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The Magazine for University Liggett School


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Spring 2015


UNIVERSITY LIGGETT SCHOOL 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509 313.884.4444

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



University Liggett School is Michigan’s oldest, co-educational, pre-K through grade 12, independent day school. University Liggett School does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on the basis of religion, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other protected class as provided by applicable law.


the ‘Knight’ is ours Plan to attend Liggett Knight, University Liggett School’s fall fundraising gala that raises money for things such as technology and academic initiatives, building improvements, athletic equipment and more. For more information, contact Shaye Campbell at or 313.884.4444, Ext. 418. Or visit


Daniel Burnham was one of America’s greatest architects. Among his works is the Flatiron Building in New York, and he created the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. Burnham wrote: “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” (Nor women’s we would add now…). In this issue of Perspective we are celebrating and exploring the contributions of members of our community to architecture and the arts. It is a wonderful story. This campus, and our predecessor campuses, have the distinction of having parts of them designed by two of the world’s leading architects: Albert Kahn and Minoru Yamasaki. We are always affected and either energized or restrained by our environments. That is why a school without art is unthinkable. Imagine the barren corridors and walls, the windows merely covered by glass and then look at a great school anywhere. If you do not see art everywhere, if the buildings themselves do not speak to you about community, fellowship, interaction and vision they might as well be the corridors in a storage house. We invite imagination and play. We inspire thought and creativity. We celebrate the invention and discovery that is such a critical part of the life of a learning community. In this Perspective you will meet artists and architects and share in their work and perpectives. We are in the beginning stages of a major rebuild of our own campus. In talking with our architects, we have insisted on those qualities of community, inspiration and history that make any new building part of the fabric of the school. I hope that you will enjoy this issue, follow our progress in building our new campus and be generous in your support of this new adventure. We will make no little plans because we want to “stir your hearts” and bring you inside the community of learning that is the University Liggett School.

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

“I hope that you will enjoy this issue, follow our progress in building our new campus and be generous in your support of this new adventure.” - Joseph P. Healey, Ph.D. Head of School

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Environmental Impact Celebrating the Arts An Inspiring Experience Grand Slam Career Building On Tradition Rediscovering History

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

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Holiday Cheer The All-School Holiday Concert in December was an incredible example of the Curriculum for Understanding having come to life. The annual school tradition, held at the Masonic Temple, brought together the Liggett community to celebrate vocal and instrumental music in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.




“By working collaboratively and sharing what they want to know, the students have been able to learn even more and, at the same time, really enjoy the learning experience.” – Prekindergarten teacher Julie Demchak

From Trash to Educational Treasures At University Liggett School, an interest or curiosity often will lead to an in-depth learning experience – and that’s true at every grade level, including prekindergarten. In the PreK3 class, the students’ collective interest in garbage trucks led to three-phase project on garbage and recycling. It started when one of the boys in the class was pretending his chair was a garbage truck. He collected puzzle pieces and other items to put on the chair, which he pushed around the room. Soon, the other students wanted to join in. “The interest in




garbage trucks was very contagious,” says prekindergarten teacher Connie O’Brien. “So we asked the students to bring in real, but clean, garbage from home such as boxes and bottles, and the project took off from there.” The students began the first phase of the project, discussing what they already knew about garbage and recycling. Then they began the second phase of the project: research and investigation. They read books about garbage and recycling, took photos of the garbage and recycling trucks in their neighborhood and met with student leaders from Liggett’s Upper School environmental

club to learn more about recycling. They also practiced their numbers and sorting skills by matching the recycling numbers found on everyday items to the correlating container. Another project gave them a chance to use the water table to explore how the recycled materials interacted with water. And on one occasion, they even made “garbage soup” with recycled materials. They also took a field trip to the Grosse Pointe Shores Public Works Department for a garbage truck tour. At Liggett, the threephase project approach to learning culminates

with the students sharing what they learned – with friends, family and other members of the Liggett community. And they certainly had a lot to tell. “This project really captured their interest,” says prekindergarten teacher Julie Demchak. “In some ways, it seems very natural because garbage and recycling are already a part of their lives. By working collaboratively and sharing what they want to know, they’ve been able to learn even more and, at the same time, really enjoy the learning experience.” – Michelle Franzen Martin


“The possibilities of what students can do in a makerspace are endless. The concept translates so easily into the learning environments we are creating at Liggett.” – Middle School Head Jim Brewer

Makerspaces Encourage Discovery and Collaboration Seventh-graders at University Liggett School have been expanding their collective curiosities by tinkering with and experimenting in pop-up makerspaces throughout the school. The pop-up makerspaces are a twist on the growing makerspace movement, which uses community-operated

spaces for people to work on projects, learn new skills and experiment with new ideas. At Liggett, the makerspaces – set up in different areas of the school – offer activities such as bridge building, HTML programming and sewing. “The possibilities of what students can do in a makerspace are endless,” says Middle School Head Jim Brewer. “The concept translates so easily into the learning environ-

ments we are creating at Liggett. We give students resources, guidance, and mentoring and then we get out of the way.” The first pop-up makerspace session involved building a bridge with newspaper and masking tape. At the second one, students worked on a variety of projects: creating LED name tags, coding, reverse engineering, and making projects from pom-poms or duct tape. The third session, which

allowed parents to join their students, featured paper rollercoasters. “The makerspace incorporates the academic world and expands on it,” says Shaun McTigue, assistant head of Middle School and Middle School dean of students. “It allows students to use their creativity, try new ideas, learn new skills and build upon their interests.” – Michelle Franzen Martin

Join Us for a Celebration of Research Join us in celebrating the passions and discoveries of 12th-graders who will unveil their Academic Research Projects to the public during the Celebration of Research on Tuesday, May 26. The Academic Research Project is the cornerstone of Liggett’s Curriculum for Understanding and the culmination 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. Two students last year received national and local media attention for their projects – Tommy Fair, who researched how to improve the intuitiveness and precision of myoelectric control of prosthetic limbs, and Caitlin deRuiter, whose analysis of the women’s soccer league was published in The Seattle Times. Both 2014 alumni, Fair is now attending Princeton and deRuiter is studying at Aurora University in Illinois. ULS.ORG



Reader-Writer Workshop Individualizes the

Learning Experience An interest in reading begins early on. In Liggett’s Middle School, students are becoming lifelong readers and thoughtful writers through the school’s new ReaderWriter Workshop model. The format teaches students the craft of reading and writing through individual conferences, mini lessons and self-selected texts. “With the workshop model, the students are like apprentices,” says Middle School English teacher Rob Shade. “They’re coming to class as if they are an artist or craftsman and learning how to become confident readers while understanding that writing is a process.” One key to the workshop’s success: It allows students to select what they want to read and write about. “The Reader-Writer Workshop is very individualized,” Shade says. “We’re giving them the choice by letting them select their own books and writing about what interests them.” Although there are some common required texts throughout the year, students largely have the ability to decide what they want to read. They are required, however, to select books from several required genres – and there is no limit to how many books they can read. As a result, Liggett English teachers are seeing an increase in student reading. “For example, our target was 20 books, but one student already read 17 books before the end of October,” says Middle School English teacher Stevie Stevens. “We want to build a culture in which students are reading, reading and reading – and sharing and talking about what they’ve read. Already I’m seeing an increase in students becoming more interested in reading and writing.” That’s important because reading has been on a steady decline across the country. Recent research has shown that in 1984 just 8 percent of 13-year-olds said they never read for pleasure; that number is up to 22 percent today. “Many students struggle to find books and they struggle to find time,” Stevens says. “But if we as teachers can give them the time and the space, we are reversing that trend and empowering them to become lifelong readers.” Each day begins with a 10- to 20-minute mini lesson that could include learning a new grammar lesson or literary term, or reading a poem or article. Students then spend the remainder of class reading, writing or having individual conferences with the teacher. During a seven-day rotation, students spend two days writing, followed by two days reading, then one day writing, then a day reading, and then have a day off from either. Students keep a composition book to record letter6



This personalized approach is an example of Liggett’s Curriculum for Understanding in which students discover their passions, learn through experience, uncover key questions and turn information into understanding.

essays – in-depth reactions, observations and analyses of books. The vocabulary lessons also are individualized and tailored to the students’ interests and abilities. This personalized approach is an example of Liggett’s Curriculum for Understanding in which students discover their passions, learn through experience, uncover key questions and turn information into understanding. “We’re letting them be accountable,” Shade says. “We’re allowing them to develop their interests and skills.” The workshop allows students to more strongly connect with the books. Many students start with easier texts and then work up to the more difficult ones. “We help nudge them in that direction,” Stevens says. “They might start with other books then work their way toward reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ because they’re building their curiosity about it. When we open the door for them to figure out what they enjoy reading, we’re really igniting their passion for reading and writing.” – Michelle Franzen Martin


Liggett’s Dan Cimini is

Finalist for National Coach of the Year The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has named University Liggett School Coach Dan Cimini a finalist for Coach of the Year in baseball. Cimini is one of eight baseball coaches from throughout the country who will be honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet in June. Cimini was selected as a finalist by the state’s high school coaches’ association. Cimini has amassed an impressive record in the 11 years he has coached at Liggett. Under his guidance, the baseball team has won three state championships (2011, 2013 and 2014), five league championships, 10 district titles and five regional championships. The Liggett baseball team also was the first team in baseball history to win back-to-back state championships while moving up a division level (the team won the Division 3 championship in 2014, the first year the team was in that division). Liggett’s baseball team also was the first team in state baseball history to go to four straight championship games (2011-2014) and win three of them (the team was state runner-up in 2012).

Remembering Nicole Fifth-grader Kendall Spivey is the 2015-2016 recipient of the Nicole Maria Shammas Memorial Scholarship at University Liggett School. The 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 29th anniversary of the scholarship, made possible by a gift from the Shammas family of Grosse Pointe Woods and others who knew Nicole Shammas, who passed away while in Middle School. Kendall, middle left, is joined in this photo by next year’s other Shammas scholarship recipients, 7th-grader Ross Kogel and 6th-grader Harisen Davis, and Head of Middle School Jim Brewer.

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Division I Athletics Programs Three University Liggett School 12th-graders have signed letters of intent to play Division I athletics at the college level. Jessica Rotzoll of Shelby Township will play basketball at Oakland University; Lola Ristovski of Sterling Heights will join her older sister Haleigh (Liggett class of 2013) to play basketball at University of Detroit Mercy; and Christopher Cornell of Grosse Pointe Park will swim for the University of Delaware. Jessica Rotzoll, Christopher Cornell and Lola Ristovski

University Liggett School is recognized for its athletics program, winning a number of championships at the district, regional and state levels in recent years. ULS.ORG



Homecoming 2014:

Liggett Wins!

Celebrations were held on and off the field after both the football team and field hockey team scored Homecoming victories on Oct. 18. On a chilly Saturday, the Knights football team beat the previously undefeated Everest 13-0 on Liggett’s new football field. The girls’ field hockey team also won their game, beating Grosse Pointe South, 4-0.












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IMPACT Liggett’s ecology class does real-world research at Ford House. By Michelle Franzen Martin

It started as a class assignment on how to measure the properties of an ecosystem. It ended as an in-depth research project that will improve the water quality and ecosystem of one of the area’s top history attractions. University Liggett School’s environmental science class spent a semester gathering data at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House that will be used to improve the water quality at the historic home. The Ford House is working on a project to improve the water quality surrounding Bird Island, a manmade peninsula on the site, in two ways: by implementing a filtration system for the runoff and carving a channel through the peninsula to get better water flow from the lake. The data that the Liggett students gathered during the fall will help Ford House measure the impact of the project. 10



The students reported their findings to the Ford House administration in December. “What made the project so interesting is that the Ford House was interested in using our data,” says Janet Gocay, who teaches the environmental science class. “We had 10 to 15 people from Ford House in the audience when the students presented. The experience wasn’t just meaningful because the students collected and analyzed the data for a long period of time, but also because they were able to report their findings to Ford House. They invited us to come back next year after the Bird Island project is completed and get the after data.”


Gocay says the project mirrors what scientists encounter in the real world – trial and error, surprising findings and the need to do additional testing. “In traditional classroom settings, one of the most difficult things to teach is the authentic experience of doing a science experience as a scientist,” she explains. “In non-classroom experiments, things don’t always work as executed. Sometimes there is no reliable data or the data doesn’t make sense. Sometimes we get no results at all. That is different from when we do classroom experiments and we often set the experiments up for success. But in the real world, scientists often come to the conclusion that there is a need for additional testing or we have to problem-solve and repeat. That was the case with this project.” The students were surprised with a few of the results. They went into the experiment expecting to find high nitrates in the water, but the results were normal. One reason could have been due to the heavy rains metro Detroit had last year. In addition to testing the water, the students also measured the area’s plant and wildlife biodiversity. “We found the biodiversity fairly high on Bird Island, which was not particularly surprising,” Gocay says. The Ford House’s Megan Wood says it was beneficial for Ford House staff to hear the results of the Liggett students’ data. “Ford House has been working on plans for making our site more green and improving the water quality of Ford’s Cove,” she says. “The testing that the students conducted really provides us with a baseline and next year’s class should be able to see if our efforts are making a difference.” For the students, the experience was similar to what they’d find at a university, not in a typical high school. “This is what you would find in a university-level course course – authentic data collection where you’re in the field as opposed to a classroom,” Gocay says. “Our students also designed this study, which is something you usually see at the college level: different ways of collecting data and what types are important to collect. The length of the study was also unique because we were able to return to the field many times to collect data rather than doing a one-time sample.”

“This is what you would find in a university-level course – authentic data collection where you’re in the field as opposed to a classroom.” – Janet Gocay, science teacher

The project is an example of Liggett’s Curriculum for Understanding in which students learn through experience, discover their passions, uncover key questions and turn information into understanding. They then have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge – in this case, by presenting to Ford House staff. “Ford House is looking for more ways to collaborate with University Liggett and other educational organizations to do meaningful projects, like the water quality testing,” Wood says. “Our site can really be used as an unconventional classroom and we welcome different types of uses and partnerships.” Gocay agrees, saying the site is unique because it is a real-world example of sustainability. “The students were able to see how Ford House makes decisions both to maintain the history and the environmental soundness of the property. That interplay is what environmental science looks like in the real world. It was a meaningful, authentic experience for our students.”

Ford Family Alumni It’s quite fitting that Liggett students have been doing research at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Edsel ‘13 DUS and Eleanor Ford ‘16 LIG attended University Liggett School predecessor schools and the couple sent their four children, Benson DUS ‘37, Henry Ford II DUS ‘25, Josephine ‘41 CDS and William Clay DUS ‘42, to University Liggett predecessor schools as well. ULS.ORG




celebrating the

Alumni are leaving an artistic footprint on the world.

Theater. Film. Graphic design. Painting. Writing. And so much more. University Liggett School alumni have embraced their artistic passions and honed their talents to shape the fine, performing and applied arts. In this issue of Perspective, we celebrate our arts alumni and the many contributions they have made on stage, in galleries and on book shelves.





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Three things that make a great film: Feelings that are evoked without emotional manipulation, interesting acting and a good score. Favorite red carpet experience: For Oz they had a yellow brick carpet instead of a red one. It was on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame and felt like a true old-fashioned movie premiere. Trait all Michigan-born performers share: They’re grounded and know who they are. Favorite film of all time: The Godfather (Parts I and II) and Manhattan Missing about Detroit? Family, friends, Coney Island and Red Wings games!

Mia Serafino Ask Mia Serafino to recall her first performance memory and she’ll share a joyful description of living room performances of The Wizard of Oz. “I was three or four, and acted it out, full hair and makeup, all day long,” she says. “My parents had to hide the VHS, I was so addicted.” So it’s fitting that her growing list of performance credits includes Oz the Great and Powerful, the feature-length Disney fantasy/adventure that was filmed in metro Detroit. But Serafino ‘07, who now lives and works in Los Angeles, credits her experiences from the second grade through graduation at University Liggett School for the success she’s achieved in film, television and stage. And, it turns out, her commitment to education sets her apart from her Hollywood peers. “Liggett made me realize that even in art there should be an academic approach,” Serafino says. “The teachers at Liggett were so excited about what they were teach-

ing, and it made me interested in subjects like science, which is so relevant. My favorite actors have an academic background.” In particular, Serafino’s participation in the Creative and Performing Arts program, chaired by Phillip Moss, helped solidify her commitment to a career in performance. The collaborative, student-led nature of the program allowed Serafino to build team experience, giving her an in-depth understanding of the creative process, Moss says. “She was able to take on behind-the-scenes work and learn about how to make a movie,” he says. ULS.ORG



Though Serafino was already working professionally in commercials at the time she graduated from Liggett, she chose to attend Roosevelt University in Chicago to further her education, an experience she found every bit as challenging as her years at Liggett. “It was a conservatory, so people worked very hard, and there’s a cliché in the business that there are a lot of people who don’t care about the work but just want to be famous,” Serafino says. “I love the work so I’m very protective about it.” She has realized that those who make it in Hollywood are often just everyday people who work really hard at their craft, she says.

“Liggett made me realize that even in art there should be an academic approach. The teachers at Liggett were so excited about what they were teaching, and it made me interested in subjects like science, which is so relevant. My favorite actors have an academic background.” – Mia Serafino

This revelation prompted her to join Playhouse West School and Repertory Theater to study the Sanford Meisner technique after learning about the L.A.based Jeff Goldblum-founded school from James Franco. “They are really hard on you there,” she says. “It’s a bubble — it’s not about what’s going on in the business, but about good acting, kind of a tough love approach. And I’m grateful to Liggett because it planted the seed of doing the work.” With Serafino’s unrelenting effort has come paying work in a very difficult business. She glows about her experiences with the 2013 “Mary Poppins biopic” Saving Mr. Banks, which starred Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as

children’s author P. L. Travers. Though she initially resisted the idea of serving as a stand-in on set, she was soon cast in a part the minute her commitment to acting shone through. “I was like a kid in a candy shop. I watched every take. The directors were so encouraging because they knew I was taking it seriously, so they were more apt to help me,” Serafino says. “It was very professional, which made me feel like you can have a solid life and career in this business. It made me want to work hard. Plus I got to have a couple of lines with Tom Hanks at Disneyland in the 1960s.” With credits that include NCIS: Los Angeles, 90210, Butterfly Effect: Revelation, plus stage work including an original play by Scott Caan, from Hawaii Five-0, titled Word Faithful, and a new TBS show called Your Family or Mine, Serafino’s future is bright with well-earned success, according to Moss. “In this business, there are a number of factors, a God-given skill set and a look that you come with, and then the willingness to make the most of what you have,” Moss says. “Mia has that ingénue look that will be with her for a while; it’s genetic. But she never allowed that to become the dominant force of what she’s all about. Her willingness to do the detail work, her quest to be the artist has a lot to do with her success.”

Celebrate Alumni Art Join us for the first-ever Alumni Arts Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, May 16, during Alumni Weekend. We will posthumously honor actress and alumna Julie Harris CDS ’44 as our first-ever Arts Hall of Fame recipient. During her career, Harris received five Tony Awards, three Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award. In 1994, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. On the day of her death in 2013, Broadway theaters dimmed their lights for a one-minute tribute in honor of the esteemed actress. Watch for more details in Knightline News and at

– Claire Charlton

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Most overrated stage production? Cats eReader or bound book? Bound book Best time/place to write? At night, in my bed What is your muse? African-American folktales Least appreciated playwright? I don’t read that many plays, so I’ll give you a fiction writer. It baffles me how Leon Forrest has not been included in more canonical lists.

Aaron Robertson While many aspiring writers dream of someday achieving literary acclaim, Aaron Robertson’s work already attracts attention. The Princeton University student, pursuing an English degree, aims for a career in fiction editing or publishing. “Perhaps I’ll find work on the staff of a literary magazine, like The Los Angeles Review of Books, or work with some culturally conscious non-profit,” says Robertson ’13. “It would be great to be paid for my writing.” Robertson’s one-act play, “The Christian Soothsayer,” was featured in the September 2013 issue of Dramatics magazine, the Educational Theatre Association’s monthly publication for high school theater students and teachers. Set in Detroit during the 1967 riots, the play features two men posing as reporters who lure an older couple into the basement of a speakeasy. Police victimize the couple and the “reporters” interview them to publicize their account of the ordeal. “Really, though, it’s a power play,” Robertson says. “The two men want to demonstrate how easily manipulated people are in moments of disorder. I knew that I wanted to emulate August Wilson’s writing style, and I was interested in writing a Detroit-based historical piece.” Robertson submitted his piece to the Thespian Playworks competition, which only accepts one-act plays. “I

was lucky enough to be chosen as one of four finalists for Playworks,” he says. He earned a superior rating at the Michigan Thespian Festival. After learning he was a semi-finalist, Robertson traveled to Lincoln, Neb., for the 2013 International Thespian Festival. He worked with a group of student actors and a professional director to prepare a stage reading. In turn, Liggett’s Upper and Middle School drama chair, Phillip Moss, produced Robertson’s play in February 2014. He also received two Gold Medals (Poetry and Dramatic Script) from the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Robertson has participated in two college writing workshops: Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Cambridge University. “I treated both experiences as writing retreats,” he says. “Talking about the rudiments of writing with other students and instructors was great. Just having the opportunity to write without other obligations was the most valuable component.” – Shirley McShane ULS.ORG






Josh Moulton Fine arts painter Josh Moulton attended University Liggett School from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. The Grosse Pointe Farms native now lives and works in Chicago, where he owns his own gallery, Josh Moulton Fine Art, which sells his own original paintings and reproductions. “I started painting at a young age,” Moulton ‘96 says. His first and most important teacher was his father, Conrad Moulton, a longtime commercial artist in the advertising business in New York who later moved to Michigan to become a professional portrait painter. His father had a studio joined to their home, and “he encouraged me [to use it] because I was good at art.” In fact, the elder Moulton once had a weeklong artist residency at Liggett. “Liggett is really a special place,” Moulton says. “I’m lucky to have gone there from kindergarten through graduation. It helped me become what I am.” Moulton says he’s stayed connected with some of his teachers including Middle and Upper School art instructor Jim Pujdowski, who also is Liggett’s art gallery coordinator.

“Josh is clearly in the top 5 percent of all the students I’ve ever taught,” Pujdowski says. “He has a real talent for capturing any subject matter and going beyond in details many students would never capture. Now he is using his gifts to capture the essence of Chicago.” After Liggett, Moulton majored in art at Lake Forest, a liberal arts college in Chicago, on a four-year art scholarship. After college, he liked the area and decided to stay. “At first, I worked for a mutual fund company and painted in the evening,” he explains. He entered shows around the city, becoming a full-time painter 10 years ago, and opening his gallery four years ago. Moulton works in acrylics on canvas and also watercolors. “Everything I do is photo-realist,” Moulton says of his work, which includes urban landscapes, rural scenes and portraits.

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Favorite artists: My father, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Gustav Cabot and Gerhard Ricter Favorite TV shows: Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan Living people he most admires: Musicians Sting and Paul Simon His most treasured possessions: My children His greatest achievement: Opening my own gallery in a big city like Chicago and painting for a living.

– Stephen Bitsoli




Interpreting Art University Liggett School’s opening reception for Detroit artist Clinton Snider last fall was different from the other openings that regularly are held in the school’s Manoogian Arts Wing. While the opening drew an impressive crowd from the community, it also brought together a group of Liggett 11th- and 12th-graders who wrote stories inspired by Snider’s artwork. Students in Liggett’s Short Story class wrote narratives based on interpretations from Snider’s work, and they presented the stories during the art opening. “Clinton Snider was touched by how the students interpreted his artwork, and in some cases, their interpretations were close to his own,” says Ronica Bhattacharya, who teaches the Short Story class. “He was very excited about hearing their stories. We spoke about how valuable it is to have this kind of feedback as an artist.” The writing exercise is an example of Liggett’s Curriculum for Understanding in which students discover their passions, learn through experience, uncover key questions and turn information into understanding. Students then demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways – in this case, by sharing their stories with the community. Liggett 12th-graders Anthony Garvey and Haley Neuenfeldt both looked at the same piece of art – but with far different interpretations. Garvey saw it being about the economic divide in the city of Detroit and how the city can come back, while Neuenfeldt interpreted the 18



piece from the perspective of one person. “It had a fairy tale aspect,” Neuenfeldt says of her story. “It is about one person being the hope for the city.” Like the other students, Garvey enjoyed hearing from the artist. “It was interesting to take the paintings and decipher the meanings behind them and put a fictional character behind the work of art,” he says. Liggett 11th-grader Alexis Kmak says the experience taught her how stories are shaped. “I learned that you can take a story a lot of different ways and go with your own thoughts,” she says. “It was really fun. I was able to let my mind wander and see where the stories went.” Art instructor Jim Pujdowski, who also is Liggett’s art gallery coordinator, says Snider was flattered that the students took the time to look so closely at his work. “He was most impressed,” Pujdowski says. “He said he didn’t have the words to express what it meant to him.” – Michelle Franzen Martin

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Favorite artist: Minimalist/abstract expressionist painter Agnes Martin Professional pet peeve: Fake drop shadows

Greatest achievements: Having a book I designed on Charlie Rose — and, of course, having my children. Magazines for which she’d like to design: Kinfolk (a slow lifestyle magazine) and Gather Journal On e-books: Coffee table books “don’t translate well into e-books.”

Emily Wardwell Emily Wardwell ’92 says her time at Liggett gave her the perfect foundation for her thriving graphic design career. Interestingly, the Lansing native didn’t take many art classes while at Liggett. And throughout high school and college (she graduated from Indiana University with a major in Spanish and a minor in biology), Wardwell thought she would be a scientist. The intense, time-consuming classes and labs left little time for art – though she liked photography and had her first darkroom experience at Liggett. During a stint in advertising, she became interested in the graphic design process and decided to go back to school to study it at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She returned in

2008 as a part-time assistant professor of design. Aside from teaching at Parsons, Wardwell worked for about eight years as an editorial designer for several magazines in the Conde Nast family, starting with Teen Vogue. She’s also worked on packaging for Revlon. Today she works in book design. Her books include “It’s Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alexander Liberman” by Charles Churchward and “Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour.”

Next Time You’re On


Stop by the Manoogian Arts Wing, which attracts some of the region’s best artists who display their work throughout the academic year. Liggett hosts an artist in residence every month during the school year. For more information, visit

– Stephen Bitsoli

In addition to hosting artists from throughout the region, the Manoogian Arts Wing is also a wonderful event space.




“Through my work at Liggett, I became more and more obsessed with the power of musical theater, particularly with Stephen Sondheim,” Navarro says. At Liggett, Phillip Moss challenged him to emerge from the orchestra pit to the stage – and he hasn’t left it since. “It was my time with the Liggett Players that really opened my eyes to the world of theater,” he says. “Not only did I perform, but I was also able to design, choreograph, orchestrate, arrange and direct. This sparked a passion that stayed with me through my undergraduate years.” Navarro earned a master’s degree in fine art at New York University, where he now is professor of musical theater. Even after performing on Broadway and conducting all over the country, Navarro says he always finds time to keep in touch with Moss, looking back fondly on his time with Troupe No. 5253.

J. Oconer Navarro J. Oconer Navarro’s musical education had an early start. He began playing piano when he was 2 years old. Childhood memories include family outings to see touring Broadway shows at the Fisher, Masonic and Fox theaters. And by high school, he was studying music at the University of Michigan.

Today, Navarro ‘00 is an award-winning writer, musical director, arranger, pianist and vocal coach based in New York City. A strong mix of family influence and his education at Liggett shaped his career.

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Navarro was trained in classical piano from early childhood through is undergraduate career. His early training came at the Center for Creative Studies/Institute of Music and Dance in Detroit. He attended summer camps at Interlochen and studied with professors at the University of Michigan throughout his Upper School years. “Music was always in my house,” Navarro says of his upbringing in Eastpointe. “My dad has a very natural ear and is a self-taught guitarist. My older siblings were already training in classical music by the time I was born. I’m told my paternal great-grandfather, Pablo Navarro, was a well-known composer and musician in the Philippines, so perhaps it’s in my blood.” Navarro says he was exposed to a variety of musical backgrounds, all of which shaped his eclectic and multifaceted style.

Favorite ‘90s musician: Radiohead Favorite movie soundtrack: Michael Giacchino’s film score for Disney-Pixar’s Up Vinyl or MP3? I grew up on CDs!

– Shirley McShane

Least recognized/appreciated musical genre? Bluegrass The next big thing in music is....? A return to the craft of songwriting! While electronic music is very much a thriving industry, I think artists are trying to regain their unique voices through organic music and lyrics that tell a story.

All That Jazz The University Liggett School Jazz Band has been invited to perform at the renowned Jazz Cafe at Music Hall.

on three different songs.

“It is an honor to be invited to play there,” says Liggett Upper School band instructor T.J. Wolfgram. “This could be the best performance of the students’ lives.”

But perhaps the best compliment the band received was Gwinnell’s invitation to open for the 16-piece Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra at the Jazz Cafe on April 30. Look for more details on

The students received the invitation in January while attending a jazz clinic with renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter, Oakland University’s artist-in-residence. At the Oakland University festival and clinic, the students worked with Carter and other musicians, including award-winning pianist and composer Scott Gwinnell,

Sweet Sounds

“We received a lot of good constructive criticism,” Wolfgram says. “The musicians were impressed.”

“The entire experience was pretty special,” says ninthgrader Lina Tate, who plays clarinet. “It’s very exciting that we were asked to be the opening act.” – Michelle Franzen Martin

Music is an important part of Liggett’s curriculum, and it begins as early as prekindergarten with the Lower School’s Orff program. The Orff approach to music introduces and teaches children about musical concepts through song, dance, movement and playing percussion instruments. The Orff philosophy encourages children to experience music at their own level of understanding. It is an experiential approach to music, encouraging creativity through the students’ natural responses to music.

TJ Corbett When TJ Corbett started University Liggett School in the ninth grade, he felt creatively nurtured from the start. “To me, Liggett is a special place,” says Corbett ‘04, who today lives in Grand Rapids. “It’s where I met close friends that I still have today, and where I decided I wanted to become a professional artist.” Liggett is also where he realized the versatility of his talent. With a bachelor of fine arts in theatre performance from the University of Michigan - Flint, Corbett is no stranger to the stage. He’s in his fifth year with “Ernie,” the original play by Mitch Albom that chronicles the final broadcast of Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell, which Corbett says has so far sold enough seats to fill Tiger Stadium. He also founded his own theater company and recently joined No Outlet, a Grand Rapids-based improv group, a performance style Corbett honed while at Liggett. Corbett’s creative energy is also focused on publishing a graphic novel with colleague and fellow Liggett alum Bobby Swiderski ‘04. With “Jeminar” as a working title, the book is in the high-fantasy style and is organic to Corbett’s natural storytelling talent. He says he remains focused because he learned the value of perseverance at Liggett. “Being the most stubborn person out there is what gets me the work,” Corbett says. “There are always a thousand others trying out or submitting work but you have to be more stubborn and care more about it than the others. Once you are there or have the part or the job, you need to show that you are beyond any reasonable doubt the best person for it.”

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When you host SNL, who will be the musical guest? Canadian folk band Great Big Sea Netflix queue: Psych, Parks & Recreation, The Office (American version) Favorite playwright? Richard Greenberg, for his heightened use of language

Corbett’s artistic focus guides the work, says Swiderski. “In the incredible amount of hours we have put into this project, I have gained a new respect for the diligence it takes to continue to power through roadblocks and curveballs,” he says. “[TJ] has a very distinct vision for what he wants it to become, and we both continue to work hard to realize that dream.” This wisdom makes Corbett adept as a performance and art instructor, most recently through the nationally ranked Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, where he teaches children. “I’m passionate about things to do with kids, and they have a great program. I’m honored to be part of it,” Corbett says. Corbett’s pursuit of joy in his work keeps everyone around him motivated, Swiderski says. “The fact that he finds the creative process so much fun is what makes him great to work with,” Swiderski says. “Rarely a day goes by when you won’t find him quoting a play, doing an impression, drawing, writing, parading around in a commedia dell’arte mask, or singing a song … or seven. The arts are just a part of who he is.” – Claire Charlton

How it feels when the comedy audience laughs: Invincible. But it only lasts as long as the laugh lasts. For that one moment, though, you are unstoppable. If you weren’t an artist or performer? I’d be a teacher!

Alexandra Blatt Alexandra Blatt is a modern creative. Multifaceted in her scope and in her approach, she’s creative about being creative.

As a member of the growing creative world well beyond Broadway and Hollywood, Blatt has performed in a number of stage plays in Chicago, appeared in a book promotional video, done commercial work for a wine company, written articles for YogaCity NYC and created discussion panels for Portland film festivals. In short, Blatt is a creative entrepreneur. “I’ve never been driven by money and have never really been interested in what most people think is good,” Blatt shares. “I’m out to create work that makes sense to me and hopefully resonates with others as well, but is not necessarily mainstream. At the end of the day, can I go to sleep at night having created something I believe in? And can I wake the next day interested in doing it again?” In New York, Blatt studied voice, an experience that connected her to her roots as a “lifer” at Liggett. “My vocal training changed my life and literally helped me

get in touch with a voice that informs my writing. And some of that is part of where I grew up, my family and community at Liggett,” she says, recalling learning a sense of decorum, a respect for when to speak and when to observe. “Often more interesting, in art and in life, is what is not said,” she explains.

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Settled for now in Portland, Ore., this year she will produce her original screenplay called Pocket Girl, a feature-length film that explores the concept of accepting less than deserved in life. Set in Portland and inspired by Woody Allen’s knack for creating character from location, the film has struck an unlikely chord, says Blatt.

Alexandra Fave writer/playwright/ poet/lyricist? Margaret Atwood/Bertolt Brecht/Mary Oliver/Rufus Wainwright

“It wasn’t my intention to make a feminist screenplay, but it’s quite timely now that I have become more aware of what that means,” Blatt says, citing support from Women in Film and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Blatt hopes to travel with the movie to international film festivals.

Who will play YOU in Alexandra Blatt: The Film? I hope that person’s not born yet! I don’t want to be alive to see that film!

Described by Denver businessman Ted Pearlman as a “genuine, warm and caring person,” Blatt’s strength is, in part, her creative fortitude. “She has a certain kind of resilience that means she can take punches. It’s hard to knock her off of her path,” he says. “She’s a quintessentially authentic person and she does what she does because she actually loves the work itself.”

What you know now that you wish you knew during Upper School? That it works out. Hardly ever as planned, but usually better, in the end. In your Netflix queue? I’m without Netflix. I get movies from the library, like it’s 1982. I do think Louis CK is a genius, though.

– Claire Charlton


Like any performer, Blatt ‘95 has done her share of restaurant and office jobs, yet she discovered early the value of connecting herself to her chosen field in a peripheral but profitable sense. For instance, she mastered professional makeup skills while pursuing an undergraduate degree in acting from Columbia College in Chicago. “I was still in the industry and did makeup for film and models and it paid, so that was really cool,” Blatt says.

Crazy Portland thing Detroiters would find amusing? People don’t honk their horns. It’s like Portlandia, in many respects.




An inspiring

EXPERIENCE Jay Fitzgerald gives back to the school that gave him so much. By Michelle Franzen Martin

Jay Fitzgerald attended Detroit University School in the 1950s when renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki was designing and building the neo-modern addition that today houses University Liggett School’s Lower and Middle Schools.





Fitzgerald GPUS ’56 had a unique opportunity to watch the construction first-hand. The experience was inspiring and, perhaps, life-changing. “I saw the Yamasaki wing being built,” remembers Fitzgerald, who today serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. “Back in those days we had mechanical arts – shop mechanics, auto mechanics and mechanical drawing – and Mr. Beeler, our shop teacher, took some of us to visit the Yamasaki office. At the time I had an interest in art, I liked math, and architecture seemed to use these skills, so I set my career goal to become an architect.” After graduation, he returned to apprentice with Yamasaki before entering the military as an “engineer,” working on various construction projects and passing the exams to become an architect. Fitzgerald found great satisfaction as an architect. And although he eventually left the field to pursue other business interests, he maintains his license and uses his expertise as the chair of University Liggett School’s Building and Grounds Committee. Among the committee’s work: helping to make the school’s Campus Center a reality. The 46,000-square-foot Campus Center will serve as a school welcome center, offer additional classroom space, provide a state-of-the-art gym and serve as an entrance to the school’s seven-acre outdoor athletic fields. “The Campus Center will become exactly that – the center for our school,” he says. “It will become a place that visitors will recognize and which will offer much-needed gym space for athletic events regardless of weather.” And, quite possibly, the construction could inspire other Upper School students to pursue his or her dream of becoming an architect – just as the Yamasaki project in the 1950s inspired Fitzgerald. “It certainly could do that,” he says. “It would be interesting for students to learn about the process and observe our progress. There’s always that chance that seeing construction of the building and the fields and could be a turning point for a student in discovering his or her passions.” Fitzgerald acknowledges how strongly the school has impacted his life and makes it a priority for him to give back.

“My longtime involvement with University Liggett School started as a scholarship student, and when I reflect on the many benefits that I received from the school – from the teachers who mentored me, the friendships I made, the skills that were honed and the opportunities that developed - all led me to seek ways to give back to the school,” he says. Jay and Patty (LIG ‘58) Fitzgerald’s generosity to University Liggett School goes back many years, giving to the Annual Fund, serving on various committees, supporting the endowment for scholarship students and remembering the school in his estate plans. “The opportunities I had wouldn’t be possible today without the scholarship I received,” he says. “I would certainly be a different person today – probably not an architect, and I might not have experienced what I have been able to in athletics, school government and literature. Because I received so much from the school, I feel it’s important to give back.” He thinks of a quote by Maya Angelou that has made a lasting impression on him: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. “Seeing the joy, excitement and accomplishments of the students that is fostered by the inspired faculty and supported by the dedicated staff provide the ‘reward’ for our contributions to University Liggett School,” he says.

“My longtime involvement with University Liggett School started as a scholarship student, and when I reflect on the many benefits that I received from the school – from the teachers who mentored me, the friendships I made, the skills that were honed and the opportunities that developed – all led me to seek ways to give back to the school.” – Jay Fitzgerald




Grand Slam

CAREER Tom Gage is voted into the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. By Bruce MacLeod

Tom Gage ’66 GPUS found himself on stage, playing the role of Dr. Emmitt in The Curious Savage during his senior year at Grosse Pointe University School. Not before nor since would Gage be in a play. At the time, he thought that law would be his calling. His destiny, in fact, would be as a beat writer covering the Detroit Tigers – a vocation with which he was so well paired that he would be voted into the writers’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.





On stage, in costume with hair dyed, Gage was looking to get laughs in this comedy. He got one. “It was a friend of mine in the audience,” Gage says. “He laughed when he saw my hair dyed.” Finding oneself in high school requires involving oneself. And being involved is one of Gage’s lasting memories from his time at Grosse Pointe University School. There were sports – lettering in baseball and soccer, playing junior varsity basketball and middle school football as well as being on the hockey team the year that the Francis J. McCann Ice Skating Rink opened. (The rink, now an arena, was named after the much-loved Latin teacher and coach.) There was the prom committee and a science fair honorable mention and being a Terrill Newnan Scholar. “They fostered involvement at GPUS,” Gage says. “And they had a lot of different things that you could be involved in. It was a great school. I enjoyed it immensely.” And like many students, Gage fondly remembers his time in McCann’s class. “(McCann) made Latin not a boring subject,” Gage says. “He made it competitive. The more you wanted to win, the more you learned. He made a lasting impression on me. The enjoyment of his class helped me with the integration into a new school.” And for every time he appeared on stage – and that includes working in a middle-school operetta that Gage admits has left him a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan to this day – there were other endeavors like the school newspaper, the Periscope. “We were a really small school,” says classmate Chuck Wright ’66 GPUS, who went on to coach tennis and basketball at Liggett. “All of us did a lot of stuff. That’s

just the way our school promoted extracurricular activities. It’s still the same.” Gage’s involvement with the Periscope was his first newspaper experience. He worked as a writer and later as layout editor, helping put out a product that was reader-friendly. “We tried new things like two-minute mysteries and El Greco, a current events column,” Gage says. “We tried to be creative, to make it something fun for students to read.” Gage has been The Detroit News’ Tigers beat writer since 1979. This past December, he earned the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. In July, Gage will receive his honor at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Gage went to Washington & Lee University in Virginia to pursue a career in law, but changed paths, going into journalism. He came to The Detroit News in 1976 from the New Orleans Time-Picayune. “Tom was a very good writer at school,” Wright says. “Back then, he was always cracking people up, making us all laugh. He was a great friend.” In the years since Gage graduated from GPUS, the area and the school have seen many changes. Much of Detroit’s population base moved northward. GPUS merged with the Liggett School to become University Liggett School. Every holiday season, Gage and some friends from GPUS get together for lunch in the Village. Food and reminiscing. Drink and catching up. The past might be gone, but the bridge remains.

By the Numbers Gage has covered Major-League games in 54 ballparks, has written more than 11 million words on baseball and covered more than 5,000 games, including five no-hitters. Source:

“Through those friendships, GPUS is still very much part of my life,” Gage says.




The school’s centennial year celebrated the 50th anniversary of Detroit University School’s move to Cook Road. Sparked by DUS trustee Edsel B. Ford, who attended DUS from 1904 until 1912, the move was made possible by DUS trustees raised funds for the site and building.


TRADITION Here is a look at University Liggett School’s ever-evolving campus. By Michelle Franzen Martin

The campus that today houses University Liggett School has survived a major fire, two World Wars, the Great Depression and has weathered the ups and downs of our region’s vibrant history. Here’s a look at the old, new and soon-to-come architecture on campus and many of the historic highlights that accompany these buildings.





1929 The Beginning of the Cook Road Campus University Liggett School’s original Cook Road building was designed by Robert O. Derrick, the renowned Grosse Pointe architect who also designed Henry Ford Museum. He specialized in period revival styles, an influence that can be seen throughout the building. The building opened in September 1929, when students from Detroit University School, one of University Liggett’s predecessor schools, moved to the new Cook Road campus. Then, six weeks later the stock market plunged and a worldwide depression soon followed. It was a difficult time everywhere in the country, but Detroit University School persevered and physically merged at the Cook Road campus with Grosse Pointe Country Day School in 1954 to become Grosse Pointe University School (which in 1941 had come together under one board known as Detroit University School and Grosse Pointe Country Day School Corp.) and the Liggett School in 1970.

Did You Know? Fire broke out at Detroit University School in 1947 and required extensive rebuilding of the third floor. The cause was never found, but speculation rested on a carelessly thrown cigarette by a 12th-grade boy or on a greasy naptha-soaked rag in the print shop.


1954 Yamasaki’s Ultra-Modern Design After the joint board of Grosse Pointe Country Day and Detroit University School voted in 1951 to consolidate the schools into a single school on Cook Road, the renowned architectural firm Leinweber, Yamasaki and Hellmuth was asked to design an addition to adjoin Detroit University School. The addition would include a new dining room, auditorium and gymnasium, as well as classroom space in what today is University Liggett’s Lower School. Construction began in 1953, and the newly expanded facility was named Grosse Pointe University School. Opened in early 1954, Minoru Yamasaki’s ultramodern Grosse Pointe University School design received national recognition and was considered one of the most innovative and architecturally unique school plans of the time.

“[Yamasaki] and his staff spent a full six months in and around the school, talking with administrators, teachers, custodians and cooks in order to determine just what was needed and expected,” former Headmaster John Chandler Jr. later recalled in “Century: The History of University Liggett School, 1878-1978.” “Preliminary plans were drawn, scrutinized and revised time after time until everyone was satisfied.” The project was delayed slightly due to rainfall that season, and the school opened Sept. 22, 1954, two weeks after classes started. “Confusion, compromise, cooperation, rain, light, heat, change, novelty, adjustment and more rain,” Chandler remembered. “These are the essentials for the remarkable story of the birth of Grosse Pointe University School.”

Innovative and Architecturally Unique Minoru Yamasaki’s ultra-modern Grosse Pointe University School design received national recognition and was considered one of the most innovative and architecturally unique school plans of the time.




1965 Taking the Ice Francis J. “Coach” McCann was a Detroit University School Latin teacher who was highly regarded by his students. “Coach McCann, our Latin teacher and football coach, was especially strict, but he made Latin palatable by spending the first 20 minutes of class discussing current sports,” Edgar D. Hoyt DUS ’32 recalled in the school’s history book, “Century.” “Most of us wound up tolerating Latin, but loving Coach.” So when the school constructed its new skating rink in 1965, there was no question for whom it would be named. The Francis J. McCann Ice Skating Rink was dedicated in 1966. It was described as one of the bestequipped facilities for ice skating in the Detroit area. The rink later was turned into the Francis J. McCann Ice Arena, which was constructed on the other side of Cook Road and dedicated in 1999.


Did You Know? The construction of the rink came at the same time as the science wing, which provided four new science laboratory classrooms and an impressive amphitheater.

Artistic Influence The Manoogian Arts Wing, originally named the Creative and Performing Arts Building, finished construction in 1982 and was officially opened in early 1983. The 21,000-square-foot addition was designed to conform with the Georgian-style Upper School while offering a visible transition between the old and new structures of the Arts Wing and the Upper School. Designed by architectural firm Louis G. Redstone Associates Inc., the Arts Wing project also included an expansion of the dining room, the creation of a new Upper School entrance and the renovation of the auditorium.

2012 One Unified Campus When the Middle School moved from the Briarcliff campus to Cook Road in 2012, it signaled the beginning of a new and much-anticipated goal of joining all three divisions of University Liggett School on one campus.

The heart of the Middle School building is the commons, where students every day have a Morning Meeting to share ideas and talk about the day’s events. ULS.ORG




2014 and Beyond Athletics Fields and Classroom Facilities Project The campus continues to grow and evolve with new athletics fields and a proposed new Campus Center. The two-phase athletics and classroom facilities construction project will improve the school’s fields and culminate with a 46,000-square-foot facility that will serve as a school welcome center, provide additional classroom space and house a state-of-the-art gym. The athletics fields, the first phase of this two-phase project, will be completed before the end of summer. The project involves realigning and rebuilding the existing athletics fields, which will be used for competition and everyday sports and play for the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. Watch for more details about this project in upcoming issues of Perspective.

The athletics fields project will be completed before the end of summer.


A Special Place “Liggett is special because it’s a place where students discover their passions – and the arts are an important part of that discovery. ” - Kelley Hamilton Associate Head of School for Advancement

On any given morning, you might see my daughters and me getting out of the car juggling school bags, ice skates, violins and soccer and volleyball uniforms. And every morning, as we walk into school with our arms full, I am reminded of the many different experiences our children have at Liggett. Liggett is special because it’s a place where students discover their passions – and the arts are an important part of that discovery. Exposure to the arts means many wonderful things at Liggett: Starting in preschool, students have art class as part of their regular rotation of special classes. In kindergarten, the students keep a portfolio of their work and are able to share which well-known artists have inspired it. Third-graders begin to play stringed instruments. And in Middle and Upper School, students have the opportunity to perform in a musical or play, work with stained glass or master photography, deepen their study of an instrument, and study the history and role of art in our world. All three of my daughters have embraced the arts, and Liggett has given them an opportunity to apply their talents. My eighth-grader Alyssa, who is passionate about dance, was able to help choreograph the Middle School musical. My 12th-grader Amanda, who enjoys photography, loved working in the dark room developing her own pictures with Ms. Katanick’s photography class. And I’ll never forget when my youngest daughter, Addison, had her work in a professionally hung art exhibit in the Manoogian Arts Wing during the Kindergarten Arts Evening. All of these experiences inspire our students to become active participants in the learning process, and many go on as alumni to further grow as musicians, visual artists and dramatists. Through your generous support to our school, we are able to continue to create these experiences and shape the talents and the lives of our students and alumni. Thank you for being a part of this experience both now and in the future. Best,

Kelley Hamilton Associate Head of School for Advancement




We want to create a University Liggett School career network so that alumni of all ages can use their connection with the school to further their own careers and/or help other alumni to do so as well. We also want to connect current high school students who need help with their Academic Research Projects with alumni mentors in a given field who can assist them with some (or all) elements of their chosen project/topic. Bottom Line: We want to tap into our diverse alumni base to help shape the lives of those who will shape lives.

How? • Assist current University Liggett School Upper School students with summer programs and/or internships • Become an Academic Research Project Mentor • Help recent University Liggett School college graduates with career networking ideas here in Detroit or regionally • Visit Liggett to speak about your company or industry.




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The Gift of a Liggett Education For the Jerry family, Liggett provides academic excellence with a small community feel. By Gerald and Lisa Jerry, parents of JJ ‘17

When it came time for sophomore Gerald (JJ) Jerry to choose a high school, University Liggett School topped his short list. Even though it was an hour away from his home and the friends he grew up with in St. Clair, he knew for sure the investment would be well worth it. Growing up watching his older brother and two sisters go off to boarding schools and colleges that stretched from Massachusetts to California to Florida and even as far away as Hawaii, the distance seemed a small obstacle to receive the education that would prepare him for his future. From the time JJ was small he always enjoyed trailing behind his dad, an orthopedic surgeon in Port Huron. He was always a very happy and active child, and the staff and patients of the Bone & Joint Institute would get quite a kick out of seeing a little “toe-headed” shadow pushing his own rolling stool around the office and looking at X-rays over his father’s shoulder. With a strong focus on education and family, we knew it was important to find schools that would foster his curiosity, prepare him educationally, but also feel like “home” for the family. Starting out in St. Clair, JJ had a wonderful experience with the Montessori Children’s Academy, and then moved on to the local St. Clair Middle School. Both of the schools were absolutely incredible experiences and were very difficult to leave. Upon the first visit to University Liggett, JJ announced there wouldn’t be a need to follow-up with any other schools. This was to become home for the next four years. As a family, we could not be happier about this decision. The level of academia at Liggett is par excellence with the added benefit of a small community feel.

Not only is the staff superb at what they do, but they actually seem to truly enjoy teaching. This comes through to students and parents alike. The school community is one of diversity and acceptance, where each is seen as an individual and encouraged to thrive and grow to his or her own personal level of perfection. Teachers and staff are always looking for new innovative ways to present material and inspire students to think out of the box, be creative in their presentation of ideas and engage in thoughtful dialogue. Just as importantly, the school insists on and fosters an attitude of kindness and acceptance of others, as well as reminding students that the world is bigger than their own backyard. These skills are truly immeasurable in terms of life lessons. Be yourself, do your best, speak up, give back, always be kind. As we watch our older children as they begin to navigate the world, it seems only yesterday they were right where JJ is now. As a parent, our time goes so quickly and is so precious. One of the most important and lasting gifts we can give our children is the gift of education. Being a part of Liggett is truly a wonderful gift each of us can be proud of bestowing to our children for their future. ULS.ORG




HISTORY Course teaches history through the lens of Detroit and the region. By Michelle Franzen Martin

In many U.S. history courses, the War of 1812 doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s often treated as a footnote as students hurtle from the American Revolution toward the next chapter about the Civil War. But that’s not the case at University Liggett School, which this year introduced an entirely new way to teach the nation’s history. The 10th-grade class looks at U.S. history in a place-based approach, through the lens of Detroit and the region, giving students a more relevant context and understanding of the events that have impacted the country. In the case of the War of 1812, that meant taking students to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in 36



Monroe, where they examined – as researchers, not tourists – the war from a uniquely local perspective. The students investigated aspects of the conflict such as Andrew Jackson’s role or Native American involvement and studied the ways the National Park Service exhibits represented the War of 1812. The students then created their own War of 1812 exhibition, displayed in Liggett’s


main hallway, which presents and interprets primary sources from the war, including artifacts, political documents, artwork and correspondence, through a number of different lenses – the war at home, its legacy and its battles, to name a few. The result: Students gained a more hands-on understanding of the conflict than they would in traditional U.S. history courses and appreciated the role that Michigan played in a war fought on local soil. Using the Detroit region as its lens, Liggett’s course forgoes the traditional East Coast-centered approach taught in most 10th-grade U.S. history courses. A few examples: The Civil War is taught by looking at Detroit’s role in the Underground Railroad; early European settlements are studied from the perspective of the French who settled among the Native tribes who already inhabited the region; and the Industrial Revolution, of course, focuses on Detroit’s central role producing commodities like furniture, railroad cars and automobiles. “In most U.S. history courses you assume the Pilgrims arrived in New England first and there began a slow march west, but at the same time the French were settling here in the Great Lakes Region and the Spanish were in California and Florida,” says Adam Hellebuyck, chair of Social Studies and co-creator of the course. “Aren’t their stories just as relevant? “In our class, the camera lens hovers over this region rather than on some distant place while we explore the larger themes of American history.” A robust slate of site visits supports this notion. This year, students have explored the Sanilac Petroglyphs (to study the land

and its native people), St. Anne’s Church and the Detroit Institute of Arts (to study early settlers’ lives), and the Detroit Historical Museum (to study artifacts as historical resources). Recently, while studying the Civil War, students visited the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History to discover how the museum’s exhibits create memorable moments for visitors to reflect on. Students will use this experience to create their own Civil War monuments. “We are approaching this class knowing that students have learned the same old story several times before they reach sophomore year,” says Dr. Jane Healey, curriculum director of the Academic Research Program and course co-creator. “This course combines the relevance of place – by focusing on where the students live – and authentic research experiences, which equips them with skills that they will need to thrive in college. We immerse students in a rich and complex narrative that they must figure out. They can’t be passive learners in this history curriculum.”

“In our class, the camera lens hovers over this region rather than on some distant place while we explore the larger themes of American history.” – Adam Hellebuyck, chair of Social Studies

The U.S. history course was developed by Healey and Hellebuyck, who received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to work with the Henry Ford Museum to research the early industrialization of the region. The class also ties into the 10th-graders’ core English course that includes materials linking the times to literature. For example, while students studied the Roaring ‘20s in history class they read “The Great Gatsby” in English. And a visit to Edsel & Eleanor Ford House helped put into context and bring to life the historic events and the vivid personalities in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel.

Foundation Recognizes History Class University Liggett School received a grant from the Meemic Foundation to support the school’s new 10th-grade U.S. history course that looks at history through the lens of Detroit and the region. The Meemic Foundation grants are dedicated to advancing the future of education by offering financial assistance to public and private schools, colleges and universities. The $500 grant will be used to further support site visits for the U.S. history class. ULS.ORG




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Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16 Friday, May 15, Activities

Saturday, May 16, Activities

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Golf Outing Country Club of Detroit

10 a.m. – noon Campus Tours University Liggett School Main Entrance/Lobby

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ladies Luncheon The Grosse Pointe Club

Saturday Night Reunion Dinners

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Alumnae Lacrosse Game Cook Road Athletic Fields

Because we sense that most groups want to have dinner on their own, we are not planning to host reunion dinners on campus this year. However, if you do want to have your class dinner on campus you are welcome do so on Saturday, May 16, from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. We can help you make these arrangements.

Dance Studio/ Manoogian Arts Wing

For more information, please contact Katie Durno at or 313.884.4444, Ext. 414.

5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Distinguished Alumni noon-3 p.m. Induction Of Denise Ilitch ‘73 Annual Arts Exhibition and All-Alumni Cocktail Party Theater Awards/Inaugural Arts University Liggett School Hall Of Fame Induction Manoogian Arts Wing of Julie Harris ’44 CDS

Register at Whether you are celebrating a milestone reunion this year (with your graduation year ending in “0” or “5”), we encourage you to be here for this wonderful opportunity see old friends, classmates and our campus.


“Involvement in the arts has meant many things to me, at some points a respite from the rigor of academia in which to change pace and pursue creative visions, and at others, a place to challenge myself just as much as in any other class I have taken.” – Andrew Almasy ‘15

Expectation of Excellence Senior Andrew Almasy finds artistic and academic challenges and a strong sense of community at Liggett. By Andrew Almasy ‘15

Indeed the thing that I value most about my time at Liggett is the community’s refusal to accept complacency. Never is one allowed to approach learning in a one dimensional manner. The expectation of excellence and the active nature of the students and faculty precipitate the right amount of competition to push each individual continually to new heights without being so severe as to become ruthless. Not only are students compelled to achieve their best, they truly care about how learning transcends a grade scale and has real-world merit, a testament to the Curriculum for Understanding. A committed involvement in the arts is a valuable adjunct to the core curriculum requirements; it fosters creativity and begs the artist to be bold in production, which can manifest itself as easily in an evocative selfportrait as in an innovative thesis on “Dante’s Inferno.” I was not a particularly active arts student before my time at Liggett; notwithstanding, I did not have zero interest either. Facing the prospect of a schedule with two free periods in the second semester of my freshman year, I enrolled in 2-D art with Karen Katanick. I followed up with two semesters of Intermediate Visual art in my sophomore year and, subsequently, two full years in the terminal Advanced Art Studio class, which is taught by both Jim Pujdowski and Ms. Katanick, the former in the fall and the latter in the spring. Involvement in the arts has meant many things to me, at some points a respite from the rigor of academia in which to change pace and pursue creative visions, and at others, a place to challenge myself just as much as in any other class I have taken.

I’ve experienced a branch of the Liggett community that many haven’t through the arts department. For example, I have been frequently offered the opportunity to engage with accomplished artists that show in the Manoogian Arts Wing, which is commendably made available as a venue for students to display their talents, as well. I cannot speak highly enough of the efforts the visual arts teachers make on behalf of students, and the resulting impacts, whether it is in securing professional artists to show at the school, in annually coordinating a presence at the 14th District Congressional Art Show, or spontaneously suggesting artists from which to draw inspiration. I have found Liggett to be consistently willing to support its students’ endeavors in the arts and otherwise. The school’s support is instrumental in the success of the Robotics Team, which I am now proud to co-captain and which has enjoyed increasing success since its inception. So too does the Academic Research Project program exemplify a commitment to supporting the particular interests of students through research. I believe this support comes from a genuine interest in expanding horizons, challenging convention, and advancing understanding and is unmatched by any other secondary school. I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend Liggett through the Merit Scholars Program, and I am assured that I am accurate in saying I have made the most of my time and am well prepared to continue in higher education. ULS.ORG



Alumni Regional Events

NEW YORK: Hervey Parke ’61 GPUS, Lisa Black

’77, John Parke ’75, David McCoy ’05, Reade Ryan ‘55, Joe Healey, former faculty Margie Morse and hostess Mary Warren ‘81

CHICAGO: Steve Castanien ‘87, Julie and Eric Hummel ‘82, Jim Barnes III ‘81, Michael LaHood ‘95, Elizabeth Pontikes, Alicia Dempz ‘98

VERO BEACH, FLA.: Nancy Webber Keeler ’61 GPUS and Paul Keeler, William W. Shelden Jr. ’68 GPUS and host, Bill Campbell ’72, Martha Parker Chamberlin ‘59 GPUS, George Parker, Karen Campbell and Mary Anne Gargaro, Stephanie Hampton ’58 GPUS and Joe Healey

PALM SPRINGS, FLA.: Sharon Ann Queeney ’60 GPUS, Robert Tonge ’42 DUS and Betty Klemann ’43 LIG, Anne Molesky ’60 LIG and Tom

Molesky, Robert Shannon, Sharon Anne Queeney ‘60 GPUS, Kelley Hamilton and Meg VanDeGraaf Shannon ‘63 GPUS, Ann Opperthauser ‘49 LIG and Kelley Hamilton

BIRMINGHAM, MICH.: Chuck Shreve ’70, Kelley Hamilton and Jim Perry ’70 GPUS; Joan Primo ’77, Dana Warnez ’89 and Abby McIntyre ‘91

GROSSE POINTE PARK: Christen Zinn and Jennifer Fozo ’87; Erika Combs ‘90, James Combs ’90, Ross Kogel ’90 and Katherine Kogel

The Alumni Hockey game was great fun – thanks to everyone who came out to play and to cheer on the players.

Save The Date: This year’s

Alumni Hockey Game

Nov. 29, 2014, at McCann Ice Arena

Alumni Hockey game will be on Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Make plans to play!


Greetings, Alumni!

“There are lots of opportunities to head back to campus, and we hope you make plans to join us at some of our fun gatherings.” - Katie Durno Alumni and Parent Relations Manager

It’s been a busy (and cold!) winter, but we’ve stayed warm around here by working hard and scheduling tons of events such as two fun local alumni receptions: the first on the “West Side” at the Big Rock Chop House and the second one on the “East Side” at Atwater In The Park. Both of these lively gatherings were hosted by my fantastic Alumni Board of Governors who have been working hard on lots of initiatives aimed at keeping our alumni connected to the school. We also had the pleasure of hosting two additional Alumni Receptions – this time in Florida – where we were able to connect with some of our “snowbird” alumni and fill them in about all the exciting things going on around here. A special thank you goes to Karen and Bill Campbell ’72 for hosting the Vero Beach reception at their lovely home. What a terrific event! We also kicked off the 2015 Spring Raffle in late February with a special pizza lunch, balloons, streamers and the Grand Prize – a very cute 2015 blue Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited – parked right out in front of the school. If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, please call or email me and I can arrange to send some your way! Right now the big, huge focus is our 2015 Alumni Weekend, which is scheduled for Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic time. We hope that whether you are celebrating a milestone reunion or not, you can join us to see the campus and connect with friends and faculty. So put it on your calendar! Here’s quick look at what’s in store: Friday, May 15 • Golf Outing: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Country Club of Detroit • Ladies’ Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Grosse Pointe Club. Speaker: Pamela Ahee Thomas • Distinguished Alumni Induction Of Denise Ilitch ’73 and All-Alumni Cocktail Party: 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at University Liggett School in the Manoogian Arts Wing Saturday, May 16 • Student-Led Campus Tours: 10 a.m. – noon at University Liggett School Main Entrance/Lobby • Alumnae Lacrosse Game: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at our Cook Road Athletic Fields • Annual Arts Awards/Inaugural Arts Hall Of Fame Induction of Julie Harris ’44 CDS: noon-3 p.m. Dance Studio/Manoogian Arts Wing For specific details, pricing information and to register for Alumni Weekend, please visit You can also contact me at or 313.884.4444, Ext. 414. I look forward to seeing you in just a few short weeks! Sincerely,

Katie Durno Alumni and Parent Relations Manager





Alumni Athletic

Hall of Fame Ceremony Oct. 17, 2014













1. Pahl Zinn ‘87 and Cindy Dreyfuss ‘87; 2. Marty Wittmer ‘83, Monica Paul Dennis ‘92 and George Haggarty ‘59 GPUS; 3. Marty Wittmer ‘83; 4. Jane Dow ‘51 CDS, Peter Dow, Nancy Monaghan and Stuart Dow; 5. Sally Shelden, Lesley Morawski and Betsy Getz ‘70; 6. Sarah Haggarty MacPhail ‘91, Christine Wardwell and Tory Gagnier; 7. Bruce Birgbauer ‘60; 8. Chuck Wright ‘66 GPUS and David Backhurst; 9. Sally Shelden; 10. Peter and Peggy Dettlinger and Romily Stackpoole; 11. George Haggarty ‘59 GPUS; 12. Anne Birgbauer ‘62 GPUS and Phill Moss.






The Quest for the Class Cup Be a Part of This Fun and Friendly Reunion Giving Competition! Classes reuniting for Alumni Weekend are invited to participate in an annual giving competition, “The Class Cup.” The reunion class with the highest participation rate will be presented with the Class Cup at the All-Alumni Cocktail Reception on Friday, May 15. Any amount counts, and helps to commemorate your place at the school and honor your classmates and shared history. Make your tax-deductible gift by May 12 to qualify.

2014 Class Cup Winners: Class of 1954 CDS

Donate now at or by contacting Katie Durno at or 313.884.4444, Ext. 414. Good luck, and thank you for your support of University Liggett School!

Spend your summer with us.

Liggett Summer Programs Register Now! All-new sessions include: • Minecraft®: Computer Programming • Lego® Construction and • Middle School Boys Lacrosse League

PLUS: Day Camp, Junior Day Camp, Sports Camp, Outdoor Challenge Camp, All-Sports Camp and Summer Academic Academy. 3 years old through 9th grade. Morning and extended day care available.


1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-2509 313.884.4444


Liggett Knight

Benefactor Dinner


Oct. 17, 2014 Hosted by Atanas and Patty Ilitch





1. Patty Ilitch and Katie Durno; 2. Joe Healey, Katie and Kurt Drettmann; 3. Jeff and Jessica Huebner; 4. Bernadine Wu and Carla Haladjian; 5. Louana Ghafari and Kelley Hamilton; 6. Oktavijian Minanov, Patty Ilitch and Alexia Minanov; 7. Gary Cone and Aimee Cowher; 8. Atanas Ilitch and Jason Hall; 9. Kristin and David Nicholson









Liggett Knight Detroit Athletic Club Nov. 14, 2014

University Liggett School’s annual fall fundraiser, Liggett Knight, doubled its goal by raising more than $300,000 for school programs and initiatives.


The fundraising gala, held Nov. 14 at the Detroit Athletic Club, featured live, silent and fishbowl auctions, and was made possible by donations from our generous Liggett community and businesses in metro Detroit. “Not only did we meet our goal, we doubled it. We are so grateful to be part of a community that is committed to the mission of our school and supports it in so many ways,” says Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for advancement. 1. Jenny Fruehauf and Katie Drettmann 2014 Liggett Knight co-chairs; 2. Connie Ahee and Kristy Slanec; 3. Karen and Van Fox; 4. Georges and Louana Ghafari with Rima and Charles AliAhmad; 5. David Wu ‘83 with Bill and Nicole Kopicki; 6. Lauren Marchal ‘95 and Betsy Housey ‘95; 7. Jane Lehman, Chuck and Michelle Becker, and event co-chair Katie Drettmann; 8. DeAnn Lukas ‘85 and Ed Lukas with Jim and Kris Mestdagh; 9. Jenny and Ken Fruehauf ready to bid!; 10. Gloria Butler Miller and Joe Miller; 11. Kurt Drettmann and Ted Metry; 12. Suzanne and Robert Doetsch; 13. Jamie and Jennifer Pangborn and Emcee Phill Moss


















Notes 1938

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


Liggett Class Secretary: Mary Louise Goodson Drennen 106 Merriweather Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3623 Ann Pelton Babcock had no news for us but sent warm Christmas greetings.

Josephine Karmazin’s nephew, Greg, visits her at least once a week. She is physically well and happy at Riverside Terrace in Riverview near Grosse Ile. He takes her mail to her and she enjoys looking at magazines and notes. Although dementia has diminished her memory, she still knows that she went to Liggett and responds to talk about her classmates. Kathrine Morris Schoew has moved to Atlantic Shores, an assisted living complex in Virginia Beach. If she wishes, she may have them provide her meals. She says the food is excellent and there are many interesting activities available. Her granddaughter, Carrington’s son, Coalter Smith, is one of the top ten junior golfers the country. His sister, Alston, also excels in sports and competes in equestrian events as a hunter jumper.

1940 75th Reunion!

Sally Baubie Baker wrote in her Christmas card that she still does everything, including driving at night, but knocks on wood a lot. Her grandson, Brian, was married last year and has moved to a lovely new house in Ann Arbor. He and his wife, Tara, have a son, Lucas, born on New Year’s Eve, making “Sitter” a greatgrandmother.

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

Patsy Giblin Hack was at her daughter Shawn’s home in Stamford, Connecticut, from Thanksgiving through the holidays. She has spent the winter in Hawaii for many years but decided to spare herself the long flight so she will be in Vero Beach, Fla., for winters now. “Gib” still has her summer home in Northern Michigan. She belongs to The Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs and enjoys her many friends there.


Elaine Kaufmann James, when I talked to her early January, had just had a visit from her nephew, Jimmy Druckman, who is CEO of the New York Design Center. His daughter, Charlotte Druckman, named after Elaine’s sister, is the well-known food writer. Her articles have been written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Travel and Leisure, among other publications. Her book, Skirt Steak, is about women chefs in the restaurant world. 48



DUS Class Secretary: William Klingbeil P.O. Box 1406 Mt. Dora, FL 32756-1406

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


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


DUS Class Secretary: William Wilson 6257 Telegraph Rd., Apt. 235 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-1649


Liggett Class Secretary: Roberta Mackey Rigger 830 West 40th Street, At. 304 Baltimore, MD 21211-2125 CDS Class Secretary: Lydia Kerr Lee 1030 Arbor Lane, Apt. 103 Northfield, IL 60093-3356

1945 45th Reunion! 1946

Liggett Class Secretary: Betsy Stanton 1570 East Ave., Apt. 112 Rochester, NY 14610 585-244-8134 Jean-Faye Thomas Friedt and Ted continue living in a minimum care community in Pompano Beach, Florida. Jean-Faye had two serious falls in 2014, from each of which she has fully recovered; she had a staph infection in a couple of small broken bones in her foot. She and Ted are doing well and are in continuous communication with their family: four daughters; eight grandchildren and 1-1/2 great grandchildren. Two of the daughters live nearby; daughter Lucy has two children, one in medical school and one is an attorney. They have a new small dog, 5-1/2 lbs., of the Havaneese breed, which delights them. When I asked, Jean-Faye said the dog is the size of a toaster! Betsy Stanton: Has moved to a second retirement home, with a larger apartment than the first and it even fits her baby grand piano and also a bookcase wall. She is very content. With her car on hand, she can go anywhere she needs to. One granddaughter is at the University of Rochester. The other five grandchildren ages 16 – 29, are scattered nearby. Her three children are all doing amazingly well, Neal, 58, is in charge of vision research at the Cleveland Clinic; Bruce, 57, is as a high school physics teacher; and Janet, 55, is as a retired bank executive vice president.


Marian Hardy: I am still in my house in Rockville, Maryland, since 1967, and have been retired from the old Army Map Service et al, since June 1983, where I worked as an astronomer/ mathematician. I no longer volunteer as a search and rescue dog handler, but do still occasionally lecture and train dog teams to find drowning victims under water. In October 2001, I adopted a six-pound Toy Poodle, Ping, on his first birthday. His original owners thought he was dumber than dirt, but the problem turned out to be that he was smarter than most Poodles. Ping and I have been through obedience, agility and rally, all of which he found boring. We now do Canine Freestyle which is a choreographed performance organized with music. It is not the doggie dancing one can see online, but rather the original sport where the dog and handler have equal say as to what is done. The relationship is very much like in search and rescue! Ping is very inventive and keeps us all laughing! Since 1969, the Hardy Family has grown to the “Great Grand level” and we still get together the last week in July at Watervale, MI, about five miles south of Frankfort. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room, so the mommies can have a vacation, too. It is a tradition that is precious to each of us. When I started in search and rescue, I got special permission to bring my dog to continue training and to respond to a search, which happened once. Each morning before breakfast my dog and I would go out in the woods with as many as ten kids looking for toads and on the way back, the kids would take turns hiding and being found. Ping continues the tradition; he has all the attributes of a good search dog, except one – size. Last but not least, I must admit that ever since LEGO first came to this country in the early ‘60s, I have been a closet collector and builder. In the mid ‘90s I discovered I wasn’t alone, in fact there are adult LEGO enthusiasts all over the world. My local group in the greater Washington area puts on an international conference each year the first weekend of August. A few years ago, I won one of nine awards from the LEGO Co. for a model depicting water search with dogs. Sally Childs Coe continues living at Haywood Estates in South Carolina, where she and Jack moved in 2011. Jack died in 2012. Sally stayed on and son Dan, his wife and their son

live nearby. Her other son and family are in Washington, D.C. She says her life has changed since having only her sister with her as a child; now she has two sons, three grandsons and a boyfriend. Life is good. Hermine Roby Klingler continues living quietly in Ann Arbor. She loves her house and is very content. She had a busy summer when a grandson got married at Pointe Aux Barques. There were 150 guests and Hermine had to find places for all of them. She had Christmas dinner for 13, the whole family. Hermine has one son, one daughter, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her son and family live nearby and her daughter and family have moved to San Francisco.


CDS Class Secretary: Shirley Jerome McKee 9820 Oakhurst Holly, MI 48442-8610 Shirley wants to hear from all of you! Please send paper/mail updates to her at her home in Holly. Or, if you want to send electronic updates (and photos!) you can forward that information to her son, Bill Underdown, at bill@


Liggett Class Secretary: Norah Moncrieff Williams 502 Glen Arbor Lane Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1506 Judith Stanton: I am again on my annual Christmas sojourn to Rochester, NY to visit my sister Betsy and her extended family. Betsy has moved again to a more upscale senior living community, which she likes much better than the first. We have decorated it to the nines and no space in the 800-square-feet is left without its own vignette, scaled down from her three-floor condominium. She was even able to bring her baby grand piano, which had been in storage. Southern living agrees with me, although, we did have a short cold spell around Thanksgiving through Christmas, during which I escaped to Rochester and even more cold weather. I am still a captain with Civil Air Patrol, where we provide various emergency services in the community.

Being a matinee usher with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has provided me with the luxury of seeing free Broadway shows. So far this year, I have seen Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Othello, The Lion King, Annie, Peter Pan, The Jersey Boys, The Wizard of Oz and the Nutcracker. At our annual appreciation lunch, I was reminded that I have served 10 years with them. How time flies! I was presented with a starred certificate and a gold tie. Although I am inactive, I still keep my ASID membership and my interior design license by attending 20 hours of continuing education throughout the year. I attended a Feng Shui presentation, although I don’t follow all the rules, and other educational presentations. I am still modeling in the yearly Panhellenic Fashion Show representing Kappa Kappa Gamma. An article in the Sunday magazine of the Florida Sun Times honored Gilda’s Cancer Survivors, of which I was one, surviving over 10 years now. My circle of friends is dwindling as many have died. Scientology is my main source of activity, with almost weekly events for fundraising for our new 55,000-square-foot building on a main street in Miami. I’m looking forward to a fabulous 2015. CDS Class Secretary: Constance Woodall Fisher 1485 Kingswood Terrace Harborsprings, MI 49740


Liggett Class Secretary: Ann Bolton Opperthauser 41140 Fox Run Road #610 Novi, MI 48377-4845 Carol Serenberg Greenway says she misses teaching, but did work on the “Nutcracker,” in Manistee this year. Her husband is 94 and has recovered very well from heart surgery last year. Beth Smilansky Neman wrote that after 54 years in her house, she has moved to an apartment and loves it. When talking to Edith Werback Rydman, I learned Mary Sue Livingstone Cushman passed away in November 2013. Edith and I had a great visit on the phone. I also, talked to Mary Johnson Adams in California a couple of times a year. I saw Phyllis ULS.ORG




Childs Walker and Dorothy Singelyn Nelson a couple of times last summer. Dorothy had heart surgery, but was recovering when we were together. I still come to Florida for six months each year and when I hear the temperatures up north, I am glad I’m here. – Ann Opperthauser

1950 65th Reunion!

DUS Class Secretary: William J. Cudlip II 284 McKinley Avenue Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3460

in her second year at the combination of Purdue and the University of Indiana in Indianapolis. There are so many activities available to me in the Rome area, I can be just as busy as I want to be. There is an ‘active’ Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at Shorter College, a ZTA alumnae chapter, a DAR chapter, a photography group, a knitting group, a newcomers group and, of course, the church that Becky and Mark attend with friends there I already know. It is a tiny church, no more weekly choir rehearsals or handbells. For those traveling between Michigan and Florida, we are not far off I-75. CDS Class Secretary: Jane Ottaway Dow 191 Ridge Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3554


Liggett Class Secretary: Barbara Allen Esler PO Box 1552 Troy, MI 48099-1552 Barbara Esler: I always look forward to the holiday season and cards and messages from my Liggett classmates. This year was no exception, with many cards received, including one with a lovely picture of Julius and Cynthia (Keydel) Huebner. One particular message that I know deserves to be passed along came from Pat Ward Bryan in Newport, Vermont. She wrote “My traveling addiction is over, but I am still running the B & B and I love living on Lake Memphremagog with two St. Bernards, a rescue dog, and a cat. The doors are always open for you and every classmate.” My personal plans for 2015 include retiring from my position at AguaFina and moving to the home I recently purchased outside of Rome, GA. I will be five miles from my daughter, Becky, son-in-law, Mark, and grandson, Sean. My guest room will accommodate visits from granddaughter, Tiffany, and her husband, Christopher, both serving in the Navy and currently stationed in Norfolk, VA. Without a work schedule, I can visit son, David, and daughterin-law, Erin, in Colorado and they also can visit me as their time permits. David’s daughter, Kenda, is currently 50



Jane Ottaway Dow: As I write our Class Notes in January, Pete and I are back in our winter retreat in the Florida Keys. We had an uneventful drive down and, since our arrival in late December the weather has been spectacular. Last year was an especially happy one for Pete and me: Our granddaughter, Ania Dow ‘14, graduated Summa Cum Laude from ULS, a third generation from our family. She also captained the field hockey and soccer teams and won a Division 1 state championship as a member of the girls ice hockey team. She’s now a freshman at the University of Michigan and playing on their women’s ice hockey team. Our grandson, Tomek Dow, ’05 graduated from Wayne State University’s law school, and we recently received news he passed the bar exam. While attending law school, he was fortunate to have a job working part-time for the Fildew Hinks law firm. Many of you will remember John Fildew as a distinguished classmate. Finally, Pete and I have one more member of our family at ULS, a grandson, Alex Dow ‘16, who is a junior and was co-captain of the tennis team. We are looking forward to seeing Betty Burr Meader Fenley and Greene Fenley who are in Islamorada now with their son, Bill. In a couple of weeks Ann Meader Cooper will be joining them for her annual visit. Other than that, we have no news of others in our class. Pete talked to Fred Fordon who said he does talk to Tom Hammond several times a year but had no current news. Pete reminded me that in addition to Fred’s tour at DUS, Pete and Fred were classmates at Liggett Nursery School in the Indian Village. Please make an effort to share

Jim and Marianne Johansson Garber ‘53 at the Liggett vs. Lutheran Westland football game in fall 2014.

with me news of you and yours. The clock is ticking. Next year, in May of 2016, we will celebrate our 65th Class Reunion. Put it on your calendar now. In the meantime stay well. DUS Class Secretary: Edmund R. Sutherland 216 Ridge Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3538


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


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

1955 60th Reunion!

Liggett Class Secretary: Gael Webster McFarland 212 20th Avenue Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785-3840 GPUS Secretary: Jane Weaver Reuther 81 Lewiston Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236


Liggett Class Secretary: Joanne Streit Stewart 5 Debeaufain Drive Bluffton, SC 29909-2500 Joanne Streit Stewart: It was a year of the coming and going of Hospice of South Carolina personal and caregivers. On July 1st, I sent in papers for Veterans Victory House Nursing Home, in Walterboro, SC, and received a call the first of October. Dana was admitted and died on the 19th. He was 94 years old. I had a service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bennettsville, South Carolina and the burial at Hebron Cemetery near our farm. I continue swimming with the new Sun City Master’s Swim Team. We have a wonderful Coach, Ed Hazlett, who volunteers his time and plans 1 ½ hour workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have gone to four meets including, Florence, Greenville, Mt Pleasant, and Columbia, all in South Carolina. I drove over to Atlanta, GA, December 12th to visit my daughter and her family and swam in a meet at the Georgia Tech’s Olympic Pool. Wow! What a magnificent facility. Marty Dove: My daughter and grandson live with me. There are many activities on a daily basis that keep me busy. We have a trip planned for the end of May to Michigan for my grandson’s graduation from Seaholm High School. He hopes to attend Michigan State or the University of Michigan depending on how the wind blows. In June and July we will be going to the YMCA Camp of the Rockies for a 10 day vacation. In December we went to New York City for the festivities. GPUS Class Secretaries: Lylas Good Mogk, MD 1000 Yorkshire Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230-1432 George Jerome 40 Edgemere Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3709 Tom: Nothing much to report other than Susie and I are alive and healthy and that’s important these days. Also, during the holidays our wonderful children and grandchildren visited and spent a week with us. Good weather

and fun time on the beach. Thanks for keeping up with everyone Lylas and Gibby. Connie: Well all I have to report is our big move. We moved from Arlington, Texas to San Antonio, Texas at the urging of our children and grandchildren - downsizing from 2,900 square feet to 1,800 square feet is a challenge, but we are up to the challenge. We moved here in September and in early October I took a nasty fall in New York City. We were there to take a cruise to celebrate our big 50th anniversary, well the ship sailed without us. I ended up in Mt. Sinai for three days and then returned to San Antonio where I had screws put in my ankle and skin grafts on my shins. I have progressed from a wheelchair to a walker, guess a cane comes next. We are otherwise doing great with having the grandkids close, so we can go to the football games and watch one cheer. The younger ones are involved in soccer and basketball. Also, our oldest granddaughter is a sophomore at Texas Tech, the alma mater of her mother, father, aunt and uncle! That’s all from the Lone Star State. If you are ever here check us out. Dick: Hi all and Happy New Year. Obviously all our lives have gone a long way from when I was in the 2nd, 7th and 8th grades with some of you. And then there are some who passed away way too early. Anyway, I have not even been in Grosse Pointe since my mother’s funeral eight years ago, and before that very seldom. After Hotchkiss, Princeton and MIT, I moved directly to San Francisco, based on a wonderful trip across the country with a friend who lived in California and a lonely drive back during which I decided that is where working life would start for me. My then wife and I had two sons while in San Francisco and lived there full time for more than 10 years. I had become a partner of what is now Deloitte & Touche, did some work for then Governor Ronald Reagan and then went to Washington, D.C., my other childhood home, in 1970 to join the Government, first as Assistant Secretary of the Interior, then as Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Office of the President. After working for the Government, we stayed on the east coast as I went on to DuPont in Wilmington, DE, the Communications Satellite Corp. back in DC,

Washington National Investment Corp. then to AT&T in New Jersey. At AT&T I had the chance to get them focused on offering wireless telephone service and eventually found a venture capital company helping companies build the Internet infrastructure. Gore didn’t do it all himself! I was able to buy out the venture company in 1996 and set up offices in New Jersey, New York City, Washington, D.C. and in Menlo Park, CA. That final move was wonderfully exhilarating and good for everyone involved. Since 2000, I have been and am still involved as owner, partner or chairman of four companies: VMS Group, which provides administrative service to some 100 venture capital funds, Bodman Oil & Gas and BCF Group, which produce oil and gas, TDF Ventures a venture capital company specializing in new telecommunications technologies and PurThread Technologies, Inc. which makes antimicrobial textile yarns and products. My other interests include medical research as an active board member of The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, In addition, I still love golf, reading, occasional public speaking, on a mix of subjects, and catching up with and enjoying new and old friends. In 1972, my older brother, Harry, and his wife, Dottie, were killed by a drunk driver leaving behind three wonderful young girls. The girls, who later joined our household, grew up with our two boys and are now all married and living in Boston and Wellington, Ontario. In 1990, my first wife and I decided 29 years was enough. Both of us remarried that year. Karna Small came into my life and for 25 years has been a wonderful nurturer of our extended family, which includes 21 blood and putative grandchildren distributed all over the country. Karna was one of the early great anchor newswomen, then Deputy Press Secretary for President Reagan and Senior Director of the National Security Council. She is now writes International Political Thrillers, see She is trying to start in a new genre writing poetic and educational stories for very young children. On top of that is a lifetime involvement with barbershop singing. We maintain homes in Naples, FL, Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Washington, D.C. spending, more or less a third of the year in each location. Anyway, if any of you are near where we might be, give us a call. We would love to give you dinner and a good time. Cheers! ULS.ORG





Liggett Class Secretary: Diane Bedford Svenonius 736 Silver Spring Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910-4661 Judie Schneider Gillis: Judie is looking forward to seeing Anne and Tom Molesky at the University Liggett School alumni weekend. She also mentioned that Phil is not doing well right now. She knows that Phil is in our prayers and we light a candle for him every week when we go to church. – Reported by Anne Wrigley Molesky Millie Pietra Fite: I keep looking back on all the good times we’ve shared especially our 50th Liggett reunion which was so special thanks to Clare and had very good attendance. I’ve enjoyed retirement for several years, all healthy ones until now. I took a spill at home in early November and according to x-rays sustained “mildly displaced fractures of the posterior aspect of the 6th - 10th ribs.” It’s been painful, and nothing can be done except I have to be very careful. The recovery is very slow. There are worse things than fractured ribs. I spent three weeks sitting at home reading trying to recover. I enjoy sitting, in any event. I see Judie Bailey Gillis from time to time. We always share a few laughs. We go to the Liggett Alumnae luncheon each year. Judie’s friend Jan joins us. We have made her honorary alum. My daughter Whitney Clay and her family live in Bronxville, NY. Of the grandsons, Jamie is 16 and attends Middlesex in Concord, MA. He loves it. Harry is 14 and goes to the Masters in Dobbs Ferry, NY, close to home. Daughter Cindy and Connor live in Princeton, NJ. Cindy teaches there. Connor is 11. My boys have grown and are still good company for the most part. Next week, I’m going to Palm Beach. I will stay at the Clays and avoid the cold Arctic air here. Whitney is determined to get me in a warm climate in the winter, bless her heart! GPUS Class Secretary: Wendy Krag 170 Merriweather Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 Jim Barnes: I went to the University Liggett School alumni reception in Chicago in October with Headmaster 52



Class of 1957 “mini” reunion. Mary Roby, Katie and Jim Stewart, Wendy and Bill Krag and Lorrie Howenstein at a party given by Mary Roby at her home in September 2014.

Joe Healey, something I have done in years past. I hope others venture into the city for the next one, because it’s always a fun way to reconnect with local alumni. Otherwise, Lucy and I are finally grandparents of a girl, Carolyn, courtesy of our daughter Whitney in San Diego.


Liggett Class Secretary: Lois Dickinson Hutchison 135 Cochise Drive Sedona, AZ 86351-7928 Martha Sanford: Hello: My brother David and his wife visited for Thanksgiving. His closing remark was “Martha you are being brave.” I walk with my walker around here. The apartment is on a two acre piece of land. People cheer me on by calling me the Energizer Bunny and Keep on Trucking. Happy 2015 when many of us will be 75! Mary and Mary (no longer Mimi) and I had a great time. I took them to the Blue Ridge Folk Art Center. My mother loved to shop there. Folk art is wonderful here. I wrote a paper about it when I was going to UNCA to get certified to teach art education in the great state of North Carolina, but that is another story. M and M also went to the bird sanctuary, where there are no animals to be seen. Linda Weingarden Roth: Life is great! As I write, I’m sitting in a cabana, on the Mexican coast, overlooking the aquamarine Caribbean. Ellis is

napping in the next chaise. All is well after a year of hard labor exploring the Alla Prima Technique and mastering the Venetian Technique, two very different approaches to painting. I think I favor the Venetian, the technique of Titian and the 16th century Dutch painters. I chose to do a self-portrait so only I could be upset if it didn’t come out as I hoped. This is the monochrome phase I finished just before we left home two weeks ago. The color phase will begin when I’m back in the studio. Everybody in the Roth clan is well. Two grandchildren are away in college deciding what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Two are in high school wrestling with puberty. My sons are happy. Their wives are content. And Ellis and I are as healthy as old codgers in their 70s can be. Facing our 55th wedding anniversary in April, we’ve decided to re-enlist. Diane Finkel Hubert: This has been my year of the grandson and banking memories for the future. In August, I took Jake, 11, on a cruise from Seattle to Juneau and back. We were part of three grandmothers and four grandchildren. One of the grandmothers is a woman I met in kindergarden Sunday School. We were school friends through U of M, with the exception of my two years at Liggett. We have managed to stay in touch here and there for more than 70 years! After a lapse of several years this idea came up about taking our grandchildren on a cruise. My experience cruising is either two people on our own boat or 85 people on a river boat like Viking. I was not

Diane Finkel Hubert ‘58 on vacation.

Linda Roth ‘58 self portrait, Venetian-style.

thrilled about being on a boat with 800+ people, but it was a formidable experience! We picked excursions we thought the 11-12 year olds would like, such as visiting a mushing camp in Juneau complete with a ride from an Iditarod team pulling a wheeled surrey. The dogs earn their keep in the summers! Then we got to visit the many nine month old puppies. It was a great hit! We whale watched in Sitka and went on a famous “World’s Most Deadliest Catch” crabbing boat in Ketchikan. It was a week of fun and adventure - so much fun I felt like I had been gone months! We just returned home from a fabulous week of sailing with Jake and his parents in the British Virgin Islands. We chartered a 40’ Beneteau. The weather was perfect: 80-85 degrees everyday with lots of wind. Our boat was very accommodating, with three small but comfortable berths and two heads. The salon was spacious and the galley allowed us to cook aboard most nights. Each day we sailed to a different island, caught a mooring ball, settled the boat, ate lunch, gathered our gear and went snorkeling. I am saddened to say the coral was not as colorful as on a previous trip five years ago. The fish seemed less abundant, although we did see a few rays in the shallows, which was exciting. After dinner we played Bananagrams and Euchre. Here it is a new year and I wish each of you and yours good health, friendship, love and laughter as we zoom around the sun another time.

Donna Sisk Carl: We didn’t send out a Christmas letter this year, I was still recovering from my thumb and hand surgery. It’s getting better now after six weeks of occupational therapy but the orthopedic surgeon says it will be summer before I have much strength in the hand. We did go on a Viking River Cruise in September and October. We traveled from Paris north to Normandy, then back to Paris then south to Marseille, as usual we had a wonderful adventure. We saw beautiful country and many places that we had wanted to revisit. We’ve spent time with family, our five children and their spouses, our 12 grandchildren, with four married, that increases our number to sixteen, and four greatgrandchildren - blessings all! We’re looking forward to a Princess cruise for the entire month of March. It starts in Buenos Aires goes south around Cape Horn up western South American, along Central America and the Mexican Rivera and ends in Los Angeles. My best to all the class of ‘58 and thanks to you for keeping us all in touch. Sandy Loynd Roney-Hayes: Honestly, we have been involved as usual. We are both still teaching and doing our things. I have been slowed down by knee problems and am currently involved in intensive physical therapy. It is HARD WORK! When I came into class with a full-leg brace and oxygen in the middle of the semester, the kids just roared. But it did have a positive impact on attendance! They have few

excuses! Although I am not actively involved in social media, I am putting students to work on researching the impact of various forms of social media on relationships, thinking and culture this semester! Would like to see the students in Myth, Magic, World Religions - an anthropology of religion course - do work with virtual religions on sites like Second Life. Sam is actively involved with his Quaker Meeting, and is taking several MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses - recently learning about the brain. He keeps us both up-to-date on new learning projects. We see Allison periodically. It is great to have her in the area - and in our lives. She is interested in so MANY THINGS! And she loves to dig in to new information! She is also creating some fun jewelry! Mary Warren Eick: Our travels this year included three weeks in Florida at Indian Shores near Tampa last winter. In May, we drove to Canada and had four months there. The highlight was a float plane trip for me to see our house and all the little lakes surrounding us. We returned to Missouri in September and have enjoyed a more active role at church, doing some teaching. I went to Ashville, NC, in October to visit Martha Sanford and met Mimi (Miller) Foley ’57 LIG there. It was a fun old ladies wild weekend reminiscing and catching up. Can’t beat 60 year old friendships! Cindy continues working as an academic advisor and completing her Ph.D. Jennifer has another book with a publisher, due out in February. Her job is fulfilling, except when it comes to salary. Grandchildren, Kyle, Alex, Colin, Devon, Verronica and Rebecca, are all doing well. We are blessed with good friends and good health. Martha Robbins Friedricks-Glass sent another holiday card showing her ULS.ORG




visiting Petra. I know because I saved one that she had sent in a previous year. Susie Kreis Champine: Quiet holiday this year. No one was able to come down here due to new babies arriving and work schedules. We headed north along with my sister in early November thinking we’d at least beat the snow. Wrong, and it was very cold. One great grandchild was born in early December and another arrived just before Christmas. All is going good here; we are keeping busy and staying out of trouble. Carol Nagel Lantz: Nothing new to report except Larry and I left in mid-December to spend some time in Naples, Fla. with my son and his family. We decided that since the grandkids are 10-and 12-years-old, it’s time to spend some quality time with them. This is the first year we are staying for three months. Jane Allison Lewis Friedman: It’s that time of year again for putting the past months in perspective and looking ahead to a new year. This year has seen a fair bit of travel as well but nothing exotic beyond our shores. Phoenix/Scottsdale AZ; Santa Fe/Taos, NM; Winchester/Chatanooga, TN; and Charlevoix/Hessel, MI. There was excitement and adventure as I worked the Native American Indian Markets at The Heard Museum and, the most famous one of all, in Santa Fe. I’m learning a lot about antique and vintage Native American turquoise and silver jewelry from an expert and friend who has found I’m an asset in her business! Who knew I’d be good at 1:1 sales and have a blast in that rarified environment? At home, I’ve continued with my jewelry-making, adding to my workshop and “stash, and actually selling some custom pieces. I’ve been taking photography and computer classes so I can put images of my work up on the web. I’m also volunteering in the office of our Birmingham Area Senior Center and have enjoyed feeling useful both on the computer and the phone. I was invited to join the Board of the ALS Association – Michigan Chapter so that has been a most rewarding activity, especially with the success of the many Runs and the Ice Bucket Challenge this year. I have eight piano students now that I have no afterschool childcare to take up each day. I love teaching music and piano 54



to children, plus I consider myself very fortunate to have the added blessing of four new families within my extended circle of friends. Inevitably and sadly, I lost both friends and family this year. I’ve begun to feel a bit vulnerable as those around me depart this earthly plane. Thankfully, my health is still good and I hope yours is, too. May 2015 bring you peace, happiness, and lots of laughs!! Lois Dickinson Hutchison: Once again I have enjoyed hearing from those of you whose news is featured in these notes. I hope the others are inspired to share their news in the future. On a sad note, Hank Hopkes wrote that he and Birgit both have serious health issues. As for myself, Denis and I are still working as massage therapists at our business, Afterglow of Sedona. We have a total of five therapists: three massage therapists, a reflexologist and a Qi Gong healer. We’re all doing healing work in different ways. I’m still hiking a lot although some days it’s more of an outing for the dog than for me! In addition to our wonderful summer trip to Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, Flaming Gorge, Arches N.P. and many lovely places in between, we decided to spend Christmas in Chicago with Denis’ son and his family. We visited four museums in as many days usually with one or more of the family. We rode the trains and walked a lot too. What a wonderful city—great buildings, restaurants, and an awesome waterfront. We spent six days there; the weather was never really bad. We are going there again in May for our granddaughter’s graduation from high school. Since she has only been living in the Chicago for two years and she’s in a huge school, she will never know what it’s like to have gone through grade school and/or high school with the same friends, meaning all of you ladies! We left on Dec. 26 so we could be in our office for the busy time between Christmas and New Year’s. It started snowing on New Year’s Eve and didn’t quit until nine inches had piled up! Nothing unusual if you live where winter snow storms are common, but we live in Sedona, AZ, which doesn’t usually see more than a dusting of snow, if any. The area has become a huge biking, the pedal kind, visitor area, among other groups. Needless to say, most activities were shut down for a while. I guess climate change is here too.

GPUS Class Secretary: Suzie Sisman Decker 77 Muskoka Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3009 SUZIESIS@AOL.COM


GPUS Class Secretary: Robin Duke Harris Russell 2 Flagler Drive Rye, NY 10580-1848 Julianne McMillan Bockius writes that her husband, Larry, just had his 90th birthday and that she is still enjoying tai chi with friends in the park and pursuing her photography. Lynne Randall Battershell sends best wishes to everyone for 2015. Last year Lynne spent a lot of time in Scottsdale, AZ, where the warmer climates are certainly more appealing than those at her home in Omaha, but moving would mean being too far from her daughter, Stephanie, and her three grandsons. Melinda Bryan Earle, after six months of extensive remodeling, has finally moved into her new condo overlooking the 17th green and affording lake views with lots of wildlife - ibis, otters, an even the occasional alligator. Ever the world traveler, last year saw her on a river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow and this February, competing in the Crown Prince’s sporting clays shoot in Dubai. On the home front, she spent Christmas in Grosse Pointe and back home in Naples, she teaches flower arranging classes for her garden club. Susie Ryan Knapp reports that her oldest grandchild, son Tom’s daughter, Taylor, was married on January 10 to a fellow Gator graduate. Sue Shepherd Patterson is still acting in films, one of which was a Christmas movie shown on Hallmark this past December. She was in a scene with Harry Connick Jr. and Clyde, the camel, although she notes that, “I can’t even say ‘Don’t blink’ to find me!” Sue and Duke celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June and have two grandchildren graduating from high school this year.

Robin Duke Harris Russell: As for your intrepid secretary, after many permutations and combinations, the better part of reason saw me deciding not to rebuild after my house fire on Nantucket. I have sold that property, as well as my home in Rye, and moved to neighboring Purchase, New York. Aside from a backed up sewer, a leaky skylight, a cut cable line, and a thermostat that went haywire (late on a Friday, naturally), I love my new digs…and it helps to have a son who is a contractor to bale me out of all these unexpected happenings. Should any of you have a change in email or snail mail status, please let me and ULS know, and I look forward to hearing from more of you next time around.

1960 55th Reunion! Liggett Class Secretary: Anne Wrigley Molesky 6649 Hawaiian Avenue Boynton Beach, FL 33437 561-413-3744 248-225-8922

Bonnie Wilson Tolman: In 1999 Bonnie and her husband, Jim Skoryanc, had their home built and they have been up north for 15 years. Their home has 100 feet of frontage and is 200 feet deep. They love it there. They do get lots of snow and it is very cold, plus they get the lake effect snow. Bonnie’s daughter is an accountant and has relocated to Troy, MI, she has a son who is in second grade and a daughter who is in first grade. One of Bonnie’s other daughter’s, and her husband, who live in Marysville, MI, came to visit with their eight-year old daughter. Bonnie has arthritis and has had knee replacement. She uses a cane. She is very much looking forward to joining us for our 55th reunion, and she plans to stay in Troy with her daughter. Jane Ecclestone Chapin: I have started a wine label so unfortunately I will not be able to attend our 55th class reunion. It is a busy schedule in the wine business in May. Please say hello to everyone for me. Mary Alice Clarke Fergunson: She and John are doing very well. They both now are in real estate and enjoying it very much. Their older son lives in Elk Rapids, near Traverse City, is married and has three children.

Their younger son lives in Southern California, is married and has three children. He is in real estate, is a selftaught musician and does a one week camp each year on how to start a business/entrepreneurship. Gwendy Bennett Gugino: Gwendy and Jim will not be able to attend our 55th reunion. Their Christmas card was a photo of them with Santa Claus. Gwendy is back to being a brunette, just like she was at Liggett. They are renting a home in Colorado for the month of July. She did want to mention that her granddaughter is 22 and is employed at ESPN. Marilynn Neumann Koly: Marilynn has arthritis and has had knee surgery; therefore she is unable to travel anymore. She asked that I say hello to everyone for her. Her son and former husband live nearby. She is somewhat involved with charity work. She did want to mention that her son is 29 years old and is employed with Morgan Stanley. Natalie DeLoe Riewe: Natalie and Gordie celebrated Christmas early this year with their daughter and her husband. They were going to Key West for Christmas. It was the first time that Natalie and Gordie had a quiet Christmas holiday by themselves. They had an antique auction in May in Iowa. They are definitely planning on coming to our 55th reunion. They had just gotten a new mattress in January, so we ended our conversation with “sweet dreams.” Dell Litsky Rubin: Dell is taking advanced Spanish lessons. She is secretary of the bowling league and is excited about their banquet in March. Earl is in two golf leagues. Dr. Karin Ryding: Karin was working laboriously on two books; one published in October of 2013 and the other in April of 2014 and she was rather written-out. This year the pace has been better. Victor continues his work on local environmental cleanup, especially our local stream, Pimmit Run. He is still in championship form, winning two gold medals and one silver in local and state contests. Over the past two years we lost two big trees in the backyard and he has hand his hands full chopping, sawing, hauling, stacking and arranging the large stumps. We have a number of them arranged on our back slope in

semi-circular patterns, which we call Woodhenge. Karin edited a professional journal this year and was kept busy with all the detail that editing involves. She also advises graduate students who are researching and writing their dissertations in her department at Georgetown University. As for traveling, we went to Karin’s 50th college reunion at Middlebury College in Vermont in June. And then in July, we drove to Michigan to spend a couple weeks at our cottage on Lake Huron in Alabaster. On the health front, except for some aches and pains, Victor has been well, but Karin was diagnosed with chromic leukemia in November so life for her has consisted of many hospital visits and dealing with the world of pharmaceuticals. Thankfully this type of leukemia is manageable with medication. I sent Karin a blonde wig just in case she starts to lose her hair. I received a lovely note from her and she said “it looks marvelous.” She said, “Victor and I hope to see you at the reunion.” Ingrid Sandecki: In our Christmas card from Ingrid she wrote, “Looking forward to our 55th”. Anne Wrigley Molesky: In May, Tom and I went down to the University of Miami for the official opening celebration of the student activities center. What a beautiful three story building it is, right next to the lake on campus. In August, we were one of five couples who participated in the “renewal of our wedding vows” at St. Thomas More Church in Boynton Beach. It was a lovely way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. In November, we returned to the University of Miami for the homecoming celebrations. We attended the cocktail party and dinner at the alumni center. The next day we attended the school of business administration cocktail reception and dinner outside in the courtyard. On Sunday, we also attended brunch. What fun we had especially since two of my Delta Gamma sorority sisters were at the various functions. Next year we plan to stay at the Holiday Inn – University of Miami which is right across the street from campus, rather than driving back and forth as we did this year. We look forward to our 55th class reunion. ULS.ORG




Newlyweds Lynn Gorey Carpenter ‘62 and Jack Schneider, former Trustee.

Leslie G. Wrigley: Les and Robin are broker associates with the Alain Piner Realtors in Burlingame, California; however, they love to travel too. Yesterday we received Robin’s book “60 Sundays”. It is her first book ever, my incredible Italian journey in 2013 for my 60th birthday celebration. She dedicates this book to “Les, my husband and soul mate”. GPUS Class Secretary: Alice Gage Schultes 722 Sunningdale Dr. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236


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


GPUS Class Secretary: Susan Adams White 58 Waterway Court The Woodlands, TX 77380-2641 Cynthia Osgood O’Hare: Cynthia and Nick’s Christmas card tells it all – they are enjoying retirement with family. Susan Adams White: Hi everybody! Happy New Year and on to 2015 - can you believe it! So looking forward to all the fun this year has in store! We have very sad news and very happy 56



news. I wish I didn’t have to say this but we have lost a wonderful part of all of us in Sharkey Fink. It’s really hard to even think about as she was such a bright light and spirit for our class. No one can even think about her without remembering many incredibly fun and wonderful memories of her! I know each and every one of us reaches out to John, Lily, Andy and all Sharkey’s family with our sympathy, prayers but especially thanks for having been a part of her fantastic life! Please look at her obituary in this issue of Perspective. Our happy news is that Lynn Gorey Carpenter has just married Jack Schneider, a retired oncologist in Grosse Pointe. They were married on December 20th and are busy with making new memories, our wishes to you all for much happiness! Lynn also mentioned that she is still very interested in dog psychology and rehab. Absolutely, so exciting and we are looking forward to hearing all about the great things you will be experiencing! I recently talked to Judy Lomax and Patty Walbridge Ahlbrandt, and we are hoping to get together soon - maybe Dallas in February. Patty’s daughter Julie is expecting her third child - she has two boys and is having a girl this time in January! Patty will be there in San Francisco helping and having a great time with them all. Early congratulations! Bliss Caulkins Clark has been doing lots of traveling and had a reunion with her Farmington classmates. She also had a wonderful 70th birthday with ‘60s period attire. Another great thing was a month at Huron Mountain. I so miss going up north but am happy that you were able to have that time! One other sad moment is that Carol Johnson Carlson lost her mom this year. Ann had a very short period of time that preceded her passing, but Carol was right there with her. What a wonderful long life and with such a caring, loving daughter! Judy Lomax and I are so grateful for the afternoon we spent with Ann last year. She was in great spirits and was just such fun talking about old times! Best wishes to all for 2015 and looking forward to hearing more news! – Susan Adams White


Liggett Class Secretaries: Sharon Litsky 2000 California Street #402 San Francisco, CA 94109-4302 Gail Sake Niskar 30030 High Valley Road Farmington Hills, MI 48331-2143 Meg Van De Graaf Shannon: Meg is president of the HOA in her community and Rob is the landscape committee chair. They were going to go on a cruise in December so we plan to get together after they get back. – Reported by Anne Wrigley Molesky Sandra Mattman Augustine shares that she “spent a wonderful Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh with daughters Catherine, Susan and Grace and son Josh and their families. Family is very important to us. We had a lovely Christmas singing in Handel’s Messiah. I am grateful that Liggett introduced me to singing and classical music early on. “Remember lining up by height for Miss Brown’s concerts?” Susan Heavner Becker is living in North Carolina and relates that “having spent so many years in Florida, I absolutely love getting back to a change of seasons. I’m sitting here, in North Carolina, right now on a comfy sofa in front of a blazing fire in the fireplace with our wonderful lab by my feet. However, this is not to say that we won’t be skipping out on January weather when we go for a reprieve to Florida to mooch off of friends, then onto Costa Rica and Panama. A happy, healthy new year to each of you.” Gloria Shenkman Cohen says she “had a nice afternoon at lunch with Gail Sake Niskar, Suzanne Kogut Phillips and Tammy Salisbury in Detroit before coming to Los Angeles where I spend my winters. Both my daughter and my son and all three grandchildren live in Los Angeles so it is definitely the place for me to be and keeps me busy. There are so many great things to do here. I see Ellen Kuschinski Castleman often when I’m in L.A. and keep in touch by phone with Annette Lonyo Geddes and Sally Ross Riley. I have not been

traveling lately but I am ready to hit the road. My parents are both 94 and doing well. They are planning their 75th wedding anniversary party for Labor Day weekend in Detroit! Can anyone imagine so many years together?! Hope everyone is healthy and happy.” Marianne Moran Eddy relays that “a year ago, I loaded our dear, old Labrador Retriever into the car and moved to Portland, Oregon. Time to experience a different part of the country, and different it is! I love living in a rainforest, but the much-touted slogan “Keep Portland Weird” is truer than I expected. Son Duncan is in his second year of a doctoral program at Stanford, and we will spend part of the holidays enjoying the spectacular coast here. At long last, I have time for writing and painting trompe l’oeil canvas floor cloths. Life is good.” We all send our good wishes and positive thoughts to Marijane Lazar Epstein during her illness. Renata Schmidt Latimer adds from New York City that “I couldn’t wait to become a granny in December and I’m so delighted to now have the cutest, sweetest baby grandson who is a daily joy and photo op! Since my daughter lives only five blocks away, babysitting is definitely in my future.” Carla Hoffman Levin: I continue to enjoy life in Chicago. We are very fortunate to have our children and grandchildren living close by. Spending time with them is, of course, the highlight of the week. I have cut back my practice of Psychotherapy to three days. Michael continues to work full-time with little desire to cut back. We have been able to travel to far off places, India, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and hope to get to Africa next year. Life is good. My best to everyone for a Happy, Healthy 2015. Gail Sake Niskar reports she “enjoyed a catch-up lunch in Detroit with Suzanne Kogut Phillips, Tammy Salisbury and Gloria Shenkman Cohen and we’re thinking of a 70th birthday party for the class. We hope that Connie Wineman Jacob, Becky Rank and any other Michiganders will be able to join us the next time we meet for lunch. Health-wise, I’ve finished my infusions so the treatments are done and I am doing great. We are

in Florida until the beginning of May enjoying ourselves. Jenifer Hughes Parker: Our life continues to change. Grandchild No. 4 was born in October and No. 5 is expected in March! We sold our house in Nova Scotia, and at Dataw Island, South Carolina and are building a new home in Beaufort, SC. We still enjoy our RV travels. Suzanne Kogut Phillips contributes from Troy, Michigan that “all is well here and I’m feeling very blessed! After major surgery in January I’m doing well and feeling great! We were able to spend March and part of April in Florida with all of our family. The sunshine and fresh air was huge boost to my recovery. I have been doing three times a week weekly rehab since May. Also in May, the best news of all! I was able to get back to watching the love of our lives, our sweet threeyear-old granddaughter, two days a week - pure joy! In September, Gail Sake Niskar, Tammy Salisbury and Gloria Shenkman Cohen and I got together for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in Novi. Gail was feeling very good, looked terrific and was soon to be moving to Florida. Gloria, as usual, was gorgeous and very happy with all that was going on in her very busy life. Tami looked wonderful and was very busy and happy with work and traveling to see family. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs catching up! We enjoyed every precious minute. So great to be with our oldest and dearest friends! The year has flown by and, especially this year, we’re looking forward to spending the holidays with all of our family. I’m sending best wishes to everyone.” Although Tess Friedenberg Tessler transferred out of Liggett and didn’t graduate with our class, she writes from Durango, Colorado to share some memories and to say “Hello to old friends from the past. I can remember our few years together as if it were yesterday. I loved attending Liggett for the length of time I was blessed to be with all of you. I can remember May Day, and the excitement to purchase a shirt waist dress. Mine was purple. I loved that May Day celebration. I can remember the library where we had those vocabulary tests. I remember having to stand when the teachers entered the room. I remember the girls playing field hockey. I can remember the

closeness I felt with Carolyn Leech, Sharon Litsky, Patty Frank and so many others. Thank you all for being a part of my growing up years. You have no idea how much you all meant to me. I can so clearly remember as well the time I was picked up by the bus in Sherwood Forest area and Gilda Radner was on my bus. One morning she sat in front of me and was talking to her friend next to her, and I can remember listening to her and then saying to myself, ‘Gosh, she is really funny.’ And then you all know the rest of the story. Today I am friends with Allison Friedman in Michigan. She graduated before our class. I am friends with Carolyn Leech, and I am still friends with Sharon Litsky. I’d say that’s pretty good for being at Liggett only 1½ years. Amazing who ends up staying in your life, and who leaves your life. I always say your life is like a play. You are the main character in your play and over the years different people come into your play to play out different parts. Some are meant to stay in your play for the duration of your life, and some are only there to give you short messages or vice versa, and then they leave your play. Overall, I call this our lives and we all experience different people for our growth. Many of you were in my play for a short duration, but boy did you all leave a grand impression on my heart. Thank you so much for being who you were to me. With love and blessings for a peaceful world in 2015. Sharon Litsky: Husband John and I spent a wonderful two weeks in Israel this fall. Neither of us had been there since our first visits more than 35 years ago and we were amazed at all the changes. I have several friends there with whom we shared Shabbat meals and did touring. We especially enjoyed a couple unique nights at Kibbutz Shamir in the Upper Galilee. We visited the ruins at Petra, as well. This was preceded by a week in Poland on a legacy study tour with fellow board members of Jewish Family & Children’s Services here in San Francisco visiting what were once the Jewish neighborhoods of Krakow, Lodz and Warsaw before World War II, as well as the death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. Our group took part in the official VIP opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews built on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. The museum is a post-modern, architecturally unique structure, which features ULS.ORG




Sandy Moisides ‘63 GPUS with grandchildren Theo ‘27 and Malena ‘29.

a creative, multimedia narrative exhibition about the vibrant Jewish community that flourished in Poland for a thousand years up to the Holocaust. This was very interesting trip, eliciting powerful feelings. The London kids/grandkids were with us for Chanukah as well as all of December. You realize how precious family time is when you only see these special people a couple times a year. John just had his left knee replaced and is doing remarkably well. The right knee was replaced last year so soon we’ll be able to go back to the hiking and long walks that we used to enjoy so much together. A bit of Song Trivia: To this day I cannot pass a group of daffodils without singing at least the first verse of Wordsworth’s The Daffodils that was our annual May Day/Liggett Founders Day song. Is it the same for anyone else?

Christi ‘66 and Rick Shatzel with their grandchildren.

Lynn Rubin ‘66 and family.

Above left: Deenie ‘66 with husband, Mike Zonder. Above right: Deenie ‘66 with sons Jordan and Randy.

Louise Rockwell Jensen ‘66 with her husband, Richard, and five grandsons skiing in Colorado.




THE DAFFODILS I wander’d lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils, Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Flutt’ring and dancing in the breeze. GPUS Class Secretaries: Sandy Georgeson Moisides 17 Colonial Road Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 482361719 Bill Randall 503 Devonshire Ln Aurora, OH 44202-8594 Otis McKinley is still enjoying his dental practice in Au Gres, MI. He and his wife Sarah have four children. The oldest, Kaden, will attend the University of Michigan in the fall - another generation of McKinleys at U of M! Susan Lenz Gilbert and her husband Geoff, after living all their lives in the Midwest, will be moving to Oregon to be close to their daughter Whitney and grandkids, who live in Wallowa. Son Joel is not

too far away in San Diego. Sandy Georgeson Moisides: The only other news is just to tell you how farreaching the GPUS experience is – 51 years later, I’m still making that drive to school. This time to pick up my grandchildren Theo, class of 2027, and Malena, class of 2029!


Liggett Class Secretary: Karolyn A. Krieghoff Sewell 2046 Camino de los Robles Menlo Park, CA 94025-5917 Mary Low’s husband, Raymond Joseph, passed away in August after a brief illness. Mary and Ray have two children and five granddaughters. Throughout their 30 year relationship, they enjoyed entertaining many loving friends and a wide circle of legal, musical, artistic and political admirers. During their marriage, their home served as a gathering place where different segments of the community came together to enjoy good food, good times and a meeting of the minds. Ray was a contemporary embodiment of the Renaissance Man: curious about everything; not easily led by ideology, but seeking truth wherever it led; and a kind and generous soul who made the world a better place just by being here. Alice Wrigley Beatz: Alice and Chris will be up north for the 2015 winter Special Olympics. This is something that has been a tradition for many years. Can’t wait to hear how many medals Chris will be awarded this year. – Reported by Anne Wrigley Molesky GPUS Class Secretary: William B. Canfield III 1334 Merrie Ridge Road McLean, VA 22101-1827 Caroline Courth: Greetings to all. I would love to hear from and about all of you in the class of 1964, or from my friends in other classes too. Please feel free to contact me at carolinecourth@ if you want to get in touch.

1965 50th Reunion! Liggett Class Secretary: Eugenie Corey Wagner 604 Cressfield Lane Ann Arbor, MI 48103-3105


Liggett Class Secretary: Dr. Susan Stuckey Thoms 4937 Fairway Ridge Circle West Bloomfield, MI 48323-3321 Marge Radner Sharon: Wishing you all the best in the new year!! Meg Goldman Kasdan: All the best in 2015. We are in Colorado for the holidays. My two sons, daughter-inlaw, and three grandchildren, two boys and a girl, just left to go back to California where we all live. Larry and I are staying a little longer to celebrate New Year’s with friends. I’m feeling far away from Liggett days, but glad to hear voices from the past. Eve Cotter Goeddel: I wish all of you a very happy and healthy, we are at that age, aren’t we, new year. Retirement life is good here in Jacksonville ... SOSO, same old, same old, days go very fast and we are blessed to be living close to our older son and only grandson, Cooper, who is two and a real fireball. I highly recommend retirement for all you working women. It’s a great chance to rediscover yourself and have time for all the fun you’ve put off having for so many years. Stay well, maybe we should plan a reunion somewhere warm and sunny.

Louise Rockwell Jensen ‘66 at her son’s wedding.

Meg (aka Mary Ellen Goldman) Kasdan ‘66.

Susan Thoms ‘66 and her husband, David.

Candy Shelton Reed: I hope this finds you all well and all doing wonderfully. I’m grateful to be vertical and breathing. Life is good and always entertaining with our two greys/kids. And, I hate cold weather. Anything below 75 is cold. Naturally, I live in Wisconsin. Go figure! Lisa Schlafer Sherman: Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015! Cheryl Handler Rosenthal: It’s been such fun to hear from so many friends

Annual lunch at Little Tony’s. From left, Mark Weiss ‘66 GPUS, Tom Coyle ‘66, Tom Gage ‘66 GPUS, Art Getz ‘67 GPUS, Rusty Heenan ‘67, Charles Wright ‘66 GPUS.





Linda Carnick Sahn ‘66 and Leonard.

Gale ‘66 and Frank Adise.

Amy McMillan Harwood, Jani DuCharme Gunsaulus, Debby Humphreys Henn, all ‘67 GPUS.

Chrissie Johnson Zoufal hosted a summer 2014 reunion with Cheryl Polizzi, Art Getz and Mary Flintermann, all ‘67 GPUS.

from our days at Liggett. Hope you are all well! A very happy New Year and all good wishes for a healthy peaceful one!! We are in Sanibel Island Florida vacationing with our daughters, their hubbies, and three grandchildren! Lots of fun!! We all live in different states so this is a special time!! Looking forward to our 50th!! Hard to believe we are that old!! Great memories from the past!! Be well everyone, Best to all, Cheryl

having a wonderful life spending time between our home in St. Louis, Mo. and our home in Arrowhead, Co. near Vail. We still snow ski so we love skiing with our family, five grandsons, ages 10, 9, 8, 7, 5. Richard and I started an online business in 2010 called Fine Art Covers, where we make custommade covers for art on paper to protect the art from ultra-violet light. Check out our website at! We traveled to Miami in December for the MiamiBasel Art Show and are still enjoying collecting contemporary art. I hope we can all make an effort to try to get together in 2016! All of my best to the Liggett ladies of 1966!

Linda Carnick Sahn: I send a warm hello to my fellow Liggett class of ‘66 alumnae. I am looking forward to seeing you all next year at our 50th! Here in Michigan it is sunny and 29. Candy, where in Wisconsin are you? Cheryl, enjoy your time in Florida. Again, wishing everyone a happy 2015, and bring on some snow! Chris King Sale: Oh my, reading all your names brings back many memories! Best to all of you in 2015. Eve Cotter Goeddel ‘66, second from left, with her family.

Deenie Hertz Zonder: It has been so fun seeing pictures of everyone!!! Have a safe and happy new year!! Lynn Satovsky Rubin: It’s been great sharing photos! This all 18 of us!! Feeling blessed!! Love to all of you!!

Jo Ford Ingle, Chris Squiers Lubliner & Jani DuCharme Gunsaulus all ‘67 GPUS and friend in Maine, summer 2014.




Louise Rockwell Jensen: The Liggett School class of 1966 is looking forward to its 50th year anniversary in 2016, and it is wonderful that so many of us shared emails in December! I have sent in a picture from our youngest son’s wedding in October when we had a chance to have everyone together and dressed up! Richard retired over a year ago, and we are

Gale Frank-Adise: Greetings from Maryland. I’m enjoying rejuvenation, my favored, more accurate replacement for the misnomer “retirement” and am working on Steve to rejuvenate too. My best to all for a joyful and healthy new year. Christi Hodges Shatzel: I hope to see everyone at our 50th reunion. I think back so fondly on my years at Liggett and it’s past time to see everyone. Susan Stuckey Thoms: My only news is that I plan to retire this coming fall. For now, I work four days a week. I recently enjoyed breakfast and a long walk with Linda Sahn. During the holidays, David and I had dinner with Gale and her husband, Steve in Washington D.C. It is always a treat to see old friends. Thanks to everyone who responded to my email, Susy, Marge, Deenie, Lynn, Louise, Meg, Eve, Gale, Candy, Lisa, Cheryl, Linda, Chris and Christi. It made my job of class secretary much more fun.


GPUS Class Secretary: Jani DuCharme Gunsaulus 74 Essex Road Ipswich, MA 01938-2548 Liggett Class Secretary: Mikee Brown 73144 Carrizo, Palm Desert, CA 92260


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


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

1970 45th Reunion! Liggett Class Secretary: Renee R. McDuffee 480 Lodge Drive Detroit, MI 48214

Dody DiSanto lost her sister Patti in October. Patti battled colon cancer fiercely for the past five years. Dodi and Patti were more than sisters, they were wonderful friends. I remember that they lived together near WSU in the 1970s. Our hearts go out to Dody and her extended family. We are counting down to our 45th reunion. It is hard to ponder that, while we are fighting frostbite in metro Detroit - we will soon be trying to avoid sunburn in Naples, FL in early May. Kathi Wicklund will host us again as she did 10 years ago, but this time at their restored home rather than their former condo in a gated community. I don’t know if we will want to play golf, I’m in - anyone have left-handed clubs?, but interests are peaked by a three hour kayak tour. You can’t do it all in a long weekend - but we are going to try! When we celebrated our 35th in 2005,

we included Dianne Seeber’s and Martha Klingbeil Coates’s birthdays in our celebration - I hope we can do the same this year but I haven’t received a firm yes or no from either. I celebrated my birthday in December with my husband Kevin Kavanagh, my brothers Scott and Gregg and Scott’s girlfriend Carrie and Gregg’s wife, Mary Hebert. A great time was had by all and the food at our lovely Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club was wonderful. Kathi Wicklund ‘70 I’m sure Kathi Wicklund will be happy to have a new audience see a photo of Mr. Bodie Wicklund. Bodie is the first grandchild of Kathi and her husband, Doug. Kathi is over the moon about him - but don’t call her grandmother! Millie Kaufman Sloan and I had a nice luncheon in November at Peabody’s, where neither of us had been in years. There is never enough time to catch up on everything but Millie was sorry to tell me that she cannot join us in Naples, she lives in Sarasota and sees Kathi throughout the year, as she will be attending her “significant other’s” daughter’s completion of her master’s degree in North Carolina that weekend. I was sorry to miss Dianne Seeber when she traveled to Detroit with her family, we were up north, in July. Dianne wrote: “We had a lovely trip to Grosse Pointe for my Mom’s memorial service at Christ Church. Mom was the epitome of style and elegance and she and my Dad had 64 wonderful years together. We hosted a luncheon at the Country Club in honor of Mom for friends and neighbors, with Joan Boddy Matson, Judi Bruno Idris and Jim and Maryanne Perry joining us.” Dianne’s significant other David, son Chapman and Chapman’s wife Nasim, joined Dianne on her visit to Michigan. The Klingbeil family lost their wonderful mother and spouse, Sue Klingbeil, later in the year and our sympathies are with them as they try to adjust to life without her. I was amazed to read Mrs. Klingbeil’s obituary in the Grosse Pointe News – what a renaissance woman she was. She touched many lives, including mine.

Kathi Wicklund ‘70 and grandson Bodie.

On a happier note, Joanne CollinsScissors is proud to report from Lakeland, FL that Steve’s son/her stepson Hal is living in Los Angeles and experiencing a great career working in Droid Applications. Leslie Caplan Kuerbitz of Dallas, TX, hmm, Cowboys fan, is celebrating football game results, but more importantly celebrating her almost- two year old granddaughter, London. Maybe Kathi can use London’s name for grandmother Les: Ahma. It’s a waiting game, Kathi. – Reported by Renee McDuffee GPUS Class Secretary: Pricilla Mead 461 South York Street Denver, CO 80209-2724 Bill Marcus was named to the advisory board of Jet Recycling America, Inc., a start-up plastic recycling company that is developing projects using established European technology to transform mixed, unsorted plastic waste of all grades into construction materials. His is still working as an economist for utility ratepayer and environmental groups at JBS Energy. While he is cutting back slightly on hours, retirement is unlikely in the near future. He continues to live in a Victorian house in Woodland, California where, as this is written, he is in the final throes of kitchen remodeling. He spent three weeks in Spain and southern France in November. Priscilla Mead is moving five blocks away to a new house. This move seems as difficult as her journey from Detroit to Denver. She hopes that there will be a good turnout for our 45th class reunion.






of Mickey Mantle, “If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of my body.”

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


Class Secretary: Kevin Granger 943 Hidden Lane Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1522

There are some hearty souls in our class who managed to endure the winter and still have the strength to put pen to paper for us. For all the luck for the new year. Anyway, it seems that Peter Kernan is living the dream. Peter please write a book! Peter Kernan: In honor of 44 years since graduation, here is my news. After more than 25 years living in Malibu, I returned to South Bend, IN a few years ago. I was on the road for about 16 years with The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan, The Beach Boys, Paul Simon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Santana and more, doing world tours as a tour manager for merchandising. Now I once again am producing concerts around the Midwest and Texas, including ZZ Top, The Beach Boys, Styx, Willie Nelson, REO Speedway, Alice Cooper, Foreigner and Bob Dylan. Doug Reid: I wish I had something of interest, but it’s a stretch. Our son, “Tommy Reid,” was on a bunch of TV and print news in December as the

fraternity council head at UVA, which suffered from a Rolling Stones article - now debunked and retracted about a supposed rape at the university a couple years ago. But It did raise a lot of attention to the need for continued efforts against sexual assault. Warren: I don’t know where anyone is, but I am no longer in Grosse Pointe. Don Lennox: The past year of 2014 has been busy and exciting for the Lennox family. Oldest child, son Andrew, continues to live and coach




Kevin Granger ‘72 has been elected the Commodore of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club for the 2014-2015 term.

Com. Kevin Granger ‘72 has been elected the Commodore of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club for the 2014-2015 term.

high schoolers in rowing at the Marin Rowing Association on San Francisco Bay in the shadow of San Quenton prison. His boys won the national light weight juniors championship and the heavy weight crew earned a second place at both Nationals and the Head of Charles. Can you believe a Lennox that coaches with both heart and skills? Recently the family traveled to have Thanksgiving with our eldest. The next oldest, Lexi, a Michigan graduate student who is working in Chicago as a healthcare administrator at the Lurie Children’s Hospital, brought her boyfriend along in a most exciting engagement in Muir Woods proposal took place inside a Redwood Tree. Brooke, our youngest daughter, graduates from a local college this summer and is presently dating a basketball coach from The Rochester Institute of Technology. Jill, my wife, is the director of local youth service agencies in our town Pittsford, NYarea and I plod along managing a telemarketing team. It is boring, but it is time to slow down after a varied career in business for 33 years and 21 years as a fire officer in a local fire department, which produced a few tall tales and fond memories. It is time to be boring and smell the roses. My best to all and though it has been far too long since I last saw everyone, I love you all and hope the years have smiled kindly on everyone. Life has it’s trials, but it’s worth the price. In the words


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


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

1975 40th Reunion! Class Secretary: Claudia Kuhnlein Eaton 19 Ocean View Drive Hingham, MA 02043-1224


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


Class Secretary: Thomas Graves 24 Harbor Hill Rd. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 “My name is Borko, I study Latin.” These words adorned the wall poster in Mr. Fields Latin classroom. After a

John Hastings, Bill Beardslee, Mike Martinez, David Gibson, John Engel, Chuck Vincent, Tom Graves, Mark Mushro, Mike Merlo and John Lauri. All Class of ‘78.

week into our freshman year, or so, new ULS students Kevin Conley and I began calling John Hastings,“Borko.” Speaking of John Hastings, he is now a Texan and has lived in Houston since 1984. John says he is happily married to Sarah and has two sons, Andrew 22 and Harry 24. Harry studies at Texas A&M following John’s footsteps getting a masters degree in Geology. Andrew is in his final year at ‘Ole Miss. John has spent his career working in the oil and gas business working for Shell, Edge Petroleum, and now at his own company, Palomoa Resources, LLC, with three partners. He urges classmates in Houston to connect with him. Also living in warmer climates, our star tailback, Will Hummel lives in Williamsburg, VA., where he has resided since 2003, with his wife Julie. My daughter Sarah has heard stories about Will all her life. I shared with our kids how he was so humble, and how everyone loved him. A couple years ago, she met Will and afterwards said. “Wow, I always wanted to meet your friend, Will Humble.” Will’s daughter Brooke is in nursing school at MCV. His daughter Alison is a senior at JMU, and his son Matt is a senior and is the captain of his undefeated high school team. The team hasn’t lost a regular season game in 2 1/2 years. Matt wants to follow Will’s path and play football in college. Jean Kennary, who lives in Pompano Beach, FL., says she decided to live ahead of time where many of us

Mike Merlo ’78 stopping a penalty shot as the Red Liggett Reunion Team toppled the White Liggett Reunion team.

will one day retire. She works at Ulta Beauty and has a “wonderful guy” in her life, Scott, who makes her “feel blessed.” Jean loves kayaking, painting and enjoying living life. Jean states shes learned over the years the importance of enjoying what we have - health, family and friends - while we can. She mentions that she has lost people she loves through the years, and honors them by living a great life. Mark Mushro reports that he has been living in Westport, CT. for the last 24 years and has two children. Derek, 22, who is at the Pratt Institute in the architecture program and Lauren, age 18, who is at Boston College in her freshman year. He works at Stifel Financial as a banker in Greenwich,CT. Mark keeps busy by “Telemark skiing” in Vermont in the winter and surfing in the warmer months. If anyone knows what Telemark skiing is, besides Mark, please let me know! Carol Meath Bossoney lives in Paris, France with her husband Jacques. She is very happy and says she would love to hear from classmates when they come to France. Sheila Casey McManus writes that she has been married to Kevin for 31 years. They lived in Marblehead for 30 and have a daughter, Ryan, 28, and a son, Christopher, 26. Two years ago, when they became empty nesters, they moved to Brunswick, Maine to a farm house built in 1783. They have a huge barn on 40 acres on the ocean. They love living in the country. They sail, cross country ski, hike, and enjoy the outdoors as much as they can.

Carol Meath Bossonney ‘78 and husband, Jacques.

Elaine Touscany, Pamela Black and Ingrid Moser, all ‘78, spent time together during summer 2014.

Mike Merlo and Joanne have been married for 29 years. They have two children, Courtney, 21, at Clemson University and Jason, 18, at Michigan State University. Mike is Director of Advance Supplier Quality - NAFTA Operations; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Mike stills plays hockey! In fact, he continues his winning ways helping the “Red” ULS Alumni Team defeat the “White” ULS Alumni team 10-8 this fall! Elaine Touscany lives in Metamora, MI with her boyfriend of 21 years, John, an Austin High School graduate. They have two horses, Cash and Dakota. Elaine rides Western, choosing not to join in the hunt, which is the norm for many riders in Metamora. She started her own business 25 years ago called Merchandisers Plus. She has 25 employees and they reset cosmetic fixtures in Meijer stores. Since Meijer has 213 stores in five states, Elaine drives almost 5,000 miles a month, and then comes home and rides the horses. She spent time this summer with Pam Black ’78, and Ingrid Koebel (Moser) ’78.





John Engel, who is married to Ellen, has lived in Evanston, IL for 18 years. He has two sons Patrick, 20, and Daniel, 16. John is a managing Partner at Accenture. Ellen is on the faculty of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Kurt Schneider ‘84, Kristen Schneider Van Pelt ‘82 and Erich Schneider ‘88 celebrate their father’s marriage to Lynn Gorey Carpenter ‘62.

John Hicks wishes everyone from ULS class of ’78 well. He lives in St. Clair Shores with his favorite pal, his puppy Henry, and spends part of the year in Atlanta. John loves gardening and has grown tomatoes, pumpkins, many types of squash, figs, peppers and corn. Jennie Dow Murphy lives in Connecticut and has been married to Devin for 30 years. Jennie says she is grateful for his “good sense of humor” enduring her “honking laugh” for the duration. They have three daughters.

Susan Judge Canning ‘87 with her children, Colin and Erin.

Susan Judge Canning ‘87 with her husband, Russell.




Two of them have graduated from college and live, and work, in New York City. Their youngest is a senior in high school. Jennie plays tennis weekly with BB Jewett McCleod ’80, Lefty Kuhnlein Helgans ’79, and Sally Peters Holzinger ’79. She also sees Mark and Nora Mushro ’78, who live near her. Jennie still makes annual August visits to Michigan to see her family and friends. Jim Carty wrote that despite earning two degrees in geology, he has pursued a career in IT since 1986. He married Marsha in 1988 and they have two sons. Olin is at Bates College and will graduate in 2017 and Granger is at Williams College and will graduate in 2018. The Carty family started in Chicago, but moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 2002. Jim says that aging has altered his activities and hobbies - so now he swims, runs, and sneaks out of work early “like a man.”

Janet Cotten also lives in sunny south Florida with her three daughters Savannah, Hope and Delaney, and a bulldog named James. Janet has an interesting vocation - she creates soul portraits. Her art draws from the elements of everything she has learned and experienced. She adds, “If you want to learn more about my work and me follow me on Instagram under Janet Cotten-Soul Art.” Jim Catchings is a referee at Wayne County Juvenile Court. He has two girls, 12 and eight. Jim has remained in regular contact with Dave McKinney ’77, who lives in Chicago. John and Lisa Peracchio report that they still have a child at ULS, Thomas, who is a senior and undergoing college application frenzy…it seems almost like yesterday…we were doing the same thing? Please send any news to me at


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

1980 35th Reunion! Class Secretary: Roxane Lie P.O. Box 130 Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-0130


Class Secretary: Michael Ottaway 252 Cloverly Road Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3304

Carrie Birgbauer ‘93 and Andrew Friedberg’s daughter Lucy Piper Friedberg was born in October 2014.

Former Liggett football coaches who coached together in the early ‘90s: John Bandos, current Liggett faculty; Jim Glovac and Bob Newvine.


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

1985 30th Reunion! Acting Class Secretary: (until the reunion) Kate French Peabody 251 Kenwood Ct. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236


Class Secretary: Eva Dodds 6196 Eastmoor Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-1440 Bill Reuther recently published a book: Welcome to Roo Roo’s Zoo. It is a children’s book that takes the reader on a visit to the Zoo, where the visitor will see unusual animals such as the Deermouse and the Lionfish. Bill enjoyed writing and illustrating the book and his children are waiting for Volume 2. – Reported by Jane Reuther ’55 GPUS In August 2014, Susan Judge Canning and family relocated from Kalamazoo

to Manchester, England. Susan had the opportunity to be General Counsel – Europe for Kellogg Company, where she’s worked for the past seven years. Her husband, Russell, and the kids, Colin, age 15, and Erin, age 11, have come along for the adventure! We’re having a great time exploring Europe and learning about different cultures!


Class Secretary: Joy Brzuchowski Nichols 2688 Amberley Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-2655 Elizabeth “Liz” Myers head of global equity capital markets for J.P. Morgan, is doing good work. She was recognized by American Banker as one of The 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance. American Banker wrote the following about Liz: In an uneven year for JPMorgan Chase, Liz Myers shined. Her global equity capital markets unit completed 469 deals in 2013 and generated $1.5 billion in fees — an increase of 46% over 2012. That performance was sufficiently strong to earn a positive mention in the company’s annual report, which noted “improved wallet share in equity capital markets” helped drive an increase in overall investment banking fees. The unit has shown every likelihood of doing more of the same this year, as it continues to grab share in a hypercompetitive

Natasha Lie Wilde ‘94 and husband, Chris, welcome daughter Skylar Genevieve Xiuying Wilde.

global market. Since taking over equity capital markets in December 2012, Myers has put a priority on building global linkages among the 190 bankers who report to her. Her team executed 22 cross-border deals in 2013, and it has completed more than 30 so far in 2014. Myers joined JPMorgan in 1992, working first in mergers and acquisitions and then corporate finance. She took a break between 1995 and 1997 to attend Harvard Business School. She returned to the company in 1997 in equity capital markets and began a steady rise; today, she is the only woman to head a global equity capital markets business at a Wall Street bank. Myers is active in several women’s networking groups at the investment bank, and says she stresses the importance of networking to the young women she mentors. “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,” she says. ULS.ORG




13595 Julia Manor Way Westfriendship, MD 21794-9220 Samina Qureshi 2016 Norwood Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 482361746


Allison Ridder, Ann Petz Fitzgerald and Laura Haggarty Smith, all ‘95, were happy to represent Liggett on a girls trip to Graceland this fall.

Class Secretaries: Lila LaHood 1624 Vallejo Street, Apt. 2 San Francisco, CA 94123-5115 Lauren Blatt Marchal ‘95 and Wesley Marchal are proud to announce the arrival of their 5th child, Wesley Dorrance Marchal, Jr.

Anne Hildebrandt Tranchida 521 Lakeland Grosse Pointe, MI 48230


Class Secretary: Carrie Birgbauer Friedberg 16 Onyx Street Larkspur, CA 94939 Julie Smith Jahn ‘95 and Evan Jahn are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Elizabeth Stevenson Jahn, born June 20, 2014.

Matt Corona ‘95 and wife, Kathy, welcomed a daughter, Emma, in 2014.


Lauren Blatt Marchal ‘95 and Julie Smith Jahn ‘95 are still on Santa’s naughty list.

Natasha Lie Wilde: My husband, Chris, and I have entered parenthood! Our daughter Skylar Genevieve Xiuying Wilde was born on March 4, 2014.

1990 25th Reunion!

1995 20th Reunion!

Class Secretaries: Brooke Hohmeyer Kemler 621 Arlene Court Fowlerville, MI 48836-9356

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

Dr. Sreedhar “Steve” Samudrala 9143 Concord Hunt Circle Brentwood, TN 37027-8762

Matt Corona and wife Kathy, welcomed a daughter, Emma, in August of last year. Older siblings Ethan, 5, and Avery, 2, are delighted. The Coronas are happily running zone defense in Illinois and wish everyone well.

Class Secretaries: Natasha Moulton-Levy



Class Secretary: Peter Brown 5605 Trousdale Drive Brentwood, TN 37027-4308

Class Secretaries: Dike Ajiri 3031 Old Glenview Road Wilmette, IL 60091-2908

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Kate Wells and Marc Dempsey are proud to announce the birth of

Laura Lucero and Tom Waldron ‘95 are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin girls, Isabela Alejandra Waldron, left, and Gabriela Lucero Waldron, right. Kate Wells ‘95 and Marc Dempsey are proud to announce the birth of the third child, Eloise Brett Dempsey.

the third child, Eloise Brett Dempsey. She was born August 25, 2014 and weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce. Laura Lucero and Tom Waldron are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin girls, Isabela Alejandra Waldron and Gabriela Lucero Waldron. They were born October 2, 2014. Lauren Blatt Marchal and Wesley Marchal are proud to announce the arrival of their 5th child, Wesley Dorrance Marchal, Jr. Lauren Blatt Marchal and Julie Smith Jahn are looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion but sad to report they are still on Santa’s naughty list. Allison Ridder, Ann Petz Fitzgerald and Laura Haggarty Smith were happy to represent ULS at a girls trip to Graceland this fall. Julie Smith Jahn and Evan Jahn are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Elizabeth Stevenson Jahn, born June 20th, 2014.


Lindsay Brownell ‘06 completed her graduate degree in September.


Class Secretary: Peter Birgbauer 124 East 85th, Apartment 5F New York City, NY 10028

2000 15th Reunion!

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


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


Class Secretaries: Rachel Costello 2 M Street, NE, Apt. 623 Washington DC, 20003

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

Carly Croskey 180 Country Club Drive Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-2902

Rachel Calderon Young 2217 Flint Ridge Road Edmond, OK 73003

Meghan Doletzky 1111 Beech Street Wilmington, DE 19805-4207

Lindsay Brownell ‘06 with her brother Chris ‘09 and her mom, Jana Kirlin Brownell ‘74.

2005 10th Reunion! Class Secretaries: Caitlin Costello 800 Cadieux Road Grosse Pointe, MI 48230-1232 Kimberly M. Dickinson 2809 Boston Street, Apt. 337 Baltimore, MD 21224-4849


Class Secretary: Alyssa Bronikowski 1221 N. Dearborn #211N Chicago, IL 60610-8376 Lindsay Brownell completed her graduate degree in Science Writing at MIT in September following a summer internship in Heidelberg, Germany and a subsequent whirlwind Eurotrip ULS.ORG




that took her to Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Berlin, southern Spain and Munich. She finally settled back down in Boston in October, where she started a new job at RA Capital, a hedge fund that does research into and invests in biotech and pharma companies. She is an internal science writer helping to write and edit documents that the investment team uses to inform its investing decisions.


Class Secretaries: Catherine Watson Sabra Morman

Antoine Crews ‘13 returned to Liggett as a recruiter for Worchester Polytechnic Institute.

2009 2008

Class Secretaries: Maria Russo Laura Hicks Laura Hicks created a startup company called Bundles of Joy. Bundles of Joy is a company dedicated to providing parents and care givers a helping hand by creating personalized bundles to be shipped to the family’s home for special occasions or on a regular basis. These packages, or Bundles of Joy, will include anything from clothing to developmentally appropriate toys to books and even favorite baby products. Find out more at She is also working towards an MS in publishing at the University of Houston. Jillian Twardowski: Jillian has been living in Spain for two years, working as an English teacher, as well a working towards a double master’s degree in Couples Therapy and Sexology.




Class Secretary: Bianca Aviolo 4884 Kensington Detroit, MI 48224

2010 5th Reunion! Class Secretary: Mary Grech


Class Secretary: Katherine Parthum


Class Secretary: Armaity Minwalla Antoine Crews is working as a part-time admissions representative for Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. Crews returned to Liggett briefly during his winter break to talk to seniors about his experiences at WPI. Robert Babcock: Robert is excited to announce that he is the Assistant Lighting Designer for the show “Buyer

and Cellar” at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Mallory Jamett: Mallory has been busy competing in Big Ten regattas with the University of Michigan Rowing Team, where Michigan placed second overall, and the boat she competed in, second novice eight, also earned second place. She is still on the team and loves training and all of her teammates. She is considering majoring in Art History. Armaity Minwalla: Armaity dedicated her third semester at the University of Michigan to her duties as a Peer Adviser for the Health Sciences Scholars Program, where she mentored the freshmen in her dorm, helped them transition into the university lifestyle both socially and academically, and mediated some student conflicts. She also continued her work with the Women’s Glee Club as a singer and as Alumnae Relations Chair, which led her to organizing the Glee Club’s first ever Alumnae Tailgate. She is currently working on spreading awareness about the Glee Club and preparing for an upcoming international tour to Brazil. She continues her role on the executive board of Lean In at the University of Michigan where she does community outreach to other organizations encouraging female empowerment and gender equality in academia and the workplace. Armaity is thrilled to

announce that she has the honor of being the Diversity Peer Educator in her residence hall for the next two years. In this new position, Armaity will facilitate discussions, dialogues, and social events regarding diversity and social justice. She will also be in charge mediating any student conflicts having to do with diversity and social identities. She looks forward to this opportunity continue creating positive change in her dorm and on campus. Victoria Chochla: After a busy first semester of classes, serving as a research assistant for the McCauley lab at the University of Michigan Dental School’s Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine (POM), carrying out her duties as the University of Michigan Polish Student Association (PSA) Secretary and Assistant Volunteer Chair of the University’s Humanity First chapter, Victoria was delighted to return to Grosse Pointe for the winter holiday season. She enjoyed reuniting with her close friends from the Liggett Class of ‘13 at their annual cookie party and spending quality time with her family. This winter semester, Victoria will be continuing with courses towards her Polish Studies Major and pre-medical track, and conducting research on the topic of “Phagocytosis of Apoptotic Tumor Cells Supports Macrophage Growth”. She will supplement her busy schedule and interest in medicine with a volunteer position in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) at the University Hospital. Victoria traveled to Guatemala in March with the University of Michigan chapter of Humanity First, where she will spend the week volunteering in a medical clinic with physicians from the U.S. and Guatemala. Her travels will continue in July, when she goes to Poland to participate in the Intensive “Plus” Polish Language Course at the Sopot School of Polish for Foreigners and hold her annual tennis clinic.


Class Secretary: Margot Alpert

In Memoriam Ann Barrett Johnson, ’39 CDS, age 92, died in November, in Sarasota, Fla., where she moved nine years ago to be near her daughter. She was born March 2, 1922, in Detroit, to Dr. Wyman D. and Dorothy G. Barrett. She attended Liggett School and Grosse Pointe Country Day School and graduated from Baldwin School in Pennsylvania in 1939. After graduation, she attended Bennington College in Vermont. During World War II, Johnson served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in a civil service capacity, driving Army vehicles, including tanks and trucks, Ann Barrett Johnson ‘39 mostly in CDS. Detroit, but occasionally, in other parts of the United States. Johnson lived most of her life in Grosse Pointe Farms where she had been an active member of the Neighborhood Thrift Shop, Junior League of Detroit, Sigma Gamma Association, Detroit Artists Market, Planned Parenthood League of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farm and Garden Club and the Society of Mayflower descendents. At one time, she served on the boards and as newsletter editor of these organizations. She also volunteered at Bon Secours Hospital with the American Red Cross for nine years. The Junior League of Detroit honored Mrs. Johnson with a first place award for a design that was a tactile gift presented to Helen Keller. Johnson enjoyed bridge, needlepoint, painting, reading, walking, dogs, astronomy and history. She valued her family and friends most of all and was a devoted patriot. Johnson is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann Carlson; great-grandson, Alexander P. Carlson and several nieces. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Joseph Warren Johnson; and brother, Wyman D. Barrett Jr.

Helen Posselius Gilbride, ’42 LIG, was born Nov. 25, 1924. She passed away in December 2014 at 90 years old. She is the last surviving child of Edward J. Posselius and Adeline Meier Posselius of Indian Village, Detroit. She was predeceased by her husband William D. Gilbride, Esq. She is survived by her son, William D. Gilbride, Jr., Esq., his wife, Susan Chapelle Gilbride and their daughters, Emily Mucherie (Sebastien), Kathryne and Sarah. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews, including her nieces Francis Williams, Karen Hutchinson and Ellen Fitzgerald of Denver, Colorado. The funeral mass was at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. Mary Sue Livingstone Cushman, ’49 LIG, died November 21, 2013, at her home in Sewanee, Tennessee. She was 81. The funeral was November 25 at All Saints’ Chapel and Mary Sue was buried simultaneously beside her husband of 58 years, Joe, who died that morning. Mary Sue was born in Grosse Pointe, MI. in 1932. She attended Wellesley College and received her Masters from Harvard. She moved to Sewanee with her family in 1968 and served as principal of Sewanee Elementary School in the early 1970s. In 1972, Mary Sue became the Dean of Women at the University of the South as served at that position until 1992. She then became the first Dean of Students at the university and remained at that position until 1994. She retired in 1994 and enjoyed traveling with her husband for the next few years. Mary Sue is survived by her sons David Cushman (Quynh) of New Orleans, LA. and Clay Cushman (Cheryl) of Fayetteville, GA; and her grandson Mead Claybrooke Cushman Daniel Boone, Jr., ‘55 GPUS, died in September at Memorial University Medical Center. He was 77. He graduated from Columbia University, and also Fordham Law School with a Juris Doctorate degree. He retired was an attorney with Morton International after 26 years of service. He was a member of The Landings Club. He is survived by his wife, June L. Boone, of Savannah, daughter, Cheryl Kennedy, of New York, and son, Daniel Boone, III (Ellen), of Seattle,





Washington, brother, Peter Boone, sister, Susie Miller, six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Raymond J. Biggs, ’55 GPUS, age 77, of North Palm Beach, Florida, died on November 6, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Judith Dechow Biggs; father of Margaret (John) Shaffer, Sheila (Nathaniel) Crosby; proud grandfather of Turner and Courtney Reynolds, Nathaniel Jr., Brendan, Bridget and Claire Crosby. He is also survived by sister, Nancy Cappello; and predeceased by his brother, Dr. Thomas Biggs and stepson Michael Dechow. Mr. Biggs was born July 6, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University. He was a retired private investor, former CEO and Chairman of Macomb Warren Bank, and served as CEO and Chairman of Huntington Banks of Michigan from 1991 to 1994. He also served on the Board of Directors for Polaris Industries until June of 2001, and the Board of Directors of The Valley Commerce Bank in Scottsdale, Arizona until 2000, where he is now Director Emeritus. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Lafayette Steel Company in Detroit, Michigan and Leader Dog for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan. Mr. Biggs resided in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan for many years and enjoyed retirement in North Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Marcia Braitman Cohen, ‘64 GPUS, a Weston pathologist who enjoyed sharing her medical knowledge with viewers on CNN and Boston-area television stations, died unexpectedly in March 2014. She was 67 years old. Dr. Cohen was born in Detroit, the daughter of Arabelle Levinson Braitman and Dr. Louis Braitman. She attended the University Liggett School of Detroit and went on to earn a bachelors degree, master of science degree, and medical degree at Wayne State University. In 1974, Dr. Cohen moved to the Boston area to complete her internship and residency at Brigham and Womens Hospital. She later married her husband Dr. Saul Cohen, an internist and cardiologist whom she met in medical school. After passing her board examinations in both anatomical and surgical pathology, she began her pathology career at




Worcester Memorial Hospital. She went on to serve as Chief of Surgical Pathology and Head of Clinical Laboratories at Leominster Hospital. She regularly attended national medical conferences, where she lectured and presented her medical findings. Additionally, Dr. Cohen shared a conference stage at the University of Chicago with Sally Ride, the first female astronaut in space, and together they advocated for women to enter careers in the sciences. In addition to being driven in her career, Dr. Cohen was always at the center of her family. Her upbeat and energetic personality touched everyone she knew. She was a great motivator to many and provided unfailing support to her two growing children. More recently, she was a particularly doting grandmother, who brought joy to each of her grandchildren. She loved to research and evaluate new medical discoveries, which lead her to becoming an on-air medical correspondent on New England Cable News and CNN Headline News. On television, her warm smile spread from her own family into the homes of millions of viewers, as she shared her professional point of view on breaking medical news and current events. Dr. Cohen had a deep love for history and was a voracious reader of biographies. She was a Francophile and regularly enjoyed vacationing in the south of France. Dr. Cohen lead an active life, enjoying tennis, yoga, and speed-walking throughout her Weston neighborhood. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Saul Cohen, her son, Lawrence Howard Mintz and his wife Amanda, her daughter, Beth Cohen King and her husband Noah and her three grandchildren, Evan Mintz, Ian Mintz, and Zoey King. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Braitman. Charlotte “Sharkey” Flintermann Fink, ’62 GPUS, of Santa Barbara, California passed away gracefully and peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family after a brief battle with cancer. Sharkey was born in Detroit, Michigan the eldest of five siblings and was raised in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. She spent most of her nearly 70 summers at Higgins Lake, Michigan. She attended Wells College and received a B.S. from Columbia University in 1966. Also in 1966, she married John Fink, an

Sharkey Fink ‘62 GPUS.

actor, and they resided in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in 1970. In 1978 John and Sharkey moved to Santa Barbara where they settled and raised their children. She was a supporter and board member of the Cancer Victors and Friends and was instrumental in founding the Waldorf School of Santa Barbara. She homeschooled her children through eighth grade and was proud to see them both go on to graduate from Harvard College. Sharkey was a teacher in every way - she created a beautiful and love-filled home where she tutored and guided countless people in topics from the mundane to the divine - a master craftswoman who gave lessons on subjects from carpentry to cross-stitch, and a sage who taught love and laughter. Hypercompetent, creative, and goodnaturedly competitive, she excelled at everything she tried, earning a reputation as a ping-pong master, a trivia whiz, and an accomplished painter. She was a force of nature. Sharkey was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Mary Flintermann, her daughter Phoebe Fink, and her brother Andy Flintermann. Sharkey is survived by her husband John Fink, her sisters Barbara Alter and Mary Smart, her brother Rocky Flintermann, her children Andy Fink and Lily Harrington, their spouses Kelly Brogan and John Harrington, her three granddaughters Sofia and Lucia Fink and Charlotte Harrington, and countless other friends and family whose lives she electrified and inspired.

Remembering two of our Class Secretaries Marjorie Susanne Kemp Bartlett ‘43 CDS Marjorie Susanne Kemp Bartlett, 88, died in December 2014, of natural causes. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, Herbert P. Bartlett; parents, Charles B. Kemp and Marjorie Candler Kemp; and sister, Elizabeth “Penny” Kemp Donald. She is survived by her daughters, Ann “Candy” Dunn (Gregory R.) and Julia Boomer (Robert W.); granddaughter, Allison R. Dunn and many nieces and nephews. Born March 11, 1926, in Detroit, she graduated from Country Day School, in 1943, and Wellesley College, in Massachusetts, in 1947. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 1982. A lifelong resident of the Grosse Pointes, she had a long professional life starting at the J.L. Hudson Co. in Detroit, where she met her husband, Herb. She was the editor of the Northeast Detroiter weekly newspaper, the editor of the Saratoga Hospital “Gauzette” in Detroit, where she started her medical social work career and was the director of social work at Saratoga and at Samaritan hospitals in Detroit. She was a member of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, a deacon and a member of the Presbyterian Women, as well as an active volunteer with its knitting group. She also was

a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution Louisa St. Clair Chapter, Junior League of Detroit, Frontier Nursing Society, and a Girl Scouts leader. After retiring, she became an avid genealogical researcher. She loved to travel, laugh, and entertain. According to her family, Mrs. Bartlett was intelligent, organized, polite, and loved getting to know people. She taught her daughters how to be lifelong friends, as well as sisters, to make copious lists, become thorough proofreaders, cultivate organizational skills, be involved in the community and volunteering, the love of the written word, and most of all, how to cherish friends such as the “girls” she met at Wellesley, with whom she remained friends for almost 70 years. Albert Martin Mackey Jr. ’45 DUS Grosse Pointe Farms resident Albert Martin “Bill” Mackey Jr., 86, died in January 2015, of acute myelogenous leukemia. He was born Jan. 22, 1928, in Detroit, to Muriel Bauman Mackey and Albert Mackey Sr. He graduated from Detroit University School and, in 1949, from Dartmouth College. Albert is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alexandra; sons, Sumner and William; daughters, Jennifer Tyrrell and Leslie Potter, and 10 grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Tom

Mackey, and sister, Roberta Rigger. Albert was known for his outgoing personality, positive outlook on life and a sense of humor. His family said he was a friend to everyone he encountered and, consequently, had friends from all walks of life. An athlete, he loved skiing and golf and played in regular tennis foursomes for more than 50 years. In recent years he devoted time and energy to restoring the grounds and membership of the Tennis House, a private facility in which he was a longtime member. Although he never skied before he attended Dartmouth, Albert immediately undertook the most challenging runs in the New Hampshire mountains. Later, when skiing in the Rockies, he met his wife, Alexandra, in Aspen, Colo. In spite of three hip replacements, he traveled annually to the slopes of Colorado until 2013. As a young man, he launched a career in advertising. He later switched to the development and management of commercial property. For many years he lent his skills and expertise to the maintenance of his church, Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Albert was a member of the Country Club of Detroit and the Yondotega Club.

Remembering Paige The Liggett community mourns the loss of 11th-grader Paige Stalker, who was the victim of a senseless crime Dec. 22, 2014. Paige exemplified all that we admire in our students — she was diligent in her studies, generous in her affection and in the contributions she made to the life of the school, her friends and her teachers. “Paige was a wonderful young woman: kind, goal-oriented and full of promise,” says Upper School Head Peter Gaines. “She was an accomplished student who embodied a spirit of volunteerism and dedication.” The Liggett community continues to remember Paige in many ways, including by wearing pink and green — her favorite colors — on her birthday and raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a cause near to Paige’s heart.





The Liggett football team’s first game played on the new football field was a huge win — both for the team, which defeated Everest 13-0, and for the entire Liggett community, which looks forward to many more victories on the new fields that will be completed before the end of summer.




Homecoming 2015 SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, October 3, 2015

Festivities will include bounce houses, face painting, parade, tug-of-war, alumni cook tent, and much, much more. Mark your calendars now!

University Liggett School 2014-2015 Board of Trustees Connie Ahee

Henry Ford III ‘98

Scott A. Reilly

Anne Widlak

Charles E. Becker

Louana Ghafari

Thomas Robinson

Lisa D. Black ’77 Treasurer

Jason Patrick Hall

A. Paul Schaap

David M. Wu ’83 Vice President

Joseph P. Healey

Joseph J. Shannon

Gloria Butler Miller

Atanas Ilitch

Jeffrey Smith

William R. Chapin

Gretchen Knoell

Shema Spivey

Shauna Ryder Diggs

Lila LaHood ‘92

James A. Fitzgerald ’56 (GPUS) Secretary

James T. Mestdagh

John W. Stroh III ’78 President

Matthew Moroun ‘91

Beth Van Elslander Wood ‘89

Cynthia Ford Honorary Trustee Mrs. Ruth R. Glancy Honorary Trustee William W. Shelden, Jr. Honorary Trustee

2014-2015 Alumni Board of Governors Alice Wrigley Baetz, ‘64 LIG

Ellen Renick Durand ‘79

Abigail McIntyre ‘91

Robin Harris Russell ‘59 GPUS*

Carrie Birgbauer ‘93*

Michael Fozo ‘87

Lynn Carruthers Park ‘73

Dana Warnez ‘89

Elizabeth Renick Bracher ‘87

Page Heenan ‘82

Booth Platt ‘96

Beth Van Elslander Wood ‘89

William Canfield ‘64*

Thomas Henry ‘61 GPUS*

Samina Qureshi ‘91

Anne Hildebrandt Tranchida ‘92

Jean Doelle ‘55 LIG

Latia Youngfountain Howard ‘03*

Jane Weaver Reuther ‘55 GPUS

Pahl Zinn ‘87 President

*Regional representative

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