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Westover Magazine 2012

Cover photograph: Centennial Garden, Mia Ferrara Pelosi ’95 The Centennial Garden was the Centennial project of the Class of 2011, designed by Kristi McCarthy Robertson ’75 and advised by Sue L. DeSimone ’80.

In This Issue The Promise of Westover Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover

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Celebrating Louisa Jones Palmer ’54, Retiring in October 2012 Retiring Faculty


Alumnae Events


2012 Reunion Weekend


2012 Westover Award Winners


Class Notes




2012 Graduation


2012 College Acceptances



The Promise of Westover Ann Pollina’s charge to the graduating class of 2012 death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women In her exceptional novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, forget all those things they don’t want to remember, Zora Neale Hurston wrote “Ships at a distance have and remember everything they don’t want to forget. every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, “Remember the small things, the glow of candles on never landing until the Watcher turns the night of Lantern, the smell of Robert’s muffins, his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.” the sound of music wafting out of chapel, the smiles It sounds like the start of a standard graduation talk, with some good advice thrown in about how to make your ship come in or how not to fall a victim of despair if it does not do so quickly. Let me read it again, and this time let me read how Hurston continues the thought.

of the children you tutored or the men you fed at the soup kitchen, the excitement of understanding that difficult poem or theorem, the laugh of your best friend. These are the sacred memories of our lives that, if Dostoyevsky is to be trusted, will keep you safe until the end of your days.” Ann Pollina, Head of School

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the same horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to 2

The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” And that’s the charge I want to build upon. 1) Forget those things you don’t want to remember

“The dream is the truth...act and do things accordingly.” Author,

… In your years here you have had to face times when you have been disappointed, when all of your hard work has not necessarily led you to the prize you had hoped for, when a friend let you down. Take with you from those times not a memory of discontent, not resentment, not regret, but the strength and resilience they forced you to build. 2) Remember everything you don’t want to forget … Who are the people who formed you? You are surrounded by them today. What were the times you spent in pleasure or pain that helped you to grow? Remember the small things, the glow of candles on the night of Lantern, the smell of Robert’s muffins, the sound of music wafting out of chapel, the smiles of the children you tutored or the men you fed at the soup kitchen, the excitement of understanding that difficult poem or theorem, the laugh of your best friend. These are the sacred memories of our lives that, if Dostoyevsky is to be trusted, will keep you safe until the end of your days.

Zora Neale Hurston

when you perceive injustice, seek peace when you see conflict, sow love in the place of hate. When you are overwhelmed by harsh realities, ignore them and work harder. When you are hurt, don’t revel in revenge but in forgiveness. In other words … 4) Act and do things according to the dream – believing that to dream a better world is the only way to create one, understanding that your life can and will make a difference. May God bless you every day of your lives.

3) The dream is the truth … Dare to demand justice 3

We are pleased to present the fifth in a series of student and alumnae profiles illustrating the foundations of our Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover. These are the women of Westover.

Leading Together, Discovering Ourselves. Louisa & Eve

“Ultimately, leadership has little to do with popularity; it has almost everything to do with the ability to look for the right answers.” Louisa Jones Palmer ’54 BA, History, Radcliffe College MBA, Pace University Former Tax Director, Ernst & Young LLP President of Westover’s Board of Govorners, 1995-1997 President of Westover’s Board of Trustess, 2003-2012

When she first arrived at Westover as a student, Louisa Jones

Westover as a volunteer as the President of both the School’s

Palmer ’54 admits that one quality she didn’t possess in

Alumnae Association and its Board of Trustees.

abundance was self-confidence. But, she said, “Westover gave me a clean slate and a safe community, and that combination allowed me to discover qualities within myself and a chance to participate in activities I might not have otherwise tried.” By the time she completed her years at Westover, Louisa had gained not only a solid education, but also opportunities for leadership and – most of all – self-confidence. “I am not sure I appreciated right away or understood fully what Westover had done for me, but looking back I can see more clearly the impact my time here has had on my life.” That combination of learning, experience, and self-awareness that Louisa gained


at Westover led her to pursue graduate studies after she and her husband raised her three children and then inspired her to embark on a successful business career. It also helped when she served

For Eve Brigham ’12, the greatest lesson learned from her year as First Head of School was the importance of communication. Working within a group of seven heads of school, Eve noted, requires “a lot of collaborative thinking” and the ability to work together and agree on issues pertinent to the student body as a whole. “There are also times when decisions have to be made.” She had to trust in herself and her ideas, and have the confidence to stand up for them. Working with Head of School Ann Pollina and Dean of Students Meg Eggert also gave Eve role models to watch as they communicated with students in a variety of situations, providing her with additional lessons in leadership. Eve believes all of her experiences will be of value to her as she pursues her studies in college and beyond for a future career in film production.

“Out of all that I have been given here at Westover, what I value most are the experiences I have had as a leader and the courage and confidence those experiences have instilled in me.” Elizabeth “Eve” Brigham ’12 First Head of School, Second Head of Overs Co-Captain of Varsity Softball & Varsity Basketball New York University ’16


Louisa Jones Palmer ’54 Plans Retirement as President of Westover’s Board Of Trustees This October, 2012, Louisa Jones Palmer ’54 will retire from Westover’s Board of Trustees. Louisa has been involved with Westover since 1951, when she entered the School as a student. As she grew with Westover she became the Treasurer of the Athletic Association, the Captain of the Senior Tennis Team, a " To be strong is to be happy." lacrosse player, a member of the Glee Club, and a representative of the Secondary School Society of International Cooperation (SSSIC). The SSSIC was established in 1927 by Miss Mary Hillard, Head Mistress of Westover. Meetings were held and attended by faculty and student representatives from Choate, Loomis, St. Margaret’s, Taft, and Westover. The purpose of the SSSIC was to develop an international consciousness fostered by the discussion of international affairs and causes. Louisa’s initial years at Westover were a glimpse into the future of an important relationship founded in leadership and volunteerism. Louisa recalls, “Even in my years as a student, there were so many opportunities – on athletic teams, in clubs, in officer positions – giving students a chance to take on responsibilities and learn how to be a leader. Westover has never been a school where all leadership positions were held by a handful of students.”

As Louisa graduated, attended college, worked, married, had children, and later returned to college for a Masters Degree, she kept Westover close to her heart through her leadership and volunteerism. She has volunteered countless hours to our School. From serving on the Board of Governors from 1990 through 1997, as President from 1995 to 1997, to working to honor Westover’s Centennial through celebration, and then leading the class of ’54 in funding the Schumacher Art Gallery. These are a few examples of how Louisa has influenced our School, how she has become so important to us, an embodiment of ‘To Think, To Do, To Be’. As Louisa took on more leadership roles at Westover she became a Trustee in 1997, becoming President of the Board in 2003. The Board of Trustees works closely with Head of School, Ann Pollina, and is responsible for policy decisions that affect the School today and for strategic planning that will shape the School in the next decades. They serve as fiduciaries of the School’s endowment, monitor and approve the operating budget, and play a crucial role in annual and capital giving. The leadership provided by today’s trustees will determine the viability and success of Westover for the future. There could not be a better-suited woman to lead this charge, a true woman of Westover, Louisa Jones Palmer ’54. As Louisa retires from her most recent and possibly most influential position, President of the Board of Trustees, we cherish her years with Westover and her strong vision for the future of our School.

Louisa Jones Palmer ’54 has dedicated many years to Westover, enabling the School to realize monumental accomplishments under her strong and kind leadership.

1990 1992

The Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, the first of its collaborative programs, which allowed Westover students with high musical abilities to pursue studies in a pre-professional program is established. Westover’s endowment is $10.3M, with the Annual Fund totaling $476,000. The Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Program in collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is established; more than 100 Westover students have successfully completed the program over the past two decades.

1995-1996 Exchange programs are expanded, adding schools in Australia and South Africa to its existing exchange with a school in Jordan (the success of the exchange program led Westover to later establish exchanges with schools in England, France, and Spain). 1997 6 6

Ann Pollina succeeds Joseph Molder as Head of School; that year, the School also successfully concludes its Second Century Campaign, a $21 million capital campaign. Westover’s endowment is $24M, with the Annual Fund totaling $767,000.

“Louisa has the three key qualities of a leader: intelligence, humor, and a strong moral compass. All of them have been a gift to Westover for the past 22 years. It is rare to find great sensitivity tied to an analytical mind, but she is blessed with both. Her decisions are guided by a very true sense of what is right and just. These qualities alone make Louisa a great leader. That she manages to govern with a healthy sense of the absurd and a keen sense of humor puts her in a class by herself. ”

Ann Pollina, Head of School

As she approaches her retirement in the fall, after nine years as President of the Board of Trustees, Westover is grateful for her many contributions.


Construction of the Fuller Athletic Center is completed, greatly expanding athletic opportunities for students.

2004 A major renovation of the Louise B. Dillingham building is completed, giving the School an enhanced Performing Arts Center. Class of ’54 sets record 50th Reunion Class gift and named new art gallery Joachim Schumacher with a $150,000 gift, achieving 100% class participation. 2006

the Annual Fund reaches the $1M mark.

2009 & 2010 Westover marks its Centennial with a two year celebration. The Centennial also marks the kick- off of the School’s most ambitious comprehensive campaign, Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover, with a goal of $45 million. Louisa joins the Campaign Executive Committee in 2010. 2011 The Online School For Girls is Launched, followed by a second ground- breaking program in 2012, the Invest in Girls Initiative. 77 2012 Westover’s endowment is $46M, with the Annual Fund totaling $1.5M.

Co-Chairs of Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover, Martha Bacon Martin ’65 & her husband David



Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover Progress as of June 2012

A Fund in Support of Faculty Professional Development Mary McCreath Godley ’38 and her husband, Frederick, have informed Westover and Frederick’s alma mater, the Hotchkiss School, of their intention to make gifts of $1,000,000 to both schools in recognition of their belief in the importance of independent school education. Mary’s gift to Westover will be used to establish an endowed fund for faculty support to create long-term opportunities for professional development and provide operating support via the Annual Fund over the next four years.

A Grant for Developing ‘Blended Learning’ Strategies The Edward E. Ford Foundation has approved Westover’s proposal for a $50,000 grant for the development of blended learning strategies. Blended learning is the integration of on-line techniques with face-to-face teaching. The EE Ford grant will be a matching grant, with Westover pledging to raise $100,000 from other donors to receive the foundation’s $50,000 in seed funding for the program. This summer, three Westover faculty are exploring the concept of “flipped classrooms,” a blended learning technique in which videos outside of class take the place of direct instruction, allowing students to have individual time in class to work with their teacher on key learning activities. More details about the gift from the Godleys and the grant from the EE Ford Foundation will be included in an upcoming Westover publication.

Campaign Leadership Campaign Executive Committee

Campaign Steering Committee

Campaign Co-Chairs Martha Bacon Martin ’65 & David Martin

Beth Smith Golden ’65, Chair

Muffie Clement Green ’65

Toni Walker Hamner ’69

Lolly MacMurray-Cooper ’63

Martha Bacon Martin ’65

David Martin

Anita Packard Montgomery ’47

Louisa Jones Palmer ’54

Mary Maier Walker ’54

Sara Belcher Wardell ’60, Chair

Nicky Johnson Weaver ’63

Francene Young ’71

Beth Smith Golden ’65 Hillary Lynch ’85 Louisa Jones Palmer ’54 Ann Pollina, Head of School


Sara Belcher Wardell ’60

Beth Smith Golden ’65 Shares Campaign Progress at Alumnae Weekend Speaking at the Alumnae Association Town Meeting during Alumnae Weekend, Beth Smith Golden ’65 shared the following news: “It gives me great pleasure to report to you on our current Inspiring Women Campaign progress. As many of you know, our Inspiring Women Campaign has a goal of $45M with $35M targeted for endowment and $10M for Annual Funds.

“The world will be better with many well educated and inspiring women in charge.” Beth Smith Golden ’65

To date we have raised just shy of $36M – and are 80% toward our goal. Included in this total is news from an alumna in the class of ’38, who has just informed us that she is planning to make a $1,000,000 commitment to Westover's Campaign this year. While this is gratifying in its own right, the spirit with which this gift was made is worth sharing. Our alumna and her husband had been talking about making gifts to their respective boarding schools, and they decided to make EQUAL gifts to their schools -- $1M going to her school and $1M going to his. We would like to acknowledge the importance of women's giving, illustrated perfectly through this gift; the class of ’38’s alumna gift demonstrates a strong statement about the influence of women and their impact on philanthropy. If you haven’t already, we hope you will be inspired by this story to make a gift to Westover’s Inspiring Women Campaign in honor of your Reunion.” Beth then outlined three ways to make a gift. 1. You may increase your Annual Fund gift in honor of Reunion. 2. You may make an outright gift to the endowment. 3. Classes celebrating their 50th, and the special members of the Old Guard – who are celebrating 55th reunions and earlier- may make a planned gift, which can also count as gift toward the current campaign. Special recognition was given to the classes of ’42, ’47, ’57, ’62, ’72, and ’87 for their endowment and planned gift support. Beth concluded, “If you believe as I do, that the world will be better with many well educated and inspiring women in charge, I hope you will consider being as generous as you can, stretching as far as you can, knowing that you will support the mission of our school in preparing young women who will make significant 21 99 contributions to society.”

Westover Celebrates Three Outstanding Faculty Members as they Retire

Shamus Weber English 1968-2012 Dean of Faculty Thomas Hungerford on Shamus Weber: “A teacher at Westover for 44 years, Shamus Weber has, in the words of a student, been ‘half-mythological, written and rewritten into student folklore.’ When [the late Director of Studies] Liz Newton once introduced Shamus as a Convocation Speaker, she spoke of his ‘encyclopedic’ mind. This was one of the most penetrating remarks anyone has made about him: Shamus’s mind is a vast landscape of information, images, words, and poetry. An ache for the exactitude and reach of words and word pictures has been a motive for Shamus’s teaching. He spent part of his sabbatical cataloging all of the figures of speech in the Iliad, and for years he hosted a “Word of the Day” site. More recently he has been teaching a popular etymology course.


Anyone who has watched him teach knows that the classroom is the place where Shamus is most himself. No wonder that one student wrote of him, ‘He gave the gift of attention to our writing, the knowledge that someone could be affected by our words, and the sense that what we said, and how we said it, mattered …’’’

Terry Hallaran Alice Hallaran Physics Biology 1973-2012 1973-2012 Alumnae Association President Katrina Rauch Wagner ’61 spoke about our retiring faculty at an Alumnae Weekend Town Meeting: “Alice and Terry Hallaran arrived at Westover in 1973 and have happily worked with both Joe Molder and Ann Pollina. With their fervent environmental ethic, love of teaching, and dedication to cultivating a greater understanding of how the sciences impact our lives, they have helped the Science Program flourish. Terry began by teaching physics and chemistry and later also added astronomy and ornithology to his tenure. He became the Academic Dean in 1990 and spent 20 years in that post. Terry also loves music and theater and he sang in the Chamber Choir … and acted in a number of plays. His favorite role was staring as Fagan in Oliver. Alice taught biology continually for 38 years as well as many electives: geology, limnology, animal behavior, women’s health, botany, marine biology, and a course called “Life on the Edge.” She singlehandedly started the Outdoor program 38 years ago, sharing her passion for the great outdoors with students who had never spent a night camping, but found themselves loving it because she did. Alice shared that ‘our favorite times have probably been Terry out on the soccer field with his team running in circles, me paddling on the Shepaug River, not during flood stage, Terry taking his class up to the Astronomy Tower to see the Rings of Saturn, and me taking them in to the woods and exploring the sex life of moss or listening to the “Ooh! Factor” of young teens as they see a white-footed mouse close up for the first time.’”


Making Connections.

During the March 2012 Spring Break, Head of School Ann Pollina and Director of Development Barbara Sabia traveled to eastern Asia to visit with Westover families, alumnae and prospective students in South Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Japan.










1. Ann Pollina with Aya Kurosawa ’12 (left) and Hana Mizuno ’12 in a Tokyo market 2. From left: Educational consultant Mao Fu Ping and his assistant Shelly, Jessica You ’15, Ann Pollina, Barbara Sabia, and Jessica’s mother, Manling You, in Shanghai, China 3. From left: Manling You (P’15), Ann Pollina, Jessica You ’15, and Barbara Sabia at the Shangede School in Shanghai, China, a prospective exchange school with Westover. 4. Ruihong Deng (P’12) and her daughter, Jessica Zhang ’12, at the Great Wall outside Beijing, China, with Ann Pollina and Barbara Sabia 5. During their visit to Seoul, South Korea, Ann Pollina and Barbara Sabia attended a dinner hosted by the families of current Westover students. Among the guests were Hye Yun Han ’06 and her mother, Myung Kim. 6. While in Tokyo, Japan, Ann Pollina and Barbara Sabia met with (from left) Risa Kawabata ’95 and Naya Koda ’93. 7. Ann Pollina with Xiaojun Wang and Qiuhong Dong (P’14) and their daughter Yike Wang ’14 8. In Beijing, Ann Pollina and Barbara Sabia met with (from left) Ruihong Deng and Yan Zhang (P’12), their daughter, Jessica Zhang ’12, and Yaishna Santchurn ’08, who was attending a study abroad program in China.

Making Connections: Alumnae Events Around the Country Alumnae and Westover faculty gathered at a reception in Washington, DC on February 10, 2012, held in conjunction with a National Coalition of Girls’ School conference. Head of School Ann Pollina was one of the conference speakers in her final year as President of the National Coalition of Girl’s Schools. In addition to this exciting trip, Westover made connections in Seattle, WA, touching base with alumnae, friends of Westover, and other members of our extended community.






6 1. (L to R) Martha Bacon Martin ’65, co-chair of the Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover, with Head of School Ann Pollina and Trustee Eldie Acheson ’65; in Washington, D.C. 2. (L to R) Alumnae Governor Ann Clark Priftis ’96 with Sarah Glennon Pietragallo ’93 and her husband, Bill; in Washington, D.C. 3. (L to R) History teacher Lisa Marie Buoncuore with Katie Marages Schank ’97; in Washington, D.C. 4. (L to R) Dean of Students Meg Eggert, Vicki Viera ’00, and Director of Donor Relations Tami Bettcher Walker ’76; in Washington, D.C. 5. (L to R) Sara Glennon Pietragallo ’93, Rachel Stock Lesher ’01, and Izukanne Emeagwali ’01; in Washington, D.C. 6. Conversations with Ann held in Seattle, WA. From left: Lewis Levin, Rachel Mills Nielsen ’97, Jin Lee ’04, Rona Lee ’06, Meg Kochiss, Head of School Ann Pollina, Rafael Del Castillo, Julie Hanson-Lynn ’83, Divya Singh ’83, Paige Haley ’93, Emmy Ward Neilson ’81.


Westover Events: Richmond, VA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; Boston, MA; Roxbury, CT & Easton, MD.

Alumnae and other guests gathered at a luncheon in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by Adrienne Leichtle Maxwell ’57 and her husband, John, on February 14, 2012. Among those attending were (from left): John Maxwell, Kitsy Baird Smith ’58, Jennifer Sullivan ’01, Adrienne Maxwell, Trustee President Louisa Jones Palmer ’54, Mary Denny Scott Wray ’57, and Beth Panilaitis ’00.

Clinton Savage Standart ’68 served as a docent who led a tour of the Greek and Roman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum in New York on April 23rd for students taking the “The Lives of the Gods: Greco-Romany Mythology in Art and Literature” a spring term Humanities course taught by Ali Hildebrand and Kathryn Albee.

A Boston-area “Conversation with Ann”– an opportunity for alumnae, their spouses, and other friends of the School to meet with Head of School Ann Pollina – was held on May 24th hosted by Margot Trotter-Davis ’70 and her husband Jon Davis. Those attending included (from left): front row – Ellen Harrington Campbell ’73, Trustee Francene Young ’71, Ann Pollina, Jamie Hollis; back row – Lolly MacMurray-Cooper ’63, Sally Hoover Zeckhauser ’60, Bear Mandeville Hollis ’69, Kitty Murphey Pell ’59, Gretchen Rogers Colby ’65, Margot Trotter-Davis, Jon Davis, David Cooper.

A “Conversation with Ann” for current Westover parents was held at the home of Judith Friedman (P’13) in Roxbury, Connecticut, on June 7th. With Head of School Ann Pollina are (from left) Ann Hertberg (P’15) and Robert and Kathryn Colucci (P’15).


A garden party in Easton, Maryland, on April 29th for alumnae included (from left) Margaret Pier Barton ’65, Host Caroline Thompson Benson ’65, Martha Bacon Martin ’65, Head of School Ann Pollina, Mary Cutrali ’07, and Lauren Borkowski ’07.


Distinguished Young Alumna Award Presented to Katie Hallaran ’02 For much of the past decade, Katie Hallaran has found herself far from Westover, a place she knew not only as her high school but also as the home where she grew up with her parents, faculty members Alice and Terry Hallaran. In May, however, Katie returned not only to join classmates for their 10th Reunion celebrations, but also to receive this year’s Distinguished Young Alumna Award. She was honored for following a variety of pursuits that share a common theme: improving the lives of people in need. Above: Whitney Neville Harvey ’68 and Katie Hallaran ’02 Below: Katie presenting her work to Alumnae in the Common Room.

After college, Katie spent six weeks volunteering in South Africa for a national HIV prevention program; that in turn led her to a job in fundraising and development for a Denver-based public health agency in support of HIV/AIDS programs. For the past several years, Katie has lived in Southeast Asia, most recently in Cambodia, where she worked first for a non-governmental organization focusing on climate change education, and then with Kinyei, which supports social projects and grassroots enterprise programs based in the Cambodian city of Battambang. Katie was one of a series of speakers at Alumnae Weekend, giving a presentation about the work of Kinyei and its efforts. Katie will be pursuing her Masters degree in Global Studies at Tufts University’s Terrence School in 2014.

Rosa Gatling Williams ’77 Receives Volunteer Service Award “There is one word that describes Rosa Gatling Williams,” said Governor Betsy Darling White ’57, in presenting Rosa with this year’s Maria Randall Allen ’42 Volunteer Service Award. “That word is yes!”

Awards Committee Chair Betsy Darling White ’57 and Rosa Gatling Williams ’77


“Over the years,” Betsy explained, “Rosa has said yes to numerous requests to volunteer at Westover.” Since her graduation, Rosa has served as a secretary, class agent, reunion chair, and reunion gift chair for the Class of 1977. She also has represented Westover as an admission volunteer at school fairs, served as a member of the Alumnae Association Board of Governors, and later co-chaired the Centennial Steering Committee, which Betsy noted, “involved countless hours organizing and coordinating what was a fantastic celebration of our first 100 years. No matter what she is involved in Rosa brings energy, optimism and a smile.” Rosa accomplished all of this while working as a physicians asistant in neurosurgery. In accepting the award, Rosa recalled she agreed to serve as a Governor because “I felt that this was my time to give back to the School that changed my life. I truly believe that if I had not gone to Westover, I would not be the person I am today. Volunteering for Westover is effortless,” Rosa concluded. “It is just the right thing to do.”

Barrie Hogan Landry ’62 Receives 2012 Westover Award Barrie Hogan Landry was presented this year’s Westover Award for her commitment to girls’ education both near and far – at Westover, in Greater Boston, in Rwanda, and throughout the world. Ann Pollina, Head of School, and withBarrie Hogan Landry ’62.

In accepting the award, Barrie credited her years at Westover for transforming her from “a very shy, awkward young girl” into “a stronger, more confident young woman, committed to caring for others and to making a difference in the world. I am forever grateful to Westover for providing me with opportunities to learn, to try new skills, and to reach out to others.” Barrie noted that “my desire to care for others really took root at Westover, especially as a member of Dorcas, working with a young man who had been stricken with cerebral palsy. His sense of gratitude for the time we spent together inspired me to look at people differently, to remember the power of kindness, and to realize the importance of having a positive impact on others. These were also the values that were embedded in the everyday activities of Westover.”

Barrie was joined by several classmates who came to celebrate her Alumnae Association recognition.

In the years since, Barrie said, she came to realize that the School instilled in her “an awareness of the importance of investing in young women, of nurturing their early individual strengths and making them aware that they can make a difference.” In 1996, Barrie became involved with Mother Caroline Academy, an inner city middle school for girls from limited financial means in Dorchester, Massachusetts. “Mother Caroline’s mission was to get their girls into academically rigorous high schools and thus inspired me to reconnect with Westover.” In 2004, Barrie joined with seven other women from Boston in the building of the Maranyundo School for Girls in Rwanda, which, she noted, was “closely modeled after Mother Caroline. This project turned out to be one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Certainly, one of the highlights of my involvement with the Maranyundo Initiative was having Westover become involved. This happened because of Ann Pollina and her belief in the importance of developing young women to be strong ethical contributors and concerned global citizens. Working with Ann and with the girls and women from Rwanda, has not only been exciting and fun but it has been an enormous privilege. All these women have inspired me with their courage and with their enormous sense of hope for the future.”

Kathy Kantengwa (P’09, ’13), Isabelle Byusa ’09, Alexia Byusa ’13, from Rwanda, with Barrie Hogan Landry ’62.

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Each year the Alumnae Association Board of Governors presents the Westover Award, the Maria Randall Allen ’42 Volunteer Service Award, and the Distinguished Young Alumna Award at the Alumnae Association Town Meeting held during Alumnae Weekend. Often people wonder how these women are nominated and selected for recognition for their dedication, commitment, and achievements. The short and, yes, easy answer is: You. Briefly, the qualifications are: • The Westover Award is presented to a person associated with Westover whose tangible accomplishments are significant and who, in life and spirit, has exemplified the Westover motto: To Think, To Do, To Be. • The Maria Randall Allen ’42 Volunteer Service Award is presented to an individual who has, through her work as a volunteer for Westover, demonstrated outstanding loyalty and a deep commitment to the mission of our School. • The Distinguished Young Alumna Award is presented to an alumna who, on or before her 15th Reunion, has distinguished herself in the pursuit of unique and vigorous academic, artistic, athletic, or career challenges, or through meritorious service to the community.

Do you know someone who meets any of these qualifications? Give it some thought. A classmate, daughter, mother, niece, grandmother? A former teacher or staff member, or someone who has served as a Trustee? Nomination forms can be found on the Westover website at You can also suggest a nomination by email, phone, or mail to the direct attention of Nancy Aordkian Pelaez ’86, Director of Alumnae Relations. You may also contact anyone on the Board of Governors; a list of board members can be found on the website and page 80 of this publication. Westover women are a truly amazing and accomplished group of people who distinguish themselves in countless ways throughout their lives. They deserve to be recognized. Nominate someone today! 1188

2012 Reunion Classes 1942 1947 1957 1962

Class of 1942 (from left): Adele Q. Ervin, Maria Randall Allen, Anne Demorest Hurtt, Patricia Franck Sheffield, Sonia Allen Spalding

Class of 1947 (from left): Ethel Manville Woolverton, Susan Silliman Tracy Addiss, Anita Packard Montgomery, Patricia Foote Davidson, A. Maybury Viall Fraser

Class of 1957 (from left) front row: Gretchen Hill Kingsley, Elizabeth Glassmeyer Treynor, Martha Allen Ross, Betsy Darling White, Elizabeth Fox Fisher, Barbara Edwards Hicks; back row: Lavinia Meeks, Adrienne Leichtle Maxwell, M. Birch Hincks Milliken, Posy Lincoln Short, Dorie Milner Pease, Mary Denny Scott Wray, Susan Nichols Wittmer

Class of 1962 (from left) front row: Cynthia Titus Powers, Maxey Willets Fullerton, Margaret Hicks, Susanne Roberts, Judith Lawrence Carmany, Suzanne Dyer Wise; back row: Catharine Hollister Ecton, Lecia Harbison, Barrie Hogan Landry, Louise Hill Davis, Martha Talbot Oberlander, Beatrice Frelinghuysen van Roijen, Pamela Shepardson Coleman, Cynthia Thorne Ayres

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1982 1987


Class of 1972 (from left) front row: Diana Boykin Walker, Diane Billings Winfree, Joan Gerster, Gretchen Handy Comstock, Marianne Tompkins Kassab, Jane Castles Thompson, Head of School Ann Pollina; back row: Elizabeth Bucknall Petty, Amy NickellWillson, Palmer Marrin ’73, Jeannie Pearce, Sarah Tremaine, Karie Dixon Thomson, Lila Leslie Foster Berris, Caroline Watson Morong, Dianne Crary, Margaret Johnson-Orrick, Anne Spalding, Annie DiSesa McHugh, Robin Tilghman Stevens, Sarah Hartigan

Class of 1977 (from left) front row: Katherine Bedell Weitzel, Rosa Gatling Williams and her daughter Brittney Williams ’06, Amy Tauchert, Mary M. Duncan; back row: retiring faculty members Alice and Terry Hallaran, Beth Gilbert; missing from photo: Sylvia Hyde Trevor

Class of 1982 (from left) front row: Kate Green Pichard, Carolyn Scott, Christine Muldowney Dahl, Claire Richards, Vanessa Spang, Joan Wetmore Yahn; back row: Lee Hammett Peterson, Amy Franklin McCoog, Annie Hunter Tingley, Sonja Hines Elliott, Alison Chase Moore, Weezie Webber Fallon, Adela Pierson-Eguilior; missing from photo: Margaret Jackson

Class of 1987 (from left) front row: Elizabeth Foote Treacy, Alex Conway Snyder; second row: Lynle Hawkins-Struble, Moya O’Donnell Saunders, Jennifer Gold, Keiley Gaston Fuller, Jennifer Burlington Hague, Katharine Bainbridge; third row: Leigh Vaule Steele, Elizabeth Eydenberg Kline and Adelaide Kline, Kiki Tauck Mahar, Aislinn MacMaster, Amy Machson-Hubbard OConnor, Stephanie Maddox Bender, Elizabeth Charlston Dolan, Carson Jacobi, Helen Fogarty, Rachel Minard, Anne Roche Perrine, Katharina Oberhofer Engelmayer, Gina DelSesto Kelly, Heather Colmore; missing from photo: Erica Indelicato Wood

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Class of 1992 (from left) front row: Melissa Farrington Boals, Marisa Biello Shaker, Elizabeth Coffin, Jessica Gray, Ah Young Kim, Elizabeth McLinn Prang; back row: Courtney Schomp Barden, Jennifer Asteris, Amanda Darrach Filippone, Jane Murphy Randol, Melanie Bethel Carey, Sarah Sperry Hehman

Class of 1997 (from left) front row: Elise Desjardins Stanford, Hally Phillips Trementozzi, Katie Marages Schank, Katherine Johnstone; back row: Michele Gemino Egan, Kristen Magiera Roberts, Lisa Born Ellis

Class of 2002 (from left) front row: Shanell Littlejohn Lavery, Maris Hutchinson, Tiffany Stewart with Laelle, Ashley Kalaus Mariano with Eliana, Flannery Carey McDermott with OisĂ­n; second row: Coriana Close, Lily Henderson, Katie Hallaran, Megan Mann Burlington with Joseph, Victoria Haynes; third row: Amanda Bessette Werner, Mary Kelly, Caitlin Reynolds, Makenzi Hurtado, Anne-Nicole Hanus, Jessica Lillian, Aimee Gough, Courtney Cramer, Greta Atchinson, Lindsay Clark, Karen Lostritto, Evelyn Mervine Gauntlett; missing from photo: Jaime Feinman, Jessica Rabinowtiz Class of 2007 (from left) front row: Cathy Taylor, Kathleen Farrell, Elizabeth Ferrigno, Lisa DonDiego, Tatiana Fonseca, Cristina Tafuri; back row: Elizabeth Reznikoff, Chelsea Jacques, Nora Lovotti, Lauren Borkowski, Carmen Barnes, Erin Garrity, Bianca Czaderna, Mary Cutrali, Camille Marsh, Margot Lane, Victoria Menegat, Katherine Wernick, Melissa Ashton, Bailey Briggs; missing from photo: Laura Littmann

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Alumnae Weekend 2012: Governors Luncheon at Lee House The Alumnae Association Board of Governors kicked off the 2012 Alumnae Weekend by hosting a luncheon on Friday, May 18th, at Lee House for former members of the Board of Governors and other special guests. Alumnae Association President Katrina Rauch Wagner ’61 welcomed the guests, offered tributes to retiring long-time faculty members Alice and Terry Hallaran and Shamus Weber, as well as to retiring Westover Archivist Maria Randall Allen ’42. Trustees Beth Smith Golden ’65 and Sara Belcher Wardell ’60 also gave a brief overview of the ongoing success of the Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover.




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1. (L to R) Alumnae Governors Amma Osei ’01, Ann Clark Priftis ’96, Cathy Stewart ’76, Caitlin Corrigan ’91 2. (L to R) Trustee Sara Belcher Wardell ’60 with Headmaster Emeritus Joseph L. Molder and his wife, Beth 3. (L to R) Heather Allen ’71, Maria Randall Allen ’42, Alumnae Governor Karimah Gottschalck ’03 4. (L to R) Trustees President Louisa Jones Palmer ’54, Priscilla Cunningham ’54, Ginny Powell Cheston ’55 5. (L to R) Governor Cathy Stewart ’76, Deirdre Sullivan ’76, Governors Coila Worley Campbell ’78 and Tibbie Uhl ’78 6. Outgoing Alumnae Association President Katrina Rauch Wagner ’61 7. (L to R) Alumnae Governors Ann Clark Priftis ’96, Brooke Whiteley Weise ’99, Karimah Gottschalck ’03 8. (L to R) Trustees Muffie Clement Green ’65 and Beth Smith Golden ’65, Sally Rawlings Skidmore ’60 , Trustee Sara Belcher Wardell ’60 9. Eunice Strong Groark ’56 greeting Maria Randall Allen ’42


The Varsity Squash team completed a successful season by finishing in second place at the 2012 New England Squash Division B Championships. Westover’s Varsity Squash players completed another impressive run at the US Squash High School Nationals with a second place finish at the 2012 competition. The members of Westover School’s Varsity Squash team were presented with their 2nd place trophies at the conclusion of the U.S. High School Squash Nationals.

From left: Bethany Simmonds ’12 of Cornwall Bridge; Jocelyn McKenzie ’14 of Bronx, NY; Stuart Lemay ’14 of Harwich Port, MA; Alexandra Pape ’12 of Middlebury; Jazmin Matos ’12 of New York City; Sarah Krueger ’12 of Naugatuck; Coach JP Burlington; and Ashley Sanchez ’15 of New Haven.

Westover Athletics 2012 In just its third season, Westover’s Swim Team placed 1st in Division III competition at the Western New England Prep School Swimming Association Championships (WNEPSSA), In addition to its success at the WNEPSSA Championships, Westover’s Swim Team placed 2nd in the Connecticut Independent School Athletic Conference meet for the third year in a row. [L to R] front row: Parke Hunter ’12, Chesley McCarty ’12, Captain Anna Eggert ’12, Captain Katie Hedberg ’12, Lilly Eden ’12; Second row: Marie Shiraishi ’15, Sandra Huang ’15, Kira Hunter ’14, Chae Uhm ’13, Addis Fouche-Channer ’13, Rebecca Rashkoff ’15, Lizzy MacDougall ’14, Giuliana Brignone ’14, Enily Potts ’14, Hannah Hudson ’14, Sophia Bourgeois ’15, Isabella Yu ’15; Third row: Coach Kati Eggert, Anna Chahuneau ’14, Elizabeth Reed ’14, Gabbie Grimmett ’13, Katie Kuenzle ’15, Sierra Blazer ’13, Mary Kate Kosciusko ’13, Ailsa Slater ’13, Jen Zdon ’13, Jane Funk ’13, Coach Kate Seyboth

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2012 Summer Notes Captions 1. Class of ’55 from Reunion Weekend ’11 2. Enid Fraser Robinson ’63 and grandson Alexander “Xander” Rafferty George Robinson born Nov. ’11 (born to son Fraser and his wife Alexandra) 3. Lee Gardner Shult ’63 and great-granddaughter Verena Eloise Huppi age 5 weeks 4. Lee Gardner Shult ’63, her 92 year-old Mom, and her sister Louise “Squeak” Gardner Biggar ’65 5. Gabriel, son of Juliana Pereira Silveira Peixoto ’94 6. Joan Dominick O’Brien ’56 and Jennifer Robbins Manocherian ’56 7. Katie Marages Schank ’97 and her daughter Alice Eileen Schank born in Feb. ’12 8. Merry Medina Murray ’61 in Tucson, AZ dude ranch 9. From L to R: Thayer (daughter of Neil Patterson King ’88), Neil, Susan Loyd (Spanish Teacher at Westover), and Parke Hunter ’12 in Lima, Peru Mar. ’12 10. Annis Gilbert Kukulan ’65, Caryn Cluett Gregg ’68 and Marion Thompson Murfey ’68 in Marion, MA at their 60th Birthday party 11. Cyndie Gould ’68 with her nephew, Tim Jaques, at a Jaques family reunion in Vinalhaven, ME in Aug. ’11 12. Bev Johnson Jaques ’68 and her husband, Bill, with Leigh Keyser Phillips ’68 and husband, Peter, in Mt. Lake, FL 13. Bev Johnson Jaques ’68 and her husband, Bill, with grandchildren 14. Martha Allen Ross ’57 and her husband, John 15. Kate Truini ’09 and Hannah Hartmann ’10 when Hannah appeared in an evening of one act plays at NYU 16. Ann Hillis ’43 and Margaret Hillis Sowden ’41 17. Sonja Lindgren ’81 in her backyard having a snow fight with her kids 18. Monica Gali ’81 with her husband, Armando 19. Monica Gali ’81 with her children Victoria (14) and AJ (9) 20. Brittany Soucar ’11, Annie Donovan ’11, and Callee Roscoe ’11 21. Annie Donovan ’11, Brittany Soucar ’11, Maddie Moore ’11, and Christine Clayton ’11 at a Boston area young alumnae event 22. From L to R: Barbara Hungerford ’00, Kate Meeker ’04, her husband, and Bob Havery in London Mar. ’12 23. Sabra Packard Cleveland ’49 and her husband, Jack, at a ceremony honoring WW II vets 24. Florence Lincoln Short ’57 with grandson, Gus, on top of Panther Mountain 25. Claude Ballande Egnell ’49 with her daughter Anne (59), Ann’s granddaughter Margaux (2), Ann’s daughter, Elise (30) and her fiancé (30), who are going to get married in June (they are not the parents of Margaux !) 26. Nancy Nicholas Hatfield ’56, looking no different than she did 56 years ago 27. Class of ’79 28. Emma Morel Adler ’48, Stephanie Stunzi Zuellig ’48, and Cornie Gibson Nelson ’48 lunching in NYC in spring ’12 29. L to R: Jin Lee ’04, Rona Lee ’06, and Megan Kochiss ’06 at the Pacific North West RAC in Mar. ’12 30. Lee Imbrie Selden ’54 with her husband reading one of his scripts 31. Michelle Jarboe McFee ’01 and Philip Pickett McFee were married on July 30, ’11 in Montague, MI. 32. Anastasia Platon’08 with Libby Froeber ’08 33. Diana Strawbridge Wister ’57 and family 34. Mary Denny Scott Wray ’57 and family on Kenyan safari 35. Lynn Hamilton ’58 with all her grandchildren in Park City, UT 36. Lynn Hamilton ’58 rode a camel in Morocco 37. Anita Burroughs Fahy ’58 and family 38. Peyton Chapman Horne ’58 singing with a band in Cuba 39. Emily Taylor Ambler ’58 40. Julie Slocum Dahlgren ’63 received her doctorate from Boise State U. in May ’12. She is with her twin brother Jim Slocum in the photo 41. Yoonie Choi ’97 and her husband, Paul, were married Apr. 1, 2012. 42. Jodie Merrill Eastman ’58 and family 43. Gretchen Handy Comstock ’72 and Marianne Tompkins Kassab ’72 in Banff, Alberta 44. Betsy Shirley Michel ’59, Penny Levy Peet ’59, Betsy Hartmann Rand ’59 in Paris, May ’11 45. Mary-Clark Seymour Garfield ’59 and family in Cape Cod last year 46. Klaus and Lily Russell-Heiliger ’59 on The North Cape last year 47. Adela Pierson-Eguilior ’82, Amy Franklin McCoog ’82, and Holly Gyde Costaregni ’82 48. Liz Reed ’68 and her husband, Jan, on Block Island 49. Granddaughters of Christie Krementz Graham ’63 Priscilla, Virginia, and Charlotte 50. Lyn Bremer Chivvis ’63 with granddaughter Uma 32

2012 Summer Notes Captions 51. Lolly MacMurray-Cooper ’63 and her husband, David, in Botswana 52. Julie Slocum Dahlgren ’63 with husband, step-daughter and her husband, and 2 granddaughrers hiking to Cedar Falls – Bog Lost River Range, ID 53. Robin Reath Graves ’63 with her triplet granddaughters (children of daughter Nellie) 54. Lucy Hannan Vaill ’63 and Nicky Johnson Weaver ’63 on safari in Zambia, ’11 55. Nicky Johnson Weaver ’63 and fiancé, Jim Cheek. A Summer ’12 wedding is planned in France. 56. Meg Dobbin Greeley ’63 hiking at Mont Blanc Oct. ’11 57. Babs Mallery ’61, wearing her Westover Hoodie, had her picture taken by a Turkish sailor overlooking the Bosporous Sea. 58. Marie Bannard Lockwood ’63 and husband 59. Belinda Winslow ’63 and Robin Rohde McCarthy ’63 60. Karen Packard de Planque ’43 with daughter Michal Michelson in San Diego ’11 61. Gayle Nin Rosenkrantz ’49 wearing a typical Colombian “paisa” hat in Guatape, Colombia 62. Beth Markham Nicholson ’63 with grandchildren 63. Betsy Fox Fisher ’57 at home with daughter, Beth, and her husband, Ed Andrade 64. Step-daughter of Betsy Fox Fisher ’57, Betsy, sister Ginny Fox Wagenseller ’65, and Ginny’s son, Andrew 65. The Class of ’79 reunion attendees enjoy the sunset in Key West, FL, Oct. ’11. See you in Savannah Oct. ’12! Front row: Leila Tighe ’79, Ann Cluett Kaplan ’79; back row: Cathy O’Shea ’79, Irene Bagley-Heath ’79, Lyann Mannella ’79, Nancy Hoft ’79, Sarah Bliss Seamans ’79, and Holly Gilbert ’79 66. Quita Woodward Horan ’52 and 3 year-old granddaughter May ’11 67. Ellie and Charlie, grandchildren of Gay Spykman Harter ’52 68. Miriam DeCosta-Willis ’52 at the exhibit “Women of Strength, Women of Color” with a display case of items she donated to the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, including her graduation certificate from Westover 69. Anne Farquhar Griffin ’47 with daughter Shore Blagden Griffin at Choebe National Park Jan. 31, 2012 70. Wedding of Lindsay Rhodes Newton ’04: Molly Avila ’04, Taber Lightbourne ’04, Sarah Cave ’04, and Crystal Velez ’04 71. Alison Barbour Fox ’43 and husband, Joe 72. Tricia Carlson ’94, Heidi Bosek Dunavant ’96, and Gina Nelson Samson ’96 at Bruce Coffin and Melinda Burbank’s retirement celebration in May ’11! 73. Tricia Carlson ’94 and Honore Ervin ’93 visit during summer ’11 74. Susie Willcox MacKay ’64 and her 3 grandchildren 75. Zoe March Brisard ’94 with her mother and daughters at Discovery Cove in Mar. ’12 76. Happy Clement Spongberg ’64 and her husband Stephen 77. Ben (son of Pam Whittemore Bell’s ’64) with his nephews (Pam’s daughter’s children) at Christmas ’11 78. Wedding of Jessica Gray ’92 at Camp Wing in Duxbury, MA June 11, ’11; from L to R: Ah Young Kim ’92, Virginia Stroud Graham ’92, Jessica Gray ’92, Nicole Follmer, Amanda Darrach Filippone ’92, and Baylah Tessier-Sherman ’94 79. Kendall Mulligan ’08 with Danielle and Dominique Harrison ’08 in Watch Hill, RI 80. Libby Froeber ’08 displays her lantern tattoo 81. Lauren Mathieu ’08 with her co-captain for the women’s squash team at George Washington U. holding the Walker Cup, a division of the Howe Cup Squash National Championship 82. Rachel Clement ’00 and Tina Shields Fink ’00 83. Alia Hussain ’00 and family 84. Sarah Welinsky ’03 85. Renee Bang Allen ’86 with her husband, Brent, and daughter, Olivia 86. Cathy Stewart ’76 and Beth Lubrano Dwyer ’76 in ME 87. Tami Bettcher Walker ’76 and Diane Curry Trimper ’76 in FL 88. Alex Thayer ’01 and Dena Simmons ’01 at their most recent visit 89. Rachel Stock Lesher ’01 at her wedding with Izu Emeagwali ’01 and Sarah Bill ’01 90. Elizabeth Salzberger Casaus ’01 at her wedding to Amorette Casaus 91. Liz Feeney Sweeney ’01 with son Cooper and daughter Grace and Lauren Brooks Trimboli ’01 with daughter Brooklyn 92. Shielagh’s sob, Alex Shusta, and kids Kayley, Skylar and twins Kaden and Kyle 93. Shielagh McNutt Shusta-Hochberg ’70 and Steve 94. L to R: Annie Conant Schlafly ’70, Nancy LeSage Hellmuth ’70, Vickie DiSesa ’70, and Beppie Huidekoper ’70 95. Chris McIntosh Coffin ’75 and Jessie Cogswell Tichko ’75 96. Kids of Michele Gemino Egan ’97 (right) and Laurie Black Stefanowicz ’97 (left) on their vacation together to the Dominican Republic in Feb. ’12 97. Esther Spaulding ’53 happily paddling in her “Wee Lassie” by Rushton in Summer ’11 98. Daughter of Candy Rundin ’69, Wilder, in her engagement photo with her husband, Nick 33 99. Chloe Rossano ’09 (2nd from L) led a group of hikers with the School for International Expedition Training up Mount Tociolluraju, elev. 19,790’ in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.

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We Asked the Question: “If you were speaking with a classmate, what might you say to her to encourage her to give to Westover’s Annual Fund?”

And here is what they said … Westover women know firsthand what their gifts to the Annual Fund can do. They lived at Westover and their experiences were better because of the money alumnae kindly gave during that time. Westover has a unique impact on every girl who walks through that Quad. It's not just a school, it's a safe home for girls to express who they are and who they could be. Without my time at Westover, I would not have managed to come out of high school with my head held high and ready to take on the world. Westover gave me the foundation to become the woman I am today and the woman I will continue to strive to be. – Elizabeth “EJ” van Luling ’08 Wouldn't you want to know that you helped a young woman grow and develop the skills you gained at Westover? Most of my adult experience has been volunteering for non-profits, which has taught me the importance of philanthropy. While I don't have a lot of money to give out, I feel fortunate to be able to give to several chosen organizations each year. None have meant so much to me as Westover. My time there was the most rewarding of my life. My Westover friends are, and will always be, the best friends of my life.  – Cathy L. Stewart ’76 I give to the Annual Fund every year because Westover taught me that I can combine my passions with my career. It was at Westover that I was first exposed to Art History, a discipline most high schools do not even offer. Having Ali Hildebrand as my teacher and experiencing her knowledge and enthusiasm, I went from knowing nothing about the discipline to making it the center of my studies. Going into university I knew that Art History was what I wanted to study and I am now pursing it in my graduate studies. Westover is a place where girls can go to be exposed to the range of possibilities that the world has to offer, and to find the inspiration and encouragement to pursue what they love. – Tatiana Fonseca ’07 Westover is the only place I know of that allows such different people with such varied interests to thrive. I have known Westover girls to become dancers, photographers, scientists, writers, art historians, and doctors; very few places can produce such a vast array of passionate, successful young women who all called their high school home. To encourage a classmate to donate to Westover, I would remind her of all the people we thanked on graduation day. We thanked our parents, friends, classmates, and influential teachers for helping us accomplish all that we did in those four years; however, we always took for granted that Westover was there in the first place. All the support in the world never could have helped us reach that day had Westover not had generous alumnae who support the School. – Alexandra Fonseca ’08 The reasons I give are many. Westover gave me a great respect for where one goes with a good education. Even though it was challenging for me, I looked with awe at the women who went on to great things. I loved the School, I loved my classmates, and I love keeping up with them all. I love coming back every 5 years to see what's new and what's old as well as to see my many friends who have also come back. Being a Class Agent keeps me in touch with them all and with the School, and makes me remember being young again. – Patsy Chickering Fish ’50 35

Wise Women of Westover Planned Gifts Provide Powerful Boost to Campaign Our Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover has received a powerful boost recently with three planned gifts from loyal alumnae who have recognized planned giving as an important means of supporting Westover’s ambitious campaign goal of $45 million. Two alumnae have advised us of estate plans that include Westover and qualify for inclusion in our campaign. One recently deceased alumna – a generous and loyal donor to Westover throughout her life – made a final gift to Westover in the form of a bequest. The total of these three gifts is more than $800,000, helping to bring our campaign total to nearly $36 million!

Charitable Remainder Trusts A loyal and generous donor who has supported Westover in many ways for many years has informed us of yet another gift, in the form of two Charitable Remainder Trusts. The donor wishes to remain anonymous, but has agreed to our telling the story of her gift as an example of planned giving at work for Westover.

Westover’s anonymous donor created two Charitable Remainder Trusts. In one, the donor receives income for life at a rate she established, after which Westover will receive 20% of the remaining principal. In the other, the donor and her daughter are both income beneficiaries at another rate established by the donor. Upon the death of the survivor of the donor and her daughter, Westover will receive 20% of the principal remaining in the second trust. It is the present value of these two remainder interests that Westover can determine and add to its campaign totals.

Verified Bequest Intention

Adele Q. Ervin ’42, one of Westover’s most familiar and enthusiastic cheerleaders, has provided Westover with a verified bequest intention, which is a written statement that Adele has included Westover in her will. In so doing, Adele is one of the first of our alumnae to take advantage of our recently updated campaign Charitable Remainder Trusts are irrevocable trusts counting policy which allows donors from the classes set up by donors in such a way that the donors, and/ of 1952 and before to include verified bequest intenor other designated beneficiaries who are most often tions as campaign gifts. Westover has made this change family members, receive a steady stream of income for several reasons, including the desire to include as generated by the trust principal many alumnae as possible in for a period of years or for life. the campaign at any level and When the trust terminates, the to encourage planned giving in remaining principal is paid to the form of bequests among all one or more charitable orgaalumnae. Adele’s very genernizations specified in the trust ous bequest places her among document. Charitable Remainour campaign’s top donors. It der Trusts have many advantages. also provides us with a perfect Unlike annuities, the donor gets opportunity to thank Adele for to establish the payout rate for her extraordinary support, while herself and other income benefiusing her example to encourage ciaries. Any liquid assets can be other eligible alumnae to supAdele Q. Ervin ’42 recently signed a verified added to an existing trust at any port our campaign with new or bequest intention that says: “I am providing time. Donors receive an income increased bequests. this bequest verification at Westover’s request tax charitable deduction for a so that Westover may include my bequest in portion of all assets transferred Realized Bequest its current campaign. Though I realize that I to the trust, and the trust itself With the passing of Nancy have the right to change the terms of my will at pays no taxes. Assets transferred May Field ’35 on July 28, 2011, any time, I wish to state that I have no present to the trust are no longer part of Westover lost one its most loyal intention of changing the terms of my will the donor’s estate. and beloved senior alumnae. Nan with respect to Westover School.” had a lifelong relationship with 36

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Westover, as a student who was the President of her senior class; the parent of a Westover alumna, Sally Hoover Zeckhauser ’60; a winner of the Westover Award in 1968; a frequent volunteer; a member of the Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1972; and a consistent donor.

In the 1980s Nan’s two daughters, Sally and her sister Gretchen Rennell, created an endowed fund for poetry at Westover in honor of Nan’s love for poetry. In 2006 Nan donated her own extensive poetry collection to Westover, where it remains a valuable resource. Nan and Sally are responsible for much of the landscaping in the courtyard outside the Fuller Athletic Center. While Nan did much for Westover throughout her long and accomplished life, she did not stop there. Upon her death Nan made a generous bequest to Westover, which has now become the foundation of a

Paul K. Sutherland is Westover’s Director of Planned Giving. He joined the Alumnae and Development Office staff in 2003, following his service on the School’s Board of Trustees for six years. A lawyer by training, Paul has long been convinced of the importance of preserving and enhancing quality, singlesex educational opportunities for women. Paul meets often with Westover alumnae and friends of the School to discuss planned giving opportunities. Paul’s “Wise Women of Westover” column appears regularly in Westover publications. If you are interested in learning more about planned giving opportunities at Westover, please call Paul Sutherland at 203.577.4590 or e-mail him at

second endowment fund honoring Nan. The fund is part of our Inspiring Women: Campaign for Westover. It will live forever at Westover preserving Nan’s memory, and her life, as a truly inspiring Westover woman.

Westover’s Alumnae & Development Office

From left: Eileen McCormack, Bart Geissinger, Clare Tallon (P’14), Lauren Fikslin Castagnola, Barbara A. Sabia, Lindsey Spinella, Tami Bettcher Walker ’76, Nancy Aordkian Pelaez ’86, Paul Sutherland Barbara A. Sabia Director of Development Lauren Fikslin Castagnola Director of Annual Fund & Constituent Outreach Bart Geissinger Director of Major Gifts & Campaign Coordinator

Eileen McCormack Director of Development Operations & Services Nancy Aordkian Pelaez ’86 Director of Alumnae Relations Paul Sutherland Director of Planned Giving

Lindsey Spinella Gifts Coordinator Clare Tallon (P’14) Administrative Assistant Tami Bettcher Walker ’76 Director of Donor Relations


Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for individual alumnae, teams, and coaches for selection to Westover’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame was established during the School’s Centennial to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to Westover Athletics and have helped bring integrity, excellence, and recognition to the School and its athletic program. The inaugural inductees in the Athletic Hall of Fame are: • Edith Cummings Munson, Class of 1917 U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Champion – 1923 • Debbie Massey ’68 Amateur & LPGA Golf Champion, LPGA Executive Committee Official • Darcy Ramsey ’81 Duathlon/ Triathlon Champion, Coach, & Personal Trainer • Tomo Nakanishi ’96 Prep School & Ivy League Volleyball Champion • Laurie Black Stefanowicz ’97 Prep School, College Soccer Star, Member of Atlanta Beat, Women’s United Soccer Association team • Anneke Rothman Director of Athletics 1971-2002 For more information about the nomination process or to obtain a copy of a nomination form, please go to Completed nomination forms may be mailed to: Tiz Mulligan Director of Athletics Westover School P.O. Box 847 Middlebury, CT 06762


Alumna in the News Jillian Silver ’10: Marathon Runner & Academic Honoree It was not your typical week for Jillian, but clearly she took it in her stride. On Monday, April 16th, the Tufts University sophomore took part in her first marathon, joining thousands of other runners in the renowned Boston Marathon. Then, on Friday, April 20th, she was one of three Tufts sophomores honored with The Phyllis J. Karno Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership.

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Tufts three colleges – to receive the Karno Dean’s Award for showing “great promise in their academics and demonstrated leadership on or off campus.”

Jillian Silver ’10 received Tufts University’s Phyllis J. Karno Dean’s Award from Tufts President Anthony Monaco and Joanne Wills, the sister of the late Ms. Karno.

To prepare for her first marathon, Jillian said, “I began training last summer and then trained during the school year with the Tufts Marathon Team. The team consists of about 120 members. We run early in the mornings and run about 30 miles per week.”

A resident of Palmetto Bay, Florida, Jillian is a Computer Science major in Tufts’ Engineering School. “I have a newfound interest in computer visualization and I will be doing research over the summer at Tufts,” she added. She plans to pursue graduate school after she receives her bachelor’s degree in two years.

While at Westover, Jillian was a member of the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) Program and was awarded a patent for designing a lighted mobility walker. “Had I not attended Westover, I would not have had any idea what computer science was all about,” Jillian said. “Westover encouraged me to explore a male-dominated field and gave me the confidence to pursue it as a career. I felt extremely well prepared for my introductory engineering courses at Tufts because the WISE program gave me the tools I needed to be successful.”

This year’s Boston Marathon was held under challenging conditions: unseasonable warm weather saw temperatures during the event Jillian Silver ’10 after reach 90 degrees, not ideal weather for any completing the 2012 runner. “Because I trained in mostly cold weather,” Jillian said, “the heat made it very Boston Marathon difficult for me to run in. I had to hydrate about twice as much as usual. My teammates and I ran much slower than In addition to being an outstanding Computer Science stuusual, but we were very excited to finish.” Jillian finished dent – and now a marathon runner – Jillian is a computer the course in 5 hours and 16 minutes. science teaching assistant, serves as treasurer of Women in Computer Science, is an active Alpha Phi sorority memJillian has always enjoyed athletics. At Westover, she comber, and plays club tennis. peted on the Cross Country, Volleyball, and Tennis teams and served as the Second Head of the Athletic Association during her senior year. “I was in a lot of pain during the Parallel Tufts Experiences race,” she recalled, “but I said to myself that not finishing When she read of Jillian Silver’s recent accomplishments at was not an option. I had worked too hard to get to the race, Tufts, it is not surprising that Kate Seyboth, the Director of and I would have been very disappointed had I decided to the WISE program, experienced a bit of déjà vu. quit.” Despite the challenging conditions she faced during her first marathon, Jillian said, “I definitely plan on running A member of Westover’s faculty since 2006, Kate, like another one in the near future. Hopefully I will be back on Jillian, majored in Computer Science at Tufts and ran the the Boston course for next year's race.” Boston Marathon for the Tufts Marathon Team during her sophomore year. Kate also founded Tufts’ Women in Computer Science, for which Jillian now serves as treasurer. Engineering Accomplishments Jillian achieved a different kind of success later that week when she was one of three sophomores – one from each of Kate was Jillian’s advisor for several years at Westover and also coached her on the School’s Cross Country team. 39

Six New Alumnae Governors Elected Dorie Milner Pease ’57 A resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, Dorie is a third-generation alumna and a retired occupational therapist who credits Westover “in challenging me towards reaching my career goals as an occupational therapist working in a variety of settings for 45 years.” Dorie added, “I loved Westover as a student, and I am so proud of being asked to serve Westover as a Governor as my mother did in the late 1970s when she became a widow. It is wonderful to see the School thriving under the extraordinary leadership of Ann Pollina.” Dorie noted, “Music was so important to me at Westover and still is. Sylvia Schumacher [the wife of long-time Art History teacher Joachim Schumacher who taught piano] was a mentor in those days as well as Mrs. Carmen Congdon, our Glee Club Director.” Dorie was a Glee heads and played the “grasshopper,” a small pump reed organ that was stationed in the hallway to help students in Chapel Line stay in tempo with the Chapel organ processional.

A West, Dorie is a Class Agent and a past Reunion Gift Chair. Her alumnae relatives include her grandmother, the late Dorothy Smith Soule, a member of the Class of 1910; her mother, the late Dorothy Soule Milner ’34; her sister, Lillian Milner Smyser ’59; and her cousins Sandra Soule Ashley ’54 and Andrea Soule Graves ’57. After graduating from Westover, Dorie received an A.A.S. in Music from Briarcliff College and a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition to her volunteer work on behalf of Westover, Dorie is active in a variety of music and ministry positions with the Congregational Church of New Canaan, serves as a hospice volunteer for Masonicare Home and Hospice, is a member of the American Association of University Women – New Canaan Branch, and serves as a board member and Secretary for the Prides Crossing Condominium Complex in New Canaan. Dorie is the mother of three daughters: Susan, Sarah, and Katrina. Her interests include her grandchildren as well as music, needlepoint, reading, and travel.

Retiring Governors Honored We gratefully extend a heartfelt thank you to the Board of Governors’ outgoing members for their commitment and passion for Westover. Led for the past two years by our retiring President, Katrina Rauch Wagner ’61, the Board of Governors was truly enriched by the participation of these dedicated alumnae. Their presence will be missed and their contributions remembered: Caitlin Corrigan ’91 Whitney Neville Harvey ’68 Nicole Witkin Keldsen ’88

Diane J. “DJ” Lewis-D’Agostino ’79 Katrina Rausch Wagner ’61 Brooke Whiteley Weise ’99

We also wish to note that the Board of Governors has elected Susan Silliman Tracy Addiss ’47 as a Life Governor, joining Maria Randall Allen ’42 in that capacity. – Ann Clark Priftis ’96 Incoming President 40 40

Cynthia Perry Colebrook ’68 Cynthia is a writer who also serves as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for the San Francisco Art Institute. Cynthia Perry Colebrook’s published prose includes Topaz, an essay in the collection, Reflections from Women on Life’s Turning Points (Sugati Publications) as well as pieces in the creative writing section of online magazine, Inspired, and as columns and features in The Monroe Watchman, of Union, WV, and in Indian Hill Living, a monthly magazine published by Community Press, Cincinnati, Ohio. Cynthia’s poems have appeared in The Monroe County Poet’s Collective and in The Radiance of Summer Sun, published by The International Library of Poetry. She has had two solo appearances and one group appearance on PBS station WVXU in Cincinnati, OH. The station’s program, “Women Writing for (a) Change – On the Radio,” featured her selected poems and short stories. Cynthia has served not-for-profit organizations as a consultant and Certified Fund Raising Executive for more than 20 years and has presented training workshops for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her outside activities include serving on the advisory board for a humanitarian organization, SOTENI International, that focuses on health and education programs in Africa. After briefly attending college, Cynthia noted, her life took a non-traditional route; she attended the Talland School of Equitation in Gloucestershire, England, and subsequently taught riding and trained horses professionally for 20 years. After being married, she and her artist husband, Theodore, lived for 10 years in rural West Virginia without electricity, running water, or telephone, while they gardened organically and farmed with teams of horses. Their most recent seven years have been spent living on a 45-foot sailboat on the East Coast of the

United States. She and her husband are the parents of Augustine Colebrook ’95 and Priscilla Colebrook Buse, and are the grandparents of six. A West, Cynthia is a past Class Secretary and Reunion Chair. In addition to Augustine, her alumnae relatives include her mother, the late Frances Sortwell Perry ’36; her sisters, Piper Perry Morris ’59 and Frances Perry Jacober ’65; her stepmother, the late Katharine Whittaker Taft ’39; her stepsister, Dorothy Taft Ahlgren ’64; her aunts, the late Anne Clement Sortwell ’33 and the late Elise Sortwell Wigglesworth ’35; and several cousins, stepcousins, and nieces.

Sarah Bliss Seamans ’79 Like many alumnae, Sarah has experienced Westover over the years as a student, a parent, and as a volunteer. Being asked to join the Alumnae Association Board of Governors, she said, is an exciting honor because “I will now be able to support Westover in a new way.” Over the years, Sarah has been a Class Agent, a Class Secretary, a Reunion Chair, and a volunteer for the Governors, helping with their gift shop and at Alumnae Weekends. A West, Sarah shares Westover ties with her daughter, Holly Seamans ’09; her sister-in-law, Jody Bates Bliss ’81; and her niece, Courtney Bliss ’14. A resident of Newbury, Massachusetts, Sarah works as a library assistant for the Amesbury Public Library. She holds a B.A. in Developmental Psychology from Pine Manor College. In addition to their daughter, Holly, Sarah and her husband, John, are also the parents of a son, Daniel. When not volunteering for Westover, Sarah has been a Girl Scout leader for 15 years, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and a Sunday school teacher for her church. Her other interests include reading, walking, gardening, cooking, and Red Sox baseball.

Erin Zyko Hussein ’88 For Erin, her time at Westover was instrumental in shaping her life. “I look back at Westover as four of the best years of my life,” Erin said. “It transformed me from a disorganized, directionless child to a successful college and then law student. Most importantly I learned the value of sisterhood and friendship, and my very best friend today is still the friend I made my freshman year. I am a strong believer in all-girls high schools and am thrilled to have the opportunity to help Westover meet the challenges that may face it over the coming years.” An Over, Erin served as Editor of The Lantern and Head of Undertones while at Westover. After graduating from Westover, Erin earned a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature, with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, before earning a law degree at Columbia Law School. After working for several years as an associate in a law firm, Erin has become what she describes as “a novelist and stay-athome mom.” She and her husband, Samir, live in New York City with their daughter, Lila, and son, Kadin. In addition to volunteering as a past Reunion Co-Chair and Reunion Gift Chair for Westover, Erin serves as a Vice President of the Board for the Stewart House Tenants Corp. and was co-chair of the 2012 Scholarship Benefit Auction for the Grace Church School. Her outside interests include writing, reading, and cooking. Her sister, Eileen Zyko Wolter, is a member of the Class of 1989.

Katherine Sredl ’91 Katherine brings to the Alumnae Association Board of Governors her experience as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

A resident of South Bend, Indiana, and a native of Paducah, Kentucky, Katherine holds a B.A. in History from Centre College, and an M.S. in Advertising and a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Katherine was the subject of a profile in the Spring 2007 Westover Magazine while she was living in Croatia doing consumer behavior research in that post-Communist society for her doctoral dissertation. “I have always been proud of Westover,” Katherine said, “and I am glad to be asked to be a Governor.” A West, Katherine has served as a Class Agent, a Reunion Chair, and as a Reunion Gift Chair. Her outside interests include tennis, swimming, gardening, travel, photography, and reading.

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Coffin ’92 Lizzie is one of those alumnae for whom Westover School was not just their high school but also their home. As the daughter of long-time English teacher Bruce Coffin and his wife, Maria, Lizzie grew up at the School. As a student, Lizzie was First Head of Overs during her junior year and Third Head of School during her senior year. After Westover, she graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from Grinnell College and received her Masters in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, Lizzie works as a social worker for Excellence Boys Charter School in Brooklyn. “I’m so honored and happy to have the opportunity to serve Westover in this way,” Lizzie said, “and to deepen my connection to the School and its alumnae.” She has served as a Class Agent. Lizzie has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity International in Honduras, and enjoys travel, music, reading, Latin dancing, and “exploring New York City.”


Marketing & Communications Office Kristin Martinkovic White ’91 Director of Marketing & Communications Richard J. Beebe (P’10) Editor & Staff Writer

Michael Gallagher Multimedia Specialist Instructor in Photography & Studio Art Elizabeth McErlean Web & Media Manager

Mia Ferrara Pelosi ’95 Publications Manager Marla J. Truini (P’09) Director of Drama & Outreach Instructor in Drama Parent Liaison

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Alumnae & Development Office Barbara A. Sabia Director of Development Lauren Fikslin Castagnola Director of Annual Fund & Constituent Outreach Bart Geissinger Director of Major Gifts & Campaign Coordinator

Margaret Clement Green ’65 Archivist Lindsey Spinella Gifts Coordinator Nancy Aordkian Pelaez ’86 Director of Alumnae Relations Paul Sutherland Director of Planned Giving

Eileen McCormack Director of Development Operations & Services Clare Tallon (P’14) Administrative Assistant Tami Bettcher Walker ’76 Director of Donor Relations

2011-2012 Board of Trustees Officers Louisa Jones Palmer ’54 President Sara Belcher Wardell ’60 Vice President Margaret Clement Green ’65 Vice President Karen Kjorlien Phillips ’71 Vice President Holly Kennedy Passantino ’74 Secretary John Magiera (P’97) Treasurer Ann S. Pollina (P’00, ’03), ex officio, Head of School

Board Members Eleanor Dean Acheson ’65 Frederic M. Clark (P’11) Christine McIntosh Coffin ’75 Lee Dierdorff (P’13) ex officio,, Co-President, Parents Council Mary M. Duncan ’77 Elisabeth Smith Golden ’65 Antoinette Walker Hamner ’69 (P’00) Edith Glassmeyer Heilman ’65 Laura Wallace Houghton ’89 Dr. Jeffrey Jay (P’10) Matthew M. Meehan (P’11) Ann Clark Priftis ’96 ex officio President, Board of Governors

Blair D. Stambaugh Cassandra White Sweeney ’76 (P’12) Mary Maier Walker ’54 (P’85) Nancy Johnson Weaver ’63 Francene Young ’71 Life Trustees Anita Packard Montgomery ’47 (P’74, ’76) Helen Angier Trumbull ’48 (P’68, ’73, GP’97) Headmaster Emeritus Joseph L. Molder (P’80)

2011-2012 Alumnae Association Board of Governors Officers Ann Clark Priftis ’96 President Leigh Vaule Steele ’87 Vice President Joan Gerster ’72 Secretary Elizabeth Uhl ’78 Treasurer Priscilla Perry Morris ’59 (P’86) Governance Chair 80

Maura Tansley ’00 Annual Fund Chair Abby Mason Browne ’61 Member-at-Large Board Members Sarah Bronko ’03 Coila Worley Campbell ’78 (P’10) Stacie Cass ’95 Christine Muldowney Dahl ’82 (P’14)

Izukanne Emeagwali ’01 Karimah Gottschalck ’03 Hilary Carpenter Lynch ’85 Kiki Tauck Mahar ’87 Pia Guido Murphy ’91 Amma Osei ’01 Cathy Stewart ’76 Betsy Darling White ’57 Life Governors Maria Randall Allen ’42 (P’71) Susan Silliman Tracy Addiss ’47

A publication of the Marketing and Communications Office in conjunction with the Alumnae & Development Office Westover School 1237 Whittemore Road P.O. Box 847 Middlebury, CT 06762-0847 Submit alumnae news and photographs to: Nancy Aordkian Peleaz ’86 203.577.4593 Direct address corrections to: Eileen McCormack 203.577.4658 Direct comments, corrections, and suggestions to: Kristin Martinkovic White ’91 203.577.4513 Westover School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its admissions, financial assistance, educational, or other school policies. Every Westover student is admitted to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School.



Heather Mannella ’91 to David Nuzzo April 7, 2012

Kim Griswold ’04 to Chris Guman March 17, 2012

Jessica Gray ’92 to Nicole Follmer June 11, 2011

Susan Loyd, Spanish teacher, to John Turner June 16, 2012

Marci Monnaville ’94 to Brian Miller October 2011

Helena Riesenfled D’Arcy ’91 Daniel D’Arcy 2012

Katherine Johnstone ’97 to Bernard Chriqui October 1, 2011

Anne Sutton ’97 to Andrew Dieter January 14, 2012 2

Kate Witry Riche ’94 Lucy Cate Riche September 27, 2011 Ledley Mosch Pastor ’95 Lillian Hamilton Pastor November 1, 2011

Rebecca Luger-Guillaume ’01 to Gavin Poindexter July 9, 2011

Rachel Stock ’01 to Nicholas G. Lesher July 16, 2011


Stacey Dallas Zinn ’96 Russell Matthew Zinn April 18, 2012 Lilly Fiedler ’97 Jasper Hensmann January 27, 2012

Nancy Doyle Chalfant ’31 April 26, 2012

Louise Mead Walker Resor ’34 Anne Sutton Dieter ’97 May 21, 2012 Owen Michael Dieter Helen Shaw Roberts ’34 May 17, 2012 February 15, 2012 Alia Hussain ’00 Anne Evans Sweeney ’35 Humza S. Chatha January 13, 2012 April 11, 2012 Chantal Hurtado ’05 Aria Rose Nevue December 8, 2011

Madelyn Noyes Carey ’35 March 3, 2012 Elise Wetter Morgan ’35 October 23, 2011

Alethea Kunhardt Walker ’45 May 4, 2012 Pendennis Bissell Fitzgerald ’46 March 26, 2012 Michelle LaBranche Campbell ’46 February 14, 2012 Helen Grace Spencer ’54 March 9, 2012 Maurita “Mickey” Foley Lannan ’55 March 28, 2012

Gertrude Wells Brennan ’36 Cynthia Hiss Grace ’61 2011 January 13, 2012 4

Danielle Diaferio Scaringi ’94 Christopher James Scaringi December 17, 2011

Michelle Jarboe ’01 Philip McFee July 30, 2011

Elizabeth Salzberger ’01 to Amorette Casaus September 2011

Katie Marages Schank ’97 Alice Eileen Schank February 29, 2012

Meredith Shirey ’91 Matthew Philip Shirey Anterup February 6, 2012

Rachel Mills ’97 to Sven-Erik Nielsen April 21, 2012

Rachel Clement ’00 to Tucker Jackson July 9, 2011

Heidi Bioski ’91 Margot Allen January 13, 2012 Heather Donlan Sinberg ’91 Hudson Wyatt Sinberg February 15, 2012


Yoonie Choi ’97 to Paul Reich April 1, 2012

Stacy Payne ’89 Grace Grover Payne-Hurley August 11, 2011

In Memoriam

Betty Blair Mauk ’37 June 26, 2012

Stephanie Chapman ’93 December 11, 2011

Cornelia Janeway Saltsman ’37 January 15, 2012

Faculty, Staff, & Friends of the School

Virginia Shaw Shedden ’38 September 7, 2011


Avery Rogers Brooke ’41 January 9, 2012 6

Jean Adams Blake ’42 August 23, 2011

Lois Cameron (P'66), Librarian & Administrative Duties 1956-1986 May 18, 2012

Ann Kiernan Smitih ’44 June 19, 2012 Melisande Congdon-Doyle ’45 January 21, 2011 Rosemary Howe Wetherill ’45 January 13, 2012

Chiharu Hasegawa ’96 Yoonsung Junsei January 6, 2012

1. Becca Luger-Guillaume Poindexter ’01 married Gavin on July 9. ’11 in Minneapolis 2. Kim Griswold ’04 at her wedding with classmates Eileen Lonegan ’04, Liz Rowland ’04, Caitlin Snyder ’04, and Allison Grande ’04. Penny Covill, Michael Gallagher, and Sue Mills also in attendance 3. Katherine Johnstone ’97 at her wedding in France 4. Katie Marages Schank ’97 with her daughter Alice 5. Gigi Payne, daughter of Stacy Payne ’89, in her great-great grandmother’s travel case, which Stacy kept her stationery in when she was at Westover 6. Kate Witry ’96 with husband Todd Richer and baby Lucy Cate


Congratulations to Westover’s Class of 2012! 82

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do it.� Steve Jobs Class of 2012 Senior Quote


“It seems strange to think that almost four years ago we wrote our names on little, makeshift boats and were told that one day we would light a candle and send those very boats off into the Westover Pond. We ourselves are very similar to those small vessels. Some of us came to this School as a little, awkward block of wood, which was by no means ready for any seafaring voyage. With no sail or rudder we would remain little less than driftwood and eventually wash up on shore.

Alexandra Pape ’12

But today, we are formidable ships. We are the product of many hands, which have sanded and varnished our wood. We have listened to our passionate teachers and grown excited ourselves, and thus our enthusiasm became our sails. Over the years, this enthusiasm for learning proved extremely valuable, as we have all been challenged by Westover’s demanding curriculum. Our educated enthusiasms thus became our passions, our rudders, our ability to steer ourselves. Today we are ships ready to be launched into a large sea. And though the waters may be rough and the lighthouse might seem hidden in darkness we have been built to withstand such things.” Alexandra Pape ’12 attending Wheaton College in the fall


“You have spent a few of your formative years at a compassionate and intellectually demanding learning institution, gaining skills, knowledge, and selfconfidence. You have daily walked under the banner reminding you ‘To Think, To Do, To Be.’ You have lived in a community where honesty, cooperation, and the exchange of ideas and concerns have been nurtured across a spectrum of ages and subjects. You have been a valued citizen of this community and of the larger community. This pattern of behavior has determined and will continue to determine your course of life.

Melinda Burbank, Retired Faculty

A Chinese proverb states, ‘Women hold up half the sky,’ so as a mother, friend, past teacher, and advisor, I plead with you that you accept this responsibility and continue living your life with the love, concern for others, and quest for self and community betterment that you have demonstrated these years at Westover. To close with a quote spoken by Steve Jobs in his Stanford 2005 commencement speech: Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Melinda Burbank Retired Westover Chemistry Teacher


“Participating in the ground-breaking WISE program was an opportunity to try our hands at subject matter inaccessible in a typical high school curriculum. Learning a variety of technical skills from enthusiastic teachers was exciting and rewarding: we gained confidence in ourselves and secured our way into great college engineering programs. Now that we both have careers in engineering, we know that success in the workplace relies on the same principles instilled in us by Westover’s WISE program: curiosity, passion, and confidence.”

Jessica Sieller Hines ’97 of East Granby, Connecticut graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and is a Continuous Improvement Engineer at Pepperidge Farm, Inc.

Nicole “Nikki” Sieller ’00 of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania graduated from Villanova University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry and is a Project Engineer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Westover's 2012 WISE Graduates


Fourteen members of the Class of 2012 successfully completed Westover’s Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program – the largest WISE class to date. The WISE graduates and faculty gathered for a group portrait with the students wearing shirts from the colleges then plan to attend (faculty wore shirts of their alma maters). From left: front row – Tam Nguyen, Amber Chausse, Sarah Krueger, Danielle Stratton, Anna Eggert, Bethany Simmonds; back row – WISE instructor Jana Dunbar, WISE Director Kate Seyboth, Hannah Clark, Charlotte Forcht, Courtney Fennell, Anna Kang, Megan Boucher, Jessica Zhang, Hana Mizuno, Katie Hedberg, WISE instructor Ben Hildebrand.

The members of the Class of 2012 were accepted at 140 colleges and universities, a diverse list that includes some of the best schools in the world. Here is a list of the schools who offered admission this fall to members of the Class of 2012: Adelphi University American University Amherst College Auburn University Austin College Babson College Bard College Bentley University Boston College Boston University Brandeis University Brown University Bryn Mawr College University of California, Berkeley University of California, Santa Barbara Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Catawba College The Catholic University of America College of Charleston Christopher Newport University Clark University Clemson University Colby-Sawyer College Connecticut College University of Connecticut Cornell University The Culinary Institute of America University of Delaware Dickinson College Drew University Drexel University Durham University Eckerd College Elizabethtown College Elmira College

Emerson College Emory University Endicott College Fairfield University Fordham University Franklin and Marshall College Franklin Pierce University Furman University George Mason University The George Washington University Georgia Institute of Technology Gettysburg College Goucher College University of Hartford Haverford College High Point University Hobart & William Smith Colleges College of the Holy Cross Hood College University of Illinois, Urbana Indiana University at Bloomington International Christian University James Madison University Johns Hopkins University University of Kansas King's College Lasell College Lehigh University Louisiana State University Loyola University, Maryland Loyola University, New Orleans Manhattan College University of Mary Washington Marymount Manhattan College University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth McDaniel College

McGill University Miami University of Ohio Michigan State University Middlebury College Mills College University of Mississippi Montana State University, Bozeman Mount Holyoke College Muhlenberg College New College of Florida University of New England University of New Hampshire New York University Nichols College University of North Texas Northeastern University Occidental University Ohio Wesleyan University Pennsylvania State University, University Park University of Pennsylvania Providence College Quinnipiac University Reed College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College Rice University University of Richmond Rider University University of Rochester Roger Williams University Rollins College Roosevelt Academy Sacred Heart University Saint Michael's College Salve Regina University

Santa Clara University Scripps College Sewanee, The University of the South Siena College Simmons College Smith College Sophia University University of Southern California Southern Methodist University Southwestern University Springfield College University of St. Andrews St. Lawrence University State University of New York, Binghamton Stonehill College Syracuse University University of Texas, San Antonio Trinity College Tufts University Tulane University Ursinus College University of Vermont Villanova University Virginia Polytechnic Institute University of Virginia Waseda University Washington College Wellesley College Wesleyan University Wheaton College Williams College Wofford College Worcester Polytechnic Institute


The Westover Alumnae Portal is Open! This virtual community is a place where you can reconnect, rediscover, and give back to Westover. Visit our new Online Alumnae Portal at and “Join the Portal!” to become a member. Once your new member registration has been accepted, you will be able to: search our online alumnae directory, help us to find lost alumnae, and update your biographical and contact information. You can also make a gift online and register for events! Please log in and get connected today! A new printed Alumnae Directory is in the works for the coming year, due to popular demand. This is a wonderful tool for all alumnae to stay in touch with each other and for professional networking. Westover has partnered with PCI. Be on the lookout for mailings, e-mails, and calls to update your biographical information. So far we have received over 3,700 updated adresses, job titles, phones, and emails! Be sure to reserve your Directory when you are speaking with a representative from PCI. The Westover Alumnae Office will not have additional copies for purchase after the process has ended. To reserve your copy today please call PCI at 1.866.441.5913. Westover’s website has an exciting new look! Log on and explore all that Westover has to offer. From recent news, sports scores, and new programs to student blogs, videos, and Alumnae happenings, has it all at your fingertips!


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The 2012 Annual Fund Awards

The Julia B. Kirlin Award is presented to the fundraising volunteers of the reunion class that has achieved the most distinguished results in support of the Annual Fund. This year’s volunteers are from the Class of 1957: Alane Gerdau and Dorothy Milner Pease. The Adele Ervin Award is presented to the Class Agent or Agents of a non-reunion class with the best results in participation and increase in total giving to the Annual Fund. This year’s volunteers are from the Class of 1963: Elizabeth Markham Nicholson and Alison OliveriWardrop The Alumnae Board of Governors Award is presented to the class from the most recent 15 years with the highest percentage participation to the Annual Fund. This year’s volunteers are from the Class of 2002: Greta Atchinson, Makenzi Hurtado and Mary Kelly.  “It’s our job as a women’s school to ask not just, ‘What does the world need?’ but rather, ‘What can women bring to the world right now?’ At Westover, our greatness will be achieved through the lives of our students.Westover’s ability to change the world is real because we will fill it with agents of change.” Ann Pollina, Head of School

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Alumnae Weekend 2013 May 17-19 Classes ending in 3 & 8 celebrate their milestone reunions in May! Friday, May 17, 2013 • Meet and Greet Welcome Reception • Glee Performance • Alumnae Art Exhibition

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