Jones


Luncheon May 13, 2016



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Ladies enjoyed lunch, reminiscing and a presentation by Nancy Barr, curator of photography at the DIA. 1. Janie Ottaway Dow ’51 CDS and Ann Meader Cooper ’51 CDS; 2. Ri Renaud ’41 LIG, Anne Birgbauer ’66 GPUS, Susan Lambrecht ‘66 GPUS, Tracy Heenan Walklet ’66 GPUS and Kelley Hamilton; 3. Susan Anslow Williams ’83, Katie Durno and Alice Brandon ’44 LIG; 4. Tracy Heenan Walklet ’66 GPUS and and Marian Gram Laughlin ’66 GPUS

Alumni Detroit Bus Tour Weekend May 12-14, 2016 14, 2016


Alumni took a guided historical trip through the Motor City with David Backhurst during our first-ever Detroit bus tour. 1. David Backhurst and tour group; 2. Tracy Heenan Walklet ’66 GPUS and Rick Clark; 3. Anne Birgbauger ’62 GPUS, Tom Taber and Nancy Davis; 4. Tabora Constantennia ‘91; 5. Nancy Davis and David Backhurst; 6. James Perry ’04, David Backhurst, Nancy and Lowell Davis; 7. Tracy Heenan Walklet ’66 GPUS, David Backhurst and Marti Jones Touchstone ’66 GPUS; 8. Laurie Khelokian Bryon ’87, Joy Smick, Sara Khelokian Coyle ’90 and Shelly Tucker ’87












Weekend May 12-14, 2016









May 14, 2016 1. Middle School tour guides and Kevin Granger ’72 and Lisa Black ‘77; 2. Cindy Paul Dreyfuss ’87, Shelly Tucker ’87, Laurie Byron ’87 and Sara Coyle ‘90; 3. Jeffrey Lieder ’16, Shernaz Minwalla and Jonathan Pensler ‘16; 4. Matthew Summers ’20 and Kelin Flynn ’20; 5. E.J. Service ’20, Lisa Black ’77 and Julie Johnson Granger ’77; 6. Ellen and Peter Thurber catch up with Margaret Hindle ’77

Annual Arts Exhibition and Theater Awards and Arts

Hall of Fame Induction of Gilda Radner ’64 LIG May 13, 2016


1. Gilda’s brother Michael Radner accepts the award on her behalf; 2. Lucy Mott ’16 and Anabel Romanelli ‘18; 3. Phill Moss, Michael Radner and Katie Durno; 4. Bill Scarfone ‘83; 5. Lucy Mott ‘16, Andrew Backer ‘18, Kaniz Chowdhury ‘18 and Jackson Wujek ‘18 3










Leadership Circle


May 18, 2016 Country Club of Detroit 3


University Liggett School’s annual Leadership Circle reception thanks and recognizes members of the school’s Leadership Circle, a group of supporters whose leadership giving reflects and extraordinary commitment to the students and faculty of University Liggett School. The evening included 70 guests and a performance by the Upper School Jazz Band.



1. Gina and Doug Stapleton, Baudi and Jacqueline Haouilou; 2. Huong Reilly, Vivian Day Stroh, John W. Stroh III, Dr. Joseph P. Healey; 3. Chad and Kelley Hamilton, Louana and Georges Ghafari; 4. Jay Fitzgerald 1956 GPUS and former trustee 5. Brett and Sarah Stahl, Debbie Wilbourn; 6. Russell and Peg Noble, Trudy and Steve Hung; 7. Bruce Birgbauger; 8. Chris and Riva Monsour; 9. Kevin and Julie Granger and Katie Durno





Notes 1944

CDS Class Representative: Lydia Kerr Lee 1030 Arbor Lane, Apt. 103 Northfield, IL 60093-3356 Lydia Kerr Lee: I am truly sorry to inform you of the loss of two of our splendid classmates, Margie McKean Nickell and Helen Livingston Bogle. (See In Memoriam.) I remember them most fondly. I had a quick chat with Winnie White Tootle in Florida. We were both knocked out by this year being our 90th birthdays! She sounded fine.

1947 70th Reunion!

Liggett 1947 Martha Bryant Hopkins: I love South Africa and have spent a year of my life there on five trips over 30 years. I love hot weather, so usually go in the Tucson winter. 2015 and 2016 have been complicated and painful years.

Want to send us a photo? We will publish, on a spaceavailable basis, pictures of alumni weddings, civil unions, gatherings, promotions, birth announcements and other activities. What we need: Images must be 300 dpi/jpeg format and must be accompanied by caption information: who (left to right), what, where, when. Note: Due to small files sizes, we cannot accept photos pulled from the Internet or social media. We reserve the right to reject images for any reason, including but not limited to, poor photo quality. Email photos to Katie Durno at




Went to Kruger Park in South Africa with friends, then Pretoria on business then Cape Town with RSA friend of many years and I took a dreadful fall, badly messing up the hardware in my leg from a break 25 years ago. Upon return to home in Tucson, the doc said get the hardware out and then he gave me a new knee. Was healing beautifully but in an elevator a huge man in boots politely stepped to the rear and landed on my little toe on the other foot. So I’ve been hobbling around for months, but even at 87 am still healthier and better off than most people. Can’t say that I miss the Michigan weather, but The Liggett School is the best thing that could happen to anyone. Good luck to all in this messy world.

is going to Westpoint and Lucy Dodge will attend Michigan State University. That makes six grandchildren in college this year. I am still spending six months in Florida from November through April. I suppose someday I’ll have to give that up, but I’m not ready yet. If I have left anyone out, it is because I did not hear from you, and I would love to get your news!


Mary Anne Chenault McPhail writes from Palm Beach, Fla., that she and Walter have just finished building a new house located on the Intercoastal Waterway. Walter can now have a boat to go on the waterway, which he really enjoys. Since they still have their home on Upper Straits Lake in Michigan, they planned to visit their children and grandchildren there during July 4th weekend. Mary Anne’s biggest news, however, is that she has just bought a new horse, and she is still riding every day. The horse is a seven-year-old black stallion of Lusitano breed and is a pleasure to ride and train. Mary Anne suggests that she might outgrow horses some day, but not for a while.

Liggett Class Representative: Ann Bolton Opperthauser 41140 Fox Run Road #610 Novi, MI 48377-4845 We had a long visit with Mary Johnson Adams in early June when the temperature in Palm Springs, Fla., was 100 degrees. She told me she is taking her entire family, 14 in all, on a Baltic cruise in July. Then in August she is renting a house on the ocean for a month. Since all her children are near her in Palm Springs, they can enjoy the house on weekends. Edith Werback Rydman and I always chat at length on one another’s birthdays. She told me her son, Eric, has moved to Michigan from California. I know she loves having him closer. I do see Phyllis Childs Walker and Dorothy Singelyn Nelson several times a year. We also telephone chat when I’m in Florida. Phyllis spent Mother’s Day in Boston where two of her daughters live. The third one visited Phyllis just before she left. Dorothy and her daughter spent two weeks visiting son Brian and his family in Pensacola. I received Christmas cards from Carol Serenberg Greenaway and Beth Smilanksy Neman, but neither contained any news. I am always glad to at least hear from them. I have two graduating senior grandchildren this year. Ian MacKinnon


Liggett Class Representative: Barbara Allen Esler P.O. Box 272 Shannon, GA 30172

Judy Hubbard Hutchinson forwarded a photograph of herself and a granddaughter who is holding an oil painting Judy gave her for her high school graduation earlier in June. This painting is the sixth canvas Judy has made since moving to Washington state in 2010. During the month of June, I picked up on Facebook that Sandy Kreis Gibson was on a trip to Switzerland and Lichtenstein. The pictures she posted were fantastic. Barbara Allen Esler: May 2016 was, of course Liggett ‘51 65th reunion. Our only ‘representative’ was Becky Patterson Hein. Becky was a docent at the Detroit Art Museum for many years, and thus knew the speaker for the Ladies Luncheon at The Little Club on Friday. Although few attended this Liggett tradition, Becky said everyone enjoyed the photographs of Detroit



Judy Hubbard Hutchinson ’51 LIG and her granddaughter holding an oil painting Judy painted.

Mary Anne Chenault McPhail ’51 LIG on her new horse a Lusitano breed.

and the talk. She also enjoyed the Thursday evening dinner for ‘older’ alumni at the headmaster’s house. Becky went to the cocktail party and dinner at the school Saturday evening with Ann Meader Cooper from Country Day. Becky’s daughter, Martha, was celebrating 30 years with her class and asked Becky and Ann to join them later in the evening. Liggett ’51 members send condolences to Becky and Gerry on the untimely death of their granddaughter, Elizabeth Watson. They are hoping that soon a better way will be found to help the victims of anorexia. I am enjoying retirement and my ‘new’ life in Georgia, living in a little house less than five miles from my daughter, Becky Ulrich McAllister ‘79 and her family. I had a total right hip replacement in March 2016, and am now able to be physically active once more. The church I attend with Becky and her husband, Mark, is too small for choir and bell choir, but I have found a group with which I sing on a regular basis. Recently we spent part of an afternoon singing at a local retirement home. It was well received and I have no doubt we will be doing more of the same. I am currently knitting on my fourth afghan, since I came to Georgia last October. Our biggest family news, however, revolves around Becky’s daughter, Tiffany. She has recently been advised that she will be commissioned as a Chief Warrant

Officer in the U.S. Navy in May 2017. We believe this will happen at her current station in Norfolk, Va., and I expect to be there. Following that, Tiffany and her husband, Christopher Hewitt, also career Navy, will be stationed in Hawaii for three years. As I spent a vacation in England with Tiffany when she was stationed there, I hope to visit her in Hawaii, as well. CDS Class Representative: Jane Ottaway Dow 191 Ridge Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3554 Jane Ottaway Dow: A small but enthusiastic cohort of DUS and Country Day veterans gathered in Grosse Pointe during Alumni Weekend 2016 in May to celebrate our 65th Reunion. Thursday night the Head of School, Dr. Joe Healey, hosted an elegant dinner party at his home for classes out 50 years or more. Dick Sutherland and Paula were with us that evening having a wonderful time. Sadly, in June, we lost Dick. (See In Memoriam) Grosse Pointe Memorial Church was packed for his June 14 funeral. A celebration of his life followed at The Country Club of Detroit. Also, during the Alumni Weekend celebrations the Dows hosted a dinner party. Joining them were David and Mary Lou Johnston, John and Helen Fildew, Fred Fordon, Mary Graham, Ann Cooper, Gail Stroh Marantette, Mary Ann Zinn and, the hit of the party, Myron May. Myron called several absent classmates to harass them. At the last minute Tom Hammond and Martha Fordon had to send regrets due to colds. We toasted

absent friends all of whom were very much on our minds and memories. While we were in town, Myron held a service of remembrance for Joanie at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. (See In Memoriam.) A large group of Myron’s family were present as was Bill Cudlip representing the Cudlip family. Myron and some of his family were hosted for the weekend by Ben and Lauren Chapman. A very special dedication of new playing fields honoring the longtime Liggett coach, Muriel Brock was held at the school followed by a cocktail celebration.


GPUS Class Representative: Jane Weaver Reuther 81 Lewiston Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 Joan LeGro Bushnell entertained a group of GPUS alumni at her house in June. They gathered to meet a friend of Joan’s from Sacramento and to share wonderful stories from their days at GPUS. Fred and Sarah Ollison, Bud and Jane Reuther, George ’56 GPUS and Ann Jerome, Stevie Hampton ’58 GPUS, Kathy Collins, John Diebel and Danny Harris ’63 GPUS had a delightful evening sharing memories, amusing tales and stories describing life on Renaud Road in the fifties for George, Kathy and others.

1957 60th Reunion! Liggett Class Update (No Class Representative)

Judie Schneider Bailey: Anne Wrigley Molesky ’60 LIG wrote to tell us that she and Judie had a great conversation: She has been gardening on the terrace. We reminisced about Judie’s mother and my mother who were best of friends. I told her that Ingrid Sandecki ’60 LIG would be calling her. Judie will be coming down to visit us in Florida hopefully soon. Our piano and melodeon will be waiting for her to play. The last time the melodeon was played was when Karin Ryding’s ’60 LIG brother, many, many years ago, was at our home in Michigan.





Liggett Class Representative: Lois Dickinson Hutchison 135 Cochise Drive Sedona, AZ 86351-7928 Linda Weingarden Roth: The big excitement around our house, after wondering when our deck will be finished, is I had a makoplasty on my second knee in July. Unlike a knee replacement, the doctor and a robot don’t take any bone out, they put a pad in where once there was cartilage. A troublesome knee becomes no longer a bother. In preparation for this surgery, I am cooking and freezing, so my caretaker, Ellis, will just have to defrost and microwave — only for a few days. A makoplasty heals faster than a knee replacement. I should be back to defrosting and warming up meals myself in a week. And that will be the end of ice bags taking up space in the freezer. Good riddance! The best news is: I bought a dress and shoes (with a heel) for my first born son’s wedding in September at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. My new daughter in-law is a woman of my dreams: a Jewish doctor! She is a gynecologist to his perinatologist. They make a perfect couple! And there’s a bonus: two more grandchildren! The two boys bring the count to seven! And so will go the summer of 2016: makoplasty, physical therapy, wedding and through it all painting. As I write I am finishing up a monochrome of Helene Schwartzberg Last’s late husband Morris. Morris was a music teacher, a maestro on the guitar and a challenge to paint! Hugs to all. Donna Sisk Carl: Greetings again! The months and the years tend to speed right by, but I know everyone is busy with family and active lives. Bob and I are in the midst of downsizing from our larger two-story house to a smaller one-story home on the local golf course. We’re actually moving only a mile and a half south from our location of 20 years. So we own the two homes right now and in the process of sorting a lot of accumulated ‘stuff’! We’re hoping that we’ll be settled by the time this news is published in Perspective. The family is fine and continues to grow with more marriages and births. Seven grandchildren have now graduated from college and five more to go. We also are proud to be the great-grandparents of six little ones! 62



We still love to travel the world but now seem to have to be quite selective on the foreign lands we visit. So glad we went to so many locations around the world that now aren’t exactly safe. We are thrilled that many of our grandchildren have inherited the ‘see the world’ travel bug!! Our health remains basically good for our age, but age is only a number. We keep active and busy with an assortment of things and have retired from an assortment of others. We have an enjoyable life, our hopes are that you all can say the same thing, too. Best wishes to everyone that the rest of the year is filled to the brim of God’s blessings for you and your family. Martha Sanford: Hello, classmates! I feel as though I’m in the witness protection system: Each time I enter a different hospital, they ask for my name and date of birth. Now I ask you, how does this keep me protected? My doctor reviewed my chart last visit and said ‘Martha, I recommend that you move into a nursing home where you can have staff 24/7. I turned 76 in June. Who would know? They do have physical therapy and occupational therapy. I like those Ts. News? Not too much ... maybe that is good. Martha Friedricks-Glass: Still working full-time as a real estate broker in New York and never tire of helping people realize their dreams. Took my daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren (14 and 11) to Costa Rica in March. Greatest country for family vacations. I even zip-lined 550 feet above the rain forest ... eight platforms and eight lines, one almost a mile long. Great experience but once in my life was enough. This summer I’m going to Greece for a couple of weeks, my first trip there, a yacht trip around the islands and a few days in Athens. There is always a down side to life’s joys. I am watching my formerly, brilliant husband lose more of his great memory to dementia. He has been living in a very nice facility for almost two years now. I love reading our class news. It would be nice to see some of you in New York. Mary Warren Eick: Reflections of a “Liggett girl:” It is still June and I am enjoying rural

Canada. I have caught and eaten many delicious walleye. I don’t have trips or exciting adventures to share, just my life as a “ little old lady.” I am blessed that my two daughters and their children live in the Kansas City area. Having six young adult grandchildren is almost as much fun as having cute little ones. Each one is special. We attend many performances, concerts, and plays and are amazed at what they are doing. There are no special relationships that I know of, so my “bucket list” still includes being the grandma at a wedding. I continue to enjoy Facebook relationships with several Liggett friends and will be going to Branson, Mo., in October with Mimi Foley ’57 LIG. David and I are planning to go to Alaska in September. Should be a fun trip. We will celebrate our 56th anniversary. My life in Florida is just living in a beach condo looking at the ocean. We have some friends from KC who have retired there that we see for lunch once during our month. Our time in Canada is fun for us, but not too interesting to others. We are Lutheran for the summer and enjoy our church here. David’s brother, aged 85, and his girlfriend were here for three long weeks. We spend our time enjoying the incredible beauty of the lakes, rocks, trees and birds. If I catch fish while admiring the scenery, so much the better. We are part of the community after having our home here for 16 years so we play cards, eat meals and enjoy the locals. I love my life and enjoy things I didn’t have time to enjoy when I was still working. Susan Kreis Champine: We are healthy and enjoy living in the little paradise where we live in Cape Fair, Mo.. The rest of the family are doing well in the north lands and sister enjoying life in Florida. Allison Friedman: • Back again to Arizona at Christmas, then again in June. Four dogs this time! I loved it! Left early in the AM the day they shut down SkyHarbor due to temps above 120F. Yikes! Dry heat much more tolerable to me than the humidity in Michigan or the Southeast. I wouldn’t be out hiking or gardening, though. Siestas rule in the desert! • Returning to Charlevoix-Hessel-T.C. in August - always a great time there! • Great cousin reunion coming up in October in Saugatuck/Douglas - am getting good at coordinating these.


• Some new piano students, continuing with jewelry classes, will be teaching one this summer. • Graduated in the inaugural class of the Birmingham Citizens Academy in May. • Doing more election inspector work for our August primary and November election. VOTE!! • Really enjoying the Facebook contact with ‘58-ers. There’s so much going on in Detroit, so many changes! Let’s all be thinking about getting together for our 60th reunion coming up in 2018 - only two years away! I’ll help coordinate and be a tour facilitator. Mary Eick has already said to count her in!! Who else? Lois Dickinson Hutchison: We are still living and working in Sedona, Ariz. We have just acquired a small RV and are leaving on a trip to Santa Fe in a few days. Later this year we plan on visiting friends in southern Oregon and all points in between. Between trips we still work at our massage and healing clinic in Sedona. I love the work and hope will be there for a few more years.


GPUS Class Representative: Suzie Sisman Decker 77 Muskoka Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3009 It is sad news that our classmate Henry Peiter passed away Memorial Day week 2016. He was in Florida and had not made it back to his beloved Mullet Lake, Mich. due to poor health. We all remember his quick wit and humor. Others remember him on the football team and shooting baskets with him in the gym before school. He was a good friend to everyone. Midge and Rick Kinder: I can share our excitement and anticipation of entering a downsizing era with home, boat and lifestyle. We have coined it “scaling down but growing.” Here in Lancaster County, Pa., we are very fortunate to have vibrant, quality senior-living community options. We selected an up-and-coming community called Warwick Woodlands in nearby Lititz, Pa. We agreed, as charter members, to be interviewed for an advertorial that appeared in our local Lancaster County magazine. In anticipation of the move we are in the planning, designing and getting-rid-

of-stuff phase. Move-in date is spring 2017. Bonnie Gillis Dugan has been watching with great interest the renovation of the Ransom Gillis home in Detroit on John R near the Medical Center. The Rehab Addict of HGTV took it on as a project, with completion in fall 2015. Bonnie, her brother and his wife hope to visit the home, but it is currently rented and they aren’t sure they can see the inside. It would be fun to see them in Detroit. Thank you to several of you who contributed to the Muriel Brock Field at University Liggett School. The new girls lacrosse and field hockey field was dedicated in honor of Muriel on a cold blustery day in May. What a well deserved honor for our friend and mentor “Brick.” – Suzie Sisman Decker


Liggett Class Representative: Anne Wrigley Molesky 6649 Hawaiian Avenue Boynton Beach, FL 33437 561-413-3744 248-225-8922 Mary Alice Clark Ferguson: Mary Alice and John are both realtors and the market in the Ludington area is doing very well. Mary Alice said she talked with Ingrid and hopes that she will visit them this summer. Mary Alice is a volunteer with PEO International, an organization which sponsors scholarships for the education of women. She said she and John have six grandchildren. Iain Ferguson is a junior in high school. We talked at length about the importance of making an appointment with the admission office to visit each campus. Mary Alice will be happy to take Iain to Northwestern, her Alma Mater. Natalie Deloe Riewe: Natalie and Gordie spent some time at their cottage. After returning home, Gordie visited his new doctor. Let’s hope Gordie will be feeling much better. Karin Ryding: Karin has great news! The chronic leukemia is now in remission! In the spring 2016 Perspective Karin is listed as one of the very generous lead donors for Liggett’s Sure Foundations Capital

Campaign. Ingrid Sandecki: In January, Ingrid retired after 50 years of teaching at the college level. She now does public speaking engagements about the European history of women, in the metropolitan area. She also enjoys European Viking River cruises, especially at Christmas where she is knows to extemporaneously play Christmas songs on the piano. Bonnie Wilson Skoryanc: Bonnie and I had a great conversation via the telephone. Bonnie’s daughter, Katie, bought a house in Troy, Mich. It’s a three-bedroom ranch. The closing was in June. Bonnie looks forward to driving down to see her new home in the near future. Dell Litsky Smithern: Dell and Earl celebrated their first anniversary as husband and wife. Congratulations! The also celebrated Dell’s birthday, the same date – March 27. They have been very busy looking at nursing homes and retirement homes on the northwest coast of Florida for a dear friend, who lives in California right now. There are 147 facilities in their area. Dell has put her extensive notes on the computer – it will also be for them as time goes by. Anne Wrigley Molesky: Tom and I attended the University Liggett School alumni reception at the Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, Fla. hosted by Richard Fruehauf ’48 DUS and Janet Fruehauf ’50 LIG. Janet and I were the only Liggett ladies in attendance. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served out on the patio overlooking the beautiful golf course. Katie Durno, director of alumni relations, gave me a big hug and said it was from Kerin Dietrich Fenster and Carol Weiss Weinstein who had attended the Liggett alumni reception in California. They are both very busy participating in charity endeavors. We were so happy to see Muriel Brock “the official ambassador for Liggett.” After 25 years as a representative for Radcliff Wire Inc., Tom decided to retire. Scott Kirkpatrick came to see us last month at our home. It was great to be able to meet him after all these years. When Tom and I attended church each week we light a candle and say prayers for those with health issues, especially Andy Baetz, Judie Bailey, Gordie Riewe, Karin Ryding and Bonnie Wilson Skoryanc. ULS.ORG



Tom and Anne Molesky ’60 LIG with Rob and Meg Shannon ’63 GPUS at the University Liggett School Alumni and Friends Reception in North Palm Beach, Fla.

GPUS Class Representatives: Suzy Tilley Lincoln 303 Moross Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 Martha Menge Cox James Leisen: My wife, Anita, and I spent Thanksgiving in San Diego with our three children. Carolyn and her two children joined us from Singapore where she lives with her German husband who works for MIT. Son Fred ’92 is an animator for Titmouse studios in Los Angeles and Kathy is a songwriter and artist living in Detroit. I retired from Henry Ford Hospital but continue to work as a medical consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

1962 55th Reunion! GPUS Class Representative: Susan Adams White 58 Waterway Court The Woodlands, TX 77380-2641

J. Brooke Harrington: Not much new here in Maine but I am going to participate (in September 2016) in a Restoration Camp in Albania as part of the Fulbright Alumni Service Corps project in conjunction with the Cultural Heritage Without Borders organization. We will be working along side Albanian craftsmen restoring an Ottoman period dwelling in Gjirokastra (duirokastra). I was planning to take part in a Architectural Restoration Camp in Albania last September. I did participate in the two week event and then rented a car and traveled a few days in the small villages where I was able to continue some more research on surviving vernacular architecture. Since then I have been formatting a book layout 64



for Judy, my wife, for a submission to a publisher who accepted her initial proposal. We did take a trip to France for two and a half weeks in April and had a great time and great food (lost weight as well)! We rented a car and traveled to Bordeaux, Bayonne, Saint Emilion, Nantes, Saint Malo, small towns along the Brittany coast, the Normandy coast (Pointe du Hoc, Mont Saint-Michel, Bonfleur & Honfleur), Rouen, Paris, two days in London (by Eurostar) to stay with friends, then more time in Paris. T Harrop Miller: I spent Christmas in Florida where I had the opportunity to spend some time with Paul Sheridan, Tina Gram and Meg VanDeGraaf Shannon. Paul Sheridan: I am still in West Palm Beach, Fla., enjoying tennis, golf and a bunch of committees and boards. I enjoyed a get together with Harrop Miller over the Christmas holidays in part set up by Meg (VanDeGraff) Shannon ‘63 during Harrop’s visit to the area. It was great to catch up! Meanwhile, my wife and I are planning to attend my 50th reunion at the Air Force Academy and enjoy watching Air Force beat Navy - sorry Stan Bryant‘63! Judy Lomax: Stephen and I traveled to Spain, specifically La Seu d’Urgell in the Northern region and Portugal. Penny Alexander: Bob is planning to retire from his business forms distribution so that means I will be retiring from my financial duties there also. We plan to travel, but now it will be without business. Last October, we went for a two week trip to Greece and Turkey. It was wonderful and filled with history. This year we will go to Montana and Idaho in August. It’s hard to believe that most of us have 50th college reunions this year. Where did all that time go? Best wishes to all! Bliss Clark: Sorry no news, but I saw Kathy Rands and Anne Birgbauer last week, all looking happy and well. Hope your worlds are good. Cheers! John D. Evans: My news is I was inducted into the Cable Television Industry’s Hall of Fame for my pioneering work in our industry. My first grandson was born in November 2015, Liam Edward Evans! My partner Steve Wozencraft and I continue to work on social justice and LGBT issues

at the U.S. State Department and the White House. I endowed another chair at the University of Michigan for the social impact of media technology, distribution and content. I was the commencement speaker at the University of Michigan’s LGBT graduate ceremony. Liggett Class Update: (No Class Representative) Cynthia Osgood O’Hare: Cynthia and I had a great conversation. She and Nick have really been enjoying retirement. They plan on going wine tasting in the Napa Valley area. I mentioned that Jane Ecclestone Chapin owns her own winery there and I gave her Jane’s email address. Their son, Peter, is moving from downtown San Francisco to Walnut Creek in the near future. They will be joining Cynthia’s brother, Paul, and going to Paul’s summer home in Indiana. They will be celebrating their first family reunion since their father passed away several years ago. – Reported by Anne Wrigley Molesky


Liggett Class Representatives: Sharon Litsky 2000 California Street #402 San Francisco, CA 94109-4302 Gail Sake Niskar 30030 High Valley Road Farmington Hills, MI 48331-2143 Marianne Moran Eddy: If I stopped moving around, I might have more exciting travel to report. As it is, I left Portland, Ore., and drove down the Oregon and California coasts to San Diego before the holidays. I was able to have a very quick visit with son, Duncan, while passing through San Francisco. (So sorry I missed that coffee with you, Sharon Litsky!) After some looking around, finally settled in Oceanside, north of San Diego and four miles from the beach. Pure heaven! Recently had a fun conversation and exchanged emails with Patricia Frank, who is an expert on living in Southern California. We hope to get together soon. Gail Sake Niskar: We seem to be all settled in Florida with very few issues. This weekend, however, will be interesting, as it is our first return


to Michigan with no home to return to. Our original plans were to rent an apartment, but with so many activities committed to in Florida, we are staying for a shorter time than originally anticipated. Sooooo, it’s hotel living for us. Planning to see Connie Wineman Jacob while we are there, and really excited about that. Miss my Liggett reunions, and next summer plan on trying to start earlier so we can get something planned. If anyone is on the Southeast coast of Florida, please call. Would love to see some Liggett ladies. Jennifer Hughes Parker: Doug and I have finally settled down permanently in the Sarasota area. We have sold our RV after putting 35,000 miles going around the country and Canada. We are looking forward to being settled here. Patricia Frank: Everything’s rolling along at about the same speed, just a little bit faster than fast was two years ago; though now having just turned 70 it’s really time to get moving on all those projects languishing in the queue. Joan Caplan Simon: 2016 finds me officially retired from interior design. It’s been gradual, so I’ve had no problem adjusting. Yoga is still part of my daily routine and I’ve been gardening more. Jack and I will be going to Peru in the fall and will see Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. A fair amount of hiking will be involved. We are spending lots of time in Santa Monica enjoying our children and grandchildren. Renate Schmidt Latimer: I’m headed to Vienna this summer, but otherwise I have no news except for my constant joy with my grandson and the endless cultural offerings of NYC! Sally Ross Riley: Bill and I are enjoying our home in Wheaton, Ill. for the summer months. We’re spending time with the children and the grandchildren who live nearby. We have one granddaughter living outside London, one in Seattle, Wash. and one in San Diego, Calif. We have a total of 13 and two step-grandchildren. Ages range from 34 to two years old. Quite a span! We have been in our Marco Island house for two years and love it. This coming season will be the 17th in Florida for us. Time is passing too

quickly! Making many friends there, the great climate, living two blocks from the gulf and beach, being active in our church, playing golf and the proximity to Naples has made this a perfect choice for us. This past winter I had lunch with Susan Heavner Becker and we enjoyed catching up as well as talking about our years at Liggett and in the Detroit area. It’s so nice to reminisce and share those memories. Many of my friends no longer are in contact with high school friends or their friends have passed away. I had a wonderful experience at Liggett and treasure the ‘girls’ I still know and fun times we had. Remember painting and decorating the senior room? Do I recall correctly that we could smoke in there?! Love to read the other messages from classmates so please make a contribution. Susan Heavner Becker: Mike and I love to travel and our big trip this year is in July/August to the Baltic including Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Estonia and Russia! I can’t wait. I can’t believe we’re this age and know we have to do it while we still can. We’re both well and have just added a King Charles puppy to our family. What sweet, adorable animals! We love, love, love Brevard, N.C. and plan to be here for the duration. Sharon Litsky reports lots of travel this year: Phoenix to visit friends from University of Michigan, Arlington, Va. to stay with grandkids Gwen, 8 and Paul, 12, heavenly Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico in May for wonderful R&R and pampering, Chicago in June for niece Kari’s adult Bat Mitzvah and a chance to see my sister, Dell Rubin Smithern ’60 LIG, and heading to the UK in June/July to visit grandson Isaac at Eton and then on to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. (Thank you, Renate Schmidt Latimer, for your sightseeing tips!) We’re thankful that John’s new pacemaker allows us to keep traipsing about. I continue community involvement with the San Francisco Symphony, the Arthritis Auxiliary, Compassion & Choices, City College and Jewish Family & Children’s Services. And I’m still teaching my one-day-a-week fitness class for seniors at the JCC, for which I’m slowing down considerably but then again so are my students!

GPUS Class Representatives: Sandy Georgeson Moisides 17 Colonial Road Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236-1719 Bill Randall 503 Devonshire Ln Aurora, OH 44202-8594 Linda Heller and I had the chance to go to the dedication of the Muriel Brock field hockey field. It was a very moving event. I can’t believe Miss Brock had only been teaching at GPUS three years before I got there; she started in 1957. Marilynn Magreta: We are back in Michigan after eight months in Florida, where Greg and I follow the races at Gulfstream Park, entertain friends from the frozen North and enjoy our personal corner of paradise. We sold our Cloverly Road home in the summer of 2014 and have a condo in Grosse Pointe for the time we are in Michigan. I am back after a double hamstring tear in my left leg in October 2014, and had my fourth hole-in-one in March. Always an unexpected, but welcome surprise. We see Meg and Rob Shannon regularly and for the last few years we have all done a holiday cruise together with Cliff, Anne, Amy and Alex. Despite rumors to the contrary, we are still welcome on future bookings! We often see Bill and Peggy Clark and Danny Harris. I keep in touch with Janet Walton Eggers, who now has two grandsons, and splits her time between Laguna and New York City. I look forward to run-ins with classmates as I wander around Grosse Pointe. Anne is with Morgan Stanley, and still is our resident in the know Detroit adviser. Cliff is with Songs Music Publishing and has had his music on everything from the Final Four, Shameless, Elementary and MTV to a Japanese anime series debuting soon. He is still in the Echo Park/Elysian Heights area of Los Angeles, while Anne is in Ferndale. Best to all of the class of ‘63! Meg VanDeGraff Shannon: Meg and Rob attended the Liggett alumni reception at the Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach hosted by Richard Fruehauf ’48 DUS and Janet Fruehauf ’50 LIG. They said it was an exceptional event, the club is beautiful, the hors d’oeuvres were ULS.ORG



Class Cup Winners: 1966 LIG celebrates their 50th Reunion By Susan Stuckey Thoms

Standing from left: Robin Senter McKenna, Barbara Lampe Caywood, Candy Shelton Reed, Gale Frank-Adise, Lisa Schlafer Sherman, Marge Radner Sharon, Chris King Sale, Susan Stuckey Thoms, Meg Goldman Kasdan, Suzy Shiffman Gershenson, Cheryl Handler Rosenthal, Mary Wells, Mary Kuhn, Deenie Hertz Zonder and Louise Rockwell Jensen. Seated in front from left: Martha Hirshfeld Platt, Linda Carnick Sahn and Lynn Satovsky Rubin.

As evidenced by the class photo, the amazing spirit and enthusiasm of the Liggett Ladies of 1966 shone forth at our 50th reunion. Of 25 living classmates, 18 celebrated together at a luncheon on April 30, hosted by Linda Carnick Sahn and Susan Stuckey Thoms at Linda’s lovely home. Present were: Linda Carnick Sahn, Susan Stuckey Thoms, Chris King Sale, Gale Frank-Adise, Meg Goldman Kasdan, Martha Hirshfeld Platt, Barbara Lampe Caywood, Louise Rockwell Jensen, Candy Shelton Reed, Cheryl Handler Rosenthal, Robin Senter McKenna, Mary Wells, Marge Radner Sharon, Mary Kuhn, Lynn Satovsky Rubin, Deenie Hertz Zonder, Lisa Schlafer Sherman and Suzy Shiffman Gershenson. Laura Edwards Johnson joined us from Texas via Facetime. Eight had traveled from California, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin and Indiana.

Our lives have taken many different directions. Many of the group have advanced academic degrees and had fulfilling careers. Many of us are still engaged in volunteer activities. Most have raised a family and are now enjoying grandchildren. The road was not always easy for everyone, but we made it. We all agreed that Liggett prepared us well for college and life in general. Miss Ogden would have been proud of us.

Barb Lampe Caywood, Robin Senter McKenna, Linda Carnick Sahn and Chris King Sale at the reunion lunch.

Lynn Satousky Rubin, Louise Rockwell Jensen and Mary Wells enjoy the afternoon reunion luncheon.

Not only is our class spirited, it is also generous. We adopted a school project to purchase comfortable reading furniture for the middle school library. We needed $1,300 to fund the project, but raised $2,425 and won the class cup for the highest percentage of the class making a contribution with 77 percent. Because this reunion far exceeded everyone’s expectations, we all vowed to do it again in five years.

Lisa Schlafer and Candy Shelton Reed enjoyed looking at old photos during the reunion luncheon.

Several classmates who could not attend sent their greetings: Eve Cotter Goeddel, Dee Rossi Adelman, Tish Kretzschmar Doll and Christi Hodges Shatzel, who left Liggett after 10th grade. We did not hear from, or were unable to find current addresses for: Diane Van Zile Young, Pam Robertson and Linda Wyrock. Sadly, Denise Carels passed away a few years ago. 66



Linda Sahn and Susan Stuckey Thoms planned the Liggett Class of 1966 reunion luncheon during their twice-weekly walks on the West Bloomfield nature trail.

The ladies of ’66 LIG enjoy a Sunday breakfast together, from left, Susan Stuckey Thoms, Louise Rockwell Jensen, Gale Frank-Adise, Linda Carnick Sahn and Cheryl Handler Rosenthal.


excellent and it was fun to see so many classmates and friends that were in attendance. They had a wedding in Miami in April. Also in April, they went on a cruise from Miami to Italy. While in Italy they rented a home in Rome. – Reported by Anne Wrigley Molesky


Liggett Class Representative: Karolyn A. Krieghoff Sewell 2046 Camino de los Robles Menlo Park, CA 94025-5917 Alice Wrigley Baetz: Alice said Andy had a great report from his doctor in Traverse City. Chris also is doing just fine. Alice, Andy and Chris are up north, as well as Andy’s older sister, Kathy. Joining them are their oldest daughter, Michelle, and her husband, Mike and their two sons Michael and Erickson. Alice said the spring weather was rather cool up north. They celebrated Alice’s and Michael’s birthdays. Happy Birthday! – Reported by Anne Wrigley Molesky


Liggett Class Representative: Dr. Susan Stuckey Thoms 4937 Fairway Ridge Circle West Bloomfield, MI 48323-3321 Susan Stuckey Thoms: On October 1, 2015, I completely retired after 37 years of practicing ophthalmology. The last 20 years of my career were spent at the Livonia, and then the Northville satellite offices for U of M Kellogg Eye Center. I loved my job and miss the social interaction. I do NOT miss the electronic medical record, which is what pushed me over the edge into retirement. In the early fall we plan to relocate to Kalamazoo, Mich. My husband, David, wants to practice law a few more years in his firm’s Kalamazoo office. We both graduated from Kalamazoo College, so I guess we will be coming full circle. I have a small job lined up at the new medical school there. I will be a standardized patient which means I have to act a role of a sick patient for the students learning to do a history and physical. I have already been assigned a mentee, a lovely young woman who is interested in ophthalmology.

Linda Sahn and I had a lot of fun planning the reunion menu on our twice-weekly walks on the West Bloomfield nature trail. I greatly enjoyed being with so many of my classmates and hope we can do it again in five years. Our 50th reunion lunch in May 2016 was unbelievably fabulous. We had 18, out of 25 living grads, plus one who chimed in via Facetime. We took an official class photo along with dozens on everyone’s phone or camera. Tom Gage ‘66, my good friend and classmate, is being inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in September along with former Red Wings Brendan Shanahan and Chris Osgood and former Piston Ben Wallace. Pretty exciting. On a sad note, Palmer Heenan ’39 DUS, long-time mayor of Grosse Pointe Park, passed away. He was Betsy Fox’s father and Rusty and Tracy Heenan’s uncle.


GPUS Class Representative: Priscilla Mead 750 S. Race St. Denver, Co. 80209-2724 Leslie G. Wrigley: Les and Robin celebrated their 37th anniversary in May by going to Italy. First they rented a two-bedroom apartment in the medieval town of Montepulciano. They enjoyed many wine tastings, gourmet restaurants, concerts and great hiking trails. They next moved to the town of Volterra. This town is full of life with car rallies, a Harley Davidson festival and wine tastings. Both of these towns are very quaint, filled with local people and you only drive up to 40 miles per hour on their two lane roads. Just before they left for vacation they sold a one-bedroom condo for over $1M. – Reported by Anne Wrigley Molesky

Priscilla Mead ‘70 and Lynn Ford Alandt ‘70 enjoy an afternoon at the 100th Indy 500 at the charity event started by Robbie Buhl.

Shumacher’s home and a downtown breakfast filled the fantastic weekend. A special surprise was a musical performance by the talented John Chapman. After 45 years it is amazing the warmth and friendship that remains.


Class Representative: Thomas Graves 24 Harbor Hill Rd. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 At our 20th Liggett graduation anniversary party, Kevin Conley asked each classmate, “What have you learned since we graduated?”


Kevin could have boasted. He graduated from Yale University, and was writing for the prestigious New Yorker magazine. But Kevin didn’t want to talk about himself. He was fascinated with learning about our experiences and epiphanies. In fact, everyone at our reunion did the same thing - while we had many impressive accomplishments, our class was humble - people who seek to learn and change the world, instead of listing their own accomplishments. I have never forgotten the wisdom of that day - listening, learning, instead of telling. University Liggett School continues to educate me, even 20 years after our graduation.

The class of 1971 celebrated their 45th reunion this year. The Belle Isle clean-up, a cocktail party at Peter

David George is a great example. Every time I send out an email asking for news, he comments on how much he loved our class and Liggett. He asks, “How is everyone doing?” David wrote, “I think of our times back at Liggett and think of all the wonderful people that I was

Class Representative: Shanda Rumble 851 Westchester Way Birmingham, MI 48009-2917




lucky to meet and interact with. Our classmates were great people.” David has twin sons, Adam and Eli who just graduated from St. Clair High School. Adam will attend Tiffin University on a swimming scholarship, and Eli will attend Alma where he will participate in the marching and symphonic bands. David loves Liggett so much, he has considered coming back and teaching, “I honestly thought about teaching a few years back at Liggett maybe math or science.” Mike Merlo has become a 34 year veteran of the auto industry. He works at FCA (think: Chrysler) as a product development and technical director in supplier quality. Mike has held the reins on many cool projects within engineering and design over the years. I remember his car drawings in his Liggett notebooks - and his dream came true - to actually help design cars! Mike was the star Liggett hockey

team goalie, and a four-year starter at Division I Union College. He still plays hockey two to three days a week year round, playing also in the Liggett alumni hockey game each year at Thanksgiving in McCann Arena. Mike has been married to Joanne for 30 years. They have two adult children. Courtney is 23 and graduated last year from Clemson University. Courtney will enter an internship program with Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit this fall and exit as a registered dietician with the possibility of pursuing a PA degree soon after. Jason is interning this summer at FCA in powertrain controls engineering after completing his sophomore year at Michigan State University. Mike added, “Jason and I are often opposing each other on the ice as well, since he shares my passion for defending the net amongst the local hockey elite.”

Elaine Touscany reports spending time with Pam Black. They met up in Pam’s old hometown of Cincinnati. Pam has retired to Vero Beach, Fla. and was back in Cincinnati for a graduation. Elaine was working in Cincinnati - and was thrilled to have the opportunity to catch up with a Liggett friend. Carol Meath Bossonney has only one piece of advice for our class: “My one piece of advice, when in Paris ... Find the time to relax in le Palais Royal magical!” Carol also invited any of us traveling in Europe to connect with her in Paris - a wonderful invitation! Linda Selwa also shared her love for our class. She said, “I do remember my class at Liggett very fondly.” Linda shared that her daughter is attending Michigan Medical School. Linda shared that she loved the many ways Kevin Conley has challenged us to

Class of ‘71 Reunion

The class of ‘71 had a class dinner at the home of Peter Shumaker. In front: Mike Drysdale, Sandy Turner; On the sofa: Neil Swanboro, Don Lennox, Dayna Woodbury, Geri Lemuix, Jenny Dossin, Vicki Heller, Debbie Deneau, Tawn Ulbrich, Eric Shreeman; Behind the sofa: Jane Peabody, Kirk Renaud, Shan Rumble, Ilene Rosin, Ann Aronson, Liz Starrs, Gigi Cinelli, Peter Shumaker, John Chapman; Way back: Doug Campbell, Sue Swantek, John Boccaccio (hidden), Marty Wieczorek, Mike Getz (hidden), Sam Cracchiolo, Sue Griffith, Walter Olson, Debby Mason, Phil Edwards, Sharon Kelly, Chris Hughes. Ann Aronson, John Chapman, Eric Shreeman, Kirk Renaud, Shan Rumble, Walter Olson, Sue Griffith, Dayna Woodbury, Mike Drysdale, Jane Peabody Smith




The Class of 1971 celebrated their 45th reunion this year with a community service project during Alumni Weekend. Twelve members gathered on a chilly May morning to help clean up Belle Isle. Mike Drysdale, Tawn Ulbrich, Dayna Woodbury, Sue Griffith, Ann Aronson, Kirk Renaud, Ilene Rosin, Jenny Dossin, Jane Peabody, Marty Wieczorek, Cilla Mead ‘70, John Tintinalli ‘89, Patty Webster volunteered to clean up Belle Isle.


ARP Alumni Career Day

go deeper stating that Kevin and Jeff Eugenides were “formative to my life in many ways.” Linda reports that she loves being a doctor, but she also loves being a professor. “I think I always knew I wanted to teach for a living. I believe that service to others is ultimately what defines us and generates the most life satisfaction for each of us.” John “My Name is Borko” Hastings confesses the marriage of his oldest son, Harry in March of this year. Bill Beardslee, Mark Mushro and Mike Martinez helped the Hastings family celebrate. John loves his new daughter-in-law! I asked John how he is able to remain joyful in all situations - from childhood to now, John is always smiling. John offered this advice to the rest of us for a joy filled life, “Get seven hours of sleep a night, keep in touch with friends, and don’t sweat the small stuff.” Ethel Burwell Dowling and Cindy Kling Holmes have been getting together in Lexington, Va. where Ethel lives and Cindy’s two children are in college at Washington and Lee. Ben and Ethel will become empty nesters next fall when their daughter goes off to Wheaton College in Illinois. Their son continues to study mechanical engineering at Ole Miss with an emphasis in manufacturing. John Engel is enjoying retirement, and he summarizes the work to retirement transition this way: “I have spent the first five months of retirement trying to recover from having jammed in 80 years of work into 33 years. I am trying to develop a good golf game, but it is proving to be a lot of effort. I found a great instructor to take the mystery out of the game, but the execution requires a lot of well developed skill that I have yet to invest enough time into.” John’s son, Daniel, just graduated from high school and is off to the College of Wooster in Ohio. He will be playing division 3 hockey as a goalie, which seems like just the right mix of time commitment and energy. John’s son, Patrick, is a rising senior at SMU and is majoring in journalism - sports - he is working in Dallas this summer for a local TV station. John’s wife, Ellen, is well and just accepted a five year contract to join the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Like most of our class, John believes in giving back. He has spent the last

Feb. 25, 2016

Elizabeth Rizzo ’82 with her new pal, co-worker and actor Rob Schneider.

five years as chairman of the board of Josephinum Academy, an all girls catholic high school in Chicago. Most of the young women who attend are minorities who essentially receive full scholarships. The school does a remarkable job of helping them become “inspiring, faith filled leaders” who earn many college scholarship each year to leading universities. John said, “Seeing the transformation of these young women is quite fulfilling and makes for positive and uplifting work. It is impressive to see people of all backgrounds and faiths come together for a great purpose. The contribution that Liggett made to me in my teenage years on a financial, intellectual and character building level, set a deep desire for me to contribute to educating individuals in my current community. Education elevates our capacity to engage our consciousness in pursuit of better lives, better communities and to move beyond the limited realm of self-interest. As all of the wonderful faculty and staff at Liggett know, great education delivered on a holistic level is a cornerstone of hope for our society.” I asked Betsy Fox for a parting piece of advice for the rest of us. Betsy told me that the smartest man she ever knew, her father, Palmer Heenan, told her, “You can go through this life happy or you can go through this life sad ... it’s up to you to decide.” He died Feb. 29, 2016 and he would have told you on that very last day ... “I’m the happiest man you will meet today.” Happiness, peace and joy are rewards of a life well lived. They are certainly worth our effort of pursuit. Every member of our Liggett class of 1978 that I have spoken to takes the stance of wanting to give back, to contribute,

A diverse group of alumni returned to campus to talk about their unlikely career paths and how Liggett prepared them for college and life after college.

Ellen Renick Durand ‘79, Robert Jewett ’87 and Paula Rodriguez Ottaway ‘86

Erika Teitge Combs ’90, Tom Weyhing ’87 and Jennifer Barnhart Fozo ‘87

Chris Andrecovich ‘05, Yash Prasad ’04, Julie Borushko ’04 and Katherine Andrecovich ‘04 ULS.ORG



Mike Martinez, John Hastings, Mark Mushro, Bill Beardslee, all class of 1978, at John Hasting’s son’s wedding

Tom Graves ’78 Haiti Medical Mission trip with HART

Joanne and Mike Merlo ’87

In April, Biz Bracher ’87, First Year Experience Director at Boston College, spoke to our outgoing senior class about what to expect their first year at college.

Chuck Taylor ’87, a professor at Pomona College, and his student research team are working to develop a better method for identifying dangerous respiratory ailments.

to be a blessing to people and our world. David George was right! We were very lucky to attend Liggett, and interact with amazing people. Our class became a family to us, a family who cares. The depth of my gratitude for this gift grows each year - and I thank our beloved Liggett for blessing us in countless ways.

1982 35th Reunion!

Class Representative: Michael Ottaway 252 Cloverly Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3304 Elizabeth Rizzo appeared on the new television show, “Hitting the Breaks” with Saturday Night Live’s Rob Schneider.

Elizabeth Hader Weiner’s ‘87 three children




1987 30th Reunion! Class Representative: Eva Dodds 6196 Eastmoor Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-1440

Dike Ajiri ’89 helps his daughter, Clara, learn how to swing a bat.

Dike Ajiri ’89 with his family on a recent trip to Islands of Adventure

David Shilling: As for The Schilling Family, I am still serving on active duty in the Air Force and we just finished a two-year assignment in Warner Robins, Ga. where I served as the director of communications and chief information officer for the Air Force Reserve. We just moved back to Washington, D.C. for one year of training and then we will be moving to Lima Peru in July 2017 for three years, where I will serve as the Air Attache, working in the U.S. Embassy. We would love to host any of our Liggett friends if you find yourself in Peru during our time there. Eva Dodds: It was amazing to see so many return to honor Miss Brock as her field was dedicated this past May. Laurie, Shelly, Tricia, Cindy and others were all present to watch Miss Brock be lauded. Miss Brock influenced so many of us with her calm expectation that we would push to be at our best. Her energy and dedication to Michigan high school sports is inspiring! I am excited to be serving this year as the president of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling. Our nonprofit is increasing access to college


connected and he wanted to say hi to everyone. He will be retiring in 2017 as head master of Shores Country Day School in Beverly Farms, Mass. Here is his email to me:

Liggett alumni gathered at the wedding of Eliza and Jake Chang. Eliza is the niece of Thomas Dow ’83. Top Row (L to R): Andrew Ottaway ‘84, Alex Dow ‘16, Ania Dow ‘14, Tomek Dow ‘05, Paula Rodriguez Ottaway ‘86, John P. Ottaway ‘80, Amy Russell Murphy ‘80, Peter K. Dow ‘80; Bottom Row (L to R): Edward Ottaway ‘03, Thomas Dow ‘83, Jean Kennary ‘78, Jennifer Dow Murphy ‘78, Amy Ottaway Zambetti ‘85

opportunities for Michigan students, offering professional development for all Michigan counselors, sponsors college tours for students and more. Summer 2016 found me opening the Collegewise Metro Detroit office as an independent college counselor working with students throughout the college process. I love it! Get ready! Our 30th is just around the corner! Chuck Taylor, a professor at Pomona College, and his student research team are pushing forward in their work to develop a faster, better method for identifying dangerous respiratory ailments that are often acquired in hospitals. In a paper published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, they show promising results from their breathalyzer-type instrument used to collect molecules from a patient’s breath. Now they are expanding the list of pathogens they are seeking to identify using the instrument, all of which are known to be problematic to ventilated patients.


Class Representatives: Dike Ajiri 3031 Old Glenview Road Wilmette, IL 60091-2908 Elizabeth Sieber Garant 1300 S Dahlia St Denver, CO 80222-3414

John Tintinalli: I started working for SAE International this year as the product group director for automotive and commercial vehicles. I’m diving head first into the Detroit revival and just purchased a condo on the water near Belle Isle. So I’m now officially a Detroiter again. I’m always eager to meet fellow classmates for drinks. In July I visited fellow alumni Mark and Nona Yehia Sullivan in Jackson, Wyo. for a trip down the Snake River. John C. Mozena a long-time Detroit marketing and public relations professional, joined the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in April as its new vice president of marketing and communications. In his new role, he will direct the Mackinac Center’s efforts to more effectively distribute its research and ideas, public interest litigation and investigative journalism.


Class Representatives: Natasha Moulton-Levy 13595 Julia Manor Way Westfriendship, MD 21794-9220 Katy Campbell 3257 Cummings Berkley, MI 48072-1154 Wendy Nystrom: Since our 25th reunion was this year, I decided to hunt down Larry Griffin. He and I

What a great way to end a phenomenal week! I received your email message over the weekend when I returned from our sixth grade trip to the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vt. Brings back memories of Proud Lake and overnights with the Liggett Middle School crew. I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked in two amazing schools over the 42 years of my career. My days at Liggett were some of the best and most memorable of all! I actually hoped to be out at Liggett for the celebration and dedication of the field to Muriel Brock and the memorial gathering for S. Gary Spicer Jr. ’93. A retirement celebration for my CFO and director of admission, 31 years each, kept me here. You have no idea how difficult it was for Cathy and for me to leave Liggett when we did. We loved you kids, your parents and our colleagues. It felt like a golden era. If you keep in contact with others from the Class of ‘91, pass on my best wishes! And thank you for such a thoughtful message. Best, Larry Griffin, the head of Middle School back in the 1980s Natasha Moulton-Levy recently wrote a book with her 12-year-old son Julian English. The book titled “No Limits: No Boundaries! A Special Needs Kid’s Journey Through the ABC’s,” chronicles the journey of a mother’s struggle to find her son’s learning language.


Class Representative: Peter Brown 5605 Trousdale Drive Brentwood, TN 37027-4308 Jed Howbert is the executive director of the jobs and economy team in the Detroit Mayor’s office. He works with city agencies, other public partners, and the non-profit and business communities in order to design and execute programs that create jobs and ULS.ORG



James Fortune ‘99 escorts his grandmother June Bryk, former Liggett PreK assistant down the aisle at his 2013 wedding.

Jed Howbert ’94 recently began a new position as executive director of the jobs and economy team in the Detroit mayor’s office.

Rob ‘94 and Maryann Listman welcomed a baby boy, Colin Couzens Listman, born March 29, 2016. Future class of 2034!

Natasha Moulton-Levy ’91 and her 12-yearold son, Julian English, have recently written a book titled “No Limits: No Boundaries! My Journey Through the ABC’s.”

attract residents to Detroit. Jed has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and an AB from Harvard College.

Joe Hanna ’94 with his wife, Sylvia, daughter Ruby and new baby Anthony

University Liggett School alums Katy Spicer ‘97, Josh Moulton ‘96 and Kara Feemster Smith ‘96 celebrated the five-year anniversary of Josh Moulton Fine Arts in Chicago, IL ( Painting has been Josh’s full-time career for 13 years.




Joe Hanna: I am currently living in Troy, Mich. with my wife of 11 years Sylvia, my 6-year-old daughter Ruby and 5-month-old son Anthony. Life is grand!! We still enjoy much travel as a family, and like most parents are very involved in our children’s various activities. I have found quite a bit of success professionally as well. I have been with a financial services company, Western & Southern Financial Group, since graduating from Albion College and Wayne State University 16 years ago. I am a Million Dollar Round Table Court of The Table Producer, which is the industry’s top producer organization worldwide. I currently have offices in Clinton Twp., Livonia, and soon to be Troy, Mich. I also play basketball twice a week so if anyone is looking for a game, let me know.

James Fortune ‘99 with his brother Daniel Fortune ‘02, Mace McDonald ‘99 and Joel Parrott ‘99

1999 Class Update: (No Class Representative) James Fortune ’99 wrote in to say “the last ten years have been extremely busy and rewarding. After receiving my Masters of Liberal Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and Masters of Arts in Counseling at Oakland University, I am loving my job as Academic Advisor for the Maggie Allesee Theatre and Dance Department at Wayne State University. My wife, Ede and I currently reside in Canton, Michigan. We celebrated our 3 year anniversary in August. It was an honor to escort my Grandmother, aka “Memo” (June Bryk-ULS Pre-K Assistant for 37 years) down the aisle at our wedding, as she passed away the following October, 2013. Groomsmen included, my Best Man and brother, Daniel Fortune (ULS ‘02), Mace McDonald (ULS ‘99) and Joel Parrott (ULS ‘99). I welcome all to attend a performance, of my students, at the Bonstelle Theatre!”2005


Waref Hawasli ’00 is the proud parent to Sienna Hayat Hawasli born Oct. 1, 2015. Another future Liggett class of 2034!

Elisabeth D’Arcy ‘03 was the special guest speaker at Ring and Founders Day during Alumni Weekend in May.


Class Representatives: Caitlin Costello 800 Cadieux Road Grosse Pointe, MI 48230-1232 Kimberly M. Dickinson 2809 Boston Street, Apt. 337 Baltimore, MD 21224-4849 Lexi Binns-Craven and her fiancé Josh O’Conner are happy to announce the birth of their son Oren Holden O’Conner, on May 3, 2016 in Asheville, N.C. Lexi is working on getting her masters in entrepreneurship through Western Carolina University. Ashlee “Brie” Gillum is currently filming a movie in Atlanta called “Step Sisters” that will be in theaters in 2017. She has also appeared in “For Colored Girls,” “Why did I get Married Too” and “Lottery Ticket.” She also has toured the globe singing back-up for Nick Jonas, Iggy Azalea and Kandi Burress. She will be releasing more of her own music soon through her website


Class Representative: Armaity Minwalla The family and friends of Joey Maniaci created a GoFundMe page to help support Joey’s mounting medical

Courtney Wudcoski Fox ’01 married Daniel Fox on April 11, 2014 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The couple live in Mesa, Ariz. Courtney works full-time as a graphic designer for a national souvenir company.

Dominic Jamett ‘11, right, a University of Michigan baseball team captain, was recently interviewed by Cole Zingas ’14, who is a sports reporter with the Michigan Daily newspaper, for a story in the Michigan Daily.

bills. Joey, a student at the University of Michigan, suffered massive congestive heart failure and needs a heart transplant. To donate, visit www. Kevin Allen spent the past summer in New York as a finance intern at NBC Universal where he was able to pursue his interests in entertainment and business. Back at school for his senior year at University of Michigan, Kevin is studying business with a focus on accounting and a music minor. He is looking forward to leading Empty Mug Records, a student-run record label, to even more success in its third year of operations. When he’s not studying or working with the label, he’s jamming in his Ann Arbor basement or playing a show with his band, My Girlfriend Beru, who can be found on Spotify and iTunes. Connor Borrego’s college experience at the University of Michigan has

Armaity Minwally ’13 returned to campus last spring to talk to juniors and seniors about her role as a diversity peer educator at U of M.

Joey Maniaci ’13, suffered congestive heart failure and needs a heart transplant. His family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the transplant.




been far from what he expected. Intending to eventually go to medical school, Connor was rerouted by the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship curriculum to pursue a business career with a focus on innovation. He is a member of the Michigan’s inaugural cohort of the Entrepreneurs Leadership Program Fellowship, where he was lined up with a consulting position at the state’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy to help defense manufacturers and startups diversify and grow their businesses. Connor is also a co-founder with Neil Sekhon ‘14 and Matthew Pierce a ’13 Brighton High School graduate, for a mobile application called Totem. Totem helps users to make decisions by improving the organization of opinionbased questions. An early version of Totem became available on the Apple App Store in July 2016, and is officially launching its beta on iOS and Android in October 2016. You can follow Totem @theTotemPoll on any social media network! Connor is in his last year of undergraduate studies as a political science major and entrepreneurship minor in the College of Literature Science and the Arts, and hopes to continue to work on Totem, and in either consulting or marketing after graduation. Connor plans to pursue a JD/MBA degree two to three years after graduation.

Armaity Minwalla is in her last year of undergraduate school majoring in Women’s Studies with a minor in Music. Her passion for choral music performance and dedication to her choir, the University of Michigan Women’s Glee Club, has allowed her to be reelected at the organization’s Vice-President. In this role, she will continue to strengthen alumnae relations for the club and plan alumnae events and collaborations during the university’s Bicentennial Celebration. Her contributions to the organizations earned her The Lawrence E. Quinn Memorial Scholarship. She is honored to serve this organization that has given her countless incredible experiences and a new family of women dedicated to “Sisterhood, Song and Strength.” Armaity is reprising her role as Diversity Peer Educator in Couzens Hall, which has been her home for the entirety of her undergraduate career. In her first year as DPE, Armaity worked with the help of her staff peers to educate the residents about various topics in diversity and social justice while addressing the needs of the community through restorative justice and bias incident resolution. She is excited to advise and empower members of the Couzens Multicultural Council and give them the tools to empower others.

Armaity is especially interested in women’s empowerment, particularly in the field of women’s health. She has been an intern for the Southeast Michigan Doula Project since May 2016 and plans on continuing to volunteer for this organization. Doulas are caretakers for women during various reproductive experiences like labor, birth, stillbirth, miscarriage, pre-natal and post-partum care. Armaity’s primary focus has been the implementation of termination doula care within the organization. Armaity is pursuing a career in women’s health and hopes to continue advocating for women’s bodily autonomy as an OBGYN. To gain more knowledge and insight into the medical field, Armaity interned at HealthPoint Clinic in Seattle this past summer. Armaity plans to thoroughly enjoy her last year of undergrad doing what she loves while surrounded by an incredible support system of friends and family.


on a family farm which is now Crooks Road and I-75. He graduated from Detroit University School in 1939, where he was captain of the basketball team, but preferred football. He graduated with honors from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1943. He married Jayne Houseal in 1956. They were married 49 years until Jayne’s death in 2006. Together they had four children: Palmer T. Heenan Jr. (Marie), the late Catherine Rives Heenan, Betsy Heenan Fox (Douglass R.), and Jane Page Heenan. In the early 1950’s Palmer and his brother, the late Earl I. Heenan, bought Detroit Mortgage & Realty Company which they ran together until 1988, along with a

number of subsidiaries including DMR Properties, Maize and Blue Properties, 333 West Fort Street Associates Ltd., DMR Financial Services and The Money Tree Restaurant. Heenan lead a very active political life. He was a lifelong member of the Eastside Republican Club. He held many leadership positions, notably serving as a National Delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1968, for Richard Nixon and in 1980, for Ronald Reagan. President Gerald R. Ford appointed Mr. Heenan to the 1976 Assay Commission which delighted him as he was an avid numismatist. At the age of 60 he decided to run for Mayor. He served as Mayor of Grosse Pointe Park for 32 years. He is survived by three of his

Memoriam Palmer Tracy Heenan, ‘39 DUS and longtime Grosse Pointe Park Mayor in February 2016. He was born in the BostonEdison district of Detroit on December 13, 1921 to Earl I. and Bernice E. (nee Palmer) Heenan. As a child Heenan rode his horses Zebo and Bob




Amanda Walencewicz recently returned from a year abroad, spending the fall at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China and the spring at the University of Hong Kong. This past summer she was a documentary research intern at The Film Posse in Boston. She is currently a senior at Tufts University where she is double majoring in International Literary and Visual Studies and Chinese.


children and eight grandchildren, of whom he was very proud, Erin Jayne Heenan (Charles Davis), Palmer T. Heenan III, Patrick Raymond Heenan, Catherine (Kiki) Rives Fox, Caitlin Bernice Heenan, Isabelle Jayne Sakelaris, Bennet George Sakelaris and Thomas Edward Heenan. Lifelong Grosse Pointe Farms resident Marion Helen Livingstone Bogle ’44 CDS, 90, died in June 2016, at St. John Hospital & Medical Center following a brief illness. Helen was born May 16, 1926, in Grosse Pointe, to Marion Henrietta Scherer and Seabourn Rome Livingstone. Helen attended CDS in the 1940s as part of the class of 1944, but graduated from The Ethel Walker School in 1944, she graduated in 1946 from Bennett College in Millbrook, N.Y. Her interest in photography took her to The New York School of Photography. In 1948, she married Forbes Howard in Grosse Pointe. Along with her loyalties and interests in her hometown, she enjoyed international travel and photo journaling in Africa, Ecuador, Germany and Italy; annual ski trips to Sun Valley, Idaho, and Vail, Colo.; spring trips to Florida and many summers in Edgartown, Mass. Helen is survived by her cousin, Harley Higbie. She was predeceased by her brother, Seabourn “Skid”; daughter, Lynn Howard Maxwell and cousin, Hugo Scherer Higbie. Margaret “Margie” McKean Nickell, ’44 CDS, age 89, died in February 2016, at the in Huntersville, N.C. She is survived by her husband, Henry Kennedy Nickell Jr.; sister, Mary McKean Roby (the late Douglas); daughter, Amy McKean Nickell Willson (William); sons, Hunter Roberts Nickell (Kim) and Thornton McKean Nickell (Diane); six grandchildren; one greatgrandchild and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Patsy McKean Van Dusen and brother, George Edwin McKean II. Born Aug. 7, 1926, in Detroit, to Robert Edwin McKean and Esther Edmunds McKean, she graduated from Grosse Pointe Country Day School in 1944 and Connecticut College in 1948. After college, she returned to

Michigan and worked in marketing at General Motors. She met Ken Nickell and they married in Grosse Pointe in September 1953. They then started a family in Perrysburg, Ohio. A job transfer took them to one of her favorite locations, Darien, Conn., where the family lived two different times. The family returned to Grosse Pointe Farms in 1972. Margie worked in retail for several businesses on The Hill and in The Village and always loved seeing her friends and serving the community. Her keen interest in the political process had her working at the polls on election days and winning the Republican Party Wayne County Precinct Delegate race for Grosse Pointe in 1980. In 2009, she was presented with the seal of Grosse Pointe Farms for her 30 years of elections work. Nancy Roehm Harbison ’47 LIG, of Ann Arbor passed away in March 2016 at the age of 86. She was born in Grosse Pointe. She was captain of the Liggett School tennis team. She married David Harbison of Duluth, 1950 and lived in Detroit until 1957, when the family moved to Ann Arbor. She is survived by a sister, Betty Cornwell, of Saginaw and four of her five children, Lawrence, George, John and Grace, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Her son David passed away in 2006. She was a member of the Ann Arbor Women’s City Club and enjoyed swimming at Mullett Lake. Nancy was an avid bridge player and was a member of the Ann Arbor Country Club. Patricia Joyce Oppenheim Levin Rice ’50 LIG, Ph.D., a pioneer in the field of special education in Michigan and former wife of retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Charles L. Levin, died in January 2016 at the age of 83. Patricia Joyce Oppenheim was born April 5, 1932 to Royal A. and Elsa (Freeman) Oppenheim of Detroit. She married Charles L. Levin in 1956. They had three children: Arthur David Levin, Amy Levin Ragen (Mathew), and Fredrick Stuart Levin (Marsha); and three grandchildren Jacob Elliot Ragen, Joshua Brooks Ragen, and Emily Rose Levin. After her divorce from Justice Levin in 1983, she relocated to Miami, where she would

live for nearly 30 years. In 1990, she married Howard T. Rice. They divorced in 1994. Dr. Rice began her teaching career in 1967 as a volunteer in the Detroit Public Schools. In addition to her work as an educator, she served both the Detroit and Miami communities as a tireless advocate and fundraiser for countless charities including, among others, the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Grand Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, and the Miami Ballet. Former Grosse Pointe resident Joan Dryden May ‘51 CDS age 82, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, following a lengthy illness. Joan was the devoted wife of Myron R. May, her high school sweetheart and partner for 60 years. After graduating from Grosse Pointe Country Day School, Mrs. May attended Colby Jr. College, in New London, N.H., and Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill. Admired and beloved by many, Joan is survived by her husband, Myron, of The Villages, Fla.; daughter, Whitney Schlegel (Kip) of Bloomington, Ind.; daughter-in-law, MaryAnn May and two beloved granddaughters, Sydney and Bailey May, of Dallas, Texas. Mrs. May was predeceased by her son, Myron Jr. in 2013. A celebration of her life was held in March in Florida and also in mid-May in Grosse Pointe. Diane Johnston ’51 LIG, died peacefully at home in July 2016. Longtime Grosse Pointe resident Edmund Ritchie “Suds” Sutherland ’51 DUS, age 83, passed away in June 2016, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Detroit, graduated from Detroit University School in 1951 and Brown University in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army at Point Barrow, Alaska. His career was in banking as a trust officer with National Bank of Detroit, Ann Arbor Bank, Manufacturer’s National Bank and Comerica. He loved golf, playing bridge and traveling. He traveled around the world three times totaling 200,000 miles. He participated in the Detroit Free Press 5K the last three years. He was predeceased by his parents,




Paul Holden and Jane (nee Eastman) Sutherland and sister, Sarah “Sally” McNaughton (the late John). He is survived by his beloved wife of 20 years, Paula Yates Sutherland; daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Sutherland; sons, Paul (Katy) and Douglas; grandchildren, Sarah, Phoebe and Peter Sutherland, Butch Stenz and Alexa, William and Olivia Yates; stepson, Bill Yates (Pam) and beloved dog, Teddy; several nieces and nephews and former spouse, Susan Shaw Sutherland. Kay Leslie Logan ’55 LIG, age 78, passed away in May 2016 at her home where she had been cared for by her family. Kay was born October 21, 1937, in Mt. Clemens, Mich., the daughter of James Leslie and Mary Dorothy (Priestap) Straith. She married James A. Logan on October 6, 1956, and he preceded her in death on January 12, 1984. Kay was employed for many years as an administrative assistant for Knight Industries in Auburn Hills, Mich., until her retirement in 1998. She loved to golf and was a member of several golf leagues throughout her life. Kay was a supporter of animal rights and volunteered often at the Michigan Humane Society; was a regular volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Survivors include her loving companion of 13 years, Gary Benner of Rochester, Mich.; her daughters: Leslie (Ken) Hacker of Troy, Mich.; Sandra (Chris) Janowiak of Ypsilanti; five grandchildren: Hillary (fiancee` Jeff Raymond), Jamie Hacker, Christopher Janowiak, Geoff (fiancé Mary Hodnicki), and Kelsey Janowiak; two sisters: Marilyn Gravlin of Auburn Hills, Mich. and Sue (Jim) Kelleher of Pennsylvania; her best friend of 50 years, Jane Erhart and Jane’s daughter, Patty (Rick) Nessel who was like a daughter to her; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her only son, James A. Logan Jr., and two brothers, Murray Straith and Jim Straith. Donald E. McKnight ’56 GPUS, age 78, of Grosse Pointe Farms, died in




May 2016 in Boston where he was seeking treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Donald, Jr.; daughter, Elizabeth James (Scot); sister, Anne DeRham; nephew, William Farquhar Jr.; and three grandchildren. Per his request, his body has been donated to The Harvard Medical School. Jon Otis Wardwell ’77 passed away in May 2016 surrounded by his loved ones in Nashville, Tenn. Jon was born to Alice and Jake Wardwell in Grosse Pointe on June 29, 1959. He graduated with the class of 1977, University Liggett School, where he met and made life long friendships with many of his classmates. He was a 1981 Babson University graduate where he earned his business degree. Growing up, Jon loved sports and was well known by all Liggett hockey opponents to have a NHLlike ‘slap shot ’ which very quickly sent opposing players away from the front of their goal. Most of all, Jon’s proudest accomplishments were his three beautiful and talented daughters, Jessica, Melissa and Sarah. Jon joined Ford Motor Credit Company after spending a few years experiencing automotive retail financing in California. Jon was later hired by Hyundai Financial and retired in 2015. Jon is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cyrenia Wardwell, daughters Jessica, Melissa, and Sarah, sister Suzie Prescott ’63 GPUS (Bill), brother Butch Wardwell (Chris) and brother-in-law George Haggarty. He was predeceased in death by his parents Alice and Jake Wardwell, sister Thumper Haggarty ’61 GPUS and brother Jeffrey Wardwell ’73 LIG. Contributions in Jon’s name can be made to the University Liggett School’s hockey program at: University Liggett School, 1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. 48236, or online at Jeron Jackson ‘03 passed away in March 8, 2016. Jeron was born on June 14, 1985. He was a resident of Detroit.

Tarik F. Ibrahim ‘99, M.S., M.D., son of Drs. Fikry and Mona Ibrahim, passed away unexpectedly in July 2016 at the age of 34. Tarik was born on September 2, 1981 in Grosse Pointe. A neurosurgeon at Loyola University in Chicago, Tarik was to begin a specialization in base-of-skull surgery at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. He is survived by his parents, Drs. Fikry and Mona Ibrahim and many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. Elizabeth Grace Watson, 21, of the City of Grosse Pointe passed away quietly and peacefully in March at her home, with her parents at her side, after succumbing to her courageous 10-year battle with anorexia nervosa. Born in Grosse Pointe December 17, 1994, Elizabeth, named after her paternal great grandmother, attended the Grosse Pointe Academy for preschool and elementary school, was a middle school student from 20072009 at University Liggett School and ultimately Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills for high school, the class of 2013. She was excited about attending boarding school, however, her illness limited her time in the dormitory to a semester. She persevered as a day student, and graduated on time, and was accepted to her dream school, Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She enrolled for her first semester, undertook a rigorous curriculum, did very well academically, but sadly had to withdraw when she became too ill to continue. Elizabeth is survived by her loving parents, Glenn and Martha (Hein) Watson, devoted grandparents Gerhardt A. Hein MD and Rebecca P. Hein her caring great aunt Annette Watson, her aunt and godmother Jill (Watson) Zwiernikowski, and her uncle and godfather Rick Zwiernikowski, her aunt Katherine D. Hein MD and her uncle Benjamin E. Hein as well as her cousins Rebecca and Lincoln Hein, Amy and Zachary (Alaina) Zwiernikowski and several additional aunts, uncles and cousins. Her Persian cat companion Cocoa-Puff will miss her greatly.


Longtime staff members and trustees

Dorothy Stevenson, longtime University Liggett School secretary, passed away in June 2016. For 36 years, before her first retirement from Liggett, Dorothy was secretary to school headmasters John Chandler Jr., Hugh Riddleberger and Raymond Robbins. She retired in 1982, but soon returned to the school to work as a part-time director of archives. In 1985, she came out of retirement full-time to become secretary to headmaster Tead Whatley. Memorial contributions may be made to University Liggett School Gifts can be made online at www.uls. org/givenow.

Suzanne C. Raymo, longtime lower school art teacher, passed away peacefully in July 2016 after a sevenyear struggle with
Alzheimer’s disease. She was 69 years old. She leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Jim,

two children, son Jim and daughter Tess and one grandchild, Nina.

 Sue was born in Birmingham, Ala. in 1946, daughter of James W. and Jacqueline Murphy
Clark and sister to four siblings - Sharon Byrne, Jennifer Clark, Gregory and Philip. Sue began her long and distinguished lower school art teaching career at The Stanley Clark
school in South Bend, Ind. Upon moving to Michigan she taught at University Liggett
School and was named the Eleanor Clay Ford Distinguished Teacher of the
Arts. As a teacher at University Liggett School, Sue was selected as one of 40 elementary
school teachers nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for
a summer masters program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on Homer’s
Odyssey, which became a lifelong passion.

 Sue’s artistic life was centered on her fabric creations. Her main focus was quilting, usually in a
nontraditional fashion. She created several quilts using antique Japanese fabric and recognized
and celebrated the imperfections in the fabric. Moving on, to quote Sue, “Will there be a test?” Former University Liggett School board of trustees member Robert Palmer Lambrecht, age 79, died in June 2016, in Boca Grande, Fla. He was born in Detroit to Edward Frederick Lambrecht and Allene Palmer Lambrecht and graduated in 1959 from the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1959 to 1964. Bob worked 55 years in residential and commercial real estate, serving as chairman of Lambrecht Realty Company. In 1990 he formed Lambrecht Properties Inc. to bring his sons into the business. Bob was involved in various professional, civic and community organizations. He served as president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Michigan; vice president of the

Michigan Association of Realtors; chairman of the board of Cottage Hospital and on the boards of Henry Ford Health System and University Liggett School. Bob is survived by his wife, Virginia “Ginny” Lambrecht (nee McMillan); sons, James (Jeannine) and Jeffrey (Debbie); grandchildren, Collin, Brooklin, Shannon and Hunter; sister, Susan Siphron (David) and brother, Edward F. Lambrecht Jr. (Susan). He was predeceased by his son, Robert P. Lambrecht Jr. Anne C. Lampe, for many years a teacher in the middle school at the Liggett School and later at University Liggett School, passed away in July at the age of 92. Her family held a memorial service at the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. Anne was born to John and Clara Crossley June 7, 1924 in Pittsburgh and preceded in death by Willard Lampe, whom she married after his return from service as a Navy chaplain in WWII. She is survived by Claire (Dick) Sabatini, Barbara (Danael) Caywood, Margery (Chuck) Fullar, John (Joanie) Lampe and Katherine (Michael) Zimmerle and 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. She met Rev. Willard Lampe while she was a student of liturgical music at University of Michigan. She graduated from U of M while he served in the South Pacific. She went on to obtain a Masters of Music Education from Wayne State. She served as the organist and choir director at Eastminster Presbyterian Church and later at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. She taught for 30 years at University Liggett School, retiring as the chair of the middle school English program. She filled her retirement years traveling and participating in a local history club, Tuesday Musicale and choir and bell choir. She was an avid supporter of many charities including the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Zoo, her church and the Humane Society.




Directory of

Class Representatives No Class Notes? Don’t forget to send updates to your class representative listed below.


Liggett Class Representative: Jean Downer Hodges 429 Barclay Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-2813


Liggett Class Representative: Mary Louise Goodson Drennen 106 Merriweather Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3623


Liggett Class Representative: Constance Haberkorn Nichols 336 Kendal Drive Kennett Square, PA 19348-2337


Liggett Class Representative: Jane Kilner Denny 125 E. Gilman Street Madison, WI 53703-1407

1942 75th Reunion!

1946 Liggett Class Representative: Betsy Stanton 1570 East Ave., Apt. 112 Rochester, NY 14610 585-244-8134 DUS Class Representative: Alexander Suczek P.O. Box 2411 S. Padre Island, TX 78597-2411

1947 70th Reunion! CDS Class Representative: Shirley Jerome McKee 9820 Oakhurst Holly, MI 48442-8610

1948 Liggett Class Representative: Norah Moncrieff Williams 502 Glen Arbor Lane Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1506


DUS Class Representative: Robert M. Tonge 5 Greylock Rd. Waterville, ME 04901-5442

DUS Class Representative: William J. Cudlip II 284 McKinley Avenue Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 482363460


1952 65th Reunion!

DUS Class Representative: William Wilson 1034 Liberty Park Drive, Apt. 119 Austin, TX 78746


Liggett Class Representative:

Roberta Mackey Rigger

830 West 40th Street, Apt. 304 Baltimore, MD 21211-2125




Liggett Class Representative: Kay Jordan Phillips 14421 N. Ibsen Drive, Apt. A Fountain Hills, AZ 85268-2102

1954 Liggett Class Representative: Valerie Oppenheim Hart 6849 S Clayton Street Mount Dora, FL 32757-7024


1967 50th Reunion!


Liggett Class Representative: Mikee Brown 73144 Carrizo, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Liggett Class Representative: Gael Webster McFarland 212 20th Avenue Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785-3840

Liggett Class Representative: Joanne F. Stewart 5 Debeaufain Dr. Blufftown, SC 29909 GPUS Class Representatives: Lylas Good Mogk, MD 1000 Yorkshire Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230-1432 George Jerome 40 Edgemere Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3709

1957 60th Reunion! GPUS Class Representative: Wendy Krag 170 Merriweather Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236


GPUS Class Representative: Robin Duke Harris Russell 37 The Crossing Purchase, NY 10577


GPUS Class Representative: Marion Polizzi Shanle 21 North Duval Road Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236-1108


GPUS Class Representative: William B. Canfield III 1334 Merrie Ridge Road McLean, VA 22101-1827


Liggett Class Representatives: Lana Rae Ackenhusen Litwin Mary Wood Schrope

GPUS Class Representative: Jani DuCharme Gunsaulus 74 Essex Road Ipswich, MA 01938-2548


Liggett Class Representative: Joni Welch Hollinger 229 South Quincy Street Hinsdale, IL 60521-3949


GPUS Class Representative: Rev. Meredith B. Jackson 500 Deepwoods Drive Valley Grande, AL 36701-0404


Liggett Class Representative: Renee R. McDuffee 480 Lodge Drive Detroit, MI 48214

1972 45th Reunion! Class Representative: Kevin Granger 943 Hidden Lane Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1522


Class Representative: Steve Rosati 5937 South Glencoeway Centennial, CO 80121


Class Representative: Sara Hendrie Sessions 972 N. Brys Drive Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1670


Class Representative: Claudia Kuhnlein Eaton 19 Ocean View Drive Hingham, MA 02043-1224



1992 25th Reunion!

Class Representative: Rev. Carol Gregg Stratton 605 Marshall Way Durham, NC 27705

Class Representatives: Lila LaHood 1624 Vallejo Street, Apt. 2 San Francisco, CA 94123-5115

Class Representative: Brandon Celestin 615 Griswold Street Detroit, MI 48226

Anne Hildebrandt Tranchida 521 Lakeland Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

Class Representatives:

1979 Class Representative: Catherine Sphire Shell 185 Ridge Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3554

1980 Class Representative: Roxane Lie P.O. Box 130 Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-0130

1983 Liggett Class Representative: Thomas A. Dow 191 Ridge Rd Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

1993 Class Representative: Amy Shanle 12E. 86th Street Apt. 826 New York, NY 10028-0513

1995 Class Representative: Julie Smith Jahn 399 W. Fullerton Pkwy #14E Chicago, IL 60614-2876



Class Representatives: Jennifer Silverton 445 West Baraga Avenue, #4 Marquette, MI 49855-4558

Class Representative: Lawrence Paolucci 1898 Kenmore Drive Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1982

Rachel Calderon Young 2217 Flint Ridge Road Edmond, OK 73003 rachel_calderon@


1997 20th Reunion!

Class Representative: Joy Brzuchowski Nichols 2688 Amberley Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-2655

Class Representative: Peter Birgbauer 124 East 85th, Apt. 5F New York City, NY 10028


Class Representative: Celeste Hubbard 1611 N. Formosa Avenue, Apt. 414 Los Angeles, CA 90046-3299

Class Representatives: Brooke Hohmeyer Kemler 621 Arlene Court Fowlerville, MI 48836-9356 Dr. Sreedhar “Steve” Samudrala 9143 Concord Hunt Circle Brentwood, TN 37027-8762




Class Representatives: Maria Russo Laura Hicks


Rachel Costello 2 M Street, NE, Apt. 623 Washington DC, 20003 Carly Croskey 180 Country Club Drive Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-2902 Meghan Doletzky 1111 Beech Street Wilmington, DE 19805-4207


Class Representative: Alyssa Bronikowski 1221 N. Dearborn #211N Chicago, IL 60610-8376

2007 10th Reunion! Class Representative: Yates Campbell


Class Representative:

Bianca Avolio 4884 Kensington Detroit, MI 48224


Class Representative: Mary Grech

2012 5th Reunion! Class Representative: Katherine Parthum


Class Representative: Margot Alpert


Class Representative: Taylor Slayton

No Class Rep? Become One today! It’s easy, all you have to do is: • Email your class two times a year • Wait for interesting updates to roll in • Pass along this news to us! These classes need Reps: 1943: CDS, DUS, LIG 1945: CDS, DUS, LIG 1947: DUS, LIG 1948: CDS 1949: DUC, CDS 1950: CDS, LIG 1951: DUS 1953: CDS, DUS, LIG

1954: DUS, CDS 1957: LIG 1959: LIG 1961: LIG 1962: LIG 1968: GPUS 1969: LIG 1977

1981 1985 1986 1998 1999 2002 2011

2001 Class Representative: Jessica Cobb Hall ULS.ORG




The Lower School students shined at their end-of-the-year music concert. Much of the music performed at the concert was created and arranged by students. Lower School music teacher Rachel Houk uses the Orff method of teaching, in which musical concepts are learned through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition and a child’s natural sense of play are encouraged.




University Liggett School 2016-2017 Board of Trustees Connie Ahee

Atanas Ilitch

Thomas Robinson ‘80

Gloria Butler Miller

Lila LaHood ‘92

A. Paul Schaap

Shauna Ryder Diggs

Patrick Mansfield

Joseph J. Shannon

James A. Fitzgerald ‘56 GPUS

Tomasine Marx, ‘78

Shema Spivey

Henry Ford III ‘98

James T. Mestdagh

Kenneth A. Fruehauf ‘85

Matthew Moroun ‘91

John W. Stroh III ’78 President

Louana Ghafari Secretary

David A. Nicholson

Beth Van Elslander Wood ‘89

Sanford N. Pensler ‘74

Anne Widlak ‘70

Jason Patrick Hall

Scott A. Reilly Treasurer

David M. Wu ’83 Vice President

Joseph P. Healey

Cynthia Ford Honorary Trustee Ruth R. Glancy Honorary Trustee

William W. Shelden, Jr. Honorary Trustee

2016-2017 Alumni Board of Governors Katherine Andrecovich ‘04

Ellie Farber ‘11

Gail Kachadourian Howe ‘89

Christopher Stroh ‘12

Jeffry Bauer ‘73

John “Chip” Fowler ‘00

Julie Borushko ‘04

Michael Fozo ‘87

Abigail McIntyre ‘91 Vice President

Anne Hildebrandt Tranchida ‘92 Secretary

Joseph Cobb ‘04*

Patsy Gotfredson ‘80

Robert Jewett ‘87

Paula Cornwall ‘84

Jessica Hall ‘01*

Muffy Boomer Milligan ‘73

Dana Warnez ‘89 President

Jean Doelle ‘55 LIG

Waref Hawasli ‘00

Lynn Carruthers Park ‘73

*Regional representative

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Perspective Fall 2016  

The Magazine for University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.

Perspective Fall 2016  

The Magazine for University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.